Bexley Team Ministry News for First Sunday after Trinity




Bexley Team News


St Barnabas, Joydens Wood

St James, North Cray

St John the Evangelist, Bexley

St Mary the Virgin, Bexley


6th  June 2021  Issue 64                                                                   First  Sunday after Trinity


The church buildings will have been thoroughly cleaned. As usual, face-masks MUST be worn (unless medically exempt) hand sanitiser will be used and social distancing of 2 Metres MUST be observed at all times. Do not attend if you or a member of your household is shielding or vulnerable.  The church doors will be open for ventilation, so dress accordingly.






St Mary’s              8.30 am BCP Holy Communion

                              10.00 am   Holy Communion with prayer for

    wholeness and healing and commissioning

    of the new PCC

                              Wednesday 10.00 am Holy Communion

St James              9.30amHoly Communion

St Barnabas       10.45amHoly Communion

St John’s              8.00 am Holy Communion

                            10.00 am Holy Communion

                              Friday 10.00 am  Livestreamed Holy Communion:


                                                               Team Zoom Services and Worship material

Saturday 5th June at 5.30 pm                                                                    Saturday Nightwatch Zoom Service

A reflective service at the end of the week

Sunday 6th June  at 10.00 am                                                                                    Sunday Zoom Service

A Service of bible readings and prayer. See the final sheet of the BTNews for the songs.


Invitations to the above Zoom services are being emailed. If you haven’t received the link, or are having problems, please contact any member of the Team Clergy. Dial in option is ava


Bexley Team Children’s Church

The next Bexley Team Children’s Church will be sent out for Sunday 4th July. For other great resources and ideas please visit Diocese of Rochester | Family Worship in the Home (


Bible Readings  Genesis 3 v.8-15 Corinthians 4 v13 – 5 v1     Mark 3 v20-35                     

The Collect: O God,  the strength of all those who put their trust in you, mercifully accept our prayers and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without you, grant us the help of your grace, that in the keeping of your commandments we may please you both in word and deed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. 


The Additional Collect God of truth, help us to keep your law of love and walk in the ways of wisdom, that we may find true life in Jesus Christ your Son.


Rev’d Clive writes-

I   was struck on a recent journey how the rainy followed by sunny weather has made the landscape burst into life. Everywhere the fertility of the soil and the moisture and warmth combine to turn the countryside green! (plus some of those bright yellow rapeseed fields)  


Green (for growth)  will  be the liturgical colour too in church for some while now as we move into a long period of ordinary time;  some 21 weeks  from today to the last Sunday after Trinity on the distant shores of 24th October.  Green is for growth  in our congregational and individual lives. And this year it is interesting that this coincides with the gradual relaxation of the pandemic restrictions on our lives and the opportunity to expand our horizons again, growing outwards from the confines of lockdown.




As we receive this gift of a time for growth, how can we best make use of it in our church and individual lives? Someone told me that through the pandemic God has been showing us to live in the moment. This was because we couldn’t do very much and we certainly couldn’t be making lots of plans for the future. That struck a chord with me.  Often I am caught up in lists and planning and that can lead me away from enjoying  and giving  thanks for the present moment. In face the only moment in which I can actually live! Maybe that is your experience too?



As church life returns more to ‘normal’ how can we best appropriate the pandemic lessons towards the seasons theme of growth?  Maybe not by doubling down on our activities.  But maybe  by living more in the moment- which seems at first blush the opposite of a personal and church strategy for growth.  


Yes the planning and other tasks will still be there but might be approached with a new lightness of heart, having been assigned  to their correct place in the order of things.  This season of ordinary time could be blessed by growth in simplicity, in thankfulness and in joy if we learn again to  inhabit the moment.


Jesus said ‘I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly’ (John 10 v10b)


Housing Justice - The Medaille Trust in Kent-  webinar  Wednesday  16th June, 4-5pm. The Medaille Trust exists to provide refuge and freedom to victims of modern slavery – supporting them as they rebuild their lives. The Moving On Project reaches out to female survivors living in the community, providing support to those who might not have access to such services, regardless of their status in the National Referral Mechanism. Find out more about the Trust and the work of Miranda Cassidy, Local Coordinator 'Moving On Project' in Kent Register at[UNIQID]


 Pilgrimage: Clive will be leading a holiday to Austria and Oberammergau including the Passion Play 22-29 June 2022. If you would like to consider joining the group printed  and e-copies of the holiday/pilgrimage brochure are available-  please let Clive know.


St. Mary’s  We regret to announce that Margaret Clinch died recently. Margaret’s funeral will be at Christ Church, Bexleyheath at 11.30 am Wednesday 9th June.

A sacristans meeting will be held at 11.00 am on Wednesday. A big thank you to all those who help to keep the church looking so lovely with cleaning, changing altar frontals etc.  and linens, brass cleaning and flower arrangements.  


 Rev’d Ren  will be installed as a Cathedral Canon at Rochester Cathedral at Evensong, 3.15 pm this Sunday. To join the livestream of this service please  go to Worship online — Rochester Cathedral.   Please remember Ren and Steve in your prayers.


For St Barnabas Any contributions can be dropped off at the Treasurer’s house or at the Vicarage. Or you can give by BACS transfer. In all cases, if you are a taxpayer please “Gift Aid” your giving.  If you have any questions regarding this please contact, David Peters on 01322 529796 or by email

For St James, North Cray Contributions can be dropped off at 91 The Grove, or made by BACS transfer, contact Suzy Higgs on 07799072548.Please make cheques payable to St James, North Cray PCC.

For St John's   You can give to the continuing upkeep and ministry of St John's via our Just Giving page:

For St Mary’s  If you ordinarily make your financial contributions in church but, in the present circumstances, wish to contribute by cheque then please make your cheque payable to St Mary’s Bexley PCC and send it c/o C. Lee 11 Holmesdale Road, Bexleyheath, DA7 4TJ. Your continued support is very much appreciated.


Each week the musicians at St James North Cray offer links to a selection of songs and music for us to enjoy. These can be found on our website


St John’s Sermons are posted each Sunday at fatheredwardbarlow.wordpress.comSocial Media - engage with us via Facebook (/stjohnsbexley), Twitter (@stjohnsbexley) and Instagram (@stjohnsbexley)



Team Rector: Rev’d Ren Harding                 01322 528923 07836644782

Associate Priest: Rev’d Sue Twynam            01322 559501 07952 468127

Team Vicar: Rev’d Edward Barlow                        01322 521786

Team Vicar: Rev’d Clive Wood                  01322 270942 07982 392809

Team Curate: Rev’d Matt Hodder                07889873125

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