Bexley Team Ministry News for Sunday 17th January 2021

Bexley Team News

St Barnabas, Joydens Wood

St James, North Cray

St John the Evangelist, Bexley

   St Mary the Virgin, Bexley



 17th January 2021 Issues 44                                                      The Second Sunday of Epiphany


Team Services and Worship material in Lockdown

Saturday 16 January at 5.30 pm                                                      Saturday NightWatch Zoom Service

In Jewish understanding, the Sabbath begins as night falls on the Eve of the Sabbath, and for Christians it is an opportunity to put aside the cares and concerns of the Monday to Saturday week of tasks and activity and to prepare ourselves to keep Sunday as ‘a Day of Holy Rest’.  This short, informal service will include material to help us to reflect on the week that has past and will be suitable for all ages.


Sunday 17 January at 10.00 am                                                                                         Sunday Zoom Service

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


Invitations to the above Zoom services have been emailed. If you haven’t received the Zoom links please contact any member of the Team Clergy. Dial in option is available. Please contact us if you are having problems and we will do what we can to help you.


Sunday 17 January at 10.00 am                                                                Livestreamed Holy Communion

A livestreamed service of Holy Communion from St John's. This will be available to view at 10am on St John's Facebook Page: It is possible to view the stream without having a Facebook profile. The video will remain accessible after the event.


Sunday 17 January                                                     Bexley Team Children’s Church

This week's children's church video can be found here...

This week we take a look at the story of Samuel and Eli. Hope you enjoy it!


A Daily Bible Passage and reflection is sent out to those who request in on email, or via a dedicated WhatsApp Group.  Please let Rev Ren know if you wish to be included in this.


Bible Readings    1 Samuel 3, 1-10  Revelation 5, 1-10 John 1, 43-51


The Collect: Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new; transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; 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 Alternative Collect: Eternal God, our beginning and our end: bring us with the whole creation to your glory, hidden through past ages and made known in Jesus Christ our Lord


Rev’d Clive writes-

In this Sunday’s gospel reading we meet Nathanael.  Jesus had said to Phillip ‘Follow me’. Then Phillip went and found Nathanael and said to him ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth’. Nathanael  appears sceptical as he responds with ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Phillip, undeterred, invites Nathanael to test the matter for himself. How Nathanael must have been disarmed when Jesus correctly assesses his character, (without deceit) and before he had even reached Jesus, he is told ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you’. However it happened the initial doubts are quickly dispelled as Nathanael responds  ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’

It is thought that Bartholomew , one of the twelve disciples of Jesus, was this same Nathanael. (Bartholomew would have been his middle name). We hear again of Nathanael after the resurrection of Jesus where he is listed in the disciples to whom Jesus appeared at the Sea of Galilee (John 21 v2)

Some of my favourite passages in scripture are the calling of the first disciples. When things get complicated it is lovely just to reflect on the simplicity of that call to ‘Follow me’. In the end that is what it is all about- following Jesus. In Matthew and Mark there is no dialogue. Jesus calls and without a word they follow him. Luke is a little more complicated and involves a miraculous catch of fish. But the account in John is quite complex with lots of things going on and lots of dialogue.  I suspect I have avoided that and not mined its riches, preferring the simpler accounts.

We can reflect on the different ways in which people are called to follow. We can reflect that Jesus knows us through and through.  We can reflect on the importance of encouragement, seeing and speaking about what is good in others.  


Deanery Confirmations These will be on Sunday 18 April 2021 at 6.30pm at Holy Redeemer, Lamorbey with Bishop James. Please speak with any of the Team clergy if you are interested in being confirmed.


Bexley Winter Shelter New

The trustees of the Bexley Winter Shelter have successfully applied to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for a grant to run the night shelter. This will fund accommodation in B & B and hotels, employ a part-time case worker and provide food and protective clothing. Please pray-   that they can find/locate rough sleepers/ that a satisfactory assessment can be made and places offered/  that guests will understand and put into practice all the important safeguards/ for the case worker in this difficult  work for more information



A six week course during lockdown to explore and develop your relationship with God through prayer Mondays 6.30-8.15pm on Zoom                            

25th  January     What is prayer? 1st  February  Lectio Divina  8th February Centering Prayer15th February     Imaginative prayer22nd February     Creative prayer 1st  March     Discernment and prayer

To book contact Susanne Carlsson and you will be sent a zoom link. Donations are welcome to support the work of spirituality in Rochester Diocese at this time.  07795167603


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 c/o C. Lee  11 Holmesdale Road, Bexleyheath, DA7 4TJ. Your continued support is very much appreciated.

St John’s

Giving to St John's: You can give financially to the continuing upkeep and ministry of St John's via our Just Giving page: Sermons are posted each Sunday at  Social Media - engage with us via Facebook (/stjohnsbexley), Twitter (@stjohnsbexley) and Instagram (@stjohnsbexley )

St James, North Cray

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



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




Songs for Zoom worship – Sunday 17th January at 10am.


Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of your holy word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfil in us
All Your purposes, for Your glory.


Teach us Lord full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility.
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise, Cause our eyes to see,
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of power that can never fail;
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.


Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us.
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time,
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we'll stand on Your promises;
And by faith we'll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, 'til your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.


I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard My people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin,
My hand will save.
I who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear My light to them?
Whom shall I send?
                Here I am Lord, Is it I Lord? I have heard You calling in the night.
                I will go Lord, if You lead me. I will hold Your people in my heart.


I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have born my people’s pain.
I have wept for love of them, They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
Give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak My word to them

Whom shall I send?
                Here I am Lord...

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them,
My hand will save
Finest bread I will provide,
Till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give My life to them,
Whom shall I send?
                Here I am Lord...

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