Bexley Team Ministry News for Sunday 3rd October 2021




Bexley Team News




St Barnabas, Joydens Wood

St James, North Cray

St John the Evangelist, Bexley

St Mary the Virgin, Bexley


3rd October2021 Issue 81                       Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity/ Harvest Thanksgiving


Our Team Harvest Celebrations run from this Sunday 3 October, to next Sunday 10 October with a number of special events.As well as Harvest services at St John’s and St Mary’s this weekend, and St Mary’s Harvest Fair on Sunday,we will be having harvest assemblies in our schools during this coming week. NEXT Sunday 10 October, there will be Harvest Services at St James North Cray (9.30am) and St Barnabas (10.45am)

Our Harvest Week will conclude with a Harvest Evensong at St Johns at 6.00 pm on Sunday 10 October.

‘For the fruits of his creation, thanks be to God.’

St Mary’s          8.30 am BCP Holy Communion

10.00 am Harvest Thanksgiving Holy Communion

              followed by Harvest Fair in the hall – all welcome

St James            9.30am Holy Communion

St Barnabas     10.45amHoly Communion

St John’s           8.00 am Holy Communion

                          10.00 am HarvestFamilyCommunion. Donations

                         gratefully accepted for Bexley Foodbank

                        Wednesday 10.00 am Holy Communion

                           Fridays in term time 2.00 pm Toddler Church

Friday Livestreamed Service of Holy Communion: may vary (see St John’s social media in advance) but the service remains available to view after broadcast


Bexley Team Children’s Church

We continue to explore our Old Testament Heroes of the Faith. Gideon was a man who used a musical instrument to defeat an entire army (well, sort of anyway!) You can find Gideon's video and all our other Children's Church episodes here....

Look out for a Harvest Themed Children’s Church in the next issue of BTN!


Saturday 2nd October

 5.30 pmNightwatch ZoomService

Sunday 3rd  October

9.00 am Zoom Service

The Collect for 18th after Trinity Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us your gift of faith that, forsaking what lies behind  and reaching out to that which is before,we may run the way of your commandmentsand win the crown of everlasting joy;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.


Bible readings                        Genesis 2 v18-24 Hebrews 1 v1-4; 2. v5-12 Mark 10 v2-16

The Collect for HarvestEternal God, you crown the year with your goodness and you give us the fruits of the earth in their season: grant that we may use them to your glory, for the relief of those in need and for our own well- being;  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.

Bible readings Psalm 126      1 Timothy 6 v6-10       Matthew 6 v25-33


Considering Confirmation? A meeting for all those interested in being confirmed is being h eld on Sunday 7th November at 4.00 pm at St Barnabas Church, Joydens Wood. For further information or to indicate attendance please speak with any of the Team clergy.


St Mary’s: We will be collecting Harvest donations for Bexley Foodbank and Bexley Women’s Aid on 3rd and 10th October. For Bexley Foodbank - strong carrier bags/ bags for life, shower gel, razors, shaving foam/gel, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, house cleaning items, toothbrushes, toothpaste, washing pods, tinned fruit, tinned spaghetti, tinned potatoes, noodles, jam, sweets, long life milk, long life fruit juice, coffee. (They have plenty of beans, pasta, soup, tea, cereal, kidney beans, butter beans, lentils, chickpeas and baby food) For Bexley Women’s Aid we are collecting cash or cheque donations. Please make cheques payable to St Mary’s Bexley PCC and write on the back Bexley Women’s Aid.

‘Harvest Fair’ in the hall after the 10.00 am Harvest Service this Sunday 3rd. Post service drinks, food including hot lunches, Traidcraft  and  produce stalls, children activities.  All proceeds to Traidcraft or church funds

Ride and Stride has raised £405 to be divided between Friends of Kent Churches and St. Mary’s. Thanks go to Chris Thomas for riding and to all who sponsored Chris.


Friends of St Mary’s and the Grove Singers present ‘A Celebration of Birds in Song’ Saturday 30th October at 7.00 pm. Tickets £10 including refreshments from Roger and Sheila Thompson 01322 522071 or Barbara Graham 0208 308 0872 or at the door. Proceeds to Friends of St Mary’s Funds. Further details please see attached flier. 


Coming up at St John's: 10th October: Project Bike Rack, from 2.00 pm 10th October: Harvest Choral Evensong with Harvest Supper, 6.00 pm. 27th November: Douze Noels Harp Recital


The North Cray community  Festival of Remembrance  Sunday 7th  November (the weekend before Remembrance Sunday) Programme - 9.30 am BCP Holy Communion at St James. Followed by a parade from the War Memorial to the Scouts’ Geoffrey Hall, Leafield Lane, North Cray where there will be a display of stories and memorabilia. The planning group are currently gathering items and stories for this display from the local community. The information they need is the name and what they did during the war times. Any uniforms or paperwork, ration books etc should be labelled so they can be returned to the correct person. The stories (with the writer’s permission) will be displayed on the walls of the Scout’s Geoffrey Hall and all stories will be passed on to the Royal British Legion to keep copies on their website so that these accounts of the war will not forgotten but be held for generations to come.  More information about the event will follow soon – book the date in your diary. Let me know if you are interested in taking part and supporting this event and I will pass your details onto the organisers. Rev Ren.


Living in Love and Faith: LLF is an official project of the Church of England, intended to provide resources for Christian teaching and learning about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. Parishes throughout the country are being encouraged to take part in this course and use it as a tool to listen and engage with one another. The Bexley Team is  running the 'Living in Love and Faith' (LLF) course over  five Wednesdays in September and October. Upcoming dates -6th Oct, 13th Oct at St John's Church  7.45pm-9.15pm. If you would like to attend the course please can you let Rev Matt know. Everyone is very welcome. ( or 07889873125)




For StBarnabasAny 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 Canon Ren          01322 528923 07836644782

Associate Priest: Rev’d Sue Twynam                        01322 55950                       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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