Posts by Sarah Tombling

Posts by Sarah Tombling

Mark’s Monday Message

As we begin to emerge from (hopefully) the final lockdown we thought it might be useful to outline our hopes for a return to more face-to-face church over the next few months. We have already restarted our early morning communion service at the new time of 8:30am which you can book on to via church suite or by contacting Sarah in the Church Office by 6pm on the preceding…

Mark’s Monday Message

Morning all. There are signs of spring around us and also signs of (hopefully) the final lockdown lifting and us returning to familiar activities such as church in-person in the near future. I have been particularly impressed recently by a recent article by Simon Burton-Jones, the bishop of Tonbridge. He talks about the importance of not rushing into a recovery plan…

Mark’s Monday Message

On International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate the amazing women in our lives and pray for them to know the fullness of what God has for them. As Nicky Gumbel posted this morning: “2000 yrs ago Jesus repeatedly liberated and affirmed women- treating men and women as equals. Women were the last at the cross and the first at the tomb – the first to be…

Mark’s Monday Message

Today, as we are in Lent, I wanted to briefly reflect on that word – sin. Its such a divisive word isn’t it? And it brings up all sorts of connotations – which are probably different for each of us and often unhelpful too. And misuse of the word can lead to division, isolation, rejection and judgmentalism. I have a friend who once told me that they would never step…

Mark’s Monday Message

The signs of Spring are always accompanied by fresh signs of hope and this year in particular we need those signs of hope, so I encourage you to try and get outside for a bit this week and look for those snowdrops and other spring plants pushing through the soil and to listen out for the birdsong. Symbols and signs are so important to us and this Lent we will be looking…

Mark’s Monday Message

I recently discovered a reflection on a boat in a dry dock and felt it was relevant to us at this time. The image is someone else’s but is adapted by me. As you may know, a dry dock is a place for holding boats that need inspection and attention. Boats are supported and held in place as water is removed from the dock. The hulls are therefore exposed so that, what is…

Carol Service

If you would like to view this year’s Carol Service (look out for some familiar faces from around the village) then just follow this YouTube link: https://youtu.be/2V5Bp8wLgbA Thank you to all the participants and tech team.

Christingle Mornings

As we can’t hold our usual service this year, we are hosting two Christingle mornings on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd December. Come along and make your Christingle in the church or hall in your family/support groups or collect a takeaway kit to make them at home. No need to book – just come along between 10.00am and midday on either morning.

Lockdown Gallery

Visit our new gallery (under the Community tab) to enjoy the beauty and splendour of God’s creation. An opportunity to get beyond your four walls within your four walls … enjoy.

Tear Fund Quiz

Thank you to the competing teams and congratulations to the winners – The Gardening Club. We raised over £650 so an even bigger thank you to everyone who donated.

Alpha Course

An informal opportunity to explore the Christian faith. We will be meeting via Zoom on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm and watching the Alpha Course video material before breaking into small discussion groups. If you would like to find out more or to join us please contact our Vicar, Mark: mark.lavender@stjohnsbbh.org.uk or our Administrator, Sarah: office@stjohnsbbh.org.uk

CHURCH OPENS FOR INDIVIDUAL PRAYER

We’re delighted to say that our church building will be opening for private, silent prayer on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Monday 22nd June.  1-2pm on each of these days. Please read and observe the guidelines below to try and ensure we all keep each other safe from Covid-19.  THANK YOU. Please use the hand sanitiser on arrival and departure Please pray…

Virtual Services

During lockdown we are continuing to ‘meet’ and worship as a church family, mostly via Zoom, but on first Sundays a pre-recorded reflective service will be released on YouTube at 10.30am. Audio recordings of all these services can be found on our Sermons page and the calendar is being updated regularly with news of other virtual gatherings.
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