Welcome to the website of St. Mary's Church, Riverhead and Dunton Green. Whether you are a first-time visitor or enquirer, or a member of our Church community, we hope the information provided will be helpful.
CHRISTMAS 2015 AT ST MARY'S - SERVICES & EVENTS
|10am to 4pm||Sat, 5 Dec||Christmas Tree Festival|
|11am to 4pm||Sun, 6 Dec||Christmas Tree Festival|
|3:00pm||Sun, 6 Dec||Christmas Tree Festival - Family Carols|
|3:00pm||Sat, 19 Dec||Second Wind Christmas Concert|
|9:30am||Sun, 20 Dec||Sunday School Nativity|
|7:00pm||Sun, 20 Dec||Nine Lessons and Carols|
|2:30pm||Thur, 24 Dec||
|4:00pm||Thur, 24 Dec||Christingle Service|
|11:30pm||Thur, 24 Dec||Midnight Eucharist|
|8:00am||Fri, 25 Dec||Holy Communion|
|9:30am||Fri, 25 Dec||Parish Eucharist|
|8:00am||Sun, 27 Dec||Holy Communion|
|9:30am||Sun, 27 Dec||Parish Eucharist|
|See Revd Martin's Christmas Message.|
SEVEN REASONS TO BAN THE LORD'S PRAYER
This is the title of a communication from the Church of England, relating to the recent banning of a C of E commercial about the Lord's Prayer, and intended to be shown in cinemas. It is based on a blog from Stephen Croft, Bishop of Sheffield and, in his analysis, he argues there is no wonder the words of the Lord's Prayer have been banned in the boardrooms of consumer culture. You can read the communication by following this link.
PREPARATIONS FOR THE CLIMATE SUMMIT MEETING IN PARIS
The Churches of Rochester Deanery are keeping Advent Sunday (29 November 2015) as a Meat-free Sunday. 29 November is a doubly significant date, as it marks the beginning of the penitential season of Advent and is also the date on which climate pilgrims from around the world will converge on Paris, where Global Climate talks begin the following day (COP21 : 30 Nov - 11 Dec 2015).
'SHOE BOX' APPEAL 2015
St Mary's will again be supporting the Operation Christmas Child (Shoe box) Appeal in November. If you would like to contribute, Appeal leaflets, giving details of items to put in your shoe box, will be available at the back of the Church. You can also download a leaflet here. Further details about the scheme can be found by clicking on the logo to the right. Filled boxes should be returned to Church by Sunday, 29 November 2015. Thank you. DH
CAROLS AT CHRISTMAS, WITH SECOND WIND
Please join us at St Mary's Church, Riverhead on Saturday, 19 December 2015 at 3:00pm for 'Carols at Christmas', with the Second Wind Concert Band. Further details can be found on the poster.
EMERGENCY APPEAL - REFUGE EASE
There is a collection point in Sevenoaks for donations of items for refugees who are in desperate need. If you would like to contribute, please put your donations in the box in the Church porch, next to Loaves and Fishes. Please note this is an emergency appeal for refugees and is separate from the Loaves and Fishes appeal, which remains ongoing. DH
CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2015
This year's festival is to be held over the weekend of 5/6 December 2015. Everyone is invited to exhibit a tree, most especially if it has a particular theme. If anyone knows of local organisations, companies, offices or shops that you feel might be interested, please encourage them to take part. We should also be very grateful for cakes to serve with the tea and coffee on both days, and volunteers to welcome visitors or serve the tea and coffee. Further details can be downloaded here. Many thanks. Elaine Hanham
MOTHERS' UNION - FPW
An MU Faith & Policy Watch, November 2015, document is available. You can view the document by following this link.
Information about the MU's 140th Anniversary in 2016 has been received - please see our MU page (Church Groups/MU).
CHARITIES FOR 2015/16
At the Annual Meeting on 19 April 2015, it was decided to support the following three charities, along with the Rochester Diocese's Poverty & Hope appeal:-
Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) - Educational Christian charity promoting best use of music in worship.
The Bridge Trust - charity supporting single homeless people in West Kent since 1991.
Childrens' Respite Trust - charity that improves the lives of children with profound learning and physical disabilities by helping them to get a short break throughout Sussex, Kent and parts of Surrey and London.