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.
SPEAKER FROM CHILDREN'S RESPITE TRUST
Gavin Fisher from The Children's Respite Trust will be talking to us about this charity's work instead of a sermon at the 9:30am service on Sunday, 14 February 2016. There will be a retiring collection for the charity (one of the four we are supporting this year) at the end of the service.
TRAIDCRAFT 'BIG BREW' COFFEE MORNING/FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT
Thanks to everyone who supported our 'Big Brew' event, in the Church Hall on Saturday, 13 February 2016. Take a look at some photos. Remember, Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 runs from 29 February to 13 March 2016. In this context, this Guardian article in its Sustainable Business section is very interesting; about the economics of fair trade bananas and especially about the Dominican Republic and its Haitian immigrants.
The course consists of six stand-alone sessions (you can come to as many of them as you are able). The course consists of a video and the chance to discuss it afterwards. The six topics will be: Who am I? What is God Like? What Happens after I Die? How Can I be Happy? Why is There Suffering in the World? What is the Spiritual World and how does it impact my life? The course will be held in the Church Hall and will run from 4 - 5pm; starting Sunday, 14 February 2016 for six weeks. If you are interested please email, phone or speak to Revd. Martin.
POVERTY & HOPE APPEAL
As part of his sermon on 10 January 2015, Martyn Berry introduced this year's Rochester Diocese, Poverty & Hope Appeal. Leaflets (the same as 2015) and envelopes are available at the back of the Church. The envelopes can be returned, over the next few weeks, either to Church (preferred) or to the Appeal Treasurer. The six specific projects being supported in 2016 are the same as in 2015. Martyn recommended also visiting the Appeal's webpage, for further information.
MONDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY
The next bible study dates have been agreed for the two Mondays: 8 February and 22 February 2016. Further dates to be agreed. Betty Gilbert will kindly continue to host the group and we will meet at her house around 10:00am for coffee, aiming to start our study at 10:15am for one hour. This session's study will be the old testament: David, God's True King. If you would like to join us and/or wish to know more, please do contact us: Daphne and Ronnie
YOUTH AND SCHOOLS WORKER
A meeting was held recently to discuss the possibility of St Mary’s, St Luke’s and St Mary Kippington having a joint youth and schools worker. A copy of the proposal can be accessed by following this link. The next step is for the three PCCs to discuss the proposal at their next meetings later in January 2016. Please take some time over the next few weeks to think about this and especially, to pray for guidance and discernment in this matter. If you need more information or wish to express a view, please speak to Revd. Martin or one of the Churchwardens.
MOTHERS' UNION - FPW
An MU Faith & Policy Watch, December 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.
Children's 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.