Keston Parish ChurchKPC

Church Road, Keston, BR2 6HT



MARCH 2020     

Sun         1st March       10 am               Family Holy    Communion
Tue          3rd Mar           9.30 am            Prayer Walk
Thu          5th Mar           7.30 pm            St. Mark’s Lent Group + Bishop
Fri           6th Mar           2.30 pm            Choir Practice
Sun         8th Mar           10am                Holy Communion
Mon         9th Mar           2 pm                 Book Club
Wed        11th Mar          10.30 am           Holy Communion
Thu          12th Mar          7.30 pm            St. Mark’s Lent Group
Fri           13th Mar          2.30 pm            Choir Practice
Sat          14th Mar          9.30 am            Slavery Walk to Downe
Sun         15th Mar         10 am               Holy Communion   With H&W
Mon         16th Mar          7.30 pm            Meditation @ Rectory
Tue          17th Mar          7.30 pm            PCC    
Wed        18th Mar          7.30 pm            Men’s Social @ Greyhound
Thu          19th Mar          7.30 pm            St. Mark’s Lent Group
Fri           20th Mar          2.30 pm            Choir Practice
Sun         22nd Mar        10 am               Mothering Sunday  Holy Communion
Tue          24th Mar          7.30 pm            Home Group @ Rectory
Thu          26th Mar          7.30 pm            St. Mark’s Lent Group
Fri           27th Mar          2.30 pm            1st Sunday Singers & Choir Practice
Sun         29th Mar         10 am               Holy Communion
Tue          31st Mar          7.30 pm            Church Social @ King’s Head
Fri           3rd Apr           2.30 pm            Choir Practice


OUR SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT - We want our church to be a safe place for everyone – a place where the love or God shines through all we do. Therefore, in accordance with the Government, the Church of England, the Charity Commission and our insurance company, our workers/volunteers are safely recruited (including DBS check if legally eligible), regularly trained and we adhere to Diocesan Safeguarding Policies. Our Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) is Mrs Heather Molnar who can be contacted on 07816 464 880 if you have any concerns. Please also see our Safeguarding board in the church lobby for further information and a photo of our PSO, and other members of our Church team.

 WELCOME - We would like to welcome you to our service today, especially if you are a visitor. We invite you to join us at Holy Communion to receive the bread and wine, symbols of God’s love for us.  If you do not wish to receive Holy Communion, please come up for a blessing, just keep your hands by your side as you come to the rail.  If you use a hearing aid, please put it to the “T” setting.  Please do join us for a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits in the Hall after the 10 am Sunday service.

LENT IS HERE!!  St. Mark’s Church, Biggin Hill are running a Lent Course every Thursday evening @ 7.30 pm, and we are invited to join them, they are following the books ‘Care for God’s Creation’ and ‘Say Yes to Life’.  Bishop James will be attending the session on Thursday 5th March at St. Mark’s.  Our next reading group is on Monday 9th March when we will also be reflecting on the books connected to the course.

PRAYER WALKS – Every 1st Tuesday of the month, Tuesday 3rd Mar & 7th Apr Please come along with or without a dog, and we all have a good chatter, and then stop, reflect and pray at several intervals along the way, we start at 9.30 am on Commonside near the old Rectory. We then end up at Greyhound at 11 ish where we have a ‘cuppa’, and/or one of the lovely breakfast options. Please join us for this lovely social time – you don’t have to walk first – just let Carol or Tricia know if you would like to be there for food, so we have an idea of numbers.  Thank you!

BOOK READING FELLOWSHIP – Our next Book Reading Fellowship Group is on Monday 9th March @ 2 pm at Sally Churchus home @ 103 Gravel Road, Bromley Common.  We will be discussing the LENT book some have been reading, together with other books, have a good chat, then have tea and cake. Don’t worry if you have not read any books, you may be inspired to after hearing others’ experiences!   All are welcome!

BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES PROJECT – Tuesday 10th March @ 10.30 am – visit to Keston Church by the London Wildlife Trust on how to encourage butterflies in our graveyards, all very welcome!

HEALING & WHOLENESS (H&W) - Every 3rd Sunday
on 15th Mar & 19th April, we offer healing and wholeness prayers, [and a blessing with oil], for all who may like the benefit of a special prayer, just after Communion.

MODERN DAY SLAVERY WALK – Saturday 14th March @ 9.30 am
with short service with Bishop Simon Burton Jones, and then a walk to the Wilberforce Oak, and then on to Downe Village Hall.  Please bring a packed lunch or enjoy soup and rolls provided by Downe WI.  You can return to Keston Church by bus.

MEDITATION GROUP – Every 3rd Monday -  (16th Mar & 20th April).  We begin at 7.30 pm at the Rectory (during Winter months Nov – April).  All are very welcome, to take time out from our busy lives. 

MEN’S PUB SOCIAL – These happen every 3rd Wednesday of the month – and the next one is on 18th Mar & 15th April at the Greyhound Pub @ 7.30 pm.

CHURCH SOCIAL – AT THE CROWN, LEAVES GREEN, PUB on Tuesday 31st March @ 7.30 pm.  All are very welcome, come for your supper, or just a drink!  Then Wednesday 13th May @ King’s Head, Leaves Green.

MESSY CHURCH – Our next get together is on Tuesday 7th April.  Come along for lots of fun and crafts, followed by a short act of worship in church, then finishing with a High Tea.  Free admission, but donations towards costs much appreciated. Following dates are Tuesday 11th August, and Tuesday 6th October.

LENT LUNCH AT ST. GEORGE’S, BECKENHAM CHURCH HALL, Albemarle Road, BR3 5HZ  on Tuesday 7th April at 12.30 pm.  All welcome, bring and share, savoury or sweet.  Cheese, French bread, tea and coffee provided.  Public Car park opposite.  Donations in aid of Welcare in Bromley.  Please let Gillian Scales know if you hope to be there

MAUNDY SUPPER AND SERVICE – THURSDAY 9TH APRIL – We will be having our usual bring and share Mediterranean meal starting at 6.45 pm, followed by our Holy Communion Service at 8 pm.

CAN YOU HELP?  Within a year John & Heather Molnar are anticipating moving to the coast to retire!  We will therefore be looking for a Churchwarden, a Parish Safeguarding Officer and a PCC Secretary. It would be ideal if someone could shadow them in their roles before they leave so as to get a feel for the role and learn the ropes.  If you can help with any of these positions please talk to Rev. Carol for more information.

THE FUTURE BISHOP OF ROCHESTER NEEDS YOU!  Bishop James is not going anywhere quite yet, but every diocese is required to have a ready-to-go committee of people to help, when needed, with the process of finding the next diocesan bishop.  They are looking for one lay person to join the Committee from the Archdeaconry of Bromley & Bexley.  Please contact Suzanne Rogers for more details and a nomination form on 01634 560000 or  Nominations need to be in by 12 noon on Monday 24th Feb 2020.

KESTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL currently has spaces available in some of the year groups. Please call the school for more information - 01689 858399.

DO YOU ENJOY THE KESTON MAGAZINE?  I am in constant need of ideas, if you have any ideas for (copyright free) articles or know of anyone who has an interesting hobby or done something or achieved something special or you yourself would be willing to share a bit about your faith in the 'My Faith Journey' article, please see Sally. Thank you.

The Keston Prayer
Merciful God, as we trust in your love;
Increase our faith, feed us with your word and strengthen us
for service.  Bless our community.  Make this place holy,
to heal and transform all who come. 
In the precious name of Jesus our Saviour,   Amen.


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