Keston Parish ChurchKPC

Church Road, Keston, BR2 6HT



FEBRUARY 2020        

Sun         2nd Feb           10 am               Family Holy     Communion
Tue          4th Feb           9.30 am            Prayer Walk     
Fri           7th Feb           2.30 pm            Choir Practice
Sun         9th Feb           10am                Holy Communion
 Mon              10th Feb         7.30 pm            Pub Social @ Greyhound
Wed        12th Feb         10.30 am           Holy Communion
Fri           14th Feb                                 NO Choir Practice
Sun         16th Feb         10 am               Holy Communion          With H&W
Mon         17th Feb         7.30 pm            Meditation @ the Rectory
Wed        19th Feb         7.30 pm            Men’s Social @ Greyhound
Fri           21st Feb                                 NO Choir Practice
Sun         23rd Feb         10 am               Holy Communion
Tue          25th Feb         2 pm                 Worship C’ttee @ Angela’s   
                                                     7.30 pm            Home Group @ Rectory
Wed        26th Feb         10.30 am           Holy Communion With Ashing
Thu          27th Feb         7.30 pm            St. Mark’s Lent Group
Fri           28th Feb         2.30 pm            1st Sunday Singers& Choir Practice
Sat          29th Feb         7.30 pm            Quiz Night
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
Fri           6th Mar           8 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.

1st Sunday (2nd Feb & 1st Mar) an ‘All Age’ Communion service @ 10.00 am, shorter and child friendly! 
1st Tuesday (4th Feb & 3rd Mar) prayer walk @ 9.30 am outside on the green at the old Rectory. (See below for more details)
2nd Wednesday (12th Feb & 11th Mar) mid-week Communion @ 10.30 am.
3rd Monday (17th Feb & 16th Mar)  Meditation @ 7.30 pm at the Rectory.
4th Tuesday (25th Feb @ The Rectory & 24th March @ 120 Langley Way) Home Group -  @ 7.30 pm.  (If you need a lift ask Rev. Carol or Tricia.)

PRAYER WALKS – Every 1st  Tuesday of the month, Tuesday 4th Feb & 3rd Mar. 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!

CHURCH SOCIAL – AT THE GREYHOUND PUB on Monday 10th February @ 7.30 pm.  All are very welcome, come for your supper, or just a drink!  Then Tuesday 31st March @ The Crown, Leaves Green.

HEALING & WHOLENESS (H&W) - Every 3rd Sunday on  16th Feb & 15th Mar 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.

MEDITATION GROUP – Every 3rd Monday -  (17th Feb & 16th Mar).  We begin at 7.30 pm at the Rectory (during Winter months Nov – March). All are very welcome, to take time out from our busy lives. 

THE KNITTED BIBLE!  Chislehurst Methodist Church, Prince Imperial Road, Chislehurst. BR7 5LX, is hosting the Knitted Bible!  A fantastic visual representation of 33 Bible stories created by St. George’s URC Hartlepool.  Open Tuesday 18th – Saturday 22nd February 10 am – 3 pm;  Sunday 23rd 12.30 – 3 pm (coffee & cake afternoon);  Saturday 29th February 10 am – 3 pm.

MEN’S PUB SOCIAL – These happen every 3rd Wednesday of the month – and the next one is on 19th Feb & 18th Mar at the Greyhound Pub @ 7.30 pm.

LENT IS COMING!!  Would you like to read a 40 day booklet over Lent, entitled ‘Care for God’s Creation’ which has  a reading, reflection and action for each day?  (Cost approx £1.99).   If you would like to read more, there is another book called ’Saying Yes to Life’ by Ruth Valerio, about looking after creation and environmental issues from a Christian perspective, which is our Archbishop’s suggested book for Lent 2020 (Cost approx. £7) this book is at the back of the Church, and there is a list for you to add your name if you would like either/both books.  St. Mark’s Church, Biggin Hill are running a Lent Course following these books starting on Thursday 27th February @ 7.30 pm, then every Thursday and we are invited to join them.  Our next reading group is on Monday 9th March when we will also be reflecting on this book.

QUIZ NIGHT - SATURDAY 29th February  @ 7 pm –  with Fish & Chip supper, tables of eight.  Tickets £15 available from Chris on 07988 712873 or Tricia.  Bring your own drinks and glasses!  Tables of up to 8!

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!

 MESSY CHURCH – Tuesday 24th March at 3.30 – 6 pm.  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.

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
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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