Wednesday, 23 April 2014Lots of good news from St Peter and St Paul, Seal. A bumper Messy Church for Good Friday, with over 60 people, was very pleasing, especially as a number of our regulars were away. Numbers were up at almost every other Holy Week service, an a lot of appreciation for our Good Friday afternoon reflective displays, which tend to stay up for several weeks after Easter....Read more...
Tuesday, 01 April 2014Nestling below the greens and hills on the Kent/Surrey border between Westerham and Edenbridge, there are times when Holy Trinity Church in Crockham Hill seems marooned as a distant outpost of the Rochester Diocese... Built in 1842 by Charles Warde of Squerryes, the church was first served by a Curate through the direction of the Vicar of St Mary the Virgin in Westerham, but within three years...Read more...
Holy Week and Easter Good News
Lots of good news from St Peter and St Paul, Seal. A bumper Messy Church for Good Friday, with over 60 people, was very pleasing, especially as a number of our regulars were away.
Numbers were up at almost every other Holy Week service, an a lot of appreciation for our Good Friday afternoon reflective displays, which tend to stay up for several weeks after Easter. http://sealpeterandpaul.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/good-friday-prayer-displays.html
We had a very joyful Easter Sunday service including the baptism of a child of one of our regulars - we had 200 people in church and a great atmosphere. I did a lot of facebooking, tweeting and blog posting in the run up to Holy Week, but I suspect also that good numbers at our Lent course (30 people in two groups -roughly half the adult Sunday morning congregation) played a part in encouraging people to come along during the Week. We used the Pilgrim course on the Lord's Prayer, which went down very well (with a bit of adaptation here and there) and I paired that with a daily blog post introducing people to different ways of praying.
What I have been noticed most, though, is that the quality and depth of people's engagement has been increasing - people who have sat on the sidelines for a while seem to be deepening their faith, and more willing to talk about and act on it, and some of the newcomers who have come in the last few years are beginning to find their feet, and their ministry. The music - traditional and modern - has been good too, and has really contributed to the worship, with the music group leading several of the hymns on Easter Sunday (an odd collection including cello, bassoon, flute, violin, clarinet, guitar and keyboard - whoever happens to be available, with ages from 13 to 70+).
By the Rev Anne Le Bas
Diocese of Rochester (map)
St Nicholas Church
tel: 01634 560000
fax: 01634 408942
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