If you’re fed up with being stuck in doors, bring the kids to Messy Church – starting at 4pm on Sunday, 16 February at St Mary’s Community Centre, Rylands Road. Arts & crafts, music, fun and a meal. All are welcome.
On Sunday, 9 February, Kennington remembered the contribution that Frank Acott made to the local community. A tree was planted in his memory at his beloved St Mary’s Community Centre in Rylands Road.
Frank was the driving force behind the rebuilding of the community centre four years ago. His dream was for the church, along with other organisations, to provide activities for all age groups. Whilst most people in their 70’s are winding down, Frank was busy overseeing the construction of the new centre to realise his dream.
Today the centre is so successful that it is used seven days a week and used by all age groups. The planting of a tree, that will blossom and grow in the same way his dream did, is a fitting way to remember Frank, who died just over a year ago.
How can we begin to explain communication between an infinite, sovereign, loving spirit and the limited, wilful, struggling beings who depend on him for existence?
I can’t even start to count the ways we could come at it and we still wouldn’t scratch the surface.
And yet, what could be more simple?
I talk and – amazingly – he listens.
I hurt and – astoundingly – he cares.
I laugh and – I am astonished at the thought – he grins from ear to ear.
I ask and – this is the tough part – I learn to trust that the answer will bring me good, no matter what it feels like at the time.
I listen and I can learn to recognize his voice – yes – even the voice of an infinite, sovereign spirit. Why? Because he’s loving and he actually wants me to hear him.
We’re going to tackle this topic at St. Mary’s for three evenings over the next month: January 29 and February 12 and 26.
Will we get it all figured out? Not likely. But we will do it anyway. We – limited, wilful, struggling beings that we are – will talk to the infinite, sovereign Spirit who created us. And, because He loves us, He will start to teach us how to hear His voice.
Throughout 2013 a group of people from St Mary’s church have made lunch on a monthly basis. We’ve enjoyed different soups, my favourite being broccoli and Stilton, in the winter months with Ploughmans lunches during the summer.
The lunches are a lovely way to get together with friends and chat, whilst our food is brought to us.
All their hard work has paid off as it was announced on Wednesday that they have raised over £800 this year for the Friends of St Mary’s charity.
The Friends look after the fabric of our beautiful church, paying for repairs and improvements.
So thank you to everyone who cooks, serves and attends these lunches.
Everyone is welcome so maybe we will see you at the next one!
Christmas is such a busy time. The children get over-excited when there is still so much to do. Slowly but surely however we get pulled in to the wonder of Christmas.
Carol services really set the scene, as we sing of the joyful story with songs we know so well.
On Sunday, 8th December, 4pm at the Community Centre, Rylands Road and 15th December, 6pm at St Mary’s Church, we sing again the wondrous Christmas story. It promises to be a special time of music and singing all by candlelight.
We also go carol singing out in the Parish. You are welcome to join us at any of these events:
7 December we are at 2pm we are at Bybrook Barn and then Dobbies Garden Centre at 3.30pm.
12 December at 6.30pm we visit The Grange, The Street. Then at 7.30pm we are at St Valery, York Road and we finish the evening at 8.30pm at Gerlach House, Beecholme Drive.
19 December at 7pm we are at The Rose, Faversham Road.