MID-WEEK BULLETIN – Ash Wednesday 14th February 2024
‘From that time on (after his temptations) Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near”’ (Matthew 4:17).
Today: 12noon: Holy Communion (BCP). 12.30pm: Lent Lunch, The Rectory
Sunday 18th February (1st in Lent)
9.45am: Zoom 11.00am: Matins (Not HC) n.b. NO Evensong
Tuesday 20th February – Continuing the Lent Course
7.30-9.00pm: every Tuesday evening during Lent at the Rectory. Starts with supper. A seven-week course ‘The Bible Series’, with video and discussion.
Wednesday 21st February - Lent Lunch
12.30pm: (Jill Pardey) Smugglers, Hoadleys Lane, Crowborough TN6 1TH
Sunday 25th February (2nd in Lent)
Wednesday 28th February - Lent Lunch
12.30pm: (Sue Cooper) Orchard Cottage, Cat Street, Upper Hartfield, TN7 4DP
WITHYHAM CHURCH to CLOSE in APRIL for essential repairs
Many of you know that the timber ceiling tiles all need re-fixing.
Mindful of the bats which live there, and following a visit by the Bat Conservation Trust, we now have Natural England’s go-head to do the work in April.
Our builder Paul Lavington had confirmed that he’s geared up.
So, the Church will be close immediately after Easter – Easter Day is 31st March – with work beginning on Tuesday 2nd April.
It is due to take one month: a week of erecting scaffolding, two weeks fixing the new screws and a further week dismantling the scaffolding.
During April, all services will be held at Blackham at 11.00am.
We hope to back in Withyham on Sunday 5th May, barring any delays.
Withyham Church will have to remain closed during the work.
This will also all be publicised in the March Parish Magazine.
The Kings Hall, Withyham
Withyham Warm Hub: every Thursday inc. TOMORROW 11am-2pm, free lunch
Next Friday Café: Friday 8th March 10.30am-12noon
Next Village Lunch: 12.30pm Thursday 21st March
Blackham Market: Village Hall – First Saturday in the month: 10.00am-12.30pm
For your PRAYERS
The Middle East - Israel & the Palestinian Territories and Yemen; Ukraine.
The Persecuted Church: Christians in Nigeria.
All those in particular need of our prayers: Hazel HARRIS (Pembury Hospital), Valerie COGAN & Janice YONGE.
The Bereaved: The family and friends of all those who mourn.
Withyham Church to be closed in April for essential repairs
Regular Sunday 11am services to take place in Blackham Church.
Churchyard Spring Clear Up - Saturday 23rd March from 10.00am
The Annual Spring Clear-up this year will be on Saturday 23 rd March from 10.00am. Anyone who can help in any way is very welcome. A simple lunch will be provided at then Rectory for those who want.
Every Wednesday during Lent at a different location at 12.30pm. Simple lunch, donation to a charity chosen by the host.
21st February: Smugglers, Hoadleys Lane, Crowborough (Jill Pardey)
28th February: Orchard Cottage, Cat Street, Upper Hartfield (Sue Cooper)
Every Tuesday evening 7.30-9.00pm at the Rectory, starting with supper. A seven-session course designed by the Bible Society entitled ‘The Bible Series’, with video and discussion. Starts on Shrove Tuesday 13th February, ending on Tuesday 26th March. It will be possible to join remotely on Zoom if preferred.
Maundy Thursday 28th March 2024 at The Rectory, Withyham 7.00pm
A chance to share a meal with Church friends and family, to reflect on the events of the Last Supper & to think more about the first Easter. The Christian Faith has its roots in the events of The Passover. All Jewish families have celebrated it since the time Moses led them out of Egypt and still celebrate it every year. All offers of help welcome.
To book a place or for more information: email@example.com 01892 770069
On 23rd January the funeral took place at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Withyham of Tom WILD who died on 26th December 2023 aged 93, followed by an unattended cremation at Tunbridge Wells.
The first Sunday in November started with Holy Communion at Withyham at 11am followed that evening by a joint Evensong with Holy Trinity Church, Markbeech. It was a beautiful All Souls Service and the two choirs, conducted by Charles Talbot were well rehearsed, so the performance was wonderful.
The following week, 12th November, witnessed the annual Remembrance Sunday Service. The bugler sounded the two-minute silence followed by the reading of the names of those lost in WWI and WWII in Withyham, read by Lord De La Warr. It was a moving Service, remembering those that gave their lives for our freedom.
On Saturday 18th November, despite the truly horrendous weather, approximately ten brave people turned out for our autumn churchyard clear up and worked jolly hard. Refreshments were had in the Rectory afterwards. Everyone was wet and cold and probably required a complete change of clothes when they got home.
Our grateful thanks to all. James Campbell’s sermons on the Ten Commandments continue to interest and inform his congregation. We are now looking forward to our Christmas Services at both Withyham and Blackham churches.
ALL SAINTS CHURCH, BLACKHAM
All Saints Church, Blackham is open at weekends between Easter and Harvest, and for services.