Vicar's November Letter


Revd. Angela Walker

Here we are again, the months flying past, November is already upon us. This November looks to be a very busy month. There are the usual services such as ‘All Saints’ and then following that ‘Remembrance Sunday’. I am looking forward to my sister visiting for a week as she celebrates her 60th birthday with us and then the following week the Bishop of Rochester, Bishop James will be spending a week in the deanery attending various events.

There is a whole programme of activities that we may attend to meet and speak with the Bishop during his time in the deanery. I hope that you can make at least one of them. I am particularly looking forward to the confirmation service at Cobham on the 26th November at 6pm when we will be celebrating with Sue Huntingford and John Bagshawe as they are confirmed.

Bishop James will be visiting at the following events

Sat 25th Nov

10.30am Cobham Christmas Bazaar, St Mary Magdalene Church Cobham, (please save him a bacon butty or two)

4.00 – 6.00pm  Messy Church at the Fawkham and Hartley Church Centre

7.30pm  ‘Jam for James’  Free ‘Open Mic’ concert at New Ash Green Sports Pavilion

Sun 26th Nov

Rural North West Kent Group Sunday services.  9.00am at St Peter’s Church, Ridley and 10.30am at St Peter and St Paul, Ash

6.00pm Confirmation service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Cobham

Mon 27th Nov

11.00am  Prayer meeting led by the Deanery Group at the Jubilee Hall, St Mary Magdalene Church, Longfield.  Followed by lunch

Tues 28th Nov

7.30pm  Open meeting at St Barnabas’ Church, Istead Rise to discuss recent Mission/Outreach and Vision objective.

Weds 29th Nov

7.30 – 8.30am  Coffee and engagement with commuters on Longfield train station.

10.00am  Holy Communion at St John’s Church, Meopham, followed by Advent Reflections led by Bishop James.  12.00pm  Lunch at the St John’s Centre.

Sat 2nd Dec

10.30am – 1.00pm  Deanery Advent Prayer walk from Istead Rise to Longfield via Southfleet, including refreshments, Advent reflections and lunch.

1.30 – 3.00pm  Continuation of walk between the St Mary’s Church Room Sole street and Istead Rise with refreshments.

8.00pm  Come and meet Bishop James for an informal ‘Q and A’ at ‘The Leather Bottle’ Pub, Cobham.  DA12 3BZ

Sunday 3rd Dec

10.30am  Joint Deanery Service at St Nicholas’ Church, Southfleet


These visits are part of Bishop James’s regular pastoral ministry as he seeks to get to know the parishes and the people in them. Do pray for him and do please come along to meet him and have a chat where possible. These visits are not just opportunities for the Bishop to see what goes on in the parishes but they also give opportunity for the Bishop to feed back into the parishes some of the reflections from the recent ‘our conversation, our future’ exercise that many of us took part in.


Blessings Revd Angela Walker