Barham Downs Churches

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  • The Street, Barham
  • Canterbury
  • Kent
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Benefice Pew Sheet


The Barham Downs Group of Church

 Adisham • Barham • Bishopsbourne • Kingston • Wymynswold

                                    Notice Sheet for 24th November

54, 96, 572, 156, 474, Wood: O thou, the central orb

  Christ the King   

9.30 am

Holy Communion


11.00 am

Holy Communion


11.00 am

Holy Communion




Eternal Father, whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven that he might rule over all things as Lord and King: keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace, and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet; who he is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

Reading- Colossians 1: 11-20

May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

This is the Word of the Lord, Thanks be to God.

Psalm 46                                                                             God is our hope and strength: a very present help in trouble. Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be moved: and though the hills be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof rage and swell: and though the mountains shake at the tempest of the same. The rivers of the flood thereof shall make glad the city of God: the holy place of the tabernacle of the most Highest. God is in the midst of her, therefore shall she not be removed: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen make much ado, and the kingdoms are moved: but God hath shewed his voice, and the earth shall melt away. The Lord of hosts is with us: the God of Jacob is our refuge. O come hither, and behold the works of the Lord: what destruction he hath brought upon the earth. He maketh wars to cease in all the world: he breaketh the bow, and knappeth the spear in sunder, and burneth the chariots in the fire. Be still then, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, and I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us: the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Gospel- Luke 23: 33-43                                                     

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.                

Glory to you, O Lord.                                                                            

When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his clothing. And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!” The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”                                                                                                   

This is the Gospel of the Lord.   Praise to you, O Christ


Our Prayers this week                                                                                   

For any who are sick or in particular need at this time;                                               

Maureen Bicker, Maureen Baker, Michael Johnson, Ben, Jack and Ella Castle, Tim Bright.                                                                                

We remember those who have died and those who mourn their Passing;          

Peter Ward, Marjorie Pontin, Pam Summerlin, Diana Castle,

Margaret Ferguson, Kathleen Ransley, Grace Goodman.


and those who we remember on the anniversary of their death:

Cecil Underwood, Eileen Pikett, Vic Jones, Dennis Ratcliff,

Betty Collingwood.

Post Communion  Prayer

Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by you be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Events this week from 25th to 30th November






6.45 pm

Bell ringing.







10.00 am

7.30 pm

Holy Communion

Choir Practice




8:30 am

2.00 pm

6.00 pm

Benefice Office Open (to 11:30)

Oasis (Uppingdene House)

Adisham Christmas shopping











Christmas coffee morning. Conrad Hall

Christmas coffee morning. The Barn



1st December      1st in Advent

8.00 am

Holy Communion BCP


9.30 am

All Age service & Tree Decorating


11.00 am

Holy Communion


11.00 am



11.00 am

Holy Communion


4.00 pm

Advent Carol Service



Advent Study

The theme for the Benefice Advent Study this year is “Journey to Christmas” and will take place on Weds 27th Nov, Weds 11th Dec, Weds 18th Dec and Thurs 19th Dec all at 11am at St John’s Church. All are welcome with enough parking, tea provided and open discussion. 


Christmas Shoeboxes

Diane would like to thank all those who have contributed shoe boxes and gifts. We were able to send 35 filled boxes to Samaritans Purse for onward transmission to needy children around the world

Upcoming Events

The Christmas Coffee Morning in aid of St. Mary’s, will be in The Conrad Hall on Sat. 30 Nov. 10am-12 noon, donations of preserves, cakes and for the raffle and tombola welcome. Everyone welcome!


St Giles will be hosting a CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING in Kingston Barn on SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 10AM - 12 NOON.  Do come along and enjoy refreshments and some festive stalls.  This is a lovely opportunity to meet new people and to catch up with friends and neighbours.

 We are also running the popular CHRISTMAS HAMPER RAFFLE that was so successful last year.  Tickets are available from early November and the draw will take place at the Christmas Coffee Morning.  There are lots of fantastic prizes, including hampers, beauty treatments and Christmas treats. 


Thursday December 5th at 7.00pm Holy Innocents' is pleased to host an African Evening organised by the African Pastors Fellowship (APF).  The evening will include: African snacks and drinks; African music and crafts; and African themed quiz; and an introduction to the work of APF and School Connect.  More details from Rev. David Stedman; 07500 780857, Station House, Adisham.


St John’s CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING Saturday 7th December

Come and join us in the Village Hall between 10-12noon for coffee or tea and mince pies. Inge Davis (831403) will be pleased to receive offers of donations to Cake Stall. Pickles and chutneys would be welcome too. Kay 831898

 ST JOHN’S CHURCH CHRISTMAS RAFFLE – Tickets are £1 each and are now on sale. The Raffle is to be drawn at the Christmas Coffee Morning on 7 December. There are lots of exciting and valuable prizes to be won, including a case of Simpsons wine, a £50 Marks and Spencer voucher, a Christmas Tree from Cloughs, a family day out at Leeds Castle, meals at the Duke, Black Robin and Elham Valley Inns, tickets for Folk in the Barn, a sports massage at the County Ground, County Cricket tickets and more. If you have not received an allocation of tickets, or if you would like more, see John Andrews or phone 01227 831907 or e-mail


Friends of St Giles Church will again be hosting the Carol Concert given this year by Kent College Choristers. The date has been set for Saturday, December 21st at 6pm in St Giles Church, Kingston, (CT4 6HY), and the Friends are very grateful to Jackie and Rod Spencer who will be arranging the programme for us. Tickets will cost £10 (children free) and will include mulled wine and mince pies.

This is a very popular annual event and booking is highly recommended. Ticket booking and more information Maureen Taylor (01227 831738 or John Morgan (01227 831047)

On Saturday 14th December at 6pm we will be holding our annual Village Carol Singing on Barham Green around the Christmas tree. Everyone is warmly invited to come and sing and if anybody would like to join the band with musical accompaniment, please contact Sally Gurney on We will be holding our one and only rehearsal for the band on Thursday December 5th at 7.30pmin the Grabham room at the village hall