Barham Downs Churches

  • The Rectory
  • The Street, Barham
  • Canterbury
  • Kent
  • CT4 6PA

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Benefice Pew Sheet


The Barham Downs Group of Church

 Adisham • Barham • Bishopsbourne • Kingston • Wymynswold

                        Notice Sheet for 1st December 2019                                                 

  1st Sunday 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



Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen

Reading- Isaiah 2:1-5

In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills;

all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.”

For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!

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

Gospel- Matthew 24:36-44                                               

  Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.                         Glory to you, O Lord.                                                                                        

“But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.                                                                                               

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.                                                                                

We remember those who have died and those who mourn their Passing;          Marjorie Pontin, Pam Summerlin, Kathleen Ransley, Suzanne Potter, Kate Peppiatt, Karina Wooding, Alan Cave, Serge Medeiros.

and those who we remember on the anniversary of their death:Derek Summerlin, Theresa Moore, Malcolm Rule, Thomas Greenman, Jack Berry.

Post Communion  Prayer

O Lord our God, make us watchful and keep us faithful as we await the coming of your Son our Lord; that, when he shall appear, he may not find us sleeping in sin but active in his service and joyful in his praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Events this week from 2nd to 7th December






6.45 pm

Bell ringing.







10.00 am

7.15 pm

7.30 pm

Holy Communion

Prayer and Praise (4 farmhouse close)

Choir Practice





8:30 am

2.00 pm

6.30 pm

7.00 pm

Benefice Office Open (to 11:30)

Oasis (Uppingdene House)


African Evening






7.00 pm

Taize Service




Christmas Coffee morning, BVH



8th December    2nd Sunday in Advent

9.30 am

Holy Communion


11.00 am

Family Communion


11.00 am

Morning Prayer


6.30 pm




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. 


Prayer and Praise Wed 4th December 7.15pm at 4 Farmhouse Close. If you are interested and want more information, please contact Brian on 07976 362975 or

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


The next informal service at St John’s Barham will be taking place on Sunday 8th December at 6.30pm. In place of our usual speaker, we will be having a time of worship and reflection based around the theme of ‘Christmas Unwrapped’. Everybody is warmly welcome to the service, which will be followed by tea, coffee & goodies.

Upcoming Events

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.

Christmas Concert at St Mary’s, Bishopsbourne

Midst Winter’s Cold: A Christmas Concert

Thursday 12th December 2019, 7.30PM (doors open 7PM)

£15/£8 (Students)

£40 (Special Family Rate of 2 adults & 2 children)

Join us for a magical evening of Christmas carols and early music in Bishopsbourne’s atmospheric thirteenth century church. Mezzo-soprano,

Sophia Brumfitt and renowned lute player and maker, Din Ghani, will perform in this one-off yuletide concert

Tickets are available online: search ‘Midst Winter’s Cold’ at; or in Bishopsbourne at Hetty’s Flowers, Court Lodge Farm.

Present your ticket at the Mermaid Inn on the evening to receive an exclusive festive discount on mulled wine. 

 Midst Winter’s Cold is presented by Studio Will Dutta.