Tues 11 @ 11.07
Members of our school community are doing a litter pick this Saturday - why not join them?
Mon 10 @ 11.24
Thy Kingdom Come the global prayer initiative runs between Ascension and Pentecost, so starts this Thursday (13 -23 May).
On each evening 14 – 22 May there will be a Zoom Prayer meeting from 7 – 7.20pm across THiS Team.
We will be focusing on prayer for the ‘hidden’ church in countries where the Christian faith cannot be openly practised.
Why not join one of these prayer times, just 20 minutes long - the Zoom Meeting details are as
follows: ZOOM ID: 140 942 378 PASSWORD: tkc
Mon 10 @ 10.54
Day One of the sponsored walk went well for Christian Aid Week. Thanks to companions today Victor and Malcolm. To find out more and to sponsor all of the clergy taking part please visit HERE
Sun 9 May @ 14.45
Christian Aid Week starts tomorrow - please support Helen and the other local clergy walking for Christian Aid HERE
Tues 4 May @ 09.22
We are having a Gift Day this coming Sunday 9 May - please read the letter HERE.
Sat 1 May @ 15.05
Definition and Marks of a bereavement friendly church
A bereavement friendly church could be defined as….
“A church/church group where the effects of bereavement and the journey of grief are understood and alleviated, so that bereaved people in their communities are helped to navigate their difficulties and come to a place of meaning and hope.”
The AtaLoss.org 12 marks of a Bereavement Friendly Church
1. Bereavement awareness training being encouraged and/or provided for the church community;
2. Understanding encouraged across the church community of what it is helpful to say or not say to the bereaved.
3. A carefully selected and trained bereavement support team appointed with special, but not exclusive, responsibility for bereavement care;
4. A carefully selected and trained bereavement church lead appointed to supervise those supporting the bereaved and represent bereavement needs in church decision making processes;
5. Faith questioning expected and appropriately supported when people are bereaved;
6. Suffering affirmed within the church community as a legitimate Christian experience;
7. Care being taken to ensure theological messages are helpful for the bereaved;
8. A realistic approach to healing conveyed and ‘good deaths’ prepared for;
9. Signposting to bereavement support services made available to all people connecting with the church;
10. Special activities provided for the bereaved to support the grief journey and for remembrance;
11. All aspects of church life reviewed for welcome to and impact on the bereaved;
12. Provision within the church for those who are mourning to find respite, comfort and peace;
Notices you still need from April
Christian Aid Week runs this year between Mon 10 - Sun 16 May.
Find out more HERE
To highlight the plight of those across the world who do not have ready access to clean water, six local clergy will be walking between their churches on each of the six days (Monday - Saturday) carrying two buckets of water. The route is a bit over 4.5 miles and including Helen and St Matthew's makes it a much longer walk!!!
Please think about sponsoring this initiative HERE
Also if you would like to accompany Helen on one of these walks (or part of one), then please do get in touch with her. We can agree a mutually convenient time for any particular day.
On Sat 15 May we will be finishing the initiative in Clarence St at 12/12.30pm - do come along and support Christian Aid - more details again from Helen.
We are having a Gift Day on Sunday 9 May - please read the letter HERE to tell you more about it.
Also thank you to all who joined our Annual Parishioners' Meeting and our APCM on Sunday 25 April. You can find all the documents referred to on our Noticeboard page HERE
KINGSTON VOLUNTARY AIDED CHURCH OF ENGLAND SECONDARY SCHOOL
Here is an extract from an email we have received from the School Project team
'In January 2021 we sent you details about a four-week representation period/survey on the continuing plans to establish Kingston CofE Secondary School. We remain very grateful for the feedback, contributions and completed surveys then - and please be assured that any feedback you did submit during that period has informed the ongoing plans to establish the secondary school.
As a result of certain feedback sent to the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in regard to the four-week representation period that was facilitated in January and February 2021, a new representation period is being held, commencing: Friday 23rd April, 2021.
Both supportive feedback and any objections can now be (re)submitted direct to the local authority/Kingston Council. Please (re)submit your letter/emails of support by Friday 21 May to Kingston Council via Mr Matthew Paul (email@example.com) – Associate Director for School Place Planning for Kingston. Correspondence should be denoted: ‘Response to Proposed Kingston C of E Secondary School’.
There will not be an on-line survey this time or further public e-meetings as all the information about the secondary school has been shared to date and none of the details have changed.
Further detail and an ability to once again review the Statutory Proposal can be viewed at: https://www.kingstoncofesecondary.org.uk/statutory-proposal/.
I sincerely apologise for any time that it might take to resubmit your original feedback. You may wish to refresh or supplement your original feedback of course – feedback that needs to be made direct to Kingston Council via the email address above. '