19 March 2017

It is with sadness that we have heard of the death of Spencer Marchant (funeral Thurs 24 March 2pm Biddenden).

Mothering Sunday Posies – would you like to help put together the posies for the Biddenden Mothering Sunday service? Then please come along to Biddenden church on Saturday 25 March at 10am. It will only take an hour and everybody is welcome (especially children).

Next Sunday 26 March is Mothering Sunday: there will be a Eucharist in Smarden at 9.15am and an All-Age Family Service in Biddenden at 11am, both with distribution of flowers. All welcome.

Annual Church meetings (APCMs):

Biddenden Tues 28 March at 7.30pm in All Saints church (refreshments from 7pm). There is a vacancy for a Churchwarden – please consider if God might be calling you to this role. More details from Ann Courtness or Catherine Wilson.

Smarden Weds 5 April at 7.45pm in the Charter Hall, (refreshments from 7.30pm).

Both PCCs have spaces for new members – could you serve the church in this way?

Electoral Roll: If you regularly worship here, then it is good to have you on our Electoral Roll. It helps us keep in contact with you and gives you the right to vote at our Annual Church Meeting. Forms are available at the back of church and should be returned to David King for Smarden (Kia-Ora, Pluckley Road, Smarden TN27 8NQ) or contact Catherine Wilson. The deadline for Smarden is tomorrow, 20 March; the Biddenden Electoral Roll revision is now completed.

Smarden Parish Magazine are looking for an Advertising Manager as Eric Spear is looking to stand down this year. Eric is willing to train the new person accordingly. If you are interested, please e-mail directly.

Smarden Church are looking for a new Treasurer – someone who is computer literate and comfortable with numbers; willing to support the church but not necessarily a churchgoer. Do you know someone who could do this? More details from Tom Hay 01233 770286.

Spring Clean at Biddenden Church on Saturday 1 April from 10am. Vounteers needed to help clean Biddenden church. Bring your own cloths, polish etc – refreshments will be provided.

Welcomers Required to help to keep Biddenden Church open for visitors, by giving two hours of your time in either the morning or afternoon (April to October). There will be a Welcomers meeting on Thursday 6 April at 10:30 in Biddenden Church. We are very short of help and need more volunteers if we are to keep our Church open. Church welcoming starts on Wednesday 12 April. Please contact Joanna Winston 01580 240446

Smarden Charter Hall 10 th Anniversary challenge quiz is taking place on Friday 21 April. If anyone would be interested in being part of a Church team, please contact Edward Demery 01233 770579.

Lilies in Smarden Church at Easter: You are invited to have a lily placed in the sanctuary at Easter in memory of a loved one.  These names will be listed but can remain anonymous.  A donation for each lily is much appreciated.  Please call Pat Palmer (01233 770557) before 5 April.