Services

Information on baptisms, weddings, funerals or burials please see Special Services.

Holy Week and Easter

Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week, the most important week of the Church’s year, when we remember the last days of Jesus’ life. The events are both swift and dramatic. Each of the services help us to follow the moving story that is the basis of Christian faith: the Crucifixion and Resurrection. The services during this week are not designed just for the committed, but for all who are searching for meaning and faith.

Maundy Thursday 18th April 2019

6pm Smarden – Eucharist of the last Supper. A formal sung Eucharist that remembers how Jesus gathered his disciples to celebrate the Passover. This became the last meal he shared with his disciples. It is the meal upon which the Eucharist is derived, and the meal where Jesus washed his disciples’ feet.

Good Friday 19th April 2019

10:30am Smarden – Active Church

11:00am Smarden – Walk with the cross. We start with Active Church activities. Other members of the congregation join at or before 11am. At 11am there will be a walk with the cross accompanied by readings reflecting of the events leading to the crucifixion. Walk will be 30 – 40minutes. All ages welcomed. We finish back in church for tea and coffee hot cross buns.

2pm Biddenden – Last hour by the Cross. A service of readings, hymns, and reflection that contemplate the place of the crucifixion in our faith.

Easter Day 21st April 2019

9:15am Smarden All Age Easter Day Eucharist with Easter egg hunt

11am Biddenden All Age Easter Day Eucharist with Easter egg hunt

 

Services for each Church:

St Michaels Smarden

14 April Palm Sunday
9.15am   Parish Eucharist
6pm         Evensong (BCP)

21 April Easter Day
9.15am    All Age Eucharist

28 April Easter 2
9.15 am Eucharist (CW)
2pm       Walk Church (tbc)

All Saints Biddenden

14 April Palm Sunday
8am           Eucharist (BCP)
10.30am    All Age Sunday procession and service

21 April Easter Day
11am          All Age Eucharist

28 April Easter 2
8 am Eucharist (BCP)
11am Eucharist (CW)
2pm Walk Church (tbc)

MONTHLY SERVICE SCHEDULE

Updated November 2018

1st Sunday
9.15 am Biddenden: Sung Eucharist (CW)
11 am Smarden: Mattins (BCP)
2nd Sunday
8 am Biddenden: Eucharist (BCP)
9.15 am Smarden: Sung Eucharist (CW)
11 am Biddenden: Sung Eucharist (CW)
6 pm Smarden: Evensong (BCP)
3rd Sunday
9.15 am Smarden: Eucharist (BCP)
9.30am Breakfast Church followed by 10 am Biddenden: Morning Worship
10.30 am Smarden: Active Church
6 pm Biddenden: Evensong (BCP)
4th Sunday
8 am Biddenden: Eucharist (BCP)
9.15 am: Smarden: Sung Eucharist (CW)
11 am Biddenden: Sung Eucharist (CW)
5th Sunday
Special joint services with parishes of Biddenden, Smarden, Bethersden, High Halden and Woodchurch worshipping together.

Please check Notices.
BCP: Book of Common Prayer
CW: Common Worship

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES

Sung Eucharist CW — Communion service with hymns, a sermon.  The service lasts approximately an hour and is followed by coffee and tea.  For Children there are activity sheets following the theme and readings of the day.
Active Church (Smarden: 10.30 am 3rd Sunday) — Adults and Children learn together through activities, games, stories, and song. Active church starts with with crafts, and games, at the end we gather, explain more fully the theme, sing songs, and pray. There are always refreshments and a play corner for very young children. Active church is a great way for parents or grand parents to have real quality time together with their children. All ages are welcome but you need to be prepared to get involved!
Breakfast Church where you can join us for coffee and a croissant at 9.30am which will be followed by Morning Worship (10 am Biddenden 3rd Sunday) — Non Eucharistic services as advertised. Each month services vary using contemporary liturgy.
Eucharist BCP (8am Biddenden 2nd & 4th Sunday, and 9:15am Smarden 3rd Sunday) — Holy Communion following the Book of Common Prayer 1662. It is a “said” service ie no hymns, a short sermon (or “thought for the day”) and lasts about 40 minutes.
Mattins BCP (Smarden:  11am on the 1st Sunday) — A traditional language service from the BCP (Book of Common Prayer 1662). The service includes a sermon and has musical support from the Benefice choir. Tea and Coffee follow the service.
Evensong (BCP) Evensong follows the Book of Common Prayer 1662. This service has hymns and support from the benefice choir.
Children and families are always welcome at all services. We provide activity sheets following the theme and readings of the day.