23rd February  2020

Our latest weekly pew sheet : Pew Sheet 23rd February 2020

2020 All Saints Lent Appeal charity is Julie Lupton will explain all about Toilet Twinning during our 9:15am and 11am service.  In Biddenden this will be followed by a pre-Lent lunch of soup, cheese and bread.

2020 St Michael Lent Appeal is for the Friends of Smarden Primary School (FOSP).

Smarden Pancake party This coming Tuesday 25th Febuary at 4pm to 7.00pm Smarden Charter Hall.  A sociable evening for all the family, in aid of Friends of Smarden Church. Tickets available on the door.  Children £4 and Adults £7.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday 26th February 2020 Communion services with the administration of Ashes will take place at 10am in Biddenden, and 6pm in Smarden.

Biddenden Lent Course: Please sign up on the sheet at the back of the church if you would like to attend our film night at 7:30pm this Wednesday 26th February. This year’s discussions, based on the film The Greatest Showman, will run weekly from 8pm – 9:15pm on the following dates: Wednesday 4th March, Wednesday 11th March, Tuesday 17th March, Wednesday 25th March and finally Wednesday 1st April.

St. Michaels Guild Lent Lunches– informal and friendly gatherings in houses around Smarden village. No need to book, just turn up on the day and bring your friends. A selection of soups are served between 12.30pm and 2pm. Cost is £4 per head. All money raised goes to the Pilgrims Hospice. Please support this worthwhile cause. The first lunch will be on 28th February at 3 Vesper Court,TN27 8TF, courtesy of Pat Lush. The following lunches will be on 6 March, 13 March, 20 March, 27 March and 3 April. More details on these will follow.

World Day of Prayer is on Friday 6th March with a service at St. Michael at 7.30pm. This is a lay led interdenominational service open to all. This year the service has been prepared by Christian Women of Zimbabwe. There will be refreshments prior to the service from 7pm and all are welcome.

Confirmation 8th March 2020.  The first Confirmation service in this Deanery with the new Bishop of Dover will take place Sunday 8th March at 6pm, St. Mary’s High Halden.  All are welcome.

A group supporting the candidates for confirmation is meeting in High Halden on Thursday evenings for the next 4 weeks. For the next two weeks we will be discussing prayer. Anyone wishing to join our discussion is welcome. Please speak to Alex for further details.

Save the date – Sunday 26th April – Alex’s last service at Biddenden at 10am which will be followed with lunch at Smarden. (Further details to follow)

The upturned Christmas tree in Smarden Church, is designed to be a symbol for Candlemas. The feast of Candlemas is a kind of watershed between Christmas and Easter. We hope symbol will encourage us to think back to Christmas, but as the tree looses it’s needles, increasingly help us think of the Passion of Christ.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) At present there is no specific advice about the need to change practices for communion. However the Church of England medical advisor does write: “Churches should already be following best-hygiene practices that include advising parishioners with coughs and sneezes to refrain from handshaking during The Peace and to receive Communion in one kind only. Intinction (dipping a wafer) [with a cold] is not recommended as this represents an infection transmission route.”