Group Keeping in Touch

Group Keeping in Touch

September 2021

Dear Friends

Whilst the World Day of Prayer is usually held in March, this year our service in Tunbridge Wells was postponed until 1st October. It will be held at United Emmanuel and so we are looking for volunteers to help, and the more fellowships that are represented the better. The service on the 1st October will be at 11 a.m. and Adam, our Minister in Training, has offered to play for this, so please do consider coming along to support him.

Such a service needs preparation so we will be having a planning meeting on Thursday 16th September at 2.30, again at United Emmanuel.

Please spread the word and do come along!

 Rev Helen Warmington

News from Hawkenbury

No silly stories this month, instead we have some GOOD NEWS!

Starting on Sunday 5th September we shall be having tea and coffee in the Small Hall after the service. It seems such a long time since we have been able to meet socially in that way and we do hope that you will all feel able to join us again.

Things will be slightly different from what we have been used to, as we will ask everyone to sit at a table and wait to be served – no queuing at the serving hatch! Please wear your face covering until you are seated. This change will mean we shall be looking for a few more helpers as we’ll need servers as well as the folk who are busy in the kitchen. If you feel you might be able to help out – it needn’t be every week – please speak to Carole Bean or Maureen Wallis.

As well as the Sunday after service hospitality, we shall be resuming the monthly coffee mornings with effect from Tuesday 21st September, and subsequently on the third Tuesday of each month. The same requirements will apply as on Sundays, and again we should be very grateful for volunteers to assist.

The Knit & Natter Group also intend to get going again, starting in the afternoon on Thursday 9th September, and then meeting on the second and fourth Thursday each month. So those of you who have been missing this activity – or anyone who would like to join in – please note the dates in your diary. For more information please speak to Judy Owen.

So, it’s all good news this month. We do hope we shall be seeing more of you at church as things continue to open up and life moves closer to what we used to call “normal”!

And a bit of advance notice – we shall be holding our Harvest Service on 3rd October, to be followed by a meal in the Large Hall. Listen and look out for more information about this in the coming weeks.

Preachers for September:

5th  Rev Helen Warmington with Adam Earle

12th  Richard Blackwell

19th  Hazel Brown

26th  Paul Cuthbert

News from Rusthall

Pastoral News

It is lovely to be able to sing again on Sunday morning, we have all missed that. It is good too to be able to meet in the hall for coffee afterwards.

Many of our friends and members have joined us again now for Sunday worship and we are delighted to have them with us and we hope to see others too when they feel they can return. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are unable to attend morning services for whatever reason.

Pins and Needles

Pins and Needles have really enjoyed meeting together as a group in the hall on Tuesday mornings whilst the Pre-school have been on holiday. They will return to meeting in the lobby in September.

Wednesday Coffee Group

The Wednesday Coffee Group has not started yet but will start again as soon as it is logistically possible.

Fair Trade Café

The Fair Trade Café will be meeting on 25th September for the first time since February 2020. It will be open from 10.00 till 11.30 where there is the opportunity to buy fair trade goods and have a cup of tea or coffee.

Community Larder

The URC along with St Paul’s Church, the Parish Council and the Village Association has been in operation since the beginning of this year. However, the fridge in St Paul’s Church hall is no longer available so a fridge freezer will be housed in the United Reformed Church. There are no rules about using the community larder, it is there to provide food for the local villages and to cut down on supermarket waste. It is open every Friday from 12.30 until 2.15.

Harvest Service

Our Harvest service is on 19th September and Helen assisted by Adam will be leading it. We will be decorating the church on Saturday 18th so any help would be appreciated. We welcome gifts of tinned and dried food which are within their use by date and they will be donated to both local causes and those further afield.

Worship leaders for September

5th September Hazel Brown

12th September Jacqui Ferdinando

19th September Helen Warmington and Adam Earle (C/H)

26th September Albert and Elizabeth Wood

  News from

United Emmanuel Tunbridge Wells.

Dear Friends, I write with some very exciting news! The All Churches Trust, a national charity, has granted United Emmanuel a very generous £7,180 towards Project 21 – the refurbishment of the kitchen and downstairs hall. This is really wonderful news and allows us to move onto the next phase of obtaining tenders for the work. Things are really taking shape now.

Other news on the fundraising front is that we raised £250 from the BBQ at the Manse. It was a really lovely afternoon so thank you to everyone who helped.

Then on Saturday 25th September there will be a Harvest Quiz evening with a light supper – details see below.

Marmalade and Tea Towels still available too!

Rev Helen Warmington

Project 21 Harvest Quiz Night

6.30pm on

Saturday 25th September.

Teams of 6 @ £10 per person and includes a Harvest Ploughman’s). (Do not worry if you haven’t got a team, you can always join or make one on the night. Bring you own drinks). The venue will be in the church itself, not in the hall.

For catering purposes if you wish to join us please sign your name on the sheet at the church or notify Richard Cannam as soon as possible.

              Cake Sale

On Sunday 5th September, following the morning service Heather will be selling cakes of which 50% will go to Project 12 and 50% to Sunday School Charity.

Tuesday Lunchtime Services.

We are restarting our weekly Tuesday lunchtime services on 7th September. The service begins at 12.15 and finishes about 12.45.   Everyone is welcome, refreshments, are served following the service when it’s a goodly time to reflect on the thoughts of the speaker for that day.  We offer a warm welcome to all those who join us.

Speakers for September:

Sept.   7th Richard Cannam

Sept. 14th  Phil Leese

Sept. 21st  Hazel Brown

Sept. 28th Rev Helen Warmington

Monthly Tuesday

Charity Coffee Morning.

Yes we are restarting our monthly charity coffee mornings here at United Emmanuel. Our first one will be on Tuesday 14th September the charity is:

“Commitment for Life Zimbabwe”

Time 10.30 am to 12.00 noon.

However, why not stay for the Lunchtime Service and worship with us and so be fully refreshed in Spirit too?

 Sunday Preachers for September

5th   Richard Cannam

12th Rev Helen Warmington & Adam Earle –  Holy Communion

19th Rev. Dermot Thornberry

26th Rev Helen Warmington – HARVEST

 Scrabbled Fruits of the Spirit!

Last month, Iyla and Grace met up at Heathers house and made pizzas for lunch and used the nine words of the “Fruit of the spirit” using scrabble letters on canvas.

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

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