Women's Christian Fellowship
Women’s Christian Fellowship was founded almost 30 years ago as an ecumenical group, meeting to discuss and deepen Christian faith, for fellowship and sharing problems. It seeks to promote Christian family life within the community.
We had a fascinating insight into the work of the Tunbridge Wells Street Pastors at our last meeting when two of them came to talk to us about their night work. If you want to know more, there is information at the back of church; they really are inspiring. We will not be meeting in April but watch this space with an update about May's meeting as the situation develops and we know if we will be able to gather together. Meantime please pray for each other and keep in touch by phone or e-mail.
Contact Susan Cash (01732 866218)
Pastoral Care Group
There is a team of people in the village, each of whom has an area of responsibility, and are there to welcome new residents, answer questions, pass on prayer requests to the Vicar and generally be a good neighbour. See below for those in the team and the area they cover. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need any help.
Jo Naismith 01732 860148 Goodley Stock Road, Kent Hatch Rd and Smiths Lane
Ros Ellis 01883 723403 Main Road from Hosey Common Rd to New Rd and Church Lane.
Chitra Carver 01732 862657 Main Rd from New Rd to Model Farm, Spout Lane to Grange and Dennettsland Lane
Richard Diggory 01732 446466 Oakdale Lane
Trish Proctor 01732 866219 New Road, Main Rd from Model Farm to Hole Lane
Katy Netherclift 01732 866381 Deanery Road
Jilly Murison 01732 866224 Pootings from Grange Cottage
Mandy and Ian Maple 01732 863144 Marlpit Hill
Michael and Olga Court 01732 866342 Mapleton Road and Puddledock
David Stafford 01732 866327 Dairy Lane
Sheila Stapleton 01732 866288 Froghole Lane
The Prayer Group
The Prayer Group is a small group of faithful worshippers who meet on a monthly basis
to pray for the needs of the World, Diocese, Deanery and the Parish.
THE PRAYER GROUP to which ANYONE IS WELCOME, will not meet while the Coronavirus is forcing us all to socially distance. This was a short time of peace and prayer for the World situation, our Country, Diocese and our Village Community. We would love more people to join us for this valuable time, just bring yourself and relax for a while. Prayer requests and prayer ideas are always used during this time so if you have anyone or anything you would like us to pray about please let Sue Diggory or me know.
Until further notice the Prayer Group will not take place but please join others who will be praying in their own homes on Wednesday April 15th at 2pm. This will be a very good way for us all to be praying at this very difficult time.
Contact: Trish Proctor 01732 866219
10 years ago a partnership began between the Dioceses of Rochester and of Mpwapwa in Tanzania. Since then parishes, schools and individuals in Rochester have explored how they can become involved with parishes and schools and other institutions in Mpwapwa, to help, share and learn from one another.
Following last year’s Lent discussions on Poverty, Crockham Hill Church decided in February to support St Michael’s Church in Kongwa.
We have set up a steering group consisting of Mike Court, June Davies, Jo Banks, David Hodges, Jules and Sue Green, and Ali Cooper to move the project forward. We are hoping that the whole community will get involved in various ways.
The PCC has agreed to support the training of Jeremia Isaka at St Philip’s Theological College, which is three miles from Kongwa. We are already supporting the training of Neema Zachary at St Philips.
We think these will be a really worthwhile investments for the future of Christianity in Tanzania.
The chicken project started with 14 women contributing 14 chickens and 20 chickens given by Crockham Hill.
WATER FOR KONGWA – FUNDRAISING AUCTION OF PROMISES
Sat 25 April
We are very sorry to have to postpone this even, in line with government guidelines. Thank you very much to all those who had reserved places and offered promises and gift items. We will reschedule as soon as we can. However, the problem doesn’t go away and is no doubt made worse in these extraordinary times. Pupils at the primary school in Kongwa still have no access to water. Thus, if you feel able to make a donation to support them, could you please either make a cheque to Holy Trinity PCC and put it through June’s letterbox or contact June for bank transfer details. Thank you very much.
There has been a monthly discussion group led by the laity for the past 20 years or so.
We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 8.00 p.m. Through agreement the venue may rotate around various households. It is proposed that this lively group will discuss contemporary issues from a Christian perspective and with no holds barred! For further information or ideas for discussion please contact Ian Maple on 863144 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No meetings are held during Lent; the next meeting will be arranged after the end of the Coronavirus.
contact Ian Maple on 863144 or by e-mail to email@example.com..
Sunday Club, for children who are at Nursery or Primary School will take place during the 10.00am service and meet weekly apart from the first Sunday of the month when we will be introducing a Family Service.
The children will go to their activities after the first part of the service and return for a blessing during Communion and share with us at the end of the service what they have been doing.
Registration forms to comply with Diocesan guidelines will be available in church from September.
If any older youngsters would be interested in helping please have a word with me, as we are very aware that their needs need to be thought about too.
Messy Church takes place every eight weeks when a large crowd of children, parents and grandparents meet in the School Hall to find out more about Jesus. There is a mix of craft, songs, prayers and food.
Messy Church is a mix of craft, song and prayer followed by TEA. Messy Church is for all-ages and we meet from 4.00 - 5.00 in the school hall. Do get in touch if you need to know more.
Next Messy Church will be arranged after the end of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Edenbridge Food Bank
As a church we support the God's Hands Food Bank for the community of Edenbridge. Please leave donations in the box at the back of church which is emptied on a regular basis.
A parish nurse is a registered nurse with community experience, who works through the church, offering offering spiritual, mental and social support, as well as health and lifestyle advice, respecting people of all faiths or no faith at all, and working with all health care professionals and ministers of religion.
The parish Nurse is contracted by The Eden Church at The Eden Centre and supported by all the churches in the Edenbridge Churches in Covenant.
The Parish Nurse aims to promote well being, offering support to individuals, families and communities. This can be at a time of crisis or simply during the journey of life’s challenges, finding all sorts of ways of promoting health in the congregation and in the local community.
The Parish Nurse can train and co-ordinate church based volunteers, as they serve their communities, and can identify needs for self-help support groups and find ways to develop them, and can offer spiritual support and prayer.
A Parish Nurse will not put pressure on anyone to change their religion or join a particular church; will not do dressings, injections or invasive treatments. If these are needed, they are provided by the NHS.
God’s Hands Food Bank
Could we ask that you remember the food bank and can be as generous as possible please,
to help us help the families who really struggle without that daily meal for the children at school.
Christmas Food Bank – Julie Barry is organising the Christmas Food Bank a bit earlier this year.
Our aim is to let the families know what they will be receiving well before Christmas.
This helps to reduce anxiety levels.
Please could we have your Christmas food items donated between November 1st and December 3rd.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Suggested Foods: Tinned ham, Tinned potatoes, Tinned vegetables
Tinned fruit, Custard mix, Boxes of biscuits, Crisps in cardboard tubes (they don’t get crushed) Chocolates,
Christmas puddings, Crackers (to pull), Crackers (for cheese), Chocolate tree decorations,
Contact: Jo Banks 01732 860509.
Contact Julie Barry: Parish Nurse 07799 130557
Holy Trinity’s help to the developing world takes a number of forms. We have participated in Christian Aid Week for many years through a house to house collection carried out by members of our congregation.
The Leprosy Mission has been supported by the church for a number of decades, and we continue to have a retiring collection for its work on World Leprosy Day, as well as collecting used stamps in the church, and encouraging people to take boxes for loose change.
We also have a representative on the Edenbridge Fairtrade Group (Edenbridge was the first Fairtrade town in Kent) and Holy Trinity is a Fairtrade organisation.
During the year, as with other churches we take part in various other appeals, such as Poverty and Hope, Royal British Legion, The Brownies, Edenbridge Hospital, Edenbridge Holiday Activity Schemes, and The Children’s Society
The BRIDGES Centre - http://www.bridgescentre.org/ - is a community café that offers an accessible place for people to meet, a listening ear, friendship, rest and refreshment, with particular regard for the needs of parents with young children, the aged, the unemployed and those who are lonely or distressed. The BRIDGES trust was formed in 1993 with the purpose of raising funds to buy the Ebenezer Chapel in Edenbridge High Street. The Centre opened in 1995 and is staffed by volunteers under the supervision of a paid manager/assistant manager, Its aim is to bring together all sections of the community to their mutual benefit as visitors or volunteers, without discrimination, and to ‘bridge the gaps’ in local provision that are not being addressed by existing statutory or voluntary agencies. To that end BRIDGES provides specialist advice clinics, which give local people access to information and services without needing to travel to larger towns. BRIDGES aims to demonstrate Christian faith in action through creating a welcoming community where anyone can find, or be, a ‘good neighbour’. It maintains a Christian ethos of inclusivity and service, and encourages people to develop their creative and practical abilities.
Volunteers are always needed and are invited to contact the Manager, Mary Perrett on 01732 868186. The Centre is also available for hire. More details are available on the website.
The Bridges Centre
Contact: Sheila Stapleton
Click here for link to
Eden Christian Trust website.
Eden Christian Trust -
In partnership with the churches of ECC and the support of West Kent Extra our objectives are to provide support in all areas of youth work, to encourage an understanding of the Christian faith and to provide activities to strengthen communities.
From slow beginnings ECT has become a victim of its own success, developing into a thriving organisation in the community with a full-time salaried Youth Worker, Anthony Shipwright providing the following activities:
ECTreme Youth Club. Meeting on Fridays the doors are regular shut at 50 members for safety reasons, with an additional 15 young people hoping to get in. Some of you may have seen the ECT float in the bonfire parade with some well-known faces plus youngsters!
Anthony regularly attends the primary schools in the area (Crockham Hill, Hever, Edenbridge Primary and Four Elms) for films, crafts and discussion. In rotation, Anthony attends the churches in the Trust – Eden Church, St John’s Marsh Green, and Holy Trinity, Crockham Hill and SSPP Edenbridge.
Anthony runs a House Group on a Sunday with about 8 young people providing discussion on a whole range of subjects, relating them to Christian faith. One-to-One mentoring sessions are run coupled with activities and crafts.
The MAD (Make a Difference) Mission Week took place in Aldershot last October and included 8 representatives from Edenbridge
The Main activity for 2017 is Rebuild Mexico. Four adults from Edenbridge Parish are going with Anthony Shipwright, plus 6 young people.
The ECT is indebted to a large number of volunteers to whom our hanks and of course to Anthony for all his hard work.
To find out more please feel free to discuss with Anthony, or Brigitte Hunter, Crockham Hill ECT Trustee.
All Saints New Cross
We have close links with All Saint’s Church, Newcross, and our relationship goes back many years.
Traditionally, in July and August, Father Owen and his team have taken a number of youngsters on holiday to the Isle of Man. Crockham Hill's support for this has proved invaluable over the years.
Many thanks for all your generous gifts for our friends in New Cross, which are very much appreciated. Gifts to New Cross in the form of a cheques should be made out to Holy Trinity Church, Crockham Hill and passed to David or June.
Our friends in New Cross send you their grateful thanks for the bumper load of donated items which they have collected from us this morning. You can be sure that every item is welcome and will be put to good use. For the moment, however, they have suggested that we put a temporary hold on collecting items as the running of their shop and drop-in centre is uncertain in these challenging times. That does not mean that your donated goods will not be welcome later though. We are in close contact with them and, if a sudden need arises, we will send the message around. Thank you very much.
David Hodges - 01732 866233 or
June Davies - 01732 866350
Edenbridge Churches in Covenant
The Edenbridge Churches in Covenant (ECC) comprises Holy Trinity, Crockham Hill, St Peters & St Paul in Edenbridge, the Catholic and Baptists churches, and the URC church at Marsh Green.
The ECC was formed so that all denominations in the Edenbridge area could meet and liaise, holding some joint services, usually extra to their own morning service. The ECC also supports the Eden Christian Trust.
Crockham Hill is currently chairing the ECC, and Richard Diggory is the chairman.
Contact: Kev Reynolds (866457)