Parish Help

​​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 meet next on Wednesday 9th February at 10.45ah at 41 Highfields Road, to hear about The Edenbridge Foodbank.

Susan Cash

 

We look forward to seeing you.

Susan 01732 866218  or cash_jocsrc@hotmail.co.uk for more information

 

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 will meet on February 16th at 2pm at Woodmote. There are so many people and situations in need of our prayers, especially with the approach of winter and the rising fuel and food prices and the continued problem with COVID. We will also be praying for our schools as they continue to help students to catch up with their missed learning. We have been asked to pray especially for those who will choose a new Bishop of Rochester and all the Parishes in our Tonbridge Deanery. 

 

Everybody is welcome to come and join us or if you have anything you would like us to pray for please let me know.

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Supporting Tanzania

15 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. They formed The Mpwapwa Partnership Group. 

Following the 2015 Lent discussions on Poverty, the PCC decided to support St.Michael’s Church in Kongwa, and then Mkwala School 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 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.

Crockham Hill School and village have supplied desks, uniforms and a copier for Mkwala School. There was no water supply to the School, and funds have been raised to rebuild the Water Harvesting System, and to sink a borehole to provide a constant supply of water

The chicken project started with 14 women contributing 14 chickens and 20 chickens given by Crockham Hill. 

Discussion Group

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. 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 ianandmandymaple@yahoo.co.uk

 The next Discussion Group will be at 8.00pm on Tuesday 8th March at 41 Highfields Road, Marlpit Hill

Any newcomers wishing to join this group can contact me on 863144, or email ianandmandymaple@yahoo.co.uk for details.

Ian Maple 

contact Ian Maple on 863144 or by e-mail to ianandmandymaple@yahoo.co.uk..

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Contact: Jo Banks 01732 860509.

Sunday Club

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

We have re-started Messy Church, and we hope to hold this about four or five times a year.  You may be wondering what it means to get messy at church!                    

 

This is a national movement and it creates church communities that are, well, messy! That means we can get messy with paint and glue and other creative stuff. There will be lots of fun activities for parents/carers and children to do together, which might be art, or games, or drama. and we can explore our wonderfully creative God perhaps through Play-Doh or paint, stories and songs. 

 

There will be time to pray and sing and have a story before everybody shares food.  It’s a chance to find out more of God’s stories and grow together as God’s people.

 

Messy Church doesn’t have to be in a church building. The people, not the building, are what makes the church.  Ours will be held in our school hall, thanks to the generosity of the school.

 

Messy Church is predominantly for children, and you are welcome whether your child is one of 30 in their age group, or the only one.  And a good Messy Church will be for you too. The parents and carers aren’t just there to help supervise their children – they’re there to come closer to God and grow in faith. The experience as a family is truly special.

 

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Edenbridge Foodbank

 

The Edenbridge Foodbank started last year after Julie Barry’s retirement as Parish Nurse and the God’s Hand foodbank was transformed into a Trussell Trust foodbank.

The Trussell Trust is a nationwide Christian organisation with the aim to stop hunger in the UK. They do this by supporting more than 1200 foodbanks, our Edenbridge Foodbank being one of them.

The foodbank is managed by Dave White, a pastor from Edenbridge, Serena Barker from Four Elms who manages the parcel hand-outs at the Foodbank Centre and Sandra Taekema van Tiggelen from Crockham Hill who organises the food and storage. They are supported by a team of about 15 volunteers who weekly make sure the food is collected, sorted, stocked, packed into parcels and handed out to our clients on Tuesday mornings at Rickards Hall on the High Street.

Clients are referred to us from different directions, like the Citizens Advice Bureau, schools, housing associations etc. People can come to the foodbank to pick up a parcel of non-perishable food as well as fresh bread, fruit and vegetables if available. 

Most food is donated by the people of Edenbridge and the surrounding area, often while shopping at Waitrose or at the Eden Emporium gift shop on the High Street. Incidentally we receive donations via Morrisons Oxted. The foodbank volunteers also pick up bread from Tesco on Tuesday morning and buy fruit & vegetables from Waitrose or Tesco if we have gift cards or money given to us as donations. Lots of food also come from collections at Harvest Festival, Christmas or other collection drives.

Nobody who is hungry will leave the Foodbank Centre on Tuesday morning without food. We will help people get a referral for longer help, and we signpost people to agencies who can make life better, such as Crosslight debt advice, Involve Kent or other services.

For more information about our foodbank, please check our website edenbridge.foodbank.org.uk or call Sandra at 07540117511.

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Outside Help

Edenbridge Hospital

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. 

his year is over the period 10-16 May. The money raised will go towards helping some of the world’s poorest people. If you wish to donate to this appeal you can either: (a) make it online to Holy Trinity PCC, sort code 40-52-40, account no. 00014196, using the reference of your initial and surname followed by ‘CA’ (e.g. DStafford/CA), or (b) send cash, or a cheque payable to Holy Trinity PCC with ‘Christian Aid' written on the back, to Tony Rogers, our Treasurer. For more information please contact me on 866327.

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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, Mary Perrett

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A note from Mary Perrett, the Manager:

Dear friends in Crockham Hill

THE BRIDGES CENTRE OPEN AGAIN

After the long lockdown, the BRIDGES Centre in Edenbridge High Street is now open for business once more. For the time being it will be serving drinks and refreshments from 10-12.30pm on Mondays to Fridays, but as from 4th June, the Centre will be starting a new and exciting project. Every Friday afternoon from 2pm - 4pm it will become a Place of Welcome; a time when all the community is welcome to join us at the Centre, enjoy refreshments and also learn or share skills. These activities may cover such things as cooking on a budget, going on a health walk or learning crafts. This is a space where people can grow, belong, and be nurtured in the heart of the community.

 

 

Why not drop in – for a cuppa, to meet old friends, make new ones and be part of the community. You’ll be more than welcome. 

The Bridges Centre

Contact: Sheila Stapleton

(01732 866208)

 

 

 

 

Click here for link to

Eden Christian Trust website.

 

 

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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.

Eden Christian Trust is in great need of volunteers for its Friday night Youth Club. This meets from 7.30-9.30pm every Friday evening during term time at the Old Chapel riverside building in Edenbridge High Street. If you are able to help out by volunteering once a month (or more!) for two hours at a time, please contact Anthony via Ect.youthworker@gmail.com or phone 07738232296 for more information. 

                                         

All Saints New Cross

We have close links with All Saint’s Church, Newcross, and our relationship goes back many years.

New collection arrangements

·        All items will be stored in my storeroom this year as, for logistical reasons, we cannot use the Church 

·        Please ring me before bringing the gifts so that, for security reasons, they can be placed safely in the storeroom (and not left in the open garage)

·        Please keep the new gifts separate from any other donated items  

If you would prefer to give a cheque, please make it out to ‘Holy Trinity Church, Crockham Hill’ and pass it to Tony Rogers or to me. Thank you very much for your generosity

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CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR OUR FRIENDS AT NEW CROSS

by 3 DECEMBER

During these difficult times, our friends at New Cross would be very grateful for the donation of Christmas gifts for children and adults in need in their community. They would welcome (unwrapped) children’s toys and warm socks, hats, scarves, gloves, toiletries for the adults. Wrapping paper and sellotape would also be helpful.,

 

Our friends would also welcome non-perishable festive food, in tins or sealed packets. Collection of non-Christmas items will continue as usual. Please bring the gifts etc. to me and either ‘phone beforehand or ring on my doorbell so they can be placed safely in the storeroom (not left in the open garage). 

  

If you would prefer to give a cheque (no deadline on this), please make it payable to ‘Holy Trinity Church, Crockham Hill’ and pass it to either Tony Rogers or me. Thank you very much for your generosity.  

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Contact:

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.

Contact: Kev Reynolds (866457) kev.reynolds@talktalk.net