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St Mary the Virgin, Chiddingstone

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The way forward

Our long-awaited meeting with the Bishop of Rochester is due to take place on Friday 27th July. The discussion will centre on issues raised by the PCC and members of the parish at a Special Meeting back in February including:

Our concern regarding the dual role (parish priest + assistance to Deanery) [recently accepted by the Diocese that we should re-advertise for parish priest only]

  • Our concern that 4 or 5 days per week is too few for our widespread parish, when we can afford more and in light of the desire to grow the church
  • Our concern that the Diocese wish to reduce the number of parish representatives involved in the selection process

The conclusions of our meeting will be announced in Notices on Sunday 29th July and in the following edition of the magazine.

Services

Our regular services are shown on the Twitter feed on every page of this website and we continue to enjoy, and greatly appreciate, the time and thought given by the many visiting priests. This includes the weddings, funerals and christenings that require considerable planning and involvement of organists, bell-ringers, flower-arrangers, wedding co-ordinator and `back-of-house` helpers. Our thanks go to all who enable such services to take place, whether for those in the parish or outside. The fees and collections form an important part of our church`s annual income.

An encouraging meeting was held recently with a group of young mothers to discuss the best way forward for the lapsed Sunday School and for the monthly Family Services. This is likely to result in changes to the normal format of monthly services but requires PCC approval (5th September) before probable introduction in October. More detail when ratified – but many thanks for positive response and ideas from the Mums.

Sir Alan Donald

It was with great sadness that we learned of Sir Alan Donald's recent passing. He was a very much-loved member of the congregation and the community and will be greatly missed by so many. His celebrated diplomatic career was captured fittingly in obituaries in the national press and a separate article is included in the August edition of the Village magazine. Our thoughts and prayers go to Janet and all the Donald family.

PCC

The next PCC meeting will be held on Wednesday 5th September


Reminders

Any wedding matters should continue to be addressed to our hard-working wedding co-ordinator, Sue Coleman (01892 870435).

Any pastoral matters should be addressed to the Pastoral Assistant, Carol Benton (01892 870483).

Any Christenings or other matters relating to St Mary's or St Luke's should go to the relevant churchwardens please (contact numbers in our local directory).