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Reopening

Posted by Ruth Peet on Sunday, June 21, 2020, In : Changing Church 


Having been permitted to reopen the church building for private prayer and small funerals by the government, we are delighted to announce that, starting on Wednesday 1st July, the church will be open for private prayer and reflection, twice a week - Wednesdays 9am-12pm and Saturdays 12-3pm. This arrangement will allow us to keep the 72 hour safe period between opening times. More details will follow as we work through layout, signage and visitor procedures to keep everyone safe, but this is t...
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Finding a Voice - postponed Lent Course

Posted by on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, In : Learning and Growing 

Earlier in the year a number of us completed Christianity Explored, a weekly course, where we learned about having the humility to trust in the person and the work of Jesus, and we literally saw changed lives and such growth in understanding and confidence. One of the questions that came up repeatedly, was “How do we tell others about what we’ve learned?” And that question helped in choosing a Lent course, which we were just starting when the church building had to be closed and everyth...

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Words of Comfort

Posted by Ruth Peet on Saturday, May 9, 2020, In : Changing Church 


Because we're not able to make pastoral visits in the usual way, we are very concerned for those who may be unwell, lonely or fearful; those we would usually be able to visit, listen to and pray with. The lack of such contact can be very distressing, especially for people of faith. So I (Ruth) have made a short recording of prayers and words of comfort. This can be heard by calling local number 01622 939 020. It's just less than 10 minutes long; won't cost more than a local call and is for an...
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Phone support

Posted by Ruth Peet on Thursday, April 2, 2020, In : Changing Church 
Another big THANK YOU to The Chequers Inn, Aylesford who are now including our information about phone contact with everyone's food boxes, so that anyone who would like a regular phone call can join the 70 or so we're already supporting.

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Day of Prayer 22nd March - Light a candle

Posted by Ruth Peet on Friday, March 20, 2020, In : Changing Church 


Church leaders in Britain and Ireland have urged Christians to take part in a National Day of Prayer and Action about the coronavirus on Sunday 22nd March. The call states: “Whether you are continuing to worship as congregations or not, we have the great privilege and freedom to be able to call upon God, wherever we are, individually and corporately, for healing in our nation.” People are asked to light a candle in their window at 7pm on Sunday “as a visible symbol of the light of life,...


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Reasons to be cheerful

Posted by Ruth Peet on Friday, February 7, 2020, In : From the Vicar 
This month holds a number of reasons to lift our spirits. Not least the signs of Spring awakening all around us. For some the dark winter nights are anything but cosy, and longer daylight and burgeoning plant and animal life really lift mood and outlook.

Many a poet has captured the heightened appreciation of the beauty of creation that Spring brings about. One of those was Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-89) in his sonnet ‘Spring’:

Nothing is so beautiful as spring —
When weeds, in wheels, sh...

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What's the best news you've ever heard?

Posted by Ruth Peet on Saturday, January 4, 2020, In : Learning and Growing 


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Christmas Family Service

Posted by Ruth Peet on Saturday, December 7, 2019, In : Christmas 


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Here we are again!

Posted by Ruth Peet on Saturday, December 7, 2019, In : From the Vicar 
It’s just unbelievable isn't it? It is literally only two minutes since I was trying to combine the preparation for last Christmas with starting the packing so that we could move home to Aylesford! I just can’t compute that that was a year ago and that Christmas is here again already. But never mind, because I am so looking forward to Christmas with you, and to sharing in all the wonderful things we have planned at St. Peter and St. Paul’s.

The biggest of those (well the one taking the m...

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Lights of Love

Posted by Ruth Peet on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, In : Christmas 

3 of the 10 beautiful trees now set up in church for Lights of Love. If you would like to commemorate a loved one, by hanging a star on one of the trees, please download the leaflet. The Lights of Love Opening Service is at 10am on Sunday 1st December.
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Christmas Services and Events

Posted by Ruth Peet on Friday, November 15, 2019, In : Christmas 


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David Flood - Organ Recital

Posted by Ruth Peet on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, In : Music 


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Psalms for Every Moment

Posted by Ruth Peet on Saturday, September 21, 2019, In : Learning and Growing 

Another of Peter Smith's wonderful study mornings. No need to book - just turn up. Download the flyer.
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Fundays!

Posted by Ruth Peet on Friday, August 30, 2019, In : Children and Families 
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Pledge to Use Less Plastic - Our Harvest Project

Posted by Ruth Peet on Thursday, August 29, 2019, In : From the Vicar 
Ruth's article from the September edition of the Parish Magazine

As we leave the scorching summer heat behind and move towards the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ our thoughts begin to turn towards Autumn gatherings and festivals - prime among those ... Harvest. Although the C of E doesn’t call it just ‘Harvest’ anymore, Harvest is now encompassed in the more expansive ‘Creationtide’. Whatever it’s called, last Autumn I was serving in a suburban church which rai...

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Celebrating

Posted by on Thursday, June 27, 2019, In : From the Vicar 
Ruth's article from the July/August edition of the Parish Magazine

Thy Kingdom Come (which you will recall from my article last month, is now a global Church prayer initiative that runs during the period between Ascension Day and Pentecost) has been a revelation for St. Peter and St. Paul’s. We have had a wonderful time. The church was open every day and we enjoyed some fascinating encounters with people from all walks of life. A couple of entries in the visitors’ book speak volumes ...

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Finding peace in a busy life

Posted by on Thursday, June 13, 2019, In : From the Vicar 
Ruth's article from the June edition of the parish magazine.

As I write this (mid-May) we are enjoying some wonderful weather. I have just returned from three-days’ training, near Northiam, where I have been reminded once again of the crucial importance of stopping every so often to smell the roses … or stand awe-struck at the beauty of the Kent countryside, or to simply close my eyes and turn my face toward the warmth of the sun. The challenge now, of course, is to retain such times of ba...

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Introducing the Revd Ruth Peet

Posted by on Monday, February 11, 2019, In : From the Vicar 

I was born in Beverley, East Yorkshire. My late father was Organist & Choirmaster at St. Augustine's Hull, and one of my earliest memories is of the thrill of that building seeming to shake while Dad thundered out Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. So began a life never very far from the Church and its music.


A few years later the family moved to Kent, and wherever Dad went music-wise I followed, singing in various choirs. Eventually we ended up at St. Martin's, Eynsford, with my daughter, C...

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