June 27, 2019
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 ...

“I’ve lived here for 5 years now and this was the first time I’ve walked inside. What a pleasure. Quite amazing.”

“A wonderful church with a peaceful sense of God’s Spirit at work.”

We also held Morning and Evening Prayer every day and people grew in faith and confidence. Comments written on the prayer stations reveal a real depth of spirituality and a yearning for God’s Kingdom to come.

There were so many highlights it’s hard to pick favourites, but the visit from St. Peter’s school was definitely one of them. On 4th June, years 5 and 6 came to visit the Prayer Stations. Mr Holditch brought them in groups of 12 or so, and we thought 15-20 minutes might be enough for each group. How wrong we were! We ended up with a church full of engrossed children. Thank you to all of them for exploring the prayer stations so wholeheartedly.

I’m looking forward to visiting St. Mark’s School in Eccles this week, so I hope children from there will soon be part of church life too!

So ... onto the next big thing ... the Patronal Festival Celebration Weekend (29th and 30th June). The church’s patronal festival is when we honour the patron saints of our church - St. Peter and St. Paul.

St. Peter and St. Paul were two huge characters in the fledgling Christian church of the 1st century. Peter, originally known as Simon, was a fisherman when Jesus called him to become one of his followers. Peter’s faith in Jesus eventually led Jesus to call Peter the ‘rock’ on which the church would be built, but Peter’s journey to that point was not easy. The Bible stories describe him as unsure and confused by Jesus, and sometimes argumentative. After Jesus was arrested, in fear for his own life, Peter even denied that he knew Jesus. And yet, in the end, Jesus’ unwavering faith in Peter bore fruit.
Peter is a great example of what Jesus can do in the life of a very human being; his eventual leadership of the early church showed how Jesus can build strength and confidence from weakness and uncertainty. Peter was martyred for his faith around 64 AD. 

St. Paul has a very different story. Paul, originally known as Saul, was an educated Jew (a Pharisee) and a Roman citizen. Saul persecuted Christians savagely, but was dramatically converted after seeing Jesus in a vision (Acts 9.3-5). From that time on, known as Paul, he poured all his energy into bringing the good news of Jesus to many people. Paul travelled around most of the Roman Empire, establishing Christian communities. His many letters form the bulk of the New Testament. Paul was also martyred, around 67 AD.

As well as being examples of determination and dedication, St. Peter and St. Paul teach us that there is hope, in Jesus, for everyone. No matter how weak or flawed we may be, or think we are, Jesus’ faith in us - his forgiveness, compassion and encouragement can lift us to what we never thought possible. Something well worth celebrating I hope you’ll agree!

The timetable for the weekend is:

Saturday morning – discussion and reflection with Peter Smith - ‘Changing Our World - The Barnabas Way!’ 10am – 1pm in church. (Coffee from 9.30am).

Saturday afternoon – Cream Teas. 2-5pm in church.

Sunday morning – Breakfast in church from 9.15am. Followed by an All-age Celebration Service at 10am.

Sunday afternoon – Barbecue in the Vicarage garden, 12 noon onwards.

See Events for more information.

Please let friends and neighbours know, and come and join in. All these events are for everyone who is interested, and we hope it will be a wonderful weekend of church and community celebrating together.

Every blessing,


More news ...

Sunday Club
It’s great to be able to say that, thanks to the kindness of Mr Holditch and St. Peter’s School, we will be able to use one of the classrooms on Sunday mornings from September onwards. So watch this space for more information about Sunday Club for up to 11 year olds (year 6).

The Big Lunch
The Big Village Lunch on 2nd June was great fun. Thank you particularly to Nicola and Martin Bowden and everyone else who helped to make it such a brilliant afternoon.

Combined Service with the Friars
On Saturday 8th June, Father Francis and other Friars came and joined us for a Service for the Eve of Pentecost. It was lovely to worship and enjoy a meal together and we look forward to more times of sharing.

Meryl Walsh
This month, the church and village community lost a much loved friend - Meryl Walsh. You can read about the family’s memories of a wonderful mother in the current Parish Magazine.

Finding peace in a busy life

June 13, 2019
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

February 11, 2019

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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New Vicar

November 18, 2018
The Bishop of Rochester and The Dean and Chapter of Rochester Cathedral are pleased to announce that The Revd Ruth Peet, at present curate at St. Mary's Bromley, will be the next Vicar of Aylesford. Ruth began her career in the pharmaceutical industry and later became a partner in the family retail business. Ruth is married to Kevin, who still runs the family business, and they have one daughter, Corinne who is married to Danny, and a grandson, Michael. Ruth is delighted to be coming to Ayles...
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Vicar of Aylesford Job Advert

September 10, 2018

We are making progress! The vacancy for Vicar of Aylesford, along with our parish profile, has been posted on the Church of England website (see the following link). Thanks to everyone who has helped us get to this stage relatively quickly.

Vicar of Aylesford Job Application >>

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Our Interregnum begins

July 31, 2018

Our Vicar, Jonathan Hall, has moved from Aylesford and will be officially licensed to his new parishes on the Isle of Wight on Saturday 18th August.

We are now in what is called an Interregnum, with no vicar. The appointment process for a new vicar will take some time and we don't expect to have a new one in post until 2019.

In the meantime we will continue to have our Sunday services as normal with the help of a number of visiting clergy, to whom we are very grateful.

The service pattern is as ...

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Junior Choir Leader appointed

June 27, 2018
We are delighted to announce that Dr Paul Richards has been appointed as our Junior Choir Leader commencing 28th June 2018. Paul’s role will be to engage with local schools to encourage singing in a Junior Choir, which will contribute to our 3rd Sunday of the month “Come and Praise” service. In time, we anticipate that Aylesford Junior Choir members will wish to progress to our adult choir.

The Junior Choir Leader position is funded for three years by the Ouseley Trust, and gives us a g...

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Moving On

June 27, 2018

It is with a mixture of feelings that I announce that I have accepted the offer of appointment as Priest in Charge and Team Vicar (Designate) for the parishes of St John’s Sandown and St Blasius, Shanklin within the Bay Team, on the Isle of Wight.

Although it will be a great sadness to leave the parish here, after only two years as Vicar, I am looking forward to returning to parish ministry on the Isle of Wight, and being able to support family more fully there.

My last Sunday will be Sunday ...

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Messy Church

June 27, 2018

On the first Friday of every month, Aylesford Church hosts Messy Church for families. Our next Messy Church will be held on Friday 6th July in the Brassey Centre on Station Road in Aylesford.

This is a chance for families to enjoy story time, crafts, singalong and sharing of a simple meal. (Sorry no unaccompanied children). There is a small charge of £1 per child on the day. In May, the children learnt about the Holy spirit and had fun icing cakes, making crowns, doves and a poster was displa...

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Something to Sing About

February 26, 2018
St. Peter and St. Paul's Church has been awarded a grant by The Ouseley Trust, which supports the development of choral music in parish churches and cathedrals up and down the country.

This is exciting news for the musical life of our church!

The grant has been given for us to employ a Junior Choir Leader for three years. We hope to find an enthusiastic and talented musician who will inspire and enthuse young people to develop a love of singing, through making connections with local schools and...
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