Jonathan our Vicar, was welcomed on 9th August 2016

December 3, 2016
Jonathan our Vicar, was welcomed on 9th August 2016

It was a joy and privilege to join the parish in August as Vicar. Having spent the last 6 years as a Chaplain at Burrswood Christian Hospital, it is good to return to parish ministry and be involved in the full spectrum of community life. Previous parish ministry included over 7 years on the Isle of Wight and 4 years in Weymouth. I was ordained in 1999, after a career in Personnel Management.

I am so grateful for the warm welcome that everyone has given me, both within the Church family and wider community. I have already greatly enjoyed becoming involved with the four schools in the parish, and look forward to developing my role as Branch Padre to the Royal British Legion Village Branch.

The beginning of Advent means that Christmas is fast approaching! I am greatly looking forward to sharing in all the special services and events as part of the Christmas celebrations.

Looking ahead to the new Year I know that there will be many opportunities for us to learn and grow together in our faith and the sharing of God’s love in the life of the community.
 

Aylesford's New Vicar

May 8, 2016

We are delighted to announce that the Bishop has approved the appointment of Revd Jonathan Hall as the next Vicar of Aylesford. Jonathan is currently the Acting Senior Chaplain at Burrswood Christian Hospital. Jonathan is married to Erica, and they have two grown up sons, Richard and Christopher. Their family Labrador is called Barley.


He will be instituted (on behalf of the Bishop), inducted and installed by the Archdeacon of Tonbridge on 9th August at 7.30pm in the Parish Church. All are wel...


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Murder Mystery Evening - Friends Event

August 17, 2015

Murder Mystery Evening Friends Event 'Till Death Do Us Part '

8th August 2015

Till Death Do Us Part (A Vow to Murder) was the title of a splendid play presented by the Balancing Act Theatre Company. Lighting provided by the Southend Shakespearean Company enhanced the performance as did Wedding Music provided by Michael Keays.

The Acts were interspersed with hot soup (3 varieties for choice), and a well presented ham salad with hot new potatoes. The dessert course was summer pudding and cream whe...

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Aylesford Organ Restoration

August 4, 2015

Aylesford Organ Restoration


The organ is now 150 years old, and the restoration project is complete! Many thanks are due to all those who have supported this in so many different ways; it has been a real inspiration seeing what can be done as a team!

The opening service took place on 28th June, and the organ is settling down nicely now. We are therefore planning a weekend of organ activity in November, with an opening recital by a visiting organist (to be announced) on the Saturday evening, and...

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St Peter's Festival Weekend

August 4, 2015

St Peter's Festival Weekend


At the end of June we marked our church's Patronal Festival as St. Peter and St. Paul's Day falls on 29th June. On the Saturday evening "The Friends of Aylesford Church" organised another concert with The Aveley and Newham Brass Band. This year the band accepted our suggestion of music around the world and we were treated to a marvellous variety of music ranging from jaunty Mexican dance music to a wonderfully atmospheric setting of Respighi's "The Pines of Rome".

On...

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Parish visit to the Organ Builders

April 1, 2015

Parish visit to the Organ Builders


22 members of the congregation assembled at F H Browne's for a tour of the works on a bright Friday morning. Much of the work on Aylesford organ is now complete and ready for shipment and reassembly in church over the next few weeks: The console rewiring and general renovation is at an advanced stage, the new mobile plinth for the console is nearing completion, new wind chests have been made and wired, and even the new Great mixture was in the workshops, read...

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A Murder Mystery in Church

November 16, 2014

A Murder Mystery in Church


Several of us were busy at the back of the church pottering around putting food on tables when there was a blood-curdling shriek from nearby as someone died a gruesome death! It was a Murder Mystery performed in church in late September. The play had been specially written by a group of professional actors, Balancing Act Theatre, to have its premiere in our church, part of it performed in the chancel and part of it in the chapel. "Murder is Tolled" was set in the 192...

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Kidzpraise group bakes bread!

November 13, 2014

Kidzpraise group bakes bread!


The children and adults had fun baking bread at the Kidzpraise group at the beginning of November. Everyone had great fun.

Our Kidzpraise group is held:

Time: Every Wednesday 1.15pm - 2.45pm
Venue: The Brassey Centre, Station Road, Aylesford, Kent
Hosts: Aylesford Church
Contact: Chris van Straaten 01622 717434

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Aylesford Choir 'on the Map'!

October 19, 2014

Aylesford Choir 'on the Map!


It was with great pleasure that a number of our choir attended the RSCM Festival Evensong at Rochester Cathedral on Saturday 11th October. The weather did nothing to dampen our spirits, and we became part of the choir of around 150 drawn from across the entire region. The music included John Ireland's wonderful anthem "Greater love hath no man" (words from John's Gospel and other parts of the New Testament), and the setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Th...

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News from Kent Savers

October 18, 2014

News from Kent Savers


Aylesford Parish Church is supporting Kent Savers, our local Credit Union, in response to the Archbishop of Canterbury's call.

Kent Savers have recently introduced new services as part of its drive to serve people from all walks of life in Kent, and to be a real alternative to expensive banks and high interest lenders. More than 400 new members have joined on line, which is quick and easy.

Since September, Kent Savers are working in partnership with credEcard to give you cr...

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