Recent News

There's a lot going on in Kemsing and Woodlands churches! This page shows some of our recent items of news; click on the headline to read more about any item.

Sat 21 May 2016 — 6:05 pm

This afternoon in Rochester Cathedral, 25 "Licensed Lay Ministers" were licensed for their ministry by Bishop James of Rochester.

Among them was our very own Ruth Mason. Ruth has served among us for many years as a "Licensed Reader". Going forwards, Rochester Diocese will license lay... more

Mon 16 May 2016 — 5:55 pm

Well done to all the walkers who completed last Saturday's North Downs Challenge Walks. It was another fantastic event, with nearly 200 walkers completing either the 11, 15 or 20 mile routes. It was helped by near-perfect weather - it was cool but dry. As ever, the sandwiches and cakes were... more

Sat 7 May 2016 — 2:25 pm

Kemsing's Community Choir gave a wonderful concert in St Mary's Church yesterday evening. The Community Choir has performed 6 times so far, about once a year - each time strictly as a one-off!

We enjoyed songs from The Sound of Music in the first half, along with some succinct narrations... more

Mon 7 Mar 2016 — 9:00 am
Anita Connelly

We're pleased to announce the appointment of Anita Connelly as our new church administrator.

Anita starts work this morning, working with Margaret Robarts who has been our administrator for many years. From 28th March, she will take over from Margaret; she is really looking forward to... more

Wed 27 Jan 2016 — 4:30 pm

The Annual General Meeting of the Friend's of St. Mary will be held in the Church on February 6th at 2.30pm. Refreshments will be served and Nina Holley will talk about the 'Life and Times of Sir Ninian Comper'.  Everyone is welcome.

Thu 24 Dec 2015 — 8:00 pm
Carols for Tiny Tots 2015

It was another good year for crib services at both churches.

The 2pm "Carols for Tiny Tots" service in Kemsing attracted many families with young children. We watched the video by the Bible Society of The Christmas Poem, thinking about how the coming of Jesus was good news because he grew... more

Tue 3 Nov 2015 — 2:35 pm
106 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child

Once again, many people part in our Christmas Shoebox campaign - run by Operation Christmas Child.

People from both Kemsing and Woodlands churches, families from Kemsing Primary School, and others in the local community, joined together to pack shoeboxes full of gifts for children all... more

Mon 19 Oct 2015 — 2:30 pm
Scaffolding inside Kemsing Church

For the past two and a half weeks, we have had scaffolding inside Kemsing Church.

This is to allow us to have the inside walls of the nave (the body of the church, from where you come in up to the rood screen and vestry door) repainted. The south wall has been painted with a lime... more

Wed 14 Oct 2015 — 2:50 pm
Resident at The Dynes making a harvest loaf

This year, residents at The Dynes were able to take part in Kemsing's Harvest Festival - they had the opportunity to make a traditional harvest loaf, which was then shown during our Harvest service.

A small team from the church takes a short service at The Dynes every week, which many of... more

Fri 2 Oct 2015 — 8:50 am
Tim Child of Deptford Reach at Woodlands Harvest Festival

Woodlands always greatly enjoy their harvest festival, and this year was no exception. The church was lavishly decorated; the centrepiece of the decoration was the arrangement of fruit, vegetables and other food around the Communion table at the east end of the church. The Sunday service was... more

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