Ibstock Corey Environmental Trust Grant – helps refurbish community centre.

Those of you who have been in the building recently will have seen the new purple heather carpet tiles in the hallways, stairs and landing, as well as the two main rooms that are let out to community groups.

In addition to this the wooden hall floor has been stripped back, repaired and revarnished and looks amazing.

All this works was made possible by a grant – and we are awaiting the official re-opening – watch this space!

Thanks also to River Church for re-painting the upstairs hall in a subtle cream, to David who painted downstairs rooms 4 & 2 and John who re-painted Room 1.  It all looks great.

Easter services!

New to Tonbridge?  Want to find out more about the local churches?  See their websites for more details!

Mothering Sunday – 6th March – services at all churches.

Take a quick look at the Easter services and activities on offer this March……….

Palm Sunday (20th) – Services at all churches.

6.30pm Faure Requiem @ St Mary’s Hadlow
– additional services at Tonbridge Baptist church on Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd &Wednesday 23rd March – details to follow.

Maundy Thursday Thurs 24 March

Tenabre Supper and service at Tonbridge Baptist Church (time to be confirmed)
7.30pm Communion Service at Higham Lane Methodist
8pm Holy Communion with foot washing at St Saviour’s
8pm Mass and foot washing at Corpus Christi

Good Friday Friday 25 Mar

10 am Walk of Witness @ Hadlow St Peter’s RC to St. Mary’s church – to be followed by coffee & hot cross buns

10am Family, Fun and Food St Saviour
10am Good Friday Service at TBC
12 – 3pm 3 hour service of readings, prayer & reflection at
St Peter & St Paul (come for some or all of the time)
12 – 2pm St Mary’s Hadlow – Reflection & readings followed by a
Good Friday Service (2pm)
2pm Hour at the Cross – St Stephen’s
3pm Service at Corpus Christi; Service at Southborough Methodist

Holy Saturday 26 March

8pm Service of lights – followed by Mass at Corpus Christi

Easter Day Sunday 27 March Dawn ‘til Dusk services
6am Dawn Service (Hadlow) St Mary’s
7.45 Holy Communion at St Stephen’s
8am Holy Communion St Saviour; also St. Mary’s (Hadlow)
9am Mass at Corpus Christi; 9am – Hillsong service
9.15 All age service at St Stephen’s
10am Family Baptism service at Tonbridge Baptist Church
10am Family service St Peter & St Paul;
10am Easter Day service & communion at Christ Church URC
10am Family Holy Communion -St Saviours; St. Mary’s (Hadlow); & St Andrew’s
10.30 Family Service with Holy Communion – St Philip
10.30 All age Communion at Higham Lane Methodist church.
10.30 Holy Communion at St Stephen’s
10.45 at St Peter’s – Hadlow
11am Service of the word at St Eaneswythe’s (Priory Rd)
11am Hillsong service (please note there is no pm service today)
12 Midday – Communion at Golden Green
6.30pm Mass at Corpus Christi; Holy Communion St Peter & St Paul; St. Stephens
6.30 Baptism service at Tonbridge Baptist Church

Don’t forget……
Ascension Day service Thursday May 5th 8pm St Stephen’s Church

Come and join any of us, or all of us,  for these services and any others.

Also:

Reedeemed Christiam Church of God at Christ Church – Sunday 1pm with Pastor Charles Oyenakan

River Church Interdenominational bible based churhc at Christ Church – Sunday 6pm with Pete & Jeni Smart

Oct 4th 10am -11am Harvest for the Homeless

Wanted! Wanted! Wanted!  Good 2nd hand clothes, food, new underwears, hats and gloves!

The Tunbridge Wells Winter Shelter need to replenish its supplies ready for the forthcoming project, where people who have found themselves homeless for a variety of reasons have a chance to access bathing facitilities, new clothes, regular meals, medical care and a bed for the night.

They are looking for donations of clean and tidy men’s clothes – trousers, jeans, jumpers, coats, shoes and suits. There is a need for food staples – tins of meat, beans and soup, rice, pasta, pasta sauces, teabags, coffee, sugar as well as some luxury items – biscuits and chocolate bars, blankets, sleeping bags, small tents, torches and batteries.

PLEASE come to our harvest service with your items and listen about the work in Tunbridge Wells.

STAY – join us for a Soup & Roll lunch – and donate money to the work of the Street Teams

If you cannot join us on Sunday 4th October feel free to leave donated items in the cafe 10-1am any day in October – they will be very much appreciated.

Rooms for Hire!

Christ Church URC Tonbridge has been busy repainting rooms as well as refurbishing both kitchen areas. There are 2 smaller rooms, with seating for 20-40, whiteboards and TV screens; a church space with sound desk and data projector seating 150, large hall with seating for 120 and its own adjacent kitchen facilities.  The cafe area is also available for hire – afternoons and evenings – although Christ Church are actively seeking community groups for partnership in this area.

Contact Bill on 01732 770334 to tour the building or enquire about letting availibility.

Use the email contact form to enquire about use of the cafe area.

September 2015 – Forthcoming Elder Election

Just a reminder to all church members that September is the last month for getting to know elder nominees better.

Postal votes are available for those who cannot get to the meeting and should be returned by Saturday 26th September or placed in the Secretary’s in box before 12 noon on Sun 27th.

Church meeting will take place on Monday 28th September at 8pm

 

August 2015 – Hall redecoration

Christ Church has an amazing range of rooms for hire including the church space and cafe area, two small function rooms for 20 -40 as well as a very large upstairs hall with adjoining kitchen.

As part of our drive to encourage more community groups to use our premises we have spent the last 3 years rebuilding the downstairs cafe area, replacing the upstairs kitchen (including 2 ovens) and creating a more private Room 1, leading to an outside area. Room 2 has been repainted and new flooring is in the pipeline.

This August has seen the upstairs hall change from having very Seventies influenced orange walls to being a much more restful and elegant cream colour.  The new cafe tables and basket weave chairs have arrived and we are awaiting new vertical blinds.

As well as being appreciated by current hirers we are hoping the newly revamped area will be attractive to our new hirers, including the forthcoming Stay and Play cafe for mothers and young children, a cafe offering toddler lunches and activities for carers and children to enjoy together.  Watch this space!

 

July – Rocio and family arrive from Peru

After all the prayers and planning Rocio and her family finally arrived in Tonbridge.  What an amazing time we all had – from the services where we had a chance to find out what Rocio has been doing in Peru, to the all together Cream Tea in the Munns back garden.  Take a look the the Sept/Oct & the Nov/Dec Messenger to read more about what happened while they were here.  Daniel the Baker said this was a once in a lifetime chance to meet all the people who support them in their work in Tarapoto and Moyobama, including the setting up of the bakery. Daniel bravely left his mother in charge of one of the bakers he has trained and a new trainee! He was amazed at the beauty he found in the heart of the people here in Tonbridge. Read more.

 

60 Second bible story animations

The story of NOAH

http://www.taylormation.co.uk/60-second-bible-stories-noah/

Taylormation have developed 60 second bible stories to suit a generation of children bought up with movement and media. The short animations won a Gold Award from The Cinnamon Trust as part of their Mustard Seed Awards, which gives money to a range of projects to get the Gospel out to a wider audience.

These animations are available via YouTube or the Taylormation website.