Day out to Hastings

IMG_1800Today St John’s decided to celebrate the bank holiday weekend and the feast, at least locally, of its patron with a Church ‘family’ day out to Hastings. About twenty five people travelled by car and train down to the south coast, braving dire predictions of rain. The day included time in IMG_1794the sea, playing on the shingle beach, fish and chips, dogems, and rides on probably the worst ghost train in Kent! The weather stayed fine and people enjoyed time in one anothers company.

 

 

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The Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary

IMG_2665On Sunday we celebrated the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady into Heaven. As always in mid August there were people away, although we were also joined by some who were taking their holidays. In recent years we have celebrated together as a parish with a BBQ after Mass. This year the solemnity was transferred to the Sunday, so after a little pondering, we held the BBQ after the main 10am Solemn Mass and a success it was. As always it was good for our Church community to sit, eat, and socialise one with another.

 

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Goodbye to Year 6

FullSizeRenderOn Friday July 24th the Church was packed as we said goodbye to the Year six pupils. This is always a popular event and the Church was filled to standing. The whole school community was present and parents both from Year six and throughout the school joined in. The children sang ‘The Lord’s my Shepherd’ and heard from Psalm 139. Fr Robin reminded the children that they were each of huge value, very simply God’s work with huge talents that they can choose to use to the best of their ability, and in so doing, give glory to God. Mrs Quirk spoke of the exceptional Year six they had been and each child was presented with a Bible as a leaving gift.

Porch Working Party

IMG_1624Over the last few years we at St John’s have been keen to ensure that are buildings are kept in as good order as possible. Five years ago we had a glass door installed in the porch to ensure that the church could be seen by passers by at all times. This has been a great benefit and helped open the Church up. Recently we noticed that the porch was in need of a little loving care. The porch doors have been restored having resisted at least 150 years of all that the weather can throw at them and today a working party gathered to repaint and reinvigorate the porch. It should now be a much better environment for all enter our and pass by.

Bishop of St Helena Visits St John’s.

On Sunday June the 7th the Bishop of St Helena, The Rt. Rev. Richard Fenwick, joined us at St John’s.

The link between the Diocese and St Helena goes back many years and St John’s is proud to support this Diocese. The Bishop preached to us telling us of his work and mission in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. In addition St John’s school has recently begun a link with a school on the Island of St Helena, drawing these two communities together.