Bexley Team Ministry News for Sunday 12th September 2021




Bexley Team News

St Barnabas, Joydens Wood

St James, North Cray

St John the Evangelist, Bexley

St Mary the Virgin, Bexley


12th September 2021 Issue 78                                                      Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity




St Mary’s          10.00 am Holy Communion with baptism

 3.00 pm Messy Church in church                       

St James            9.30 am Service to mark the Centenary of                      

 The Royal British Legion

St Barnabas     10.45 am Service of the Word

St John’s            8.00 am Holy Communion

                           10.00 am Holy Communion

                            Wednesday  10.00 am Holy Communion

 Friday 10.00 am  Livestreamed Service of  Holy Communion: may vary (see St John’s social media in advance) but the service remains available to view after broadcast


This Saturday marks 20 years since the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. To mark this occasion we will be holding a memorial service at our Nightwatch Zoom service at 5.30pm. This will be appropriate for all ages and everyone is most welcome to join us online.

Saturday 11th September  5.30 pm Nightwatch Zoom Service to mark the 20th Anniversary of 9/11


Sunday 12th September

9.00 am  Zoom Service

exley Team Children’s Church

This month for Bexley Team Children's Church, we continue to explore our Old Testament Heroes of the Faith. This month it's the turn of Gideon, the man who used a musical instrument to defeat an entire army (well, sort of anyway!) You can find Gideon's video and all our other Children's Church episodes here....




The Collect: God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit upon your Church in the burning fire of your love: grant that your people may be fervent in the fellowship of the gospel that, always abiding in you, they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


Bible Readings  Isaiah 50 v4-9a  James 3 v1-12   Mark 8 v27-38    

The Additional Collect for Trinity 15:  Lord God, defend your Church from all false teaching and give to your people knowledge of your truth, that we may enjoy eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord  



The North Cray community are planning to hold a Festival of Remembrance on Sunday 7 November, which is the weekend BEFORE Remembrance Sunday. After a parade from the War Memorial at the North Cray Parish Church of St James, there will be a display of stories and memorabilia in the Scouts’ Geoffrey Hall, Leafield Lane, North Cray. The planning group are currently gathering items and stories for this display from the local community. The information they need is the name and what they did during the war times. They already have war stories ranging from a soldier who was one of first people who arrived to free prisoners from the prisoner of war camp Belsen, to a grandfather who drove the ammunition Bombs from air fields to and from Woolwich Arsenal along Plumstead High Street.

The stories (with the writer’s permission) will be displayed on the walls of the Scout’s Geoffrey Hall and all stories will be passed on to the Royal British Legion to keep copies on their website so that these accounts of the war will never be forgotten and will be held for generations to come.  Any uniforms or paperwork, ration books etc should be labelled so they can be returned to the correct person.  More information about the event will follow soon – book the date in your diary. Let me know if you are interested in taking part and supporting this event and I will pass your details onto the organisers. Rev Ren.

Project Bike Rack: Young people (those who consider themselves too old for Children's Church, but too young to have flown the nest) are invited to help make Bike Racks for use at St John's, from 2-4pm on Sunday's the 12th and 26th of September in the garden of St John's Vicarage (follow the path behind the church). Please let Edward know if you have a Young Person who would like to attend:

Bexley Team Walking Group: Our inaugural walk, around the four churches of the Team, will be held on Saturday 11th September, beginning at St Mary's at 10.00 am. If you are participating in Ride and Stride you are welcome to join us en route. Please let Edward know if you intend to participate in all or part of the route so that a lunch booking can be made. A more detailed itinerary will be made available before the event.

Revd Matt Hodder:  We are looking forward to Rev Matt’s ordination as a Priest on Saturday 25th  September at 11.00 am at Rochester Cathedral. The service will be live-streamed and is best accessed by going to the Rochester Diocese website shortly before the service and clicking the link.  Please continue to pray for Rev Matt, Jen and their children, Zach and Annie, and for the new baby they are expecting in November.

Living in Love and Faith: The Bexley Team is going to be running the 'Living in Love and Faith' (LLF) course in September and October. LLF is an official project of the Church of England, intended to provide resources for Christian teaching and learning about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. Parishes throughout the country are being encouraged to take part in this course and use it as a tool to listen and engage with one another. We will be running the 5 week course on the following Wednesday evenings (15th, 22nd, 29th Sept, and the 6th and 13th October) at St John's Church from 7.45pm-9.15pm. If you would like to attend the course please can you let Rev Matt know. Everyone is very welcome. ( or 07889873125)

St Mary’s: The church will be open to visitors from 10.00 am-12 midday on all Saturdays in September.  

Chris Thomas will be taking part in ‘Ride and Stride’ again on 11th September raising funds for Friends of Kent Churches and St Mary’s. Sponsor Chris by signing up in church.

St Mary’s will be holding ‘Harvest Fair’ in the hall after the 10.00 am Harvest Service on Sunday 3rd October. Post service drinks, food including hot lunches, produce stalls etc. All proceeds to church funds. 

Pilgrimage: Clive will be leading a holiday to Austria and Oberammergau including the Passion Play 22-29 June 2022. If you would like to consider joining the group printed  and e-copies of the holiday/pilgrimage brochure are available-  please let Clive know.


For St Barnabas Any contributions can be dropped off at the Treasurer’s house or at the Vicarage. Or you can give by BACS transfer. In all cases, if you are a taxpayer please “Gift Aid” your giving.  If you have any questions regarding this please contact, David Peters on 01322 529796 or by email

For St James, North Cray Contributions can be dropped off at 91 The Grove, or made by BACS transfer, contact Suzy Higgs on 07799072548.Please make cheques payable to St James, North Cray PCC.

For St John's   You can give to the continuing upkeep and ministry of St John's via our Just Giving page:

For St Mary’s  If you ordinarily make your financial contributions in church but, in the present circumstances, wish to contribute by cheque then please make your cheque payable to St Mary’s Bexley PCC and send it c/o C. Lee 11 Holmesdale Road, Bexleyheath, DA7 4TJ. Your continued support is very much appreciated.

Each week the musicians at St James North Cray offer links to a selection of songs and music for us to enjoy. These can be found on our website

St John’s Sermons are posted each Sunday at fatheredwardbarlow.wordpress.comSocial Media - engage with us via Facebook (/stjohnsbexley), Twitter (@stjohnsbexley) and Instagram (@stjohnsbexley)



Team Rector: Rev’d Canon Ren Harding  01322 528923          07836644782

Associate Priest: Rev’d Sue Twynam                01322 55950            07952 468127

Team Vicar: Rev’d Edward Barlow    01322 521786  

Team Vicar: Rev’d Clive Wood                      01322 270942        07982 392809

Team Curate: Rev’d Matt Hodder                                   07889873125

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