EASTER 2019

Confirmed – There is to be a service today, Easter Sunday, at 10.00 a.m. followed by the Children’s Service at 11.15. am

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Canterbury Programme for Easter 2019

Christian Community in Canterbury Programme for Easter & June

After Easter the priest’s visits to Canterbury are
temporarily reduced to once a month on a Saturday with The Act of Consecration of Man at 10.00 a.m. including a sermon and followed by a discussion exploring questions and topics raised by the congregation or the priest, or a gospel study.

In order to maintain a rhythm when there is no priest visiting, a devotional gathering will be held in the church on alternate Sundays – 09.45 to prepare for 10.00 a.m.

The form this takes is from Adam Bittleston’s seasonal verses, the Gospel for the week, the Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer are spoken and interspersed with quiet periods for reflection followed by a discussion of the Gospel.
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Special Note for this period:

Easter Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd April are subject
to the arrival of the Barr’s baby. If the baby is born at the
Weekend, Tom will visit Canterbury on Easter Monday. If baby does not arrive, Tom will hold services in Canterbury on Easter Sunday.

We will update the congregation by email and phone with final
details. Please ring the Chapmans by 08.30 a.m. to check whether
Tom is coming for the Service.

Maundy Thursday 18th April (no priest)
6.15 for 6.30
Maundy Thursday Supper with soup, bread, grapes and water, followed by Gospel accounts of
The Last Supper.
All welcome.
(Please contact Bridget Anne if attending)

19th April Good Friday (no priest)
1.30 – 3.00 p.m. Silent vigil in the Church during which, at
2.15 p.m. The Seven Last Words from the Cross will be read.
3.15 p.m. Refreshments.

Holy Saturday 20th April No Service
Preparing the church for Easter. Help welcome. Please contact
Bridget if you are able to assist.

Easter Sunday 21st April (with the Rev Tom Ravetz)
10.00 a.m. The Act of Consecration of Man
11.00 Coffee & refreshments
11.15 Sunday Service for Children
11.35 Easter Egg hunt

OR if no priest:
10.30 There will be a gathering for adults & children with story and Easter egg hunt. In this case there will be The Act of Consecration of Man on Easter Monday
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Easter Monday 22nd April
10.00 am The Act of Consecration of Man
11.00 am Coffee and refreshments
11.30 am Talk on the Easter prayer: ‘Your Word go Forth!’

Saturday 4th May (possibly Rev Monika Knight)
10.00 am The Act of Consecration of Man
11.00 am Refreshments
11.30 am Conversation

Saturday 8th June (Rev Luke Barr)
10.00 am The Act of Consecration of Man
11.00 am Refreshments
11.30 am Gospel Study

Plans for Community Meeting November 2017

New Programme Dates from August to December 2017

AUGUST

Friday 11th August

Two days of preparatory work on the theme

for the Conference ‘The Will to Heal’

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.                               Meeting to discuss preparations

9.00 p.m.                                      Close of Day Service

Saturday         12th August

9.00 a.m.                                        The Act of Consecration of Man

10.00a.m.                                       Refreshments

10.30 a.m.                                      Continued preparations

12.30 p.m.                                      Bring & share lunch followed by:

1.30-4.00 p.m.                              Continued preparations

 

Saturday         26th August

9.00 a.m.                                        The Act of Consecration of Man

10.00a.m.                                       Refreshments

10.30 a.m.                                      Study of the Gospel reading for the day.

Sunday             27th August

10.00a.m.                                       The Act of Consecration of Man

11.00 a.m.                                      Refreshments

11.15 a.m.                                      Sunday Service for Children followed

by a story

11.30                                               Conversation on ‘The Will to Heal’

 

SEPTEMBER

Friday               8th September

7 p.m.                                              Meeting: ‘Healings in the Gospel’

8.00 p.m.                                      Close of Day Service

Saturday         9th September

9.00 a.m.                                       The Act of Consecration of Man

10.00 a.m.                                      Refreshments

10.30 a.m.                                      Study of the Gospel reading for the day..

 

Saturday         23rd September

9.00 a.m.                                        The Act of Consecration of Man

10.00a.m.                                       Refreshments

10.30 a.m.                                      Study of the Gospel reading for the day.

Sunday             24th September

10.00 a.m.                                      The Act of Consecration of Man

11.00 a.m.                                      Refreshments

11.15 a.m.                                       Sunday Service for Children

followed by a story

11.30a.m.                                       Conversation on ‘The Will to Heal’

 

October

Friday               6th October

7 p.m.                                              Meeting: ‘Healings in John’s Gospel’

8.00 p.m.                                      Close of Day Service

Saturday         7th October

9.00 a.m.                                        The Act of Consecration of Man

10.00a.m.                                       Refreshments

10.30 a.m.                                      Study of the Gospel reading for the day.

11.30 a.m.                                      Short check-up on preparations for Community Meeting

Friday               20th October

7 p.m.                                              ‘The Will to Heal’ a final preparation.

8.00 p.m.                                      Close of Day Service

Saturday         21st October

9.00 a.m.                                        The Act of Consecration of Man

10.00a.m.                                       Refreshments

10.30 a.m.                                      Study of the Gospel reading for the day

11.30 a.m.                                      Final preparations for the Community Meeting.

 

Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th. Sunday 5th November:

Annual Congregational Meeting in Canterbury, “The Will to Heal”.

See separate programme.

 

Saturday         4th November

9.00 a.m.                                        The Act of Consecration of Man . All welcome.

Sunday             5th November

9.00 a.m.                                        The Act of Consecration of Man. All welcome.

 

Everyone is welcome to the whole meeting or as much as they can manage.

 

 

Saturday         25th November

9.00 a.m.                                        The Act of Consecration of Man

10 a.m.                                            Refreshments

10.30 a.m.                                      Study of the Gospel reading for the day.

Sunday             26th November

10.00 a.m.                                      The Act of Consecration of Man

11.00 a.m.                                      Refreshments and conversation

11.15 a.m.                                       Sunday Service for Children

followed by a story

11.30 a.m.                                      Conversation on an Advent theme

 

Friday               8th December

7 p.m.                                              Meeting

8.00 p.m.                                      Close of Day Service

Saturday         9th December

9.00 a.m.                                        The Act of Consecration of Man

10.00a.m.                                       Refreshments

10.30 a.m.                                      Study of the Gospel reading for the day.

 

 

Notes:

For next programme:

 

SUNDAY             24th December: Christmas Eve Gathering 9.15 p.m. – 11.30 p.m.

Midnight service at 12pm,

 

MONDAY           25th December:

Morning Service at 8 a.m.

Christmas Breakfast at 9 a.m,

Day Service at 10am.

Christmas Service for Children at 11 a.m.

For those who can stay: coffee and conversation.

 

Drawing Worskhop for children & adults

Last week in September we held a workshop, drawing on the theme of Michaelmas.  After a demonstration of techniques and a few ideas everyone got going with pastels and coloured paper, producing a great variety of saint and dragon images. Children mostly managed to keep the pastels on the paper although their skin colour seems to have changed by the end of the session!

Letter from Willem Boonstoppel

Canterbury, 29th June 2016

Dear members and friends,

Change your hearts and minds!
That’s what St John tells us to do. We all know that’s more easily said than done. Especially in the summertime, when we are distracted by all the impressions and experiences the outer world is providing. We might lose ourselves, pulled out too much under the influence of good things, like our summer holiday, and on the other side there are many troublesome developments in the world around us that might push us too far into ourselves, confuse us, make it hard to concentrate on our spiritual work.
As far as congregational life in Canterbury is concerned, the past few months have been a period of transition. Of re-adjusting, getting re-acquainted. Roger has left the stage, leaving his life’s work in the hands of a newly ordained and in many ways unexperienced priest. For that is what I am.
As the angel of the congregation had to find out who ‘this new face on the block’ was, and had to look for ways of accepting me, and working with me, so did the members and friends of the congregation. And I think that we have made good progress, we are finding our way of doing things. Sometimes different, sometimes the same as it has been before. But in order to get used to the new situation, we all had to start changing our hearts and minds at least a little bit. Otherwise it is not possible to walk into the future together.
What is the future without children? At the St John’s weekend, we managed to celebrate a children’s service in our church, the first one since my induction in March. It was a joyous occasion, and one that really gave hope for the future. We decided to put a children’s service on the programme once a month. Here I found a good example of my own struggle to change heart and mind. Coming from the idea that it has no use to plan a children’s service if there are no children, I now want to spread the thought that the children will come if we have the service on the programme. I invite you all to work with me here! Together we can also make the upcoming Children’s Festival in the time of Michaelmas to a successful event.
On the Saturdays that I am in Canterbury I would like to have a gospel study group, after the morning service and coffee, working with the Gospel of St Luke. We will develop our own way of working with the gospel, starting out with reading, contemplating and discussing it, but we might even get to the point where we can express ourselves creatively in various other ways.
In September we will invite the friends from Forest Row to come over and see how wonderful our church is, and how strong a congregation we are. After the service (starts at 11am!) we will meet each other at a bring and share lunch, before we explore the centre of Canterbury and the –also quite impressive- Cathedral. It will be a good opportunity to change some hearts and minds, and show that the Christian Community is alive and well in Kent.
As your new congregational priest, I am claiming the right to be enthusiastic and hopeful about the future. I am also hoping on meeting every one that I could not meet until now, either by encountering you at one of the services or talks, or by invitation for a personal visit. Please feel free to contact me by phone or email as well and I hope I can do the same with all of you.
Wishing you a wonderful summer, and the courage and good spirit to find a balance between extremes, to walk the path that St John has prepared for us.

Willem Boonstoppel