Weekly News Sheet


United Benefice of Reculver: St. Mary the Virgin Reculver,

St. Bartholomew Herne Bay and

Holy Cross Hoath

Last Sunday After Trinity            Bible Sunday                             Year A                    25th October 2020



This is the 4th Sunday of the month.



St. Mary’s – services.  AS FROM 6TH SEPTEMBER 2020

1st Sunday of month – Benefice Holy Communion 8 a.m.

                                               Morning Worship – 9.30 a.m.

2nd Sunday of month – Holy Communion – 9.30 a.m.

3rd Sunday of month – Benefice Holy Communion 8 a.m.

                                               Morning Worship – 9.30 a.m.

4th Sunday of month – Holy Communion – 9.30 a.m.

5th Sunday of month – Benefice Holy Communion 8 a.m.


St. Bart’s – services. AS FROM 6TH SEPTEMBER 2020

1st Sunday of month – Holy Communion -   9.30 a.m.

                                               Evening Prayer -     6.30 p.m.

2nd Sunday of month – Morning Worship – 9.30 a.m. 

                                               Night Compline    -   6.30 p.m.

3rd Sunday of month – Holy Communion - 9.30 a.m.

                                               Evening Prayer       6.30 p.m. 

4th Sunday of month – Morning Worship – 9.30 a.m.

                                               Night Compline     - 6.30 p.m.

5th Sunday of month – Benefice Joint Service.  – 10.00 a.m.


We have decided to continue Praise online twice a month on 2nd and 4th Sundays at 6.30pm. On these Sundays a song sheet will be available on the website and will be sent out in the packs.


From 1st September 2020, 12 Noon Tuesday Benefice Communion @ St. Bartholomew’s. 9 spaces.


Holy Cross – services – all services at 11 a.m. AS FROM 6TH SEPTEMBER 2020

1st Sunday of month   -   Morning Worship

2nd Sunday of month -   Holy Communion

3rd Sunday of month -   Morning Worship

4th Sunday of month -   Holy Communion


Wherever Rev. Sue is she will continue to film on facebook or video and then place on facebook and the website.                                           

COLLECT ;  Merciful God, teach us to be faithful in change and uncertainty, that trusting in your word and obeying your will we may enter the unfailing joy of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 1st Reading Nehemiah 8.1–4a, (5–6), 8–12

All the people gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had given to Israel.  Accordingly, the priest Ezra brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could hear with understanding. This was on the first day of the seventh month.  He read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the law.  The scribe Ezra stood on a wooden platform that had been made for the purpose; [ And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up.  Then Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God, and all the people answered, ‘Amen, Amen,’ lifting up their hands. Then they bowed their heads and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground. ]  So they read from the book, from the law of God, with interpretation. They gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.  And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, ‘This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.’ For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law.  Then he said to them, ‘Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our LORD; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.’  So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, ‘Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved.’  And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.

2nd ReadingColossians 3.12–17

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.  Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

GOSPEL Matthew 24; 30-35Hear the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew. ALL SAY; Glory to you O Lord.  Jesus said to his disciples:  ‘The sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see “the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven” with power and great glory.  And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.  From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.  So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates.  Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.’This is the Gospel of our Lord   ALL SAY, Praise to you O Christ

POST COMMUNION: God of all grace, your Son Jesus Christ fed the hungry with the bread of his life

and the word of his kingdom: renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness

sustain us by your true and living bread; who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.


PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE UNWELL: Richard,  April and Ella  A, Margaret P, James B, Valerie H, Lindsey P, Aileen B,  Ray J, Graeme A, Anita B, Paul M, Rosina H, Graham C, Sheila R, Clare, Aaron W, Abbie N,  Jo B, Irene T, Gordon & Marita W, Sheila M, Annie and Alisdair W, Jeanette and Raymond R , Kim H, Joy N, Maggie Axten, Alexandra, Linda M, Lee B, Anthony H, Neil Thornton, Marian B, Ann M, Andrew P, Brian, Joan S, baby Logan Lay, Julie and Richard, Don and Margaret , Sarah, Liz,  Jessica Brown ( aged 5) and Naomi and Aaron, Patsy M, Mike E, Dennis P, Beverley, Simon S, Matilda R, Connie F, John C, , Kevin J, Tommy and Vicki, Liz Abbatt, and Emily .


Dear God, please help us to come together to pray, work, socialise and thus strengthen our fellowship.

To be open hearted and generous and to find more ways to reach out to our communities.

To be more relevant to young people and families in our communities. To have a heart for evangelism and sharing the gospel, which changes lives. We pray for the refurbishing of St Bart’s which would enable community events to happen, especially for the elderly and the disadvantaged. We pray for the hopeful reordering of St. Mary’s which would enable community events to be held in church.  Lord, we thank you that you are an amazing God who blesses us mightily. Amen.


Oh God, forasmuch as  without you we are not able to please you; mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; 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 forever.

Prayer from the Church of England





Please do follow government guidelines and keep safe.




If you want to join in Services please ask to be my friend on Facebook and I will accept you as my friend and then you can join the service live. I do share it afterwards with the three churches facebook pages. This has been the best way of doing it for most. All service booklets are either sent out in packages to those not on the net or on our website www.unitedbeneficereculver.co.uk . Hope to see you connected.


              The Private Prayer Schedule . The times are as follows:

St. Mary’s Monday 10am to 12 Noon  and Holy Cross Friday 9am to 11am

St. Bart’s is covered by the Tuesday Communion at 12 noon.

Thank you to those who have agreed to man the churches so we can open for these times each week. Bless you all.


Please follow instructions from those manning the church and keep in the area allowed keeping social distancing. Please also sanitise your hands. We had hoped originally to have the churches open longer but they have to be manned and we have limited people available to do this. Please bear with us.


There is light at the end of the tunnel BUT it is a very long tunnel. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again, but please be aware that services will be extremely different.


Hi Everyone, as promised I have an update to what will be happening re re-opening the churches for services. Below is what will be happening from 6th September. 


From Sunday 6th September 2020 we reverted to the old pattern of worship as shown at the beginning  of the pew sheet.

 Risk Assessments have been taken in each of the three churches and sanitisations points are available on entry and exit and at other times.


To come to church you will need to bring with you:

  • Service sheet   
  • Mask
  • Gloves if you want too.

You will also need to sign in and out of church.

I hope this all makes sense, but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Blessings to you all     - Rev Sue





Continued financial support to our three churches is vital and greatly appreciated especially through the current restrictions on services.

Should you wish to continue with your regular giving we have the following alternatives available other than the envelope scheme or plate collection which will minimise social contact and avoid handling of cash.


1. A regular standing order from your bank on a specified date.

2. A direct payment from your bank account as and when.


If you should be interested in setting up either of the above, please contact your Parish Treasurer (details below) and they will provide the necessary information.

In the meantime many thanks for your consideration and financial support.


St Mary’s

Iain Farquhar

Mobile 07734 580805                                                                                            

Email iainnwfarquhar@hotmail.co.uk

St Barts

Geoff Williams

Mobile 07522437100

Email geoffw81@gmail.com


The same alternatives are available for giving as above.  Bank account details for Holy Cross are

 SORT CODE :      20-17-92                                            ACCOUNT NUMBER : 10699292

Holy Cross

Linda Attenborough

Mobile 07778167593

Email linda.attenborough@btinternet.com


1st Nov 2020 – All Saints Memorial Services – (Bereavement  Service) this year will be at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. so that all can attend.  You will need to book a place.  This will be an informal service with readings, reflective music, and prayers.  The names of loved ones will be read out and there will be an opportunity to light a candle and place a flower on the altar in memory.  You will need to book places for each person in your group who would like to attend, as there are only 50 places at each service. Please contact Judy Challis on judychallis@googlemail.com  Tel 07811604120 or 32A alma Road, Herne Bay CT6  6JJ.

8th November 2020 Remembrance Services.  These will be held at all three churches. 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s, 10 a.m. at St. Bart’s and 10.45 a.m. at Holy Cross. Because of Covid 19 there will be limited spaces available. Please ring Janet in the office on 01227 369941 on Tuesday morning to book a place.  Thank you in advance.

Age Concern is now able to have small gatherings of people (properly social distanced) and are therefore looking for donations of: golf putters and balls; decks of cards; bingo pens; colouring pens and 'bum bags'. If you have anything to donate, please see that it gets to Lawrence Tuck, at St. Bart’s,  who will forward  it on. Many thanks!


So, it's donations for Macmillan Cancer - since we were unable to have coffee mornings in the churches, I am going to shave my head, just in time for Halloween (October 31), to raise money for the cause. People can either go onto my Facebook page to donate (Lawrence Tuck), or they can leave the money in their collection plates marked Lawrence Tuck for Macmillan with their own name on as well, and I'll add it to the pot. If they want to do it anonymously that's fine too - I'll just mark it from the Benefice of Reculver. https://bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/

That's the link for the 'event'.

THANKS to all those who pre-ordered baking from me raising funds for the school leavers bibles.

I raised £50.  Thank you very much. Janet Hosking


Every Thursday Morning

11.00 am to 12.00 noon


In the Greenhill & Hoath Area

Hosted by Community Warden Roger Lithgow

and Parish Priests Revd Sue Martin & Revd Carol Smith


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 717 091 0539

Passcode: 3MKR69 

To Register E-mail: revsuemartin@btinternet.com



ADVENT UNFAIR: As you’ve probably realised St. Bart's will not be having their usual Advent Fair this year.  However June James will still be making her wonderful Christmas cakes.


  If you would like a cake, please telephone her on 01227 740109 to place your order and let her know what size etc. you would like.

A big thank-you to June for doing this as all proceeds will be donated to St. Bartholomew’s church.