Weekly News Sheet


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

St. Bartholomew Herne Bay and

Holy Cross Hoath


Bible Sunday                                              Year B                                  24th October 2021

Sunday 24th October 2021

St. Mary ‘s   9.30 a.m. Holy Communion

St. Bartholomew’s 9.30 a.m. Morning Worship in the Hall.

6.30 p.m. Evening Praise in the Hall

Holy Cross 11 a.m. Holy Communion

Thursday 28th October 2021

7.30 p.m. House group in the vicarage

Friday 29th   October 2021

9.15 a.m.  to 10 a.m. Benefice prayers at Holy Cross

Sunday 31st October 2021

St. Mary’s 8 a.m. Holy Communion

Holy Cross – 10 a.m. United Benefice Service. – Speaker from Compassion

St. Mary’s 2 p.m.  Bereavement Service.

4. p.m. Bereavement Service.

Please book your place on the lists at the back of church.

Rev. Sue will be on leave from Monday 25th To Saturday 30th October.  

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 ; Isaiah 55.1-11 Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.  Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight ourselves in rich food.  Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.  See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.  Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,  so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

2nd  Reading 2 Timothy 3.14-4.5 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.  In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favourable or unfavourable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.

GOSPEL:. John 5: 36b-end. Hear the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ according to John;    ALL SAY:  Glory to you O Lord.   But I have a testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father has given me to complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. You have never heard his voice or seen his form, and you do not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom he has sent.  ‘You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life. I do not accept glory from human beings. But I know that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?’ This is the Gospel of the 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, Clare, Aaron W, Abbie N,  Jo B, Gordon & Marita W, Sheila M, Annie and Alisdair W, Jeanette R , Kim H, Joy N, 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, Sarah, Liz,   Patsy M, Mike E, Dennis P, Beverley, Simon S, Matilda R, John C, , Kevin J, Tommy and Vicki, Hilda , Jean H, Edith Martin, Mary H , Stephen , Del, Sandy Rogers, Geoff B and Jennifer( Jill Bell’s sister) and baby Willow Brewster, Ron, Floss and Paul A.



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.

Give us today, O God, a glad heart and a clear conscience, that when we come to this day’s end we may rest in peace with Christ our Lord. Amen.


Food BANK ;

This week Canterbury Food Bank has requested cereal, long-life semi-skimmed milk, biscuits,

laundry detergent, deodorants .  You can also donate financially by texting FOOD1 to 70970 to give £5, or visit buff.ly/3s58G9X *

Donations can be taken to Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Co-op in Herne Bay or Riverside Church, Chestfield.  if you would like to support our Raise The Rent campaign click here: https://gofund.me/e9c2b16d

Food Bank Giving Sunday – the 4th Sunday of each month.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.


Calling all Altos, Tenors and Basses.  Would you like to join St. Mary’s Church Choir?  We meet in St. Mary’s Church on Friday evenings

7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

For more information, please ring Angela on 01227 366831 or by email angela.holness@outlook.com


St. Mary’s - Can you help with an autumn clean @St Mary's on 30th October at 2 p.m.  for 2 hours please. Indoors only this time!  See you there!!


Saturday 13th November Holy Cross -- Frugal Lunch 12 to 1.30 at Hoath Village Hall. tickets £7. Booking essential please contact Linda on 860315.


Saturday 20th of November -- Holy Cross Christmas coffee morning at Holy Cross from 10am to 12 noon. 


Christmas Plans 2021 for  United Benefice of Reculver.

Saturday 20th Nov -   Holy Cross  Christmas Coffee Morning and Bring and Buy. 10 a.m.

Saturday 27th Nov -  St. Bart’s ADVENT FAIR – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday 4th Dec -   11.30 to 1 p.m. Holy Cross – MESSY CHURCH

Sunday 5th Dec – 5 p.m. Carols by Candlelight – HOLY CROSS

Tuesday 7th Dec – 3.30 p.m. Christmas Messy Church – Reculver School.

Sunday 12th Dec – 5 p.m. Carols by Candlelight – St. Bart’s Hall

                                  6.30 p.m. Carols by Candlelight – St. Bart’s Hall.

Wednesday 15th Dec  - 6.30 p.m. Carols round the tree  at St. Mary’s

                                                             with the Birchington Silver Band 

Sunday 19th Dec – 5 p.m. Carols by Candlelight with Christmas Draw at St. Mary’s

Friday 24th Dec – 4 p.m. Christingle @ St. Mary’s

                               5 p.m. Christingle @ Holy Cross

                               5 p.m. Christingle @ St. Bart’s Church Hall

                               6.30 p.m. Christingle @ St. Bart’s Church Hall

                               11.30 p.m. Christmas Communion @ Holy Cross

Saturday 25th Dec  8 a.m. Holy Communion @ at St. Mary’s

                            10 a.m. Christmas Family Communion @ St. Mary’s

Sunday 26th Dec 10 a.m United Benefice Service at Holy Cross.


A BIG THANK YOU! Lindsey, Mike and Sam would like to thank all those who supported "Sam's Coffee Morning" it was so nice to see so many people, and the morning raised £235, a fabulous amount.  Sam is now retired and living at home as a pet. Thank you once again.










St. Bartholomew’s Church

We sadly have to announce that until further notice Sunday Services will be held in the church hall due to building issues. This will include evening services on the second and fourth Sundays. The Benefice Office will remain open on Tuesday Mornings at St. Bart’s until further notice. 




Eco Fayre

23rd Oct 2021 @ 10:00 AM -@ 03:00 PM , St Peter's Anglican Church, Canterbury

United Nations Peace Service & Launch, Canterbury Climate Action Week

24th Oct 2021 @ 05:30 PM -  @ 07:30 PM  Canterbury Cathedral

Local Government Day (Canterbury, Herne Bay, Whitstable)

25th Oct 2021  @ 10:00 AM  @ 04:00 PM The Beaney, Canterbury

SDG and a Cup of Tea: Climate Action – A COP26 discussion

25th Oct 2021  @ 11:00 AM  @ 12:00 PM  Online Event

Canterbury Festival Talks: The Global Climate Emergency

25th Oct 2021 @ 07:00 PM  @ 09:00 PM Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury

Launch of the University of Kent’s Sustainability Strategy

26th Oct 2021 @ 12:00 PM  @ 01:00 PM Online Event

Community and Civic Action Day

26th Oct 2021 @ 02:00 PM  @ 06:30 PM Canterbury College, New Dover Road

Green Business Day

27th Oct2021 @ 12:30 PM  @ 02:30 PM , The Foundry Brew Pub, Canterbury 

University of Kent Campus Sustainability Tour

27th Oct 2021 @ 01:00 PM  @ 02:00 PM, The Senate building, University of Kent

Education and Schools Day

28th Oct 2021 @ 09:00 AM  @ 05:00 PM, University of Kent, Canterbury

Education and Schools Day

28th Oct 2021 @ 09:00 AM @ 05:00 PM, Canterbury Christchurch University

COP26@Kent: Co-Create your campus of the future

28th Oct 2021  @ 12:00 PM  @ 02:00 PM ,Gulbenkian Café, University of Kent

Public Rally & Closing Ceremony: Looking to a Green-led Covid Recovery focused on Climate Action and Biodiversity

29th Oct 2021@ 09:30 AM -  @ 11:30 AM Westgate Hall, Canterbury

Fairtrade Fair with Climate Change Exhibition  30thOct 2021 @ 10:00 AM  @ 03:00 PM, St. Peter’s Methodist Church Hall, St. Peter’s Street, Canterbury CT1 2BE