Weekly News Sheet


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

St. Bartholomew Herne Bay and

Holy Cross Hoath


Second Sunday of Easter                          Year B                                                  11th  April  2021

This is the 2nd  Sunday of the month.



Sunday 11th April

St. Mary’s -  9.30 a.m. Holy Communion

St. Bart’s -    9.30 a.m.  Morning Worship

Holy Cross – 11 .00 a.m.  Holy Communion.

 Rev. Sue will be streaming on Facebook  from Holy Cross at 11 a.m.


Friday 16th April

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

Sunday 18th April

St. Mary’s – 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion

9.30 a.m. Morning worship

St. Bart’s – 9.30 a.m. Holy Communion

Holy Cross – 11 a.m. Morning Worship

The APCM’s for each church will be held as follows;

Monday 19th April at 7 p.m.  Holy Cross

Tuesday 20th April at 7 p.m.   St. Mary’s

Thursday  22nd April at 7 p.m.  St. Bart’s.


COLLECT : Risen Christ, for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred: open the doors of our hearts,
that we may seek the good of others and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace, to the praise of God the Father.                      


1st Reading; Exodus 14.10-end As Pharaoh drew near, the Israelites looked back, and there were the Egyptians advancing on them. In great fear the Israelites cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, ‘Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, bringing us out of Egypt? Is this not the very thing we told you in Egypt, “Let us alone and let us serve the Egyptians”? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.’ But Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the Lord will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.’   Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to go forward. But you lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the Israelites may go into the sea on dry ground. Then I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and so I will gain glory for myself over Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots, and his chariot drivers. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have  gained glory for myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his chariot drivers.’   The angel of God who was going before the Israelite army moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and took its place behind them. It came between the army of Egypt and the army of Israel. And so the cloud was there with the darkness, and it lit up the night; one did not come near the other all night.  Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and turned the sea into dry land; and the waters were divided. The Israelites went into the sea on dry ground, the waters forming a wall for them on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued, and went into the sea after them, all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and chariot drivers. At the morning watch the Lord in the pillar of fire and cloud looked down upon the Egyptian army,and threw the Egyptian army into panic. He clogged their chariot wheels so that they turned with difficulty. The Egyptians said, ‘Let us flee from the Israelites, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.’


2nd  Reading     Acts 4. 32-35 . Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owed was held in common.  With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.  There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold.  They laid it at the apostle’s feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

GOSPEL: John 20:19-end  Here the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ according to John -.  ALL SAY: Glory to you O Lord.    On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”  Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”  A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. This is the gospel of the Lord.  ALL SAY:  Praise to you O Christ.

POST COMMUNION  Lord God our Father, through our Saviour Jesus Christ you have assured your children of eternal life and in baptism have made us one with him: deliver us from the death of sin and raise us to new life in your love, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 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 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, Emily, Hilda , Jean H, Les Collins, Edith Martin, Mary H , and Stephen.




PRAY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED AND THEIR FAMILIES.     Michelle ( Margaret Wallace’s granddaughter) and Rev. Irene Thomas.



Dear Friends,

It is with a sad heart that I have to let you know that Rev'd Irene Thomas passed away in the early hours of Easter Monday. She was a great support and I know we all found it hard to see her go down hill with dementia. May she rest in peace and rise in glory. I will be consulting with David about her funeral. Please pray for David, Lynette and Brian and all family and friends who mourn her passing.  With love  Rev Sue x




We are looking as we come out of lockdown to set up more house groups.  It would be great if we could get everyone in a house group. If you would like to be in a house group or prayer group, please let Rev. Sue know by email or phone. 



Even as the water falls on dry tea leaves and brings out their flavour, so may your Spirit fall on us and renew us so that we may bring refreshment and joy to others. Amen




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.




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  PCC of Holy Cross, Hoath .

Holy Cross

Linda Attenborough  - -  Mobile 07778167593 --    Email linda.attenborough@btinternet.com




We have 2 bikes, a ladies and a gents bike, they are old but well made a Dawes and Raleigh. They will need some TLC and service. Free to a good home! My phone number is 01227 860753. Sue Hogwood.



NEWS FLASH!!!!!!!!!

We have decided to hold another quiz on 10th April via Zoom as before.  We do hope that you will be able to join us.  Please contact Janet McBride on 01227 364092 or by email   me@janetmcbride. co.uk or Sue Kennedy by email    sue_me_kennedy@hotmail.com  who will give you the link nearer the time. Thank you for bearing with us and thank you for your previous donations to the quiz night.  We have raised £48 so far.

You're invited to join a Zoom Church Quiz meeting on Saturday 10th April at 7pm in aid of St Marys Church funds £2.50 per household .  The quiz comprises 2x 30-minute halves with a short break between them. Join on your computer or mobile app.

 Sue Kennedy is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.  

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 731 8348 5622
Passcode: UWgr82  

 Please pass on the link to invite your friends if you know anyone else that might like to take part.    Once you have taken part in the quiz if you are able to give a voluntary donation of £2.50 to St Mary the Virgin, Reculver Sort code 090155 Account number 06795705 to help with the Church fund deficit due to lockdown that would be great please.



Rev. Sue would like to thank all those who contributed and worked so hard to make the churches look beautiful for Easter.






Church of England backs VaccinAid campaign to “Give the world a shot” to help defeat Covid – 19.  Led by UNICEF UK, with he online fundraising platform Crowdfunder, the campaign offers people a practical way to give thanks for their Covid-19 vaccination by making a voluntary donation to help pay for jabs for others around the world.  It aims to help fund almost two billion Covid- 19 vaccines for health workers and the most high risk and vulnerable people on our planet.  The money raised will also help UNICEF provide tests and treatment s to people in 190 countries around the world through the global COVAX initiative.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CAMPAIGN GO TO www.vaccinaid.org to donate or begin fundraising.




Deepening Discipleship Course.


The next Deepening Discipleship course will run April – June via Zoom.  This course will be facilitated by Peter Ingrams and Marianne Hambrook.  If you would like to chat about what a Deepening Discipleship Course involves please email Marianne.  The date sessions are listed below.  All sessions will run from 7.00 p.m. to 8.15 p.m.   the deadline for applications is 8th April 2021.

 The sessions are 15, 22, 29 April, 6, 13, 20, 27 May and 10 June.






This week Canterbury Food Bank has requested:

. tinned meats, tuna, tinned spaghetti, tinned peas, tinned rice pudding,   shampoo,  deodorant , washing-up liquid and Easter Eggs please. !!


Donations can be taken to Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Co-op in Herne Bay or Riverside Church, Chestfield.  You can text FOOD1 to 70970 to donate £5


FoodBank Giving Sunday – the 4th Sunday of each month.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.






The United Benefice of Reculver

St. Mary the Virgin, Reculver

St. Bartholomew, Herne Bay,

Holy Cross, Hoath

March 2021


Easter Letter From Priest in Charge


Dear Friends

As I write this letter I am looking out of my window at brilliant sunshine and thinking God is Good! It has been 18 months of ups and downs, isolation and life as we have never known it before. Well at least not for my generation. The end of the tunnel is in site and we have a great hope for the future.

Church has continued during the past 18 months but in different ways and it has been a steep learning curve for everyone. I am pleased to announce that from Easter Day we will be opening our churches for 10am Easter Family Communion in all three churches followed by Easter Egg Hunts. There will also be an 8am at St. Mary’s BCP Holy Communion.

As a team we have decided that we will not start back Tuesday Communions at St. Bartholomew’s until September and the same will apply for evening services at St. Bartholomew’s also.

Most of our other activities should resume in September also. Watch this space.

Normal service rota for Sundays will resume from 11th April.


St. Mary’s

1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays  8am BCP Holy Communion

1st and 3rd Sundays Morning Worship @ 9.30am

2nd and 4th Sundays Holy Communion @ 9.30am


St. Bart’s

1st and 3rd Sundays 9.30am Holy Communion

2nd and 4th Sundays 9.30am Morning worship


2nd & 4th Sundays 6.30pm Online Evening Praise on Ken Skinner Facebook


Holy Cross

1st and 3rd Sundays Morning worship @ 11am

2nd and 4th Sundays Holy Communion @ 11am

Fridays 9am @ Holy Cross Benefice Prayers


5th Sundays there will be a joint service in one of the churches in the Benefice.


Over the past years as a Benefice we have been considering the option of becoming One Parish to economise on the amount of people we need to sustain the work in the three churches and be more efficient and we hope and pray this will be furthered this year.


Please do look on the website www.unitedbeneficofreculver.co.uk for what is happening over Easter and going forwards. It is updated weekly.


As we remember our Lord Jesus dying for each of us for our sins on the cross may we also celebrate in his resurrection which gives hope to all who believe in him.


May I wish you all a blessed Easter

Rev Sue Martin       Priest in Charge