Weekly News Sheet


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

St. Bartholomew Herne Bay and

Holy Cross Hoath


8th  Sunday After Trinity                               Year A                                                                    2nd Aug  2020


We will be together in St. Bart’s for Holy communion at 10 a.m. and streaming the service from St. Bart’s for those who cannot attend. Please get the service sheet from the website.  Packs have been delivered with all relevant information.  If you have not received one, please let Janet know in the office.

COLLECT; Lord God, your Son left the riches of Heaven and became poor for our sake.  When we prosper save us from pride, when we are needy save us from despair, that we may trust in you alone, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 1st Reading; Genesis 32.22–31

Jacob got up, took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.  He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had.  Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.  When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.  Then he said, ‘Let me go, for the day is breaking.’ But Jacob said, ‘I will not let you go, unless you bless me.’  So he said to him, ‘What is your name?’ And he said, ‘Jacob.’  Then the man said, ‘You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.’  Then Jacob asked him, ‘Please tell me your name.’ But he said, ‘Why is it that you ask my name?’ And there he blessed him.  So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, ‘For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.’  The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.

2nd Reading; Romans 9.1–5

I am speaking the truth in Christ. I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit.  I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.  For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh.  They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises;  to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.

GOSPEL;. Matthew 14: 13-21 Here the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.  ALL SAY; Glory to you O Lord.  When Jesus heard that Herod had beheaded John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.  When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick.  When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.’  Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’  They replied, ‘We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.’  And he said, ‘Bring them here to me.’  Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.  And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.  And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

This is the Gospel of our Lord   ALL SAY, Praise to you O Christ

POST COMMUNION: Living God, deliver us from a world of injustice and a future without mercy; in your mercy, establish justice and in your justice, remember the mercy revealed to us in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


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 and Kevin J.


We have been asked to pray especially for 5 year old Matilda Ruff who has contracted a children’s version of COVID 19 related virus and is now home but still needing lots of prayers. Grand daughter to Vanessa & Chris Stephens who attend Holy Cross Hoath.



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.


Living God, deliver us from a world without justice and a future without mercy; in your mercy, establish justice, and in your justice, remember the mercy revealed to us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen







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.


GOOD NEWS - From Rev Sue

The three churches will be open for private prayer and manned at these times:

St. Mary’s Reculver:

Monday 10am to 12 Noon manned by Ann Collier

Wednesday 2pm to 4pm manned by Judy Challis

Friday 5pm to 7pm manned by Emma Wright or Iain Farquhar

St. Bartholomew’s Herne Bay:

Monday 10am to 12 Noon manned by Maggie Morris

Wednesday 2pm to 4pm manned by Rev Stephen Parrett

Friday 5pm to 7pm manned by Lawrence Tuck

Holy Cross Hoath

Monday 5 to 7pm manned by Rev Jenny or Rev Sue

Wednesday 2 to 4pm manned by Janet Scroggins

Friday 10am to 12 Noon manned by Sue Hogwood / Sandy Sinclair


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.


From Rev Sue

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 26th July to the end of August. In the coming week you will all receive a letter with the full schedule of what is happening when. You will also receive a copy of any service sheet you will need for the services as you will need to bring your own copy to and from church.

From Sunday 26th July 2020 at 10am to Sunday 30th August 2020 the following will be happening


Sundays 10am Service @ St. Bartholomew’s, Herne Bay with congregation

26/7    Morning Worship

2/8      Holy Communion

9/8      Morning Worship

16/8    Holy Communion

23/8    Morning Worship

30/8    Holy Communion


Sundays 8am Service @ St. Mary’s with congregation

2/8     BCP Holy Communion

16/8   BCP Holy Communion

30/8   BCP Holy Communion


Tuesday’s 12 Noon @ St. Bartholomew’s with congregation (9 spaces)

28/7   Holy Communion

4/8     Holy Communion

11/8   Holy Communion

18/8   Holy Communion

25/8   Holy Communion


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 14/7/2020




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From the Team



Thank you all for the flowers and birthday wishes sent to me for my 80th birthday.  It was a lovely day.  Bless you all.  HILDA.





Message from St. Augustines College  of Theology

Sponsored walk on 5th September from Wye to Chartham – 12 miles.


Registration , coffee and doughnuts at 9.30 a.m.

 at Wye St. Gregory and St. Martin Church.

For more information contact office@staugustinescollege.ac.uk

Last year, St Augustine’s established a bursary fund in the name of our treasurer, John Tattersall, who was retiring after many years of service. The Tattersall fund provides financial help to lay people who wish to study theology but do not have the resources to pay for tuition or books. The beneficiaries include folk who believe, I think rightly, that theology will enrich their discipleship in the business of daily life, as well as those embarking on vocational discernment. Over the last months, we’ve had significant calls on the fund and so we’ve undertaken some fundraising to maintain this important resource. The climax to the campaign, which we hope will raise the final £3,000 of our £10,000 goal, is our ‘Butterflies and Bursaries’ walk. We shall stroll from Wye Church to Chartham Village Hall in time for a late lunch (20km). For those of a more gentile stamina, there is a optional start from Chilham Rail Station, which reduces the walk to 8 km. For more information see the attached flyer and our website

ii. Our online ‘lockdown' retreats have proved immensely popular, with around a thousand participants thus far. On the 26th July, we begin the final part of our trilogy, ‘Windows of Hope', during which three of our associate tutors reflect on how the Christian hope inspires us to look forward ‘after lockdown'. Again, for the details, please see the flyer attached.

Your continuing help with publicising events such as these is greatly appreciated. So much depends on local information and 'word of mouth' and without your willingness to distribute our news, our fate would be in the less amiable hands of the Google gremlins steering people to our website.

God bless.