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We would like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you for the wonderful send-off you gave us on 13th.It was a very emotional day for everyone. Your generosity with the tributes and gifts was enormously kind and we can assure you that the gifts will be put to good use. We will miss everyone in RNWK. The past seven years have been a source of blessing and growth. Please be assured of our prayers as you continue to faithfully serve the people of RNWK. We would welcome your prayers for the move and transition into new roles. If you’re in Rochester, do pop in to the office for a coffee. We will treasure the memories of these last seven years in our hearts and wish you every encouragement in the future. Thank you for all you have been, are and may God be with you in all that is to come.

With love, thanks and prayers

Dylan and Jenny


A Safeguarding Page has been added to the website. If you feel you need to speak to anyone, there is a list of organisations, who can assist


Longfield Church Notices

Download Latest Church Notices – 17 November 2019
Church Services at Longfield Church
Longfield Church Messages
Dates for Your Diary

Church Services At Longfield Church

Below are the coming week’s Church Services. If you wish to see details of Church Services for the Rural North-West Group, Click Here

Date Day/Week Service Details
Sunday 17 November
Second Sunday
Before Lent
10.30am Parish Eucharist
Sunday 24 November
The KIng
08.00am Mattins
10.30am All Age Service
Wednesday 27 November
Wednesday 10.00am Midweek Communion and Coffee

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Longfield Church Message

Christmas Day Worship
Prayer Station
Reverend Adele Barker
Big Advent Coffee Morning
St Mary Magdalene Church Choir
Ash Saplings
Pastoral Care Team

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Saturday 09 November – RNWK Messy Church
Monday 11 November – Bible Study RNWK Group
Wednesday 13 November – Bible Brew and Biscuits
Saturday 16, Monday 18, Tuesday 19 November, Wednesday 20 and Friday 22 November – Tess Christmas Sale
Saturday 23 November – Soup and Fun Afternoon
Saturday 23 November – Fawkham and Hartley Church Fayre
Thursday 28 November and 05, 12 and 19 December – RNWK Humbug and Happiness
Saturday 30 November – RNWK Men’s Fellaship Christmas Brunch
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December – Ash Church Christmas Tree Festival 2019

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Message from Ollie Phipps

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Longfield Church Messages

Advanced notice, please note that the start time for the Christmas Day worship service at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Longfield is 10.00am.

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Please note that there will be a prayer station in the Lady Chapel before the 10.30 am service between 10.00 am and 10.15am for those of us who would like some quiet, personal and private reflective prayer before the start of the service.

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The Bishop of Rochester is pleased to announce that the Rev’d. Adele Barker has accepted his offer of the post of Priest-in-Charge of the Benefice of Fawkham and Hartley in the Rural North West Kent Group. Adele is currently serving as a curate at St. Phillip and St. James Church in Chatham. It is expected that Adele will take up her new post in February 2020, and a date for her licensing will be announced once it is confirmed. Please keep Adele and her family in your prayers at this time of transition.

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We have the St. Mary Magdalene ‘Big Advent Coffee Morning’ approaching and we are in need of any items for the stalls and new items for the special Christmas bag, if you can help in anyway in supplying these gifts, or a donation forwards buying items, to help make this a special occasion for our Parish, please speak to Chris Lennard, Susan Rogers or Wendy Smith for more information. Thank you.
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Choir practice is on Thursdays at 7.30pm. Open to anyone who would like to have a go at singing in the choir!

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This is a time of fun and worship for Rural North West Kent’s pre-school children and their carers. We’d love to see you there – every Thursday between 10.30am and 12 noon in Ash Church. For more details, please contact Revd. Helen

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If anyone would like to be a part of this ministry through prayer or visiting could they let either Steph, Wendy or Val know and speak to us for more information.
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Dates For Your Diary

Date for Your Diary – Saturday 09 November

This will be at the Fawkham and Hartley Church Centre on at 4.00pm. ALL WELCOME. Go and join in the fun. There is also a Facebook Group to follow
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Monday 11 November (and ongoing)
The group will resume bi-weekly at 8.00pm in the Church. The study groups schedule is as follows:

Autumn and Advent
11th November – Try Praying – Nehemiah – Prayer and Action [Chapter 5 & 6 v 15 – end]
November 25th – Try Praying – Nehemiah – Prayer and Confession [Chapter 9]

Advent Time
2nd December – Jesus, Prayer and the Holy Spirit [John 13 – 14] Try Praying
9th December – Jesus – Prayer and the Holy Spirit [John 15 -16] Try Praying
16th December – Jesus’ Prayer [John 17] Try Praying
Everyone is welcome!
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Date for Your Diary – Wednesday 13 November
This will be held at Ruby’s house.
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Date for Your Diary – Saturday 16, Monday 18, Tuesday 19 November, Wednesday 20 and Friday 22 November
You are invited to the TESS Christmas Sale in aid of educational sponsorship in Teso, Uganda, at Anne Philpott’s home, 5 Spring Vale Close (off Egerton Avenue), Hextable BR8 7LR.

All day Saturday 16 November, between 9.30am and 5.30pm;
Coffee Mornings on Monday 18 November and Tuesday 19 November, between 9.30am and 12.30pm;
Afternoon Tea on Wednesday 20 November between 2.30pm and 4.30pm and
Evening Drinks on Friday 22 November between 7.30pm and 9.30pm
Everyone welcome, including family and friends!

If you are driving to Hextable, could you offer a lift to a non- car owner?
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Date for Your Diary – Saturday 23 November
You are invited to a RNWKG Soup and Fun afternoon, starting at 12.00noon in St. Mary Magdalene Church cost £5. All are welcome.
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Date for Your Diary – Saturday 23 November
Starting at 12.30 pm at the Fawkham and Hartley Church Centre. Lunches available plus many stalls. Everybody welcome to attend.

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Date for Your Diary – Thursday 28 November, 05, 12 and 19 December
An Advent Study with the classic movie ‘A Christmas Carol’ between 7.30pm and 9.00pm at Ash Village Hall. Any venue change will be advised in advance. All welcome.

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Date for Your Diary – Saturday 30 November
The next Fellaship Brunch will start at 10.30am in the Jubilee Hall. There will be Christmas bacon butties, tea and coffee and a talk by ex-Royal Engineer Martin Stoneham on the history of the Victoria Cross. All not to be missed. Please note there is no admission fee but donations are welcome.

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Date for Your Diary – Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December

Prizes to be won!! Enter a Christmas Tree, no more than 2’ wide into the festival, or sponsor a tree. One prize for the best FAMILY TREE and one for the best organisation/ business tree. HAVE A GO!! Details on noticeboards or from the Fawkham and Hartley Parish Office.

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Dear Friends,

You may not have seen me at RNWK services as often as you previously have, so I wanted to write to you. As you may know, after 11 years of discernment and a stringent selection process, which you supported, 4 weeks ago I started my ordination training.

With God’s guidance I chose to train locally at St Augustine’s Theological College in West Malling, while keeping my NHS/Academic job. This is the same college where Elizabeth and Helen trained and it is a 5 minute drive from my house.

Training locally, was the right thing for my family and I. This also allowed me to undertake my ministerial training amongst friends within the RNWK group.

I am told that training for ordination, alongside a busy full time job, is not an easy thing. In my first year I will attend weekly evening classes, one residential weekend a month, undertake a project within a parish placement (elsewhere) and also visit other churches to gain experience of different churchmanship’s.

Helen is my ministerial facilitator (supervisor) and I will undertake activities across the group alongside her and the other clergy. The diocese and theological college have asked that I leave the PCC and come off of the main Sunday rota which I have.

Therefore, although I am training within the group, you may only see me once or twice a month. Despite not seeing me, I am very much involved in group/parish business and I would appreciate your prayers of support and encouragement. Please be assured of my prayers for the group.

I look forward to seeing you soon

May the Lord be with you, Ollie

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