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Welcome and thank you for visiting the website of Longfield’s Parish Church, the Church of St. Mary Magdalene

We hope that our website will be able to answer any questions you may have about the life of our church community

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BREAKING NEWS

The Bishop of Rochester is pleased to announce that The Revd. Adele Barker has accepted his offer of the post of Priest-in-Charge of the Benefice of Fawkham and Hartley and also the Benefice of Longfield in the Rural North West Kent Group. Adele will take up her new post in February 2020, and dates for her licensings will be Tuesday 18 February for Fawkham and Hartley Parish and Sunday 23 February for Longfield Parish.
Please hold Adele and her family in your prayers at this time of transition.

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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

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Longfield Church Notices

Download Latest Church Notices – 08 December 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 08 December
2019
Advent
2
08.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am Morning Worship – Reflection
Sunday 15 December
2019
Advent
3
No Morning Service
4.00pm Carol Service
Sunday 22 December
2019
Advent
4
08.00am Mattins
10.30am All Age Service
Tuesday 24 December
2019
Christmas
Eve
4.00pm Christingle
7.00pm Christingle
11.00pm Midnight Mass
Wednesday 25 December
2019
Christmas
Day
10.00am Morning Worship for Christmas Day
Sunday 29 December
2019
Christmas
1
10.30am Parish Eucharist

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Longfield Church Message

Christmas Day Worship
Prayer Station
St Mary Magdalene Church Choir
Ash Saplings
Dartford Churches Winter Shelter
St. Mary Magdalene Church Christmas Card

Christmas Card Collection
St. Mary Magdalene Church Service Christmas Postcard
Bible, Brew and Biscuiits
Pastoral Care Team

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Monday 09 and Monday 16 December – Bible Study RNWK Group
Thursday 12 and Thursday 19 December – RNWK Humbug and Happiness
Friday 13 December – Christmas Visit to Hazelwood Care Home

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December – Ash Church Christmas Tree Festival 2019
Sunday 15 December – Group Messy Nativity
Tuesday 17 December – Carol Singing at The Rising Sun, Fawkham

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Message from Ollie Phipps

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Longfield Church Messages

CHRISTMAS DAY WORSHIP
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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PRAYER STATION
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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ST. MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH CHOIR
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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ASH SAPLINGS
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 Reeves

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DARTFORD CHURCHES WINTER SHELTER
Dartford Churches’ Winter Shelter started in 2014 to provide night shelter, bed and a hot meal for the coldest months of the year, those of January February and March. It is a voluntary based organisation with only one paid Co-ordinator and supported by Dartford Borough Council. In Dartford one in every 157 people was homeless in 2018. The Charity “Shelter” helps to provide for the 320,000 people homeless in Britain from its sale of Christmas Cards. Perhaps you might like to support them www.cardshop.shelter.org.uk
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ST. MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH CHRISTMAS CARD
We will be once again have a large church Christmas card for everybody to sign, please can we ask that you all do this. Let this be the first year everyone joins in with this. Taking the concern of the environment into consideration and its sustainability it is hoped that by signing this card it will reduce the need to send out individual cards between us as a church community and save some trees at the same time. The card can be found inside the church. Many thanks for your co-operation.

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CHRISTMAS CARD COLLECTION
This year the Christmas card collection will go to support the flood victims of the recent rain in the north of the United Kingdom. Thank you for your support.
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ST. MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH SERVICE CHRISTMAS POSTCARDS
We have our church service Christmas postcard now available in church to be delivered to every house around the parish, they are in bundles of street and road names, we need volunteers please to deliver these as soon as possible. They will be in church on Sunday for people to take and deliver, thank you.
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BIBLE, BREW AND BISCUITS
We now will not meet before Christmas but will resume again early in the New Year.
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PASTORAL CARE TEAM
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

BIBLE STUDY RNWK GROUP
Dates for Your Diary – Monday 09 and Monday 16 December (and ongoing)
The group will resume bi-weekly at 8.00pm in the Church. The study groups schedule is as follows:
Advent Time

09 December – Jesus – Prayer and the Holy Spirit [John 15 -16] Try Praying
16 December – Jesus’ Prayer [John 17] Try Praying
Everyone is welcome!
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RNWK HUMBUG AND HAPPINESS
Dates for Your Diary – Thursday 12 and 19 December
An Advent Study, with the classic movie ‘A Christmas Carol’ from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. On 12 December, the exact venue is to be confirmed, but the December 19 venue is confirmed as Ash Village Hall. Any venue change will be advised in advance. All welcome.

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CHRISTMAS VISIT TO HAZELWOOD CARE HOME
Date for Your Diary – Friday 13 December
At 11.00am, Lawrie Townson and members of the choir will be visiting Hazelwood Care Home, Brickfield Farm, Main Road, Longfield to entertain the residents by singing some carols and festive favourites. Any members of the congregation and the wider community are more than welcome to come along and join in the singing.
Please wear something festive!

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ASH CHURCH CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2019
Dates 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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GROUP MESSY NATIVITY
Date for Your Diary – Sunday 15 December
Be part of a special Messy Church service where the children are invited to take part in an impromptu Nativity and everyone can sing Christmas Carols in true Messy Church tradition. There will be an optional meal afterwards starting at Midday which will be a Christmas roast turkey dinner followed by Yule Log. No Cost – donations welcome. To book a place for lunch please leave a message on answerphone number 01474 630138 or email messy@fawkhamandhartley.org.uk Let us know if you are vegetarian. Come and join us for a different type of Church Sunday 15th December 2019 10.30am Fawkham & Hartley Church Centre, Ash Road, Hartley. There is also a Facebook Group
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CAROL SINGING AT THE “RISING SUN”, FAWKHAM
Date for Your Diary – Tuesday 17 December
From 6.30pm for 7.00pm. Do come and join us for this fun filled evening led by the folk of Fawkham and Hartley.
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MESSAGE FROM OLLIE PHIPPS

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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