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REVEREND JOHN CHALLICE
It is with enormous sadness that we have to share with you some news received from the family of The Revd. John Challice. John died peacefully on the afternoon of Wednesday 17 October 2018, following a long illness. Many people will remember John, who was Rector of Longfield between 1978 and 2000.  We are currently working with the family to arrange a funeral service for John, once further details have been confirmed we will of course let you know. In the meantime, would you please hold John’s family in your prayers at this most difficult time.

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WW1 Commemoration 2018 Poster

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Longfield Church Notices

Download Latest Church Notices – 21 October 2018
Church Services at Longfield Church
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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
Wednesday
24 October 2018
10.30am Coffee and Communion
Sunday
28 October 2018
Last After
Trinity
08.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am Morning Worship
Sunday
04 November 2018
All Saint’s
Day
3.00pm All Souls
Sunday
11 November 2018
Remembrance
Day
8.45am To Be Confirmed
Sunday
18 November 2018
2nd Sunday
Before Advent
10.30am Parish Eucharist
Sunday
25 November 2018
Christ
The
King
08.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am Morning Worship
06.30pm Evening Prayer (Ridley) 
Wednesday
28 November 2018
10.00am Coffee and Communion
02 Sunday
December 2018
Advent
Sunday
10.30am Parish Eucharist
09 Sunday
December 2018
Advent
2
08.00am Mattins
10.30am Morning Worship Reflections 
16 Sunday
December 2018
Advent
3
04.00pm Carol Service
Sunday
23 December 2018
Advent
4
08:00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am All Age Worship 
Sunday
24 December 2018
Christmas
Eve
04.00pm Christingle
07.00pm Christingle
11.00pm Midnight Mass
Monday
25 December 2018
Christmas
Day
10.30am Morning Worship

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Longfield Church Messages

Called To Remember
Safeguarding Training In-House
Archdeacon of Rochester
Talking The Good News
Pastoral Care Team

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Dates For Your Diary

23 October – Women’s Fellowship
28 October – Youth Group Meeting
29 October – Bible Study Group
30 October – Diocesan Visit by Archbishop of Canterbury
03 November – Coffee Morning
10 November – Big Leaf Sweep
10 November – Messy Church
13 November – Revd. Helen Reeves

17 November – The Tearfund Big Quiz Night

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CALLED TO REMEMBER
Do join us for any or all of the following Acts of Remembrance on the 11 November.  At 8.45am, there will be a walk of worship through Longfield Village to commemorate and show solidarity with all those who lost their lives so that we may live ours.  At 10.00am, a service of Called To Remember at St. Mary Magdalene Church Longfield, and at 11.00am, a commemoration at the War Memorial with a bugler and bag piper. Refreshments will be available after the commemoration in the Jubilee Hall. Please do come along for this historic hundredth  anniversary of the ending of the First World War and commemorate and pray for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice at the exact time of the signing of the armistice 100 years ago at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
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SAFEGUARDING TRAINING IN-HOUSE
ANYONE WHO DOES ANYTHING WITHIN THE PARISH NEEDS TO UNDERGO BASIC SAFEGUARDING TRAINING IN-HOUSE
This includes all the choir, those who serve coffees and teas, siderpersons who welcome everyone, sound duties, servers, children’s groups, pastoral team and all the lay ministers and clergy. The Diocese of Rochester has sent out a new directive asking for many members of every Parish to undergo basic safeguarding training, C0. Arrangements have been made with the Diocese for Alan Strachan and Lawrie Townson to facilitate C0 – the first level of this training in-house.
Two dates have been arranged for you to attend, either Wednesday 28 November or Wednesday 05 December, both at 8.00pm, at Fawkham and Hartley Church Centre (you only need to attend one session).
Some may need to take further courses in the future. Marion Strachan will be contacting everyone who will need to undertake this training and you will need to book in on 01474 704972, so we can make arrangements for certificates to be issued by the Diocese after the course has been completed. There is the option of doing this training on-line in your own home if you prefer – via the Diocesan website, and go to the safeguarding drop down menu.
Please let Marion know the date you complete the course and print your certificate if you take it on-line.
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ARCHDEACON OF ROCHESTER
The new Archdeacon of Rochester was announced this week as the Revd. Andrew Wooding Jones. For more details about Andrew please see the church noticeboards on Sunday, or go to the Diocesan website. Please hold Andrew and his wife Margaret in your prayers as they begin their preparations for Andrew to take on this important role.
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TALKING….THE GOOD NEWS
Thank you to everyone who has expressed interest in this.  We are hoping to run this sometime later in the Autumn, dates will be announced once we hear back from Diocesan Office.
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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

WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP
Date for Your Diary – Tuesday 23 October
7.30pm in All Saints’ Church.  It will be a flower arranging display.  All welcome.
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YOUTH GROUP MEETING
Date for Your Diary – Sunday 28 October
The next meeting will be at 7.00pm in the Jubilee Hall, St. Mary Magdalene Church, Longfield.
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BIBLE STUDY GROUP
Date For Your Diary – 29 October

The Bible study group will reconvene after the summer break on at 8.00pm at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Longfield. All are welcome to attend.
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DIOCESAN VISIT BY THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY
Date for Your Diary – Tuesday 30 October
There is a Service in Rochester Cathedral at 5.30pm, to which all are invited. Doors open 5.00pm.
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COFFEE MORNING
Date for Your Diary – Saturday 03 November
The next coffee morning will be on starting at 10.00am until 11.30am, all are welcome to attend.
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BIG LEAF SWEEP
Date for Your Diary – Saturday 10 November
There will be a big leaf sweep in the churchyard starting at 10.00am, this is to help clear the churchyard and make it tidy for the Called To Remember Service on the 11 November, with a massive sweep. All volunteers welcome, a massive Sooty may even make an appearance!!!

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MESSY CHURCH
Date for Your Diary – Saturday 10 November
Our next Messy Church is from 4,00pm to 6.00pm, at Fawkham and Hartley Church Centre — please come and join us. There is also a Facebook Group
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REVD HELEN REEVES
Date for Your Diary – Tuesday 13 November
Revd Helen Reeves  will be licensed as the new Rector for Ash with Ridley, and in our RNWK Group, at 8.00pm, at St Peter and St Paul, Ash. All are welcome for this very special occasion. However, so the Churchwardens at Ash know how many are coming can you please let Marion Strachan know on 01474 704972 if you are and she will pass the numbers on.
Thank you.
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THE TEARFUND BIG QUIZ NIGHT
Date for Your Diary – Saturday 17 November
Hundreds of Churches are holding this quiz at the same time at 7.15pm on Saturday 17th November. RNWK quiz will be in Fawkham and Hartley Church Centre. 
Tickets available from the Parish Office on 01474 704972 – £5 per person—tables of 6- 8. All proceeds to Tearfund. See noticeboards for details.
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