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Priest in Charge Revd. Julie Coleman

 

 The Vicarage, North Street, New Romney TN28 8DR - Tel: 01797 362308

email Julie: jvcoleman@btinternet.com

 

Please telephone Julie for Baptisms, Weddings and Banns or

for any pastoral concerns which you would like to discuss.

 

Letter from the Vicarage November 2014

Dear Friends,

November is a time of remembrance. We remember loved ones who have departed this life, as well as those who have given their lives in the service of their country. On 11th November at 11 ‘o’clock people young and old will gather round war memorials to remember the fallen. As we watch the news on our televisions or read our newspapers we are constantly made aware of the conflicts that are going on in the world today, so this is a time when it is important to show solidarity.

On Remembrance Sunday the poppy offers a symbol that speaks volumes. Thousands of poppies grew in the soil churned up by fighting on the battlefields of the First World War, and this humble flower has become a symbol of remembrance. We think of the sacrifices made by our armed forces, and the red petal of the poppy reminds us of bloodshed, of lives lost, of human greed, and of countless lives marked forever by pain and fear.

In St John’s Gospel Jesus says “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” so it is right that we should honour these gallant people who put their lives on the line for us.

“They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old: age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them” 

The green leaf of the poppy reminds us of the possibility of new life, a new start. In remembering the past let us do all we can in the present to bring an end to fighting and disunity, so that all people may know God’s peace and loving provision each and every day.

Everyone is invited to join us in one of our eight churches across the Romney Benefice on the 9th November for our Remembrance Services.

Grace, mercy and peace be with you all.

Julie

Evening Prayer

I invite you to join me for Evening Prayer every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 5.30 pm at the following churches during a particular month. This informal service is a time of reflection, praise and prayer. During one of the evenings I will invite you to join with me in praying along the pews giving thanks for all those who have worshipped and prayed in that place, while also praying for those God is inviting to join us in the future.

St. Mary the Virgin, St. Mary in the Marsh - October

All Saints, St. Mary’s Bay - November

St. Peter & St. Paul, Dymchurch - December

St. Nicholas, New Romney – January

St. Clement, Old Romney – February

St. Peter & St. Paul, Newchurch – March

St. George, Ivychurch - April

All Saints, Burmarsh – May