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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 Decmber 2014

The Reverend Julie Coleman ~ Priest-in-Charge

Christmas Memories…

"It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go…" I just love Christmas! I love everything about it. For me, it can’t start soon enough. I could celebrate Christmas all year round. When everyone else is moaning and complaining that the shops are already stocked with Christmas cards and selection boxes in August, I can’t help but feel butterflies in my stomach and a creeping sense of excitement. By the time the ‘Coca-Cola’ advert comes on I am fizzing with excitement...

When I was a young girl, a dear friend used to work from home making and filling Christmas crackers and I used to love the little bits and bobs that she would put in (some people might even say that’s probably where a lot of my jokes come from!) Whenever I see a box of Christmas crackers I always think of her.

I also used to love walking past the toy shop on the high street and seeing the window full of the latest toys. Near to Christmas, my dad would take me and my sisters into the shop and he would let us pick literally anything as a gift. It was the most amazing feeling. I’ll never forget the excitement of my first pram!

But that’s the funny thing about Christmas. As children we make lists of the toys we would like and we hope that we’ve been good little boys and girls and not ended up on Father Christmas’ naughty list. When we get older, we might remember the odd special present we were given, but more often than not our memories come from the people we spent Christmas with. The laughter and games we played, maybe playing ‘charades,’ eating chocolate for breakfast or jumping on the bed at 5.00am in the morning shouting..."He’s been!" Everyone packed around the dining table – all our loves ones together.

Memories are precious and your gift of friendship over the past few months is the best present me and my family could ever have received. So for our first Christmas together, I send you all our love in Christ, the child who was born to make a difference in this world and in our lives as we learn to live together.

Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a happy and peaceful 2015.


Please note that there will be an Evening Prayer at 5.30 pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in Dymchurch church during the month of December.


Romney Marsh Benefice Confirmation Service

26 April at 10.30 in St. Nicholas Church, New Romney

Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which you affirm for yourself the faith into which you have been baptised and your intention to live a life of committed discipleship. This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop is open to anyone over the age of 11.

If you have ever asked – ‘What is confirmation?’ ‘How do I get confirmed?’ We will be holding confirmation classes next year, leading to individuals across the benefice being confirmed by the Bishop of Dover on the 26th April. If you would like more information please call Revd Julie Coleman on 01797 362308 or email jvcoleman@btinternet.com

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. Peter & St. Paul, Dymchurch - December 2014

St. Nicholas, New Romney – January 2015

St. Clement, Old Romney – February 2015

St. Peter & St. Paul, Newchurch – March 2015

St. George, Ivychurch - April 2015

All Saints, Burmarsh – May 2015