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Acrise Church and other News April 2017

 St Martin’s Church,  Acrise

  Church Services for APRIL 2017

 Sunday 2nd April   Holy Communion 9.30am

Sunday 9th April   Holy Communion (Palm Sunday) 8.45am

Friday 14th April   Good Friday Reflection  2.30pm

Sunday 16th April  Easter Sunday Holy Communion  9.30am

Sunday 23rd April  Matins 8.45am

Sunday 30th April  Benefice Service at Acrise 10.00am

Easter Lilies

If anyone wishes to buy an Easter Lily in memory of a loved one please see Sue as she will be ordering them.

Regular Acrise Local Meetings

Sewing Class 2nd & 4th Wednesdays HVH 9.30-12.30

Craft Club 1st & 3rd Thursday afternoons HVH

Gardeners’ Society 1st Wednesday of each month 7.30 HVH

Walkers meet 2nd Wednesday of each month

The Men’s Club meets every Friday for lunch 12-1pm HVH

Pudding Club meet 4th Wednesday of each month

WI meet 1st Tuesday of each month 2.00 & 3rd Wednesday 7.30 HVH

Bible Study/Discussion Group 1st Saturday of each month

Hawkinge Spitfires Over 50s Club meet 1st Wednesday of each month  HVH 2.00pm.

Hawkinge Short Mat Bowls Club – Mondays 7.00-10.00pm Community Centre

Alzheimer’s Society meet 3rd Wednesday of each month

Mothers’ Union 3rd Wednesday in the month with Janet Hutchings

Jump for Joy 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month 10.00 – 11.30

BINGO: HVH 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month, doors open 7.40pm


ACORNS April 2017 PDF format

ACORNS April 2017 MS WORD format

Acrise Church News: April 2017

Church e-mail list: If you are not on this list and would like to be added please give Mike your e-mail address and then you will receive church and benefice news electronically.

Acrise Remembered: This portrait of an East Kent village by local residents was produced by Stephen Scoffam in 2016 and is available in the church or from Sue or Mike Prebble for £3.


 Brief Report: Elham Valley Group Ministry Prayer and Fellowship Week. Sunday 12th March until Sunday 19th March

The event was a great success and, as people came to know each other, gained momentum as the week progressed.  We thank Jane and Peter for planning the week and those responsible for organising the worship and providing the delicious refreshments at the different churches.  A chat, with chips, at the Jackdaw after the Denton service was much enjoyed, as was the lunch at the traditional country pub, the Cat and Custard Pot, after worship at Paddlesworth.

The Fellowship Week gave us an opportunity to visit other churches in the two benefices, some of which we may not have been in before; it enabled us to experience a variety of styles of worship some very different to what we are used to; we learnt and understood more about the circumstances and activities of the different church communities and above all we made new friends.  While the Group Ministry is in its infancy many of those involved in the week felt that the foundations for cooperation in ministry and mission had been laid.  It was not the sort of event to give one spiritual indigestion, though with all the food and drink physical indigestion was a risk; it was spiritually uplifting and an enjoyable experience.


Tuesday 21st March: PCC Annual General Meeting in the church at 7.00pm

We began the evening with a service of Compline in memory of John Coleman, giving thanks for all that he and Janet did for us.

The main officers elected for 2017/18:

ChurchWardens: Simon Smith and Martin Bradley

Treasurer: Jean Grieb

Secretary: Sharon Paine.

All members of the PCC were thanked for their hard work throughout 2016/17; a busy year with many changes but also a successful year.  We thank Chris Gannon for his valuable contribution as Church Warden over the past four years and are delighted that he will continue to be a member of the PCC and our church community.

Important Dates for 2017

Saturday 29th April: Shepway Singers in church starting at 7.00pm. 

Sunday 21st May: Rogation Sunday - Beating the Bounds starting at10.00am (after the 8.45am service).  We will be walking the northern part of the boundary.

End of May/Beginning of June: Cream Tea Afternoon.  Date to be confirmed.

Sunday 2nd July: Patronal Breakfast after the 9.30am Holy Communion.


Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August:  Acrise Flower Festival.  We would welcome any help with jam making for the produce stall or sewing/knitting for the fancy goods stall.  Nearer the time we will be asking for help with other aspects of the Flower Festival so that we can ensure that this popular community event continues. Any offers of help or enquiries please ring Sue or Mike on 01303844640 or e-mail mike.prebble@btinternet or


Bettine Young (Betty) 09/03/24 – 26/02/17

As many of you know Betty’s funeral was held at St Martin’s Acrise on Thursday 23rd March.  Betty first came to a service in the church in 1940 when it was full of soldiers on their way to France and she used to tell us that she often wondered what became of them.  She has been closely associated with St Martin’s since then, being Church Warden for 30 years and, with her husband, Eric, established the annual Flower Festival, among many activities.  She was well known in the area and belonged to many organisations.  We give thanks for her long and fulfilled life.  Sue will be writing a tribute to Betty in a future Church News and we plan to have a display to celebrate her life at this year’s Flower Festival.

 Can we particularly remember in our prayers: Betty Young, recently deceased, June Bayley and family, June Moore, Ken Percival.