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ELHAM AREA CHURCHES CALENDAR  - See Elham Methodist Church Calendar below
6th Sunday after TrinitySun, Jul 23, 201708:00Holy Communion BCPElham
  09:30Sung EucharistElham
  11:15Wootton WorshipWootton
7th Sunday after TrinitySun, Jul 30, 201710:00Benefice EucharistWootton
 Mon, Jul 31, 201713:00BaptismAcrise
 August 2017
The TransfigurationSun, Aug 6, 201708:00Holy Communion BCPElham
  09:30Benefice Communion BCP Archdeacon Visiting PhillipAcrise

9th Sunday after TrinitySun, Aug 13, 201708:00Holy Communion BCPElham
  08:45Holy Communion BCPAcrise
  09:30Sung EucharistElham
  11:15Wootton EucharistWootton
 Sat, Aug 19, 201712 noonWedding Sean Cleary and Roxanne AppsWooton
10th Sunday after TrinitySun, Aug 20, 201708:00Holy Communion BCPElham
  08:45Matins BCPAcrise
  09:30Sung EucharistElham
  11:15Denton EucharistDenton
 Sat, Aug 26, 201713:00Wedding Nick Collins and Becky GaskillElham
11th Sunday after TrinitySun, Aug 27, 201708:00Holy Communion BCPElham
  08:45Matins BCPAcrise
  09:30Sung EucharistElham
  11:15Wootton WorshipWootton
 September 2017   
12th Sunday after TrinitySun, Sep 3, 201708:00Holy Communion BCPElham
  09:30Holy Communion BCPAcrise
  09:30Sung EucharistElham
  11:15New Day ServiceDenton
13th Sunday of TrinitySun, Sep 10, 201708:00Holy Communion BCPElham
  08:45Holy Communion BCPAcrise
Patronal Festival 09:30Sung EucharistElham
  11:15Wootton EucharistWootton
 Sat, Sep 16, 201717:00Wedding Adam Wood and Tracey FirmanDenton
14th Sunday after TrinitySun, Sep 17, 201708:00Holy Communion BCPElham
  08:45Matins BCPAcrise
  09:30Sung EucharistElham
15th Sunday after TrinitySun, Sep 24, 201708:00Holy Communion BCPElham
  08:45Matins BCPAcrise
Harvest Elham 09:30Harvest Service - Joint Village Service in the Methodist ChapelElham
  11:15Wootton WorshipWootton
   12.15HARVEST LUNCH in St. Mary's Church  Elham
 Sat, Sep 30, 201715:15Archdeacon's Farewell ServiceCanterbury Cathedral

ELHAM METHODIST CHURCH:                                   All services will be at 9.30am unless otherwise stated

JULY 2017

23rd Valley Service at Lyminge 

30th Rev. Sam Funnell


 6th Deacon Carys Woodley

13th Rev. Kevin Taylor (HC)

20th  Richard Blackwell    

27th  Jim Wilson

Elham Methodist Church hosts two prayer meetings in the Methodist Hall, open to all persons of any denomination or none. On the first Thursday of each month at 7.30pm half to three quarters of an hour of prayers, led by Rev Kevin Taylor and members of the church and including a cup of tea.  On a Saturday morning, every quarter at 8 am half an hour of prayer led by various Ministers followed by breakfast (cereal, toast, juice and coffee or tea) at 8.30.  The next Thursday meetings will be 6th July and 3rd August. The next Prayer Breakfasts will be 2nd September and 2nd December. 

Anyone welcome, come and join us       


St Mary Magdalene, Denton Coffee morning on July 22nd at 1030 at Tappington Hall.


Acrise Flower Festival. Sat 5th & Sun 6th August from 10am to 5pm

Come and see St. Martin’s church filled with flowers, and enjoy ploughman’s lunches, cakes and drinks, and a mini-fete, with sideshows, produce & craft stalls, tombolas and a grand raffle.

We would be grateful for any help with preparations & decorating the church on Friday 4th August, or with running a stall or generally helping on the Saturday/Sunday.  Donations of foliage & flowers, would be much appreciated, as would plants for the plant stall.  Cakes, vegetables, crafts, bric-a-brac, raffle & tombola prizes will also be welcome, sewing/knitting & help with jam making. Please ring Sue or Mike on 01303 844640 or e-mail mike.prebble@btinternet or

Sponsor a Flower Arrangement at the Festival

If you would like to sponsor a flower arrangement in memory of a loved one then ring Jean Grieb on 01303892364 for details so that this can be organised before the church is decorated on Friday 4th August.  Jean has written to businesses that might be interested in sponsoring; if you know of a business that might be willing to sponsor then ring Jean.

Vicarage Allsorts & Mystical Moments II

An evening of poetry & music at St Martin’s, Wootton. Saturday August 19th at 7pm.

All are welcome, light refreshments will be served during the interval. Free entrance and a retiring collection to assist the upkeep of our glorious church heritage.



Harvest Lunch will be held in St Mary's on Sunday 24 September and that everyone is most welcome.  More details in the September issue.


Canon David Ratcliff produces an occasional ‘Elham Area Church News’. If you would like to receive this, please email him on

He is happy to hear of any church service and event items that could be included if received in good time.

Other services
Methodist Church Elham

For details of Methodist Church Services and events please see above Calendar

Regular Mid-Week Services in Elham

at St. Mary's Church

9. a.m. every Friday morning 15 Minute Silent Prayer for Peace. 
Evensong or Ecumenical Taizé style servicesof hymns, prayer, readings and meditation are held in St. Mary's Church Elham on a Sunday evening on the 4th. Sunday of some months. Watch the Calendar for details
Who is doing what?

TO SEE WHO ARE THE INTERCESSORS AND READERS: see the Activities Pages or the lists or the Monthly Bulletin at Church  

TO SEE THE SERVERS' ROTAS arranged by Reg Hoare 01303 840 434
The latest rota  can be seen on the relevant Activities Page or the list in the Vestry at Church.