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 CHURCH MATTERS in Elham Newsletter 


Dear Friends,

We are now in Advent that ‘space’ before Christmas like ‘pregnancy’ before the ‘birth’ and the ‘lull’ before the storm. It is nearly coming up for me living here for two years, as I was reminded by Sue a Grandma, whose Grandson William, was one of the first babies I baptized in Denton church. I sat next to her during the wonderful Harvest Supper in the Jackdaw Pub where more than a 100 of us locals, farmers and friends gathered to celebrate Harvest. “What a fabulous Night!’

Alison our proficient and hardworking administrator, ever since she has started working for us, has been waiting for a ‘lull’ but it seems to never come. But, Elham and Selsted School can now enjoy a ‘lull’ as they have done magnificently by both attaining a ‘Good Ofsted.’ This does not just happen! It is through a great deal of hard work from the staff, governors, parents and all those that help at the school to make them the amazing communities that they are!

Dear God

Thank you for the life of all humans and living things.

Thank you for all the food and joy we have.

Please have faith in the bad people who believe in the bad spirits!

They can change!

Help us to love and care for others. Believe in you.

Trustworthy, faithful Mothers do not forget the Fathers.

Please keep hold of the starvers. (A prayer from one of our children in year 6) 

 Enjoy the ‘lull’ of Advent!


            Services for NOVEMBER

St. Mary’s:                                                                            


5th    8am Eucharist BCP   3pm Evensong & Remembrance of our Loved ones departed                                    

12th   8am Eucharist BCP   10.45am Village Service Remembrance

18th   11.30-12.30 Benefice Diocesan Day of Prayer – ‘Just an Hour of Prayer’

19th   8am Eucharist BCP   9.30am Sung Eucharist   

26th   8am Eucharist BCP   11am Elham Valley Group Service in Canterbury Cathedral


Methodist Church: 

Services at 9.30 a.m. unless stated    


5th    Mr Ralph Bradshaw

12th10.50am Rev. Derek Hancock – at the war memorial

19th  10.15am Elham Valley Service at Rhodes Minnis

26th Local arrangement service


We have an exciting new hymn book in St Mary’s – Ancient & Modern-Hymns & Songs for refreshing worship. This is a brand-new edition of the world’s well-known hymn book, which now offers the broadest ever range of traditional hymns with the best from today’s hymn/song writers. We would like to encourage members of the village and congregation to donate a hymn book at a cost of £15 per book. Your name and any dedication will be inscribed in your book. Please fill in the form which you will find at the back of the church and return with money to Pat/Geoff Webb or one of the churchwardens. 


Knit, Knot, Net

Next year marks the centenary of the end of the First World War.  As part of the events marking this we are hoping to drape a sea of poppies from the top of the church tower, so we need your help.

KNIT - If you can knit or crochet then please make us some poppies.  There will be a box in St Mary’s church to put finished poppies.  There will also be a pattern for an easy knit pattern in church should you need one.  Please leave a tail of wool near the centre for us to attach them to the netting.

KNOT – nearer the time we will be asking for volunteers to help knot the poppies to the netting

NET – we will need to buy the netting (heavy duty) and some wool so if you are unable to help in any other way perhaps you would like to make a small donation towards the cost.  Please give this to anyone from the church, drop in to Willows, Cock Lane or put it in the chest in church in a sealed envelope marked POPPIES.


Diocesan Day of Prayer - Saturday 18th November 1130am - 1230pm

A diocesan intergenerational event will take place at St Mary of Charity, Faversham, which will be the central focus for the satellite prayer events throughout the Diocese.  Bishop Trevor hopes that everyone across the Diocese will be praying at the same time from 11:30am-12:30pm.

He will be encouraging those that wish (and are able) tofast from lunchtime on Friday 17 November to lunchtime on Saturday 18 November.  ‘Fast’ can mean not only food, but social media, work etc.

As part of this, do please join us for………….


11.30 – 12.30.  18th November

In St. Mary’s Church, Elham

If you are deeply troubled by anything in your own life, the life and future of our country and the pain and suffering of the world, then bring those concerns and we will share and bring them before God in prayer.

THEY MAY BE HIS CONCERNS AS WELL and those of many other people, which will be the focus of this Canterbury Diocese Day of Prayer, acting together as the body of Christ.

“Positive action we can all be part of” 


Village Carol Service Sunday December 10th 3.00pm at St Mary’s. We would like as many as possible to join the choir for this event. If you would like to help have a word with Anthony our organist or one of the choir – just a few practices before at 5.00pm on a Thursday.  Come and swell the numbers!