KEY EVENTS TILL DECEMBER 2020
This week's Prayer Notes available HERE
Weekly webcasts continue as normal and can be viewed HERE
Regular children's resources continue as normal and sheets can be viewed HERE
Contrary to what you may have heard, Christmas is most definitely not cancelled this year.
At the moment, we do not know whether physical services will be permitted. If they are, services will be at the same times as over the last few months (9:30 for St Katharine's, Knockholt and 10:30 for St Margaret's, Halstead), unless indicated otherwise below. (Please sign up in the usual way.)
See below, follow us on Facebook, and make sure that you have signed up for email updates to get the latest news.
Sunday, 6 December
Christingle Kits will be sent out to families, along with resources to make the most of those ahead of the Sunday services
Sunday, 13 December
Video carols, readings, and reflections
Sunday, 20 December
Doorstep carols (see below)
Thursday, 24 December (Christmas Eve)
Our 'Virtual Crib Service' featuring children from the parishes acting out and retelling the Christmas story (1pm and 2:30pm at St Margaret's; 4pm and 5:30pm at St Katharine's)
Thursday, 24 December/ Friday, 25 December (Christmas Night/ Christmas Morning)
Christmas night (11:30pm St Margaret's) / Christmas Morning (10:30am St Katharine's) service – as we reflect on the most wonderful news together – "Joy to the World, the Lord is come!"
Doorstep Carols - Sunday 20th December
On Sunday, 20 December, we have a wonderful opportunity to join with people across the nation – and the world – in singing carols on our doorsteps.
At 5:30pm, tune your radio to Premier Radio or Freeview 725 or download the Premier Radio App, come out to your doorstep and sing along to the carols.
Wear your festive jumpers and get properly into the spirit.
A great thing to do along with neighbours (like with the 'clap for the NHS' earlier in the year).
St Katharine's Knockholt:
We have also increased seating capacity at St Katharine's whilst adhering to safe distancing protocols.
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Have you filled out your contact form?
Make sure that you have filled out the contact form here: http://knockholtandhalsteadchurches.org/resources/contact-details-form/ so that we can keep you in touch.
Have you connected to the weekly Live Stream?
Watch the weekly “From the Rector’s Study”live-stream: Click on the YouTube icon on top right hand side of this page.
Would you like to join our weekly Bible Groups?
Join one of our Bible study groups online: See the benefice calendar for details here: http://knockholtandhalsteadchurches.org/whats-on/benefice-calendar/
Food Bank support:
Useful to note:
a) If you would like to give a physical donation of food.
b) Please take your physical donation to: Coolings Green & Pleasant, Main Road, Knockholt.
c) This will go to support our partners at Trinity School Food Bank, who are working actively, and doing great work, to support local families within Sevenoaks.
d) Thank-you! for supporting this local initiative.
Knockholt HELP !
THE TEAM ARE BACK …..IF YOU NEED HELP DURING LOCKDOWN
Are you in one of the ‘at risk’ groups who have been advised to self-isolate during the next period of
Lockdown and activity restrictions?
Do you or a member of your household have one of the Coronavirus symptoms and have been told
to self-isolate for 7 or 14 days? If so, then help is at hand.
Knockholt Help was set up by a group of local volunteers during the first Lockdown period in the Spring, and will be reactivated to help and support our fellow villagers who need to self-isolate. This service is free and utilises Knockholt Grapevine, so please check your emails regularly for updates.
These are the key areas where we can be of help:
- Shopping for groceries;
- Collecting vital medication;
- Posting letters and packages;
- A friendly ‘phone call or a chat
We take phone calls between 9 am to 1pm Monday to Saturday, or you can email us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Our details are as before:
When contacting us please tell us your name and phone number, particularly if the line is busy and you have to leave a message. Kindly note that by doing so you consent to us holding these personal details. We will do our best to help you. [ Knockholt Help is supported by Knockholt Parish Council ]
The Rector Writes.... March 2020
All sorts of people that I speak to seem confused about what a Christian is. Now, that might not matter too much, if nothing else depended on it. But when it comes to whether or not I really am a Christian, well the stakes could hardly be higher. To borrow Bill Shankly’s words, “it’s not a matter of life and death, it’s far more important than that.” So, what does Jesus say about this? Read More
The Rector Writes.... February 2020
There are few emotions more crippling than feeling guilty. It can turn toxic and damage our relationships leaving us feeling restless and defensive (and thus prone to cause yet more harm, leading to more guilt, and so on in a downward spiral). Many of us know something of its power. Whether it is the words that we wish we could take back; the opportunities missed to spend time with someone; the hurt caused because we did not think of someone else’s perspective – it can haunt us. Read More
The Rector Writes - January 2020
So, 2020 is upon us. The first fifth of the twenty-first century is past (which hardly seems possible). Markers like that can helpfully prompt one to look back. If we look globally, all sorts of things have happened: It barely seems credible now, but as the twentieth century dawned, people spoke of “the end of history”, the idea that western liberal democracy would be without serious rivals. Since then we have had 9/11 and the threat of Islamist extremist terrorism, renewed Russian authoritarianism, Chinese repression of dissent, and so on. And yet those challenges do not tell the whole story... Read More
We are updating various sections of the website. As part of this, we have switched to using Google Calendar for our Benefice Calendar. Please see What's On > Benefice Calendar for details of upcoming services and events. You can add the Google Calendar to your smartphone for live updates using the 'Add Calendar' button in the bottom right hand corner of the Benefice Calendar page. Read More
The Rector Writes - November 2019
Can you believe that it was 30 years ago this month, on 9th November 1989 that the fall of the Berlin Wall began? Over two million people from East Berlin visited the West in a celebration described as ‘the greatest street party in the history of the world.’ However, we are still living with walls, thinking of those dividing Gaza and Palestine from Israel. It’s a strong human instinct to build walls to separate us from those we view as different and threatening. (Or think of the divisions in our own society between Brexiteers and Remainers). Read More