Update for Sunday 3rd January 2021 ( Church this Sunday will be held online)
A sheet to think about the New Year (which adults might find helpful too): https://1drv.ms/b/s!AkD37_TbHk0VgbMgtB181_-u6NrRQQ?e=6O2Y1u
A sheet to think about the visit of the Magi from the New Testament: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AkD37_
A sheet to think about the time of the Judges from the Old Testament: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AkD37_
Webcast for this week available HERE or click the YouTube icon on top right hand side.
As you will be aware, church services continue to be legally permitted under Tier 4 restrictions, however, after consulting with the Benefice Steering Group, we felt that with local primary schools closed, it would be right for us to move back online for the time being.
There will, therefore, be no physical services this Sunday in either church.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will respond as that evolves.
As we start a New Year, can I ask you to consider your giving to church? There are a number of people whose financial situation has been hit badly by COVID and many people give sacrificially, for which I am deeply grateful. However, like many organisations, our income has taken a hit too. 2020 was a year in which we did all sorts of things, but the need is for us to do even more in 2021. Humanly speaking, that will only be possible as we work together. So, can I ask you to consider whether you could start giving regularly to church, if you do not already? If you already give regularly (through a standing order or similar), could you increase that?
As a New Year starts, there are all sorts of hope of what that will bring.
I do not know what the next twelve months hold, but I know who holds the next twelve months and that I can trust Him to be good, because He came to be born at Christmas time and His hands still bear the scars of when He went to the cross to prove His love for us.
Like any New Year, there will be all sorts of resolutions and articles suggesting a "new you" – if you would like to discover what a new start with God looks like, why not pick up one of the Gospels, or drop me a line.
The Rev'd Tim Edwards
Rector of the United Benefice of Knockholt with Halstead
- If you have the myChurchsuite app – you can sign up directly there; or
- Use the links for each service below; or
- Email the Rectory – Tim (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Debbie (email@example.com) and we will add you on.
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Have you filled out your contact form?
Make sure that you have filled out the contact form, you can do that at: 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 Study Groups? Its an opportunity to grow in your faith and to get to know Jesus
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