JESUS BRINGS HOPE
t the time of writing, an unseasonal spectre of death hangs over the Philippines, its people seeking strength to go on amidst the devastation caused by Hurricane Haiyan.
Over the last few years, we have almost become used to hearing of such disasters – or of some rage-fuelled gunman going on a killing spree. Yet, dreadful as these incidents are, they pale beside Herod’s bloody massacre of toddlers in and around Bethlehem as described in Matthew 2:16-18: He orders the slaughter of every boy two years old and under in Bethlehem and its vicinity. No wonder we don’t dwell on it in our Christmas services. So, why am I drawing attention to it now? Because it reminds us that the birth of Jesus Christ occurred in a world no less likely to flare up into sudden violence or to shock us with its cruelty than the one in which we live today, and the aching, unspeakable devastation experienced by the parents of those little ones was no different from the pain that will gnaw relentlessly in the lives of thousands of people this Christmas – be it the pain of bereavement, marriage breakdown, rejection, money worries or whatever else.
Before you write this off as the most depressing Christmas article you’ve ever read, the point is this: Jesus was not born into some fairyland populated by awe-struck shepherds and adoring wise men; He was born into the same violent, sometimes disappointing and cruel world that you and I live in – and it is in this dark world that He shines with the light of God’s truth, grace and love. The message of Christmas is that no matter what situation you find yourself in, there is hope because of the birth of Jesus Christ, who is good news of great joy that will be for all the people. (Luke 2:10).
Rev. Rupert Hankey,
St. Andrew’s Church
All Saints Church (CofE)
Rectory Lane, Foots Cray, DA14 5BU. Tel: 020 8300 7096
he Living Church on the Meadows, a small and beautiful old church on the edge of the Footscray Meadows, with a friendly, welcoming, family atmosphere.
Traditional Anglican Liturgy, the church welcomes all ages.
Services on Sunday:
9.30am All Age Worship (1st Sunday);
9.30am Parish Eucharist (Other Sundays).
or visit their website at: www.allsaintsandstjames.org.uk/index.htm
Avery Hill Christian Felowship
Southspring, Sidcup, DA15 8EA. Tel: 020 8859 7073
he Avery Hill Christian Fellowship is a lively and vibrant community of people of all ages who share a common faith in the grace of God through the person of Jesus Christ. Having a passion for mission both locally, nationally and internationally.
There are many activities throughout the week for all ages, including mother and toddlers,(www.springlets.org.uk), Whizz Kids club, youth events and even meetings and outings for the adults! Disabled facilities include hearing loop, wheelchair access to premises and toilet. The church hosts the Bexley Foodbank, open on Tuesday (10am-1pm) and Thursday (12noon-3pm).
Services on Sunday:
10.15am Morning Worship (Creche, Children & Y.P. Groups).
6.15pm Evening Service (1st Sunday).
More information from:
or visit their website at www.averyhill.info
Website also contains audio files of Sunday sermons.
Main Road, Sidcup, DA14 6PA. Tel: 020 8308 0835
atering extensively for families. Christchurch is Church of England in the evangelical tradition. On Sunday mornings there are various
activities for 3 to 14 year old's and above. During the week running many activities, home Bible study groups, meetings for women, a monthly men's breakfast plus
much more. Offers wheelchair access to premises.
Sunday services at 8.00am (every 2nd and 4th Sun), & 10.30am.
Evening Services as advertised.
For more information visit their website at www.christchurchsidcup.org.uk
Granville Road, Sidcup, DA14 4AA. Tel: 020 8300 5064
welcoming and friendly church
of Methodist and United Reform traditions. There is a Sunday Club for 3-18 year old's and there are other church based activities during the week. For letting's,
bookings information, programme of activities, use of premises and other details speak to the church office.
Emmanuel Church is part of The Chislehurst and Orpington Methodist Circuit. Sunday service at 10.30am. For more information visit www.emmanuelchurchsidcup.org.uk website, or from
Foots Cray Baptist Church
137 Sidcup Hill, Foots Cray, Sidcup, DA14 6JS. Tel: 020 8302 8136
t Foots Cray Baptist Church,
they are committed to the central truths of the Christian Faith and have a 'traditional' but warm and friendly approach to worship. Only baptising those who have
come to faith in Jesus but our Communion Table is open to all who trust Christ as Saviour, whether baptised as believers or not. Offers wheelchair access to
Sunday services at 11.00am and 6.30pm (2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays of each month). For more information from www.fcbc.org.uk or from
The Holy Redeemer Church, Lamorbey (CofE)
Days Lane, Sidcup, DA15 8JR. Tel: 020 8302 5356
he Holy Redeemer is a
Parish of the Church of England. Worship focuses on the Holy Eucharist, using a variety of styles. Having an active Children's Church and Choir.
Offers wheelchair access to premises and toilet. Sunday services at 8.00am and 10.00am.
More information from: or visit their website at www.theholyredeemer.co.uk
Holy Trinity Church, Lamorbey (CofE)
Hurst Road, Sidcup, DA15 9AE. Tel: 020 8300 8231
oly Trinity is a traditional Anglo Catholic church with Parish Eucharist as their main service.
All will be very welcome to any Sunday service or any weekday meeting. Sunday services at 8.00am Eucharist, 10.00am Family Eucharist.
More information from: or visit their website at: www.holytrinitylamorbey.org
New Community Church
24 Station Road, Sidcup, DA15 7DU. Tel: 020 8300 0333
lively, diverse church that draws people from across the London boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham. Sunday meetings
are relevant, relaxed and informal. During the week running activities for all the community including youth work, students and
twenties, exercise classes, meetings for the retired, a morning cafe and a substantial toddler group as well as midweek small groups.
A Debt Advice Service is now available for those who could benefit from talking over any money worries.
Their website contains a regularly updated list of what is going on. Offers wheelchair access to premises and toilet.
Sunday services at 9.30am, 11.30am, and 6.30pm.
More information from:
or visit their website at www.newcommunitychurch.org.uk
New Generation Church
Birkbeck Road, Sidcup, DA14 4DJ. Tel: 020 8309 6056
ew Generation is a passionate and lively community. Passionate about Jesus, Sidcup and you. They are involved in projects locally, nationally and internationally. They offer many activities for many ages, speak to the office to find out what is going on right now. All ages are welcome at their Sunday meeting which includes HQ Kids Church and Sparkles creche. Offers wheelchair access to premises and toilet.
Sunday services at 10.00am at Bexleyheath Cineworld, DA6 7LL.
7.00pm Evening gatherings (most Sundays) at St. John's Church, Church Road, Sidcup, DA14 6BX.
Weekday meetings at New Generation Centre, Birkbeck Road, Sidcup, DA14 4DJ.
More information from: or visit their website at www.newgen.org.uk
Our Lady Of The Rosary Church (RC)
330a Burnt Oak Lane, Blackfen, DA15 8LW. Tel: 020 8300 2697
ur Lady of the Rosary (330a Burnt Oak Lane, off Days Lane) is a Roman Catholic parish community with a wide variety of spiritual, social and community activities. The parish includes
people of all ages with activities for children and young people, outreach to the elderly and housebound. A social club, football club and various groups, who meet
to contribute in diverse ways, to the building up of God's kingdom.
Saturday service at 6.00pm;
Sunday services at 9.00am, 10.30am and 6.00pm.
More information from:
or visit their website at www.blackfencatholic.org
Redeemed Christian Church of God - Victory Assembly Sidcup
367A Footscray Road, New Eltham, SE9 2DR. Tel: 07852 100550
his congregation, belonging to The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), have now moved to new premises
in New Eltham. Under the leadership of Pastor Richard Odufisan the church meets for a Celebration Service at 10.00am each Sunday and at 7.00pm on
Wednesdays for a Bible Study & Prayer Meeting.
The foundation of the church is prayer and teaching the full counsel of God, to help people and families discover their purpose in
life through love and care for one another.
For more information click here for church website or
Redeemed Christian Church of God - Christ Domain Parish
New Venue to be confirmed
More information from:
or visit their website at: http://rccgchristdomain.org.uk
RCCG Christ Domain was established in 2006 and is an outreach of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. RCCG is a worldwide Church that
was established in 1952. The general overseer is Pastor E.A Adeboye. It is a Church of all nations, race, colour, age and gender.
Their Vision: Transforming Lives and building Families. They accomplish this by: transforming lives by the renewal of the mind; building a strong family; a house of prayer for all nations in unity and with love and care for all. Their Core Values: Excellence; Expansion; Equipping; Evangelism. They aim for excellence and perfection in all they do and love by demonstrating they care with compassion, and teach the word of God to build and nurture. Their ultimate goal is to enable diverse people to make heaven by nurturing, empowering and equipping them to live a holy life based on excellence, love, care and unity.
Sidcup Baptist Church
167 Main Road, Sidcup, DA14 6PA. Tel: 020 8309 9717
friendly, growing church with lively worship and a good
cross-section of age groups, including a large proportion of children and young people. Their vision is to be a church that loves and serves God, His people and His world.
The church hosts the Disabled Christian Fellowship (Sidcup Branch) on the 2nd Saturday afternoon in the month. Community lunches, Alpha group, daytime and evening Housegroups, Playgroup,
Children's and YP's clubs. Disabled facilities include hearing loop (British Sign Language signing by arrangement), wheelchair access to premises and toilet.
Sunday services at 10.30am (creche, children & Y.P's groups) and 6.30pm on 1st & 3rd Sundays.
More information from:
or visit their website at www.sidcupbaptistchurch.org.uk
For Meetings and Event details www.sidcupchurch.org.uk/SBCevents.html
St. Andrew's Church (CofE)
Maylands Drive, Sidcup, DA14 4RY. Tel: 020 8300 4712
mix of traditional and informal styles of worship throughout the month. There is a variety of activities and groups during the week for people of all ages from toddler to retired. Trusting you'll experience the love of God there, you are welcome to sample, visit or even stay. Disabled facilities include hearing loop, wheelchair access to church, hall and toilet on hall level. Sunday service at 10.00am. More information from: or visit their website at www.st-andrewssidcup.org.uk
St. James Church (CofE)
North Cray Road, North Cray, DA14 5HD. Tel: 020 8300 7096
small, pretty Church on the edge of the Meadows, in quiet surroundings and one of North Cray's best kept secrets. Traditional Anglican services, they welcome families and children and offer an all age service, once a month, which is popular with children from 1 to 91. Sunday services 10.30am (2nd Sunday), 11.15am (1st, 3rd & 4th) and 6.30pm (2nd Sunday).More information from:
or visit their website at www.allsaintsandstjames.org.uk/index.htm
St. John's Church (CofE)
Church Road, Sidcup, DA14 6BX. Tel: 020 8300 0383
he church is built to the glory
of God but seeks to make God known to the people in Sidcup. It is a great place for worship, young and old alike can enjoy what they do. Are family friendly and
value and appreciate the more senior members of the Church. There are various groups you can be involved in but just turning up on a Sunday is fine. Why not walk
with them for a while and enjoy the community life at St. John's. Offers wheelchair access to premises and toilet available in church hall.
Sunday services 8.00am and 10.00am.
For information visit their website at www.stjohnsidcup.co.uk
More information from:
St. Lawrence's Church (RC)
129 Main Road, Sidcup, DA15 7HB. Tel: 020 8300 2480
t. Lawrence's parish was founded from St. Mary's
Chislehurst in 1902. The first Mass was said on the Feast of St. Lawrence of Canterbury, (2nd February) hence the parish name.
Until August 2012 the church was served by a religious congregation of priests - The Society of Mary, known more generally as Marist
Fathers. A quarterly magazine called News and Views is published, giving details of services and organisations in the parish.
Offers wheelchair access to premises and toilet. Open daily 9.30am; Saturday 9.30am & 6.30pm; Sunday 8.30am, 10.00am and 11.30am.
More information from: or visit their website at www.stlawrenceschurch.org.uk
"ALL BEING ONE" - 2012/13 CTiS REPORT
he year since the last AGM seems to have passed even more quickly than other recent years since my retirement. I have felt honoured to occupy the role of Chairman and have enjoyed, as I hope you all have, the many events that CTiS has made possible as well as the fellowship that has been engendered and maintained, so that, perhaps, we are all gradually moving ever closer to "All being one" (as somebody once said), while understanding each others' different backgrounds and approaches to worship.
I felt when my year as Chairman began that in my predecessor, Mike Attewell, I had a hard act to follow and I am aware of, and apologise for, my lesser productivity. I am grateful to Mike for his help and guidance to me in taking over from him. I am also sincerely grateful to my fellow committee members: Roger Power (Vice-Chairman); Alan Mason (Executive Member); John Wiltshire (Treasurer); Janet Norton (Minute Secretary); Maz Potts and Pamela Steed (former and current Circulation Secretary); for their assistance and support.
Once again, thanks are due to all those wonderful people who do the real work, including Tom Baker, Michael Baldry and Mike Barnes and Stephen Sealy for their work on the Civic Carol Service, the Carol singing outside Morrisons, the Good Friday Walk of Witness, the monthly "Harmony" leaflet and the CTiS website, as well as to Christine Burry, Jean Smith and Alan Mason and John Steed for Christian Aid and the very successful Lent Lunches.
Thank you also to Tom Parsons for allowing the use of Christchurch for the Lent Lunches and for making the preparations for the Unity Service which didn't happen because of the snow and ice, but which will take place, God willing and weather permitting at Christchurch on Sunday l9th May at 6.30pm (preceded by refreshments from 5.30pm. I am sorry that the new date clashes with other events, in particular at New Generation Church and St. John's. Can I also record our thanks to those who arrange hospitality for our General Meetings and for the monthly prayer meetings on the third Saturday morning of each month from 9.00am to 9.30am as well as those who support in prayer the street pastors in Bexleyheath on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Finally. please do your best to encourage increased involvement in CTiS among your congregation - we need to see new faces and particularly a few younger ones.
Richard Spencer (Chair of CTiS)
LOCAL CHURCH EVENTS
GREETINGS CARD MAKING WORKSHOPS
Saturday, 10.30am - 12noon
AVERY HILL CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Southspring, Sidcup, DA15 8EA
Saturday 14th DECEMBER - CAROL SINGING AT MORRISONS, Sidcup
10.30am for a start at 11.00am-12noon
Saturday 14th December
at Morrisons Superstore, Elm Road, Sidcup
Organised by Churches Together in Sidcup
Click here for details about the Bexley Foodbank
More information is on the Avery Hill Christian Fellowship website
-Click here, then yellow "Community" tab, and then "Foodbank"
For more information visit their website: New Community Debt Advice Service
WHAT DO CHRISTIANS BELIEVE?
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Jesus Christ, and how Christian faith can improve your life.
The Christian Enquiry Agency provides information for people who want to find out about the Christian faith and its founder Jesus Christ.
Link to: Transform Bexley Borough
Link to: Churches Together in Kent.
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