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CHURCHES TOGETHER IN SIDCUP

A guide to the 17 CTiS Churches in Sidcup, in the London Borough of Bexley, affiliated to Churches Together in Kent. We aim to encourage the churches to be supportive of each other in their work and Christian witness.


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"A NEW JOURNEY"


Richard Odufisan, RCCG

As we go into a New Year, we embark on a New Journey, which needs to be both personal and cooperative, with a strong commitment to doing everything on a grander scale. Lamentations 3:22-23 tells us that the mercies of the Lord never end, in which case, they must be: - DIFFERENT, UNIQUE & SPECIFIC.

The Pharisees’ response to Jesus’ miracle in Jn 7:46 was to proclaim that they had never heard any man speak in such a way before nor seen anyone perform a miracle where the eyes of a blind man were opened.

A New Journey must never be embarked upon in a hurry; it requires serious praying, divine guidance, planning with the right people and strategizing through Godly inspiration. Situations, challenges and battles are certain to differ radically from previous years, so when deciding to embark on a New Journey to glorify God we should:

  • 1) Be specific in our goals.
  • 2) Have new approaches to issues: note how Joseph took care not to reveal himself too soon to his brothers and also James 1:19:26, which advises us to be slow to speak but quick to hear.
  • 3) Be sharp and certain of our decisions on issues (note Esther’s prompt command for Mordecai to fast - Esther 4:15-17).
  • 4) Be committed and determined, lest we faint in the midst of adversity.
  • 5) Appreciate our achievements, reflect on them & appreciate Almighty God as our only source of success
  • 6) Always depend on the Lord as we embark on this New Journey which is our service to humanity.
  • Pastor Richard Odufisan
    Victory Assembly, Sidcup
    Redeemed Christian Church of God.




    Pray Love Bexley 2015

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    fter two encouraging breakfast meetings last year, attended by church leaders from around the borough, we are excited to be forging ahead with our 40 days of prayer in 2015, entitled Pray Love Bexley.

    These are the main points that have been agreed so far:

  • To launch Pray Love Bexley at the close of the Churches Together week of prayer for     Christian unity (19th to 25th January 2015)
  • To prepare a creative prayer space on the CRiBS double-decker bus
  • To use the bus as a focal point as we move from area to area over the 40-day period
  • To make available and promote different prayer resources to help our churches get     ready for this initiative
  • To pray from 15th April until Pentecost Sunday on 24th May 2015
  • To visit each area of the borough for up to 7 days
  • To take ‘prayer onto the streets’ on the final weekend; through prayer walking,     offering prayer at community events, or through social action projects
  • To plan 3 or 4 Pentecost Celebrations in different areas of the borough to take place     on Sunday 24th May, possibly connected via satellite links


  • At the breakfasts, we shared other ideas and what we would like to include in the 40 days. One leader suggested that we aim to cover every street in the borough with prayer. This is the aim of the Christians in Manchester who have set up a website to facilitate churches across the nation praying for their neighbourhoods. It would be great if one of the outcomes of Pray Love Bexley was that every one of our streets was being actively prayed for by local Christians. Check out http://www.neighbourhoodprayer.net

    Another leader suggested that we promote prayer triplets in our churches. Praying for our neighbourhoods is likely to be a long journey and, like any journey, it is better travelled together. Companions encourage us when we get tired and discouraged and they help us dream bigger dreams than we might on our own. Praying with others can often help us discern God’s voice more clearly, and together we can follow our prayers with actions.

    We are open to fresh ideas. We made the point at our breakfasts, that though we have cast the vision for Pray Love Bexley, it will only be a success if local churches and existing networks participate in shaping it through our planning meetings and then ensure it happens by making it a priority. Needless to say, we all got excited at what may happen during the event and what may flow from it in the months following.


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    Pray Love Bexley

    40 DAYS OF PRAYER



    THE CINNAMON NETWORK

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    TB would like to introduce to you, if you haven’t already come across it, The Cinnamon Network. In summary: Its purpose is to serve the nation by making it as easy as possible for local churches to help those most at need in their communities. Its story began at the end of 2010 in response to growing social need, public sector reform, increasing recognition of the role of voluntary organisations and the economic cuts. 50 Christian CEOs and leaders were challenged to consider how the Christian community could deliver more local transformation at national scale and to do so at speed.

    Since the early days, Cinnamon Network has partnered with projects like Christians Against Poverty, Trussell Trust Foodbanks and Street Pastors, and now Cinnamon champions over 25 Recognised Projects – brilliant church-based community projects, both big and small – aiming to provide practical support and a strong network for them to rapidly expand and grow in impact. As Cinnamon looks forward an additional focus for 2015 is growing stronger links between local churches and local authorities, the police and other agencies. (For more, visit http://www.cinnamonnetwork.co.uk/about/)

    In early 2015, Cinnamon is undertaking a National Faith Action Audit (FAA) using 50 locations in the UK. The audit will be written up into a glossy brochure with 500 copies going to each location, plus individual feedback on their location.

    TBB has registered interest in Bexley being one of the 50 locations. Principal objectives: To show to secular leaders quite what faith is contributing in the country, and to spot trends in provision.

    Timeframe: ASAP Find an FAA Champion, a proactive person, a Job Description is provided.
    Jan 2015 Get a local team together in the Borough.
    Feb 2015 Conduct the Survey itself, using the online survey tool provided by Cinnamon.

    The Metropolitan Police are funding the production of a special London version of the audit. The funding doesn’t help us in the collection process, it funds the final production of the document and the launch, but Anthony McKernan, National Manager, Cinnamon Faith Action Audits, would like a minimum of 10 London boroughs involved, and so far there are only 10 signed up including us in Bexley.

    The purpose of this letter is therefore several fold:

  • to inform you about the Cinnamon Network FAA
  • to inspire you that at a national level, notice is being taken of what faith communities (not just Christian) are contributing to the health and wellbeing of their communities across the country
  • to warn you that you are likely to be asked in early February to volunteer information about what your church is doing in relation to its community
  • to ask you to think hard about whether you have a person in your church who you think might have these attributes:
  • good self motivation
  • efficient and well organised
  • reasonably technical
  • personable
  • a natural networker

  • and who might also have some time they could divert in the direction of this project during January and February 2015. This could be a young person or a retired person, or someone working part-time or whose circumstances have recently changed. We are praying for God to provide such a person, who will be the FAA Champion for Bexley.

    We already have a very good network of nearly all faith based groups in Bexley assembled with good quality contacts, so have begun the process.

    To read and listen to more about the role of the FAA Champion, Here are the video blogs, and see the FAA Champions Guide attached before contacting us.

    Any responses to any of what you have read will be of interest to us.

    If you think either you or someone you know may be suitable (without any commitment at this stage) for the Faith Action Audit Champion for Bexley, please contact us fairly urgently.

    God bless you,
    Rev Jim Charles, TBB Chair;
    Kate Foot, TBB Communications





    Bexley Foodbank Update, Avery Hill Christian Fellowship



    CTiS MEMBER CHURCHES

    All Saints Church (CofE)
    Rectory Lane, Foots Cray, DA14 5BU. Tel: 020 8300 7096
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    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).

    More information from:
    or visit their website at: www.allsaintsandstjames.org.uk/index.htm

    Avery Hill Christian Fellowship
    Southspring, Sidcup, DA15 8EA. Tel: 020 8859 7073
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    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 & 3rd Sundays (Not April)

    More information from:
    or visit their website at www.averyhill.info
    Website also contains audio files of Sunday sermons.
    For Information and Event details www.sidcupchurch.org.uk/AHCFevents

    Christchurch (CofE)
    Main Road, Sidcup, DA14 6PA. Tel: 020 8308 0835
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    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 Service at 6.30pm

    For more information visit their website at www.christchurchsidcup.org.uk
    or contact

    Emmanuel Church
    Granville Road, Sidcup, DA14 4AA. Tel: 020 8300 5064
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    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
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    Foots Cray Baptist
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    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 premises.
    Sunday services at 11.00am and 6.30pm (2nd & 4th 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
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    Holy Redeemer Church
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    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
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    Holy Trinity Church
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    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 service at 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
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    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 6.00pm.

    More information from:
    or visit their website at www.newcommunitychurch.org.uk

    New Generation Church
    Birkbeck Road, Sidcup, DA14 4DJ. Tel: 020 8309 6056
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    New Generation Centre Church at Cine World
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    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.

    We now meet at 9.30am on Sunday mornings at Cineworld Bexleyheath.
    All ages are welcome at their Sunday meeting which includes:
    Sparkles Creche, Allstars Kids Church and Free60 for young people.

    6.00pm 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. Offers wheelchair access to premises and toilet.

    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
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    Our Lady Of The Rosary Church
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    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 services 10.30am & 6.00pm
    Sunday services at 9.00am, 10.30am and 6.00pm.
    More information from:
    A new website is under construction

    Redeemed Christian Church of God - Victory Assembly Sidcup
    367A Footscray Road, New Eltham, SE9 2DR. Tel: 07852 100550
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    Redeemed Christian Church of God - Victory Assembly, 
New Eltham
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    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
    contact:

    Redeemed Christian Church of God - Christ Domain Parish - Temp Worship Centre: 27 Cray Road, Sidcup, DA14 5BY
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    CCG 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. Sunday Morning Service at 10.45am-12.45pm.
    More information from:
    or visit their website at: http://www.rccgchristdomain.org.uk


    Sidcup Baptist Church
    167 Main Road, Sidcup, DA14 6PA. Tel: 020 8309 9717
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    Sidcup Baptist Church
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    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 Sunday.
    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
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    St. Andrew's Church
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    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
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    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 All Age Worship (2nd Sunday), 11.15am (1st, 3rd & 4th Sundays).

    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
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    St. Johns Church
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    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
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    St. Lawrence's Church (RC)
    129 Main Road, Sidcup, DA15 7HB. Tel: 020 8300 2480
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    St. Lawrence Church
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    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



    Roger Power

    "HIGHLIGHTS OF
    THE YEAR"
    - 2013/2014 CTiS
    ANNUAL REPORT

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    ast April when I became Chairman seems a long time ago and I would like to thank you all for the privilege of serving you in this capacity and for all your hard work and support during the year. I can truly say I have learnt a lot through the year and enjoyed taking part in many of the events organised by CTiS during the year.

    Once again this has been a very busy year for Churches Together in Sidcup, but one of the highlights of the year was laying a wreath on behalf of all the Christians in Sidcup on Remembrance Sunday.

    Equally it has been a joy to attend the monthly prayer meetings at the different churches and pray with people from different denominations about current issues and our local community.

    Once again this year, the Lent Lunches have been a great success, as we heard previous and I would like to thank, Alan Mason and Christine Bury for all their hard work, not just for this but also for everything that they do for Christian Aid. Another reason for the success of these lunches is the hard work of John and Pamela Steed and I really want to thank them as well.

    This year would not have been possible without the support of a fantastic executive and I would really like to thank Alan Mason, John Wiltshire, Janet Norton, Pamela Steed and Oliver Dean for all their help and guidance.

    In closing I wish to single out certain people for special thanks. Firstly I would like to mention Tom Baker, who has always been at the end of a phone and along with Mike Attewell was responsible for organising the Unity Service. Equally I would like to thank Mike for his support especially at the Remembrance Service, where he guided me every step of the way. Mike Barnes for his tireless work on the CTiS website, Michael Baldry, for his support with the Walk of Witness and finally Stephen Sealey for the Civic Carol Service.

    Finally I would like to commend the new committee and it is with great pleasure that I now hand over to the new chairman – Alan Mason.

    Roger Power
    Wednesday 23rd April 2014



    LOCAL CHURCH EVENTS



    Christ Church Lent Course

    Lark in the Park Freedom (Over 60's) Afternoon


    Christ Church Lent Lunches


    CRIBS - The Hartlip Singers, Musical Delights! Trinity Baptist Church, Bexleyheath

    MARCH 2015


    Coffee Morning at Foots Cray Baptist Church



    Coffee Morning at St James Church, North Cray



    Lent Course at St.Johns Church, Sidcup



    Christ Church Lent Lunches

    Disabled Christians Fellowship - Sidcup Baptist Church
    For other meetings and event details at Sidcup Baptist Church, click here:



    Sidcup Symphony Orchestra, St John's Church, Sidcup


    Christ Church Players present Joseph


    Christ Church Parish Boundary FUN RUN

    ACTIVITIES



    Faith in Politics, City Temple, Holborn Viabuct London, EC1A 2DE


    Evergreen Care Bexley, towards healthy ageing

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    CLC WELLING Christian Bookshop

    Bexley Food Bank, Avery Hill Church
    Click here for details about the Bexley Foodbank Bexley Food Bank, Avery Hill Church

    More information is on the Avery Hill Christian Fellowship website
    -Click here, then yellow "Community" tab, and then "Foodbank"

    New Community Debt Advice Flyer

    For more information visit their website: New Community Debt Advice Service




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