THE CHANGING FACE OF
welve years ago I left full time teaching to be… a full time schools’ worker!! When I joined CRIBS in January 2002 I didn’t even know if I would be there for more than one year because we knew finances would be tighter – but God has been faithful and good, in more ways than one, all through my time with CRIBS.
The face of CRIBS has changed since I joined. In 2002, although we had a couple of regular once a month bookings, I remember doing circuits around the borough with Jason at the beginning of each term visiting schools ‘persuading’ them to allow us to do lessons in their classes. We had very few, if any, set lessons. Schools dictated the lessons taught and some of them were rather bizarre – like RE lessons on ‘the colour red’ and ‘death customs’!! The team based in an office over a shop in Erith, was much smaller then with just Gordon, Jason and me in the primary team and two others in the secondary team.
As I leave 12 years later CRIBS has just moved from Royal Park to be based at St Columba’s school in Bexleyheath, the primary team has doubled, the secondary team although about the same size has a very different role in supporting Christian Unions and there is a team of administrators supporting the work, a host of valuable volunteers and a big blue double decker bus!! Banks of set lessons were written by the team and schools have booked these up consistently, such that the primary team has been fully booked for years. No more ‘touting’ for business from schools – CRIBS is actively welcomed. CRIBS has grown in what it does and in the respect in which they are held within schools.
I personally have benefitted from the work with CRIBS in many areas: seeing what God is doing across Bexley Borough and further afield; the practice of and value placed on prayer; being part of a team which is more like family where your spiritual growth and walk with God through life is supported and where who you are is valued more highly than what you do. I know that the many things I have learnt and experienced in and through CRIBS have impacted me in a godly and positive way and will help me as I move on to be a ‘Minister in Training’ at Avery Hill Christian Fellowship and Spurgeon’s College. I will miss CRIBS. I was walking along the road just last week when a group of teenagers cycled past and as they passed shouted back ‘Hello CRIBS’. I shouted back a greeting, but it was sad in a way to think this kind of thing would happen less!!
I pray God’s blessing on CRIBS as it moves into this next academic year – with more changes on the horizon: Changing the bank of set lesson plans to fit the new Bexley RE syllabus; Four gap year students (for the first time), Settling into a base in a secondary school (for the first time); and a blessing on Paul as he takes my place on the team (may he know God’s grace and favour as I have over the past 12 years serving Him through CRIBS). The face of CRIBS has changed over 12 years, but I believe their heart remains steadfastly the same – to ensure that every child in Bexley has the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus and be the person they were created to be.
Minister in Training
Avery Hill Christian Fellowship
FOODBANK CHURCHES IN BEXLEY
exley Foodbank would like to offer sincere thanks to all who support Bexley Foodbank, either by donating food or financially. Together, up to February this year, we have fed approx 1,750 people in the Bexley community, which is a real blessing and answer to prayer.
Unfortunately we are no longer able to accept cheques made payable to Bexley Foodbank, they should now be made payable to Avery Hill Charitable Trust.
Please consider gift aid if you are a tax payer.
Cheques can be sent to: The Bexley Foodbank, Avery Hill Christian Fellowship, Southspring, Sidcup, DA15 8EA)
Our foodbanks are located at:
Tel: 07932 431350. Open Tues 10.00am-1.00 pm and Thurs 12noon-3.00pm
Tel: 020 8300 0333. Open Mon 11.00am-1.00pm and Tues 12.30pm-3.00pm
Tel: 07847 879277. Open Wed 12noon-3pm & Fri 10.00am-1.00pm
Tel: 07549 183285. Open Wed 10.00am-1.00pm and Sat 10.00am-1.00pm
Tel: 020 8303 5858. Open Monday 1.00pm-3.30pm
And our newest addition:
Trinity Baptist Church in Bexleyheath will be opening their doors to the Foodbank on 13th October.
If anyone from any church would like to volunteer at the new centre, please contact me on 07932 431350.
God also answered our prayer concerning storage.
We were provided with temporary storage by L&Q housing, and permanent storage has been provided by Bexley Council.
We no longer have to turn food away.
For any enquiries, please contact
Gill Bates, Bexley Foodbank Manager, Tel: 07932 431350
Food donations can be dropped at any of our centres at the time they are open.
Our food shortages are:
Bexley Foodbank Manager
Avery Hill Charitable Trust
Southspring, Sidcup, DA15 8EA
CTiS MEMBER CHURCHES
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 Fellowship
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 & 3rd Sunday.(1st Sunday December 2014).
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
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 Service at 6.30pm
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 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 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
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
- Temp Worship Centre: 27 Cray Road, Sidcup, DA14 5BY
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://rccgchristdomain.org.uk
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 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
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
- 2013/2014 CTiS
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.
Wednesday 23rd April 2014
LOCAL CHURCH EVENTS
For other meetings and event details at Sidcup Baptist Church, click here:
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?
There are several ways in which we can help you find out more about Christianity, its founder
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.
For monthly e-News Report from Churches Together in England.