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WELCOME TO THE SEPTEMBER EDITION
OF
GOOD NEWS FOR ASHFORD
TEAM RECTOR'S MESSAGE

‘… forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus’ (Phil. 3.13b–14)

September began for me with a ‘Vision Day’ for our Parish Leadership Team. We started out with the question: ‘‘What does God want our parish to be like in 2026 – how different would this be from now?’ Having shared our responses to that, we went on to explore together a vision for our parish five years from now, and what kind of priorities would follow from it. More on that another time!

The global pandemic that continues to unfold has taught us to be cautious about making plans for the future. Some humility about the limits of our knowledge and control is a good thing. James has some stern words on this subject in his letter: ‘Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.” Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say........
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FOUNDATIONS FOR GROWTH - UPDATE
 
‘Foundations for Growth’ is a new four-session course for home groups across the Parish. It has been produced by the Mission Action Planning Coordinating Group, and each session will look at one of the four ‘foundations’:
1.    Worship
2.    Growing together in discipleship
3.    Showing God’s love in action
4.    Sharing the good news with others.
Sessions will include the opportunity to share experiences, look at the bible together, and consider our own responses.

We hope that those who complete the course will:
•    Have a better understanding of these four ‘foundations for growth as Christians and as churches
•    Have gained in confidence in being able to take part in each of them and contribute to them
•    Be encouraged to reflect on their own gifts and calling as Christians
•    Be better able to contribute to Mission Action Planning, including the focus this autumn on identifying priorities and goals over the next five years for our parish as a whole and for each of our churches.

We are encouraging home groups.........
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WORD ON THE STREET
 
The news item this month from around the parish are as follows:

- Parish Leadership Team - Strategy and Mission Meeting
- Changes at St Mary Ashford
- The licensing of Sophie Carnaby
- First Interfaith Walk
- Great Chart Window Damage
- Sky Youth Group & Youth Alpha
- Make Lunch


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WHAT'S ON
SEPTEMBER:
5th September – 9.30 am – Farewell Service plus ploughman’s lunch to say farewell to Revd Caroline & Nigel Mansley

8th September – 3.30 pm – Kingsnorth Community Orchard Outdoor Harvest Service – For more details please contact Revd Bruce Watson, bruce.watson@ashfordchurches.co.uk

10th September 2021 – 7.00 pm – Willesborough Church Quiz night. – £3.00 per head and a maximum of 6 per table. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. To book your places please call the parish office on 01233 620433

11th September 2021 – 7.30 pm – 10.00 pm – The Big Party – St Mary’s Ashford – This is not a fundraising event so it’s Free Entry – It’s just a chance to relax and have fun. Dress code: Whatever you want! Fancy dress, posh frock, ........
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ARK DRAMA
 
Ark Drama 2000 is a youth organisation formed from an idea by Amanda and Trevor Smith, former members of the congregation of St Michael and All Angels, Kingsnorth, Ashford, Kent, who since its formation in 1999, have been entertaining audiences in Ashford and around Kent with staged performances, showcase and variety shows.
 
Ark Drama 2000's members range between the ages of 7 and 21 and are allowed to sing, dance, act or work backstage with props and set building and help our technical team with lighting and sound.

Ark Drama 2000 is open to youngsters of all talents and abilities and as a group we are committed to help develop the abilities and confidence in each one of the members.
 
Ark Drama 2000 meets on Tuesday evenings in school term time from 7:30 pm to 9:30pm at Kingsnorth Church; and is affiliated to the local area of Kingsnorth and Shadoxhurst.
 
If you know anyone who may be interested in joining the group, please email arkdrama2000@outlook.com
 
You can visit our website www.ardrama2000.co.uk or Facebook page for further details.
PRAYING WITH AND FOR ONE ANOTHER

Week beginning 5th September
Lord God we give thanks to all who have taught and guided us, have shared their faith and set us good examples.   We ask your blessing on all schools and colleges in the parish as the new academic year begins. May they be places where a love of learning can flourish and each individual’s potential be realised.  Amen.

Please pray for Sophie as she begins her work as Parish Mission Enabler – that she would be able to establish good relationships with the different people she meets and build a good understanding of our town and our churches.

Please pray also for Caroline and Nigel as they come to the end of their time at Kingsnorth and prepare for a new chapter in their life together.

Week beginning 12th September
In this season of creation tide, we praise you God for the diversity of life on our planet, for the balance of nature and goodness of the earth. We pray your blessing on areas and creatures that are endangered and on people who are being robbed ...........
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OUR DIOCESE IN CANTERBURY
 
Ashford Town Parish is part of the Canterbury Diocese. Please click on the button below to find out what is going on in our home diocese.
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