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WELCOME TO THE JULY EDITION OF
GOOD NEWS FOR ASHFORD
MESSAGE FROM THE TEAM RECTOR
JULY 2021
‘…in their vocation and ministry’
 
Last week, I was able to get to the British Museum for ‘Thomas Becket: Murder and the Making of a Saint’. The exhibits included a baptismal font from Scandinavia, a bishop’s crook from Wales, and stained glass windows from Canterbury Cathedral!
 
Becket is a fascinating figure. We have so much contemporary evidence about his life, and yet he remains something of an enigma. One thing, though, seems clear: when he became Archbishop of Canterbury, something profound changed – in his attitudes, his way of living, and in his relationship with God. And it was a change that no one around him expected. Perhaps he didn’t see it coming himself.
 
I love the Collect for this Sunday, based on one Cranmer wrote back in the sixteenth century for the Book of Common Prayer:
Almighty and everlasting God,
by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church
is governed and sanctified:
hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people,
that in their vocation and ministry
they may serve you in holiness and truth
to the glory of your name;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
 
When Cranmer composed it, he knew..............
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WHAT'S GOING ON

JULY

10th July 2021 – 10.00 am – Meeting of the Parish Standing Committee.

17th July 2021 – St Mary’s Ashford – Online Bingo – More details to follow or call the Parish Office on 01233 620433

22nd July 2021 – 7.00 pm – Meeting of the Parish PCC

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WORD ON THE STREET
 
St Mary’s (Ashford Town Centre) - Community Café
We now plan to reopen our Community Café when all legal restrictions end, which is currently on 19 July. We plan to open on Saturdays, to begin with from 10 am to 12 noon from 31 July. Thank you to all who are working behind the scenes to prepare for the restoration of our much-valued community café. Mary Jarrett currently has four people on the new rota. Her aim is to have people be on duty for one session per month. In line with our lone-working policy, we need two people for each session. We are therefore seeking at least four more volunteers for the rota so that we can build a sustainable pattern.

St Mary’s Willesborough
Wednesday Mid-Week communion service is back up and running, alternating between 9:00 am and 9:30 am.

Please contact the parish office on 01233 620433 if you are interested in finding out more about the service

InSpire Café:
We are very pleased that the inSpire Café in Willesborough Church has reopened from 9 am to 1 pm Monday to Friday.  We serve delicious freshly ground barista coffee in all its forms, alongside tea and soft drinks.  You can also enjoy sandwiches, mouth-watering bacon baguettes and toasties and homemade...........
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PARISH ADMINISTRATION
We are pleased to announce that our administrators have moved to our newly opened central parish office.  The office is open from Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm 

The office is located in Ashford Parish Church Hall, Church Yard, Ashford, Kent. TN23 1QG

Phil Sibbald, Libby Varley and Helen West can be contacted on 01233 620433 or on the following emails:

Phil Sibbald – phil.sibbald@ashfordchurches.co.uk
Libby Varley – libby.varley@ashfordchurches.co.uk
Helen West – helen.west@ashfordchurches.co.uk

 
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ANNUAL PARISH MEETING & ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
 
These meetings took place later than usual, on 15 June – though not as late as last year, then they were at the end of October!
 
Jerry Fox and Derek Goodwin were elected as churchwardens, and we are very grateful that they are willing to continue serving in this way. Alan Stamp joined the PCC as a new member. The PCC has confirmed Shirley Leslie as Treasurer, Phil Sibbald as Secretary, and Sally Lees as Vice-Chair.
 
In his Team Rector’s report, Jeremy spoke about some of the difficult challenges that face us as a church and why he is not discouraged by them:
 
‘Back in January, I identified six priorities for the year, which the PCC supported, listed in the Annual Report at section 8, p. 8, and we’ve continued to make progress with them. I’ll be giving a full report on that at next year’s APCM, but let me just say that I always felt the most important of those six priorities was the first: “Reflecting on missional calling”, with the corresponding objective, “Reflect together on the shape of the ‘missional calling’ of the Parish for the next five years, through a carefully planned process that engages the whole Parish.” We’ve been meeting that objective through Mission Action Planning: a huge amount has come out of that already, and I’ve been so grateful for the way that people have participated in what’s been going on, through the Lent Course, the online congregational meetings........
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PRAYING WITH AND FOR ONE ANOTHER
W/C 12th July
• Pray for the Revd Geoff Abasolo-Munnery as he begins his ministry as a priest in Ashford Town Parish, and for the whole family on the next part of their Christian journey.
• We give thanks for all who seek to care for your creation by working for the conservation of the environment. May the people of Ashford Town Parish play their part to bring justice and fair trade to all peoples and nations.

W/C 19th July
• Prayers for everyone who lives or works in our parish as people respond to government decisions about the easing of restrictions to contain the spread of Covid-19.
• Pray for Revd Eve Lanchantin-Piggott and Michael Piggott now they have left Kennington and move to a new home and new Christian community. We give thanks for all that Eve was able to share with the parish during her time at St Mary’s Ashford and Kennington.......
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