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Sunday 25th October - Christ Church Bexleyheath

9.15am - Holy Communion BCP
11.00am - Service of the Word & Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)
6.00pm - Holy Communion
Christ Church Bexleyheath Facebook Group
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9.30am - Facebook Service
The Collect for the Last Sunday after Trinity

Blessed Lord,

who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning:

help us so to hear them,

to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them

that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word,

we may embrace and for ever hold fast

the hope of everlasting life,

which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Marilyn’s Thought for the Week
Perhaps it’s because the choir can now sing during our services but for whatever reason I’ve had hymn tunes going round in my head recently.  One of the most persistent has been 'My Song is Love Unknown'.  A hymn which always makes me feel a bit weepy.

And that’s fine because tears are like a prayer which we can offer to God.  God hears all our prayers but I’m sure he also enters into our tears – whether it’s the tears of a child who has fallen over or the tears of someone forbidden to be with a loved one in intensive care.  After all, Jesus wept.

I wonder how the disciples felt as they watched him cry over Lazarus in Bethany, and over Jerusalem itself after his triumphal entry to the city on a donkey. Was this the kind of leadership they were used to, I wonder?
Peter ‘wept bitterly’, of course, after denying his Master three times before the cockerel crowed.

“Woman, why are you weeping?” asks the ‘gardener’ of Mary, at the empty tomb, as her tears of grief merge into disbelief and then rejoicing. Tears don't discriminate between separation and reunion, between pain and its lifting.  Tears sanctify so many of our deepest longings.

You may like to listen to the wonderful choir of King’s College, Cambridge singing ‘My Song is Love Unknown’.  Click to follow this link: 
The choir of King's College, Cambridge sing My Song Is Love Unknown. The choir are joined by the congregation in singing Samuel Crossman's words to the beautiful melody "love unknown" composed by John Ireland.
Vicky Hill is now on annual leave, she will answer all emails and phone calls upon her return.
Home for Good are working with Bexley churches to urgently find foster carers for Bexley Borough Council. Before the start of the COVID-19 crisis, Bexley Borough Council had more than 227 children in their care and were already stretched to meet the need. COVID has only added pressure on finding homes for vulnerable children. During the first lockdown domestic violence rose significantly and more than 2 million children have been living in hugely vulnerable situations – as schools have returned and professionals are seeing children once more, the hidden impact of lockdown is starting to become apparent.

Bexley, like many local authorities, have been experiencing increased number of referrals to children’s social services. New foster carers are urgently needed to be able to care for local children who need it. We want to help see this need met.

Working together to step up to care for the most vulnerable children in our society. We are seeking individuals who will meet this need and church communities to wrap around in support of them and the children they will care for.

If you are interested please join our ZOOM call being hosted by Home for Good on Wednesday 4th November at 3.30pm, where we will be joined by one of Bexley’s frontline social workers to share more about the challenge they are facing.

For joining details please email or call 07749555537.

We’ll email you joining instructions by 3rd November, but please save the date now.

We have a range of resources ready to go and support those in our communities who could be the safe and caring homes that local children need. Home for Good has piloted similar schemes with communities across the UK and we have been inspired by the Church’s response, seeing significant numbers of people stepping forward to foster in this critical period.
We urgently need volunteers to welcome people
as they arrive at all of our services.

Please talk to Roy Humphrey
 about joining our Welcome Team.
The work of the Leprosy Mission and for our link with Kidoka in Tanzania
Dave Long
Lucie Balche
Christine Kelly
Dawn Brooks
Francies Moore
Trevor Wyatt
Ann Batchelor
Michael Baker
Sheila Jarvis
Connor Cox
Barbara Perkins

Ruth Wyatt
Georgina Bowen
Martin Robinson
Alan Munden
Trudi Robinson
Ron & Pat Wiltshire
Margaret Cheal
Yvonne Fowler
Melody Salom
Sylvia Smith
Audrey Noy
Julie Knight
Jackie Hawkins
Derek Rumsey

Ade O'Kubule
Lorraine Mistry
Maureen Hawkins
Vicky Folkes
Edna Bassett
Nick Perfect
Sherry Snowden
Edna Passmore
Megan Ray
Colin Souter
Theresa Hammond

Vivianne Morgan (6/11)
Joyce O'Neill (6/11)
Ida Barr
John Abrahams
Catch up with our celebration event to find out all about our new mission framework to help you and your church connect and journey with non-church children and young people.

Head on over to for more information.
**Skip to key segments**

03:38 Worship with Lou Fellingham
10:03 Our National Director, Myles MacBean shares his heart for reaching the 95
18:24 Inspiration from Guvna B
24:10 The launch of the Revealing Jesus mission framework
37:56 Faith Guide interview
43:30 Spoken word performance
47:20 Prayer segment
50:08 More worship with Lou Fellingham
Thank you to Sheila Hancock for the Christ Church Bexleyheath photos in this weeks newsletter.
Sunday 25th October

9.15am - Holy Communion - BCP
9.30am - Facebook Service
11am - Service of the Word + APCM

Psalm 119: 9-16
Col 3: 12-17 (NT)           Matt  24: 30-35 (Gospel)

6.00pm Holy Communion
Psalm 119: 89-104
Isaiah 55: 1-11 (OT)         Luke 4: 14-30 (Gospel)
Wednesday 28th October

10.30am Holy Communion

Eph 2: 19-end (NT)  John 15: 17- end (Gospel)
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