We hope that you are all keeping well. To use a greeting from the well know Methodist Minister and broadcaster Frank Topping ‘Hello again on another Monday morning’. Yesterday was our Harvest celebration and the largest number of attendees since services recommenced of 41 gathered. The socially distanced choir sang a harvest anthem, there were lots of flowers but without the usual fruit and vegetables, and gifts of produce for the Trinity School Foodbank were brought. As mentioned in our previous letter monetary donations have also been received for Deptford Mission.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those stewards who have been on duty each Sunday morning who have facilitated the ability for services to be held together with Chris and Joan, our caretakers, for the extra cleaning that they are needing to do.
A reminder that for several years, Mary Wells has made and sold Christmas Cards with proceeds shared between World Missions and The Drive. She has already made a considerable number again this year and if you would like to purchase your cards for this year please place your order by speaking to Mary on 01732 451035. You will of course need to make your own arrangements for collection and payment.
Church Walk. At the last walk 10 people gathered and split into two groups to observe the ‘rule of six’ regulations. The next church walk is arranged for 14th October from Kemsing Village Hall car park for a 10-30am start. Contact Mary Burch (01732 451204) if you wish to take part.
Sevenoaks Counselling are to have a new Chair, Rev Anne Bourne from St Luke’s, as Clare Whittaker is moving away from the area. The Autumn newsletter includes a farewell piece from Clare and also reflects upon the way the work of the counselling service has changed over the last 6 months. If you would like a copy of the newsletter, please contact Kathryn Barron. (Under current regulations these cannot be left on the publicity table).
Future Pillars Zambia.
The final school term of the year began on 14 September – for exam grades only. For Family Futures Community School this means only grades 7 and 9 are in school. “Our” sponsored students are in Grade 12, so they have returned to school for their last term, with the all-important Grade 12 exams scheduled for the end of November. This year’s trustee visits have had to be cancelled, so we have not been able to meet the students in person this year – but have managed Zoom calls with the Head and Administrator at the site.
Those who receive the Future Pillars newsletter will know that there are ambitious plans to extend facilities at Kabwe so that all students can complete their education on site – rather than having to handpick 10 a year for sponsorship into other schools at the end of grade 9. This year’s sponsored walk had to be cancelled, but a programme of smaller alternative events is being worked on. The first of these, ‘Trustees tackle the Thames’, is an attempt by the trustees to walk the length of the Thames between them. (Treasurer Peter wants to do the whole thing!) The walk starts at the source of the Thames on Saturday 3 October, and Kathryn and Rod will be travelling to take part in day one.
Details of how to sponsor the team – or donate to the building project – are on the Future Pillars website and facebook pages, together with pictures of progress along the route!
Congratulations and Celebrations.
We are pleased to announce that Katie Barron has become engaged to Rob Thompson and we wish them every happiness for the future. They are not planning their wedding until restrictions on numbers are removed.
We send our best wishes to Trevor and Audrey Harvey who celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on 22nd October and to Phil and Barbara Smith who celebrated their Golden Wedding on 3rd October.
We also remember our oldest member Beryl Browne who celebrated her 97th Birthday on 2nd October. Two other nonagenarians Gladys Venn and Pat Summers celebrate birthdays on 13th and 27th October respectively and we wish them well.
We also wish Chris Robinson and Alexis Theodore every blessing on their wedding today, 5th October.
Susan Richardson now has a date for her operation and goes into hospital on 26th October. She will be in our prayers and we wish her a successful outcome and a speedy recovery. We are pleased to report that Trevor and Audrey Harvey’s granddaughter Hannah is making progress with her treatment in New Zealand. We continue to pray for her and all the family. We also continue to pray for Alex, Lizzie Turner’s grandson, as he begins a new course of treatment on Thursday.
We would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support for our little grandson Lucas. We are pleased to report that the team at Evalina’s was very pleased with the results of his scan and the progress Lucas is making. He still has a problem with the mitral valve and aortic valve, as well as a small hole in his heart but his consultant is amazed at how well and energetic he is. Although it is thought that he will need more open heart surgery to correct everything they do not want to do this at the moment as the problems do not appear to be adversely affecting him at present. In the meantime he will continue to have six monthly check-ups.
Once again we ask that if you have any news or information you would like to share, please do let us know.
We hope you will continue to stay safe and keep well.
Our prayers and best wishes to you all.
John and Grace Archer
Senior Stewards 5th October 2020