Many activities take place throughout the week. Times and arrangements sometimes change. Sunday services take place every Sunday of the year but not all events and activities on other days take place every week. For further information check with the contact person responsible (below), Drive News, or the Church Calendar.
Sunday Services at the Drive Church
The morning 10:30 am service is traditional, comprising four or five hymns, interspersed with bible readings, prayers, and a sermon, and concluding around 11:30 am. On the first Sunday in the month Holy Communion is held during this service. Coffee is served in the vestibule after services, an opportunity to chat with other worshippers.
The evening service is usually at 6:30 pm except for Café Services at 5pm (usually on the 4th Sunday in the month), and is smaller, more informal and sometimes interactive.
Men’s Forum (Monday) attendance has increased to 15 and it is now a “squeeze” to fit into some homes! Members themselves and occasionally an invited speaker, present a wide range of subjects for example: personal biographies; Shackleton’s escape in Antarctica; and Medicine and War. Room will always be found for new members.
The Monday Daytime Group meets once a month at Hollybush Court Day Centre, Hollybush Close, when a few residents often join in, and once a month at Edna Clarke’s home, for prayer and Bible study.
The Monday House Fellowship (Evening): Up to ten people attend. Discussion topics are Favourite Hymns; Paul’s letter to the Colossians; and “So What’s the Story…?”, written jointly by the current President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference. The Fellowship and occasionally others from The Drive lead services at Weald Heights care home.
Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship is for men and women, and meets from September to April in the Wesley Room and in the summer months in gardens. There is a varied programme of speakers and activities, some interactive. A Bring and Buy stall is currently supporting a Women in Britain’s project.
Tuesday House Group, after opening with a prayer, discusses a topic led by one of the members on for example: favourite hymns; a York Course ”God’s Rescue Plan’; and Operation Sevenoaks – for which Rev. Dermot attended. After about an hour and half there are refreshments and a chat. New members would be very welcome.
Wednesday House Group: About ten people meet to share and learn about our Christian Faith. The fellowship of these meetings is central to expanding our knowledge, stimulating our vision and encouraging us in our Christian life. Recent subjects have included “Prayer”, “Unsung Gifts” and “Art and the Bible story”.
Wednesday Morning Coffee takes place in the Church Vestibule. Call in for a friendly chat!
(Wednesday) Afternoon Coffee Club meets for coffee or tea and a chat. Numbers are small and more members would be very welcome. There is usually have a summer outing to a local garden, and a ploughman’s lunch in September.
Thursday Ladies Badminton takes place weekly at 9.30 am and new players would be welcome.
Thursday Club is held in the Church and is open to all whether or not they are church attenders. A series of talks is given by outside speakers on a range of secular topics from September to March with an Annual Dinner in January. There is usually a Theatre Trip in April, an entertainment evening in May, and a Garden Visit in the summer.
Friday during term-time a toddlers’ group for children newborn to 3 – Little Drivers
The Second Friday House Group has 10 members who mostly met while their children were growing up at The Drive. Meetings have become a place for sharing the themes of recent services and continuing to explore them together. They have been looking at “So What’s the Story…?”, by the President and Vice-President of Methodist Conference.
Saturday Time for Prayer
Sunday Lunch Together originally started for those who normally eat alone. As only two of our 10 or so ‘regulars’ drive, a selection of couples (with cars) is invited to join us, and help with transport to venues: the Bricklayers Arms, Chipstead; the Cock Horse and others.
Weekday Walkers continue to walk, about 5 miles once a month depending on the weather, in the beautiful Kent countryside. A loyal core of members would welcome more for fellowship and exercise in the fresh air.