Our New Website

Our apologies for the very basic webpage at present! We are on a steep learning curve trying to build it from new!

To contact St Andrew’s, please use our new email address

st.andrewschurch@Zen.co.uk

messages will be directed to the appropriate person to respond to your inquiry. Or you can phone Rod, our parish priest, on 01249 652788

The office phone number is 01249 655947 and you can leave a message, but it is not monitored daily so it may be a few days before you get a reply.

Thank you for your forbearance – it will get better!

Lighting a Candle in Church

On the right side of church, near the font, you’ll find a stand where you can light a candle – and a card for you to take home – as well as a notebook where you can write down anything or anyone you would like us to pray for.

Often when we pray, it isn’t easy to find words. You may want to say thank you to God, or ask him to be close to someone in need. You may be remembering someone who has died and want to express love, thankfulness and heartache all at the same time. But God always hears what our heart is praying, even when we can’t express it. Lighting a candle can be a prayer without words. Just being still and  holding someone in your heart is enough. When you go home, remember the light of your candle still shining and your prayer which stays as a light in God’s heart even when every other light fails.

“Lord Jesus, let your light of love shine on me today and on everyone I have been praying for. You shared our earthly life and you know and share our every joy and sorrow. Help me to see you more clearly, love you more dearly, follow you more nearly today and every day. Amen”

Andy’s Tots: 1.30pm every Tuesday

What is “Andy’s Tots” all about? It’s a mixture of songs, craft, stories and games for children aged 0 to 4 years. We begin in church sitting in a circle and singing a few songs – favourites  include “Mister Cow” and “Have You Seen the Pussycat?” – and then a simple story followed by making something (it might be a Mother’s Day card or a decoration!). Then we might have a march – and have a turn at ringing the church bell. Then it’s drink and a biscuit, after which, we get the ride-ons and toys out for the last 10 minutes or so.

Why?  Well, we’re not trying to recruit anyone for church! We simply want to give an opportunity to parents who feel that knowing God loves us is an important part of their children’s learning,  to explore that together in a fun way!

One of the mums says, “My daughter is 2 and she loves Andy’s Tots. She’s always excited about going and she sings the action songs all week long!”

There is no charge, but a contribution of £1 is helpful if you are able. You can park in the front of church whilst you’re at Andy’s.

Come along and join us – you’ll enjoy it too, we’re sure. Every Tuesday in church from 1.30 to 3pm

The Church is Open

I’m delighted to say that our church building is now open from Morning Prayer at 8.30 am till about 4 pm each day. We’ve had to install CCTV for security, but as this now allows us to be open for visitors and pilgrims every day!

I recently visited – or tried to visit – All Saints’ Church, Maidstone, where Sue and I were married. It’s a major church in the centre of a large town, but it was locked up, with no indication at all as to when it might be open or how to find a key. The disappointment I felt made me realise how happy I am that we can finally be open for such occasions – and for the many, many people who value a time of quiet, reflection or prayer at all times of the week.

We’ve been experimenting now since October and I’m pleased to report that we’ve had not one single problem – and that every visitor has valued our beautiful building and treated it with respect.

The more people who come in and out of the building, the safer it will continue to be.

It’s your church – do make use of it!