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Easter Baptisms

What a glorious day it was this Easter Sunday; our day started with about 30 people joining us for our Sunrise Service on Ide Hill. We watched the sun rise around a warming camp fire and planted sunflower seeds together.

The Easter Day Family service saw our three congregations come together and the church was full to the brim. The worship was joyful and we celebrated with four members of our congregation, who gave moving testimonies about their journey of faith, and were baptised. Their baptisms symbolise their resurrection with Christ into a new hope and a new life.  

Easter Services 2019

Friday 19th April

10am Good Friday
Joint service at Vine Baptist Church

Sunday 21st April

6am Sunrise service
Meet at Ide Hill Cafe 

10am Easter Celebration
and Baptismal Service

Dunton Green Faithworks is changing!

How is Faithworks changing? We have a new logo and we have been changing how we see ourselves over the last few months.

Since 2005 Faithworks has become a part of the village community and during that time we have been involved in many ways including running a youth club and coffee shop, organising community Fun Days, helping in the School and other village activities. As I wrote in the last edition of this magazine, life in the village has changed a lot since 2005 and there are now more facilities and organisations for residents to enjoy.

What has disappeared in the last 13 years are the churches in the village with both the Free Church in Station Road and Bethel Chapel congregations gone and their sites either being developed or plans to do so. Faithworks started with a group of people from Bessels Green Baptist who decided not to establish another church but rather become part of the community and meet what needs they could. We have done this and continue to do so. Faithworks is now full of village people.

So, what is Faithworks now? Well we think we are the Christian church in the village but we are not a traditional church with formal services in a church building. We are still very much part of the community. We are the community church – people not a place!

Faithworks meets regularly at the pavilion on Sunday mornings with a Café and Family Fun where we enjoy each other’s company and chat informally about the Christian faith. We are often in Bojangles and continue to help wherever we can in the village – regularly in the School, at Hamlyn Court sheltered housing and with Parish Council events. If people want to talk in more depth about the Christian faith we meet twice a month on Wednesday evenings.

We are still part of Bessels Green Baptist Church who support us and meet with us a few times a year.

The key message is that we are YOUR church in Dunton Green. Watch out for a leaflet through your door with more information, or:

contact: faithworks@bgbc.co.uk

visit our Facebook page: fb.me/dgfaithworks

or see our website: www.dgmessage.com

Sevenoaks Family Games Day- Saturday 29th December

Whether you’d like to save the world, conquer the universe, solve a murder, build a city, or perhaps become a pirate, there are plenty of board games for you! There will be Lego as well for kids who’d like to play with that.

The whole day (10am-9pm) is open to all (for free), but from 2-6pm the focus will be on shorter, lighter games that people of all ages can get into and enjoy, so that would be a good time to come if bringing younger children. There’ll be lots of games available to try, so don’t worry if you don’t have many yourself.

Please bring your own lunch (if necessary) and we’ll organise a takeaway supper on the day (please bring some cash if you’ll want that)

This will be the 3rd games day hosted at BGBC, and they’ve all been really fun so far! It’d be great to have even more people joining in this time- please do invite your friends and family!

 

Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees

The people of the Sevenoaks area have a long history of providing support to refugees fleeing war and oppression.
In 1685, after Louis XIV of France declared Protestantism to be illegal, tens of thousands of French Protestants – the Huguenots – came to England to start again. Some of these were given space in Sundridge and Chevening. Interestingly, the word “refugee” entered the English language with the arrival of the Huguenots.

In the 18th century we know that several African Americans fleeing slavery in the US spoke (and sang) of their trials and troubles on platforms and in pulpits in Sevenoaks. In the 1850’s Robert Owen, philanthropic social reformer and one of the founders of the cooperative movement, who lived his later years at Park Grange (now part of Sevenoaks School – the house at the very southern end of the upper High Street) gave a home to various European refugee politicians, including the Russian intellectual Alexander Herzen.

During the First World War thousands of refugees from Belgium were dispersed across the country, including here in the Sevenoaks area. The Sevenoaks Chronicle described how local people were engaged in raising money and collecting clothes for the refugees already in their midst. On 23 October 1915, the Sevenoaks Chronicle reported a whist drive being held in the Weald for the destitute Belgians Fund, while Mr Frank Robinson let it be known that the cinema was admitting Belgian refugees into the mid-week and Saturday matinee for free. In July 1916 the Sevenoaks Belgian Refugees’ Fund stated that since its foundation the Fund had “entirely supported or partially assisted over 80 persons”.

Greek children, refugees from Anatolia in 1923, were supported by a group in Sevenoaks. In 1936 clothing was collected in Sevenoaks for Spanish refugees.

In October 1939 there were some 6,000 refugees from Europe in Kent. The Sevenoaks Chronicle reports how in 1938-40 the Sevenoaks District Refugees’ Committee was planning the reception of children who were ‘victims of Nazi persecution’.

Sevenoaks families gave a kind reception to East African Asians expelled from Uganda in 1972.

And now the Syrian civil war has created the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time.

If you’d like to help support refugees from Syria now living in our community, or know more about what the local refugee support group is doing, please contact Humphrey Pring, chair of Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees at sevenoakswelcomesrefugees@gmail.com

With thanks to David Killingray and Matt Ball

Church Lunch : Sunday 1st July 2018

Join us for a ‘Bring and Share’ Church lunch, after the morning service, on Sunday 1st July 2018

 

Youth Work Newsletter Winter 2018

Want to know what is happening with the young people at BGBC and the local area? Please read Josh’s Winter 2018 newsletter here.

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