To know Jesus Christ and make him known
It is with great sadness that our church buildings were closed at the beginning of the pandemic but church has not ceased to exist. Our worship and service of others continues, albeit in a different form.
Each week I am producing an order of service for Sunday that can be prayed through at home. We are also sharing services and prayers online through " Zoom". Regular attendees will get an invitation and a password, but all are welcome. Anyone is welcome to join in our Zoom services but you need the invitation and a password for each service. Please email Revd Jean, the Zoom Sunday service is about 40 minutes max.
Each service has a short sermon and a pew news which can keep us in contact with each other. This is being emailed or posted out, if you would like to receive it please email or phone Revd Jean. People not on the internet or not using Zoom can now phone into our services, it is very easy to do and costs just the same as your normal phone calls. Just ask Revd Jean to send you the passwords you need.
As regards re-opening the churches:
Hernhill Church opened for private prayer on Sunday 5 July and will be open every Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm, apart from a few baptism services, but this page will keep you updated. The church has been deep cleaned, risk assessed and signs are in place re physical distancing, sanitizing hands etc.
Graveney Church is now open
for private prayer on Sundays from 11 am to noon.
Weddings and funerals in church can also take place with a maximum number of thirty attending, again with government guidelines in place.
Boughton Parish Church will be the first church we open for public church as it is the largest and most spacious of our benefice churches. We are looking at early September, but we are taking things slowly and no-one should feel under pressure to return to church before they are ready to do so. Our benefice website and church noticeboards will keep you updated
There are lots of resources online to enable us to worship and now is a good opportunity to explore other churches. Many services across the world are being live streamed.
For information about baptisms, weddings and funerals please contact Revd Jean. We are booking weddings for next year.
If your loved one has died and you weren’t able to have the funeral you wanted perhaps you are now thinking of a memorial service. Please contact Revd Jean before you spend a lot of money with a big company. One well known national company is offering a memorial service for £700 plus venue hire, catering etc. A church memorial service is a fraction of that cost, please be careful.
Vicar: Revd Jean Burrows
firstname.lastname@example.org 01227 751410
The Hernhill Prayer Labyrinth
A labyrinth is a path which leads, via a circuitous route, to the centre of an intricate design and back out again. There is only one route to the centre of a labyrinth unlike a maze which is designed to confuse and get you lost. A prayer labyrinth is a labyrinth used to help us pray, as we walk we might think about loved ones, distractions or burdens we carry. We walk at our own pace and in our own time. Walking a labyrinth can be like making a pilgrimage.
Labyrinths are ancient pathways, found in different cultures for at least 3,500 years and they have become popular again in the last decade or so. There is something in the twists and turns of the labyrinth path that touches the twists and turns in our lives. Its winding path seems to help us unwind, slow down and be mindful of our thoughts and promptings of our hearts.
During August we will have a temporary labyrinth painted onto the grass in Hernhill churchyard (round the back of the church). Anyone who would like to is invited to walk the labyrinth whenever they like, there will be some simple instructions by the labyrinth to help you and you can do it as many times as you wish.
Stop Press !
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In the true sense, church is not a building, but PEOPLE, bound together by faith and fellowship.
So it's everywhere.
The church is deeply rooted in our communities, and we aim to reach out to them in service, in love and in prayer.
Are you anxious about family, friends, or yourself, and do not know where to turn? Are you, or someone you know, in a crisis and unable to pray?
There are people willing to pray for you because prayer does make a positive difference.
and your prayer request will be passed along the Prayerline.
All prayer requests are completely confidential so only the people on the Prayerline will know about your needs and they will never discuss it with anyone.
If you would like prayers for a relative or friend and you want to name them you will need to ask their permission first but we don't need someone's name
to pray for them.
Please use us - we'd love to help you.
Welcome, and thank you for visiting our Church online.
This is a website for the three parishes in our benefice - Boughton with Dunkirk, Hernhill and Graveney with Goodnestone. We work together to highlight the wide variety of worship, fellowship and service opportunities available. Please feel free to read more about our churches on this site, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbour.
Services would normally held in all three villages every Sunday and often during the week. There will always be something to suit you, and a warm welcome. There are also lots of things going on - have a look at our Services and Special events pages.
Your buildings, here for you to use and enjoy
These church buildings have been at the centre of village communities for centuries, and are a sign that God is present in life here. They are a natural focus for special times in our lives, available to and welcoming for all.
They are much more than just much loved historic monuments. They are holy places where Christians have worshipped for a thousand years.
Most important of all, they are a living church, and you are welcome. Find out more about them, and where to find them, here.
We are a welcoming community of people who want to explore the Christian faith, worship God together and develop friendships.
We are part of the Church of England and are three parishes working together as one church,
We don't pretend to have all the answers, but we have found that there is a God who loves each one of us, wherever we are on the journey of faith. Church, for us, is about making that journey as a community of all ages, encouraging and supporting one another through the ups and downs of life, and enjoying fun and friendship along the way.
Our Church Family
God has called us to become a Church Family …. not just to become a church for familes …. but a church family available to everyone from every age and background.