Welcome to the November 2018 edition of CfTW e-news.  Please pass this information on to others in your congregation or network or invite them to sign up to the mailing list.  Details can be found at the bottom of this email.  If you no longer wish to be on the circulation list, please unsubscribe at the foot of this email.
This month we are:
  • praising God for the variety of Mission organisations that serve our town in so many different ways.
  • preparing for the opening of the TW Churches Winter Shelter (Wednesday 2 January).  See training dates below.
  • encouraging one another to shine the Light of Jesus into dark places over the coming month – especially during Halloween.
PLEASE NOTE:  The deadline for items for the December e-letter is Monday 12 November.

November Dates

  • Tuesday 23-Thursday 25 October: ‘Greatest Show’ Holiday Club at TW Baptist Church, 9.30am-12.30pm.  Cost is £1 per day per child.  Email for more information or to book a place.
  • Friday 2, 16, & 30 November, 14 December: Youth Leaders Prayer Meeting: 9-10am at the YFC Offices, 28 Church Road
  • Saturdays 3, 10, 17, 24 November: ‘Men of Prayer 4 Tunbridge Wells’ Prayer Group, 8-9am at The Gatehouse (formerly Calvary Church) in the Market Square. Come and join this great time of prayer and fellowship as men from different congregations gather to pray for the transformation of our town.
  •  Saturday 3 November:  Charity Open Morning at Rusthall URC, Manor Road, Rusthall; 10am to 12 noon.  Join us for coffee, find out about local charities and support them by buying cards or other items. Raffle and refreshments. All welcome, free entry. Details from Mary on TW 536727. 
  • Tuesdays 6, 13, 20, 27 November: Lunchtime services at TW United Reformed Church, 1 Mount Ephraim, TN4 8AE, 12.15-12.45pm.  .
  •  Tuesdays 6, 13, 20, 27 November: Youth Café.  Tunbridge Wells Youth For Christ, along with The Gatehouse, have opened a weekly Youth Café at ‘The Gatehouse’ in the Market Square.  The Café is free and meets EVERY Tuesday during term from 4.30-6.00pm.  The Café features Xbox, table tennis, pool, music, refreshments and much more.  For further details, contact 07834 816400 or email
  • Tuesday 6 November: Anger and Conflict Seminar: 8-9.30pm at St Peter’s Church, Bayhall Road, TN2 4UX.  Do you experience the impact of anger and the resulting conflict it causes in relationships with people you care about?  Tim Lane (Founder and President of the Institute for Pastoral Care) will help us understand what the Bible has to say to us about anger, the physiology of what happens when we get angry, and some tried and tested practical tools to help us experience genuine Gospel transformation in this important area of our Christian lives.  To book, either email or ring 01892-327734.  The event is free, but donations towards the costs would be welcome on the night.
  • Sunday 18 November: UNITE Youth Service, 6-8pm at the Gatehouse in the Market Square. Christmas Party will be on Friday 14 December. 
  • Wednesday 21 November:  Prayer Meeting for the Persecuted Church, 11.30am–12.30pm at St Augustine’s Church, Crescent Road, TW. This is an ecumenical prayer group which meets on the third Wednesday of every month.
  •  Wednesday 21 November: WOMEN CREATING COMMUNITY Coffee Morning for women of all ages from all cultures and faiths and none. 10am–12.00 at Church of Christ, Commercial Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2RR. Come and join us for an opportunity to: get to know each other better, share coffee and delicious snacks and enjoy community activities and crafts. Organised together by the Christian Women’s Network & the Tunbridge Wells Muslim Women’s Forum. More information from Lynn Allen (07977 805489)
  •  Saturday 24 November: Money Essentials Course at Tunbridge Wells Baptist Church  from 10.00am to 12.30 pm. It's a free course with further details below. It is ideal for newly married couples, students, anyone who's finances are in a bit of a muddle or even those just trying to save money.  Email for more information. 
  • Monday 26 November: Fegans are hosting "Understanding this Generation", an event addressing the issues facing our young people today, such as depression, self-harm, suicide, eating disorders etc. How can we, the Church, be a part of the solution? How can we spot the signs and know what to say? How can we help?  Join us from 7:30pm-9:30pm at Christ Church, High Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1UT.  A practical evening of inspirational talks and advice on how we can work together to understand and guide the next generation, transforming the mental health of our children and young people.  We will shortly be sending an e-flyer to Churches across West Kent, outlining details of speakers and booking information. Please contact Jo Wild at if you have any questions, or visit . We look forward to welcoming you.

Courses,  Events & Conferences at Burrswood
 Tuesday 6 and 20 November: Find your Voice, 3pm-5pm.  A singing group for those who enjoy a good sing! Including those living with Parkinson's, MS, dementia or recovering from a stroke. £4 per session.
Saturday 10 November: Matchbox Opera - Puccini’s La Boheme, at Burrswood, 7.30pm.  Tickets £20.  Call Reservations on 01892 865988 to find out more or to book your place. 
Tuesday 13 November: Quiet Day at Burrswood. For further details, visit, or ring 01892 865988.  This is held on the second Tuesday of every month.
Saturday 17–Sunday 18 November: Seeing the Bible Whole.  We will look at the shape of the story of Jesus and learn how we can take the Bible seriously, without always taking it literally.  £165 to include tuition, meals and one night’s accommodation.
Friday 7 December: Julie King Festive Watercolour Painting Day, 10am-4pm.  Julie will show you how to paint a snow scene and other festive subjects to create your own Christmas cards.  £60 per person includes workshop, refreshments, lunch and tea.
Wednesday 12 December: Wreath Making, 10am-4pm.  Learn how to create a beautiful festive wreath.  £70 per person includes tuition, materials, refreshments, lunch and tea.
Christmas Cards for Sale: Support Burrswood by purchasing your Christmas cards from us this year.  There’s a choice of card size and greeting, plus a range of designs to suit all tastes.  All cards come in packs of ten with prices starting from as little as £3.00 per pack.  Call into the Burrswood Bookshop or phone 01892-865996 for mail order.
Burrswood Café Christmas Festive Menu: Serving from Monday 10–Sunday 23 December.  Choose 2 courses for £15.95 or 3 Courses for £18.95.  All pre-booked tables will receive complimentary Christmas Crackers.  Call 01892-865991 to book your table today.
For all of the above, call Reservations on 01892 865988 to find out more or to book your place.
Burrswood plea for help? - Can you spare some time this Christmas, from 20-27 December?  At Burrswood Health and Wellbeing, our annual Christmas House Party welcomes those who would otherwise be spending Christmas on their own. To enable our guests to have the best experience, we rely on a band of volunteers who come in at different times throughout the week.  For more information telephone 01892 863637 or email, or visit 

Mission Emphasis – Crossways Community

Crossways Community is opening a new community café at 17-19 Camden Road TW.  The café will be a great place to drink, eat and catch up for all our community. Run by appropriately trained staff the café will provide the following:
  • A haven for those with low-moderate mental problems.  Our café will be a place where ‘it’s OK not to be OK’
  • A café where the focus is on the conversations and not the cake
  • A refuge for the lonely and the troubled
  • An open, warm and supportive atmosphere
  • Drinks, cakes and simple lunches at reasonable prices affordable by those on lower incomes
  • A chance to talk to a counsellor or staff member, ask for prayer or just be quiet
  • Opportunities for work experience for those with mental health issues
  • Signposting of other relevant organisations, activities and support which can help those with poor mental health
We think this is an exciting venture which we believe will be a useful resource for our community.  Please pray for the café, those who work in it and those who come to it as we reach out into our community.  If you would like to be involved in the café or would like to rent the space at all then please contact us at Crossways.

Budget advice course from Crosslight (previously West Kent Debt Advice)
The Christian-based charity in Tunbridge Wells is holding a Money Essentials Course at Tunbridge Wells Baptist Church on Saturday 24 November from 10.00am - 12.30pm.  The morning is free - see below for details of the course.  If you have any questions about the course, would like a colourful poster and/or flyers, please email It is ideal for newly married couples, students, anyone whose finances are in a bit of a muddle, or even those just trying to save money.  
What is it? - Although we all use money every day, none of us can claim to be perfect at handling it well all the time, and most of us have got ourselves into difficulty at one time or another.  Alternatively you may just want help putting aside money for that holiday, or to save for something else.
The Money Course Essentials workshop is a simple, friendly session run by experienced advisers which we hope will help you to manage your money better.
Who is it for? - The workshops are for anyone – let’s face it, few of us are experts with money.  So, whatever your situation, we hope the workshop will be useful, but we particularly think it will be relevant if you are worried about your money situation, or if your finances are in a bit of a muddle. Why not bring a friend or partner?
How long will it last and where is it held?  The workshop lasts around two and a half hours including breaks, and there are plenty of practical exercises and opportunities for discussion and questions. It will be held in the Baptist Church in Upper Grosvenor Road.
What topics will you cover?
• Why budgeting is so important and why we often find it so difficult
• How you can start creating your own simple budget
• Tips for keeping your spending under control and getting your budget to balance so you don’t run out of money at the end of the month
• The idea of ‘Piggy Banking’ to make sure you stay on top of your bills and have enough money for the things you need.
How big are the groups?  We think smaller groups work best, as that way everyone has the opportunity to ask questions and participate if they would like to, so 4-20 is the usual number of guests.
Will I have to talk about my situation?  Not if you don’t want to! It’s always great to hear people’s experiences and ideas, but no one is going to ask you to speak if you’d prefer not to. 
The workshops are completely free. If it is for you and you want to book a place, please visit our website to book your place:, I know you will find it helpful.  The course will be from 10.00 to 12.30 on Saturday 24 November. If you would prefer to book by telephone, please call 020 7052 0318.

Job Opportunity
The Salvation Army is looking for a part-time Cook.  Salary: £8.25 per hour; working Hours: 12 per week: Wednesdays and Thursdays 9am–3pm (term-time only)
Details: Permanent benefits: 25 days’ annual leave + bank holidays (pro rata for part-time); contributory pension scheme; season ticket loan; an employee assistance programme.
Job Summary: For services which accommodate clients who require catering facilities, the role of catering staff is essential.
The Salvation Army’s Tunbridge Wells Corps is looking for an experienced Cook who will be confident in running the kitchen and also assist in supervising volunteers.
Key Responsibilities: The Cook has a vital role to play and will work alongside a catering team who are all volunteers, to ensure that the service meets all contractual and legislative requirements, especially in respect of food standard regulation and safety. The food presented will be appealing and nutritious whilst recognising standards and cost.
The successful candidate(s) will be able to demonstrate:
· Level 2 certificate in Food Hygiene
· Experience of working within a team (ideally volunteers)
· Have experience in providing varied, nutritious meals to large groups of people (40 plus) and to work to a set time scale
· That they are proficient in co-ordinating cleaning and clearing away
· Their experience in record keeping in line with F.S.A. requirements
Appointment will be subject to satisfactory references and right to work in the UK.
For further details and to apply, please visit The Salvation Army’s website:  Closing date: 28th October 2018. Interview date: TBC

TW Churches Winter Shelter Information
TW Churches Winter Shelter Training will take place on the following dates, all at St. James’ Church, on the corner of St James' Road and Ferndale.
Thursday 22 November - TW Churches Winter Shelter Training - 7.30-9.45pm
Tuesday 27 November - TW Churches Winter Shelter Training – 7.30-9.45pm
Saturday 8 December - TW Churches Winter Shelter Training – 10.00am – 12.00pm
Police Training Dates – all at St James’ Church:
Wednesday 14 November; 7.30pm
Thursday 13 December; 7.30pm
Tuesday 18 December; 7.30pm 

Please Note:  Returning volunteers are expected to attend a training session if you have not done so in the last 3 years. 

Housing Available – Housing Required

House to let by Christian Charitable Trust - Modern 1-bedroom terraced house in quiet cul-de-sac with off-road parking for one car, and communal garden.  Situated within walking distance of High Brooms station and on a bus route into town. Rent £750 pcm. Please phone Jerry on 01892 518164 if interested. 
Housing Required – A 3/4-bedroom house for a rental for Empathy Action to use for one (or possibly even two) of its full-time staff and their family(ies).  Ideally it would be let by a person who would want to support a Christian mission and its workers.  Please contact Ben at should you have, or know of, such a property. 

Housing Required – A two bedroomed house is required to rent for about 4 months while this family has work done on their own house.  This is an URGENT need.  If you are able to help, or know of someone who can, please contact: Hannah Mwesigwa, Operations Manager, St. Matthew's Church, High Brooms Road, Tunbridge Wells   TN4 9BW, or 01892 618108

Help Required...

Street Teams need male volunteers on Thursday Saturday and Sunday nights.  They meet from 8.30pm to 10pm latest at the Town Hall yard car park. If anyone is interested please ring 07958 653814.
Our Thursday Soup Bowl Team is still in need of extra volunteers.  Volunteers are asked to arrive at Church of Christ, Commercial Road, TN1 2RR by 12.00 in order to prepare food for the guests who arrive at 12.30pm.  The Soup Bowl closes at 1.30pm after which volunteers help to wash and clear up.  If you are able to help (even if it is fortnightly or monthly) please contact either Jill - or Cliff at

Save the Date

Sunday 2 December: TW Winter Shelter Prayer Meeting; 4-5pm at St James’ Church. Join us for an opportunity to pray together for God’s blessing on the Churches Winter Shelter.  All are very welcome as we stand together in prayer. 
Friday 14 December: UNITE Christmas Party.  Time and Venue to be confirmed.
Friday 1 March 2019: Women’s World Day of Prayer at the Salvation Army at 10am. More details in the New Year, but please save the date and time. 
Wednesday 10 – Friday 12 April 2019 – The NOISE youth social action project.  More information in the New Year.
Sunday 12 – Friday 17 May – Week of Prayer for Tunbridge Wells.  More details to come.
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