Welcome to the June 2019 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:
  • celebrating Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, and praising God for the unity we share with one another. 
  • mourning the closing of Burrswood and praying the ministry that Dorothy Kerin began so many years ago might be able to continue in some capacity in the coming years.   
  • inviting our young people to attend the UNITE youth gathering on Sunday 16 June.  See below for details.
  • highlighting the ‘Raising Faith’ Conference at the end of June – see below for all the details.     
PLEASE NOTE:  The deadline for items for the July-August 2019 e-letter is Monday 10 June.  There will be NO August CfTW News. 

Also - Don't forget the Prayer for Schools evening, Tuesday 21 May; 7.30pm at Church of Christ, Commercial Road, TN 1 2NR

June Dates:

  • Saturdays 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 June: ‘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.
  • Tuesdays 4, 11, 18, 25 June: Lunchtime services at TW United Reformed Church, 1 Mount Ephraim, TN4 8AE, 12.15-12.45pm. 
  • Tuesdays 4, 11, 18, 25: Youth Cafe. Tunbridge Wells Youth for Christ, along with The Gatehouse, have a weekly (term time) Youth Café at ‘The Gatehouse’ in the Market Square. The Café is free and meets EVERY Tuesday during school 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
  • Fridays 7 & 21 June: Youth Leaders' Prayer Meeting, 9-10am at the YFC Offices, 28 Church Road.  Also on 5 & 19 July.
  • Saturday 8 June: HUMAN FLOURISHING ON A FLOURISHING EARTH -FINDING A WAY TOGETHER.  Saturday 8 June 2019, 10am–4.45 pm Brighthelm Centre, Brighton BN1 1YD.  You are warmly invited to attend this interactive event.  In the light of the challenges facing us from the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss, we will explore our spiritual sense of connectedness to the earth and the actions we can take to contribute to earth and human flourishing.  We are delighted that winner of the People’ s Environment Award, film-maker, speaker and ‘solutionist’ Nicola Peel will be the keynote speaker for the day’s workshop, ‘Human Flourishing on a Flourishing Earth’.  Additional speakers include Rev. Phillip Roderick and Rev. Alex Mabbs.  
Event Fee: £16.50 / £11 for those with low income.  We have kept the ticket prices as low as possible to enable wide participation.  If you are able to pay the full price, please do so.  Extra donations are also very welcome. Booking:  
Refreshments: hot drinks are provided at 10am and mid-afternoon. Please bring your own lunch or use local cafes and shops.  Further Information:   Enquiries:
  • Sunday 16 June: UNITE Youth Service, 6-8pm at the Gatehouse in the Market Square.  Also on 21 July 2019. 
  • Sunday 16 June: Lion’s Roar Prayer Evening, 6.30pm at Christ Church, High Street.  Lion’s Roar has been prompted by a number of prophetic words about the church needing to welcome a new move of the Holy Spirit, and a call to intercede for our church, town and nation.  We are raising a ‘holy roar’ against injustice, confusion and unbelief on a local and national scale – to enter into the groanings of the Spirit for this generation and expecting in faith to see transformation.  Also on 21 July.
  • Wednesday 19 June:  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. 
  • Sunday 23 June: Choral Evensong, sung by Cantiaci Vocal Ensemble, 6.30pm at St Luke’s Church, Chiddingstone Causeway.
  • Wednesday 26 June: Women Creating Community (Note change of date from last newsletter): 10am–12.00 at Church of Christ, Commercial Road.  Also Wednesday 11 September & Wednesday 4 December. 
  • Saturday 29 June: Raising Awareness Conference - 9.30am-4.15pm at St Mary’s, Goudhurst.  See Below.

Raising Faith Conference

Raising Faith Conference, St Mary's Goudhurst, 29 June 2019, 9.30am-4.15pm
With headlines such as 'UK has among the fewest Christian young adults in Europe, study finds' and 'Christianity as default is gone: the rise of a non-Christian Europe' abounding in the mainstream press last year, you are probably aware that the statistics relating to the likelihood of the young people in our churches sticking with their faith into adulthood are not very encouraging.
Yet when one study asked young people who believe in God who the key influences on their faith are, 72% said their family; not church, not their friends nor their Sunday groups - their family. This shows that what we as parents do and say has a large impact on our family’s faith lives. Whilst that may be heartening and terrifying in equal measure, you may well feel ill-equipped to deal with the responsibility that this places on us.
You might find that you often come up against brick walls that our society throws at us; busy-ness, Sunday sports activities, too many choices for us and our children to make, and that you have to battle to find the time to balance faith alongside everyday life.
The Raising Faith Conference has been organised to help find new strategies for families and the whole church to work together to raise our children’s faith.
This will be a great day of learning, conversation, debate and solutions to the question 'How do we enable our children and young people to have a faith that continues for their whole lifetime?' and 'How do we work in partnership with church and the family for this to happen?
We will have some great speakers joining us to share their wisdom:
· Ali Campbell, the Resource
· Jo Squires, Youth For Christ
· Gareth Hillier, Care for the Family
· Murray Wilkinson, Canterbury Children and Young People Adviser
· Cheryl Trice, Rochester Children and Young People Adviser
· Mike Harrowing, Children's Workshop.
The event is not solely aimed at parents or those in paid ministry positions and we hope that as many church leaders, carers, grandparents, school leaders, Sunday group leaders and anyone who has an interest in nurturing our young people spiritually, will book and participate in the day.  So please do share this with your church and anyone else who may find it of interest.  
Please click on this link for the key details and to book your place
The day costs £20 which includes lunch. We don't want anyone to be prevented from attending due to the cost, so please contact if you have concerns in relation to this. 

'Peaced' Together

‘Peaced Together’ is a 10-week course for women, using creative arts such as weaving, painting, mosaic, sewing and decoupage to explore how creativity can bring healing to our lives. No experience of any of these crafts is necessary as we demonstrate all the activities and provide all the materials.  During the course we explore themes such as hope, love, forgiveness and peace in a small friendly group.  There is a small charge of £3 per session to cover the cost of materials and refreshments.  The next course will begin on Tuesday 10 September, 12.30-2.30pm at St Philip’s Church.
For further information or to book a place, please contact Wendy on 07791 513521 or email

Charitable Trust with House to Rent

Modern 2-bedroom terraced house in quiet location with a small enclosed rear garden and a garage for one car.  Situated within walking distance of High Brooms station and near a bus route into town.  Rent £895 pcm.  Please phone Jerry on 01892 518164 for further details.  Please circulate through your networks.

Future Dates

Saturday 17–Thursday 22 August: Soul Survivor in Peterborough.  Speak to your youth leader or contact to find out plans for taking a group from Tunbridge Wells.
Saturday 2 November: Recovery Two - 2019 Recovery Course Conference will take place at Tonbridge Baptist Church in Tonbridge, Kent, 9.30am-4.00pm.  Exploring the devastation of addiction and the remarkable healing process of faith.  Together we'll enhance our knowledge about addiction recovery, share stories of learning, hope and freedom and celebrate our faith in God's abiding grace.
Saturday 25 January 2020: Street Pastors’ 10th Anniversary Celebration and Commissioning Service.  Celebrating ‘Being on the Streets’ for 10 years; 8pm at Christ Church, High Street, Tun Wells.

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