Welcome to the October 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 Harvest services and for His plentiful provision.
  • asking God to bring transformation in the lives of those people on the Recovery Course, or taking an Alpha course, or any other kind of Christian course
  • preparing for any special half term events – like a Holiday Club.  (23-25 October at TW Baptist Church).
PLEASE NOTE:  The deadline for items for the November e-letter is Monday 15 October.
September Dates
  • Saturday 29 September: FAITH IN SENIORS CONFERENCE (resourcing the local church for ministry with older people), All Saints, Crowborough.  If your church is looking to do more for older people, this conference should be just what you need.  Packed with practical examples of Christians in Kent and Sussex working with older people, the Conference will also examine the biblical view of old age.  Whether you are looking at doing more in local care homes, running a visiting/befriending scheme, supporting a Parish Nurse/running a Domiciliary Care Scheme or simply setting up a community/social/coffee club, come along to share ideas about how to get the best results.  You need to book a place for the event: Closing date for registration: Monday 24 September.
  • Saturday 29–Sunday 30 September: Tunbridge Wells Baptist Church Anniversary Weekend.  TWBC will be celebrating 80 years in their present building this year.  To commemorate the weekend there will be a “Timeline Exhibition” in the Sanctuary, showing the life of the church in Upper Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells, 1938-2018 on Saturday 29 Sept, 10am–4pm (free entry). The exhibition includes photos and memorabilia  and is open to all. Please come and enjoy seeing how God has blessed the church family over these years. You never  know, If you have ever been to TWBC you may remember some of these events!  Sunday 30 September 2.00pm: We will be celebrating God’s blessing to the church with an 80-minute singalong with memories, photos and various scenes of the history of the church. Tea and celebration cake will be served afterwards.  All are very welcome!         
  • Sunday 30 September: A service of Thanksgiving to celebrate 70 years of health, well-being and ministry at Burrswood; 3pm.
October Dates
  • Tuesdays 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 October: Lunchtime services at TW United Reformed Church, 1 Mount Ephraim, TN4 8AE, 12.15-12.45pm.  Theme – ‘Alive in One Another.’
  •  Tuesdays 2, 9, 16, 30 October: 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
  • Friday 5 & 19 October: Youth Leaders Prayer Meeting at the YFC Offices, 28 Church Road; 9-10am.  The Bishop of Rochester will be visiting on 5 October.  Future prayer meetings will be 2, 16, 30 November and 14 December.
  • Saturdays 6, 13, 20, 27 October: ‘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 6 October: The Recovery Course a conference for those passionate about recovery from addiction. Tonbridge Baptist Church, Tonbridge, Kent.  The twin aims of the conference are to create a sense of community for those already running The Recovery Course, and to encourage those interested in running one by providing all the information and resources they need. Expect to be encouraged and resourced in an atmosphere of worship, teaching and equipping. Hear testimonies and experience workshops and get specialist training, and find out how running your own recovery course in your church can positively impact where you live.  To find out more or to register, email -
  • Saturday 6 October: TW Youth for Christ Barn Dance @ Tunbridge Wells Christian Fellowship, Hanover Road, 7pm.  Cost is £10 for children and £20 for adults.  For more information or to book tickets, email 
  • Tuesday 9 October: Quiet Day at Burrswood. For further details, visit, or ring 01892 865988.  This is held on the second Tuesday of every month.
  • Thursday 11 October: The Bridge Trust AGM takes place at the Tonbridge Old Fire Station.  There will be a buffet at 6.30 p.m. and the AGM will start at 7 p.m. All welcome. Please RSVP by Friday 5th October for catering purposes to 01732 368363 or 
  • Wednesday 17 October:  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.
  •  Saturday 20 October: Craft Fair at TW Baptist Church.  Hosted by KNIT; 12.00-2pm.  Please contact Clare Sawyer   Sellers and knitters can book tables for £10.  Admission for the general public is free and all proceeds will go to Macmillan.  Come along to sell shop, chat or knit..  
  • Sunday 21 October:  Making Sense of the Old Testament with Rev Dr Janet Tollington, 13.30-16.00 at Tunbridge Wells United Reformed/Methodist Church, Mount Ephraim.  Everyone is cordially invited to join with us to explore more of the Old Testament.  Janet was formerly the Old Testament Tutor at Westminster College, Cambridge and is passionate about sharing her enthusiasm for the Old Testament.  More details from Rev Helen Warmington,, Tel 01892 671141.
  • Sunday 21 October: UNITE Youth Service, 7-9pm at the Gatehouse in the Market Square. NOTE the change of venue!  Also, 18 November.
  •  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.

Local Mission Focus...Life & Soul

Life & Soul is celebrating turning 15 this year and would like to thank everyone who has faithfully supported us financially and in prayer over that period.  We have worked with homeless teenage parents since 2003 and have developed a programme within local primary and secondary schools to help prevent next generation young homeless. Within primary schools, we deliver assemblies, small group work, 1:1 support and play therapy. Our secondary schools work includes PSHE relationship workshops and Connect mentoring, our collaborative project with Tunbridge Wells Youth for Christ.
We are always encouraged by the behaviour changes we see through Play Therapy intervention and enjoy the feedback from our small group work. You can read more about our work and the testimonies on our website Recently, we had some incredible changes in viewpoints within our relationship workshops and are heartened by the statistics showing a reduction in teenage pregnancies since we began our work.
Development Assistant:  As our work develops so must we, and we are advertising for a Development Assistant to join our team. We are looking for a committed Christian with a heart for social transformation, and skills in fundraising and development. It is a part-time role, with the potential to grow with the charity.
Trustee:  We would like to hear from you if you have been a trustee of a Christian organisation and would like to be considered as a Trustee for Life & Soul. We are especially interested in hearing from you if you have a legal background or background in secondary education.  Please contact for more information. Thank you.

Courses & Conferences at Burrswood
Wednesday 26th September 10am-4pm: Flower Arranging.  Join Claire Rees and Mandy Pulsford who will help you create a classic basket arrangement and a contemporary design to decorate your home.  £70 per person per day includes tuition, meals and materials.
Tuesday 2 and 30 October: Finding 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.
Beginning Friday 12 October: How to Manage Anxiety and Depression.  A 6-week course every Friday 10am-1pm. Group workshops using CBT to help manage anxiety and depression. £250 for all 6 sessions.
Saturday 13–Sunday 14 October: Exploring Creativity.  A retreat to discover, explore and develop your creativity through art and word with Jacqui Avery. £175 to include tuition, materials, meals and one night’s accommodation.
Friday 26 October: Icon Painting Taster Day with Peter Murphy, 10am - 4pm.  A chance to dabble before the November workshop. £30 includes refreshments and lunch.
Monday 29 October: Charlie Bell - Writing and Poetry Workshop, 10am-4pm.  Mix writing and walking as a means of getting more in touch with your creative selves. £50 to include tuition, refreshments, lunch and tea.
For all of the above, call Reservations on 01892 865988 to find out more or to book your place. 

TW Churches Winter Shelter Information

TW Churches Winter Shelter is back. 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 - Evening
Tuesday 27 November - TW Churches Winter Shelter Training - Evening
Saturday 8 December - TW Churches Winter Shelter Training - Morning
Exact times to be confirmed; please make a note in your diaries now.
Please Note:  Returning volunteers are expected to attend a training session if you have not done so in the last 3 years.  There will be some training from the Police - dates still to be fixed.  Visit for more information.

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 (possibly even another) of its full time staff and their family.  Ideally it would be let by a person who would want to support a Christian mission and their workers.  Please contact Ben at should you have, or know of, such a property. 

Help Urgently Needed...

Our Thursday Soup Bowl Team is urgently 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

Future Dates

Saturday 10 November: Matchbox Opera - Puccini’s La Boheme, 7.30pm.  Tickets £20 - 10% discount before 10th Oct.  Call Reservations on 01892 865988 to find out more or to book your place. 
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) 
Monday 26 November: Fegans are hosting "Understanding this Generation", an event addressing the issues facing our young people today. Depression, self-harm, suicide, eating disorders. How can we, the Church, be a part of the solution? How can we spot the signs? 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.
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.
Wednesday 10 – Friday 12 April 2019 – The NOISE youth social action project.  More information in the New Year.

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