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Happy Christmas and Happy New Year.  Welcome to the January 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:
  • rejoicing at the many opportunities we had to share the truth of Jesus over the Christmas period,
  • opening the Tunbridge Wells Churches Winter Shelter on Wednesday 2 January,
  • preparing for another year of mission and service as we seek to make Jesus known to every man, woman and child in our town, in meaningful and relevant ways so that each person can make an informed decision to either follow Jesus or reject Him.    
PLEASE NOTE:  The deadline for items for the February 2019 e-letter is Monday 14 January.

January Dates

  • Fridays 4, 11, 18, 25 January:  Find your Voice - 3-5pm at Burrswood.  A singing group for those who enjoy a good sing, including those who are living with Parkinson’s, MS or dementia, or recovering from a stroke.  Cost is £4 per session.
  • Saturdays 5, 12, 19, 26 January: ‘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 8, 15, 22, 29 January: Lunchtime services at TW United Reformed Church, 1 Mount Ephraim, TN4 8AE, 12.15-12.45pm.  Theme: The way of Justice: Creation and the Environment.
  • Tuesdays 8, 15, 22, 29 January: 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 community@tunbridgewells.yfc.co.uk
  • Tuesday 8 January: Quiet Day at Burrswood.  For further details, visit www.burrswood.org.uk, or ring 01892 865988.  This is held on the second Tuesday of every month.
  • Tuesday 8 January: Calling all Women's World Day of Prayer Reps.  There will be a planning meeting for this year’s Women’s World Day of Prayer, 3.30pm at St Luke's Church, Tunbridge Wells TN4 9JH. I f you are interested in helping with the service, please come along to this meeting.  Any further enquiries please contact Rev Caroline Glass, 01892 521374 or caroline.glass957@btinternet.com. Thank you 
  • Friday 18 January: Youth Leaders Prayer Meeting, 9-10am at the YFC Offices, 28 Church Road.  Also 1 & 15 Feb and 1, 15 & 29 March.  
  •  Wednesday 16 January:  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. 
  • Sundays 20 January, 17 February, 17 March: UNITE Youth Service, 6-8pm at the Gatehouse in the Market Square.  Also 19 May, 16 June and 21 July 2019.
  •  Saturday 26 January: Street Pastor Commissioning Service at Christ Church, High Street; 8pm.  Join us to celebrate the fantastic work of the Tunbridge Wells Street Pastors.  (See Mission Emphasis below)
  • Saturday 26 January: Jazz Concert at Pembury Baptist Church, Romford Road, Pembury, TN2 4HT, 7.30pm.Jazz quartet Kairos Ensemble featuring Rev Dan Foster on saxophone. http://www.kairosensemble.com  Free entry but donations towards impoverished jazz musicians welcome.

Local Mission Focus...Street Pastors

Tunbridge Wells Street Pastors have been making a significant difference on the streets of Tunbridge Wells for the past 9 years, working in partnership with the local police and the TW Borough Council.  This exciting ministry takes the Church out on to the streets in meaningful ways to listen, care and help those who are out on the town on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night.  Street Pastors provide a quiet and yet dynamic presence on our streets locally and we are need of increased funding to meet our modest annual costs.  Please read to see the impact Street Pastors make in our town.
Did you know?
  • Street Pastors are on the National Curriculum for Religious Education GCSE level.
  • After Grenfell, Rev Les received a letter from the Ambulance Service thanking him for all the Response and Street Pastors that helped out at that difficult time.
  • There have been university studies on street pastors, showing a reduction in crime and the lowering of suicide levels.
  • While Street Pastors don’t preach on the streets, they are able to announce the Good News of Jesus in both word and deed.
  • Locally, at least 25 Churches are involved in the Street/Prayer Pastor Ministry
Did you know that from April to September 2018 our Street Pastors:
  • Were on the streets of Tunbridge Wells 27 nights
  • Gave 664 Volunteer hours
  • Called the police 3 times, ambulance services 5 times and CCTV 7 times
  • Made contact with 1066 people – what other Church programme engages with that number of people in that amount of time? - the vast majority do not go to Church and do not know any Christians, so Praise God they are able to meet Street Pastors!
    • Of those contacts, 57% are male and 43% female.
    • 75% are in the 18-25yr old bracket – the missing generation in most of our churches.
  • Had faith-based conversations with the vast majority of people on the streets.
Did you know you could be part of the Street Pastor ministry by: Activities at Burrswood
Friday 4, 11, 18, 25 January - Find your voice at 2pm - 4pm.  A popular singing group for those living with long term conditions.
 
Unleash your creativity!  Join Nikki Szabo for these creative activities:                      
Wed 16th Jan, 10am - 12pm: £20 - An experimental art workshop exploring creativity through play!
Wed 16th Jan, 2pm-4pm: £20 - Make a variety of shaped paper beads.
Wed 30th Jan, 10am-12pm: £20 - Make your own collection of handmade cards.
Wed 30th Jan, 2pm-4pm: £20 - Make your own beautiful gift tags.
 
Thursday 17th January 10.00am-4.00pm:  Charlie Bell - Creative Writing: Could I be a writer?  For people who are drawn to the idea of writing, but haven’t had much previous experience.  £55 to include tuition, refreshments, lunch and tea.
 
Wednesday 23 January: Icon Painting Taster Day - 10am–4pm, £30.  A unique opportunity to paint an icon using traditional techniques.
 
Sunday 27 January: 1.30-4.00pm - Charlie Bell Curiousities. £15 per session to include refreshments. Join Charlie Bell for some light-hearted discussion and creative writing about objects he will bring in from his cabinet of curiosities.
Also on the following dates: 24 Mar, 12 May, 16 June, 29 Sep & 17 Nov
 
For all of the above, call Reservations on 01892 865988 to find out more or to book your place.  www.burrswood.org.uk

Feedback from ‘Understanding our Generation’ Event
Over 220 people representing 35 churches turned out to a special event entitled ‘Understanding This Generation’ which took place at Christ Church in Tunbridge Wells, Kent last month. Organised by the Christian charity Fegans, the event was designed to provide churches with practical information on children’s mental health, and to show how they can effectively partner with charities and professionals to transform the lives of vulnerable young people in their own communities. Fegans CEO, Ian Soars, said: “The rising tide of children’s poor mental health can - and should - be pushed back. Early intervention saves lives. The massive turnout to our event demonstrated that there is a real willingness for churches to step up and do just that."  Videos of the talks and interviews with the speakers can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/user38936283
To find out how your Church could partner with Fegans to provide much-needed professional children’s counselling and parent support services in your community, please contact Jo Wild on 01892 538 288 or email joanne.wild@fegans.org.uk

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support
Alzheimer’s Society offer the following services in the West Kent area:
 
Dementia Support
Information and support for carers and people with dementia
Carers’ Group: first Wednesday of the month in Southborough, 11am-1pm.
 
Dementia Cafes
Social opportunity open to everyone affected by dementia:
The Ark, Gallards Close, Southborough, 1st  and 3rd Monday of the month, 2-4pm
Angel Centre, Tonbridge, 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, 2-4pm
Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks, 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10.30am-12.30pm
 
Peer Support Groups
Support groups for people in the early stages of dementia
Southborough, 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, 12 noon -3pm
West Malling, 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 11am-2pm
Otford, 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, 10am-1pm.
 
Day Support
For people with dementia, at our day centre locations
Pembury, Tunbridge Wells: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.30am–3.30pm
Town Lock, Tonbridge:  Monday and Wednesday 9.30am–3.30pm
Dairy Court, Loose, Maidstone: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am–3.30pm
 
Home Support
A visiting service supporting people with dementia in their own homes
across the West Kent area, Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
 
If you wish to attend one of these groups, receive an outreach visit
or if you would like more information, please contact:
Alzheimer’s Society Kent and Medway, Suite 2, Paddock Wood Business Centre, 1-7 Commercial Road, Kent TN12 6YT
Tel: 01892 835498  Email: kentandmedway@alzheimers.org.uk
Groups for people under 65 affected by dementia, contact 01622 747181  
24 Hour Kent Dementia Helpline: Freephone 0800 500 3014
Alzheimer’s Society Helpline: 0300 222 1122 alzheimers.org.uk

New Resource

Are you looking for print resources for your Church activities?  Check out this website that specialises in providing the Church with useful print resources at: https://good.direct  Great creativity and excellent value from a local source.  Highly recommended!

Trustee Required

Trustee Required for Fegans
Fegans exists to bring hope to the lives of children, families and communities across the UK. We do this by providing qualified counselling for children and support, intervention and training for parents. Working holistically and in partnership, our aim is to transform this nation one child at a time.
     We are currently looking for a Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees to use their financial skills and experience to help us to reach more families. We are ideally looking for a candidate with an accountancy qualification and experience of charity accounts. We ask our trustees for commitment to the organisation, independent judgment, a willingness to speak their mind and an understanding of the legal duties and responsibilities of trusteeship.  Due to the strategic position of this role there is a requirement that the post holder is a Christian. The Board of Trustees meets 5 times per year, with most of the meetings held in Central London.  In addition, we encourage our Trustees to have regular contact with our operational centres.
For more information and application forms, please go to www.fegans.org.uk/jobs

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.

Future Dates

Friday 1 February: Faith, Hope and Action in a Changing Climate: 6.30-8.30pm at TW United Reformed Church, 1 Mount Ephraim.  Join Dr Ruth Valerio, environmentalist, theologian and Global Advocacy & Influencing Director at TEAR Fund, and the Rt Hon Greg Clark, MP for Tunbridge Wells and Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for an evening exploring a Christian Response to Climate change.  For more information or to book your free ticket, visit www.bit.ly/TWclimate
 
Saturday 2 February: TW Youth for Christ Barn Dance - this will be a fun evening, full of dancing and laughter and all for a good cause – to support the fantastic work of Tunbridge Wells Youth for Christ.  It takes place at Bidborough Village Hall, 7-10pm.  Adults £20, Children £10 and includes food.  There will be a cash bar.  Tickets from info@tunbridgewells.yfc.co.uk or visit www.tunbridgewells.yfc.co.uk
 
Mon 25 February–Sun 10 March: Fairtrade Fortnight.
 
Friday 1 March 2019: Women’s World Day of Prayer - 10am at the Salvation Army. More details next month, but please save the date and time. 
 
Wednesday 10–Friday 12 April 2019: The NOISE youth social action project.  More information in the February CfTW News.
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