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Welcome to the September 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 summertime – glorious weather, great summer festivals and the opportunities to share Jesus in informal settings and surroundings
  • preparing for the new term as schools resume and as regular activities kick off again in our churches
  • welcoming Nick Cornell as Vicar of Christ Church, Southborough and Dan Foster as Pastor of Pembury Baptist Church.  Please pray for them as they serve Christ in their congregations
  • believe it or not, beginning to gear up for the Churches Winter Shelter.
PLEASE NOTE:  The deadline for items for the October e-letter is Monday 17 September.

September Dates

  • Tuesdays 4, 11, 18, 25 September: Lunchtime services at TW United Reformed Church, 1 Mount Ephraim, TN4 8AE, 12.15-12.45pm.  The theme for the month is ‘Alive in Christ’. 
  •  Saturdays 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 September: ‘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 September: Youth Care.  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
  •  Saturday 8 September: Sponsored Ride and Stride Kent.  A chance to raise funds for the upkeep of Church buildings across Kent, including yours.  Raise sponsorship by walking or cycling to as many churches as you can on the day.  If you want more information about this, please email rolandniblett@aol.com 
  • Tuesday 11 September: 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 11 September: The Recovery Course begins at Tonbridge Baptist Church, 7pm.  Are you struggling with an addiction to drugs, alcohol, pornography, sex, gambling, food, social media or some other secret habit or compulsive behaviour that is spoiling your life?  Then why not try the Recovery Course, a free 15-session Christian programme.  Food is served at 7pm.  To register, or for further details, please email info@recoverytwo.org 
  • Tuesday 11 September:  Malawi Drumming Evening with Food, 7.00–10.00pm at Tunbridge Wells Baptist Church.  You are invited to a fun African drumming workshop which is open to all, and is accessible to first time drummers as well as the more experienced.  If you would like to immerse yourself in some Malawian culture through music and food, this workshop is for you! The money raised will fund fuel-efficient stoves for Malawian families, and tree planting for sustainable development. The drumming will be led by Julian Watson from the Mbedza Projects, Peatry Ntodwa, Programme Director in Malawi, and Mandy Flashman-Wells who has just joined the team.  The cost of the workshop is £10.  Please email/talk to Barry Chaseley:  barrychaseley123@gmail.com or Mandy Flashman-Wells:  Flashy@spacomms.com to reserve your place. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.
  •  Sunday 16 September: UNITE Youth Service, 7-9pm at the Gatehouse in the Market Square. NOTE the change of venue!  Also, 21 October & 18 November. 
  • Wednesday 19 September:  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.
  •  Thursday 20 September: Science and Spiritual Practices and how they contribute to human flourishing, with Dr Rupert Sheldrake, one of the UK’s leading scientists and writers.  Rupert has been a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge and a Research Fellow of the Royal Society, and is currently Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences in California and of Schumacher College, Devon. He has written 12 books including “The Science Delusion” and his latest book: “Science and Spiritual Practices”.  Venue is Tunbridge Wells Camden Centre, off Victoria Road, TN1 2SW. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30-9pm. Tea and coffee available on arrival.  Tickets cost £10.  Email  info@spiritofpeace.co.uk for more information. 
  • Saturday 22 September: "Combating Modern Slavery in our Communities".   Presentation by Fr MARK ODION of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference; 10.45am - 1.30pm, St Augustine's Church, Crescent Rd, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2LY (opposite multi story car park)                                            Fr. Mark will be highlighting the work undertaken in response to this worldwide scandal particularly by the Santa Marta Group.  The Santa Marta Group is an alliance of various Churches, Police Agencies and International organisations from around the world working together with civil society in a process endorsed by Pope Francis, to eradicate human trafficking and modern day slavery. The Group is led by His Excellency Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.  The Pope describes trafficking as ".. an open wound on the body of contemporary society".                                                        Latest official UK estimates have 13,000 victims unofficial estimates are well over double this.  In 2010 the estimates for the EU were 800,000 victims latest figures put this at 1,200,000. The main outlets for the victims are sexual exploitation 70% (80% female, 20%male) and forced labour 30% (90% male, 10% female).  Before the formation of this group little joined together work had gone on previously by governments and agencies across the globe.  By bringing pressure to bear on politicians this has changed.  Also as individuals we can change this, so please join us to learn more about how to tackle this scourge ongoing in our society and how we can perhaps help in small and large ways.
  • 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: www.ticketsource.co.uk/faithinseniors 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.

Local Mission Focus - Connect Mentoring

Connect Mentoring is a local, collaborative project run between ‘Life & Soul’ and ‘Tunbridge Wells Youth for Christ’. It provides trained mentors who give one-to-one support in schools. They meet with students for 30-minute sessions once a week for an average of 6-10 sessions, depending on need. The vision is to listen, support, encourage and empower the school students that we mentor. We are all aware of the huge pressures that our young people are under and we are passionate about standing with them - giving them support as they handle challenges and issues, and encouraging them to achieve their full potential.
     This year we have had 14 Volunteer Mentors working in Skinners Kent Academy and Bennett Memorial School, seeing about 35 students a week.  Four of our mentors are stepping down at the end of the year due to changing circumstances.  There is always a waiting list of students in both schools for youngsters wishing to see a mentor.
     We would SO value your prayers for God to bring us more volunteers with a heart for this work. If you know any local Christians who might be interested, do pass on my email and I would love to get in touch and tell them more: maryw_connect@lifeandsoul.org.uk   (Training and support are provided!)

Courses & Conferences at Burrswood

Saturday 8th September: Kerry Ingham - Illustrations and Drawing Workshop
We will venture into colour! Join local illustrator and counsellor Kerry to encourage freedom of expression through drawing.  £60 per person includes tuition, refreshments, lunch and afternoon tea.
 
Friday 14th September 7pm: Open Air Theatre – Illyria presents Merchant of Venice.
Picnic Boxes available to pre-order.  Cost is £20 per adult, £12 per child. 
 
Friday 21st–Sunday 23rd September: Ignatian Retreat with Jo Eaton.  Take time out in our beautiful grounds to make a silent, individually accompanied retreat. £265 per person includes 2 days’ full board.
 
Saturday 22nd–Sunday 23rd September: Christian Mindfulness Retreat.  Making space for God. A practical course in learning to be more present to God, to each other and to the world around us. Cost: £165 per person full board.
 
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.
 
For all of the above, call Reservations on 01892 865988 to find out more or to book your place.  www.burrswood.org.uk

Job Opportunities

YMCA West Kent are recruiting!  We are always looking for enthusiastic, inspiring people to join us.  We have these exciting opportunities to join our friendly, dynamic and caring teams:
  
Maintenance Supervisor - Based at Ryder House, Tunbridge Wells
  
Youth Workers - Working in Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area
  
Lead Tutor - Based at the Horizon Project TN2 in Tunbridge Wells
  
Learning Support Assistant - Based at the Horizon Project in Tonbridge.
  
Mentor - At our Horizon Project in Tonbridge
  
Empowerment Mentor - At our new Empowerment Horizon Project, at Tower House in Tonbridge
  
Carpentry Tutor - Based at the Horizon Project in Tonbridge
  
If you'd like to speak to us about any of these exciting opportunities, or to receive an application pack, please call Karen Warner, Head of Talent, on 01892 542209 or email Karen.Warner@WestKentYMCA.org.uk, or visit www.westkentymca.org.uk
If you have a heart for what we do, want to make a difference to young people locally and you have the skills to help us deliver our vision, we would love to hear from you.

Going, Going….

Rusthall United Reformed Church have a small electric organ they no longer use so are looking for a new home for it.  It is a Rogers Classic Keyboard model C445" and it came from Keyboard Kavern in Market Harborough.  It is available to other churches in the town first but after the end of September we shall start to advertise it more widely as we need the room.  Please contact Rev Helen Warmington: revhelenurc@aol.co.uk, or Mary Nolze: MaryNolze@aol.com if you are interested.

Save the Date

Saturday 6 October: The Recovery Course – a conference for those passionate about recovery from addiction. Tonbridge Baptist Church, Tonbridge, Kent.

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 info@twyfc.co.uk 

Tuesday 9 October: Free 7 Week Self-Help Course for those Divorced or Separated.  All Saints Church Centre, Crowborough, 7.45 - 9.45pm for 7 weeks.  The group is open to anyone over 18 who have suffered from or are currently suffering from relationship breakdown. These groups are confidential and members are encouraged to share as much or as little as they deem appropriate.  For more information ring 01892-652292 or visit www.hope-after-heartbreak.co.uk

Thursday 11 October: The Bridge Trust AGM at 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 info@thebridgetrust.org.uk

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, revhelenurc@aol.co.uk, Tel 01892 671141.

Tuesday 23-Thursday 25 October: ‘Greatest Show’ Holiday Club at TW Baptist Church, 9.30am- 12.30pm.
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