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St Peter's Church, College Road, Hextable, BR8 7RH

 

At St Peter’s Hextable and St Paul’s Swanley Village we take safeguarding very seriously and the PCC have adopted the House of Bishops Parish Safeguarding Handbook, Promoting a safer church, which can be viewed here Further safeguarding documents can be found on the Rochester Diocese safeguarding website Safeguarding children, young people and adults experiencing, or at risk of abuse or neglect is the responsibility of us all whether they are in the communities in which        we live or part of our Christian family.

 

If you have a concern regarding a child, young person or adult who may be at risk of harm please speak to our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Andy Birmingham 07511 255 565 or email him on safeguarding@stph.org.uk 

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St Peter's Church was founded in 1867 by members of St Paul's, Swanley Village as there was no church serving the expanding village of Hextable at the time.  St Peter's is, therefore, an early missional church plant! There’s always been witness to life with Jesus since 1867 at College Road, with worship at St Paul’s since 1861 at School Lane in Swanley Village.

 

With a central location in the village there's always plenty going on!  With Lifegroups,

Early Prayer, Thursday Fellowship, Pop In, Craft, Live Play, and lots more;                                   there's plenty for everyone to get involved in.
 

St Paul's, located in Swanley Village is a beautiful mid-nineteenth century Victorian church

set in the grounds of the picturesque glebe. It’s a wonderful setting and makes for generations of connections through baptisms, weddings and funerals. Services at St Paul's are more traditional in style, offering a place of quiet, contemplative and prayerful reflection. 

Sundays

Sunday life is always busy, life-giving and joyful. Come share in worship and growth in God together. You’d be so very welcome to join us…

 

08.30 at St Paul’s, Swanley Village. A simple, prayerful, spoken Communion service.

 

10.30 at St Peter’s, Hextable. Informal Sunday celebration, led by a worship band, with teaching and seperate children and youth provision. Refreshments are served before and after.

 

18.30 at St Paul’s, Swanley Village. Organ-led traditional worship with teaching and prayer.

 

20.00 every first Sunday of the month at St Peter’s, Hextable, hosts our Overflow Celebration. A lively and relaxed gathering where people from the surrounding area are welcome to join 

for worship, teaching, refreshment, renewal and ministry, where we seek to pursue more

of the presence of God.  Refreshments served from 1930. 

 

Our aim is to contribute well to the kingdom of God,

by resourcing and equipping you as you follow Jesus.

 

 

Worship

Worship is central to our church family life. We passionately believe that we can all honour Jesus and experience something of His presence and life through the Holy Spirit.

Our worship team aims to lead people into a deeper worship of God so that

we are better equipped as we journey through the week

We have a wide range of worship styles across our services; from the traditional style of

St Paul’s, to the more contemporary style at St Peter’s, aiming to provide something

that will enable everyone to experience something of God's presence. 

 

Pastoral Care

As a medium sized church family, the best way of giving and receiving care is to belong to one of our Life Groups. We also recognise that sometimes we need to talk to someone outside of your relationship circle. Pauline, our Pastoral Care Coordinator, will gladly arrange for listening, prayerful support for you from within our seven person Pastoral Care Team.

 
 

Children and Youth

Children and Youth work is integral to our church life...

Tinkers is our Parent and Carer's Toddler Group.  We meet on Monday afternoons in term time at 13.30-15.00 for play, chat, crafts, singing, refreshments, stories, friends and fun!

 

Events for our 5-11’s

Alongside the 10.30 service at St Peter's we run Sunday school classes and youth. Ask about this when you arrive and your children will be guided to the best activity group.

 

19.00-20.30 on a Tuesday, we run Youth for those age 11 and over, often comprising of food, football, games and laughter.

 

Youth attend Soul Survivor camps have Sunday and midweek groups alongside our new Sunday Night Live youth gatherings.

 

Emma-Jane is our new Children's & Youth Mission Leader and is making plans for the renew and refresh of our present and future under-18's work.

See the weekly news sheet for more information, or pop us an email.

Thursday Fellowship

Thursday Fellowship meets every Thursday at St Peter's from 14.00-16.00.  It’s a great place for the seniors in our community to get together.  We have a packed program of talks, games, fitness activities and more! Other seasonal events are organized by John & Lorna throughout the year, including our popular annual Holiday at Home and day trips.  Our quarterly Saturday Hymns of Praise followed by afternoon tea is a popular local favourite.  For more information and transport queries, pop us an email.

 

Mission

Mission partnership matters to us. We are committed to being good news locally, regionally and internationally. We’re working out what it means to live out Acts 1:8 commitment from our parish and neighbours to the ends of the earth. We've had a planting association with Project Hope, Romania for almost 30 years concluding in late 2018. We have a missional partnership in Turkey, a church planting commitment in Spain and since 2014, we have been supporting Swanley & District Foodbank. We're keen to work well in partnership with charities that are actively supported by our church family, and anticipate more of this in the future!  

 

Alpha

Alpha is a simple life-changing course: sharing big questions, live input, and good food.  

We’re looking forward to hosting this again, this autumn. It’s a safe place where people come together, ask questions and explore what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Whether you've been a Christian for a short time, or whether you're just curious and looking to find out a

little bit more, this is the place to be! Alpha runs in 169 countries and has been

experienced by more than 31million people worldwide. Our next course is being planned for, just after Christmas, in Spring 2020. For more information, see the blog or pop us an email.

We'd love to have you share in this!

 

Prayer & Healing

 

Prayer is an essential part of the life of a disciple. Our aim is to connect with God and to press into His plans for the community, church and around the world. Prayer happens in a number      of ways with our weekly early prayer, Wednesday 7am gatherings the best place to start.             See you there...  We believe in a God who cares, moves and heals. Prayer for God’s              power and healing is a regular pattern in our gathering but particularly on the third Saturday of each month. We host and resource the Hextable Healing Centre hosted at St Peter’s monthly between 10.00-12noon. If you would like prayer support, pop us an email.

Money

Giving away our money can feel like a challenge. Your local church can and might be the place where you give, because giving imitates Jesus, honours God, and helps lots of other people. Jesus gave us all He had. He gave us more than we can possibly imagine, and in patterning Him, the part we give is a way of meeting need, receiving and making God’s blessing real and possible for others. When you’re settled in being with us at St Peter’s and St Paul’s do consider using the standing order form, and being a part of making this all possible. Your practical monthly partnership this way or through the giving bags that you see in our services is a way, that would be very appreciated.

Weddings

Weddings with us in Hextable and Swanley Village are great! Hosting your most special day is an absolute treat, and our vicar, Johnny will have clocked up ninety-six weddings by the end of the 2019 season with lots already booked in for 2020 and 2021. He’d love to partner with you to ensure your day includes everything you want. More than this, to prepare you both for a life of long-lasting marriage together. Register your interest and we’d love to have an initial conversation, reserve the date and start to scope out the detail with you. People increasingly love to use St Paul’s as their wedding location and St Peter’s as the party and celebration venue for afters. This and all else we can work out with you.