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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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Praying the prodigals home


But while he was still a long way off, his Father saw him.  His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him and kissed him." Luke 15 v20: The Message

Wandering and returning.  Lost and found.  Far away and near.  Distant and close.  Our prodigals.  Our loved ones that don't yet know Jesus.  We are waiting and yearning; heart aching and pounding; weeping yet trusting God for those we love.   Our prodigals. Our loved ones.

I have been a prodigal and I have prodigals, people I love dearly and ache to see come back to God.  I, like you, have loved ones that don't yet know Jesus, people I've been praying for, for years.  I don’t find waiting easy; this land of in-between is hard and I often feel alone. I rejoice with those of you whose children, partners, parents are growing spiritually but ache for where this is not the case in my family.


Nehemiah taught us so much about working and doing life together; side by side, back to back, sharing and supporting in the work to rebuild the walls.  A group of us have been sharing honestly about our prodigals and are meeting to pray on alternate Wednesdays at 8am for half an hour during term time.  We sit at the foot of the cross and are committed to ‘praying the prodigals home’.  Tissues are provided! Do join us on 16th October and fortnightly thereafter... Next dates planned, 16th and 30th of October, 13th and 27th November, & 11th December 2019 together. Chat to Angela, Lesley, Dawn or Julie if you'd like to know more? Julie@stph.org.uk

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