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We are a friendly church that welcomes new people.  There is something for everyone at our pretty church on The Pilgrim's Way. The talks are biblical, brief and engaging. Our congregation is made up of both young and old and there is an active social life linked to the church. You would be most welcome to join us.

You can find us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/cheveningchurch and on Instagram at 'cheveningstbotolphs'

A very warm welcome.

Updated 7/7: This week St Botolph's will be open for prayer and reflection on:

Wednesday 9.30am - 11.30am

Sunday 10.30am - 11.30am - please see below for more information

All visitors are most welcome.  These times will be kept under review so please do check back here for updates as they may be different next week. Please note that social distancing must be observed, as well as a one-way route in the church, and that we need to keep a record of who has visited in case we need to trace anyone.  A volunteer will be on hand to assist you.  All visitor details will be kept confidentially in accordance with GDPR and destroyed after the requisite period of time.

Please check the weekly newsletter out on 8th July for more detail on the resuming of services at St Botolph's.

Please visit this page regularly for daily updates which are posted below, in date order.  Please also check the page 'Resources while the church is closed', where you can find details of online services and prayers.

For details of our Pastoral Visiting Team, please scroll down this page, or go to the 'contacts' tab of this website.

Please click here for our weekly newsletter: 8th July 2020                                

Below is a list of prayers, online services and news which is being added to daily.  Please use the links to follow anything of interest:

Monday 13th July 2020: Ruth Mason, LLM, who has taken some services for us during the Interregnum, has provided a thought for the week which you can read here.

Church open for prayer and reflection this Sunday, 12th July, 10.30-11.30am

On 12th July, St Botolph's will be open for quiet prayer and reflection from 10.30am - 11.30am, the time we would normally meet in church.  Here is some more information to help you if you do decide to visit:

Will there be a service? No, this is going to be a time of quiet prayer and reflection.  There will, however, be a service sheet in the pew with some prayers for you to read if you wish. Our organist will also be there to play quietly while people pray.

Do I have to stay for the whole hour? No, you are welcome to come for as much time as you would like within the hour that we will be open.

What safety precautions will you have in place? Visitors will enter via the South Door and leave via the West Door and follow a one-way route inside the church which will be marked by arrows on the floor.  A Steward will guide you in the right direction. Available pews will have a service sheet in them.  Please take this with you when you leave so that we know that the pew has been used, and no one else will then sit there.  All Bibles and pew cushions have been removed from pews.  Hand sanitiser will be available at both doors to use on entering and leaving.  Please keep a 2m distance between you and another person except for those in your bubble if you are visiting together.  Stewards will ask you for your name and contact telephone number. This is for contact tracing purposes only and your information will be stored confidentially and later destroyed.

Do I need to wear a mask? There is no requirement for you to wear a mask in church but you must do what you feel is right for your personal circumstances.

When else can I visit the church? The church will be open again at the same time on Sunday 19th July.  On Sunday 26th July we are doing a pre-recorded online service with our link parish of Frindsbury which we will post on this website for you to watch at home.  

When will the first service take place at St Botolph's? On Sunday 2nd August our Archdeacon Julie Conalty will be taking a simple service of said Holy Communion at St Botolph's at 10.30am. All are very welcome.  All of the safety measures above will apply, and more details will be posted on here nearer the time.

I don't feel ready to come back into the church. What can I do? We understand that for some people the time will not be right to come back to church just yet. If you have online access, you can watch our previously pre-recorded services from St Botolph's here.  Alternatively you will find other services online if you visit the Church of England website here. If you prefer not to use the computer, you can call the Daily Hope line on 0800 804 8044 for hymns, reflections and prayers. 

Our informal Evening Service is this Sunday, 12th July, at 5pm on Zoom, and we are excited to announce a special guest speaker. Tim Young, who is an Ordinand at Holy Trinity Hastings will be considering what it is to 'Be still, and know that I am God' (Psalm 46).

Before starting on the road to ordination Tim was a teacher and then Chaplain at St Paul's School. He loves God, loves people and loves the outdoors. He especially loves bringing all three together and would love to lead a woodland church. He's a great communicator and we can't wait to hear what he has for us.

Please contact the church office for joining details!

Wednesday 8th July 2020: Our latest weekly newsletter is out can be read here.  There's lots of info on the re-opening of church and upcoming services.

Monday 6th July 2020: Does someone you know need a daily dose of hope?

Whilst zoom, social media and online church are keeping many of us connected at the moment, those self-isolating without internet access can feel forgotten. If you know someone in this position, please point them to 'Daily Hope', a free phone line set up by the Archbishop of Canterbury in April.  You can find out more here.


Wednesday 1st July 2020: Our latest weekly newsletter is out and can be found here.

Wednesday 1st July 2020: Monthly Prayer Meeting

We normally meet at 8pm on the first Wednesday of the month for our monthly prayer meeting.  We still cannot be together in person but we can pray together.  Please click here to find this month's prayers, and do join us, if you can, in praying at home on Wednesday evening.

Tuesday 30th June 2020: An important message from Trinity School, Sevenoaks.  Please watch.

Monday 29th June 2020: Latest on Places of Worship re-opening

We are pleased that our church has been able to open for individual private prayer since 15th June. You can find the opening times near the top of this page.

Following the Prime Minister's statement on 23rd June, the Government guidance on Places of Worship re-opening for services was issued overnight on 28th June. The Church of England's advice is expected to be updated in the next couple of days to take account of this Government advice. We will post more when this information becomes available.  Until then, you can read the latest Church of England guidance here.

Thursday 25th June - our new weekly newsletter is out and can be read here!

Monday 22nd June - Thank you!

A big thank you, as ever, to Rev Christopher Johnson for leading our first live Zoom service so beautifully, and to everyone who joined in online.  If you weren't able to join us, you can watch the service below or by searching for 'Chevening Church' on YouTube:

During the pause after Communion we showed some pictures of the Chevening Pilgrims on their various walks. If you'd like to watch this again on its own, here it is!

Sunday 21st June - Online service of Holy Communion on Zoom at 10.30am: Click here for the Order of Service.

This Sunday we will be joining together on Zoom for a service of Holy Communion at 10.30am led by Rev Christopher Johnson.  We are celebrating our Patronal Festival with a theme of pilgrimage.  Joining instructions were sent out with this week's newsletter, but if you have not received them please contact the church office by Saturday at the latest. We look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday morning.  After the service, please do stay online for virtual coffee and a chat!


If you would like to give to the church's Building Fund, as is traditional at the time of the Patronal Festival, you can do so online here or by sending a cheque to the church office payable to 'Chevening PCC' with 'Building Fund' on the reverse.

Zoom prayers for a new Rector

Prayers for our new Rector continue, and we will be on Zoom for these at 11.30am on Sunday morning.  For joining instructions (separate to the service) please contact the church office.

Thursday 18th June 2020: Today's Prayer from the Church of England:

God of truth,

help us to keep your law of love

and to walk in ways of wisdom,

that we may find true life

in Jesus Christ your Son.


Wednesday 17th June 2020: our latest newsletter is out now!  Click here.

Church open for individual private prayer at limited times

Following an announcement by the Church of England and in line with strict Government guidance, we are very pleased to announce that St Botolph's will be open at limited times from today for individual private prayer.  Opening times, to begin with, will be:

Mondays 9am - 11am

Wednesdays 1-3pm

Fridays 5-6pm

Sundays 2-4pm

Please note that strict hygiene and social distancing must be observed at all times.  We are required to take the names of all visitors to the church and so a volunteer will be present at all times who will take your details. You will be asked to follow a one-way route inside the church to a designated space for prayer.  A limited number of people will be permitted inside the church at any one time.

For more information, please read the Church of England's statement here.

Sunday 14th June 2020: (Ch)Evening Service is tonight at 5pm!

We'll be getting a bit fruity tonight at our Evening Service!  Intrigued?  Join us on Zoom at 5pm.  For joining details please contact the church office.  See you there!

Friday 12th June 2020: Church re-opening for individual private prayer from Monday 15th June 2020

Following an announcement by the Church of England and in line with strict Government guidance, we are very pleased to announce that St Botolph's will be open at limited times from Monday 15th June for individual private prayer.  Opening times, to begin with, will be:

Mondays 9am - 11am

Wednesdays 1-3pm

Fridays 5-6pm

Sundays 2-4pm

Please note that strict hygiene and social distancing must be observed at all times.  We are required to take the names of all visitors to the church and so a volunteer will be present at all times who will take your details. You will be asked to follow a one-way route inside the church to a designated space for prayer.  A limited number of people will be permitted inside the church at any one time.

For more information, please read the Church of England's statement here.

Thursday 11th June: Thy Kingdom Come Wrap-up!

Please visit our 'Thy Kingdom Come' page to watch a very moving film.

Thursday 11th June: Cross of Light
Dean Philip lit 1,184 candles inside Rochester Cathedral, to remember all those who have lost their lives to Covid-19 in Kent and Medway over the last three months.

Watch the moving film here and share in this prayer:

Loving God, whose light shines perpetually in the darkness,
we hold before you each precious life that has been extinguished
in Medway and Kent during this time of pandemic.
We remember those who watch, wait and weep this night,
and whose hearts are broken.
Send them the comfort of your Holy Spirit,
and may those who have been taken from us forever shine in your presence,
and always in our hearts.
For Jesus Christ's sake. Amen

Wednesday 10th June: Our latest weekly newsletter is out and can be read here!

Online donations can now be made through this website on the How to Give page.  On Sunday 21st June we will celebrate our Patronal Festival, and in 'normal times' the Incumbent and Churchwardens would sit in the village square with a donations box for the church's Building Fund (for the upkeep of the church).  Since we have neither an Incumbent nor a very 'normal' time, we cannot do this.  So all donations made until the end of June will go to the church's Building Fund.  Thank you so much for your support.

Tuesday 9th June 2020: Possible church re-opening for private prayer only

On 6th June, the government announced that from 15th June, church buildings may open for private individual prayer.  Chevening PCC is looking into how this can be done safely, and we hope to announce later in the week what our plans will be.  Please check this website for further information soon.

Monday 8th June 2020: Reflection

Today's Diocesan Reflection comes from The Rev Canon Jeremy Blunden, Bishop's Adviser for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic. You can watch it below:

Sunday 7th June 2020, Trinity Sunday: A Prayer from John Pritchard:

O God beyond us, give us faith.

O Christ beside us, give us peace.

O Spirit within us, give us life.

Ever One, Sacred Three, Holy God, the Trinity.


Friday 5th June 2020: Today's #stillpraying prayer from Rochester Cathedral comes from Archdeacon Julie Conalty, and reflects on the issue of injustice.  You can watch it here.


Wednesday 3rd June 2020: Our latest weekly newsletter is out!  Click here to read.

Wednesday 3rd June 2020: Please join us from your homes in prayer tonight at 8pm! Our monthly prayer meeting would normally be taking place today at 8pm in the church office.  Sadly we still cannot meet together, but we do invite you to pray at home at this time if you are able.  Please click here for this month's prayers kindly prepared by Lynda Hubbard.

Monday 1st June 2020: In case you missed it yesterday, you can see a special Thy Kingdom Come Pentecost Service here.  With contributions from Pope Francis, the Archbishops of Canterbury & York, Senior UK church leaders & worship from Matt Redman.

Monday 1st June 2020 - It seems hard to think that lockdown began in March, and we are now in the month of June.  Ruth Mason, a Licensed Lay Minister who has taken some services for us at St Botolph's during our Interregnum, has sent this powerful reflection which is very appropriate for the current time:

My thought for this week May 30th "Go into the whole world maybe not yet."
Acts 2 1-21
The book of Acts begins with this amazing description of the gift of the
holy spirit to the disciples and their release from fear that was keeping
them locked in. However the book ends with Paul the great  missionary
teacher locked in for two years and yet with the greatest freedom to share
the good news of the love of God. The events of chapter two were only just
six weeks after the crucifixion, when the disciples were scared, exhausted
and finally amazed by the resurrection. Where were we six weeks
ago,scared,locked in but as we begin to feel unsure about the beginning
of freedom again we have the chance to appreciate the power of the gift of
God's presence with us always where ever we are.The early church started
with twelve ordinary people made special by the love of God with this
gift. That is only two permitted groups now! Paul ended up locked in house
arrest for two years but as free as a bird. Whether we are still locked in
because of C19, age, illness or the busyness of work we can be free too
because of God's love and gift. Perhaps we feel just ordinary people like
the disciples but we too have the gift of God's love and power in his Holy
spirit, so we can enjoy the knowledge of freedom and opportunity even if
we don't have it physically.We can recall that the hymn "There's a
wideness in God's mercy" has the line "We make his love too narrow by
false limits of our own" (youtube St Marks church Maida Vale). As we go into
this new phase of freedom we can be reminded of God's for us and go in the
power of his gift of power and freedom.

Ruth Mason, LLM

Sunday 31st May 2020 - Pentecost Online Service

We have recorded a service of Morning Prayer for Pentecost, led by our good friend Rev Chris Reed.  You can watch this below, and for best results click on the 'full screen' icon at the bottom right of the picture.  You can of course watch this at any time, but if possible we invite you to watch at 10.30am on Sunday, our normal church service time, so that we can worship together at home at the same time.  You can download the order of service here.  This film can also be found by typing 'Chevening Church' into the YouTube search bar (click on the church logo picture and all of our films will come up). 

We hope you enjoy our service:

29th May - "After the crisis: Eleven things to be aware of as we emerge from a pandemic" - a talk by Bishop Simon, Bishop of Tonbridge

'Trying to figure out what the virus will do to us as a nation is a mug’s game. There is so little certainty about what lies ahead. Trends from this point will be volatile, going first one way and then another. And some predictions will be spectacularly wrong.'

Read Bishop Simon's talk, given as part of an Evangelism and Discipleship webinar for the Church of England, on Thursday 28th May 2020.

28th May - We have recorded a service of Morning Prayer for this coming Sunday (31st May) which is Pentecost.  Our thanks go to Rev Chris Reed, a great friend of St Botolph's, for leading this for us.  The YouTube link to watch this service will be on this page this coming Saturday.  You can of course watch the service at any time after that, but we do encourage you, if you can, to watch at our normal service time of 10.30am on Sunday.  We cannot be together physically but this way we can still worship together. 

27th May - Our weekly newsletter can be read here.

27th May - Listen to the Daily Prayer for Thy Kingdom Come here.

27th May - Prayer of the Day

A prayer from the Church of England for the Sunday after Ascension Day:

O God the King of glory,
you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
we beseech you, leave us not comfortless,
but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us
and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

25th May - As we travel through Thy Kingdom Come and look ahead to Pentecost, Bishop Simon Burton-Jones, The Bishop of Tonbridge, offers a reflection:

21st May - Thank you!

A big thank you to everyone who signed up to pray at home in our 24-hour prayer vigil, and to those who joined the '999 Prayers' on Zoom.  Special thanks to Tiff, Nadeem and Prue for leading these so sensitively, and to Mary for creating the framework for our worship.

If you have pictures of prayer stations, bracelets or anything else you would like to share, please send them to the church office.  'Thy Kingdom Come' spans the time between Ascension and Pentecost (21st - 31st May) so do visit the website www.thykingdomcome.global for prayer resources during this time.

Thank you to Anu for this beautiful prayer station that she and her family set up:


20th May - Our latest weekly newsletter is here!  There is still time to sign up to pray for 'Thy Kingdom Come' - see below.

Thy Kingdom Come 24 hours of prayer - 9am Wednesday 20th May - 9am Thursday 21st May

From 9am on Wednesday morning until 9am on Thursday morning we will be holding 24 hours of prayer for 'Thy Kingdom Come', a global prayer event.  All of the details of this can be found on the page on this website called 'Thy Kingdom Come'.  See the menu bar or click here to go straight there.

Click here to sign up to pray at home for half an hour.


Service and Prayers for Sunday 17th May, Rogation Sunday

We have pre-recorded a Service of Holy Communion led by Rev Christopher Johnson for this Rogation Sunday, 17th May.  You can of course watch the service any time you like, but if you can , do watch it at 10.30am when we would normally meet together in church.  You can download an Order of Service here.  Please either print this out or open it on another device so that you can follow the service and join in with the responses.

You can watch the service here.

After the service, at 11.30am we will be getting together on Zoom for our weekly prayers for our new Rector.  This week's prayers will be led by Mary and if you would like details for Zoom, please contact the church office.

A few stills from Sunday's service:

sThursday 14th May: You may have read in our newsletter yesterday that next week St Botolph's will be taking part in the global wave of prayer under the banner 'Thy Kingdom Come'.  A new page dedicated to this will be on this website very soon, but in the meantime please watch this new anthem for this year's 'Thy Kingdom Come' which has been created by worship leader Pete James, set to the melody of 'Tell Out My Soul':

Thursday 14th May: This is the prayer for today from the Church of England:

Almighty God,
who in the place of the traitor Judas
chose your faithful servant Matthias
to be of the number of the Twelve:
preserve your Church from false apostles
and, by the ministry of faithful pastors and teachers,
keep us steadfast in your truth;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Wednesday 13th May: Our latest newsletter is here!  Please click here to read it.

Tuesday 12th May: Ruth Mason, a Licensed Lay Minister who has taken some services for us at St Botolph's during our interregnum, has sent a 'thought for the week' on the passage in John chapter 14, verses 1-14 which was last Sunday's Gospel reading.  You can read Ruth's reflection here.

Tuesday 12th May: This week's Reflection from the Diocese of Rochester comes from The Very Reverend Dr Philip Hesketh, Dean of Rochester.  He looks ahead to the Gospel reading for this coming Sunday, in which Jesus prepares the disciples for his departure and return to heaven (John 17).

As we face our own losses at this time, what reassurance can we draw from Jesus' message to the disciples of the 'comforter' to come after him?

You can watch the Reflection here.

Monday 11th May: Hello everyone!  We hope that you are all well.  Today we want to let you know that Chevening Church has a new Instagram account: cheveningstbotolphs.  If you are on Instagram, please follow us!  We will be posting pictures and information and would love to hear from you.


What's happening on Sunday 10th May at Chevening Church?

11.30am Zoom Prayers for the recruitment of our new Rector

We are now re-advertising for a new Rector. We are of course unable to pray on a Sunday in the chapel as we were doing. Instead we are going to have a weekly “Zoom” prayer meeting each Sunday morning at 11.30am commencing this Sunday 10th to pray specifically for a new Rector and everything relating to that.  We will need to remember the Archdeacon and our Parish Representatives in our prayers as they repeat the process.  If you would like to join this time of prayer on 10th May, please contact either Lynda Hubbard or Jess Lewis for login details.

5pm (Ch)evening Service: A message from our (Ch)evening service team about Sunday's informal evening service at 5pm on Zoom:

We'd love to invite you to another Zoom (Ch)evening service this Sunday. If you would like to join in, please contact Jess on the church office email for the log in details. Feel free to join 5-10 mins before if you want to have a bit of a natter with friends you can't see normally. We'll be starting the service itself promptly at 5pm. 

Our theme is 'Lessons in Lockdown' and we'll be hearing from a couple of people about what God is showing/teaching them at this time. God often seems more present when things are tough (maybe He is or maybe we just need and seek Him more) and so it is a great time to be listening to what He might be saying to us through the Bible and the Holy Spirit. Maybe you'd like to have a think and pray about what He has been saying to you. We'd love to leave some space to hear from people on Sunday.


Thursday 7th May: Tomorrow is the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, and there are lots of things happening to commemorate this important day.  The Church of England has put together some worship resources for VE Day and these can be found here.

Rochester Cathedral invites us to join a special VE Day 75th Anniversary Service which will take place on their facebook page following the national 2 minutes' silence at 11am tomorrow.  You can watch this here.

Wednesday 6th May: our latest weekly newsletter is ready!  Click here to read it.

Wednesday 6th May: We would normally have our monthly prayer meeting tonight at 8pm.  We cannot meet for prayer together in person, but we invite you to read some specially prepared prayers by Lynda Hubbard which you can find here.  

Tuesday 5th May: This week's Reflection comes from The Venerable Andy Wooding Jones, Archdeacon of Rochester.  He looks at this week's Gospel reading from John Chapter 14.  You can watch it here.

Monday 4th May: Good Morning!  We hope that everyone had a nice weekend and was able to catch up on some online worship, or something on TV or the radio.  Don't forget the Daily Hope phone line (scroll down for details) which you can call for free at any time.

Today, we have two pieces of writing to share with you.  These have been kindly shared with us by Peter Brewin who is a Reader at Shipbourne with Plaxtol.  Peter has been helping us out by taking services for us during our Interregnum for which we are very grateful.

The first is 'Out of the mouth of an 8 year-old' - click here to read this really lovely explanation of God by a young child!

The second is a version of Psalm 23 by the Rector of Shipbourne with Plaxtol, the Rev Dr Peter Hayler.  You can read this by clicking here.

We hope you enjoy both of these pieces.

Sunday 3rd May: The UK Blessing: watch here on YouTube

Over 65 churches in the UK have come together to record this sung blessing.  Many of the churches included in this song have assisted with supplying over 400,00 meals to the most vulnerable and isolated in our nation since the COVIV-19 lockdown began.   Church buildings may be closed, but the church is very much alive!

Sunday 3rd May: From Durham Cathedral: 

Choral Evensong: Sunday 3 May, 3.30pm

Canon Charlie Allen leads this audio service of choral evensong on the fourth Sunday of Easter. Watch it on Youtube here.

The service features music from Durham Cathedral Choir and organ voluntaries from Daniel Cook, Master of the Choristers and Organist. The recorded music in this service is by kind permission of Priory Records.

The order of service can be downloaded here.

Friday 1st May: 'Beacons of Hope' is a joint venture between the Diocese of Rochester and the Diocese of Canterbury.  Here is a Beacon of Hope for the weekend.  The Archdeacon of Ashford, Darren Miller, shares his message of hope here. We hope that everyone has a peaceful weekend.

Thursday 30th April: Prayer of the Day from the Church of England:

Risen Christ,
you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope:
strengthen us to proclaim your risen life
and fill us with your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.

Wednesday 29th April: please click here for our latest church newsletter.  We hope you are all keeping well, but do please get in touch if we can do anything to help!


Tuesday 28th April: Prayer of the Day from the Church of England


Monday 27th April: It is Monday, so the Diocese of Rochester has shared its latest Weekly Reflection.  This week, The Ven Paul Wright, Archdeacon of Bromley and Bexley, looks ahead to this Sunday's Gospel reading (John 10: vv 1-10) and reflects on Jesus' telling of the story of the Good Shepherd and his sheep.  You can watch it here.


Sunday 26th April: BBC1's Sunday Worship today comes from Hereford Cathedral and will be shown from 11.00am - 11.30am.  The service will be led by the Bishop of Dover.

Sunday 26th April: The Archbishop of Canterbury has launched a free dial-in worship phone line called 'Daily Hope'.  This is a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers.  If you know of anyone who cannot get online to access online church services, but who might be missing their regular worship, please do tell them about this!  The number to ring is 0800 804 8044.

Daily Hope

24/4/2020: Rochester Cathedral is sharing daily prayers and occasional services.  Click here to find out what's on offer.

23/4/2020: Our latest weekly newsletter is available to read here.

22/4/2020: Who would like a project to keep them busy?!  We still have lots of kneeler kits for those who are good at cross-stitch.  These are for new kneelers for our church and the kits are really beautiful.  If you are interested in doing one, please contact Fiona Jordan who can arrange to get the kit to you, or email Jess in the church office.  Thank you!

22/4/2020: A Prayer for the Outbreak from the Church of England:

God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

22/4/2020: The Church of England has produced a booklet of prayers for use during the Coronavirus outbreak, and this booklet also contains two simple acts of worship particularly geared to those who are housebound or isolating.  Please click here and then scroll down to 'Worship at Home' where you can download 'Prayers for use during the coronavirus outbreak'.

21/4/2020: 'Pray as you can, not as you can't' - click here for reflections for the second week of Easter offered by St Paul's Cathedral.

20/4/2020: Archdeacon Julie Conalty has shared a reflection today that looks ahead to this Sunday's Gospel reading, Luke 24, v13-35, where some of the disciples meet Jesus on the Road to Emmaus.  You can watch this 6-minute reflection by clicking here.

20/4/2020: Trinity School in Sevenoaks has asked for donations to a food bank to support vulnerable families.  Details are on the attached poster - donations can be made at the school on Tuesdays from 9am - 12pm.  Please help if you are able.  Thank you!

20/4/2020: For a service of Morning Prayer (Common Worship) from the Church of England, click here.

20/4/2020: Today's prayer from the Church of England, for the second Sunday of Easter:

Almighty Father,
you have given your only Son to die for our sins
and to rise again for our justification:
grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness
that we may always serve you
in pureness of living and truth;
through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

19/4/2020: The Gospel reading for Sunday 19th April, Easter 1, is John 20: 19-end. You can read this passage here.

18/4/2020: Durham Cathedral produces a weekly resource called Praying Together.  It includes a reading, thought and prayers. Please click here for Praying Together for the week beginning Sunday 19th April.

17/4/2020: "Isolation is not really, or only, about how many other people are in the room or house with us. It has more to do with who is in our hearts and minds, and how we may reach beyond the confines of rooms and homes to connect with those we love." The effects of mental health problems are huge, and given the challenging times we are living in with coronavirus, it's more important than ever that we take steps to support good mental health. Professor Chris Cook has written 13 daily reflections which were shared on the Church of England website, and today we share Day One - Living in Isolation.

16/4/2020: For a service of Evening Prayer (Common Worship) for Thursday 16th April, please click here.

16/4/2020: A Prayer for Today from the Church of England:

God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ.

15/4/2020: Our church Treasurer, Graham Higgs, has written an important letter to the congregation and friends of St Botolph's about how the current situation is affecting church finances.  Please click here to read this.

15/4/2020: St Botolph's has, for the last few years, had links with the Anglican Diocese of Kondoa in Tanzania.  Bishop Given, who has visited St Botolph's, has recorded an Easter message for St Augustine's with St Luke's Bromley Common which has been shared with us.  You can watch it by clicking here.

15/4/2020: Would you like to light an online candle to make space to pray?  You can do this on the Church of England website here.

14/4/2020: Churches up and down the country are finding ways to worship together, perhaps through online services or, as we did on Sunday night for our informal service, on platforms like Zoom where everyone can see each other.  Here's something lovely that our near neighbours at Bessels Green Baptist Church have done: a lockdown choir singing the wonderful song '10,000 reasons' (Bless the Lord) by Matt Redman.  This is guaranteed to make you smile.  Click here to watch!

13/4/2020: Prayer for Today from the Church of England:

Lord of all life and power,
who through the mighty resurrection of your Son
overcame the old order of sin and death
to make all things new in him:
grant that we, being dead to sin
and alive to you in Jesus Christ,
may reign with him in glory;
to whom with you and the Holy Spirit
be praise and honour, glory and might,
now and in all eternity.

13/4/2020: Thank you to everyone who watched our Easter Sunday morning service on YouTube yesterday.  So far the service has had over 300 views and was even watched in New Zealand! We hope that seeing our beloved church brought comfort when we could not be together physically.  If you haven't yet had a chance to watch it, you can do so by clicking here.  We were also delighted that around 50 people met up online via Zoom for our informal Evening Service later in the day. It was a great opportunity to see each other and to worship together on this special day!

12/4/2020: Easter Sunday online services from St Botolph's

A very Happy Easter to everyone in our church family, and to anyone visiting us for the first time.  At a time when we cannot meet physically, we hope and pray that we can join together in worship on Easter Sunday in a different way, online.  Please join us for either or both of these services:

10.30am: Easter Morning. Please click here to watch a pre-recorded service led by our good friend Rev Chris Reed (if it begins half way through please move the slider back to the start!).  It would be lovely if everyone could watch at 10.30am when we would normally have been meeting, but of course you can watch this at any time.

5.00pm: Informal Evening Service: this will be taking place live on Zoom.  For security reasons we cannot post the details here, but hopefully you will have received an email.  If you haven't, please email the church office for details and Jess will send them to you.

11/4/2020: The link to our pre-recorded Easter Sunday service with Rev Chris Reed will be posted later today.  We invite as many of you as possible to join us in spirit, watching this at 10.30am on Easter Day when we would have been celebrating the risen Christ in church together.

11/4/2020: A prayer from the Church of England for Easter Saturday:

Almighty Father,
look with mercy on this your family
for which our Lord Jesus Christ was content to be betrayed
and given up into the hands of sinners
and to suffer death upon the cross;
who is alive and glorified with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

10/4/2020: 10th April is Good Friday, when we remember Jesus' death on the cross.  We would normally be meeting in church at 2pm to reflect on 'An Hour Before the Cross'.  As we cannot meet in person, Lynda Hubbard has kindly put together a Good Friday Service which can be read through at home.  It includes links to music, as well as readings and reflections.  We invite you to 'join' with us in following this at home this Friday at 2pm if you are able.  Please click here to find the service, or use the 'Good Friday Service 2020' tab on the left hand side of this page.

9/4/2020: Today is Maundy Thursday, when we remember the Last Supper when Jesus commanded his Disciples to love and serve one another.  A prayer from the Church of England:

True and humble king,
hailed by the crowd as Messiah:
grant us the faith to know you and love you,
that we may be found beside you
on the way of the cross,
which is the path of glory.

9/4/2020: The Church of England's EasterPilgrim app is a 40-day journey through The Lord's Prayer, beginning on Easter Sunday, 12th April.  Each day provides you with a short Bible reflection, an invitation to pray and a suggestion for responding to the vision of the Lord's Prayer itself. Please click here to take you to the page where you can download this app onto your phone (Apple and Android versions are available).

7/4/2020: Holy Week: Rochester Cathedral is sharing a daily act of worship for Holy Week.  Please click here.  You will find a prayer for the day which you can watch, as well as a short service which includes hymns and a reflection.

6/4/2020: The Church of England has produced an order of service for an Act of Spiritual Communion.  The term ‘Spiritual Communion’ has been used historically to describe the means of grace by which a person, prevented for some serious reason from sharing in a celebration of the Eucharist, nonetheless shares in the communion of Jesus Christ. The form of prayer offers Christians an opportunity to give thanks for their communion with him, particularly at times when they would ordinarily be present at the Eucharist. 

6/4/2020: Some people have been very inventive about how to worship together!  Musicians from the orchestra, choir and bands of All Souls Langham Place in London recorded their voices and instruments in homes across the world in March when most of them were in lockdown.  Click here to listen to their version of 'In Christ Alone'. How wonderful!

5/4/2020: Palm Sunday - the BBC will be broadcasting a service on BBC1 at 10:45-11:15 from Hereford Cathedral.

4/4/2020: From St Paul's Cathedral: During the weeks we’re closed, we will be sending you specially-commissioned short reflections from leading Christian writers. They will include Lucy Winkett during Holy Week, Paula Gooder on resurrection encounters, and later Pádraig Ó Tuama on poetry, Gillian Straine on healing and John Swinton on vulnerability.  We really hope they’ll offer insight and comfort in these extraordinary times. They will be sent Monday to Friday, and we’ll post them on social media too.  Please join our mailing list here

4/4/2020: Sunday 5th April is Palm Sunday, when we remember Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, and the crowds laid palm leaves at his feet.  Traditionally, Palm Crosses are given out in church on this day.  As we cannot meet in church, we have put a basket of Palm Crosses at the Chipstead Square bus stop, as well as at the Lych Gate at St Botolph's Church.  Please do take one if you are passing by!  You can also watch our resident 'donkey' Tinkerboy making his traditional walk around the church in the link just below.


2/4/2020: For Palm Sunday, please click here to watch a very special video of Tinkerboy, our Palm Sunday 'donkey', making his way around the church as he does every year.  With special thanks to everyone who made this possible!

2/4/2020: Our second weekly newsletter can be found just above in red, or on the 'weekly newsletters' page.

1/4/2020: We would normally be having our monthly prayer meeting on 1st April, at 8pm.  As we cannot meet in person, please go to the 'Monthly Prayer Meeting' page for a message and prayer suggestions from Lynda Hubbard.  It would be lovely to think that we could all be praying together at 8pm.

31/3/2020: This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday, when we remember Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.  Dr Peter Hayler, Rector of Shipbourne with Plaxtol, has produced an Order of Service for Palm Sunday and kindly agreed that we can share it.  Please click here.

30/03/2020: Rev Sally Prendergast, Assistant Curate at St Mary's, Wendover, has produced this wonderful 'Holy Week at Home' booklet and has generously said that we can share it.  It contains daily readings and reflections from Palm Sunday through to Easter Day which we hope will help guide your prayers.  You can download it here.

29/03/2020: If you enjoy Mattins, please click here for a service of Sung Mattins and Spiritual Reflections on the Pandemic.  This service comes from Holy Trinity Church in Dartford and is commended to us by Rev Linda Green of St Martin's, Brasted.  Members of our 8am Holy Communion service will know Linda as she has been kindly taking some of our services during the interregnum.

27/03/2020: Please click here for a Christian devotion that some may find helpful: 'Nothing I suffer surprises God'.

27/03/2020: Do you want to follow a live stream of a service near you?  The website 'A Church Near You' lists all of the churches near to you when you enter your postcode, and those who are live streaming will say so.  You can then visit their website for more details on how to watch a service: click here.  The church closest to St Botolph's which is live streaming is St Nicholas, Sevenoaks.  This is their website. 

26/03/2020: St Justus Church, Rochester, is live streaming Morning Prayer every day at 9am on its Facebook page.  Click here to watch.

26/03/2020: Are you someone who likes to download useful apps to your phone?  If so, you might like to have a look at this one from Pete Greig and others: click here for details.

26/03/2020: A special message from our Prayer Team:

We would love to continue to pray for you.  If anything is troubling or worrying you, or even if you are feeling lonely or anxious during this very difficult time, PLEASE contact one of us below. We are very happy to pray with you and chat with you. We are there for anyone who has a need - however big or small. Like all of you, we are isolating ourselves so we should be here most of the time. We do try to take a daily walk so if you phone us  and there is no reply, please leave a message and we will call you back. 

Lynda Hubbard
Email: click here
Landline: 01732 455956
Mobile: 07530 489819

Mary Chamberlin
Email: click here
Landline: 01732 450891
Mobile: 07812 114604

Richard Chamberlin 
Email: click here
Landline: 01732 450891
Mobile: 07710 553516

For a couple of reflections from the Prayer Team, please go to the 'Prayer Team' link in the list to the left of this page, or click here.

26/03/2020: Prayer of the Day from the Church of England:

Merciful Lord,
absolve your people from their offences,
that through your bountiful goodness
we may all be delivered from the chains of those sins
which by our frailty we have committed;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for Jesus Christ’s sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

25/03/2020: At this time of uncertainty, and when we cannot meet in church, it is important to remember how much we have achieved in the past year and to recognise the people who make our church what it is.  We therefore invite you to click here to read our Annual Review of 2019, which you can also find on the 'Annual Reviews' tab on the left hand side of this welcome page.  A big thank you to everyone who leads a ministry at St Botolph's - we couldn't do it without you!

24/03/2020: Durham Cathedral is posting live streams of services on its Facebook page.  Click here to watch them.

24/03/2020: From the Diocese of Rochester: Pope Francis is urging all Christians to join with him in praying the Lord’s Prayer on Wednesday 25 March at 11am GMT (12pm Rome time)

Bishop Simon is encouraging parishes to take part:

"This would be a powerful demonstration of shared faith and heartfelt desire for God to show us his mercy, and one that people unused to praying but wishing to could adopt tomorrow.

Our current needs are perfectly expressed in the words Jesus taught us to pray.

Please share this widely with people in your community."

22/03/2020: A message to school leavers from Bishop Simon Burton-Jones, the Bishop of Tonbridge: read here.

22/03/2020: Church of England Prayer for the Day for 23rd March 2020:

Merciful Lord,
absolve your people from their offences,
that through your bountiful goodness
we may all be delivered from the chains of those sins
which by our frailty we have committed;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for Jesus Christ’s sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

21/03/2020Light a Candle of Hope: A Call to Prayer

A National Day of Prayer and Action has been announced by the presidents of Churches Together in England, for this Sunday, 22 March. http://www.cte.org.uk/calltoprayer

The presidents write:
“At such a time as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the futures that he holds.

Therefore at 7 p.m. this Sunday, light a candle in the windows of your homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer”.  Please do join in with this if you are able to.

21/03/2020:  Please click here for a Mothering Sunday service for home use provided by the Rector of Shipbourne with Plaxtol.

21/03/2020: The Church of England will be streaming a special Mothering Sunday service with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at 9am on Sunday 22nd March. You can see it here and you can also (on the same page) download an Order of Service so that you can follow along at home.  This service will also be broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Sunday Worship at 8.10am for those who prefer to listen.

21/03/2020: The Prayer Book Society is sharing details of online Book of Common Prayer (BCP) services.  For services streamed via Facebook you do not need to have a Facebook account to follow along.  Today, 21st March, at 5pm, there is Choral Evensong from St Michael at the North Gate (Oxford) which can be viewed at here.

21/03/2020:  With thanks to Peter Brewin, please click here for a prayer which you might find helpful.

20/3/2020: A Service of Holy Communion from Durham Cathedral.  Please click here and then scroll to the end of the page to a service of Holy Communion that has been shared by Durham Cathedral.  Click on the arrow and the service will begin.  It lasts around 12 minutes and includes prayers for all affected by the pandemic.

19/3/2020: Please click here for liturgy and prayer resources, including a simple form of prayer that can be used at home.

18/3/2020: Coronavirus: Archbishops call for national day of prayer and action, Sunday 22 March 2020: read about it here.

Coronavirus - Important information 

Following the Prime Minister's statement on 23rd March 2020, The Archbishop of Canterbury has instructed all churches to close with immediate effect.  We are sorry that this means that private prayer in our church is not permitted for the time being.

From the Church of England website, Tuesday 17 March 2020 at 13:30:

In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice. 

A Prayer for the Outbreak

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

A Prayer For those who are ill

Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold
them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Help and Support at this time

In a joint letter, Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu today (17th March) said:

“We urge you sisters and brothers to become a different sort of church in these coming months: hopeful and rooted in the offering of prayer and praise and overflowing in service to the world.”

If you would like help or support, please contact Jess in the church office or the Warden team - Marcia, Rob and Richard.  All of their contact details can be found on the 'contact' page of this website.  

A message from the Pastoral Visiting Team:

We are the Pastoral team of St. Botolph's Church and would telephone anyone who is lonely or worried - just for a chat - no advice as we are not qualified! But we do have a kind ear.
Majorie Jones  (01959 563946) (mob: 07790597733)  
Lela Weavers (01732 456334)  (mob : (07720377380)
Simon Claxton  (0771 527 1976)

Keep safe! 

The Pastoral Visiting Team is compiling a list of people who would like a phone call or visit (if that is possible).  If you would like to be added to that list, please get in touch.

God Bless.

The APCM which was scheduled to take place on 26th March is postponed until further notice, following guidance from the Church of England.

Please click here for the Annual Report and Financial Statement of Chevening Church.

Please click here for the Annual Report and Financial Statement of the Chipstead Chapel Charity.

St Botolph's Annual Review will be published on here shortly.

Thank you from Trinity School!

'Whoever sows generously will also reap generously' 2 Corinthians 9:6

We are deeply grateful for your very kind and generous financial gift towards the building of a permanent  Chapel at Trinity School. We thank God for your partnership as we continue to share the love of God to all our students and staff here at Trinity. Every blessing in Christ, Matthew Pawson, Head Teacher & Anna Graham,  Trinity Chaplain.

For upcoming events at St Botolph's and in the Sevenoaks Deanery, please click here.

The March newsletter is here.

In it you can find details of:

- The latest on our vacancy and the timetable for appointing a new Rector

- Lent Study Groups

- Trinity School Chapel Appeal - an enormous amount raised!

Service Times 

At the moment our church is closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.  In normal times, our services are as follows.  We look forward to welcoming you back soon!         

Every Sunday:
8am The Chapel, Chipstead *    
10.30am St Botolph's, Chevening

Second Sunday of the month:

5pm Informal Service at the Parish Hall, Chipstead (click on the 'Evening Service' tab for more information)
For more detailed information on all the services, please click on the 'Service Pattern' tab.

*Between Easter and Harvest the 8am service is at St Botolph's church on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect in the UK on 25 May 2018. It replaced the previous law on data protection (the Data Protection Act 1998) and gives individuals more rights and protection in how their personal data is used by organisations.

Please click here for St. Botolph's PCC's Privacy Notice, and please address any questions to the Church Office.


On 21st March 2019, Chevening St Botolph's Parochial Church Council adopted the House of Bishops Policy Statement 2017 'Promoting a Safer Church'.  The full policy statement can be found here.

Anyone with any safeguarding concerns should in the first instance contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Donna Hill

An important notice from the Diocese of Rochester

We are committed to making our church a safe space for all.

Churches across the Diocese of Rochester are currently undertaking a comprehensive safeguarding review to establish that all known past cases of concern relating to church abuse have been considered and dealt with appropriately.

If you are concerned about something you have experienced in a church, now or in the past, or you are worried about another person - perhaps a vulnerable adult or a child - there are people you can talk to and you will be taken seriously.

Anyone who needs to come forward with information or make any disclosures regarding church related abuse are encouraged to make direct contact with the Diocese of Rochester's Safeguarding team on: 01634 560000 or visit:


Recognising that this may not feel safe for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the church, a dedicated telephone helpline, operated independently from the church, by the NSPCC, is available.

Calls can be made free on 0800 80 20 20.

Thank you.