Welcome to Chevening Church

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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.


Updated daily: Our response to the current situation, and useful resources

Please click here for our first weekly newsletter.  

Sadly all churches were ordered to close with immediate effect on 23/3/2020, following a statement by the Prime Minister.

Public worship may be suspended until further notice, but our service to the community continues.  Here at St Botolph's we want to continue to support our parishioners in any way that we can, and one way is to offer signposts to prayers and other resources, including online services that can be watched when attendance at church is not possible.  So please come back here regularly for updates and news.  

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

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:

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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.


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.
Amen.



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          

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.



GDPR

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.




Safeguarding

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:

www.rochester.anglican.org/safeguarding/ 

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.