Your Kingdom Come

 

 

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We have an exciting guest speaker this week, Rev Canon Jean Kerr, Diocesan Director of Mission & Community Engagement and St Gabriel’s friend, will continue our Lords Prayer series, exploring the part of the Lords prayer ‘Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as in Heaven’. Jean is a renowned for her spiritual insights and great biblical speaking, and this will be the last time Jean will be speaking at St Gabriel’s before she retires in August.

We look forward to welcoming you on Sunday, 9.30am at the Discovery school.

Royal Picnic on the Pitch

 

 

We enjoyed joining the community celebrating the Queens 90th Birthday. Over 90 free crowns were decorated by children from across Kings Hill and even some of the most senior members of the Cricket club were seen sporting one of our crowns for some of the afternoon.

Look out for our stall and flags at other community events over the year and come and find our more about the Church of England on Kings Hill.

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Easter

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It was a busy Easter at St Gabriel’s this year. As well as joining in the Cluster Seder Meal on Maundy Thursday, the Walk of Witness in West Malling and the Dawn Service we held our own intergenerational services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

On Good Friday we launched what is set to become an annual exploration of Easter. Similar to our Messy Nativity held on Christmas Eve, the Service combined crafts, activities and refreshments, with a multi sensory exploration of the Easter message for all ages. With take home activities and bags, young and old a like joined in crafts, followed by a multi sensory talk which invited people to do things like hammering nails in to wood, share in unleavened bread and grape juice, before sharing an broken easter egg in recognition that the goodness of Jesus beating death is for everyone.

Easter morning our service welcomed visitors and regulars with hot drinks and pastries before we started our Easter morning worship. With a mix of songs, videos and even an easter egg hunt as part of our worship, young and old explored the message of the resurrection. As part of the service children and young people made giveaway bags and bunnies and were challenged to give them away to friends as the message of the resurrection is not just to be kept to ourselves. The adults were challenged to explore the resurrection as the start of a great journey that we are all invited on.

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