Tenterden the Jewel of the Weald

St Mildred's Church Tenterden

TN30 6AR

Web: www.tenterdencofe.org
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TenterdenCoE
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St Mildred's is a stunning medieval church whose imposing tower dominates the town's skyline. Most of the building dates back to the 13th and 14th centuries.

The Reverend Canon Lindsay John Hammond
The Vicarage, Church Road, Tenterden
Tel: 01580 761591
Email: tentvic@gmail.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TenterdenVicar
Day off: Friday

Associate Vicar:
The Revd Margaret Roylance
5 Southgate Road, Tenterden
Tel. 01580 762332
Email: johnsroylance@gmail.com
Day off: Tuesday

The Revd Judith Shaw,
Banks House, Smallhythe TN30 7NG
Tel: 01580 763468
Email: Shawmalthouse@aol.com
Day off: Monday

Children’s Minister
Shirley Docker
Tel: 01233 733772
Email: shirleydocker@aol.com

Parish Administrator
Tara Smith
Tara can be contacted on 01580 765414 on Tuesday and Thursday, between 1pm and 5pm, or on
01580 764783 at other times

Safeguarding Co-ordinators
St Mildred's
Jackie Grant
Tel: 01580 762731               
Email: jackiegrantchurch@gmail.com

St Michael’s
Kate Harper
Tel: 01580 761591                      
Email: tentvic@gmail.com

St John’s
Emma Isworth
Tel: 01580 765518
Email: e.isworth57@gmail.com

Who's Who at St Mildred's Church
See the "Who's Who" at the bottom of this page



 Pew News





Seeing Christ in the world!
Being Christ in the world!


We know that you may prefer to come to our churches just to worship. If, however, you would like to find out more about what we do, or have a chat with one of the ministers, then please get in touch



The readings today will include one or more of the following: Deuteronomy 26.1-11 (p.203); Romans 10.8b-13 (p.1137); Luke 4.1-13 (p.1030). The page numbers are those of the St Mildred’s pew bibles.


A sale of fairly-traded items will take place during coffee after the 9.30am service at St Mildred’s today. There will be delicious cheesy biscuits, chocolate shortbread biscuits and raspberry crispy bars and Easter cards on sale. Orders will be taken for the Real Easter Egg - a milk chocolate egg with a booklet containing the Easter story. Last month's proceeds were £124.70 - well done!


It’s the second Sunday of the month and so it’s Create Space! Come along to St Mildred’s Church Hall at 6pm, for a reflective exploration of the theme of love. Come along!


Worship is important and central to our church life, and so it is right that all the people in our church should be able to participate as we ‘take stock’ of the worship of God that we offer. So please do pick up a worship review questionnaire from the church, take it home and complete it, thinking and praying about your response. We are giving you the whole of Lent to fill in the questionnaire. It would be very easy for this to become a self-centred exercise and be all about me and my worship needs and wants. But we are a Christian community, and we have a duty of love and care towards each other. So before you fill in the questionnaire, talk to other people in the church and find out what helps – or doesn’t help – them to worship, and bear that in mind when you answer.

When you have completed your questionnaire, please bring it back to St Mildred’s and place it in the box provided. The closing date by which all questionnaires should be returned is Easter Day. If you would like to receive a copy of the questionnaire by email, please contact Tara (parishoffice.tenterden@gmail.com ).



Morning Prayer will be said in St Mildred’s every day from Monday to Friday at 9am.


The St Mildred’s Church bellringers will practise from 7.30pm until 9pm. To find out more, contact Richard Edwards (762848).


Holy Communion will be celebrated at St Michael’s Church at 11am.

The next Wednesday Lunch Club will be held in St Mildred’s Church Hall at 12.30pm. There’s no need to book a place but for more info, ring Mary (240767).

Our Lent course begins this week. This year we will explore the Psalms. These ancient poems are over 2000 years old. They were written in very different times from our own when humans could travel at the speed of a camel - not at the speed of sound. But these songs have stood the test of time for they address many of the problems we still face: violence, injustice, anger - and bewilderment. Why do the wicked prosper? Where is God when we suffer? In this five-session course, Bishop Stephen Cottrell - a prolific and popular author - reflects on the psalms in general (and five psalms in particular). He invites us to join him as he does so. The five sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm in St Mildred’s Church Hall, and on Thursday afternoons in the Glebe Hall at 2pm, Please let Lindsay or Judith know if you would like to take part in either of the two Lent groups.


Holy Communion will be celebrated at St Mildred’s Church at 11am.

St Michael’s and St Mildred’s church choirs rehearse on Thursdays at 7pm (alternate Thursdays at St Michael’s, so ring Lindsay to make sure it’s the right week). Would you like to join? If so, then please contact Lindsay.


Lent Lunches continue this Friday in St. Mildred’s Church Hall from 12 noon to 2 pm. There won’t be a Lent lunch on Friday 4th March, because of the service to mark Women’s World Day of Prayer in St Mildred’s Church at 2pm. The final lunch will be on Friday 18th March. The suggested donation for soup, bread and cheese will be £3.50. Come along and meet members of other Tenterden churches at these lunches, and raise funds for Christian Aid.

A service to thank God for the life of Christopher Thomas will be held in St Mildred’s Church this Friday at 3pm.


The next Messy Breakfast Church will be held in Tenterden Junior School, from 9am until 10.30am.



The services next Sunday will be as follows: 8am Holy Communion (St Mildred's); 9.30am The Eucharist (St Mildred's); 10am The Eucharist (St Michael's); 11.15am Matins (St John's); 6pm Choral Evensong (St Mildred's). The readings will include one or more of the following: Genesis 15.1-12, 17-18; Philippians 3.17-4.1; Luke 13.31-35.


Six members of our church will be going out to Romania this summer to support Cry in the Dark. As part of the fundraising, the St. Mildred's Six have arranged a Charity Lunch at the London Beach Hotel next Sunday at 1pm. If you would like to support them and the work of Cry in the Dark, contact Terry Norrington (07711 177726 / terry.norrington@btinternet.com ). You can make an online donation via
https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/missiontrip2016 .



It is only three weeks until Mothering Sunday, the day for which Mothers’ Union makes its major annual appeal to ‘make a mother’s day’,  for someone whose life may be much less fortunate than our own. This year our branch is going to focus on raising funds for the training of parenting facilitators .These help parents to improve their parenting skills in one of the world’s most important  (yet difficult) jobs. Good parents can provide stable loving homes where children can thrive and society benefits. We hope you will join in supporting this appeal.  We can do this whether or not we still have our mother by giving a gift in thanksgiving for her love and care. There are two ways to help:
1. Place your donation in the brown envelope on the pews and put the envelope in the safe in the cross aisle, or
2. Take a catalogue, and choose your own gift and send to Mothers’ Union. In return you will receive a card which you can give to your mother or a card for yourself ‘in memory’ of your mother.
For more information, contact Wendy Stevenson.


A lost key, a candle and a warm heart…. Sparking with merriment yet rich with pathos, Rodolfo and Mimi's exuberant and despairing love affair is set among the cafes and student lodgings of the Latin Quarter in Paris. Merry Opera's new production for 2016, Puccini's romantic opera La Bohème comes to St Mildred’s on Sunday 6th March at 7pm. A ticket will cost £17.50, available from The Three Bears, High Street, Tenterden, or friendsofstmildreds@gmail.com , or 01580 764620 See also: www.tenterdencofe.org  and
http://www.merryopera.co.uk/26/tenterden This means that there won’t be an evening celebration of the Eucharist at St Mildred’s.


Lunch for those who live alone will next be held on Sunday 13th March, in St Mildred’s Church Hall at 12.30pm.
You will notice that we’ve changed the date – this is because Mothering Sunday falls on the first Sunday of March. To book a place, sign the list in the cross aisle at St Mildred’s or get in touch with Anne Cheesman (762573).



Pam Coleman is stepping down from her job as team leader of the flower arrangers at St Mildred’s. Is there anyone out there who would like to replace her, please - or to join the team? You don’t have to be a professional! Contact Pam on 764620. We thank Pam very much indeed for the devotion, enthusiasm and time she has committed to the flower-arranging at St Mildred’s.


Would you be willing to serve coffee and tea to parents attending the weekly school assemblies on Monday mornings in St Michael’s Church? It’s just for half an hour, from 8.45am until 9.15am. If so, please sign the list in the church. Any help gratefully received!


The knitting needles must have made the sparks fly. The January response to a plea for knitted garments was an incredible 46 items. What will we achieve in February? Maureen will deliver the parcels to “Seeking Sanctuary” on 9th February. Maureen will also explore the possibility of sending some items to the refugees being placed in Kent. A very big thank you! Oh, and if  you fancy knitting a beany hat, pick up a pattern from the “knitters basket”.


Copy for Pew News should be sent to Tara by 5pm on Tuesday of each week. Tara can be contacted on 01580 765414 on Tuesday and Thursday, between 1pm and 4pm, or on 01580 764783 at other times or by email at: parishoffice.tenterden@gmail.com


Who's Who

 Updated January 2016



Rev Canon Lindsay Hammond
The Vicarage
Church Road
Tenterden TN30 6AT

01580 761591

Associate Vicar

The Revd Margaret Roylance
5 Southgate Road
Tenterden TN30 7BS

01580 762332


The Revd Judith Shaw
Banks House
Smallhythe TN30 7NG

01580 763468

Church Webmaster

Neil de Villiers

01580 765868

Methodist Minister

The Revd Paul Dean 

01233 879358

Assistant Clergy

The Revd Canon Peter Brett
3 Appledore Road
Tenterden TN30 7AY

The Revd John Emmott
58 Grange Crescent
St Michaels TN30 6DZ

01580 761794

01580 762092

Lay Readers

Doreen Brandon
Ann Robertson
Dick Warren 

01580 765496
01580 764219
01580 761688

Children's Lay Minister

Shirley Docker

01233 733772

Parish Administrator

Tara Smith
Tues&Thurs 1-5pm
At other times

01580 765414
01580 764783

Baptism and Wedding Enquiries

Tara Smith
Tues&Thurs 1-5pm
At other times

01580 765414
01580 764783

Parish Safeguarding
St Mildred's
St Michael's
St John the Baptist

Jackie Grant
Kate Harper
Emma Isworth

01580 762731
01580 761591
01580 765518

Choir Director and
Assistant Organist

St Mildred’s

Michael Freer

01580 765786

Choir Director
St Michael’s

Tracey Laws

01233 820298

St Mildred’s
St Michael’s
St John the Baptist
Methodist Church

Geoffrey Davison, ARCM
Ed Adams
Michael Freer
George Rippon

01580 241685
01580 766287
01580 765786
01233 860244

Church Wardens
St Mildred’s

St Michael’s

St John the Baptist

Sarah Crouch
Rob Easto

Lindsay Roberts
Raymond Crawford
Jill Hutchinson
Tony Butler

01580 766973
01233 850960

01580 762326
01580 762967
01580 241171
01580 763970

Church Stewards
Methodist Church

Elva Bains
Sylvia Dalgarno
Janet Pritchett
Stuart and Patricia Marshall

01580 762285
01580 764981
01580 291771
01580 850746

St Mildred’s
St Michael’s

St John the Baptist
Methodist Church

Douglas Fuller
Peter Goodwin
John Farthing 
Stephanie Butler 
Christine Endersby

01580 762567
01580 765728
01580 762026
01580 763970
01580 764046

Gift Aid Secretaries
St Mildred’s Church
St Michael’s Church
St John The Baptist

Methodist Church

Graham Maple
Goran Nilsson
Stephanie Butler 
Ken Saunders

01580 765728
07770 942611
01580 763970

01580 765668

St Mildred's
Sunday Club 3-10 yrs

Shirley Docker

01233 733772

Emanate Youth Club

Contact the Vicar


Mother’s Union

Wendy Stevenson

01580 763695

Bible Reading

Jo Iggulden
John Farthing

01580 764833
01580 762026

The Magazine
Joint Editors

Huw Crouch
Neil de Villiers
John Hyde

01580 766973
01580 765868
01233 646966

The Magazine
Committee Members

Lindsay Hammond
Glen Peacock
Emma Isworth
Philip Shaw

01580 761591
01580 765518
01580 762154
01580 763468

Magazine Distribution

Anne & Chris Cheesman

01580 762573

Magazine Advertising

Lynne Thwaite

01580 766953

Church Hall Bookings
St Mildred’s Church Hall
Methodist’s Rooms

Anne Alexander (after 5pm)
Sylvia Dalgarno

07873 579581
01580 764981

Bell Ringers

Sue Childs

01580 761157

Flower Arrangers

Pam Coleman

01580 764620


Maureen and Glen Peacock

01580 762154

Pew News Editor

Tara Smith

01580 764783

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Photos: Stuart Kirk, Photographer www.tenterdenphotography.co.uk