Lyminge Parish Church of St Mary & St Ethelburga
Alpha Course
Authorised Lay Ministry Training
Bellringing
Bereavement Support
Bible Study
Choir
Churchyard Garden Gang
Coffee Mornings
Confirmation Classes
Flower Arranging
Mothers’ Union
Volunteering

Alpha Course

Alpha is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed setting over ten thought-provoking weekly sessions, with a day or weekend away. If interested in attending an Alpha Course, please contact us via our email address>
See also http://uk.alpha.org/

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Authorised Lay Ministry Training

The Diocese provides free training for various church activities, for example pastoral care , worship leading and childrens’ ministry. If interested, please contact Peter.
Alternatively, please see the dioceese' website. Click here>


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Bellringing:

Lyminge Church has a ring of 8 lovely bells dating from 1631, the heaviest of which is 15cwt. The bells are rung for Sunday Service and also to celebrate or mark a variety of events throughout the year. We have an active band of enthusiastic ringers who practise on a Monday evening. New ringers are always welcome but need to be prepared to allow several months of practice before being able to handle a bell safely without assistance.

Please contact us via our email address>

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Bereavement Support

‘The Bereavement Support Group’, meets for a monthly lunch at the Coach and Horses in Lyminge. but please don’t be misled by its name for, as any of the people who come along will tell you, there is nothing morbid and sad about our meetings. The lunch forms a good opportunity for people to come together and enjoy the company of others.

We hope that if you are in need of help and support, either now or in the future, or know of anybody else, that you will feel able to contact us. Telephone Lynne Lane on 01303 863010 for details.

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Bible Study

The Church has various Bible study groups that are church or home based.
If interested in attending please contact us via our email address or come along to a service to meet members of the various groups.

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Choir

Lyminge Choir is a group of friendly local people who enjoy singing Church music. We practice every Friday afternoon and sing at three main services each month as well as lending choral support to other churches or events.

Ability to read music is not important, just the wish to sing in good company, and anyone who is interested in joining the choir is very welcome. Our Organist, Anita Jones, who is also a music teacher, can be contacted through the Rector or the Church Wardens.

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Churchyard Garden Gang

The Churchyard Garden Gang is made up of hearty volunteers who meet Saturday mornings, weather permitting, to ensure our churchyard is tidy and offers a pleasing setting for those who wish to visit.

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Coffee Mornings

A coffee morning is held once a month (2nd Tuesday 10am to 11.30am) in the lounge of the Wentworth Retirement Complex. Our aim is to bring together people from the flats of Wentworth Close and those from the wider community.

Come and make some new friends. For more information, please contact Lynne Lane on 01303 863010
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Confirmation Classes

Confirmation is about us "confirming" the promises made when we were baptised or christened as children, and making those promises again for ourselves.

Please do attend a service and speak to Rev Peter if you would like more information.

Further details about confirmation can be found on the Church of England website.

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Flower Arranging

Operating on a rota basis this group of volunteers keeps the church decorated with flowers throughout the year except during Advent and Lent.

Anyone wishing to join, please contact us via our email address, or see Andre Hamer in church.
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Handbells

The handbell team meet regularly during the year to practice various types of music ranging from Christmas Carols to Mozart. We play at many types of functions, including birthday parties, wedding receptions, anniversaries and fetes. A charge is made and all proceeds go to The Pilgrims Hospice at Kennington.The team consists of a dozen players. Most pieces require at least 9 people ringing perhaps 20 bells.

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Mothers’ Union

The Mothers Union is a worldwide organization dedicated to the advancement of the Christian Religion in the sphere of marriage and family life.

Through its 3.7 million members in 78 countries, the MU is making a difference in the lives of millions of people around the world. For more information about our international work, visit: www.the mothersunion.org

Locally our branch comprises 22 members who not only enjoy friendship and fun on a monthly basis but raise money for projects both here and overseas. We are in regular contact with other Branches in the Deanery, and take part in Diocesan activities. We are always delighted to welcome new members.

For more details telephone Sue Rawlings on 862221.

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Retreats

Retreats are organised on an annual basis and provide an opportunity to study and discuss fellowship in a friendly and relaxed environment. Please contact us if you are interested in a place on the next available retreat.

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Volunteering

There are several groups within the congregation which consist of volunteers who use their enthusiasm and skills to enhance the ministry of the Church. These include the ‘Garden Gang’ who help manage and care for the Churchyard, the Church Cleaning Team, the Flower Arrangers, Fund Raisers and the Outreach Group. New volunteers are always welcome – even if you feel that you have little or no previous experience. Please contact us via our email address or ask at church.

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