Tonbridge Methodist Church Notices 16th January 2022!


January 16th 10.30 a.m. – a morning service with singing, prayers, Bible readings and reflections. Led by Rev Dermot Thornberry from Sevenoaks. We are unable to livestream this Sunday, however you can join in livestream worship from Otford Methodist Church (10.30 a.m. or from Methodist Central Hall Westminster ( Kingdom Kids will be meeting in the hall during the service and will hopefully come in near the end to share what they have been doing.


6.30 p.m. a service of Holy Communion with hymns, prayers and sharing of the sacrament. All welcome.


January 23rd is morning worship with Rev Sharon Lovelock @ 10.30 a.m. This will be livestreamed.


Covid Government Guidelines – Plan B, please wear masks We continue to ask you to wear a mask at all times, unless exempt. We also ask that you keep your mask on when singing please. It is up to individuals; however the Church Council Risk Assessment group and the Methodist Church strongly urges you please to do this. Please sanitise your hands on the way into church. Chairs will continue to be slightly distanced and in ones, twos and threes. During coffee time please do stand at a distance from others if you’re able to do so. For those who require a seat there will be some spaced at a distance for safety. If you have any Covid symptoms please do watch the livestream instead.


TMC Community Wednesday is here!! Wednesday 19th January 2022 from 10.30 a.m. including: FEAST Fresh Larder: Guests pre-book a slot between 10.30 a.m. and 12 p.m. via Café: 10.30 a.m. – 12 p.m. open to all, offering drinks and cakes / biscuits. Toddler zone: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. all welcome. Community lunch: 12 – 1.30 p.m. a simple soup and bread lunch, using surplus food from the larder. Pay as you can (if you are able to give a small amount it will go towards supporting others). Open to all. Lunch / after lunch games and chat: lunchtime until 2.30 p.m. (Jenga, cards, dominoes, Yahtzee, etc) All welcome. The café, toddlerzone, lunch and games are open to all on a drop-in basis (as well as for those who have booked to use the larder who are all welcome). Please wear a mask if over 11 years (unless exempt), use the hand sanitiser provided and socially distance wherever possible, thanks everyone. Please help spread the word on your own social media pages, thanks! This is a day for us all – YOU included! Please come along to any of the day if you would like to.


Ron Hale Ron’s funeral will be taking place at TMC on Wednesday 26th January at 12.30 p.m. and all church friends are invited to attend. There will be refreshments afterwards. Please do stay for this. (Greta and family will be a short while at the cemetery after the service for the committal and will then join you back at the church. I know she would love to see you there). Donations in memory of Ron are for Wycliffe Bible Translators. If you would like to make a donation, please do pass it to one of the stewards explaining what it is for. Alternatively, please send donations to Abbey Funeral Services Ltd, 173 High Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1BX. Please do continue to keep Greta and all of the family in your prayers and moving forwards. Thank you for all your thoughts and love for Greta and family at this time. May Ron rest in peace, and rise in glory.


Church Council upcoming dates and General Church meeting date Church Councils: 22nd February 2022, 7.30 p.m. on Zoom: Meeting ID: 982 6088 9143 Passcode: 430370 13th September 2022, 7.30 p.m. at Church. General Church Meeting: Sunday 22nd May, 11.15 a.m. (after a shorter morning service). All are welcome to these meetings, please do come along! Those who are Church Council members can vote, all are welcome to contribute.


Methodist Central Hall Westminster Daffodil Day! Saturday 5th March 2022 from 1.30 – 4 p.m. Please see last year’s Daffodil Day here for interest: It’s a spring festival rally with special guests. Would anyone be interested to come with me on the train to this? Please do let me know! Be great to go together!


Recent Donations The offerings received at our Christmas services totalled £550 so this has enabled us to make the following donations, which include the addition of Gift Aid where appropriate: Action for Children £345 Tonbridge Dementia Friendly Community £345 (to this figure £150 was added from our Benevolence Fund for November). We have also sent £150 to Home for Good from December Benevolence Fund. Thank you to everyone who contributed, from the Finance Team.


Those not on e-mail who do not currently attend church Roi has kindly been printing off these notices for some of those who come to church, but who are not on e-mail. For those not on e-mail and not attending church, please can pastoral visitors pass on church news from these notices – whatever you think would be of interest. Thank you.


Vinesong – live in concert Saturday 5 February, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at St. John’s Church, Hildenborough. Contact for further details.


Part-time Project Administrator required for the Taketime Meditations Mission Project The Project Administrator role is to provide support to the Taketime Meditations Project in accordance with the Project Plan. Duties will include word processing, creating and maintaining spreadsheets, databases, presentations and dealing with enquiries. Additionally, the administrator will be responsible for the timely publication of Taketime material to subscribers, practitioners and supporters. The ideal candidate will thrive on organisation and building processes in a very dynamic and pioneering environment. They will need experience in Project Administration, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. This is a paid position for 17.5 hours per week. For further information contact Reference: Project Administrator Register your interest by: 17 January 2022 Closing date for applications: 24 January 2022 Taketime is supported by the Methodist South East District, the Redhill and East Grinstead Circuit, and a number of individual sponsors.


Job Opportunities: Rock UK, Carroty Wood, Tonbridge, Kent Administrator – Full-Time (37.5 hrs per week) We are looking for a full-time Administrator to join our busy admin team at Carroty Wood outdoor adventure centre. If you have excellent organisational and interpersonal skills, this role could be for you. The successful applicant will deal with all aspects of the bookings process for both residential groups and day visitors attending our centre. You will liaise with customers by phone, e-mail and in person, to take bookings, create programmes for their visit and answer all enquiries. Attention to detail and a friendly telephone manner are essential. Experience with online booking systems and invoicing is highly desirable, although full training will be provided. Office Co-ordinator – Part-Time (25hrs per week) We are looking for an Office Co-ordinator to lead and supervise the bookings administration team at Carroty Wood and to support the Centre Director with a range of administrative and accounting tasks. You will have the personal qualities and experience to lead, motivate and develop the team to ensure a culture of excellence and service and to be able to communicate our Christian ethos, objectives, mission and vision clearly and respectfully to staff, guests and other stakeholders of all faiths and none. You will need to have excellent organisational and administrative skills, experience of leading and motivating a staff team, strong interpersonal skills, experience of using Microsoft Office and be familiar with accounting processes. Previous experience of working in a sales environment would be an advantage. If you are interested in either of these positions, please e-mail: or call Abigail on 01933 654 103 to request a full job description and an application form.


Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. – a time of prayer in the Church. All are welcome. Wednesday morning prayer 9.30 – 9.45 a.m. Join via the Tonbridge Methodist Church Facebook page if you are on Facebook OR if not, you can click the link here: You do not need to have a Facebook account to watch it (although Facebook may try and encourage you to do so, you don’t have to have an account to be able to watch it).


Zoom prayer with Sharon – Thursday 20th January 8 – 8.15 p.m. You are all very welcome, the codes to join are here: Or use these codes: Meeting ID: 813 4535 8516 Passcode: 600763


Tonbridge Methodist Church notices Please do let Sharon or Katherine have any items of church life news and events for these weekly notices before Thursday afternoons, thank you.