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Tonbridge Methodist Church Notices 

7th July 2024

Upcoming Services

Sunday 7th July

9.00am Holy Communion service led by Rev Kirsty McGhee

10.30am Cafe service led by Rev Kirsty McGhee

3.00pm Circuit farewell service for Phil Staddon at East Peckham Methodist Church.

Sunday 14th July

10.30am Holy Communion service led by Rev John Butt

Rev John Ritson's farewell service

The Circuit farewell service for Rev John Ritson will be on Sunday 4th August, at 3pm at Otford Methodist Church.

Breakfast in the garden

We hope to be serving breakfast in the garden at 1 Orchard Lea, Hildenborough on Saturday 20th July from 8.3am.  Do pray for a warm dry day.  All are welcome.  If you would like to share fellowship over breakfast with tea or coffee please speak to Lynne or Hugh Taylor on 01732 833981 or

Saturday Chats

Please join us for coffee, tea and chat on Saturdays 6th and 20th July, and 3rd and 17th August.  For further information please contact Kate Walker on

Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

This year marks the centenary of the death of Charles Villiers who wrote a lot of fine church music as well as operas symphonies, chamber music and songs.  Over the next few weeks I will be playing some of his organ music.  Most of these pieces will be played before the service except on 21st July, when the concluding voluntary will be by Stanford.

The pieces to be played are:

30th June: Prelude in G

14th July: Prelude in E flat on an old Irish Church melody.

21st July: Prelude on a theme of Orlando Gibbons (song 22)

28th July: Prelude in F (Allegretto)

4th August: Prelude on "Jesu dulcis memoriae"

Peter Overton

Play the Organ Year 2025

The Royal College of Organists (RCO) has designated 2025 as Play the Organ Year.  The aim is to increase the number of people learning to play the organ.  If you or anybody you know would wish to learn the organ, the RCO will be releasing more information during the coming months.

I have a vested interest in encouraging more people to learn the organ so that, eventually I will have somebody at hand to deputise for me or perhaps take my place on the organ bench when I hang up my organ shoes.

Peter Overton

Musical Memories A sing-a-long choir

A sing-a-long choir for older people with or without memory issues.

Summer Concert 'Serenade of Memories'

Saturday 20th July at 3pm (donations to Tonbridge Lions Club)

Tonbridge Methodist Church, Higham Lane, Tonbridge TN10 4JG

Refreshments available.

For information please contact:  Richard Hill 07914 812068

Toddler group - Helpers needed!

Could you spare a few hours on Wednesday mornings to help with our Toddler Group during school term time?  We are looking for people to come along and chat to the Mums and children - you won't need to set up or pack away any of the equipment.  If you think you can help, please contact Kate Walker on or 07870 195548.  Thanks.

Repair Cafe Tonbridge

We are pleased to confirm that the Repair Cafe will now be at TMC on the dates that follow.  If you have any queries, please contact Kate Walker on or 07870 195548

10am to 12.30

Wednesday 17th July

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Future planned dates for the Repair Cafe are at St Stephen's Church, Waterloo Road are:


Saturday 13th July

Summer Picnic - Sunday 21st July 3pm to 5pm

Please join us if you can - everyone is invited, not just those who usually come to Friends@4.  This will take place at Scotcher's Field, which is next to the vet surgery on Higham Lane.  If you are bringing your own picnic you can just show up, but if you would like food to be provided, please let Kate Walker know on 07870 195548 or

If the weather is not suitable, we will have an indoor picnic at the church.  I look forward to seeing you then.

Bible reading in Church

Would you like to become one of our regular readers in Church?  The readers' rota is for a quarter at a time and you would be called to read a couple of times during that quarter.  If you would like to be included, please contact Joanne at

Carers Support group

Are you caring for somebody with dementia, memory loss or other cognitive issues.  If you would like to meet others experiencing the same challenges please join us.

Carers Support Group

1st Friday of every month at Angel Indoor Bowls, Ave Du Puy, Tonbridge Club 2pm to 3.30pm.

Free refreshments.

For more details tel: Chris Parker 07887 553467

Angel Indoor Bowls Club Memory Cafe

Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 2.30 - 4pm

Open to anyone living with dementia memory loss or other cognitive issues.

TMC Community Wednesdays

FEAST Fresh Larder: Guests pre-book a slot between 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. via

Baby/Toddlerzone 10am - 12pm (term time only)

Café during the larder time: open to all, offering drinks and cakes / biscuits.

Lunch from 12 p.m. – freshly cooked and plenty for everyone! Please come along - everyone welcome.

Toast, 3.30pm to 5pm - Games, craft and plenty of toast.  Primary and pre-school children welcome (term-time only).

Monday prayer meeting 4 p.m. A prayer meeting takes place every Monday at 4 – 4.30 p.m. in the Church, all very welcome. If you are unable to attend, please do send any prayer requests to Lynne via:


If you have received an email from with a form to be completed, could you please return the completed form either to the same email or direct to TMC or just reply to the email with answers to the 3 questions:

1. Do you wish to receive the TMC weekly newsletter?

2. Do you wish to receive pastoral support?

3. Are you happy for your pastoral leader to hold your contact details.

If you do not respond to the email, we will unfortunately not be able to hold your details for the purposes of sending the newsletter or offering support.  Please be assured that your information is only accessible by the Church Secretary, our Minister and your Pastoral Lead if applicable.

Data Protection - A gentle reminder to us all that we are not to give out other people's telephone numbers, addresses or e-mails without their permission.  Please also remember that if you hold very old church lists with data on, these should be shredded.

Church notices 

Please send any items of church life, meetings, news and events for these weekly notices to: by Thursday, thank you.

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