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Minutes of Churches Together Meeting 28th September 2017

Present: Rev. Philip Musindi (Chairman), Anne Dickinson (Secretary), Birgit Wilson (Joint Secretary), St. Andrew’s Church; Isabel Tittensor (Treasurer), Queen’s Road Baptist; Rev. Jan Durrans, St. Peter’s Anglican Church; Gill Durrant, Society of Friends; Judith Sturgis, The Vale Church; Ted Keeping, Pauline Fullerton, Holy Trinity Church; Clare Heseldine, Our Lady Star of the Sea; Malcolm Cowell, Brian Macphee, both St. Peter’s Baptist Church.

  1. The meeting opened with prayers and Philip thanked everyone for their contribution to our church life in Broadstairs. We all said the Lord’s Prayer before continuing our meeting.

Philip welcomed us and said it was especially good to see Birgit following her accident. Birgit said that she is progressing well and is on the road to recovery.

  1. Apologies: Pamela Hancock, ; Daniel Monaghan, both St. Peter’s Anglican Church; Father Dominic Fenton, Holy Trinity Church; Clive Graham, Harvest Church; Marjorie Dobson, The Methodist Church

  1. The minutes of the last meeting were proposed by Brian and seconded by Birgit and carried.

  2. Treasurer’s Report

We have a balance of in excess of £500 but we have decided that in order to cover any future costs, we will ask for subscriptions to be paid, but at no increase, ie.£25 for congregations of 50 or less, £50 for 50-100, £100 for 100-150 & £150 for those with congregations of 150+.

We decided that once every two years is acceptable and letters will be sent out after Christmas.

  1. Matters arising (not covered elsewhere)

Christian Aid Week 14/05-20/05/17: The overall total sent to Christian Aid was: £5,433-53.
This was made up of: £3,478-53 (House to House collection); £1,198-70 (Pew collections)
£756-33 (Fund raising efforts). Judith said that the overall result of Christian Aid giving was down on last year but still good, considering there were four participating Churches. She thanked all who participated. Jan commented that in her former parish of Chislehurst, envelopes were delivered to people’s homes, with an accompanying letter requesting giving by bank donation.

Thanet Community Gospel Concert 09/07/17: We found out shortly before the concert date that the Town Council had – apparently – not received our booking for the bandstand. The venue was switched to QRB who had offered to accommodate us in the event adverse weather conditions. It took a lot of work and effort to re-advertise the event; Clive had done a fantastic job designing the poster which was delivered to various hotels and venues. Clive also arranged an alternative format to the concert, suitable to the new venue, bearing in mind that the concert took place in the Auditorium, QRB’s prayer and worship space. The concert itself was very well received by those who attended. Birgit received letters of thanks from the Band Leader and the RNLI, who raised around £150.00.

  1. Christmas Services

It was decided after discussion that we would not publish Christmas service leaflets, but use the website plus posters in the town. Birgit is going to ask Clive Graham to help design a suitable poster. (Update 03/10: Clive has agreed to design the poster). We also thought of how to celebrate Christmas as ‘Churches Together’. Jan will investigate the possibility of singing carols outside Tesco, Westwood and collecting for Christian Aid. A provisional date of Thursday 14th December 2017, from 4.30 to 5.30 pm has been booked. We will use the Christmas banner to identify us as ‘Churches Together in Broadstairs & St Peters’.

If Tesco are not able to accommodate us, we will approach local nursing homes, possibly Maurice House. More details will follow in due course. (Update 04/10: Tesco have agreed to us singing, pending paperwork to be signed)

  1. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

This is in January from 18th -25th, the octave of St. Peter & St. Paul. We will hold our annual Prayer breakfast at Holy Trinity on Saturday 20th January. This will commence at 9am with prayer and reflection followed by breakfast at 9.30am. On 24th January there will be a Christian Unity lunch at Queen’s Rd. Baptist Church Cafe at 12.30 pm. More details to follow in due course.

  1. News from the Churches

    1. St. Peter’s Anglican Church

  • 4th October: A Messy Church will be held at St. Peter’s in conjunction with Elim & the Baptist Church. Start: 3.30pm

  • 7th Oct: A Gospel Choir & Kent Show Choir will perform in Church. Start: 7pm.

  • 8th Oct: A Pet & Teddy Bear service will be held at 9.30am.

  • 21st Oct: A performance by The Merry Opera Co. of ’Verdi Requiem’ at 6pm in church.

  • 3rd & 4th November: Broadstairs & Dickens & Hilderstone Players present ’The Lark’ in church. Cost £12 a ticket.

  • 11th Nov: A Boot fair

  • 25th Nov: A festive Fair

8th & 9th Dec: Xmas Tree Festival in Church

    1. Holy Trinity

  • Peter Bowen, a Church Army Evangelist is going to be on a placement in the near future.

    1. Our Lady Star of the Sea

  • There was a special Mass for the sick at the beginning of September. On Friday 6th October a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan nurses will be held 10-12.30am in the Church hall.

    1. St. Peter’s Baptist

  • A messy Church on 4th October at 3.30pm in conjunction with St Peters CoE and Elim Church.

  • 23rd-29th October: A joint mission with all the churches in St Peters. A group from the U.S. A. has been invited.

    1. Society of Friends

  • 28th November: A prayer meeting at Yoakley House at 2pm.

    1. The Vale Church

  • A new interim Minister the Rev. Hilary Nabarro, has been appointed for two years. She lives in Hythe and the ministry is shared with her current Church. She has already started a bible study group after the fellowship meeting. Hilary will take two services per month and Tuesday will be her regular day. A Welcome Service was held on 17th September.

    1. St. Andrew’s

  • 1st Oct: Broadstairs Group Ministry Harvest ‘Song of Praise’ at 6.30 pm

  • 6th Oct: A coffee morning in aid of Macmillan in the Community hall from 10.30 am.

  • 14th Oct: A celebration of marriages old and new ‘Relive the Day’. There will be a short service in church followed by afternoon tea in the hall.

  • 21st Oct: Thanet Male Voice Choir will be giving a concert as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations.

  • 26th Nov: St. Andrew’s Prayer Breakfast. 8.30-9.30 am Cost £1.00

  • 2nd. Dec: Christmas Fete 11am-2pm.

  • 4th Dec: ’Camerata’ in Church at 7.30pm, refreshments in the interval.

    1. Queens Road Baptist: Will be involved in Thanet Winter Shelter

    1. Diocesan Day of Prayer (Anglican Churches): Saturday 18th November, St Peters CoE, 11 am to 12.30 pm

  1. A.O.B.

St. Peter’s Anglican: Jan said that the garden has now been cleared and the Archbishop is coming to survey the plans for the future design.

Christian Aid: are looking for volunteers to help collect on Thursday, 19/10/17 at Tesco, Westwood

From 10 am - 4 pm. Different one hour slots are available. Collectors will be under cover and chairs are available. If you are able to help, please contact Linda Curtis on 602332 or Judith Sturgis on 863281. (Update: A flyer was circulated on 01/10/17.)

Union Church, Margate: Are offering a discipleship course starting on Saturday 7thOctober to Saturday 18th November, 2 pm – 4.30 pm. Update 03/10: a separate flyer with more details has been circulated.


  1. Date of next meeting

Thursday 9th November at 7.30 pm at St Andrew’s Church.

  1. The meeting closed with a prayer at 9.15 pm

Minutes amended/updated on 04/10/17


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