Gravesend: Holy Family, Gravesend

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Holy Family church was built in 1957-8 and consecrated in June 1959. It has an open worship area and a spacious hall attached. It serves the Kings Farm and Christianfields estates, part of which has recently been substantially re-built. If you have recently moved in, please come and see us or contact me.

Holy Family, and St Margaret's Ifield are in a united Benefice, which means they are separate parishes but have one Priest-in-Charge. It also means people living in Holy Family Parish can be married in St Margaret's Church (and vice-versa). If you would like to enquire about having a baptism or wedding at Holy Family, please email or phone: If you would like to do this in person, please come to our "office hour" any Thursday, 6-7pm, at the Rectory 18 Brenchley Avenue DA11 7RQ.

The Benefice is part of the East Gravesend Group of Anglican churches, along with St Aidan's (serving Westcourt and Riverview Park), Christ Church Echo Square, and St Mary's Wrotham Road.

Here at Holy Family we are a small but slowly growing committed congregation of variouas ages and ethnic origins who try to be what it says on the tin: a group of people dedicated to God and each other. We'd love to welcome you.We have 2 study groups that meet fortnightly, one in the afternoon and the other in the evening.

On Sundays we host the Redeemed Christian Church of God ("Solution Ground") who worship 9-10.30am. We plan to work more closely with them asnd the New Covenant Church (who worship on Sundays in the Elite venue), as God guides.

We have a spacious, warm Hall, adjoining the Church, which is available for hire. Thanks to the generosity of Gravesham Council, The Garfield Weston foundation, the Foyle Foundation, the National Churches Trust, the Rank Foundation, other grant-making bodies and individual donations the hall was upgraded in summer 2014  by installing new windows, flooring and toilets. For details of availability and costs please contact the Booking Secretary on 01474 351588. If you would like to start a new group in our hall, please also get in touch.

Current users of our hall include Twinkles Nursery Mon-Wed, 9am-2pm (contact abola@live.co.uk) Bounce and Beatz dancing academy Mondays, Thursday and Saturdays (contact bounceandbeatzdanceacademy@gmail.com) and the New Covenant Church of God (Friday evenings).

In 2014-5 we created our community garden, funded by "Awards for All" and the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust.  If you would like to get involved we'd love to hear from you. Normally we work there on Thursdays, but this is flexible. there are also lots of other practical jobs that need doing in and around the Church - if you'd like to volunteer please be in touch.

 

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Rev Richard Martin
18 Brenchley Avenue,Gravesend DA11 7RQ
(01474) 249792 (Priest - in - Charge) or 01474 249186 (Churchwardens)

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Friday Stars
A group for young children and their carers, every Friday in term-time. Arrive from 1.15: refreshments, toys and a craft activity will be available. At 1.40 we go into Church for a story, song and prayer. Then back into the Hall for juice and biscuit and free time to play with our toys, big and small. Leave when you need to: we close at 2.30pm. Adults remain responsible for the children they bring at all times.
Only in term-time every Friday at 1:15 PM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Family Friendly Refreshments
 
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Sunday

Sunday Services
Every Sunday at 11am we have Holy Communion (Common Worship) with hymns. A Children''s activity is provided within the worship area. Refreshments served afterwards. On the 2nd Sunday each month we try something a little bit different in the first part of the service, so come along and see! On the 1st Sunday of each odd-numbered month (eg Jan, Mar etc) we offer prayer with the laying on of hands and anointing for healing.
Every Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Family Friendly Refreshments Common Worship

Thursday

Weekday Communion
A quiet, short, simple service for you to meet with God and He with you.
Every Thursday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship

Friday

Friday Stars
A group for young children and their carers, every Friday in term-time. Arrive from 1.15: refreshments, toys and a craft activity will be available. At 1.40 we go into Church for a story, song and prayer. Then back into the Hall for juice and biscuit and free time to play with our toys, big and small. Leave when you need to: we close at 2.30pm. Adults remain responsible for the children they bring at all times.
Only in term-time
Every Friday at 1:15 PM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Family Friendly Refreshments
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24 hours of prayer for peace
the Church will be open 24 hours from 12 noon Friday 10 November. People and resources will be available to assist people to pray, if needed.
Friday 10th November 2017 at 12:00 PM
All Day Event
Christmas Fair
Our annual Christmas Fair, raising money for both Churches and their work in our community. See Santa for £1. Lots of stalls and games. Bacon sandwiches and other refreshments on sale. Free entry. Doors open 11am. Raffle drawn at 1.30pm.
Saturday 25th November 2017 at 11:00 AM
All Day Event
Toy service
An invitation to bring along a new toy, to be given to a needy local child via SureStart. Before we receive so much at Christmas, it's good to give,
Sunday 10th December 2017 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Candlelit Carol service
A joint service with our friends "Solution Ground" (Redeemed Christian Church of God). A service of readings, carols and lively music.
Sunday 10th December 2017 at 5:00 PM for 1 hour
Christmas Carols
Crib and Christingle service
Join us as we create our Christmas crib, sing carols, listen to the Christmas story, and experience afain the moment of wonder when we turn off the lights and light our Christingles. There'll be some fun and games too. Come early for a seat! Any money collected will be given to the Children's Society.
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 4:00 PM for 50 minutes
Family Friendly Christmas Carols
Christmas morning worship
Bring a present to show us - together we'll celebrate the greatest Present of all time!
Monday 25th December 2017 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Common Worship Christmas Carols

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Toilets

Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
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Foodbank or foodbank collection point
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Credit union or community bank
Hall for Hire
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Priest in charge: The Revd Richard Arthur MARTIN
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 9908
Diocesan ID: G0801
Built: 1957
Architect: Claques of Canterbury
Our Patron: Bishop of Rochester
Archdeaconry: ROCHESTER (312)
Deanery: GRAVESEND (31204)
Benefice: Gravesend H Family w Ifield (31/088AW)
Parish Legal Name: The Holy Family, Gravesend (310117 )
CofE Church Info: (631117 31/117)
Short URL: acny.uk/9908/
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The current editor is: Richard Martin

This page was last updated on Sunday 8th October 2017
 
 
 
Gravesend: Holy Family : Palmer Avenue, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 5DQ

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