Canterbury Choristers 10th March 2018
New Rooms and the Bishops Visit - Sunday 21st January 2018
Grand opening of the new rooms at Trinity Church Sissinghurst.
Sunday 21 st January was a special day for the church in Sissinghurst. What used to be the library part of the old school was officially opened by Bishop Trevor Willmott (The Bishop of Dover) as the newly named and renovated John Martin Room and Margaret Denton Room. Extensive works were carried out by Astral Building Construction over the past 6 months to convert this dilapidated part of the building into remarkable new spaces for use by both the church and the local community. The rooms are very light and have the benefit of underfloor heating, a kitchenette and a new toilet facility with baby changing station. As well as having their own dedicated entrance the rooms also connect to the existing Parish Room. The rooms are named after and created in the memory of two remarkable people, John Martin and Margaret Denton, who did much good work for Trinity Sissinghurst and the local community over decades. The new facility and the lovely opening ceremony was made possible by the generous support of The Diocese of Canterbury, Bishop Trevor Willmott, Margaret Denton’s Family, Frances Martin and the ever supportive Friends of Sissinghurst Church. Enquiries about using the rooms can be made through Sue Crowe who’s contact details are on the Information page in this magazine.
Messy Church - Sunday 21st January 2018
We were very excited and pleased to welcome 9 families to the first MESSY CHURCH in the John Martin and Parish Rooms at Trinity church on Sunday 21st January. The children ranged from 18 months old to 9 years. Mums, dads and children quickly got stuck into a variety of messy crafts, creating a happy buzz of activity, for about an hour. Then we came together for a time to think about God as we sang songs and watched a simple drama about how God spoke to Jacob in a dream. We began to see the link between our crafts and the story. After some noisy games we all sat down to a wonderful banquet with lots of favourite food and cheerful chatter. Thank you to all who helped in so many ways.
If you missed this one, we’d love to see you at our next MESSY CHURCH on February 18th and every 3rd Sunday of the month after that, same time, same place.
Over 60s Tea Party - Monday 8th January 2018
Thirty guests enjoyed the New Year’s Tea part at the Primary School on Monday, 8th January. The younger children, coached by Mrs Lyons, entertained with songs that they had sung in the Christmas play, causing everyone to marvel at their powers of memory. This was followed by a party tea, served very efficiently and politely by some of the older children. It was a good opportunity to catch up with old friends and to make new ones and much hilarity ensued as the cracker jokes were read – and groaned at!
Christmas and New Year Services
Mens Breakfast (15/07/2017)
On 15th July some 29 men from the local area met for a cooked breakfast in The Parish Room at the Church to hear a talk by retired Brigadier Ian Dobbie OBE who was discussing faith in challenging situations such as in war zones where great courage is needed. It was an inspiring talk by an inspirational man. Trinity Church normally has one of these breakfasts for invited speakers every year.
Family Picnic (02/07/2017)
On Sunday 2nd July twelve families from the church got together for a family picnic afternoon at Bewl Water. It was a lot of fun with a makeshift cricket pitch being set up. The weather was glorious and a fun time was enjoyed by all 36 people. Look out for the same event again next summer.
New Website Launch (01/07/2017)
Vivid New Silk Trinity Banners in the Church
Sunday 11th June was Trinity Sunday and the 179th anniversary of the consecration of Trinity Church in Sissinghurst in 1838. To mark the occasion three new 8ft long banners were unveiled during the service depicting the Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The banners were beautifully created by local amateur artist Jan Ashley who painted them on silk using silk paints. They are hung on the south wall and add vivid colours to the interior of the Church. The banners were well over a year in the planning in consultation with members of the Church’s PCC. Jan said that she very much enjoyed working on them but because the banners were so long she had to give up using her dining room for anything other than their creation for several months. For those of you interested in how these works of art are made the silks were mounted on wood frames for the actual painting and then taken off when completed. Many thanks to Jan.
Sunday May 14th 11.00am with Hubert Ashton preaching followed by our Rogation Walk round the perimeters of the Parish boundary followed by a picnic lunch at the Sissinghurst Castle lake.
New Parish Magazine
Launch of the new look Parish Magazine, Helen Berry our new Creative Director has given it a completely new look!
MilkFest - August Bank Holiday Weekend