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ST PETER & ST PAUL, SEAL
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WORSHIP

SUNDAY        
10 am and 6.30 pm

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We depend entirely on the donations of the congregation. We receive no money from the government! It costs over £1300 per week to keep Seal Church running! Here's how you can help...
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EXTERNAL LINKS

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WHAT THE VICAR DID ON HER SABBATICAL...
Click below for pictures and info on Anne's sabbatical project
Here: Local Saints and the
Sanctity of Place


Anne's Poetry Blog

HELP
Organisations to turn to if you need help

West Kent Debt Advice
Sevenoaks Christian Counselling
Kenward Trust (Substance misuse and homelessness)
Domestic Abuse Helpline
(Tel.01892 570538)
Samaritans
Childline 0800 1111
Silverline:a helpline for older people

0800 4 70 80 90




SUNDAY WORSHIP DURING THE CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC

There will be no Sunday services in church for the time being, and, in common with all other churches our building now has to remain locked, BUT there will be links to the podcasts of morning and evening worship each week - check back here on Sunday morning from 8.00 am onwards for the links.

Morning Worship Podcast        Morning Worship Service sheet
Evensong Podcast                    Evensong Service sheet

N.B. You don't need to use Spotify or any podcast app to listen - just go to the links above, and scroll down on the page you arrive at and click on the service you want to listen to.  The service sheets - links above - have texts of the prayers so that you can join in if you'd like to. 

Weekly newsletter  "...and in other news..." here


To join in with the daily prayer of the Church of England go to the  website here,
For a simpler form of daily prayer in times of need, check out my page here, or there is a downloadable version of these prayers and the simple order of service here.


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WELCOME

St Peter and St Paul is the Church of England parish church for Seal, near Sevenoaks. Whoever you are, you'll find a warm welcome at our services and activities.  We believe that everyone is loved by God and is  part of his family. Whatever your background, age, ability, disability, gender or sexuality, whatever your level of faith or doubt, whatever the story of your life, we'll be glad to see you.

Our ancient church is normally open during the day - many people use it - and the peaceful churchyard has beautiful views over the North Downs. It's a great place to be, and a great place to be yourself.


Vicar: Revd. Canon Anne Le Bas
Contact details below

Reader:Kevin Bright


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Revd Canon Anne Le Bas
sealpandp@gmail.com    07510 522292
The Vicarage, Church Street, Seal, Kent, TN15 0AR


PLEASE NOTE: There are a lot of churches dedicated to St Peter and St Paul in Kent (17 in the Diocese of Rochester alone). We are often confused with St Peter and St Paul, Shoreham, Ash or Teston (East Malling). There is also another church near Seal, called Seal, St Lawrence, which is a couple of miles away in the village of Stone Street.  Please check that this is actually the church you are looking for, especially if you are coming for a special event or service.









SAFEGUARDING  - Past Cases Review

We are committed to making our church a safe space for all.

Churches across the Diocese of Rochester are currently undertaking a comprehensive safeguarding review to establish that all known past cases of concern relating to church abuse have been considered and dealt with appropriately.
If you are concerned about something you have experienced in a church, now or in the past, or you are worried about another person - perhaps a vulnerable adult or a child – there are people you can talk to and you will be taken seriously.

Anyone who needs to come forward with information or make any disclosures regarding church related abuse are encouraged to make direct contact with the Diocese of Rochester’s Safeguarding team on: 01634 560000 or visit: www.rochester.anglican.org/safeguarding/

Recognising that this may not feel safe for those with a lived experience of abuse from within the church, a dedicated telephone helpline, operated independently from the church, by the NSPCC, is available. Calls can be made free on 0800 80 20 20.  Thank you.




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DO YOU  NEED HELP during the coronavirus epidemic?

Ring the church on
07510 522292 or email sealpandp@gmail.com
 and we will respond.

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DO YOU WANT TO OFFER HELP?
The best thing you can do is to make contact with your immediate neighbours and those in the networks you already have. For safeguarding reasons we can't use volunteers who are unknown to us because it involves work with vulnerable adults, but in any case the most effective way to respond to the needs of this crisis are the hyperlocal ones, as we each help those around us, and let them help us!
Sevenoaks District Council are also organising helpers across the area. To volunteer, or to request help, please go to

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CORONAVIRUS

Like all churches, we now have to lock the doors of our building, so it can no longer be used for private prayer. (The same applies to the church hall). Fortunately, God is not locked in the building, an d never was. He is with us wherever we are, so we can pray at home, and love and serve others around us too, by keeping in contact by phone and online with those who might be feeling lonely, and protecting our wonderful NHS and those among us who are most vulnerable by staying at home and sticking to the new rules.

I will be providing opportunities for online worship and reflection, - links will be on the website. There will also be a weekly newsletter emailed to anyone who might like it. I can’t leave paper copies here because of the risk of infection, but there will be a printable version to download and print at home if you want it, and if necessary I can deliver or post it to those who don’t have internet access.

Please keep an eye out for those around you, especially anyone who might be vulnerable. Do what you can safely to offer help if needed. If you have particular concerns about someone, please get in touch and we will see what we can do to find the help they need.

WOULD YOU LIKE A “VIRTUAL VISIT”?
One of the biggest problems of this time is likely to be boredom and loneliness. If you’d like a weekly phone call from me, or someone else from the church’s pastoral team, please let me know. You don’t have to have a particular need – it can just be a friendly chat  - but if you need shopping, or a prescription collected, we will try to find a way of getting those things to you safely.

HOW CAN YOU KEEP IN TOUCH?

•    Phone: 07510 522292  (preferably between 9 and 6pm, and not on Tuesday, my day off), but at any time in an emergency).

•    Email: sealpandp@gmail.com

•    I am also on Skype, whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter.

•    Church email list: Sign up for this in the box in the middle of this page and a weekly newsletter will appear in your inbox, as if by magic!

Look out for further news on the noticeboard, on the church website, blog, facebook and twitter.

Keep praying. Keep loving. Keep serving!

Canon Anne Le Bas  


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DAILY REFLECTIONS
"In their own words"
Forty reflections on the words of Peter and Paul,
starting on Feb 26th .
These will appear, day by day, on the church blog, and in printed form in the church. You can download a copy here to print at home
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Talking Village
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Talking village sessions are cancelled for the time being. Please keep in touch with those you might have seen there by phone or other means. This is the time when the community we have built during the "good times" through Talking Village comes into its own, and is most needed!

I am offering a weekly phone call to ANYONE in the parish or the congregation who would like it, either from me or from another trusted member of the congregation.
Please email me with your phone number at sealpandp@gmail.com
or phone 07510522292




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KNIT YOUR OWN BIBLE
knitted bible characters
Pattern and suggestions for characters here


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Seal Church Hall


Seal Church hall


Are you looking for…

  • Somewhere for your group to meet?
  • Somewhere to hold a dance or exercise class?
  • Somewhere for musicians to rehearse (sorry – no amplified instruments.)
  • Somewhere to run a children’s group?
  • Somewhere to host a family gathering?
The church hall is available for hire on most days and some evenings. Very reasonable rates.
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Link to Church of England Weddings site

Love in the air?

Would you like to get married at Seal Church?

We'll be delighted to help.

It is nearly always possible for you to be married here at Seal Church, even if you don't live in the parish. Just get in touch with the vicar to talk about it.

Weddings cost between £489 and £774 depending on what "extras" you have, but if money is a problem we may still be able to help, so don't let that be a barrier.

Church weddings don't have to be big or fancy. Brides don't have to wear white. You don't have to be churchgoers. We'll be happy to help you plan a wedding that suits you, as far as it is legally and practically possible to do so.

More about weddings at Seal

Church of England Wedding website
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Friends of Seal Church

Would you like to contribute to the maintenance of our lovely building as a focus for our community life?
If so, find out more about becoming  a "Friend of Seal Church" here.