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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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INFORMATION

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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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Annual reports & Financial statements 2019

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EXTERNAL LINKS

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Seal C of E School
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Churches Together
Sevenoaks Deanery

Wider Church
Ekklesia 
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The Church Times
Partners in World Development
Rochester Mothers' Union
Diverse Church a supportive community for young LGBT+ Christians
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Seal Church is registered with Inclusive Church and supports its aims and values.

 

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lorefaith.org
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Journey with Jesus
Anne's schools and children's work website
Rochester Diocese Spirituality Network


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
In church, online and on the phone



WORSHIP IN CHURCH

Public worship in church is suspended at the moment because of the lockdown. The church is open from 9.30- dusk each day for private prayer.

ONLINE

AUDIO PODCASTS OF MORNING AND EVENING PRAYER here on the Church Blog (click on the red link to access). Available every Sunday morning from 8 am onwards. Hymns, readings, prayers and a sermon. You can sign up to our email list in the box below, and receive the links in an email every Sunday morning with other news and resources for reflection.

VIDEO RECORDING of part of Sunday morning service, available from the Church blog by Sunday evening (technology permitting!)

WEDNESDAY ZOOM CHURCH 11 am every Wednesday. A 20 minute service of prayers, Bible Reading and a short talk. Email sealpandp@gmail for the link.

ON THE PHONE

"Dial a podcast"
- shortened podcast from each Sunday morning's service. Phone 01732 928061. Calls cost the normal rate for dialing an 01732 (Sevenoaks) number.

 

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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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Contact details
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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Donate to Seal Church
Like all charities, and many individuals, Seal Church finances are being affected by the coronavirus.

If you can give so that we can keep the church and its service to our local community thriving, please would you consider doing so, either by standing order, or with a one-off donation, gift aided if possible.

Our treasurer, Vanessa Griffiths will be pleased to answer any questions you might have.  Donations can also be made directly to our bank account:

Seal Parochial Church Council
Sort code: 30-97-49
A/C 01377463

More details about giving here.



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DO YOU  NEED HELP during the coronavirus epidemic?

Ring the vicar on
07510 522292 or email sealpandp@gmail.com
 and we will respond however we can.
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DO YOU WANT TO OFFER HELP?

Sevenoaks District Council are  organising helpers across the area, and you can sign up as an NHS volunteer here.
We can't take on new volunteers from the community to help through the church for safeguarding reasons.

If you are volunteering informally to help neighbours, you may like to check out the guidelines from Age UK for neighbourly volunteering to keep you and those you help safe.

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CORONAVIRUS

For details of online worship and reflection see the top of the page.

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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Talking Village
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.