ST PETER & ST PAUL, SEAL


WORSHIP

SUNDAY SERVICES     
10 am and 6.30 pm

More details...

WEDNESDAY@10am
1st Wed - Good Book Club Bible discussion in the hall
2nd, 4th & 5th Weds - Zoom Church - email for link.
3rd Wed - Lavender Fields Care Home Communion - residents only at the moment

FRIDAY
9.30 am
Morning Prayer in church



INFORMATION

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ABOUT OUR WORSHIP
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The Bells
Resources to help you pray

CHURCH FINANCE

Did you know...
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...
Supporting the church financially
Becoming a "Friend"
Annual reports & Financial statements for the APCM 2021

ACTIVITIES AND INFO
Blog news & comment

Exploring Faith: Home Groups and more
Children at Seal
PCC
Church Trail leaflets for
adults and children
Family History
The Churchyard
Church Hall
Organisations we support
Know Your Neighbours blog
Cookie policy


Archive - odds and ends, old courses,handouts etc.
 
ROTAS
Current Rota for services
Hymn Rota
Readers' Rota

EXTERNAL LINKS

Local
Seal C of E School
Seal Parish Council
Churches Together
Sevenoaks Deanery

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

 

Christian Faith
Exp
lorefaith.org
ReJesus.c
o.uk
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

SUNDAY WORSHIP IN CHURCH
10 am Holy Communion Service sheet here
or All Age Worship (Non Eucharistic Worship - 2nd Sunday)
  6.30pm Evensong Service sheet here 
Or Breathing Space Holy Communion (2nd Sunday)
We ask that you continue to wear facemasks during worship,unless you are exempt, and socially distance where possible.

WORSHIP ONLINE & BY PHONE

Worship podcast
Available online each Sunday from 8 am on our church blog here.


Available by Phone (no computer needed): "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.
 

WEDNESDAYS@10am - midweek worship and reflection

1st Wednesday of the month  Good Book Club Bible discussion in the Church hall
2nd, 4th & 5th Wednesdays  Zoom Church
A 20 minute service of prayers, Bible Reading and a short talk. Email sealpandp@gmail for the link. You can also join in with this service by phone - please contact the vicar if you would like the details of how to do this.
3rd Wednesday Lavender Fields Holy Communion (sorry, residents only at the moment)
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WELCOME

Seal ChurchSt 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   sealpandp@gmail.com
Contact details below

Reader: Kevin Bright
LLM: Jess Heeb


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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.  P
lease check that this is actually the church you are looking for, especially if you are coming for a special event or service.

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PICTURING MARY
ADVENT 2021

A series of reflections on images of the Virgin Mary.
Click here to follow
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ADVENT & CHRISTMAS at SEAL CHURCH


ADVENT WINDOWS to spot around the village. List will appear on church website and on the noticeboard.

 

PICTURING MARY: Daily Advent thoughts on images of Mary, on the church blog


CHRISTINGLE SERVICE  - DECEMBER 12th at 10 am


CAROL SERVICE - DECEMBER 19th at 3.30pm     

Please note the earlier time than our usual carol service!

We will start outside the church with some congregational carols. Crib procession into church for some Christmas songs from the choir, prayer and Bible reading, and ending with a final carol inside.  Please wear a face covering inside the church and be aware that we won't be able to guarantee social distancing. There will be a few folding chairs available in the churchyard for those who can't stand for long, but please come prepared for rain, as we will sing outside whatever the weather!

 

CHRISTMAS EVE

 

CHRISTMAS EVE CRIB EVENT. Drop in between 3 & 5pm to see the crib, add a prayer to the tree and pick up a family Christmas activity bag. Stay for as long or short a time as you like.

 

HOLY COMMUNION  9pm The first Communion of Christmas, with carols and music from the choir. Please note the time – there will not be a “midnight” mass.

 

CHRISTMAS DAY


HOLY COMMUNION 10 am with a story in place of a sermon.


PLEASE NOTE - all these arrangements are provisional, based on whatever government advice is in place at the time. It won't be possible to guarantee social distancing at these services, so it is especially important to wear face coverings inside the church unless you are exempt, use hand sanitizer and take regular Lateral Flow Tests if you plan to come to services.


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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Talking Village

Talking Village is back!
We will be restarting on Monday Sept 20 in Deniz' cafe in Seal High Street.
Drop in between 2 and 3.30pm any Monday, and you will find people there ready to chat. It's open to anyone, of any age, so if you're working from home, and feel the need for that "water cooler moment" you used to have in the office, or are at home caring for children, or  are retired and fancy meeting some new faces,  come along and join us.

You can also join us in the Church Hall (on the other side of the road from Seal Church) for coffee and chat at our Friday Group, every Friday from 10.30 - 12 noon.

We hope to restart the Saturday morning Talking Village session in Seal Library soon - watch this space for more details.


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KNIT YOUR OWN BIBLE

Pattern and suggestions for characters here


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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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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.