What’s On – upcoming services and events
Caritas: contemplative evening services
Caritas means ‘love’ or ‘charity’. This is an informal series of monthly contemplative evening services. Caritas offers time for quiet and reflection:
Contemplative Communion: at St Anne’s Church Sunday 18th February, 6.30pm.
Poetry and Prayer: at St Michael’s Church
Sunday 17th March, 6.30pm.
Praying with the Bible: St Thomas à Becket Church, Sunday 21st April, 6.30pm.
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Lent Courses: Heart in Pilgrimage and Depths of Prayer
Heart in Pilgrimage: Looking at Mark’s Gospel through poetry, the Bible and prayer.
Mondays 11am at St. Anne’s Church, 19th and 26th February; 4th and 11th March.
The Depths of Prayer: Four talks on mystical prayer followed by a discussion.
Wednesdays 7pm at St Thomas à Becket Church, 21st and 28th February; 6th and 13th March.
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01273 933357.
Maundy Thursday service
Maundy Thursday 28th March, 7pm
A ‘said’ service (shorter and without music). We mark the day when Jesus gave us the act of Holy Communion at The Last Supper, and commanded that we should love one another, and washed the feet of his disciples as an act of kindness.
Good Friday service
Good Friday 29th March, 9am
At this ‘said’ service we commemorate the crucifixion of Christ at Calvary and the supreme love of God.
Hi Children - come and build an Easter Garden!
Saturday 30th March, 4pm
Bring your mum and dad – come and make a model Easter Garden at this Holy Saturday children’s Easter Garden service. Sing Easter hymns, enjoy hot-cross buns,and there are EASTER EGGS! All inside St Thomas a Becket Church in Cliffe High Street. No need to book, just come along.
Easter Sunday service
Sunday 31st March, 9.45am
We celebrate the Rising of Christ, the most important date in the Christian calendar, at this Sunday service with hymns and Holy Communion.
Annual Parishioners' Meeting
Friday 12th April, 7pm
Help Cliffe set new directions! In Cliffe Hall, our annual meeting for everyone in Cliffe parish is an opportunity to have your say about how we can support our lovely community. All welcome!
Climb the tower, see our ancient clock and bells
Saturday 18th May – first guided tour
Tour includes: introduction to church interior; climb the spiral stair to the second-oldest (1670) turret clock in Sussex; up to the belfry – lovely and very special oak bellframe dates from around 1400. Not many belfries survive like this, and hardly any that are easily reached by stairs. Hear the big tenor bell strike twelve! Not to be missed – only £5. More info For all dates see this page soon.
Afternoon cream tea
Sunday 19th May, 1.30pm-6pm
Call in at any time this aftenoon: all welcome for scones and cream and jam and tea. And help raise more funds for our charities! At Cliffe Hall next door to the church.
Saturday 24th August, 10am-12.30pm, beside the church
We stage the annual summer fair, now an amazing 614 years old – we had permission for markets and fairs from King Henry IV in 1409. Come to hear us read the king’s charter and declare the fair open with lots of tempting stalls – jam (of course), delicious home-made cakes, plants, fruit and veg, great choice of books for grown-ups, jewellery and bric-a-brac, and plenty to try for in raffles and tombola.