Parish Prayers

Parish Prayers

December 2019 and January 2020

Dear God, we are as confounded as Joseph and Mary, as busy as the innkeepers, as lonely as the shepherds, as frightened as Herod, as wayfaring as the Magi.

Turn us again to the place where, with quietness, you wrap up your truth and promise, your love and salvation in the child born in a barn.

We ponder these things as the noise and clamour of the world are stilled for a time, and there is a peace that settles deep within us. Bring us to Bethlehem, to the place where Jesus was homeless, but where we are truly at home.          Amen


Please use this Prayer leaflet for daily prayer for our churches, for our world and for one another. The next one will be the February/March 2020 leaflet.     Marion Fielder White 01474 82 3381



Every Thursday at St Botolph’s  - 12noon Eucharist followed by Soup Lunch *not on 26th December or 2nd January*


St Botolph’s Church is OPEN every Thursday from 10.30am until after our 12 noon Eucharist service (not 26th December or 2nd January)


Sunday Services at St Botolph’s and St Mark’s

St Botolph’s – Eucharist Service every week at 10am, with an All Age Eucharist on the first Sunday of every month

St Mark’s – Eucharist Service every week at 10am, with an All Age Eucharist on the fourth Sunday of every month


Forthcoming Events in December and January

Tuesday Tea at St Botolph’s on the third Tuesday of every month 2pm-3.30 £2 per head. 

December 17th ‘Christmas Celebration’ with the URC Choir, wear your Christmas sparkles! All proceeds to Gravesend Sanctuary for the Homeless.

January 15th ‘What have I got in the Cupboard Cakes!’  Clearing up from Christmas.


Friday 6th December. Christmas Tea with the Matinee Singers, Gravesend Baptist Church, 2pm, in aid of Street Pastors. £5 per person– entry by ticket only from Sylvia 07799 450 357


‘Who Let the Dads Out’ on the first Saturday of every month at St Botolph’s Hall.



Saturday 8th February ‘Winter Warmer Lunch’    £5   12noon

Friday 6th March ‘Cheese and Wine’    £5   7.30pm




St Botolph, Northfleet

We give thanks and prayers for all our ministers and community involved in our Remembrance Services, for all those who served and all those who mourn.
We give thanks and prayers for the Interim Annual review team and the forward planning and vision of our church community.
We pray for Advent and Christmas services, for the enthusiasm and hard work of our Clergy and Churchwardens during this time.
We pray for our Christingle service and for the encouragement of families towards a Church life.
We pray as the New Year begins new beginnings and foresight into our Church’s future will evolve and the PCC will feel God’s guiding presence in the decisions we make for our future.
We pray for all our Street and School Pastors and those whom they contact within our community, and give thanks to God for their ministry.

Pray that we may see the light of Christ shining out from our church community.


St Mark, Rosherville

We pray that Christ's light and love will burn brightly in St Mark's this Christmas tide and that we will take this light of hope and peace into our wider community.

For Rosherville School and Northfleet Nursery, that they may come to know the true meaning of the Christmas Story.

For all those who work in seen and unseen ways to bring the Kingdom of God into our church.

For all our services during Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.


Huggens College, Northfleet

Thanks for the working together of Collegians and Chaplain to strengthen the Christian ethos of the College.

For all who attend the daily worship in the College Chapel.

For those preparing for Advent and the success of the Advent reflection group.

For all Collegians and Trustees keeping alive John Huggen’s vision for his Almshouse community.




Services and Events for December 2019

*First Sunday of Advent

Sunday 1st December 10am Family Eucharist at St Botolph’s

Sunday 1st December 10am Christingle Eucharist at St Mark’s

Saturday 7th December  Christmas Fair ‘Everything Christmas’ St Botolph’s Church Hall 11am – 2pm


*Second Sunday of Advent

Sunday 8th December 10am Eucharist at St Botolph’s

Sunday 8th December 10am Eucharist at St Mark’s

Saturday 14th December St Botolph’s Choir and supporters sing in the St George’s Centre for Christian Aid 3-3.30pm – everyone welcome to sing!


*Third Sunday of Advent

Sunday 15th December  10am Christingle Eucharist at St Botolph’s

Sunday 15th December 10am Eucharist at St Mark’s


Tuesday 17th December 2-3.30pm ‘Christmas Tuesday Tea’ with the URC Choir. £2 per head, St Botolph’s Hall


Friday 20th December 7pm – Carols at the Talking Bench and on The Hill.

Saturday 21st December -7pm Salvation Army Carol Concert, St Botolph’s


*Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sunday 22nd December 10am Eucharist at St Botolph’s with the Archdeacon

Sunday 22nd December 10am Family Eucharist at St Mark’s

Sunday 15th December 4pm Service of Carols and Readings at St Botolph’s


Christmas Eve at St Botolph’s

4pm ‘Christmas Starts Here!’  

11.30 Midnight Mass at St Botolph’s


Christmas Eve at St Mark’s

4pm  ‘Crib, Carols and Cake’

11.15 Midnight Mass


Christmas Day – Eucharist at both churches at 10am


29th December - First Sunday of Christmas

5thth January – Epiphany





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