From time to time there is always someone around with a camera taking photos of the things we get up to at St. Mary's. Enjoy having a look at some of the things we have been up in the past couple of months and even years...!
World War One Commemoration Service
On Sunday 3rd August we welcomed The Royal Bristish Legion and guests to our Family Praise service to commemorate the beginning of the firs world war in 1914.
We began the service lighting the candle and inviting those present to switch off all their lights at home on Monday evening between 10pm and 11pm and light a candle or leave one light on, joining in with millions across the country remembering when Britain went to war on Germany.
With hymns, prayers and the lowering of the standard to the last post we at St. Mary's remembered all those who so willingly sacrificed their lives so that we might might be free. We remember them and we honour them.
After the service, The Royal British Legion generously donated a cake with a photograph of the memorial cross which stands just outside the church grounds. We thank them for their generosity and you can see a photo of the cake decoration below.
Beer and Carols at the Artichoke
£180 raised to support the work of the Children's Society and a good time was had by all.
St Mary’s Ladies’ Group Visit to Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara, Gravesend
Members of the Sikh community in Gravesend have worked together to build and establish the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara as a place where everyone is welcome. It was in this spirit that we were welcomed on Monday 16th June.
The Gurdwara (‘gateway to the Guru’) is a stunningly beautiful building, with community and fellowship at its heart. We were given a tour of the building by our kind host, Deepinder. We spent some time in quiet contemplation in one of the three main worship halls, while listening to readings from the Guru Granth Sahib. As we learnt from our guide, this is not considered a book of scripture by Sikhs, but rather a spiritual guide. It is, therefore, treated with the respect of a living Guru.
Within the Gurdwara, people are encouraged to spend time respectfully meditating and connecting with God. All people are treated as equals and provided with both physical and spiritual nourishment. We were invited to join in with some physical nourishment by sharing in langar (communal food) which is provided to everyone who visits the Gurdwara.
We were given a talk about the key beliefs of Sikhism, patterns of worship, use of the Guru Granth Sahib and what it means to be Sikh. Deepinder answered our questions with consideration and helped us to think more about our own faith and relationship with God. It was fascinating to see the similarities between Sikhism and Christianity, and gave us all food for thought.
It is definitely worth putting the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara, Gravesend on your list of places to visit!