Welcome to Minster Abbey
and the Daughter Church of St Peter's, Halfway,
on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent

'Revealing the love of God’


 

Welcome to West Sheppey! – beautiful coastlines and four churches – Halfway, Minster, Queenborough and Sheerness. These churches range from the ancient history (Minster Abbey, built circa 650AD) to the modern (St Peters, Halfway, built in the 1970’s) – each has its own style, its own beauty, its own story.

But they all share one common theme – they were built to worship the living God, and they continue to do so today. Each church has a lively congregation, each continues to worship each week, each continues to live God’s story in their community.

So come and visit us! See these magnificent buildings, read the history, meet the communities – and most of all, meet with God – both here in these buildings and alive in the lives of His people who live, work, and worship here. 


Rev'd Tim Hall


Rev Sue Martin Leaving Service

Rev Sue Martin, curate for the West Sheppey Benefice (the four churches of Minster Abbey, Halfway, Queenborough and Sheerness), took her last service in the Parish at Minster Abbey on Sunday 16th February. Sue has been a curate on the island since ordination in July 2010. During a very lively service a DVD was shown of pictures and videos of Sue's time on the island, and the Mothers' Union presented Sue with a a Mothers Union vase and flowers.After the service there was a Parish Lunch in the church hall where Sue cut a leaving cake.

Sue is moving to be Priest in Charge of the benefice of Reculver, Herne Bay and Hoath.

The West Sheppey Parish wishes all the best for Sue, her husband Simon and son Samuel (5) as she takes up her new role.

The photos show the Mothers' Union presentation of a glass vase with, LtoR, Anne Taylor, Alison Parr, Branch Leader Pam Edworthy, Sue Martin, Betty Pollard and Pat Graham and Sue cutting the cake along with husband Simon and their son Simon

Normal times and format of services are:

 

 1st Sunday

 2nd Sunday

3rd Sunday 

 4th Sunday

 Minster Abbey

 08:30 HC (said)

11:00 FS

 11:00 FC

 08:30 HC (said)

11:00 MW

 11:00 HC

 St Peter's

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5th Sunday will be a joint service at one of Minster Abbey, St Peter's, Trinity Sheerness or Queenborough

HC is Holy Communion, FC is Family Communion, MW is Morning Worship, FS is Family Service

Holy Communion is also celebrated at 10:30am each Wednesday in Sheppey Hospital Chapel and
at other times and locations as listed below.

Easter Sunday, Pentecost & Christmas Day 
Joint Festival Service of Holy Communion.


Services for March 2014

March 2nd
8.30am Minster Holy Communion
9.30am Sheerness Holy Communion
11.00am Queenborough Family Communion
11.00am Minster Family Service with baptism
6:00pm Halfway ‘Glimpses of Heaven’ – Judgement and mercy
March 4th (Tues) 10.00am Sheerness Holy Communion
March 5th Ash Wednesday
10.30am Sheppey Hospital Chapel Holy Communion
7:30pm Minster Abbey Unity and Service –
a reflective ecumenical service preparing for Lent.
March 6th (Thurs) 10.00am Halfway Holy Communion

March 9th
11.00am Sheerness Family Communion (preacher Archdeacon Stephen)
followed by Annual General Meeting of PCC and lunch
6:00pm Halfway ‘Glimpses of Heaven’ – All Together
March 11th (Tues) 10.00am Sheerness Holy Communion
March 12th (Wed) 10.30am Sheppey Hospital Chapel Holy Communion

March 16th
8.30am Minster Holy Communion
9.30am Sheerness Family Communion
11.00am Queenborough Family Service with Baptism
11.00am Minster Morning Worship
6:00pm Halfway ‘Glimpses of Heaven’ – An end to Suffering
March 18th (Tues) 10.00am Sheerness Holy Communion
March 19th (Wed) 10.30am Sheppey Hospital Chapel Holy Communion

March 23rd
9.30am Sheerness Morning Prayer
11.00am Queenborough Morning Worship
11.00am Minster Holy Communion
6:00pm Halfway ‘Glimpses of Heaven’ – A new Heaven and a New Earth
March 25th (Tues) 10.00am Sheerness Holy Communion
March 26th (Wed) 10.30am Sheppey Hospital Chapel Holy Communion

March 30th Mothering Sunday
9.30am Sheerness Family Parade Service
9:30am Halfway Family Parade Service
11.00am Queenborough Family Communion Service
11.00am Minster Family Service

Glimpses of heaven....
6pm St Peter’s Halfway.
A quiet reflective service looking at different aspects of heaven::-
2nd MarchJudgement and Mercy 1 John 1:5-2:6; John 5:19-30
9th March - All together John 17:20-end; Rev 7:9-end
16th MarchAn end to suffering Luke 6:17-19 John 14:10-14
23rd March A new heaven and a new earth Isaiah 65:17-end; Rev 21:1-7

Sunday March 9th, Parish AGM
Held at Noon, Holy Trinity Sheerness, followed by Parish Lunch.

Services for April 2014

April 1st (Tues) 10.00am Sheerness Holy Communion
April 2nd (Wed) 10.30am Sheppey Hospital Chapel Holy Communion
April 3rd (Thurs) 10.00am Halfway Holy Communion

Sunday April 6th
8.30am Minster Holy Communion
9.30am Sheerness Holy Communion
11.00am Queenborough Morning Prayer
11.00am Minster Family Service with Baptism
6:00pm Halfway Refreshing Church
April 8th (Tues) 10.00am Sheerness Holy Communion
April 9th (Wed) 10.30am Sheppey Hospital Chapel Holy Communion

Sunday April 13th Palm Sunday
9.30am Sheerness Family Service
11.00am Queenborough Morning Worship
11.00am Minster Family Communion
6:30pm Churches Together Service at Sheppey Evangelical church
April 14th (Mon) 7:30pm Halfway Compline
April 15th (Tues) 10.00am Sheerness Holy Communion
7:30pm Halfway Compline
April 16th (Wed) 10.30am Sheppey Hospital Chapel Holy Communion
7:30pm Halfway Compline
April 17th Maundy Thursday
7:30pm Queenborough Last Supper
April 18th Good Friday
11.00am Churches Together at Bunny Bank
2:00 -3:00 Minster An hour by the Cross
April 19th 8:00pm Eastchurch:- Easter Vigil.

Sunday April 20th EASTER DAY
8.30am Minster Holy Communion
9.30am Sheerness Family Communion
9:30am Halfway Family Communion
11.00am Queenborough Holy Communion
11.00am Minster Morning Worship
April 22nd (Tues) 10.00am Sheerness Holy Communion
April 23rd (Wed) 10.30am Sheppey Hospital Chapel Holy Communion

Sunday April 27th
9.30am Sheerness Family Service
11.00am Queenborough Family Service with Baptism
11.00am Minster Holy Communion
April 29th (Tues) 10.00am Sheerness Holy Communion
April 30th (Wed) 10.30am Sheppey Hospital Chapel Holy Communion

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Mondays
14:00 Kay's House Group

Tuesdays
9:00am to 11:00am. Coffee Morning in Minster Abbey - please drop in

Third Tuesday  
14:00 Mothers' Union (Abbey Hall) 


Fridays 
1
9:30 Bell Ringers practice at Abbey


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Dates for your Diary

Men's Breakfast
Held in Minster Abbey Hall one Saturday each month from 8.15am to finish by 10am.
Do come and join this friendly group for breakfast and to hear a good selection of guest speakers..
Watch this space for dates and details
For catering purposes please let us know you are coming!
Booking and Questions?:- Rev Tim Hall 01795-877734;
Or e-mail tph@tesco.net


10th August Church Day Out to Detling Summer Festival. Details to follow
See www.peoplewithoutlimits.org for more info on this week long event.

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The New Benefice of West Sheppey

Minster Abbey & St Peter's are two of the churches in the Benefice of West Sheppey
The parish website is www.westsheppeyparish.org.uk
and further details of the new benefice can be found here

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Communications

Volunteers for Abbey Watch required, Contact Alison (875835) for details

Wedding Picture Collage
Rev’d Tim Hall, priest in charge of the West Sheppey benefice, has announced that he is creating a collage of wedding pictures in the churches of Holy Trinity Queenborough, Holy Trinity Sheerness, St Peters Halfway and Minster Abbey. It doesn’t matter when the wedding service took place as long as it was held at one of the four churches

If you would like your wedding photo to be included in the collage please send it by post to the Parish Office at the address on the contacts page for scanning or e-mail it as a jpg to:
office@minsterabbey.org.uk