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


Welcome to New Curate Rev Paul Kite and Family

  The West Sheppey Parish welcomed the Parish's new curate, Rev Paul Kite and his family, at the Morning Worship service at Holy Trinity Sheerness on Sunday 29th June.

Paul will be serving the Parish for a period of two years as part of his training. He is married to Karen and has five children: Ashley, Matthew, Lewis, Alex and Hannah. The family also have two dogs, two cats and a corn snake. Paul came to faith late in life having had a busy life in commerce, his last position being a business change consultant. Paul said he is excited to be part of God's plan for the Isle of Sheppey and is looking forward to meeting people.

The attached photo, taken in Holy Trinity church, shows (right to left), Rev Paul Kite, daughter Hannah, wife Karen and son Lewis



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 Samuel

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 see below

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.


Rota of services for Sept 2014

Sept 21st Tithing
9.30am Sheerness Family Communion
9:30am Halfway Family Service plus Baptism
11.00am Queenborough Morning Prayer
11.00am Minster Family Communion
Sept 23rd (Tues) 10.00am Sheerness Holy Communion
Sept 24th (Wed) 10.30am Sheppey Hospital Chapel Holy Communion

Sept 28th
8.30am Minster Holy Communion
11.00am St Georges Primary School – Blessing of Schools Service
Sept 30th (Tues) 10.00am Sheerness Holy Communion

Rota of services for October 2014

October 1st (Wed) 10.30am Sheppey Hospital Chapel Holy Communion
Sunday October 5th
    8.30am Minster Holy Communion
    9.30am Sheerness Holy Communion
    9.30am Halfway Morning Prayer
  11.00am Queenborough Family Communion
  11.00am Minster Harvest Family Service with baptism
    6:00pm Refreshing Church - Minster
October 8th (Wed) 10.00am Sheerness Holy Communion
                                    10.30am Sheppey Hospital Chapel Holy Communion
Sunday October 12th
    9.30am Sheerness Harvest Parade Service with baptism
  11.00am Queenborough Harvest Service
  11.00am Minster Family Communion

October 15th (Wed) 10.00am Sheerness Holy Communion
                                      10.30am Sheppey Hospital Chapel Holy Communion
October 16th (Thur) 10.00am Halfway Holy Communion
Sunday October 19th

    8.30am Minster Holy Communion
    9.30am Sheerness Family Communion Bishop Trevor
  11.00am Queenborough Holy Communion
  11.00am Minster Blessing of Sundial and launch of restoration fundraising
                   with Bishop Trevor (followed by buffet lunch)

October 22nd (Wed) 10.00am Sheerness Holy Communion
                                       10.30am Sheppey Hospital Chapel Holy Communion
 October 23rd (Thur) 10.00am Halfway Holy Communion
Sunday October 26th
    9.30am Sheerness Morning Prayer
  11.00am Queenborough Morning Worship
  11.00am Minster Holy Communion

October 28th (Tues) 10.00am Sheerness Holy Communion
October 29th (Wed) 10.30am Sheppey Hospital Chapel Holy Communion

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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


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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

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