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Dear St Benedict Centre friend,

We hope you are well and have kept safe during the pandemic. We still have to live with restrictions while we combat the virus. At the same time there is a move to get back to some sense of normality and we are delighted that the trustees have said we can open again. Thank you all for being so patient while we prepared to open the St Benedict’s Centre once more.

We have missed you and look forward to welcoming you back.

We are partially opening from 21st September, carefully monitoring government guidance and complying with the Centre risk assessment.

To start with we will be open for people to book individual study rooms for a day.

We will be limiting our groups to the regular bookings from Rochester Diocese. We will review this towards the end of October and, if possible, extend our welcome to other guests from November if restrictions allow.

St Augustine’s College of Theology are conducting online learning this term. Students are welcome to book study rooms in the usual way.

We have a full risk assessment which will be sent to people on booking.  The following changes are important to note.

  1. When moving around the buildings or sitting in a meeting room guests are asked to wear face masks.
  2. Hand sanitiser is provided and guests are asked to use it on entering and leaving the building.
  3. We cannot offer refreshments at the moment because we want to ensure we keep guests as safe.
  4. The Pilgrim Chapel can be used by an individual for private prayer but needs to be booked in advance. We cannot offer group services in the chapel at the moment.
  5. If you would like to join the Sisters for prayer in their guest chapel you need to request this at the time of booking. This is so numbers can be managed in the guest chapel accommodating the Sisters’ guests as well as those using the Centre.

The cost for an individual study room is currently £10 because we cannot offer refreshments. Payment is by bank transfer on receipt of an invoice or on the day by card.

If you would like to book an individual room for a day please contact bookings@stbenedictscentre.org

We look forward to welcoming you back.

Day Guests

Rest and renewal photoDay Guests are always welcome at St Benedict’s Centre. You can book an individual study/retreat room for £10. This includes hot drinks, the use of the beautiful grounds, the opportunity for private prayer in the pilgrim chapel and to join the Sisters in their daily offices.

To book your day of rest and retreat contact: bookings@stbenedictscentre.org.

We look forward to welcoming you to St Benedict’s.

This is just a taste of things to come. We will have another newsletter out soon offering more events that enable us to come apart awhile and encounter God.


Below you will see a selection of previous events to give you a taste of the days we offer:

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Join with us for our Lent Quiet Day on 9th April 2019 at the St Benedict’s Centre. The day will begin with a short introduction to Lectio Divina, a contemplative, prayerful reading of the Bible. Then there will be a reading of selected scripture followed by personal quiet time for reflection, listening and prayer. Following lunch (please bring a packed lunch) there will be another reading of selected scripture followed by personal quiet time culminating in joining with the Benedictine Community at Malling Abbey for the daily office of None- a short service of prayer and reading.

If you would like or need to experience stillness and quiet during this Lent period to rest, reflect, listen and pray then you are most welcome to join with us.

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‘Splendour Remains’ is a creative quiet day for all the artists and art enthusiasts among us. ‘Splendour Remains’ is a stunning piece of art created by Brighton based artist, Nicola Rose. This creative quiet day in April will focus on the artists experience in creating the work and the art owners experience in responding to it. This piece is owned by Rev Matthew Buchan who will be leading us through the day. There will be opportunities for personal reflection and quiet time as well as an opportunity to create a piece of art in Nicola’s style. Materials and refreshments are included in the cost- £25 and spaces are limited to 20.

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‘Reflections of Malling’ will be taking place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March 2019 in the Guest House here at the St Benedict’s Centre. Nicola Rose is a wonderful artist who has painted 20 churches from across Malling Deanery and they are simply stunning. The exhibition is free entry and all are welcome. This would be a lovely day out for church groups and communities and a wonderful opportunity to visit the St Benedict’s Centre if you’ve not been before. Light refreshments will be provided. Please do spread the word and invite your friends and family.

#creativity#art #community #welcome

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— POSTPONED —

Sadly, we are postponing our July creative quiet day ‘Splendour Remains’ and our art exhibition planned for September due to illness.

However, we are postponing not cancelling and we’re super excited to have these two events take place here at the St Benedict’s Centre. We are so sorry for any inconvenience and disappointment this may have caused.

Please do stay connected with our Facebook, Twitter and Programme page here for updates regarding the new dates and for news on our other upcoming events.

Tracey Jones, Centre Manager


We are so excited to announce that in July we will be having a creative quiet day for all the artists and art enthusiasts among us. ‘Splendour Remains’ is a stunning piece of art created by Brighton based artist, Nicola Rose. This July creative quiet day will focus on the artists experience in creating the work and the art owners experience in responding to it. This piece is owned by Rev Matthew Buchan who will be leading us through the day. There will be opportunities for personal reflection and quiet time as well as an opportunity to create a piece of art in Nicola’s style. Materials and refreshments are included in the cost- £25 and spaces are limited to 25.

Nicola is currently working on a collection of pieces portraying each church in Malling Deanery. These pieces and more of Nicola’s work will be exhibited at the St Benedict’s Centre at the end of September 2018 but our creative quiet day is a great way to gain an invaluable experience with this wonderful artist in the beautiful surroundings of the St Benedict’s Centre before everyone rushes along to the exhibition #getintherefirst #art #beauty #quiet #splendourremains #create#createdtobecreativeseries


Join with us for ‘Be Still’ a day of space and reflection at the St Benedict’s Centre led by Tracey Jones, Centre Manager of the St Benedict’s Centre and Theology graduate (BTh Hons) of The Queen’s University of Belfast & Belfast Bible College. The day will be an opportunity to focus on what it means to be still, dwell, abide and have space amongst the busyness and oftentimes stress of our daily lives.

There will be space for reflection, prayer and fellowship.

Refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits) will be provided. You will need to bring your own lunch or you can easily access lunch in West Malling (a short 2 min walk).

Please do join with us for a day of reflection, stillness, and rest- you are welcome!

For booking info get in touch at bookings@stbenedictscentre.org or 01732 252 651

#rest #bestill #reflect #listen #seek #peace #presence #abide #dwell#breathe



MODERN SLAVERY TRAINING

On Tuesday 20th February 9.30am-1pm we are hosting a training day on Modern Slavery at the St Benedict’s Centre. This is part of the Diocese of Rochester Freedom from Slavery Campaign and will be delivered by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority.

Modern slavery is a growing concern and reality in the UK, where there are at least 13,000 victims, although the National Crime Agency have suggested they believe that figure to be the tip of the iceberg. The Clewer Initiative has been set up by the Church of England to help dioceses to raise awareness of modern slavery and provide care and support to the victims. As part of that work the Diocese of Rochester and The Clewer Initiative will be running training on spotting the signs of modern slavery, with expert input from Lys Ford, a Partnerships Officer from the Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority. You will learn what kinds of modern slavery happen in the UK, how you can spot the signs, and who you should report your concerns to.

Modern slavery is a global problem and international crime, affecting millions of people worldwide, including many victims within the UK.
Men, women and children of all ages and backgrounds are victims of human trafficking, forced labour, domestic servitude or debt bondage. (Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority)

The training is FREE, but booking is essential as places are limited early booking is recommended.

To book please visit https://tickets.myiknowchurch.co.uk/gb/MzAxLTEwMA/t

You can also visit the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority website at www.gla.gov.uk


Did you know? The Alzheimer’s Society (2015) reports there are over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today. Of these, approximately, 42,000 are people with young onset dementia, which affects people under the age of 65. As a person’s age increases, so does the risk of them developing dementia. It is estimated that the number of people living with dementia in the UK by 2025 will rise to over 1 million. (https://www.dementiauk.org)

Our ‘Remembering God; Faith in a Time of Dementia’ event is coming up soon and we would love for you to join with us for a day which is sure to be a rich resource for those who attend.

When we can no longer remember God, will God remember us? And if so, how might we be called to respond?

The purpose of this day is to explore what it means to be a Christian at a time when the number of people living with dementia is rising rapidly.

This one-day workshop is for those who are looking for tools to guide their prayer, thinking and ministry, and whose faith has been stirred or challenged by their encounter with people with dementia.

Led by James Woodward; Principal of Sarum College and Coordinator for the Centre of Human Flourishing and Julia Burton-Jones; a Dementia Specialist Project Officer working within the Mission and Community Engagement team within the Dicoese of Rochester.

Spaces are being snapped up so booking as soon as you can is advised.

Bookings can be made via EventBrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/remembering-god-faith-in-a-time-of-dementia-tickets-38739270200

#getbooking #youarewelcome #spreadtheword#letsgettalkingaboutdementia #community


Join with us for ‘A Christmas Reflection’ a quiet day at the St Benedict’s Centre focussed on ‘Emmanuel, God With Us’. Led by Tracey Jones, Centre Manager of the St Benedict’s Centre and Theology- BTh (Hons) graduate from the Queen’s University of Belfast & Belfast Bible College the day will be an opportunity to consider what God being ‘with us’ really means for our daily lives.

There will be space for reflection, prayer and fellowship.

Refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits) will be provided. You will need to bring a packed lunch or you can easily access lunch in West Malling.

Please do join with us for a day of peace, stillness and hope- you are welcome.


Please do check out our wonderful ‘Christmas Crafts & Carols’ day coming up at the St Benedict’s Centre on Thursday 7th December, led by the amazing Margaret Wooding-Jones- we are super excited!!! Do come along and bring your friends and family too- it’s going to be a great day of festive gifts and craft making, we’ll be having lots of tea/coffee and chat, some carol singing and mince pies to top it all off (there may be a goodie bag as well!). All refreshments & materials are provided…just bring yourself (and anyone else!) a packed lunch and come along for a fun and relaxed day in the beautiful surroundings of the St Benedict’s Centre and Malling Abbey.

#createdtobecreative #Christmas #joytotheworld #community #carols