What a wonderful day we had at Aylesford!
About 40 parishioners travelled by coach to The Friars at Aylesford. It's good to have these parish outings from time to time and it was lovely today to be able to celebrate Cathy's 80th birthday - We hope she had an enjoyable day.
It was also good to see many children and young people from the local schools who were a credit to their schools - and their families.
We had plenty of time to eat our lunch, explore the Friary, take part in the service of welcome and, the main purpose of our visit, to venerate the relics of St Thérèse.
People queued patiently to venerate the relics after the service of welcome, even when it began to rain.
These are just a few photos but you can see a lot more in this slideshow:
It was a bit chilly but I think all were happy to put up with the cool weather and were warmed by the experience - after all it's not every day we get the opportunity to welcome the relics of a saint to these shores.