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SMB Students exists to be a generation of student journeying with the King to see his transforming power changing lives. We do this through meeting together for worship and teaching and everything we do usually involves food. If you’re an under-graduate in Canterbury then you’re most welcome to come and join us! Stephen and the student team.


Stephen Carter



Auction of Promises // Saturday 5th May 2018


This Summer the SMB student team are flying out to Uganda to spend two weeks with JENGA CDO in Mbale. Each student needs to raise in the region of £1500 to be on the team.

The Auction of Promises is one of the teams main fundraising events. It’s going to be a lot of fun but can’t happen without a number of promises being made for auction.

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What kind of promises? Feel free to do your own thing but in previous years we’ve had the following:

A portrait commissioned
Website Design
3 hours ironing
Hand Painted Bone China Mug, with your choice of design
Family photoshoot
Singing lesson
4 KS1/2 tutoring sessions
Guitar lessons
Return Trip to ANY London Airport for up to 6 people
Bicycle Service
An evening fly-fishing on the Stour river for one or two people. Picnic with wine included.
Evening BBQ for 6 guests
3 course lunch and entry to watch Canterbury Rugby Club game.
Family package for a T20 home game at KCC (2adults & 3 children)
1 hour Dutch lesson
An "African Wildlife Safari"
One week in 4-6berth mobile home in Norfolk
1 rich chocolate cake (for adults)
One day’s manual labour
3 mows of your lawn
3 hours of photography lessons
Organised Children’s Birthday party in Kendall Hall (no food provided)
Man with a van (up to 50mile round trip – no dump runs)
A few cakes
Private, light romantic supper & hot tub experience for 2
Pillion ride on one of the world’s fastest motor bikes
One standard car wash
3 hours beginners sewing class
Round of Golf

So far the following have been pledged for 5 May 2018: 
Page updated 23/4/18


Name Promise Value
Charmaine Kambabazi 3 course dinner, plus entertainment £30
Joe Ling programming tution for 2hrs £40
Nicholas Thurston Guitar lesson (any level and style to suit) £15
Lydia McCutcheon Homemade 3 course meal for two (excluding drinks) £30
Lydia McCutcheon When was the last time you gave your bathroom some TLC? A deep clean of 1 bathroom or shower-room .  Up to 2 hours, cleaning materials provided. £20
Helen Perumalla 20 assorted Flamingo Paperie greetings cards £32
Callum Elwood A 3 course meal at 5 St. Pauls Terrace. Three places are available. We don't have a tripadvisor page but Karien Downes said her experience was "a most wonderful afternoon... all the detail was perfect; and the company was too!" £75.00
Beth Collins A painting/drawing of your choosing, A5, A4 or A3 £25-£35
Martha McCutcheon One evening of babysitting £30
Alistair Bassett Either: a full day of childcare during the summer holidays, of an afternoon of childcare at new wine week 1 £30
Alistair Bassett 1 cake a month for a year £120
Niamh, Beth, Ruth 2 hour deep clean, room of choice £40
Niamh S-C Chicken Pie and Fruit Crumble for 4 people £40
Niamh S-C Hand knitted wooly hat - colour of choice £15
Chloe-Elise Hickman Baby sitting of any age baby and/or child(ren) for a day or evening £5 an hour
Jill Bearup A Maths/Science lesson in the comfort of your own home! (1 hour, for secondary school age up to GCSE) Value £40
Dr David Arnott 1 hour chemistry revision tuition for either GCSE or A level £35 value/£5 reserve
Simon Webster Hot tub experience £10
Tom Parkin 4x30mins Bass guitar lessons £60
paul and karien downes 4 hours of ironing  (2hours, team of 2!) £25
Paul and Karien Downes A traditionally Dutch Indonesian-style meal, Nasi Goreng with all the trimmings at our house for 4 £50
Charmaine Kambabazi 3x45 minutes of beginners French lessons. Can be for an adult or child but MUST BE OF BEGINNER  LEVEL! £25
Charmaine Kambabazi French homework help for a term. Willing to help a student (year 7- 11) with any of their French work. Can include but not limited to: helping with homework, extra lessons, helping practice for speaking exams £50
Steve and Jane Wicks Flight over St Mary Bredin by TG Aviation at Lydd Airport.  Approximately 50 minute flight in a Piper Arrow. Estimated value - £220
Mairi Lindsell Sewing on school name tapes and other mending (amount to be agreed!) £20
RACHEL WILLIAMS A commissioned design of your own choosing on a large bone china Teapot. illustrated by Rachel Williams of Black Griffin Studio £35 / £20
Samuel de Garis Is your grass too long? Are your hedges overgrown? Feeling overwhelmed by the thought of tending your garden? Promise of a day's work gardening. Tools and equipment will not be provided. £20
Samuel de Garis Promise of 2 x 30 mins acoustic guitar lessons. £20
Samuel de Garis Promise to do your shopping and deliver it to your home. (You pay for the shopping!) £15
Alison Macdonald 3 hour’s ironing (collected and delivered) £30
Harry Macdonald Chaffeur for 4 + luggage to and from any London airport £140/£100
Mim Taylor Make an item of children's  clothing up to age 10 years (your choice of fabric print and item eg. romper/t-shirt/shorts/skirt) £15
Anemone Jones General Garden advice and pruning tuitition, 2hs 30 pound
Nathan Marsh and Samuel Jacob De Garis 2 Hour Football Themed Birthday Party for up to 20 children £60
Martin Collings "Worshipping with the Angels". Framed, original oil painting as per the SMB 2017 Calendar. £40
Gail and Martin Collings Fun With Art! 3 hours of painting, water colours, acrylics or oils. All materials provided. Beginners welcome! £20
Gail Collings 2 hours beginners sewing class with a machine you can bring something you want to work on or I can show you how to make a small item  to take home with you. £40,00
Chloë Baxter 4 hours beginners sewing tuition £40
Chloë Baxter Hand massage and/or manicure a month month for a year £100
Stephen Carter A weeks holiday (self-catered) in the New Forest. (Towels and bedding can be negotiated at an extra price). Sleeps 7 people comfortably. Available from Autumn 2018 onwards. See for more information. £300
Jen Holland A one hour ‘natural style’ photoshoot within 30 miles of Canterbury £100
Anne Ovenden 7" Christmas Cake £10
Jillian Hailes One night baby sitting £25
Andy King Loan of Dawes 2-way Street Tandem for max of one month. Includes panniers, cover, spare inner tubes, and speedo! Needs to be within 5 miles of SMB. £25
Karien Downes Go for a spin (breaking the sound barrier) in our open top Mazda! £10


We start with dinner at 6.30pm to get to know each other and catch up. Then we head upstairs to spend some time in worship, hearing and learning from God’s word, a chance to wait on his Spirit and to begin to apply the teaching we’ve learnt in small groups. 

When: Thursdays (during term-time)

Time: 6:30pm – 9.30pm

Where: SMB, 59 Nunnery Fields, CT1 3JN


Regularly after morning service during term-time we turn the Link into our own massive dining room and have some good grub together to build relationships and catch up with each other.

When: Sundays (term-time)

Time: after the 10.30am service

Where: SMB, 59 Nunnery Fields, CT1 3JN


Once or twice a term we like to send the students to visit different families around the church so that they can get to know other people in the church family. This is always a really fun time and some good friendships have been built. 

When: Sundays

Time: After the 10:30am service

Where: Homes with a sofa