Rector of Farnham, The Revd Simon Reynolds St Andrew's Church, Farnham

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Our Rector Revd David Uffindell writes:

"Happy New Year!  I hope that you have had a good Christmas and some relaxing time with family and friends.

Our services this year were all very well attended. The second Christingle Service was standing room only!

We were able to bless several organisations from the offerings we took:

The Grand Total was £3156.98.

This is in addition to the £6000 which the PCC has authorised from regular giving in 2016 to 8 organisations: Leonard Cheshire Bells Piece, Change of Scene, Transform Housing, UCA Christian Union (local); Church Mission Society, Christian Aid, The Refugee Council (national); Us! - formerly USPG (international).

We are very grateful to all those who have given generously and so to enable us to help to make a difference at home here in the town, in the country at large and also, through international development and mission agencies, to God’s work overseas." Links are provided to websites of less familiar charities, to see their work.

Revd Uffindell became our new rector on 29th September, 2016. On his appointment, David said:

“I am really delighted to be joining you in Farnham as your new Rector. It seems that it is a very exciting time both for the church and also for the community. It will be a privilege to serve God with you and to begin to get to know you very soon.”


      This fine church, parts of which date from the 12th Century, stands at the centre of a handsome town whose Georgian heritage, as well as its distinctive and individual character, makes it an attractive place to live, work and visit. The church is a significant landmark on the Pilgrim’s Way – the ancient route from Winchester to Canterbury. We serve a growing and changing town, whose many businesses employ significant numbers of people. Farnham is home to many long-standing residents, students and staff from the University of the Creative Arts, as well as people who have come to live here more recently and who commute to work in London (just an hour away by train).

       We serve everyone who lives and works in our parish in central Farnham. We are conscious of the Church of England’s unique calling to be a place of welcome to all – irrespective of their faith convictions. Many people worship here on Sundays and during week, where the Eucharist is at the centre of our life. Many others value the church as a place of silence and reflection during the day, where they can bring their needs, longings and hopes to God; where candles can be lit, or the simple spaciousness of the building can be enjoyed. We are glad to host many musical and artistic events, too, and are keen to encourage use of the church by the wider community.

      Elsewhere on this website you can pick up a flavour of our life and worship, as well as the many ways in which we strive to serve the people of Farnham. I hope your ‘virtual’ visit will inspire you to come and discover the church, as well as the Christian community which cares for it.



       

       Attention all young children and their parents!
      Another family party is happening in church,
      Friday 27th Jan.
      And great news!! They will happen now every 4th Friday of a month
      So come and join our first
      4th Friday Fun Party of 2017

      On the dark evenings, have you noticed the bright star in the western sky during the 12 Days of Christmas? It is actually planet Venus, and is likely to be the star that the Magi followed 2,000 years ago as they travelled West.

      We are now in the season of Epiphany in the church calendar. The Feast of Epiphany was January 6th, which marks the arrival of the Three Wise Men from the East.

      Please join us at our 8am, 10am or 6.30pm Sunday worship, to celebrate the Christ who is not just for Christmas. He is for Life!



      Many think the world in 2017 is looking scary. So let's not hold on to baby Jesus, but allow our faith in his unextinguishable light in the world (John, ch1, v 5) to grow to maturity within us. Then, as he promised when he walked the Earth, through our joy-filled and fearless living we "may do even greater things than these" (John ch14 v12) to help him still to "set the captives free" - the many among us who live "lives of quiet desperation", as Henry Thoreau put it in 19th Century America.

      The Festival of Epiphany on Jan 6th commemorates in the Western Church the manifestation of Jesus as Christ to the Gentiles in the persons of  the Magi. In general English usage, an epiphany is a sudden and important manifestation or realisation.

      In Spain, Epiphany is a big Feast Day, the day when Roman Catholics exchange their Christmas gifts.

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      St Andrew's first Pet Service

      Attended by a dozen dogs, two cats, a cage of Russian hamsters and about 35 humans, the first St Andrew's Pet Service was a success! Revd Nigel Nicholson (and Bart) hosted it. Sarah Carr Archer stepped in to play piano.

       

      Cutting a cake to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday

       

      Celebrating the Queen's 90th Birthday.

      Revd Nigel cuts a cake in honour of our Sovereign, Head of the Church of England. Her Majesty has referred often during her Christmas Day Broadcasts to her faith and trust in Jesus Christ; how His teaching has guided and strengthened her during her long reign as our Queen.

      The cake was baked by Meg Daniels, with icing by Sally Loader, both church choir members - local singing and baking talents.


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