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The Church is now open daily for private prayer.
If you would welcome pastoral or practical support from the Church over the coming weeks, please contact the Parish Office on 01252 715412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are able and willing to support others over the phone during this time, please do also let us know.
Please note that the Parish Office is closed to visitors, but is staffed Monday-Friday in term-time from 9.30am-12.30pm
We do hope you will join us for our 10am service each Sunday morning which will be live in Church and on Facebook and YouTube:
To view, click on the Facebook or YouTube links below:
To join our Services on Zoom, the meeting ID is: 599 647 1397
Dear Church Family friends,
We continue to keep an eye on the news for updates and changes, as the COVID-19 virus becomes more and more of a challenge once again. Hopefully, a strict following of the guidelines and constant vigilance will help to keep us safe. For those missing the company of family and friends, the passing days and upcoming weeks may be something of an ordeal, I fear. We certainly feel for and want to pray for those in the north of the country, who are much more radically affected than we are once again.
10am Morning Service with Holy Communion, the next in our series on Mark
Live in church and on YouTube
11.30am Morning Service at St Francis (open air, weather-permitting)
6.30pm Evening Service with recorded music: in church, including The Rt Revd. Jo Bailey Wells, Bishop of Dorking, speaking in the last in our series on Generosity.
Tuesday 27 October
11.30am Holy Communion: in church
As we know, places of worship are included in the amended legislation, and consequently, the wearing of face coverings in them is mandatory. We would respectfully ask that (apart from your having a specific medical exception) all those who attend St Andrew’s or St Francis abide by these directions. If you feel that you still need to stay away and stay home for your own protection or for that of others, of course, we fully understand.
Our upper number limit for live worship in our building is 50, but if you would like to join us you will be very welcome.
Coming up …
Churches Together in Farnham, AGM.
This year the meeting will be a YouTube broadcast, featuring short clips, giving updates on a selection of the shared Christian activities across the town, as follows:
- Signposts Schools work - Amber Delves
- Christian Aid - Karen Fewster
- Farnham ASSIST - June Trantom
- Foodbank - Harriet Lanyon
- Farnham Money Advice - David McKnight
- CTF Chairman's report - Michael McDonnell
The transmission will be concluded by a time of prayer. It can be found at https://www.fcct.support/churches-together-agm, and although it will be premiered at 7.30pm on Wednesday 21 October, it will also be available for viewing afterwards. A report of these and other activities is available on the CTF website: churchestogether.org/farnham/docstore/489.pdf or by following the link on the homepage of the website https://www.churchestogether.org/farnham/
Family Quiz Night
Saturday 31 October at 7pm on Zoom (599 647 1397). Teams of up to 6! Why not invite some people round for drinks and nibbles and join in the fun. Four rounds, with a break in the middle for catching up with each other. Questions will be set by Josh, and Kathryn will receive team scores on the private chat function/by text.
Service for those who have been Bereaved
Sunday 8 November at 6.30pm. A chance to give thanks for family members or friends who have died in recent times. The service will last 30 mins.
Following the re-start of our series, with an excellent performance by Geoff Tuson, our next recital is on Tuesday 10 November at 1.10pm. Gary Sieling, is our guest musician.
Money Matters: After Paul’s excellent presentation on Sunday at the APCM, it is apparent that we (in common with so many churches around the UK) have a challenge to face with our regular giving. We are looking at a considerable deficit for this calendar year. Paul invited us to do one of several things: to join the Parish Giving Scheme, if we are not already members; to increase our regular giving, if we are able; to consider a one-off gift of thanksgiving to support the work of our church in these strange times. Please see our website for more information about the Parish Giving Scheme, or phone the PGS directly: 0333 002 1271 to sign up. Please make sure that you quote that it is “St Andrew’s Church, Farnham” you wish to support! It would be great to have you on board in the adventure and responsibility we share together.
At home: a wonderfully celebrated birthday weekend in Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Berkshire (Kathryn), more exciting discoveries on local walks (David), and more culinary adventures (Josh).
And finally, a short reflection on some words of Jesus from our morning sermon series on Mark’s Gospel, from chapter 9:
2 Six days later Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John, and led them up a high mountain, where they were alone. As they looked on, a change came over Jesus, 3 and his clothes became shining white—whiter than anyone in the world could wash them. 4 Then the three disciples saw Elijah and Moses talking with Jesus. 5 Peter spoke up and said to Jesus, “Teacher, how good it is that we are here! We will make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6 He and the others were so frightened that he did not know what to say.
7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them with its shadow, and a voice came from the cloud, “This is my own dear Son—listen to him!” 8 They took a quick look around but did not see anyone else; only Jesus was with them.
It is clear that Jesus had favourites … or at least that he spent more time with some people than others. Peter James and John were those who seem to have been with him the most, and who shared some of his most intimate encounters. The Mount of Transfiguration is one; Gethsemane is another. And in each place, where an opportunity to given to get it right, they seem to get it all wrong. In Gethsemane, at Jesus’ greatest point of human need, they find themselves unable to stay awake. Here on the top of the mountain, they misunderstand the experience and want somehow to make it permanent (making three tents was not part of the deal). Seeing in an amazing vision how the law and the prophets would sit easily with the Messiah to whom they pointed and hearing the voice (as at Jesus’ baptism by John earlier) that he was the special one, were privileges beyond measure.
This revelation, for this is what it was, turns out to be critically important for their understanding of who Jesus is and what he came to do.
Often, we need to have things repeated before we can fully understand them. That’s why saying your times tables in school was not an altogether bad idea. Learning verses of scripture to use in tricky moments or times of despair, can be a real gift.
Let’s not lose sight of all that Jesus gives us to help us and to encourage in our following him. We may not be a Peter, a James or a John necessarily, but we can spend time with Jesus still and learn from him again and again all that he wants to teach.
Kathryn joins me in assuring you of our continuing thoughts and prayers.
With all good wishes, as ever,
David 21 October 2020