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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 email@example.com. 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:
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To join our Services on Zoom, the meeting ID is: 599 647 1397
Dear Church Family friends,
“Just breathe and hold on!”
This is how I feel this week as we adjust to the latest announcements from Boris and the inevitable questions come: “Has he done enough?” “Has he done too much?” Time, no doubt, will tell.
I do hope that, in spite of all the doom and gloom around, you will be pleased to know that there are some things we are able to do, to encourage and help us in our faith and to be ways of connecting with one another when physical getting together generally is still so tricky.
We have been pleased at the take-up both of our live services in church and of our continuing online presence on YouTube and Facebook. We have, this week, started a series of assemblies by Zoom into our two church schools (St Andrew’s and Potters Gate) on the theme of Amazing People. It was lovely to be greeted almost like a TV star by four little children yesterday who recognised us from their watching us on screen that morning in their classroom!
The Rule of 6 has not changed in England, so that means that our “Come Dine With Me” programme can go forward on Saturday evening. We have three 6-person dinner parties planned as we celebrate Harvest together. In church on Sunday morning (or in the porch any time during the weekend) you can bring gifts for Farnham Foodbank or Hygiene Bank.
We are working together with some of the local churches to produce two exciting resources:
- Sunday 27 September at 7.30pm: Love in Action – a chance to learn more about and pray for our partnership work in schools, Foodbank, Money Advice, and in response to the COVID 19 challenge locally
- Sunday 1 November at 7.30pm: ReThink Isolation – a chance to pick up our friendship with OCCA (Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics) looking each month at a hot topic. Offered on Zoom, and hosted by a local church leader, with input from local Farnham people, two of the OCCA speakers will help us unpack some of the issues we might be facing on the theme from a Christian perspective. A great chance to invite friends and/or family (who may or may not be people of faith) to watch this hour-long programme with you. And we can do this either at home or in church.
10am Live music with Holy Communion: church/ Recorded music: broadcast
6.30pm Live music: church/ Service also on Zoom
11.30am Live at St Francis’ (Harvest) on Sunday 27 Sept
Tuesday 29 September
11.30am Live 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. The Evening Service Zoom ID Code remains 599 647 1397.
We will also be able to re-start our Organ Recital Series on Tuesdays, from 13 October, when Geoff Tuson will be our guest musician. Geoff is married to Evelyn, our organist. Due to the effects of COVID on our finances, we are asking audience to make a £5 contribution towards the costs of these recitals; however, sadly, we are not able to offer refreshments just yet.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting
We have fixed a date for our APCM: Sunday 11 October at 10am. This will set the business in its proper context of worship, will allow us to review 2019 (Reports and Accounts are available from Sunday), be encouraged with what God has been doing and might be doing going forward. We do hope you will want to join us if you can. If you have any questions arising out of the reports, please do let us know in good time ahead of the meeting, so that we can give you as full an answer as possible.
We are still liaising/consulting more widely with the Town Council and others about the larger events coming up: Remembrance Day and Christmas Services. All the elements in the programme will, of course, be under review, as we wait to see how government advice changes in the coming weeks.
Money Matters: For some, lockdown has been a serious financial challenge. For others, we find that we have not spent very much money at all. We have not gone anywhere much, not eaten out very often, nor even put petrol in the car more than a few times since March. If you are able to help us as we seek to address our income challenge (recent lack of live services, and ongoing issues around concerts and buildings hirings/lettings), please see our website for more information about the Parish Giving Scheme. Or you can phone the PGS directly: 0333 002 1271 to sign up to help. Please do 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: we have very much enjoyed the re-make of All Creatures Great and Small on Channel 5 and have loved seeing the fantastic landscapes of God’s own country (Kathryn), have continued to enjoy the produce of the garden and had a first go at making chutney (David), and have experimented with some new recipes, which we have all appreciated (Josh). A walk in the late afternoon, late summer sun over the weekend, into the fields and the park was a particular joy.
And finally: two reflections from the world of the creative arts:
First, a poem from Caroline Walker, reflecting on the value of Holy Communion and the renewed sharing in it:
When two or three are gathered in my name I will be there.
Your bread gives us life; your life gives us what we are in the Celebration.
The quietness of words dropped around your love reaching out to one another. When two or three are gathered in my name, I will be there.
He is visible. He has come and the calm enables us to be receptive.
You are God and when two or three are gathered together
You are there: Words. Bread. Wine. Amen.
And second, the wonderful and inspiring short book by Charlie Mackesy, from which the picture above is taken, read in 12 minutes by our son, Tim: “The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse”. You can find this on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81b4i9jQhck. Enjoy!
Kathryn joins me in assuring you of our continuing thoughts and prayers.
With all good wishes, as ever,
David 23 September 2020