Dear Church Family friends,
I do hope you have a good couple of weeks. As the weather improves (after a very wet May) and lockdown eases, everything just seems a bit more manageable!
We continue to pray for grace and discernment in the wise assessment of data and dates.
We had a great time with our friends from some of the other churches in town in our recent “Love in Action” event on Pentecost Sunday. Even if the weather didn’t permit us to be outside, it was still brilliant to have over 20 of our church family present for the occasion.
We also had a wonderful treat after our 11.30am Midweek Communion Service recently, when we were entertained, amused and encouraged by “Doorstep Duets”, a two-person dance show sponsored by the Farnham Maltings. We were very grateful to be included in their town-wide programme.
We also were blessed with amazing weather for our open-air service at St Francis’, last Sunday. God is good.
Sunday 13 June
9.30am Prayers on the top of the Pavilions
10am Morning Service with Holy Communion (also on Zoom 599 647 1397)
12noon Morning Service available on YouTube
4.00pm NEW Table Service for Families – stories, songs, activities and crafts
6.30pm Evening Service (also on Zoom 599 647 1397)
The Book of Acts
The weekly Small Groups programme is:
- Tuesday evening: Josey Wisdom
- Wednesday evening: John Marrow
- Wednesday evening: Martin and Lynette Eberhardt
- Thursday morning: Morna Partridge and Elise Marlow
- Thursday morning: David Uffindell and Caroline Walker
Monday 14 June 8.30am Morning Prayer in church
Tuesday 15 June 11.30am Holy Communion in church
Wednesday 16 June 10am Breathe – making connections
Thursday 17 June 7.30pm “Ignite” (Youth Group) restarts in church
As part of the Recovery Phase, we are planning a series of smaller gatherings over the coming term with facilitated conversation around the themes of Lament and Thanksgiving. We will offer these conversations at St Andrew’s and at St Francis’, depending on which venue is easier for you to visit. Personal invitations will be coming out very soon. Each session will include an update as to where we are and how we are doing: socially, strategically, missionally and financially.
There are lots of resources being produced to help us in this time of transition. Here are two:
- from Hope UK, called The Well-Being Journey. We are using a Youth version for Ignite. The Wellbeing Journey Session 1 preview on Vimeo – you can check out the first episode here. It looks to be very good.
- from the Church of England, Daily Prayer recorded in a live setting, in which we can participate. Go to C of E Daily Prayer, click Join us in a service of daily prayer. I have found it both helpful and at times moving, to know that I am not alone when I pray each day.
Final Service for John
Sunday 4 July
12noon Hog Roast Lunch (suggested donation, please, £10)
Tickets can be booked on Eventbrite by clicking on this link: Celebration and Farewell Lunch Tickets, Sun 4 Jul 2021 at 12:00 | Eventbrite or via the Parish Office.
There will be a collection for John. Contributions by cheque or cash can be made, please, via the Parish Office – please mark envelopes clearly “For John”.
The family hopes to move in the first week of July and John’s Licensing Service will be Thursday 15 July at 7.30pm at All Saints, West Ewell. We do hope that this will be in person, but we are waiting on further announcements.
In other news
Accommodation: available to rent from June 1st at Homepark, South St, Farnham, a one- bedroom ground floor flat (55yrs+) with a resident warden and communal sitting room. Further details from Mary Haines 07926888184
Help required, please, as we begin to emerge from lockdown on many of our rotas:
- video editing
- production of Powerpoints
- refreshments after 10am services
- reading the Bible in church
- leading the prayers in church
Please contact Emma in the office in the first instance on 01252 715412 or email@example.com if you would be interested in helping or knowing more about the roles.
At home: we have good news and bad news this week. Thank you so much for your prayers. My back is very much improved with a combination of medical intervention and chiropractic manipulation. Kathryn and Josh have been very busy in the garden. It is looking really lovely. But very sadly, our son and daughter-in-law’s new little puppy contracted a canine version of Weil’s disease and had to be put to sleep this week. Please may we ask you to pray for them as they are really heart-broken to lose her so very young.
Kathryn joins me in assuring you of our continuing thoughts and prayers.
With all good wishes, as ever,
David 10 June 2021