Dear Church Family friends,
I do hope you are managing to cope with the changing weather, uncertainty in the news and concerns about Christmas. We have made plans for our worship which we hope will be both attractive and also safe for any or all who wish to join us. We are asking, please, that people continue to wear masks, especially for singing.
We have had a great time at our Music and Readings for Advent and at our first Sunday in December Baptism Service and Church Family Party at St Andrew’s and a great morning service at St Francis. This week is full of school services for St Andrew’s and Potters Gate; the Challengers Christmas Service is on Friday; and we have a full day programme with the Farnham Youth Choirs on Saturday.
Looking further ahead now to Christmas … and beyond * = book on eventbrite
Sunday 12 December
10am Morning Service
6.30pm Evening Service
Tuesday 14 December
1pm Organ Recital with Katherine Dienes-Williams (Guildford Cathedral)
Sunday 19 December
8am Holy Communion
10am Pop-Up Nativity
3pm Carol Service at St Francis – followed by refreshments
5pm Carol Service at St Andrew’s – followed by refreshments*
3pm Open-Air Christingle in the churchyard with refreshments*
11pm Late-Night Communion
9am Holy Communion
10am Celebration and Communion
10am Holy Communion
Wednesday 12 January at 7.30pm: Climate Emergency – A Christian Response*
Illustrated lecture by Dr. Trevor Walker
Saturday 22 January at 7pm: Curry Night with Magician Bertie Pearce. Tickets £15*
I end with the very sad news that Kathryn’s mother died last weekend. Please may I ask that you remember the family in your prayers. This is a merciful release after two years of struggle following a massive stroke. We are hugely grateful for all your concern, support and prayers over these many months. The Service of Thanksgiving for Alison will be held in St Andrew’s Church at 2pm on Wed 29 December. If you would like to come you would be very welcome indeed.
Kathryn joins me in wishing you a very hopeful Advent and a very Happy Christmas, when it comes.
With all good wishes, as ever, David 8 December 2021
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The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor is Jackie Broadfoot (07918 559387)
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