Vicar’s Desk

Below are the provisions for our services this Sunday 29th March.
At the bottom of this email is another talk which I have found helpful which you might like to listen to midweek.
If the links don’t work please copy them into your browser – if you don’t know what that means phone a friend.
More to follow – we are working behind the scenes to divide ourselves into groups so that we can better look after each other in the days ahead. Can I encourage you to phone a friend when you feel “moved”.
Blessings, Larry                                                                           28 March 2020
Afternoon folk

This Sunday is Messy Church and materials can be found to do this at home on a new joint Facebook page

Other resources for children can be found on
We are pleased to have Peter and Lynn back “on team” remotely from rural Dorset.
Morning folk
Church Worship – Fifth Sunday of Lent


Although divided by geography/isolation we are one people – praise the Lord!

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,

to you be praise and glory for ever.

As a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief

your only Son was lifted up

that he might draw the whole world to himself.

May we walk this day in the way of the cross

and always be ready to share its weight,

declaring your love for all the world.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Blessed be God for ever.

Hymn – Dear Lord and Father of mankind


Lord God,

we have sinned against you;

we have done evil in your sight.

We are sorry and repent.

Have mercy on us according to your love.

Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.

Renew a right spirit within us

and restore us to the joy of your salvation,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.                                                    cf Psalm 51

Prayer for forgiveness

May the Father of all mercies

cleanse us from our sins,

and restore us in his image

to the praise and glory of his name,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Song – Be still for the presence of the Lord

Reflection – Thoughts on the Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and for ever.


Address – Bishop Andrew

Time for your own Prayers – quiet music

Hymn – And can it be (5.14)

The collect – a special prayer for each Sunday

Most merciful God,

who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ

delivered and saved the world:

grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross

we may triumph in the power of his victory;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Blessing Prayer

Eternal God and Father,

by whose power we are created and by whose love we are redeemed:

guide and strengthen us by your Spirit,

that we may give ourselves to your service,

and live this day in love to one another and to you;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Music (fade it out to suit)

END – a quality cup of coffee…….


A reflection to be thought about at another time

Chose Faith not Fear

A contemporary response – singing in the dark…etc

I know we are not meant to use the “H” or “A” or in Lent but I’ve lost track of the date!

Dear Friends
We are certainly living in extraordinary and challenging times. Whatever circumstance we may find in the days ahead our hope is in the Lord.
You have heard that there will be no church services for the foreseeable future. Some churches are remaining open as a place to pray it cannot be long before someone realises that even that’s not sensible.
I received an email from a church member which I thought I would share with you:
I wanted to share with our church family an experience I had this morning. …… to encourage people through this worrying time? I have read, for my daily bible study, Hebrew’s many times over the last months, and will continue. But this morning I wanted a change. At that thought, what should I read? Immediately a voice in my head said ‘if in doubt go to Psalms and then 31’. I would urge folk to read Psalm 31 v1-5. I leave it with you to use if you think it will be helpful for people.


I’ve wondered what to do for church this Sunday as we remain indoors. It is, of course, Mothering Sunday tomorrow. The Church of England is busy trying to produce online resources for us all and I know that the Archbishop of Canterbury (no less) is hope to lead a service on the radio. You can watch it at 9am here
If you would prefer to watch something a bit longer with a focus on Mothering Sunday with hymns etc last year’s Mothering Sunday Songs of Praise is here.
I hope that one or other (or indeed all) may be a helpful resource to you on Sunday. As you would expect there is some variance in quality and theology!!!
If you are interested in volunteering to help others or that you need help this website is the right one for you I am one of the volunteers working out of sight behind the scenes.
You may be aware that we have a church email-based prayer chain. I hope that we can broaden this out so that members of the wider community might be encouraged to ask for prayer. Do let Yvonne Stokes know if you would like to be added as a team member The address is
In the weeks ahead we will try to organise ourselves a bit more strategically – I am very grateful to the Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship team for getting ahead and make arrangements to stay in touch with and care for some of our more senior members
Every blessing, Larry                                22 March 2020

Dear Friends, 
Such uncertain times – let’s be putting our trust in God in these difficult times.
There will be quite a lot of changes in response to the Corona Virus – please read the notice sheet carefully. 
If you need help please do let me know – circumstances and responses to them are changing daily.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,
Please find the notices attached.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends
Please find the notices attached.
I would like to highlight that we have visitors from the USA on Sunday morning.
I’ve asked them to share about their lives and their ministry.
There will be an opportunity to be prayed for after the morning service.
There are many other excellent opportunities coming up to check the notice sheet carefully.
We hope to have lunch together one Sunday morning in Lent – the date will follow.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends
Please find the notices attached.
Don’t forget that Lent starts with Ash Wednesday (26th) – those who have ordered resources please see me on Wednesday (the original supplier has let us down)!
I’m very much looking forward to the visit of Shawn and Kristina Hurley from the USA next weekend – it’s not too late to book for the Saturday training day on ministry on the streets – they will join us on Sunday morning. More details attached.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends
 Please find the notices attached.
I have also attached an invitation to the next Alzheimer’s Cafe.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends
Please find the notices attached.
I hope to see as many of you as possible on Saturday at the Pop Up Coffee Shop – please bring a cake or some homemade biscuits as that will really help. This week it’s combined with free PSA testing for men aged 45-70. I’ve booked my test at 10am. Please encourage the chaps you know to come along.
Blessings, Larry

 Dear Friends, 

Please find the notices attached as usual. 

I shall be taking the morning service at St Andrew’s as they are still in their interregnum  – pray that an announcement will be made soon as to who the new Vicar will be. 

In the afternoon this weekend, we will be having Messy Church – do invite a friend and bring them along.

Notices 26 January 2016

Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,
Please find the video Overview of the book of Hebrews —
The notices are attached.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends, 
Please find the notices attached. 
Just a reminder that the morning service now starts at 10am followed by refreshments. We will be starting a series working our way through the book of Hebrews. We will start with an overview of the book and then a look at the first three verses.
Blessings, Larry

  • Starting from this Sunday (5th January) we will have coffee after the morning service NOT before. 
  • This means that we will start the morning meetings at 10am. We will review this change at Easter.
  • This Sunday is our annual Covenant Service – a time to renew our commitment to God in light of his great and loving commitment to us.
  • We will start our new preaching series on January 12th working our way through the book of Hebrews.
  • We will make our own Christingles at the 4pm service this Sunday.
Blessings and New Year wishes, Larry

Dear Friends,
The season of Advent is nearly, but not quite, over so I thought you might like a poem to reflect on in these last few days.
I look forward to seeing you over this Advent/Christmas Season – I would be particularly pleased to meet family, friends, and neighbours that you have invited to join us at our Christmas services.
For those of you I won’t see over these next few days I wish you a very happy Christmas.
Blessings, Larry
Malcolm Guite writes about this Advent poem:
Most people will know Christina Rossetti’s beautiful poem In the Bleak Midwinter, now set as a Christmas hymn. She was one of the great poets of her time and the author of some deeply moving Christian verse. Indeed her book simply titled Verses includes a sequence on the church year called ‘Some Feasts and Fasts’ of which ‘Advent Sunday’ is the first. She frames this poem not only in the context of the Collect for Advent Sunday, about the coming of Christ, his Advent at the end of time, but also the Gospel of the Day: Christ’s story of the maidens with their lighted lamps awaiting the coming of the bridegroom. Rossetti takes the Gospel phrases and opens them out profoundly, allowing us to identify ourselves first with the bridesmaids and then with the bride herself.

 Advent Sunday  Christina Rossetti

 BEHOLD, the Bridegroom cometh: go ye out

With lighted lamps and garlands round about

To meet Him in a rapture with a shout.

It may be at the midnight, black as pitch,

Earth shall cast up her poor, cast up her rich.


It may be at the crowing of the cock

Earth shall upheave her depth, uproot her rock.


For lo, the Bridegroom fetcheth home the Bride:

His Hands are Hands she knows, she knows His Side.


Like pure Rebekah at the appointed place,

Veiled, she unveils her face to meet His Face.


Like great Queen Esther in her triumphing,

She triumphs in the Presence of her King.


His Eyes are as a Dove’s, and she’s Dove-eyed;

He knows His lovely mirror, sister, Bride.


He speaks with Dove-voice of exceeding love,

And she with love-voice of an answering Dove.


Behold, the Bridegroom cometh: go we out

With lamps ablaze and garlands round about

To meet Him in a rapture with a shout.

Dear Friends,
I’m pleased to forward the notices to you as attached.
It’s a busy time so do check the detail of what is happening and when.
If you have never done a reading at the Carol Service (6.30pm 22nd December) and you would like to then please contact me and I’ll do my best to fit you in. Let me know by Monday evening at the latest.
I hope some of you will be able to come to the service to remember and celebrate the life of Doreen Mc Vicar on Thursday at 11am.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,
Last Sunday Doreen McVicar sadly died after being ill for a prolonged period. The details for the funeral are on the notice sheet attached. Please be praying for Ian and Karen and all the family.
I was pleased to hear that Jon Badger who worshipped with us whilst stationed at Pirbright has recently got engaged.


I would like to thank everyone who made our confirmation service last week go so smoothly. Everyone played their part so well and trust our visitors felt well looked after.
Blessings, Larry 

Dear Friends,
Please find the notices attached.
This Sunday we are hosting the Deanery Confirmation Service. The Deanery of Surrey Heath is the equivalent of the Borough of Surrey Heath. This means we will be hosting all 11 other churches in the Deanery, their candidates for Confirmation and their respective families. We will be hosting the service in the Community Centre and there will be 10 candidates. Two from our church, Ray and Ellie Wagstaff – please be praying for them at this special time.
There will be a rehearsal at 2pm and the service will start at 3pm. It is important that there is good number of us at this service to welcome and host our visitors.All those who come to our afternoon service are welcome to join us for this service. As part of the service there will be a time for breaking bread and afterwards there will be cake and tea and coffee kindly provided by a team of church members.
A memorial service for Ian Cullen a church member at St Paul’s Camberley and a Borough Councillor for Heatherside is to be held at 3pm at St Paul’s on 13th December.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,
Please find the notices attached as well as a sheet for the words of the Carols for the Christmas Tree Lighting that we are helping to organise with The Heatherside Ward Residents Association. I hope you will all come and join this great community event. 5pm for 5.30pm SUNDAY 24th November.
There is to be a hustings for the next Election at 7pm for 7.30pm at St Paul’s Camberley – a flyer is attached. The office at St Paul’s has sent the following message:
 “We have set up a form on Google Docs ( so that people can submit their questions in advance, as well as having the opportunity to submit questions in writing at the start of the evening. However, we’d be grateful if you could encourage your congregations to use the online form to send their questions, so we can start to collate them. Alternatively, questions can be sent to me or dropped into the St Paul’s Office. Many thanks. Helen”
Blessings, Larry 

Dear Friends,
Please find the notices attached.
Another fantastic morning with the Pop Up Coffee Shop Crew raising money for Children of the Dump – over £600 for a fantastic cause. Well done to all those who planned and baked and helped.
There are lots of dates on the notices sheet so look out for the changes of venue and time – especially changes for the afternoon folks.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends
Please find the notices attached.
We will be marking Remembrance at both our services tomorrow.
It would be helpful to start both services on time.


Dear Friends,
Please find the notices attached as usual.
Blessings, Larry

Please find the notices attached as usual as well as the Sharing Page. If there is something you would like to share with us on this page do let me know and more importantly contact Paula who coordinates this page.
The clocks are going back an hour this weekend. If you end up coming early you will be more than welcome to help the setup team!!!
Blessings’ Larry
Last Sunday I spoke briefly before breaking bread following on from our bible passages from Hosea which mentioned “marauding bands of priests”. I felt prompted to share briefly that, should the Church of England move to a position that I was unable to live with biblically, then I would have to leave. There are no marauding priests in our Diocese just now but I pointed out that this is not always the case across our Anglican world. Ministers and church congregations all draw their wn “red lines” (that they cannot cross) in different places and I promised to give some links to the situation that affected 12 churches in New Zealand recently and how they honoured their consciences but remained Anglican.
Here are the links:

Moment of Ordination of Jay as broadcast on local TV

Sermon delivered at Jay’s ordination as a Bishop link

Dear Friends,
I am delighted to report that the Pop Up Coffee Shop raised nearly £300 for Parity a local charity working to support the disabled.
I’m very much looking forward to the next Pop Up Coffee Shop which is for Children of the Dump on 16th November. This charity has the strongest of links with our Church and I trust you will make every effort to come.
The next Messy Church is 27th October (next week!) – apologies for not highlighting the date last week.
All these kinds of events are excellent things to invite friends to – please use these opportunities wisely.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends
Please find the notices attached.
It was a privilege to be able to pray for the wider community on Friday as we officially recognised the new Community Pillar on the Green.
Looking ahead:
  • The next Pop Up Coffee shop is for the Disability organisation Parity at 10am on 19th October and the following one will be for Children of the Dump on the 16th November – baked goods always welcome.
  • The next Messy Church will be on 17th November at 4pm – bring your friends.
  • The turning on of the Lights at the Heatherside shops will be during the late afternoon on 24th November.
  • Confirmation will be on 1st December in the afternoon
  • The Carol Service will be the evening of 22nd December
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends
What have you done in the last week to further the Kingdom of God or to encourage others to engage with our Church? It’s a good question and a vital question for each of us to ask ourselves.
This year we are invited to join with the GU16 Churches in their Light Party. All the detail is below. They are looking for families to sign up and for helpers – please have a read.
Blessings, Larry

Hi friends.

The churchesTogether@GU16 Light Party is on for 2019!

Thursday 31st October 5:30-7:30 @ St Peters Frimley (Helpers need to arrive early) [This is in half-term]. 

This happens on Halloween as a much better alternative to trick or treating.  We were full last year so please advertise this and tell people to book early – they can do this online, or if they have no internet they can call me on 01252 838281

I need you to please publicise this in your churches and we will also send invites to families who have attended the holiday clubs.

Parents come with their children and work together in teams to overcome super-hero challenges.

We have as many challengers as we have helpers – so the more helpers the better.  We will also have some crafty activities, and some things suitable for under 5-s, so the whole family can come together, maybe bringing some friends.

We hope to provide light refreshments and some spiritual food too.

If you can help please let me know, otherwise please ask around and encourage others to help. (Attached is a list of jobs).  To run challenges people need to turn up early and read the instructions – everything will be provided and set up. Please let me know contact details of volunteers or get them to ring me. 01252 83 82 81

 Link to online registration:— 

Dear Friends,

Please find the notices attached.
I was looking back over the last ten years and remembering a church council meeting when I mooted that we might start to pray and work towards seeing one person come to Christ per month. I was discouraged from having this modest aim but I cannot but help think that we might have seen over 100 come to Christ if we had for God is surely longing to see our friends and our neighbours grappling with the gospel and responding to Him. Might you make this your prayer for us as a church? Might you look and then take the opportunities to speak of Christ to others?
My own heart is unchanged on this matter.
Don’t forget to point your friends to our services – this afternoon, for instance, is Messy Church which is especially for families and next Saturday morning is Women of the Word.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,
Notices attached.
This year food donated will go to The Besom Food Bank to help those in need in Surrey Heath. Suggestions for what to bring are on the News and Notice sheet attached. If you are not able to attend a Harvest Service please bring your donations on another week.
Morning Service
This Sunday (22nd) we are continuing our preaching in Hosea and celebrating Harvest.
Afternoon Service
This Sunday (22nd) we will have church as usual. Please wear older clothes as we will do some vegetation cutting back if the weather allows. Bring your own gloves/tool but there will be some large loppers and basic gloves available.
Next Sunday (29th) is Messy Church when we will celebrate Harvest, bring our gifts and eat together.
Our Neighbourhood Police Community Support Officer Vince Wakeling has asked that I pass on the attached warning about Scamming as a local resident has lost a significant sum to a fraudster – this only goes to show just how credible some of these frauds/cons are.
Stay safe
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,
Please find the notices attached as usual.
There is a special notice about the Bishop coming to St Paul’s to launch the vision for the new church plant in Deepcut. 6.30pm this Sunday (15th) all welcome. There will be an opportunity to hear and pray about the plans and to express an interest in joining the new work.
Blessings, Larry
Rev’d Larry Bain  01276 691127

Dear Friends,

Please find the notices attached. 
Peter and Lynn have asked me to pass on the following message:

Dear Friends,
This is just to let you know that our move to West Dorset last Friday went very well and we are gradually settling in to our new home (despite the mountains of cardboard boxes still to unpack) and getting out and exploring the local area. We have already had visitors in our first week and would happily welcome anyone who would like to come and see us – Larry has our address.
We would also like to say a big thank you for all the cards, presents, good wishes and prayers you have given us and for the send-offs we had at both services on our last Sunday with you.

With love and best wishes

Lynn and Peter

Please don’t forget to let Paula know what could be included in the notices each week.
Blessings, Larry 

Dear Friends,

Please find the notices attached.

Nest Sunday we look forward to starting our Bible series on Hosea in the morning – don’t forget our sermons can also be listened to on our website.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,
Please find the notices attached.
Note the change of venue and time for SundaysAlive this weekend – 3pm on the Green at Heatherside.
Lynn writes ” Weather is looking promising for Sunday afternoon so plan for Sundays Alive is still to meet for picnic and games from 3pm on Heatherside recreation ground instead of at St Francis’ Church.
We can’t offer refreshments there so please bring your own picnic and drinks, rugs/folding chairs if you need them, and any outdoor games equipment you think might be fun. We will bring our boules set, tennis rackets and balls, soft baseball bat.
It would be really nice to know who is coming!”
Larry is still away on leave returning for both services on 25th August when we will say goodbye to Peter and Lynn and prayer for them in their new life in Dorset or thereabouts.

From the Virtual Office

Dear Friends,

At our 4pm Sundays Alive service this weekend we welcome  the family and friends of Rebecca for her baptism.  All the church family are invited to join Elizabeth and Barry in this celebration.

Our sermons over the summer will be based on Gospel passages and then on 1st September we look forward to welcoming Dr David Clark to open our autumn series on Hosea.

I am away on annual leave after the Baptism returning for our services on Sunday 25th August when we will be saying our goodbyes to Peter and Lynn as they move to Dorset to retire. Pray that they will find a new home and a new church family to serve.

Notices 11 August 2019

Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,

Please find the notices attached.

A correction for last weeks notices about the day with Mary Seaton on 12th October – the time should be 10am to 3pm – apologies.

Blessings, Larry

Notices 4 August 2019

Dear Friends,
Please find the Notices and our Sharing Page attached.
We will be looking for a Parish Safeguarding Office to replace Peter very soon – if you think you might have the right skillset for this important voluntary role please have a word with me.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,
I’m attaching the notices as usual.
The deadline for the Sharing Page is close to hand – please do contact Paula Huckle if you would like to have some news of your group shared amongst the Church family.
Thank you you very much if you have moved your giving to the Parish Giving Scheme – please do double check that you have cancelled your standing order if you had one (you wil need to contact your bank in writing or use your online/mobile banking APP to do this).  If you have forgotten to cancel yours do have a word with Mark Cowdrill or Yvonne Stokes so that we can repay any overpayment straight away.
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
2 Corinthinas 9: 12
We are coming towards the end of our sermon series in Philippians over the next couple of weeks and then reverting to the Gospel reading (from the Anglican Lectionary) for the summer period. In September we will be starting a series on the book of Hosea.
Every Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,
Please find the notices attached.
Blessings, Larry

Please find the notices attached as usual.
I’m considering running at least one 8 session video based course on prayer.
If you would like to suggest a time and place to suit a group of friends please let me know and I’ll see if we can work something out together.
Blessings, Larry


Please find the notices attached as usual.
Also attached is a sharing page for this month which features our monthly Craft and Chat which is open to women and at meets at Margaret Cox’s home Pinetops, Herrick Close at 7.30pm this Tuesday.
Churches Together in Camberley are meeting at Camberley Baptist Church (15 Frimley Road, Camberley. GU15 3EN) this Sunday evening (30th June) at 6.30pm, All are welcome. Parking is good in the side streets on the other side of the Frimley Road.
Hoping to see you all on Sunday at either the morning or the afternoon and as many as possible at 6.30pm at the Baptist Church which is marking 200 years of it’s building.
Blessings, Larry

Please find the notices attached for the week ahead and some notes from Ross our guest speaker from last week.
We are very grateful to note that eleven individuals/couples are now signed up to the Parish Giving Scheme which increses the ease of organising our giving both for each of us and for the church finance team – especially the previously laborious tax reclaim process. For more information please ask either Mark Cowdrill or Yvonne Stokes or have a word with me and we can pass the information to you if you would like to find out more.
We look forward to the start of our new series in Phillippians in the morning this week and Messy Church in the afternoon.

Dear Friends,

Please find the notices (such as they are!) attached.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,

Please find the notices attached. 
For those of you who have been following our series in Esther in the morning or on the Website I though you might to reflect on the book by watching this short summary:
This coming Saturday (15th) we will be suporting a charity called Home Start with our Pop Up Coffee Shop – here’s a link to their website and an excellent video. Come and have a coffee, eat a cake and make a donation.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends, 

After two elections and a school half term it feels like we are heading back to normal this week at last.
We are delighted to have Tim Cross from St Paul’s speaking this Sunday morning and Liz Haffenden using Godly Play to speak to us in the afternoon.
The notices are attached as usual – ladies don’t miss the Craft and Chat at 7.30 on Tuesday when a special guest will be teaching how to make flowers from clay.
We will be using the small double hall on Sunday morning so please come with an adaptable out look!!!
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,
Please find the notice sheet attached as usual AND a new Sharing Page which we hope to send out each month so that we can all keep up with what is happening amongst us.
We look forward to Tim Cross coming to jon us in a week’s time to preach.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,
We had a successful Pop Up Coffee Shop today raising £230 with some students from Tomlinscote for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.
Please find the notices attached for the week ahead – don’t forget the MEP elections on Thursday which means that there will be no KidsAlive325.
We continue with part three of our series in Esther this weekend covering chapter six and seven and the first couple of verses of chapter eight…..
Blessings, Larry

I hope you are enjoying the challenge of reading the Book of Esther? Not the easiset read, in more ways than one! Sermons continue to be available via the Church website.
Please find the notices attached. I shall be away for the middle of the week but hope to be able to respond to an email if necessary.
At the Annual Church meeting I mentioned the new Parish Giving Scheme which the PCC has agreed we would introduce. I’ve done my best to adapt some information for us below. I’m personally using the scheme and finding it very straightforward and helpful.
Blessings, Larry

The Parish Giving Scheme

The Diocese of Guildford has introduced a national planned giving scheme which aims to reduce the workload for individual parishes.   Heatherside Church has now joined the scheme. The members of the Parochial Church Council and members of the old Weekly Envelope Scheme have already been given the opportunity to join. We are now rolling out the scheme to all regular members of the Church who wish to give to God’s work through the Church.

Key benefits

The Parish Giving Scheme is a modern and efficient way of managing planned giving to churches. Tried and tested, this scheme will:

  • Reduce the time our Treasurer and Gift Aid Secretary will need to spend on administration
  • Improve cash flow through the efficient reclaiming of Gift Aid
  • Overcome static giving with the option of donations automatically uplifted by inflation each year
  • How does the Scheme work?

The Parish Giving Scheme enables a planned giver to donate to our Church as we are now registered with the scheme. 

Donations can be made on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. They are collected by Direct Debit on the first day of the month. 

The donations are then passed on to the church by the tenth of the month. 

The Gift Aid is then remitted to the parish monthly once the PGS office has received the money from HMRC. 

Regular donations can easily be changed/adjusted by making a telephone call or sending an email to the PGS office.

An introductory leaflets/forms for donors are available at the back of Church or from Larry, Mark or Yvonne.

Dear Friends
Please do find the notices attached for the week ahead.
This weekend in the morning service we will start our mini series on the Book of Esther – you might find it helpful to have your Bible with you or to borrow a church Bible.
In the afternoon we will Baptise Joshua Aries and we welcome his family as they join us.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,
Please find the notices attached.
Next Sunday (5th May) we will be starting a new sermon series on the book of Esther spread across 4 weeks. It takes about 30 minutes to read the book – might I suggest giving it a read before then in preparation.
This Tuesday (30th April) the newly formed Church Council will meet to appoint Officers and spend the evening with Rev Danny Wignall the Mission Adviser from the Diocese. We will be looking forwards at what we might do together as a Church, in particular our Church Development plan for our Worshipping Communities. I would value your prayers for that meeting.


Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,


I’m very much looking forward to celebrating Easter with you this year.
Please find the notice sheet attached.
We will be meeting at 9.30am in the Community Centre for a joint All Age Service and sharing Holy Communion together. We will have refreshments after the service.
We had a very successful Pop Up Coffee Shop yesterday raising £364.11 for a local child needing help.
Blessings, Larry

Dear All,
Please find attached documents for our annual meetings on Sunday (14th April 9.15am for 9.30am in the Community Centre) and the notice sheet for this weekend. All our welcome but only those on th Electoral Roll may vote.
We do not have a church photocopier so It would be most helpful if you printed your own documents,         
  • Agenda
  • APCM Minutes from 18th March 2018
  • PCC Report for year ending 31st Dec 2018
  • APCM Reports 2018
  • Finance Statement
  • PCC nomination form
I’m very grateful for all the hard work that has gone into keeping our paperwork in order so we can comply with all the legislation that is part of contemporary church life.
There are six vacancies for our Parochial Church Council so I have attached a nomination for you to use. Please prayerfully consider whether you would like to nominate someone for election.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,
Please find the notice sheet attached with information covering the Easter period including changes to service times on Good Friday and Easter Sunday in the Community Centre.
Please do come and join us at 9.15am for 9.30am for our Annual Parochial Church meeting next week (14th April) – our church meeting will follow at 10.30am as usual for our Palm Sunday Service.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,
Please find the notices attached for the week ahead. 
There is no KidsAlive325 this week. 
It’s Mothering Sunday this weekend AND the clocks “Spring forward” so don’t forget to reset your alarms.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,

This Sunday (24th) is the last chance to complete an electoral roll form. It’s an important way to show your commitment to our Worshipping Communities and I’m conscious that “others” view it as one of the signs of how viable we are as a church. If you have not yet sign a form and are over 16 and meet with us regularly please do fill in a form.
I shall be taking leave this week from Tuesday lunchtime until Saturday morning.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,
I trust that Lent is going well for you.
I’m attaching the John Piper poem from last week that that also covers the scripture passages for this weekend. I trust you enjoy it as much as I am. It is well worth reading more than once.
It’s still possible to pick up the Try Praying resources at all our services if you have not yet had one.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,

As I mentioned last week a 40 day prayer guide is now available as well as some booklets suitable for us to pass on to friends called “Try Praying”.  I’m hoping each one of us will accept this challenge to focus on prayer and invite a friend to “have a go”. If you are able to donate £5 in order to crowd fund this initiative I would be very grateful.
If poetry is your thing and might help you on your Lenten Pilgrimage then you might enjoy these poems put together by Revd Malcolm Guite:
Blessings, Larry


Lent is nearly upon us – a time for reflection and turning our face forwards towards Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and beyond. I pray it will be a useful time for each of us in our Christian journeys.

Our focus in our morning sermons this Lent  will be on Prayer – later this week a 40 day prayer guide will arrive as well as some booklets suitable for us to pass on to friends called “Try Praying”. So I’m hoping each one of use will accept this challenge to focus on prayer and invite a friend to “have a go”. If you are able to donate £5 in order to crowd fund this initiative I would be very grateful.

We will mark Ash Wednesday at 8pm at St Francis. (I note that Jesus was placed in a borrowed tomb and likewise we shall meet in a borrowed Church – for which, of course, I am very grateful).

If you are unable to come on Wednesday evening you can find an Ash Wednesday Sonnet to read or listen to hear from Revd Malcolm Guite:

Ash Wednesday

Receive this cross of ash upon your brow,
Brought from the burning of Palm Sunday’s cross.
The forests of the world are burning now
And you make late repentance for the loss.
But all the trees of God would clap their hands
The very stones themselves would shout and sing
If you could covenant to love these lands
And recognise in Christ their Lord and king.

He sees the slow destruction of those trees,
He weeps to see the ancient places burn,
And still you make what purchases you please,
And still to dust and ashes you return.
But Hope could rise from ashes even now
Beginning with this sign upon your brow.

Notices 3 March 2019

Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,

Please find attached the notice sheet for tomorrow.

Please don’t forget to take a form and fill it in for the Electoral Roll and bring it back to church as soon as possible – either service is fine.
Afternoon folk – please note it’s Messy Church again and pasta is provided for tea.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,
Following a meeting between the Archdeacon (Ven Paul Davies) and our Parochial Church Council (PCC) recently it is now clear that the Diocese has no further intention of closing our parish by merging it with anyone of our neighbours. Now that this decision has finally been made we can look ahead with more confidence. I am delighted that after 10 years of uncertainty we can start to plan ahead with prayerful confidence. I anticipate that the PCC will be meeting to renew our Church vision and refresh our Church Development Plan for each of our Worshipping Communities and our other activities.
New Electoral Roll 
The electoral roll must be completely renewed this year.  If you wish to have your name on the new roll, you will need to apply for enrolment as soon as possible so that the new roll can be prepared in line with the current Church Representation Rules. Forms will be available from Lesley Lee or Rev Larry Bain. 
Ladies:  We are starting a women’s bible study daytime group.  The first meeting is to be on Thursday 7th March at Ellie Wagstaff’s house at 23 Cherrydale Road, from 10:00 to 11.30 am.  Come along, all welcome.  More information from Liz Haffenden (tel 07880680320) or Penny Eldridge.  No need to book, just turn up.  They will be calling the group Clare’s Group in memory of Clare Watson.

Gentlemen: I’m looking to start a Men’s Group fortnightly get together on Tuesday evenings – some good Bible – some good company – and some good food. Would anyone like to help coordinate this with me?

Blessings, Larry

Please find attached the notice sheet for this Sunday. I shall be away preaching today at Clifton Community Church in Worthing where Paul Cross who has visited us a number of times to preach is the leader.
The Pop Up Coffee Shop is this Saturday 16th and will support Amanda Smith who is running a marathon for the Brain injury charity Headway. I hope to see you there. Bake something and bring it if you can.
Blessings, Larry

NI Notices 10 February 2019



The Church Wardens and I have reluctantly decided that we should NOT have a service tomorrow morning and I think this is wise. 

We have consulted widely and in view of the likely condition of the roads and footpaths following the coldest night of the year we believe that it would not be right to hold church tomorrow at 10.30am. 

Many of our morning congregation are unsteady on their feet (I slipped over yesterday!) and others drive some distance to be with us and given the snow melt today all the surfaces are likely to be wet and subsequently frozen first thing first thing. 

It would be very helpful if you could phone a couple of friends who you think might not do email or not check their email frequently and let them know. 

Can I suggest that you might have a look at Ephesians Chapter 3 for yourselves and consider:

  • the mystery that St Paul explains (vs 2-6) The inclusion of Jews AND Gentiles
  • the role of St Paul (7-9) St Paul leads by example.
  • the role of the Church (vs 10) now there’s a challenge
  • the heavenly audience (vs 11-12) what a thought!
  • the importance of suffering and not being discouraged (v12) when the rubber hits the road
  • joining in with St Paul’s priorities and praying for each other (vs 14-21)

Personally I think verse 10 is the most challenging – that God should choose to use the Church to accomplish his will. What might this mean for us.


A decision about the Sundays Alive service will be made at 1pm and posted on facebook. Feel free to ring me if you don’t do Facebook.



New Electoral Roll 

The electoral roll must be completely renewed this year.  If you wish to have your name on the new roll, you will need to apply for enrolment as soon as possible so that the new roll can be prepared in line with the current Church Representation Rules. Forms will be available from Lesley Lee or Rev Larry Bain.

Notices 3 February 2019
Blessings, Larry

Please find the latest notice sheet attached.
Happy New Year
Blessings, Larry


Please find the details of the Christmas and New Year services on out latest notice sheet attached.

May I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

May the God of hope fill you 

with all joy and peace 

as you trust in him, 

so that you may overflow with hope 

by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

Every blessing to you all,


Notices 23 December 2108

1) ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1: 1

2) ‘Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.’’      Isaiah 7:14

3) ‘A voice cries out: In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.’  Isaiah 40: 3

4)‘“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness. ’Jeremiah 23: 5 – 6 

5) ‘But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient days.’    Micah 5: 2

6) “ The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means, God with us).’ Matthew 1: 23

Notices 16 December 2018

Blessings, Larry

Throughout the history of the Church, Christians have used Catechisms – collections of questions and answers designed for memorisation and recitation to teach the core doctrines of the faith. 

What sort of redeemer is needed to bring us back to God? 


The one who is truly human and also truly God.

Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Notices 9 December 2018

Throughout the history of the Church, Christians have used Catechisms – collections of questions and answers designed for memorisation and recitation to teach the core doctrines of the faith. 

Who is the Redeemer? 


The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, in whom God became man and bore the penalty for sin himself.

1 Timothy 2:5

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

Notices 2 December 2018

Throughout the history of the Church, Christians have used Catechisms – collections of questions and answers designed for memorisation and recitation to teach the core doctrines of the faith.

How does the Holy Spirit help us? 


The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, gives us spiritual gifts and the desire to obey God; and he enables us to pray and to understand God’s word.

Ephesians 6: 17-18

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.

Notices 25 November 2018


Throughout the history of the Church, Christians have used Catechisms – collections of questions and answers designed for memorisation and recitation to teach the core doctrines of the faith.

What do we believe about the Holy Spirit? 


That he is God, co-eternal with the Father and the Son, and that God grants him irrevocably to all who believe.

John 14:16-17 

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever, even the  Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

Notices 18 November 2018

What is our only hope in life and death?

That we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our saviour Jesus Christ.

Romans 14:7-8

For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

Notices 11th November

Please find the notice sheet attached for the week ahead.

Dear Friend,
Please find the Notice Sheet attached.
Don’t forget the clocks go back this weekend.
Blessings, Larry

The Pop Up Coffee Shop is popping up this Saturday (20th October) 10:00-11:30 at the Community Centre.
This week we’re team up with  Phil Gray a self employed Paint and Decorator from Heatherside who’s going to Uganda  🇺🇬 in November to help build a orphanage and school.
Phil will be working along side a fantastic team of trades people for The Abode Project.
Phil says “The project has won my heart with all the dedication and hard work that is put into everything they do for these children. The children have such little food, clothing or resources, all things that my children and myself take for granted on a daily basis.
I will be on hand to put my skills to use to help provide an amazing living space and school so as these children can get the education they rightfully deserve. I will be sharing my skills with locals so as they can mend and fix as and when is needed.
This is an amazing project, however the new buildings cannot be utilised without the correct equipment and utensils. They will need to furnish the classrooms and children’s bedrooms, stock medical cabinets, equip the kitchen, supply bathroom toiletries and much much more.
I appreciate money is always being asked of by people but by popping along to the Pop Up Coffee Shop you can get a freshly brewed coffee/tea and something yummy  🤤 for JUST £2 and all the profits will go to help this AMAZING project.
Thank you and I look forward to see lots of you on Saturday.”  🙂 ☕️ 🍪

Throughout the history of the Church, Christians have used Catechisms – collections of questions and answers designed for memorisation and recitation to teach the core doctrines of the faith.

How does the Holy Spirit help us? 

The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts and the desire to obey God; and he enables us to pray and to understand Gods word.

Ephesians 6:17-18 

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Notices 07 October 2018

Dear All 

A quick reminder that it is our Harvest Festival service this Sunday; In both our services we are collecting dried and non perishable food for The  Besom in Camberley “A bridge between those who want to give and those in need”
For more information please visit the website
Many Thanks

What should we pray?

The whole Word of God directs and inspires us in what we should pray, including the prayer Jesus himself taught us.

Ephesians 3:14 – 21

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Notices 23 September 2018


Throughout the history of the Church, Christians have used Catechisms – collections of questions and answers designed for memorisation and recitation to teach the core doctrines of the faith.


With what attitude should we pray?

With Love, perseverance, and gratefulness: in humble submission to Gods will, knowing that, for the sake of Christ, he always hears our prayers. 

Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let you requests be made known to God.

Notices 16 September 2018

What is Prayer?

Prayer is pouring out our hearts to God in praise, petition, confession of sin, and thanksgiving.
Psalm 62:8
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.

Throughout the history of the Church, Christians have used Catechisms – collections of questions and answers designed for memorisation and recitation to teach the core doctrines of the faith. 

Question 15

Since no one can keep his law, what is its purpose? 


That we may know the holy nature and will of God, and the sinful nature and disobedience of our hearts; and thus our need of a saviour. The law also teaches and exhorts us to live a life worthy of our saviour. 

Romans 3:20 

For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

Notices 2nd September 2018

Throughout the history of the Church, Christians have used Catechisms – collections of questions and answers designed for memorisation and recitation to teach the core doctrines of the faith.

Question 14

Did God create us unable to keep his law? 


No, but because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fallen;

We are all born in sin and guilt, corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God’s law.

Romans 5: 12 

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.

Notices 12th August 2018

Rev’d Larry Bain  01276 691127

Throughout the history of the Church, Christians have used Catechisms – collections of questions and answers designed for memorisation and recitation to teach the core doctrines of the faith.

Question 13

Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly? 


Since the fall, no mere human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly, but consistently breaks it in thought, word and deed.

Romans 3: 10 – 12

None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.

Notices 29 July 2018


Throughout the history of the Church, Christians have used Catechisms – collections of questions and answers designed for memorisation and recitation to teach the core doctrines of the faith.

Question 12

What does God require in the ninth and tenth Commandments? 


Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive, but speak the truth in love.

Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyone or resenting what God has given them or us.

James 2:8

If you really fulfil the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself,” you are doing well.

Notices 15 July 2018

Throughout the history of the Church, Christians have used Catechisms – collections of questions and answers designed for memorisation and recitation to teach the core doctrines of the faith.

Question 11

What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth Commandments? 


Sixth, that we do not hurt, or hate, or be hostile to our neighbour, but be patient and peaceful, pursuing even our enemies with love.

Seventh, that we abstain from sexual immorality and live purely and faithfully, whether in marriage or in single life, avoiding all impure actions, looks, words, thoughts, or desires, and whatever might lead to them.

Eighth that we do not take without permission that which belongs to someone else, nor withhold any good from someone we might benefit.

Romans 13: 9

For the commandments, “you shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.

Notices 08 July 2018

Question 10

What does God require in the fourth and fifth Commandments? 


Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in public and private worship of God, rest from routine employment, serve the Lord and others, and so anticipate the eternal Sabbath.

Fifth, that we love and honour our father and our mother, submitting to their godly discipline and direction.

Leviticus 19:3

Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.

Throughout the history of the Church, Christians have used Catechisms – collections of questions and answers designed for memorisation and recitation to teach the core doctrines of the faith.

Notices 24 June 2018

Notices 01 July 2018

Question 9

What does God require in the first, second, and third Commandments? 


First, that we know and trust God as the only true and living God.

Second, that we avoid all idolatry and do not worship God improperly.

Third, that we treat God’s name with fear and reverence, honouring also his word and works.

Deuteronomy 6: 13 – 14

It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you.

Notices 17 June 2018

Throughout the history of the Church, Christians have used Catechisms – collections of questions and answers designed for memorisation and recitation to teach the core doctrines of the faith.

Question 8

What is the law of God stated in the Ten Commandments? 


You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below – you shall not bow down to them or worship them. You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honour your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony. You shall not covet.

Exodus 20:3 

You shall have no other gods before me.

Notices 10 June 2018

Question 7

What does the law of God require? 


Personal, perfect, and perpetual obedience; that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love our neighbour as ourselves. What God forbids should never be done and what God commands should always be done.

Matthew 22: 37 -40 

And (Jesus) said to him, “You shall love the lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

This is the great and first commandment.

And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the Prophets

Kind regards, Yvonne

Notices 3 June 2018

Dear All

Throughout the history of the Church, Christians have used Catechisms – collections of questions and answers designed for memorisation and recitation to teach the core doctrines of the faith.

Question 5

What else did God create? 


God created all things by his powerful word, and all his creation was very good; everything flourished under his loving rule.

Genesis 1: 31

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.

Notices 20 May 2018

Kind Regards, Yvonne

Dear All

Throughout the history of the Church, Christians have used Catechisms – collections of questions and answers designed for memorisation and recitation to teach the core doctrines of the faith.

Question 4

How and why did God create us? 


God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him, and glorify him. And it is right that we who were created by God should live to his glory.

Genesis 1: 27

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Notices 13 May 2018

Kind Regards, Yvonne

Dear All,

Throughout the history of the Church, Christians have used Catechisms – collections of questions and answers designed for memorisation and recitation to teach the core doctrines of the faith.

Over the next few weeks we will be sending out, with the Church notices, a Catechism: question, answer and a Bible passage.

Kind Regards, Yvonne

Question 3

How many Persons are there in God? 


There are three persons in the one true and living God: the Father, the son, and the Holy Spirit.

They are the same in substance, equal in power and glory.

2 Corinthians 15: 14

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Dear All,

Throughout the history of the Church, Christians have used Catechisms – collections of questions and answers designed for memorisation and recitation to teach the core doctrines of the faith.

Over the next few weeks we will be sending out, with the Church notices,  a Catechism – question, answer and a Bible passage.

Kind Regards, Yvonne                                                                        27 April 2018

Question 2

What is God ?


God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. He is eternal, infinite, and unchangeable in his power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisdom, justice, and truth. Nothing happens except through him and by his will.

Psalm 86: 8 – 10, 15

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yoursAll the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God….. But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious; slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

Notices 22 April 2018

Question  1. 

What is our only hope in life and death?

Answer :

That we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our saviour Jesus Christ.

Romans 14: 7 – 8

For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 

Rev’d Larry Bain  (Away on special leave from 16th April until mid July)

Dear Friends,
I’m entering new territory with this Sabbatical (Extended Ministerial Development Leave) commencing on Monday and I’m sure it will take quite a lot of adjustment. Adjustment, Both for me and for you and for the wider community. Let’s agree to pray for each other that the next 3 months will be fruitful time for all of us. I’m praying that the things I normally do will find willing hands. Caring and looking after each other seems to be something we are good at but can I ask you to especially look out for each other.
The Leaders of groups and all the different ways of doing church and community will all remain in place and where the need for a “priest” remains one will be provided by our friends in the Deanery and beyond. For most things that come up our Church Wardens (their contact info is as below – email via this address) should be able to help you or point you in the right direction. 
If you cannot make contact with the Church Wardens then my fellow Camberley Group Incumbents (Rev’ds Bruce, Bob, Andrew and Tom) and the Area Dean Rev’d Jonathan Hillman the Rector of Windlesham may be able to help you but the Church Wardens should be your first port of call.
The first Saturday I’m away (21st) will be quite busy with our Pop Up Coffee shop in the morning and our Pop Up Gig Night with our folk friends from Unplugthewood. Please do show up at both – you’ll need to buy a ticket for the Gig Night first though as it includes Fish and Chips. If I should happen to turn up it is because I’m also a member of the community!
I look forward to seeing how the church has grown and changed when I return in mid July.
Every Blessing, Larry                                                              14 April 2108

NB I’m grateful that Yvonne will be sending out these emails whilst I’m away. All requests for notices to Paula as usual.

Rev’d Larry Bain  (Away on special leave from 16th April until mid July)
Mr Mike Lamond Church Warden 01276 500486
Mr Michael Eldridge Church Warden 01276 61328
Please do ask to be removed from our emails lists if you wish
Heatherside Church Camberley


Please find the notice sheet attached.
You will also find attached a flyer for another Pop Up Gig Night with UNPLUGTHEWOOD at St Francis on Saturday 21st April which starts at 6.30pm. Cost will be £10 per adult and includes a simple fish an
d chip supper. Bring you own drinks – tea and coffee provided. To reserve tickets please contact me or Suzy (07881245587).
Blessings, Larry                                                                      7 April 2018

Please find the notices for this Easter Weekend attached.
I have also attached the sermon from the Cathedral Maundy Thursday Service from Bishop Andrew.
Hoping to see some of you later at our 8pm Maundy Thursday Service at St Francis, others for Breakfast at Deepcut Cafe tomorrow (Good Friday) at 9am and yet others at 10am for 10.30am for our morning service in the Community Centre. Easter Sunday will be at our normal time of 10am for 10.30am – also in the Community Centre. 
Blessings, Larry                                                                     29 March 2018
  • Watch the Barabbas video Steve mentioned in his Good Friday address:

Dear Friends,
Please find the notices attached.
With Easter and the Easter holidays there are extra things happening as well as a few things taking breaks for the holidays etc so the notice sheet needs a careful read.
We will all lose an hours sleep this weekend with the clocks changing – we will have our refreshments after the service which may be helpful!
Blessings, Larry                                                                       24 March 2018  

Dear Friends,
Please find the notices attached as usual as well as some paperwork (electronic) for the Annual meetings which will be held this Sunday at 9am for 9.15am.
We will mark the 3rd complete year of Sundays Alive this weekend with a party feel.

Next Sunday (25th March) is Palm Sunday – the clocks will go forward – we will have refreshments after the service. In the afternoon we will have Messy Church.


Blessings, Larry                                                                      17 March 2018

Dear Friends,
I’m sad to let you you that Clare Watson a friend of many in our church family passed away peacefully on Friday evening with all her family present. She had been discharged from Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice into BUPA Waverley Grange care home, opposite. Please be praying with me for Billy and the rest of the family. Understandably there are no details for a funeral service as yet.
Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting will held prior to the morning service next  Sunday 18th March.  Please join us at 9am for coffee, juice and pastries followed by 9.15 start. All our welcome.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                    10 March 2018

Please find the notices attached as usual.
We very much hope that the Hearing Aid Loop has now been fixed. We should be very grateful to the PA team who have put so much hard work into tracing the problems and arranging for it to be fixed. If you use a hearing aid with the correct settings to connect to a Loop it would be very helpful if you could change your hearing aid setting for the service on Sunday at 10.30am and let the Team know if it is working for you.
Please let me know if you would like to join me for the IGNITE service at Cove at 6.30pm so we can share transport.
I trust you have been able to either survive or enjoy the snow and colder weather as best suits!.
Blessings, Larry                                                                      3 March 2018

Please find the notices attached.
I’m very much looking forward to spending time with folk tomorrow both at our church services but also at the meals that follow them.
Blessings, Larry.                                                                                24 February 2018

Please find the notices for the week ahead attached. 
We are pleased to welcome Tim Cross from St Paul’s Camberley as our preacher in the morning and Liz to share at Sunday’s Alive in the afternoon.
We helped raise £80 at the Pop Up Coffee Shop earlier today in Partnership with Sainsbury’s and the Heatherside Ward Residents association.
Blessings, Larry                                                                  17 February 2018

This Sunday bears the snappy title “The Sunday next before Lent” which means, not unsurprisingly,  that Lent is starting this week. We will be marking this special period of reflection with our  Ash Wednesday Service at 8pm at St Francis. Arrive early if you want to be there for the burning of the palm crosses and the making of the Ash.
The Diocese have sent us some leaflets (The Bishop of Guildford’s Lent Challenge) which will be available this Sunday for those who would like some thoughtful help during Lent.
Parish Share is the shared process that funds the Diocese, its paid clergy and staff. The is a leaflet at the back of church explaining some changes as to how it is calculated that are being introduced. If you have ever wondered who pays for what this should help. There is a short video that can be watched here 
Blessings, Larry                                                                      10 February 2018

Please find the notices attached for this weekend.
There will be an opportunity to join others at 6.30pm at Southwood Community Centre for their IGNITE service this Sunday evening (4th Feb). Please liaise with me for more info.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                 3 February 2018

I was delighted to hear today that some of our Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes went to Central Asia where I worked in the 90s. There are many poor children in these countries.

We launch our joint Messy Church project tomorrow (Sunday) at 4pm  working together with St Peter’s Frimley. Please invite your friends. We will do this once a month. Please pray for this new venture.

Churches Together in Camberley have a Prayer and Praise meeting tomorrow (Sunday) at St Michael’s Camberley at 6.30pm – arrive a bit early as there will be singing before the start.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                       27 January 2018


Please find the notices attached.

I the wider community there has been discussion both at the Heatherside Ward Residents Association meetings and on facebook Heatherside Residents Forum about raising support (and funds in due course) to erect a pillar on the grass at the corner of Martindale Avenue and Cumberland Road. Similar pillars exist in Deepcut and in Frimley Green. I fully support this idea.

Members of the wider community have been pledging their support and an offer of money towards such a project (mostly £5 each). For those of you wishing to pledge support for this idea but who do not use or prefer not to pledge by Facebook there will be a sheet at the back of church. It is necessary to secure these pledges to convince the borough council to allow us as a community to go ahead with the project. One of our neighbours Len Williams is coordinating this effort and his idea is explained more fully on the attached letter which contains pictures of nearby pillars.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                20 January 2018

Dear Friends,

Please find the notices attached for this week.

Thank you to all of you who prayed for our Living nativity event last week. I was delighted at the large numbers that attended and stayed and relaxed over a coffee with us. I was amazed to discover that we have manged to cover our costs and make a small contribution to the Residents Association for next years Christmas Tree events.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                  12 January 2018


I’m very grateful to have got through the Christmas period without a cold this year – always good to be grateful. I hope you all had a great Christmas and are looking forward into the New Year with hope. I will be away on retreat with some other church leaders from sunday evening returning in time for Wednesdays Alive.

In the morning tomorrow (Sunday 7th) we will have our annual Covenant Service when we will recommit ourselves to living and serving God afresh.

In the afternoon Millers Ark Living Nativity will be joining us at St Francis from 2pm until 4pm followed by church at 4pm. The Pop Up Coffee Shop will also be “popping up” to do the refreshments for the event. This is an event that is really easy to invite your family and friends to. Please find the notices attached and a copy of the Living Nativity poster for any last minute invitations.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                   6 January 2018


Tomorrow (Saturday) we are partnering with our local Sainsbury’s to support Frimley Park Hospital’s Children’s ward with our Heatherside Pop Up COFFEE shop. 10.00-11.30 at the Community Centre.
On Sunday evening (17th) we are having our Candles by Candlelight service in the Community Centre at 6.30pm.
Please do bring your friends, family and neighbours to both of these events.
Blessings, Larry                                                                       15 December 2017


Its getting busy again and the notice sheet is full of fine detail so please read carefully and make a note of the things that you want to be involved in and where they are happening.
Please encourage your children/grandchildren to dress up as a nativity character if they would like to come to this Sunday’s (10th) Sunday’s Alive service at 4pm. After Sundays Alive we will go to McDonalds in Farnborough (if there is time) and then arrive early for a 6.30pm start at the IGNITE Carols by Laser Light service.
Please invite your musical friends to come and join us to practice the Carols at 4pm on 17th and then stay on for our Carol Service at 6,30pm.
Our usual Crib and Christingle services in the Community Centre on Christmas Eve are always a great opportunity to invite family friends and neighbours with children.
On Christmas eve in the morning we will need some practical help assembling over 200 Christingles both at 9am and at 11am (we will have an informal communion service at 10.30am). Please let us know if you are able to come and help.
Blessings, Larry                                                                              9 December 2017

Dear Friends,
Please find the notices attached for this Sunday.
THIS Sunday (3rd December) the afternoon Sundays Alive service will be moved to 5pm as we join with St Francis and some of the uniformed organisations to have a Christingle Service.
Blessings, Larry                                                                       1 December 2017

Dear Friends,

Please find the notices attached.

Tomorrow (Sunday 26th) there will be a normal service in the morning BUT the afternoon service is not happening because we are joining the rest of Heatherside Community to sing carols and Christmas songs around the tree in Heatherside Arcade at 5pm. Lights on at about 5pm.

If anyone would like to volunteer as a steward to generally keep us safe that would be very helpful.
We will also need a jolly person to give away popcorn.
I’m happy to do the sound but just as happy to share this role if someone would like to help.

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                 25th November 2017

It has been a very busy November and things aren’t letting up.
Tomorrow (19th) Bishop Andrew joins us for a service of Baptism and Confirmation at St Francis at 4pm followed by a hog roast – do join us even if your don’t normally come in the afternoon.
Next Sunday (26th) the Community will be turning the Christmas tree lights on at 5pm – again please join us. There will be no 4pm service.
Looking ahead there will be an early bird Christingle service at 5pm on December 3rd which will be a joint service with St Francis.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                   18th November 2017

Dear Friends,

Please find the notices for Sunday attached.

Next Sunday we will hold two services a usual but all are encouraged to come for the service of Baptism and Confirmation at 4pm with the Bishop of Guildford which will be followed by a hog roast. Please bring a dessert if you are able.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                          11 November 2017

A busy Sunday ahead with everyone bringing their Shoeboxes this weekend and with many invited to an afternoon event including 7 uniformed groups.
Operation Christmas Child are looking for volunteers at their warehouse – commencing Tuesday 14th November in Aldershot. Details can be found here:
The date for turning the Heatherside Christmas tree lights is Sunday 26th November at 5pm. Amongst other we as the church would like to be involved in this event and we will be asking for volunteers to help. Please contact me or Scott if you can offer help on the day.
If you you would like to suggest a reading that would be helpful for Remembrance Sunday (12th) please do contact me before Tuesday lunchtime.
Please pray for those being Baptised and confirmed on 19th November at 4pm by Bishop Andrew.
Blessings, Larry                                                                           4 November 2017


Please find the notices for tomorrow attached.

This is a REMINDER that the CLOCKS CHANGE TONIGHT so we get an extra hours sleep.

If you are interested in a free fireworks display there will be a short display on Tuesday evening (31st) at 7.45pm on Heatherside recreation ground. They started a few minute early last year so go early.

Please pray for our Parochial Church Council on Monday evening (30th October).

Blessings, Larry                                                                            28 October 2017

NB I quite in enjoyed watching this :

Dear Friends,

Peter Stapleton writes:

“Many of us have been praying for Lorenzo, who was born 15 weeks premature in July to Charlie and her fiancé John. He had many problems, and following a third operation he lost his struggle and died on Tuesday evening in his parents’ arms. He had been baptised on Sunday, and his funeral is next Friday. The family is grateful for the support and prayers and ask that we continue to pray for them during this difficult time.” 

Tomorrow (Saturday) at 10am – will be the Pop Up Coffee Shop at the Community Centre. Please do come and join us and bring your neighbours. We will raise money for a children’s home in Ghana this time.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                          20 October 2017

Dear Friends,

Please find the notices attached.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                           14 October 2017


I am delighted to let you know that a new Archdeacon has been announced for our half of the Diocese. His name is Paul Davies and I attach a press release from the Diocese.

New Archdeacon for Surrey

The next Women of the Word event is tomorrow (Saturday) at Heatherside Community Centre on Saturday 7 October at 9.30am. Guest speaker will be Lisa Edge of Acorn Christian Healing Foundation.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                           6 October 2017


Church seems busy with a full notice sheet – please take time to see if there is anything that would be good to be involved with or invite others to.

Please continue to pray for those on the Alpha Course and for those who being Baptised and/or Confirmed on 19th November and their families.

Thank you for your prayers for last weekend’s Pop Up Coffee Shop and Harvest Service.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                          30 September 2017

NB note the Prayer and Praise service at St Paul’s this Sunday (1st) at 6.30pm for Churches Together in Camberley.

Thanks for joining in with our Pop Up COFFEE Shop earlier today (Sat 23rd). We were able to pass on £150 to the PTA and £150 to Children of the Dump (ASCT). What a great way to build community and help others.
Don’t forget to put 4pm on 19th November in your diary for Baptism and Confirmation. It’s still not too late to speak to me to arrange a Baptism/Confirmation – please pray. It is likely that two candidates from St Andrew’s Frimley will join ours.
Please do join us tomorrow if you can for our Harvest service with is at 10.15 – slightly earlier than usual! Refreshments will be served after the service. We hope to have members of the Scouts and Guides and their respective younger groups and their families with us.
In the afternoon (Sunday 24th) we will be cutting back vegetation behind St Francis Church from at 1pm onwards. I have tools and gloves for those who would like to help – wear old clothes.
Blessings, Larry
Community Vicar                                                                          23 September 2017
NB The conference that I went to in Leeds was very useful – here is a link with one persons view –


Looking ahead next Saturday (23rd) is our Pop Up Coffee Shop which will raise funds for Children of the Dump (formerly ASCT) and the Friends of Heather Ridge Infants (formerly the PTA) – this time we will be using the Heather Ridge Infants School hall for our event. All are welcome – please bring your friends and neighbours. If you would like to bake something and bring it that would be very helpful.
Nest Sunday (24th) is our Harvest Festival Service which will start a little earlier at 10.15am. We will have refreshments afterwards and we hope to have some of the families of our uniformed organisations with us. Please bring food suitable for the Besom Food Bank to use (dried/tins etc)
Thank you to those who have spoken to me about Baptism and Confirmation – its not too late to speak to me as we start to plan towards 19th November.

I shall be away on Monday and Tuesday at a conference called ReNew. More information –

Blessings, Larry                                                                                          16 September 2017


Please find the notice sheet attached.

Please particularly note the early start time for the Harvest service on 23rd September at 10.15am when the uniformed organisations will be joining us.

I would love to hear from you if you are thinking of Baptism and/or Confirmation as Bishop Andrew has agreed to come and join us at 4pm on 19th November.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                           9 September 2017

Please find the notices attached.

Larry (still on leave)                                                                                   1 September 2017

Dear Friends,

From time to time we run Alpha Courses as a church family.  Another course starts this Thursday evening. Let me know if you have friends you want to bring or if you want to come yourself. Here is a taster
If you would like to run or host an Alpha Course have a chat so that we can see how I can support you in this.
Please find the notice sheet attached which will cover the next two weeks.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                        12 August 2017

Dear Friends,

Please find the notices attached for the next 2 weeks – combined.

We look forward to hosting our next coffee morning here on Monday (31st).

Blessings,  Larry                                                                                        29 July 2017

Dear Friends,

Please find the notices attached.

Blessings,  Larry                                                                                         22 July 2017

Dear Friends,

Please find the notices attached.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                           15 July 2017

Dear Friends,

Please find the notices attached as usual.
We are very grateful to all those who have stood for office to serve our church in the year ahead the details are attached.
We are also grateful to Grant Newman (a friend from our community) who has constructed a cover and put up a new screen in the hall for Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                            8 July 2017

Dear Friends,
After a busy weekend for the church and the wider community it is perhaps fitting to have a notice sheet with a few less things on it to catch our breath for a while.
The detail’s of Margarets funeral service are on the noticesheet attached.- my experience of the traffic this last week might suggest that leaving extra time for the journey might well be wise.
Please find the notices attached.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                           1 July 2017
NB Some of you might have noticed that the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) ordained a missionary Bishop for Europe at the request of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) on Friday.
I was with Andy Lines (now Bishop for Europe) on Wednesday evening in Clerkenwell when GAFCON met to discuss this arrangement. This new arrangement, although a little complicated, is reassuring as we face such continued uncertainty within the Church of England.
Please talk to me if you need more clarity.

Dear Friends,

The notices are attached as usual.
Details for Margaret (Mills) funeral are on the notice sheet – all those who who are planning on coming are also invited to refreshments afterwards at the Golden Retriever which is near Easthampstead Park.
The Sundays Alive Team this weekend (25th June) are holding a BBQ at St Francis at about 4pm after some singing etc. All are welcome – bring your family and friends.
I still have some tickets left for the Music Night on Saturday 1st July – grab some before they go. Details attached
The next Pop Up Coffee Shop is Saturday 17th July in the Heatherside Community Centre at 10am – 11.30am and will for charities supporting the emergency services. Come and get a coffee and empty your wallet for a great cause.
Blessings, Larry                                                                     24 June 2016

The Pop Up Coffee Shop is tomorrow (Saturday) in the Community Centre between 10am and 11.30am and will raise funds for the children’s charity Sparklers. Please pop in for a coffee and a cake.

Tickets for the Pop Up Gig Night on 1st July can be bought from me for £10 and include a Fish & Chip supper and the Band Unplug the Wood.

Blessings,  Larry                                                                        16 June 2017

Dear Friends, 

Sundays Alive this weekend (11th June) will be having a meal together after church this week. Steamed bacon pudding with potatoes and cabbage as well as less exotic food! – All welcome – bring your friends but let me know for numbers. Bring food if that works better for you.

The notices are attached.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                         9 June 2017    


Please find the notices attached. We look forward to welcoming the family and friends of William Roberts who is being Baptised at our 10.30am service 4th June.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                        3 June 2017


Please find the notices attached.

There will be no Kids Alive this week as some of us will be attending the funeral of Karen Badger in Maisey Hampton. There are many things to pray for in our church family at the moment but can I ask you to also be praying for Jon Badger and the family and friends of Karen as we give thanks for her life on Thursday.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                      20 May 2017

Dear Friends,

Whilst away on holiday this week I received the sad news that Karen Badger who formerly worshipped with us had died.

Please pray for Jon and the family and friends of Karen after her untimely death. As soon as details of a funeral or memorial service are known we will publish them.

Please find the notices attached as usual.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                        13 May 2017

How did a personal tragedy lead Loretta Minghella OBE

CEO of Christian Aid to follow her calling?

Dear Friends,

Please find the notice sheet attached.

I’m on leave this week returning next Sunday (14th).

Blessings, Larry.                                                                                                 6 May 2017


Tomorrow is our Annual Meeting of Parishioners and our Annual Parochial Church Meeting for 2016. Please do join us at 3pm for afternoon tea at St Francis Church when we will do our annual business together. The Sundays Alive congregation are hosting a BBQ after the service – all our welcome to stay on.

As far as our elections go:

Two people have been nominated for the role of Church Warden of which we have two vacancies.

There are four vacancies for the Parochial Church Council and I am aware of two persons standing for election. There are two vacancies for Deanery Synod and I am aware of one person standing for election.

It is possible to to nominate persons for any of these positions right up until the meeting – I have the necessary forms.

I am attaching all the paperwork for the meeting that is available and the notice sheet for this week.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                                 29 April 2017

Dear friends,

Please find the Notice sheets attached as usual.

Sunday week 30th April we will have our Annual Parochial Church Meeting at 3pm at St Francis Church Hall at 3pm with afternoon tea.

There are four vacancies for PCC members – if you would like to stand for election you will need to a proposer and seconder. Might there be a someone you would like to challenge to serve us in this way? Forms available at both services on Sunday.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                                   22 April 2017


Very much looking forward to celebrating Easter with you tomorrow. We will be having a Family service at 10am for 10.30am with Hot Cross buns.

We had another excellent Pop Up Coffee Shop today raising £170.00 for Cancer Research.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                                   15 April 2017


Please find the notices attached.

If you are coming in the morning please allow extra time at the end of the service so that we can work on our goals for the year ahead.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                                    8 April 2017    


I was sad to hear that Jean Fletcher had died this week. Please see the notice sheet for details of her Thanksgiving Service. We pray for Bob and the family in particular.

I’m very much looking forward to Mary Seaton speaking to us again tomorrow/today (Sunday morning).

We had hoped to look at putting together the Church Plan (for the morning service) during the meeting next Sunday but strong feelings have been expressed against doing this so we will now meet at the conclusion of the service which will mean that we all need to plan to spend longer at church next Sunday (9 April). I’m attaching a form for you to start to prayerfully gather your thoughts on.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                                       1 April 2017

Dear Friends,

Please note that the clocks go forward an hour this evening.

The notices are attached.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                                     24 March 2017  

Dear All,

Please find attached the notices for this week.                                               18 March 2017


Attached is the notices this week,

Blessings, Larry                                                                                                     11 March 2017

 Dear Friends,

This week we heard the sad news that our friends Margaret Brady has died. Please be praying for her family and friends.
Many will remember Daniel Odhiambo from Kenya who visited us and preached on Sunday mornings during the time he was training in this country. I’m attaching a prayer letter from him this week so you may pray for him.
We say goodbye this weekend to Reza and Volga who are moving to live in Italy later this week. They plan to join us on Sunday morning.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                                       4 March 2017

Dear Friends,

Please find the notice sheet attached.
We will mark the beginning of Lent on  Ash Wednesday (1st March) with a short service at 8pm at St Francis – all welcome.
I would like to point you to 3 Lent resources – if you don’t already have something planned:
  • Justin Welby the Archbishop of Canterbury’s book Dethroning Mammon has been suggested as suitable reading for Lent. Can be bought at the Triangle Bookshop Farnborough or ordered on line.
  • Andrew Watson has put together a Lent Challenge and the leaflets will be at Church this Sunday.
  • The Church Society is producing a Lent resource via Facebook everyday through Lent and I am proposing to share it on our Facebook pages each day.
We welcome Summer Calvert formally into the church family at her Baptism at 4pm this Sunday – all welcome.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                                      25 February 2016

Thank you so much for those of you who having been praying for my/our health.
I am very grateful that Robert Crossley the retired Vicar of St Paul’s has agreed to come and preach and preside at Holy Communion this weekend.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                                       18th February 2017

Tomorrow (Sunday 12th) is your chance to say thank you and good luck to our special friend John Marrow because after 8 years his time with us on Heatherside is over. John is now studying to become a priest/vicar in the Church of England and the essays are getting trickier and longer. John will be joining us at 10.30am and preaching. John will also be with us at 4pm at our Sundays Alive service – all welcome. Tea and toast as usual at Sundays Alive – bring a cake or some biscuits etc as we say goodbye and Godspeed.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                        11 February 2017

Don’t forget the next Pop Up Coffee Shop 10-11.30am 18th February Heatherside Community Centre.

This month all proceeds will be going to help Camberley Family Contact Centre (CFCC) whose aim is to promote contact in a safe and welcoming environment, between children and non residents members of their immediate family


Just in case you weren’t in church last Sunday – we had another very successful Pop Up Coffee Shop last week raising £130.00 for the Fountain Centre and in the evening  nearly 70 folk for our Pop Up Music Night at St Francis raising £150.00 for the Hyper Mobility Syndrome charity and £260.00 for our church. A very big thank you to all who helped make our day such a success.

It’s not too late to join the Alpha course next Wednesday morning – have word with Liz Haffenden or Penny Eldridge.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                               28 January 2017


Many of you will remember Keith King, a former member and Church Warden of Heatherside Church.  He passed away peacefully last week – please pray for Diana and their family at this sad time.

What a busy weekend with our Pop Up Coffee shop this morning and the Pop Up Gig Night tonight.

Please find our notices attached.

Blessings, Larry.                                                                                             21 January 2017

I have been encouraged by spending time this week with some fellow church pastors who lead church of a similar age and size to ours.
The notice sheet is attached – clearly a good week for inviting friends with an Alpha course starting on Wednesday, the Pop Up Coffee Shop on Saturday morning (21st) at 10am and later that evening our first live music event the Pop Up Gig Night at 6.30pm. Please do invite a friends to one or more of these events.I will have tickets with me at Church.
Tomorrow Morning (Sunday) is our annual Covenant service.
Various invites are attached. Larry                                                               14 January 2016


Dear Friends,

I was sad to hear that Phyllis Chaplin a long time member of our church and mother of Doreen died peacefully last weekend. She had just celebrated her 108th birthday. It is likely that the Funeral service will be held at Woking  on 27th January at 2pm.
Every year we have a verse and this year I have chosen Jesus’ words  “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” from Matthew 4:4. 
Reading God’s word is so important for each one of us as we try to be obedient disciples of the Lord Jesus. We dare not rely on our feelings or other things but must let God’ word shape us day by day. We have mid week small groups to meet together around God’s word and some read in pairs or triplets. 
There are many different resources to help us read daily and last year a new resource was launched which you can log on to daily or receive a daily email. You can find it here . One of our church members said “by listening to the BiOY it makes me want and try and be a better person compared to who I was yesterday!!!!“. Why not give it a try – there are 3 passages of scripture each day and a paragraph to help to make sense of each passage written by Nicky Gumbel. If you would like to join a mid week group please get in touch with me. 
In the notice sheet this week Paula has highlighted some of the groups that meet during the week. If you would like something similar included for a group you are part of please let Paula know.
Looking ahead there will be a Pop Up Music night on the evening of 21st January at St Francis to raise funds for the church and another charity. Clive Buckingham a former member of the church will be coming with his group the Crofton Stokers and Emily from our Sundays Alive congregation will be entertaining us. There will be Fish and Chip supper. Cost £10 person – bring your own drinks – more details to follow. 
Blessings, Larry                                                                               7 January 2017


Looking forward to seeing you over the Christmas and New Year period.
Trying to remember what time and where things are happening get’s increasingly complex.
Paula has helpfully summarised the “what” and “where” for us on the attached notice sheet. Particularly hard might be to remember their are no Sundays Alive service until 8th January and that Christmas day is at 9.30am.
Don’t forget to invite your friends. Please be hospitable over this season and pray for our friends and neighbours who are unwell or lonely.
If you are away or I don’t see you to speak to personally “have a Happy Christmas and New Year”.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends

Please find the notices attached as usual.
There will be a Family Carol Service at St Francis at 4pm this Sunday (11th) – everyone is welcome.
Please see the invite below.
I have also attached the info for our Christmas Services again.
We had another great Pop Up Coffee Shop today (Saturday) with more than 130 folk dropping in and with the Beavers and Scouts raised £175 for the Children with Special Needs Foundation.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                        11 December 2016

Dear Friends,

Due to our recent growth at our Sundays Alive service we are not able to join St Francis at 5pm today so instead we will be having a Bring & Share” lunch at 1.30pm at St Francis. Looking forward to seeing folk at lunchtime – all are welcome.
I’m attaching a couple of invites with all the details of our Christmas services. Why not invite a neighbour or a friend to join the choir this year?
Looking ahead we are hoping to have a fundraising evening on 21st January at St Francis with Clive Buckingham’s group the Crofton Stokers and our own Emily singing with her Ukulele. More details to follow.
Blessings, Larry

Dear Friends,

I’m attaching the notice sheet.
I’m very much looking forward to having Mary (and Tony) Seaton) with us today (Sunday) at both our services.
Please be praying for the planning that goes into Christmas and the first term of next year. Pray that our plans will help us each to move forward into what God has for us. Pray that all that we plan to do will give honour to God and will further his Kingdom here on Heatherside.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                       26 November 2016

Dear Friends
We had another excellent Pop Up Coffee Shop serving over 100 friends and neighbours. We were able to make donation of £75 towards the Heatherside Ward Residents Association. we have also received acknowledgment from OXFAM that the previous donation has been received towards Goats for Africa.
I am looking forward to having Mary Seaton with us next weekend – I trust that the Ladies meeting on saturday will go well – even though I can attend!!! There is an invitation attached. She will be with us at both Sunday services.
Looking ahead there is a Carol Service for those who have been bereaved at St Michael’s Camberley. Again the details are attached. It would be helpful to let St Michael’s church Office or me know if you are intending to attend.
During the week we heard the sad news that Sybil West died on Friday 11th November following a chest infection. She passed away peacefully at Durnhythe Care Home in Aberdeenshire.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                       19 November 2016

Dear Friends,

I’m attaching the notices as usual.
I believe there may be an Alpha Course starting Monday 14th November led by John and Kate Peddie – please contact them for more info – C682664 or message them on FB.
Looking ahead there will be another Pop-Up Coffee Shop in the Community Centre on 19th November 10am until 11.30am. Bring your friends.
Mary Seaton will be our guest speaker on 26th November at 9.30am for our Ladies Morning – please do bring your friends. Mary has just returned from speaking in Inuit communities in the Arctic and will share something of her experiences.
Also on 26th November at 5pm there will be a ceremony to turn on the Christmas Tree lights – all our welcome.
We will mark Remembrance Sunday at both our services tomorrow.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                        12 November 2016


As write this email outside there are the noises of rockets exploding close by. In 1995 if I had written that it would have been an altogether different kind of rocket!
We should be praying for Mosul tonight and in these coming days as the Iraqi army and other forces move forward to retake this town/city from ISIS. Pray for the men, women and children who probably want nothing more than peace. Think of them cowering in their homes facing they know not what. Let that though drive you to prayer.
Remember as you pray for them that they may be Muslims, they may be Christians or they may have a secular outlook on life but being able to live a peaceable life without fear will be their common desire. There may not be much that we can do to practically help – although there will be families being resettled in Surrey Heath although I don’t know the figures. If we are believers then actually prayer is a practical response to the evil in our world. Please pray for a quick outcome in Mosul and a long term peace. Pray for folk living in fear that they may soon be liberated.
I’ll be leading prayers at both our services tomorrow – if you would like to write a prayer for me to read or you would be willing to pray openly for this unfolding tragedy please let me know.
I’m attaching the notice sheet as usual and note that there are many good things being organised nearby to go to. Why not take a friend to one of these events and in due course invite them to an Alpha course. We will send out the details of our Alpha start dates soon.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                        5 November 2016
NB Some of you will have seen from my Facebook page that there is an article about my love of Land Rovers in Classic Land Rover magazine – I’m on the front page! I’ll bring the magazine to church in case folk would like a look without committing to buying a magazine – I quite understand!!!

Dear Friends,
I’m attaching the notices as usual as well as a letter from Tearfund thanking the Church for using the yellow small change boxes. I was deeply moved as I read their letter and discovered that the partner charity that they forwarded our money onto was the same charity (SERVE Afghanistan) that I lead for a while whilst I was overseas in Pakistan/Afghanistan. I therefore know from first hand experience the very real benefit of delivering this kind of aid (a goat) to refugees returning to their home country of Afghanistan from the refugee camps in Pakistan. This project was getting started in another area just as I was leaving in 1996.
Staying with goats for a moment we launched our Pop Up Coffee Shop on Saturday and were delighted to see just over 120 folk from the community get together for a coffee and a pastry/cake/biscuit. I’n very grateful for all those that put £10 in an envelope to make sure that we had all the equipment we needed to get off to such a great start. I’m also very grateful to folk in the church and in the community who helped out. Our next coffee shop event will be in 19th November.

I’m very much looking forward to the clocks going back tonight and gaining an extra hours sleep. This is your reminder.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                                              29 October 2016

Dear Friends,

Today we will be welcoming three new folk into God’s family – Megan, Liam and Olivia at our baptism service at 4pm at St Francis.
A great thing happened a couple of weeks ago and we were able to add the Harvest giving at Heather Ridge Infants School to our own giving for Besom. I am grateful for the Senior Citizens allowing us to pass all the food on to such a great charity.
I would like to remind you all that the clocks go back in a weeks time.
I understand that the Heatherside Church Golf society played again on Friday although I was unable to join them on this occasion.
The Fun Fair will be on the Green again at Heatherside Sat/Sun/Mon and the fireworks are going to be at about 8pm on Monday (31st) although I would suggest that the timing has been a bit variable in previous years so they might be earlier. Please would you pray for a our community for a safe evening.
There will be a family evening on 31st from 5.30pm until 7.30pm organised by Frimley Churches to provide an alternative to Halloween. I believe we are allowed to join them (I’m checking)  – if you would like to go book through me.
In a new initiative we are sponsoring a Pop Up Coffee Shop on Saturday 29th October between 10am and 11.30am in the Community Centre. On this occasion we will support an Oxfam initiative and send a goat to a poor family overseas. Future events will partner with other charities to raise money for good causes – do join us. I’m very grateful to Scott Green for all the work he has put towards preparing for these events.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                                                              23 October 2016

Dear Friends,
As far as I can tell term has settled down and we will have a few weeks of normality ahead to enjoy after the summer and before it gets busy again (I’m not saying that word!).
I’m very much looking forward to our new Pop Up Coffee Shop starting on 29th October. Thank you very much those of you who have popped a tenner in the yellow envelopes. As you know we ran out so I’m pleased to say that a new supply have now arrived so its not too late to sponsor this new community initiative. I really hope this project will be the beginning of more new partnerships with other organisations that have the well-being of others at heart.
It was exciting to welcome another baptism family into the church last week and looking ahead to welcome three more children being baptised on 23rd October.
The notice sheet is attached as usual.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                                                           15 October 2016

Dear Friends,
Please find the notice Sheet attached.
Thank you for praying for the PCC (Parochial Church Council) on Monday – we had a very productive evening.
One of the things that we agreed at our meeting is that we will start a “pop up” Coffee Shop on Saturday mornings once a month. Each time we “pop up” we plan to partner with a charity.
Our first Coffee Shop will be a simple affair between 10am and 11.30am on 29th October in the main hall of our Community Centre. If you would like to sponsor us we are looking to partner with at least 25 people each donating £10 to cover the initial set up costs. After that we hope to be self funding and make a contribution to a chosen charity.
We will use the yellow envelopes available at the back of church for sponsorship. Please fill in the details and write “coffee shop” on the envelope. Obviously you can give more if you wish. If you are not a tax payer please put a diagonal line across the envelope.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                                                                8 October 2016


Please be praying for the Church Council that meets on Monday evening.
We will spend sometime thinking about the new Diocesan Vision and what it might mean to us as a church. There will be a number of other initiatives to discuss as well.
If you are reading this on Sunday morning before Church don’t forget that we celebrate Harvest at both our services today. We will also break bread at both meetings. There are at least two Birthday’s to mark at the 4pm service so there will be a party feel to our time together.
At 6.30pm there will be a Churches Together service at St Paul’s – all welcome.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                                                               2 October 2016

Dear Friends,

There is a slogan associated with Land Rover enthusiasts that goes “One Life – Live it”. It seems an apt phrase for us as Christians as well. My sense is that over the next six months or so we will have the opportunity to spend some time thinking and rethinking what our shared lives as a christian community might be about. Please be praying for our church in these days that we may discover what is God’s heart for us and how we might faithfully live that out.
The wedding of my youngest went very well on Friday – thank you to those who helped and those who prayed.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                                                        25 September 2016

Dear Friends,

As usual the notices are attached.
There will be a lunch after the morning service in the Community Centre this Sunday (18th)  – all welcome. Do let me know if you are able to come and you have not already let Yvonne know.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                                                       16 September 2016

Please find the notices and the Autumn term Card attached.
Blessings, Larry                                                                                                                        11 September 2016

Dementia Friendly Churches.

A FREE Training opportunity for Local Churches to become Dementia friendly.

This short course is being held at St.Paul’s Church, Crawley Ridge on Saturday 24th Sept 10am-12:30pm & Thursday 29th Sept 7:00–9:30pm. After the session you will be able to wear a Dementia Friends Badge and display a Dementia Friends Sign in your church. We will also have a presentation from Maureen Hume of Camberley’s Alzheimer’s Café, a taster session from Elsie Hawkins from High Cross’ Melody for the Mind and the opportunity to hear personal testimonies.

Refreshments willbe provided. Please contact or 07931 336511 to register your interest.

Church Library Closing.

The library of audio cassettes, CDs and VHS recordings of teaching materials has ceased to be regularly used and is therefore being brought to an end. Andrew has the list of available items.

If you are interested in any of the items, or know of an organisation which could use them, please contact Andrew.

Aid to Calais.

Julie Green will be making a trip to Calais on 23-34 September.

Julie is hosting a ‘spice-bag-making evening’ on 13 September, 7.30-9.30 pm at her home. All materials will be provided – just come along, help to assemble bags and enjoya glass of wine or tea/coffee and a chat. If you would like to help in any other way (e.g. donations for the spice bags or a financial contribution)please ask.

Addiction Recovery Course.

St Paul’s will be running an Addiction Recovery Course, starting on Tuesday 6 September from 7.30pm to 9.30pm for 15 weeks. While it is a Christian-based course, it’s open to people of all faiths or none and is for people with any addiction. Contact St Paul’s on C 700210.

Job Vacancy.

Samaritan’s Purse are recruiting for a Regional Volunteer Manager

Women Women of the World.

You are invited to a Ladies’ Breakfast on Saturday 15th October 9.30am at St Johns Church Hall, Cove Farnborough. The guest speaker will be Michele Grandfield. The cost is £5 per person, please book in advance. 01252 522960 email:

For more information please speak to Penny Eldridge.


I’m pleased to be back at home after my holiday in a Devon field. The Lord blessed the conference there and it was great to relax for a few days afterwards.
I’m very much looking forward to being back at church tomorrow.

Blessings, Larry                                                                                                              3 September 2016


Please find the Notices attached.

Blessings, Larry
NB I will be away from Tuesday 23rd August returning for Sunday 4th September.


Please find the Notices attached.
There will be a BBQ at St Francis at 4pm. All welcome. Bring a contribution if you can.
Blessings, Larry

Sponsored Piano Playing at St Peter’s.
Stuart Thomas invites all from local churches to attend and enjoy a special day of musical entertainment and relaxation. Stuart has kindly agreed to hold a sponsored piano playing day in aid of organ repairs and overhaul of bells. You are welcome to join him and Heather and listen to the piece of music that you have sponsored.
Refreshments will be provided through the day for those wishing to come along. The event takes place on Saturday 10 September (2-4.30pm and 7.30-9.30pm).

Leading Worship and Occasional Preacher Courses. Two courses run by Guildford Diocese are being held this autumn. If this is of interest to you  please speak to Larry.
Note applications for the leading worship course must be received by 26 August.
For more information;

Coffee Morning Monday 22nd August 2016.
We will be holding a coffee morning on 22nd August 10.30 to 12.30 at Larry’s, 30 Yockley Close. All are welcome, so please feel free to invite friends and family. For more info please speak to Penny, Yvonne or Liz.

Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship.
TAF is taking a summer break and will meet again on 6 September 2016.


I trust you are enjoying the summer. Please find the Notices attached.
We celebrate the Baptism of Adam tomorrow at 4pm at St Francis Church – please come and support this service if you are able.

Blessings, Larry

St-Etienne-du-Rouvray: Bishop Andrew statement:

The Bishop of Guildford, Andrew Watson has spoken of his anguish on the death of Father Jacques Hamel today at the Church of St Etienne du Rovray, near Rouen. Bishop Andrew said:“I am deeply saddened by the events today at the Church of St-Etienne-du-Rouvray, and we join with our brothers and sisters in France in prayer and anguish.

“Our Diocese of Guildford is linked with Evry, near Paris, and I have written to Bishop Michel of that Diocese to convey our shock and prayer.

“There is no peaceable alternative to a society where people of all faiths are valued and free to worship without fear, but these events show that this is something which can never be taken for granted.

“Now more than ever we must resist the language of fear and reprisal, and speak aloud the values of tolerance and love which unite the vast majority of our global family.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, wrote on his facebook page:

“Evil attacks the weakest, denies truth and love, is defeated through Jesus Christ.

“We pray for France, for the victims and for their communities.

“Le mal attaque les plus faibles, nie toute vérité et amour, est vaincu par Jésus.

“Prions pour la France, ses victimes et ses communautés.”

Last Friday Curry Club. 29 July 2016. We plan to have a change from curry and go for Chinese this month. See you at The Four Horseshoes, 13-15 Burrow Hill Green, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8QP and then at 9pm at Eastern and European, 160 Windsor Road, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8QX.

Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship. Has finished for the Summer break and will return 6th September.

KidsAlive325.  Has finished for the School Holidays and will return at the beginning of next term.

Diocesan Summer Summer School 2016.
Download  booklet: Diocesan Summer School

Craft Evening. First Tuesday of each month 7.30 to 9.15pm. Contact Margaret Cox.

Holiday at Home at Frimley Baptist Church. Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 3rd and Friday 5th August 10.00am to 3.30pm with lunch. Wednesday is a coach trip to Christchurch in New Forest. Holiday at Home is for the over 60’s. You can come to all 3 days or just one or two days, cost is just £6 per day including coach trip. Contact David Lasseter on Tel. 01276 25041 or mobile 07914974667.

Mission Life Grace Conference. 23 to 27th August Camping in Devon – come and join us. Let’s go as a group.  Conference Website.

PCC Meeting. 2nd October 2016 8pm at Church House.

Frimley Park Chaplaincy. Frimley Park Hospital are holding a recruitment course for new chaplains in October. If you are interested, or would just like to know more, please contact the Lead Chaplain, Revd. Jennifer Sistig at Frimley Park Hospital. Email or telephone: 01276  604184.

Street Angels. If you would be interesting in serving the community in this way please speak to Larry C691127.

I’m attaching the Notices for this week and a copy of Archbishop Justin’s  sermon to mark the Queens 90th Birthday.  Clearly their was a great calling on the Queen’s which God had prepared her for – I wonder what is the calling that God has for each one of us? How  faithful are we to that calling I wonder? What a great example the Queen is  to each one of us…

I’m very much looking forward to sharing lunch tomorrow to celebrate the royal Birthday.

Blessings, Larry

Archbishop preaches at Queen’s 90th birthday thanksgiving service Friday 10th June 2016.

The Archbishop of Canterbury preached and gave the blessing at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral today for The Queen’s 90th birthday.

You knit me together in my mother’s womb… I thank you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made [Psalm.139:12]

Ninety years ago, Her Majesty The Queen was born, like every human being knit together in her mother’s womb, and today we thank God for the way in which she, like every human being, is fearfully and wonderfully made.

Before we ever come to light, God marks our journeys. No one at The Queen’s birth knew for what she was destined. Today we recognise that God knew.

You encompass me behind and before and lay your hand upon me [Ps.139: 4]

Sixty-three years ago at the Coronation, again in the words of the Psalmist, God uniquely laid his hand upon Her Majesty, anointing her as our Head of State, our Monarch.

We are here today to worship the God who made our Queen, and to celebrate the way in which God’s hand has been so uniquely evident in her life.

Psalm 139 explores fear and wonder, and the connection between them.

In life there is much to fear. Over and again the Psalm describes those things we might be afraid of – the fears we harbour individually as well as the fears we share corporately.

Fear makes us want to flee – from God, from one another, often even from ourselves. But over and again that fear is turned into wonder as we see that God is before, behind and beyond it.

Over the 63 years and the 90 years there has been much to fear: at times of personal challenge or national crisis. But just as the psalmist sees through fear to something more stirring and more  extraordinary, so we look back on Your Majesty’s 90 years in the life of our nation with deep wonder and profound gratitude. Through war and hardship, through turmoil and change, we have been fearfully and wonderfully sustained.

The one who turns fear to wonder is Jesus. The story of Jesus shows us that God enters into  the most fearful places imaginable in our lives – of sin, betrayal, violence, rejection, even death – and turns each one of them from horror into glory.

Nothing is outside God’s understanding. Nothing is beyond God’s grace. Nothing is too broken for God’s transformation. No one can flee from God’s redeeming goodness or finally escape God’s loving attention.

‘Consider the lilies, how they grow,’ says Jesus. They too are the handwork of God who clothed them in glory, from the overflow of his love and care. How much more does God care for and clothe each one of us.

Your Majesty, today we rejoice for the way in which God’s loving care has fearfully and wonderfully sustained you, as well as Prince Philip marking his 95th birthday today.

And we rejoice, Your Majesty, for the way in which the life God has given you in turn you have given wonderfully in service to this nation. You have been an instrument of God’s peace, and through you God has so often turned fear into wonder – and joy.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Please find the notice sheet attached for the week ahead.

For those of you who use Facebook there is a link below to a live Bible Study that ++ Justin did recently which can be watched here:

It reminded me just what a helpful thing it is to sit down with a friend  and discuss a bible passage together. I still have some copies of The Word ONE TO ONE bible guides which are really great for using with a friend –  just ask me if you would like a set. I have really enjoyed reading them  together with friends this last year.

I hope that you have been spending the time in anticipation of Pentecost  which we celebrate tomorrow.
I attach the notice sheet for this week and a corrected version of the Term  card which now has the correct time for Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship.
Blessings,  Larry