Vicar’s Desk

26 September 2020

Dear Friends

Week Commencing Sunday 27th September 2020

You can find a few words From the Vicar’s Desk here.

The Sunday Morning Worship service can be found here.

The Bible reading and the Bishop’s sermon (without the rest of the morning service) can be found here.

The Sundays Alive family service can be found here

Sundays Alive Zoom Social at 4pm – link can be found on its Facebook page.

There are various opportunities to make contact together during the week:

Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship at 2pm  – conference call has now resumed.

Wednesday Zoom Social at 12.15pm –The link is here.

WednesdaysAlive at 8pm for worship and prayer will meet on Zoom. Contact me for the Link

Church Services will remain virtual but additionally, physical meetings continue to be explored. Last week I asked that you listen to “From the Vicar’s Desk” on our YouTube channel and let us (Vicar and Wardens) know whether or not you would be likely to attend a physical service. I said we had been actively looking at the feasibility of holding some sort of services. As of the middle of the week, a record 48 viewings of the message were logged. Subsequently, we have had 2 email responses, one saying they wouldn’t attend and one that they would – and 2 telephone responses expressing the same views. About 8 people have indicated indirectly an interest in returning. Some who had previously expressed a desire to return have not responded. Please listen to the “From the Vicar’s Desk” and let us (Vicar and Wardens) know if you would be likely to attend a physical service. This will help the PCC come to a wise decision.

Blessings

Larry

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8 Aug 2020

Dear Friends,

Week Commencing Sunday 9th August 2020

You can find a few words From the Vicar’s Desk here.

The Sunday Morning Worship service can be found here.

Bible reading and the Bishop’s sermon (without the rest of the morning service) can be found here.

The Sundays Alive family service can be found here.

Sundays Alive Zoom Social at 4pm – link can be found on its Facebook page

There are various opportunities to make contact together during the week:

Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship – 2pm conference call. – Details from Dawn and the team.

Wednesday Zoom Social at 12.15pm – link sent out on Wednesday by email.

WednesdaysAlive prayer and worship time on Zoom contact Larry.

I’m very happy to receive a phone call if you would like to chat – 01276 691127

Blessings Larry 

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26 July 2020

Dear Friends

Week Commencing Sunday 26th July 2020

You can find a few words From the Vicar’s Desk here.

The Sunday Morning Worship service can be found here.

The Sundays Alive family service can be found here.

Sundays Alive Zoom Social at 4pm – link can be found on its Facebook page

Bible readings and the Bishop’s sermon (without the rest of the morning service) can be found here.

A short “advert” for Through Faith Missions is here.

There are various opportunities to make contact together during the week:

Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship – 2pm conference call. – Details from Dawn and the team.

Wednesday Zoom Social at 12.15pm – link sent out on Wednesday by email.

WednesdaysAlive prayer and worship time on Zoom contact Larry.

I’m very happy to receive a phone call if you would like to chat – 01276 691127

Blessings

Larry

Here is the quote in full that I mentioned in the From the Vicar’s Desk video that had spoken to me deeply this week.

March 8.–Accompanied A.B. in one of his rounds through some of the most miserable habitations I ever beheld. Such scenes I never before dreamed of. Ah, why am I such a stranger to the poor of my native town? I have passed their doors thousands of times; I have admired the huge black piles of building, with their lofty chimneys breaking the sun’s rays–why have I never ventured within? How dwelleth the love of God in me? How cordial is the welcome even of the poorest and most loathsome to the voice of Christian sympathy! What imbedded masses of human beings are huddled together, unvisited by friend or minister! ‘No man careth for our souls‘ is written over every forehead. Awake, my soul! Why should I give hours and days any longer to the vain world, when there is such a world of misery at my very door? Lord put thine own strength in me; confirm every good resolution; forgive my past long life of uselessness and folly.” (Aged 21)”

Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Psalm 142 

I cry out to the Lord with my voice;
With my voice to the Lord I make my supplication.
I pour out my complaint before Him;
I declare before Him my trouble.

When my spirit  was overwhelmed within me,
Then You knew my path.
In the way in which I walk
They have secretly set a snare for me.
Look on my right hand and see,
For there is no one who acknowledges me;
Refuge has failed me;
No one cares for my soul. I cried out to You, O Lord:
I said, “You are my refuge,
My portion in the land of the living.
Attend to my cry,
For I am brought very low;
Deliver me from my persecutors,
For they are stronger than I.
Bring my soul out of prison,
That I may praise Your name;
The righteous shall surround me,
For You shall deal bountifully with me.”

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19th July 2020

Dear Friends

Week Commencing Sunday 19th July 2020

You can find a few words From the Vicar’s Desk here.

The Sunday Morning Worship service can be found here.

The Sundays Alive family service can be found here.

Sundays Alive Zoom Social at 4pm – link can be found on it’s Facebook page

Bible readings and the Bishop’s sermon (without the rest of the morning service) can be found here.

A very short message from Bishop Andrew to the wider Christian Community here.

Jamie Muir asks what might God’s Air Bridge to us look like? here.

There are various opportunities to make contact together during the week:

Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship – 2pm conference call. – Details from Dawn and the team.

Wednesday Zoom Social at 12.15pm – link sent out on Wednesday by email.

WednesdaysAlive prayer and worship time on Zoom.

I’m very happy to receive a phone call if you would like to chat – 01276 691127

I was asked for the Words of Revd Malcolm Guite’s poem:

Hold On – a new song

Well the world has changed around us

Like the shifting of a dream

And it’s left us stranded where we are

An island in midstream.

And the tides of time have borne away

All the goods we counted on

But we will not be swept away

If we can just hold on

So here’s an arm to reach for you

And here’s a warm embrace

I know that in the darkness here

You cannot see my face

But let us trust each other

In these hours before the dawn

Hold on my own beloved one

Keep praying and hold on

Chorus

Hold on to your history

Hold on to your myth

Hold on to the one you love

And love the one you’re with

Hold on through the ecstacy

Hold on through the pain

And if you ever lose your grip

Then hold on tight again

I know that you are tired now

I know the wind blows cold

I know its hard to hold on when

There’s nothing left to hold

But we can hold together

Till these dreadful days are done

And one day Love will set us free

Till then we’ll just hold on

Chorus

Hold on to your memory

Hold on to your hope

Hold on to these threads of love

And twist them into rope.

Hold on through the infamy

Hold on through the scorn

I’ll hold you, and you hold for me

Together we’ll hold on

Hold on, Hold on, Hold on….

Blessings, Larry

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12 July 2020

Dear Friends

Week Commencing Sunday 12th July 2020

You can find a few words From the Vicar’s Desk here.

The Sunday Morning Worship service can be found here.

The Sundays Alive family service can be found here.

Bible readings and the Bishop’s sermon (without the rest of the morning service) can be found here.

There are various opportunities to make contact together during the week:

Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship – 2pm conference call. – Details from Dawn and the team.

Wednesday Zoom Social at 12.15pm – link sent out on Wednesday by email.

WednesdaysAlive prayer and worship time on Zoom.

Sundays Alive Zoom Social at 4pm – link can be found on it’s Facebook page

I’m very happy to receive a phone call if you would like to chat – 01276 691127

Blessings Larry 

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5 July 2020

Dear Friends

You can find a few words From the Vicar’s Deskhere.

The Sunday Morning Worship service can be found here.

The Sundays Alive service can be found here.

Bible readings and the Bishop’s sermon (without the rest of the morning service) can be found here.

I’m very happy to receive a phone call if you would like to chat – 01276 691127

There are various opportunities to make contact together during the week:

Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship – 2pm conference call. – details from Dawn and the team.

Wednesday Zoom Social at 12.15pm – link sent out on Wednesday by email.

WednesdaysAlive prayer and worship time on Zoom.

Sundays Alive Zoom Social at 4pm – link can be found on the Sundays Alive Facebook page

Thank you to all who prayed for me and the situation during the week.

Blessings, Larry

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28 June 2020

Dear Friends

You can find a very few words From the Vicar’s Deskhere.

The Sunday Morning Worship service can be found here.

The Sundays Alive service  can be found here.

A Bible reading and the Bishop’s sermon (without the rest of the morning service) can be found here.

I’m very happy to receive a phone call if you would like to chat – 01276 691127

There are various opportunities to make contact together during the week:

Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship – 2pm conference call. – details from Dawn and the team.

Wednesday Zoom Social at 12.15pm – link sent out on Wednesday by email.

WednesdaysAlive prayer and worship time on Zoom  – link sent out on Wednesday by email and Facebook.

Sundays Alive Zoom Social at 4pm – link can be found on the Sundays Alive Facebook page

Thank you to all who are working away behind the scenes to keep church life going.

Blessings, Larry  

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20 June 2020

Dear Friends

You can find a very few words From the Vicar’s Desk here.

The Sunday Morning Worship service can be found here.

The Sundays Alive Service can be found here.

A Bible reading and the Bishop’s sermon (without the rest of the morning service) can be found here.

A song by Kayne West based on Revelation 19 is here.

A separate edition of the Michael Eldridge acapella song (the one from the USA not our Church Warden) which advertises our prayer chain.ishere.

I’m very happy to receive a phone call if you would like to chat – 01276 691127

There are various opportunities to make contact together during the week:

Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship – 2pm conference call. – details from Dawn and the team.

Wednesday Zoom Social at 12.15pm – link sent out on Wednesday by email.

WednesdaysAlive prayer and worship time on Zoom  – link sent out on Wednesday by email and Facebook.

Sundays Alive Zoom Social at 4pm – link can be found on the Sundays Alive Facebook page

ROTAS – Morning Service for Reading and Intercessions (prayers) – Thank you for those who have done our readings and prayers this week.

Blessings, Larry

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13 June 2020

Dear Friends

You can find a very few words From the Vicar’s Deskhere.
The Sunday Morning Worship service can be found here.

The Sundays Alive Service  can be found here.

A Bible reading and the Bishop’s sermon (without the rest of the morning service) can be found here.

A bit of non-conformist humour can be found here.

I’m very happy to receive a phone call if you would like to chat – 01276 691127

There are various opportunities to make contact together during the week:

Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship – 2pm conference call.

Wednesday Zoom Social at 12.15pm – link sent out on Wednesday by email David Swift will be hosting this week.

WednesdaysAlive prayer and worship time on Zoom  – link sent out on Wednesday by email and Facebook.

Sundays Alive Zoom Social at 4pm – link can be found on the Sundays Alive Facebook page

ROTAS – Morning Service for Reading and Intercessions (prayers) Andrew will be contacting everyone on the original rotas that we had for reading and prayers to see if you can provide an electronic version of a reading or intercessions for our cyberspace services. There are many ways to provide this, and he will talk you through the way that suits you best. To provide a reading or intercessions is no more difficult than talking on your mobile phone, although more advanced ways are available!

I very much appreciated this talk by Rico Tice – you can find it here
I shall not be available on Wednesday due to a family funeral.
I’d like to leave you with a hymn that expresses how I feel in our present isolation – here(It’s also at the end of From the Vicar’s Desk!)
Blessings, Larry

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6 June 2020

Dear Friends,
You can find a very few words from me here.

I’m very happy to receive a phone call if you would like to chat.

There are other various opportunities to make contact together during the week.
Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship – 2pm conference call.
Wednesday Zoom Social at 12.15pm – link sent out on Wednesday by email.
WednesdaysAlive prayer and worship time on Zoom  – link sent out on Wednesday by email and Facebook.
Sundays Alive Zoom Social at 4pm – link can be found on the Facebook page
The Sunday Morning Worship service can be found here.
The Sundays Alive Service can be found here.
A link to a very short talk (by a friend) on the Trinity for teenagers (and others) is here.
A Bible reading and the Bishop’s sermon (without the service) can be found here.
Blessings, Larry

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Dear Friends
Please find the links to our services below as well as a few words from my desk.
From the Vicar’s Desk is here
Sunday Morning Worship is here
Sundays Alive is here
There is no link to the 6pm Diocesan Virtual Pentecost Service but you much st search YouTube for “Diocese of Guildford”.
As ever do give me a ring if you would like a chat – my numbers are as below:
Blessings, Larry

24 May 2020

Dear Friends,
Please find links for the services for this Sunday below:
A few words for me here
Morning Worship here
Sundays Alive family service here
…and something a bit lighthearted here
Blessings, Larry

17May 2020

Dear Friends
Our isolation continues…
Please find a few words from me here
Please find our morning service here
Please find our Sundays Alive service here and note that our Zoom meeting will be earlier at 4pm so see if this will help families with younger children.
I will send another email on Wednesday morning with links to our 12.15 church Zoom social and 19.50 for 20.00 our Wednesdays Alive praise and prayer Zoom 

Blessings, Larry

10 May

Dear Friends,

I have said a few words From the Vicar’s Desk on video which can be listened to here.
I very much hope that it might be possible later in the week to share a link to Neal Walker’s funeral which is at 4pm on Thursday14th May so that you might join us virtually at Easthampstead Crematorium on your computers and tablets.
I prepared a short video for VE Day which I managed to share on Facebook so some of you might have seen it. You can view it here.

Bishop Jo is preaching again at our Sunday Morning Service which can be seen here.
Sundays Alive service is here and there will be a Zoom at 5pm – the link is on the Facebook page.
There will be an opportunity to meet up for a Virtual Social at 12.15 on Wednesday – I will send the link on Wednesday by email.
There will also be a Wednesdays Alive Worship and prayer time on Zoom at 19.50 for 8pm –  I will also send the link on Wednesday by email.
Every blessing, Larry

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Dear Friends,

2 May 2020

Dear Friends,

I trust you are well despite the restrictions placed upon us.

I’m continuing to learn about technology and edge forward. This week our services will feel similar to previous weeks but there will be no need to click on all the links any longer as I have now learnt how to combine them all together into one.

*** You can find the whole Morning Service by clicking here

There will be a Zoom meeting to keep in touch at 12.15pm on Wednesday Join Zoom Meeting  Meeting ID: 289 488 8607
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2894888607

*** You can find the whole Sundays Alive family service by clicking here
There will be a Zoom meeting at 5pm check the Sundays Alive Facebook page for a link.

*** Those of you that enjoy contemporary Christian music might like to listen to the songs from last weeks    WednesdaysAlivehere

*** RESOURCES
This call to prayer from an NHS Consultant is part of the morning service. Others can view it here  *** The Bishop’s sermon is part of the morning service. Others can view it here *** This short humorous talk about making the bed by a friend is part of the Sundays Alive service. Others can view it here  *** A more reflective talk from another friend Christopher Spicer on how God might use the current crisis for our good. here ***

Please do give me a ring if you would like a chat during the week.

Blessings, Larry.

25 April 2020

Dear Friends,


I’m attaching a plan for Sunday’s morning worship. This time there are more opportunities to press click during the service. I looking for a way to link these different items together – if you are skilled in video editing I’d love to hear from you.
The Sundays Alive afternoon service is available on the new joint Messy Church Facebook page.
Please especially remember in your prayers those who do not have email or the internet and are feeling more cut of than the rest of us.
I would be interested to know if any of you would appreciate me hosting a Zoom meeting – say at 12.15pm (just after the bells) on a Wednesday? 


Every blessing, Larry

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18 March 2020

Dear Friends,

Attached is for all ages and there are a variety of choices that you can make.
Do feel free to revisit the pages attached if you feel like a sing-song or you feel that you would like to listen to something again or a read an article (at the end)
Children might like to make a flag to sing along to songs with – there’s nothing to stop adults either for that matter.
I’m slowly learning about technology…..
Blessings, Larry
NB If you see anything that’s worth sharing do let me know.

ALL AGE CHURCH WORSHIP FOR 2nd after EASTER – SUNDAY 19th April 2020

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

Welcome

Christ is risen He is risen indeed. Alleluia, Alleluia!

OPENING PRAYER

O God

we have come to this house of prayer:

help us to remember

that you are here with us,

to pray to you and sing your praise

with all our hearts,

and to listen to your word

with open minds;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

OPENING BIBLE SENTENCE

Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us: 
so let us celebrate the feast,

not with the old leaven of corruption and wickedness: 
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

1 Corinthians 5.7b, 8

SONG (Adults – children to learn)O worship the King CLICK

or

SONG – Lions go roarCLICK

COLLECT FOR PURITY

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open,

All desires known,

And from whom no secrets are hidden,

Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

That we may perfectly love you,

And worthily magnify your holy name;

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

CONFESSION

O Jesus Christ, risen Master and triumphant

Lord, we come to you in sorrow for our

sins, and confess to you our weakness and unbelief.

We have lived by our own strength,

and not by the power of your resurrection.

We have lived by the light of our own eyes,

as faithless and not believing.

We have lived for this world alone,

and doubted our home in heaven.

PRAYER FOR FORGIVENESS

May the God of love and power

forgive us and free us from our sins,

heal and strengthen us by his Spirit,

and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

SONG – Spirit of the living GodCLICK

and

SONG – Jesus is the name we honourCLICK

PSALM 91 (my friend Jamie recites this psalm on his way to theatre) CLICK

BIBLE READING – John 20:19-end (see below for text or read in your own Bible)

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Jesus Appears to Thomas

24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The Purpose of John’s Gospel

30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

SERMON from Bishop Andrew Sermon ‘Inside Out’ John 20:19-endCLICK

and/or

SUNDAYS ALIVE THOUGHT(and others) a skirmish with the Trinity (by John Watson) CLICK.

SONG (Quieter) Be still for the presence of the Lord CLICK

or

SONG(Louder)These are the days of Elijah CLICK

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Dear Friends,
Hallelujah He is Risen, Happy Easter


Please find our Easter Service attached.
There is no sight of the promised Easter Sermon from one of the Bishops but I hope the service will still be a blessing to you.
If/when a sermon appears I will send it along.
Blessings
Larry

ALL AGE CHURCH WORSHIP FOR EASTER SUNDAY 12th April 2020

Welcome

Christ is risen

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

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

OPENING PRAYER

O God

we have come to this house of prayer:

help us to remember

that you are here with us,

to pray to you and sing your praise

with all our hearts,

and to listen to your word

with open minds;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

OPENING BIBLE SENTENCE

Colossians 3:1-4 

Living as Those Made Alive in Christ

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

SONG (Adults and children to learn)Jesus Christ is risen today CLICK

COLLECT FOR PURITY

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open,

All desires known,

And from whom no secrets are hidden,

Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

That we may perfectly love you,

And worthily magnify your holy name;

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

CONFESSION

O Jesus Christ, risen Master and triumphant

Lord, we come to you in sorrow for our

sins, and confess to you our weakness

and unbelief.

We have lived by our own strength,

and not by the power of your resurrection.

We have lived by the light of our own eyes,

as faithless and not believing.

We have lived for this world alone,

and doubted our home in heaven.

PRAYER FOR FORGIVENESS

May the God of love and power

forgive us and free us from our sins,

heal and strengthen us by his Spirit,

and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

SONG – He is Lord, He is Lord CLICK

SONG – Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen CLICK

CREED (portion)what we believe

Christ died for our sins

according to the Scriptures;

he was buried;

he was raised to life on the third day

according to the Scriptures;

afterwards he appeared to his followers

and to all the apostles:

this we have received, and this we believe. Amen.

BIBLE READING – Mathew 28: 1-10 (see below for text or read in your own Bible)

Jesus Has Risen

28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Her Majesty the Queen – Easter Message – CLICK

No sermon arrived from Guildford Diocese – there is a short talk at the bottom of this sheet.

INTERCESSIONS (Prayers asking and thanking God for things)

SONG – Behold the Lamb CLICK

AT THE COLLECTION

All things come from you O Lord – And of your own do we give you

(Take a moment to thank God for all that we have been given and consider how much we should give back to him to and through the church and to others.)

THE PEACE

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples

and said, Peace be with you. Then they were glad when they

saw the Lord. The peace of the Lord be always with us

REMEMBERING THE LORD’S SUPPER

Father, we give you thanks and praise

through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord.

Jesus, you died to set us free

We worship and adore you

Jesus you are risen from the grave

We worship and adore you.

We worship and adore you

with angels and archangels

and all the company of heaven, saying:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

the night before Jesus died

at supper with his friends

he took bread and gave you thanks.

He broke it and shared it, saying:

This is my body given for you”.

After supper he took the cup of wine.

He gave you thanks and said:

This is my blood of the covenant

which is poured out for forgiveness.

Eat this bread and drink this wine

and remember me.”

Christ has died!

Christ is risen!

Christ will come again!

Father as we remember that Jesus gave himself for us – we give ourselves to you.

Accept through him our thanks and praise.

Fill us with your Holy Spirit

and help us to live as your people

so that we may bring glory to your name.

Blessing and honour

and glory and power

be yours for ever and ever. Amen.

SONG (Adult) Thine be the glory CLICK

or

SONG(children) Good news, Jesus was born CLICK

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. Amen.

SONG(adult) See what a morning CLICK

or

SONG (children)Our God is a great big God CLICK

BLESSING

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

He has given us new life and hope

by raising Jesus from the dead.

God has claimed us as his own.

He has brought us out of darkness.

He has made us light to the world.

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Let us go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

CLOSING MUSIC CLICK

Time for a quality cup of Coffee

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN

There are activities & other things to watch and do on the Sundays Alive Facebook page

The Power of the Cross CLICK

A short talk (4 mins) about Judgement and Grace – Hugh Osgood (my former pastor) CLICK

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Dear Friends,


Please find a Good Friday Service attached.  There is perhaps more content than you might need so feel free to pick and choose.
Good Friday – an opportunity to watch the Wintershall Play on Facebook – I don’t think you have to be a member of Facebook to watch.

Wintershall 7 hrs · 

“This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” The breaking of bread at the Last Supper has been re-enacted through the centuries as a way of remembering Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. This shared meal is a beautiful picture of our unity with Christ and with one another as believers.

We will be streaming a documentary tomorrow on Good Friday at 12 and 3pm using pre-recorded clips, without an audience, from the Wintershall Passion and the One Good Friday cities and towns.

There will be messages from both Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Bishop Jo Bailey Wells, as well as interviews with the Wintershall team. This will be followed by a full showing of 2019 Trafalgar Square production. Join us: CLICK
Keeping in touch with one another I do hope you are making an effort to keep in touch with church friends and others. We received this email from Eda earlier today which I thought I would pass on “Easter Blessings to everybody in Heatherside Church, May all this uncertainty, all over the world be resolved ….we ask in your Dear name, O Lord , Amen from Eda
Other things Apologies that Dawn’s email address was incorrect in my previous email.
Every blessing
Larry

Good Friday 10th April 2020

WELCOME

This is the day that the Lord has made Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

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

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,
to you be glory and praise for ever.
As we behold your Son, enthroned on the cross,
stir up in us the fire of your love,
that we may be cleansed from all our sins,
and walk with you in newness of life
singing the praise of him who died
for us and our salvation.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

READING Isaiah 52: 13-end

The suffering and glory of the servant

13 See, my servant will act wisely;

he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.

14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him –

his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being

and his form marred beyond human likeness –

15 so he will sprinkle many nations,

and kings will shut their mouths because of him.

For what they were not told, they will see,

and what they have not heard, they will understand.

PAUSE & REFLECT

SONG There is a green hill far away CLICK

CONFESSION

Jesus Christ, risen Master and triumphant Lord,

we come to you in sorrow for our sins,

and confess to you our weakness and unbelief.

We have lived by our own strength,

and not by the power of your resurrection.

In your mercy, forgive us.

Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived by the light of our own eyes,

as faithless and not believing.

In your mercy, forgive us.

Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived for this world alone,

and doubted our home in heaven.

In your mercy, forgive us.

Lord, hear us and help us.

The Lord enrich us with his grace,

and nourish us with his blessing;

the Lord defend us in trouble

and keep us from evil;

the Lord accept our prayers,

and absolve us from your offences,

for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Saviour. Amen.

SONG My Lord what love is this CLICK

READING John: 18: 1-14

Jesus Arrested

 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it.

Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.

Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”

“Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.

I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?”

Jesus of Nazareth,” they said.

Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.”

10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)

11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”

12 Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him 13 and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. 14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jewish leaders that it would be good if one man died for the people.

PAUSE & REFLECT

SONG Jesus Christ I think upon your sacrifice CLICK

READING John 18: 15-40

Peter’s First Denial

15 Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, 16 but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in.

17 “You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” she asked Peter.

He replied, “I am not.”

18 It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.

The High Priest Questions Jesus

19 Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.

20 “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. 21 Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.”

22 When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby slapped him in the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded.

23 “If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?” 24 Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

Peter’s Second and Third Denials

25 Meanwhile, Simon Peter was still standing there warming himself. So they asked him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?”

He denied it, saying, “I am not.”

26 One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?” 27 Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.

Jesus Before Pilate

28 Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover. 29 So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?”

30 “If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.”

31 Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”

But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected. 32 This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die.

33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”

35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”

36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

38 “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. 39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”

40 They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.

PAUSE & REFLECT

SONG Meekness and majesty CLICK

READING John 19: 1-27

Jesus Sentenced to Be Crucified

19 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.

Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”

As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”

But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.”

The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.”

When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”

11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”

12 From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jewish leaders kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.”

13 When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). 14 It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon.

Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews.

15 But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”

Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked.

We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered.

16 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

19 Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews. 20 Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21 The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”

22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

24 “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”

This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said,

They divided my clothes among them
    and cast lots for my garment.”

So this is what the soldiers did.

25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

PAUSE & REFLECT

SONG My song is love unknown CLICK

READING John 19: 28-42

The Death of Jesus

28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken, 37 and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”

The Burial of Jesus

38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. 39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. 40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

PAUSE & REFLECT

Time for your own Prayers – quiet music – CLICK

(Fade/end to suit)

SONG When I survey the wondrous cross CLICK fade to suit

COLLECT – A special prayer

ALMIGHTY God, we beseech thee

graciously to behold this thy family,

for which our Lord Jesus Christ

was contented to be betrayed,

and given up into the hands of wicked men,

and to suffer death upon the cross,

who now liveth and reigneth with thee

and the Holy Ghost, ever one God,

world without end. Amen.

CLOSING PRAYER

Be with us, Lord, as we go out into the world.

May the lips that have sung your praises

always speak the truth;

may the ears that have heard your word

listen only to what is good;

and may our lives as well as our worship

be always pleasing in your sight,

for the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

MUSIC CLICK

Additional Music for reflection

SONG Power of the crossCLICK

SONG Cathedral version of – When I survey the wondrous Cross for Sydney CLICK

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The Liturgy of Maundy Thursday

WELCOME

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

SONG – Lord Jesus Christ CLICK

Prayers of Penitence

Our Lord Jesus Christ says:

‘If you love me, keep my commandments.’

‘Unless I wash you, you have no part in me.’

Let us confess to almighty God our sins against his love,

and ask him to cleanse us.

Silence is kept.

Have mercy on us, O God,

in your great goodness;

according to the abundance of your compassion

blot out our offences.

Lord, have mercy.

Against you only have we sinned

and done what is evil in your sight.

Christ, have mercy.

Purge us from our sin and we shall be clean;

wash us and we shall be whiter than snow.

Lord, have mercy.

May the Father forgive us

by the death of his Son

and strengthen us

to live in the power of the Spirit

all our days. Amen.

SONG – As we are gathered (not physically but spiritually) CLICK

The Collect

Let us pray that we may love one another as Christ has loved us.

Silence is kept.

God our Father,

you have invited us to share in the supper

which your Son gave to his Church

to proclaim his death until he comes:

may he nourish us by his presence,

and unite us in his love;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Exodus 12: 1-14

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL READING

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.

I give you a new commandment, says the Lord:

Love one another as I have loved you.

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

Glory to you, O Lord.

John 13.1-17, 31b-35

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All Praise to you, O Christ.

SONG– Broken for you – broken for me CLICK

REFLECTION Take some space to reflect on the scriptures

SONG – A new commandment CLICK

A meditation on the washing of Feet

God is love, and where true love is, God himself is there.

Here in Christ we gather, love of Christ our calling;

Christ, our love, is with us, gladness be his greeting;

let us all revere and love him, God eternal.

Loving him, let each love Christ in all his brothers.

When we Christians gather, members of one Body,

let there be in us no discord, but one spirit;

banished now be anger, strife and every quarrel.

Christ our God be present always here among us.

Grant us love’s fulfilment, joy with all the blessed

when we see your face, O Saviour, in its glory;

shine on us, O purest Light of all creation,

be our bliss while endless ages sing your praises James Quinn SJ

Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ,

you have taught us

that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters

we do also for you:

give us the will to be the servant of others

as you were the servant of all,

and gave up your life and died for us,

but are alive and reign, now and for ever. Amen.

PRAYERS

In the power of the Spirit let us pray to the Father through Christ the saviour of the world.

Father, on this, the night he was betrayed, your Son Jesus Christ washed his disciples’ feet.

Add you own thought and prayers

We commit ourselves to follow his example of love and service. Lord, hear us and humble us.

On this night, he prayed for his disciples to be one.

Add you own thought and prayers

We pray for the unity of your Church. Lord, hear us and unite us.

On this night, he prayed for those who were to believe through his disciples’ message.

Add you own thought and prayers

We pray for the mission of your Church. Lord, hear us and renew our zeal.

On this night, he commanded his disciples to love, but suffered rejection himself.

Add you own thought and prayers

We pray for the rejected and unloved. Lord, hear us and fill us with your love.

On this night, he reminded his disciples that if the world hated them it hated him first.

Add you own thought and prayers

We pray for those who are persecuted for their faith. Lord, hear us and give us your peace.

On this night, he accepted the cup of death and looked forward to the new wine of the kingdom.

Add you own thought and prayers

We remember those who have died in the peace of Christ. Lord, hear us and welcome all your children into paradise.

A SPECIAL COLLECT FOR MAUNDY THURSDAY

Almighty God,
whose glorious Son washed the feet of his disciples
and loved them to the uttermost:
give us your needful grace to love our neighbours as ourselves,
in these days of worry and isolation,
that we may bear witness by the power of his Spirit
to the love of him who died for us all
to rescue us from the wrath to come,
Amen.

SONG – Brother Sister let me serve you CLICK

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. Amen.

A traditional prayer said after the Lord’s Supper which we remember tonight

Silence is kept.

Lord Jesus Christ,

we thank you that in this wonderful sacrament

you have given us the memorial of your passion:

grant us so to reverence the sacred mysteries

of your body and blood

that we may know within ourselves

and show forth in our lives

the fruit of your redemption,

for you are alive and reign, now and for ever. Amen.

THE CONCLUSION

When the disciples had sung a hymn they went out to the Mount of Olives. Jesus prayed to the Father, ‘If it is possible, take this cup of suffering from me.’ He said to his disciples, ‘How is it that you were not able to keep watch with me for one hour?

The hour has come for the Son of Man to be handed over to the power of sinners.’ Christ was obedient unto death. Go in his peace.

ADDITIONAL SONG CLICK for use to meditate on the Lord’s Supper and it’s deep foundational truths that the Lord Jesus has instituted for us as we remember Him and celebrate his victory and our new life we have received in Him.

Collects for the present time

Lee Gatiss offers a selection of prayers appropriate for use this Easter time and beyond.

A Collect for Maundy Thursday

Almighty God,
whose glorious Son washed the feet of his disciples
and loved them to the uttermost:
give us your needful grace to love our neighbours as ourselves,
in these days of worry and isolation,
that we may bear witness by the power of his Spirit
to the love of him who died for us all
to rescue us from the wrath to come, Amen.

A Collect for Good Friday
Heavenly Father,
whose Son Jesus Christ shared our flesh and blood
that he might make atonement for our sins
and through the eternal Spirit offer himself unblemished to you:
grant us steadfast faith
to suffer as he did all the thorns and thistles of this mortal life,
that just as he breathed his last in expectant hope of your fatherly goodness,
we too may rest secure in the grace of the one who bore our sicknesses and carried our sorrows.
For we ask in his precious name, Amen.

A Collect for Easter Sunday
Our God and Father,
in whose great mercy we have been given new birth
into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead:
strengthen us with that solid hope
and calm our anxious thoughts and fears
in the midst of the dangers we now face,
that we who often stagger in desperate times
may rejoice and be satisfied with him
whose painful anguish of soul brought us the light of life.
For we ask in Jesus’s name, Amen.

Lord Jesus,
who was delivered over to death for our sins
and was raised to life for our justification:
fill our hearts with thankful praise for all the blessings we enjoy in this life
and, having been justified by your grace alone,
renew our hope of eternal life,
O Christ our healer and redeemer, Amen.

For those diagnosed with COVID-19
Lord Jesus,
who offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears
to the one who could save him from death,
and was heard because of his reverent submission:
have mercy on ____________(insert names)
(and) all those who live in the shadow of this terrible virus,
that they may have strength for the struggle and hope for the future;
And in the midst of the heat and urgency of their condition
grant their thirsty souls true repentance for their sins,
that they may know forgiveness and eternal life in you, Amen.

For those grieving in isolation for the death of loved ones
Gracious Heavenly Father,
who knows our grief is the price we pay for love:
give gospel comfort and consolation
to those who feel the pain of bereavement
and the anguish of separation at this time of global crisis;
and reminded as we are of the fleeting frailty of this life,
teach each one of us to number our days aright,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
For we ask in the name of your Son,
who was cut off from the land of the living
to rescue us from the present evil age,
Amen.

For those dying alone during this time
Sovereign Lord, our rock and our salvation,
who has promised never to leave or forsake those who put their trust in you:
hear the feeble sighs and groaning
of those now fighting their final battle without their loved ones by their side;
by your Spirit, grant them grace and strength to endure what they must,
and having put their faith in Christ,
may their eyes see at last the Redeemer
for whom our hearts have always yearned,
so that along with all those who love the Lord Jesus with an undying love, they may receive the crown of righteousness from him
on the day we meet again,
Amen.

Lee Gatiss is Director of Church Society.

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Paintings and Reflections for Holy Week 2020

This series of paintings is a precious legacy that was gifted to me by my father, Paul Robertson, to use in my ministry. He originally painted them (along with many, many other such treasures) as an aide to worship and reflection at St Patrick’s, Wallington, where I grew up and where my parents still worship. Over the last dozen years, this Holy Week journey has been offered in a variety of settings as a focus for prayer, retreat and meditation.

This year, my hope is that this set of pictures and reflections will help us journey into the mystery of the cross and resurrection from our homes, where we are currently in lockdown, due to Covid-19. You may want to use them for a few minutes or an entire day, or anything in between.

At St Michael’s, Sheerwater, we will be using these pictures each day. If you have any reflections, questions or responses, I’d love to see them posted on the FB page (St Michael’s Shared Church, Sheerwater) or on the church Whatsapp thread.

May we each encounter Jesus in new ways as we take this journey together,

Gillaine

Reverend Gillaine Holland

About the Artist:

Paul Michael Robertson was born in 1931 in Beddington, Surrey, he attended Wimbledon Art School from 1947 – 1951 and then the London Institute of Education from 1951 – 1952. Following National Service, Paul taught in Secondary and Higher Education until he retired in 1989.

Throughout his life, Paul has exhibited in local shows and sold privately throughout the country. Paul paints mainly from observation, memory and imagination, loving the textures and patterns of nature and the effects of light and shadow. In his paintings of Christian themes, he seeks mostly to express the feelings (rather than the appearances) of the subject, using textures, colours and abstracted images to powerful effect.

Paul lives in Wallington with Pauline, his wife of sixty seven years, with whom he shares his passion for art. Further work can be viewed at www.paulrobertsonartist.co.uk but please do not try to contact him through his website. If you have an interest in his work, then email me at:

rev.gillaine.holland@stmichaelssheerwater.org.uk

These paintings are definitely not for sale but you are welcome to print the pictures for your own use -with acknowledgement to my father.

The following notes are offered as a way into each of the paintings. Use what is helpful and discard what is not:

  • Find a quiet space and let anyone who lives with you know that you want some time alone.
  • Nobody prays well if they are uncomfortable! You are invited to be attentive to your body: sit in a chair that is supportive with both feet on the ground and your hands relaxed on your lap.
  • Take a moment to breathe deeply and become present to yourself and to God.
  • When you are ready, invite God to be in your looking and thinking.

Come Holy Spirit;

fill my heart with your love as I look.

Father, guide me as I contemplate.

Give me courage and curiosity as I explore.

Let me hear you speaking, Jesus, and sense your presence with me.

Amen.

  • Spend time carefully looking at each painting. Give your attention to all you see. Look at the colours, shapes, patterns, details and notice the many symbols hidden in each image. Don’t rush. There is time.
  • Notice what you are drawn to and spend time there.
  • What do you notice that is familiar from your understanding of the story represented?
  • What do you notice (perhaps for the first time) that surprises you or takes you into a new relationship with the story?
  • Notice how you feel about the painting. Can you describe your emotional reactions?
  • Where might you be found in the painting?
  • What does the painting mean for you right now – in your life?
  • What might God be saying to you through the painting?
  • How would you respond?

Your response might be written, drawn, spoken or unspoken. It might be modelled, knitted or gardened, glued, crocheted or cooked! Find whatever you would like to use to respond with or sit in silence.

Wait in silence and rest in the presence of God.

I have also provided a short reflection on each painting to help you find a way in but I would encourage you to turn to this last: after doing your own looking and praying so that God’s unique message toyou isn’t coloured by my thinking.

For Palm Sunday and Monday of Holy Week (5 & 6 April)

Entry’

Entry

We begin with Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday): The mood changes as Jesus moves purposefully from the open countryside (Luke 7:16 & 17) where he has a huge following (Luke 5:11 & 15) to set his face towards Jerusalem (Luke 9:51). Traditionally, you go ‘up’ to Jerusalem but this is a spiritual journey of descent which starts at the top of the image where ‘hosannas’ echo in the air. ‘Hosanna’ means save us or help us. Bright halos of gold crown the beginning of the path down, where we can see the little hoof marks of the young donkey that carries Jesus into the city. White lines of the plentiful harvest that Jesus commented on (Luke 10:2) join the path, which slowly deepens in colour and descends into the confines of a dark tunnel. The circular sun shapes repeat downwards representing the Son who willingly descended for us. The branches and leaves spelling out ‘Hosanna’ (Mark 11:9) change to ‘Crucify’ (Mark 15:13) as they fall into the pit. The dark night of the soul approaches. The crown of glory gradually morphs into the crown of thorns. Shining gold becomes a more threatening red. The paths, rocky ground and brambles are reminders of the dangers in the parable of the sower (Mark 4:3ff). As we descend, the path becomes a cross spattered with droplets of blood. At the pit of the tunnel awaits the gaping mouth of the skull – Golgotha.

I wonder where we are in this journey downwards? Even though the weather has begun to turn and there is spring growth in our land, the bright skies of celebration seem a long way behind us. Yet, as I write, this is only week 2 of what looks to be at least 12 weeks of lockdown. As a nation we have had to deliberately set our faces towards a steep descent into isolation. Unlike Jesus, we have been forced to step onto that dark and bloody ladder and to stare death in the face. How extraordinary then, to understand that Jesus willingly chose that journey ahead of us. He descended to a place of isolation, abandonment and death. He did it so that no matter how deep this tunnel proves to be, we can know that there is a God who trod the path first in human form; a God who promises to tread this path with us again so that we do not have to walk alone; a God who will show us the way. This is the God we Christians proclaim: a God who walked willingly into the very mouth of death and yet was raised.

It is too early in this traumatic journey to talk about resurrection. We are still on the way down. Each day brings rising numbers of unnamed people affected by Covid-19 and yet each one was made in the image of God and is known completely by their Creator. The journey of Holy Week gives us a place to put the very real fears and anxieties of this season and calls us to trust that there is something ahead, beyond what we can currently see.

For Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week (7 & 8 April)

Cleansing’

Cleansing

Here we witness the explosive effect of Jesus going into the temple to clear out all those who are abusing the system (Matt 21:10-17). He angrily denounces the greed and overbearing regulations that have perverted God’s plan for what should be a house of prayer (Isa 47:1ff). Jesus overturns the table, scattering the livestock, their skeletal owners and the money they’re collecting at the expense of the poor. 9 sheep run away but 1 returns to show gratitude (cf Luke 17:12ff). The little lamb stands without fear in front of the blazing white-hot fury of Jesus Christ, reminding us that Jesus will become the sacrificial lamb as this week unfolds. In the bottom centre of the picture, water flows according to Ezekiel’s vision of the temple (Ezek 47:1ff). Prison doors fly open to set captives free (Luke 4:18) and furniture legs (bottom centre) form a reminder of the Crucifixion. All is scattered.

I don’t know how you experience anger. It’s often painted as something that good Christians (especially us women) shouldn’t feel. Yet, surely, when faced with injustice, suffering, greed and abuse, anger is the only right response? Anger can be our friend (not a nice one) but one that tells us something deep and important is going on. Injustice makes me angry. People stuffing their shopping trollies with too much food when my dad, who painted these pictures, can’t get an internet delivery aged 89, makes me angry. Stories of money-grabbing opportunists pretending to be neighbourly, before stealing shopping money from house-bound people make me angry. Whilst this disease is indiscriminate, touching rich and poor alike; you can bet that if you happen to come from one of the poorer parts of the world, your chances of dying are much, much higher than mine – and that makes me angry. There is a long and noble history of angry prayer in the Bible. God seems to encourage and even welcome honest and open dialogue from God’s people. It’s good to know that even Jesus expresses rage.

Perhaps as disbelief gives way to anger at this virus, at our situation, at suffering and death, we might find a way to move into this painting and show up at our house of prayer in magnificent fury, denouncing all that is deathly and evil, clearing our place of prayer so that, like that one lamb, we might stand face to face with the one who shares our anger and trust in the one who fully intends to do something about the situation.

For Maundy Thursday (9 April)

Eucharist’

Eucharist

A stylised view of the last supper, rich with symbols from that evening’s events: the water bowl for foot-washing, the prominent blood-red cup, the broken bread, bitter herbs from the Passover feast. Jesus himself is stylised in the form of both a cross and a 7-branch temple Menora (candlestick) reminding us that he is both the Light of the World and the one who replaces the need for further sacrifices in the temple. Judas, his cup knocked over, leans away from the temple and the skeletal figure melts away through the door and into the night. The Mandala (oval) is the traditional shape for showing Jesus in glory. His disciples have a share in this; they are enveloped in their own Mandala of light.

The buildings of Jerusalem spell out the familiar words of institution.

The disciples, gathered around Jesus for the annual Passover meal, probably had little idea they would not eat this meal with Jesus again – not until the great heavenly feast (Luke 22:15ff). I guess most of us had our last supper similarly unaware that it was to be our last, for a while at least. Bread taken and blessed, broken and shared with wine outpoured, is the basis of our weekly worship. Rich with Passover story, God’s people celebrate their freedom from the slavery of sin, recalling both the first Passover story that set the Hebrew slaves free from Pharaoh and the Crucifixion-Resurrection story, which sets us free from even death itself. The sudden shutting down of public worship, the end of our physical meeting, has robbed us of more than we can express. This Maundy Thursday we will not be able to gather around food to retell the stories of faith, to re-enact foot-washing, to break bread and drink wine. How might we lament our loss in this season and how might we be nourished in other ways? What will feed your faith in this season? Can we feast on the word, the story itself, our Scriptures?

One way you might like to do that, is to watch ‘Out of Egypt’ on the Youtube link below. Brain-child of composer James West, scripted by Jay Whittaker and directed by Audrey Hofmeyr, this musical production involved a whole church effort from Christ Church Guildford, just before I moved on. My entire family are in it and despite that, it’s really rather good! It follows the story of Moses from baby in the bulrushes, through the discovery of who he is and his calling from God, right through the plagues and the final Exodus from Egypt. If we watch it in the early evening (pausing to clap the NHS at 8pm) then we can meet afterwards on Zoom at 8.30pm for a conversation and a final prayer before we head into Good Friday. Here’s the link to the show:

Enjoy!

For Maundy Thursday or Good Friday (9 & 10 April)

Betrayal’

Betrayal

The dominant symbol is the cup shape, standing for suffering (Luke 22:42 & 44) which also becomes the pathway of the Gethsemane garden. As it encloses the disciples (indicated by 11 rings/haloes) it is also a reminder of the intimate fellowship of the last supper. At the base of the cup, the solid mine-like circle shows Judas leading the soldiers to Jesus (John 18:2-3.)

It has been said that you can only be betrayed by a friend. Betrayal is a breach of trust and we can put our trust in more than just friends. A sense of betrayal is normal in the cycle of grief and loss – How could they leave us? How could they do that to us? In this larger circle of grief, a sense of betrayal is also normal but who do we feel betrayed by? Questions have been raised about the speed of China’s response to the Covid-19 crisis and to our national shame, we have witnessed a rise in racist behaviour towards the Chinese. The Government has come under fire for not providing enough protective equipment, enough financial support, a quick enough lockdown. When people suffer and die, we look for people to blame, to pass our anger on to.

Judas betrayed his friend Jesus. He offered him up to those who wanted to harm him for just 30 pieces of silver. Was it just greed? He apparently had his hand in the common purse on a regular basis. Was it disappointment? Jesus wasn’t the kind of Messiah/Saviour he was looking for. Maybe he felt betrayed by Jesus?

Whatever the motive, Jesus stands and receives the kiss of a friend and refuses to allow the rest of his friends to defend him. He chooses to accept the betrayal square on and not to retaliate; not to let anger or bitterness eat away at him. Much easier said than done. In my experience, forgiveness is a lengthy business; a decision to put aside the normal human response and to ask God to help us. It cannot be rushed.

Perhaps this painting can help us explore our own betrayals and to consider where we are on that journey. It is ok to pause here, in this sharp-edged garden, a place of anger and strife, and to know that we are not ready to be quite as brave as Jesus – not yet.

For Good Friday’s hours at the cross (9 April)

Scourging’

Scourging

This disturbing image of pain take us beyond the brutality of the flogging Jesus received (John 19:1-3 and Matt 27:27-31) and moves us into an image which expresses the agonies felt for all the suffering inflicted in our world. The red ribbons of blood might also be the tattered scarlet robe which was put on him, along with the crown of thorns on his head, to mock his kingship. As darkness closes in from the edges of the painting, the light of the world is being dimmed before us.

We may we feel that we are suffering (and so we are) but this image reminds us that there is nowhere we can go, nothing we can experience that has not been fully experienced by Jesus Christ. Despite the fact that the club banging on Jesus’ head feels a bit like the nation’s screen headache, most of us are not suffering like this. Our freedom has been curtailed. We miss our social circles. We are limited in what we can do. Perhaps for us, this offers some perspective. There are, however, many who would understand this image of pain: those trapped in violent homes, those watching loved ones die, those in parts of the world where lockdown means no food and actually watching your children starve. Can this image disturb us into action? For those of us who have a secure income, who might we bless and help today? Who needs our prayers? Who needs to know that Jesus stands with them today?

Then might we return to the image of kingship that this picture offers us? What kind of leader is this Jesus? What does he require of our own leadership of others in response to this image? Whether we are leaders or followers or both at once, this is a challenging model of what it is to be in charge and to follow Christ in these times.

For Good Friday’s hours at the cross (9 April)

Affliction’

Affliction

‘Affliction’ seeks to present an image we will recoil from. The thorns viciously snake around the naked eye at the centre of the figure and cause us to flinch. The imagery is jarring and jagged and takes us beyond the usual delicate images of Christ’s death on the cross. The pointed nails pierce hands in such a way that the hands themselves mirror and multiply the blade of the nails. Jesus’ ribcage is exposed, his side pierced and any light in the painting comes from the hellish fire building from the bottom of the painting. This is evil’s day: Caught in a web of spikey, coiling tendrils, Jesus takes on the full force of all that is wrong in the world and in us, every act of rebellion against God from creation through to the end of history.

Here, we must stare in horror and wonder at the love that brought Jesus to this place. Replacing the pure white lamb from our first painting, Jesus becomes the lamb of the world, making the final sacrifice for us all.

For Good Friday’s hours at the cross (9 April)

Crucifixion’

Crucifixion

After the excruciating pain of the previous paintings, this image gives way to the pervading sense of desolation as the 3 hours at the cross draw to a close. The place of the skull, Golgotha, waits for its next victims. Its tombstone teeth remind us that many met their death here at the hands of the Romans.

In his final moments, flanked by 2 criminals (one repentant and the other not), Jesus cries out ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ The moment Bonhoeffer describes as when God became an atheist. (Mark 15:33-34).

Jesus felt abandoned by God and yet God was present. How could God be otherwise? When clouds form and darkness gathers, we say, ‘The sun isn’t shining!’ but it is. We just can’t see it. It has brought me great comfort to know that even Jesus experienced that sense of abandonment by God. Not even God’s own son was able to see his Father at all times.

After the drama and the betrayal, the violence and the pain, here we have those final moments many of us have witnessed when life ebbs away and all is still. Even the very painting seems to cry. It is finished. Not just the torture, the pain and the crucifixion but the task Jesus set out to complete. It doesn’t look like much of an accomplishment – not yet – but like the women who witnessed this brutality, we must wait and see.

For Low Saturday (11 April)

Burial

Burial

‘Burial’ takes us below the mourning figures of the women, into the mouth of the tomb, where the body of Jesus rests within the well of a lift shaft – or is that a throat? It is a reminder that he descended to the dead. The hopelessness of Hades, and the futility of humanity without God, is expressed by the twisted and broken ladders and stairways that lead nowhere. A power starts to work in the burial place on the left and life returns to some of the dead (Matt 27:52-53.) In the top right hand corner a new order is foretold by the splitting of the temple walls (Matt 27:51).

Whilst the events leading up to and including the crucifixion are easily imaginable, and we can easily identify with the mourners in their numb helplessness, we have very little to help us understand what happened between Good Friday and that first Easter morning.

I remember a story I was told in church one year: a teacher asked the class what they thought Jesus was doing in the place of the dead in those days. A small boy said, ‘He went to get his friend back!’ Judas betrayed Jesus. Surely, if anyone deserved to remain in death’s clutches it was him? Yet, I find the idea that even Judas might be forgiven a reassuring one. Realising what he’d done, he went and hung himself. Judas undoubtedly regretted his betrayal but thought it was too late to sort out. It may have been too late for any action on his part but I like to imagine Jesus arriving at the gates of death and with an almighty kick, breaking them into splinters as he yells, ‘It’s ok – I’m coming for you!’ I want that to be true because if, on this day, he’s coming for Judas, then he’s also coming for me and for you but for now we wait…

For Easter (12 April and beyond)

Resurrection’

Resurrection

A rainbow shaft of light bursts up from the deep, radiating pure light from the risen Lord Jesus Christ. We see, on the right of the chasm, the melting of the grip of death and, to the left, the dawning of a new heaven and earth. Blazing glory, circles of light and life; here is what we have been waiting for – death has been defeated. Read the story for yourself in John 20.

Whilst we may be stuck in our homes and unable to celebrate Easter in our church buildings, nonetheless, Easter comes. Like the sun, that may or may not seem to shine today, Jesus is risen. How will you celebrate today? How will you show your gratitude for what God has done? How will you bear witness to what God has birthed in you for this season?

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

                                                                                                      4 April 2020

Dear Friends,

Please find two services for this Sunday (5th) attached. 
 
Obviously you can choose to do either or both but they are slanted towards the morning and afternoon congregations – I do realise that some of us have time on our hands.
 
Please be looking out for one another and of course your neighbours in these strange days.
 
Both services will be available on FB and as attachments to this email and are likely (subject to technical compatibility) on the Church website.
 
Don’t forget Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship members (some of whom do not use email) in your payers and the team that care for them
 
Every Blessing, Larry
 
Do feel free to give me a ring if that would help…
 
NB just click on the links for the songs – if that doesn’t work copy and paste them into your browser.

Church Worship – Palm Sunday 5th April

Welcome

Although divided by geography/isolation we are one people

Praise the Lord!

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,
to you be glory and praise for ever.
As we behold your Son, enthroned on the cross,
stir up in us the fire of your love,
that we may be cleansed from all our sins,
and walk with you in newness of life
singing the praise of him who died
for us and our salvation.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

Hymn – Rejoice the Lord is King

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDFAv0eh-s8

Confession

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. Amen.

Song – Hosanna in the highest

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7u0grU-cwI


Time of Sharing – testimony

https://youtu.be/tSmv1kRk_Xw

HYMN – All creatures of our God and King

(a modern take on an ancient song)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUZD0hgtSgE

Bible Reading – Matthew 21:1-10 New International Version

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, Hosanna to the Son of David!” Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” Hosanna in the highest heaven!” 10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

Address – Bishop Jo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAioIxv_uV0&fbclid=IwAR31D9Tyg3S6jJ9D54Z9qlzeZcmzPU5_W3RqSLGeAscfQVyUaaZZ-HUsBYk
Time for your own Prayers – quiet music

(Fade/end to suit)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_UwvzWjQlI

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. Amen.

Song – Our Father

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eIVSWdBaTE&feature=youtu.be

Hymn – O worship the King

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAyKmYD2Zg8

The collect – a special prayer for each Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
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.
Amen.

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. Amen.

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)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyMz0w2UC9s&list=RDPyMz0w2UC9s&start_radio=1&t=46&t=46

END – a quality cup of coffee…….

Contemporary Songs to listen to during the week and an interview

An interview with Mr and Mrs Gumbel (of the Alpha Course)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0681ddPAGI

Hosanna from Hill Songs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoM0AT8fBvs

Stuart Townend – Come People of the Risen King

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNlP8Sy23XE

3 April 2020

Greetings Dear Friends,

I am sending this email a bit wider than our usual distribution list – if you don’t usually receive our/my weekly emails I would be very happy to add you to our normal list for emails and updates. Send me a text 07913670654 or message me on social media or email at revlarrybain@aol.com. We have done our best to divide church folk into smaller groups with a person to be a point of contact – you should have received an email from Mike Eldridge on their behalf. Please contact those people direct if you need help or someone to talk to. Might there be a friend you might phone every day?

It is my sad task to inform you that Barbara Thomas a former member of our church and wider community has sadly died. It was not sensible to have her funeral locally due to the present restriction so there was a service yesterday in Huddersfield. Please keep Jeremy and Hilary her children in your prayers in these days. There is an online Remembrance Page for you to post thoughts and photos and share their memories. https://barbarathomas.muchloved.com/

I think it was Bob Dylan who sang “the times they are a changing”

(see here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90WD_ats6eE )

and certainly there are many changes to adjust to. As you know I’m no stranger to change have lived on the Pakistan/Afghan border. The one constant is the deep truth that God is with us – and that’s just not at all depend on our feelings which are shallow compared with the deep, deep love of Jesus that surrounds those that believe in Him and those who as yet have not turned to Him. Might we GENTLY point our friends and family members to our loving God in this time of challenge?

You may have heard that I have been ringing out church bells across Heatherside just before 12 noon and encouraging people to say the Lord’s Prayer. Can I encourage you to continue to be good neighbours – even if you are self-isolating – a friendly telephone call or a wave from the window might make someone’s day. Most roads are forming small self-help groups hopefully they may have been in contact already.

There is a website here  https://www.surreyheath-prepared.uk/ – and there is also  helpline 01276 66798  where you where you can offer to help as a volunteer or request help from centrally. You can ask for help for yourself or a neighbour – if you cannot currently access funds you will still be provided with food. This has been a considerable voluntary and public sector task for the whole Borough. Behind the scenes I have been part of this effort along with fellow clergy, Councillors and many others.

Heatherside – I saw this wonderful aerial view down the Wellingtonia Avenue

https://www.facebook.com/HarperAspreyWildlifeRescue/videos/219449262469094/ and thought you might like to see it as well.

I will continue to send you a simple weekly Sunday service by email and also share it on Facebook and the Church website with a guest speaker each week.

I have started to share a daily bible reading and a short prayer from Lee Gatiss of the Church Society (of which I am a member). A sample can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KI92oShyaY&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1r-7pvu0MgtrpHSE4Na5chvhcO-TU7m_T0v9rEUCJa_XiHHIjeLE4J4_8

I was grateful for the work that was done by Becky Speyer from St Peter’s to organise Messy Church on Facebook for our children and their families. I’m still working something for this Sunday.

I know that there is a strong team (Dawn and friends) connecting our Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship friends together for which I am also very grateful.

For those who normally come to our WednesdaysAlive meeting I’m grateful to Steve for leading our evening meeting on Facebook each week

https://www.facebook.com/Wednesdaysalive/

We are looking at extending the Prayer Chain to those outside of our church community in the days ahead.

A closing thought….

I probably (feeling my age) shared this before but I would like to share it again – some words from St Paul to Timothy – but words that could quite well be applied to ourselves. Reminding Timothy of his spiritual heritage – we all have our own spiritual heritage – and encouraging him to stay faithful despite discouraging times – and Paul’s imprisonment and suffering. I pray that God will use these simple words to challenge and encourage you in these strange times.

Timothy’s Faith and Heritage – 2 Timothy 1

I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, when I call to remembrance the [b]genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you alsoTherefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

I’ll leave you to mull over that thought and scripture.

Every blessing, Larry

NB A bit of exercise is also commended elsewhere in scripture – here is an a short video which I have started to do from my chair each day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLiJ5SsyAX0&feature=youtu.be

Rev’d Larry Bain  01276 691127 07913 670654
Mr Mike Lamond Church Warden 01276 500486
Mr Michael Eldridge Church Warden 01276 61328
 
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Heatherside Church Camberley

Greetings,
 
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  https://www.facebook.com/groups/FHSMessyChurch/

Other resources for children can be found on https://www.facebook.com/groups/141915345940662/
 
We are pleased to have Peter and Lynn back “on team” remotely from rural Dorset.
 
Morning folk
Church Worship – Fifth Sunday of Lent

Welcome

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqOnjmr9Ah0

Confession

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.

Amen.

Song – Be still for the presence of the Lord

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZugvUQ4m90U

Reflection – Thoughts on the Lord’s Prayer

https://www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/going-church/lords-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.

Amen.

Address – Bishop Andrew

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TBhCIh0Zbo&feature=youtu.be

Time for your own Prayers – quiet music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D37uHvMV15U

Hymn – And can it be (5.14)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t66l03XmQI

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.

Amen.

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.

Amen.

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)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev7VRaVpUpA

END – a quality cup of coffee…….

***

A reflection to be thought about at another time

Chose Faith not Fear

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1QemxVqZ1U

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfEZQe9nCaI&list=PLotWc2CigiCGtgvAHS4NljNphBX1MnooQ&index=2


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 https://www.churchofengland.org/
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6z5nBu70Rk
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 https://www.surreyheath-prepared.uk/ 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 prayerheatherside@gmail.com.
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
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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 — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fNWTZZwgbs
 
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 (https://forms.gle/MRxJuUwvQewkqBcB6) 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.
 
Blessings
 

Larry


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

Friends,
 
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
 
NB
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  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3ZkBrO4k-Q

 
Sermon delivered at Jay’s ordination as a Bishop link  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ysj9ov3cpU

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:

 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/light-party-tickets-74561315903?aff=ebdssbeac— 


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.
 
Harvest
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.
 
Scamming
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.
 
 
Blessings

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
 

Friends,

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
 

Friends,
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:
Esther
 
 
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

Friends,
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

Friends,

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:

https://malcolmguite.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/a-sonnet-for-ash-wednesday-2/

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.
 
ANNOUNCEMENT
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

Friends,
 
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

 

Friends, 

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.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT

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

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

Friends,

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,

Larry

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? 

Answer

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? 

Answer

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? 

Answer

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? 

Answer

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


Friends,
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
 

POP UP COFFEE SHOP SATURDAY 20TH OCTOBER
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  www.churchestogetherincamberley.org.uk/the-besom-in-camberley/
 
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.

Prayer: 

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? 

Answer:

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? 

Answer:

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? 

Answer:

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? 

Answer:

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? 

Answer:

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? 

Answer

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? 

Answer:

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? 

Answer:

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? 

Answer:

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? 

Answer:

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? 

Answer:

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? 

Answer:

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 ?

Answer:

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
 

Friends, 

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

Friends,
 
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

Friends,
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFRRqYFXyFg&feature=youtu.be 
 
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


Friends,

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


Friends,

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


  
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Friends,
 
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

Friends,

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


Friends,
 
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

Friends,
 
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: http://mailchi.mp/f2a35669507d/occ-gu-processing-warehouse-details?e=8a480608f6
 
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

Friends,

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


Friends,

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


Friends,

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.


Friends,
 
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 – https://www.christiantoday.com/article/the.shocking.truth.about.anglican.evangelicals/114246.htm
 

Friends,

 
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 – https://www.renewconference.org.uk/commitment/

 
Blessings, Larry                                                                                          16 September 2017

Friends,

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmeSw6KVweU
 
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


Friends,
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    


Friends,

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


Friends,

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

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Dear Friends,

Please find the notice sheet attached.

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

Blessings, Larry.                                                                                                 6 May 2017


Friends,

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


Friends,

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


Friends,

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    


Friends,

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


Friends,

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

Friends,
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

Friends,
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



Friends,

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


Friends

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


Friends,
 
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

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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 www.bibleinoneyear.org . 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

Friends,

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

Friends,

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

Friends,

 
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 Karen:karen.pdo.ctc@gmail.com 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 www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/jobs


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: info@womenoftheworld.org.uk

For more information please speak to Penny Eldridge.


Friends,

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



Friends,

Please find the Notices attached.

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

Friends,

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;
www.cofeguildford.org.uk/about/dvm/occasional-lay-courses

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.

Friends,

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 jennifer.sistig@fhft.nhs.uk 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:
http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/5719/archbishop-of-canterbury-hosts-live-bible-study-on-facebook

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