‘Don’t worry Joe’, said my wife to our six-year-old son after he’d failed to win a prize at the music competition. ‘The most important thing is to do your best’. To which Joe replied, ‘You don’t understand, Mum. It’s all about winning!’ The spirit of competition is built into us from a very early age. Indeed biologists tell us that it’s part of being human: that competitiveness, the ‘survival of the fittest’, is a key component in the whole evolutionary endeavour. At its best, competition spurs us on to work hard, to be efficient, creative, courageous. At its worst, competition stops us from working together, and sends the weak to the wall. (more…)
On Sunday 26 November, 3 candidates from St Andrew’s Oxshott were confirmed by Bishop Andrew at a special service in St Peter’s Hersham.
Thank you to all those who went to support the celebration, as Carl Jackson, Harry Conlan and Alice Taylor made this important declaration of faith.
Sunday 26 November was ‘Croissants and Commitment Sunday’ at St Andrew’s. Not only was this an opportunity to enjoy breakfast with friends between the services, it was also the culmination of the ‘Giving for Life’ sermon series, when new commitments of time, talents and money were made to God. How appropriate that it was also St Andrew’s Day, the Saint after whom our church is named, and one of the fisherman who committed his life to following Jesus. And how appropriate that Josey was officially licensed as Children’s and Youth Worker, recognising her own commitment to the young people of our parish.
The ‘Giving for Life’ sermons in October and November have encouraged each of us to reflect on our own individual commitment to God and to his people. Frances summarised the series by looking at commitment from 3 different angles:
- God’s commitment to us
- Our commitment to God, which flows from his commitment to us
- God’s commitment to all those who live in Oxshott, not just those who attend St Andrew’s
Frances concluded that God calls us to be committed to him with our whole lives, and we demonstrate this by committing our time, our talents and our money to God here in the local church of St Andrew’s. The challenge was laid down for us – how far will each of us commit ourselves to God today? Listen to the full sermon here.
But it’s not only today that we are encouraged to make a commitment to God and to his local church. Over the last few months, the Parish Giving Committee has been revising the Legacy Policy in line with guidance provided by the Church of England. This asks people to consider making ‘A Lasting Gift’ in their will, which can make a real difference to St Andrew’s, both now and for generations to come. 2017 Legacy Leaflet
The traditional end of season cricket match between St Andrew’s Church and the Oxshott Club was played on a balmy Sunday afternoon in September – the first innings under hot sun and blue sky. A small crowd from the village gathered on the boundary rope sharing jokes and stories as the cricket got under way.
This is a golden opportunity for us all to de-clutter our wardrobes, cupboards and drawers while raising funds for Phase 2 of the Building Project. All you have to do is start filling a black sack or similar, collecting your unwanted items between now and Tuesday 10 October. (more…)
At St Andrew’s, as well as in Sunday services, there are several opportunities throughout the week to pray with other people:
- Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9-9.30am
- Saturday mornings, 8.30-9am
All are welcome to come, although there is no requirement for anyone to pray out loud.
If you have a prayer request, please contact the Parish Office.
Do you have a favourite book of the Bible? I have several, but one of the ones I find myself returning to again and again, is Paul’s letter to the Church in Ephesus. This is the book which we are currently studying in our services at St Andrew’s, which you can follow on our web-site or better still, come to hear in person. We shall study Ephesians either side of the school summer holidays (during which we will focus on some parables in Matthew’s gospel).
Ephesians is, unusually, a letter written by Paul not in response to a particular problem or request from one of his newly established churches but instead is a treatise about Paul’s beliefs (inspired by the Holy Spirit) about the Church of God. (more…)
In Acts 2, Luke uses the similes of wind and flames to describe the sounds and sights of the coming of the Holy Spirit. At our Pentecost service this morning we used balloons!
To find out more about who the Holy Spirit is and what he means to us, why not listen to Frances’ sermon?
A Global Call to Prayer
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.
Finally, April 25th has arrived and by the time you read this my Collation, Induction and Installation as Vicar of St Andrew’s will have taken place. Thank you to all those of you who came and played any part in the service.
For those of you unable to be there, this complex-sounding process (which I fear makes me sound a bit like a boiler!) is the service in which any parish priest is formally accepted and adopted as the local vicar. The Bishop, the Archdeacon, the Area Dean and Churchwardens have official roles to play and other representatives of the community are involved in formal welcomes. (more…)