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Our New Vicar writes

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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…)

Easter Day Farewell to Mary-Beth

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On Easter Day, we bid a fond farewell to our Associate Minister, Revd Mary-Beth Hawrish, as she moves on to her new post in the Winchester diocese.

After leading and preaching at the Easter Day services, there was a presentation and reception for Mary-Beth in the church hall, where we were able to show our appreciation for her loving and dedicated service at St Andrew’s and in Oxshott.

We pray for God’s blessings and guidance, as she and Len settle into a new church, a new role, a new home and a new way of life.

Easter Workshops

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Over two days at the end of March, around 200 children from RKS came into church, a class at a time, and experienced 6 different stations about the Easter Story, from Palm Sunday through to the Resurrection. Each station was led by a volunteer from the church and had a different focus of the Easter story. (more…)

APCM Report

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On the evening of Palm Sunday, 9 April 2017, members of St Andrew’s gathered for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) led by Ron Stewart, Vice Chair of the PCC.

The meeting opened and closed with prayer, and the mood was warm, relaxed, positive and excited. The reasons?

Although St Andrew’s has been almost 17 months without a vicar (‘in vacancy’), many people have offered their gifts, skills, time and talents to ensure that the church has operated fully during that time, in the provision of services, events, activities and pastoral care in the community. It has been a time of great unity, bonding, support and humility, as people have given themselves selflessly to the many tasks and challenges, and there has been a real sense that God’s hand has been upon us throughout. The Churchwardens, namely Phillip Herbert, Norman Steven, Mike Newman and Ruth Burns, were especially thanked for their leadership and guidance during this time. (more…)

MUCCC – What’s that all about?

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You might have noticed MUCCC occurring on the church calendar, at 10am, on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Is it a cross between Jose Mourhino’s football team and a sports clothes manufacturer? No. Mother’s Union Communion Coffee and Chat is a new initiative started in 2017.  We attend the Holy Communion service at 10am, followed by an enjoyable coffee, cake and chat in the bustling, open and non-threatening environment of the vestibule. (more…)

Reflecting on Lent

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Lent is a time of reflection, when we remember Christ’s 40 days in the wilderness, and think about his journey from Palm Sunday when he entered Jerusalem, through Good Friday when he died on the cross, to Easter Day, the day of his glorious resurrection, and the start of new life for all who believe in him.

It is also a time to reflect on ourselves and our own Christian journey. Are we travelling as we should, and are we giving ourselves to God, as he would like? (more…)

Good Friday – The Message of the Cross

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We were delighted to welcome Revd David Bracewell to lead our Good Friday 3-hour Meditations.

David’s excellent, thought-provoking and inspiring teaching on the Cross challenged hearts and minds, as he showed how the message applies to our daily lives.

Listen (or listen again) to the 6 parts of David’s talk.

Thy Kingdom Come

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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 (25 May – 4 June) 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.

The hope is that:

  • people will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family – as a church, individually or as a family;
  • churches will hold prayer events (such as 24-7 prayer, prayer stations and prayer walks) across the UK and in other parts of the world;
  • people will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.
“In praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities” (Archbishop Justin Welby)

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Mini Bible Series on Jonah

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What a joy it’s been to have the Revd David Bracewell with us at St Andrew’s over the last 3 weeks. David has given us inspiring and thought-provoking teaching on the book of Jonah, a mini Bible series that is well worth listening to – or listening to again!

We are delighted that David has agreed to return in April to lead our 3 hour Good Friday meditations. As always, he will be warmly welcomed.

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Crib Service 2016 — ‘The Greatest Story in History’

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The St Andrew’s Crib Service made for a fun-filled retelling of the nativity story as the church was packed like never before with over 450 children, parents, families and friends crammed into every nook and cranny.  Next year we will definitely need a bigger church… (more…)