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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…)
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…)
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.
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)