families@4 with pizza!

“The others are going to so regret they missed this!”

That was perhaps the most encouraging quote overheard from one of the children as they left the first of our new Saturday afternoon gatherings, families@4, on 5 October. The church was set out in a cafe style and we were blessed with 22 children and 12 adults – so it looked full and certainly sounded full!

The theme was ‘The Lost Sheep‘ and after an inspired technical ‘voiceover’ Bible reading with cartoon images on the big screen, the children quickly volunteered to act as the flock of sheep in the drama that followed. When the shepherd found his lost sheep, he threw a party and everyone celebrated with party poppers.

A short talk and some related craft work added to an exciting afternoon, but more was to come with the arrival of 24 Dominos pizzas – all devoured with great gusto.

We look forward to welcoming everyone to our next families@4 gathering on Saturday 23 November – including those who regret missing this one!

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

NOW is the time to be collecting, buying and filling shoeboxes, for distribution to both needy families and the elderly, through the Link to Hope charity. Shoeboxes need to be completed by Sunday 27 October. 

A large labelled box will be in the vestibule/back of the church from Sunday 25 August, awaiting the donations items listed overleaf and shoeboxes themselves, preferably wrapped or with wrapping paper. Cheques or cash should be taken to the office or handed to me.

Family ShoeboxesFamily Shoeboxes of gifts are given to families who often have to make a choice between buying food or fuel at Christmas time – buying presents is just not a priority. Many of these families do not have running water, heating or electricity. Some live in appalling conditions, often living in just one or two rooms, and life for them is a real struggle to survive.  A shoebox for a family means that everyone receives a gift.  A scarf for the mum; a tape measure for the dad; toys and games for the children as well as stationery and coloured pens; toiletries, toothpaste, shampoo and soap to keep everyone clean and free from the germs that make them ill. And of course, sweets and chocolates for everyone.

Due to the number of elderly people that are now being left alone owing to their families leaving to work away, there is a need for Elderly Shoeboxes. The boxes are similar but children’s items are replaced with a wind-up torch, sensory items, candle and holder etc.

What to do next?

If you would like to complete a whole box yourself, thank you! Please download and print a leaflet or ask me for one.  If you would like to contribute money, so we can bulk order these items, please make cheques payable to St Andrew Church Oxshott. Every single box requires £3 in coins. This covers emergency work at the point of delivery. Please add this amount to your donations.

Thank you very much, and Happy Collecting!

Jane Endean

Mission Partnering Questionnaire

As promised, this has been made available for your convenience as part of a review of our Mission links.

Everyone is invited to complete this questionnaire which was first made available at the service last Sunday (28 July).

If it is easiest for you to complete it electronically then please use the Word version and email it to

Otherwise please print the pdf version double sided, complete and return via the Church Office.

If you are able to do so by Sunday 11 August this will be appreciated.

Thank you, in advance, from the new Mission Partnering Team.

New service times from September

You will already be aware of our church’s vision launched in October 2018, namely: ‘Followers of Jesus Christ, Growing in Faith, Growing in Number and Serving the Community in which we live and work.’ Vision casting is exciting, but it is wise also to reflect and pray about what changes may be necessary in order to do the new things God is leading us into. As we look to begin new ministries, such as the monthly reminiscence service, there is a need to avoid overload.

Standing Committee, the Ministry and Wardens’ Teams and the PCC have prayerfully considered this for some months.  Although some understandable concerns have been expressed, minor changes to our pattern of services command strong support, as follows.

First, from September, 8 o’clock services will be held only on the first, third and fifth Sundays of the month, and these will all be (said) services of Holy Communion. Jill Mengham and Frances have hosted breakfasts to discuss this with members of the 8 o’clock congregation before letting everyone else know.  Indeed, as a result, the congregation has decided to have breakfast after every fifth Sunday service to build fellowship.

Secondly, we plan to bring both of our main Sunday services forward by 15 minutes, so that the 9.30 starts at 9.15am and the 11.15 begins at 11am.  The reason for this change is that Oxshott Praise ends too late in the morning for children (and their parents!).  Some people have suggested that we might look at swapping these services around, but for the moment this is a step too far.

From September 1 2019 the monthly schedule of services will therefore be as follows:

Sunday 8am 9.15am 11am
1st Holy Communion (said) Holy Communion Oxshott Family Praise
2nd Holy Communion Oxshott Praise
3rd Holy Communion (said) Morning Prayer Oxshott Praise Communion
4th Holy Communion Oxshott Praise
5th Holy Communion (said) & breakfast Holy Communion Oxshott Praise

We trust that these changes will become a real blessing to many, and release energy and resources to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in new ways.

If you would like to talk about any of the details in this letter please be in touch and we will do our best to meet you soon.

Sue Rees announces her retirement

After more than 20 years of wonderful, self-giving service to St Andrew’s Oxshott as our Administrator, Sue Rees has decided to retire from her post. Her final day in the office will be 26 July 2019.

Before then, on Sunday 14 July, we shall take the opportunity to celebrate all that Sue has done in God’s name, both among us and on our behalf.

Please pray for Sue, that God will richly bless her as she begins to make the transition from our Church Administrator to a lady of (so-called) leisure.

Easter Celebrations at St Andrew’s

What a problem to have! The church was so ‘rammed’ on Easter Sunday morning that the 10.30am Oxshott Praise service started late, because it took so long for the church to empty after the 9am service of Holy Communion!

It was wonderful to see so many people coming to St Andrew’s to celebrate the most special and important day in the Christian calendar. Families from far and wide joined the local Oxshott congregation to sing, pray, watch a dramatic re-enactment of the Easter Day story and spend time worshipping together.

Good Friday - carrying the crossFriday’s Oxshott Praise service was also well attended, when Josey used ‘Open the Book’ to get everyone moving around the church together, following the drama that portrayed the events of Good Friday. Our very own mini Wintershall. And very powerful it was too.

Holy Week Reflections

What a week it was, 2000 years ago, when Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and took a week-long journey to his crucifixion on Good Friday and his glorious resurrection on Easter Day.

And what a week it was at St Andrew’s, just last week, when we met for half an hour each evening to reflect on those events and to think about the significance for Jesus back then and for us today.

Each reflection used visual and creative ways to summarise a particular part of the Holy Week journey: from re-living Jesus’ supper with Martha, Mary and Lazarus; to Jesus’ last supper with the disciples when Judas betrayed him; to our own re-enactment of the last supper with hand-washing and the sharing of bread and wine. Each evening was moving and impactful and gave both the opportunity and the reason to pause for thought.

Jolyon’s Licensing

Jolyon is ‘formally’ welcomed as Associate Minister at St Andrew’s
Jolyon, Frances & Paul Bryer

It was with great joy and celebration that, on Sunday 14 April, St Andrew’s witnessed the licensing of Frances’ husband Jolyon as Associate Minister. The licensing was conducted by the Archdeacon, the Ven Paul Bryer.

This licensing means that Jolyon now has the Bishop’s permission to officiate anywhere in the Diocese of Guildford, as well as recognising all forms of his ministry at St Andrew’s Oxshott. Frances commented, “We are delighted to welcome Jolyon as a member of the ministry team here at St Andrew’s, which has become his spiritual home. Despite a full time job with the Anglican Communion, Jolyon is keen to continue serving in his local church, and will be a valued and valuable member of the team.”

Celebrations continued in the evening, where attendees raised a glass to Jolyon at the APCM.

Renewal of Electoral Roll

The Electoral Roll is now closed until the APCM, but if you have missed the deadline and wish to be on the roll, then you may still submit a form and your name will be added to the roll after the APCM.

Are you on the list?

It’s that time again.  Every six years, all Church of England parishes compile a completely new Church Electoral Roll, and therefore we are about to draw up a new one here at St Andrew’s.

Please note that even though you may have been on the existing roll for many years, you’ll still need to fill in a new form, otherwise your name won’t be included.

There are three good reasons you should make sure you stay on, or get on, the St Andrew’s electoral roll:

  • Electoral rolls provide a true indication of the real membership and strength of the Church, both locally and nationally.  Putting your name on the roll is a way of saying “I belong” – so it is an act of commitment to St Andrew’s and to the Church as a whole.
  • Joining the electoral roll opens up the way for greater involvement in the life of the Church, at parish, deanery, diocesan and national levels.  And you will be entitled to vote at our Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM).
  • It is an important statement of witness, and step along the path of discipleship.  With your name on the electoral roll the strength of the Church can be seen in our area, and across the country.

If you wish to be included on the new roll, and are baptised and aged 16 or over, please make sure that you fill in an electoral roll form and return it to church by Sunday 17 March at the latest.

Forms are available in the church vestibule, or if you prefer you can download and print as many forms as you need.

If you have any questions please contact the Parish Office or the Electoral Roll Officer, Emily Godfrey ()