Electoral Roll Revision

The Electoral Roll revision period is upon us again! This year according to the new Church of England GDPR rules we are only required to publish the names of registered members. This means that no addresses will be shown, so please be encouraged to sign up if you didn’t do so last year.

Application forms may be downloaded or obtained from the vestibule. The closing date is Sunday 8 March. Please telephone the Church Office (01372 842071) if you have any further questions.

Lent – reflection and preparation

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a 40 day period of reflection and preparation leading up to Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus’ sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days, and use it as a time for prayer, penance and self-discipline. Not many people fast for the whole of Lent; it is more usual these days for believers to give up a favourite food or activity.

Both eastern and western churches observe Lent, but they count the 40 days differently. The western church excludes Sundays, which is why there are actually 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.

In Ash Wednesday services, churchgoers are marked on the forehead with a cross of ashes as a sign of penitence. The ashes are made by burning palm crosses from the previous Palm Sunday. These ‘Ashing’ services usually end with the ashes being washed off, as a sign that the participants have been cleansed of their sins. St Andrew’s service of ‘Ashing’ will take place on Ash Wednesday, 26 February at 11.30am.


The first of our new Saturday gatherings for 2020 took place at the end of January and was a great success. We were blessed with 50 attendees, seated around cafe style tables, and the children enthusiastically led the singing, simultaneously doing the actions to very speedy music, a real gift!
The theme was ‘The Big Spender’ perhaps more commonly known as The Prodigal Son and, after an animated video presentation, the children quickly volunteered to act as the herd of pigs in the drama with two taking on the lead roles as the brothers in the story.
A short talk and quiz reinforced the message of this well-known bible parable, and the craft work – drawing God’s arms to wrap around us – helped build up an appetite in time for the arrival of Dominos pizzas! We had ordered 20 and, unlike the biblical feeding of the 5000, there were no crumbs left at the end!!
This new venture has got off to an encouraging start and all those who come to volunteer have found it to be a wonderful blessing from God. We now need to pray for March 28th and May 16th, the dates of our next gatherings and encourage more and more Oxshott families to join us and put these dates in their dairies.

Ron Stewart

Families enjoy a celebration of Christmas

Families enjoy a celebration of Christmas and get to understand the meaning of the ‘Prince of Peace’

During Advent, St Andrew’s hosted a range of services and activities for families and children, focusing on the theme ‘The Prince of Peace’ – Jesus is the only one who can give us a true, deep and lasting sense of peace in daily life that is often far from peaceful!

To find out more, why not listen to the series of talks.

Dusty the donkey and a cast of characters joined an enthusiastic crowd for carols and drama in and outside the church
Over 200 children from the Royal Kent School had fun making crowns and participating in group activities around the church
The church was full for the two annual crib services, where we heard about the grumpy innkeeper and his lack of sleep, and saw the crib scene building before our eyes…

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.