We had a joyful Breakfast!

We were thrilled to host the Garden Route Children’s Trust (GRCT) Breakfast for Breakfasts last Sunday (7 July) in the church hall.

As Ruth Burns, one of the GRCT’s Trustees, reports, “It was a wonderful, joy-filled occasion, which was a delight in itself. Added into the mix was the huge generosity which raised a whopping £1,710 – even before Gift Aid. The answer to the question on the poster, ‘How many can we feed?’ turns out to be more than 85 children for a whole school year. Amazing! Patrick Fleming and I, on behalf of all the GRCT trustees, are very grateful.

“Thank you to everyone who came, donated even when they could not attend, the church office for running a great series of advertising and printing posters for us, Deborah Hoepfl for donating the big jar of delicious rusks, Ben Christie from ‘Munch and Wiggles’ for personally delivering my pastry order to church on the day so that everything was fresh and Revd Patrick Davies for integrating our event and messages into the 10am service in church that immediately followed.”

If you missed Ruth talking about GRCT at the All-Age service on Sunday you can catch up in the video clip below.

 

Mount Snowdon challenge…


On 16 July, Caelyn and Elijah Lim will be taking on an epic trekking challenge with their Mum to raise vital funds for the London’s Air Ambulance Charity. They say:

This August, it will be 10 years since we lost our Dad, Papa, in a cycling accident; so we thought we’d do something special to mark the occasion this summer. After brainstorming for ages, and Mama shutting down our ideas of bungee jumping and sky diving, she finally agreed on a trek; Mount Snowdon here we come!

 
If you would like to support them in their challenge, please visit their just giving page.

BYC – May update

As you may be aware, because of the increased building costs of our planned project we had applied for a grant from Your Fund Surrey to put alongside our own significant contribution.

They have now advised us, that, with regret, this has been declined. Whilst they say “they were supportive of our ideas and can see that they could provide some valuable benefits to the community, the additional benefits to the broader community are not sufficient or broad enough” for them to contribute.

This is obviously disappointing, but there is much good news: we now have the certainty of our new Vicar in Patrick, and we continue to see the growth in various newly-created activities. And because of people’s generous giving, we do have the money to deliver some considerable enhancement and improvements to our buildings, and indeed we are now free from any obligation to outside funders.

We have therefore decided to move forward, and we are already engaged with our advisers and contractors to produce a more modest, but still exciting scheme.

We hope to bring you news of more detailed plans and dates in the coming weeks. We are optimistic that work might be able to start this  summer, and appreciate your ongoing support and prayers.

Christian Aid Week 2024

Aline’s story

How Christian Aid helped Aline transform her life and climb out of extreme poverty.

Pushed to the brink of survival

Poverty pushed Aline to the brink of survival. She was abused, homeless and hungry. But Aline pushed back harder.

Driven by hope, faith and the love of her children, Aline was able to fight against the inhumanity of poverty and build herself a new life.

How Christian Aid supported

Hungry, scorned and alone, Aline took her first step towards her new life. She started by participating in a transformative three-day community workshop, funded by Christian Aid.

‘I came out with amazing knowledge and skills. The trainer restored a sense of hope and energy in me,’ says Aline.

She was taught how to form a Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) and establish a steady income, though our partner Network of Religious Confessions for the Promotion of Health and Integral Wellbeing of the Family (RCBIF). VSLAs mean people can save for their future and borrow money to kickstart small rural businesses. With all she had learned, Aline’s dream of getting her children back finally felt possible.

Building a business

With a small start-up loan, Aline started trading avocados and peanuts locally. With her profits, she bought a bicycle so she could transport greater quantities of goods to markets further afield. Eventually, her hard work had finally paid off, and she had earned the money she needed to rent a house.

Once Aline secured a home for herself, her three eldest sons were able to escape their father and join her. They told Aline that their father had abused them and sent their three young siblings to live with different members of his family.

Aline still hopes that she’ll be reunited with her youngest children in time.

Today, Aline lives peacefully on her own plot of land in her village. She’s baked her own bricks and is building a strong home for her and her children in every sense.

Now Aline can afford food, clothes and essential healthcare for her family. She’s also purchased solar panels so her children can do their evening homework by electric light.

‘I like to feed my family with the produce that I grow, such as beans, vegetables and corn. I am so happy that we are together. Now my children feel supported as they have a parent who can meet their needs.’

– Aline.

If you would like to support the work of Christian Aid and help people like Aline, please follow this link:  St Andrew’s Church Christian Aid Appeal

A new Vicar for Oxshott

Announcement made at St Andrew’s Church, Oxshott at the main morning service on Sunday 21 April 2024

The Bishop of Guildford is delighted to announce that Revd Patrick Davies has been appointed as Vicar at Oxshott, subject to DBS and medical clearance. As you will know, he is currently Associate Minister. Patrick will be having a break, which will be agreed with the Archdeacon, between finishing his current role and being licensed as your new Incumbent.

The service of Collation/Induction and Installation will be held in St Andrew’s Church at 7pm on Wednesday 4 September

Patrick says: …..

“It is an absolute joy and a real privilege to have been appointed as the next Vicar of Oxshott – and, with Belinda and the children, to have the opportunity to love and serve God, the church and community in our village. Since arriving in 2020 as Curate, through highs and lows, we have been so blessed to be a part of what God is doing here, and look forward with excitement, anticipation, trust and hope for the years to come.”

Please pray for Patrick and his family as they prepare to move.

on behalf of the Churchwardens

Friends, ‘Romans’ …

As we look at Paul’s letter to the Romans together in Church on Sundays, the online resources from the Bible Society are really helpful to enrich our understanding together.

Each week there is a video which further unpacks the themes, and a study guide with thoughts and questions to consider – both of which can be used in groups, or on your own.

Access the resources

Watch or listen to the sermon series

In addition, at the moment the ‘Kindle’ version of the book: ‘Romans: A Letter That Makes Sense of Life’ by Andrew Ollerton is available for 99p on Amazon, or physical copies of the book are available from Eden.co.uk (£16.17).  (Please be in touch, in confidence, if you would like a copy of the book, but would find the cost too much.)

APCM information

You are invited to join us on Sunday 24 March at 7 for 7.30pm as we hold our annual meeting (officially known as the APCM – the Annual Parochial Church Meeting).

If you come at 7pm you will be offered a free glass of wine!

This year’s meeting will be led by our Area Dean, Renos Pittarides, who will also lead a short service of Holy Communion at 6.30pm.

Come prepared by reading the APCM Report and Budget If you need a hard copy please ask the office.

Come and vote for new members on the PCC.*

Come and pray for the year ahead.

*Please note that only those who are on the Electoral Roll can vote.

Thank you from Tanka Subedi


Tanka Subedi has sent his grateful thanks for the Christmas gift from St Andrew’s on behalf of his family and the children of the Ashish orphanage. The children love their warm clothing and they were able to have a joyful Christmas celebration. They were able to invite other villagers and it was a really blessed time for all in the village. The Subedi family were able to have a welcome and refreshing weekend break in Pokhara.

 

BYC – December update

The main news since our previous update is that our application for funding from Your Fund Surrey was submitted on 29 December. You will recall that the tenders we received were all considerably higher than our original budget, but success in our application to Your Fund Surrey will reduce, or even eradicate, the funding gap.

You will also recall that Your Fund Surrey’s timeframe means that we will not get a decision from them until March 2024 – and one of their requirements is that we cannot start work before then. But in the interim we are continuing our preparations, including for vacating the ancillary buildings, and by further discussions with Ash Contracting, our preferred partner for this project.

At the close of 2023, it is worth reminding ourselves that a year ago we had no firm plans, incomplete governance for the project, much less funding, no agreement from the Diocese and no planning permission!  The church leadership remains strongly behind the scheme and this month the Archdeacon also confirmed that the forthcoming Vacancy in the parish would itself be no reason to delay progress; we are therefore very encouraged to explore all options to make it happen.

For more information about the project see Building Your Church

Making a difference at home and abroad – Thank you

Our Christmas collections on behalf of B@titude in Leatherhead and
for 50 orphans at the Ashish children’s home in Nepal, a charity run
by Tanka and Rita Subedi, have raised a total of £1440. This collection
will be split equally between these two charities, for which we are very
grateful. Thank you so much for Making a difference at home and abroad.