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 – Latest 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.

BYC – November update

We were pleased to receive four responses to our Tender invitations from the list of potential contractors, but disappointingly, each one quoted a figure over £1 million (excluding VAT). The best is from Ash Contracting, who acted in this role on Phase 1 and consequently, whilst much work remains to be done, we are now in further discussions with them as our preferred partner on this project.

The figure is much higher than we had hoped for, even allowing for the inflation that we had anticipated, and is a significant increase from our original budget. We need to redouble our efforts to ensure we only do what is really needed to better provide for our existing activities and to develop new ones.

This is entirely consistent with our application for funding to Your Fund Surrey, as their motivation is to help fund spaces and projects that reach new people of all ages in our community. Your Fund Surrey’s timeframe means that we will not get a final decision from them until March 2024 – and one of their requirements is that we cannot start work before then.

Our focus now is to see how we can reduce the project costs to a manageable level and to finalise our application to Your Fund Surrey. The Parochial Church Council agreed with this approach, and that we should continue in our endeavours to complete this exciting project, based on the significant approvals and funding already in place, and on the basis that minimal costs are incurred from now until we achieve full funding. The church leadership remains strongly behind the scheme and the BYC team are encouraged to explore all options to make it happen.

For more information about the project see Building Your Church

An Announcement from Revd Frances Trickey

This is a letter I had hoped I would not have to write for some years. However, after discussions with my oncologist and the Diocese of Guildford, I am writing to inform you of my retirement through ill-health as the Vicar of St Andrew’s, Oxshott. The date set is 31.12.2023, although Jolyon and I will continue to live in The Vicarage for at least January 2024.

It has been the privilege of my life to be the Vicar of this community and church. Thank you to all of you who have sent me good wishes throughout my treatment this year, for those who have prayed, the encouraging cards and for all the practical expressions of loving care.

Thank you too to each individual and organisation that make up our lovely community: for welcoming me into your homes at times of great joy as well as great sadness; for the welcome into the various village organisations and the opportunity to work alongside many seeking to work for the good of all who live in Oxshott.

And a special thank you to my Church Family who have allowed me to lead them, despite my failings and inevitable mistakes, and for the love and joy we have shared as followers of Jesus Christ.

I do hope that there will be an opportunity for me to say goodbye face to face at an event to be arranged in January.

Blessings,

 

 

Revd Frances Trickey
Vicar

Here is a video update which was shown during our service on 19 November.

Update from Tanka Subedi

The core of Tanka & Rita’s work that we support is Iteen. This uses a simple but powerful model of Biblical Learning that transforms lives and equips leaders. This is simply explained in a new animation that can be viewed here:

In Nepal Tanka and Rita were the first to use this model, starting in their home, with one small group (like the one in the picture), soon after they were married 27 years ago. Rita translated the materials from English into Nepalese. Today Iteen support over 6,000 students across Nepal, training group leaders and translating materials at many different levels.

Supporting Cobham Area Foodbank

We are delighted to be making Cobham Area Foodbank, one of our Mission Partners, the focus for our Harvest Collections again this year.

Our local foodbank, like many throughout the country, is desperately short of food donations. Please bring along donations to the Harvest Service at 10am on Sunday 1 October. The items below are particularly short, so please read the list, or take one from the vestibule with you and bring in any of the items listed; it will be gratefully received.

Harvest items will be collected on Tuesday 3 October.

Items urgently needed:

  • pasta sauce
  • UHT fruit juice
  • tins of meat, vegetables, fish, soup, spaghetti hoops and custard
  • UHT semi-skimmed milk
  • chocolate spread
  • tomato ketchup
  • hot chocolate
  • sponge puddings
  • sweet snacks & biscuits
  • bleach
  • toothpaste for adults
  • sanitary towels
  • shampoo & conditioner
  • shaving foam & razors

Thank you.

Visit from Qaiser & Rahila

We were delighted this week to welcome Qaiser and Rahila from OTS, our Mission Partners in Pakistan.

Qasier, as many will know, is the Executive Director of OTS (The Open Theological Seminary) in Pakistan, whose motto is “Equipping God’s people for the work of His service”. His powerful preaching as a servant of Christ from Philippians set the bar high for all of us as we study this letter from Paul. Qaiser we found to be a special humble man and it was easy to see how he leads this amazing  ministry.

OTS is a non-denominational Seminary and currently provides this Christian teaching to some 1000 students a year.

Rahila, we have known, founded and runs an incredible Christian Charity called “Help for the Helpless”. This charity reaches out to poor and marginalised Christian women mothers in both the rural areas as well as in the city. They help them by teaching sewing skills and after a year’s training, at their graduation provide them with a sewing machine and the tools to run their own small business. They have opened 10 of these centres in the past 6 years.

Watch this video to find out more about her work.

 

Rahila, when she was interviewed on Sunday, mentioned that they can buy new machines for the equivalent of £40 and several of you generously contributed on Sunday. Those who would still like to contribute, donations can be made by Bank transfer to St Andrews Church, Oxshott. Sort Code 20-90-56 Account number 80374598 Reference OTS/HTH

During their few days with us, Qaiser and Rahila met with many in our congregation at events such as Soul Space, an Open lunch, ABC, Craft Club, a Life Group and finally a visit to B@titude, where they encountered numerous similarities.

Many thanks are due to so many of you for kind and generous hosting, wonderful lunches and dinners that made this visit so special and helped us build a deeper and more fruitful relationship. How poignant for us all that Qaiser should preach from Chapter 1 of Philippians where the main themes are “Love, thankfulness and joy”