Unknown choir gives stunning performance!

 

Last Sunday at St Andrew’s church, a previously unknown invited choir gave a moving performance of George Frederick Handel’s masterpiece Unto us a Child is Born. It was met with rapturous applause and universal acclaim by the critics. It is to be hoped that this promising group of young choristers will make further appearences in the future.

A letter from our new Vicar, December 2016

Our new vicar, Revd Frances Trickey writes.

Dear Members of St Andrew’s,

First, thank you. Thank you for your prayers and all the hard work that went into making sure the interview process went smoothly and was a positive experience for each of the candidates involved.

When Bishop Andrew kindly rang to offer me the post, I was amazed and excited, and those feelings have not left me. When we visited St Andrew’s my husband, Jolyon, and I were struck in particular by two things: the warmth of your welcome and the fantastic refurbishment of the church building. I think these two things are related and are evidence of God at work, which is the most thrilling thing.  It will be wonderful to join you and find out where God wants to take us together for the sake of His Kingdom.

Here are a few facts about me:

For the past seven years I have lived in Nailsea, a town six miles south of Bristol, where I am the Associate Minister in a parish of two churches. Before ordination I had a fulfilling career as a secondary-school teacher and this finds expression now in my passion for teaching, preaching and helping people grow as disciples, which I do across all the local Anglican churches here. 

I married Jolyon 33 years ago when he was a barrister in the City. He has now been a Church of England priest for 26 years, including 14 as rector of a parish near Godalming. His church family in Nailsea has been informed that they will lose their Rector as he will move with me to Oxshott.

We have two married children: our son, Joshua, is married to Joanna, and our daughter, Abigail, is married to William. All are in their mid-late twenties.

Please pray for all the members of our three churches here in Nailsea and for us as we prepare to move.  We will continue to pray for you too, as Mary-Beth leaves and some continue to shoulder significant burdens in the Vacancy.

God bless you,

Frances

Frances’ husband, Jolyon, writes in his announcement to his parish:

This is an amazing opportunity; the offer to Frances is humbling, unexpected and deeply affirming of her ministry and calling. The Lord has clearly thrown open this door – my reading for the day of interview included Revelation 3:7-8: ‘What he opens, no-one can shut, what he closes, no-one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no-one can shut.’

I will therefore tender my resignation as Rector of Holy Trinity and Trendlewood, and walk with Frances through this open door, trusting the Lord for my own unknown future…

Vacancy Prayers Answered

We are very grateful to you all for your prayers over the last year, and even more grateful to God that those prayers have been answered, with the appointment of Revd Frances Trickey.

The journey to seek our new vicar to lead us at St Andrew’s has been long and sometimes challenging, in that two rounds of the process were necessary to find God’s chosen candidate. That process involved writing a detailed Parish Profile; advertisements in the Church Times; shortlisting by the panel, chaired by Bishop Andrew and including the Archdeacon, Paul Bryer, the Area Dean, Alan Jenkins, and two parish representatives; and formal interviews conducted by the same panel. The process also enabled the candidates to visit the church, have a tour of the parish, view the vicarage and meet members of the ministry team and PCC.

We were encouraged to pray for everyone involved in the vacancy process, so that the person called by God to this role would be found and appointed. Specific opportunities for prayer were also organised so that, with one voice, we could lift the prayers of our church to God, for his will and purpose to be fulfilled.

Many of our church family came along to these prayer meetings, and St Andrew’s has now been blessed with God’s provision for us.

Outward Giving in 2016

‘We have so much to be thankful for,’ was the opening statement in the talk given on St Andrew’s Day, the first Sunday of Advent. ‘Giving to those in need shows we care, and don’t take for granted what we have. In giving we acknowledge God’s gifts to us.’

Thank you to all whose contributions through the year have enabled St Andrew’s to work out our mission to tell people about Jesus. Your generous contributions have, so far, made it possible for us to make donations of over £20,000 in 2016 to our partner charities. Letters of thanks for the final tranche of donations will shortly be pinned on the Outward Giving notice board in the church vestibule.

Please remember that ‘Planned Giving’ makes it easier to budget for ‘Outward Giving’. If you would like to support our outward giving programme through the planned giving scheme, please pick up a reply card from the church vestibule.

More details of the charities and mission partners we support: outward giving leaflet 2016 

Transforming Church – Transforming Lives

The Diocese of Guildford’s vision and mission strategy

“God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is in the business of transforming individuals and communities, and we have the joyful privilege of joining in.”

Watch the film below entitled ‘Transforming Church, Transforming Lives’ to see how the vision is encapsulated in 12 transformational goals.

The Bishop of Guildford, Andrew Watson, said:

“I’m very excited by the idea of transformation, because wherever I go I meet people whose lives have been transformed through their contact with the church and the God whom we worship.”

 

For the full report of the Bishop’s vision and mission strategy, see Ten Year Plan.

 

Church v Oxshott Club Cricket Match 2016

trophyThe annual end of season match between St Andrew’s Church and the Oxshott Club was a hugely enjoyable and dramatic occasion, with thrills and lots of spills.  George, captaining the Club side won the toss and elected to field, putting the church into bat to face a onslaught of wild and wacky balls. Starting smartly with boundaries and a couple of sixes, Mike and Ian skied a number of balls with catches finally sticking after a couple of drops.  The juniors in the team put in a much more classy performance with the church putting on 99 in its 20 overs.

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Queen’s 90th Picnic and Walk

Queens Picnic

Rain did not dampen the spirits on Sunday when Oxshott families gathered on the Heath for a Big Lunch picnic in celebration of The Queen’s 90th birthday.  After special celebration services in church with Richard Bewes, picnic baskets were packed and umbrellas were hoisted.  The Oxshott Heath Conservators, St Andrew’s Church and 1st Oxshott Scouts took the lead in gathering people for a community picnic (keeping dry thanks to some sturdy gazebos) and then a gentle walk together around the ‘Trail 2000’ path.  Lots more joined us as the sun came out and as the walk progressed we shared stories and fellowship.  A wonderful community event.

St Andrew’s joins in 9th Oxshott Village Day

Families flocked to Oxshott on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May to celebrate the ninth annual Village Day.  This popular community event saw almost 5,000 people enjoying a fantastic spring day out at the Steels Lane sports ground.

This is a very special day for the kids, and with a host of exciting attractions and activities on offer from Punch and Judy to clown workshop and funfair, there were some very happy families!

St Andrew's Youth Pastor Josey
St Andrew’s Youth Pastor, Josey

Some 70 stalls offered shopping, eating and drinking opportunities.  With the sun finally shining down, families spread themselves out on the grass for impromptu picnics.

The theme for the St Andrew’s stall was the Queen’s 90th birthday with a beautiful book ‘The Servant Queen’ being offered free to everyone.

The proceeds of the Village Day will go to the Cobham Foodbank.  The Foodbank, which also covers Oxshott, helps families in times of need and is sponsored by the Churches of Oxshott and Cobham.

St Andrew’s Quiet Weekend – an opportunity to receive from God

parish quiet weekend 2From the moment of arrival, the peace of St Cuthman’s enfolds us. The charm of the house, the colour of the flora in the grounds, the sun on the lake and the scent of wisteria merge to make this an idyllic place to spend a quiet weekend.

Jesus went into the hills where it was quiet to pray and there are many other examples of people in the Bible who, at different times, choose or find themselves in the quiet where God speaks to them. Whether we feel we are running on empty, we need to press the pause button, or we seek stimulation in spiritual guidance and time for reflection, a retreat weekend is where we can receive from God.

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