Frances’ pastoral letters

APCM arrangements

I am writing to you this week primarily about the APCM (the Annual Parochial Church Meeting) which is to be held, as many of you already know, on Sunday 4 October at 7.30pm. I am sorry we were unable to send this letter last week, as intended, but we have had…

Listen & Pray in church

St Andrew’s church building has been open now for four occasions for private prayer, and although numbers attending remain small, I know it has been a real comfort to some. And so we move to the next stage: opening the church for a ‘service’. This will first happen on 9 August…

Summer time at St Andrew’s

It’s exactly twenty days since I wrote my last pastoral letter and I wanted to let you know of a couple of new developments coming up at St Andrew’s, Oxshott. The first is that, starting this week, we shall switch to classic Oxshott ‘Summer-time’.  This means that whilst we will continue…

Church re-opening for prayer

I know that for many, the closure of our church building has been one of the most difficult aspects of the whole of lockdown. Therefore, I am really pleased to let you know that we are ready to open St Andrew’s, Oxshott, for individual, private prayer beginning on 8 July. Preparation…

Black Lives Matter

I wonder how you respond to this headline: with frustration, anger, approval, exasperation?  You may even be cross with me for bringing this subject up. But as it has featured in my email communication with members of the parish recently, I wanted to reflect publicly about it. Recently, a black friend…

Getting connected

Our new grandson is now a full 3 months old, which means we have been in lockdown for over 9 weeks. Communication – whether through letters, hand-written notes, emails, the internet or phone calls – has been so important in helping us to keep going. However, the significance of being able to…

The Blessing

How have the last two weeks been for you?  I wonder if, like me and several friends, you have found yourself at a low ebb recently (some have described it as ‘hitting a wall’)?  I certainly had a couple of days a week or so ago when it was ridiculously…