Frances’ pastoral letters

Moving forwards

Thank you for your prayers as the Wardens, Patrick and I met on 31 August to discuss the way forward for St Andrew’s church services and ministries for the next period. We have decided to prioritise restarting three elements of our normal Sunday pattern: children’s provision every Sunday; each ‘style’ of service…

Services in Church

I do hope that you are enjoying the summer and the positive effects of the lessening of Covid-19 restrictions. We continue to pray for patience and strength for those of you still waiting to meet up with loved ones; for example, those who live abroad. I am writing to inform…

An update from Frances

I am writing to share two updates: first, regarding the plans for the redevelopment of our church ancillary buildings and secondly, concerning the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions by the Government on 19 July. Redevelopment at St Andrew’s Since the last BYC update, we have been awaiting The Diocesan Advisory Committee…

An Easter update from Frances

It’s a while since I last wrote to you about BYC, and it may seem that all has gone quiet since the flurry of video presentations and feedback in December and January. However, the picture is more like the swan, apparently gliding on the water with no effort, but under…

APCM & services in church

I am writing, as promised, to give you details of the proposed re-opening of St Andrew’s Oxshott for in-person services. But I want to start with the news about our APCM on Sunday 28 March (Palm Sunday). APCM (our Annual Parochial Church Meeting) Sunday 28 March 7 for 7.30pm At a meeting today the…

A New Year update from Frances

I wonder how the latest lockdown makes you feel? I know that some feel afraid, whilst for others frustration, anger, or even despair are the overwhelming emotions. This letter has two purposes: first, to remind you that, however you are feeling today, you are not alone; I think all of…

Christmas services in church

I am pleased to write with the good news that, beginning this Sunday, 6 Dec we shall return to hold services in church. Spaces will continue to be limited (according to the safety guidelines) and booking via either the website or the church office will continue to be necessary. Services…

An Update from Frances

As we enter the four weeks of the second lockdown, I wanted to write both to encourage you and to inform you about the new government restrictions and the way they will affect church activities. The first, difficult news is that in this period, we are no longer permitted to…

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…