Frances’ pastoral letters

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…

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…