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.”

Transforming Church, Transforming Lives is the Vision and Mission Strategy for the Diocese of Guildford. Through 12 transformation goals it encapsulates everything we are about:

Here is a video of some of the work going on in the Guildford Diocese to inspire us:

Harvest Supper

A super evening was had by all on Friday at St.Mark’s Harvest Supper. A delicious hearty meal with yummy pudding was followed varied entertainment. Super music, skits and a new surprisingly bloodthirsty rendition of Cinderella. Some of the younger members of the congregation entertained us with their talented playing on guitar, piano, organ, ukele and singing.

The turn out was so huge this year that some people had to be turned away. Over 80 people were given a wonderful meal and a lovely evening. Here’s to next year and congratulations to all those involved with another successful event in the Parish.

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St Mark’s enjoys a fruitful Apple Day

On 9th October St Mark’s Church in Upper Hale, Farnham hosted its second Apple Day. Members of the community arrived with bags of apples to be juiced and enjoyed the food, drink and music on offer.

The Reverend Hannah Moore, the new curate in the parish, commented, “It was my first Apple Day and it was such a lovely community event, with people there aged 0 to 94, including three in wheelchairs; and over fifty people stayed for the Harvest service that followed on in the church.”

Lesley Shatwell, the Licenced Lay Minister continued, “The apples and pears were harvested from the community orchard and they were delicious, as were the tasty apple pancakes, accompanied by the sound of cheery musicians playing apple-related songs.”

John Ely, local resident and apple presser said “It was a pleasure to be invited to press apples into juice with so many young helpers and even better to see them enjoy drinking it!”

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St George’s Heating Appeal

During the summer we noticed the boiler at St. George’s was not working properly. Investigations showed that there was a leak somewhere in the pipework that caused a drop in pressure, making it unsafe to use. Unfortunately, the pipes run under the concrete floor of the hall. It is going to cost £4000 to get the heating working. We cannot let the hall without heat and hot water, so have borrowed the money from other Church funds.

So – we need raise £4000! We have a ‘visual aid’ – four bamboo canes, taped together, one representing each £1000. (We can do it together) Around them are 10 pipe cleaners, one will be removed each time we raise £100. When we get to £1000, we will remove a bamboo cane.

We plan ‘fund raisers’ (Craft Fair, 19th Nov, Advent lunch and hopefully others) – but we would also be very grateful for personal donations – PLEASE!!

The Craft Fair on November 19th is at St. George’s Church hall. 11am – 1pm. Come along and find unique Christmas gifts and decorations. Free entrance. See demonstrations of crafts – lunches and refreshments available. If you would you like to hire a table for £10, contact me on 01252 318135


Maxine Everitt

A Mindful Day

On 1 October, we held a Mindfulness workshop day at St Mark’s. Despite earlier misgivings on my part, 18 people braved the rain and made it to St Mark’s.
Leading the day was our mentor, Suzette Jones (Diocesan Health and Well-being Adviser) and we had a variety of Mindful workshops, led by Suzette, Simon and myself. We had decided to split the day into two halves, which seemed to work well for people – some came for the full day whilst others attended for either morning or afternoon.

Mindfulness is a completely accessible method of meditation. Whilst it is not uniquely Christian, increasingly Christian practitioners are rediscovering this compassionate form of meditation. There were times to sit and meditate followed by “inquiry” – which gives the opportunity to compare experiences and thoughts within the group. We were introduced to Mindful Movement, becoming aware of tension and relaxation in our bodies. Mindful Flowers began with a meditation for participants to call to mind someone who needs their prayers. We then made and decorated flowers, wrote the name of that person on the flower before honouring the prayers by placing the flowers in a circle in church.

It was a very full day, drawn to conclusion with Mindful smiling. How hard can it be to smile for a whole thirty seconds? Just try it yourself.

Lesley Shatwell