In October we are starting a Start! course… The course introduces Christianity through six DVD based interactive, small-group sessions. The Start! course makes no assumptions about participants’ background or experience or knowledge of Christianity or the church. It really does start from scratch.
Each session lasts about 90 minutes and is based around short, DVD programmes – two per session. There’s time to chat, interactive exercises and space for reflection – in a style that aims to be honest and enjoyable.
Come along and bring your friends. To find out more contact Lesley – 01252 820537, email@example.com
We are so lucky – Catherine von Ruhland is coming to speak at St Mark’s (GU9 0LT) on Sunday 19th August on the subject of “Having a Chronic Illness in the house of God”
Catherine von Ruhland is a writer on environmental issues, singleness and sexuality, and a film critic. Her writing, notably on film has appeared in The Independent, New Internationalist, Church Times, Third Way, and New Christian Herald. She is a non-fiction author and a qualified librarian.
Don’t miss her talk!
During the month of August we are running a series on lived theology – we will be having some invited speakers coming to talk about their experiences of inclusion in the church, see the poster below for details.
Sara Gillingham will be coming to talk about being intersex at St Mark’s on 5 August 11:00-12:00. Please stay afterwards and bring some food to share, we can continue the conversation.
Come to St George’s on 8 July 11:30-12:15 for a special service and Teddy Bears’ Picnic. All teddies and other favourite characters very welcome.
Please come to St Mark’s on 17 June at 11:00 there will be an all-age service with an opportunity to thank God for dads. Free Mars Bars to say thank-you to all you dads!
I love this quote from Richard Rohr:
“Forgiveness is to let go of our hope for a different past.” Reality is what it is, and such acceptance leads to great freedom, as long as there is also both accountability and healing forgiveness.
You can sign up for his daily meditations here.
The sun shone for us on 9th June — indeed it was almost too hot at times in the morning—and many willing hands helped to get the church grounds looking festive and inviting by 12 noon, when the Fete was officially opened. For the next 3 hours trading was brisk at the various stalls, and there were plenty of games and activities to keep the young, and not so young, amused. Entertainment was provided by the Maypole dancers from Badshot Lea School, and the band from TS Swiftsure. The Mayor of Farnham, our local councillor, David Attfield, spent some time with us, and drew the tickets for the Grand Raffle. By the end of the afternoon there were a lot of extremely weary people.
The refreshment team, under the expert organisation of Gillian Hyman, were rushed off their feet, as were the barbecue trio, with head chef Martin Reed. Maxine Everitt had once again, with her usual calm efficiency, planned and prepared the event, very ably assisted by her support team. After the first count it seems that approx. £2,600 had been raised, a good increase on last year’s figure. Many thanks to all those who worked so hard for the event, whether unseen in the kitchen or vestry, on the stalls, or helping to set up and clear away.
There are a number of jobs which have become vacant after a number of years work by a number of different people. If you would like to know more about any of these roles please ask Alan or Lesley in the first instance.
We would like to build up an admin team to print the weekly paperwork and posters. It could be shared across weeks or even within a week, and could be done on a Thursday morning while coffee is on. Training in use of the computer and printer will be given.
There are also other admin tasks where help would be great – writing Baptism or Wedding Certificates, updating various spreadsheets – some weekly, some more ad hoc.
Electoral Roll Officer
This role involves keeping a list of those who have signed up to the electoral roll. It is largely an annual job ensuring that the roll is up to date for the APCM in April, although there are occasional applicants during the year. Every six years everybody has to reapply and this happens in 2019. Full training will be given.
Magazine Advertising Manager
This is mainly an annual task and involves billing the existing magazine advertisers, asking whether they wish to continue, checking that the money has been received, and liaising with the editor to ensure that the correct adverts appear in the magazine. There may be a small amount of work through the year if new advertisers are found. Full training will be given, but there will also be the opportunity to shape the work to suit your skills and time.
We would like to build a team at each Church to keep the noticeboards, both internal and external, up to date. Posters and documents arrive each Sunday in a brown bag and out of date posters need removing and new ones need putting up. In addition the bag contains children’s colouring sheets, monthly news sheets and special orders of service which need putting out. Would you be willing to do this for your church?
If you were at St John’s on Sunday 13th May, you not only saw a Miracle Play, you heard for the first time our new musician, Mary Klymenko, leading the music with her beautiful piano playing.
I met Mary at a music weekend in March. She told me that she’s a piano teacher, lives very near St John’s, and did we need any help with the music there? I said, “yes please”! I’d been worried because it was getting hard to cover all the services with such a slender rota of musicians. Lesley had told me to pray about it, which I did, and was answered with abundance.
The congregation was treated to a Schumann Arabesque during Communion that Sunday. Mary, although not an organist, can transfer her keyboard skills onto the St John’s organ, when it works! (But that’s another story). Mary and her husband have two young boys, and so she will just play at St John’s once a month. Thank you for making her feel warmly welcome.
‘ROCK AGAIN, EMILY’! This is the title of St Mark’s ‘Emily Float’ – a replica of Emily the Organ ingeniously constructed by Dave Walker and Paul Whewell, to be borne along on a trailer at TWO Carnivals :
FARNHAM CARNIVAL PARADE and FAYRE – Saturday 30th June.
The Fayre is in Gostry Meadow – 2-9pm – live entertainment and refreshments.
The Parade starts in the Upper Hart Car Park (just above Waitrose) at 6pm, and winds round the town through the crowds, returning to the Hart at 7.30pm.
The theme of Farnham Carnival is Rock and Pop Legends, hence ‘Rock Again, Emily!’ We hope to have wacky organ music coursing through her ‘pipes’!
The Emily float will make another appearance at the –
HALE CARNIVAL on Saturday 7th July. The judging will start at the Hale School Field at 5.15pm. The Procession begins at 6pm, and proceeds down the hill on to the green. It does just one lap of the green. This is a smaller event than the Farnham Carnival, but just as important, and it is our ‘local’ Carnival.
The money collected in the Carnival buckets will be distributed among many good causes. And one is the beautiful Edwardian Emily who so deserves a thorough restoration. Then she will fill St Mark’s with glorious sound again.