Let Farnham Shine!

Every day this Advent let’s help Farnham to shine.

For many people, Christmas will look a little different this year. It will be hard for friends and families to meet up, and some of us may even find ourselves in isolation or quarantine during a season which usually brings people together. Which is why we wanted to try and spread a little joy throughout the area, and remind people they are not alone.

So join us in brightening every street by making a star to display in your window. It can be as big or small as you like, and you can use anything you have handy: paints, crayons, lights, glitter… the limit is your imagination!

We’ve chosen the symbol of a star because for us as Christians it reminds us of the star that the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus, who came to bring joy to the world. But it’s also a symbol that holds meaning for people of other faiths and none. Stars can represent hopes, dreams, wishes… all things we all need more than ever this year. We hope looking at these stars will bring light and hope to all at the end of a dark year.

Have your north Farnham Voice Heard

Have you heard of the Farnham Infrastructure Programme? It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to have an input into what is important to the people of Farnham and here in Badshot Lea and Hale to have our say on what we would like to see improved and how.

A local resident has set up a new Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/northfarnhamvoice

There is also a Powerpoint presentation of the ideas so far.

Please log on and have your say.

The group is also looking for volunteers to drop a leaflet into every household in North Farnham about the programme and other local initiatives. If you are happy to get involved please do get in touch via the North Farnham Voice page.

Picture © David Martin, Creative Commons.

Victims of church abuse asked to speak

Following strong criticisms of the Church of England’s record of handling abuse and safeguarding, there is a review underway in the hope that we will learn from the past and protect other people in the future.

As part of this, the Diocese of Guildford is asking victims and survivors of church-related abuse if they would be willing to come forward and speak about what has happened.

Support is available

The Diocese recognises that coming forward may be extremely difficult and dedicated support has been set up to help people in doing so. Two confidential listening services have been set up for those people who have experienced church-related abuse but who might want to talk through their experiences and feelings before taking any next step. To find out more about the support available click here.

Coming forward

Anybody who would like to give information or make disclosures about church-related abuse is asked to contact Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, Jackie Broadfoot (jackie.broadfoot@cofeguildford.org.uk  07918 559387).

Making churches as safe as they can be

Bishop Andrew, diocesan bishop for the Diocese of Guildford, said: “It is important we do everything we can to make our churches the safest places they can be. Safe means different things to different people but this review will help us to ensure that the concerns reported to our churches have been dealt with properly, and the care taken and the support given is of the high quality that people rightly deserve.  We have learnt from a previous review that that survivors and victims’ voices are critical, and I would urge you to come forward.”

An Advent full of Joy

Advent is going to be a bit different this year. Normally the four services leading up to Christmas are a little bit solemn; the church is not decorated, no baptisms happen, the hymns are in a minor key. It is all about watching and waiting and hoping.

However, not this year! Let’s be honest, ever since March we have been watching and waiting and hoping – it has been the longest Advent ever. A number of people have said they have had enough of being miserable and they would like some joy in December instead. Also, as we are not having crib services or carol services in church this year, we want to invite everyone in throughout December to hear the story of Christmas.

Consequently, all the churches will have a series of family-friendly services including drama and opportunities for craft throughout December and we will be looking at characters in the Nativity:

  • 6th December – Mary and the Archangel Gabriel
  • 13th December – Shepherds and Angels
  • 20th December – Mary and Joseph
  • 25th December – birth of Jesus
  • (no service on 27th December)
  • 4th January – Magi (or Kings)

Please let Lesley know if you are willing to take part by email revd.lesley@badshotleaandhale.org or phone 01252 820537. At each of the above services there are lots of roles for adults and children and young people to get stuck into:

  • Welcoming
  • Singing
  • Reading a prayer
  • Drama
  • Reading a poem
  • Preparing crafts

It will be lovely to see you there.

Every blessing

Lesley

Art at St Mark’s, Unlimited

Art doesn’t just stop because our world is locked down.
Artists create art and art breaks free from boundaries.  Art is unlimited.
And right now, art is more important than ever.  Sadly we are unable to meet regularly at the moment, but that doesn’t stop us from making art.

As soon as our churches re-open, I will be accepting your artwork for our display in St Mark’s, but in the meantime, we are going online – “unlimited”!

Unlimited – open to all (and all means all, not just St Mark’s folk).  Mixed ability, mixed ages, mixed backgrounds ….  Paintings, drawings, photos, collages, sculpture, mixed media – visual art …

you’re an artist if you are an artist

So what are you waiting for?

Our current theme is Christmas Carols

Simply illustrate your favourite carol and in a couple of lines tell us why you have chosen this and what it means to you.  Perhaps you have happy memories of singing the carol, perhaps it almost paints itself just through the words.

Photograph your work and send it to me:  LLM Lesley:  My email is llmlesley@badshotleaandhale.org
Include a few lines about why you have chosen this carol and we will have an online gallery.

There will be a display of the artwork in St Mark’s as soon as our churches re-open – and all being well, our first service is on 6 December, so why not bring your art along. 

Closing date for email receipt of photographs is
Sunday, 13 December, so get creating!

Join in Online Worship Here

Sunday Services

All-age Service:

More Traditional Service:

Book of Common Prayer:

Taizé

Future services

We would love more people to take part in the services and here are some ways you can do so:

If you have only a telephone with no special features …

Alan can record any comments you would like to make over the phone.  Please call the Rectory (01252 820537) and arrange a time to do this. It will involve calling Alan on his mobile – and a number will be provided to do this.

If you have a smartphone/computer with camera and microphone

If you would like to record a video or sound; make something and take a picture of it; write some prose; share something you found on the web – whatever you have found that has fed you spiritually; please send it to Alan to pull it together.

Large files can be sent to Alan via https://www.filemail.com/

If you don’t know how to use the computer to do this
  1. Click on the magnifying glass at the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Search for Camera
  3. Click on the Camera App option
  4. Click on the Video button on the right hand side of the screen so that it is white.
  5. Click on it again to start videoing
  6. Click the red square to stop videoing.
  7. Open File Explorer and then Camera Roll – you should find the video you have recorded there.
  8. Use FileMailTransferXL or PCloud (works better on mobiles) to select a video and send it to Alan.
Using a mobile/tablet
  1. Record the video – turn your device to landscape mode – it gives a bigger picture.
  2. Use PCloud to select the video and send it to Alan.

Alan looks forward to receiving lots of contributions: revd.alan@badshotleaandhale.org

Sunday Services – 29th November

Today we are celebrating Christ the King. Below are the services and the bishop’s sermon.  First here are the notices:

Notices

Giving
Please Give to our Ministry This church relies on donations to provide care and support to everyone in this community. Now more than ever, please consider giving generously to support our mission and ministry by clicking the button above. Thank you for your support.
Christmas Tree Festival
This year we can’t hold or take part in standard Christmas Tree Festivals so we’ve decided to go online. We are inviting local individuals, families, groups, schools, charities, churches and businesses to take part by creating a Christmas tree and displaying it in our online Christmas Tree Festival. Find out more here.

Services

All-Age:
More Traditional:

Sermons

Bishop Jo’s Sermon

Advent Carol Service

Every few months there are five Sundays in the month and we like to do something a bit different, and this coming weekend is Advent Sunday so why not celebrate with an Advent Carol Service?

Join us at 6pm here on Sunday and enjoy a mix of readings, poems, prayers and Advent carols presented by a range of people including members of Farnham Theatre Association and of Amnesty International, with a section on local woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe who has been detained in Iran since 2016 on charges of “plotting to topple the Iranian government”.

It is a moving and reflective service which reminds us that in the midst of pain and darkness which so often seem to engulf the world, Jesus came to be with us, completely human and to suffer pain and sorrow, which reminds us, in the words of Godfrey Rust’s poem read in the service by Chris Reeks:

‘…then we’ll know
your sorrow may bring hope of lasting joy
and God above is God with us below’.

Photo by De an Sun on Unsplash

Sunday Services – 22nd November

Today we are celebrating Christ the King. Below are the services and the bishop’s sermon.  First here are the notices:

Notices

Giving
Please Give to our Ministry This church relies on donations to provide care and support to everyone in this community. Now more than ever, please consider giving generously to support our mission and ministry by clicking the button above. Thank you for your support.
Wrap Up Farnham
Do you have a warm coat you can donate or do you know someone who needs a warm coat? Find out about Wrap Up Farnham here.
Christmas Tree Festival
This year we can’t hold or take part in standard Christmas Tree Festivals so we’ve decided to go online. We are inviting local individuals, families, groups, schools, charities, churches and businesses to take part by creating a Christmas tree and displaying it in our online Christmas Tree Festival. Find out more here.
Praying throughout Lockdown
If you have heard the bells ringing every evening since the start of lockdown Mark Two, at St John’s, Hale, and St George’s, Badshot Lea, and have wondered what is going on, the answer is that this is part of a call to prayer. The archbishops and bishops are calling on everyone to pray at 6pm every day throughout lockdown and churches each to ring a single bell at the same time. Find out more here.
Churches open for prayer
During this second lockdown the churches are closed for services, however two of our churches are open for private prayer: St George’s, Badshot Lea, is open on a Tuesday and a Saturday, and St John’s is open on a Thursday and a Sunday. Both will be open 9am-4pm.

Services

All-Age:
More Traditional:

Sermons

Bishop Jo’s Sermon

Serving the Villages North of Farnham: Badshot Lea, Hale, Heath End & Weybourne