Come to church on Mothering Sunday – 11th March and say a prayer for your mum – or bring her along if you can, and give her a posy. All Age Services in the Parish at 9:30am at St John’s, Hale, 11:00am at St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale and 11:30 at St George’s, Badshot Lea. The 10am service at St George’s will be a regular Communion Service with added posies.
We’re having a party on 11th February to show that we love our church – come and join the party, we were going to have balloons and cake and the opportunity to ask any question you want to ask during the sermon. Please put it in the diary and make it a priority.
On November 12th the following services of Remembrance will take place:
In Hale the 9:30 Service at St John’s followed by 10:45 at the War Memorial then a 11:15 Service all-age at St Mark’s.
In Badshot Lea the 10:00 Shortened Service at St George’s followed by 10:50 at the War Memorial.
In Weybourne a service at 4pm at the War Memorial followed by refreshments in the Village Hall.
On 1st October, Come along to Harvest Festival and sing your favourite Harvest Hymns:
- 9:30am at St John’s, Hale,
- 10:00am at St George’s, Badshot Lea,
- 11:00am at St Mark’s, Upper Hale,
- 11:30am Family Praise at St George’s,
- 11:30am Informal Service at St John’s (New Service!)
Hannah is being priested this Saturday at 10:30 at Guildford Cathedral. Edited highlights of the service are being broadcast on Radio 4 on Sunday morning at 8:10am.
Please pray for her, and all the other candidates, as they approach this milestone in their journey of faith.
She will be presiding for the first time at St George’s at 4:00pm on the Sunday afternoon. All welcome.
At these three simple services we will be lighting candles to remember those who have died. We will be reading out the names of the deceased and praying for them and their families:
St John’s at 6:30pm on Sat 28th Oct,
St Mark’s at 11:00am on Sun 29th Oct and
St George’s at 4:00pm on Sun 29th Oct
Many years ago, a group of us, after a lot of prayer, realised that if we wanted provision for children in St. George’s it was up to us to make it happen. So Family Praise was born! For a while it was just once a month – then we increased to twice a month and from October – wait for it!!!! WE ARE GOING WEEKLY.
We hope that this will give us opportunities to try new things. Once a month there will be a Eucharist – something that many people have requested. Open the Book will make an appearance and we are looking forward to our own ‘specials’. We still have things to iron out and we need more leaders and musicians (volunteers welcome) – but it is really exciting. Please pray for Family Praise and all involved and don’t forget to tell people, we will be there every week during term time at 11.30 and everyone is very welcome.
The animals will hopefully come in two-by-two on Sunday 24th January at 3pm when St Mark’s Church in Upper Hale hold their pet service.
The service, which will allow people to give thanks to God for the animal kingdom and have their pets blessed will be followed by a Bring-and-Share buffet tea.
The Reverend Lesley Crawley said: “We are running the service as some people on Facebook asked whether we could have a Pet Service in the parish and it seemed like an excellent idea! Everyone is welcome to come along and bring their pets for a blessing and also a plate of food to share afterwards, if they would like to.”
Many churches have a tradition of people bringing the ‘fruits of creation’ to the altar at the Harvest Festival service, thanking God for them and then distributing them to those who need them. In the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale, the churches of St John’s, Hale, St Mark’s, Upper Hale and St George’s, Badshot Lea will be collecting food for the local Foodbank on 4th October at the Harvest Services which are 9:30am, 10am and 11am respectively.
The Reverend Lesley Crawley said, “Please come along and sing your favourite harvest songs and, if possible, bring some food for those who don’t have enough. We will also be taking a collection at the end of the service at the door for the Syrian refugees.”
The Foodbank are particularly in need of tinned meat, instant mash, tinned Sponge Puddings, powdered milk, chocolate, Long Life fruit juice, tinned fruit, biscuits, snack bars, tinned rice pudding, UHT Milk, sugar, tinned vegetables, tinned fish and toiletries.
Photo accreditation: Georgie Fry
At St John’s we will be celebrating our Patronal Festival with an All-Age service at 9:30am on 6th September followed by a BBQ in the Rectory Garden (25 Upper Hale Road, GU9 0NX) at 12:00, bring your own meat and alcohol (if desired), we will provide the buns, salad and soft drinks.
Our Saint’s Day is 27th December but as few people are around at that time and the clergy are on holiday, we have translated the festival to Sunday. This is a bit of information about our patron saint:
Whether or not John the Apostle and John the Evangelist are one and the same, the Church honours on this day the one who proclaims Jesus as the Word made flesh and who is ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved’. John was one of the sons of Zebedee, along with James and Peter, who followed Jesus. John was there at the Transfiguration of Jesus on the holy mountain; he was there with Jesus at the last supper; he was there with Jesus in his agony in the garden; he was there with Jesus and his mother, standing at the foot of the cross; he was there with Jesus as a witness of his resurrection and ‘he saw and believed’. John was a witness to the Word, he proclaimed the Word and he lived and died witnessing to the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, who loved him and whom he loved.
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