Category Archives: St George’s Church

Embodied Worship – free Tai Chi and a labyrinth

We are continuing our Embodied Worship series over the next few weeks and this week are offering the chance try some Tai Chi, free of charge, at St Mark’s Church, on Wednesday, October 5, at 3pm. Tai Chi is a practice which involves a lot of focusing on the body and is calming and mindful.

The following day, Thursday, October 6, we will be in St George’s Church from 7pm, exploring prayer through a labyrinth. On October 13, we will bake bread together in St George’s (again 7pm) and on October 20 at 7pm, Michelle Chapman will lead us in some journaling.

Embodied worship reminds us that we are physical creatures and that everything we experience is through our bodies. Even our thoughts come through our bodies – our brains are physical parts of us. The rituals we use, our movements, the processes by which we respond to God, are all embodied and we worship an incarnate God, for God took flesh in an entirely radical way and was born in a human body.

For details, contact Stella Wiseman, revd.stella@badshotleaandhale.org, 07842 761919.

Picture by Monica Leonardi on Unsplash.

Harvest Festival postponed

Because of The Queen’s death we have postponed our Harvest Festival services from Sunday, September 18th to Sunday, October 9th.

On October 9th there will be services at all three churches – 9.30am at St John’s, 10am at St George’s and 10am at St Mark’s where the celebrations will start with Apple Day (apple-pressing, apple snacks, apple juice and apple-y music) followed by the Harvest Service at around 11am.

There will be collections of non-perishable food for the local Foodbank so please think of this when you are shopping.

Little Bees

Little Bees is a small, friendly baby and toddler group (birth to just turned 3yrs)  held in St. George’s Hall in the middle of Badshot Lea.  There is a large car park and the light, airy hall is fully accessible.

Each session we have an art or craft activity and like to end with a song or two. We have a large range of lovely toys for the children to enjoy.  A hot drink is provided for the adults, but we decided not to provide refreshments for the children, encouraging the parent to bring along exactly what they prefer their child to consume.  Our fees are £2 for one adult and child, an extra 50p for any other members of the family. This pays for equipment, refreshments and a little towards the cost of the hall.

If you would like to come along for a visit, we would love to meet you.  We do have a restriction on numbers but currently have some spaces, so just come along, or for more information contact Maxine.everitt@badshotleaandhale.com or find us on Facebook.

Celebrate Harvest with us

We will be celebrating Harvest this Sunday (October 9th) at all three churches (9.30am St John’s, 10am St George’s and 10am St Mark’s, please note the earlier start to include Apple Day) with collections of non-perishable food for Farnham Foodbank and a special Apple Day at St Mark’s too!

At St Mark’s, where there is a community orchard, there will be apple-pressing, apple pie, apple juice and apple-y music.

Harvest is a reminder of all the good things that the earth provides but it also highlights the inequality in the world and this year in particular we know many, many people are facing a financial crisis greater than we have seen for decades.

Rev’d Lesley Crawley says: “Harvest is a time when we not only celebrate the gifts of God’s earth, but think of others who are struggling to feed themselves and their families. This is a growing reality in Britain today, even though we are one of the most economically developed countries in the world. Obviously we want to give to help alleviate this need, but the church is also there to challenge and ask questions about why this should be the case and what we can do about it.”

The Foodbank is currently in need of tinned ham or minced beef; tinned carrots or peas; tinned or packet custard; UHT milk and UHT fruit juice.

Consultation on plans for changes to Farnham

Have your say on the future of Farnham

The changes are proposed as part of the Farnham Infrastructure Programme, a partnership between Surrey County Council, Waverley Borough Council, Farnham Town Council and Jeremy Hunt MP and the plan is to “reduce carbon emissions, improve the connections between the town’s communities, support economic vitality and encourage growth, and improve life in Farnham with cleaner air, healthier lifestyles and less dominance of traffic on communities”. However, there are questions over how this is done and what impact it will have on other parts of Farnham so a consultation is underway.

As North Farnham is likely to be affected if the proposals go ahead, residents are being encouraged to complete the consultation. This is online here and there will be hard copies available at the exhibitions. There are also hard copies available at the Farnham Town Council offices on South Street.

The consultation it runs until September 11th, but with an extension into early October to allow time to go into the schools at the start of next term.

To find out more follows North Farnham Voice on Facebook and visit https://farnhaminfrastructure.commonplace.is

Save the date for the parish fete!

The parish fete will take place on Saturday, July 9th, 12-4pm at St George’s Church, Badshot Lea.

This is a whole parish fete, hosted by St. George’s, and we are now collecting bottles (for the bottle tombola), items suitable for tombola prizes and toys in good condition. Please leave these safely in any of our churches for collection. On the day we would appreciate donations of cakes.

There will be a craft fair there, a raffle, tombola, barbecue, a bar, tea cup ride, games, refreshments, entertainment, and a chance to catch up with friends.

We also now have raffle tickets for sale – please buy some and take some to sell to your friends. Any questions, contact Maxine Everitt.

Join us for Father’s Day

Sunday, June 19th

Join us for Father’s Day this Sunday and celebrate the men who have been important in your life. It may be a dad, it may be a granddad, it may be a teacher, an uncle, a family friend. Whoever it is, come and celebrate with us.

There are services at all three churches this Sunday, and brunch at St John’s.

The services are:
St John’s, Hale, 9.30am, followed by brunch at 10.30am.
St George’s, Badshot Lea, 10am.
St Mark’s, Upper Hale, 11am.

All welcome!

Midsummer Magic

Enjoy some Midsummer Magic at St George’s on the evening of Friday, June 24th, at 7.30pm, when Carillon Singers and the Parish Choir come together for an evening of light music, African songs, some well loved classics and new songs.

There will be refreshments in the church hall following the concert. Just come along and enjoy the evening – no need to book.

This will be the last time Carillon will present under the leadership of Samuel Rolles. Looking forward, Carillon will have a new Musical Director, and are looking for new choir members. If you are interested, please look at the website, carillonsingers.co.uk or ring 01252 655849 for more details.

A weekend of Jubilee celebration

There were celebrations throughout the parish over the Jubilee weekend, as communities gathered together to mark 70 years of service by Queen Elizabeth II.

The long weekend started with a Jubilee tea party at St George’s on Thursday with entertainment by the Paris School of Dancing and the Parish Choir, along with memories from the past 70 years, poetry by Debbie Nobbs, and a huge Jubilee tea.

On Friday, Cajun Boogaloo and caller Kris Lawrence led around 50 of us in a barn dance at St Mark’s, and on Saturday, after a Family Fun Morning on Sandy Hill, with traditional games, including a tug of war, St Mark’s was filled with people tucking in to a free lunch provided by Hale Community Centre, with 80 per cent of the food coming from the Community Fridge. Once again there was music, with Roger Sanders on the saxophone and In Accord singing acapella; memorabilia; poetry and a message from the Queen (possibly), brought to us by Rosemary Wisbey; and a slide show with music of Hale in the past created by Elaine Fell. Then it was off to the Hale Rec for a Picnic in the Park with entertainment and teas and ice creams.

On Sunday, which was also the day of Pentecost, the Bishop of Dorking – the Rt Revd Jo Bailey Wells – led an outdoor Songs of Praise at St George’s, and then hurried on to St John’s for an indoor Service of Thanksgiving at St John’s, with the 2nd Farnham (Hale) Scouts, Air Cadets, members of Farnham Heath End School, local councillors and singer and healer Heather Golding. This was followed by a Big Jubilee Lunch with barbecue and a lot of cake, with more music from Roger Sanders and his saxophone quartet.

A huge thank-you to everyone who joined in for a celebration of the reign of a monarch who has served faithfully through good times and bad, and who has always emphasised how her Christian faith has been her constant guide.

Jubilee celebrations!

North Farnham is all set to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a long weekend of events between June 2nd and 5th, arranged by the parish, North Farnham Voice – a group of residents dedicated to caring for the area – and the Hale Community Centre.

The events are:

Thursday, June 2

St George’s Church – Afternoon Tea
2.45-5.30pm with exhibition of Coronation and Queen Elizabeth memorabilia and entertainment.
Please book your free ticket in advance by contacting Maxine.everitt@badshotleaandhale.org or phone 01252 318135

Friday, June 3

St Mark’s Church – Barn Dance
6pm -10pm Enjoy a FREE evening of dancing to music by Cajun Boogaloo Trio. Bring your own refreshments. Tea and coffee available for donations to the Kitty Milroy mural fund. Further info admin@badshotleaandhale.org or 07842 761919

Saturday, June 4

Upper Hale – Family Fun Day

Sandy Hill Field
10am -12 noon FREE activities with Bouncy Castle, Games, Fire Engine, Music, Treasure Hunt, Tug-o-war and Ramble

St Mark’s Church
12.30pm – 2pm FREE JUBILEE LUNCH
with live music and a display of photos of people and  past events from Hale History Project.  Plus, a chance to see and hear more from the experts about the recently restored Kitty Milroy murals.

Hale Recreation Ground
2pm – 4pm Bring your own PICNIC IN THE PARK and enjoy more live singing and music and dancing displays by local groups. (Toilet facilities open in the Institute and Scout Hut)
The Church on the Green will be selling teas and coffee and will be holding an exhibition of Jubilee memorabilia.

Sunday, June 5

10am St George’s Church Outdoor Songs of Praise.
11am  Badshot Lea Primary School fete.
12 noon St John’s Church, Hale, Service of Thanksgiving with the Bishop of Dorking and the Scouts.
1pm  St John’s Church churchyard BIG LUNCH with BBQ* and music.  Bring your own picnic.

SAVE THE DATES – Everyone is welcome!

If you’d like to get involved with the preparations, help at these events or have a group activity you’d like to promote please contact elaine.fell@me.com

*cover charge applies