Category Archives: St John’s Church

Say Thank you this Sunday

We’re joining in national Thank You Day this Sunday, July 4. People around the country are gathering to show their gratitude to those who have helped us so much over the pandemic and we are holding Thank You services in each of the churches with special visitors from across Farnham.

Join us at St John’s at 9.30am, St George’s at 10am and St Mark’s at 11am.

Among those also joining us will be Alan Earwaker, Mayor of Farnham, and Catherine Powell, Surrey Councillor for North Farnham, who will all be at St John’s; Gemma Ball, head of Badshot Lea Village Infant School, Alex Hayhoe from the Hygiene Bank and Iain McCready from Farnham Town Council who will be at St George’s; and Cathy Burroughs, manager of Hale Community Centre, Daniel Gee, head of content for the Farnham Herald, Alastair Shanks from Right at Home care agency, and Pat Evans, former Mayor of Farnham, who will be at St Mark’s. They will be talking about the community in the past 18 months, the future as they see it and what they are thankful for.

There will be opportunities to express your own thanks and make thank-you cards.

Please join us and say thank you too.

For further information, call 07842761919 or email admin@badshotleaandhale.org

Your July/August magazine is here!

The July/August magazine is out now with news and events from around the area.

As well as information about the churches – the St John’s Youth Hub funding and the Kitty Milroy murals for instance – you will find articles from other organisations in the community. We want this to be a real community magazine and welcome contributions from others.

This time, for instance, we have articles from Crown Daisy Nursery, Badshot Lea Bloomers, Farnham Assist and Hale Community Centre and we are looking forward to more from others next time. You will also find the first of a regular column from the Surrey County Councillor for North Farnham, Catherine Powell, and of course words from our MP Jeremy Hunt.

Other items not to miss in this month’s mag include a special offer from Wine&Something, news on Artz @ St Mark’s – a weekend of art, craft and music which we’d like you to be involved in – and the new monthly art and craft market at St Mark’s on the third Saturday of each month. There’s a book by Bishop Chris Herbert- you can meet him at the book signing – news of upcoming events including our Autumn Fayre and Pride Service, and a call for help. The amazing Anne Young has left Farnham and we need someone to take over administering the magazine distribution. If you can help, please get in touch.

There’s also a trade index on page 2. If you need a plumber or builder or florist or vet or chiropractor etc etc check this first and use our local people.

Happy reading!

The next stage for funding the Youth Hub

We’re delighted to say that we made our initial crowdfunding target of £4,000 for the new St John’s drop-in Youth Hub.

Thanks to everyone who gave so generously we actually raised £4,580 + an estimated £840 in gift aid from 28 supporters over 42 days.

This will enable us to make the north aisle into a good space for the Youth Hub  – we will clear the pews, make the floor level and purchase equipment. You can see more here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/st-johns-project

We are now raising money to fund a community youth worker, so we can provide high quality youth work Monday to Friday each week.

To give to this project please consider:

To find out more, please get in touch with us – admin@badshotleaandhale.org or revd.lesley@badshotleaandhale.org or call Lesley on 01252 820537.

Many thanks to everyone for your support!

Join us for Father’s Day!

It’s Father’s Day this Sunday, June 20, and we invite you to join us at any of our three churches for a celebration and focus on dads, grandads and other special men who have been important to us in our lives.

Join us at St John’s, Hale, at 9.30am, for a service followed by free brunch, or St Mark’s, Upper Hale, at 11am where brunch will be served during the service, or St George’s, Badshot Lea, at 10am where dads can have a beer after church! Cheers to Dads!

Want to know more? Call us on 07842761919 or email admin@badshotleaandhale.org

Picture by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash.

We’re Crowdfunding for our new Youth Hub

We are crowdfunding to raise money for our new Youth Hub at the St John’s which will be every day after school for 11-16 year olds. Check out www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/st-johns-project to find out what you can get for your money and what we will be doing with it.

The Youth Hub

The hub will be open to all young people and we will be working in partnership with Relational Hub, a national charity which is helping young people thrive. Relational Hub is a proven model of youth and community work, with over a decade of supporting young people.

The Youth Hub will be based on these four principles:

Radical Hospitality – the way you welcome young people;

Everyday Youth Work – daily, consistent drop-in;

Support and Opportunities – developing skills and co-producing projects;

Sustainable Approach – having a long term approach, fundraising and enterprise strategy.

The link to find out more is here: www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/st-johns-project

The June Magazine is here

The sun is out and so is the June magazine! This month’s magazine is packed full of news and events about our parish which isn’t confined to the villages we serve locally – lovely though they all are! Being online has allowed us to reach out far further and welcome people who can’t be with us physically.

Take the flower festival for instance. Among the 300+ entries were ones from friends of the parish from around the country. Take a look at some of the entries in the magazine and, of course, online.

There’s news of upcoming events – Father’s Day’s an important one as is the fete on July 3 – new classes, new rooms, a new business, our new youth hub, the new mayor and North Farnham councillor, along with lots more including Kitty Milroy and her media-starring murals, prayer, Jeremy Hunt, appeals for help, schools news, the Church Cat and more.

Enjoy reading and enjoy the sun.

Download the magazine here:

Christian Aid Week

As it is Christian Aid week 9-15th May. The Franham Clergy have joined together to create an online Christian Aid Week Service:

We cannot collect door to door for Christian Aid so here is the clickable link for online giving for Christian Aid Week 2021:

https://giving.tapsimple.org/online/christian-aid/christian-aid-week-2021-bf4b3

The May magazine is here

Our May magazine is out now, a bumper edition this month with information about the elections for Surrey County Council members and the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner. Please read their statements and please vote; if we don’t bother to have a say we can hardly complain about the people who are elected.

There is information too about events going on this month including our Farnham Flower Festival (online again, of course) which is being sponsored by our favourite florist Florescence, and plans for the fete in July. Please get involved in both. There is news about new rooms to hire, an article on grief, information about taking part in Christian Aid Week and much more, plus, of course, lots of great adverts with services, offers and classes.

Download it here:

Celebrate St George’s Day with Mayors and Music

We will be celebrating St George’s Day on Sunday, April 25, at both St John’s and St George’s, with visits from two mayors, the Army Cadets and members of Alder Valley  Brass.

Cllr Alan Earwaker, Deputy Mayor of Farnham, and cadets from Surrey Army Cadet Force – Farnham Unit – will join the congregation at St George’s, at 10am for a family-friendly day service including drama and flags. One of the cadets will raise the flag in the churchyard and part of the service will be outside so that the congregation can sing and plant St George’s Day flags.

St John’s will be welcoming the Cllr Penny Marriott, Mayor of Waverley, and some Scouts, who will raise the flag, for a service at 9.30pm. Again this will be suitable for all ages and there will be singing outside and the planting of St George flags. Members of Alder Valley Brass will playing before the service and for the part of the service that will be outdoors.

Over at St Mark’s, the congregation will be celebrating St Mark’s Day from 11am with an emphasis on creativity. Bring along with you something to be creative with – your favourite pens and pencils, clay, paints – whatever you would like.

Everyone is welcome at the services which are Covid-secure. Masks must be worn in the churches.