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February 2017 - Issue 96

The newspaper from the Church of England for everyone in the Diocese of Guildford

Parishes challenged to transform Lent in 2017

New leaflets and posters supporting the Bishop of Guildford’s Lent Challenge 2017 – Transforming Lent – are on the way out to all parishes across the diocese now. Bishop Andrew’s annual Lent Challenge to parishes at home and abroad. aims to help deepen spiritual commitment during one of “Transformation lies at the very heart of the Christian the most important periods of the Christian year – the 40 Good News: the community transformation that emerges days approaching Easter – with a combination of prayer, when Christians truly live out their calling to ‘shine reflection, action and fundraising for those in need both as a light in the world to the glory of God the Father’; the personal transformation that comes from knowing ourselves ‘ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven’ My Lent Challenge to through the death and resurrection of God the Son; and the transformation brought about by the refreshing, parishes this year draws renewing, disturbing work of God the Holy Spirit who on our diocesan vision, ‘blows where He wills’, often in the most unexpected of people and places,” says Bishop Andrew. Transforming Church, “My Lent Challenge to parishes this year draws on Transforming Lives. Please our diocesan vision, Transforming Church, Transforming Lives, and especially on the theological themes that join me in praying, serving underpin it: Prayer; The Mission of God; Kingdom and and giving during Lent this Church; Transformation; Growth and The People of God.” year. – Bishop Andrew

Online Lent course

Transforming Lent – New leaflets and posters for parishes encourage churchgoers to focus on weekly topics and actions during Lent – which begins on Ash Wednesday 1st March. They highlight the theological themes that underpin our new diocesan vision Transforming Church, Transforming Lives, which are Prayer; The Mission of God; Kingdom and Church; Transformation; Growth and The People of God.

A six-week online Lent course accompanies the challenge to help churches to engage and play their part in raising at least £20,000 for projects at home and abroad, to be shared equally between a major water project in the Diocese of Kebbi in Nigeria and the Bishop of Guildford’s Foundation (BGF), which helps the disadvantaged and vulnerable in our own diocese. Printed leaflets and posters (pictured) and downloadable digital versions and more online information are all available online at “Your generosity during last year’s Lent appeal raised well over £20,000 for those less fortunate both locally and abroad,” added Bishop Andrew. “Please join me in praying, serving and giving during Lent this year.”

A helping hand in our diocese The Bishop of Guildford’s Foundation helps the most disadvantaged in Surrey and North East Hampshire by supporting local churches and organisations with church links, which respond to local needs through community projects. Despite the wealth of Surrey and North East Hampshire there are pockets of poverty and deprivation, both in some of the larger towns and in rural areas. A crucial part of the foundation’s fundraising takes place each year during Lent and Easter, with the Bishop’s annual Lent Challenge. The Bishop of Guildford’s Foundation is an independent charity and expresses a sense of communal solidarity with people in need, by

providing a mechanism for wealthier parishes and church members to channel support to needier groups. Grants are made to a wide variety of causes, including charities working with people who have disabilities, family support projects, youth and children’s workers, organisations developing employment for vulnerable people, community organisations, and projects for the homeless. Find out more online at

Pure water support for Nigeria The Church of Nigeria – the Diocese of Guildford’s long-standing link partner in the Anglican Communion – has applied for funding to build a pure water factory in Birnin, Kebbi. The factory will produce clean water for the area and the income generated from this will fund the important ongoing work of the Diocese of Kebbi. The Diocese of Kebbi in the north-west of Nigeria has been badly affected by the presence and activity of Boko Haram. Many Christians from this area who have been financial supporters of the diocese have relocated due to the insurgence, leaving the diocese without sufficient

income to support its work. This year’s Lent Challenge will help support this project and benefit the community with safe, clean water, removing the risk of water-borne diseases, and will also enable the Diocese of Kebbi to be self-funding in the future.

Cathedral awaits ruling on revised Stag Hill new homes plan Guildford Cathedral is holding its breath in anticipation of a meeting of the Planning Committee of Guildford Borough Council to consider an amended application for 134 new homes proposed on part of its Stag Hill grounds, which are vital to the Cathedral’s future. Since the planning application was submitted in October 2015, the cathedral and the developer have listened to residents and adapted the plans to better address their concerns. Discussions have also taken

place between the cathedral and planning officers at Guildford Borough Council and Historic England to give the revised application the best chance of success. Amendments include improving the position of parking facilities, better spacing, reduction in the height of apartment buildings and improved landscaping proposals. The cathedral believes that the new homes would make a valuable contribution towards local housing need with a mix of both open market and affordable homes. Crucially, the development would also help

secure a long-term financial endowment for the cathedral, without which its future is uncertain. Matt O’Grady, operations director for Guildford Cathedral said: “We are very hopeful that the revised plans provide a balanced provision which responds to concerns raised since the application was submitted. “There is an urgent need both for housing in this area, and for Guildford Cathedral to be equipped to be a beacon of worship, mission and outreach both in the diocese and beyond for many years to come. “Despite money raised from a variety of sources

for the current essential repair and refurbishment work, income from our commercial activities and the formation of a fundraising committee, the cathedral still needs the injection of significant endowment funds to secure its long-term future.” Comments can still be submitted online – and it is vital that everyone who wants to secure the cathedral’s future makes their views known, using the following application number: 15/P/02284 on the Council’s website: publicaccess

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Focus on Christmas Fleet church and pub team up to ‘Save Christmas’ A church in the parish of Fleet embraced the transformation goal of ‘cultivating community partnerships’ during Advent when it teamed up with a local pub to hold various community projects, including a Christmas Day lunch for lonely and isolated people, in a bid to ‘save the true meaning of Christmas’. On Christmas Day, 41 people from the Fleet and Church Crookham area were treated to a slap-up lunch at the Harlington, carol singing, a mini-panto, a visit from Father Christmas and presents, thanks to the generosity of the Fleet community, rallied by the Revd Carol Dunk of St Philip and St James’ Church, and the team at the Heron on the Lake pub.

The Advent-long fundraising campaign raised just under £1000 and notable contributions were received from Waitrose, Morrisons, Tesco, Caffe Lusso, Serendipity, Salamander Gifts and Furney Copse Farm, as well as the local WI and another local charity. This resulted in enough for a lavish lunch menu, including canapés, turkey and all the trimmings, wine, Christmas pudding, cheese and biscuits, chocolate yule log, coffee, tea, and mince pies. Carol commented: “In these uncertain times, it’s wonderful to see the certainty of Christ’s love and generosity shown in our wider community. It’s also terrific to see different aspects of the local community working together for the common good.”

The fundraising campaign began with a winter wonderland fair that included Christmas-themed stalls. The festive event raised over £540 for the Christmas lunch, and carol singing brought in another £170 for each project of the local branch of the ecumenical charity, Churches Together. The Heron also collected around 200 presents for local children who might otherwise not receive anything at Christmas, which Carol blessed before they were given out via the Fleet Lions. For more information on Churches Together and their local projects, which include Fleet Angels, the Anna Chaplaincy and the Trussell Trust Foodbank, please contact Will Parker at

Outdoor napping at Knaphill raises £2,000+

The Holy Trinity and St Saviour’s sleepout team keeping warm in their festive onesies

During Advent, members of church staff from Holy Trinity, Knaphill and St Saviour’s, Brookwood raised £2,200 when they braved a cold December’s night under the stars for the second year in a row. On 11 December the team – Neil, Jo, Ben, Caroline and Julie – toasted marshmallows, shared mulled wine with passers-by and sang carols in their festive onesies outside Holy Trinity church before spending the night in a self-built cardboard shelter. Their activities helped them smash

last year’s total and this year’s target of £2,000 and raise £2,200 for the Advent Sleepout Challenge, an initiative by the Church Urban Fund that raises funds and vital awareness for homeless people and those trapped in poverty. Parish administrator, Caroline Bowen, said: “Our night sleeping out was a humbling experience. We were very fortunate to be supported so well by our friends and family, both financially and by coming to visit us to share in mulled wine and carol singing, and also being able to wake up the next day knowing that that night we’d be back in our own beds – all of which those who truly are sleeping rough do not have.  “We hope that by raising awareness and raising money we have helped those for which homelessness is a reality a little bit.” Nationally, last year’s inaugural Sleepout Challenge raised £93,450 as 75 churches and communities across the country – including Busbridge & Hambledon and Knaphill in our diocese – responded to the rise in homelessness. In 2015 it was estimated that as many as 3,569 people in England were sleeping rough on any one night. This is a 30% increase on 2014 and double the figure for 2010.

Egham churches bring nativity to life CHRISTMAS JOY POPS UP: Guildford’s new Pop-Up Village included a dedicated Christian presence throughout Advent as ‘Christmas Joy’, a shop staffed by volunteers from local churches, sold seasonal Christian gifts and offered a popular present wrapping service. The Revd Sarah Hutton, diocesan spiritual development adviser and volunteer at Christmas Joy, said: “It was wonderful to have such a strong Christian presence in the new shopping area and I’m thrilled with the impact we made.” At the official opening of the village in early December, the children’s Allstar Choir sang some crowd-pleasing seasonal favourites, and the Wey Community Gospel Choir performed a number of spiritual classics while attendees browsed the new shopping centre. Sarah added: “The opening was a wonderful event with the sounds of choirs filling the otherwise chilly night sky. There was a great buzz in the air as people came to investigate the village which had literally popped up in Guildford.”

offers the churches of Egham An audience of over 250 people in Egham High behind the project the opportunity to meet with people that they Street were treated to a live rendition of the might not otherwise be able to reach, reflective of the outreach nativity story as a cast of encouraged by the new diocesan 50, including sheep and a pony, brought the true Transformation goals. Organiser, Dave Food, meaning of Christmas to life. commented: “The live nativity is a great tradition in the town centre Egham’s live nativity has been and gets the whole community running for five years and is put on by volunteers from three local together, remembering the true churches, St John’s church, the meaning of Christmas. Having over 250 people watch is a great United Church of Egham and Runnymede Christian Fellowship. honour and I’m thrilled with the local reaction to it.” The nativity is now a popular tradition, with regular attendees saying: “This is such a lovely start to my Christmas, standing on the High Street, exploring the Christmas story.” “I bring my grandchildren every year – they love the animals, the costumes and the drama.” Taking place in the The nativity story is brought to life in public eye, the nativity Egham High Street.

Schools branch out in Advent using Jesse Trees Children from eight church schools in the diocese were inspired in the lead up to Christmas by special theatre days that gave them a different way of celebrating and understanding Advent. Each participating CofE school structured Advent around the Jesse Tree – a Christmas tradition from medieval times that helps map Jesus’ family tree. The name comes from Jesse, the father of King David. The book of Isaiah (chapter 11, v 1) says ‘A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a branch will bear fruit’ and Jesus is seen as the new branch. The children initially explored Bible stories through a day of creative drama led by Footprints Theatre Trust. Beginning at Creation, the performances traced Jesus’ family tree through the Old Testament, ending with dramatic portrayal of how Jesus’ birth is anticipated and the significance of Christmas Day. Annabel Stocchetti, headteacher of St Mark’s CofE

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Primary School, Farnborough, said: “Both children and staff were completely engaged in the amazing learning opportunities which the Jesse Trees provided. They enriched their understanding of important stories from the Bible. It was an amazing day which all of us in the school will hold dear in our hearts for a long time.” Jane Dyer, headteacher at Ewhurst CofE Infants, said: “We gained so much from the day. We will certainly use the concept of the Jesse Tree to recall Bible stories in future, and particularly Old Testament stories.” Each school also created a Jesse Tree as their Advent calendar, which they decorated with ornaments representing relevant Bible stories or characters to explore day-by-day in the lead up to Christmas.

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Jane Whittington, diocesan schools’ officer for Christian distinctiveness, RE and spiritual development, attended the drama day at Lyne and Longcross CofE Infant School and commented: “Over the four weeks of Advent children read about kings and common people, about widows and children and brave fighters. Finally, they rejoiced in Jesus’ birth. “This overview of the whole Bible fits very well with the diocesan RE guidelines and current thinking in RE that underpins the Surrey and Hampshire agreed syllabi.It is a great demonstration of ‘nurturing education’, one of the 12 diocesan Transformation goals.” In the lions’ den at Lyne and Longcross Infant School

News High-ranking results for local parish mags magazine of All Saints’ Church Lightwater, came fourth overall and achieved Best Print Quality in the A5 magazine category. The united benefice of St Andrew’s Cobham & St Mary’s Stoke D’Abernon’s parish magazine Together was ranked 14th overall. Lightwater’s monthly magazine, which was re-launched in full colour in 2014 to build on its Left to right: Lightwater’s editorial team– Andrew popularity, is a guide to Newman, Pam Newman, Jackie Gray, the Revd Mark village life, containing news Wallace, Valerie Barnard, Chris Williams and information about the church, village and surrounding area, including details of local Parish magazines from Lightwater, and Cobham & shops, services and tradesmen.  Pam Newman, Roundabout Lightwater’s Stoke D’Abernon, fought off stiff competition from over 600 editor, said: “The church has entered the competition entrants to come in the top 20 three times previously. We entered for the of the National Parish Magazine Awards for 2016. second time in 2015 with the new form of the magazine and came 24th. We were really Roundabout Lightwater, the parish

delighted with that result, but determined to improve our position so entered again this year. This result was wonderful, and makes all the hard work worthwhile. “I think the popularity of the magazine is the fact that it gets out the church’s message and still involves the whole community, so there’s something for everyone.” All Saints’ vicar, the Revd Mark Wallace, said: “In my former life I was a book editor, so I think publications and communication are really important for churches. For a small, local church to get this kind of recognition nationally is a tribute to our brilliant team and our vision to connect to our local community.” Edna Tipping from St Andrew’s Cobham & St Mary’s Stoke D’Abernon, who works with David Greenwood to design their magazine for printing, said: “We are all thrilled at this result, which is a step up from last year when we came 31st.” #SharingExpertise – read the case study on Roundabout Lightwater’s production at case-studies

Bishop Jo joins the Mothers’ Union The Bishop of Dorking, Jo Wells, has been enrolled as a member of the Guildford Diocese Mothers’ Union during a meeting of members and trustees. Bishop Jo was one of more than 100 ladies from across the diocese who attended the MU annual members’ meeting at All Saints’ Church Hall in Woodham. She and treasurer, Steve Moore, were enrolled Bishop Jo with MU diocesan by the Revd Jackie chaplain, Revd Jackie Richardson, chaplain to Richardson the MU in the diocese. They join Bishop Andrew in membership of the Mothers’ be part of the Mothers’ Union in Guildford. I join you as a wife Union. On becoming a member, and a mother as well as your Bishop Jo said: “I’m thrilled to bishop.

“You may be interested to know that, of the 10 female bishops currently in the Church of England, I’m the only one who has school-age children. That’s quite a responsibility – not least to demonstrate that it’s possible to be a mother and a bishop at the same time! “Sam and I delight in juggling ministry and family – so often children are the gift that puts all the rest in perspective. But I also want to say to you how deeply I understand my parenting to inform my ministry. As I see it, the two vocations go hand-in-hand: my faithfulness and effectiveness as a mother shapes my faithfulness and effectiveness as your bishop.” Antonia Wilson, president of the MU in the Diocese of Guildford, said: “I am delighted to welcome Bishop Jo as a member. We look forward very

much to her joining our services and mission work around the diocese in the coming years.” Bishop Jo added to the day’s agenda by giving an address after midday prayers. She spoke warmly of her experiences of the MU in the diocese and of her earliest encounter with MU while volunteering at a mission hospital in South Africa as a student. “Strangely enough, I have more experience of the Mothers’ Union elsewhere in the world than I do in England. In particular I recall my experience in South Africa, of a gathering of about 3,000 women, all scrubbed up and shining in their MU uniforms.” After the meeting there was an opportunity for members and trustees to meet Bishop Jo more informally over lunch.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. Psalm 1 (ESV)

St Andrew’s raises £2k+ for African children Members of the Oxshott parish community raised more than double their target at a recent charity fundraiser for the Garden Route Children’s Trust, (GRCT), which was founded by St Andrew’s, Oxshott, church member Penny Fleming. This is the second coffee morning to be held by the community to support GRCT. The first raised £1,000, providing 60 South African school children breakfast for the school year. This time over 80 people attended the coffee morning, raising over £2,300 and enough for over 135 breakfasts. GRCT aims to alleviate poverty through the provision of food and education to children who otherwise would not have access to them. The charity has partnered

with the Children’s Feeding Project and works to provide a nutritious breakfast of e’Pap (a pre-cooked porridge) to South African children. To feed a child a breakfast of e’Pap for a school year costs £17 and the project currently provides breakfast to over 4,000 South African children. Event organiser Nicki Galazka said: “I am delighted with the response we had this year. and if you can’t learn there is no chance to I know the work of GRCT and the Children’s break the cycle of poverty.” For more information about the work of Feeding Project makes a real difference to every child. If you are hungry you can’t learn GRCT, visit



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Focus on Schools

St Martin’s school bags sports funding

St Martin’s pupils celebrate the Bags of Help award from Tesco

A church school in Dorking is the latest to benefit from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, securing a grant of £8,000 to go towards making its pupils more active. Money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK – now including St Martin’s CofE Primary School, who plan to install a fitness track as part of a national health initiative called The Daily Mile (www.


The aim of the initiative is to provide every primary school child with the opportunity to walk or run a mile each day, to improve their fitness, concentration levels, mood, behaviour and general wellbeing. St Martin’s headteacher, Jane Gorecka, said: “We are so thrilled to have secured this additional funding, which will enable us to realise our vision for a more active St Martin’s! Our Mile track will give the children a new opportunity to improve their own fitness at any level they choose.

“As well as being able to walk around the track, we are planning to install some stations at various points around it, which will offer a range of physical activities, seating, areas for quiet reflection linking to our core values and a daily challenge board. We would all like to say a HUGE thank you to Tesco; without their support, this venture would still be just a dream!” Anyone can nominate a project for a grant through Tesco – Groundwork, the charity that promotes greener living and working, assesses the applications and Tesco then shortlists three projects in each of their regions each month, on which their customers vote. The winner receives a £12,000 grant, second place £10,000 and third place £8,000. Full details of the scheme can be found at carrier-bags


Mickleham CofE school a “hidden gem” Staff and children at a local church school received an unexpected – but gratifying – visit from Ofsted at the end of last term, resulting in an early Christmas present. Ofsted described St Michael’s CofE Infant School in Mickleham as a ‘hidden gem’ and gave it a ‘good’ rating – echoing its previous grade from its 2012 inspection. The report particularly praised the progress children make, their high standards of achievement by the end St Michael’s school council meet with headteacher, Mr Smith of Year 2 and the school’s nurturing and caring ethos and was delighted by the good news: St Michael’s provides a unique environment. “We are very pleased with the opportunity for those who are seeking Other notable comments from the positive feedback we have received, a small school in a semi-rural setting, report related to the school’s Christian especially as government targets have with a family atmosphere in which ethos and how it was evident in the been consistently raised. Our staff every child is known by name. It draws children’s attitudes and behaviour: and governors will continue to work its pupils from the immediate locality “Pupils’ spiritual development is on improving our school to make it the but has many families travelling in very strong, supporting the clear best possible. from neighbouring Leatherhead and Christian ethos of the school. Pupils “We share close links with St Dorking.  are certainly well prepared for the next Michael’s Church, which strengthens To find out more about the school stage of their education.” the Christian ethos we provide, whilst and admissions criteria visit www. Headteacher Jeremy Smith, who is we also welcome children of all faiths or in his third year at the school’s helm, into our school family.” call the school office on 01372 373717.


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St Bart’s tops the pop charts! A local CofE school choir celebrated in at number one in the iTunes children’s singles pop chart success in December as its chart and to be mentioned by Lauren Laverne on single hit the number one spot. BBC 6 Music. We’re on an amazing journey and ‘She owns the world’, sung by St Bartholomew’s having a wonderful time together. Long may it CofE School, Haslemere, went straight to the top of continue!” the children’s iTunes chart, when released as part The choir’s musical opportunity arose through of an album of contemporary pop songs called ‘Pop record label CRC Music, who approached the or Not’. school with the idea of making an alternative Seventeen talented St Bart’s choristers, all version of ‘Pop or Not’, which was released in early aged between 6 and 11, recorded the tracks 2016 by Manchester group, Whyte Horses. earlier in November at the legendary RAK studios The group’s front man, Dom Thomas, explained in St John’s Wood, London, accompanied by further the ideas behind the project: Sally Hollyer on piano and headteacher Charles “Initially we didn’t think we’d be able to pull off Beckerson on guitar. In addition, all 420 members recording a full album, but as soon as we sat down of the school lent their voice to the chorus of ‘She with Charles and Sally we realised they were as owns the world’. enthusiastic as us to give the kids this unique Mr Beckerson said: “At St Bart’s we thrive on opportunity. creativity and providing as many opportunities “These are pretty dark times we live in and I feel as possible for children to learn and express it’s fitting to try and bring some of that innocent, themselves in exciting, engaging and different unbridled joy back into the murky world of the ways. Our school music industry. We vision is ‘We are want these kids to excited about life and really connect with the learning and dare to melodic side of our chase our dreams’. songs and hopefully This project has been spread the message of another huge step melancholic positivity forward towards that we’ve been striving for shared vision for us. in our own recordings. “We had the most ‘Pop or Not’ was fantastic and rich designed as an ode to experience at RAK childhood sensations, studios, recording the so it’s the perfect album on the desk album to have children which was used by performing cover the Beatles in Abbey versions.” Road Studios back in You can buy ‘Pop or the 60s. Since then, Not’ by St Bart’s Choir the children have been now on iTunes, or on excited to go straight CD or LP on Amazon. The album cover for ‘Pop or Not’


The Woking-based Jigsaw project, which provides clothing, toys and equipment as part of its role to support families in financial need with pre-school children, has received a grant of £6,500 from monies donated to the Bishop of Guildford’s Foundation. The grant will be used to help meet operational costs and to appoint a co-ordinator to enable more fund-raising activities. Although Surrey is regarded as a well-off area, a recent report for the Community Foundation for Surrey (Surrey Uncovered,

2016) revealed that 30% of children and young people in Surrey live in poverty, and a study by Surrey County Council found that in Woking 11.4%, or 2,380, 0-19 year olds live in poverty (Families in Poverty Needs Assessment, 2011). Karen Heynike, Jigsaw co-ordinator, commented: “We are very appreciative of the support from the Bishop of Guildford’s Foundation for this vital work we do in the community. Our clients are varied, some are women in safe shelters, some are refugees, and others find themselves in poverty through no fault of their own. We aim to help children who are victims of their family’s crisis by providing clothing, toys

– both generic and educational – and equipment such as stair gates, cribs and prams. We are very dependent on donations in kind, so anything readers may have to give us would be very welcome.” The Jigsaw project is part of the Lighthouse Centre run by Woking Vineyard Christian Fellowship. This is a vibrant

hub serving those who need fresh hope and practical support. Services include a food bank, addiction recovery support, healthy cooking classes, a support network for vulnerable women, confidence coaching and free community lunches on Thursdays. Anyone who has anything which would be of use to a

family with pre-school children, please contact Karen on 07780 332458. At the moment Jigsaw has a shortage of clothing for ages 2-5 years. Grant-making by the BGF is managed through the Community Foundation for Surrey (CFS), an independent trust which is part of the national network of community foundations. By making grants through CFS, the Foundation is able to keep its costs to a minimum. CFS can also, on occasions, find other sources of funding to support grant applicants. To donate to the BGF go to, click on ‘Donate to the Foundation’ and use the link DONATE.

HOLY TRINITY TO THE RESCUE! – A village church came to residents’ rescue when a major incident resulted in more than 700 houses being without gas during freezing winter weather. Holy Trinity Church in Bramley High Street opened its doors to the village following the gas supply being shut off for several days in December due to water in the system. Church staff and parishioners manned an emergency centre from their community room throughout the disruption, serving hot drinks, homemade soup and cakes made by local residents. They also handed out free electric heaters and cooking hotplates supplied by the gas company to those in need. The Revd Vicki Burrows, vicar at Holy Trinity, said: “The shutdown of the gas supply coincided with a very cold couple of days, but the village worked together and community spirit was stronger than ever – so it was great that the church was at the centre of it. We were especially concerned for the elderly, ill or vulnerable, but people kept an eye on their neighbours.” BGF FUNDS FRIDAY FRIENDS: The Bishop of Guildford’s Foundation has granted £1,000 to Generation Church, Ewell, to support ‘Friday Friends’, a club for elderly people who may be vulnerable, isolated or lonely and would benefit from company. Jonathan Lees, senior leader of Generation Church says: “We are very grateful for this support from BGF. With an ageing population, loneliness and isolation among the elderly is a key issue in our area. The project has been going for four years and we now welcome over 50 guests to our sessions – nearly 40 of whom have joined us in the last year. It is proving a great success and for many of those who come it is the highlight of their week. They are making new friends over a cup of coffee and some are even arranging to go away on holiday together. “The grant will help us to continue to employ a co-ordinator, which we need with the numbers we have, and it will also support the transport of those who can no longer drive to ‘Friday Friends’.”


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Local refugee welcoming project wins £2,000 A parish in the Diocese of Guildford has had its support and care for refugees acknowledged, by making it to the final of a nationwide competition recognising churches that have developed innovative ways to help their communities. The parish, which cannot be identified to protect the privacy of the Syrian refugee families, was praised for its “inspirational approach to a modern day problem”, and won second place in a field of nearly 400 other churches from across the UK. Initially, volunteers from the church and the diocesan

refugee support adviser, the Revd Diane Peters, liaised with Guildford Borough Council to facilitate the refugees’ resettlement, sourcing suitable accommodation. They then made the homes fit for purpose, cleaning, decorating and refurbishing them. The Syrian families were met with a warm welcome when they moved in earlier last year. Since then, the parish has continued to make them feel at home and part of the community, as well as providing practical assistance, helping them to make a new life in this country through English lessons, childcare and teaching skills such as furniture making. As a finalist, the parish won £2,000, which was presented to

them at an awards ceremony at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in London. Diane spoke of her pride in the parish’s achievement: “We are delighted with this award, which not only recognises the love and compassion of this parish for their neighbours but celebrates their collaborative working with members of other denominations and faiths.” She added: “There is potential for more parishes to contribute in this way as more refugees are resettled in the UK – but the shortage of available accommodation in our diocese limits us. We really need people to come forward who have a rental property that could be used to re-home a family.”

The competition, run by Ecclesiastical Insurance, was open to any Anglican church in the UK that has been involved in helping its community in the last year. There were 372 entries from across the UK, highlighting just how much good work churches are doing.

To find out more about parish activities supporting refugees, or to get involved, go to refugees. If you have a two- or three-bedroom rental property available, please contact Diane Peters: diane.peters@

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Fresh Expressions of Church now make up 15% of a diocese’s church community and twice as many young people attend Fresh Expressions compared to conventional services. These are just two key facts to come out of a set of four reports released by the Church Army in November 2016. There are many different types of Fresh Expression but the most popular are Messy Church, Café Church, child-focused Church and church plants. All seek to go out and engage with people who do not currently attend church, communicating with them at a time and in a place which fits in with their lifestyle. According to the reports, four times as many Fresh Expressions per year are now being started compared to 10 years ago, and nationwide over 50,000 people are now reckoned to attend them. 40% of those attending are under the age of 16.

Café Church St Paul’s, Dorking is a good example of Café Church in the diocese. It takes place on the first Sunday of the month with juice, hot chocolate, tea and coffee, croissants and cakes. The setting is around café tables with music playing and Sunday newspapers to enjoy. All are welcome and there is plenty of noise and conversation, with toys and play mats for babies and toddlers and lots for children to do. The Revd Ruth Bushyager, vicar of St Paul’s, says: “Café Church is one of the ways in which we try to make church as

accessible as possible. It’s very informal, with a range of creative craft stations set up around the church. From clay, textiles, glue and glitter, we make all kinds of things that have meaning linked to our Bible memory verse and teaching theme of the week. At our painting station contributors paint a giant work of art aiming to have it ready by the end of the service.” The congregation then gathers together for a short time of worship to sing, watch a video clip and hear a short, thoughtprovoking talk on the memory verse. The atmosphere is lively and suitable for all ages and stages of life and faith.

Messy Church The Church of the Holy Spirit in Burpham holds a monthly Messy Church, usually on a Saturday afternoon. It is aimed at families with under 11s accompanied by a parent or grandparent and explores faith through crafts, fun and mess! After the crafts (45 minutes) there is an interactive informal service (25 minutes) and then tea for all with sandwiches and cakes. The Revd Jo Levasier, joint vicar of Burpham, says: “Our Messy Church is really starting to develop a feeling of

community and attract more regular participants. It works very well for families where one or both of the parents feel a strong spiritual pull, but perhaps would not yet call themselves believers. Messy Church is a place where they can bring their families and engage with God in an enjoyable and unthreatening way. We now run the all-age worship section with the church laid out café style, and encourage parents to take part in worship activities with their children. This year we had a Messy Fireworks event for the first time and had over 100 people engaging in ‘remembering’ prayer activities before enjoying tea and a lowkey fireworks display.”

Army and our own experience in the diocese to date provide encouragement to all who are involved in Fresh Expressions of Church and those who are thinking of starting one. “The reports make it clear that Fresh Expressions are not just a fringe phenomenon, but they have a firm place within the landscape of the Church of

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Prisons offer hope after harm Ashford) Downview The Revd Beverly Fraser is chaplain to and High Down (both a and HM Prison High Down in Sutton in Sutton/ Banstead). Sutton the in minister ndiary non-stipe Prison Hope team ministry. encourages Prisons are a place where I am constantly congregations reminded of God’s love and faithfulness. I see this to see how they at work time and time again as I journey with people who are coping with traumatic life changing situations. can contribute to Reminding them of this, especially when in all fairness showing ‘God’s love and faithfulness’ they have been ‘harmed’ as well as causing ‘harm’ themselves can be a delicate and sensitive balancing to those in and those leaving act. prisons. By the am I Down High HMP at chaplain Anglican As an end of 2018 the aim is to have part of a multi-faith team ‘offering support to those more congregations supporting and praying for their we with a faith and those with none’. The support local prison and many more volunteers involved with guises many in is colleagues offer prisoners and their local prison, either independently or through and is also dependent to a large extent on the help various initiatives and organisations working in, with of volunteers. Before I became a chaplain I gave my and for prisons and beyond prisons. In essence we years. of number a for services on a voluntary basis are being encouraged to treat our local prisons as I would like to think that I provided added value to part of our community. Find out more online at www. the team over those years, but this time was also of into insight an immense value to me, giving as it did For more information on how you can support pastoral treasured also and t environmen a prison and help those in one of the diocese’s prisons, encounters. please contact Tony Oakden in the communities My prayer for 2017 is that more parishes will engagement team on 01483 790325 or area our in have we prisons engage with the five – Send, Coldingley (in Bisley), Bronzefield (near

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David Welch is the diocesan youth resonate with)? adviser and part of the parish The ‘ing’ gives me hope. I don’t have to development and evangelism team be perfect, or sorted. I am a person being providing support to our children’s transformed daily, in a church which is and youth network. transforming. My hope and prayer for 2017 is My hopes and prayers for 2017 centre that we end the year transformed into a more around three really important letters in our Christ-like church, prepared to continue to vision statement – the ‘ing’. I hope not for a transform in 2018 – and I am reassured that transformed church or transformed life – a there is nothing that young people like more completed task if you will, but one that is than to see change in those around them. growing in confidence as we continually My prayer is that they too would be caught up transform. Transformation becomes an ongoing in the transformation, and become more Christprocess that is never complete, a constant part like too. Because of course the transformation of who we are. We are seeking to be the kind of begins today. With you. And me. church that is transforming and changing. In my role as youth adviser, I am often asked what can we do to attract more young people – and I always want to respond by challenging the basis of the question – should we change in order to attract more young people? Or is it more that we should be a church that transforms to become more and more Christlike, and doesn’t ever stop transforming (which in itself is something that young people

Disciples waiting to b Jens Mankel has recently been appointed church planting and fresh expressions adviser for the diocese and is part of the parish development and evangelism team. My hopes and prayers for 2017 are linked to the number 91. And should you wonder – no, this is not some sort of lucky number, nor is it a revised attempt to somehow top Douglas Adams’ 42 as the answer to the ultimate question of life as portrayed in his bestselling science fiction comic A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. 91 simply reflects the percentage of people in Britain that don’t go to church. The good news is, that 9% of the British people are part of the Christian Church as we know it, but still it leaves me asking the question: how do we make disciples? The answer is obvious: we are challenged to reimagine church for those who don’t do church, without discarding the inherited Church that we’ve come to treasure and love. As I am travelling around the diocese, I hear stories of Christian

Three-part prayer can teach plenty they would get a renewed sense of the beauty of God’s world, Steve Green, director of education, asks us which has been created out of love, for them to inhabit. I pray who those all to remember children, staff and worship in schools, they may encounter work in the background to support our schools. that, in collective wants to draw close to them and have a who God living the In one sense our national school system is in turmoil them. with ip relationsh for ents with constant changes to the curriculum, arrangem My second prayer is for all the staff who work in schools. I assessment and school structures. pray that they may have a real sense of calling to this most In another sense, the creativity, important job. I pray that they would have the capacity to professionalism and sheer resilience enjoy the good times as gifts from a bountiful God. I pray that education in involved of all those in the hard times they will learn to lean heavily on God and is enabling Church schools in the draw strength from the One who said: “Come to me, all you diocese to continue to flourish. who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” My prayer for 2017 is Finally, I pray for all those who work in the background in three parts. Firstly to schools: governors, PTA’s, diocesan education support to pray for the children in and parish members. I pray that they will all clergy officers, pray I schools. all our and that they come to know continue to exercise their great gifts of encouragement to continue will they that pray I and staff, the to care pastoral that God loves them Church. wider the to career, glorious a as teaching promote that pray I as they are.

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The Revd Sarah Hutton is spiritual for the Diocese of Guildford and an minister in the parish of Shere. Light stay with me, Light do not leave me, Jesus, Light of the World, Do not leave me. These words bubbled up in 7-year-old Esth as she clutched her Christingle light. I echo th prayer and pray that Jesus’ light stays with th I know and love, and for those I don’t know or struggle to love. My prayers for 2017 will include a desire to understand the other. This year I have strugg to make sense of people who have utterly different views to my own, utterly different solutions to issues, utterly different response to the world’s needs. Please God, help me se where I can reach across the chasm giving m

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nfess I’m entering 2017 cautiously. For the first time in nd it easier to voice fears than hopes. ave to do with the two big political events of 2016, ump, and the exposé of our post-truth society. That pray for a rediscovery of truth. How might that by rhetoric (a problem for preachers!) but through the e reality of lives lived with integrity and purpose by ho are so secure in God’s blessing that they can be giving it away. Authenticity must be visible: only if we practise what we preach do we get to preach at all... gs me to pray for courage, in two particular ways. e courage to be as transparent with each other as we elves to be before God. Why not, if we know the One Truth, and the Truth sets us free? And second, for e to sacrifice, to take up the cross. When others see not for personal gain but in costly giving to others, glimpse Jesus. So long as we then dare to preach lso practise!

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Future global leaders lighten the gloom drew Bishop is The Revd Canon Dr An rsity of Surrey and a chaplain to the Unive Guildford Cathedral. residentiary canon of in humanitarian terms. 2016 has been a grim year Mosul and Palmyra are The place names, Aleppo, t human suffering. I pray tha part of a litany of pain and by – t forgotten and tha in 2017 those places are not shaped for them and the is re futu new a God’s grace – dle East. whole of Syria and the Mid t and wise judgement ss, This will need boldne trus the nations, as well as on the part of the leaders of ground. The task of good the warring factions on the in 2017 as much as ever, ded political leadership is nee Where will that come from? both at home and abroad. of Surrey I meet young In my work at the University around the world and men and women from the UK They are the future e. hop for se who give me deep cau s globally. leaders, movers and shaker education, from the s clas t firs a to ition In add rey and Royal Holloway Sur of likes of the University

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Relationships with God and one another Elizabeth Rowlandson, an LLM (Reader) and families minister at St Peter’s, Farnborough stresses the need for relationships. 2016 was a big year for me as I was licensed as an LLM (Reader). 2017 sees us launch Messy Church at St Peter’s and I pray that we will see a new worshiping community come to life through this service – a community rooted in relationship with God and one another. Our need for relationship is also at the centre of my prayers for the wider church because isolation seems to be everywhere, despite the fact that we are ostensibly more connected than ever. We may be older people living alone or first-time parents, we may be grieving or sick, homeless or excluded because of disability, persecuted for our faith or fleeing for our lives – feeling that we are on our own isn’t unusual. We are created to be in relationship with God and with our fellow human beings, and feeling alone and afraid is deeply harmful

to us. I pray that in 2017 Christians can be prophets in our words and our actions, speaking up for the voiceless but also meeting them in their place and time of need with the open and welcoming arms of God. To do this we need to choose not to be isolated ourselves. We need to be ready to make real, deep connections, to share our experiences of living as disciples through the troubled times and to stand alongside those who are burdened or in danger. Whether we are campaigning or writing letters of support, volunteering in our communities or making someone a cup of tea, my prayer is that we will be ready for and excited by every opportunity God offers us to let down the barriers and engage with the people he loves.

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By Daniel Taylor From representing Cambridge University in the Varsity match at Twickenham to transforming the parish of Alfold and Loxwood Revd Greg has found some surprising skills, honed on the rugby pitch, coming in handy. The Revd Greg Cushing was at a crossroads. He could follow his university course and become an architect, pursue his dreams of being a rugby player or follow a strengthening call to serve God. He is now tackling life and ministry in the parish of Alfold and Loxwood, where he is harnessing the creativity and drive he displayed on the rugby pitch to help make the parish community-centred and outward-facing. Greg’s creativity and desire to make a mark on the world led him to study architecture at Plymouth University, where three possible careers vied for his attention. He was close to securing a contract to play rugby for Plymouth Albion, but was slowly falling out of love with the sport and wasn’t enjoying his undergraduate course, unable to see himself as an architect. He was also aware of a growing urge to serve God; he had a large role with the Christian Union and was heavily involved with his local church.

The Flying Vicar (second from left) in the 2010 Varsity Match

mission team in Uganda. Together they now have a son, Joshua, and a labrador, Tala. Following his mission to the Gambia and clear on his Cambridge via Gambia path, Greg enrolled at Ridley Hall theological college in After spending a year working as a youth worker Cambridge, where he got to assess his options, Greg led a team of gap year back into rugby, representing students on the Crosslinks ‘Smile’ scheme to Gambia the university, and sharing his for six months. This mission serves the local church faith with team-mates, the key reason behind him playing. Greg and community, sharing the gospel with those that they meet, and getting involved with ongoing sees a similarity between strong mission activities. Greg team spirit, was responsible for the the connection When we look into team’s physical and spiritual between teamwelfare, teaching from the mates, and the the eyes of Jesus we sacrifice of Jesus, Bible. He says: “It felt like see that look of passion saying: “I would being in a goldfish bowl have loved to have living and sharing my life and sacrifice, which with them and answering been in one of says, ‘Not only will I put Martin Johnson’s their questions every huddles when day.” This mission further my body on the line for team he was captain of increased his desire to you, I lay down my life England. He would serve God and illuminated said, ‘Look his calling to be ordained. It for you! Jesus is a real have was also on this mission that into the eyes of the man’s man. he first met his future wife boys you’re playing with, they’re going Ele, who was serving on a to put their body on the line for you...’ You’d know when looking into Johnson’s eyes he was passionate and telling the truth. Well, figuratively speaking, when we look into the eyes of Jesus we see that look of passion and sacrifice, which says, ‘Not only will I put my body on the line for you, I lay down my life for you, and I pour out my blood for you.’ Jesus is a real man’s man.” Greg represented Cambridge in five Varsity matches in front of nearly 40,000 fans at Twickenham, the largest dedicated rugby stadium in the world. Prior to one match he was interviewed by Sky Sports about the upcoming match and his faith; it was then he was given the nickname ‘the flying vicar’ – possibly on account of his position as a fly-half. Throughout his promising career, Greg played with and against Greg, Ele and Joshua with labrador Tala former England hooker Graham

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Dawe, former Wasps stalwart Dan Ward-Smith and 2016 Olympic silver medallist Tom Mitchell. Although the excitement and buzz around the Varsity matches made them undoubted highlights for Greg, his memories of playing for Cambridge throughout the rest of the season are among his fondest. He said: “The stadium at Grange Road had turnstiles, and seeing the students filter through before the game, playing under floodlights and the reaction when the home side scored was just awesome.”

To Alfold and Loxwood Greg graduated from Cambridge in June 2012 and was ordained in July. He then served as a curate at All Saints’ and Holy Trinity, Wandsworth for four years, before becoming the vicar of Alfold and Loxwood in June 2016. Greg has clear plans for helping the parish to meet the new diocesan vision of Transforming Church, Transforming Lives, particularly ‘making disciples’ of his congregation and ‘growing youth and children’s ministry’. His love of literature and sporting talents have come in handy in this process, as he has established an after-school table tennis club and embarked on a new journey, reading through every book of the Bible as a church.

Any further plans are in God’s hands. I’m invested here and trust those longings to become a reality before I begin to ask God what plans he has for me next. Greg’s plans for the future beyond his ministry in Alford and Loxwood are flexible. He said: “Any further plans are in God’s hands. I’m invested here and trust those longings to become a reality before I begin to ask God what plans he has for me next.” llYou can find out more information about the Smile scheme from the crosslinks website;

Focus on Stewardship God’s will be done: tools for better stewardship By Christopher Bevis In her excellent article about making a will (The Wey, September/October 2016), Juliet Evans, diocesan stewardship adviser, offered us some very strong reasons for doing so, and reminded us that it is a long established and encouraged practice in the Church of England. As an estate planning consultant and a licensed lay minister, I fully endorse her comments. About 79 per cent of people surveyed believe (often wrongly) that a will is all they need to set their affairs in order. Nevertheless, about one in three people still die without so much as a valid will in place; and even that may not address their needs and wishes entirely. This is because your will only deals with what you have left when you die. So today I’d like to touch on some other aspects of planning your estate.

Incapacity What would happen if you were incapacitated or taken into care for some time? Who would have the legal power to administer your finances, or make decisions about your medical treatment? Or perhaps you have a business? Did you know that the Equality Act 2011 says that a director can no longer be removed from the board of a company on the grounds of mental incapacity? This can leave families, co-directors, and employees dependent on someone who is making poor business decisions, but who cannot be stopped legally from doing so.

llChristopher Bevis is a Licensed Lay Minister at St llJuliet Evans, diocesan stewardship adviser, strongly John’s, Woking and is an independent consultant advises that you seek professional legal advice with the Will Associates (www.willassociates. when making your will or any major changes to it., one of the largest specialist estate planning You can find a local legal practitioner experienced in wills by visiting the Law Society’s website: companies in England and Wales. The company has a strong Christian ethos and an in-house team of solicitors and legal executives to assist clients.


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Café space to talk about a difficult subject 2 February, 2pm, in the Marquee at Guildford Cathedral We are not good at talking about death, dying and funerals but is it something that we all have to face. Guildford Cathedral will be hosting a Church of England initiative called GraveTalk, which will provide a café space for people from across the diocese to tackle these important life questions, in a safe and informal environment. This GraveTalk session will take place on Thursday 2 February, in the Marquee at Guildford Cathedral, from 2pm. Sessions last around an hour – tea and cake will be provided. The Revd Canon Julie Gittoes from Guildford Cathedral said “I am delighted to be able to host this

launch event. Conversations about death and dying are some of the most difficult to start, but they can be a source of comfort for us in living well now, in facing our own death and in bereavement. GraveTalk is a safe place to explore questions such as how would you like to be remembered? What will happen when we die? How does faith shape our approach to death and dying?” This session is open to everyone, including clergy and pastoral assistants who may like to consider running a GraveTalk in their own parish. The format is intentionally informal and can take place anywhere. Those attending are invited to sit at tables with three or four others. GraveTalk cards will be on the tables, and each group picks a question

and uses it to start a conversation. It doesn’t matter if you only use one question – or work through all of them! The purpose is to talk and listen. Light refreshments are offered throughout the event, which lasts about an hour, or longer if needed. To book your free place at the Guildford Cathedral GraveTalk, please register by contacting Louise Kenyon at Guildford Cathedral, 01483 547886 or . She is also the contact for further information. If you are unable to attend this session and belong to a church that would like to try a GraveTalk event, visit

Day on Prayer – Transforming prayer 4 March 9:30-13:00, The Dell Centre, St Giles’ Church, Park Lane, Ashtead, KT21 1EJ Parish Collection date for March/April issue: from 21 February Don’t forget to look at the Diocesan website:

A morning to discover more about a range of ways of encountering God through prayer. Five different ideas will be on offer with an opportunity to hear about each. The morning will start with a series of 10-minute talks on each of the five workshops. After coffee, you

EDITORIAL The Wey is compiled at Diocesan House by editors David Green and Kate Jamieson. If you have items for inclusion, or ideas for stories, please send them to:

can choose which you would like to explore further and participate in two workshops. The subjects will be: llContemplative prayer llUsing cards in prayer – Jesus Deck and Ru’ah cards llRhythms of life through liturgy llUsing creativity and imagination llHealing and wholeness Although there is no need to book, it would be helpful for planning purposes if those wishing to attend could indicate

their intention of doing so by contacting Sarah Hutton on 01483 790340 or sarah.hutton@ There is no charge for the morning but a donation of £5 would be welcome.

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study or to explore other ministries – recently one member of the very first course has been appointed as a vicar in Chester Diocese, and others have been ordained or become licensed lay ministers. The next Occasional Preachers course will take place on Saturdays 20 May, 17 June and 8 July. Also ‘PREACH!’ a short preaching course for 16-25 year olds will run on 3 and 4 April. llFor further details and to apply for a place visit our website: OccasionalPreachers

New chaplaincy volunteers wanted at Epsom Hospitals The chaplaincy department at Epsom and St Helier Hospitals would love to find more potential chaplaincy volunteers. “Being in hospital can be a difficult and lonely time for

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people,” says the Revd Carolyn Headley, chaplain at Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. “Having someone to visit who can offer a compassionate presence and a listening ear can make a lot of difference.

Friday 3 March 2017

On Friday 3 March an estimated three million people, in over 170 countries, will gather to observe the Women’s World Day of Prayer. This year they will use an order of service written by Christian women of the Philippines and translated into over 1,000 different languages and dialects. In the British Isles alone over 5,000 services will be held. The service focuses on Matthew 20: 1-16, the story of the workers in the vineyard. Why not find out more about the theme, ‘Am I being unfair to you?’, the Philippines and the service? Services will be held throughout the diocese – in Guildford they will be held at: 10am Merrow Methodist Church, Bushy Hill Drive, Guildford GU1 2SH 7pm St Joseph’s Catholic Church, 12 Eastgate Gardens, Guildford GU1 4AZ Refreshments will be served after both services, with an opportunity to join in warm fellowship with others from churches throughout Guildford. The Day of Prayer is not just for women. Everyone is welcome to attend the service. To find out further information, resources and services near to you, please visit the WWDP website

Lent talks at Guildford Cathedral

Students on the autumn Occasional Preachers course

Twenty-one people from across the diocese gathered on Tuesday evenings through the autumn for the most recent Occasional Preachers course. Over the past ten years some 300 new preachers have been trained in the diocese, enriching the preaching ministry in many of our parishes. “It is great to see the enthusiasm people bring to the course and the way their confidence grows through the training,” says director of discipleship, vocation and ministry the Revd Canon Dr Hazel Whitehead. Many of the participants have gone on to further

Women’s World Day of Prayer

“Our next training course starts in April 2017. If you would like to know more about what being a volunteer entails please do get in touch with the local chaplaincy team on 020 8296 2306 or email

This year’s theme will be Creation to New Creation. The series of talks will explore the biblical vision of creation; how we can live responsibly in caring for God’s earth; what it means to be a new creation in Christ; the work of the Spirit in human creativity; the hope of transformation as all is made new. The Thursday evening talks will start at 7.45pm followed by an opportunity for discussion, and the evening concludes with Compline at 9pm. The speakers will be 9 March: The Very Revd Dianna Gwilliams, Dean of Guildford 16 March: Dr Ruth Valerio, Churches and Theology Director of A Rocha UK, an international network of environmental organisations with a Christian ethos 23 March: The Rt Revd Andrew Watson, Bishop of Guildford 30 March: The Revd Canon Nick Whitehead, Rector of Shere 6 April: The Revd Canon Dr Julie Gittoes, Residentiary Canon Further information:

Noticeboard GUILDFORD CATHEDRAL For services, concerts and events at the Cathedral please see the cathedral website or contact the events assistant at 01483 547860 or email

JANUARY 2017 SINGING WORKSHOP 28 January, 10am–4pm, St Columba’s House, Maybury Hill, Woking GU22 8AB A one-day workshop learning simple Christian music from Gregorian chant to modern worship songs and much in between. You don’t have to know how to read music – all need is an eagerness to learn and share the joy of Christian song. Led by Giles and Marguerite Hutchinson with music from Heart Music. Cost: £25. Tea, coffee and light lunch provided. Tel 01483 766498 or email retreats@

FEBRUARY WORKSHOP 4 February, 10am – 4pm, Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, Bordon A Christian dance workshop. Details to follow. Cost £5 refreshments provided; bring your own packed lunch. To book contact 01420 478121 or email QUIET DAY 9 February, 10am–4pm Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, Bordon GU35 0AP A Quiet Day is an opportunity to come aside and allow God to minister through his Holy Spirit with three devotional talks and a service with the opportunity for personal prayer and reflection. Ministry will be available during the day from team members. Cost £40 incl refreshments & lunch. To book contact 01420 478121 or email info@ QUIET DAY 16 February, 9am–4.30pm, St Columba’s House, Maybury Hill, Woking GU22 8AB Details to follow. To book please contact Premier Radio. Led by Micha Jazz Suggested donation: £15. Tea, coffee and two-course lunch included. Tel 01483 766498 or email retreats@stcolumbashouse. COURSE 17-19 February, St Columba’s House, Maybury Hill, Woking GU22 8AB Prayer Ministry Course - take time out from the busyness of life to draw near to Jesus and experience more of the freedom, healing, forgiveness and victory that He offers. This three-day course includes times of worship, teaching, intercession, listening to

the Holy Spirit and an extended time of personal and confidential ministry. Led by a team from Wholeness Through Christ Cost: £280, full board. Tel 01483 766498 or email retreats@ COURSE 18 February, 10am–4pm Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, Bordon GU35 0AP ‘Marked’ is a day course for 18-35 year olds. It will help you grip the truth of God’s forgiveness, allowing you to experience it for yourself and equipping you to share it with others. You will be looking at what the Bible says on forgiveness through discussion and teaching so you can go confidently into ministry settings, social groups, and areas of life confident in communicating the message of forgiveness. Cost £40 incl refreshments & lunch. To book contact 01420 478121 or email info@ QUIET DAY 20 February, 10am–4pm, St Columba’s House, Maybury Hill, Woking GU22 8AB An opportunity to explore our body, the temple of the Lord. Learning to listen to and love our body as a means of furthering God’s commandment that we love ourselves in order that we can love others. Suggested donation: £15. Tea and coffee provided, please bring your own lunch. Tel 01483 766498 or email retreats@stcolumbashouse. COURSE 24 February, 10am–12noon, Godalming Baptist Church, Queen Street, Godalming GU7 1BA End of Life Care Part 1 – An emotional and spiritual perspective. What kind of care do dying people want, need and get? How does caring for dying people affect the carers? Led by the Revd Steve Nolan, chaplain, Princess Alice Hospice, Esher (Part 2 on 22 April) Free but donations to Princess Alice Hospice suggested. To reserve a place call 01483 422105 or email office.gbc@btinternet. com by 10 February. MINDFULNESS COURSE FOLLOW-ON 27 February, 7-8pm, St Columba’s House, Maybury Hill, Woking GU22 8AB One of three follow-on sessions for those who attended Suzette Jones’ mindfulness course (8 Sept – 25 Oct 2016). Come and share how the practice of mindfulness

has been for you and learn from Nina’s insights and experience Led by Nina Harding. Cost: donation only, tea and coffee provided, No need to book, just turn up. More information: 01483 766498 or email retreats@

MARCH RETREAT 4 March, 10am–4pm Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, Bordon GU35 0AP A personal, silent, retreat where a morning meditation frames the day for you to personally sit with God and in silence hear his voice. You will be able to join the house staff for the daily office prayers. This day does not include prayer ministry, it is a self-guided retreat where the facilities of the house and grounds are at your disposal... Cost £25 incl refreshments & lunch. To book contact 01420 478121 or email info@ THEOLOGICAL BOOK GROUP 16 March, 7.45-9.30pm, St Columba’s House, Maybury Hill, Woking GU22 8AB An informal book group open to anybody who enjoys reading and discussing selected theological books. No need to book, please check St Columba’s House website for the selected book. Led by Becca Rowland. Cost: donation only, tea and coffee provided. More information: 01483 766498 or email retreats@ WORKSHOP 18 March, 10am–4pm Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, Bordon GU35 0AP Spend the day learning about the Christian heritage of the contemplative tradition, plus techniques & practices which will enable you to deepen your connection & relationship with God. Specifically designed as an introduction day for groups. Led by David Cole, an award winning author of books on Christian meditation. Cost £50 incl refreshments & lunch. To book contact 01420 478121 or email info@ MINDFULNESS COURSE FOLLOW-ON 20 March, 7-8pm, St Columba’s House, Maybury Hill, Woking GU22 8AB One of three follow-on sessions for those who attended Suzette Jones’ mindfulness course (8 Sept – 25 Oct 2016). Come and share how the practice of mindfulness has been for you and learn from Nina’s insights and experience. Led by Nina Harding. Cost: donation only, tea and coffee provided, No need to book, just turn up. More information: 01483 766498 or email retreats@

COURSE 21-22 March, Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, Bordon GU35 0AP Deeper healing is the experience in which the Holy Spirit restores health to the deepest areas of our lives by dealing with the root cause of our hurt and pain. Many of us continue to recycle or repeat hurts we have received over the years. This course enables you to be listened to and prayed with in order to bring release and peace through prayer Cost £75 incl meals. To book contact 01420 478121 or email

on Effective Listening Practice to enable you in listening to God and serving others in your church & community. Attendance of Effective Listening Practice before this event is essential. Includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day Cost £40 incl refreshments & lunch. To book contact 01420 478121 or email info@ QUIET DAY 27 March, 10am–4pm, St Columba’s House, Maybury Hill, Woking GU22 8AB Exploring the work of past grace may help us to reflect on whether there is anything more that we can offer in Christian service. Led by the Revd Haydon Wilcox. Suggested donation: £25. Tea, coffee and light lunch included. Tel 01483 766498 or email retreats@

WORKSHOP 22-24 March, 10am–4pm, St Columba’s House, Maybury Hill, Woking GU22 8AB John Bell, of the Iona Community’s Wild Goose Resource Group, returns to lead another 2-day workshop featuring his iconic and truly inspirational music and song. Cost: £250 single full board; £460 twin full board, £130 non-resident. Tel 01483 766498 or email

APRIL CONCERT 1 April, 7.30pm, St Nicolas’ Church, Bury St, Guildford GU2 4AW Chantry Singers Chamber Concert, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Bach’s Christ Lag in Todesbanden Tickets £12 (16s and under £2)

WORKSHOP 25 March, 10am–4pm Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, Bordon GU35 0AP Applied Listening Practice builds

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from chantrysingers@gmail. com or 01483 852493. The Chantry Singers are recruiting for new members, see www. QUIET DAY 3 April, 10am–4pm, St Columba’s House, Maybury Hill, Woking GU22 8AB Who do we serve? An opportunity to consider our relationship when Church and God clash. Who do we please - God or Church; how is it possible to do both; do we have to make a choice? Led by the St Columba’s House team. Suggested donation: £15. Tea and coffee provided, please bring your own lunch. Tel 01483 766498 or email retreats@stcolumbashouse. COURSE 22 April, 10am–12noon, Godalming Baptist Church, Queen Street, Godalming GU7 1BA End of Life Care Part 2: A practical and medical perspective. What and who does end-of-life care involve? The importance of a good care plan. How do you have those difficult conversations? Led by two local GPs, Dr Martin Brunet and Dr Karen Jones Free. To reserve a place call 01483 422105 or email office. by 7 April.

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Fellow Travellers From Claygate to Cranmer Hall New chaplain brings wealth of experience to St Columba’s Vicar of Holy Trinity Claygate, the Revd Synod since 2009, and recently contributing to the Dr Philip Plyming, has been appointed Renewal and Reform project through being part of the as the new warden of Cranmer Hall in St Archbishop’s Simplification Task Group. John’s College, Durham University. The President of St John’s Council, the Rt Revd Philip, who trained at Cranmer Hall from 1998 to James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle, commented: 2001, gaining a first in theology, is expected to take up “Philip Plyming is an outstanding new leader for the post after Easter. Cranmer Hall. His work growing a large local church Philip said: “I am so thankful to God for the combined with his role at General Synod puts him at opportunity to return to Durham to serve as warden the forefront of the Renewal and Reform movement. of Cranmer Hall. Theological education is more He will lead us positively into the opportunities important now than ever, provided by Resourcing and I know from personal Ministerial Education experience how superbly but also in the new positioned Cranmer is to partnerships we are offer excellent theological developing ecumenically.” teaching in the context The Principal of St of a prayerful community John’s College, the and diverse opportunities Revd Professor David for practical ministry. I Wilkinson added: “I look forward to working am looking forward with the gifted staff team immensely to working to enable the training with Philip in the next of women and men for stage of Cranmer Hall’s leadership in the service development. Its current of Christ in communities strengths in recruitment, throughout the country.” theological excellence Philip has been coupled with missional incumbent of Holy Trinity innovation, and its for over 10 years, during passionate Anglican which time he contributed identity coupled with to its significant growth work with a wide variety and sought to resource of other church traditions The Revd Dr Philp Plyming, appointed warden means that it has much other churches in their of Cranmer Hall at St John’s College, Durham mission. He is currently to share. Philip is a also Area Dean of Emly. dynamic and wise leader Alongside his parish and deanery roles, Philip’s for Cranmer Hall and the right person for this strategic wider ministry has included serving on General time in theological education.”

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Rachel Moore, new chaplain at St Columba’s

St Columba’s House, the Christian retreat and conference centre in Woking has a new chaplain. Rachel Moore comes with a wealth of experience of living and

working in a Christian community context, from the Northumbria Community, to voluntary work at Iona Abbey, through to the Servants Community in Southall, London. She brings liturgical and musical leadership across a range of styles from classical and Gospel to Taizé. She is also a qualified occupational therapist and brings her therapeutic and pastoral skills to the role. Rachel arrives fresh from a role as a neighbourhood community worker with St John’s Church, Southall. She led events and projects within this diverse multi-ethnic area bringing people together from different backgrounds. She lived with the Servants Community, on a vibrant, local estate offering direct support and community engagement within the Christian lay community. Rachel commented: “I am delighted to be appointed chaplain at St Columba’s. I have had a warm welcome here and in the

local community and am looking forward to meeting more people across the diocese as I go out and about. Do keep your eye on our fantastic 2017 programme and come to visit us!” As a lay chaplain Rachel will develop the prayer life of St Columba’s alongside Mother Angela, the Reverend Mother of the Sisterhood of St Peter who founded it. If you would like to get in touch with Rachel she can be contacted at chaplain@stcolumbashouse. or on 01483 766498. To view the events programme visit llThis year St Columba’s will welcome Premier Radio’s Micha Jazz in February and John Bell from the Iona Community in March, alongside the everpopular Quiet Mondays (with a lunchtime communion service), the regular theological book group and Wholeness through Christ events.

Anne Gell appointed Archdeacon of Wells The Revd Canon Anne Gell, vicar of St Peter’s, Wrecclesham, since 2010 and area dean of Farnham, has been appointed Archdeacon of Wells, in the Diocese of Bath and Wells. Anne will take up her appointment after Easter and be responsible for the oversight of more than 200 parishes in the eastern half of Somerset and their lay and ordained ministers. She will also take on the role of a residentiary canon at Wells Cathedral and will be a member of the Bishop’s staff, who support the Bishop of Bath and Wells in leading the diocese. Anne said: “I feel very privileged and deeply humbled to have been appointed as Archdeacon of Wells and residentiary canon of Wells Cathedral, and look forward to being able to serve, and to support and enable ministry, in both those roles. It is an exciting prospect to be joining Bishop Peter’s staff team and the cathedral chapter at a time of renewed energy and vision, and to be helping to encourage and resource the outworking of that vision in parishes, schools and chaplaincies. “I will, of course, be very sad to leave my current parish and colleagues and friends both there and in the wider Diocese of Guildford. But I’m very much looking forward to moving to Somerset and

getting to know the people and parishes of the Wells archdeaconry and the cathedral community.” Bishop Andrew said: “Anne will be greatly missed here in Guildford, where her warmth, wisdom and pastoral gifts have been hugely appreciated. She will make an outstanding Archdeacon of Wells, and we wish her and Simon God’s richest blessing as they move.” Before her ordination in 2001, Anne read mathematics at the University of Oxford before training in Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in London. She then worked as a doctor in London, Aylesbury and Guildford working towards a career in general practice. Her vocation to ordained ministry emerged within a broader understanding of healing and wholeness and of God’s calling to a ministry supporting the growth and flourishing of individuals and communities. Anne is married to Simon and they have three adult children.

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