Ockham with Hatchford and Downside Newsletter APRIL 2018
Dawn They say the darkest hour is just before the dawn. In the story of Holy Week, the darkest hour is the death of Christ, made especially clear for us when Luke tells us that "darkness fell over the whole land". For three days, his precious body lay lifeless, cold and still within the tomb, shrouded in darkness. We all have dark moments. Many of us watched the film “Darkest Hour” in the Parish Rooms recently: it vividly portrayed our country’s darkest days. Indeed, I have shared some such moments with many of you over these last two and a half years: illness, depression, loss, suffering and death have all been present at one time or another. Sometimes this has been shared, such as the announcement of an unexpected or sudden death, and at other times it has been private grief, suffered in lonely quietness. One thing our culture is not particularly good at is how to respond to such moments, what to say or what to do. John and the two Marys remained at the foot of the cross, watching and waiting. They endured the hours of agony, watched his face, hanging on every word, powerless to help. I can only guess at what they must have felt as (with Joseph of Arimathea) they tenderly removed his broken body from the cross, or washed it clean, or wrapped it in spices and cloth, or laid it in the tomb. And when that was done, all they could do was walk silently away, eyes downcast, numb. They were unable to do anything at all through the long hours of that cold sabbath, which began there in the darkness, except wait.
And then the dawn came. The trouble was, even though they were expecting the sun to rise, as yet they had no idea that the Son would rise. In that first Easter dawn there was no joy in their hearts, no anticipation, no expectation, no hope against hope. As the women trudged to the tomb, all they expected to encounter was death and darkness. We, of course, already know the way that the story ends. We cannot replicate the emotions of that original Easter Day, because even on Good Friday, even in our darkest hour, we have Easter imprinted on our hearts and minds. What will Easter hold for us all this year? Although this letter has opened with depression, darkness, and death (and such things are facts of life which need to be taken seriously), the Christian Story is one of triumph, hope and light. Life is always stronger than death, and ultimately love will always conquer. I love those photographs showing a tiny seedling growing up through a crack in concrete. It may well be a myth that bamboo (for example) can crack concrete, but whenever it meets an obstacle, it will turn, and turn, searching for a way upwards, and it will find the tiny cracks in concrete and grow through them. This creates the impression that something tiny and soft, yet bursting with life, has the power to break the oppressive weight and strength of concrete. We too must turn, and turn, and search for the light. Paul writes to the Corinthians that â€œwhenever their heart turns to the Lord, the veil (darkness/ignorance/separation) is taken away, for where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.â€? So let us turn to the Lord!
My prayer for us all is that new life will blossom and flourish, that light will banish darkness, and that joy, unity and optimism will be the order of the day. Christ is risen, and even the gates of death and hell cannot stand against him! Alleluia! With love, and with every blessing,
Parish Clergy Rector: Revd Hugh Grear * Tel: 01483 224136 Email: email@example.com Rev’d Elisabeth Burke (01932 863886) Church Warden Mrs Sally Pound (01932 400189) *Hugh’s working days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday Don’t forget to keep up to date with everything happening in our Parish by going to www.ockhamchurch.org.uk
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Make way! Make way for Christ the King! Palm Sunday, 25th March, 2018
Introducing - Living Church Magazine Have you picked up a copy of Living Church Magazine? This new publication from the Diocese of Guildford comes out three times a year, telling stories of life, faith and church from around the diocese, through the eyes of some of the extraordinary people working and living out their faith in our area. There are copies in All Saints’, Ockham and St Michael’s Chapel, Downside, for you to take away – so please take one! Living Church is produced by the diocesan communications team, who are always on the look-out for inspiring stories from parishes. Could you feature in the next edition? Get in touch at email@example.com . The magazine can also be read online at www.cofeguildford.org.uk/livingchurch . Or tweet us @LivingChurchMag
MU4ALL Is Just That! For ALL: THE BEEHIVE The Beehive meets once a month on the 4th Thursday at 2.00 p.m. at St. Martin’s Court. Coffee, cake and a time to share, whilst making a difference to others in need. We meet together to work at MU projects, such as neonatal supplies, knitting, making blankets and quilts and any particular needs which arise. APRIL 14th
Lady Day Service 11.00 a.m Guildford Cathedral Treats to Eat Bring your favourite food + the recipe! 2.30p.m. The Canterbury Rooms 7
CHURCHES TOGETHER in HORSLEY and OCKHAM Intercessory Prayer for April 2018 Dear Lord, we lift up to you those in desperate circumstances who wake up each day facing insecurity, discrimination and marginalisation, due to poverty. Grant them HOPE and may we seek out organisations bringing practical help, either through food banks or other needs, being as generous as we can with our time and efforts without being judgemental in any way. Amen.
FOODBANK The Cobham Food Bank still needs our support, both by our donations, and by giving out vouchers. The need for the Foodbank is as great as ever and donations can be made at both All Saints and Downside as well as Costa Coffee, Sainsburys and Waitrose in Cobham. Donations must be non-perishable. Hugh has food vouchers. The Revd Renos Pittarides Rector of East Horsley The Rectory Ockham Road South East Horsley Surrey KT24 6RL t: 01483 283713
FORTHCOMING SERVICES Sunday 1st April 6.00 am St Martin’s 9.00 am Downside 10.30 am All Saints’
EASTER SUNDAY Dawn Service Festival Communion Festival Communion *PEBBLES
Sunday 8th April Second Sunday of Easter 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion *PEBBLES Sunday 15th April Third Sunday of Easter 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion *PEBBLES Sunday 22nd April Fourth Sunday of Easter 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ FAMILY SERVICE Sunday 29th April Fifth Sunday of Easter 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am St Mary’s W.H. Group Ministry Service Sunday 6th May Sixth Sunday of Easter 9.00 am Downside Songs of Praise 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion *PEBBLES
*PEBBLES children’s group meet in church at the start of every Communion service, leave for their own activities in the Cabin and join the congregation at the end.
Through The Keyhole - charity fundraising event on behalf of the Rainbow Trust and Christian Solidarity Worldwide; Saturday 17 March. The Charities Team of All Saints church were delighted to host a recent fundraising event entitled "Through The Keyhole" - exploring the local stories and history accompanying properties across the joint parishes of Ockham, Hatchford and Downside. The Ockham Parish Rooms' walls were entirely covered with interesting photographs, facts and property details (including the complete catalogue from the sale of Ockham Park Estate in the 1950s). We also welcomed a small number of guest speakers who spoke on topics as diverse as the King and Lovelace families, Downside School in past times, local ghostly presences, and intriguing and previously little-known stories relating to local buildings - as well as hearing compelling perspectives from the charity representatives for Rainbow Trust and CSW. Over 50 local residents braved a cold and snowy evening to attend the event (some with their own contributions on display) and a total of ÂŁ740 was raised - to be split between the two charities. A generous raffle and charity auction took place - with one of the star attractions being an original bugle tile made during Lord Lovelace's time, from Ockham Brickworks in Long Reach [see attached]. Many thanks to all who helped on the night and came along to support us! All Saints' Charities Team (Judith Allen, Fiona Cheese, David Boothby and Rev. Elisabeth Burke) 10
Annual Parochial Church Meeting Sunday 15 April All Saints’ Church, Ockham 11.45am The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place immediately after morning service at All Saints’ on Sunday 15 April. We hope to start by 11.45. The Annual Report and Accounts have been posted on the church website and can be viewed by going to www.ockhamchurch.org.uk and clicking on the two buttons at the foot of the home page. Our church is only as good as the members and volunteers who take part in the life and running of our church, so please come and join in. We are also looking for some new blood to join the PCC, which meets every other month, and for two new churchwardens. To find out what is involved please talk to Hugh, Elisabeth, Sally or Richard.
From the Registers JOHN WAY of School Lane Ockham passed away on 4th March 2018. There will be a Thanksgiving Service at All Saint’s church on 11th April at 11.30am. On 31st March, ANGUS and LAURA JORDAN of Brook Cottage, Ockham will be confirmed in Guildford Cathedral.
COMMUNITY NOTICES Meet your Neighbours at the Black Swan MONDAY, 9th APRIL (usually the First Monday of each month) Friendly company and chat From 6.45 pm To the right of the bar Complementary nibbles courtesy of the Black Swan Calling all Ockham and Hatchford residents You are invited to a supper at Jane Halliwellâ€™s house Birch House Ockham Lane KT11 1LS 13th April 2018 at 7.30 pm The cost will be ÂŁ20 per head and all profits will go to Chatterbus to fund free bus tickets to those using the Food Bank in Cobham. This will be a relaxing evening and an opportunity to make some more local friends If you would like to attend please contact Jane Halliwell on 01932 863304 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Garden Party at Batchelors Farm Sunday May 20th 2-5 pm Enjoy a walk round our garden / Tea and cakes or a Glass of Pimms and Buy some plants! Bachelors Farm Long Reach (Fiona and Peter Cheese) Any help with donations of plants and cakes on the day or just before would be extremely welcome!
OCKHAM SUMMER FETE Sunday 24th June 2018 The Cricket Ground Ockham Organised by David Scotland If you would like to assist please let us know Proceeds to OHRA and in turn WAG, and the Ockham Cricket Club
Advance notice – Mikado The excellent company Opera Anywhere will be giving a performance of the Mikado on Saturday October 27th, 2018 at 6pm in All Saints’ Church in aid of the Friends of All Saints’ Church Ockham. This is the weekend the clocks change and so there is an extra hour that evening. It will also be half term for many people. Please save the date and come and join us. Tickets are available now from Gillian Lachelin 01483 224 024. Adults £20; under 18’s £10.