Ockham with Hatchford and Downside Newsletter APRIL 2019
THE GENEROSITY OF GOD
Jesus is the gift. Jesus is the giver. In October 1994 Mother Teresa gave an interview to Hello Magazine. During the interview she was asked the question, “is it only the affluent who give?” She replied, “No, even the poorest of the poor give. The other day a very poor beggar came up to me and said, “everyone gives to you, and I also want to give you 20 paisa” – which is about two pence. I thought to myself, what do I do? If I take it he won’t have anything to eat, but if I don’t take it I would hurt him so much. So I took it, and he was so happy because he had given to Mother Teresa of Calcutta to help the poor. Giving cleans the heart and helps you get closer to God. You get so much back in return.” This story reminds us of the poor widow, who happened to come to the Temple when Jesus was there. She quietly, humbly came in and gave the equivalent of 10p to the work of the Temple. This was in stark contrast to those who trumpeted their giving, making sure everyone knew how ‘generous’ they were. Jesus remarked, 'Truly, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.’ All giving begins with God. He gave us a wonderful and good creation. He gave us good bodies, and our breath, our spirit. He gave us free will. He gave us prayer that we might talk to him. He gave us life, purpose, and community. And ultimately, he loved us so much that he gave us his Son. And Jesus, on Good Friday, gave us himself. The Bible tells us that Jesus endured the cross because of the joy set before him. We are the joy that was set before him. As he prayed in agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, he asked his 2
Father to ‘Take this cup (the cup of suffering) away from me.’ But then he added, ‘But not my will, but your will be done.’ And he understood that embracing the cross would offer salvation and forgiveness to many millions of people, so he became willing to endure because he could see the joyful results – yours and my salvation. So this Easter, don’t let Good Friday pass you by without considering the gift and the giver. As Mother Theresa said, you get so much back in return – in fact, you can never out-give God. His generosity, manifested so powerfully that first Easter morning, has changed the history of the world forever, and if you let it, it can change you too. Happy Easter,
CHURCHES TOGETHER in HORSLEY and OCKHAM Intercessory Prayers APRIL 2019 Heavenly Father, as we continue to journey through Lent and enter into Holy Week, may we contemplate more deeply the overwhelming Sacrifice you made for all mankind to bring us new life. May we discern the ongoing purpose and vocation you planned for each one of us every day of our lives, in order to become true disciples of Jesus Christ. AMEN.
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.
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 4
Parish Clergy Rector: Revd. Hugh Grear* Tel: 01483 224136 Email: email@example.com Revd. Elisabeth Burke (01932 863886) LLM Lay Reader: Mrs. Clare Bevan (01483 479963) Church Wardens Mrs. Sally Pound (01932 400189) Mrs. Jan Winser (01483 225200) *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
St Michael’s Chapel, Downside is available for hire for meetings and other events at very reasonable rates. Contact David Pappin (01932 863020) or email firstname.lastname@example.org Please send articles for the next edition by the 19th of the month preceding publication to email@example.com CHURCH POSTCODE GU23 6NQ 5
Annual Parochial Church Meeting Sunday 28 April All Saints’ Church, Ockham 11.45am The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place immediately after morning service at All Saints’ on Sunday 28 April. The Annual Report and Accounts have been posted on the church website and can be viewed by going to www.ockhamchurch.org.uk . The APCM is your opportunity to participate in the running of our church and to raise any issue you wish to bring to people’s attention. We need to re-elect our churchwardens and we would like a few new people to join the Parochial Church Council (PCC), which meets every other month, to help run our parish. All those who are on the electoral roll of the parish are entitled to vote on any issue. Richard Peters 71 Springfield Road Guildford Surrey GU1 4DW Tel: 01483 568837 Mob: 07967 496819 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
ST MICHAEL'S CHAPEL, DOWNSIDE IS NOW LICENSED FOR WEDDINGS! Up until now anyone wanting to get married in our chapel at Downside has had to get a special licence. But the Bishop of Guildford has now granted us a full license. It is a lovely, modern and intimate venue for a wedding - the chapel seats a maximum of 40 people and the east window looks out over fields. For more information contact Hugh Grear 01483 224136
COMMUNITY NOTICES Meet your Neighbours at the Black Swan the First Monday of each month Friendly company and chat From 6.45 pm, to the right of the bar Complimentary nibbles courtesy of the Black Swan
CLASSIC CAR EVENT At the Black Swan Second Sunday in each month Classic Car morning from 8am at the Black Swan Breakfasts served!
Annual Parish Meeting - Ockham Parish Council 8pm on Tuesday 9th April 2019 in the Parish Rooms You are invited to attend the annual Parish meeting above, and we very much look forward to seeing as many of you as possible, in the Parish Rooms. The guest speaker will be Zoe Channon, Liaison Officer at Surrey Wildlife Trust. There will be refreshments and nibbles available. The monthly meeting of the Ockham Parish Council will take place beforehand at 6.30pm and you are as always welcome to attend this too.
Curzon Country Cinema Saturday 27th April at the Ockham Parish Rooms Stan and Ollie Doors open 7.15, film starts at 7.35 and ends 9.45 All seats ÂŁ6. See advertisement on page 17. 10
Ockham Summer Fete and Dog Show 2019 ** ADVANCE NOTICE** Sunday, 16th June. Please speak to Jan Lofthouse, if you would like to book a stall. More details to follow in forth-coming editions of The Parishioner.
Flowers in Church
FORTHCOMING SERVICES Sunday 7th April Passion Sunday 9.00 am Downside Songs of Praise 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion *PEBBLES Sunday 14th April Palm Sunday 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion*PEBBLES Monday 15th April 7.00 pm Downside
Stations of the Cross Holy Week Meditation
Tuesday 16th April 7.00 pm St Martin’s
Wednesday 17th April 7.00 pm St Martins Community Hall Thursday 18th April 8.00 pm St Martin’s
Passover Supper (nos. limited by tickets)
Holy Communion followed by the stripping of the altars
Good Friday 19th April 10.00 am East Horsley shops 12.00 – 3.00 pm All Saints’
Service of Witness 3-hour Service of the Cross
EASTER SUNDAY 21st April 6.00 am St Martin’s
9.00 am 10.30 am
Holy Communion Festival Communion
Downside All Saints’
Sunday 28th April Second Sunday of Easter 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Family Service Sunday 5th May 9.00 am Downside 10.30 am All Saints’
Third Sunday of Easter Songs of Praise 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.
FROM THE REGISTERS The funeral on March 15th of Isabel GOODRICH-MEECH.
CONGRATULATIONS Many congratulations to Suzanne Lofthouse-Jackson on her appointment as a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order. Suzanne received her award from HM The Queen at an investiture held at Windsor Castle, on Friday 22nd March, 2019.
WILLIAM OF OCKHAM APRIL 10TH The programme of talks in All Saints' Church relating to William of Ockham on April 10th starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm, organised from outside our Parish, includes the following: Ockham and All Saintsâ€™ Church before and after 1300. Dr Gillian Lachelin Ockham's religious world: monastic and mendicant life in the 14th century. Professor Andrew Jotischky Possible arguments for William of Ockham preferring not to become a Doctor. Dr Chris Dyczek (OFM) Lunch and tours of Church William of Ockham and the intellectual heritage of Arabic philosophy Dr Shazia Jagot If you are interested in attending (free of charge) please can you let me know as soon as possible, as there will be a limit on numbers. To book or register an interest, please email email@example.com Gillian Lachelin
Easter Faith Three years after the Russian Revolution of 1917, a great anti-God rally was arranged in Kiev. The powerful orator Bukharin was sent from Moscow, and for an hour he demolished the Christian faith with argument, abuse and ridicule. At the end there was silence. Then a man rose and asked to speak. He was a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church. He went and stood next to Bukharin. Facing the people, he raised his arms and spoke just three triumphant words:
‘Christ is risen!’ At once the entire assembly rose to their feet and gave the joyful response,
‘He is risen indeed!’ It was a devastating moment for an atheist politician, who had no answer to give to this ancient Easter liturgy. He had not realised he was simply too late: how can you convince people who have already experienced God, that He does not exist?
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