THE PARISHIONER APRIL 2020
TO ALL THOSE ATTENDING SERVICES AT ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH, OCKHAM OR ST MICHAEL’S CHAPEL, DOWNSIDE: You may have heard that, in the light of Government advice, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York announced on Tuesday the suspension of all public church services until further notice. This means that, for the time being, we will not be holding Sunday morning services at All Saints’, Ockham or St Michael’s Chapel, Downside. This includes our Mothering Sunday service, which was due to take place this Sunday, all our Easter week services and our APCM (Annual Parochial Church meeting), which was scheduled to take place in April. Following a request from the Government, both All Saints’ Church in Ockham and St Michael’s Chapel in Downside are closed. We realise that many of you will be disappointed by the decision to close church and chapel, but we are looking to find creative ways to keep in touch with our congregation, and to provide both spiritual and practical support. We are working with the Ockham & Hatchford Residents’ Association, St Martin’s, East Horsley and St Mary’s, West Horsley and friends in Downside to support those who may feel isolated or vulnerable. We will be in touch again as our plans develop. The clergy team of Hugh (01483 224136), Beth (01932 863886) and Clare (01483 479963) are available as points of contact, so that we can provide help and support. Equally, we are available just for a chat on the phone. Please do not hesitate to call us. 2
We have prepared and printed a form of Daily Prayer which is to be made available to you all to assist your prayers during this difficult time. A number of copies are available in a weather-proof box on the steps of the Pebbles cabin â€“ please come and help yourself and do by all means give copies to others. This is likely to be the form of Daily Prayer used at the times listed above. Please pass on this news to any member of the congregation you know who is not on email.
Health and hope,
CHURCHES TOGETHER in HORSLEY and OCKHAM Intercessory Prayers Heavenly Father we rejoice and give thanks on this Easter Sunday, that through your generosity you sent your only Son to change the World forever, to redeem us by your love and mercy to be Spiritually born again. May we always be worthy of your trust and faithfulness. 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
Parish Clergy Rector: Revd. Hugh Grear* Tel: 01483 224136 Email: email@example.com Revd. Elisabeth Burke (01932 863886) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org LLM Lay Reader: Mrs. Clare Bevan (01483 479963) Church Wardens Mrs. Sally Pound (01932 400189) Mrs. Jan Winser (01483 224909) *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 email@example.com Please send articles for the next edition by the 19th of the month preceding publication to firstname.lastname@example.org CHURCH POSTCODE GU23 6NQ 5
SERVICES SUSPENDED, BUT THE CHURCH IS STILL HERE Public worship in Church of England churches is being suspended in the light of the continuing coronavirus pandemic. But the church is still here, and we looking at ways we can continue to serve and to pray. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Justin Welby and John Sentamu, have written a letter to all churches asking them to put public services on hold until further notice. But, where possible, churches will try to remain open as places of prayer for the community, whilst observing social distancing recommendations. The Archbishops also urged congregations to be in the forefront of providing practical care and support for the most vulnerable during the crisis. And they also encouraged clergy to maintain the ancient pattern of daily prayer and to continue to offer pastoral support by whatever means possible. “Being a part of the Church of England is going to look very different in the days ahead,” they wrote. “Our life is going to be less characterised by attendance at church on Sunday, and more characterised by the prayer and service we offer each day. “We may not be able to pray with people in the ways that we are used to, but we can certainly pray for people. And we can certainly offer practical care and support.” “Then by our service, and by our love, Jesus Christ will be made known, and the hope of the gospel – a hope that can counter fear and isolation – will spread across our land.” They added: “This is a defining moment for the Church of England. Are we truly are a church for all, or just the church for ourselves?” “We urge you sisters and brothers to become a different sort of church in these coming months: hopeful and rooted in the offering of prayer and praise and overflowing in service to the world.” The archbishops have joined other church leaders in calling for a day of prayer and action this Sunday (Mothering Sunday) particularly remembering those who are sick or anxious and all involved in health and emergency services. 6
OCKHAM PARISH SKILLS DATABASE Like every church we are reliant on volunteers to keep everything running smoothly, both in the services and with all the work which goes on behind the scenes. The more people who can help, the smaller the burden becomes for each person. In addition, a number of our long-serving volunteers now wish to step down, for quite understandable reasons.. So we have decided to undertake a ‘skills and interests audit’ to see what untapped skills and interests we may have within the congregation. Replying to the email is by no means a commitment, but it will help us to identify what support we may be able to call upon in the future. If you would click to forward this email and send it to email@example.com and put a ‘Yes’ in the box where you think you might be able to help we’d be very grateful Sally Pound and Jan Winser Churchwardens Name: Telephone Number: Email address:
I have an interest in or may be available to help with the following: Bell-ringing Building maintenance Car-parking for special services Coffee-making for Sunday services Choir 7
Finance (banking/Gift Aid/examining the accounts) Fund-raising Gardening (occasional) Helping with Pebbles / Sunday School Intercessions rota Readers’ rota Safeguarding admin Seasonal decoration of the church Sides-persons’ rota Website and social media
CHURCH VIA THE INTERNET Hugh has shared this link to Bishop Jo’s Mothering Sunday sermon (recorded at St Mary’s, Shalford on Friday) which is now viewable on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=b97SmdwfH2I Our two Bishops will be posting a short sermon on YouTube every week and we will endeavour to ensure that there is a link to each sermon on our www.ockhamchurch.org.uk. Please check our website from time to time for updates and news. We are in the process of leafleting households in the parish offering help to anyone in need; if you know anyone who needs help please call Hugh on 01483 224136, Elisabeth on 01932 863886 or Clare on 01483 479963
CHARITY – FUNDRAISING PLEDGES Now that spring is on the horizon, the Charities’ Team has bent its collective mind to further fundraising efforts in support of our chosen charities, the Rainbow Trust and Christian Solidarity Worldwide. We decided to plumb the wealth of talent which we know exists within the Parish and invite people to pledge their services, so, gift a service/request a job/take up an offer and donate for the job. The services already suggested range from dog walking, cooking, cleaning, gardening to tips on vegetable growing, pony rides, the opportunities are limitless …. well almost. We ask you to consider whether you could offer a service, would like a job done or can volunteer your time to benefit these charities. The idea is that service volunteers and recipients will link up and make their own arrangements This is a charitable undertaking and not a contractual one, all jobs undertaken are done so at the risk of those concerned and they need to have prior discussion and take all relevant Health and Safety precautions. It is hoped that most items listed by late spring will be completed by the end of September. There are sign up posters displayed in All Saints’ Church, St Michael’s Chapel and St Matthew’s School, Downside. We hope that you feel able to come forward with your talents. Judith Allen
Friends of All Saints' Church AGM We have decided to cancel the Friends' AGM on April 7th, because of the corona virus, and to have an electronic AGM instead Gillian Lachelin
From the Registers WEDDING -- Harvey MacDonald and Tessa Hogben at All Saintsâ€™ on 7th March 2020
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?
SAINTS DAYS 23 April - St George and Hiccup and the dragon Have you seen the film How to Train your Dragon? Itâ€™s set in a Viking village under attack from dragons, who steal livestock and burn down houses. Hiccup, the village Chiefâ€™s son, invents a machine to capture dragons. However, when he catches one of the most dangerous dragons, he cannot kill it, when he sees that the dragon is just as frightened as he is. Through this friendship, the people and dragons eventually live in harmony. This month we celebrate St. George, the patron saint of England. He is famous for slaying a dragon, a tradition which became popular in the Middle Ages. Whether he killed an actual dragon is open to question! However, we do know that the original George was a Roman soldier at the time of Emperor Diocletian. He refused to renounce his faith, as commanded by the Emperor, resulting in his death on 23 April 303 AD. The contrast is clear: St. George slayed the evil dragon, while Hiccup refused to kill one. However, they also have something important in common. Both acted according to their conscience, defying the popular understanding of those around them and not worrying about the personal cost to themselves. St. George was martyred for standing up for his faith in Jesus before a pagan emperor, while Hiccup risked rejection by his father and village because of his compassion. Today, we are still called to stand for Christ against wrongs and injustice in daily life, whatever the personal cost. However, we also need to be ready to look our enemies in the eye and meet their hostility with love and compassion. This is why we also remember this month that Jesus died and rose again, so that we might have Godâ€™s power to do this in our lives. 14
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