Ockham with Hatchford and Downside Newsletter CHRISTMAS 2018 AND NEW YEAR 2019
SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS! Walking down Ockham Lane at dusk; a huge yellow moon hangs low in the sky, with wispy grey clouds scudding in front. It lends a glow to the crisp, cold night. I greet the kindly gentleman by the War Memorial. In a foreign accent he asks where he might find “the Barn”. I point him towards Guileshill Lane, and advise him to watch out for crazy cyclists. As I walk up the driveway to the church, I see the sheep (and the one rather statuesque goat) in the fields. One of Lady Griffith’s workers is putting out some feed for them. He is warming himself from a flask of hot coffee. He calls me over and offers me a sip. He tells me an odd story of some strangers all dressed in white, singing carols, who had appeared to him earlier. When their song was finished, they advised him to go to church on Christmas Morning to worship the new born king. “10:30am”, I reply, and bid him farewell with a wave. “See you there! Come early to get a seat!” Two more foreign gentlemen are dismounting from their camels in the church car park, and they ask me where they might buy gifts fit for a king. “Amazon!” I say. “That’s where I get all mine!” I ask them to park over by the lone donkey, near the Pebbles Cabin. The Christmas Tree glows in the peaceful darkness as I enter the church, and I gaze down at the Nativity figures in the tableau under the altar. Joseph smiles and winks at me, and I suspect that he’s holding a pint of beer. Mary is cuddling the baby. The star twinkles. I yawn as I begin to smell a nappy that needs changing…
I wake up at my desk, rubbing my eyes. What a strange dream! Now, I must send my Rector’s Letter for the Parishioner to the editor, Andrew Jackson. What on earth shall I write about? How about listing what I want for Christmas? Well, a Karcher K4 pressure washer would be nice. But more to the point, I would love to see “peace on earth” (obviously), and the Brexit negotiations could use a bit of “goodwill towards all people”. I would be delighted if Ben and Honor (and all their friends) pass their GCSEs with flying colours. I would love more people to choose to attend our Alpha Course (starting Tuesday 22nd January) to deepen or renew their faith. And finally I hope for a year when there is greater justice, a clarity about the truth in public discourse, and a good deal more mercy towards others. Please feel free to tell Santa! Happy 2019! With love
Hugh “Beloved in Christ, be it this Christmastide our care and delight to hear again the message of the angels, and in heart and mind to go even unto Bethlehem and see this thing which is come to pass, and the Babe lying in a manger.” Taken from the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols
CHURCHES TOGETHER in HORSLEY and OCKHAM Intercessory Prayers DECEMBER 2018 Heavenly Father during this Advent help us to dwell more Spiritually on the real and urgent needs of the World around us. May we be moved to share what we ourselves have freely received through your eternal and constant generosity and avoid being caught up in the consumerism frenzy of Christmas. AMEN JANUARY 2019 Heavenly Father, at this time of New Resolutions and Christian Unity, may we come to know and love YOU and each other more each day, through Prayer and increased reflection on the Gospels. Give us the Grace to pass on the baton of Faith in our homes, schools and communities through our words, actions and lifestyles. AMEN
Parish Clergy Rector: Revd Hugh Grear* Tel: 01483 224136 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com Please send articles for the next edition to Andrew Jackson by the 19th of the month preceding publication to firstname.lastname@example.org CHURCH POSTCODE GU23 6NQ
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
RECTORY HOME GROUP Our final gathering of the year is on Tuesday 11th December, at the Rectory at 8.00pm. Whilst we may study, share thoughts, laugh and pray, there will be a social element to the evening as well; all welcome!
YOUNG PEOPLE’S CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES Christmas Craft Workshop. Saturday 15th December 10-11.30am at St Matthew’s School. Open to all children up to year 6. £3 per child to include all craft materials, drink & biscuit. Children 3-4 years must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential – call Fiona Cheese 07876 567947 All Saints’ Church Carol Service. Sunday, 16th December at 4.00pm. If you are bringing children to our atmospheric Carol Service please could they dress up as Nativity figures, Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, Angels, Kings/Queens, Stars, donkeys? They can be involved in the Tableau at the beginning and help sing Away in a Manger. (See “Forthcoming Services, below). Carol Singing around Ockham. Tuesday 18th December at 5.45 p.m. Ockham Parish Rooms This is an invitation to join in the village Carol Singing. We leave at 6.00pm to walk around the village to sing well known carols. Older children who enjoy singing are very welcome. (See Notice below for further details). CHRISTMAS EVE Monday 24th December 4.00 pm Downside Crib Service 5.00 pm Downside Carols in the Chapel (See “Forthcoming Services, below). 7
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!
OCKHAM CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Saturday the 8th December, Ockham Parish Rooms from 11am to 4pm All help very welcome Any stall holders to contact Jan Lofthouse/ OHRA for £10 a stall Free Entry, Drinks, cakes available, Raffle In aid of the Parish Rooms
CHRISTMAS DECORATION MAKING Ockham Parish Rooms Thursday 13th December 11am to 1pm All materials supplied. Professional tutor. £15. Book via O H R A / Jan Lofthouse 9
FROM THE REGISTERS Baptism Sunday, 25th November.
Emma Rose Carmen SETH-SMITH
FORTHCOMING SERVICES Sunday 2nd December Advent Sunday 9.00 am Downside Songs of Praise 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion *PEBBLES Sunday 9th December Second Sunday in Advent 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion *PEBBLES Sunday 16th December Third Sunday in Advent 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion *PEBBLES 4.00 pm All Saints’ Carol Service Sunday 23rd December Fourth Sunday in Advent 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Family Service Monday 24th December CHRISTMAS EVE 4.00 pm Downside Crib Service 5.00 pm Downside Carols in the Chapel 11.00 pm All Saints’ Midnight Mass Tuesday 25th December 9.00 am Downside 10.30 am All Saints’
CHRISTMAS DAY Holy Communion FAMILY SERVICE
Sunday 30th December First Sunday of Christmas 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Joint Service of Holy Communion together with St Martin’s & St Mary’s
2019 Sunday 6th January Epiphany 9.00 am Downside 10.30 am All Saints’
Songs of Praise Parish Communion *PEBBLES
Sunday 13th January Baptism of Christ 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion*PEBBLES Sunday 20th January Third Sunday in Epiphany 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion *PEBBLES Sunday 27th January Candlemas 9.00 am Downside 10.30 am All Saints’
Holy Communion Family Service
Sunday 3rd February 5th Sunday before Lent 9.00 am Downside Songs of Praise 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion *PEBBLES Sunday 10th February 4th Sunday before Lent 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 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.
The Mikado The performance of the Mikado by Opera Anywhere at All Saints’ Church was a great success, making £1355.90 for the Friends of All Saints’ Church, thanks to very generous donations. In response to popular request we are asking Opera Anywhere to come back next year with Pirates of Penzance on October 12th 2019. If you are interested in coming please let me know and I will put your name on a list. I will then get in touch with you in June or July next year to confirm that you are still interested and to arrange payment. Gillian Lachelin
CAROL SINGING AROUND OCKHAM Tuesday 18th December at 5.45 p.m. Ockham Parish Rooms This is an invitation to join in the village Carol Singing. We leave at 6.00pm to walk around the village to sing well known carols. Older children who enjoy singing are very welcome. For any of you new to the village, we walk between the houses, ring your door bell and sing a carol and rattle a collecting tin! Sadly, we cannot reach all parts of the central village in an evening, but we do our best! We will be collecting for the charities supported by Ockham church which are the Rainbow Trust in Leatherhead which supports families with a seriously ill child and Christian Solidarity Worldwide which defends the right to practise any religion or none at all around the world. If you are joining us, please try to wear something reflective and bring a torch. We do have lanterns as well. Carol sheets are provided. We finish at the Parish Room for mulled wine/hot chocolate and mince pies. Do join us or listen out for us singing! Jenny Milligan 01483 225073
WHO ARE YOU SHARING CHRISTMAS WITH? The Diocese of Guildford have compiled this directory of support available over the Christmas period in Surrey and North East Hampshire. Thank you to all those groups who have shared information about how they are helping to support people at this time of year. Christmas is a busy time of year, celebrating and spending time with family and friends. However, we know that this time of year, can be difficult for some people. They may be lonely â€“ separated from family and friends, or vulnerable for other reasons. This resource can be found on our website and will be constantly updated throughout the weeks leading to Christmas www.cofeguildford.org.uk/CET/ resources Note for Organisers: We have been advised by one lunch organiser that your local Waitrose may be able to provide support generally for groups who are providing lunch for those who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day. Other sources of information is http://communitychristmas.org.uk/ tel 0800 0639285 and www.premier.org.uk/christmasalone which both have a good listing of community events across the UK
Please share the information provided with those who may be on their own at Christmas and with those who may be looking for volunteering opportunities. If you know of another event, or are needing volunteers please do get in touch with us: tel: 01483 790 324 email: email@example.com version: 23/11/2018
‘HOW A MOUSE GOT INTO THE NATIVITY’ If you are looking for something different for your children this Christmas, you could try a new film from Bible Society called 'The Mystery of the New Noisy Neighbour'. It places a mouse detective at the heart of the action – in the stable at Bethlehem, where he slowly discovers who Jesus really is… Emmanuel, Rescuer and King. You can download the full film for free at https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/getinvolved/christmas/2018/the-mystery-of-the-new-noisyneighbour/
This term we have had a big focus on our school foundation and how this is still reflected in our school vision and values today. St Matthew’s was founded in 1867 by the philanthropist, Mrs Deacon, and was originally a school for children from her orphanage at Trotlands. The children discovered that Mrs Deacon gave a cloak to each child, blue for the boys and red for the girls and she was very generous with her time, making sure that these children could have an education and a future. We continue to be a fully inclusive and nurturing school, welcoming all and enabling children to achieve their very best – as Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me’… ‘Start them off on the way they should go.’ (Luke 18:16 / Proverbs). Later, the school was opened to the children of Downside when the 1948 Education Act came into being and later,when Mrs Deacon died, the school was passed into the care of Guildford Diocese. Our values of Responsibility, Friendship, Justice and Wisdom underpin our whole school curriculum and continue her good work with children today. The children have enjoyed exploring our foundations and how our vision and values have grown from our school’s very beginning – St Matthew’s still feels very special and we enjoy a great sense of community that comes with being part of Cobham and Downside and part of Guildford Diocese. We did try to find out where ‘Trotlands’ could have been (the original site of Mrs Deacon’s orphanage) and a picture of Mrs Deacon, but have not yet been successful, so if anyone in the parish has any further information, we would be delighted! We have been doing a lot of discussion about Remembering and the importance of Peace in this centenary year of 100 years since 19
the 1918 Armistice. The school had a Remembrance Pause Day, where we spent the day reflecting on the meaning of Peace, the symbolism of the poppy and prayer for Remembrance and thanks. The children painted poppies on pebbles, some of which will be put outside in our reflection area and some of which were spread out around Cobham and Downside by Year 2 – ready to be found by a passer -by who might then also appreciate the act of Remembrance before re-hiding the pebble. Do let us know if you found one! Many children proudly represented St Matthew’s at the All Saints Remembrance Service and Parade, laying class-made wreaths at the memorial. Now is the busy time where we are getting ready for our Christmas Nativity – the children are practising their lines and dances and parents are preparing costumes. Throughout this busyness, we are also focusing on taking time to appreciate what Advent is all about. The classes are thinking about our BIG questions that we thought of after Reverend Elisabeth’s collective worship all about advent and how this word is hidden in the word ‘Adventure’. Our questions are: What parts of the Christmas story do we think about during Advent? Was it adventurous at the time or not? (e.g. where Mary was visited by the Angel Gabriel or the journey to Bethlehem) and Is Advent an important time? If so, who for? We wish you all moments of peace and calm for Advent, Kathy Hutt Headteacher.
WHY THE WORLD WAS READY FOR CHRISTMAS Ever wonder why Jesus was born when He was? The Bible tells us that “when the time had fully come, God sent forth His Son…” The Jewish people had been waiting for their Messiah for centuries. Why did God send Him precisely when He did? Many biblical scholars believe that the ‘time had fully come’ for Jesus because of the politics of the time. The Roman Empire’s sheer size and dominance had achieved something unique in world history: the opportunity for travel from Bethlehem to Berwick on Tweed without ever crossing into ‘enemy territory’ or needing a ‘passport’. For the first time ever, it was possible for ‘common’ people to travel wide and far, and quickly spread news and ideas. And all you needed were two languages - Greek to the east of Rome, and Latin to the west and north. You could set sail from Joppa (Tel Aviv) and head for any port on the Med. And the Roman roads ran straight and true throughout the empire. So the Roman Empire achieved something it never intended: it helped spread news of Christianity far and wide for 400 years. After that, the Empire crumbled, and the borders shut down. Not until the 19th century would people again roam so freely. The time for Jesus to be born, and for news of Him to be able to travel, had indeed ‘fully come’.
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