Ockham with Hatchford and Downside Newsletter FEBRUARY 2018
In between… “Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, Here I am, stuck in the middle with you…” sang Stealers Wheel in 1972. Classic song. And January / February can feel a bit like that: stuck in the middle between Christmas and Easter. Of course, I love being surrounded by jokers and clowns, as it makes these cold, wet and dreary days so much more bearable! It sometimes feels like we go from the manger to the cross in such a hurry. No sooner than Jesus has been born, then we celebrate his baptism, pausing briefly for New Year and its promise. Suddenly Shrove Tuesday says “Lent is upon us! What are you giving up?” and we are rushing full-tilt towards Holy Week, Good Friday and Easter. No doubt soon the shops will start counting down the number of shopping days until Christmas! What happened to the first 30 years of Jesus’ life? When we say the creed in church, it goes “For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.” Do you see? Birth to death with nothing in between. Tombstones in our churchyard can be a bit like that. Your name and your dates. John Doe, 1901-1997. The bit in between is represented by a dash.
Jesus’ life (all 33 years) is so important, and we must never lose it. He had 3 years of public ministry, but he also had 30 years of normal life. A child. A man. A carpenter. He loved living a normal human life, stuck in the middle with the likes of you and me, surrounded by clowns and jokers! Together, let’s celebrate normal human life, here in Ockham and Downside. But let’s also walk the Lenten journey together: Ash Wednesday is on Valentine’s Day, 14th February. So you can either celebrate love with a dinner out, or you can join me in celebrating the greatest love story, in church at 8pm – remembering that Jesus was willing to go to the cross out of love for this wonderful but fallen world. Stuck in the middle with you! With love
Parish Clergy Rector: Revd Hugh Grear * Tel: 01483 224136 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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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ALPHA COURSE Got Questions?
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. It’s for people with questions rather than for the converted – and it’s not designed to convert you. The Alpha course is designed for anyone who is curious. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and to explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. There’s no pressure, no follow up and no charge. All Saints’, Ockham; St Mary’s, West Horsley and St Martin’s, East Horsley are jointly running an Alpha course, starting Tuesday, 16 January at 7.30pm in the Canterbury Rooms which are adjacent to St Martin’s Church, Ockham Road South, East Horsley. The course runs on Tuesday evenings through until 20 March with a break for half term; there is also Saturday, 3 February. You are welcome to come to as many or as few as you wish, but it is important to come to the first evening. What’s more, we will feed you - every evening begins with a hot, freshly prepared meal! Last year more than 40 people took part and a number are coming back to help run the course this year. If you would like to find out more do call the Revd Hugh Grear 01483 224136 or call the Revd Elisabeth Burke 01932 863886. 5
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. Martinâ€™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. FEBRUARY 15th
Film: Victoria and Abdul 2.30 p.m.The Canterbury Rooms Queen Victoria was the first patron of the Mothersâ€™ Union. (Kate Ryder) CHURCHES TOGETHER in HORSLEY and OCKHAM Intercessory Prayer for February 2018 Heavenly Father we pray for the many babies and pre-school children who are looked after each day at nurseries or by childminders. May they receive the emotional care and attention they need and not suffer from being separated from the closeness of a loving parent in these precious early years. Amen.
FROM THE REGISTERS We give grateful thanks for the lives of Sheila WORT and Daphne POTTS, both long-time residents of Downside who passed away recently.
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 4th February Second Sunday before Lent 9.00 am Downside Songs of Praise 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion *PEBBLES Sunday 11th February 9.00 am Downside 10.30 am All Saints’
Sunday before Lent Holy Communion Parish Communion *PEBBLES
Wednesday 14th February Ash Wednesday 8.00 pm All Saints’ Holy Communion Sunday 18th February 9.00 am Downside 10.30 am All Saints’
First Sunday in Lent Songs of Praise Parish Communion *PEBBLES
Sunday 25th February 9.00 am Downside 10.30 am All Saints’
Second Sunday in Lent Holy Communion FAMILY SERVICE
Sunday 4th March Second Sunday in Lent 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. 8
COMMUNITY NOTICES Meet your Neighbours at the Black Swan 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 Deelish Curry Night Friday 2nd February 6.30. Ockham Cricket Club £4 Friday night Curry served Up to 8 pm Do support this first night. Hopefully first of many!!! The club bar is open every Friday night for drinks do come along as all very welcome CHURCHES TOGETHER WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday 2nd March Women’s World Day of Prayer service will be held on Friday 2nd March at 2.00pm in St Mary’s Church, West Horsley. Organised by the Christian Women of Suriname, the title this year is “All God’s Creation is Very Good.” Everyone is invited- not just women- to the service which lasts about an hour, with refreshments afterwards. It would be really nice to see a good number from Ockham there so put the date in your diary (rehearsal Friday 23rd February) and come along if you can. Anyone needing transport please telephone Maureen Pappin, 01932 863020. 9
Ockham Residents Association Open meeting. Wednesday 21st March. Ockham Cricket Club at 7.45 pm. Please come along and hear about our summer fete on Sunday 24th June and the latest on the decision making on the Wisley appeal. Drinks, nibbles and raffle!
Carol Singing 19th December A big thank you to everyone who jointed in the carol singing. We collected ÂŁ232 in the village and, together with donations, an excellent ÂŁ262 was raised for the RAINBOW TRUST and CHRISTIAN SOLIDARITY WORLDWIDE
who which are the charities supported by Ockham Church. Thank you to all the households who gave so generously. As is our tradition, we enjoyed mulled wine, hot sausages and mince pies in the Parish Room afterwards. Many thanks to Roz.
The Friends of All Saintsâ€™ Church, Ockham Dear All Happy New Year! I am writing to let you know that the Friends AGM will be held in the Guiles Hill Barn on Thursday April 12th at 8pm. I will be sending out the agenda etc at a later date. I also want to let you know that we (the Trustees of the Friends) have asked Opera Anywhere to give us a performance of the Mikado in All Saintsâ€™ Church on Saturday October 27th at 6pm. They are an excellent company and I have been to and very much enjoyed three of their performances (including the Mikado) in another Church. Please do put these dates in your diary! With best wishes, Gillian Registered Charity 1099193
OCKHAM ~PARISH ROOMS SATURDAY 24TH FEBRUARY OUR OWN CINEMA
DOORS OPEN 7.30 for 7.50 start
Please come and support your local village Cinema! £6 entrance and £4 donations for drinks, nibbles and raffle Profits for the Ockham Parish Rooms. For your diary .... The next film The Darkest Hour (the latest Churchill film) will be showing on Saturday 24th March , come and see it at your local village Cinema! 12
Young Preacher of the Year Crowned A new competition encouraging young people to try preaching has been won by a teenager from Guildford. Emily Burch (14), a member of All Saints’ Church, in Onslow Village, scooped first prize, and will now have the opportunity to preach for real at Evensong in Guildford Cathedral, as well as giving a sixty-second-sermon on BBC Radio Surrey in January. Runner-up finalists Hugo Millard (18) from St Luke’s, Grayshott, and Gwyneth Sotuminu (17) from Gordon’s School were also commended by judges. The competition, run by the Diocese of Guildford, is among the first of its kind in the country, and was open to candidates between the ages of 14-18 with some connection to the diocese. In the first round, a strong field of candidates submitted short videos of themselves preaching, from which the panel selected the three finalists to go head-to-head in a ‘preach-off’ in Guildford Cathedral on Advent Sunday.
SAINTS’ DAYS 11th February Caedmon - the poetic shepherd Caedmon (d 680) should be the patron saint of all farmers who enjoy humming to themselves as they do the lambing this Spring. For Caedmon of Whitby was a bit like David in the Bible – he grew up as a simple herdsman out on the hills who enjoyed composing songs and poetry for himself while watching his flocks. Like David, Caedmon also had a keen awareness of God, and used his creative gift to express his devotion and love for his Creator. When his poems and songs became known to others, they liked them so much that soon Caedmon left his sheep in order to become a monk. This gave him time to compose many poems based on the stories in the Bible: from Creation and Genesis, to the Exodus and entry of the Jews into the promised land, to the birth, passion and resurrection of Christ, and finally to the future Last Judgement, Heaven, and Hell. Then one day Caedmon suddenly announced that he knew he was going to die soon. And so he did, in a state of charity and peace with everyone. There was great mourning. Sadly, only nine lines of his poetry have survived, and we have the great historian, Bede, to thank for even that much. But in his time, Caedmon’s gift of telling Christian stories in the vernacular must have been of great value in evangelising the common folk.
Magazine of the Parish of Ockham with Hatchford & Downside, Diocese of Guildford, in the county of Surrey