THE PARISHIONER OCTOBER 2021
SAINT LUKE. THE DOCTOR WHO BROUGHT GOOD NEWS This month we remember St Luke (18th October), the author of the third Gospel and Book of Acts. Throughout his writing Luke makes clear that the good news of salvation is available to all people regardless of their gender, social position or nationality. It is believed that Luke was a doctor, so he sees the importance of healing in the ministry of Jesus and the Church. The signs of the presence of God’s kingdom include the healing of sickness, hurts, as well as unforgiveness. This is evident when Jesus sends out the 72 in Luke 10, a reading for St Luke’s Day: ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field…When you enter a town and are welcomed eat what is set before you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’’ (Luke 10:2,8). What challenges do we find in these verses? Firstly Luke, as a Gentile (a non-Jew) recognises the revolutionary way outsiders are welcomed into the faith community e.g. Zacchaeus (Luke 19) and Cornelius (Acts 10). How can we engage with those who are outside the community of faith? We have to avoid the tendency to regard ourselves as insiders! As we reach out to those who are ready to welcome the gospel, we have an opportunity to share good news and healing in the name of Jesus. Secondly, as an Evangelist, Luke wants us to share the love of Jesus with all those we encounter. However, as these verses indicate, this has got to be rooted in prayer, if we are going to be led by God in our response to others. ‘Mission is seeing what God is doing and joining in’ (Rowan Williams). 2
“All creatures great and small”
Pet Service Sunday 3rd October at 10.30am in the church car park
Do bring your pet or pets for an informal service to celebrate the lives of our pets, the companionship they provide and health benefits they bring to so many. The service will be in the church car park, but if wet we will move into the church 3
Sunday 3rd October 19th Sunday after Trinity 10.30 am All Saints’ Pet Service (In the car park if dry) (No service at St Michael’s, Downside) Sunday 10th October 20th Sunday after Trinity 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.15 am All Saints’ Holy Communion and PEBBLES children’s church Sunday 17th October 20th Sunday after Trinity 9.00 am Downside Service of the Word 10.30 am All Saints’ Service of the Word and PEBBLES children’s church Saturday 23rd October 12 Noon All Saints’
Memorial Service for Ann Watson
Sunday 24th October 21st h Sunday after Trinity 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Holy Communion (No PEBBLES) Sunday 31st October All Saints’ / All Souls 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am Group Ministry Service (details to be confirmed) 3.00pm All Saints’ All Souls’ Service for the departed PEBBLES children’s church takes place on the second and third Sundays of the month. Family Service is usually on the first Sunday, There will be no Pebbles on the fourth Sunday. Where there is a fifth Sunday we will usually join with East and West Horsley for a Group Ministry Service. Coffee and Tea is now being served after all Sunday services at All Saints’ and after Songs of Praise on the first Sunday of the month at St Michael’s Chapel. 4
PARISH TEAM Revd. Elisabeth Burke (01932 863886) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org LLM Lay Reader: Mrs. Clare Bevan (01483 479963) Church Wardens Mrs. Sally Pound (01392 400189) Mr. Richard Peters (01483 568837) Don’t forget to keep up to date with everything happening in our Parish by clicking on 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
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Church of England takes abuse very seriously, and every church now has a meaningful Safeguarding Policy. At the moment the church as a whole is trying to ensure that every case of historic abuse has been properly dealt with. I am required to advise the Diocese of any and all allegations concerning anyone in any position of authority in the church, whenever they occurred. Every piece of information will be treated sympathetically and taken seriously. Please do let me know, or in my absence please inform Richard Peters. We want to ensure that every member is safe, treated with respect, and protected from harm.
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.
The Revd Renos Pittarides Rector of East Horsley The Rectory Ockham Road South East Horsley Surrey KT24 6RL t: 01483 283713
CHURCHES TOGETHER in HORSLEY and OCKHAM Intercessory Prayers October We pray Lord that with the increasing evidence of global warming, each of us will be moved to play our part in caring for the environment in every way. We thank you for all initiatives that encourage people to live more simply and closer to home, so as not to exhaust the World’s precious resources. May we all work towards sustainable solutions to global problems, especially for poorer countries and encourage others to do the same. AMEN Prayer during the covid-pandemic. Dear Lord, please give us your guidance in these uncertain times help us to be patient and kind. Comfort those who are in discomfort and/or anxious and give them your hope and encouragement. For those who sadly leave us, may they join you lord and dwell with you forever in your heavenly home. Give us strength in these dark times o lord so that we are not afraid May we always trust in you and know that you are with us in every situation. Lord hear us - lord graciously hear us. We pray Lord that all scientists, government ministers and medical staff who advise on the nation’s health and well-being, especially during this covid-19 pandemic, will receive and accept your wisdom and guidance in how best to deal with this serious situation. Lord hear us – lord graciously hear us.
A Massive Thank You from the Grears! (And an update!) Hugh, Tina, Ben and Honor say “Thank you everyone!” for our lovely send off at Batchelors Farm (and special thanks to our hosts, the Cheeses). Your supreme generosity in providing us with such a farewell gift (including super soft artificial grass for the deck, buoyancy ring, plus a Captain’s Hat for Tina) was received by us as a sign of love and friendship. You welcomed us with your open hearts about six years ago, and we have enjoyed being part of both church and community, and now we feel a bit “at sea” following our departure. We have genuinely been overwhelmed by your kindness. But, yes, we are still here! The current plan is to move out of the Rectory and down to the houseboat in Kent at the end of October. Our team of builders is hard at work, and currently the kitchen is half-finished, the bathrooms have been started, half of the rooms have been plastered, the heating system is nearly running, and various rooms are being painted. Sadly for Tina and I, Honor has left home and has started at Manchester University (Social Sciences) and Ben is leaving on 22 September, going to London to start his new job, a Modern Apprenticeship in Business Administration and Marketing, so we are feeling a bit bereft, but very proud. From October, our new address will be The Arctic Star, Hoo Marina, Vicarage Lane, Hoo, Rochester, ME3 9TW. Thank you all once again for 6 such happy years here in Ockham – for your kindness and friendship. We miss you all. Do feel free to drop in! May God bless and keep you all!
Hugh and Tina xx 9
BAPTISMS St Michael's Chapel on 12th September. Lillie Isabel BRUTON All Saints' Church on 19th September. Poppy Faith GREEN WEDDINGS 10th July. Sarah GREEN and John ZAFAR 30th August. Claire CASWELL and Mark BACON 5th September. Camilla KING and George BYRD FUNERALS Sadly we have to say goodbye to two much valued members of church: Michael SIMMONDS. Service 17th September. Sue BURGE. Service 23rd September.
Walk to Support the Vulnerable and Marginalised in Our Diocese. Saturday 9 October Bishops Andrew and Jo are inviting you to join them on a sponsored walk to raise funds to help the disadvantaged and vulnerable across our diocese. It is hoped that parishes will sponsor members of their congregation, of whatever age, to join in this exciting event. You can either do the full walk along the North Downs Way from Farnham or Dorking to Guildford, where both groups will meet at St Mary’s Church, Quarry Street, or join us at one of the prearranged way points for a shorter walk. The full walk from either Farnham or Dorking is about 13 miles, but you can also join us at Puttenham or Newlands Corner for a shorter walk of about 5-6 miles. There are trains back from Guildford to Farnham and Dorking West and Deepdene twice an hour. What better way is there to spend an early autumn day than by helping to raise money for one of the community projects which the Bishop of Guildford’s Communities Fund supports? To register you interest in taking part please email email@example.com giving you name, parish and likely starting point. A full information pack, with sponsor forms will be sent to you nearer the time. The Bishop of Guildford’s Communities Fund provides finance for church-based projects which support people with disabilities and mental ill-health, provide facilities and services for older citizens, children and young people, support families and disadvantaged communities, provide practical help for the financially challenged and offer training and skills programmes for young people. The Bishop of Guildford’s Communities Fund is a registered charity no 1017385
Ockham & Hatchford Community Coffee Morning
Thursday 7 October at Ockham Cricket Club Friday 22 October at All Saints’ Church 10am-12 Noon Tea, Coffee, squash and biscuits Chat with neighbours and Friends Children Welcome! So everyone feels comfortable we will: • • •
stick to sensible social distancing. keep doors open for lots of fresh air. Feel free to bring your own mug.
If the weather is fine, we can sit outside (we have some outdoor chairs, but you are welcome to bring your own). There is lots of seating inside the church. Please help make the Community Coffee Mornings a success! Any questions to Imogen Jamieson: 07766 755336 or firstname.lastname@example.org
OPEN GARDENS FOR CHARITY 2021 REPORT 'We were delighted to welcome so many parishioners and neighbours to the 'Open Gardens' fund-raising campaign that we ran during the summer. The Charities Team might have expected that, given this was the second year running we had attempted to raise funds in this fashion, we would have suffered a little bit of CoViD fatigue and received less generous donations, this time around. Not a bit of it! Gardens were added to the list of venues by Jill Berliand and the Mellstroms and those who had already exhausted themselves during last year's efforts also joined the attempt. Well done, Clare Bevan, after toiling all summer to meet the demands of the National Gardens Scheme, and also well done to Fiona Cheese for not just hosting visitors as part of this initiative but by also keeping her garden in tip-top condition in order to host the leaving party for the Grears. The Boothbys managed to keep expectations lowered by offering a messy-garden experience, although enthusiasm greeted the new paddleboards as well as canoes offered to 'paddle your way up the Mole'. Special thanks to our generous bakers who donated many cakes in aid of the cause and especially Sheila Mellstrom who must have been practising all year with the sheer number and deliciousness of her multiple offerings! And, Jan Winser and Doreen Jones for their special teas. Additional thanks to local resident, Collette Clegg, who again donated greetings cards picturing her artistry. The upshot this year was donations again exceeding £3,000! From these, gifts of £1500 each were made to Rainbow Trust, the charity we support that offers care for children and families where life-limiting illnesses mean their assistance makes a real difference, and also CSW supporting people around the world suffering as a result of religious
discrimination. We also made a useful donation to Eikon - the mental health charity supporting teenagers in Surrey. All the charities have expressed their delight at our efforts and donations.
Thank you to everyone who contributed by baking, growing, exhibiting or attending, this year... the Charities Team will be back...!.. David Boothby Here is a selection of photographs from the Open Gardens. I make no apology for the number of photos, they are a reminder of happy times! The Editor.
Harvest Festival 2021 On Sunday 5th September we were blessed with a beautiful sunny morning for our Harvest Festival service in the car park. Sally created a wonderful arrangement for the altar with hay bales, sunflowers, pumpkins and other vegetables and David set up an excellent modern sound system for the electronic keyboard and speakers. The whole age range of the parish, 8-80 years old took part, each reading a verse each from the first creation story of Genesis, and then Alison and John read an amusing discussion between God and St Francis about the ridiculous and ecologically unfriendly things we do to our lawns. The occasion was well attended by regulars and visitors and many dogs - and then we enjoyed the picnics we had brought with us.
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