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WHY I PREACH There is a style of preaching that seeks to share knowledge of God’s Word in a systematic way, almost as if teaching a university degree on the Bible. When I was 19, I was studying Law at Bristol University, and as a member of a large house-church in the city I used to take a notebook and pen to every church service to make notes, much as I would do in the Law Faculty. Sermons would last roughly 45 minutes, just like a lecture (yes, 45 minutes – hard to believe now). Much of my biblical knowledge is due to those long sermons, although I have no idea what happened to the notes I took! I see preaching differently now, partly because the more I study scripture, the more of a mystery it seems to be! Instead of 5 clear and unambiguous points, all beginning with the letter H, rounding out a comprehensive Christian doctrine, I now see different layers, complexities in translation, contradictions, contrasts, shades of meaning, problems, and many, many questions! There are elements of scripture which seem confusing, sometimes morally or ethically questionable, and sometimes deeply unpleasant. At the same time I see beauty beyond compare, lots that makes me laugh, a mirror for my soul, and a window into heaven. One way to describe it is a mystery. But not so mysterious that it cannot be known, otherwise there would be no point preaching. I have come to see that my job as a preacher is to read the scripture, study it, doubt it, rejoice in it, live with it, engage with commentaries about it, pray about it, be challenged again by it, and then see if (with the help of the Holy Spirit) I cannot bring some understanding to birth, or deepen our relationship with God, and work out how it might be relevant in our lives. Just as we break the bread in Holy Communion, inviting God in, so we break open the Word of God, inviting God out. Perhaps this is why 90% of my sermons have no notes at all: nothing written down. The process in my head goes on over the 2

days leading up to the sermon, so that I begin to know what I want to say, but not exactly how I will say it. It can be terrifying, and exciting too, but it keeps me open to God, both in the lead up to, and in the delivery of the sermon. This feels very different from reading out words on a page. I take some comfort from the fact that neither Jesus nor Paul used notes. It makes my sermons more of a conversation than a monologue – because I am aware of God’s presence in the back of my mind, and am making eye contact with the people in front of me, and the sermon is, in one sense, coming into being as I speak it! It also helps me keep it simple, both in terms of language, and sentence structure, and in terms of content. So, if I am right, I try to be a “midwife of mystery” in seeing something unique come to birth right in the middle of the service. (By the way, I don’t expect anyone else to copy this method, especially the bit about ‘no notes’, but we can all be more open to the mystery, and William of Ockham prefers things to be kept simple!) Best wishes,



CHURCHES TOGETHER in HORSLEY and OCKHAM Intercessory Prayers September 2019 We pray Lord that you would Bless and encourage all teachers, especially those starting their first term. Please guide and support them as they face the varying challenges and by your grace instil in them a generous spirit of patience, understanding and perseverance in striving to develop the potential for each child . 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
KT24 6RL t: 01483 283713 4

Parish Clergy Rector: Revd. Hugh Grear* Tel: 01483 224136 Email: Revd. Elisabeth Burke (01932 863886) Email: 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

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 Please send articles for the next edition by the 19th of the month preceding publication to CHURCH POSTCODE GU23 6NQ 5


All are invited to our Harvest Festival Family Service at All Saints’, Ockham on Sunday 22nd September at 10.30am followed by a ‘bring-and-share’ Harvest Lunch at the Community Hall, Effingham Junction. Everyone is invited to bring harvest gifts (non-perishable) which will be donated to Cobham Food Bank. We hope that as many as possible will come to the bring-and-share Harvest Lunch in the Community Hall, Forest Road Effingham Junction KT24 5E after the service. This will be a very informal and convivial occasion for all the family. To ensure that we have the right balance of mains and sweets please book your place with Elisabeth Burke (01932 863886 or ) by 6pm on Friday 20 September (but preferably sooner). She will tell you what dish we would like you to contribute. Please also bring your own knife, fork, spoon, plate(s), glass and whatever you would like to drink. In you are unfamiliar with the Community Hall it is on the north side of Forest Road between Effingham Junction Station and the Drift (see map):


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!

PIRATES OF PENZANCE Opera anywhere are returning to All Saints Church Ockham with a production of The Pirates of Penzance at 6pm on Saturday October 12th 2019 in aid of The Friends of All Saints Church. SOLD OUT. Gillian Lachelin ( 01483 224 024).

THE CURZON COUNTRY CINEMA Films are now being shown on the same dates as for OCKHAM at West Horsley Village Hall from SAT SEPT 28th



FORTHCOMING SERVICES Sunday 1st September 9.00 am Downside 10.30 am All Saints’

Eleventh Sunday in Trinity Songs of Praise Parish Communion

Sunday 8th September 9.00 am Downside 10.30 am All Saints’

Twelfth Sunday in Trinity Holy Communion Parish Communion

Sunday 15th September 9.00 am Downside 10.30 am All Saints’

Thirteenth Sunday in Trinity Holy Communion Parish Communion

Sunday 22nd September HARVEST FESTIVAL 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Family Service 12.30 pm Community Hall, Forest Road, E. Horsley “Bring & Share Lunch” Sunday 29th September Fourteenth Sunday in Trinity 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am St Martin’s, E.H. Group Ministry Service Sunday 6th October 9.00 am Downside 10.30 am All Saints’

Fifteenth Sunday in Trinity Songs of Praise Parish Communion

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. 11


SAINTS DAYS 3rd September: St Gregory the Great - the man who saved the ‘angels’ Pope Gregory never called himself ‘the Great’, but instead ‘the Servant of the Servants of God’. Nevertheless, Gregory was one of the most important popes and influential writers of the Middle Ages. The son of a very rich Roman senator, he left the service of the State upon his conversion as a young man. Gregory then sold off his tremendous estates to found six monasteries in Sicily and a seventh in Rome, and gave generously to the poor. He became a monk and adopted an austere lifestyle. But he was destined to be a frustrated monk, because successive popes kept appointing him to jobs with major public responsibilities. Christians in England owe him a great deal. When Gregory came across some English slaves for sale in Rome, he asked who they were, and was told, ‘They are Angles.’ Moved with compassion for these humiliated and despised men, he replied, ‘They are not Angles, but angels!’ He wanted to lead a band of missionaries to England to evangelise the Angles, but then plague broke out in Italy, and during this time he was elected Pope. Reluctantly he accepted, and then sent to work to deal with the crises facing Christendom: plague, floods, famine, and a Lombard invasion. But busy though Gregory was, he did not forget the Angles. He sent Augustine to England, and so indirectly became the apostle of the English.


SUMMER COMPETITION (There’s still time to enter!) Thank you for the entries received to date. I went to Wells Cathedral and I found a children’s guide and so I went around the cathedral looking at all the wonderful things. 1. Did you know that there are 300 statues in the Cathedral? 2. The Jesse Window is a seven lancet window just like the one in our Church. It is famous for its beautiful stained glass and you can colour it in on the next page. 3. Wells is the smallest city in England and the Cathedral has an amazing clock dating back to 1390 and it is the second oldest clock face in the world. Every quarter of an hour jousting knights come out and go around the clock! It’s amazing to wait and watch them!!

Competition During the summer holidays you might visit a Cathedral or other interesting place of worship. I think as a community it would be fun to have a competition to see who visits the most interesting place. If you would like to take part please send a photograph or picture of the Cathedral or Church together with three interesting or unusual facts, just like I have done above. Entries to the Editor. Please see contact details on page 5. The closing date of the competition and receipt of entries is 30th September, 2019. The competition will be judged by Hugh and the winner will win a box of chocolates. The winner will be announced in the November 2019 edition of The Parishioner. By Florence Lofthouse-Jackson (aged 9) 14



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The Parishioner Sept 2019  

Magazine of the Parish of Ockham with Hatchford & Downside

The Parishioner Sept 2019  

Magazine of the Parish of Ockham with Hatchford & Downside