THE PARISHIONER SUMMER 2019
“GOOD CHARACTER” Quite often vicars are expected to be nicer than Jesus! We should be meek and mild, slightly po-faced, solemn, humourless, and a bit old-fashioned, in a “glasses perched on the end of your nose” kind of way. I hope I am not like this, and I am very glad that Jesus is not like it at all. The thing that has always amazed me about Jesus is that, as far as we can tell 2000 years later, he was one of the most natural and normal people to have ever lived. He was truly honest, totally relaxed, completely loving, and was able to see the beauty in everyone (even Judas). That is what I mean by “good character”, and that’s what I aspire to myself. (I may seldom achieve it, but that’s another story.) The difficulty comes when it is necessary to say something unpalatable or do something that others won’t like. Jesus whipped the backs of the money-changers in the Temple, and turned over their tables full of ill-gotten gains. Their scam was possible partly because transactions inside the temple had to be conducted in a different currency (temple coinage), and their exchange rate was daylight robbery, and partly because they had an effective monopoly of the sacrifices that you had to buy from them at high prices. The way that they were profiting from the poor made Jesus really angry. “Tut-tut” said the cultural elite. “Not very meek and mild now, is he?” But the ordinary people loved him for it, as he took a stand for justice, and inclusion, as he told the priests, “My Father’s house should be a house of prayer for all peoples, but you have made it a den of thieves!” Those who want “Gentle Jesus, meek and mild” often forget that this anger against injustice was also part of his “good character”. We too should be ready to stand up for what is right, and good, and just – and shouldn’t be made to apologise for our stance. 2
In this light, thank you to all who came to the Village Meeting in the Parish Rooms on 12th June. Feelings ran quite high, but I accept that many felt that they were standing for what was right, and good, and just. It was a good turnout, and the various trustees of the three Ockham Trusts were able to listen to the range of opinion held within the village. I hope it was also an opportunity for those who attended to listen to the range of opinion held by the trustees. The Trustees are continuing to work “behind the scenes” and I am sure that we will call further meetings when we have something to report. But the one thing that I would ask of you all is to accept that my fellow trustees are of “good character”. They do a difficult job on behalf of you all, without pay and usually without thanks. They are totally committed to the Village. They do not deserve to be shouted at or treated poorly. They do not deserve to be denigrated behind their backs. Even if you don’t like their decisions, in my view they still deserve your respect and gratitude, and even your trust and support. With love, and best wishes for your holidays,
CHURCHES TOGETHER in HORSLEY and OCKHAM Intercessory Prayers July 2019 Heavenly Father, sadly our society has become cynical, negative and self-seeking. Help us to turn back to your values of love and tolerance for our neighbour and to bring a positive and hopeful message through our words and actions. May we always appreciate and give thanks for all you provide for us in this wonderful World. 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. 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.
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 at All Saints and Downside as well as Costa Coffee, Sainsburyâ€™s and Waitrose in Cobham. Donations must be non-perishable. Hugh has food vouchers.
Parish Clergy Rector: Revd. Hugh Grear* Tel: 01483 224136 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Revd. Elisabeth Burke (01932 863886) Email: email@example.com 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
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INVITATION: An Evening on Christian Leadership Working closely with Clare, I have great pleasure in inviting you to “an evening learning about Christian Leadership” at Saint Michael’s Chapel, Downside, on Wednesday 7th August at 7:30 pm, finishing by 9:30 pm. As you all know, Clare is studying hard for her BA (Hons) in Leadership and Theology for Ministry and Mission. Organising and running this evening is part of her current module, and she will also have to detail the rationale for the evening, as well as an assessment of how it went. We are both well aware that some of you will be away on holiday, because that is the nature of August. However, her course imposes strict deadlines, so we do not have much leeway. Our apologies if you feel disappointed by this date, but we hope that the evening will be a great success with those of you who are able to come. Please note that Clare is happy to extend this invitation to others who have not been included in this email, especially if they have an interest in the subject matter. The evening promises to be a rich mixture of input from Clare, group discussion, feedback, and an evaluation of how this might affect our church and community. Please let Claire and I know if you are able to attend. If you are unable to attend, please feel free to send a message of support to Clare, and remember to include the event in your prayers. Hugh 6
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. Tickets (Adults £20; under 18s £10) are available from Gillian Lachelin (firstname.lastname@example.org 01483 224 024).
FORTHCOMING SERVICES Sunday 7th July Fourth Sunday in Trinity 9.00 am Downside Songs of Praise 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion Sunday 14th July Fifth Sunday in Trinity 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion Sunday 21st July Sixth Sunday in Trinity 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion Sunday 28th July Seventh Sunday in Trinity 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ FAMILY SERVICE Sunday 4th August Eighth Sunday in Trinity 9.00 am Downside Songs of Praise 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion Sunday 11th August Ninth Sunday in Trinity 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints Parish Communion Sunday 18th August Tenth Sunday in Trinity 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints Parish Communion Sunday 25th August Eleventh Sunday in Trinity 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ FAMILY SERVICE
Sunday 1st September Twelfth Sunday in Trinity 9.00 am Downside Songs of Praise 10.30 am All Saints’ Parish Communion Sunday 8th September Thirteenth Sunday in Trinity 9.00 am Downside Holy Communion 10.30 am All Saints’ 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. PEBBLES will have a break during the summer from 7th July to 9th September. However, during the PEBBLES break it goes without saying that everyone, especially children are always welcome in Church. We have an area with toys and books under the belfry, where parents can take very young children if a distraction is needed!
Church of England ALEXA SKILL ASKED 75,000 QUESTIONS IN FIRST YEAR A year after its launch, the Church of England’s award-winning Alexa skill has been asked more than 75,000 questions, according to recent data. The smart speaker skill was originally launched with prayers, explanations of the Christian faith and details of where to find the nearest church for local events and services based on location. The data also reveals a trend of highest numbers of people using the skill in the evening. As a result of this, the Church’s Digital and Church House Publishing teams added a wider range of mealtime, evening and night prayers during the year. More family prayers have also been added, and integration improved with A Church Near You, the national church finder tool, to show maps of where the nearest church is. A range of videos have also been added to bring the Christian faith to life and showcase the social action work of churches across the country. In a typical week people ask the following questions by topic area: Read today’s daily ‘Easter Pilgrim’ reflection – 16% Say a prayer – 40% Explore the Christian faith – 31% Share a grace before a meal – 6% Where is my local church? – 7%. The skill is average 4.2 out of five stars on the Alexa store, with comments such as “Love it - great example to the kids on how to pray”. The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, said: "The aim of the Alexa skill is to help users to know more of the love of Jesus Christ, to enable regular churchgoers and those exploring faith to connect with God in another way and at a time that’s right for them.”
Adrian Harris, Head of Digital at the Church of England, said: “We are pleased with the levels of engagement in the first year of launching the skill, which was built in just three months in 2018.” The skill has also been recognised at a number of leading digital industry awards. To activate the Church of England skill “Alexa, open the Church of England”. A full list of commands is available on the C of E’s dedicated Alexa page at https://www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/try-churchenglands-alexa-skill
CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW AND
FAMILY FUN DAY 2019 CLANDON PARK, SUNDAY 7TH JULY. * Something for all the family*
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Hundreds of Classic Vehicles, Exciting Stalls, Entertainment for the Children, Hospitality Area serving Hot and Cold Food and Drinks, Picnic Area with Toilet Facilities, Show Opens 11.00am - 4.30pm, Entry for Public £7 per adult, Under 12’s Free,
ENTRY VIA THE A25 - MERROW TO WEST CLANDON ROAD. Nearest Sat Nav postcode GU4 7AA
SAINTS DAYS 6th July Thomas More, Reformation martyr These days, lawyers and politicians are held in the lowest esteem by the public, along with tabloid journalists and estate agents. St Thomas More was both a lawyer and politician, who is today much admired for holding steadfastly to his faith-based principles. He lived in dangerous times, when anyone, even queens, who displeased King Henry VIII could find themselves in a condemned cell in The Tower of London. Sir Thomas More held the office of Lord High Chancellor and at one time was the king’s most trusted adviser. But when King Henry took personal control of the Church in England in order to divorce his first wife, More courageously opposed him. Thomas More was a social philosopher and the author of ‘Utopia’. This book described an imaginary republic governed by an educated elite who employed reason rather than selfinterest for the general good of everyone. He was himself one of the preeminent scholars of his age. As a Christian theologian he supported orthodox doctrine, vigorously opposed heresy and argued strongly against the new Protestant ideas taking hold in Europe. Although holding the highest political and legal office he was far from being a pragmatic politician and opportunist lawyer. In every matter he was a man who held firmly to what he believed was right in God’s eyes.When Thomas More fell from favour with the king, as a result of his unflinching views, he was falsely accused of taking bribes. When this charge failed, his enemies accused him of supporting a celebrated seer of the times who was strongly critical of the king. This too failed. He was then required to swear to the Oath of Supremacy, acknowledging Henry’s position as head of the Church of England. This he could not do in conscience. He was put on trial and condemned to be hung, drawn and quartered for his treason, a punishment later changed to beheading. He died in 1535 and on the scaffold his final words were ‘I die the King’s good servant, but God’s first.’ He has been officially declared a martyr saint by the Roman Catholic Church.
SUMMER COMPETITION I went to Wells Cathedral and I found a childrenâ€™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! Itâ€™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) Colour in the Jesse Window from Wells Cathedral 17
We’re packing our suitcases at The Parishioner and heading for the sun during July and August. We’ll be exploring exciting places and meeting new people – and thinking about All Saints’ Ockham and we’ll back with the next edition in September. Have a great summer everyone! Andrew Jackson. The Editor.
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