THE PARISHIONER SUMMER 2022
PARISHIONER LETTER JULY-AUGUST 2022 ‘As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving …… and prayer.’ Colossians 2:6-7 I’m sure many of us have started something with enthusiasm only to find that when it gets tough or the glamour pales, we slowly lose interest. ‘Follow through’ isn’t just a coaching tip in sport but in most of life and faith and something about which Paul wrote to the church in Colossae. It has been our aim during this vacancy too. It’s nearly a year since Hugh left but your team of churchwardens, clergy, ministry and Pebbles leaders have continued with enthusiasm planning services at St Michael’s Chapel as well as All Saints. We have introduced some interesting topics including Creation and Eco Church [see Clare’s item later], a Pet Service, a Service of Thanks to our very many volunteers, the Platinum Jubilee and we look forward to more. We’ve enjoyed sharing worship with St Mary’s and St Martin’s and having visiting ministers too. We’ve had baptisms and weddings and, sadly, funerals where we’ve said goodbye to dear friends, trusting in Christ’s promise of eternal life with God. Imogen Jamieson’s Ockham Coffee Mornings continue, meeting twice a month [at church or the cricket club]. If you haven’t been please do come and meet new friends. Other social successes were Posada before Christmas when ‘Mary and Joseph’ were offered hospitality as they travelled across the parish and lunches and dinners which raised an impressive amount of money for our charities and were enjoyed by all who came.
Prayer is an important part of our faith and was to Paul too. He depended on the prayer of the churches he wrote too and visited and so do we. Many can’t come to church regularly, but we do ask for your prayers -- for us and for your parish as we endeavour to keep it fresh and interesting. If you have any ideas or would like a visit, please contact us. We look forward to the year ahead with energy and enthusiasm and hope you do too. Every blessing –
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, churchwarden and safeguarding officer firstname.lastname@example.org . We want to ensure that every member is safe, treated with respect, and protected from harm. Revd Renos Pittarides Area Dean and Rector of East Horsley
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.
CHURCHES TOGETHER in HORSLEY and OCKHAM Intercessory Prayers SUMMER 2022
Father, Creator of all, thank You for summer! Thank you for the warmth of the sun and the increased daylight. Thank You for the beauty we see all around us and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy Your creation. Thank You for the increased time to be with friends and family, and for the more casual pace of the summer season. Draw us closer to You this summer. Teach us how to pray no matter where we are or what we are doing. Warm our souls with the awareness of Your presence and light our path with Your Word and Counsel. As we enjoy Your creation, create in us pure hearts and a hunger and a thirst for You. Amen.
PARISH TEAM Revd. Elisabeth Burke (01932 863886) Email: email@example.com LLM Lay Reader: Mrs. Clare Bevan (01483 479963) Church Wardens Mrs. Sally Pound (01932 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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FORTHCOMING SERVICES Sunday 3rd July 9.00 am St Michael’s 10.30 am All Saints’
3rd Sunday after Trinity Songs of Praise Family Service
Sunday 10th July 9.00 am St Michael’s 10.30 am All Saints’
4th Sunday after Trinity Holy Communion Holy Communion + Pebbles
Sunday 17th July 9.00 am St Michael’s 10.30 am All Saints’
5th Sunday after Trinity Sunday Worship Sunday Worship + Pebbles
Sunday 24th July 9.00 am St Michael’s 10.30 am All Saints’
6th Sunday after Trinity Holy Communion Holy Communion (No Pebbles)
Sunday 31st July 7th Sunday after Trinity 9.00 am St Michael’s Holy Communion 10.30 am St Mary’s, West Horsley Group Ministry Service Sunday 7th August 9.00 am St Michael’s 10.30 am All Saints’
8th Sunday after Trinity Songs of Praise Family Service
Sunday 14th August 9.00 am St Michael’s 10.30 am All Saints’
9th Sunday after Trinity Holy Communion Holy Communion (NO PEBBLES)
Sunday 21st August 9.00 am St Michael’s 10.30 am All Saints’
10th Sunday after Trinity Sunday Worship Sunday Worship (NO PEBBLES)
Sunday 28th August 9.00 am St Michael’s 10.30 am All Saints’
11th Sunday after Trinity Holy Communion Holy Communion (NO PEBBLES)
Sunday 4th September 9.00 am St Michael’s 11.00 am All Saints’
Harvest Festival No service Harvest Festival Family Service and Picnic
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 are 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. Donations by card– We are now able to offer you the chance to donate using a debit or credit card. Our Dona card machine stands beside the font to enable you to donate by card as you enter or leave All Saints’. If you need help using the machine please ask our Treasurer, David Boothby or Richard Peters, one of our churchwardens.
ECO CHURCH AWARD Great news! After some hard work by a team, constantly chivvied by Clare Bevan, All Saints' has achieved a Bronze Eco Church award. This is in recognition of our efforts made to care for God's earth in a number of areas including: worship and teaching, management of our building and land, community, global engagement and lifestyle. Out next target is a Silver award, and one day a Gold. Currently of the 160 parishes in the Diocese of Guildford, we are one of 48 churches to have gained Bronze.
HMS PINAFORE All Saints' Church October 22nd
Opera Anywhere are coming to give us a performance of HMS Pinafore on Saturday October 22nd at 6pm in aid of The Friends of All Saints' Church Ockham. I am sure that, like their previous performances of the Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance, it will be a very enjoyable evening. Drinks will be served in the interval. Tickets are available from me, firstname.lastname@example.org - Adults £20; under18s £10. Cheques payable to The Friends of All Saints' Church Ockham.. If you don't want to buy tickets yet it would be very helpful if you could let me know if you are planning to come.
OPEN EVENING FOR POTENTIAL GIRL CATHEDRAL CHORISTERS Tuesday 5 July 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Guildford Cathedral are holding an informal and fun open evening to find new girl choristers (aged 9-18) Led by the Cathedral vocal coach, Hilary Jones, the evening will be a chance to find out more about the choir and to spend time taking part in some vocal coaching and to listen and join in with the girl choristers whilst they rehearse. Richard Moore, Sub-Organist comments: “This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who loves to sing, has a quick and lively ear and enjoys working as part of a friendly team. The opportunity to be part of the Guildford Cathedral choir is an immensely special experience and there are many opportunities to broadcast, make recordings and travel.'
OCKHAM COMMUNITY COFFEE MORNINGS 10AM -12 NOON Future dates are Thursday 7th July at the Cricket Club and Friday 16th July at All Saints' Church, Thursday 4 August at the Cricket Club (TBC) and Friday 19thAugust at All Saints’. It's a great opportunity to meet and chat with others from the village
A CONCERT FOR UKRAINE 10th July Ukrainian pianist Anastacia Tolstonog and violinists from the Yehudi Menuhin School. 4pm at St Martin's Church, East Horsley. Entry by donation. All proceeds to Ukrainian food relief charities.
Sunday 4th September All Saints’ Church, Ockham HARVEST FESTIVAL FAMILY SERVICE and PICNIC LUNCH
11am in the church car park (weather permitting, if not we will be in the church) followed by a family picnic lunch (please bring your own picnic and a chair to sit on) All are welcome! Everyone is invited to bring harvest gifts (non-perishable) which will be donated to Cobham Food Bank.
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NATIONAL REFUGEE WEEK ‘Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without even knowing it’ Hebrews 13.1 The crisis in Ukraine has once again reminded us of the needs of the many people who are displaced across the world, unable to stay in their homes for fear of war, torture, famine, persecution or the lack of basic human rights. Through the Homes for Ukraine scheme there are many Ukrainians now living with host families across the diocese. Several parishes and areas have set up hubs for Ukrainians and hosts to meet and chat. There are very many more Ukrainians than we have homes for, so if you know of anyone who would consider being a host, please let us know email@example.com Refugees are not just coming from Ukraine - The Community Sponsorship programme welcomes refugees from refugee camps into the UK. Several families from a variety of nationalities have come into Surrey by this route. Sponsor groups take responsibility for the refugee family for two years, ensuring they have a home in an independent property and helping them to resettle here. It is great that a group from the Roman Catholic Refugee support group in Guildford have linked with the Mission Group in the Anglican parish of Shere, alongside the Refugee Support Adviser in the diocese to bring in a new refugee family. What a privilege to have these new families join us; do let us know if you would like more details of this scheme. The new Nationality and Borders Act is a source of concern for many of us, especially the outsourcing of people seeking asylum. Many bishops, including Bishop Andrew, have signed a letter of concern about these new plans. This diocese now has several bridging hotels for people seeking asylum. These can be places of great need and it is with gratitude that
we welcome the good neighbourliness and support of local churches and voluntary groups. This year Refugee Tales are walking from Merstham to Winchester from July 2nd to 6th and will be walking through Guildford Diocese. Day 2 takes them from Dorking to Guildford with an evening event in Holy Trinity Church, Guildford with Prologue of the Time Traveller’s Tale by Shami Chakrabarti. Day 3 is going from Guildford to Farnham with an evening event at Farnham Maltings hosted by Niamh Cusack. https://www.refugeetales.org/the-walk-of-2022-1
Our services on
are better than ever! Those of you who regularly join us on Zoom may have noticed that for the last few weeks both picture and sound have been clearer and the connection more stable. The reason is that, instead of relying on a mobile hotspot we now have access to a broadband connection. We are very grateful for the expertise and generous support of Ben and his team at ChannelTeq, who specialise in this area and are neighbours, as they have an office in one of the barns at Ockham Park Farm!
MEASURING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
David Attenborough describes the present ecological crisis as ‘beyond alarming’. The depletion of our oceans, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, plastic pollution and rising greenhouse gases are the deadly wounds humanity has inflicted on God’s creation. If we continue on our present trajectory, we and future generations will all suffer, but the greatest burden of misery will fall on the poor of the earth. We must do something to avert global catastrophe and as Christians we are under an obligation to take action. We were entrusted to care for creation, but instead in the last 50 years we have done terrible things. The problems are of a global scale, and it is too easy to say, ‘there is nothing I can do - it’s beyond me’. But that is a mistake. We individually need to reduce our personal contribution to the ongoing damage. But to do that we need to be aware of what in our own lives
we can change. We need to reduce our consumption of earth’s resources and reduce our use of energy which is produced at a cost of carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming. We all need to know what our ‘carbon footprint’ is and find ways of reducing it. If you are reading this online, click on a link https://footprint.wwf.org.uk/ or https://www.climatestewards.org/carbon-calculators/ and go through the questions. The Climate Stewards’ carbon footprint measuring tool is suitable for use by households and is offered by an organization which is part of the A Rocha, provider of the online website for Eco Church we are signed up to. There are other websites too but all focus on the five major components which contribute to our carbon footprints - the energy we use at home, our cars and how much we travel particularly by air, what we eat and what we buy. Please find out more about this and then set yourself goals. Let us all try to tread more lightly on this earth. A better future is possible, and we must be part of it.
Top tips •
buy less stuff
eat less red meat
PLATINUM JUBILEE THANK YOU A huge thank you to the many people who put in so much time and effort to make our Jubilee weekend such a success – both the Tea Party on Saturday and the Thanksgiving Service on Sunday. Thanks to all the bunting makers, which gave a real festive feel to the garden and Church and thanks to those who put it up and took it down. Thank you for the wonderful collection of bottles for the Tombola and the makers of delicious and spectacular cakes. Thanks to those who put up gazebos, parked cars, served tea, cut cake and washed up and an especially big thank you to the Tombola ladies who brought in £475, so together with generous donations, we had fun and made the wonderful total of £866 for the charities supported by All Saints Church. Please see below some wonderful photographic memories of a very special weekend.
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.