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Issue 15 July-August 2011

Knit-a-thon Casts off Building Fund Carlos Pittol & Andy Willis explain the point of knitting needles….

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uilding for the Future is an ambitious project which will see us replacing our existing, aging church centre with a purpose built facility that will provide the accommodation we need for now and the future. Our fund raising target for the new Church Centre is an ―eye-watering‖ £3 million, but we are well on the way towards the first million, and planning further gift days for the St John‘s family to commit generously and sacrificially to the project.

Would you buy a used church centre from these guys? Andy Willis and Carlos Pittol outside the building they hope to see demolished soon!

But the stretch is a big one, and to give everyone the opportunity to be involved in big or small ways, we‘ve now launched our fundraising programme. There‘s a whole A to Z of ideas; some crazy, some challenging, but most of them fun! Raising money is a chance to use our God-given skills, discover new ones, and transform our church community in the process. Elizabeth Curd has taken on many challenges over the years (how many people remember her pink hair??!) and yet again she‘s taken the lead with the first fundraising event – a Knit-a-thon which has raised in excess of £700! How can you be involved in fundraising? Knitting might not set your heart clickety clicking, and Jeff‘s sailing ideas might not rock your boat, but we all have something that we can contribute. Have a look through the A to Z of ideas (some are featured on this page but all of them can be found on the church website). We have an on-line giving facility via www.btplc.com/mydonate - so if you‘re doing a sponsored event, friends, relatives and colleagues can all contribute easily, and we can claim the tax back too via gift-aid. Alternatively, what about pledging your time and talents, offering a service to other people and giving the ―fee‖ to the building fund. Or use one of the services offered by other people in the church family, such as Andy Balaam‘s computer skills, or Kim Callaghan‘s card making. Details of these are also on the church website.

For more information and support in Fund-raising initiatives for St John’s Church Centre Project contact Andrew Willis (01784 479069) or Carlos Pittol (01784 477869).


Editor’s Bit Pray Continually

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“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

The magazine for members of St John‘s Church in Egham. It is produced bi-monthly, with the aim of helping to connect and build our church family. Its purpose is to provide information and encouragement on church life and our family – specifically to show how God is transforming situations and people.

There‘s a definite prayer theme to this issue. From the experiences of the Hewagamas in

ceeded to explain the way of salvation, ultimately asking Mr. Hanover if he would like to receive Christ as his Saviour. To Roger’s astonishment the Cadillac pulled over to the side of the road. Roger thought he was

It‘s not designed for people who don‘t yet come to St John‘s. But, if when you‘ve finished reading your copy, you‘d like to pass it on to a friend or neighbour, then that would be great too!

India seeing the impact of the prayer-filled lives of girls and senior citizens (page 7), to all the examples of how prayer fits into our busy lives (pages 4&5), we are reminded of how we should be committed to prayer.

going to be ejected from the car. But the businessman bowed his head and received Christ, then thanked Roger. "This is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me."

This is the idea that we find in 1 Thessalonias 5:17; ―Pray continually.‖ ―Continually‖ has the idea of a nagging cough, a tickle at the back of the throat that says a cough is always about to happen. It is the idea of being in the attitude and atmosphere of

Five years went by. Roger married, had a two-year-old boy, and a business of his own. Packing his suitcase for a business trip to Chicago, he found the small, white business card Hanover had given him five years before. In Chicago he looked up

prayer all the time.

Hanover Enterprises. A receptionist told him it was impossible to see Mr. Hanover, but he could see Mrs. Hanover. A little confused as to what was going on, he was ushered into a lovely office and found himself facing a woman in her fifties. She extended her hand. "You knew my husband?" Roger told how her husband had given him a ride when hitchhiking home. "Can you tell me

transform Editor, Alison Berry

Whilst editing this issue, I came across this story which illustrates the value of persistence in prayer. I think it was first told in “Why Christians Sin” by J. Kirk Johnston, but apologies if the credit is incorrect! Roger Simms, hitchhiking his way home, having left the army, would never forget the date; May 7. Flashing the hitchhiking sign to the oncoming car, he lost hope when he saw it was a black, sleek, new Cadillac. To his surprise the car stopped. The passenger door opened. He ran toward the car, tossed his suitcase in the back, and thanked the handsome, well-dressed man as he slid into the front seat. "Going home for keeps?" "Sure am," Roger responded. "Well, you’re in luck if you’re going to Chicago." "Not quite that far. Do you live in Chicago?" "I have a business there. My name is Hanover." After talking about many things, Roger, a Christian, felt a compulsion to witness to this fifty-ish, apparently successful businessman about Christ. But he kept putting it off, till he realised he was just thirty minutes from his home. It was now or never. So, Roger cleared his throat, "Mr. Hanover, I would like to talk to you about something very important." He then pro-

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when that was?" "It was May 7, five years ago, the day I was discharged from the army." "Anything special about that day?" Roger hesitated. Since he had come so far, he might as well take the plunge. "Mrs. Hanover, I explained the gospel. He pulled over to the side of the road and wept against the steering wheel. He gave his life to Christ that day." Explosive sobs shook her body. Getting a grip on herself, she sobbed, "I had prayed for my husband’s salvation for years. I believed God would save him." "And," said Roger, "Where is your husband, Mrs. Hanover?" "He’s dead," she wept, struggling with words. "He was in a car crash after he let you out of the car. He never got home. You see…I thought God had not kept His promise." Sobbing uncontrollably, she added, "I stopped living for God five years ago because I thought He had not kept His word!"

Editorial We welcome items for inclusion or ideas for stories. Ideally these should be submitted in an MS Word document, hi - res J P G s or ot he r el ec t r oni c f o r m , a n d s e n t b y e m a i l t o transform@stjohnsegham.com The team transform is edited by Alison Berry, with the support of a wider team, including writers, photographers and proof-readers. Advertising We accept adverts each issue both from within the church family, and a small number of external advertisements. Acceptance of any advertising is at the discretion of the editing team, and the acceptance of an advertisement in transform magazine is not necessarily an endorsement by the editorial team of the service or product offered. Deadlines The deadline for submissions to be considered for the next edition of transform (September / October 2011) is 12th August.

Thank you to all our advertisers this issue!

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When replying to advertisements! Let‘s make sure we don‘t give up. Let‘s keep praying and not lose heart! The comfort in prayer is this: God‘s people may not always do what they are supposed to do, but we can count on God to keep every promise he has ever made. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 Page 2


More Sizzling Summer Reads A few more “tried and tested” holiday reads...pack and take away this summer Margaret Stevens recommends…. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom This is the true story of the Ten Boom family who, during the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands, upon seeing what was happening to their Jewish neighbours and friends, asked themselves the question, "If not us...who; if not now, when?" They answered it, ultimately, at great cost. This is an absolutely extraordinary book which brings a lump to your throat and much more. The spiritual beauty of the author resonates throughout, showing the heights and depths of humanity, and telling of God's love in the midst of the worst that can happen.

Steve Berry recommends…... Reading the Bible With The Damned by Bob Ekblad If you like your theology to be safe and secure, carefully packaged and unchallenging; this is not the book for you. Ekblad unpacks some of his experiences of leading bible study groups in Californian prisons – complete with the comments from participants – I‘ve never read so much swearing in a book (any book, not just a Christian book). He takes a trek through the early chapters of Genesis, Exodus, Isaiah and some Psalms and reveals that often we read the Bible with only the eyes to confirm what we already believe and already accept. His challenge is to read with new eyes in a new way and see a new aspect of our God. “Biblical interpretation is never neutral. The Bible is locked up by theologies we absorb from our subcultures….. left unchallenged, these assumptions will cause us to consciously or unconsciously look for evidence in the bible to support our ideas” “people in revolt against God are often running from the God of deism, an imaginary God who is nothing more than a human-constructed idol”. “with our message of forgiveness of sins or even salvation by grace, too often we treat hurting people like physicians who only know how to prescribe one drug for every illness”. Challenging but good, and surprisingly addictive and easy to read – I devoured the first half in one train journey.

Richard Jack recommends…. The Bible by God (with a few human helpers) Inspired by David Bracewell at one of the Celebration services earlier this year, I‘ve been trying just reading the Bible as a novel rather than as a study. For example, reading the whole of John took about 2 hours, but reading it in one go means that the main themes, challenges and inspiration become really clear.

All of the books featured are available to buy or order from Canaan Christian book shop in

Alison Berry recommends…..Reaching Muslims – A one-stop guide for Christians by Nick Chatrath The first thing to say about this book – endorsed by R T Kendall, one of the world‘s leading evangelical theologians, and Canon Andrew White, the socalled ―Vicar of Baghdad‖ – is how expertly it treads through a minefield regarded as far too dangerous by most mainstream church leaders. Tens of millions of Muslims live in the West. As a group they are ethnically diverse, culturally rich and often wonderfully passionate about life and faith. Yet Christians can behave shamefully towards them, whether by avoiding Muslims or by committing their holy book to the fire. "Reaching Muslims" is a call to any Christian to develop open-hearted friendships with Muslims. This is a call for positive, not fearful, engagement. I found the book to be very accessible and easy to read, generously illustrated with stories and examples, full of essential information, wisdom and grace.

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Too busy

Laura Evans-Jones explores bers of St John‘s to find inspir our dail

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any more years ago than I care to admit (more deca 1 Thessalonians 5 with some friends – ‗be joyful alw we considered how we could ‗pray continually‘. Enco praying continually in various forms – praising and thanking, would encourage us to pray for people we walked past on t prayed for them this week‖. Decades on, the habit is utterly in just for this article.

It was a work day – I was travelling to Bishops Stortford to d tripled in 18 months - great problem to have, but still tough; an the life of …..

―On the way to school, walking to school praying for the day with the children!‖ Heidi Blake

David and I have our own separate quiet times each morning and pray individually and read the Bible. Then when we get home from a busy day, we try to read the Bible and pray for each other after dinner. We also try to catch some time during the day to pray a quick prayer of thanks/praise - perhaps 2 minutes whilst munching a sandwich! Laura Harding

How do I pray? Badly mainly. I do two things; I use youversion.com (obviously the web has to feature!) on my commute to read, think and pray. I pray when I can with Sebastian at bedtime. There's something very healthy about a 6 year old's questions when it comes to praying for and about things. Andrew Scott

"I am blessed to live by the Thames towpath and as I walk beside the flowing river - into Staines for shopping, the station or the gym - I find these ten minutes some of the most spiritual each day. In the Bible, waters are a frequent symbols of God's presence (from Psalm 23 to John 7:38) and I feel Him close as the river moves silently and powerfully by me." Keith Malcouronne

"Every morning begins with a 30 minute walk to work which I use to pray. It's a great space in my day which is quiet, calm and regular and enables me to talk to God before entering the busyness of the workplace. Short prayers fired up now and then throughout the day help me to stay connected with God even when my mind is busy with other things." Sacha Sheppard Page 4

Left home – prayed for the day ahead for each member of th eral, sometimes specific and sometimes something ‗pops‘ in Spirit and pray about it. Sometimes praying in English, somet pray when I don‘t know what to pray!). Other times when I leav

Walked past Englefield Green Infants school – prayed for the St Jude‘s as well and the impact of the words from their Pop C bly for the rest of their lives. This took me to the middle of M one road where a friend lives – pray for him. Another road whe a road and a house where, when Alison and I ran the St Joh pray for them and their families.

Half way down Middle Hill – the house where a friend used to Beehive pub – many years ago a group of up to 30 used to group‘ – Alistair and Graham are now vicars, another from tha them, I don‘t know where John is – pray for him anyway … and

I also have many ‗prayer anchors‘ which are not ‗route relate used to pray for a school friend when I saw one – he died abo point a member of an ‗outlaw biker gang‘ and I had the very un years ago – today I prayed for them even though I could not r them will still remember those 4 days!

I continue. On the train I didn‘t pray much at all – except when are, but mindful of my former pastor‘s comments – I could ha tube I read the metro – usually a few articles catch my eye many today. On the next train north I read a book but pray for

In Bishops Stortford I walk past the road where I recently he know from an on-line business forum attends that church – I p a baby in a pushchair with a feeding tube through his nose – his knee needs healing, spiritually he‘s not actively searching for all those and sign into the visitors book.

Other ‗anchors‘ – in my car when I pass towns where friends l derived from towns – pray for them. On the M40 is a sign t church in Norway). I also pray for him when I pass Trowell se ager to take a girl on a drive and bizarrely they went to the se it – it‘s a prayer anchor. Tibshelf services remind me to pray f Nigel – but those are long stories.

Back from Bishops Stortford, across London, another meeting

The day ends. I am usually the last one to bed in our househo lay my hands onto 3 sleeping heads and pray for each – every

If people are interested, another time I could write about wha people I prayed for on a fairly ordinary day. Anyone could d Maybe start by not driving to church if you live within walking d Transform your eye as you walk past. Change your route to pray for diffe one catches your eye whilst on the street, guess what? Pray fo


y to pray?

the prayer lives of the memration on how to fit prayer into ly lives.

ades ago actually), I recall looking at Paul‘s final instructions in ways, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances‘ – and ouraged by a church pastor, we sought to cultivate the habit of , but the pastor particularly encouraged us to intercede. He the street saying ―you may well be the only person who has ngrained but I tried to note down who I prayed for in a day –

―Usually I pray on the way to and from work. If I‘m in the car, I turn off the radio and try to take some time to pray about whatever‘s happening that day, or is on my mind. If I‘m on the train I use WordLive (a great app for smartphones from Scripture Union) which provides excellent daily bible studies that I can download on the move. Gingy Jack

――Weekday mornings when I drive my son to school we listen to the news and say a short prayer each asking God to guide our day‘s activities and thoughts. Saturday 9.00am I meet with others for ‗Knees and Buns‘ at the Caddy‖ Sam Senanayake

do some coaching with a Chief Executive whose division has nd then into central London for a meeting. So: a praying day in

he family as I walked along the street. Sometimes this is gennto my mind – I usually take that as a prompting of the Holy times in tongues (particularly if I am devoid of ideas – how to ve the house I pray for neighbours.

teachers, found myself moving on to pray for the teachers at Connections concert now being in the children‘s heads probaMiddle Hill. Other times on that route I pray for things I pass – ere 2 families whom we know through school – pray for them, hn‘s 14-18 year old youth work, teenagers lived –

live – pray for him and his family. The meet there ‗the Monday night house at group recently lost his job – pray for d so my route continues.

Charles Wesley said " I am too busy not to pray" and he got up at 4.0 a.m. every day to do just that. Shows where his love and priorities were. For me, once I understood that prayer was a conversation with God, then I started to try to talk with God through the day and hold a conversation with him and I have found that a tremendous help and joy in all situations. Chris Matthews

How about you? If you have any ideas about how to fit prayer into our lives, or if you want to share your story, contact us on transform@stjohnsegham.com

ed‘. At the A30 a large noisy motorbike passes. I out 6 years ago after 2 decades of drug abuse. He was at one nusual privilege of living and riding with them for 4 days many remember any of their names – but my guess is that some of

n getting off – someone caught my eye. I don‘t know who they ave been the only person to pray for them that week. On the to pray about but this journalistic masterpiece didn‘t provide a Spanish couple opposite me on their way to Stanstead.

eld a secular training event in a church building. Someone I pray for it and her – and their impact on their community. I see I pray. Reaching my meeting, I pray for the CEO – physically but neither is he closed, his eldest son is at university – pray

live or lived, I pray for them. Some people I know have names to ‗Wootton‘ – so I pray for Mark Wootton (pastor of a 500+ ervices on the M1 – he borrowed my car when he was a teenervice station – ridicule followed – but I smile whenever I pass for my work colleague Jon, Newport Pagnell for school friend

g, home – the same habit continues.

Barriers for Prayer How often do you get caught at the level crossing, or stuck in a supermarket queue, or find the next bus is a long time coming? These times can be so frustrating as we feel we are wasting precious time and need to be getting on.

old and I still have a praying habit. I go into each child‘s room, y day.

But such times can be a God-given opportunity to stop and pray. We have so many things to think about, it is no bad thing to stop and invite God into it all. Alternatively we can pray for the people around us or even just be still and listen for His voice.

at and how I pray – here I‘ve just kept a note of some of the do it. Pray for those in houses you know as you walk past. distance and pray for whomever and whichever houses catch May–June 11 erent ones. Pray for those in houses you don‘t know. If someor them. You could be the only one that week. Steve Berry

So the next time that happens to you, think about Barriers for Prayer and make the most of the opportunity. You never know - we can meet God anywhere!

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Mission Partner Focus

Inspiration from East to West Paul Langtree, Police Community Youth Pastor (PCYP) with E2W explains more…. What is a Police Community Youth Pastor? The PCYP exists to: Partner with the POLICE, working in the COMMUNITY and supporting YOUTH by taking a PASTORAL approach to it all. Aims: To continue to drive down youth crime and Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) To support young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) To bring hope, release potential and enable young people to achieve positive outcomes Paul Langtree

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To improve the quality of life for everyone in the community ntil recently my work has been very focused on Focusing on: Egham Hythe, but the Enabling young people to think through the causes of their criminal/anti-social behaviour problems with young people seem to have reduced significantly so I Diverting young people away from crime/ASB towards work, education or volunteering am ‗spreading my wings‘ and starting to work more in Egham and Englefield Green and also doing more ‗preventative‘ work - not just supporting young people who are in ability and how can I improve mine?‘ and ‗How to keep a job and progress trouble with the police, but trying to identify young people who might end in it‘. up in trouble. One significant indicator of this is young people who are Another reason for starting the course is that although Prince‘s Trust (a NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training), who have a lot of time previous course running in the Caddey) is a fantastic resource for this on their hands and nothing positive to do. group of young people, it is a full-time course which for some young peoThe Inspire course is a way of supporting young people who might fall into this group. ‗Inspire‘ is a 6 week course which started on 20th June and aims to help young people get back into education, find training or work. The course takes place at ‗The Caddey‘ (behind St John‘s Church) on Monday and Tuesday afternoons between 12.30pm and 3.30pm. The main aim of the course is to motivate the young people to help them discover what they want to do in the future and enable them to set realistic, attainable goals to help them down the path towards achieving it. The course will give them basic skills and practical support to build their confidence. It will cover topics such as ‗What motivates me?‘, ‗What is employ-

ple who have been ‗NEET‘ for a few months or more is too big a commitment and Inspire is intended to be a ‗first step‘ in the right direction. A free lunch is included each day and at the end of the course the young people will get a certificate from East2West stating their attendance, that they have taken part in the course and that they have successfully carried out all the exercises and tasks.

―God, my God, I yelled for help and you put me together. God, you pulled me out of the grave, gave me another chance at life when I was down-and-out.‖ Psalm 30:2 (The Message)

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Mission Focus

Our amazing Smyrna trip….. Kamani & Shamilka Hewakama share their experience of visiting India in April this year….

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ver the past two decades Smyrna Home has always worked with the poorest sectors of Indian society building homes for those with nowhere to live, providing medical aid, educating those who would

not otherwise receive an education, and aiding the deaf and disabled. Smyrna Home aims to give support and a new life to many of the poor, elderly, physically and mentally handicapped widows and orphans as well as any other people in the surrounding communities who are in need. The mission has three bases in the region, which provide support to the local communities. Smyrna Home in Ooty occupies six acres of land, part of the beautiful Nilgiri Mountains that was once a colonial hill station and is popularly known as the ‗Queen of the Hills'.

The use of the land and different projects are amazing: A girls hostel with 15 girls, an old people‘s home with ladies, mostly widowed, an aquarium project, lots of tea planting, a bakery selling biscuits to many different shops and cafés, the New World centre for the handicapped, a freedom activity centre for girls to learn jewellery making, computer skills and other trades, a new rain water collection tank and many ideas for making the house itself a tourist attraction as it has historical significance and many rare plants and trees in the garden. It really is a thriving community of people and activity.

India has inspired, enticed, fulfilled, perplexed, educated, encouraged, confounded, excited, humbled, challenged and uplifted us. It‘s going to be a trip we never forget.‖

Smyrna Shelter ―I was privileged to spend sometime

at

the

Smyrna

Shelter one morning with the most

graceful

and

loving

Smyrna Girls’ Hostel

senior residents I have ever

Spending time with these girls made me think just how

met. It was a truly unique

easy we have it back at home yet how much more con-

experience. Alice, the lady

tent they are with what they have compared to our own

who takes care of the four

attitudes. Those girls taught me so much – they deserve

residents, welcomed me so

so much better yet do not grudge the little they do have.

warmly and they couldn‘t do

Their lives centre around God, and they are so prayerful.

enough to make me comfort-

The day before we left they prayed for me and despite

able. A hot cup of black tea

not being able to understand what they said, I sensed

was served with some ginger

their belief in the power of prayer. They spoke of their

biscuits which were taken out from their common larder. ―Having all things in com-

experiences in crying out to God to ask for help with

mon‖ was intrinsic to their lives, and when I looked round the room I could clearly see

what they need and how they see God answering those

that they all lived very much in harmony with one another. When I asked them what

prayers so often and so powerfully. One girl told me how

they did during the day, Buela who spoke a little English told me that once they have finished their daily chores like cooking and cleaning, they spend all their spare time praying. Not praying for themselves, but for everyone around. Being there and feeling their warmth definitely showed that they are loved and cared for. The whole experience of being at Smyrna has given me a taste of heaven, and I will definitely return there with the rest of my family. ― Kamani Hewagama

“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.” Acts 4:32

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she needed 33,000 rupees to go to college, and how she thought collecting that money would be an impossibility. Although she still doesn‘t know how she got the money together (well, she knows it wasn‘t her, but God!), she is now qualifying to be a nurse. This one story proved to me how life changing and powerful God is. I really hope to be like those girls some day. Vinosin, Sandeya, Nirosha, Sandeyasin and Sister Stella – there‘s no way I will forget them. They made such a big impact on my life,

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Church Family Focus

What on earth is the PCC?

Tom Page

A quick guide for the uninitiated!

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he PCC is elected annually at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting which usually takes place in April. To be elected on to the PCC, a person needs to be on the electoral roll and over 16 years of age.

In the long history of the Church of England, the Parochial Church Council (PCC) is a relatively recent invention. Until the early years of the 20th century the administration and finances of a parish were the legal responsibility of the incumbent and the churchwardens. The members of congregations had little say in the running of the church except in electing the churchwardens. They now also elect members of the PCC, making it a democratically elected body responsible to church members, who are registered on the electoral roll. Parochial Church Councils were first given legal status in 1919. Since then a number of Acts have defined and refined the composition, functions and rights and responsibilities of the PCC. The Synodical Government Measure 1969 states: It shall be the duty of the incumbent* and the Parochial Church Council to consult together on matters of general concern and importance in the parish. (incumbent in this context means ―vicar‖) The 1969 measure then goes on to set out a number of functions of the PCC, of which perhaps the most important - and certainly the widest - is: co-operation with the incumbent in promoting in the parish the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical. More specifically, the PCC is responsible for the maintenance of the church buildings and churchyard, and, with the incumbent, for deciding how the church's money is to be spent. The PCC is formally the employer of the church's paid workers, for example our Youth Pastor and Children & Families worker. The PCC will have one or more members of the Deanery Synod on it who have an important role in linking the parish into the wider structures of the Anglican church. St John‘s PCC is a charity, so our PCC members also take on the governance responsibilities of being a charity trustee.

Baby Harry Tom Page, who has just started his second year on PCC, tells transform a little bit more about himself.

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have been at St John's for seven years - five as a maths post graduate, and three working for a software company (one year I did both at once, which I definitely wouldn't recommend!) I am currently working at a company called NDS who supply smart cards (and other computery things) to Sky. While I'm not at work (or PCC meetings) I might be found playing board games, or geocaching. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt, tracking down coordinates with a GPS, where the 'treasure' is typically a tupperware box hidden amongst the roots of a tree. Inside the box there are often a load of plastic toys, and a log book for you to sign. St John's has come to mean a lot to me during my time in Egham. Attending an Alpha course here caused me to start taking my faith seriously; during the preparation for a mission trip to Olinda I met Naomi; and later St John's supported us during our marriage preparation. I have stood to be on the PCC, as I want to be part of formulating strategy and contributing my ideas to help other people benefit from the church just as I have.

Mr and Mrs Charlwood

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aundy Thursday saw celebrations at St John's this year! Guests (some watching online from the other side of the globe) came together to witness Lani and Charlie's marriage. Former St John's curate, Craig Holmes led the service, beginning by pointing out the convenience of an events planner marrying a wedding photographer! Friends and family played, sang, read and prayed, and the new Mr and Mrs Charlwood walked back down the aisle to "Signed, Sealed, Delivered", followed by the musicians and a dancing bridal party. Congratulations to the newlyweds!

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