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Issue 22 Issue September-October 3 July-August 2009 2012

Sports Academy

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hilst Team GB was bringing in the gold medals, over 160 children were learning about taking part in their own endurance event…life! At Sports Academy we learnt that there‘s a lot more to being a champion than winning…God looks for

b u l C liday

Ho

other qualities such as excellence, courage, friendship and respect. During this year‘s holiday club we covered different words relating to the same person – David, seeing his journey from shepherd boy to king. David taught us to have courage as against all human odds he fought and killed Goliath. We learnt the importance of having respect as David didn‘t kill King Saul even when everyone around him urged him to.

―FOR YOU ARE DO

great

AND

marvellous

deeds;

YOU ALONE ARE

God”

PSALM 86:10

At the end of each morning, one person from each group was awarded a trophy for their personal demonstration of the word of the day. Victoria Berry

One of the daily memory verse games


Editor’s Bit One hundred year words “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…” Matthew 25:23

T

his year marks

ing work and finding none. Yonder are the wretched criminals, cradled in

1 0 0 years since the

crime, passing in and out of the prisons all the time. There are the daugh-

the

ters of shame, diseased and wronged

founder of The Salvation Army, William Booth. Look-

and ruined, travelling down the dark incline to an early grave. There are

ing back at some of his famous speeches and sermons has been in-

the children, fighting in the gutter, going hungry to school, growing up to fill

spiring…I was struck by how his 100 year old words could apply just as

their parents' places…...

sharply in 21st century Surrey, and

say? Perhaps so, but that does not

transform Editor, Alison Berry

death

of

Brought it all on themselves, do you

challenged about my role with Christ in the

excuse our assisting them! You don't demand a certifi-

transformation that‘s needed around us.

cate of virtue before you drag some drowning crea-

Take the extract below as an example; initially

ture out of the water, nor the assurance that a man

recorded in 1910, an

has paid his rent before

elderly William Booth evidently hasn't lost

you deliver him out of the burning building!

the focus of his passion for the downtrod-

But what shall we do? Content ourselves by sing-

den, nor his ability to encourage Christians to focus their attention there either. ―I am glad you're enjoying yourselves. The Salvationist is a friend of happiness. Making heaven on earth is our business. 'Serve the Lord with gladness' is one of our favourite mottos. So I am pleased that you are pleased. But amidst all your joys do not forget the sons and daughters of misery. Do you ever visit them? Come away and let us make a call or two….. Here is a home, six in the family, they eat and drink and sick and die in the same chamber. Here is a drunkard's hovel, void of furniture, wife a skeleton, children in rags, father mistreating the victims of his neglect. Here are the unemployed, wandering about, seek-

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ing a hymn, offering a prayer or giving a little

about 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. 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! 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 and Laura Evans-Jones, with the support of a wider team, including photographers. 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 (November/December 2012) is 12th October.

good advice? No! Ten thousand

irreparably (page 6), and if we can‘t

times, no!

pray for an amazing breakthrough of the Holy Spirit‘s power over Egham,

We will pity them, feed them, reclaim them, employ them, perhaps we shall fail with many, quite likely. But our

then our community will not be transformed.

business is to help them all the same. And that is the most practical, eco-

Shortly before his death William Booth concluded a speech at the

nomical, and Christ-like manner. So

Royal Albert Hall on 9th May 1912

let us hasten to the rescue for the sake of our own peace, the poor

with these words: “While women weep as they do now, I’ll fight; while

wretches themselves, the innocent children, and the Saviour of us all.”

little children go hungry as they do, I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in

If we can‘t knock on the door of a student house in our road and give them a bag of goodies (page 8), if we can‘t weep with those who suffer (page 3), if we can‘t invite someone to an Alpha Course that may well change their life

and out, in and out, as they do, I’ll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl on the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight, I’ll fight to the very end.’’ Page 2


Pastoral Care Focus Pastoral team adds to its helping hands Our team of Pastoral Assistants led by Carol Peters was strengthened by the addition of three new members in July; John Hermes, Bob McCance and Janet Parsons. Here they share their thoughts about this new ministry…

I have long marvelled at the wealth of skills encompassed within St John‘s. Those who lead services, bring God‘s word to us, artists, musicians, and so on. I do not have those attrib-

utes and have always been fearful of standing at the front of the church!! I felt God was calling me to serve in another way. He had another purpose for me. Perhaps there was something else I could do? I started the Pastoral Assistants‘ training last September, with trepidation – what me??? The first sessions of the course centred on our factual autobiography and involved reflecting on our past, and we then moved to ―listening‖ skills. At times it was overwhelming, but I have learnt and shared so much. The course group work and guidance of the course tutors was invaluable. The honesty and openness enabled us to confide our fears and experiences. The residential weekend was a turning point for me as God quietly stilled my fears; I knew He would equip me with whatever skills I needed. The Authorisation Service at Guildford Cathedral on 12th July was a wonderful, uplifting experience. We were so pleased to see so many friends there. I am grateful to all those who have supported me in so many different ways. I have been greatly encouraged on this journey by our Pastoral Assistants and the family at St John‘s. My experiences have widened my horizons and enriched my relationship with God and those with whom I come in contact. I pray that in our ministry as Pastoral Assistants, the Lord‘s love and compassion will flow and embrace those in need.‖

It has certainly been an interesting year meeting and training with people from a

wide range of backgrounds. My group was composed of a scientist, a dispensing chemist, teachers, a horticulturist and me, an aircraft engineer; most, but not all, retired. It was a bit of a surprise that as almost total strangers, we were all able to share with each other very personal events that had occurred in our lives, and also a great privilege that others were willing to share their experiences with us all. It was surely a sign of God‘s powerful spirit resting on those who were seeking to serve him through this ministry. The highlight of my year was the commissioning at the cathedral. I have been aware throughout the year of the God‘s presence in the course of my journey and trust that He will continue to be with me in my pastoral ministry.‖ Bob McCance

Janet Parsons

John Hermes (left of the Bishop), Janet Parsons and Bob McCance (right) at their Authorisation service

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Building for the Future Focus

T

he day dawned bright and clear on the 23rd June 2012 in North Wales. After a hearty full English breakfast supplied by our marvellous hosts Glen & Maggie Smith,

Climb Every Mountain..

Andy Willis reports back on the Building for the Fut

we headed out to the minibus for the trip to Llanberis and the start of our climb. Ask and it will be given…. As we neared Pen-y-pas, we discussed the possible logistical consequences of not being able to park. Sally decided to pray for us but as we drew up to the car park there were no spaces, so we stopped in the bus stop to drop the main group off. Amazingly, as the last person got out of the van, the car park attendant came over and told us that another minibus was just about to leave and that we could have their space in just a few minutes - fantastic, a small answer to prayer but a great blessing to the group!! The track we had chosen for the ascent was the PYG track (which according to the Snowdonia National Park website is "the most rugged and challenging of the 6 paths

Walk

watched, it started to roll down the mountain

ning our wet weather gear and with trembl each step we pushed on through the cloud,

Do not be discouraged….we walked u

lel to the train track. As we walked along a waving people inside it. I have to admit to a then, finally, we were there! A few final ma

Then we popped into the tourist centre for a chance to munch our packed lunches amo gled but fairly jubilant climbers. Working o

up Snowdon"), 3.5 miles to the top going up 2,372 feet. The path was well trodden and clear and there were several other walkers going both up and, slightly startlingly at that time of the morning, down!! The group, consisting of Curt, Janice, Claire & Jack Hopkins, Liz Schafer, Vincent & Maddy Jones, Sally & Fred Thompson, Chris & Taliesin Lyth, Stephen Wickes, Frank Greaves, Jeff Wattley, Andy Willis and Foxparke Jim (the dog) climbed steadily up the first part of the track until we could see Llanberis in one direction, bathed in glorious sunshine. We moved onto a long undulating section with views over a beautiful lake

stepped gingerly from rock to rock. Finally, t huge amount of relief that we had finally m showered and being superbly hosted once m

“They were good boots when I boug

lenge was over but what of our friends wh lenge? Their day had started at 5am with the

started their climb in atrocious weather!! H equipment failure led to the St John's "Extre highest peaks in Scotland England and Wale

and glimpses through the clouds of some mad folk scrambling along Crib Goch, a knife edged ridge. We kept a good pace to the point where the PYG track joined with the Miner's track, so called as it was used by the slate miners that used to work on the

After 3 wet and windy hours on Ben Nevis, snow and by the time the team had reache had completely disintegrated. Fearing hy

mountain as their main route up and down to their mining areas.

warmth of the team car descending the mou the 3 peaks were not completed this must s team members Matt Benham and Paul Kah

I lift my eyes up to the mountains….the next part was the Zig Zag, the steepest and most challenging part yet!! We were now just below cloud level and as we Page 4

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Fundraising Update

..walking for the future

ture Snowdon and the National 3 Peaks Challenge

r o f g kin

after an excellent meal prepared by driver Chris Seager pushed on to Scafell Pike. With James' muscle strain and Paul's cramps, the plan to pick the most direct route to the summit via rock faces and screes may not have been the best idea, and a tired group returned to the car after 7 hours! Had it not

been for Matt's excellent map reading it may well have taken longer! Although Matt could easily have run up and down Snowdon, it was agreed that the team should not risk the walking wounded being stranded halfway up with darkness

re u t u F the

n towards us—a truly awesome sight. Don-

ling thighs which were now struggling with rain and increasing wind.

up the final part of the track which runs paral-

a train came past us with several cheerful few uncharitable thoughts at that stage but an made steps and there was the summit.

a well earned respite from the weather and a ong several hundred other wet and bedragon already tired legs on the way down we

the car park came into view and we all felt a made it and would soon be back in Conway, more by Glen and Maggie.

falling so the difficult decision was made to return home! Whilst no single group completed the national 3 peaks challenge, we did cover all three peaks between us and have taken the pragmatic view that St John's, Egham as a group have successfully completed one of the most gruelling of our national chal-

ght them in 1999”…Our part of the chal-

lenges. Our thanks go out to all who took part and all who supported

ho were doing the National 3 peaks chale drive up to Ben Nevis, 10 hours later they

us through prayer and encouragement.

Harsh weather conditions and unfortunate eme" challenge team completing 2 of the 3 es.

So far the challenges have raised in excess of £4,300; funds to-

James Lee found his boots were filling with ed the summit, the glue that held the soles ypothermia, James hastily retreated to the

untain in 90 minutes in his socks. Although surely be a record in itself! The 2 remaining hn took a safer approach to the descent and

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wards our goal of by providing a place for us to reach out, connect with others and share the glory of God with them. Page 5


Book Review

“Take away my anger and all this mess I’ve made”

T

he description on the cover of this book reads “One man’s journey through Drugs, Violence, Armed Robbery and a miraculous encounter with God in prison” and indeed it is! This is not the first book I have read about a young man seemingly getting deeper and deeper into crime and every sort of wrongdoing, only to have God step in and change things around. But every time I am left feeling exhilarated that our God is so great. Darrell started with petty crime at a very young age, nine or ten; it was so easy to do and the trouble he got into didn‘t stop him getting better and better at stealing whatever he fancied. Smoking to show off to his friends had become drug taking but despite this, he finished school with enough results to get on a sports course at the college of his Jolandi Augustyn choice. He was playing rugby at a professional level and thought he had his life all planned out. But sport and drugs do not go together; injury and a missed drugs test proved the end of that road and looking back he recounts how a few wrong decisions and a strange desire to self-destruct would end in a prison sentence of over five years. His life in prison started with proving to himself and the other prisoners that he was a tough guy, not to be messed with. He was moved from prison to prison, and ended up in HMP Wolds, a privately owned prison, and it was here he was asked if he would go on an Alpha course. The last thing he wanted was to get mixed up with ‗God‘ people, but there was an afternoon out of the cell on offer, with free coffee and biscuits. Little did he know where that decision to attend, for all the wrong reasons, would lead. Darrell's account is frank and at times brutally honest, but the reader is treated to a genuine description of the Holy Spirit in action as Darrell dramatically describes his salvation and subsequent life change. With lots of northern humour, gripping stories and a detailed journey of Darrell's memories you actually feel like you are there with him. He takes you through an emotional journey that answers a lot of common questions that people might have around God and faith. Darrell's story, as he points out - is available to everyone, no matter your life circumstances and what you have or have not done. Alpha for Prisons was launched in 1995 in response to demand from inmates. Since then enthusiasm for Alpha for Prisons has grown and is now registered in 80% of the prisons in the UK. Our own Alpha Course starts at St John‘s on 27th September. Invite people and come along yourself to explore, discover and possibly be changed forever.

The vilest offender who truly believes, that moment from Jesus a pardon receives….

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Starting at St John’s on 27th September Page 6


Focus on our Mission Partners

Masaai visit to Egham Chris Matthews reflects on our time with a special visitor from Tanzania

A

ksa Kipaya came to the UK in June this year to attend a conference in Canterbury for young lead-

ers as part of her role as a lecturer in Theology at Amani Christian Training Centre (CTC) in Iringa, Tanzania, where she teaches Christian Life and Christian Education courses. She covered many subjects at the conference from leadership to church discipline to relationships between Christians and Muslims, which is an issue close to her heart as it is particularly important in Tanzania. At Bishop Joseph‘s request, Aksa came to visit us at St John‘s for a few days and we quickly discovered an amazing ‗coincidence‘ - in 2008, on their first full day in Iringa, the St John‘s team accompanied Bishop Donald on a 5 hour trip to a place called Mkulula in the north east of the diocese where we attended a confirmation service during which a Masaai choir sang. The coincidence? Aksa is a Masaai and her home village is Mkulula! We have also, however discovered the cost of Aksa‘s discipleship. Her father has 4 wives and 23 children. Normally a Masaai young woman is expected to stay in the tribe and marry, thus attracting a dowry of many cows. This is important, for the number of cows a man has is the Masaai measure of wealth. Under God‘s leading, Aksa chose a different path of education and training until she qualified for the post she now holds teaching theology at Amani CTC. This has resulted in much hostility from her father and other members of the family, bringing home to us again how easy it is for us to be a Christian in the UK and how much we need to support and pray for people like Aksa whose discipleship is costly.

“Whoever loves father or mother THAN ME IS NOT

worthy of me

son or daughter of me”

Christian world in UK, and some of the contacts she has made may well be of real value to the Diocese of Ruaha in future. She also accompanied Jeff on a visit to Royal Holloway University where the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, was giving the annual Magna Carta Lecture. Later Jolandi, our Student Apprentice, gave her a tour of the RHUL Campus. One interesting observation Aksa made was ―you all eat a lot!” Whilst that is a lovely reflection of our hospitality, perhaps it‘s one to ponder. Aksa comes from a region where drought is commonplace and food often scarce. We can buy anything we want at any time, but when we

MORE

loves

worthy

could buy from many parts of the world; a total contrast to

MATTHEW 10:37

During her time in Egham Aksa has attended one party, one BBQ, Magna Carta Day, a very interesting visit to HTB‘s clergy training school, Besom, The Kitchen, Coffee and Chat, All Saints Lindfield, St Michael‘s Chester

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in Bedford as well as fitting in some sightseeing in London. These visits gave her a number of insights into the

visited even just our small, local Tesco in Egham, Aksa was absolutely amazed to see the plethora of goods we

AND WHOEVER

MORE THAN ME IS NOT

Aksa Kipaya

Square, Brickhill Baptist Church and Operation Tanzania

her own situation in Tanzania. That experience had a hugely profound effect on me, leaving me with the question for myself and the challenge for us as a church should we be seeking to simplify our lifestyles and share more of what we have with those less fortunate than ourselves, like Aksa? Perhaps we have as much to learn from her as she has from us.

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Mission Focus...on our doorstep

The Student Challenge

H

ere‘s the challenge facing us...national statistics tell us that only 1 in 4 Christian students attend church regularly while at university. There are also approxi-

mately 8000 students on our doorstep at Royal Holloway who are not being reached with the gospel. Our vision for student work at St John‘s centres on the need to ―build up and send out‖….to build up students in Christ in order to firstly send them out now with the gospel on campus and secondly to send them out after university equipped for a lifetime of faithful service to Christ.

Get involved in this challenge! Have

a

student

Students love to be invited for It‘s

Chatting to people who live out in the world is great because we can share such different experiences.” “The food is always fantastic too, which is brilliant as with lots of uni work it's easy to keep making the same thing

for lunch

lunch!

“It's so nice getting to know people who aren't students, as it's so easy to get stuck in a student bubble at uni.

as

simple as that – just invite one or more of the students that walk through our door at St John‘s to come and have lunch in your home. We organise specific dates and get students to sign up in advance to make it easier (this term 28th October and 25th November), but you don‘t need to wait for then. Some of us have hospitality as a specific spiritual gift, but all of us are instructed to “offer hospitality to one another without grumbling” (1 Peter 4:9) and even encouraged further…. “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2). There‘s no promise

over and over again!” “What a blessing it was to have those lovely girls round for lunch! And they were witnessing to God without even realising it which was fab for my boys to hear.” “Our family have had students round for lunch for over 10 years. It’s a fantastic way to get to know them …lots of them have become babysitters, but more importantly, friends.”

Welcome Goody Bags Are there students living in a house on your street? Yes? Then collect a welcome bag from church – it will be filled with student essential and goodies (you can add your own if you like), and

that you will entertain angels, but do read the comments

simply deliver it to the students to make them feel wel-

from some our students about what they‘ve valued about lunches and what hosts have thought too!

come in Egham and so they

“I loved spending some time in a family situation when I’ve been far away from my own. Playing board games

know there‘s a friendly face living nearby. Then pray for

with children is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon

the Holy Spirit to transform this simple action into a pow-

too.”

erful witness to God‘s glory.

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