Christmas & New Year

Christmas Message from Rev Pouya:

I would like to take a moment to thank you all for your warm welcome to my family and I.  We are thoroughly enjoying our life in Fetcham and being part of St Mary’s church family.  During this season, we will be celebrating Hope, Peace, Love and Joy; I pray that all four of these would fill your life in every way this Christmas and beyond.  This Christmas, as in all previous years, we celebrate “Emmanuel” (God with us).  Without Christ’s presence among us we would be lost.  Through God’s presence working within us we are being healed, transformed, reconciled and made whole.

The best Christmas gift we can give each other is to share our faith with loved ones and strangers alike, proclaiming the joyous tidings that ‘God is with us.’  And we should not just share our faith, but we should also reach out to one another with all the blessings God has given us, especially the gift of peace.  Our world, our country and our society are often witnesses to violence, prejudice and fear.  Christmas is a time for us to counter these serious problems by loving each other as deeply as God loved us by sending us his son.

To me, the great truth that comes from the Christmas season is wrapped up in the name given the new-born child, prophesied by Isaiah and quoted in the gospel of Matthew 1:23:

“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

What a powerful promise!  God is with us.  That’s the power of Christmas.  For those of us who have considered God as a God who is far away and uninvolved in their lives, to those who have struggled to feel hope in the midst of what we are facing — to us God promises, ‘I will be with you.’  Not distant.  Not uninvolved.  Not uncaring.  Not out there, somewhere.  But here, close, with us.  That is true even when we’re facing uncertainty about how restricted we are to celebrate Christmas with our loved ones.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Every blessing, Pouya

Crib Service:  Fri 24 Dec, 3.30pm – Sadly with the heightened risk of Covid, and the popularity of the Crib Service, this is no longer taking place in church.  Instead we are offering a pre-recorded version which can bee see on YouTube at 3.30pm, or anytime after that. 

This is the link : https://youtu.be/9mPP-w2aR1E

*** CHRISTMAS DAY – Live Streaming ***

10am Christmas Celebration.

This service is now fully booked.  To assist with changing circumstances and to avoid disappointment the team are now going to live stream the first part of the 10am celebration on Christmas Day (not including communion).  To join the live stream please click on this link just before 10am : https://youtu.be/OSN_A2N80v8!  This will be available to watch anytime afterwards on our YouTube Channel, as it our weekly Eleven15.

Sunday 26 December Service: If you wish to receive communion on Boxing Day please attend the 8am service.  The 9.30 and 11.15 services are not taking place, instead we encourage you to watch a pre-recorded service made available for parishes created by the Guildford Diocese.  They hope it brings you as much joy as it did In collaborating and putting it together.  A big thank you to the members of the churches who are involved for their amazing contributions to build this service! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtHb63cV-d8

Remember to prebook for Sunday services from January!!  You can do this via your MyChurchsuite or visit the What’s On page on the website

DEC appeal for the children of Afghanistan: The Orange buckets will be in church till 6 January should you wish to donate to this appeal.  To find out more visit : https://www.dec.org.uk/appeal/afghanistan-crisis-appeal

LoveFetcham prayer walk:  Sat 8 Jan, 9.45am.  You are invited to join the LoveFetcham team for a prayer walk around our community after morning prayer on the first Saturday of each month.  We will leave from the church hall at 9.45am with the option to meet up at Greenwise for a cuppa and a chat at 11am.

Alpha @ The Bell:  Wed 12 Jan, 7.30pm – Do you know anyone who would like to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view – wherever they are in the world.  Join us for a 7 week course starting Wed 12 Jan until 23 Feb, 8pm to approx 9:15 pm, using the St Mary’s dining room area at the back of the pub.  To find out more watch this video or contact office@stmaryfetcham.org.uk

Community Fridge – from 17 Jan: The Meeting Place Community Fridge currently runs from Bookham Youth Centre but needs to move premises in early January and three new locations have been chosen.  We are delighted to announce that St Mary’s church will be running a Community Fridge in the church hall on Monday mornings 10am – 11am from 17th January 2022. 

Community Fridges were set up primarily to prevent food waste.  All the food is surplus and comes mainly from local supermarkets.  We would love to gather a team of volunteers to help with this new project.  We already have a team of people from current community fridges who will kindly deliver the food to us, but we need people who can help put the food out on display and welcome people to the hall.  If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Julie on julie@stmarysfetcham.org.uk

Christian Unit week: 18-25th January:  Churches Together in Bookham are marking the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity by providing a daily opportunity to meet together for Bible reading and prayer.  Meet at 8.30am each morning for about half an hour, except on Saturday when prayers will be at 9am.  Flyers are in church.

Tues 18 Jan – St Mary’s, Fetcham

Wed 19 Jan – Bookham Baptist Church

Thurs 20 Jan – St Nicholas, Bookham

Fri 21 Jan – Church of Holy Spirit, Fetcham

Sat 22 Jan – Eastwick Roach Church, Bookham (9am)

Mon 23 Jan – Bookham Baptist Church

Tues 25 Jan – St Nicholas, Bookham

Charities Updates

Sarah would like to extend her thanks to all who donated such wonderful presents and to those who spent several happy hours wrapping hundreds of presents, and thought you would like to hear the outcome of all our present collections:

1. Last week Jennie completely filled her car with 9 bulging boxes and carrier bags for the 9 Mole Valley CAP clients that have children. 24 children have some fabulous presents for Christmas.

2. Our Supermarket Gift Token appeal for B@titude has raised more than ever before at £560. Naomi said:- “Wow! What an amazing response from the St Mary’s Church family. That is so kind and generous of everybody and will really help people struggling, probably more than ever before”.

3. Gordon Dodds, youth worker at SCC, working with vulnerable teenagers emailed today with the following:- “Dear Sarah, family & her hard working Christmas wrapping team & all the very kind Parishioners.  Just delivered the eighty presents, across Surrey’s 9 Children’s Residential Homes, plus a Leatherhead based Mental Health Support Organisation, called Creative Solutions, to very grateful recipients.  So, a BIG Thank you to everyone, wishing you all a Very Merry COVID free Christmas & a Happy New Year”. 

4. The Meeting Room – Lisa Cullen was delighted to collect several large bags of presents which they will give to their clients, when they deliver individual Christmas lunches.

The Christmas Raffle raised £241 and I have a list of winners.  That money is on its way to CUM in Nairobi, for use in projects such as the Homework Clubs and Apprenticeship Schemes.

Church Christmas Card:  The St Mary’s Church Family Christmas Card is still available in the church hall.  Save the trees that you might otherwise fell, writing cards to all your St Mary’s Friends and that way you won’t forget anyone!  We usually raise around £50 each year for the Centre for Urban Mission by having a church family Christmas Card.

Homemade Stall:  Our thanks to Christine Jones who has stepped down from the HMS team.  Thank you for your years of support, this has been very much appreciated.  There is no homemade stall in January.

Ride & Stride in September raised £1040, more than any other church in Surrey. We’ll done and thanks to everyone involved.

Christmas Walk-Thru – hosted by the youth:  A huge thank you from all the youth and youth team to everyone who came and ‘walked-thru’ on Sunday – it was such good fun with live carols from the youth band, sweet competitions to be won (well done Kowoon for guessing the amount exactly!) and festive takeaway drinks and treats!

It was also awesome to have so many people bid on the silent Christmas Jumper auction. We had 25 of the 29 items go and we will have hopefully raised around £430 for The Meeting Room once all the donations have been made and jumpers collected!

Youth start dates – 2022

Sunday Youth: Sunday 2nd Jan

The Drop-In: Monday 10th Jan

Youth Night: Weds 12th Jan

Church Christmas Flowers:  Liz would like to thank everyone who has been involved with arranging the flowers.  Please do pop into church for some quite time and view the Christmas arrangements over the holidays.

Pastoral visitors:  Well done to Val Hammond, Margaret Davidson, Wendy Roberts and Helen Bowen for completing their training as pastoral visitors.  It was a joy to commission them over all three services last Sunday.  Please hold them in your prayers as they begin their new ministry.

COVID Update message from the Churchwardens:  With the rapidly changing picture we feel that a few more precautions need to be put into place.  This has, unfortunately, led to some changes and we now have the following guidance in place:

Mask wearing is now compulsory within a church setting

Hand sanitisers available in the pews

Windows and doors kept open as increased ventilation

Lateral Flow Test is encouraged to be taken before attending

Spaced seating in pews

Please get in touch if you have any questions

Services & Prayers

  • 8am Communion Sunday Service – said Book of Common Prayer (facemasks required). 
  • 9.30am Communion Service – sung Common Worship (facemasks required). 
  • 11.15am Informal Worship Service – in church and live-streamed on YouTube Channel (facemasks required). 
  • 10am Thursday – Communion service
  • Private Prayer in Church : Monday to Saturday 09:00 -16:00.  Please adhere to guidelines.
  • Saturday Morning Prayer at 9.00-9.30am weekly in church

Please pray for the ACTS puppet group as they visit local schools on the 13th and 19th January 2022.

We continue pray for those who are unwell:  Bill King, Marion Jordan, Roderick Gray, Ruth Smith’s daughter Rosemary, Lynn Alsop, Elaine Mead, John Cooper, Don Lamberth, Lorraine Linsley and Diana Baechler.

We also pray for those is residential care: June Williams, Mavis Lake, Tony Day and Denise Forrest

Diocesan Calendar of Prayer for December:  This month we pray for the deaneries of Farnham and Godalming. Download from their website here.

Admin

Parish Office:  Karen is taking some leave over Christmas and will be back on Mon 10 Jan.  She will return responses to email or phone messages as soon as she can on her return.  In the meantime if anything is urgent please contact Pouya or the Churchwardens.  Thank you for your support and patience in an ever changing and challenging year.  Wishing you all a Merry Christmas & New Year.

Website changes:  You may have visited our new website and spotted some errors – please let us know via the office so that we can correct them and continue to improve.  All feedback welcome!  www.stmarysfetcham.org.uk

Diary Dates:

Check your MyChurchSuite to see what’s going on and to get more details or prebook.  Here’s a brief summary:

2021

Fri 24 Dec, 3.30pm – Crib Services – YouTube

Fri 24 Dec, 11.15pm – Midnight Service – FULLY BOOKED

Sat 25 Dec, 10am – Christmas Celebration – FULLY BOOKED & YouTube

Sun 26 Dec – only 8am service in church. Go to Diocesan All Age Worship.

2022

Sun 2 Jan -8am, 9.30 and 11.15am service resume

Sun 2 Jan – no Homemade Stall and Second-hand Books in Jan

Wed 5 Jan – Bereavement Café

Fri 7 Jan – Footprints Baby & Toddler Group

Fri 7 Jan – The Lighthouse (ages 7-11)

Sat 8 Jan – Monthly Prayer Walk

Sun 9 Jan – Preaching Series: Knowing Jesus – Called to Break Boarders

Mon 10 – The Drop-In (ages 11-16)

Wed 12 Jan – Alpha @ The Bell + 7 weeks

Fri 14 Jan – FM Life

Fri 14 Jan – Messy Church (all ages)

Mon 17 Jan – Community Fridge @ St Mary’s

Sat 22 Jan – Who Let The Dads Out

18-25 Jan – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Tues 18 Jan – Christian Unity @ St Mary’s

Rev Pouya Heidari: rector@stmarysfetcham.org.uk   01372 375660 (day off Friday)

Parish Officeoffice@stmarysfetcham.org.uk   01372 375000 (Mon-Fri 9-12)

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

Community Prayer Line 01372 375000.

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or email prayer@stmarysfetcham.org.uk

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