Latest monthly bulletin
- January 2022
Happy New Year!
Christian Unity Week: 18-25th January: JOIN ON ZOOM – Each church is still hosting, but via Zoom instead of face to face.https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89138254033(Meeting ID: 891 3825 4033).
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.
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 and 25 Jan – St Nicholas, Bookham
Community Fridge: Mon 17 Jan @ St Mary’s: We are delighted that we will be running a weekly Community Fridge in the church hall on Monday mornings 10am – 11am starting next Monday. Community Fridges were set up primarily to prevent food waste. All the food is surplus and comes mainly from local supermarkets. Please spread the word and tell your friends, neighbours and family so that we can prevent food going to waste. If you are interested in finding out about being part of the team, please contact Julie on email@example.com .
Alpha @ The Bell: started on Wed 12 Jan, 7.30pm – Its not too late to join in. If you know someone who is interested ask them to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The course is for anyone who would like to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view – wherever they are in the world. It runs for 7 weeks until 23 Feb, 8pm to approx 9:15 pm and will be meeting at The Bell, Fetcham using the dining room area at the back of the pub. To find out more watch this visiting our website : https://stmarysfetcham.org.uk/connect-us/alpha/
Who Let The Dads Out: Sat 22 Jan, 9.30-11,30am – a monthly opportunity on a Saturday morning to enjoy bacon sandwiches, fresh coffee and a chance to chat. We generally meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month in the church hall and all are welcome to come along with or without children. There are lots of activities to keep everyone occupied. No charge, but donations welcome. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!
Getting to know you – a visit to your home: Pouya would like to have the chance to visit you in your own home. This is a relaxed informal opportunity to chat and get to know you as it is often difficult to get into a conversation when passing or on Sunday. Starting from Sunday 30th Jan on a Sunday 2-3pm or a Wednesday 10-11am. To book please contact Karen in the office.
COVID Update Jan 2022: We continue to take care of each other and really do appreciate all the support and encouragement the church has received as we continue to grapple with the tricky problem of ensuring that all members of the congregation feel safe when coming to church. These measures will be in place until the end of January, unless there is any further guidance from central Government.
Mask wearing remains and is now compulsory within a church setting. We are also asking people to keep their face masks on when singing.
Hand sanitisers are available in the pews.
Windows and doors kept open as increased ventilation. We recognise that this is not easy for people and so we would encourage you to wear warm clothing and also to make use of the blankets at the back of the church if you feel the need.
Lateral Flow Test is encouraged to be taken before attending
Spaced seating on Spots continues to encourage us to maintain a more reasonable sense of social distancing in light of the real risk of increased transmission by the new Omicron variant.
Coffee after the 9.30 service and before the 11.15 is re-introduced. Please take a seat rather than stand in small groups and keep your mask on until you sit down.
Booking for Services is helpful but we understand that sometimes this is not possible. Be reassured that, should you turn up without pre-booking, you won’t be turned away unless numbers are unexpectedly high. If you are finding booking difficult, please contact Karen in the office. To book go to your MyChurchsuite or visit the What’s On page on the website.
And finally, we acknowledge how disappointing it is not to be able to return to ‘normal’ but know that we will once again pull together as a church family during these difficult times. Thank you for all the steps being taking to help make church a safer place to worship – many people have commented on how much they appreciate the efforts being made by those around them. Please get in touch if you have any questions.
Foodbank Wish List: Thank you for your continued support for which the organisers are very grateful – every donation makes a difference! With our help they were able to feed more than 1,070 people in December 2021. This week several items are urgently needed: Tinned meat pies, Brown sauce, Powdered milk, Long-life sponge puddings, Cereal (no porridge or bran as there are lots), Sugar (500g bags), Tinned potatoes, Instant mash, Squash for diluting, Washing powder, pods, tablets (bio and non-bio), Shaving foam. They also need: Tea bags, Pasta sauce, Long-life fruit juice, Custard, Rice pudding, Spaghetti in sauce, Dried pasta in sauce, Chocolate spread, Peanut butter, Adult toothpaste, Sanitary towels (daytime only, we have lots of night-time).
Please no more of the following items: Pulses, pasta, noodles, sweetcorn, rice, beans, tampons, washing up liquid, shower gel, coffee, porridge, baby wash and shampoo, hot chocolate, tinned tomatoes. Donations can be left in the green box outside the church hall.
Concerts at St Mary’s, Stoke D’Abernon: Since the restrictions were eased they have been able to resume concerts. They have a tradition of quality music and have been privileged to have hosted some top-class musicians. They have some top notch performers lined up for 2022 and their new season kicks off on 27 Jan with Peter Cigleris and Dina Duisen playing a clarinet and piano recital. The list of dates is on the noticeboard in the hall lobby, or visit: https://www.stmarysstokedabernon.org.uk/music-concerts/concerts
St Mary’s Ewell – Concerts and Recitals: The church is lucky enough to have a large ‘Father’ Willis pipe organ of three manuals and pedals, built in 1889 by “Father” Henry Willis. They have been in touch to promote this year’s concert list. Go to https://www.stmarysewell.com/mus/concerts-and-recitals/ for more information.
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
We continue to pray for those who are unwell: Ruth Smith’s daughter Rosemary, Lynn Alsop, Marion Jordan, 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 January: This month we pray for the deaneries of Aldershot and Cranleigh. Download here.
Check your MyChurchSuite to see what’s going on and to get more details or prebook. Here’s a brief summary:
Mon 17 Jan – Community Fridge @ St Mary’s
18-25 Jan – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity ZOOM
Tues 18 Jan – Christian Unity @ St Mary’s ZOOM
Wed 19 Jan – Alpha @ The Bell + 7 weeks
Thurs 20 Jan – Thursday morning coffee
Fri 21 Jan – Footprints Baby & Toddler Group
Fri 21 Jan – The Lighthouse (ages 7-11)
Sat 22 Jan – Who Let The Dads Out
Mon 24 Jan – The Drop-In (ages 11-16)
Fri 28 Jan – FM Life
Fri 28 Jan – The Lighthouse (ages 7-11)
Mon 31 Jan – The Drop-In (ages 11-16)
Wed 2 Feb – Bereavement Café
Sun 6 Feb – Preaching Series: Sharing Faith – What’s Missing in “The Gospel?”
Sun 6 Feb – Homemade Stall and Second-hand Books
Rev Pouya Heidari: firstname.lastname@example.org 01372 375660 (day off Friday)
Parish Office : email@example.com 01372 375000 (Mon-Fri 9-12)
CommunityPrayer Line 01372 375000.
Leave a message and a member of the Prayer Team will call you back, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are here for you and the wider community
Keep up to date with St Marys:
NHS Test and Trace: Scan our QR code when entering either the hall or church.
Hearing Aid Supplies: contact Jacky on 01372 602092 or email@example.com