Latest news from St Mary's 


The latest news from St Mary's is below, use this link if you would like a RSS feed of our news.
 

installation

Welcome to our new vicar, Rev Mark Wallace!

A very warm welcome to our new vicar, Rev Mark Wallace, installed at a packed installation service here led by the Bishop of Dorking, Rt Rev Jo Bailey Wells on 21 September.

Thank you to everyone who came  - Mark and Eileen's family guests and friends, supporters from Mark's previous parish, All Saint's, Lightwater, our community partners, local clergy, and of course members of the church. 

Thank you to those who baked cakes, cleaned the church, set up chairs, arranged flowers, helped in the car parks, stewarded and welcomed, made up the hospitality team, served, cleared away and washed up.

Thank you too to our neighbours for their patience with the service traffic and to those who kindly offered their driveways for overflow parking. What a great team effort! 

Please keep praying for Mark, Eileen and the children as they settle. 

24 September - Welcome breakfast 

To welcome Mark and his family into our church family there will be a pastries and cake breakfast between the 9.15 and 11.00am services on 24 September, so both congregations can join together in a time of fellowship and sharing food.  If you are able to help serve or clear up for this event please contact Clare Mall. 

Woking Hospice sponsored walk Sunday 8 October - it's now time to sign up!

Woking churches are planning to work together to raise money for the new Woking Hospice being built in Goldsworth Park.  We are organising a sponsored walk around Goldsworth Lake, starting at 2.30 on Sunday 8th October, of about 3 miles so it should be within the capability of most people (including children).  We hope that several thousand Christians will turn out to take part and that many of our non-Christians friends and neighbours will be very happy to sponsor us and support this wonderful cause. 

There are sponsorship forms in the church (by the pigeon holes) for you to use.  You have to register for the event as shown below.  However John Keelty will be happy to do this for you and if you want him to do that, please provide the details of name and, if you have one, an e-mail address on the sheet alongside the pile of sponsorship forms.

1.  To register for the walk, go to Eventbrite  http://bit.ly/churchesforwoking17
2. Download the sponsorship form from the link that will come in the registration confirmation email from Eventbrite.  
3. In the process of registration, you will receive instructions about collecting money – basically you should take any cash/cheques collected directly to the Hospice (near Waitrose on Goldsworth Park) - if this is difficult, pass them to John Keelty and he will do this for you. Thank you.
 

Woking Street Angels are now recruiting 

Woking Street Angels Need you! They are recruiting now for caring volunteers to join thier friendly and vibrant teams! It’s only one night a month and full training is provided which starts soon – so please apply now! Thank you!  Any questions? Email wokingstreetangels@gmail.com or call Lucy on 07827 914714. 

Woking ACROSS prayer breakfast Saturday 30 September at 8.30am

You are warmly invited to join us for our next prayer breakfast at St Andrew's Church, Denton Way, Goldsworth Park, Woking. GU21 3LG.
Join us to  pray over cross cultural issues we face locally and internationally and hear the Simpsons share their experiences from a recent trip to Lebanon.
Please RSVP so that we can cater for you. Please email acrosswokingoffice@gmail.com

Harvest social event Monday 9 October - bring your friends!

We are having another outreach social. This one is on a harvest theme and the details are 7.30-9.30pm, Monday 9 October, here at the church.
Soup bread and cheese supper, Card making, group collage project, Fair Trade stall. Please pray for the evening, join us and think about who you could invite – maybe someone from your 135 prayer list. invitations are available in church and will also be sent out with pastorate weekly notices. We need to know how much soup to make,  so please let Helen Keelty know numbers. email helen.keelty@stmaryofbethany.org.uk as soon as possible

  

Woking Deanery Synod is meeting on Wednesday 11 October 

Bishop Jo will be speaking at 7.45 pm  on 'The Splendour of the Old Testament'  at St Paul's Church, Maybury, Woking.  This is an open to all meeting before a closed Synod meeting after the talk. Why not go as a pastorate?            . 

Central Prayers Wednesday 11 October - date postponed

A replacement date will be notified shortly.

Would you like to join the Hearing Champions Team? 

1 in 6 people have a hearing loss in our Diocese. An increasing older population and longer life expectancy, mean that our church buildings need to be able to welcome and accommodate those with sensory loss to aid communication. We are looking for volunteers to:
be trained in the basic maintenance of hearing aids to become ‘hearing champions’
offer these simple maintenance sessions, at existing church social events e.g. coffee mornings, lunches, afternoon teas

This autumn, there are three training days organised 10am – 4pm:
Wednesday 11th October – Godstone Baptist Church, Godstone Hill, Godstone, RH9 8AJ
Saturday 4th November - Christ Church, Epsom Common, Christ Church Road, Epsom KT19 8NE
Tuesday 14th November – St Saviour’s Church, 205 Vicarage Road, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex TW16 7TP

Each day will cover: What is hearing loss? deaf awareness and communication tactics, patients audiology pathway, hearing aids - types, hygiene, insertion, hearing aid features, additional equipment e.g. loops, maintenance, fault detecttion, cleaning, batteries, retubing standard earmould, alternative tubing, and retubing thin tubes.

To book your place, go to: https://goo.gl/forms/28HTN8Qtwklf48Bk1.  More information is available on the noticeboards in the main and top halls.

  

Guildford Cathedral tower tours  

Saturdays in September and October, 2pm and 3.15pm.  Join Tower Tour Guides on an exciting journey spiralling up the 249 steps to the top of Guildford Cathedral. Pass through the Ringing Chamber and Bell Chamber containing the only ring of 12 bells in the diocese. 
 Enjoy the stunning 360° views over Surrey and the surrounding area before descending down and visiting our Café/Restaurant for a well-deserved piece of cake!
Tickets are available online or from the cathedral shop at £6 per person. To book, go to https://www.guildford-cathedral.org/events/boxoffice or 'phone 01483 547881 (max 15 people per tour). 
  

New Diocese of Guildford Office revealed 

The Diocese of Guildford will bring its central diocesan parish support teams together under one roof in Guildford’s Surrey Research Park by Christmas 2017.
The new office building, to be called 'Church House Guildford', will bring together education and parish development and evangelism teams currently located near Guildford Cathedral to join the Bishop of Dorking, archdeacons and colleagues from communities engagement, discipleship vocation and ministry, DAC, finance, HR, safeguarding, parish support and communications, currently housed in Quarry Street, in central Guildford.  The Bishop of Guildford, Andrew Watson, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve finally managed to secure such excellent office accommodation, bringing together the different central teams under one roof for the first time. 'Transforming Church, Transforming Lives' has given huge impetus for us to work more effectively together in support of our parishes, schools and chaplaincies – and the new accommodation will allow us to do just that.  
 

News from Guildford Cathedral 

The interior building works drew to a close in August. If you haven’t visited for a while do come and visit the newly refurbished Cathedral and worship with us. The interior has been returned to its former glory, and you’ll notice a significant improvement in the acoustics.    Specialist talks on the kneelers, vestments, treasury and glass can be arranged at visit@guildford-cathedral.org or telephone 01483 547 862 / 01483 547 881. 
  

Blessed by your generosity!  - Making Mission Posible

 We are just closing the books on this year’s Making Mission Possible programme and are delighted to announce that this year donations will exceed £28,000, and more than £34,000 once gift aid is included. Thank you so much to all who contributed so generously, our mission partners and their work will be truly blessed by this support. The donations will be divided as stipulated across the different programmes and disbursed accordingly.

 

Giving can be Plastic Fantastic! 

Over the next few Sundays, we will install an electronic card reader in the church by the doors, to allow people the opportunity to donate to the church using a debit or credit card. Increasingly people are not carrying cash and so the Church of England is encouraging parishes to introduce electronic point of sale equipment to allow eGiving. This is part of a wider trial being run by the Parish Buying Scheme and is conducted using market leading equipment from Square, a supplier of sound reputation. The eReader connects to the internet and will function in exactly the same way as the equipment used in shops and restaurants to take payment. The giving can be gift aided and receipts provided by text or email. The payments are received into our bank account typically 3-5 working days after receipt. Nick Mendham, our church treasurer, will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Thank you for your continued generosity.

A Day Conference for Women 

Guildford Know Your Bible warmly invite you to a day conference for women: Mission and the Heart of God (John 3:16) on Friday 6 October 9.45am - 2.30pm at Westborough Baptist Church, 4B Southway, Guildford, GU2 8DA.  The key speaker will be Lesley Cheesman.  £10 for the day, £8 for the morning and £3 for the afternoon.  Please bring your own packed lunch.  Coffee and tea will be provideed. To book, email angelastride@hotmail.com  

New Wine Men's Day -  Saturday 4 November 2017 in High Wycombe

IRON SHARPENS IRON:
Something very special happens when men gather together to celebrate our Heavenly Father and to hear one another’s stories and be encouraged in our faith.  Come and join us for a day of inspirational input, of relational encouragement, of faith building seminars and speakers, and of uplifting worship.  Bring your mates, those of faith and those yet to find faith to a day which we hope will be very fruitful. Speakers on the day will be; Nick Page, Nathan Blackaby, James Kennedy, Simon Dust,  Tony Plews and Mark Melluish.  Tickets £22 or £17 if you book before 3 September.  For more details, go to https://www.new-wine.org/events/new-wine-mens-day-high-wycombe

Wardrobes and Rings at Christ Church, Woking

on Saturday 30 September 2017. Doors open at 6.30pm, the production starts at 7.30pm.A brand new three person theatre production, where legendary authors, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis meet for what turns out to be the very last time.  Tickets: £12. to book, go to bigchurchlive.com

Craftivist evening at Woking WWF -  Wednesday 11 October at 6.30pm 

Book your place now for an insightful evening with award winning campaigner and founder of the Craftivist Collective, Sarah Corbett.  Sarah will be speaking about how to respond to injustice, not with apathy or aggression, but with gentle, effective protest.  She will be talking about her book ' How to be a Craftivist: the art of gentle protest', a manifesto  for a more respectful and contemplative  activism; for conversation and collaboration,  where too often there is division and conflict.  Using craftivism (craft + activism) to engage, empower and encourage us to be the change we wish to see in the world; by being a critical friend, and not an enemy. Tickets £5 per person.  To book go to www.eventbrite.co.UK/e/craftivism-the-art-of-gentle-protest-tickets-36852913055