Sunday 10 September 2017

Congratulations to Bryan and Tori Silletti who have been blessed by the arrival of baby Abigail! All are well.

Catherine McBride leaving
Catherine McBride will be leaving us in October to become vicar at St Marys Church, Market Drayton. To mark the occasion we are arranging a leaving gift, and all at Hambledon & Busbridge who have got to know Catherine are welcome to contribute. Please pass any cash donations or cheques to Alison Martin, Alan Harvey or Liz Cooke  (cheques payable to St Peter’s Church, Hambledon), or send by bank transfer to the Hambledon church account sort code: 40-52-40 acc no: 00019678  quoting ref CATHERINE. We will have more soon on arrangements for saying goodbye! 

Old Rectory
Join our Old Rectory project over the next coming months by signing up as a volunteer. There are 7 different teams that need you! Prayer & Support, Cleaning, Baking & Catering, Old Rectory DIY, Outdoors Site Cleaning, Decorating, Church Cottage DIY. There are sign up sheets at the back of church, so fill out your name and join a team for some fun, competitive (yes, men) and gezellige (look it up!) moments with our congregation following our dreams for our church. For more information: nelleke.noort@outlook.com.

Coming soon: a prayer evening for Old Rectory,  Tuesday 17th October, 7.30 pm. Dress warmly as we shall be prayer walking.

Announcement!
We’re delighted to announce that Becky Bradley will be joining the BHC team as the new Busbridge 4-11’s Children’s Worker. She starts this week - do make her feel very welcome.

Thanks to Clare and Richard Grove for taking on organising coffee for the contemporary congregation and the important fellowship and welcome that this offers. We’d like to thank Deb Jones for all she has done for this ministry as she moves to ministry with the Ark children. Richard and Clare will be looking for more people to support the coffee ministry – do offer!

Prime Time Event
Oyez! Oyez! It’s not too late to say you’re coming along to the Prime Time Tea & Talk event with the Farnham Town Crier on Monday 11th September at 2.00pm in Busbridge Church.  Although this is an event planned with Prime Time members in mind, it is open to everyone, so if you have an interest in this most British of institutions do come and join us and hear what he has to say (or should that be shout?!) There is a £2 charge to help us cover the speaker’s fees.  Contact Penny Naylor in the Church office for further details or email penny.naylor@bhcgodalming.org

Baptism Ministry - Volunteers Needed! The baptism of a child is a significant event for any family and for some it may be the first meaningful contact they have with our church. The support, welcome and preparation we provide for these families is, therefore, an important element of our ministry and outreach to our community. Would you like to be a part of this? We are looking for three or four people who would be able to lead a couple of informal preparation sessions in the run-up to each baptism service (there are currently up to 5-6 of these each year, depending on demand). If you would like to find out more about what would be involved please contact Catherine McBride on 421267 or at catherine.mcbride@bhcgodalming.org.

Messy Church at Hambledon
Whilst we are looking for a new Children and Families’ Worker for Hambledon we are also in urgent need of someone to co-ordinate our amazing and dedicated Messy Church Team. Our fun and creative Messy Church services run bi-monthly on the first Sunday of the month and are popular with our young families. For more information about what the role would involve please contact Catherine McBride on 421267 or at catherine.mcbride@bhcgodalming.org.

Home Group and Harvest Sunday BBQ
On Sunday 1st of October we are combining Harvest Sunday with a Home Group sponsored barbeque in Busbridge.  The BBQ will be from 10.00am until 1.00pm across both the classic and contemporary services.  This will be just a part of the other Harvest Sunday activities as well as teas and coffees.  This is meant to be a social for all those attending the services or for those just walking by.  Our hope is that this is a time to have some fun, enjoy a burger or sausage or bacon butty and be together.  We would love to have everyone from BHC to pop in for the whole time or only as long as it takes to get a fresh burger or sausage and go on with whatever your plans are for the day. In addition, we hope to have representatives from each of the various home groups within BHC.  If you have any interest in understanding what a home group is like or explore joining one, then please come along.  For the month of October, we are going to have a “Taste and See” option for all our home groups where anyone can pop in or pop out as they please to see who is meeting, where they are meeting, what this home group thing is all about and whether you might like to join. If there are any questions, then please contact Bryan Silletti at the church office 421267 or email bryan.silletti@bhcgodalming.org.

Hambledon Church Harvest Supper…
...will be held at Hambledon Village Hall  on Saturday 23rd September at 7.00pm. Tickets cost £8.00 and are available from the Village Shop or can be reserved by phoning Sheelagh Vacher on 01483 416746. If anyone feels they could help with food please contact Sheelagh on spvacher@outlook.com this would be much appreciated!

please pray for…
· Our church families who have welcomed new babies in the last few weeks
· John & Jean Adams
· Students starting college or university
· Michael Barrett in Birtley House
· The new term - particularly those starting new schools
· Park Chase and their road steward, Linda Alcock
· The Close and Feathercombe Lane

 

Special Announcement re. Catherine McBride

We are delighted for Catherine McBride and her new church, but sad for ourselves, to announce that Catherine has been appointed to St Mary’s, Market Drayton. Catherine will leave a huge hole in the staff and 6:30 teams and her oversight of discipleship. The fondest farewells will of course be from St Peter’s Hambledon and the entire village.

She will also be missed in the Diocese, where she has been a curacy tutor and teacher, and in the area of scientific research from her work on medical ethics. We do not have a date for Catherine’s farewell but it is likely to be in October. We do not want to look at the future right now but it is important to reassure everyone, particularly the congregations at Hambledon, that we will be looking at how we replace the irreplaceable! as soon as we can.

 

Sunday 23 July 2017

It’s a girl! And a boy! And another girl!
Theresa and Adam Durrant
welcomed Tahlia a few weeks ago, and she was even in church for the first time two Sundays ago!

Andy and Helen Brownstone welcomed twins Samuel Walter and Joy Beatrice, born on 15th July. All well!

The PCC met last week and discussed…
· The excellent plans for the new St Peter’s car park
· A role for a part time Music Development Leader was agreed and this will be put to the church as soon as the full details are available
· The request to reorder the Busbridge nave was approved and the documentation will now go to the Diocese
· An update on Old Rectory plans was given, including that the team is looking to phase the work so that we can approach the church in October about the priorities and additional funds needed
· Rev Dave Preece was welcomed to the Benefice.

Note from Simon…
Thanks goes to Tim Davis for a lot of work recently researching technology for Busbridge Junior School Hall. This is part of the planning that we’ve been mentioning for a while now about the Busbridge Contemporary moving back to the school. We’ve been finding out the needs of different groups, individuals, music teams, the tech people, people with children and others and, in September, we’ll be able to have more discussion about the identity, timing, style, length, etc of both the Contemporary and the Classic services. In the meantime Tim is pressing ahead with plans for making the hall a well equipped space that will also benefit the school. Thanks Tim!

Squires Lunch
The next Squires lunch will be on the 30th July at 12 noon. If you would like to join us and partake of the gastronomy at Squires, please RSVP to Terry Swanton Wednesday 26th July.

Alpha starting in the Autumn
One of our home groups has decided to run an Alpha course beginning in September. If you have not been on the Alpha course before, please do consider attending. The details are still being finalized, but if you are interested in attending Alpha or you know of a friend that might like to attend Alpha then please consider asking them.  Perhaps this is an opportunity to pray about who you might be encouraged to ask to attend Alpha. If you have any questions, then please email alpha@bhcgodalming.org or contact the church office at 01483 421267 or just catch Bryan Silletti to discuss if you have questions.

Nexus
On Thursday 3rd August, we’ll visit Tilford Cottage Garden. This unique NGS garden is designed to delight and amuse, with both formal and natural planting, surprising topiary and even a fairy grotto! We’ll meet at the garden at 11.30am: Tilford Cottage, Tilford Rd, Tilford, Farnham GU10 2BX. The cost is £7 and money raised goes to charity. Do come along and enjoy a lovely walk around this delightful garden. Afterwards we’re going to the Mill at Elstead for a bite of lunch. Please let Pam Cookney know, by 27th July, if you would like to join us for the garden visit, the lunch, or both, so she can let the venues know numbers. Please email her on pamcookney@btinternet.com. This is a lovely garden and we very much look forward to seeing you there.  Friends and family welcome!

Hambledon Church Harvest Supper…
...will be held at Hambledon Village Hall  on Saturday 23rd September at 7.00pm. Tickets cost £8.00 and are available from the Village Shop or can be reserved by phoning Sheelagh Vacher. If anyone feels they could help with food please contact Sheelagh.

This one goes out to all you musicians out there! Our regular bands do an amazing job all year round, but, as you can probably imagine, it gets quite tricky over the Summer months to find musicians to cover all our services. We are really in need of musicians and leaders for the 6.30 services on 30th July and 20th August. If you are a regular band member who is able to do an extra ‘shift’ that would be great; or maybe you haven’t played at church before and have been hiding your light under a bushel! Either way Catherine McBride would be delighted to hear from you, on 01483 421267 or catherine.mcbride@bhcgodalming.org

Prayer Walk Through Busbridge
For those that are interested, Bryan Silletti will be going on a prayer walk through Busbridge on Wednesday 26 July starting from Busbridge church at 2.00pm. Not sure on the specific walk, but the hope is just to walk around Busbridge and bless the area in some way as we go. He would love to have others join him, so all are welcome that are interested. Just show up if you want to participate.

PrayerFest | 0-30 in one hour
This prayer event will be happening on Sunday 20th August, 5.00pm in Busbridge Church Centre.

Saturday 12th August, 8.30am – West Surrey Golf Club
Nichola Hooper to be our guest speaker at the next Hambledon Ladies Breakfast.  Nichola’s daughter has had the privilege of working for Jackie Pullinger, a name many of you may be familiar with. Ladies Breakfast is open to all and tickets will go on sale in the Village Shop on Monday 18th July until Tuesday 8th August.  Sue Blackman kindly co-ordinates the ticket on behalf of the Ladies Breakfast so do call her.

This will be the last notice sheet until September - if you want to find out what’s going on, please visit our website on www.bhcgodalming.org. Have a great Summer!

please pray for…
· Our church families who have welcomed new babies in the last couple of weeks
· Liz Gorst and family
· Roy Keating, Carole and family
· Michael Barrett in the Royal Surrey
· Andrew Baker and Brian Oxborough and their continuing recoveries
· Residents and workers at the Cheshire Home
· Old Rectory Gardens and their road steward, Simon Taylor
· The Avenue and Cricket Green

 

Sunday 16 July 2017

We send much love to Liz Gorst, whose mother, Margaret, died suddenly last Friday (7th July).  Please pray for Liz, Steve and James and also for Brian, Liz’s father.

A reminder that the summer sermon series starts soon at Busbridge, which means combined services at 10.00am from 23rd July.

0-30 in 1 Hour

Churches Together have been invited to join together to pray and support the work of children and young people across our community. Praying together for one hour  for the 0 – 30 year olds in our church groups / schools etc...that is,“0 – 30 in One Hour.” This is an invite for people to either come along or forward prayer needs / requests in time for the meeting together on Sunday 16th July  5.00pm – 6.00pm in the Church Centre at Busbridge, as we would love to support  our young people and leaders in prayer. The summer is often a time of change when leaders step down and others are needed to fill their place ready for the Autumn term. There are staff vacancies and as always – new volunteers to support this ministry to be found. The prayer time is open to anyone of any age. It can be out loud or silent and there will be information available to pray. Do send prayer requests and comments to Shân on david_hallam@lineone.net or Michael Stubbs on  michaeleashing@aol.com and let either of us know if you can make it.

PSALM 122: Prayer time in Busbridge Church: Monday 17th July

For those that are interested, Bryan Silletti will be praying in Busbridge church from 2.00pm - 3.00pm using Psalm 122 as the basis. He would love to have others join him, so all are welcome that are interested. Just show up if you want to participate.

Hambledon news…

There is an urgent need within our Hambledon community that we as a wider church can fill...will you help us to do so please? Every Wednesday morning from 9.30am until 11.30am there is a community toddler group that operates in the village hall of Hambledon called Hambletots. They are in need of people to help by serving tea, coffee and snacks to mums/grannies/carers and tots while joining in with conversation and doing the washing up. If you are feeling particularly generous and wanting to really make them feel loved, you could always bring along a cake too. Currently this link is made by Jenna who will be moving on at the end of the month. If you or someone you know has a heart for young local unchurched families please contact Katie on 07739 323444 to offer help when you can, once a month would be brilliant! 

Are you passionate about bringing the good news about Jesus to young children and their families?

We have funding for a part-time post (14 hours per week) for someone to head-up our mission to 0-11 year olds and their families in Hambledon. If you are interested and want to find out more, please speak to Catherine McBride (catherine.mcbride@bhcgodalming.org) or James Ellin (james.ellin@bhcgodalming.org), both on 01483 421267.

Saturday 12th August, 8.30am – West Surrey Golf Club

We are delighted to be welcoming Nichola Hooper to be our guest speaker at the next Hambledon Ladies Breakfast.  Nichola’s daughter has had the privilege of working for Jackie Pullinger, a name many of you may be familiar with. Jackie Pullinger left the UK in 1966 to travel the world and was called by God to get off her boat in Hong Kong where she has been working and ministering amongst Drug Addicts ever since.  She is also the author of ‘Chasing The Dragon’. It will be interesting to learn about her current work through Nichola’s daughter. The Ladies Breakfast is open to all and tickets will go on sale in the Village Shop on Monday 18th July until Tuesday 8th August.  Sue Blackman kindly co-ordinates the ticket on behalf of the Ladies Breakfast so do call her on 01428 683871 if you are unable to get to the Village Shop, and she will happily reserve your tickets. If you would like to bring a new guest for the first time, we would be delighted to offer them a complimentary ticket, please liaise with Sue. On behalf of the HLB Team we look forward to welcoming you on Saturday 12th August.

Old Rectory Update

Thanks to Debbie Scott for offering to help Jo Cookes and Simon with what we hope will be our final gift day for the Old Rectory project. Richard Grove, Tom Jones and Mark Williams have reviewed the three lowest tenders and are meeting builders in the next ten days to ensure that costs are accurate.

Diocesan Day of Healing & Wholeness at Guildford Cathedral

Saturday 9th September...teaching, workshops, worship and Healing Prayer - Keynote Speaker is the Revd Wes Sutton, Director of Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, with a Service of Healing led by Rt Revd Andrew Watson, Bishop of Guildford. £25pp. 10.00am – 4.00pm. To book: www.acornchristian.org/events or call 01420 478121. All welcome.

please pray for…

· Liz Gorst and family

· Roy Keating, Carole and family

· Michael Barrett in the Royal Surrey

· Andrew Baker and Brian Oxborough and their continuing recoveries

· Those who work/visit in Send Prison

· Godalming High Street and Local Businesses

· Old Barn View and their road steward, Jane Tomes

· Summerhouse Road and Church Lane

 

Sunday 9 July 2017

Old Rectory Update

Thanks to Debbie Scott for offering to help Jo Cookes and Simon with what we hope will be our final gift day for the Old Rectory project. Richard Grove, Tom Jones and Mark Williams have reviewed the three lowest tenders and are meeting builders in the next ten days to ensure that costs are accurate.

 

Music update

A series of meetings with music leaders has helped us look at how worship might be shaped as we move forward. We will be taking a proposal to the PCC in the next few days. It is clear that if we want worship music to develop and deepen we need to see this as being worthy of focus over the next couple of years.

 

Prime Time Event

The Prime Time Event to the Huxley Birds of Prey and Hillier’s Garden Centre is on Thursday 20th July.  The day will include owl stroking, the birds of prey flying display, opportunities to interact with various birds of prey as well as plenty of shops (garden centre, farm shop, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, etc) at an entrance charge of £4.50 for the day. The day will start at Hiller’s Garden Centre for 11.00am and will finish by 4.00pm. You can buy lunch at the garden centre café or you can bring your own. We are happy to help coordinate lifts if you need. If you are interested, then please contact the church office on 01483 421267 or email primetime@bhcgodalming.org.

 

Lost Property

A gold coin brooch was left at Busbridge Church after a wedding last Saturday. If you find it, please contact the office on 01483 421267 so we can reunite it with its owner.

 

Tip run

If anyone has time over the next couple of weeks, we have 14 boxes of old hymn books which need to be taken from the small shed at the back of the church office to Witley tip for recycling. We’ve tried to no avail to re-home them elsewhere, but no takers. Can anyone help? Please email karen.kinder@bhcgodalming.org.

 

Diocesan Day of Healing & Wholeness at Guildford Cathedral

Saturday 9th September...teaching, workshops, worship and Healing Prayer - Keynote Speaker is the Revd Wes Sutton, Director of Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, with a Service of Healing led by Rt Revd Andrew Watson, Bishop of Guildford.

£25pp. 10.00am – 4.00pm. To book: www.acornchristian.org/events or call 01420 478121. All welcome.

 

Our new curate, Dave Preece officially started at Busbridge&Hambledon Church this week. He will be attending the full range of services over the coming weeks as well as meeting many of you as part of his induction process. Do make sure you take the opportunity to give a warm BHC welcome to Dave, Hannah and family when you meet them. His work email is david.preece@bhcgodalming.org.

 

Strictly Pathfinders End of Term BBQ...

...is happening on Friday 14th July on Busbridge Rec at 6.30pm. The whole family can join their Pathfinders and celebrate another great term of Strictly fun. All food is provided, but please email james.ellin@bhcgodalming.org if you’d like to go along so he can get an idea of numbers.

 

Alpha starting in the Autumn

One of our home groups has decided to run an Alpha course beginning in September. If you have not been on the Alpha course before, please do consider attending. The details are still being finalized, but if you are interested in attending Alpha or you know of a friend that might like to attend Alpha then please consider asking them.  Perhaps this is an opportunity to pray about who you might be encouraged to ask to attend Alpha. If you have any questions, then please email alpha@bhcgodalming.org or contact the church office at 01483 421267 or just catch Bryan Silletti to discuss if you have questions.

  

Hambledon Prayer Breakfast

...is on Saturday 15th July in the Church Room in Hambledon. All welcome to come along.

 

This one goes out to all you musicians out there!

Our regular bands do an amazing job all year round, but, as you can probably imagine, it gets quite tricky over the Summer months to find musicians to cover all our services. We are really in need of musicians and leaders for the 6.30 services on 30th July and 20th August. If you are a regular band member who is able to do an extra ‘shift’ that would be great; or maybe you haven’t played at church before and have been hiding your light under a bushel! Either way Catherine McBride would be delighted to hear from you, on 01483 421267 or catherine.mcbride@bhcgodalming.org

please pray for…

· The end of year activities for our children and youth groups

· Rev Jane Vlach as she prepares to move to the town centre parish

· Michael Barrett in the Royal Surrey

· Andrew Baker and Brian Oxborough and their continuing recoveries

· Local hospitals and nursing homes

· Christian summer camps

· Oakdene Road and their road steward, Catherine Hobden

· Summerhouse Close and Wormley Lane