Sunday 25 August 2019

Welcome to Simon and Naomi and Anto and Jess
Our new Associate Vicar, Simon, and Youth Minister, Anto are finally here, and we are looking forward to introducing them over the next few weeks. 

Simon will be officially licensed at Hambledon on Sunday 15 September at 6pm.  We are expecting a full church for the service, and seats will be limited, but everyone is invited to come to Clock Barn Farm afterwards for light refreshments. 

Anto and Jess have been with our young people at Soul Survivor last week.  Thanks to all for their offers of furniture, they are quite comfortable now.  If anyone can help with a desk, an office chair or with sourcing a car, please email anto.ficatier@bhcgodalming.org. 

Last Combined Service at Busbridge next Sunday...
On Sunday 1 September Ed Olsworth-Peter will be leading a ‘Combined Special’ with different options  to follow during the service, similar to this year’s Palm Sunday service.  We are extremely grateful to the school for hosting us while the church has been closed this summer.

At Hambledon, normal services at 9am and 10.30am resume from 1 September.  

Busbridge Church reopening celebration, 8 September…!
This will be a whole benefice service and there will be no other morning services at Busbridge, and the 9am Heritage Service at Hambledon will start at the earlier time of 8.30am.  There will be great activities for all our young people during the service, and lunch will follow shortly after.  (Large cardboard boxes are needed for the children’s work—please drop to the Old Rectory if you have any.)  Be here to celebrate the start of a new and exciting chapter in the life of the church.

Marriage Course starting 12 September
There’s a place for one or two more couples on the next Marriage Course.  7 evening sessions running roughly fortnightly, each starting with a candlelit dinner for two.  Please see details on the web site or contact David or Sandra Wilkin via marriagecourse@bhcgodalming.org. 

NEW:  DADS— starting 10 September, 8pm
How to be a father and feel like a son of God?  This is a new monthly meeting to offer friendship and guidance for those with children, and those who identify with any aspects of fatherhood. The first session will be in the Old Rectory, and then take place on 1st Tuesdays of the month once the Church Centre is available. Starting with refreshments.  Contact Chad.Grayer@hotmail.co.uk  for details.

Heritage Open Days, 14-15 September  Both churches will be open and manned to receive visitors who might drop in as part of the Heritage weekend.  If you would like to volunteer for the rota contact the church office.  Programmes listing all the places to visit are available from the church office.

BHC PrayerSpace, Wednesday 25 September, 7.30pm
We are  taking part in a national prayer event which calls Christians all over the UK to pray for their neighbours and their communities simultaneously.  We will be joined by the Bishop of Guildford, the Archdeacon of Surrey and others from churches in the Godalming deanery for an interactive and inspiring time of prayer, in a church which now has space to worship more creatively!  All welcome.

Busbridge Reordering Update
With all the events planned in Busbridge church for September, we can see that the it’s time to give thanks for the work done in the church so far.  Please see the separate update for full details of what’s happened, what’s next and what’s needed!

Church Office holiday hours
The Church Office remains open Mon-Thurs in the holidays, from 10-3pm, and email and phone messages will be checked regularly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 28 July and 4 August 2019

Summer Holiday Combined Services start this Sunday...
This summer the 10am Busbridge Combined service will take place in the Busbridge Junior School hall.  Classic and Contemporary congregations worship together, in a format that includes elements of both styles of worship.  At Hambledon, the 9am and 10.30am services continue this Sunday, and will combine to one morning service at 9am on Sundays in August.  

Busbridge Reordering —Help needed
The builders have finished and our work begins!  The new chairs will be arriving next Thursday 1 August. 

Wanted: Strong people to unload 160 new chairs for the church.  Time tbc (when the lorry comes)

If you can help please contact Andy Spencer and leave a contact number:   Andy.spencer@bhcgodalming.org

We also need volunteers to help put things back where they belong in the church w/c 5 August—refilling the cupboards with bibles and prayer books, polishing items. e: michaeleashing@aol.com.

In addition, we are preparing the new home for Anto (our new youth minister) and Jess.  Gardening (hedge trimming, lawn mowing, weeding) and decorating 2 rooms are needed w/c5 August.  Please speak to Mark Williams, e: mark@yewhouse.net.

Hambledon Ladies Breakfast, Saturday 10 August, 8.30am 
Join us for a delicious breakfast at West Surrey Golf Club, with guest speaker Rev Lesley Mason.  Tickets (£9)are available from the Hambledon Village Shop until Tuesday 6 August.

Churches Together Bandstand service, Sunday 11 August
On the Burys at 10.30 am.  (No morning services at Busbridge or Hambledon this Sunday).  Help is needed for this event, setting up (chairs), stewarding, refreshments, and clearing up afterwards. If you can help please let Michael Stubbs know: michealeashing@aol.com.

Busbridge Church reopening celebration, 8 September…!
A call for all worshippers at Busbridge&Hambledon Church to be at the Special Combined reopening celebration on 8 September.  There will be no other morning services at Busbridge church, and the 9am Heritage Service at Hambledon will start at the earlier time of 8.30am.  There will be activities for all our young people during the service, and lunch will follow shortly after.  Ink the date in!

The licensing of Simon Willetts as Associate Priest
At Hambledon on Sunday 15 September at 6pm.  We are expecting a full church for the service at 6pm, and seats will be limited, but everyone is invited to come to Clock Barn Farm afterwards for light refreshments. 

Church Office holiday hours
The Church Office remains open Mon-Thurs in the holidays, from 10-3pm, and email and phone messages will be checked regularly.  The next notices will be issued for Sunday 11 August.  Do keep in touch if there’s anything you need!

 

Sunday 21 July 2019

Summer Holiday Combined Services start next Sunday...
This summer the 10am Busbridge Combined service will take place in the Busbridge Junior School hall starting Sunday 28 July.  Classic and Contemporary congregations worship together, in a format that includes elements of both styles of worship.  Children’s groups stop in the holidays but there will be activities and good  space for our young ones.  Hambledon will have one morning service at 9am on Sundays in August.  

Prayerfest 0-30 in 60
We meet for “prayerfest”  this evening, Sunday 21 July,     5-6pm in the Old Rectory to pray for an hour, particularly focusing on those involved in children and young people’s ministry in our churches and communities.
Please: 
- Come along and pray if you can -  for all or part of this hour
- Forward prayer requests to Shan so that our prayer time can be relevant and informed. (see the notices attached to the email for Shan’s email).

We look forward to seeing those who can come  for the final meeting this term.  There is plenty for us to pray about as this term comes to a close and the excitement of new appointments to the staff team etc.  Please note that we do not meet during the month of August.

Busbridge Reordering Update
The new oak floor is almost laid, and looking rather lovely!  The floor conceals approximately 1.5 miles of cabling which will enable the new audio visual equipment.  The new chairs will be arriving in the coming weeks in readiness for the formal reopening on 8 September (and the weddings before).

A large number of the items the church no longer needs found new homes on Sunday but there are still a lot left over.  Do contact Michael if you would like to know what is left or would be happy to help sell the items via eBay or Gumtree etc.. e: michealeashing@aol.com

Marvellous Movie Matinee next Saturday, 27 July
This one’s for grown-ups—look out for the flyer for a clue to this wartime epic showing.  Free of charge, with popcorn!

Nexus visit to the Hogs Back Brewery
A final reminder about our visit  to the Hogs Back Brewery on Thursday 1 August, 6.30 - 8.30pm.  A chance to have a guided tour around this local brewery with the opportunity to sample some of their renowned beers.  Husbands / partners are welcome to come along too.  There are just a few places left on this tour, so please get in touch with Kate Kaye, e: katekaye2@btinternet.com as soon as possible.  The cost is £15, payable in advance, and this includes a Hogs Back beer glass to take home!  We're going to the Withies in Compton for a bar meal afterwards if you'd like to join us. 

Churches Together Bandstand service, Sunday 11 August
On the Burys at 10.30 am.  (No morning services at Busbridge or Hambledon this Sunday).  Help is needed for this event, setting up (chairs), stewarding, refreshments, and clearing up afterwards. If you can help please let Michael Stubbs know: michealeashing@aol.com.

Busbridge Church reopening celebration, 8 September…!
A call for all worshippers at Busbridge&Hambledon Church to be at the Special Combined reopening celebration on 8 September.  There will be no other morning services at Busbridge church, and the 9am Heritage Service at Hambledon will start at the earlier time of 8.30am.  There will be activities for all our young people during the service, and a Hog Roast lunch will follow shortly after.  Ink the date in now!

There will be a celebration at Hambledon on Sunday 15 September, for the licensing of Simon Willetts as Associate Minister.  We are expecting a full church for the service at 6pm, and seats will be limited, but everyone is invited to come to Clock Barn Farm afterwards for light refreshments. 

Looking further ahead...we’d love to run another Light Party in October half term.  (More than 80 children came last year!)  If you’d like to help with this or better still,  to lead it, then please let the church office know in the next week.

BHC Creative PrayerSpace at Busbridge on Wednesday 25 September from 7.30-9pm.  BHC is responding to a national call for churches to pray for their area and the nation at the end of September, and Bishop Andrew and Archdeacon Paul will be joining us for quite  a creative prayer event!  Please be part of it.

Childrens 4-11s Ministry Leader post now advertised
The closing date for applications for our next 4-11s ministry leader is 22 July 2019.  Please spread the word and pray that the right person is prompted to come forward.  If it could be you, Simon Taylor would be delighted to talk to you about it.  Contact simon.taylor@bhcgodalming.org.

Confirmation opportunity, 24 November 2019
If you would like to find out about being confirmed with other candidates from the deanery, please speak to Simon (simon.taylor@bhcgodalming.org).  Confirmations will take place in a special 6pm service at Busbridge Church.  Confirmation preparation sessions will take place on Weds 2, 9, 16 and 23 October, 8-9.30pm in the Old Rectory.

Congratulations to Colin Smyth and Lindsay Simmonds on the safe arrival of Finlay Joseph, born on 18 May.  All doing well! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 14 July

PCC News
A huge thank you to Chad Grayer, Carol Jones, Ellis Jones, Tom Jones, and Ruth Roseblade for their hard work on the plans and designs for the Church Centre.  After a full and very detailed discussion the PCC made the decision to go ahead with works to create facilities for a coffee drop in as soon as possible (after one final query has been checked with the church authorities).  Watch this space for more details... 

I could use that!
As a result of the reordering, we’ve had a good sort out and  have quite a lot of things that the church no longer needs.  Before  we put  them on eBay/Gumtree etc we thought you might like to see what there is, as it might just be what you have been looking for!  Do come along and have a look outside the Church Centre this morning (14 July).  For more information contact Michael on michaeleashing@aol.com.

Confirmation opportunity, 24 November 2019
If you would like to find out about being confirmed with other candidates from the deanery, please speak to Simon (simon.taylor@bhcgodalming.org).  Confirmations will take place in a special 6pm service at Busbridge Church.  Confirmation preparation sessions will take place on Weds 2, 9, 16 and 23 October, 8-9.30pm in the Old Rectory.

Singers and musicians for Busbridge Church’s reopening celebration on 8 September…!
We are planning a really special service to mark this important point of the church’s journey, and would like as many singers and musicians to be part of the choir and chamber orchestra for the event.  Rehearsals will be on     1 and 7 Sep, from 2.30 – 5pm.  We will sing two or three traditional hymns and a more modern song (but not very contemporary).  If you are interested please contact Julie Nelson (julienelson@phonecoop.coop) as soon as possible. 

There will be an equally important celebration the following Sunday, 15 September, at Hambledon for the licensing of Simon Willetts as Associate Minister.  Space in the church will be limited so we’re inviting everyone to come to Clock Barn Farm afterwards for light refreshments. 

WHOLE CHURCH PRAYER EVENT at Busbridge  on Wednesday 25 September from 7.30-9pm.  BHC is responding to a national call for churches to pray for their area and the nation at the end of September, and Bishop Andrew and Archdeacon Paul will be joining us for quite  a creative prayer event!  Please be part of it.

Childrens 4-11s Ministry Leader post now advertised
The closing date for applications for our next 4-11s ministry leader is 22 July 2019.  Please spread the word and pray that the right person is prompted to come forward.  If it could be you, Simon Taylor would be delighted to talk to you about it.  Contact simon.taylor@bhcgodalming.org.

Services in the summer holidays—28 Jul to 1 Sep
The 10am Busbridge Combined service at will take place in the Busbridge Junior School hall in the summer holidays, starting Sunday 28 July.  Classic and Contemporary congregations worship together, in a format that includes elements of both styles of worship.  Children’s groups stop in the holidays but there will be activities and good  space for our young ones.  During August, Hambledon will have one morning service at 9am.  

Looking further ahead...we’d love to run another Light Party in October half term.  (More than 80 children came last year!)  If you’d like to help with this or better still,  to lead it, then please let the church office know in the next week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 7 July 2019

Welcome to the family and friends of Adam Wells and Ada Balakrishnan who are being baptised at Hambledon All Age this morning.

Services in the summer holidays—28 Jul to 1 Sep
The 10am Busbridge Combined service at will take place in the Busbridge Junior School hall in the summer holidays, starting Sunday 28 July.  These services provide a good opportunity for the Classic and Contemporary congregations to worship together, in a format that includes elements of both styles of worship.  Children’s groups stop in the holidays but there will be activities and good  space for our young ones, in and out of the service.   During August, Hambledon will have one morning service at 9am (BCP plus). 

A more urgent call for singers and musicians for Busbridge Church’s reopening celebration on 8 September…!
We are planning a really special service to mark this important point of the church’s journey, and would like as many singers and musicians to be part of the choir and chamber orchestra for the event.  Rehearsals will be on     1 and 7 Sep, from 2.30 – 5pm. We will sing two or three numbers, which are likely be a mix of traditional hymns and a more modern song (but not very contemporary).  If you are interested please contact Julie Nelson (julienelson@phonecoop.coop) as soon as possible. 

There will be an equally important celebration the following Sunday, 15 September, at Hambledon for the licensing of Simon Willetts as Associate Minister.  We are expecting a full church so may need to limit numbers for this.  Details to follow.

A momentous September will be capped off with a WHOLE CHURCH PRAYER EVENT at Busbridge as part of a national call for churches to pray for their area and the nation.  We will be joined at Busbridge Church by Bishop Andrew and Archdeacon Paul on the evening of Wednesday 25 September from 7.30-9pm.

Childrens 4-11s Ministry Leader post now advertised
The ad for our next 4-11s ministry leader is published on bhcgodalming.org and the New Wine web site.  Closing date 22 July 2019.  Please spread the word and pray that the right person is prompted to come forward.  If it could be you, Simon Taylor would be delighted to talk to you about it.  Contact simon.taylor@bhcgodalming.org.

The next Hambledon Ladies Breakfast at West Surrey Golf Club will be on Saturday 10 August.  Rev Lesley Mason will be talking about her work as Chaplain at HM Prison Send.  Tickets (£9) are available from Hambledon Village Shop from 22  July to 6 August. 

Update on Busbridge Church reordering
The project is proceeding to plan.  Nearly 1½ miles of new cabling has been installed! If you can spare some time in the coming weeks to join our logistics team, please contact liz.gorst@bhcgodalming.org.  The initial focus will be sorting and cataloguing ‘resources’ to be relocated from their temporary home in the church centre.

Congratulations to the Cellar on its big 4-0!
The Cellar ‘family’ will be celebrating this huge milestone in Philips Memorial Park from 2.30pm this Sunday, 7 July.  The Godalming Food Festival and the bandstand will be in full swing with performances from the Rock Choir and Azure, and The Cellar will be selling Loseley ice cream too! Everyone is welcome to celebrate 40 wonderful years.  Bring a picnic.  We hope to see you there!  (See this July’s Channel for Mission Update to find out more).

Did you see last Sunday’s episode of Top Gear?
Busbridge Church and around featured in the first 5 mins!  You can catch it again on BBC iplayer.