Sunday 9 December

A warm welcome to our guest speakers from the Guildford Besom at all services today. To support our chosen Christmas charity and the work they do with local families, please look out for gift envelopes in all services.

Given the serious situation in the UK Simon has written a special Christmas Rector’s Reflection which relates to Brexit which may be of comfort for some. Go to www.bhcgodalming.org/rectors-reflections.

A team, led by Andrew Dunn, this week met with representatives of the diocese regarding the clergy post for Hambledon. We are pleased to report that there has been significant progress which will be explained in full at the January PCC meeting (for a final vote on the matter). The progress is such that we hope to advertise immediately after the January PCC meeting. Preparation work on Mervil Bottom is underway. If you would like more information please speak to Andrew Dunn, David Jenkins, Liz Cooke or Alan Harvey.

There is a Carol Service taking place in Busbridge Church on Monday December 17th commencing at 2.30pm. The service is hosted by Prime Time, but it is an event that anyone is welcome to attend regardless of age! Maybe the timings of the Sunday carol services the day before just don’t work for you this year or you are a parent or grandparent of one of the BJS children who will be performing in the choir that afternoon during this service or maybe you just can’t get enough of carols? Whatever the circumstances, do come and join us for the afternoon. Expect a carol service with a traditional format, including a mix of both secular and religious readings. The service will be rounded off with mulled wine and mince pies. For further details contact the Church Office or email primetime@bhcgodalming.org.

Willing hands needed to serve refreshments after the Busbridge Evening Carol Service. If you can help please email Clare Haddad - clarehaddad@aol.com ASAP.

Congratulations to Laura, Michael and Toby Todd (Busbridge) on the safe (but slightly early) arrival of Arthur Albert Todd. Great news!

Calling all musicians and singers! We are looking for musicians and singers to step forward and join our fantastic worship team. We are looking for instrumentalists, both classical and contemporary, and singers to help us to continue to build on musical worship across all services within the benefice as well as worship evenings and Church events. If you are interested in getting involved please contact Lisa, detailing which congregation you are part of and which instrument you play or if you are a vocalist. Email lisa.olsworth-peter@bhcgodalming.org.

Please note there is NO Hambledon Prayer Breakfast on 15th December.

The Alpha course starts on January 9th in the Old Rectory. Please be praying and thinking about who you could invite; invitation cards are available in all services.

PLEASE PRAY FOR…

·  The proposed changes to Busbridge Church

·  The search for our new Youth Minister at BHC

·  Our political leaders

·  North Munstead Lane and their road stewards  Mark & Katrina Williams

·  South Munstead Lane & The Hydons

Sunday 2 December

Did you know that over the course of last week, more than 280 people used or visited the Old Rectory and Centre? It wasn’t even a busy 7 day period! Find out more about what’s happening in the Old Rectory as well as the future of our worship - in terms of music-worship  ministry and the invitation to offer your views on changes to the worship space in Busbridge Church - in the special brochure available in all services this weekend with a special prayer event for it on 4th December and a Q&A session on 9th December in Busbridge Church.

A wonderful new initiative is starting in the new year - Sing it out! This is a new choir which will meet in Busbridge a couple of Wednesdays a month (9.30am - 11.15am) to which you are welcome and encouraged to bring your children. Enthusiastic singers who don’t have young children also welcome! There will be toys and refreshments available. For more information, please go to www.bhcgodalming.org/sing.

Help show God's love this Christmas by getting involved with the Christmas Besom hampers. If you would like to help pack and/or deliver hampers please contact Jo Cookes. Packing takes place on 13th December with deliveries on 15th and 16th December. 

Busbridge Church Centre has been turned into a giant Advent Calendar, with a new picture appearing in the window every day. Come along at any time to see what local groups and individuals have created.

Channel for Mission are delighted to introduce Guildford Besom as this Christmas’s Mission Partner. Come and hear members of Besom talk about their mission and the opportunities available to us all at the Church services on 9th December. Gift envelopes will be available in all services from next week.

The Alpha course starts on January 9th in the Old Rectory. Please be praying and thinking about who you could invite; invitation cards are available in all services.

Ladies of Busbridge&Hambledon - before you do a pre-Christmas clear out of your wardrobes...STOP! Or in the unlikely event that you get a Christmas present of the clothing variety that’s ‘not really you’...FEAR NOT! For in the New Year we will be having another Swap ‘til you Drop event, where you can swap those unwanted but perfectly lovely (but just not for you) items of clothing, scarves, shoes or jewellery for things that look just fab. It’ll cost you nothing and you’ll leave the evening even more glamorous than when you arrived. The date is yet to be confirmed but we’re thinking February. Start collecting your things now...

PLEASE PRAY FOR…

·  The proposed changes to Busbridge Church

·  The search for our new Youth Minister at BHC

·  Those working in hospices

·  New Road & Salt Lane and their road steward    Olwen Downhill

·  Rectory Close and Salt Lane

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Sunday 25 November

Last week we said that a brochure with vision and possibilities for worship including worship ministry and re-ordering Busbridge Church would come out this week. Following the PCC meeting, looking at the details further and after some helpful feedback after last week’s brief information, we feel it right to defer for a week so that we get the correct information out to you all, for response and discussion on Dec 2nd. There will be people available after services this Sunday (25th Nov) to informally answer immediate questions. Please speak to Rosie and Simon (Busbridge Contemp), David Mace (Busbridge Classic), Simon (6.30pm) or David Jenkins (Hambledon). There will be official Q&A sessions on Dec 9th across the Benefice.

The Alpha course (an opportunity to explore the meaning of life and the Christian faith in a relaxed environment) starts on January 9th in the Old Rectory. Please be praying and thinking about who you could invite; invitation cards will be available soon. We are holding a prayer evening for the course this coming Wednesday (28th) at 8.00pm, also in the Old Rectory. Please come and join us to pray - the course will be a life-changing event for some and we need to cover it with prayer. An hour or so of your time would be really appreciated and will make a difference!"

The Channel for Mission team would like to thank everyone at BHC for the very generous donations given to the Five Talents at Harvest last month. An incredible £2,921.25 was raised.

Church Centre Redevelopment Update: Dave Preece has been in conversation with Guildford Diocese with regards to permissions and faculties needed for the Church Centre Redevelopment. The team are working on design and cost plans to present to the PCC. For more information please speak to Dave.

Home groups are one of the ways our church family meet up midweek to grow closer together as family and closer to Christ as saviour. In 2019 we’ll look at their central place in our future, the church vision and how we live-out our calling as disciples of Jesus at BHC. If you’d like to get involved in a mid-week group please call the church office or ask a service leader about them. If you are a home group leader and you haven’t yet contacted Simon to confirm your email address please could you do so this week?

The Busbridge Contemporary service on 2nd December is going to be of the like, never seen before! All welcome to come along to the Fuse Christingle! An interactive service for the whole family, there are rumours of a different spin on a Christingle...did someone say Jaffa Cakes?!

PLEASE PRAY FOR…

·  The proposed changes to Busbridge Church
·  The search for our new Youth Minister at BHC
·  The bereaved
·  Monteagle and Westdean and their road stewards Guy & Jo Cookes
·  Quartermile Road & Roundals Lane

Sunday 18 November

Some resources for Home Groups for Advent to Epiphany have been added to the website for those who’d like to use them. Access them via www.bhcgodalming.org/hgresources.

An information booklet with the outline and vision for the Busbridge church reordering and the benefice wide music worship ministry will be distributed next Sunday, 25th November.  This is an exciting opportunity for the benefice to embrace a fresh dynamic for worship and service.  Intriguing? Do read the booklet.

This afternoon there is the very first drop-in Christmas Crafternoon happening in the Old Rectory from 2.00pm - 6.00pm. Open to all ages (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult), you can bring your own crafts if you’d like or dip into the crafts on offer. Strong rumours of tea and cake too. Do pop in you have a chance and bring out your creative side.

The next ladies’ film night is happening on Tuesday at 7.30 pm and we are now showing The Shack - not The Greatest Showman as previously advertised. It is helpful to know numbers for catering purposes so if you’d like to come along then please email ladies@bhcgodalming.org (we’ll let you know the location by return email).

Speaking of all things cinematic, we have a lovely Christmas Marvellous Movie Matinee planned for 2.30pm on Saturday, 8th December at Busbridge Church. In this adaptation of the beloved children's tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. This event follows after the Busbridge Junior School fair, so why not head over to the church whilst you’re feeling all Christmassy? Invite your friends along to this super afternoon!

The next Churches Together Prayer Breakfast is happening at 8.30am on Saturday, 24th November, in the Hambledon Church Room. All welcome to come along.

The next Squires Lunch will be on Sunday 25th November at 12.15pm. Squires will be doing special Christmas Lunch plus the normal lunch menu will be available as usual that day. We do hope you will be able to join us for an early start to the festive season. For more information please speak to Brian & Pat Oxborough.

PLEASE PRAY FOR…

·  The planned changes to Busbridge Church

·  The Ford, Puddephatt and Bajer families

·  Claire Pearson and Doris Borthwick

·  The search for our new Youth Minister at BHC

·  Those working in medicine

·  Minster Road and their road stewards Ruth Bennett, Sarah Black and Nick Moore

·  Parkfield and Rock Hill

Sunday 11 November

We send our love to Niki Ford whose mother, Barbara, died on Monday.  Please pray for peace and comfort for Niki and Pete, Annabelle, Sophie Charlie and Toby … also for the wider family, Niki’s siblings and their families.

And also to Mark Puddephatt, whose father died last Sunday (4th November).  Please hold Mark and Dawn, Theo, Reuben and Millie in your prayers, together with Mark’s mother, Molly, and the wider family.

Cherry Slater’s funeral service will be in Busbridge Church on Friday 16th November 2018, at 12noon, followed by refreshments in the Village Hall. All who knew Cherry will be very welcome.

We interviewed for the Youth Ministry post last week but the panel was unanimous in deciding not to appoint any of the candidates. Please pray for the Pathfinder and Ichthus volunteers and young people, for Becky and Juliet and for the disappointed candidates. We are taking Diocesan advice and will advertise again very soon.

 The next Squires Lunch will be on Sunday 25th November at 12.15pm. Squires will be doing special Christmas Lunch plus the normal lunch menu will be available as usual that day. We do hope you will be able to join us for an early start to the festive season. For more information please speak to Brian & Pat Oxborough.

Our Church needs prayer and needs you!
There is a prayer time on the 2nd Saturday of every Month (8.00 - 9.00am with refreshments after) in Busbridge Church to pray for our leaders and events coming up. Prayer can be out loud or silent. Upcoming dates are listed on the website www.bhcgodalming.org/whats-on...do book it in your diary and come along.

 

The Nexus Charity Quiz Night is only three weeks away, on Saturday 1st December! It’s in Busbridge Village Hall and starts at 7.30pm. We’re delighted to have the dedicated and entertaining duo, Alan Betts and Dudley Hilton, masterminding the quiz for us.  Tickets are £12, to include a quiche supper and some delicious homemade desserts. The raffle is in support of our chosen charity: SERV Surrey and South London. This is your last chance to get one of the few remaining tickets from Janet Harvey on 01483 423264 or email her at: janetmharvey@btinternet.com.  We need to have firm numbers by 23rd November. If you’ve signed up for tickets but haven’t collected them yet, now is the time, please! You can pay electronically if you wish; call for details. It’ll be a great start to the Christmas festivities.

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR…

·  The Ford, Puddephatt and Bajer families

·  Doris Borthwick as she returns home from hospital

·  Claire Pearson and family

·  The planned changes to Busbridge Church

·  Those working in medicine

·  Maryvale and their road steward Jackie Beale

·  Park Road and Potters Hill