Sunday 3 December

Old Rectory update
Foundations to the new extension have been poured this week and the first stages of drainage installation are underway. Thanks for the cake and prayers!

We have been shocked and saddened by the unexpected death of Linda Brown on Monday 27th November.  Please pray for Ruth, as well as for Linda’s sister Carolyn and the wider family.  When we have news of Linda’s funeral, we will let you know.

We have been deeply saddened to hear of Brian Albery’s death on Wednesday 29th November.  Brian’s funeral will be held in church on Wednesday 13th December at 1.30pm. Please hold Diane, Neil, James and the whole family in your prayers.

We also send our love to Annaliese Boparai, whose father died last week. Please hold Anneliese and the whole family in your prayers.

Busbridge Classic & Contemporary 10.00am in 2018
We’ve been listening and talking with lots of people about the service times. We’ll be giving the Classic its 10.00am space from the second Sunday in Jan 2018 (14th). The Contemporary will meet in the school at 10.00am. We’re grateful to all those who have helped us reflect on the past two years and plan for the future. More detail will be shared as we approach the second Sunday in January. To clarify: 1st Sunday of January: Classic 9.00am, FUSE 10.30am in church building, 2nd Sunday: 10.00am in church and school, 3rd Sunday: Churches Together town service. 4th Sunday: 10.00am in church and school.

Be part of the changes for Busbridge Contemporary!
To find out more and your part in it, come along on Monday 4th December at Spinney Copse, opposite the church. Please let Simon or Mark Williams know for numbers. There will be a detailed planning meeting on Monday 11th December about roles and action areas. This will be in Hambledon Church (note the venue). Talk to Mark Williams or Dave Preece if you’d like to come to this one. Both meetings at 8.00pm.

Christmas Lunch
Churches Together are again organising a lunch on Christmas Day in the Baptist Church for those who would otherwise be on their own. Volunteer forms are at the back of the Church for anyone who would like to volunteer either to set up on the 23rd December, or on Christmas Day itself. We are also keen to hear of anyone who is likely to be on their own and may like an invitation. This is limited to the Godalming area as we provide transport. Please contact Gillian Martin if you would like to volunteer, and Gwen Wheatman if you would like someone to receive an invitation.

Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar
The window of Busbridge Church Centre has turned into a giant advent calendar this December. A different picture is being added every day, many created by local community groups. You are welcome to come along at any time to have a look.

Jingle&Mingle
Thanks to all the lovely ladies who descended upon the very Christmassy Clock Barn Hall for this year’s craft spectacular. We hope you enjoyed the festivities. Thanks again to the fantastic team who put this fun event together.

Michael Baughen writes…
You may recall our using a ’My beloved son’ booklet on Hebrews as our Lent Booklet...individually or perhaps in groups? The publishers are now putting 25 extracts from it online, one per day, for Advent. If you’d like to partake in this, go to www.cwr.org.uk.

Squires Lunch
We are suggesting that the next Squires lunch is on Sunday 10th December as the fourth Sunday is not possible this month. Please let the team know if you are interested in coming for the December lunch by Wednesday 4th December.

Busbridge Church
The walls are now back in at Busbridge Church. Thank you for your patience as the works were carried out.

Besom Hampers
Have you brought in your goodies for the Besom Hampers yet? The boxes for these will be at the back of church until 10th December so don’t delay. Things you could bring could be food items (go luxury end rather than value range!), household items, Christmas decorations or maybe toys? The Channel for Mission Team also need helpers to pack boxes on 13th December and deliver the hampers 14th-16th December. If you’d like to offer your services please email Robbie Hume or Jo Cookes. Thanks!

Sermons you might have missed...
Have you missed a talk recently? Our talks and sermons are now uploaded to www.soundcloud.com/bhcgodalming and eventually our website will also carry direct links for each congregation. Also, if you feel you can help this important ministry, please email sound@bhcgodalming.org.

Guildford Cathedral Upcoming Events…
16th December, 7.00pm Messiah with the Guildford Cathedral Choir. Tickets £12-£30.
17th January 2018, 7.00pm God and the Big Bang: an event to get you thinking about and exploring the interaction of science and faith with interactive workshops. More information on www.guildford-cathedral.org/events/boxoffice.