Sunday 17 September 2017

We are very sad to report that Michael Barrett died peacefully on Tuesday 12th September, in Birtley House. He had been staying there since he came out of hospital and was wonderfully looked after. Please pray for Michael’s brother, John, and sister-in-law Eunice. The funeral service will be held in Busbridge church at 11.00am on Tuesday 26th September 2017, followed by committal at the crematorium. All friends are warmly invited.

Pathfinders Youth (12-14s)
“It’s a great area of church life to be involved in”
Our vision is to work alongside parents to see young people Love God, Follow Jesus, Grow in faith and Share that faith with their mates! We get really excited about what God has planned for their lives. Our hope is to be a church that they want to be part of.
The Sunday Morning team  (10.30am Service) are all male and in need of a couple of females who are gifted at discipling young people.
The Friday Night team (every other Friday) are also looking for people who have a gift at connecting with young people where they are at, and being a first contact to faith in Jesus.
We’d love to hear from you if you’d like to join either team. Why not grab James Ellin and have a chat! 01483 421267 or email

Music Night for Old Rectory
Gary Wilson-Balchin’s fun charity music event was on Saturday night an raised a healthy £622.20 for the Old Rectory.  Thanks to Gary for all his hard work making this such a fun night.

The next Squires lunch will be on the 24th September at 12 noon. If you would like to join in please talk to Terry Swantonby Wednesday 20th

Do you like talking to God?
How about helping others talk to God? If so, have you considered leading prayers at the 6.30 services?  We're looking for some more people to join the rota,  with no requirement for a regular commitment. If you'd like to find out more, contact Suzie Lambert at

Message from Bryan & Tori
Thank you to Busbridge & Hambledon Church for the welcome of our daughter! We want to send our thanks and appreciation for the overwhelming amount of love, prayer, cards, gifts and meals from so many at BHC. It has been such an encouragement to us and a testimony to God’s love at work at BHC. Abigail Rose Silletti is now 3 weeks old (born 24th August 2017) and we look forward to introducing her to our church family when we are a bit more settled. 

On Thursday 5th October, John Peddie will come and talk about the work of ASCT - Asian Students Christian Trust (now Children of the Dump - Manila). John is a trustee of ASCT and also runs a media production company. Last year he went to Manila to make a video about the extremely poor families who scrape a living by scavenging from the huge rubbish dump on the outskirts of Manila. This was to help promote the work of the various educational and residential projects undertaken by ASCT and, most importantly, the impact they are having on the communities they touch. You will be moved by the plight of these young ‘children of the dump’. Do come along and find out more! The meeting will start at 8.00pm in the Busbridge Church Centre, and we’ll have drinks and nibbles and time for a chat before John starts his talk.  All are very welcome!

Working party
Stuart Jones is organising a working party to help remove the hedge between the Centre and Old Rectory and needs volunteers to join him between 9.00am - 12.00pm on Saturday 30th September. Bacon rolls/refreshments will be supplied. Volunteers will need to bring chainsaws (with appropriate safety gear), saws, wire cutters (as we need to remove a stretch of wire fencing), spades, wheelbarrows, gloves etc. If people could let Stuart know on or 01483 418581 if they are able to give an hour or two that would be helpful with planning for catering.

Contemporary Service
Welcomers are urgently needed for the Contemporary service. We are only asking for a once a month commitment, term time only, with the possibility to do swaps where necessary. Contrary to popular belief, there is more to welcoming than giving out bits of paper, and you don't need to already know everybody in church. Please contact Huge thanks to Nin Moore, Niki Holmes and Ceri Apark who over the past few months have stepped down from welcoming after many years.

Home Group and Harvest Sunday BBQ
On Sunday 1st 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 is also an opportunity to find out more about homegroups across BHC so do pop along.

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.