Sunday 11 February 2018

Old Rectory update
Decorations start on the first floor this coming week, the front extension is being roofed, the verandah is being constructed and electrical works continue. Mark Pateman

Busbridge Contemporary
Huge thanks to everyone who has signed up for the Busbridge Contemporary teams. Isn’t it great being back in the school?! Our next step is to get together to talk about what’s involved, any teething issues and what we can do, going forward, to make everything run even more smoothly. We’ve planned a first meeting for Sunday 18th February (immediately after the Contemporary service - probably lasting 30 minutes) to which everyone who is involved or would like to be involved, is invited to partake. If you’re unable to make this date we have a couple more meetings planned so everyone should have the chance to come along and find out more. Any questions not covered in the meetings please talk to Dave Preece or Mark Williams.

House groups resource
Attention all House group leaders - there are some study notes for the April sermon series on Loving your Neighbour. If you would find these useful, they can be downloaded from the website on

Old Rectory prayer points
· Give thanks for the amazing total of £755 raised by Shelagh Godwin’s birthday celebration concert. Also give thanks for the success of the event and for all the answered prayers.

· Pray for Mark and the Old Rectory building team as they get closer to starting work on the garages: for strength, protection, and good weather.


There is a Fairtrade sale and coffee morning coming up on Saturday 24th February, 10.00am - 12noon at St John’s Church Room in Farncombe. There’ll be loads of Fairtrade products available there - do go along and support it if you can.

Newcomers Tea
We are looking for someone to lead a small team of 3 to 4 people to coordinate a newcomers’/welcome event in late April. If you are interested could you please contact Jill Johnston. If you are new to any of the BHC services and haven’t yet filled out an information card, please get in touch with Jill as well so she can let you know the details closer to the time.

The Eaves family
Lizzie and her family (Busbridge Contemporary) are relocating to NZ on 28th February. If anyone would like to keep up with their latest news, contact Karen in the church office who can connect you. All the best to them in their new adventures!

Dates for your diary…
You won’t want to miss out on these events so add them to your diaries now:

24th April | Whole Church prayer event

29th April | APCM

12th May | The BIG Spring Clean

PLUS we’re still finalising dates for an Away Day some time after June - watch this space!

Dog adoption with a difference!
Phoebe and Edie from Busbridge Contemporary have taught themselves to make origami dogs and are putting them up for ‘adoption’ in return for a donation towards Old Rectory and Action Aid. They will be for sale in the Contemporary over the 2 upcoming Sundays - could you offer a home for a paper canine and support the girls fantastic efforts? Well done girls for your initiative and getting involved with Old Rectory fundraising.

Marvellous Movie Matinee
Worth adding to your diaries is a movie for the grown-ups, starring Judi Dench as Queen Victoria (is that enough of a hint?!) on Saturday 3rd March, 2.30pm at Busbridge Church.

GraveTalk: A café space to talk about a difficult subject
Saturday 3rd March, 10.30am Godalming Baptist Church. Death, dying and funerals are not easy topics to discuss, but things we all inevitably need to face one day. This Church of England GraveTalk "cafe space" will provide a safe and informal environment for these important life questions to be considered. There is no charge for this event, but a small donation towards the cost of refreshments and administration would be gratefully received. To book your free place, please register by contacting Sally Pollard at Godalming Baptist Church: