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.
- 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:

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: 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:

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

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 (  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!