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Good Friday Walk of Witness in Farnham
Revd.Jacqueline Drake-Smith new Vicar of Wrecclesham
Farnham’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
CTF Christmas Lunch at Gostrey Centre
Churches Together A.G.M. Report - November 2017
Revd.John Morris new Vicar of The Bourne
In Memoriam

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Churches Together E-Newsletter 
February 2018 Edition

An E-Newsletter is published each month, including upcoming activities and an event listing.  To “READ ALL ABOUT IT”, please CLICK HERE to download your copy.

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Midday Music at St.Thomas-on-The Bourne - for Christian Aid
(Tuesdays at noon - 20th Feb to 27th March)
CTF Member Churches Farnham ASSIST seek volunteers to help with Praise & Worship at Care Homes
Good Friday Walk of Witness in Farnham
(30th March starting at 12:00 noon)
Organist Wanted at All Saints Tilford
(one Sunday per month)
Farnham Filling Station
(Monthly meeting: next Friday 9th March)
Farnham ASSIST Silver Service
(Thurs afternoon 15th March at 3:00 p.m)
Women’s World Day of Prayer Service at Farnham Methodist
(Friday 2nd March)
“Love in Action” Prayer Event
(St.Andrew’s Sunday 25th Feb at 4:00 p.m)
More notices on the NOTICE BOARD page . . .

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Churches Together in Farnham’s
Walk of Witness

Friday 30th March 2018

An opportunity for Farnham Christians to bear Witness on Good Friday

This year as usual, people are invited to gather in The Hart at 12 noon on Good Friday to join the silent Walk of Witness around Farnham.

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The walk proceeds along The Borough down South Street and up Downing Street, ending in St.Andrew’s churchyard, where there will be a concluding prayer.

Please join in - ALL WELCOME!

For pictures of last year’s Walk of Witness, please CLICK HERE.

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Revd.Jacqueline Drake-Smith - new Vicar of Wrecclesham

At 7:30 p.m on the evening of Tuesday 13th March 2018 at St.Peter's Church, Beales Lane, Wrecclesham, the Revd.Jacqueline Drake-Smith will be instituted as the new Vicar of Wrecclesham Parish.  Everyone is welcome.

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Revd. Drake-Smith comes from St.John The Evangelist Church in Merrow.  She was previously a churchwarden at St.Francis’ Church (Westborough Guildford), from where in 2012 she started two years of full-time training at Ripon College, coming to Merrow in 2014.

She was ordained 2015 and then served as the Assistant Curate in Merrow.

Jacqueline was born and educated in Guildford and has spent most of her life in the area.

Commenting on her move to Wrecclesham, Jacqueline said:

“I am delighted to be writing to you as your ‘nearly-there’ new Vicar.  From when I first stepped into St.Peter’s beautiful and warm space I knew there was something very special about the Spirit of this place, this parish.  I continued to come along and pray and, each time I visited, I felt greater sense of wanting to know more.  I look forward to sharing the joys and fun and the tougher not-so-fun times that inevitably come along on this winding road of faith.  I feel very grateful, and trust that we have some exciting times to come, when we can build on the great things already happening at St.Peter’s, build up our common life together – and do the best we can to flourish and grow and be a blessing for the community we serve and who bless us in return.”

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Churches Together in Farnham

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
18–25th January 2018

As in previous years, Churches Together in Farnham marked the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity by daily prayers during the week, with a Service of Christian Unity on the Sunday falling within the week (This year on Sunday 21st January 2018).

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Farnham United Service
This year’s United Service was at St.Andrew’s Parish Church on the afternoon of Sunday 21st January 2018.

Daily Prayers.
The daily prayers were hosted at various churches across the town.  All sessions were from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.  They were followed by refreshments.

Full programme for Unity Week here ... 

 
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Christmas Day 2017
Lunch at Farnham's Gostrey Centre

 

Once again, a festive lunch took place on Christmas Day at the Gostrey Centre for approximately 60 Farnham residents who would otherwise have spent this special day on their own.  Peace and goodwill were much in evidence as our guests enjoyed each other’s company over an excellent two-course meal, including roast turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas pudding and wine. 

This celebration would not have been possible without the generosity and good will we find in our local community.  Many, many thanks to Morgan’s Butchers for donating the turkeys and other meats, to the Bourne Show and Hale Carnival for their generous donations, to Hale Opportunities Group for the delicious mince pies, to Bells Piece for the beautiful table decorations and to Sainsbury’s and Waitrose for their help.  And special mention to David Beal yet again for wonderful cooking.

The Lunch was coordinated by Churches Together in Farnham, and for guests and volunteer helpers the day is now a happy memory.

Report by Michael McDonnell here ...  

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CTF Annual General Meeting
22nd November 2017
 

CTF holds its A.G.M. each autumn.  The 2017 meeting took place on the evening of Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at the United Reformed Church in South Street Farnham.

You can download your copy of the A.G.M Minutes from the following link.

Download A.G.M. Minutes (2017) here.
 
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The meeting agenda included:

  • The election of officers for the coming year;
  • A brief review of the main activities of CTF during the past year;
  • An opportunity for each of the many organisations associated with CTF to report on their activities
  • An opportunity for church leaders, particularly those new to the town, to share their thoughts.

Please CLICK HERE for more about CTF ...

 
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Revd.John Morris appointed Vicar of The Bourne & Tilford

The Revd.John Morris has been appointed the new Vicar of The United Benefice of The Bourne and Tilford.  His Induction and Institution took place on the evening of Wednesday 18th October 2017 at the church of St.Thomas-on-The Bourne.

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Revd.Morris began his career as a scientist at the Royal Radar Establishment, Malvern, before finding his vocation to the priesthood. Following ordination at Brecon Cathedral, he served curacies in Swansea and rural Herefordshire.  His first incumbency was near Hereford.

He joined the Royal Navy as a Naval Chaplain and saw service throughout the world from Antarctica to the Arctic.  In 1966, he passed Commando Training and served with the Royal Marine Commandos.  Leaving the Navy, John was Chaplain to Lord Wandsworth College, moving on to join the Exeter Diocese, where he assisted in a variety of roles.

On 18th October, the Institution was conducted by Bishop Jo Bailey Wells and the Induction by Archdeacon Paul Bryer.  At the following reception, John was welcomed on behalf of Churches Together in Farnham by Andrew Partridge.

Revd.John Morris succeeds Revd.Canon Karen Hutchinson, who in October 2016 was instituted as the new Archdeacon of Norwich.

More about Revd. Morris’ appointment here ...  

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In Memoriam ...

Churches Together in in Farnham record with sadness the death of dedicated and committed Christians who have played important roles in our support.

Please CLICK HERE to see recent reports.

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CTF Directory

The CTF Directory was updated and re-issued in January 2018.  The directory provides contact information for local churches, ministers and Christian organisations.

Copies available on application to the Hon.Secretary, for church ministers and their office staff, and for others working with Churches Together in Farnham .  Also available for download by authorised persons — please refer to the “Contacts” page.

 
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For Your Diary
Mar 5th - CHRISTIAN MEDITATION AT ST.JOAN'S
Mar 7th - LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
Mar 12th - CHRISTIAN MEDITATION AT ST.JOAN'S
Mar 14th - LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
Mar 15th - SILVER SERVICE
Mar 18th - 'WORSHIP THE LORD WITH JOY!'
Mar 19th - CHRISTIAN MEDITATION AT ST.JOAN'S
Mar 20th - CTF ECUMENICAL PRAYER MEETING
Mar 21st - LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
Mar 26th - CHRISTIAN MEDITATION AT ST.JOAN'S