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Tilford Anniversary Art Festival
Revd.Graham Culver appointed to lead FBC
Revd.John Morris Vicar Designate of The Bourne
Tribute to the life of the late Rosemary Stephens
£18,500 raised in Farnham during Christian Aid Week
Queen’s Award for Farnham ASSIST
In Memoriam

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Churches Together E-Newsletter 
September 2017 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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The Source (Aldershot) vacancy: Support Services Administrator CTF Member Churches Oberammergau Passion Play
Summer 2020
Workaholics Anonymous Meetings in Farnham
(Monday evenings)
“Life in The Spirit” Wed evening Prayer Meetings COME & SEE! Tilford
Church Art Festival - this weekend & next: 23/24 Sept & 30 Sept/1 Oct
Farnham Assist September 2017 Prayer Letter
(on “Associates” page)
CTF Annual General Meeting
(date & location to be announced)
Alton Abbey 15th Annual Lecture - Friday evening
20th October
More notices on the NOTICE BOARD page . . .

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150th Anniversary Art & Photography Festival
at Tilford Parish Church

All Saints Church

A remarkable display of community talent has been revealed by a major exhibition of Art & Photography at All Saints, Tilford, Church over the last two weekends of September 2017.  The broad-ranging show is open to the public over the two weekends, 23rd/24th September and 30th Sept/1st October, from 10:00 a.m until 4:00 p.m on the two Saturdays and from 11:00 a.m until 4:00 p.m on the Sundays.

The display features the work of artists and photographers of all ages and abilities - from budding amateurs to experienced professionals and delighted visitors.

The festival is open to the public free of charge – donations invited - with refreshments, including tea, coffee and delicious home-made cakes being served.

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The Art Festival is part of the year-long celebrations of the 150th birthday of Tilford Parish Church.  Following an organ recital, a Flower Festival, and a Village Lunch earlier in the year, the festivities will continue with a visit from the Bishop of Guildford to All Saints Patronal Festival on Sunday 29th October, a Christmas Oratorio presented by Tilford Bach Society on Saturday 18th November and a Christmas Tree Festival on Saturday 9th December.

The flower festival in June filled the church with a delightful medley of scents and colours.  It attracted visitors from near and far, who generously donated some £500 towards the upkeep of this noted Victorian church.

... full illustrated article of the flower festival here
... full anniversary event programme here

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Revd.Graham Culver appointed Senior Minister
at Farnham Baptist Church

The Revd.Graham Culver has been appointed Senior Minister at Farnham Baptist Church.

Graham and Cathy Culver

The Ministers, Deacons and membership of the church invite all to the Welcome and Induction Service, which will be held on the afternoon of Saturday 7th October 2017, starting at 2:30 p.m, at Farnham Baptist Church, The Hart Farnham GU9 7HA.

Graham Culver moves to Farnham from Grimsby, where he was Pastor leading Grimsby Baptist Church.

He succeeds Revd John Ross, who will leave Farnham Baptist Church having led the church for many years.  John and his wife plan to stay in the Farnham area.

The church would appreciate an idea of numbers attending, so please call James Burnage (01252 714351) or e-mail to

more ...  

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Revd.John Morris appointed Vicar Designate of The Bourne & Tilford

The Revd.John Morris has been appointed Vicar Designate of The Bourne and Tilford.  His Induction and Institution will be held at St.Thomas-on-The Bourne at 7:30 p.m on Wednesday 18th October 2017.  All are welcome to come and celebrate.

Revd.John Morris

He 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.

He is a keen singer, performing at the Three Choirs Festival, and with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

His is married to Gillian and has two grown up children.

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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Tribute to the life of the late Rosemary Stephens

We record with sadness the death, on 24th June 2017, of Rosemary Stephens.

Rosemary had a long and varied life, contributing to the ecumenical scene in Farnham in the 1980s and 1990s.  In 1986, she founded an ecumenical drama group, the Farnham Interchurch Players.

A Service of Thanksgiving for her life was held at Sway church on 30th June 2017.

The ashes of John and Rosemary Stephens will be interred at the Church of St.Michael & All Angels in Thursley on Monday 18th September at 2:30 p.m.  There will be a short service, followed by tea and coffeee in the church.  All are most welcome to attend.

Please CLICK HERE to see a fuller account of Rosemary’s life and contribution.

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£18,500 collected in Farnham during Christian Aid Week 2017

Thanks to the generosity of the people of Farnham and the surrounding villages, Christian Aid Farnham raised over £18,500 during the week.

Christian Aid Service

These donations ensure that Christian Aid can continue its work, offering vital assistance to refugees, while also working to eradicate extreme poverty, fight injustice, demand changes in the way tax is paid in poor countries (and at home) and highlight the effects of climate change on agriculture and the wider world.

On behalf of Christian Aid Farnham, Karen Few said:  “I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who gave so generously and a special thank you to the fantastic volunteers who faced very wet conditions out on the streets of Farnham delivering and collecting envelopes and those who collected donations in Farnham town on the particularly wet Saturday.  Thank you on behalf of Christian Aid.”

Full report on Christian Aid Week in Farnham here ...  

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Queen’s Award for Farnham ASSIST

On 2nd June 2017, Farnham ASSIST announced that they had been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services.

Buckingham Palace

This is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.  It is awarded for outstanding achievement by groups who volunteer their own time to enhance and improve the lives of others.

In recognition of the Award, Farnham ASSIST’s Manager, June Trantom and the former Manager, Brian Kurton had the honour of attending a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace at the end of May (picture left).

Addressing the many volunteers, June said:  “This Award represents all your hard work and support over a prolonged period of time, so very well done and thank you for being a vital part of this recognition.  Many congratulations to everyone.“

Farnham ASSIST is an organisation associated with Churches Together in Farnham (please see our “Associates” page).  It is an independent Charity.

More 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 2017.  The directory provides contact information for local churches, ministers and Christian organisations.

Copies available to those working with Churches Together in Farnham on application to the secretary.  Also available for download by authorised persons — please refer to the “Contacts” page.

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