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Good Friday Walk of Witness
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Churches Together E-Newsletter 
March 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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Midday Music at St.Thomas supporting Christian Aid CTF Member Churches VOLUNTEERS sought by Farnham ASSIST
What’s On at Alton Abbey “Life in The Spirit” Wed evening Prayer Meetings All Saints Tilford 150th Anniversary Celebration
Independent Examiner for Benefice of Frensham Octavian Singers at St.Mary’s Frensham
25th March
Vox “Take Two” Concert at St.Thomas’
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Churches Together in Farnham’s
Walk of Witness

Friday 14th March 2017

Christians will bear witness on Good Friday

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On Good Friday 14th March 2017, all are invited to join in Churches Together in Farnham’s Walk of Witness.

The assembly point is at the top of The Hart — of West Street Farnham — at 11:45 a.m.  Christians of all denominations will gather for prayer before the silent procession, following the cross through the centre of the town.

The walk will finish in St.Andrew’s churchyard with a short service and the singing of a Good Friday hymn.

Please join in if you can.

You can download a poster for local printing from the following link.  (PDF format - file size 115,308)

PLEASE CLICK HERE!

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Churches Together in Farnham

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
18–25th January 2017

As in previous years, Churches Together in Farnham marked the 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 (22nd January this year).

The daily prayers were hosted mainly by St.Joan’s Catholic Church, with meetings also held at the Anglican parish church of St.Andrew and at Farnham Pentecostal Church.

Farnham United Service on Sunday 22nd January 2017

The Unity Service was held this year at Farnham Methodist Church at 6:00 p.m.  The service was attended by some seventy Christians from a wide range of churches across the local area.  It was led by Revd.David Ashby of the Rowledge Methodist Church, Revd.Michael Hopkins of Farnham United Reformed Church, and David Uffindell, Rector of Farnham. Readings and intercessions were offered by members of the Methodist church, Weybourne Community Church, St.Andrew’s and St.Joan’s.

The service followed the format produced by churches in Germany for worldwide use, and featured the construction of a wall between the congregation and the cross.  This was made of bricks symbolising such things as “hate and contempt”, “persecution”, “broken communion” (12 in all) – which was symbolically overcome by the cross after the congregation offered one another signs of God’s peace.

After the two readings – the story of the Prodigal Son from Luke’s gospel, and an encouragement from St.Paul (in his second letter to the Corinthians) to be ambassadors for Christ, David Ashby gave a powerful address.  This reminded us of the needs of the world and the ease with which Christians can be distracted from being Jesus to the people around us and instead concentrate more on managing the various religious institutions we are part of.

On the one hand he reminded us that we are all at one in our trust and confidence in God revealed in Jesus Christ but, on the other hand, he asked whether meeting together only once a year showed a genuine concern at our division into denominations.  David pointed out that, in the world of football, “you would not be considered a real fan by only going to watch one match a year”.  He reminded us that, when we meet to pray for Christian unity, we should also be awake to what God is calling us to do about the problem that he has placed upon our hearts and minds.

He concluded by reminding us that there is strength in unity, and that the world needs this strength from us all “working and worshipping together with one purpose – to share the deep, passionate and abiding love God has for each of us – with those who are lost and hopeless”.

After the service there was a good opportunity, over a cup of tea, to make new links with fellow-Christians from other churches, and to renew old ones.

Andrew Partridge, Secretary of Churches Together in Farnham, afterwards commented:  “I found the whole week to be a joyful reminder of all the wonderful people in churches beyond my own, and all the wonderful things that they do, great and small, in the service of our community here in Farnham.”

Report by Andrew Partridge

You can CLICK HERE to see our report on the 2016 Week of Prayer.

 
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Revd.Canon Anne Gell to be
Archdeacon of Wells

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Revd.Canon Anne Gell has been vicar of St.Peter’s Wrecclesham since 2005.  In January 2017, it was announced that she has been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Wells.

She will take up her new post after Easter 2017, when she will become one of three archdeacons in the Diocese of Bath and Wells.

Anne will be moving with Simon and the family to the Archdeacon’s house, which has a lovely view of the west end of Wells cathedral.

She will also be a Residentiary Canon at the cathedral.  This means she will have some duties to perform there, including taking occasional services.

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Christmas Day 2016

Amazing food, laughter, gentleness, peace and goodwill, were in abundance at Farnham’s Christmas Day Lunch for people who would otherwise have spent the day on their own.  As in former years, the lunch was held at the Gostrey Centre.

Xmas Day Lunch

For the many volunteer helpers, from all walks of Farnham life, it was a privilege to be involved and an important part of their own Christmas celebration.

The lunch was coordinated by Churches Together in Farnham.  Messages of appreciation are being received and for guests and volunteer helpers the day is now a happy memory.

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CTF Directory

The January 2017 Edition of the CTF Directory has been issued.  This 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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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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For Your Diary
Apr 10th - CHRISTIAN MEDITATION AT ST.JOAN'S
Apr 12th - LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
Apr 16th - 'WORSHIP THE LORD WITH JOY!'
Apr 17th - CHRISTIAN MEDITATION AT ST.JOAN'S
Apr 18th - CTF ECUMENICAL PRAYER MEETING
Apr 19th - LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
Apr 20th - SILVER SERVICE
Apr 24th - CHRISTIAN MEDITATION AT ST.JOAN'S
Apr 26th - LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
May 1st - CHRISTIAN MEDITATION AT ST.JOAN'S