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Revd.Jane Walker new Area Dean of Farnham
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Churches Together E-Newsletter 
May 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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Flower Festival
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Farnham Assist May 2017 Prayer Letter
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St.Thomas-on-The Bourne Summer Evening Entertainment “Thy Kingdom Come”
Cathedral Event
4th June
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Revd.Jane Walker appointed Farnham’s new Area Dean

 

Churches Together in Farnham welcomes the appointment of the Revd.Jane Walker - Vicar of Frensham (picture right), to the additional role of Area Dean of Farnham.

She succeeds the former Area Dean, Canon Anne Gell (below left), recent Vicar of Wrecclesham.

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Jane was commissioned at a special service at St.Mary’s Church, Frensham, on 26th April 2017.

 

Revd.Canon Anne Gell was vicar of St.Peter’s Wrecclesham from 2005 until moving to Somerset at Easter 2017 to take up her new appointment at Easter 2017 as the Archdeacon of Wells.

More about Anne Gell's appointment here ...  

 
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Good Friday Walk of Witness 2017
Christians bear witness in procession

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At 12 noon on Good Friday, the most solemn moment of the Christian year, which recalls the moment Jesus was nailed to the cross, the procession set out from the Upper Hart car-park.  The event commenced with prayers led by Michael Hall of Farnham Pentecostal Church, and then proceeded in silence.

By the time the procession was moving up Downing Street it numbered around 200 - headed by Phoebe Thain, 14-year-old daughter of Rob Thain, Lay Minister at St.Andrew’s – carrying a cross.

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Once everyone had assembled in St Andrew’s churchyard and sung a hymn, prayers were led by David Uffindell, Rector of Farnham, thus concluding the first hour of Jesus’ time on the cross.

The Gospel accounts record Jesus finally dying at three in the afternoon, so further opportunities for reflection and prayer were offered until that time in St.Andrew’s and elsewhere around town.

The procession was organised by Stuart Dakers on behalf of Churches Together in Farnham.

Full report by Andrew Partridge with more pictures here ...  

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All Saints Church, Tilford

150th Anniversary

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For the past 150 years, All Saints Church has served the community of Tilford.  The current church building was consecrated on 10th July 1867.

The local community have valued the church and continued support will be essential to preserve the spiritual heart of the village.

The anniversary is being commemorated with a programme of events; it is to be hoped that all in the community will be able to join in celebrating this important village milestone, in so doing ensuring that All Saints Church will continue to serve future generations living in and around Tilford.

The next Anniversary Event is shown below:

6th May
Saturday
Organ Recital by Stephen Lacey at 6:30 p.m
(tickets £12.50)

More information with full Event Programme here ...  

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Father Matthew Gerin

Commemorating a Remarkable French Priest who came to Farnham

Matthew Gerin was born in Lyons in 1851, growing up to become Father Matthew Gerin, a local Parish Priest.  When in his 30s, he was dispossessed of his parish in the diocese of Lyons by the anti-clerical French Government.  Leaving France, he arrived penniless in England, where he was taken in by the Woodroffe family at Frensham Place (now Edgeborough School).  Here he celebrated Mass for the family in their chapel, which was soon opened for Mass to the faithful of the neighbourhood, calling it “The Chapel of the Holy Name”.

With the steady increase of Sunday visitors, Father Gerin decided to found a mission in Farnham.  On 26th January 1890, the Feast of St.Polycarp, the new church was opened, becoming the first post-Reformation Catholic Church in Farnham.  The following year St.Polycarp’s school was opened in one small room downstairs.

In February 1905, Father Gerin met with a car accident that put an end to his active life. He never recovered and received no compensation, retiring as an invalid in May 1907 and, for a while, lived first in Fleet and then in Ash, finally moving to Littlehampton.  In 1916, he was declared bankrupt.

Father Gerin with pupils at St.Polycarps

Father Gerin died in Littlehampton on 2nd February 1918.  He was buried there in an unmarked grave.  Recently, Patricia Knight, author of “The Bear Lane Years of St.Polycarp’s School”, found the unmarked plot in Littlehampton cemetery.  The Parish of St.Joan of Arc purchased the plot and erected a memorial stone to recognise their debt to this extraordinary man, his work and precious legacy. On Monday 13th February 2017, Bishop Richard Moth led a graveside service of Blessing and Thanksgiving for the finding of Father Gerin’s grave.

Requiescat in Pace.

With acknowledgements to the St.Joan of Arc web site

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Churches Together in Farnham

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

As in previous years, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was marked by daily prayers during the week, with a Service of Christian Unity on Sunday 22nd January.

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.

The Unity Service was held at Farnham Methodist Church and attended by some seventy Christians from a wide range of local churches.  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 other local churches.

After the two readings, David Ashby gave a powerful address, reminding 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.

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