Service of Remembering and Thanking – Sunday 5th November

This Sunday all those who would like to remember those whom they have loved and lost (however long ago) are invited to a short service preceded by refreshments.  Please feel free to come along from 4.30pm with a service at 5pm.   As part of the service you will be invited to light a candle in memory of those whom you wish to remember and we will read out the names of those whose funerals we have been involved with over the last year.

 

In a busy world it is the opportunity to spend a short time in grateful appreciation  of those close to us and to thank God for their memory and contribution to our lives.  You’ll be very welcome.

Our AwayDay

We had a great AwayDay the Saturday before last and here’s the photo to prove it.  You may think looking at this that we aren’t very good at spelling but everyone is smiling and all were glad to be there.

 

 

With an 81% return rate of feedback forms and all positive (but with some helpful suggestions for improvements)  we are confidently looking forward to our Away Weekend next year 12 – 14th October 2018.   More details to follow soon.

A special thanks to the Discipleship Team who organised the day, our guest speaker Rev Stephen Kuhrt and our friends at Christ Church New Malden where we held the day.

 

 

 

St Matthew’s Weekend – 23/24 September

Do come along and celebrate St Matthew’s Weekend and harvest with us.  Whether it is bidding for something in our Auction on Saturday morning ( viewing from 9am and auction from 10am with refreshments), our joint Harvest Service on Sunday morning at 10.30am or a celebratory Afternoon Tea at the Vicarage on Sunday afternoon between 3-5 pm please come and enjoy some or all of the events!

AwayDay – Saturday 21st October – tickets on sale now!

 

 

  1. What is it?
    A. An AwayDay for St. Matthew’s Church congregation to listen, to talk and to have food, fun and fellowship whilst thinking together about our faith.
  2. Where & When Is It?
    A. At Christ Church New Malden, Coombe Road KT3 4RE on Saturday 21st October at 9.30 for 10am until 4pm. Parking in car park or local side streets but please be environmentally friendly so share lifts or come on the bus/train, if you can.
  3. What Will We Be Talking About?
    A. What does it mean to live our lives as Christians? How do we grow in our faith? How can we be Seven Whole Day Christians as parents, as workers, in retirement, as friends, at church, at home, as doers, followers or leaders, whether we are feeling energetic or exhausted?  How do others see us? What should we actually be doing – day by day?  What small changes can have a big impact.
  4. Who Will Be Leading Us?
    A. Revs Helen Hancock and Stephen Kuhrt, Vicar of Christ Church
  5. What About The Children?
    A. A separate programme is being organised for the children so you can bring them, confident that they will be having a good time too
  6. How Much Does It Cost?
    A. £10 per adult (children free). Teas, Coffees and Snacks included. When buying your tickets you will be asked to contribute something to the Bring and Share Lunch.

Q. When Can I Book?
A. Tickets Will Be On Sale from Sunday 3rd September until the end of September

Iona Pilgrimage

Along with others from St George’s and St Andrew and St Mark’s a number of pilgrims are setting out from Surbiton to share a week living in community on Iona.  We don’t know quite what to expect but are looking forward to space, silence, sharing our faith and our lives, lots of fresh air, new forms of worship, fun, probably quite a lot of wind and rain, new friendships, new experiences and an encounter with God which reflects all of this.  If you want to know more about the Iona Community click here.

 

 

In the meantime those still in Surbiton will be enjoying the next sermon in the ‘Why I am a Christian’ series in which members of the congregation speak about their faith journey.

 

Evensong at Southwark Cathedral

 

Despite the best efforts of South West Trains and the rain to thwart us we enjoyed a wonderful day on our mini-Pilgrimage to Southwark Cathedral.  A few brave souls managed the picnic on the South Bank, a full contingent enjoyed a fascinating tour around the Cathedral (thanks so much to the extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable Eve) then it was tea and cake in the Refectory and straight to Evensong.

The combined choirs of St Andrew and St Mark and St Matthew’s Surbiton were in fine voice and the service was a glorious musical feast whilst never veering away from being about its core purpose – the worship of God.  Thank you to all those who made it such a success – especially the Choir who are now taking a  well-earned break in August.

Surbiton High to the rescue

As part of their Year 9 Community Action Day we enjoyed hosting 19 girls and three members of staff to help us sort out our ‘kitchen garden’.   The idea was that the garden would be sufficiently improved to allow them to host a tea party for the residents of Woodbury Care Home in the afternoon, which they did.  After some really hard work and commitment the garden has been transformed and we are very grateful to all the girls and staff as we shall continue to enjoy using it over the summer.

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Our new SPA

At a service at Southwark Cathedral last night (to which 20 people from our church came along) Susan Kang was commissioned as a Southwark Pastoral Auxiliary.

Susan has undergone two years of training and we are delighted and proud of her achievement.  In her ministry as a SPA Susan expects to be particularly concerned with the pastoral needs of the congregation and also in assisting in our work in Care Homes and with the bereaved.   But who knows what else God has planned for her?!

It was lovely that at the service Susan was supported by all the family – her husband, Jin- Yong who is our faithful church treasurer, her four children and their partners.  Congratulations Susan!