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!

 

 

School Celebration Sunday

 

 

On Sunday 25th June in our 11am service we are looking forward to sharing our worship with children, parents, staff and governors from St Matthew’s Primary School.  We enjoy close links with the school and are delighted that we can welcome them and especially families of children who are looking forward to joining Receptionin September to this special service.

A gesture of love . . .

This week, along with different places of worship across the area, we were given a red rose by a group of local Muslims who were seeking to show solidarity with others in our community following the shocking events of last weekend.  In a thoughtful and gracious letter they expressed their opposition to terrorism in the name of religion and described how ‘all of us’ need to do whatever we can to work against such extremism.  They reminded us that the major ‘weapon’ which we all have at our disposal is love.

We are really grateful for their very practical demonstration of love in action and words and wish them well.