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It is with great delight and thanks to God that THiS Team welcomes both Rev David Nyirongo as Team Vicar at St George’s and Rev Carolyn Lucas as Minister Across the Team.
Appropriately, David was licensed at St George’s on St George’s Day by our Archdeacon the Ven John Kiddle.
Rev Carolyn Lucas will be licensed and both will be welcomed by Bishop Richard at a special service of Pentecost Praise on Sunday 20th June at 6.30pm at St Matthew’s. All Welcome!
St Matthew’s saw a further visit recently from the amazing guys who walk on walls to do further checks on the spire. They ascended right up to the top of the tower to check a few things out! Here they are in action.
One guy walked on water…. these guys focus on walls.
With the exciting plans which we have for our future there are a number of new roles which have been created and there may be one to suit you!
Each of them, in their different ways, will help to support the church and local community, use your skills (which may have got a bit rusty) and/or offer you new challenges and areas of interest. The time you spend working can be flexible and you will have the support of a friendly team, training where necessary and a fulfilling sense of purpose.
There is one paid role – the Parish Administrator – and the rest are all voluntary.
The Parish Administrator’s role is for 10 hours a week and could be flexible round school holidays. For a Job Description and Application Form please click on the links or email Rev Helen Hancock at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for applications is midday on Monday 19th March.
The other three voluntary roles are:
(1) helping to set up a ‘Friends of St Matthew’s Church’ group with both local residents, businesses and other supporters
(2) fundraising for St Matthew’s Tower and Spire Appeal which needs to raise a balance of around £300,000 for urgent repairs
(3) becoming the Heritage Activities Co-ordinator for activities which will flow from our Heritage Lottery Fund grant. This will involve engaging a wide cross-section of the community with the church’s history and heritage (architecture, bells, stained glass, war memorial etc.) and helping organise training for volunteers.
Following the success some time back of our first Ceilidh we are planning another. It will be at the cornerHOUSE in 116 Douglas Road KT6 7SB. Come early with the children or come later for supper and stay on, or make a whole evening of it and enjoy it all.
Tickets are available after services or on the door on the night. Please do bring something for the Bring and Share Supper. Paying bar for drinks.
Many thanks to those who came to enjoy our BIG Screen Weekend whether to see the original ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ with live organ accompaniment or ‘I Daniel Blake’ or both! Tom Bell did a fantastic job at the organ accompanying the Hunchback of Notre Dame and we are so grateful to him as yet again we were wowed by his talent.
Your generosity raised over £1000 for the good causes chosen – Fircroft Trust and Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness.
150 adults and children enjoyed worshipping together this morning at our Annual Team Service at St George’s. Apologies if you came to St Matthew’s for a service and you found the doors closed. We’re back as usual next Sunday.
We enjoyed great hospitality, a puppet show, singing, fishing, scratching our nose with our toes and other activities and ideas which helped us to focus on being in God’s team.
Our prayers were written on parts of the body to remind us how we are all different but all important and all come together as the body of Christ. Here is what all our prayers put together looked like . . . .
Our most efficient ever Christingle-making workshop ensured that we got the job done in well under an hour this year. Thanks to all those who came to help.
Everyone welcome tomorrow for the service at 3.30pm.