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.
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.
We are looking forward to our first AwayDay for some time – please pray that this Saturday will be a good opportunity for us as a church to move forward in our vision of being seven-whole-day Christians.
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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.
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.
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!