18 April 2004Easter 2

THE ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING and the Vestry Meeting will be held on Monday 26th April, 8.15pm, in the Annexe; refreshments will be available from 7.45pm. There are 5 vacancies on the PCC. Nomination papers are available in each church with a list of PCC members on the reverse. 4 of the new members will serve for 3 years and 1 for 2 years, so that an appropriate balance of terms can apply. The agenda, the minutes of 2003, with the Annual Report and Financial statements are all available at each church today.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK: 9th – 15th May. AN URGENT APPEAL. For just one week in the year, a faithful band of volunteers work hard to tap the community’s generous spirit to raise large sums in support of Christian Aid’s vital work in helping the world’s poor to attain a happier and more fulfilled life. Understandably, after many years of service, and for a variety of reasons, some are retiring and fresh volunteers to replace them and to work in areas not covered are essential if we are to maintain this high level of giving. So, please, remember those who have so little and think carefully about helping in this important task. You are urgently needed. Bill Borley, Tel. 840147.

MICAELA TUCKWELL underwent Radiosurgery on Thursday for the Arteriovenous Malformation in her brain. The success of this procedure in preventing future trauma will be known in about 2 years. Paul, Rosie, Micaela and Anthony give their warmest thanks to you for your prayers and kindness during the six months since Micaela suffered her haemorrhage. Your support has been invaluable.

WE REGRET TO SAY that Elizabeth Church (widow of the Reverend Howard Church, vicar of the parish in the 60s) has died peacefully in a nursing home in Salisbury. The funeral will take place at 2.30pm on Monday 26th April in Salisbury Cathedral. Jimmie & Julian have a few more details (341557).

ALL THE MEN OF THE PARISH are invited to a dinner with guest speaker on Thursday 14th May at 8pm in the Annexe. Jan-Peter Muller, Pyrford resident and Professor of Image Understanding and Remote Sensing at University College, London, will be talking about the search for life on Mars. To book your place, £15, please contact Richard Whitehill on 403240 or e-mail him on rwhiteh136@ntlworld.com.

GOOD SHEPHERD CAR BOOT SALE: the outward giving UK committee are holding a car boot sale in aid of Alzheimer’s Society (Woking Branch) on Saturday 22nd May, 9am – 12 noon. £10 per car. To avoid disappointment, cars should be booked and paid for in advance through the Parish Office, 346345. On the day, the Coffee Shop will be open and there will be a cake stall. Don’t miss your chance to de-clutter your house and make some money for yourself.

FOUR MEMBERS OF OUR YOUTH GROUP will be taking part in a sponsored walk of about 10 miles to raise money for the Oasis Trust and Cancer Research. A sponsorship form is in the Annexe awaiting your signature. Thank you for your support.

GOOD SHEPHERD CHOIR: The Choire Master would appreciate more singers. If you are interested in joining, either turn up for Choir Practice at 8pm on a Wednesday, or contact the Parish Office - admin@wisleywithpyrford.org

NEW BOXES OF WEEKLY OFFERING ENVELOPES are available in the Narthex. Please contact Norman Smith (341795) if your box is not there or you would like to start giving in this way.

A SIX-WEEK PILOT COURSE of ‘Lost for Words’ will run on Tuesday evenings in the parish between 20th April and 25th May. Its aim is to help us share our faith with others in a comfortable, natural way. If you are interested, please call Tony Eyles on 341804, John Collins, 01483-565335 or Diane Davidson, 343434, for more information. Spaces will be limited so sign up early to get more involved in fulfilling Jesus’s final command.

FLOWER ARRANGERS ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED at the Good Shepherd. If you would like to help occasionally, please add your name to the rota in the porch.

SPRING CLEANING ? Trying to tidy up all those odds and ends ? Would a tool/hobby/craft box help ? Handy, neat boxes will be on sale in the Coffee Shop on Friday mornings for the next few weeks @ only £4 each, in aid of the Shepherds Market. A sample may be viewed in the Parish Office.

A FOUR MILE PARISH WALK will take place between the 3 churches on Sunday 23rd May, 1.30pm in aid of the Rowley Bristow Trust. Why not sponsor someone ? Drinks will be available at each church, and cream teas at the Good Shepherd to finish.

CLEANERS are needed for the Good Shepherd Friday morning team. This involves one hour a month. Please call the Parish Office if you can help.

WOKING ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY invites you to an audience with Jonathan Veira, an internationally acclaimed bass baritone. Good Shepherd, Saturday 8th May, 8pm. Tickets @ £10, which include wine and light refreshments, are available from the Parish Office.

THE LITTLE ADVENTURERS (formerly PRAM SERVICE) meet at 2.15pm in the Good Shepherd on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. All pre-school children with ‘mums’ are most welcome. Refreshments, music and fun.

IF YOU AGREE THAT PRAYER needs to be an important part of our life as a growing church, then we invite you to share your concerns in prayer and worship in the Emmaus Chapel each Friday evening between 7.30 and 8.30pm.

WOKING HOSPICE, Hill View Road, will have a Flower Festival (Sugar ‘n Spice) on Sunday 16th May from 12 noon until 4.30pm. Raffle, refreshments, plant stall, card stall and a gift wrapping demonstration. All welcome.

LAY PASTORAL ASSISTANTS are people, appointed by the Incumbent and recognised by the Diocese, who form the backbone of pastoral care in the parish. Between them they cover a range of pastoral care needs, practical help, listening, prayer and specific areas of pastoral care e.g. bereavement and marriage support. They have the same code of confidentiality as the clergy. If their services would be of help to you, please contact the co-ordinator, Margaret Friend on 342352.

THE 10th ANNIVERSARY of the first ordinations of women priests will be celebrated on Saturday 1st May at 7.30pm in the Cathedral with Holy Communion and a champagne reception afterwards. We now have more than eighty female priests in ministry in this diocese. Helen would be delighted if anyone would like to join her for the occasion. The Right Reverend Cate Waynick, Bishop of Indianapolis, USA will be preaching.

DAISY TUFFEN FLOWER CLUB will be holding their AGM on 19th April in the Village Hall. There will also be a demonstration by Irene Manson entitled ‘My kind of music’, at 8.15pm. £3 for entrance and refreshments. Please come along.

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CELEBRATE PYRFORD: as part of the weekend to celebrate the Olympic Cycle Races, on Sunday 29th July our parish is hosting a Community Day on the Cricket Ground. The day will start with an open air service at 10am (to be held in the Good Shepherd if wet) followed by a community picnic and lots of fun events. Don't forget Coldharbour Road will be closed. For the day to run smoothly we need approximately 60 volunteers willing to give 30 minutes to stewarding, supervising bouncy castles, serving refreshments, face-painting, running field competitions and helping with the set-up and clear-up. If you are going to be in Pyrford that day please give us 30 minutes of your time to enable our community to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event. To volunteer please speak to Brian Dodd (988021), Alison Ingram (351433) or Ian Wallace (336278) or sign the sheet at the Good Shepherd. Souvenir programmes at £2 covering the whole weekend are available from the Parish Office. PLEASE MAKE A CAKE!

OPEN GARDENS: we are planning to open a number of gardens to public viewing on Sunday 5th August in aid of EIKON, Hope for Uganda and The Friends of St. Nicholas Church (details will follow later). Would you be willing to open your garden on that afternoon? If so, please let Ian Wallace know, telephone 336278. Thank you.

MINI PLANT-STALL RESULT: a big thank you to all those who contributed to the parish charities by buying plants last weekend. We made a most useful £164.50 which will be added to the Plant Stall's Shepherds Market takings.

CASH IN THE ATTIC MEETS BARGAIN HUNT AGAIN...... After the wonderful response to their stall last year at the Shepherds Market, Jill and Diana have decided to repeat the venture. They are looking for small collectible items in china, glass and silver etc. and good quality jewellery. If you have anything suitable, they are willing to take them now or nearer the time of the Shepherds Market (early November). So start clearing cupboards, shelves and display surfaces and help to raise money for our parish charities! Jill Brine 01483 825985, Diana Gibson 01483 225317.

IN RECOGNITION of Nicholas's 30 years of ordination, he is attending a 10 day course (9th - 19th July) at St. George's House, Windsor Castle at the invitation of the Bishop of Guildford. Please contact Ian Wallace if he can be of any help during Nick's absence.

ALLSORTS HOLIDAY CLUB! This provides fun and activities for 4 to 9 year olds during the summer holidays. Young helpers, adult helpers and grandparents are needed to join the team. Please contact Suzanne Lees-Smith if you might be able to offer your time to help supervise and have fun on any of the following days between 10.15am and 1.30pm: Monday 30th July, Tuesday 31st July, Wednesday 1st August, Thursday 2nd August and Friday 3rd August.

Suzanne is thinking about organising a PARENTING COURSE in the autumn term on Wednesday evenings for parents of children aged 0 - 10 years. Please contact her if you might like to help with serving refreshments or babysitting to enable parents to attend.

THE DEADLINE for the September parish magazine is 31st July and the theme is, rather appropriately, 'Water'. Please either e-mail your contributions to Kathy Garrett (kathy.pyrford@btinternet.com) or leave them in the Good Shepherd letter rack addressed to her. Thank you.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: a fund-raising concert in aid of EIKON will take place on Friday 14th September in the Good Shepherd. Suzanne would love to hear from budding performers and anyone who might be able to help out on the night.

STEWARDSHIP APPEAL: Thank you to every one of the 157 people and families who, so far, have responded to the appeal. We sent 375 letters, so this is a response rate of 42%. The results are:
  • 71 were unable to increase their existing giving to the church, such giving being much appreciated
  • 16 have committed to establish new standing orders
  • 70 have committed to increase their existing giving to the church
    In financial terms, the new standing orders and increases to existing standing orders we estimate will total nearly £10,000 for the remainder of 2012 which, when Gift Aid is added, will be worth around £12,000 to the church. In a full year the total increase in income will be approximately £25,000 (some of the payments do not start immediately) which represents a year on year increase of nearly 10% in this year's budget for Direct Giving plus Gift Aid. This is a very generous and encouraging response by the congregation for which the Stewardship Committee is most grateful. It is the responsibility of the PCC to make decisions regarding the use of the funds in the light of the needs of the vision and on-going operational matters. If you have not responded yet, please do not worry - you still have time to do this. We are keen that everyone responds, even if you are unable to increase your existing giving which is itself greatly valued. We will publish a final summary in early August. Once again, please accept our thanks. Robert Bashford, Chairman of Stewardship Committee.

    GOOD SHEPHERD COFFEE next Sunday will be served by the Parish Office.

    WOULD YOU LIKE TO DONATE a Christian book to a new lending initiative at the Good Shepherd? Please contact Margaret Griffiths, 348217.

    PLEASE PICK UP A PRAYER CARD for JULY, available at all churches.

    PLEASE START THINKING ABOUT 'Christianity in the workplace' - the theme for the October magazine. Contact Simon Snow (snowtwins@ntlworld.com) for guidance.

    AS PART OF OUR VISION to reach further for Christ, we are having a 'Holiday at Home' - an event for those more senior members of the parish and wider community who are unable to go away for a holiday or who are on their own this summer. It will take place at The Good Shepherd on 16th and 17th August. To make this a success, help is needed in a variety of ways including transport, setting up the hall, meeting and greeting, table hosts, entertainment, cooking lunches, serving morning coffee and biscuits/afternoon tea and cakes etc. If you can help in any way please sign up on the list in one of our three churches. If you, or a friend or neighbour, would like an invitation or if you just want to know more, please contact Mary Rayner on 340886 or email her mary@morerayners.co.uk.

    THE NEXT STEP (bereavement support) will meet on the 7th of each month at 10am by the main entrance of Wisley Gardens for a walk and coffee. All welcome.

    THE GOOD SHEPHERD FRIDAY COFFEE SHOP needs volunteers to help in September, especially with washing up. Please contact Sue Chester, 355536.

    THE CHURCH FAMILY DIRECTORY has been updated. It is available at all three churches after morning services, or from the Parish Office (weekday mornings) for a suggested donation of £1.

    THE FARNBOROUGH PROJECT does not want any more clothes until September. Many thanks to all who have supported it this year.

    WE THANK VALERIE SANDERS and family for the Good Shepherd flowers which have been kindly given in memory of her late husband Roy and arranged by Rosemary Fontaine.

    A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: on 8th September we are all invited to find out more about BESOM. Coffee and a ploughman's lunch will be served, 10am-2pm at the Salvation Army, Sythwood, Woking: please RSVP to wokingbesom@gmail.com.

    IBIZA CALLS: Paul and Pat Bond will again be ministering in Ibiza for just over 5 weeks at the request of the Anglican Church there. Prayer support would be very welcome - for information please e-mail to paul.rtd@tiscali.co.uk. This outreach to holiday makers is sponsored by ICS (previously Intercontinental Church Society) who are interviewing for a new Mission Director on 18th July: please pray for the selection of the right person for this important Anglican Mission Society.