Sunday 3rd October, 2004 Trinity 17

OUR SPECIAL AUTUMN SERMON SERIES has begun in all three churches today. Please take a brochure which gives further important details. If you would like a copy of ‘The Challenge of Cell Church’ by the Reverend Phil Potter, please sign the list on the Good Shepherd bookstall or telephone Nicholas.

A NEWARK GROUP DINNER will take place in the Annexe on Thursday 14th October when the topic will be ‘Public Relations – Media Manipulation or Corporate Open-ness ?’ Does ‘spin’ deserve a bad press ? The gentlemen of the parish are invited to the first dinner of the 2004/5 season to hear Peter Prowse from the Institute of Public Relations review the intriguing world of ‘spin’. Hear how PR and corporate communications can help an organisation to get its message across – or sometimes see it backfire. Book your place at the press conference through Eldon Sandys (eldon@phd-research.co.uk or telephone him on 348538). Cost is £15.

TO KEEP YOU INFORMED: regarding the CGS extension, the Building Committee has met with the architect to refine the existing plans.

A VOCATIONS EVENING & EXHIBITION will take place on Wednesday 6th October in the Good Shepherd Annexe when you are all invited to come and explore where you might use your gifts in the church. Examples are: working with children and young people, lay readership, pastoral assistants, music and art, meeting practical needs, caring for each other. Refreshments. Pick up a pink flier. Please call Suzanne if you can help with the refreshments.

WOMEN’S FORUM Wednesday Group will meet on 6th October in the Annexe at 2.15pm when Tony Hutchings will talk about Women at Brooklands. All ladies welcome.

NOVEMBER PARISH MAGAZINE DEADLINE is 5th October. The theme is ‘Spirituality’. Please put your words of wisdom in the letter rack at the Good Shepherd or e-mail Linda Knowles and Jackie Miller at Lindaknowles1@hotmail.com.

THE INTERNATIONAL SHEPHERDS MARKET, 6th November 2004. Preparations are gathering pace for this year’s event, so can YOU help with the following ?

• FLAGS AND BUNTING – each stall has ‘adopted’ a country and we need as many flags and strings and bunting as possible for decoration. Do you have any that we could borrow ? They can be left, labeled with your name and country, at the back of the Good Shepherd, or call me.

• RAFFLE TICKETS – once again we hope you will help to raise funds for our charities by selling tickets to friends and relatives. Envelopes with tickets are at the back of the church for you to collect.

• PLANT STALL: please remember to divide and pot up some of your interesting perennials ready for the day. Anything in pots or containers that grows well is welcome, e.g. herbaceous plants, polyanthus, house plants and especially anything unusual. Please contact Jimmie Walker (341557), David Whiter (343771) or James Osborne (348813).

• TOILETRIES & JEWELLERY are needed now by the Magpies team.

• THE CHINA & GLASS stall would like help from an interested person who could help with sorting etc. Please contact Sheila Collins on 01483-565335.

• THE CRAFT STALL team would love to hear from anyone who can lend them a hand with sewing etc. They particularly need new ideas. No materials are needed now. Call Audrey Taylor on 346887.

• SWEET STALL: following generous support for our colourful confectionery stall last year, we are encouraged to try again. Please make all your old favourite recipes and try your hand at some new ones in order to provide variety. Alternatively, could you provide sugar, butter, almonds, chocolate etc ? We also need some new sweet-makers, and clean, flat, plastic containers suitable for packing the goodies. Donations to Janet Hedger, 344360. Donations may be left in the marked boxes in the Good Shepherd Narthex. For more details, please call Val Mussett 346414.

THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY to chat with youth leaders and crèche helpers on Monday 18th October at Marlin Vale, Pyrford Woods at 1.30pm. All welcome.

OUR HARVEST SUPPER will be held on Friday 8th October in the Annexe. Tickets (£6.50) are available today at the Good Shepherd after the 10am service, or during the week, from the Parish Office. As always, we rely on the generosity of the congregation to provide puddings. If you would like to help in this way, please inform the Parish Office. If you would like to send in a cheque (made out to Wisley with Pyrford PCC), we can put tickets in the letter rack. This year, no tables will be reserved in advance.

HARVEST FESTIVAL will be celebrated at our three churches on 10th October. If you would like to bring along to the Good Shepherd gifts of men’s clothing, and non perishable food or toiletries suitable for homeless people, they would be most appreciated. They will be divided between Number 5 Project, Mulberry House and the Leatherhead Night Hostel.

A PARISH TRIP TO UGANDA AND/OR KENYA in early summer 2005 is being considered. Neil Lambert and Suzanne Lees-Smith would love to hear from anyone who might be interested. A time of chat and prayer will take place in the Emmaus Chapel on Sunday 10th October at 4pm for anyone of any age who might want more details.

A PROFILE OF THE CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, its strengths and weaknesses, is on the agenda at a Woking Deanery Synod meeting on 19th October in All Saints’ Church, Woodham, with the Archdeacon of Dorking. 7.45pm. All welcome.

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FOR CHARITY: instead of sending cards to local people, in December’s magazine (delivered free to every house in the parish), we will be including a Christmas greeting page. If you would like to be included, please complete a form (available at the back of each church) and return it to Jo Clayton (either via the Good Shepherd letter rack, or to 88 Lovelace Drive) by 31st October. Suggested minimum donation is £10 and all money raised will go to the parish’s nominated charities. If you are a tax payer, please fill in the Gift Aid section on the back of the form.

ST. JOHN’S, WEST BYFLEET have invited us to a Church Mission Society coffee morning with bring and buy stall at the Cornerstone Centre, West Byfleet on Tuesday 12th October, 10am – 12 noon. All welcome.

POPPY APPEAL: a few helpers are needed for the house-to-house-collection in sections of Hamilton Avenue and part of Ridgway, Please call Lila Tate 343739.

A PLOUGHING MATCH will take place in the field behind Aviary Road today, finishing at noon.

AN EVENING OF POETRY AND MUSIC will be held in St. Nicholas’ on Sunday 10th October at 6.30pm, followed by a glass of wine in the Old School Room, to celebrate the themes of Joy and Peace. Please choose your favourite poems, the ones that make you laugh or bring peace or joy – and share them. Melanie Cook will play her flute with music chosen to complement the poems. Please let Tina Osborne know ASAP if you would like to read and the name of the poem so the programme may be prepared. Contact her on 348813, Fax 356355 or e-mail ChristinaOsborne@btinternet.com.

PARISH MAGAZINE DELIVERY: could you help in Blackdown Close (5) and Farmhouse Close (1) ? Alison (tel 351433) is excitedly awaiting your call.

GOOD SHEPHERD COFFEE next Sunday will be served by Ian Howell’s house group.

GOOD SHEPHERD FLOWERS today have been arranged by Rosemary Fontaine. If you would like to help occasionally, please add your name to the rota in the porch. PLEASE CAN YOU PROVIDE GREENERY for decorating the Good Shepherd at Harvest time ? Buckets will be in the Narthex on the Saturday. Please speak to Angie Dedman if you would like to come and help decorate on 9th October – 01483-761249.

Sunday 15th July 2012 Trinity 6

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.