Sunday 21st September Trinity 18

TODAY, sadly, we say goodbye to Pippa at the Good Shepherd and thank her for all she has done over the past 2 years: for running the Growing Leaders course, for initiating the marriage preparation course, for sourcing the new Bibles, for supporting the Choir and Music Group, for visiting and conducting funerals and weddings, for organising the Parish Directory, for developing the new 'Networks for Growth' strategy for parish development, and organising the Transforming Worship weekend, as well as preaching and taking services and so much more!

THE SUNDAY EVENT is a new idea on the third Sunday of the month at the Good Shepherd from 4 - 4.30pm. The first one is 'ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL' which will take place this afternoon. This is a special PET SERVICE for all the family. Bring along your pet on a lead or in a travel cage. All welcome.

SHEPHERDS MARKET IN BLOOM! PLANT STALL TODAY at the Church of Good Shepherd We are selling plants extra early this year for the Shepherds Market, so that you can see them in their full glory (and have more time to plant them). Please support this new and special event for our parish charities. We will still be selling a selection of plants at the Shepherds Market on 8th November, so please contact us nearer the time with any good and interesting plants you may care to donate for sale on the day. Jimmie Walker 341557 - James Osborne 348813

HARVEST FESTIVAL (12th October): this year, instead of our usual collection of food, as it is a special Gift Day for Hope for Uganda, we are suggesting that you might like to make your gift financial (and Gift Aid if possible). Thank you.

GOOD SHEPHERD COFFEE next Sunday: Linda Knowles' Home Group.

COFFEE SHOP Please note that on Friday 26th September, all the proceeds from the Good Shepherd Coffee Shop (9am - 12noon) will be donated to MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT. We urge you to come along with your friends to support this wonderful cause, which becomes one of our three parish charities next year.

THE SHEPHERDS MARKET COMMITTEE would like to thank all who supported, and helped run last Saturday's Quiz Night. They are delighted to announce that the event raised £1,250 for their 3 charities. A wonderful result!

COME ON GENTLEMEN - VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR THE 'BLUE' STALL at the Shepherds Market! If you feel able to help, please contact Rob Tipping on 01483-831997 or email shepherdsmarket@mac.com.

YOU ARE WARMLY INVITED TO OUR HARVEST SUPPER which will take place on Friday 10th October in the Annexe at 7.30pm. Tickets @ £7.50 are available from the Parish Office. If you could donate a dessert, please let the office know. Please bring your own drinks and glasses.

DO YOU LOVE TO CROON along to your favourite carols at Christmas? Do you love to try the harmony or even the descant, but feel you can't because your neighbour in the congregation might think you a little strange?! Then this is your chance to join in with the choir! It's a perfect way to get involved without the worry of not being able to commit regularly (although that would be great too!). We will be using '100 Carols for Choirs', so if you have your own copy, or can borrow one in advance, that would help! Rehearsal details will be posted soon - keep reading the pew notices for further info. Alternatively you can call me (Anita Reynell) on 01483 772207 for further info.

YOU ARE INVITED TO A DINNER DANCE, raising funds for Help for Uganda, on Saturday 11th October in the Good Shepherd Annexe. This will provide an opportunity to have a delicious dinner and dance the night away to live cover band Zero Hour. Tickets @ £30 are available from Miranda Brockman (342597).

MARRIAGE COURSE 2008: Love will be in the air this autumn as the 2008 Marriage Course runs for seven Wednesday evenings beginning on 24th September. The course aims to enhance marriages and is for couples of every age; it is totally non-threatening and does not involve discussions with anyone other than the couple. It includes seven candlelit meals with wine at the amazing price of less than £6 per person per session. Please see poster and invitations in our churches for more details or contact Melanie Cook on 348375.

WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH THE MARRIAGE COURSE: Are you free on a Wednesday afternoon/early evening to help set up tables and chairs in the Good Shepherd Annexe? Or could you babysit for a couple wishing to attend? The course runs for 7 weeks from 24th September with a break on 29th October for half term. All help will be gratefully received. Please e-mail Miranda on m.brockman@virgin.net or call 342597.

WISLEY JAM MAKERS need soft fruit from now until the Shepherds Market in November. Please call Monica on 01483-827169 or Brenda on 01483-764083.

A RING was left on the Good Shepherd altar after last Sunday's Family Service. Please contact Rosie in the Parish Office if you think it is yours.

A NEW CURATE: Nicholas is delighted to announce that the Diocese has offered us a new curate starting in July 2009. Ian Wallace comes highly recommended, has trained as a lawyer and has held senior posts with TEARfund. He has met with the Rector and various members of the church and we are very pleased that he has accepted our invitation to serve in our parish.

WE CONTINUE TO PRAY for Quint Reekers and his family. He is now back at home in Delft, although there is serious concern about his body rejecting the new liver.

THE FARNBOROUGH PROJECT: many thanks to all who have contributed. The next drop will be on 9th October when boys' clothes are needed. Diane: Tel: 347575.

THE DEADLINE FOR THE NOVEMBER PARISH MAGAZINE is 30th September, and the theme is 'For All the Saints'. Please let Eldon Sandys have your contributions either via the Good Shepherd letter rack, or to eldon@phd-research.co.uk. Thank you.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The PCC has recently agreed that more formal arrangements are needed for clearing up after parish events. We are therefore hoping to have a number of teams of 6 people, who will be responsible for the kitchen after events. We now have 4 volunteers for the first event - Harvest Supper on 10th October - and NEED 2 MORE. Please contact Rosemary Hudson (01483 837378). Thank you.

ST. NICHOLAS' CHURCH is temporarily closed for internal restoration work and will hopefully re-open for Harvest Festival on 12th October. The St. Nicholas' Sunday services are being transferred to the Good Shepherd at their normal time of 11.30am.

WE THANK JAN & IAN LIPSCOMBE for providing the flowers in the Good Shepherd today in celebration of their silver wedding anniversary (arranged by Rosemary Fontaine).

TO PLACE AN ITEM in these weekly pew notices, please e-mail carol@wisleywithpyrford.org as early in the week as possible or drop a hard copy, including your name, into the Parish Office box. The absolute deadline is noon on Friday. Many thanks.

A LADY IS INTERESTED in renting an unfurnished annexe, or equivalent, locally as soon as possible. Please call 400446 c/o Olga Holt if you can help. Thank you.

THE LITTLE ADVENTURERS 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.

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.