The Good Shepherd, Tadworth


MU Open Meeting 20th June 8 pm: A visit to Zimbabwe

Moira Astin will give an illustrated talk about her visit to our linked Diocese of Central Zimbabwe. Anyone is welcome to come to this open meeting which will take place in the church. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.


Confirmation Service: 23rd June 5pm at The Wisdom of God Church, Lower Kingswood

Do come to this service to support our five candidates who are preparing for confirmation, and to meet the Bishop of Croydon, Bishop Rosemary who will be leading the service. There will be a reception afterwards in the Lower Kingswood hall just across from the church.

If you have not been before, the Wisdom of God is an interesting church in itself which celebrates the Eastern Orthodox traditions in its architecture.


COGS Summer Olympics: Saturday 6th July from 2.30 pm (church grounds)

COGS SUMMER OLYMPICS! Entertainment for competitors and spectators alike! To be followed by a Barbecue. Bar and teas available all afternoon.

Tickets: Competitors Adult £10; Child £5; Family (2+2) £25.

Spectators £2 at the gate, children free.  Barbecue £5 (must prebook)

For further information or to register a team email:


Can you help with Church Explorers?

From time to time we need another adult to sit in with one of our Church Explorers leaders. This gives an extra pair of hands to help the children with their activities. It also means we are providing a safe environment for our children under safeguarding recommendations. You do not need to have a DBS check or any particular training to sit in with the group.

We also invite teenagers in our church families to come to Church Explorers to help from time to time or more regularly.

To find out more please have a chat with our Church Explorers leaders, Lis, Laura and Nicky.


Priorities for the church – new working groups

Thank you to those who have joined these new working groups to date.

At the recent Church Council meeting it was decided to set up three working groups to cover the five top priorities identified for developing the mission and ministry of our church.

  1. Publicity, advertising and external communication
  2. Study groups, a Christian basics course, and new patterns of prayer and worship
  3. Children and youth, especially to look at starting a teenagers group

Each group will sift ideas for improvement, identify actions and who will make them happen. Each group now has a core of two to four PCC members.

We invite anyone in the church with a heart for any of these areas to step forward to join a group. Please talk to Antony Hawker, Lesley Gollop or the Vicar Tim Astin to find out more.


An update on the church leaks

Several times since the New Year we have had water coming down the wall and into the sanctuary at the east end of the church.

We hired a mobile platform to inspect the high-level gutter (too high for safe access by ladder). This showed the cause was a) tree debris blocking the drain outflow (which was easily cleared); and b) the overflow pipe visible on the outside of the church has never connected into the gutter!

Clearly we can’t spend over £1000 every year or so just to clear the drains from the two high level gutters. So we plan to make the gutter drains larger, and to connect the protective overflows properly.

Also, we will be removing an area of ceiling plaster from the baptistry ceiling to investigate the persistent leak from the roof above to see what needs doing to finally resolve that problem.

When we have estimates for the costs we will update the church. We plan to apply for a grant for up to 50% of the cost and will likely need to make an appeal for the rest.


For our Prayers

We continue to pray for Will and Joan Pepper, also for Andrew Giles, and for Paul Jarman; and for other people who are undergoing investigation, treatment and palliative care for cancer at this time.

We pray for couples who are preparing for weddings in our church in June and July as their Banns are read this month.



This week:

Wednesday            12th     June          10 am          Holy Communion  (coffee and a chat afterwards)

Saturday                 15th     June          10.30 - 12   Saturday Café in the church

Coming up:

Sunday                    16th     June          8 am            Holy Communion

                                                               10 am          Family Communion: God’s command

                                                                                    with our Junior Choir

                                                               3 pm           Confirmation rehearsal (Lower Kingswood, Wisdom of God church)

Thursday                  20th   June          8 pm            MU meeting: a talk by Moira Astin ‘Visiting Zimbabwe’  all are welcome

Sunday                     23rd   June          5 pm             Confirmation Service

                                                                                    at The Wisdom of God church, Lower Kingswood 

Saturday                  29th   June          1.30 pm       Wedding: Nicky Jones and Lauren Burtenshaw

Saturday                  6th     July            1 pm             Wedding: David Tremayne and Caroline Baccanello

                                                               2.30 pm       COGS Summer Olympics + Barbecue

Sunday                     7th     July            10 am           Family Service with Baptism: Albert Spink

                                                               1 pm             Parish lunch for July

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