The Good Shepherd, Tadworth

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This week we completed the ‘Growing Good’ course. If you weren’t able to take part, I suggest that during the coffee after the church services you find someone who did and ask them about it.

The themes of the six sessions were Presence, Perseverance, Hospitality, Adaptability, Participation, and Next Steps. Lots of good discussion and ideas came up for how we might develop our church’s service to the wider community and seek to grow the church at the same time. As part of Next Steps there are details (below) of a church Open Meeting on Tuesday 12th March. This meeting will identify our top ideas to take forward in the life of our church.

The season of Lent is firmly underway, and this week sees the start of our Lent Study Group on Thursday evening. Callum Hawker who is leading it is also a Cub leader, hence the later than usual start time. The material he has chosen is excellent and you are warmly invited.

As March approaches, both our Model Railway Exhibition and the International Food Evening have news items for the first time (below).

Father, we thank you for the rich and varied activities in the life of our church,

Tim

 

   Services for 25th February: Lent 2

8 am Holy Communion

10 am: Parish Communion Service with Baptism: Ellie Cockle

with Church Explorers. We gather in the Meeting Room before the service.

 

Wednesday 10 am: the Mid-week Service  with coffee served afterwards

 

World Day of Prayer: This Friday (1st March) 2pm in church

This year CoGS hosts the area World Day of Prayer service (https://www.wwdp.org.uk/) for our area at 2pm this Friday. Each year the service is put together by people from a particular part of the world. This year Christians from Palestine have designed the service. The service is followed by refreshments in the church hall. Everyone is welcome to come.

 

Next Sunday (3rd March) is the Third Sunday of Lent

8 am Holy Communion

10.00 am Family Service: cleansing the temple

our monthly non-communion service for the whole church family; with the Junior Choir

 

Activities for Lent

Refresher/introduction training for the Sunday service teams

Ever wondered what is involved in being a Reader, Intercessor or Sidesperson at our Sunday services; or how to join in?

These training sessions in church are both a refresher for those in these teams, and an invitation to new people to come and find out what is involved.

Saturday 2nd March        10—11 am          Readers and Intercessors

Saturday 9th March        10 –11 am           Sidespeople

Lent Study Group

Callum Hawker will be leading a Lent Study Group taking place over four weeks on Thursday evenings from 29th February (this Thursday). The theme is ‘The joy of the gospel’ using material by Paula Gooder, one of our foremost Christian teachers. The group will be in the Meeting Room - gather from 8.15pm for hot drinks before an 8.30 start. (These four evenings follow the last of the ‘Growing Good’ groups on 22nd Feb.)

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Church Spring Cleaning Day Saturday 23rd March All day

We have a dedicated small team of church cleaners. But there are lots of nooks and crannies, and lots of items like brass and silver that get cleaned once in a blue moon. This is that day!

Lent Lunches are being held in Walton-on-the-Hill on Saturdays. All are welcome.

 

Croydon Area Lay Conference: Saturday 2 March 9.30-5

This is an event for all church goers and a great chance to meet Christians from across our area. To find out more, please view here the Lay Conference Information Booklet.

 

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Open Church Meeting: Tuesday 12th March 7.30pm

The invitation is to church members to come and help shape future service of this church to the wider community. This Open Meeting follows on from the ‘Growing Good’ discussion groups, and from discussions in the Church Council over the last few meetings. In these discussions we have been reviewing what we currently do, and identifying various ideas for the future. At the Open Meeting we expect to identify our top ideas for action in the coming months.

The Diocese of Southwark, of which we are a part, calls these parish church plans ‘Mission Action Plans’.

 

Model Railway Exhibition: 16th March 10am - 5pm (hall)

Can you help to sell tickets on the door for an hour? Please sign the sheet at the back of the Church.  Can you please take a poster to display?

 

International food Evening: Saturday 23rd March 7-10 pm (hall)

Not to be missed, this church social event is for the whole family. Come and enjoy food and drinks from around the world. There will also be a bar, a quiz and a raffle.

Tickets are £12 adults, £6 children available from 01737 362610, from events@goodshepherdtadworth.org.uk and at the back of church after 10am Sunday services.

 

Childrens’ Society Boxes

The Childrens’ Society is a charity we support throughout the year through the collection boxes that are available to take home. It’s the time of year to see what has been collected, so Margaret Fox is asking for your collection boxes to be returned to her during February so they can be emptied and given back for the next twelve months. If you would like to join in, please ask Margaret for a box.

 

Photographs for the new church website

We’re looking for photos for our new website to show the world our wonderful community. We’re looking to display all aspects of church life, from weekly services, weddings and christenings through to our many groups, social events, fundraising and volunteering activities. If you have any photos you’d be happy to share for the website, please email them to nicky.dunderdale@goodshepherdtadworth.org.uk

 

Confirmation in 2024

At a Confirmation service, candidates confirm for themselves their baptism promises. Traditionally, after their Confirmation, children receive the bread and wine of communion. For adults, either Confirmation or Adult Baptism opens the way to receive the bread and wine of communion.* One of our Bishops leads the services and blesses the candidates.

We will be holding Confirmation preparation classes for both children and adults in the Summer Term (after 15th April) over six weeks, with a Confirmation Service on Sunday 23rd June.

Please let the Vicar know of your interest in Confirmation (which can include Adult Baptism if appropriate).

*Adults who take part in communion in other church denominations are welcome to take part in communion at our services without needing to be Confirmed. Some people in this situation choose to be Confirmed to show their commitment to the Church of England.

 

For our Prayers

We pray for the preparations for the funeral services in church for Keith Robertshaw and Jean Clew.

We pray for families having Christenings during February especially for Santino, Bellatrix and Ellie as they start their journeys of faith.

We continue to pray for the people of Ukraine, especially those who have come to live among us and for continuing hosts, that we may persevere in welcoming and supporting them.

 Calendar

This week:

Wednesday            28th     Feb           10 am           Holy Communion with coffee and a chat afterwards

Thursday                 29th     Feb           8.30 pm       Lent Group ‘The joy of the Gospel’ (Meeting Room – gather from 8.15pm)

Friday                     1st         Mar          2 pm            The World Day of Prayer service (in our church)

                                                                                    followed by tea in the church hall

Saturday                2nd        Mar           9.30-5         Croydon Area Lay Conference (St Bede’s School)

                                                               10 am          Training for Readers and Intercessors (in church)

                                                               10.30 - 12   Saturday Café in the church

 

Coming up:

Sunday                   3rd        Mar          8 am            Holy Communion

                                                              10 am          Family Service: cleansing the temple

                                                              1 pm            Parish lunch for March

Tuesday                 5th        Mar          11 am          Funeral Service: Keith Robertshaw

Tuesday                 12th      Mar          12 noon      Funeral Service: Jean Clew

                                                               7.30 pm      Open Meeting to discuss a new Mission Action Plan for the church (in church)

Saturday                16th      Mar          10-5             Model Railway Exhibition (in the Hall)

Saturday                23rd      Mar          7 pm            The International Food Evening (in the hall)

 

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