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St Peter and St Paul Decorating for Harvest Festival, Saturday 23rd September 9:30am
In advance of the service on Sunday 24th September we will be decorating the church on Saturday and we would appreciate donations of flowers, fruit and vegetables. We hope to see some of the families that morning, everyone is welcome.
Refreshments will be provided.
Derek Phillips would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during his recent hospital visits. He is delighted to report that he has been given the all clear by his consultant.
YOUR CHURCH NEEDS YOU! ST PETER & ST PAUL
Do you have a passion to help the wider church flourish and grow?
Although we currently have two representatives on Deanery Synod (Julia and Catherine), we have a vacancy for a 3rd.
Deanery Synods are the formal meetings (3 times a year) of a deanery, a group of parishes in a geographical area which forms a link between the parishes and the wider church, including the Diocese. Deanery Synods meet to focus on the mission and ministry in an area as well as provide a channel for sharing information. Occasionally Synods are required to take formal decisions, sometimes by means of a vote.
The post is for 3 years. for further information, please speak to either Catherine, Julia or Revd, Phe.
Fabric Working Parties
It was agreed at PCC that there is a need in both parishes for a group of willing volunteers to help with maintaining the fabric of both Churches, carrying out simple jobs and generally looking after the buildings. This is planned to be more of a working party than a committee, led by Churchwardens who call in volunteers. In Bletchingley we had immediate offers from Richard Fowler, Jeff Marks, Ed Muller, Sandi Roper, Rob Tucker and Robin Idle. In Nutfield, Alan Harris tends to lead this with Duncan Thompson, John Bartlett and Brian Lyus usually volunteering their involvement. Shereen Barros stated that she was happy to be called to volunteer in either church. If you feel you could lend a hand and would like to be added to either group, please let a Churchwarden know who I’m sure will accept your kind offer of help with open arms.
FUNDS FOR FAITH
For the past three years a group of us have been sponsoring Faith, a Zimbabwean student studying at the university at Gweru. She's an extremely bright and conscientious young lady who passes just about all her subjects with distinctions.
Her three year course has become a four year course as it involved a year of work experience on top of the three academic years. This, together with changes in the rate of exchange, has left us short of funds. Are any of you willing to make a one-off donation to help? We don't want to let her down in this, her final year. Any contribution, no matter how small, would be gratefully appreciated. Cheques may be made out to Nutfield PCC.
I asked Faith, to tell me a bit about her life and her family. Unfortunately I cannot include all she said, but I have summarised it, which will hopefully put you in the picture.
Faith, the second of six children, grew up in a very poor family where there was no money at all. In Zimbabwe education has to be paid for - failure to pay means the child is sent home. Her father paid for her primary education by giving the school goats and chickens. Her obligatory school uniform was old and torn and she wore no shoes. When she started at secondary school her uncle transferred her to a school where he was teaching and he paid her fees. In the meantime their house had burnt down and her older brother, who was about to sit his O level exams, had to abandon his schooling, as everything the family possessed was lost in the fire. When Faith was an O level student her father started growing sorghum which he sold to pay for the school fees. She finished her A levels and wanted to go to university, but this was totally unaffordable, so she took a job doing housework in the hope that she would be able to save up for her studies. She then met a lady who made enquiries through the cathedral in Gweru which eventually led to a group of us sponsoring her. She is due to graduate at the end of the year as a Development Practitioner and she is hoping to pass with distinctions, which is what she usually does. In her email to me Faith started by saying " what a sad story with a happy ending." I think that sums it up.
Nutfield APCM Report 2016
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Audio clinic for NHS hearing aid users
This is free and takes place on the 1st Saturday of each month from 10:00am - noon at St Peter & St Paul's Church Nutfield.
CHURCHYARD WORKING PARTY
Every month on the first Saturday between 10.00-12.30 we have a working party in the churchyard. The next one will be Saturday, 2nd September. If you could spare even half an hour to help, we'd be very grateful. You don't need to have any gardening experience, as you'll be shown what to do. Bring your own gardening tools, but if you haven't got any, we'll provide them.
Surrey Church Pledges Support for a Prayer Book
‘Used By Countless Previous Generations’
New Sound System for the Church
The PCC has been talking for sometime about installing a sound system in church. This will benefit members who have a hearing impairment and we hope it will also encourage more of the congregation – particularly the youngsters - to offer themselves as readers. We have had a quote for the system and this is being looked at by a small committee.
As we head into the interregnum you will appreciate that most PCC members are already taking on more within the parish.
What we are looking for is someone to investigate raising the money (approx. £10,000) through grants and donations.
Can anyone help?
Volunteers Needed by Cruse Bereavement Care
The Local Branch of Cruse Bereavement Care is recruiting new volunteers to visit people who have been bereaved and need support. They are looking for committed volunteers with a supportive and caring manner and are running a training course starting in November 2016 at Redhill Methodist Church over 8 Saturdays. No prior experience is required.
Cruse is the UK’s leading bereavement care organisation. They are committed to breaking the stigma that surrounds grief, ensuring that everyone, no matter how young or old, can access the highest quality support following a bereavement.
you would like to have more details of the training, please phone their contact
line on 01737 772834 leaving your name and number and giving a time of day when
they can call you back or email email@example.com
Plea for Help with Mowing
We'd be very grateful to have some volunteers to help with cutting the grass. The churchyard is divided into sections with ideally two people in charge of each section. Mowing usually starts in February and extends to the end of October or beginning of November, depending on the weather. It needs cutting every two weeks, so with two people per section this would mean each person would mow once a month for 1 - 1 1/2 hours, depending on the size of your patch.
If you think you could help, or if you'd like to find out more first, please contact
Charmaine on 01737 823360.
The Fundraising Team
The Prayer Group
The next meeting will be at 1 Braes Mead, South Nutfield
on Monday 2nd Oct at 2:15pm. All are most welcome.
If you have anything you would like the group to pray for but cannot attend, please let Gilly know. The group meets every second Monday of the month at Gilly's at 2:15pm
Resourcing God’s mission in Southwark Diocese.
One of the important things about the Church of England is that it works together. Rather than each church paying for its own vicar and all the other costs of ministry, resources are pooled with richer parishes supporting poorer ones. This means clergy can be put in the places where they are needed most. So a more affluent parish with fewer people in it may have a half-time priest, while a less affluent inner city parish may need a full-time priest.
Southwark Diocese are implementing a new way of seeking to fund the work of parishes.
Arrangements for the Newsletters
John Buck has taken over the weekly sheet so any items for inclusion should go to him please.
Tel: 01883 742934 or email to Yardley.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parish Assistant is producing the monthly newsletter now. Please send any articles/notices to her by the 25th of the month.
Volunteers for Cleaning
If you could give an hour or two to help with cleaning at Nutfield, please contact Gilly or Charmaine.
Have you thought about becoming one of our bell-ringers? Bell ringing is a team activity that stimulates the brain and helps keep you fit... it also makes a glorious sound! Many ringers consider ringing to be their contribution to church or village life, others do it for the pure pleasure it brings. Ringers come from all walks of life and range in age from ten to those in their eighties. New ringers are always welcome. Why not come and see whether it would interest you – we are seeking more ringers now to expand our existing bands to help to maintain this very traditional skill.
You will find our ringers in the church towers every practice evening:
Tuesdays from 7.30pm until 9.15pm (with a coffee break about 8.15!)
Click here for more information about Bell Ringing at Nutfield
Have you ever wondered what and who the PCC are?
They are a group of people elected at the APCM who passionately want to work for the church we all love and further the work of the Anglican Communion within our parish and beyond.
they are a fun group of people doing a very serious and responsible job. If you would like to find out more, then ask a member of the PCC.
Rector's Day Off - Monday
Please leave a message on her answering machine on other days
or send an e-mail if she is not immediately available.