The service of Candlemas on 4th February concluded our three main Christmas services. It was a truly beautiful candlelit service and may thanks to Charles, the choir and Michael Frith the visiting organist for working extremely hard to make lit so special. We should also like to thank Oliver, in his role of Sacristan, for erecting and dismantling the crib scene and star. He spends an inordinate amount of time to make the crib look stunning with Janet adding the touches of foliage so many thanks to Oliver and Janet.
We must also thank the families for decorating and taking down the Christmas tree. Christmas is now over and before the blink of an eye we are about to enter Lent so do look out for our Lenten services and activities.
TABLE TOP SALE
Please support our annual Table Top Sale by bringing your new, unused gifts for us to sell with the proceeds going to Welcare and church funds. Starting on Sunday 14th January and going on for two weeks until 28th January.
FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS
What a wonderful Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols this year. Huge thanks go to Charles and the choir for this beautifully uplifting service which led us into Christmastide.
Thanks to everyone who donated, wrapped and bought tickets for the Christmas Raffle. We raised a total of £371 which will be split equally between 'I Choose Freedom' (formerly the Women's Refuge) and church funds. Well done everyone and we had many comments on a magnificent looking raffle.
Our ancient, much loved church was beautifully decorated for our Harvest Festival on Sunday. This is thanks to Gilly and her team of helpers who not only arrange the flowers but tend them during the week and dismantle them when they are over. A few more volunteers would really be appreciated so if you’d be able to help at Christmas, please contact Gilly on 07919468208.
It was lovely to have a full church and there was a generous donation of food and vouchers. It will all be taken to the local foodbank at St Matthew’s which supports Welcare clients who are in need. Many thanks Laura Castleman who takes the goods down. Our offering is always much appreciated.
RIDE & STRIDE
Thanks to everyone who participated in and sponsored the Ride & Stride which took place on 9th September and raised a huge £911!
BROCKHAM TEA ON THE GREEN
What a wonderful afternoon we had at Brockham recently. The weather was perfect - not too hot and plenty of people who came and took tea with us. A huge thank you to everyone who was involved with the event: it could not have happened without you all and we have raised in excess of £700 which will be split between Zimbabwe and St Peter & St Paul’s Restoration Fund. Well done and thank you. Maureen and Gilly.
We have raised over £600 so far since setting up an easyfundraising account. It's absolutely free to our supporters but enables retailers to donate a % of spending to our restoration Fund. To find out how look here.
To Date: £634.73
Our Patronal Festival recently was a wonderfully joyful occasion and many thanks to everyone who made it so, including the Queen's Head for donating Pimm's and glasses. We enjoyed hearing about the church building from Aland (Harris) followed by hearty singing at Hymns & Pimm's. Then into Sunday Matins, afternoon tea with delicious cakes and culminating in a beautiful Choral Evensong. The whole weekend epitomised our friendliness and joy in our fellowship.
Wow! What an incredible morning watching all the London to Brighton cyclists make their way up Church Hill on Sunday 18th. Our team of volunteers cheered them on from the roadside, whilst selling refreshments to raise money for our beautiful church.
Thank you to everyone who gave up their morning to run our stall, and all our incredible bakers. Extra special thanks to Adam at Tesco Merstham for the kind donation of bananas and water - we sold out! We raised £313 which is fantastic!
Our thoughts and prayers are with the cyclist who sadly lost his life this morning - our condolences go to his loved ones at this sad time.
CAKE SALE - CHRISTIAN AID WEEK
Sunday 21st May we held a cake sale for Christian Aid at Family Matins and raised over £150. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to this.
SPECIAL PCC MEETING
Monday 15th May we celebrated our first PCC meeting of the year with communion and a talk on the importance of being a PCC member. Our Archdeacon, Moira Astin, took the service plus gave the talk and we were joined by the PCC from Bletchingley.
We welcomed many to our Mothering Sunday service, giving thanks to those that care for us and sharing a little gift of flowers as a token of our appreciation. It was lovely to see the Church so full in celebration.
BISHOP CHRISTOPHER'S VISIT
It was heart-warming to see so many people on Sunday 19th February, at our Choral Evensong where we welcomed Bishop Christopher, Bishop of Southwark. The service was beautiful, as ever, and thank you Charles for his tireless work in maintaining such high standards in our musical tradition.
During Lent we will be holding Lent lunches every Saturday from 25th February - 1st April 2023 from 12.30pm. If you would like to come please can you let Charmaine (01737 823360) or Gilly (07919 468 208) know for catering numbers. Donations will go to the Bishop’s Lent Appeal. If you are able to run one of these lunches, please let Charmaine or Gilly know and they can tell you what you need to do. Thank you.
A huge thank you to Laura Ottley and the whole team who organised the Quiz Night on Saturday 21st at the Village Hall. Thank you to those who attended, supported and enjoyed the evening. We have a grand total of £3615.20 raised. This is an extraordinary amount and huge thanks go to the whole team for their magnificent effort for a fun evening.
JOINT EVENSONG WITH ST NICOLAS'S CHURCH, GUILDFORD
On Sunday 9th October our choir was invited by our previous curate, Father Neil Roberts, to join the choir at St Nicolas' Church, Guildford for an Evensong celebrating the 150th anniversary of local composer Vaughan Williams. It was a joyful collaboration which many of our congregation travelled across the county to enjoy. We look forward to their choir coming to Nutfield next time to join us in our Evensong worship.
BISHOP OF CROYDON VISITS
On 3rd May Her Majesty the Queen approved the appointment of the Venerable Rosemarie Mallett as Bishop of Croydon. What did she do on her first day? She came to St Peter and St Paul Nutfield!
Photos by Eve Milner
HENRY SMITH CHARITY
Applications are invited from people in need who have been resident in the parish for at least 12 months. Application forms are available from any of the trustees listed below:
Mr Ken Rolaston, 7 Morris Road, South Nutfield 01737 823348
Mrs Jane Vorster, Low Beck, Kings Cross Lane 01737 823206
Mrs Margaret Young, 9 Shortacres, Nutfield 01737 822363
Written requests will be received by the trustees, in strict confidence, at any time.
As a Church we're delighted we now have contactless donations and easyfundraising to help support our donations - please see 'What's On' page and our dedicated Restoration Fund page for more details.
CHURCHYARD WORKING PARTY & LUNCH
On the first Saturday of every month (except January) we meet at around 10.30am to do some work in our churchyard. This is often followed by a ploughman's lunch between 12:30 and 2.00 pm. These lunches are most enjoyable and are also popular with non-gardeners. The churchyard is large and there are not many volunteers to carry out the work, so we would always welcome an extra pair of hands. Gardening experience is not required, as we will show you what to do. We don't mind how long you have to spare - even half an hour would be appreciated. Those who tend the churchyard are getting on a bit, so do come and give us a hand if possible - it's quite good fun!
AUDIO CLINIC FOR NHS HEARING AID USERS
This is free and takes place on the 1st Saturday of each month from 11:00am - noon at St Peter & St Paul's Church Nutfield. Click here for DetailsTHE PRAYER GROUP
The Prayer Group meet at 1 Braes Mead, South Nutfield every second Monday of the month 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.
Surrey church pledges support for a Prayer Book ‘Used By Countless Previous Generations’ Click here to see details.
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. For more details click here.
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
Do you have a passion to help the wider church flourish and grow?
We currently have two representatives on Deanery Synod when there should be 3. We therefore need to fill the vacancy.
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 Gilly Powell or Alan Harris.
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.
If you could give an hour or two to help with cleaning at Nutfield, please contact Gilly.