Thurs 21 Jan @ 20.16
A different take on the Five Marks of Mission . . .
Mon 18 Jan @ 16.30
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity -
Mon 18 Jan until Mon 25 Jan.
To mark this week, Churches Together in Surbiton will be sharing Daily Reflections, from material prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. They re available on our YouTube channel here
There will also be a CTiS service on Sunday evening at 6pm, from St Andrew's. There will be no congregation in church but all a welcome to join via Zoom, details are available here.
Mon 18 Jan @ 15.30
Here is our Motto verse 2021
for you to print, if you would like.
for A5 size printing on an A4 page, HERE
for 2xA5 on an A4 page.
Sun 17 Jan @ 15.00
A few reminders . .
Each morning this week to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January ) there will be a reflection posted by a member of clergy from one of the Surbiton Churches on our YouTube Channel. Click HERE
to find them.
Here are the details for our Quiz Night - don't forget to earn a bonus point for your team by pre-registering. Send an email to Dave Farris (email@example.com). You will be put in a team on the night so don't worry about having to be part of a team before signing up!
Sat 16 Jan @ 12.23
The Bridge is a new initiative between Staywell and Kingston Churches. It is a service for anyone who feels alone or in need of support. It provides a one-to one relationship that is built over the phone making a bridge to more relationships in the wider community.
The basic process will work like this:
- Volunteers from churches within the borough have references checked and given training.
- Volunteers commit to a minimum of 6 weeks (1 call to client per week, max 1 hr)
- Staywell refers a client to The Bridge.
- A volunteer assigned to contact the client by phone.
- Volunteer phones the client for a chat once a week for six weeks. After 6 weeks there is a review to determine if the client wants to continue, if the chats are helping them, if there are other services or community activities they can be pointed towards and if the volunteer is happy to continue.
Full details of process, training, supervision and safeguarding will be explained to volunteers in training.
Staywell are aware that the volunteers running this service are members of churches and therefore their faith may play a part in the conversations. Equally these telephone conversations are not preaching opportunities for volunteers. They are a space for volunteers to help and demonstrate love for people who are struggling, to minister to Jesus by ministering to those he cares about and to talk about Jesus and pray with the client where they indicate they would like that.
If you would like to volunteer for this service, or to attend an introductory training meeting to find out more, please fill out the linked application form and include contacts for your church leader, for us to obtain a reference.
Sun 10 Jan @ 08.42
The Five Marks of Mission (which we are thinking about in our current sermon series) are an important statement on mission.
They express the Anglican Communion’s common commitment to, and understanding of, God’s holistic and integral mission. The mission of the Church is the mission of Christ.
The first Mark of Mission, identified with personal evangelism at the Anglican Consultative Council in 1984 (ACC-6) is a summary of what all mission is about, because it is based on Jesus’ own summary of his mission. This should be the key statement about everything we do in mission.
The Five Marks of Mission:
- The mission of the Church is the mission of Christ
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth
Wed 6 Jan @ 17.41
To catch up on the Kingston Deanery's 'Twelve Days of Christmas' - a different offering from a local church each day - click HERE
Tues 5 Jan @ 17.23
This coming Sunday, 10 January we are beginning a sermon series on the '5 Marks of Mission' which we are combining with our Covenant Sunday. There will be the opportunity to pray this prayer for yourself but it is not for the fainthearted!
So it is always better to have a look at it - to allow you to pray through it, to ask God to help you say it and mean it and keep it . .
Here it is:
I am no longer my own but yours.
Put me to what you will,
rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing,
put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you,
or laid aside for you,
exalted for you,
or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen
Sat 2 Jan @ 17.20
is the link to our Epiphany Activity Sheets for tomorrow's service.