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We are delighted to be welcoming you back into Church.  To make sure everyone is safe and that social distancing is maintained, we need volunteers to be Welcomers.  If you feel able to help, please click on the link below to sign up. 

Thank you, your help and support is always appreciated.

 

Welcomers sign up                            Service streaming sign up- for vmix operators 

 

KiT 80Mon 13 Sept

afghan refugees
For those who would like to read and think through some more around the issues raised in our current sermon series on 'Reaping a rich harvest in Ruth' there is a useful toolkit on the Church of England's website which you can find HERE.   It us particularly aimed at  the Afghan refugee crisis but has some much wider resources as well.  
 

KiT 80Thurs 10 Sept 

Feels like a new term has begun and there is certainly lots of activity here!

Click HERE to find out about our Heritage Open Day this coming Saturday

Be ready to celebrate our St Matthew's Weekend with the following:

SMW 2021

Get your tickets for another-not-too-far-AwayDay, following the great success or our first AwayDay back in 2018.  

ANTFA advert

And finally we are beginning The Bereavement Journey Course on Tues 28 Sept -  details below.

Flyer for TBJ

KiT 80Tues 27 July

To find out more about re-planting the new garden - please click HERE 

KiT 80Sun 25 July 

Service Times

Following the PCC meeting last week it has now been decided that from 5 September we shall return to our old service pattern with slightly changed timings. 
The traditional service with choir and organ will start at 9am.  This slightly earlier start time will accommodate the second service (with band and children’s groups) starting at 10.45am. 
These new service times will trial through the autumn although we confirm that the order of the services will not change.
Apologies to those who would have preferred a different time – taking into account the preferences of everyone was not possible.

Remembering, Reflecting and Recovering 

Also 
Here are the Pandemic Experience Sheets we looked at in the service this morning so you can follow the links

For yourself

For the Family

For Young People 

And finally the link to the FREE App which was mentioned -  you can download HERE from the Google story or HERE from the Apple Store.

This is what the makers say about it:

We're delighted to bring you the new Sanctuary app, featuring Together Again, a game to kickstart conversations about wellbeing and faith.

Throughout lockdown, checking on each others’ wellbeing has been an important part of life together. Together Again continues this conversation as we move into a new season, generating questions to help us explore the challenges of the year, as well as the lighter moments.

"What activity restores your soul or brings you joy?"
"Name one thing you don't want to forget from last year.''

Whether it's two friends on a walk, a family sharing a meal, or a group gathered around a campfire—meaningful connections can happen anywhere.

As recent changes and the easing of restrictions start to impact us, these questions are designed to help us connect with each other and pace our recovery. Discover a simple way to keep the wellbeing conversation alive in our faith communities and beyond with Together Again.

In the app you'll find:
Together Again, a conversation-starting game
Links to emergency mental health support
Access to a suite of free Sanctuary resources to support faith and mental health
Ways to take the conversation further with The Sanctuary Course


If you'd like to meet up on a Wednesday in August to discuss this please let Helen know either day time or evening.

KiT 80Thurs 22 July 

After discussion at PCC in which there was an incredibly wide set of views (expressed generously and sensitively) and the guidance from the central church (which you can read for yourself HERE if you are interested and have half an hour! ) we have decided that this Sunday, 25 July, we will seek to observe all the same rules as last Sunday!!   
This will be a relief to some and a cause of frustration for others. 

Over the coming weeks during August we will gradually look to ease certain of the restrictions but we intend for the next few weeks at least (and subject to prevailing conditions)
  • to continue the social distancing in the pews,
  • once singing begins in church to do so with masks on
  • to allow masks to be removed while seated, if individuals wish
  • to continue track and trace 
Obviously we do not have legal backing to enforce any of this but we hope that people attending will comply.

If you have any questions or comments please do get in touch with Helen, Mike or Jackie 
 

KiT 80Sat 10 July

If you would like to look at the Diocesan newspaper The Bridge for this month - please click HERE

KiT 80Sun 4 July 

If you feel strongly about being able to be allowed to sing in church once again, you may want to sign the petition HERE.
If 10,000 signatures are received, the government commit to responding to the petition. 

ALSO
Thank you to all those (over 30) who contributed to our Maintenance Morning in so many different ways yesterday.  If you missed out we will be compiling a list of jobs which still need doing and it would be great if some of these could be tackled in August - more details to follow or ask Jackie and Mike. 

ALSO a BIG thank you to the girls from Surbiton High School who came and did some great work on Friday to add to the efforts of our maintenance weekend.  They showed such hard work, creativity and commitment we are very grateful to them all.

 

KiT 80Sat 26 June

And here is the link to the Facebook page on which our bell ringers feature for the anniversary celebrations (see below).

https://www.facebook.com/groups/135681541720946/?multi_permalinks=228609069094859&notif_id=1624723534008624&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic&ref=notif

Enjoy! 

 

KiT 8022 June
 
Bell-ringing event at St Matthew’s on Saturday 26 June at 12.00 noon

As you may know, St Matthew’s Church has an unusual set of bells which includes what is known as
an Ellacombe Chime. This is an arrangement whereby bells (hemispherical ones in our case) can be
played by one bell-ringer using a series of ropes looking
a bit like a harp, and is named after a Reverendbells 1
Ellacombe who invented the system in 1821. It is said
that he devised the mechanism so that all the bells
could be rung by one trusted person without involving
a band of unruly and perhaps drunken ringers!
As this is the 200 th anniversary of the reverend
gentleman’s invention, all churches which have a
working set of Ellacombe chimes have been invited to
take part in a ‘celebration ring’ this Saturday (26 th June)
at 12 noon. We are intending to be one of only 78
churches in the UK taking part in this, as Ellacombe
systems are now relatively rare, especially ones that work well and are in regular use. Our bells were fully refurbished during the tower restoration two years ago.
Bells throughout the world will be ringing on Saturday, starting in New Zealand. They will be heard in each of the major time zones, played at noon local time in each location. They will make their way to Surbiton, then across the Americas, finishing in Vancouver, Canada, 17 hours after they first started.
The Ellacombe system allows the ringer to play tunes, and you may have heard carols and hymns being played before some of our services last Christmas and Easter.

bells 2
We hope you will enjoy hearing the bells on
this special occasion. We will have a team of
ringers in the tower so that no one person
gets exhausted! Do look in to the church on
Saturday between 12.00 and 1pm, if you
would like. We can tell you a little bit more
about the bells, and will have a replica
practice frame at the back of the church
which will allow you to try your hand. We
also have cameras in the tower which will
allow you to see the action from ground
level!



 

KiT 8021 June 

Nicholas' Photo

Captain Nicholas Lebey (Church Army) is being ordained in Southwark Cathedral this coming Saturday at 11am and will be the new pioneer curate at St George's.  If you would like to watch the service HERE is the link