Churches Together E-Newsletter
Revd.John Morris appointed Vicar of The Bourne & Tilford
The Revd.John Morris has been appointed the new Vicar of The United Benefice of The Bourne and Tilford. His Induction and Institution took place on the evening of Wednesday 18th October 2017 at the church of St.Thomas-on-The Bourne.
Revd.Morris began his career as a scientist at the Royal Radar Establishment, Malvern, before finding his vocation to the priesthood. Following ordination at Brecon Cathedral, he served curacies in Swansea and rural Herefordshire. His first incumbency was near Hereford.
He joined the Royal Navy as a Naval Chaplain and saw service throughout the world from Antarctica to the Arctic. In 1966, he passed Commando Training and served with the Royal Marine Commandos. Leaving the Navy, John was Chaplain to Lord Wandsworth College, moving on to join the Exeter Diocese, where he assisted in a variety of roles.
On 18th October, the Institution was conducted by Bishop Jo Bailey Wells and the Induction by Archdeacon Paul Bryer. At the following reception, John was welcomed on behalf of Churches Together in Farnham by Andrew Partridge.
Revd.John Morris succeeds Revd.Canon Karen Hutchinson, who in October 2016 was instituted as the new Archdeacon of Norwich.
150th Anniversary Art & Photography Festival
Queen’s Award for Farnham ASSIST
On Sunday 1st October 2017, Farnham ASSIST was presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK for outstanding work done in their local communities by groups who volunteer their own time to enhance and improve the lives of others.
The Award was created by Her Majesty in 2002 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of her coronation. The presentation was made on behalf of Her Majesty by Michael More-Molyneux, Lord Lieutenant of Surrey in front of a large group of supporters and volunteers at St.Andrew’s Parish Church. It was received by June Tranter, Farnham ASSIST's Manager, who said:
“This has been a wonderful occasion and it is lovely to see so many supporters and volunteers who are able to join us. It coincides with celebrating 15 years since Farnham Assist first started and is an ideal moment to pay tribute to all those who established and then developed the charity. I hope all our volunteers feel that this honour is for everyone and a true acknowledgement of the difference they are making to the lives of older people in our community. Many congratulations to everyone.”
The award had been announced at Buckingham Palace on 2nd June 2017. Farnham ASSIST’s Manager, June Trantom and the former Manager, Brian Kurton had the honour of attending a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace at the end of May.
Farnham ASSIST is associated with Churches Together in Farnham (please see our “Associates” page). It is an independent Charity.
The Revd.Graham Culver has been appointed Senior Minister at Farnham Baptist Church.
The Welcome and Induction Service was held on the afternoon of Saturday 7th October 2017 at Farnham Baptist Church, The Hart Farnham GU9 7HA.
Graham Culver has moved to Farnham from Grimsby, where he was Pastor leading Grimsby Baptist Church.
He has succeeded Revd John Ross, who has left Farnham Baptist Church having led the church for many years. John and his wife plan to stay in the Farnham area.
Tribute to the life of the late Rosemary Stephens
We record with sadness the death, on 24th June 2017, of Rosemary Stephens.
Rosemary had a long and varied life, contributing to the ecumenical scene in Farnham in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1986, she founded an ecumenical drama group, the Farnham Interchurch Players.
A Service of Thanksgiving for her life was held at Sway church on 30th June 2017.
The ashes of John and Rosemary Stephens will be interred at the Church of St.Michael & All Angels in Thursley on Monday 18th September at 2:30 p.m. There will be a short service, followed by tea and coffeee in the church. All are most welcome to attend.
Please CLICK HERE to see a fuller account of Rosemary’s life and contribution.
In Memoriam ...
Churches Together in in Farnham record with sadness the death of dedicated and committed Christians who have played important roles in our support.
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The CTF Directory was updated and re-issued in January 2017. The directory provides contact information for local churches, ministers and Christian organisations.
Copies available to those working with Churches Together in Farnham on application to the secretary. Also available for download by authorised persons — please refer to the “Contacts” page.