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Farnham’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Christmas Day Lunch 2019
Churches Together A.G.M. - 24th Oct 2019
Revd.Neil Fairlamb - new Priest for Tilford
Frensham Baptist Fellowhip closes
Good Friday Walk of Witness in Farnham
Churches Together Directory (Dec 2019 edition)
In Memoriam
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Churches Together E-Newsletter 
January / February 2020 Edition

 

Wonder
The birth of Jesus in a stable, the visits of the shepherds and the wise men, the presentation in the temple, danger and the flight into Egypt:  we are sometimes overwhelmed with activity at Christmas - but what must it have been like for the Holy Family?  For them it was mystery, puzzlement and fear - but something else.  When they asked themselves “What can this mean” they must have experienced the most amazing wonderment.  The Holy Family trusted.  As Mary, at the time of the Annunciation, had said to the Angel Gabriel: “Let it happen to me as you have said.”  As we venture into the unknown of the New Year and face our own difficulties and fears let us also experience wonder as our Faith leads us to trust in the Lord.
 
Unusual Kindness
“Unusual Kindness” is the theme of this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  Unexpected kindness shown by the people of Malta to Paul, some sailors and a Roman guard when they were shipwrecked. Suddenly into their lives, it was there - kindness - when it was most needed and without demand.  How thankful those tired, wet and frightened men, must have been.  The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity daily prayer meetings and the service at The Spire Church on Sunday 19th January at 4:00 p.m are opportunities for us to be thankful together, for the “Usual Kindness” of the Lord in every part of our lives.
 
With warm regards

                Michael
                (Michael McDonnell - Chair of Churches Together in Farnham)
 

An E-Newsletter is published each month, including upcoming activities and an event listing.  To “READ ALL ABOUT IT”, please CLICK HERE to download your copy.

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PLEASE PRAY FOR:
“Signposts” and “Open The Book” Christmas Tours in Farnham’s Schools
(details here)
Noel Coward performances at St.Mary’s Frensham
(Thur-Sat 6th, 7th, 8th February)
Alpha Course in Farnham
Wednesday evenings from 25th September
St.Peter’s Wrecclesham
Midday Music at St.Thomas-on-The Bourne
(Tuesdays from 3rd March at noon)
Please check CTF Member Church web sites for details of church services Farnham Filling Station
(Monthly meeting: next Friday 17th Jan 2020)

Farnham ASSIST
Silver Service
(Thursday afternoon
16th Jan at 3:00 p.m)

CTF Ecumenical Prayer Meeting
(Monthly - 3rd Tuesday)
Christian Aid - Ethiopia
(Karen Fewster’s visit report)
More notices on the NOTICE BOARD page . . .

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Churches Together in Farnham

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
18th–25th January 2020

As in previous years, Churches Together in Farnham marks the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity by daily prayers during the week, with a Service of Christian Unity on Sunday 19th January 2020.

Spire Church

UNITED SERVICE ON SUNDAY 19TH JANUARY 2020
This year, the Sunday service is hosted by The Spire Church, South Street, Farnham - starting in the afternoon at 4:00 p.m.  Christians from churches across Farnham and villages will gather for the annual Service of Christian Unity.

The service will be led by The Spire's Revd.Michael Hopkins and the speaker will be Revd.Hannah Moore, from the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale.

The service will be followed by seasonal refreshments.

DAILY MORNING PRAYER MEETINGS 18th-25th JANUARY
During the remainder of the Week of Prayer there will be daily prayer meetings at churches around the town, including the Quaker Meeting House in Tilford Road, All Saints Tilford, Farnham Vineyard in Union Road, St.Thomas-on-The Bourne in Frensham Road and St.Joan of Arc in Tilford Road.  All Christians in the town are invited to join any or all of the prayer meetings.

For a display poster with this year‘s Prayer Meeting Schedule — CLICK HERE (PDF format file size 13,127)

More information here ...  

 
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Christmas Day 2019
Traditional Xmas Lunch at the Memorial Hall

As in many previous years, Farnham’s traditional Xmas Lunch took place on Christmas Day 2019, enjoyed by some 60 Farnham residents who otherwise would have spent the festive day on their own.

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Many guests were collected by volunteer drivers and taken to the Memorial Hall off West Street, where they were treated to an excellent two-course meal including roast turkey with trimmings, Christmas pudding and wine.

The event was coordinated by Churches Together in Farnham.  Full details below.

All about this year’s lunch ... 

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CTF Annual General Meeting 2019

The 2019 A.G.M. took place on the evening of Thursday 24th October at St.Mark’s Church, Alma Lane, Upper Hale, Farnham GU9 0LT.  The meeting ended by 9:00 p.m giving those attending a chance to meet each other afterwards over a glass of wine.

St.Marks Upper Hale

Revd.Hannah Moore, Badshot Lea and Hale Parish, chaired the meeting, concluding her year as CTF Chair.  Michael McDonnell, from St.Joan of Arc Catholic Church, was elected as CTF Chair for the coming year.

The meeting agenda included:

  • Election of officers for the coming year;
  • A brief review of the main activities of CTF during the past year;
  • An opportunity for each of the many Christian groups and organisations which support our local community throughout the year to report briefly on their activities (reports are included within the meeting minutes);
  • An opportunity for church leaders, particularly those new to the town, to share their thoughts.

You can view or download your copy of the meeting minutes from the link below:

Download A.G.M. Minutes (2019) here.
 
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Revd.Neil Fairlamb
New Priest for All Saints, Tilford

 
On the evening of Tuesday 15th May, the congregation at All Saints Church, Tilford warmly welcomed the Revd.Neil Fairlamb, who was licenced for his new ministry by the Archdeacon of Surrey, the Ven.Paul Davies.

Revd Neil Fairlamb

Neil replaces All Saints’ much-loved parish priest Canon Heather Humphrey, who sadly died in February 2018.

Neil (on right of picture) and his wife Yvonne come to Tilford from North Wales where, since 2003, Neil served as Rector of Beaumaris and Ministry Area Leader of Bro Seiriol in the Archdeaconry of Anglesey.

Neil was ordained in the Diocese of Southwark as a non-stipendiary minister, before moving into stipendiary ministry in Wales, becoming Rector of Beaumaris in 2003.

Looking forward to his new appointment, Neil said:

“Yvonne and I have been very happy to have spent 20 years in Bangor Diocese.  We married just as we started in Meirionnydd and have made many friends in the parishes and through wider ecumenical links including Ynys Enlli and the Roman Catholic Church’s outreach activities from St.Beuno’s and Loreto.
 
The new post in Surrey will be an opportunity to care for a traditional but outward looking village community and to part of a busy town ministry in Farnham.  I am so fortunate to be in good health and to be given an opportunity to continue ministry into my 70s, sharing life’s journeys with people - in solidarity with their joys and sorrows as we make our Christian pilgrimage together.
 
Yvonne and I are so grateful for everyone’s support and prayers.”

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Frensham Baptist Fellowship Closes

Sadly, after 30 years of meeting in and serving the village and community of Frensham, FBF will be closing their doors at the Marindin Hall on Sunday 21st July 2019.

FBF began on 12th February 1989, initially meeting at the Church of the Good Shepherd, before moving to the Marindin Hall on 13th January 1991.  They express their “gratitude to all who have contributed to the life of FBF and the blessing they have felt from so many who have passed through on life’s journey”.

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Churches Together in Farnham’s
Walk of Witness

Walk of Witness 2019

Good Friday 19th April 2019

Farnham Christians bear Witness on Good Friday

On a beautiful Spring day, many of the town’s Christians gathered in The Hart at lunch-time on Good Friday, setting out in silence on the annual Walk of Witness around the town centre.  The walk ended in St.Andrew’s churchyard, where a short open-air service was held.

The full report with pictures is now available - please CLICK HERE

 
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CTF Directory - December 2019 edition

The Churches Together in Farnham directory provides contact information for CTF Officers, Member Churches and Associated Organisations.  Download HERE for local printing (PDF format; file size 40,027) or find out more on the “CTF Directory” page.

 

In Memoriam ...

Churches Together in Farnham record with sadness the death of dedicated and committed Christians who have played important roles in our support.

Please CLICK HERE to see recent reports.

 
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For Your Diary
Jan 19th - 'WORSHIP THE LORD WITH JOY!'
Jan 20th - CHRISTIAN MEDITATION AT ST.JOAN'S
Jan 21st - CTF ECUMENICAL PRAYER MEETING
Jan 22nd - LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
Jan 27th - CHRISTIAN MEDITATION AT ST.JOAN'S
Jan 29th - LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
Feb 3rd - CHRISTIAN MEDITATION AT ST.JOAN'S
Feb 5th - LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
Feb 10th - CHRISTIAN MEDITATION AT ST.JOAN'S
Feb 12th - LIFE IN THE SPIRIT