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Resuming our live in-person services
From Sunday 7th March we plan to resume our live services beginning with our 9am Sunday Service. We'll be delighted to welcome you back into church, but due to Covid restrictions we will have to resume our booking of places to ensure we are all safe and secure. Click here
to book a place. Click here
to read more instructions on how and when to book you place. Please note that booking will close at 5pm on the Wednesday before each Sunday service.
Recruitment of new Vicar - update 29/1/21
In response to an encouraging number of applicants for the above, Sarah and Paul have spent time this week sifting through the applications and making recommendations to the Church Pastoral Aid Society trustees who, as Patrons of the process and along with Archdeacon Martin, will meet on 4 Feb to finalise a short list of candidates to invite for interview at the end of February.
Vacancy News/Update 5/1/21
Please continue to pray that God will guide us to the right person for this next season in the work of His church.
Sarah and Paul, Churchwardens
You will all be pleased to learn of progress in the process to select a new vicar for St Paul's. Before Christmas the PCC approved a Parish Profile for submission to the Patron, the Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS), and you can see a copy by clicking here. An advert was subsequently drafted to appear in the Church Times and this has now been published. If you would like to see the vacancy advert please click here and appears towards the foot of p4.
Applications have to be submitted by 24 January and there will then follow a shortlisting ahead of interviews at the end of February. It is not anticipated that COVID-19 will interfere with the process.
Please continue to pray that God will guide us to the right person for the next season in the work of His church.
Paul & Sarah, Church Wardens
Previous News Posts
Advent Sermon Series
In Advent we look forward not just to the coming of Jesus as a baby boy, but also to the (unknown!) future time when the risen Jesus will return in triumph to herald the arrival of a glorious new age under His rule. We will be focusing on this 'second coming' of Jesus, and what it means for us, in a 3-week Sunday series based on the last two chapters of the Bible (Revelation 21 & 22) - beginning this Sunday 6th December with Jesus' declaration "I am making everything new".
Click here to read an introduction to the series.
The Big Quiz Night, Supporting Tearfund
Nationwide in over 900 venues, including St Paul's Dorking
Saturday 14th November, 8pm, via Zoom.
Teams of up to 6, together or separated (we will use breakout rooms)
More info & to register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for Just Giving Page
Remembrance Sunday - 8th November 2020
Click here to join us at 10.45am from your own home.
In light of the government announcement on Saturday night please be aware that there will be no in-person attendance at this service (as previously stated).
Please keep up to date by checking our website.
If you need any further info, please contact email@example.com
Our Harvest celebrations, like so much else, will be a bit different this year!
From next Thursday (1st October), the church will have a harvest display in the porch and outside space in grateful thanks to God for all that He provides. Harvest is also a wonderful time to share what we have with other people, especially those who don’t have as much as we do. We are supporting the Dorking Area Food Bank, as we have done in recent years, and so there will be a collection point at church for food donations. These will be given to the Food Bank, to help provide emergency food parcels for those in need. There is a list of items that they would be particularly grateful to receive. You are warmly invited to drop by - to see the beautiful flowers and artwork, including posters made by the children at St Paul’s School, nursery and other mid week groups, to donate food, as well as taking time out to pray and give thanks.
The display and Food Collection Point will be in place from Thursday 1st October - Weds 7th October.
Click here for poster competition
Click here for items suggested by FoodBank
Click here for the FoodBank website and to find out more
New Sermon Series for Autumn Term 2020
Click here to read Graham's summary document
Roll up, Roll up!
This October we are gathering virtually (details of when to follow) to look back at the year gone by and take time to thank God for all the ways in which He has blessed us and grown us as a christian community here in Dorking as well as thinking ahead to what we think He is calling us to be and do in the year ahead.
With that in mind, now is an important time to join our electoral roll, if
- you haven't complete one before
- You are 16 or over
- You are baptised
- And you either live in the Parish and worship at St Paul's or live outside it but have been coming regularly for the last 6 months (mostly virtually I would think)
to complete an electoral role form so that we can recognise you as being a signed up member of the St Paul's church family and you can participate in the voting and formal sides of the church structures, including our APCM in October please get in touch.
Jo Cassidy, our electoral role officer writes 'We will shortly be updating our Electoral Roll with details of members who have joined since the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (ACPM) last year. A formal notice is attached. (click here). Please email Jo (Electoralroll@stpaulsdorking.org.uk) with any questions, to obtain a form or for more information.
Please note that if you joined the Roll when it was completely revised last year you do not need to re-apply
Update for mid-week Prayer times, from August 2020
The church will be open weekly on Wednesday afternoons from 2-3pm. There is no need to book, you can simply come along for quiet, individual prayer & reflection. Please read the information on our Coronavirus response page
for guidance on what to expect. Please bring a mask and a pen - as you will need to sign in on arrival.
Wednesday 15th July 2020, 11.30am
To watch Ruth Bushyager's Consecration Service Live from Lambeth Palace Chapel - Click here
Updated from Monday 20th July with revised times.
Tues 2-3pm & Friday 11-12pm
Click here to view 'Come follow me....' An introduction to our new Sermon Series June - August
TWO great ways to love our Neighbour this week
The Coronavirus pandemic has had an enormous impact on us but also throughout the world. Some countries are naturally geared up to cope better than others and so we want to encourage you this week to help by supporting two causes with what you can give.
In normal times, this week, thousands of people up and down the country would be collecting door to door for the work of Christian Aid. That can't happen but we can still help. Christian Aid exists to eradicate poverty and at this time are focused on two key appeals - an emergency appeal to support work in affected communities around the world and lobbying the government to postpone debt repayments for the poorest countries during this time. Click here to make a donation, and do complete the gift aid, if you can, to give 25% more
Guildford Diocese - Emergency Appeal (Sialkot)
Pakistan has had many fewer cases of Covid-19 than here in the UK, but the virus is still hitting the country hard, with lockdowns and a ban on all public gatherings. Sialkot Diocese – and all of its work with churches, school and community projects – is run on a shoestring, and is hugely dependent on income generated from its nine schools; all of which are currently closed.
The Guildford Diocese are seeking to raise £12,000 to support the salaries of the clergy and the staff at the orphanage. If you can, please give online through Stewardship. Type ‘Sialkot’ in donor details to ensure the money goes to this fund. Alternatively, you can transfer money directly to the Friends of the Anglican Communion Fund, CAF Bank Account no.00030397, Sort Code 40 52 40. Again, please indicate Sialkot as a reference.
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