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Latest Church Family Friday E-mail

Email issued 13th May 2022


I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.  For in Him you have been enriched  in every way - in all your speaking and in all your knowledge - because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you.

1 Corinthians Ch 1, v 4 & 5:


Hope in times of crisis 

We have all seen the news of the devastating war in Ukraine. We hear heart-breaking stories of people fleeing violence, not knowing when they’ll see their loved ones again (Christian Aid is actively supporting partners ‘on the ground’).
In Zimbabwe, where Christian Aid is also working, there is another crisis – the climate crisis – which is causing drought, hunger and great anguish to many families already facing poverty. You can see more of this in the YouTube clip about Janet and her family
Even though there is 5,000 miles between them, the two countries are inter-connected: the war in Ukraine is escalating food prices in Zimbabwe and around the globe. Ukraine and Russia produce large amounts of the world’s fertiliser and food, like wheat and cooking oil and without them, vulnerable families are being pushed even deeper into hunger.
But hope does not disappoint. Hope lives in us. Every prayer, every gift, every action brings hope to people facing disaster, from conflict to climate chaos. The focus of Christian Aid Week this year is to help women like Janet buy seeds and equipment to provide food - and hope - for their families.
As Christians let us come together in Christian Aid Week to pray, to collect (if you have an hour to spare, do join the Dorking Churches Together High Street Collection Team), to give and be thankful for the opportunity to help and to share hope with our sisters and brothers facing crisis around the world, from Ukraine to Zimbabwe.
As Graham highlighted in his preaching last Sunday we are the church - God’s church. How blessed we are in all that God gives to us:
1 Corinthians Ch 1, v 4 & 5: I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in Him you have been enriched  in every way - in all your speaking and in all your knowledge - because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you.
God bless and thank you. 
John Arnold

Christian Aid Week runs from 15th - 21st May. This year we will not be collecting door-to-door collections as has been done in previous years.  Instead, it has been arranged with MVDC to hold a street collection in Dorking, on Thursday 19th, Friday 20th and Saturday 21st. We urgently need volunteers to help with the collection, and hence if you think you can spare an hour or two please contact Elizabeth Dobson 

Stewardship - An update on Church Income

During May and June we're having a bit of a focus on our church finances, with a few short presentations in our Sunday morning services.  The first of these was last Sunday, looking at our income and where it comes from - if you missed this, please click here for a video recording of it.
Invitation - Save the Date!
Sunday 19th June

Afternoon Tea - to Celebrate with Dawn, Roman and Cody as their time at St Paul's comes to an end.

Dawn is preparing to be ordained Deacon on Saturday 3rd July (more info to follow) and they will move on to the next Chapter.
Exam Prayer Timetable

As many of you know, each year we produce a prayer time table for exams.
(We've had a break from this as exams were cancelled during the pandemic).

Church youth send us their exam timetables and we collate them into a format all of us can have printed off.
They then are reassured knowing that each exam they sit in, their church family have got their back in prayer.

If you would like a copy of the prayer timetable to have for your fridge door / Bedside cabinet / bathroom etc. just email
Bikes, Brunch & Bibles! - Sign up now!!
Saturday 21st May - Brunch & visit of Cycle Pilgrims

Join us as we support 'Bike Pilgrims' cycle team who are cycling from Kent to Land's End to raise funds and awareness for the persecuted church.
We are one of 44 churches who are 'hosting' the team along their journey.

Join our visiting Cycle Pilgrims on Saturday 21st May –

11am: BBQ brunch is served 

11.45am Gathering in church with prayer, short time of worship and a brief sharing of information about the charities they are supporting -  Release and Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

12.40am - 1pm Send-off on their next leg of their pilgrimage.

Please sign up to give us some idea of planning for Brunch

If you'd like to read more please click here for the Pilgrimage Website
Sign up here for brunch on 21st May
Choir for Platinum Jubilee!
We are planning a special celebration choir for the 9 o’clock service to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Sunday 5 June.  All welcome, especially new faces, even if you do not normally go to the 9 o’clock service.  Rehearsals will be in the church hall at 8pm on Fridays 13 May, 20 May, 27 May and 3 June. Please contact Helena Twentyman on 01306 882457 or email
Growing Your Church - Sat 11th June - More info & Sign up here
This week at St Paul's

9am Morning Prayer Online and in church

10.30 Holy Communion Online and in church

 'The 6' at 6 

Click here for Morning Prayer Liturgy
Click here for Holy Communion Liturgy

If you missed last week's service: catch up now : 
podcast or watch the service
Read our Latest World Church newsletter here

Click here for midweek groups

Prayer @ St Paul's
We'd love you to join us 
Tues Evenings Click here to view our current Programme
Click here for more info
St Paul's Small Groups
Ever wondered what these are?  Read more here
We'd love you to join one, or try one for a while -
simply contact 

to find a group to suit you at a time that suits you
Dates for your diary
21st May - Sat morning  - Bike Pilgrimage @ St Paul's - See above for full info/book brunch

22nd May 3pm Stepping Stones Young Families Service

17/18th June - Fri eve and Sat morning -- An opportunity for us to Gather - Church & Nursery - Nursery Jubilee Art Exhibition - more info to follow

19th June - Farewell Tea for Dawn, Roman & Cody - save the date/more info to follow

23rd July - 28th July - New Wine - Will you be joining us this year? There's now about 30 of us going!  Get in touch if you would like to know more.  Day tickets just released - if you fancy trying it out for a day (without camping!!) 

12th November - Saturday - Walk Through The Bible: New Testament 

In line with our Eco-church Initiatives please help us to  reduce our use of disposable cups by bringing a reusable cup/mug on Sunday mornings
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