This Week’s Notices

I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Isaiah 46:4b

 

I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Isaiah 46:4b

Weekly Notices – Week beginning 17th October 2021

In this edition:

  • Next Sundays’ Worship
  • Foodbank Donations
  • From Pieter
  • Renew 88
  • COVID Response / In Church Worship
  • Christmas Dates
  • Toddler
  • Save the Date
  • Dates for your diary
  • Zoom quick links

This Week

Sunday 17th 11.00am Harvest Celebration – See below

Pieter will continue his series in Revelation 12.

We will also spend time preparing for the Launch of Renew 88 and commission the team.

Monday 18th p.m. Renew 88 open
Tuesday 19th 9.30am Parents and Toddlers
Thursday 21st 7.30pm Prayer Meeting
Friday 22nd a.m. Renew 88 open
Saturday 23rd 10.00am Children’s Choir
Sunday 24th 11.00am Worship and Communion

Next Sunday’s Worship – Harvest Celebration

This week, 17th October, we celebrate Harvest. As in recent years (ignoring 2020!), we will focus on the work of Operation Agri, and will take up a practical Harvest Offering for the Foodbank (see below). If you’d like to donate to either organisation, please let Eric have the money or IOU, or clearly identify it in the offering.

Foodbank Donations

Items donated for Foodbank will be given to the Trussel Trust Foodbanks in Woking. Items should be long-life, non-perishable; in particular they are looking for sponge puddings (packet or tinned); tinned carrots, ham, custard, rice pudding; pot noodles; cheese biscuits; long life milk cartons, instant mash, and men and women’s deodorant.

From Pieter

  1. I am glad that Eric reminded me of the change of publication date: we are now receiving the notices on Saturday night / Sunday morning.  Having been away to the Isle of Wight for a nice week, I had quite forgotten about the change!  I had already decided that my sermons will be published with almost a week’s delay, so no sermon this week.
  2. This Thursday we meet for prayer in the church, and the week after we have an evening of background information on the Book of Revelation.
  3. The children’s choir (on Saturday morning from 10 to 11) is attracting some very nice children, but more would be welcome.  Please tell people around you about it.
Renew 88
Our Renew Wellbeing hub, Renew 88, opens this Monday afternoon for the first time, and then again on Friday morning.I am glad that this week’s Woking News and Mail has an article on Renew 88, on page 7,All publicity is good publicity, but I am not happy with the header.  The journalist has heavily edited my text, so that it now seems that Renew is merely the initiative of Hetty and me rather than of the entire church.  Nonetheless, please draw people’s attention to the article and particularly to the quote from Councillor Melanie Whitehand.

When we are open, drop in yourself and bring others, whether they are OK or not OK.  If you want to distribute leaflets, please let us know.

Any good jigsaws, board games or craft materials for use at Renew 88 will be gratefully received.  

COVID Response / In Church Worship

Following the Deacons’ review of our Covid-safety protocols, the following changes will be introduced:

  • We will return to individual Communion wine glasses from 24th October; the bread will remain as individually packaged wafers.
  • We will gradually start to reintroduce “Live” music, continuing to make use of pre-recorded items where appropriate.
  • A duty rota for welcome, and similar, to include some post church covid-cleaning procedures. Please volunteer to Sohan.
  • A return to notices being distributed in church on Sunday to those who don’t email. We will ensure printed copies continue to be available to all even if they’re not able to be in church. The printed version of the sermon will therefore be distributed the Sunday after its oral delivery. If you can help by taken a copy for somebody local to you, that would be much appreciated.
  • Removal of the Perspex screen in front of the Pulpit
  • Following Harvest, we hope to serve refreshments after every service. This will depend on feedback and careful observance of our other Covid protocols.

The following is NOT changing-

  • The wearing of masks when entering, leaving and moving about the church. This is our key defence, and with cases in Woking remaining significant, especially centred on Winston Churchill School, it is as important as ever to observe this protocol
  • Hand sanitizer will remain available, and heavily touched surfaces will be cleaned after each service. Hymn books and other shared material will not be reintroduced yet.
  • Ventilation remains important – the windows will be opened whatever the weather, and even though the heating will be on, please make sure that you’re dressed appropriately.
  • Seating will remain spaced – please respect others’ preferences before sitting next to somebody. We’ve prepared some “tongue-in-cheek” cards that you might like to use if you’d prefer an adjacent chair to be left vacant.

Toddlers

Our Parent and Toddler group has restarted. Please spread the word and ask Ruth for details or contact us.

Save the Date

The next Church Members’ meeting will be on Sunday 16th January 2022.