Lent, Holy Week and Easter

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Please note that in this document the Post Lent Retreat is advertised as taking place at Cudham Parish Church, but this has had to be changed. A new location has yet to be finalised.

Lent Course
The Stone in your pocket

This year’s Lent course will consist of 5 sessions, each of which will focus on one key word, such as joy, faith, peace etc. There will be a Bible passage (or passages) connected with the theme, and perhaps a key verse, with accompanying questions or ideas to discuss.  

Towards the end of Lent Matthew will hold a workshop in St Giles Centre on Saturday 4th April, 2.00-4.00 p.m., where participants can paint and decorate a small stone with one of the key words. This can then be kept and carried around as an ongoing reminder of God's word.    Matthew will supply all the equipment for this but numbers will be limited so people will need to sign up to take part. More details about this later.

If you are not currently a member of a house group, but would like to join a group to study this course, there will be a list for you to sign in the Church porch (or contact Heather).  I hope that you will be able to participate as this is an ideal way to meet other people and to discuss the relevance of the Bible to our own faith in a small and friendly environment.

I’m confident too that Matthew will once again provide us with an interesting and stimulating course.  

This year the beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, is February 26th so most groups will start the week beginning Sunday March 1st and end the week starting April 7th - but see below for the exact dates for each group. 

Details so far as at 3rd February
Please check back for further updates.  


Sunday 4.30 - 5.30pm. March 8, 15, 22 & 29, April 5.  St Giles Centre, Church Road BR6 7DB. Leader Matthew Hughes.

Monday 2.30 - 4pm.  March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30. Ladycroft Way, off Farnborough High Street BR6 7BZ.  Leader & host Heather Argent.

Tuesday 10 – 12noon. Feb 25, March 10, 24, April 7 & 21. Stowting Road BR6 9SJ. (footpath behind St Nicholas or via Leamington Ave, Ridgeway Cres & Southfleet Road. Leader & host. Sue Simpson.

Wednesday 10 – 11am. March 4, 11, 18, 25 & April 1. St Giles Church – bell ringing chamber via staircase. Leaders Julian & Fiona Milton.

Friday 10.30 – 11.30am. March 6, 13, 20, 27 & April 3
. Back of St Giles church. Leader Matthew Hughes. 
Group Full - no spaces.


Tuesday 8 – 9.30pm. March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31. Oakleigh Gardens, near the Crescent shops BR6 9PL. Leader & Host Ailsa Chapman.

Thursday 8 – 9.30.  March 5, 12, 19, 26 & April 2.  St Nicholas baby room, Leamington Ave, top of Ashbourne Rise, off Tubbenden Lane. BR6 9QB. Leaders Diane Stiff & Andy Chapman.

Enquiries to Heather Argent (house group co-ordinator) – 01689 857785

Lent Book

This year's Lent book is The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr.   Richard Rohr is a Roman Catholic Franciscan Priest who writes insightfully and beautifully about the presence of Christ in the world and in our lives. 

This is an immensely readable and thought-provoking book.  I assume that people will order their own copies, but if you would like me to obtain one for you please let me know. 


Post Lent Retreat - Location TBA

Saturday 18th April, 10:00am - 4pm

With the closure of Burrswood, we have had to find an alternative venue for this year's Easter Retreat.  The new location has still to be confirmed, but it is expected that we will leave St. Giles Centre at 10.00 a.m. and return by 4.00 p.m.  Please check back here for confirmation of the new location.

You will be required to bring your own packed lunch, but tea, coffee and cake will be provided.  There will be no set cost for this day but you will be welcome to make a donation at the end of the day.  Please sign the list in the Church porch if you would like to attend.  

I warmly commend all of this to you and pray that through the working of the Holy Spirit you will have the grace and strength to walk with Christ in the way of the Cross and so discover his peace and his love for you.


Let's Sing Together

Monday 2nd March 7:30pm
St. Giles Church

We run a special choir for those who would like to learn to sing.  This is an exciting opportunity for people to experience the joy and fun to be had in making music with others.  

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Annual Cream Tea   

Sunday 19th April 2020, St Giles Centre

Come and join us for the annual Cream Tea on behalf of Christian Aid. You will have  the chance to enjoy in style a delicious afternoon cream tea in the company of your family, friends and neighbours, while at the same time supporting such a worthwhile cause. We will get out our best crockery and make this a really  special event.

Tickets go fast, so please book your place. If the weather is with us, we hope to spread into the outside space. Tickets: £9, with all profit going to Christian Aid. From 3.00pm to 6.00pm. Please let us know if you have any food allergies, or intolerances.

Carol Fryer
01689 855468 / 07951725069 

Recital by Daniel Moult

Saturday 9th May

Organ recitals are not everyone's cup of tea, indeed I sometimes wonder if they are mine. However, when so much of the Parish's resource has gone into the rebuilding project it would be great if as many as can make it could come just to sit and listen to what has been achieved.

There will be a 'Big Screen' presentation so that the audience can see the player and all his limbs flying about. A recital is also a good opportunity for us to invite interested people from outside the Parish to see and hear the instrument. Please put it in the diary.

Clive Brearley

Coach trip to Brighton

Saturday 16th May

The first of our coach trips will be to Brighton this year. Come and join us for a friendly and entertaining day out. Bring your friends and family. Take it easy, chill out, or use your energy exploring the local delights.

Coach will leave Farnborough (outside the school) at 9.00am and leave Brighton at 5.00pm. Tickets: £17.50. Tickets go quickly so make sure you have booked.

Carol Fryer
01689 855468 / 07951725069 m

Annual Summer Fete

Saturday 13th June, Rectory Garden

It may seem a little early, but the organising for the Summer fete started some time ago. Orchestras, singers, dancers, punch and judy are all booked. Make sure you have the day in your diary.

We will have some great entertainment and music, so come along and enjoy the delicious range of food on offer with maybe a pimms or beer. If you have any surplus unopened gifts, or new toys, or bottles for our tombola or wish to sponsor or donate, please let us know, and we will arrange collection. We need your support

Carol Fryer
01689 855468 / 07951725069 m

Coach trip to Broadstairs 

Saturday 11th July

Our annual trip to Broadstairs is on 11th July. Come and join us for a pleasant day out. Bring your friends and family. Have a wander round the shops, have a leisurely lunch, join the children on the beach, have a swim or explore the local walks.

Coach will leave Farnborough (outside the school) at 9.00am and leave Broadstairs at 5.00pm. Tickets: Adults £15.00 / Family of 4 (must include at least 1 child) £25 Tickets go quickly so make sure you have booked.

Carol Fryer
01689 855468 / 07951725069 


Charity in Focus:

Film Evenings

See Charity in Focus for details

Events Calendar

Mon 2nd Mar Let's Sing Group
Thus 5th Mar Bi-Monthly meeting of the Friends of St Giles in the Change of Horses at 8pm.
Mon 9th Mar The Alzheimer’s and Dementia carers group meeting will be at 8.15pm in the St Giles Centre
Wed 18th Mar Film Evening:
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
Sun 22nd Mar Refresments after Mothering Sunday service
Sun 22nd Mar Dream Analysis Workshop 8:00pm
Tues 7th Apr The Let’s Sing Group will meet in St Giles from 7.30pm – 8.45pm.
Wed 8th Apr Prayer and Meditation. How to pray using the stone in my pocket.
Sat 18th Apr Annual Retreat Location TBA
Sat 18th Apr Friends Jumble Sale
Village Hall 2–3.30pm
Sun 19th Apr Cream Tea St. Giles Centre - Christian Aid
Mon 20th Apr Film Evening: Judy
Sun 26th Apr Annual General Meeting at St. Nicholas
Sun 9th May Organ Recital
Sat 16th May Coach trip to Brighton
Sat 13th June Summer Fete
Sun 21st June Refreshments after Father’s Day Service
Sat 11th July Coach trip to Broadstairs
Sun 19th July Annual Picnic
at High Elms
Tues 25th
- Sat 29th Aug
St Nicholas
Holiday Club
Sun 4th Oct Harvest Brunch after 10am Service
Sat 10th Oct Harvest Supper and Barn Dance
Sat 21st Nov Quiz Night, Farnborough Social Club
Fri 4th Dec Coach trip to Winchester Christmas Market
Sun 13th Dec Confirmation Service
Sun 20th Dec Nine Lessons & Carols

Carol Fryer
01689 855468 / 07951 725069

Surplus Gifts

This year's Summer Fete will be on Saturday 13th June. Seems a long way away, but it will come round quite quickly.  If you have any unwanted gifts that you would like to donate, please contact me to arrange drop off or collection. 

Contact: Carol Fryer
01689 855468 / 0795172 5069 /

Book of Remembrance

The 2020 calendar for the Book of Remembrance is open. If you would like to reserve a week in memory of a loved one, please contact me on the number below.  For a special anniversary or birthday, please consider booking the St. Peter & St. Paul or St. Augustine window or even a pedestal. 

The flower arrangers will create a lovely display to celebrate the occasion.  Cheques should be made payable to ‘St. Giles PCC’ and placed in an envelope for the attention of Alison Reynolds and handed into the Parish Office or placed in the Church porch pigeonhole. 

Suggested donations:  Book of Remembrance from £12, Large Windows from £20, Pedestal from £50.  As always, we welcome and are very grateful for any donations to the St. Giles Flowers Fund to support the year-round floral arrangements.   

Thank you.

Elizabeth Harriss-Orr
01689 482560 / 07398 109621

Alison Reynolds 01689 858929