ST GILES FARNBOROUGH - EVENTS, NEWS AND NOTICES

 

 


New Arrangements for
Services at St. Giles

Attending Services

From Sunday 12th December the wearing of face masks in places of worship is mandatory. Hand sanitiser will be available in the Church porch along with spare face masks. The Church building will be periodically ventilated during each service. Singing remains permissible.

Everyone who attends St. Giles should be fully vaccinated if possible and free of Covid symptoms. 

This Notice will be subject to any future changes issued by gov.uk

Sunday Evening Service Times

For a trial period from 16th January to the end of March, Sunday Evening Services will commence at 4:00pm instead of the customary 6:30pm.


 

Safe Zone

If the main body of the Church is busy then the gallery will be put aside for six people. 



 If you would like to use this Safe Zone area please contact the Parish Secretary n advance of any service or event.

New Pastoral Visitors

We congratulate and welcome five new Pastoral Visitors to our pastoral team. Christine Coyle, Julia Hoadley and Mary Yates were authorised by Bishop Simon at the confirmation service and Barbara Campadelli and Melanie Sullivan will be commissioned in the New Year.

Their training has included sessions on pastoral care, listening, Holy Communion and accountability. Following the completion of a DBS check and two online safeguarding courses the new visitors will start supervised home visits to the sick and housebound who are no longer able to attend services, taking the Holy Sacrament to them, so that those visited will continue to feel part of the fellowship of the Church and be fed by the Body and Blood of Christ.

Please support and pray for our new team members. Thank you.

Heather Argent - Pastoral Assistant

Ladybirds and the Church Clock

As many of you will have noticed, St. Giles Church clock stopped working some time ago.    We have now got it repaired - cause of its problems? Two Harlequin ladybirds!  Two 'fried' ladybirds were found on one of the circuit boards.  In their death they had formed a link to the mains supply which then went on to blow the circuit board.  Now we know where the expression 'you have a bug in your computer' originates.

We have now varnished the back of the new circuit board to reduce the likelihood of this happening again.

Time will tell!


Sunday Schools and Lollipop Club

We will start the New Year with the return of Sunday School, Senior Sunday School and the monthly Lollipop Club for babies toddlers and pre-school children. 

For further information and full programmes see

Sunday School
Senior Sunday School
Lollipop Club
 
We look forward to seeing you.
 

Parish Magazine - New Editors

We are pleased to announce that the new editors for the magazine are Rosie Andrews and Daphne Blyth. We wish them every success.

Due to the Editor changeover we will not be able to produce a magazine for January, but will be back in circulation with February's edition.  So, please do return your subscriptions to the Parish Office as soon as possible. see Subscription Details.  Thank you.

These are not easy days for the paper printed word, as so much that we need and want to read has been transferred to the web.  However, St. Giles PCC remains committed to the printed paper copy and the 240 plus readers who subscribe to it, not to mention the further 50 plus who receive it electronically. 

In these times when isolation and loneliness can so easily creep up on people, anything which helps us to feel connected to one another and part of the community is to be encouraged. 



.. and from the Outgoing Editors

As we have been preparing our final magazines we have been receiving many votes of thanks for our contribution to the work of the parish over the past 7½ years. Our contribution was editing and compiling the submissions of our readers and we would like to thank everybody for helping by sending in their notices, articles and photos in order for us to produce the magazine.

We sincerely hope that you have enjoyed it and will continue to do so in years to come The parish magazine email address will remain the same so please carry on sending in your contributions.

The subscription form for 2022 is on the 'Download a Form' page of this website.  The subscription for the printed version remains the same at £30. The annual cost of the emailed magazine remains at £10. This is to help towards the cost of T&C producing the pdf which is used both for the emailed copies and the printed copies.

There will be some printed magazines available to buy in St Giles church at £2.50 per copy. Please place the money in the box marked ‘magazines’ which can be located on the plinth on the right hand side as you enter St Giles just after the font.

We are looking for a volunteer to look after the distribution of the magazine from April. This role consists of taking delivery of the magazines, putting them in bundles for delivery, posting some and sending out the pdf to the email subscribers. We are also looking for volunteers to help with delivering the magazines. If anyone can help out with delivering the magazine, please contact either the rector or the new Parish Magazine editors.

Thank you.

Eddie and Helen Roberts
December 2021


ABOUT ST. GILES CHURCH

Charity Film Night:

Charity Film nights will restart in January.

Further Details

The Revd. Bill Mullenger
1944 - 2021

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of The Reverend Bill Mullenger, former Assistant Priest in Farnborough Parish. Bill died on Wednesday 15th December in the Princes Royal Hospital after a long and courageous battle with Cancer. His cremation will be for family and close friends, with a memorial service for the people of Farnborough parish sometime in the summer 2022.



Please remember his wife Sue and daughter Paula in your prayers at this very sad time. A full tribute to the wonderful man that was Bill will appear in the near future.