ST GILES FARNBOROUGH - EVENTS, NEWS AND NOTICES

 

 


Arrangements For Services

St. Giles will be open for public worship whenever government and Diocesan directives allow, see Services Page

A booking system has been set-up to manage the numbers able to attend each service, as well as meet the Government's track & trace requirements. Please click
 
https.stgilesfarnborough.setmore.com/ 
and select the service you wish to attend.



I hope you will appreciate that with limited numbers able to attend each service this will be done on a 'first come, first served basis'. Please only contact the Parish Office as a last resort if you do not have internet access and, therefore, cannot use the on-line booking system. 

Click Here for a step-by-step guide to booking on-line.

See also  Covid Safe Services

In the event of more people wanting to attend the Holy Communion services than we can accommodate on a particular Sunday then we will ask people to make their Communion on the following Sunday.. 

Please bear with us as we continue along this new learning curve.  If we are to maintain our Church as a safe place for the resumption of public worship, communication will be crucial.  So do expect regular notices and updates from the Parish Office and remember you must book in for services as detailed above.

Comments

The following comments are to be read in conjunction with the guidelines:

* Holy Communion will be in one kind, bread only.
* The wafers will be consecrated in a sealed container so no words are spoken over exposed elements.
* People will be asked to remain in their pews and come out into the aisle after previous communicants have returned to their seats.
* Holy Communion can be brought to people in the pew.
* There will be is no laying on of hands for healing.
*  Unfortunately we will not be able to have the use of our wonderful servers and chalice assistants.
* There is no permission for the singing of hymns.  Organ and piano music will be available ·
* People are welcome to bring their own prayer books if they have one.
* The peace is not allowed to be shared.
* Please place your offering in bowl on entering the Church. Thank you.
*  You are invited to light a candle, please bring your own matches or lighter.  Single matched will also be available.
* People are welcome to attend the service without receiving Communion if they would prefer.
* At the Open Air service Communion will be administrated in a line so that social distancing can be maintained. 
* Sadly, we will not be able to have our wonderful choir or our bells rung and we look forward very much to the return of these important aspects of our Church’s life.
* Sidespeople/Verger/Churchwardens will be on hand to guide and assist people in safe conduct.
* Refreshments will not be served.  

Can I emphasise that this is something of an experimental opening to help us understand the practicalities and challenges involved in the re-opening of St .Giles.  Can I also emphasise that the safety of all of us is of paramount importance.   I look forward very much to seeing you again.  
 

The Revd. Graham Shaw

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of Graham Shaw, Rector of St Giles from 1988-1995. Graham was a much loved and respected Rector, parish priest and friend to many in Farnborough.  He is still remembered here with much love and affection.

We shall all grieve the passing of a faithful priest and a good friend, who enhanced the lives of all those he met.  May he rest in peace and be raised in Glory. 

Graham's funeral took place on 7th May.
 

Parish AGM and Electoral Roll

Sunday 23rd May at 4:00pm
St. Nicholas Church Hall


Notice is given of the Annual General Meeting to be held at St. Nicholas on Sunday 23rd May at 4.00 p.m.  AGM papers will be available early May at the back of both churches (and will be sent out to those who have email). The Church Accounts are available now on the Church noticeboard and also the Downloads Page

There are  four vacancies on the Parochial Church Council for St. Giles this year, but none for St. Nicholas.  Due to ongoing Covid restrictions only 40 people will be able to attend and must book online in the same way as for services.  The meeting will not be streamed live.

If you are not on the Electoral Roll of the Parish and you would like to be, please download an application form from the Downloads Page


New Church Bells

It has been brilliant to see the addition of two further bells at St Giles.  Well done to Nick Wilkins and the team for all their hard work in helping with the installation.  We are all looking forward very much to hearing them rung, along with our existing six bells. 

Photos from this historic event are
Available Here




Parish Fete Cancelled:
Save The Fete Fund

Over May and June you are invited to contribute to our Save the Fete Fund. Sadly, we are not able to hold our Fete again this year.  We will all feel its loss as it is such a good opportunity for our Church and village to come together in friendship and support of our lovely Church.



The proceeds of the Fete play an important part in our income as it can raise as much as £4,000.  I know that many of you are very keen to donate what you would have spent if you could have attended the Summer Fete, and I also know that some people are not in a position to help due to the consequences of the lockdown.  If you are able to donate you are welcome to leave your donations either at the Rectory or the Parish Office (cheques payable to St. Giles PCC please).  Such is the importance of this event to so many of us that I am delighted to say that we have already had donations totalling £1,150.  It would be brilliant to get to the £4,000 mark, so thank you in advance for your help


ABOUT ST. GILES CHURCH

Charity in Focus:

Film Evenings

Charity Film Evenings are suspended until further notice.

Charities to be Supported

The List of Charities to be supported during the second half of the year has now been finalised.

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Events Calendar:.

Important Note:

All Social Events are cancelled until further notice.

Carol Fryer
01689 855468 / 07951 725069
carolafryer@icloud.com

Irene Hawkins

A huge thank you to Irene Hawkins who has decided to step down as secretary to the Churchyard and Fabric Committee after 40 years of service! 

Irene has done a brilliant job over the years handling the different scenarios, and indeed personalities, of the Committee with skill and patience, whilst ensuring that the meetings were both prepared for and ran smoothly.  The fact that we have a well minuted archive of all the work that has been undertaken at St. Giles is mainly down to her.

Thank you, Irene, on behalf of all of us.
 

Ray Jewkes

It is with sadness that I have to announce the death of Ray Jewkes.  Ray was a long-time member of St. Giles before he moved to Croydon a few years ago.  Whilst at St. Giles Ray played a very active role in the life of the Church, particularly in the area of music. 

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