ST GILES FARNBOROUGH - EVENTS, NEWS AND NOTICES

 

 


Public Worship - Welcome Back

After a very long time, I am delighted that finally we are able to meet at St. Giles without social distancing or the need to pre-book.  It is my understanding that church singing will also be permitted allowing us to offer a Choral Evensong for our Patronal Festival on Sunday 5th September.  This will be confirmed during August. 



The wearing of face masks will be down to personal choice, although I understand that for the foreseeable future it will be considered advisable, especially in enclosed areas.

I am very much looking forward to seeing members of our Church who haven't been able to attend for many months now.

Weekly Bulletins to End

It is now almost 18 months since we started sending out a weekly bulletin as a means of helping members of our church to worship and pray, to learn about the faith and to keep connected with the life of the parish during the period of lockdown. The bulletin has proved a very effective way of communicating with everyone and has gone out consistently to almost 400 people every week. I know from many comments just how vital this has been for people who have been prevented from attending church and seeing their friends.

The time has now come for us to bring the weekly bulletin to an end, as it is my hope that our church community will begin to reemerge back to church attendance. However, I appreciate that for various reasons a number of people will not be able to do this. Consequently I would like to continue to offer a regular bulletin to the parish, but on a monthly basis. (the fourth week in the month). This will be relatively easy to do for those who receive it online. For the 80 plus people who need to receive it via the Royal Mail my intention would be to continue to post out one bulletin, comprised of an order of service, prayer resources, notices and a poem each month.



To do this we will need to find £55 per month to cover the postage. I would like to invite people to sponsor a month at £55 a month. It would be great to have all 12 months covered so we can go into the remainder of this year and 2022 knowing that this vital life line will continue to be available to those who are house bound and isolated. Please let me know if you can cover a month or two, if so please send cheques made payable to St Giles PCC to the Rectory, or Parish office.

Thank you.

Matthew

 

St. Giles Centre Clean

Thursday 2nd September 10:00am

As we prepare to return to full Church life it is important that the St. Giles Centre is clean and ready for use.  To this end I would like to organise a Spring Clean on Thursday 2nd September  .  This will begin at 10.00 a.m. and finish at 3.00 p.m. 

Please bring some sandwiches for lunch with you if you are able to stay for the duration.  Drinks will be provided.  Any offers of time will be much appreciated.  Please can you let me or Liz know if you are able to help. 

Thank you.

Matthew


 

St Giles Organ:
Opening Concert

Saturday 25th September 7:30pm

At last, the date for our previously postponed  'opening' organ concert is getting close.. Tickets will be available in August, price £10 (£2.50 if in full time education) includes interval refreshments.

As originally planned, our performer will be Daniel Moult, who has an international reputation as an organ recitalist.  He received critical acclaim for his recent unique venture entitled 'The English Organ' where, in a set of four DVDs and three audio CDs, he traces the development of the English organ, playing no less than thirty-three different instruments (some as far away as Australia) along the way. 

DANIEL MOULT | Media

As the organ console is not really visible, the evening will feature a 'Big Screen' presentation so that everyone can see what Daniel is doing. Music to be featured includes Mendelssohn's War March of the Priests, Harold Britton's Variations on 'I got rhythm', selections from Handel's Water Music, George Thalben-Ball's Variations on a theme by Paganini for pedals, and works by JS Bach, Mozart and Schumann.  It promises to be a very special evening and will be a marvelous demonstration of what our re-built organ can do.

Clive Brearley


Sunday School Restarting

12th September 2021

After a long absence, when we've tried to keep in touch via email and the occasional outdoor walk, it will be wonderful to meet once again, in person, in the centre. Our regular programme of Sunday school sessions will reopen on the second Sunday in September.

In addition, we are starting up a new discussion group for our older members. This will be held monthly in the centre on a Sunday afternoon and is for those aged 14 plus. Details of all the groups can be found here.

Junior Sunday School
Senior Sunday School / Youth Discussion

We look forward welcoming everyone back.

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. 


Quarter Peal in memory of
Revd. Graham Shaw

A quarter peal was rung in Graham's memory on Tuesday 1st June.  This was the first ringing of the St. Giles bells since the augmentation to eight bells carried out earlier this year, however due to COVID restrictions only six bells were used on this occasion.

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Parish Magazine

Eddie and Helen Roberts have been the editors of the Farnborough Parish Magazine since June 2014, and for personal reasons feel the time has come to hand over the reins. Their final magazine will be the December 2021 issue. 

We are looking for somebody or a couple of people to take over editing the magazine. If you are interested in discovering more about this volunteering role please contact Matthew or Eddie


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

Pastoral Care at St. Giles

A number of faithful members of St. Giles are now no longer able to attend Church because of illness and frailty.  These people have faithfully served our Church over many years and it is vital that we care for their spiritual needs during their vulnerable years. 

One way that we can do this is to offer them Holy Communion at home.  This helps them to feel connected to the Church and part of the community.  I am looking for people who might be available to help with these visits.  The commitment will be determined by the volunteers and could be one visit per month, which is not an onerous commitment. 

If you are interested in helping with this very important part of our Church's life, please contact either myself. or Liz at the Parish Office.  Full training and supervision will be provided.

Matthew