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Email issued Friday 5th March 2021


Our World Church mission partner Dr. Rev. Dave Bookless from A Rocha International, shares with us his 'Thought for the Week'

Last night in a church Lent Group, we had a lively discussion about ‘waiting’. The past 12 months have been a time of often unbearable waiting and longing, especially for those shielding or unable to see close family and friends. Lent is also a season of waiting and anticipation as we prepare to re-live and experience afresh the events of Jesus’ death and resurrection. The natural world too, is emerging from its own annual winter of waiting, as Snowdrops and Crocuses appear, birdsong enlivens early mornings, and animals reappear after hibernation.

Our discussion last night revolved around whether waiting is a time to develop patience and trust, passively accepting and stilling ourselves in God’s presence (like the beautiful image in Psalm 131 of a weaned child in God’s maternal embrace), or whether it’s a time for struggle and wrestling with God (like Jacob, or Abraham bargaining in Genesis 18). In the end, it’s both. In our hyper-busy, instant world we need stillness and trust, accepting that God’s timing and answers are often different from ours.  Yet that doesn’t mean spiritual passivity. Especially when provoked by anxiety, questions or injustice, God – like any loving parent – welcomes us expressing our deepest feelings and fears as we wait. 

Waiting, above all, is a time to go deeper in our relationship with God, being honest about our struggles, and seeking that deeper trust and rest in God’s embrace that renews and resources us to emerge, when the waiting is over, ready to share God’s life in all its fulness, for people and for all creation.

Revd. Dr. Dave Bookless, Directorof Theology, A Rocha International

Matt Oliver from Traidcraft will be speaking on
‘40 Fairtrade facts’

We'd love you to join us this coming Wednesday for a Dorking-wide ‘Zoom’ Fairtrade Event  
Weds 10th March from 6.45pm

Matt is an inspiring and entertaining speaker & it’s a great opportunity to learn more about Fairtrade.   More info & Zoom details - contact Elizabeth Dobson:

Click here for the new Traidcraft catalogue
Orders can be placed/delivered through Elizabeth

Please note, that Elizabeth's email has now been corrected.  Apologies if you tried the one in last week's email which was incorrect.
This week at St Paul's

9am Holy Communion Online
From this Sunday 7th March live in-person services will resume. 
Booking in advance required here for 14th March (Mothering Sunday)

10.30am Morning Worship Online

 Our SixThirty service starts at 6.15pm this week
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To allow us time to gather in advance of the
Dorking-Wide Prayer Zoom Meeting at 6.45pm
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Meeting ID: 932 4769 9716
Passcode: 735695
Zoom Coffee Time
Everyone invited -
all ages
between services

password: coffee

If you missed last week's service: catch up now : 
podcast or watch the service
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Midweek Tea
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 Prayer @ St Paul's
We'd love you to join us - we have 3 prayer groups
Click here to join Tuesday morning 9am
Click here to join us on Tuesday evening at 8pm
and click here for our prophetic prayer group, also Tues, 8pm
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St Paul's Home-groups
Ever wondered what these are?  Read more here
We'd love you to join one, or try one for a while -simply contact 

to find a group to suit you at a time that suits you
Dates for your Diary

Welcome Drinks on Zoom for Newcomers - Weds 24th March 8pm
Annual Church Meeting (APCM)  -  Thursday 29th April
Christian Aid Quiz Night  - Sat 8th May
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