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Email issued Friday 23rd October 2020

They exclaimed “Everyone is looking for you!”
Jesus replied “Let us go somewhere else”

(Mark 1:37,38)

I’m struck by this abrupt and unexpected response from Jesus to his disciples! How did He know it was time to move on? And why did He not just respond to people’s expectations of Him? 

I guess I’ve got ‘moving on’ in my mind this week because on Tuesday my parents moved out of our family home of 23 years in East Horsley and they are now in Devon! It brought up a whole mix of emotions – the sadness of saying good-bye to a place with lots of memories, while also the excitement of seaside holidays when I visit them in Devon! 

The response of Jesus “Let us go somewhere else” did not come out of nowhere - the previous verses show us how He knew it was time to move on: ‘Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed’ (vs 35). Jesus spent time alone with His Father, seeking His guidance about where and how to minister. In John’s gospel Jesus describes this relationship saying ‘the Son can do nothing himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing’ (John 5:19)

I’ve been really challenged about seeking God’s guidance as I’ve been visiting wards in the hospital. At the start of each day I’m given a list of patients – and there are often too many to visit in one day! When I began a couple of months ago – I would try going through the list alphabetically, or based on the location of the wards. However, a significant transformation happened when I decided to start my day by praying through the list - asking God who He wanted me to visit and asking for His Spirit’s guidance as I walked around the hospital. This has led to much more fruitful encounters and a deep sense of God’s peace. What a difference prayer makes!

This week we have the opportunity to pray as a church community. Whether you’ve signed up for a slot in the virtual 24/7 prayer room (some of you have even got up when it is still dark!). Or perhaps you’ll be coming along to the gathered prayer time at church this evening. What a gift that we can turn to our Heavenly Farther – seeking His face; watching what He is doing; and asking how He is inviting us to join in!

With Love


Week of Prayer @ St Paul's

Tonight! (23rd Oct)
Half Night of Prayer in Church, 

Join us to seek Him, to humble ourselves and pray for our church, community and world. 
Emily will lead us in musical worship, as we praise and worship, share communion & pray in all sorts of different ways. 
Please bring a bible, a hot drink & snacks,
and pens or paints as we hear God and pray His Kingdom comes.'

We'd love you all to join us if you can

Our Week of Prayer has been up and running all week.  There's lots more information on our website, including resources to help you pray.  

If you havent already, 
Click here to get inspired to pray for specific things in the life of St Paul's and beyond - (you might recognise some familiar faces here too)
Cafe Church/Half Term Challenge!
For cafe church this Nov,  we need something from you – a short video of you joining in with a song.  Recreate one of your primary school playground activities (no not British Bulldog, a different one) and join in with this simple (or is it!?) challenge.  We’d love to create on joyful montage of lots of us celebrating that God Can Do Anything!
You can learn how to do the actions here 

Set up a camera (balance your phone somewhere!), play the song and video pairs from your household joining in.  If it’s just you, you can film yourself doing the chorus (“don’t put him in a box”). You could even do the verse to an imaginary person and we’ll pair you up with someone else on screen!
Send the videos by end of next Wednesday to or WhatsApp them to Steve 07920 263102.  If you need a different way of doing it or just want more info – call Steve.
Remembrance Sunday @ St Paul's  
Sunday 8th November

We will have a one-off live-streamed 10.45am service for Remembrance Day.  

There will be a 9am gathering (which people will need to sign-up for as normal) but this will not be broadcast.

After that Sunday we will continue to livestream the 9am service with online pre-recorded 10.30am.
Scavenger Hunt - Extended Dates!
On now & running till 1st Nov (including half-term)
Supporting Project Hub (Brazil

Enjoy searching for a list of fun items in God’s
beautiful countryside, whil
e helping Project Hub in Brazil (suggested donation: £10 per family).

Sign up at:
and you will receive a list of items to scavenge and instructions on how to send your entry fee.

You could WIN! There are many different categories for which your
team could win a prize or certificate - oldest/youngest combined
ages of team, best artwork, most unusual scavenged item, best team
name etc!

Why not invite some friends or neighbours for a team of up to 6 and reserve your place today?  (Great opportunity to invite non-church friends too!)
Welcome to our New Warden, PCC & Synod members 

We are pleased to announce that Sarah Beasley was elected as church warden at our APCM last Thursday to replace Ian Poole who, after three and a half years service has stepped down for a well-earned rest! Sarah will team up with Paul Studley and with immediate effect they will be contactable via dedicated church emails: 
Paul will be and
Sarah will be 
so please make use of these should you need to contact either warden.

We also welcome four new Church Council (PCC) members: Ceceile Johnston, Emily Lissaman, Andy Thompson & Sue Swain-Fossey.  Maggie Hill, Caroline Rose & Karen Wheatley were elected as our Deanery Synod Representatives for the next 3 years and Graham Everness continues as Lay Chair of the Deanery Synod.

Please pray for our Wardens, and all involved in leading our church in the coming year.

Click here for the latest and most up to date CYM information

Key dates for your diaries: 

1st Nov, 22nd Nov - Next Young Family Services 3-4pm 
To book/find out more contact

8th Nov - Next Youth Service 6.10 - 7.40pm - Please put date in diaries more info/sign up nearer the time.  More info from

If your kids aren't yet connected with a group and they'd like to be, if you have any questions or would like to know more about any service, group or event - get in touch with

Autumn Tidy-up  - Vicarage Garden

Tomorrow - (24th) 10am - 1pm

Its not too late - to come and help!

Jobs for all ages & abilities!  We'd love your help with sweeping, cutting back overgrown growth, raking up leaves, weeding, digging & moving a large pile of garden rubbish.    

Plenty of space to work & maintain social distancing.  Please bring your own suitable tools and any wheel barrows would really useful!  Please bring your own flask/refreshments - due to Covid-19 - no sharing and we're unable to provide.  

Please confirm to Andrew Rutty by email if you are able to help.

This week at St Paul's
Online this Sunday - Join us at 9am or 10.30am 
9am Morning Service 
in the Church
with Holy Communion 
(pre booking required by Weds lunchtime, for next week click link below)
And for our SixThirty, click here to join us on Zoom. 
We'd love you to join us!

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

Click here for midweek groups
Mid-week Prayer
The Church will be open on 
Weds from 2-3pm
for quiet individual prayer
Click here to read guidance before coming 

 Prayer @ St Paul's
We'd love you to join us this week
Click here to join Tuesday morning 9am and
Click here to join us on Tuesday evening at 8pm
Click here for more info

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
Click here to sign-up for next Sunday's 9am service

Christians Against Poverty (CAP)

Mole Valley are running a series of six online courses aimed at helping anyone who is struggling with issues as a result of being lockdown during the Covid-19 crisis.  Click here for more info about the short course designed to help with current pressures.  Please get in touch with Jennie, the CAP Centre Manager or Rob Wheatley at St Paul's if you are interested in any of the topics.  This is a course that is open for everyone not just Christians, so if you have friends or family who may be interested, please forward the notice and ask them to call 07909 399045.
Dates for your Diary
Now - Sunday 1st Nov - World Church Scavenger Hunt- more info above
Saturday 14th Nov - The Tearfund Big Quiz Night 2020 - more info to follow
Wednesday 25th Nov - 8pm Leadtime for all Home Group Leaders, Zoom link to follow
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