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Latest Church Family Friday E-mail

Email issued Friday 24th September


"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8

At church last week we prayed for our young people who are leaving their homes and families here in Dorking, to go to university elsewhere in the country. It’s a big step and hopefully a very exciting one and we’ll continue to pray for them and look forward to their return at Christmas. There will be others amongst us who face equally big life changes and we hope that you are also being supported in prayer. We offer prayer ministry at the end of our Sunday services so do let your church family bless you this way as you navigate life and all that it brings. We’ve all experienced what it is to leave home, change schools or jobs and move house as well as learning to adjust to different stages of life. What is it they say? The only thing that is constant in life, is change. On a personal level, my family and I are very aware that by this time next year we will have left Dorking, as my ordination training will have finished and I will be on the next part of my journey, serving as a curate in another church. And no, I don’t know where that will be yet!

It’s only natural to feel some anxiety about life changes: letting go of what is familiar and facing the unknown are challenges that we all experience. Let’s support and cheer each other on, and anchor ourselves on Jesus. God himself goes before us. He promises to always be with us - since before we were even born, he has been with us (Psalm 139:13) and he will be our constant companion. After all, Jesus is ‘Emmanuel’ - God with us - for life, not just Christmas!

Dawn, Ordinand & Pastoral Care Coordinator



Let's look after one another!

Its been wonderful welcoming more people back on a Sunday.  As we do that we want to make sure everyone is as safe as possible and create space between those who still want to distance.  
As we gather in larger numbers and in enclosed space, please remember to wear a face mask when moving around the church and when we sing, regardless of where in church you are sitting.  Our socially distanced seating is now at the back of church and our wardens will indicate these to you if that's where you'd prefer to be.

Harvest Celebration & Cafe Church.  Sunday 3rd October. This year we will be celebrating in church with decorations from our flower team and music from our church and school choirs.  You are invited to bring food donations for Dorking Foodbank.  Click here to see list for requested donations


Tomorrow - it's not too late!  

Big Questions with the Archbishop of Canterbury - Dorking Halls - Saturday 25th Sept at 11.45  
Register here for tickets 

 If you're still not sure listen to Archbishop Justin Welby's two recordings below

Click here to book your tickets
Please Pray:

i) For our Eco-group meeting with Sir Paul Beresford about the Climate Emergency 
Representatives from St Paul's and other churches from Dorking will meet with our MP, Sir Paul Beresford, this evening (Friday), to discuss the climate emergency.  Please pray that the meeting will be constructive; that we will be able to articulate why, as Christians, we think it is so important to tackle climate breakdown; that Sir Paul will be inspired to act; and that this will lay the foundations for a positive relationship going forwards.

ii) For those in our church family and community who are ill
Alpha@St Paul's 
Starting next Weds 29th September 7.30 - 9.30pm
A new Alpha Course will be starting in person in our church hall on Wednesday evenings, beginning on 29th Sept with a home cooked meal.  Register your interest or begin thinking about who you might invite.  More info/sign up :email
Recruitment - Project Lead

We are seeking a dynamic, well-motivated and organised person to take on the role of:  Project Lead.   You will take over running our busy foodbank and managing the staff and volunteers. 
Part–time 16 hours a week.  
Click here to see full details of the position advertised and deadline to apply.

World Church News Update - New Hope Children's Centre, reaching out into the community

Right now, New Hope Children's Centre in Kenya is experiencing some very cold weather: for them 9 degrees C is extreme, and may be a symptom of climate change. However, the love and care that Anne and her team show each day remains warm. With a mandate to care for the unloved in society, New Hope has reached out to a family living on the roadside with five children with mental disabilities. Now this family is housed in one of the granny villages that New Hope has established. 

While Anne remains amazingly cheerful, and confident in God's care for all, the situation in Kenya is very harsh.  Climate change causing food shortage, together with unemployment caused by Covid-19, makes life incredibly hard for many.  Our three minute interview with Anne (this Sunday) will bring you more insight into the current difficulties in Kenya.


Gig 'n' Chips!

Saturday 16th October - 7pm Gig 'n' Chips featuring Going South and Kate Flanders - World Church Fundraiser - Book your place now! - Click here for more info. Tickets on sale after Sunday services or click here to sign up

This week at St Paul's

9am Holy Communion Online and in church

10.30am Morning Worship, in person and online in church

Join our SixThirty in person this Sunday for Worship & Prayer in our Upper Church Hall - all Welcome, just come along

If you missed last week's service: catch up now : 
podcast or watch the service

Read our Latest World Church newsletter here

Click here for midweek groups

Prayer @ St Paul's
We'd love you to join us 
Click here to join Tuesday morning 9am
And Tues Evenings Click here to view our current Programme
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St Paul's Homegroups
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
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