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Dear Friends,

Service Review

 As previously communicated, following a considerable time of prayerful review, research and discussion, and with the full support of the PCC, I am excited to communicate the first stage of the service review which will begin in September:

Sunday Evening Services

 A new 6pm service at St George’s to replace the current 6.30pm and LIFE service will begin. This new contemporary service will aim to particularly engage the 14-35 age range although everyone is welcome. The LIFE congregation will become part of this new service. Dedicated provision for the LIFE age group will continue mid-week and in other ways. It is envisaged that this age group will also become fully involved in the new service, participating in different aspects of ministry.
This new service will:

  • offer a different teaching programme to the morning services
  • incorporate appropriate and creative ways of teaching, prayer and worship
  • include time for extended worship
  • encourage increasing participation in ministry
  • extend and deepen community 
It is hoped that this development will enable us to continue to reach out to, engage and disciple young people/adults, building on the preceding ministry, and grow a worshipping community which encompasses all who attend.

Building upon our heritage, choral expertise and recognising the potential of this expression in our times, Evensong at 6pm at St Giles’ will continue. We plan to develop this service by changing the way intercessions are led; as with the new contemporary service, follow a different teaching programme to the morning services and occasionally and, as appropriate, on the 5th Sunday, offer a different style of service (e.g. Taize) and incorporate different instruments.

Mid-week: New monthly “messy style” service

 To help to develop our ministry to primary aged children and their families, a new monthly mid-week short, informal and creative service will begin in December.  This will continue on a monthly basis on a weekday after school, with the aim of engaging with families, especially those who cannot attend Sunday services.
Regarding our morning service structure, discussions and consultations continue, with a view to implementing the second stage of the service review in January 2019.  Further information will follow in the Autumn.

If you would like to find out more or have any questions, please come along to an open meeting on Monday 23 July, 8pm at the Dell Centre.
Thank you for your continuing prayers and support as we seek to discern and follow God’s will for the ministry and development of His church in Ashtead.
In His Love

Richard Jones
Richard Jones, Rector

Sally Powell, 08/07/2018