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Daily update – 1 April
 
From Rev. Richard Jones, Rector:
I’ve just been out for a walk for the first time in ten days. It felt very strange at first. Putting on shoes and a coat and venturing out of the house.
 
The footpaths were deserted. Hardly anyone was out. No sound of people, traffic and aeroplanes. All was quiet except for the sounds of birds singing.
 
I made a conscious decision to be truly present in my new surroundings for the forty five minutes that I walked.
 
I enjoyed looking at the spring flowers, the shape of the trees, horses in a field, listening to the wind…the beauty of the ordinary things of nature that are before us every day in our locality. I returned home, refreshed and encouraged as I remembered the creativity, wonder and faithfulness of our God through each day.  Some verses from Job came to mind:
 
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
    or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
    or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
    that the hand of the Lord has done this?
 In his hand is the life of every creature
    and the breath of all mankind.” (Job 12: 7-10)
 
Online Prayer Meeting
Thursday 2 April 8.05-8:35pm
At 8pm we will join the applause for NHS staff and key workers, so the prayer meeting will start at 8.05pm. Everyone is welcome to our first on-line prayer meeting. Our time together will include sung worship as we pray together for our community, nation and world.
Using the Zoom app, log in to your free account (that you will have to set up in advance) and enter the code 604 058 682 as the meeting id. We look forward to welcoming you and praying together.
 
Foodbank
Last week saw the need double and this will continue to increase. Collection boxes are in St George’s car park. Please check the FoodBank website for latest list of urgently needed items.
 
Read a book together in Holy Week
If you would like to discuss ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy, on a spiritual or emotional level, whether you are 8 or 80, then please buy a copy online and be ready to join our new WhatsApp group.  
 
On Saturday 4 April you will be able to listen to the book being read via our website. On Monday 6 April there will be daily thoughts and reflections sent out to everyone who has signed up to the group. For more information and to book in please contact sharon.seal@ashteadparish.org or 07387 015643.
 
MINISTRY UPDATE
 
Following the latest instructions from the government and the Church of England, our buildings are now closed and staff are working from home.  This means that the churches can no longer be open for private prayer and streaming services, but please be assured that our ministry to you and everyone in the parish very much continues in the ways listed below.
 
Observing all safeguarding, government instructions and health protocols, the list below is effective 1 April. We intend to continue to develop our ministry in the weeks ahead.
 
Services on Sunday
  • A communion service will be posted on the church website and YouTube channel
  • A contemporary service will be live streamed on the church YouTube channel and website at 11am and then be available on the church website and YouTube channel. This will include music, bible reading, short talk and prayers.
     
Teaching
  • Sermons are included in both online services
  • A short reflection will be posted on-line during the week
     
Prayer
  • Resources to assist prayer at home are posted on the church website
  • Requests for prayer are welcomed. Email Sharon Seal or call 07387 015643
  • Every morning (Monday-Friday), the ministry team continue to meet through video conferencing to say Morning Prayer together
     
Pastoral Care & Care for The Community
  • Proactive phone calls by the pastoral team
  • Practical help - delivery of prescriptions, shopping and meals to those in need
  • Foodbank – donations gratefully received in the collection box outside the car park entrance of St George’s church. Donations will be taken to the Epsom & Ewell Foodbank for distribution to those in need.
     
Children and Families
  • Resources for use at home will be posted on the church website. Here is our first set of material: 
    SGSG Kids - The Last Supper
  • We will keep in regular contact with parents and carers
  • As a family, would you be able to help by making Easter Cards for those who are older, isolated and lonely in our community? Contact Sharon if you would like to help in this way sharon.seal@ashteadparish.org
 
Young People
  • New content & communication on the rebranded SMASHTEAD Instagram 
    and 
    SMASHTEAD YouTube for youth and students.
  • Sunday evening live stream at 7pm followed by Whatapp discussion groups.
  • We will keep in regular contact with young people.
  • Weekly life groups are taking place digitally.
 
Sung Worship
  • Listen to hymns, contemporary worship songs and calm music through our curated playlist on the SGSG Ashtead Spotify channel
     
Communication
  • Daily updates on church website
  • Weekly email from Rector (Saturday)
  • Instagram posts
  • Facebook posts
  • YouTube channel
     
Thank you for your participation in prayer and to all who volunteer as we minister in new and changing ways.
 
  Church resources are online, please click:
 
Weekly thoughts from Christine Bailey and Nico Ohlsson
 
Contact details
Telephone numbers and email addresses for our staff team

SGSG Facebook
New posts during the week and a Sunday evening live stream


SGSG YouTube   
Communion service, contemporary service, a sermon on ‘Peace In The Storm’, Weekly Thoughts
and SMASHTEAD YouTube for youth and students.

SGSG Instagram and SGSG Twitter.
New content & communication on the rebranded SMASHTEAD Instagram for youth and students.

SGSG Spotify    
Playlists of hymns, contemporary worship songs and calm music

 
Prayer Resources
More resources for prayer at home and information on the Prayer Labyrinth & Prayer Garden