If you wish to join the Parish of Grayswood Electoral Roll which entitles you to vote at future Annual Parochial Church Meetings (APCM), please complete an application form and return it to the Parish Office.
Completed forms should be scanned and emailed to the Parish Administrator or placed in the box in the Church Porch as soon as possible. If you have attended church for more than six months and you are baptised, then you are encouraged to have your name added to the Roll as this helps with general communication and for us to get to know you better. If you have any questions please contact our Electoral Roll Officer Valerie Digby
Safeguarding - Past Cases Review
As a church we are committed to the support, nurture and protection of all our church community. As part of the Church of England, we have shared commitment to ensuring that our churches are the safest possible spaces in which all God’s people can flourish and grow in holiness, with a special care for the wellbeing of the children, young people and vulnerable adults with whom God has entrusted us.
Past Cases Review: The Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2) has been ordered by the House of Bishops to ensure that our churches and church related activities are as safe as possible for children and vulnerable adults. The file review will now commence in May 2021, having been delayed by the global pandemic. You can read more about it here.
A copy of our Parish Safeguarding Policy can be found here: Safeguarding Policy 2020
Our Parish Safeguarding Officer (and Vulnerable Adult Lead) : Jane White | email@example.com| 01428 643891
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser: Jackie Broadfoot | firstname.lastname@example.org |07918 559387
Previously on the home page ...
Letter from Revd Fi Gwynn
From 19th July, the UK government has lifted national restrictions, including social distancing and the use of facemasks. In churches this allows the return of worship in a similar pattern to that which we knew before the pandemic.
Whilst this will be a welcome to some, it may be a concern to others because of the removal of masks and singing. These changes are laid out below, and the whole concept of how we worship together from now is to emphasis a care and respect for each other, and how we conduct ourselves in worship with consideration for others.
As with the broad national approach, individual responsibility is now the central theme. The church leadership with the PCC have considered how best to proceed, with a balance of care and the need to try to return to normal.
Our regular service pattern will continue both in church and via zoom.
Proposed changes are:
- The service layout for the 10:00am service will now return to four sung hymns, and a said or sung Gloria.
- As you arrive, please continue to use the sanitiser hand gel, which will be available. The wearing of a face mask is a personal choice. No booking online is necessary, you may come unannounced to any service.
- The right side of the church (facing the altar) will be seated as socially distanced, for those who wish to sit that way. The left side of the church will be fully flexible without seating restriction.
- The collections of envelopes or cash and use of the contactless readers will continue as before and be available as you enter or leave the church. The passing around of the collection during the service will not resume. This is a permanent change.
- For the present, the peace will remain as now with a friendly wave and a nod.
- To receive Holy Communion, please come forward as directed by the sidesperson to stand at the altar rail to receive the wafer. We will not offer the wine of holy communion at present.
- Refreshments will be provided after the 10:00am service, at the village hall, with tables for seating, but also allowing open space for standing and circulating.
It will take time for these changes to settle down and will be reviewed week by week. Since March 2020 we have had considerable variation in the pattern and content of worship, which we now hope to settle into a permanent state. As always, your goodwill and cooperation are much appreciated.
with much love
HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
10 JUNE 1921 - 9 APRIL 2021
God of our lives,
We give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
For his love of our country,
And for his devotion to duty.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,
Through our redeemer Jesus Christ.
Covid-19 Guidance prevents a physical book of condolence, but you can submit a message to the online book for His Royal Highness The Prince Philip:
Rt Revd Jo Bailey Wells, Bishop of Dorking offers this reflection on the death of HRH The Prince Philip:
Welcome to Elaine Collins
Chris Bessant, Elaine Collins & Fi Gwynn
"It was a delight and a privilege for the church family at All Saints, Grayswood to welcome Rev Elaine Collins to be joining Rev Fi Gwynn as part of our clergy team. Elaine was installed on Sunday 13th December with as much ceremony as restrictions allowed, but with many more joining in on Zoom. The building and the many screens of smiling faces expressed the warmth and enthusiasm of the parish as the proceedings were presided over by Archdeacon Paul Davies. He spoke movingly and challengingly about ‘seeing and being seen - not just as a presence in the locality but as a visible light.’ Elaine will undoubtedly be just that - and such an asset too, not least in sharing her ministry and riding shot-gun to Fi who has done such an impressive and capable job managing the parish single-handed.
So, we look forward to getting to know Elaine better, to which end by the way, I will be interviewing her in the “Gospel According to …” slot in our zoom service on Sunday 24th, so make it a zoom date!
Meanwhile, Elaine - we welcome you into our midst!"
A collection of poetry, art and photos by Angela Wheeler - available now on Amazon Kindle
"Confusion, frustration, humour and the rawness of loss. So many mixed emotions, caught in time through words and imagery. A legacy of possibly the strangest time of our lives"
All profits will go to Crossways, a local counselling service, offering counselling during the pandemic to those who couldn’t otherwise afford counselling.
Please purchase via the Easyfundraising link - Amazon | Easyfundraising - this way you can support the church and Crossways Counselling!
Please keep those families affected by Domestic Abuse in your prayers.
South West Surrey Domestic Abuse Outreach Team is still working for those affected by Domestic Abuse you.
SWSDAOS needs our communities more than ever to help them continue to provide life-saving support for survivors and children, so please consider doing the following;
- Please listen out for your neighbours and call for help if you think someone is at risk.
- If safe to do so, please reach out to anyone you believe is in an abusive relationship and encourage them to contact SWSDAOS for advice and support, in particular around safety planning during these times.
- If it is not safe for the survivors themselves to contact us then SWSDAOS are always willing to support friends, family and any professional, so they can safely pass information on.
- Please keep victims and children affected by domestic abuse in your prayers.
Above all be kind, survivors and children more than ever need to know that when they are ready you are there for them and that there is support available.
Anyone needing advice can ring the SWSDAOS helpline on 01483 898884
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
Your call will be answered by a trained Domestic Abuse Support Worker. If they are unable to answer please leave a short message with safe contact details and a member of staff will ring you back. SWSDAOS also have a 24 hour answerphone or you can email email@example.com .
In an emergency dial 999
All Saints Interactive
ALL SAINTS INTERACTIVE is a social media group connecting and supporting people aged 18-30 in the parish of Grayswood, Surrey and beyond. We know you're out there and others would like to know that too! Whether you are banker or poet, student or a chef (or all four!) - whoever you are, if you are living or working or even passing through the area we'd love for you to connect with us and tell us what you are up to. All Saints Interactive stems from the family of All Saints Church. In addition to connecting people with one another, we arrange social events and discussion forums on contemporary issues.
If you're interested, or vaguely interested, or just curious - let us know! It would be great to hear from you.
Log in to facebook and search facebook groups for All Saints Interactive
or cut and paste the following code into your browser
(you will need to log in to facebook)
A look back at events in Grayswood
The Cake Sale returns!
When? Sat 6th November
Where? The Village Club
What? Cakes and produce and baby plants
Please come and support us! Contactless payment preferable
For more information, contact Di 654303/07769 871720 or firstname.lastname@example.org
VE Day in Grayswood
Bunting, cream teas on the lawn, picnics in the front garden....see how Grayswood marked the occasion in lockdown!
Weʼre raising £2,000 to support charities working in less developed countries affected by the Coronavirus pandemic through a 'Family and Friends Musicathon'
Over the past months I have been increasingly aware that a lot of Coronavirus fundraising has been directed towards charities administering help in the UK. I have been learning of the terrible situation both medically, physically and financially that people from less developed countries are facing. My goal is to raise awareness and funds for three charities that are addressing this problem by involving family and friends in an 'at home' musical challenge!
Advent Quiet Time
"Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19
Parish Quiet Time on Saturday 27 November
All Saints Church, Grayswood
9.45 am for 10 am until 2 pm
Advent is such a busy and hectic time, a quiet space on the eve of Advent for us to be present with God, is an opportunity to ponder upon the treasures of this season.
The time will open and close with a short act of worship and there will be ample time for quiet and the space to be. Tea/coffee will be provided throughout the time, and you may like to bring a snack for lunchtime.
Church Mission Society
Read more from Jimmy, Katia, Joanna & Davi Rocks - the misson partners we support in Brazil
And a Thank you to all their supporters
We supported CMS as our quarterly mission - and received a thank you card from them at Easter
Lent Course Reimagined
Are you getting Five a Day? How about NINE a Day! St Paul taught that as Christians we can produce the ‘Fruits of the Holy Spirit’ in our lives, and there are nine of them: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control.
It is hoped that rather than gathering in the North Transept we can continue the Lent Course at home. Hopefully you will have collected a course book “Cultivating the Fruits of the Spirit, by Chris Wright”. Fi still has some copies. PCC have agreed to cover the £10 cost but donations welcome.
There is a weekly video and questions which we will upload as we get to grips with the technology! Fi x
Annual Memorial Service
You are warmly invited to attend the Annual Memorial Service
at All Saints Church, Grayswood
on Tuesday 2nd November 2021 at 7.30 pm
Family and friends are also welcome
Whether you are remembering someone who died recently, or many years ago, please join us in this Service of Thanksgiving for their Life
If you would like us to read out the names of those you are remembering during a time of prayer in the service, please telephone the Church Office on 01428 656504 or email: email@example.com
A Christmas Carol
Read by Richard Everett using the original abridged text that Dickens performed in 1867
7.00 pm mulled wine and canapes | 7.30 pm start | 9.30 pm carriages
Join us for mince pies in the interval
Thy Kingdom Come
Ascension Day also marks the start of Thy Kingdom Come and you will find a huge amount of resources on Thy Kingdom Come
This 10 day event culminates on Pentecost Sunday when we will again be joining with St Bartholomew's and St Christopher's for a United Benefice Service. More details nearer the time.
Thank you to all who came to our APCM and for all your support during the year. Financial report available at the back of church.
You can download a copy of the Teams for Mission and Ministry Report clicking here Teams Report
If you would like to join one of the teams do please talk to Fi, Jackie, Judy or any of the PCC.
Our Church Day 2019
In February, we took time out to explore talents within the church family and to identify ways to grow our church.
You can download a summary of the day by clicking here Church Day
There were some great ideas on the day. Could you offer to take on one of the ideas? Speak to Fi, Jane, Phil or Jackie.
Covid links and resources
Church at Home
There are many other ways to engage with Church at this time.
The BBC Website hosts a daily service of worship, with previous days also available for listening. You can reach the web page here
The Church of England publish online set of prayers and words of Daily Prayer.
This is available as a set of text on-screen or you can download and App for Andoid or Apple devices.
Coronavirus Announcements March 2020
As you are probably aware the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have called for all Public Services of Worship to be suspended with immediate effect and until further notice. There will be no services in any of our Benefice churches this Sunday.
You can read the letter sent by the Archbishops here
“The LORD is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him.” Nahum 1:7
With Immediate Effect
There will be no public services of worship on Sundays or midweek in any of the churches in the Benefice.
The church building will remain open during the day between 9-4 for people to go in and pray and prayer stations will be set up over the coming weeks.
Parish events will be cancelled - including Coffee and Chat, Lent Lunches, Lent Course, Toddler Group, Good Book Morning, Discussion Group, Home Group.
The Spring Fayre will be postponed until late Summer. The Jazz Concert organised by the Friends has been postponed until September.
What Can You do to Help?
Please continue to follow NHS and government guidance on keeping yourself safe, particularly with regard to washing hands. Why not print a reminder to put up at home : Handwashing Lord’s Prayer (courtesy of Rev’d Andy Dodwell)
Please follow official guidance regarding social distancing and self-isolating.
Volunteer your services:
Many will need to self-isolate - Perhaps you can offer to do shopping or add items to an online delivery you have booked, collect a prescription, take or collect a parcel, or call someone and have a chat
If you would like to help, please contact Fi and she will put you in touch with someone who needs help. We live in a fantastic village with people who are only too happy to help each other.
firstname.lastname@example.org 07769 865343 01428 654728
'A different sort of church'
Follow the link below to the Church of England Daily Prayer Service
Visit the Church of England website for further online resources including #LiveLent and SmartSpeaker apps
Fruits of the Spirit - Lent Course - links to resources coming soon
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is to lead a national broadcast as the Church of England responds to the challenge of becoming a “different sort of church” in the face of the coronavirus crisis. The service, including prayers, hymns and a short sermon, will be broadcast online by the Church of England and broadcast across 39 local BBC radio stations this Sunday as congregations across the country find new ways of sharing worship together after public church services were put on hold. More information here
Haslemere Parish also has some good tips and resources on their Church at Home page
Hybrid Services at Grayswood
“Those who attended in person were so pleased to be back in the building... Those attending on Zoom said it was lovely to be able to see the church building but didn't feel excluded in any way." Find out how All Saints Church have adapted their services read more ...
Back to Church
Watch this short video on returning to Church at All Saints
We look forward to seeing you on Sundays
A prayer from
St Patrick’s Breastplate
Christ be with me, Christ within me
Christ behind me, Christ before me
Christ beside me, Christ to win me
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger
Christ in hearts of all that love me
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
... in recognition that the call to suspend public worship fell on St. Patrick’s day
We are limiting numbers in the building to keep everyone safe so would ask that you please book a seat for each service you would like to attend.
There are 10 spaces for 8 am Holy Communion and 24 spaces for the service at 10 am.
If you would like to book a place by phone, please call the church office 01428 656504 by noon on Thursday and leave a message on the answerphone.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus. Daily Hope, which is available from today, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.
Callers will hear a special greeting from the Archbishop before being able to choose from a range of options, including hymns, prayers, reflections and advice on COVID-19.
Archbishop Justin said: “With many in our country on lockdown, it’s important that we support those who are feeling lonely and isolated, whatever age they are. The Daily Hope service will allow people to hear hymns, prayers and words that offer comfort and hope, especially in this Easter season. I want to urge people to spread the news about this service. If there is someone you know who is particularly struggling, give them a call and let them know about the Daily Hope. I’m going to phone a friend; will you join me?”
“Christ who appeared to your disciples
when the doors were shut;
appear unto all of those in the world today
who live their lives behind closed doors.”
Do you have a sewing machine and spare cotton fabric?
Could you make scrubs and scrub bags for Frimley Park Hospital?