Memorial Service For Benedetto Pistrucci

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Benedetto Pistrucci was Chief Medallist to the Royal Mint and responsible for the famous coin design of St George and Dragon among others. He died on 16 September 1855 and is buried in our churchyard (in a section immediately in front of the church).

We are pleased to invite you to the Memorial Service and unveiling of the Dedication plaque to the memory of Benedetto Pistrucci at Christ Church, Virginia Water. The service will be on Saturday 16 September at 11:00.

We hope you are able to join us with the Royal Mint to celebrate the life and work of our famous resident.

Living With The Mystics At St Nicolas’ Guildford


St Nicolas’ Church, Guildford is putting on a study day event to explore “Living With The Mystics: Fr Thomas Keating and Centering Prayer” on Saturday 16 September, 10:30-15:30. For more information, click here. Alternatively, you can call Ray or Vicky Lamb on 01252 705064, or contact St Nicolas’ Parish Office ( on 01483 564526.

Thank You From Megan Creamer From Her Mission


I am Megan Creamer and I am a Drama student at Royal Holloway. Early on in my first year, September 2016, I decided that I wanted to make Christchurch Virginia Water my church family whilst studying and they have been generous enough to give me funding towards my mission trip this summer. I am spending three months over the summer in America specifically in western Pennsylvania  at a Salvation Army summer camp called Allegheny for under privileged kids from Pittsburgh and the surrounding area.


This job is not an easy one and I have seen a lot and faced some great struggles. Many of the children that I am working with are in the foster care system or are cared for by someone other that their parents. Some of them are clearly at camp because it is a cheap way to get rid of the kids for a week or so which is really sad to see. Here at camp we try to show them love, we give them a good fun week and teach them what we can about Jesus in the process. It is a brilliant but challenging experience to see how the kids develop through the week. Each child gets the chance to invite Jesus into their life during the week that they spend here.


I would like to thank the church for their generous donation towards my work here this summer and I look forward to sharing more of my experience when I am back at Royal Holloway and at Christchurch in the new term.


If you are interested in doing a mission of this nature, please do contact me at Here is a story of one camper, Re’Ann… She was a  lovely girl, she was only 5 which was too young for camp but she came anyway. One day she was not following instructions and we were telling her off when she froze on the spot and became unresponsive. It took over an hour to get her to even shake or nod her head in response to anything we said. This was very difficult as we were aware of this being a response to past trauma that would induce fear in her when in trouble. Through her week at camp we worked with her to show her our care, love and understanding. She grew in confidence and spirit as a result, which was lovely to see.


Home-Start – Family Support Volunteers Wanted

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Home-Start is now recruiting Family Support Volunteers
Do you have 2-3 hours per week free to offer your own parenting experience to a local family with young children?
All parents know that those early years before children go off to school are vital in a child’s life and at Home-Start we believe parents have the key role in creating a secure and happy childhood for their children but it is not always easy and so……
Sometimes they need a bit of help……your help.
For more information about our next information preparation course starting in September 2017 please contact us:
Home-Start Runnymede and Woking, Tel: 01483 740367, email:,

National Prayer Weekend 2017

National Prayer Weekend 2017 for enews

We know that God can do immeasurably more than we can even imagine and so we invite you to SAVE THE DATE: 29 September to 1 October 2017, when we will pray together for our local communities and join in with the National Prayer Weekend 2017.

More details to come in Church Weekly News and on Church Noticeboards


Evangelical Alliance Update

Great to see so many at our first of three Evangelical Alliance evenings on Tuesday 25 July.  Richard Powney gave us a great reminder of  how even the simplest conversations can lead people towards Knowing Jesus and Making Jesus Known.  As we are filled with His love and compassion our confidence to share His Love increases.

On September 26 Richard will be back at Christ Church with colleagues from the legal profession with insights and practical information on the legalities around sharing our faith and then….

on November 28 we will be looking at how to naturally start conversations that will move our friends, neighbours, colleagues further along their journey in faith.

An Invitation To The Service For Our New Vicar


We are delighted to invite you to the Institution of Revd Dr Simon Vibert by Rt Revd Bishop Andrew, and the Induction and Installation by Ven. Paul Bryer at Christ Church on Monday 18 September at 19:30.

Seniors’ Cafe August


Just a reminder that there is no Seniors’ Cafe in August. We will see you again in September and hope you have a great August! For more info call Christ Church 01344 844946, e-mail:

Invitation To Sam And Jess’ Wedding


We would like to invite all those who love and support us to join us in celebrating our marriage.  Our ceremony will be held at Christ Church Virginia Water, on the 26th August at 2pm. Tea and cakes to follow.

Virginia Water Village Show


A reminder that the Virginia Water Annual Village Show is on Sunday 10 September.

See attached schedule for details of the classes you can enter.

This is really good fun for children of all ages (adults too), so dust off your handicrafts; pass around your photos; bake your best Victoria Sponge or rake over your radishes and come along and support this great fun Community event.

Prizes galore; teas and coffees at Community prices – practically free; raffle; plant sale and book sale.

Put the date in your diary and come and see what all the fuss is about (and who will take the cup for best newcomer this year from Liz Gallagher?).

Entries to the Community Centre between 9:15 – 10:30 on the day of the show (Sunday 10 Sept); viewing of the extraordinary talent of Virginia Water at 2pm and presentation of silverware at 3:15pm.