Invitation To Sam And Jess’ Wedding

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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

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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.

Congratulations To Revd Jeremy Brown

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I am sure you will want to join us in congratulating Jeremy on his ordination as Priest last Saturday at Guildford Cathedral and enjoy some of the photos from the day available here.

Good to see other familiar faces, congratulations to all the new class of 2017!

NB Being Priest (rather than Deacon) means Jeremy can conduct weddings and officiate at the Eucharist.

 

 

Children’s Pirate Party – DATE CHANGE

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Because of contractual obligations at the BBC, Gemma Hunt is sadly no longer available on September 9, our original date for the Pirate Party. We are therefore moving the party to the next day, September 10, which will still be at the original times of 15:00-17:00. Tickets are still available from either Jeremy Brown or Hannah Scott. We are sorry for any inconvenience and hope to see you all there!

Explorers For Children School Years 3-6

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Explorers meetings usually take place on the fourth Saturday of each month (except school holidays) from 17.30 to 19:00.  Join us for a sandwich tea followed by games, Bible study, songs, prayer and other activities.  We will be following a theme of ‘Absolutely Everything’ which will take us through the Bible in 12 sessions (1 year).  Contact Jeremy for more details.

5 Tips for Teaching Our Children To Pray

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Teaching our children to pray is a key responsibility of children’s ministers and parents alike.  Here are five tips which we can use in our children’s groups and also in our homes:

  1. Give your children an opportunity to pray. In music, in sport, in life, the more we put in the more we get out.  The more we pray, the more comfortable and natural it becomes.  So let us pray!
  2. Children’s prayers are just as powerful as adults’ prayers. God values kids’ prayers and so should we.  Jesus said ‘let the children come to me’.  He could just as easily have said, ‘let the children speak to me’ – and prayer is speaking (and listening) to God.
  3. Model prayer. This is great for the home as it encourages us to pray together – we don’t just let the children say a night time prayer but we also say one too.  It’s also important for church.  Here is a challenge for our family services – to make our prayers both relevant and interesting because we are modelling prayer to the whole congregation.
  4. Share answers to prayer with our children.  A prayer book is one way to do this: make a note about what our children are praying for and look back occasionally to see what happened.  This can lead to a good learning point – that God does answer prayer, though not always in the way we want / expect – and in His time, not ours.
  5. Let your children pray for you. Our kids are prayer warriors because they do have that faith as big as a mustard seed that perhaps we lose.  So let them pray for us, in both big and small things.

Prayer should be central to our Christian faith and therefore central to our children’s lives as well.  It’s a key way to talk to and listen to God; so we need to train our children in prayer so they grow with it at the heart of all they do.  Jeremy