DAI UK April Prayer Update

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DAI UK publishes a News Update and a Prayer Update every quarter i.e. just one email in your inbox every 6 or 7 weeks. If you are passionate about Christian servant-leadership training and would like to keep up with DAI’s global and local ministry please click here and follow the SIGN UP links to subscribe to these updates. Colin Rye (Christ Church member and DAI UK’s Chief Exec. & Senior Consultant for Curriculum Development) and John Rogers (former Christ Church member and DAI UK’s Senior Consultant for Adult Learning) would be delighted to know that you are interested in, and praying for DAI.

Our April Prayer Update is available here.

For more information about DAI, click here to visit our website or email Colin.

Mission Of The Month – Feba


Please see attached article on all the work Feba is doing, particurlarly in the Horn of Africa.

PCC Minutes 21 March


Minutes from the PCC meeting on 21 March are now available here.

Vacancy Church Administrator


We are looking for a welcoming Church Administrator to work part time (weekday mornings preferred) at our busy Church office.  The role will include co-ordinating volunteers; managing the Church Database; answering the phone; managing the advertising for our Parish Magazine; routine Church Administration and the preparation of news sheets; website posts and printed material for services held at Church.  The successful candidate will have a warm and welcoming personality · Be competent in administration · Have experience of working alongside volunteers · Be effective in working as part of a team · Be computer literate and proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and willing to learn new systems) · Able to take initiative; demonstrate sensitivity and apply common sense · There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement for the post holder to be a Christian. The salary will be £10 per hour for 22.5 hours per week, initial 12 month contract.  See attached for a detailed Job Description and Application Form for further information please contact:

Simon Willetts, Associate Vicar, Christ Church, Christchurch Road, Virginia Water, Surrey, GU25 4PT.

Tel: 01344 844946 or email: simon@cc-vw.org

Closing Date for applications:      Midnight, Friday 21 April 2017

Interview:                                         Last week of April, to be confirmed

Alpha Course Beginning Soon!


Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. We start our course on 25 May, 7:30pm, with a light meal.

Vocations Drop-in


Guildford Diocese are hosting a Vocations Drop-in on Saturday March 25, 10:30-12:30, at St Paul’s Church in Dorking.  It is an opportunity for people to talk to those involved in a range of authorised ministries: Ordained, LLM, Pastoral Assistant, Occasional Preacher, Overseas.  It is an informal morning, with a break for a deeper look at Vocation at 1100.  Refreshments are available and there is no need to book, it’s a drop-in event.

For full details please see our website here: www.cofeguildford.org.uk/events

For information and resouces about vocations see: www.cofeguildford.org.uk/Vocations

Explorers For Children School Years 3-6


Our club meetings 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.

Christ Church Operations Manager


Many of you will have seen in our recent enews that Penny is stepping down from the Operations Manager role at the end of March, and we are delighted to announce that our own Annette Ross will be stepping up into the position.  Annette has been with us for three and a half years already and knows us well, and we are confident that she will make a great success of the transition.
Watch out for an imminent advertisement for the position that Annette will be vacating, that of part-time Church Administrator.

Mercy Ships Update

From left to right: nurse, surgeon, nurse, anaesthetist, anaesthetic assistant & nurse!

Please see below for an update from Lynn Eastlund following her arrival in Benin.

Dear Christ Church family

I arrived safely in Cotonou, Benin on Sunday evening after a long day travelling. I have the privilege of spending two weeks on the Africa Mercy, the ex-train transporting ship that Mercy Ships had re-fitted as a hospital. I am here in the role of anaesthetic assistant, supporting the anaesthetists in the operating theatre. This week we started the women’s health program that is running alongside their ophthalmic, dental and maxo-facial/head & neck programs.

Due to the lack of access to proper obstetric care here in Benin many women present with surgical needs that you and I could never dream of. One very important operation we provide is vaginal fistula repair. Many women are rejected by their husbands, families and communities due to the consequences of developing a fistula through childbirth. Our VVF program restores these dear ladies to their families and communities as whole women, no longer constantly smelling of urine (and in some cases faeces). My favourite part of the operation is when they wake up – as I call their name I also say “C’est fini”. Can you imagine the freedom they will know from now on. Unfortunately I won’t be here long enough to attend the “New dress celebration” – the service of thanksgiving and celebration when each lady is given and new dress to signify their healing and new life! I’m reliably informed these occasions are full of joyful smiles, dancing and singing.

What a joy too to pray together as an operating room team before each list begins and also the surgeon will pray just before “knife to skin” for help and safety for them and the patient. Perhaps this practice should be adopted as part of the internationally accepted World Health Organisation “Time out”! Thank you for partnering with me here in Benin. You, by extension are being the hands and feet of Jesus here, bringing the much needed hope and healing to some of the world’s poorest people.

Easter Services

Easter Services

We look forward to welcoming you to our Easter Services:

Palm Sunday: 9 April 10:30 and 18:30

Maundy Thursday: 13 April 11:30 and 19:30

Good Friday: 14 April 12:00 An Hour At The Cross followed by lunch of soup and roll

Easter Sunday: 16 April 08:00 Holy Communion at The Methodist Church, Cabrera Avenue and

10:30 Holy Communion with Children’s activities at Christ Church and 18:30 Evening praise