Thy Kingdom Come Pilgrimage, Prayer and Food Festival

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Kevin and Liz Gallagher are looking forward to the exciting event on Sunday 4 June 2017 : 16:30 – 20:00, Guildford Cathedral

Come and gather on the day of Pentecost for a huge Beacon event at Guildford Cathedral for people of all ages and stages of life and faith. There are two events; you can come to either, or both, of these. The service in the Cathedral is especially for young people – from secondary school age to college and uni students. Tickets to BOTH events are free of charge, but we ask that you register in advance for tickets through eventbrite.

EVENT UPDATE – The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will officially open Guildford Cathedral’s Thy Kingdom ComeBeacon Event at 4.30pm on Sunday 4 June and join thousands in prayer and praise.

4.30-6.00pm Pilgrimage, Prayer and Food Festival

Pilgrimage – come on foot if you can or park in Surrey University car park (click here for a map of how to get from the car park to the Cathedral). Blue Badge holder parking on site only, coach drop off , aided by stewards, at the University entrance.

Prayer – a whole host of churches from across the area are gathering to experience and engage in prayer through art and music, and across the traditions. Over 20 different ways to pray from the loud and exuberant to the quiet and reflective.

Groups coming include:

  • Psalm Drummers
  • Eden People
  • Epiphany – painting sound portraits
  • Flock – rap and poetry
  • Healing paintings
  • Coptic Church
  • Healing Guildford.
  • Manna Ministries
  • Labyrinth walk
  • Lectio Divina
  • Pyrography- burning wood prayers
  • Death Café
  • 24-7 Prayer
  • UCGrace dance

Food – bring a picnic with something to sit on. Or buy from one of the BBQs, kids packed lunches, ice cream van or bar

Festival – fun and games with inflatables of all sorts, Gospel choir and dance to entertain

For all ages

Thank you from 602 South Sudanese families


Colin Rye, DAI’s CEO & Senior Consultant for Curriculum Development writes:

“In April the Christ Church PCC (Parochial Church Council) agreed, in response to the famine crisis in East Africa, to donate £3,000 from the Church’s Mission Contingency Fund to support the relief efforts of Mission Partners DAI (£1,000) and Tearfund (£2,000). I am delighted to advise that this donation contributed to a total of $19,558 which DAI has passed to the Rumbek Diocese of the Episcopalian Church (part of the Anglican Communion). There, our local DAI team, led by Bishop Alapayo Kuctiel, has distributed these funds to 602 needy families to buy life-sustaining food and medical supplies.

Bishop Alapayo expresses his thanks below and, on behalf of all at DAI, I would like to add mine. Thank you Christ Church for you generosity to the people of South Sudan”

Bishop Alapayo Kuctiel 60018 May 2017 Rumbek, South Sudan

Greetings in the name of our merciful and Saviour Jesus Christ, the Prince of peace, love and mercy Amen!

When we asked for help in August, the situation of our people had been very bad compared to their current situation after your assistance. Therefore, you provided for people who could not afford to buy a simple meal for one day. Your gift came at the right time for our people in Rumbek Diocese which falls in the heart of South Sudan. Many people from different places have run to Rumbek for safety.

Your assistance helped 602 people who could have not managed to survive without aid. They will not forget your wonderful gift and they always ask me to share their gratitude and appreciation. You have done a great job for God’s people across the globe, more especially South Sudan which is facing a tough political situation which resulted in famine because people could not cultivate their local farms.

The impact of your assistance on our people was also very helpful as they have realized that the Church is for all people in the World, for one purpose of evangelizing, and for transforming the lives of other people who may face difficulties in one way and another. They went even to the extent of comparing your assistance with the two loaves of bread that Jesus blessed and shared among over five hundred people who were following Him for long time without food. Therefore, they ask that God bless you and give you long lives so that you will help others like them in the future as a furtherance of the ministry of Jesus Christ.

We are very thankful and grateful for the $19,558 USD in donations that we received from DAI friends. We will always put you in our daily prayers and God the Merciful and the source of all good gifts will bless you one by one and give you more resources so as to continue doing the work of mercy, love, kindness, sympathy for the furtherance of the ministry of our Lord and savior who gave up his precious and dear life for our salvation and transformation as the new people of God’s Kingdom.

Rumbek Diocese will always remember you as long as we are still in existence in the ministry now and in the life to come. May the grace of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ be with us all.

Bishop Alapayo Manyang Kuctiel Nhiera
DAI, Ministry Center Director

Diocesan Calendar Of Prayer, June 2017

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The June edition of the Diocesan Calendar of Prayer, which is produced monthly by John White, is now available here. Each month we pray for parishes in two of our deaneries. This month we are praying for parishes in the deaneries of Runnymede and Woking.

Mission Trip Funding Available


Are you thinking about going on a mission trip?

There are funds available in our mission budget to help people who feel called to go on a short or long term mission trip!  Here are some thoughts:

  • There are no age restrictions! We have had as many pensioners as students recently.
  • You don’t have to travel far – we made a grant to a student doing an evangelistic mission on a council estate in London.
  • Whilst we are particularly keen on people doing mission work connected to our mission partners, it can be for any Christian organization.
  • Our grants vary between £100 and £1,000.  The size of the grant depends on the cost of the trip and what you are planning to do i.e. the benefit to the organization you are visiting and helping.
  • However we would not normally provide more than half the total cost of the mission, unless there were special circumstances. i.e. we would expect the applicant to make some contribution, or do some fundraising.
  • Some of our mission partners do trips to visit their work. e.g. Amos Trust are planning hoping to organize a trip to New Generation Burundi in 2018. Compassion, CMS and Tearfund run trips every year. Grants are more likely where the applicant plans to do something at the project, rather than purely visit to watch the activities.
  • If you would like to apply, then please complete an Application Form and send it to for the committee to prayerfully consider alongside any other current applications and funds available. Speak to Rod Whitehead on 0780 330 9230 for more details.


Our current mission partners are:

International: Amos Trust (New Generation Burundi), Church Mission Society, Compassion, Christianity Explored East Africa, DAI, FEBA, Open Doors, Peacemaker Mediators, Tearfund (LAMB Bangladesh)

UK: East to West, Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship.

To find our more about Christ Church’s Mission Partners, click here.

Vacancy Community Pre School Manager


Virginia Water Community Pre-School is a well-established Early Years Setting in the heart of the community offering the highest standards of care and play opportunities to children aged 2 to 5 years of age. Registered as a CIO in January 2015, we are a not for profit charitable organisation.  Our overall ethos is to nurture our children’s love for learning and exploration by providing the best possible experiences and opportunities.

Position Available:  Manager

Salary: £11.50 an hour

Hours: 40 hours per week/ Term Time Only / 36 Week Year

Plus 5.6 weeks pro rata holiday pay inc, bank holidays

Workplace Pension Scheme

We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced, enthusiastic and motivated early year’s professional to be our Manager in our friendly Pre-School from September 2017. This is an opportunity to work within a small setting to really make a difference to the lives of children and their families.

Working as part of the Virginia Water Community Pre-School team, you will deliver high-quality play and learning opportunities through a wide range of activities.  You will be able to communicate well with young children, their parents and carers and have working knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage.  You will be able to take charge of the setting and deliver the daily routine supporting and leading the team.

With a minimum of a level 3 full or relevant early years or childcare qualification, you will have at least two years post qualifying experience. You will have vast knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage and value your own continued professional development.

Virginia Water Community Pre-School provides a safe, secure and friendly working environment. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Friday 9th June 2017.

Interviews week commencing: Monday 12th June 2017.

Contact Susan Wordingham at or telephone the Preschool between the hours of 09:00 and 15:00 on 01344 842892.

Virginia Water Community Pre-School is committed to the safeguarding of all children, therefore all appointments are subject to receiving an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service which we consider acceptable as well as appropriate references.

Mission Of The Month – Tearfund

Tearfund logo

Decisions we make in the UK affect poverty around the world, for good or bad. Please do pray for the election, and if one of the parties contacts you during the campaign, please take the chance to tell them you care about it. Tearfund suggest these two questions:

‘Will your party make sure we keep giving at least 0.7% of our national income as overseas aid?’

You could also add that you care passionately about aid because it saves many lives around the world every year – a life every two minutes!

‘Will your party keep the promises of the Paris Agreement and limit our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions?’

You could also add (where appropriate):

  • You think this is really important because climate change is already causing terrible hunger and suffering around the world.
  • Ask how they intend to reduce our emissions.

There’s more ideas and resources at

Summer Dates – Evangelistic Outreach


We have an exiciting programme of events underpinning our Mission Statement “To Know Jesus, and Make Jesus Known”.  How can you get involved?

May 25: Alpha Week One: Thursday 7:30pm, invite a friend.  We could do with some help clearing up after the meal has been served if you could help 19:45 – 21:00 please contact the office.

June 24: Carnival Capers: save the date, bake a cake:  we would be grateful for help manning the tea and prayer tents.

July 8: J John, Just One: event at the Emirates Stadium in London.  Invite a friend, neighbour, work colleague.  Engage in our goal of 52 For The Kingdom.

July 25: Evangelical Alliance Training: evening.  Come along and find out how we can begin those conversations that lead to Christ.

July 25 – 27 Summer on the Green:  Community outreach with games and BBQ.  Support our Youth and Children’s Ministries by coming along to have conversations with our neighbours, playing games and joining in.

Student and Young Adult Pastor


We are currently looking for somebody to join our lively staff team from September 2017 to l ead work with students and young adults. We have an established link with students at Royal Holloway and many of our young people go on to study at universities around the country; others stay at home to work or study. Our Student and Young Adult Pastor will come alongside these young adults, supporting their journey of faith in many different ways and encouraging the involvement of the whole church family with students and those of student age.

We need somebody who:

  • Has a strong personal faith
  • Has had some form of theological training / education
  • Has an understanding of the experiences of university students and young adults in the 21st century
  • Is excited about teaching and sharing the Gospel and experienced in doing so
  • Enjoys working as part of a team but is not afraid of working on their own initiative
  • Is flexible, enthusiastic, organised and has a sense of humour
  • Salary is £25 503 gross

If you feel God may be calling you to this role then please contact Annette Ross, Operations Manager, Christ Church, Christchurch Road, Virginia Water GU25 4LD as soon as possible, requesting an application form.


52 final

As we continue in our time of interregnum, our mission statement – “to know Jesus and make Jesus known” – will be underpinning our vision for this year – “52”. Rather than looking inward as we await the arrival of our new vicar, we have made a commitment to focus on evangelism and will be equipping the whole church family to spread the word and make Jesus known, not just in Christ Church but where we live, work and play. Our target is to gain 52 souls for the Kingdom in a year!

As part of this “52” vision, we will be organising several events to equip and encourage everyone in Christ Church to share Jesus with friends, family, and colleagues. More details of all these events can be found on the noticeboard at the front of church, but one particular example is that the Evangelical Alliance will be coming to Christ Church on July 25th, September 26th, and November 28th this year to provide training in evangelism, so do save those dates!

Children’s Pirate Party!

pirate boy

Click here for more information about an exciting praise party on 9 September, with CBeebies very own Gemma Hunt! Tickets are available from either Jeremy Brown or Hannah Scott.