Scam Champion Course

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Just a reminder that there is a Scam Champion Course with Surrey Community Action on the 30 June 2017, 09:30 – 12:30. Do you want to be the Scam Champion for your community?  Then this is the course for you.

If you are interested in attending this course, please feel free to call 01483 447133.

Volunteers Needed At Merlewood

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Merlewood would love to hear from you if you are able to volunteer:

They are looking for people to spend a couple of hours with the elders either in the home talking/reading the paper/music/peotry/IT or helping with an activity or taking the elders on an outing.  The ideal volunteer is honest, patient, reliable, friendly and kind.  Volunteers will work alongside experienced staff at the home.

Contact Sharon Smith/Barbara Millard on 01344 845314.  Enid would be very happy to speak to you about this role if you would like more information, she can be contacted through the Church office.

Age UK Services

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Please click the flyer to see information about some of the home services that Age UK provide.

Summer Events At Ashburnham Place

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We have some fantastic events over the next few months, so its well worth taking a look at what’s coming up. Whether its spending time being creative, envisioning yourself to action, connecting with creation, just relaxing, or simply keeping the family entertained with a picnic, we have it covered. So why not take a look at the events here.

Should you wish further information about any of them, please do not hesitate to call us on 01424 892244 or email the team at events@ashburnham.org.uk

We very much look forward to warmly welcoming you to Ashburnham Place soon.

DAI UK May News 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.

Featuring 3 stories with a ‘light’ link, 3 from Sri Lanka and more, the May News Update is available here.

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

Thank you from 602 South Sudanese families

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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

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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 rodwhd@gmail.com 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.

J John At The Emirates – Last Few Tickets Available!

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Just a few more tickets left if you would like to join us at the J John Just One event at The Emirates Stadium on Saturday 8 July and bring along a guest. This will be an evangelistic event and is a great opportunity for your guest to hear about the good news of Jesus Christ, so please do be thinking of who you could invite! Tickets are £10 from the office (and we will purchase the ticket for your guest).  We will be organising transport to take us to the event.

Mission Of The Month – Tearfund

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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 www.tearfund.org/election