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 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.

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

Christ Church Summer Term Diary Dates


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

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 shortly closing the vacancy for somebody to join our lively staff team from September 2017 to lead 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 Dr Margaret Perkins, Christ Church, Christchurch Road, Virginia Water GU25 4LD before Friday 14 July 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!

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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.

Grapevine eNews Bulletin


The latest Grapevine e-news bulletin for clergy, lay leaders and busy parish teams can now be found here, along with the latest clergy appointments and vacancies.

Seniors’ Cafe: What’s On In June


1 June          12:30  Café LunchActivity: Monthly Book Club with Brian Lewis; Computing; Gentle Mobility

8 June         12:30  Café Lunch.  Activity: Film; Gentle Mobility

15 June        12:30  Café Lunch.  Activity: Quiz with Annette and Kevin; Bridge and Canasta; Computing; Gentle Mobility

22 June        12:30  Café Lunch.  Activity: Surprise Event; Gentle Mobility

29 June        11:30 Prayer Book Service of Holy Communion

                        12:30  Traditional Roast Lunch.  Activity: Sing-along with Carol

Foodbank Really Needs…


Runnymede Foodbank are in need of:

Squash, washing up liquid, surface cleaner, deodorant (for men + women), razor blades, tin openers, and dog food.

They send their thanks in anticipation.