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

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

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


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!

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 September


We look forward to welcoming you back in September with our programme of activities:

7 Sept        12:30  Café LunchActivity: Monthly Book Club with Brian Lewis; Computing; Gentle Mobility

14 Sept       12:30  Café Lunch.  Activity: Film; Gentle Mobility

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

28 Sept      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.


Difficult Choices – News from Veronica


We know death is inevitable, but there are good and bad deaths.

A young brother and sister were knocked over by a car. They were communicating when they reached the emergency department, but first one succumbed to a major bleed in his brain and later I learned that his sister was struggling to stay alive in ITU.

Patients with TB cannot be nursed on the open ward and we only have one single room in ITU to monitor patients needing a ventilator, but we had two such patients. Now we only have one….

We question ourselves as to whether we could have handled things differently.

Some patients are afraid when they are ill to seek appropriate help. It is easy to deny you are sick if the family cannot afford treatment, if you have witnessed friends and family going to hospital too late for treatment and so having poor results, you are disinclined to rush there yourself. For some healthcare staff caring for people who then die, especially when they are know that things could have been different, produces a hardening in their attitude, which may be a self-preservation tactic for them, but limits their availability to the patient and causes repercussions with other team members.

There are some truly inspirational people working here and some delightful patients, but many others struggle on. We do need and appreciate your prayers and messages to provide the best healthcare available in these challenging conditions.

It has been a great blessing to share an apartment with two other short termers that I met last April. We have shared special Easter celebrations with the other Christians in this community, but we cannot ignore the huge problems in providing good healthcare for the people living here. Like us Kenya will have a general election this year. Let us pray that people of integrity will be elected who have a clear vision to make changes that benefit all the population and not be distracted by false goals.

P.S. I have just been up to itu. The little girl is recovering. She has many broken bones and will be in hospital for a while, but she is breathing on her own and talking. I don’t know if she has been told that her brother died yet.


Thursday Service of Holy Communion – 28 September

Holy Communion

Join us for our regular Service of Holy Communion immediately before our Over 50’sTraditional Roast Lunch on 28 September.  All welcome.

Explorers For Children School Years 3-6


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.

News From Burundi

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Amohoro “peace ” a typical Burundian greeting.

Imana Ishimwe “praise God” we are well, encouraged and excited about all the positive and thoroughly wonderful things that God is doing through the work of New Generation.

Oh for more understanding of Kirundi (the Burundian language) to understand  better the amazing testimonies of faith in Jesus and the miracles the people experience daily.  Evidence of Holy Spirits grace and strength is in their faces.  The poverty and difficulties of ordinary people and children are beyond what we can imagine. The country struggles on, overcoming the frustrations and injustices. We stay (comfortably) at the Kings conference centre very near to New Generation centre. right now the generator is running loudly giving us electricity, those without generators will have no electricity. The power cuts are daily and for many hours during the day (and always at night after 7 or 8pm) There is much to say about military and police activity!

At New Generation and Oasis church there is prayer every weekday from. 6am -7am the children have breakfast and the morning children go off to school!

They return for lunch and they eat rice and beans together, then those who attend school in the afternoon skip off down the dusty pot holed road to return about 6pm then all have supper together.  In the new dining /living area that has been finished since our last visit, the children have a few small toys ( k-nex, jigsaws, simple board games, and TV when there is electricity.) Part time staff (i.e. physiologist) and volunteers facilitate helping with school work, drawing colouring and listening to children. They now have a folder for each child in the “road to school” programme. (74 kids ages from 5 to 16 or 17) The children’s abilities vary and many are extremely bright some are traumatised so much that time will tell; (all are loved and encouraged) NG teaches them to value education and work hard.

The weekends are full at Oasis church with youth group on Saturday and a very lively and long Sunday service!

A new development since our last visit, is a cooperation with a private school (which teaches the English system) the primary school children of NG benefit from the extra resources. An English volunteer (teacher) is actively involved and the interactive learning in this environment is having fantastic results!

A team of 3 Ex street boys are employed as outreach workers! They identify the most vulnerable children. They seek to befriend kids and record their names and information about them. They give them a form of identity “known by NG” should they be arrested or need medical help.

The dream of the outreach team is to have funding to help more of the street children directly at the centre.

3 ex street boys now attend university, a first for NG. In return for their fees they volunteer in various ways at the NG centre.

No time to tell you of other activities: entrepreneurship training, healing of memories and peace and reconciliation events. Football and NG clubs! Extra English lessons, computer training, and simple music lessons.

We continue to pray for Gods work here. It’s a privilege to be part of it in some small way. In practice Rod is advising and enabling better organisation structure for the staff and volunteers (especially financial management) I mostly watch the daily activity, pray and encourage, children, staff and volunteers and participate as opportunities present.  Rod and Anita Whitehead.