We are one parish with the good fortune of having two churches in Surbiton with their own histories and styles.
As the leaves fall from the trees, we come to a hinge point in the church year. In November, essentially we're looking back.
On the evening of November 2nd, we hold our All Souls service, also known as "The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed". This is when we pray for those who have died. As the name says, this is for everyone, but it's natural for us each to pray for particular people who we've loved and lost from this earthly life. At the service, there's a chance to light a candle in memory of a loved one, and take a spray of rosemary, the herb of remembrance and thanksgiving. The choir sing and it's a beautiful, reflective occasion.
By a quirk of the Armistice date, since 1918, this day of remembering is followed a week later by another, this time praying in particular for those who have died in war. We'll be thinking about this with little ones at the 9.15am service at St Mark's, but marking out the silence at 11am on Remembrance Sunday at St Andrew's. Maybe it's me; maybe it's the age we're living in; maybe it's the wars that happen around the world, but somehow this gets more moving with every year that passes. You would think that there is enough suffering in the world that occurs naturally for humans not to add to it by fighting each other in war. And yet even now we may feel that war is justified as the least of various terrible options.
In Advent, we'll come to look forward, both to Christmas and to Jesus as the Messiah, but for the start of November, we're looking back. And it's important to do so, because it's only by taking a look back from time to time that we appreciate how to act in our futures.
Thank you for all who helped at the Christmas Fair. We haven’t done the final tally yet but we raised over £7,000 thanks to a colossal effort from a huge number of people. Thank you. It was a great event and a great outcome.
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23 November 2014
Emmaus Course: Growing in Scripture
Surbiton Christmas Lights
Thursday 27th November 4.25pm. You are very welcome to join members of the choir in singing carols at the switching on of the Christmas lights in Surbiton Centre. For more information, please contact Tim Lavis.
Sunday 30th November 6pm. For many people, this is their favourite service in the entire year. Come to St Andrew’s Church for a beautifully atmospheric service.
St Andrew's Day Supper after the Eucharist
Tuesday 2nd December 6.30pm. This will be at St Andrew's Church (how could it not?!). All profits from the supper will be donated to Firs Court Amenity fund. Tickets £10.00, please sign list at church or see Jackie Page.