We are one parish with the good fortune of having two churches in Surbiton with their own histories and styles.
You are welcome here. Easy to write, but what does that mean?
Right now as a congregation, we're thinking about what it means to be a church and to be a church that welcomes. One sign of welcome is that over 12,000 people come through our church buildings each year; in the last week, 31 different groups will have used our church spaces, and so many of them build health and community in different ways; through music, through ballet, through women's karate (!), through fitness for the over-70s, through play with toddlers, through education... All this is good and a sign of welcome. Perhaps you wish to be one of them. But the buildings also suffer: beyond wear and tear, we've had three major issues of vandalism, burglary and lead theft in the last nine months. So it's hard to welcome that. We also need to remember that our churches are the places for God and for the big moments in life, baptisms, weddings and funerals, as well as day to day groups and activities.
And, week by week, on Sunday mornings most of all, we keep alive the wonderful rumour that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. How we live out this call for Christ and for the community is what we're thinking about.
In the meantime, please join us, however you wish to, and we'll try to be a place of welcome.
Also, keep up to date with Rev'd Imogen's thoughts and sermons via her recent blog. Even though Imogen is no longer with us as a member of the clergy team she will continue to share her blog with us.
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9 March 2014
Lent Lunches 12/3/14 - 9/4/14
These are starting on Wednesday 12th March for 5 weeks until Wednesday 9th April, at St. Andrew's. We offer a bowl of soup, served with a salad for £3, in aid of the Bishop of Southwark's Lent Appeal 2014.
Thursday 13th February, 10am @ Wetherspoons, St Mark's Hill
The Flying Circus Group will visit R. Twinings and Co Ltd, 216 Strand, London WC2R 1AP for a conducted tour of their Tea Museum. All welcome, nothing to join, no need to book, just turn up. Details from Olga, Harry, Robin or John 8399 5476.
Wednesday 19th March @St Mark's Room 2, 8pm
Mother's Union: Please come along to hear Madelaine Stanier speak. All are welcome.