Faith and Justice Spokesperson

Over the past few years I have felt it important that we should have a space to engage and think about some of the pressing and relevant issues facing our world and how we as individuals, and as a Church, might respond. 

Jane Holmes Payne very kindly agreed to be our Faith & Justice spokesperson and we were all grateful for her thought provoking articles.  Over a year ago Jane and her husband, and their son Abercrombie, moved to the Far East, so we have been without a Faith & Justice section in our pewsheet and magazine.

I am delighted to say that Andrew and Valerie Ward have kindly agreed to take on this important role.  Both Andrew and Valerie work in various areas of development and we will be hearing about this in due course.  Andrew and Valerie, and their three children, Sasha, Tiago and Imani. are very much part of our Church and I am delighted that they have agreed to do this as we will all benefit enormously from their input. 

Contact: Andrew Ward  07900 017394


Easter Lilies and Spring Flowers

Throughout the six weeks of Lent we have no flowers or foliage in Church, apart from, if requested, a small arrangement on the Book of Remembrance, and a pedestal for Mothering Sunday which is called Refreshment Sunday.  

We celebrate the great festival of Easter by decorating our Church with lilies and spring flowers.  If you would like to donate a lily or spring flowers in St. Giles in memory of a loved one, or to celebrate Easter, we would be delighted with your donations.  

The price of a lily will be £3.00.  Please contact Valerie Bailey on 01689 856045 no later than 10th March as lilies and flowers have to be ordered in advance. 

Please make cheques payable to St Giles PCC Flower Fund. 

Thank you for your support.

Friends of St. Giles Jumble Sale

Saturday 7th April

The Friends of St. Giles are holding their annual Jumble Sale on Saturday 7th April in the Village Hall.  We look forward to receiving your donations at the hall.   

Helpers from 9.15 please - and we could do with a few more helpers please! 

The whole event ends at mid-day!   

Julia Hoadley  01689 853632

Spiritual Retreat:
Burrswood Retreat House

Saturday 7th April

Theme:  'A Place to Grow' - Leave St. Giles Centre at 9.00 a.m., Leave Burrswood at 4.15-4.30 p.m. . 

There are only 24 places available (+ the Rector) - please sign the list on the Noticeboard in the Church porch, indicating if you can provide transport, how many places, or require a vegetarian option. 

Please bring walking shoes with you

The cost of the day is £20 payable in advance - closing date for payment is Wednesday 28th March.  This will cover the cost of coffee, lunch, tea and cakes and use of the venue. 

Please make cheques payable to St. Giles PCC, cheques or cash can be given to the Rector or Assistant Treasurer, Mrs. Mary Compton - please write your full name on the back of the cheque, or place cash in an envelope with your name on the front. 

St. Giles Coach Trip: Eastbourne

Saturday 28th April

This will be a really enjoyable day out.  Come alone and join the crowd, or bring a friend. 

Tickets: £15.  Contact: Carol Fryer
01689 855468 / 07951 725069

Organ Restoration Appeal:
Update 1st March 2018

No. of pipes adopted 770
No. of Donors 250
Amount Received £19,225
Gift Aid Element £3,669
Sub-Total £22,894
Add Donations £2,131*
Total To Date £25,025

* including £112 from the Barn Dance
Yet to be added FVS Coffee Morning.

Only another £3,800 is required!



Pop-up Lent Lunch

Friday 23rd March 11.00am - 3:00pm
7 Limes Row, Farnborough

Pop-up Café will be serving soup and bread, tea and coffee. Just come for a coffee if that is all the time you have.

JUST A DONATION. Thinking of people who have no water supply. All money to be given to 'Water Aid'. I hope you will come.

Sylvia Addison.  

Lent Programme:

The theme of our Lent course is the ‘Psychology of love.’  A study of 1 Corinthians 13.  I hope that as many of you as possible have and will be able to sign up to one of our study groups for what promises to be a very interesting and relevant topic.  

The word 'Lent' comes from a word meaning ‘to lengthen’ and refers to the lengthening of days as the days remain lighter for longer.  Lent is also the time given to us by The Church to prepare for Holy Week and Easter.  Lenten preparations usually include acts of charity, prayer and abstaining from certain things. 

By observing Lent we enter into a different kind of space and rhythm, this in turn can allow the love and grace of God to become more real for us.  It is laid upon all believers to take their Lenten commitments seriously and to mark its beginning by attending Holy Communion with the Imposition of Ashes on Ash Wednesday and to conclude it by taking Holy Communion on Easter Day.

The Lent Programme is detailed below, and you may also download This Leaflet

Lent Sermons on Ephesians

On Sunday evenings during Lent we will be studying St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians along with our Lenten Studies giving a very Pauline feel to this year's season.  Every Sunday we shall be reflecting on a different chapter of the letter including Palm Sunday, as there are 6 chapters to complete.  The Passion Narrative will be read throughout the other services that day, with the Palm Sunday reading being heard in the evening along with the final chapter of Ephesians. 

The Sermons will be preached at the 6:30 services starting Sunday 18th February.

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Lent Course

from Sunday 18th February

This year Matthew is writing a 5 session course entitled 'The Psychology of Love', based on 1 Corinthians 13.  In this passage St. Paul sets out the qualities of love as patient, kind, not envious, not boastful, not arrogant, not rude, not insisting on it's own way, not irritable, not resentful, rejoicing in truth and enduring all things. Each session will probably focus on two of these qualities, with cross references to other Bible passages, as relevant.  I can see it having potential to be quite hard-hitting as we examine ourselves in regard to these qualities too!  Perhaps this course is not for the faint-hearted?

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Lent Book 'I am With You'

Divine Help for Today's Needs
Fr. John Woolley

This book has been a constant source of inspiration and encouragement to me throughout my ministry and I warmly recommend it to you. 

It is devotional in nature and one page can be read before sleep, in the morning, or as part of your daily prayer time. The book is available online and I will also purchase a few copies for those who would like to buy one via the church.


St Giles Summer Fete

Saturday 9th June 2018

Although it is hard to appreciate in the clutches of cold weather, it will not be long before we will be enjoying the annual Summer Fete, in the sunshine, we hope.

As ever, we need your support and help. This is all about Community, that means You and Us. So starting early, we are looking for donations of bottles, jars, cans (full, of course) for the Tombola Stall. These may be left in the box in the Church or at the Rectory.

We are also looking for those left over gifts for our Gift Stall. To keep our costs down, if you can sponsor a stall, the Punch & Judy, the sound equipment, the BBQ, children’s games we would be very grateful.

Please contact Matthew or Carol.

Carol Fryer - St. Giles Social Committee 01689 855468 / 07951725069


Charity in Focus:

Film Evenings, also:

2017 Totals now available:

See Charity in Focus for details

Dates for your Diaries!!!

Sunday March 11th
Mother’s Day
Sunday April 1st
Easter Day
Saturday April 28th
Coach Trip. Please can you contact Carol Fryer 01689 855468 07951725069 for any suggestions or request for the location of the trip.
Sunday May 6th
Christian Aid Cream Tea
Saturday June 9th
Summer Fete
(The Queen’s official birthday)
Sunday June 17th
Father’s Day
Saturday July 7th
Broadstairs Coach Trip
Sunday July 22nd
Grand Bring/Share Picnic (this is before the schools break up)
Saturday October 6th
(Michaelmas Day)
Harvest Supper/Barn Dance
Sunday October 7th

Harvest Brunch
Sunday December 16th
Nine lessons and Carols.

Christian Aid Week
Street Collections

13-19 May

Christian Aid will be our Charity in Focus for April leading into May and over the years we have always had a good response from our different fundraising activities, one of which has been the door-to-door collections.  I have noticed latterly that for various reasons there has been a decline in people who are willing to do the street collections. 

The street collections do raise a significant amount of money and this can be in the region of £1,000+ so it would be a pity not to continue going forward.  However we do need to have volunteers to make it viable. 

If you are happy to undertake your normal street collection this year, or to do one for the first time, please can you sign the list on the Noticeboard in the Church porch so we can then tailor the collections to the streets.      


Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

18th-25th October

This further pilgrimage is to be led, like those before, by The Revd. Alison Newman.  Please see the poster on the noticeboard in the St. Giles church porch for details.