ST GILES FARNBOROUGH - EVENTS, NEWS AND NOTICES

 

 


Reverend Biliam Sarder

Thank you so much to everyone who continues to support Fr Biliam, his family and congregation.  Rarely does a week go by when I do not come back to the Rectory to find a donation for him.



Biliam is able to do so much with the funds that we send to him.

*  He helps people whose houses have been damaged by winds and flooding.

*  Helps the local orphanage ·

*  Educates his two children and many others in his parish.

*  Provides dowries for poor girls who could not be considered for marriage without them.

*  Supports people from other faiths who have joined his congregation and have subsequently been disowned by their families.

*  People who are not able to work due to being sick.

*  The frail and elderly

*  He buys books and resources for his Sunday school and children's work.  

All of this is making a huge impact on the lives of countless people and every penny that is donated goes straight to him without any of the overheads associated with most charities.  I continue to welcome any donations to Biliam, (preferably in cash at the Rectory or at Church). 

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Thank you,

Matthew


Community Larder
& Warm Space

Tuesdays from 10:30am

Just a reminder that our Community Larder runs every Tuesday morning at St. Nicholas church.

We are now also opening up our building as a 'Warm Space' from 10.30am - 12.30pm every Tuesday. Anyone can come along and enjoy the Warm Space from 10.30am, and will also be able to access free fresh food and grocery items from the Community Larder from 11.30am onwards, along with a free cup of tea or coffee.

Please do advertise the Community Larder and the Warm Space initiative to anyone you know who may be interested.

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Lent at St. Giles 2024

This year's Lent will offer a number of opportunities for us to grow in our faith and understanding as disciples of Christ. 

Bible Studies

For those in regular Bible Study groups there will be the opportunity to either continue with your existing studies or to undertake a specific Lent study course on the Psalms written by The Rt Reverend Stephen Cottrell Archbishop of York.  This is a York course.

I will lead a discussion group over 4 weeks on Sunday afternoons between 4.30 and 5.30pm, (In the Centre, followed by tea), on the following.  

Sunday 25th February

You were asking? This will be an opportunity for you to bring to the group any questions that you might have about any aspect of your faith, the Christian faith in general, the Creeds or the Bible.  Questions can be given to me beforehand or raised on the day.  

Sunday 3rd March

 Mental health and well being Can faith make a difference?  

Sunday 17th March ‘

Unless you become as a child.’ Listening and understanding the inner child.  

Sunday 24th March ‘

Age is just a number’  A spirituality for old age.

Please sign the list in the porch if you would like to attend


Sunday Series of Sermons 
St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians

Sermons will be preached at both 10:00 and 11:15am services

Sunday 25th February

Introduction to the letter.  Chapter 1
Paul suffers for his faith in Christ.
Preacher - The Rector  

Sunday 3rd March

Chapter 2 Jesus Christ our servant King Preacher - The Rector.  

Sunday 17th March

Chapter 3 ‘All I care about is to know Christ and the power of his resurrection.’
Preacher - Chris Hallett, Reader.  

Sunday 24th March -  Palm Sunday
Chapter 4 ‘The Lord is near, have no anxiety.’
Preacher - The Archdeacon
This sermon will be instead of the reading of The Passion which will take place during the evening Taize service.
 

ABOUT ST. GILES CHURCH

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Charity in Focus 2024

St Giles Centre Refurbishment

At our PCC meeting held on Monday 13th October 2023 the PCC decided to suspend our charitable giving for the whole of 2024, with the exception of the Parish Fete.  The reason for this is that we hope that work on the St. Giles Centre will begin in earnest in the summer of that year. 



To date we do not have a clear picture of how much this work is going to cost but it will certainly be a substantial amount.  Consequently every month we are going to ask our Church and community to contribute to a particular area of the refurbishment work.  

For example in January the focus will be on raising money to replace the roof in the main hall, a new floor and lighting.   



In February the emphasis will be on the redecoration of the main hall.   

Then in March we will move to the refurbishment of the kitchen and so forth until we have covered every aspect of the work.  

More information on this will be available as the work builds momentum.