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The Big Quiz Night this Saturday

Friday is the last chance to sign up! Join us in raising funds for the important work of Tearfund with a great community event to invite friends along for a fun night out with legendary SMoB cake!
The details: Doors open 7.30 quiz starts at 7.45. Bring your own beer - soft drinks and nibbles provided, coffee and cake at half time. No charge but donations accepted thankfully.
You can sign up to come as a team or come along and make up a team on the evening. Maximum team size is 8 if your group is larger than 8 you can enter two teams. There is a sign up list in church!

Urgent: Please can you help with our children’s, families & youth ministry

We need to find help in our young people’s ministries so we can keep the important work we do, going. Please see our list of volunteer opportunities to see where you may be able to support these ministries. 

Dates for your diary 

Central Prayer Meeting 13 Nov 8pm
Prayer for the Nation 14 Nov 12.30pm
Tearfund Quiz Night 16 Nov 7.30pm
Mindfulness drop in session 19 Nov 8.15pm
Farewell to the Challis'
Farewell service of Evensong at the Guildford Cathedral.
26 Nov 5.30pm
Saying goodbye to the Challis’ 1 Dec 9.15am & 11am
Challis’ leaving lunch - please sign up in the Church 1 Dec 1pm
Worship jam session 2 Dec 8pm
CTiW service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 19 Jan 6.30pm











 

Christmas services and events 

Christingle Service 1 Dec 3.30pm
Prayer breakfast – please sign up in the Church 7 Dec 8.30am-10am
Carol singing at Morrisons 7 Dec 12pm
Mencap Carol service 8 Dec 3pm
Carol singing outside Tesco, Goldsworth Rd 11 Dec 1pm
Christmas Chill 14 Dec 10am
Carol service 15 Dec 6.30pm
Crib service 24 Dec 3.30pm
Midnight Communion 24 Dec 11pm
Traditional Holy Communion 25 Dec 8am
Christmas Celebration 25 Dec 10.30am




 

Christmas scratch choir – join us to sing in the Christmas Carol Service

No choral experience necessary and you don’t need to read music – you just need to be enthusiastic to make a joyful noise. Rehearsals are 8pm Tuesday 26 November, 8pm Tuesday 3 December and 8pm Tuesday 10 December, and you need to be free for the afternoon and evening of Sunday 15 December for the service. Who do you know who might like to join in? Sign up on the board or contact Mark for more details. 

Children's choir for the carol service 15th December 

The children will be singing a song at the carol service again this year. If you'd like your children to be involved please join us for rehearsals straight after the 11am service on Nov 17th, 24th, Dec 1st, 8th. We will rehearse for 5-10 minutes in the main worship area. Contact Paul Edwards for details.

Farewell to the Challis'

We will be saying goodbye to the Challis family on 1 December, with a Church family lunch at 1pm after the morning services. If you would like to come please sign up and indicate if you would be able to provide a salad or dessert. If you would like to contribute to a gift for them, please give any contributions to either Jess McNutt at the office or Clare Mall on a Sunday.

Can you help with The Big Quiz Night?

Would you like to help with the Big Quiz Night? You could help set up the chairs and tables at 4pm Saturday afternoon. Make a cake for half time. Help serve refreshments on the evening. Help put the church back at the end of the evening.
If you can help please let Judith know judserg@gmail.com

New blog post from Mark

Read his blog on the church website, normally updated at the beginning of the month.

Woking Foodbank - our next collection is Sunday 24 November

Donations of the following SPECIFIED items would be most welcome. Thank you so much for your generous and continued support.

Christmas sweets and chocolate for adults and children Christmas sweet and savoury Biscuits Ketchup, mayonnaise and brown sauce - all small sizes Tinned potatoes and veg
Toothbrushes Laundry detergent Sanitary towels Noodles
Washing up liquid Chickpeas Honey Sponge puddings
Fruit juice Coffee Packets of crisps Chocolate bars
Cooking oil including small sizes Small bags sugar
 
Kitchen/Bathroom cleaning products Nappies size 4

Carol singing

We have some fantastic opportunities to spread Christmas cheer by carol singing! Morrisons, 12pm on Saturday 7th December or outside Tesco, 1pm on Wednesday 11 December - please do join!

Reusable cups 

We are going to be more eco-friendly from January, when we stop using single-use cups at coffee time. Please can you bring a reusable cup to services? SMOB branded ones are available for just £5 via the office, and we will even print your name on it. 

New Wine teaching 

All the teaching from New Wine is available on a memory stick via Sharon Row in the Office.  Why not listen to a series and form a ‘listening group’ or do some listening as a homegroup. Please contact office@stmaryofbethany.org.uk if you’d like to borrow the memory stick. 

Save your used stamps

SMoB collect used stamps for FEBA (Far Eastern Broadcasting Association) in the purple bin on the table by the main entrance. This time of year especially we receive more letters and parcels but would welcome your stamps cut from correspondence and placed in a bag or envelope and deposited in this bin at any time in the year. Funds raised from their sale help with the charity's administration expenses of their H.Q. in Worthing 

Church Gardening 

Saturday 7 December, 10am-1pm - Autumn clear up: clearing leaves, tidying beds and pruning shrubs. Coffee and buns as usual. For more information, see John Brooks. 

Raise money for the Church, for free, when you shop online!

Thank you for the support we've received so far, we raised £25.48 last month! You can collect FREE donations for us every time you shop online at many retailers, with Easy Fundraising. It’s a really easy way to help us raise funds and we’d really appreciate your help so please register to support us at: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stmaryofbethany/ – It’s fundraising for FREE! You can also download the app here.

Woking Hustings 21 Nov

Meet the candidates. Ask your questions. Questions can be emailed in advance to office@wokingurc.org.uk. Thursday 21 November, 7.30pm at Woking URC, White Rose Lane, Woking GU22 7DD.