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Our Community Day is THIS Saturday! 

We are opening up the church to show the community around us what we are like.  It would be great to have all aspects of our communal life represented, so if you can help with: activities for all ages; displays; refreshments; praying; or welcoming and hosting visitors! please sign up in church with what you are happy to help with and the time you'll be available. Please share the facebook event with your friends!
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Community Day set up 

We are looking for people willing to do some heavy lifting to set up the marquee, move large numbers of chairs etc ready for Saturday's Community Day.  
If you are able to help with this from 7pm on Friday 19th July please just turn up.  Many hands make light work, so please do come if you are able.

Please could you contact Clare Mall if you have a gas barbeque (and gas) we could borrow for community day!  We are hopeful of sourcing a catering BBQ, but need a back up plan!

Community Day cake 

If you are able to provide some cake to help us welcome people visiting us on Community Day, that would be wonderful!  Please could you sign up on the list in church. 

Making Mission Possible 2019 

Don't forget the closing date for donations to our mission partners for Making Mission Possible 2019 is this Sunday 21st July. There are still a few forms and envelopes around in church, and using the church's usual bank transfer details with an explanatory email to our book-keeper christine.strutt@stmaryofbethany.org.uk will also work!

Thank you for all your generosity and support, Go Team 

Woking Foodbank collection THIS Sunday 

The following specific items have been requested for this month’s collection. A collection point will be available at the back of the worship area for your donations.

Tinned spaghetti
Tinned tomatoes
Tinned veg all
Tinned potatoes
Coffee
Honey
Long life desserts
Custard
Rice pudding
Tinned fruit
Toothpaste
Shower gel
Shampoo
Conditioner
Women’s and Men’s deodorants
Detergent
Washing up liquid

Thank you for your generous and continued support.

Come and meet the Yanez Family! 

Our mission partners, Felipe and Sarah Yanez, are visiting us briefly later this month.  Go Team would like to invite you to meet them at a bring and share barbeque on the evening of 22 July  (please provide your email address for more information).  Sign up in church or contact goteam@stmaryofbethany.org.uk if you plan to attend. 

Modern Day Pilgrimage -  7pm on Sunday 28 July

Becca Rowland will be speaking about her recent experience of walking The Camino de Santiago.  Come along to hear, see her photos and enjoy some tapas and Spanish wine.
Please contact Becca at becca.rowland@stmaryofbethany.org.uk to let her know if you plan to be there.

Sunday services in August 

From 4 August to 25 inclusive, there will be a weekly 8am communion service and one combined main morning service at 10.30am. Whilst our children's and youth leaders and teams have a well deserved break over the school summer holidays, we are running children's activities.
Sunday services revert back to the usual pattern on 1 September. Children's groups revert back to the usual pattern on 8 September.

Activities for children on Sundays during the summer holidays 

During August and the first week in September, we shall be running children's activities during the combined morning service, and we would love some volunteers to help lead these sessions and give the regular leaders a well deserved break. All material will be prepared in detail, so volunteers simply have to implement prepared instructions. There are puzzles and challenges to start, a story and response then craft (this year including sheep racers, springing birds, sealife keyrings - oh yes and rocky road chocolate) as well as table football and pool. There is a sign-up list in the usual place - no experience required - just enthusiasm and a willingness to enjoy being with the children and engaging in craft and games. What could be more fun?!

Summer Fun for our Older Folk 

 REST.....RELAX.....REJUVENATE
 
This year we will be holding two afternoon events for our older folks, their friends, your friends, neighbours and relatives and especially any older folk in our parish.  The afternoons will start at 2.00 and finish at 5.00pm.
Thursday 15 August we will be showing the film "Victoria and Abdul" followed by tea and cakes. 
Friday 16 August we will be playing old and new tabletop games followed by tea and cakes. 
 
Please start praying for these events and be thinking if there is anyone you know who might enjoy these afternoons. We promise a warm welcome, a perfect break from usual routines, and a chance to enjoy the company of old and new friends.  Information with a sign up, tear off slip can be found in the church entrance, the church office or from Sue Rogers.

Praise and Prayer  

We will be running short, contemplative, listening to God services on Sunday evenings in August. Meet in the creche at 6.30pm. 

Going to New Wine 2019?   

By now, you should have had an email from New Wine letting you know which village you are camping in (you need to follow the link).  Please can you contact Clare to confirm that we have all been put in the same one! 

Have you read Mark's blog?

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

Coming soon: Summer Spring Cleaning & Maintenance work plans 

The wardens have been noticing lots of small (and some slightly bigger) jobs that need doing around the church.  We again plan to take advantage of the slightly quieter weekly schedules during August for some of these to be carried out by volunteers (perhaps you!).  Please look out for job cards with details of these after the community day. Thanks, Clare & Mike 

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