Rector of Farnham, The Revd Simon Reynolds St Andrew's Church, Farnham

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Our Rector Revd David Uffindell writes:

Lent 2017
It’s almost unbelievable, but the signs are all around: spring is on its way. Those early heralds, the snowdrops and the crocuses, are already over, and now the yellows of daffodils and forsythia and the pastel shades of first blossoms help us to feel that the cold of winter is giving way once again to the warmer days of spring.

As we see these visible signs, so we also enter into a new season in the life of the church: Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Indeed, the word "Lent" derives from the lengthening of the days at this time, as darkness recedes to more light. 

This year we have an exciting programme ahead in which I hope we all want to play our part.

With pre-fasting pancakes and Ash Wednesday well behind, Mothering Sunday (26 March) approaches. We will have special gifts for mothers in our main service at 10am where the theme of the service will tackle some of the more tricky aspects of being a mother today,

Lent Groups are now well under way. It may not be too late to join one: Monday evenings, Tuesdays at 12noon, Wednesday evenings, Thursday lunchtimes and evenings. In first instance, please contact the parish office - contact details at top right of page.

All the groups are looking at the same material: LENTWISE, by the popular theologian, Paula Gooder. We are taking a journey together through John’s Gospel, seeing some key aspects of the life and ministry of Jesus there.

Looking a little further ahead, on Sunday 2 April we have our Annual Meetings in the context of worship at 10am. There will be no other services that day.

We look forward very much to your joining us.

With love,  as ever,  David   (Rector of Farnham)


      This fine church, parts of which date from the 12th Century, stands at the centre of a handsome town whose Georgian heritage, as well as its distinctive and individual character, makes it an attractive place to live, work and visit. The church is a significant landmark on the Pilgrim’s Way – the ancient route from Winchester to Canterbury. We serve a growing and changing town, whose many businesses employ significant numbers of people. Farnham is home to many long-standing residents, students and staff from the University of the Creative Arts, as well as people who have come to live here more recently and who commute to work in London (just an hour away by train).

       We serve everyone who lives and works in our parish in central Farnham. We are conscious of the Church of England’s unique calling to be a place of welcome to all – irrespective of their faith convictions. Many people worship here on Sundays and during week, where the Eucharist is at the centre of our life. Many others value the church as a place of silence and reflection during the day, where they can bring their needs, longings and hopes to God; where candles can be lit, or the simple spaciousness of the building can be enjoyed. We are glad to host many musical and artistic events, too, and are keen to encourage use of the church by the wider community.

      Elsewhere on this website you can pick up a flavour of our life and worship, as well as the many ways in which we strive to serve the people of Farnham. I hope your ‘virtual’ visit will inspire you to come and discover the church, as well as the Christian community which cares for it.



       


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