ST MICHAEL’S OPEN GARDENS TRAIL
Last weekend eight equally glorious gardens opened their gates to the public, to raise funds for St Michael and All Angels Church. During the weekend 245 visitors came to enjoy the gardens, and to sample the sausage sizzle, a cream tea or home made cake in the churchyard. Together they raised just under £2,500. Huge thanks to all involved - the gardeners who let us share their mini paradises, the volunteers on the day and to everyone who supported this event. Thank you.
AND A BIG THANK YOU TO HELEN AND THE SOCIAL AND FUNDRAISING TEAM FOR A GREAT EVENT!
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To request prayer, speak with one of us, or for anything else, please contact us as follows: Catherine Cobley (481234/ 07947 032210) and Jackie MacKenzie (476441) who are always on the other end of a phone for a chat or a request. Rev’d Gary Williamson (236909) and Rev Bev Hunt, (07495 395225) are available to answer your questions, and pray with or for you.
THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND IS HERE FOR YOU – see the resources for Daily Prayer, both online (click here )and for those without internet access can phone Daily Hope
SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH: Given the challenging times we are
living in with coronavirus, it's more important than ever that we take steps to
support good mental health. Read or listen to 13 mental
health reflections from the CofE: Click here
Not surprisingly, reliance on foodbanks across Surrey has doubled during the pandemic and the Trussell Trust has warned that that this is just the tip of the iceberg as many will also have been helped by other community groups. In Woking alone, there has been a 77% increase in referrals processed with a shocking 185% more children represented. Volunteers at Woking have responded by working extra hard under very testing circumstances to provide emergency food parcels so that support is there for people struggling to afford essentials.
YOU can do your bit too! Why not order a few extra items in your
weekly shop, e.g. toothpaste, soup, pasta, cereal, washing up liquid, loo rolls
as well as long-life rice and sponge puds and drinking chocolate. And then drop
by Linnards on the Little Green to leave them in the bin by the gate or give
Catherine Cobley a ring on 481234 for a collection. You can also make financial donations via
VACANCY FOR PARISH
St Michael’s is seeking a safeguarding enthusiast to advise us on all things safeguarding. Although a relatively small parish, we view this as a vital voluntary role for our church community and our wonderful Safeguarding Officer of many years, Mary Straker, is wanting to step down. She is very happy to shadow and help and the Guildford Diocese also has an excellent mentoring scheme to provide an experienced PSO to work alongside as a ‘buddy’. Interested in finding out more? Contact Catherine Cobley on 481234 or 07947 032210.
RESIDENT SUPPORT FROM GUILDFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL
If you are self-isolating, feel you need support or you would like to help others,
· Call our Community Helpline on 01483 444400 or go online at www.guildford.gov.uk/home for help with food, prescription collection and support for yourself - or you can register a relative, friend or neighbour on their behalf (the helpline is open Mon-Thur 8.30am-5pm and Fri 8.30am–4.30pm).
· Call our Safe and Settled team on 01483 444476 if you have recently come home from hospital or are struggling to manage at home.