Looking Forward

As I write we are only days away from our Christmas Market and I am praying for a successful outcome. Our parish share, payable to Guildford Diocese, is again around £60,000. As with last year, it looks as though there will be a considerable shortfall on the amount we are able to pay at year’s end! Last year this amount was £10,000 and it looks as though it will be the same at the end of 2018. As I wrote last year, this is quite a worry as we look to the future; however the Churchwardens and myself have had a meeting with our Archdeacon and Diocesan Secretary to acquaint them with our local situation and whilst we, like all parish churches have to pay our way, we have been encouraged to faithfully carry on our ministry and mission at St Augustine’s and look at ways we might move into growth, and where necessary think about change.

Deux Chat Nativity will take place in church on Wednesday, December 19th at about 10.00am! Alderwood Infant School’s Christingle service, in aid of the Children’s Society, will take place on Friday, December 21st at 2.00pm. The Christmas Coffee Morning will take place on Wednesday December 12th at 10.00am, proceeds to ’Magic Breakfast’. There will also be the usual monthly ‘Charity’ Coffee Mornings on Wednesdays, January 23rd and February 20th 10.00am – 11.00am and ’Coffee Break’ on Wednesdays, January 9th and February 6th.

Rushmoor Christmas Angels - We have again made and collected over 600 of these; they will be distributed around the boundaries of the schools in the parish in the week beginning December 10th! Please only take one per child, we want as many children as possible to get one! Follow on Facebook—Rushmoor Christmas Angels.

’Carols by Candlelight’ - December 23rd, the retiring collection will be for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice and at the Children’s Service on Christmas Eve there will be a retiring collection for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, both two very worthwhile good causes deserving our support, so please be generous!

DEUX CHATS PRE SCHOOL Deux Chats has been running at St Augustine’s for 20 years and enjoys an excellent reputation in the local community; it was recently rated as ‘GOOD’ by OFSTED. We are now enrolling for January 2019 and reserving places for September 2019. Telephone Gina or Sheridan on 07818 434369 for more information.

Weddings If you are thinking of getting married in 2019 or even 2020, St. Augustine’s makes an ideal venue—we do all we can to make day special– contact Fr Keith NOW on 320840.