Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Christmas Message from Revd Mark Chester

Mark is the Vicar of St Paul’s Church in Camberley, and he has a special Christmas message.

Revd Mark Chester “Particular days often mark particular events. Every day of the year seems to mark something! From the well-known to Remembrance Day to the less well-known National day for Preservation of Red-eyed Hamsters. Well I made that up – but you know what I mean!

One day has been marked for longer than any other and more widely than any other, simply because it marks the beginning of a life that has been the most influential in the history of the world. A life which has given western civilisation and many other cultures its understanding of the importance of humanity, the value of character, and a sure basis for a hope for the future.

Christmas Day marks that particular day – the birth of Jesus Christ the Son of God.”


How will you mark this particular day this year?

Rev’d Mark Chester (Vicar of St Paul’s, Camberley)

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Big Besom Camberley Christmas Cracker

One of the great things about Christmas is ‘giving’. Knowing that others will have a great Christmas this year because you have shared some of your good fortune. Camberley Churches have been busy donating hampers for those in need this Christmas.

Camberley Besom Team

Camberley Besom Team

Churches Together in Camberley, Partnership Development Officer, Karen Kendall helps out, as the Besom team of volunteers prepare around 60 Christmas hampers. Many of the donations from 5 churches, 2 nurseries  and 3 schools, gathered at their harvest festivals, were used to supply the basic items. The luxury items were donated from local churches in December, as they were encouraged to put Besom on their Christmas shopping list. St Paul’s donated 10 Christmas hampers.

St Paul's  Christmas Hampers for Besom Camberley

It’s been a hectic few months at Camberley Besom. Referrals have grown rapidly, as more organisations work with the Besom, such as Camberley Frontline and the Citizen Advice Bureau. Many more families will see a real difference this Christmas, thanks to local charities and organisations collaborating. Camberley Besom Christmas Hampers

As demand increases, Camberley Besom are seeing that donations are matching demand. What an incredible Camberley Christmas story. All this means they are short on storage space, and need a place where they can store and prepare parcels for those in need. If you can offer them such a place, you can contact them on camberleybesom@googlemail.com

Camberley Besom Christmas Boxes

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Santa drops in on Seniors at St Paul's

Father Christmas may be busy at this time of year, but he never forgets those young at heart in Camberley, and seems to have a special present for a Reverend or two!

St Paul's Camberley Senior Christmas Party

Father Christmas with Revd Russ at the Seniors Christmas Party

Father Christmas popped into St Paul’s Camberley earlier this week to the annual Christmas Tea. Over forty guests were welcomed with mulled wine and festive nibbles, before settling down to a delicious tea of seasonal sandwiches and yummy cakes.

Rosie Payne, with Mike and Sylvia, led a sing-a-long of Christmas songs and carols as the partygoers enthusiastically joined in, shaking percussion instruments borrowed from the children.

Diana Dunford made a beautifully decorated Christmas cake, enjoyed by all, before a surprise visit from Santa Claus who arrived with a sack full of gifts for the good girls and boys!

St Paul's Seniors at the Christmas Party

If you haven’t joined in with the Christmas services and events yet at St Paul’s in Camberley, there is still lots to do. Check out our Christmas line up. Everyone is welcome, no exceptions. Doesn’t matter if you attend St Paul’s or have never been in a church in your life. We’d love to see you.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Children’s Christmas Craft Party

Great to see 17 families getting together on Saturday 15 December, and having some ‘crafty’ fun at the St Paul’s Christmas Craft Party. There was plenty of hands on messy creative stuff happening, as the 5-9 year olds decorated a bag which they filled with their creations. Christmas Craft Party at St Paul's CamberleyTree decorations, stained glass windows and stockings were a few of the crafty creations the kids filled their bags with. In the true spirit of Christmas, thinking of others, the gang even made a Christmas card for the residents of Cherrydale care home in Camberley.

Christmas Party fun at St Paul's Camberley

After all their hard work, the girls and boys enjoyed a feast of yummy cup cakes and juice, before the party games kicked off. They all agreed it had been a brilliant party and they had enjoyed making friends and laughing lot's with people around them.

Having fun. Christmas Craft Party at St Paul's Camberley

If you’re older (aged 9-11), then don’t miss out on the fun. St Paul’s are hosting a Snow Ball on Friday 21 December. See Children’s Christmas Events – At a Glance for details.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Children’s Christmas Events – At a Glance

Christmas is a special time for children, and we want to do our part to make this Christmas an unforgettable time for all our young people. Here’s a handy guide to our Christmas services and events ideal for children (taken from our complete guide).

Friday 14 December

7.30pm Sandhurst Silver Band Christmas Concert. To book tickets contact 01276 700210.

SilverBand12

The programme will include the Yateley Manor School Children’s Choir – the ‘Manor Singers’ with their Director of Music Mr Paul Hemmings and the ‘Big Mac’s Little Band’ playing light jazz. A great festive start to Christmas.

Tickets £8.00, or £6.50 for seniors and children 15 and under go free. To book, please contact Ian McElligott on 01276 700210 or email ian.mcelligott@stpaulscamb.co.uk

 

Saturday 15 December

3pm – 5pm Christmas Craft Party (ages 5-9) – booking required

Christmas crafts If your child is aged 5-9, then this is the Christmas party for them. Crafty crafts, party games, and yummy cup cakes and drinks. To book a place, contact our Children’s Worker, Sarah Hounslow on 07789 995274 or email childrensworker@stpaulscamb.co.uk  

Friday 21 December

6.30pm – 8.00pm Snow Ball  (ages 9-11) – booking required

snow ball flyer A fabulous dress up sit down Christmas feast , followed by disco and dancing. We'll even rustle up some party games to make it extra special for the young people.  Come and have some party fun. To book a place, contact our Children’s Worker, Sarah Hounslow on 07789 995274 or email childrensworker@stpaulscamb.co.uk 

Christmas Eve

2.30pm, 4.00pm  & 5.30pm Christingles at St Paul’s

Carol Service at St Paul's CamberleyChristmas eve is a special time, especially for the younger members of the family who can barely contain their excitement.  The early evening Christmas Eve Christingle Service helps them remember the original cause for their excitement.  There will be a tableau of the crib scene, child friendly carols, candle lit christingles in a darkened church and a small farewell gift.  All ages are welcome. Come early to get a seat as this service is always very popular, even with three services to choose from!

Christmas Day Family Celebration

10am  Family Celebration

Christmas Day Celebration at St Paul's Camberley It’s Christmas morning!  A time of great excitement for many.  All the preparations are complete, the turkey is cooking and the table is laid.  Now it is time to come along to St Paul’s at 10 a.m. to join in a joyous celebration of the real meaning of Christmas.  There will be something for everyone, whatever age you are.  We will be singing traditional Christmas carols, finding out about what weird and wacky gifts people have already given and received, and also celebrating the birth of the greatest gift of all – Jesus Christ.  The theme of our celebration is “Expect the Unexpected!” 

We have a big welcome waiting for you this Christmas, and lots of festive fun at St Paul’s, Crawley Ridge, Camberley, Surrey GU15 2AD. Directions on our website.

Christmas Services & Events at St Paul’s Camberley 2012

Christmas Angel at St Paul's Camberley We’re heading for Christmas at a phenomenal speed, and before you know it, we’ll have sung carols, been to the Christingle service with the children, and had a great big celebration on Christmas day.

If you don’t usually attend St Paul’s Camberley, you might like to know more about how we do Christmas and what to expect. We’re a welcoming church, in fact “All are welcome, there are no exceptions”. You can find us on Crawley Ridge in Camberley, and we’ve done all we can to make your visit a special time. Comfy seats, red carpet, refreshments, and the Christmas story.

Here’s a handy guide for you to print out of what to expect at each of our Christmas services and events this year, along with a few other Christmas events held by Camberley Churches Together.

 

Sunday 9 December

3.00pm – A special carol service for all those who have been bereaved, held at St Michael’s church

Friday 14 December

7.30pm Sandhurst Silver Band Christmas Concert. To book tickets contact 01276 700210.

Sandhurst Silver Band Christmas Concert at St Paul's Camberley 

The programme will include the Yateley Manor School Children’s Choir – the ‘Manor Singers’ with their Director of Music Mr Paul Hemmings and the ‘Big Mac’s Little Band’ playing light jazz. A great festive start to Christmas.

Tickets £8.00, or £6.50 for seniors and children 15 and under go free. To book, please contact Ian McElligott on 01276 700210 or email ian.mcelligott@stpaulscamb.co.uk

 

Saturday 15 December

3pm – 5pm Christmas Craft Party (ages 5-9) – booking required

Christmas crafts at St Paul's Camberley

If your child is aged 5-9, then this is the Christmas party for them. Crafty crafts, party games, and yummy cup cakes and drinks. To book a place, contact our Children’s Worker, Sarah Hounslow on 07789 995274 or email childrensworker@stpaulscamb.co.uk

 

Sunday 16 December

6.00pm Carols by Candlelight

Carol Service at St Paul's Camberley A service based around carols and bible readings of the birth of Jesus Christ.  In a beautiful candle lit church, the retelling of the Christmas story through bible reading, carols and music of a variety of styles blends both the traditional and the modern.  This is a time for thought and reflection on the richness of what we experience. Stay on afterwards for mulled wine and  light refreshments. This service is intended more for adults and older children. 

 

Thursday 20 December

7.00pm Open Air Carol Concert in Park Street

Camberley Charles Church band and Surrey Heath Choral Society arranged with Camberley Collective

 

Friday 21 December

6.30pm – 8.00pm Snow Ball  (ages 9-11) – booking requiredSt Paul's Snow Ball in CamberleyA fabulous dress up sit down Christmas feast , followed by disco and dancing. We'll even rustle up some party games to make it extra special for the young people.  Come and have some party fun. To book a place, contact our Children’s Worker, Sarah Hounslow on 07789 995274 or email childrensworker@stpaulscamb.co.uk

 

Saturday 22 December

10.30am Carol Singing in Park Street

 

Christmas Eve

10.30am Carol Singing in the Mall (Park Street)

2.30pm, 4.00pm  & 5.30pm Christingles at St Paul’s (great for children)

Christingles at St Paul's Camberley Christmas eve is a special time, especially for the younger members of the family who can barely contain their excitement.  The early evening Christmas Eve Christingle Service helps them remember the original cause for their excitement.  There will be a tableau of the crib scene, child friendly carols, candle lit christingles in a darkened church and a small farewell gift.  All ages are welcome. Come early to get a seat as this service is always very popular, even with three services to choose from!

11.00pm Midnight Holy Communion

Christmas Day Family Celebration

10am  Family Celebration  (great for children)

Christmas Day Celebration at St Paul's Camberley It’s Christmas morning!  A time of great excitement for many.  All the preparations are complete, the turkey is cooking and the table is laid.  Now it is time to come along to St Paul’s at 10 a.m. to join in a joyous celebration of the real meaning of Christmas.  There will be something for everyone, whatever age you are.  We will be singing traditional Christmas carols, finding out about what weird and wacky gifts people have already given and received, and also celebrating the birth of the greatest gift of all – Jesus Christ.  The theme of our celebration is “Expect the Unexpected!” 

We look forwards to welcoming you to join in our festive fun at St Paul’s, Crawley Ridge, Camberley, Surrey GU15 2AD. Directions on our website.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Church says Tweet at Christmas

Delighted to see the following press release from the Church of England encouraging everyone to tweet in church this Christmas. Don’t forget to use that hashtag #ChristmasStartsWithChrist !

“The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams (@lambethpalace), the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu (@johnsentamu) and Archbishop Designate Justin Welby (@bishopofdurham) will have their Christmas Day sermons tweeted for the first time ever this year. They will be joined by congregations and clergy from across the Church of England (@c_of_e) in a Christmas Tweet campaign on #ChristmasStartsWithChrist.

St Paul's Camberley  at ChristmasOn Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, congregations and clergy in the 12,000 parishes of the Church of England are being encouraged to get out their smartphones and livetweet the joy and meaning of Christmas to the 10 million  people who make up the UK's 'Twitterati'.

"This is a brilliant opportunity for parishes to take the good news of the first Christmas out of churches and into people's lives and homes," says the Revd Arun Arora (@RevArun), Director of Communications at the Archbishops' Council. "It is the first time that the joy and excitement of Christmas will have been broadcast widely on Twitter. There are large numbers of social media enthusiasts to be found in pews and pulpits across the country. This is an invitation for them to join together to celebrate the joy of the Christ Child coming into the world, taking the real meaning of Christmas to a new digital audience. Churches from all denominations will be invited to broadcast their services via twitter."

A Twitter spokesperson said: "Twitter brings you closer to the things you are passionate about - and for millions of people across the globe that is faith."

"It is fantastic to see the Church of England embracing Twitter and using it to share their Christmas message with new audiences."
The hashtag #ChristmasStartsWithChrist goes live on Christmas Eve. Tweets can be expected from carol, crib and midnight services, before carrying on into Christmas morning services at which stage the highlights of the sermons at Canterbury Cathedral, York Minster and Durham Cathedral will join the torrent of tweets.”

Friday, 7 December 2012

Special Camberley Carol Service - for people to remember those who they have loved and lost 2012

Christmas can be a sad time if you’ve been bereaved this year. The first Christmas without your loved one can feel very empty, as people rush around buying presents and families prepare to gather together. Local churches in Camberley are holding a special carol service for people to remember those who they have loved and lost. This is an opportunity to come together with others who are feeling the same as you, and to support one another. The service will be held  at St Michael’s. Memories, reflections and carols are devised to help you get through this difficult time.

St Michael's Camberley

Churches together in Camberley recognise that Christmas can be a lonely and upsetting experience for people who have lost loved ones. Every year around 100 people attend this special service, which provides spiritual support and comfort from being with others in a supportive atmosphere. The service is hosted at St Michael’s Church, London Road, Camberley GU15 3JP on Sunday 9th December at 3pm.  A very warm and understanding welcome awaits, so don’t feel alone, please come along, and take part in this special service this Christmas time.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Christmas Services 2012

We would love you to join us at one of our main services this Christmas. Here is our flyer for starters, but watch out for more info on the blog of other events this Christmas.

StPaulsCamberleyChristmasFlyer

Sunday, 2 December 2012

The Stig in Camberley – Formula Fantastic

The Stig at St Paul's Camberley

Motorsport Legend - ‘The Stig’ with the children at the St Paul’s RC Challenge

St Paul's RC Challenge with The Stig

This regular event to give Dads some playtime with their children, and mum a break, is usually known as “Who Let The Dads Out”, but on this occasion, it could be renamed to “Who Let The Stig Out!”. He managed to escape Clarkson and the lads from BBC Top Gear, and take part in the St Paul’s Radio Controlled Car Challenge on Saturday 1 December. There were even a couple of monster trucks thrown in for good measure. Looks like 14 children and their dads, uncles and grandads had a formula fantastic time with Sarah, the children’s worker at St Paul’s who arranged it. Sarah said: “It was lovely to see the smiles on the children’s faces, but one face we didn’t see was The Stig. He still managed a bacon butty though, through his helmet”.

Motorsport anthems blasted out as the cars raced around the cleverly devised circuit. In the pits, yummy bacon butties and drink were served up for those needed refuelling. The icing on the cake was The Stig presenting the prizes and allowing us to do a photocall with him, before he sped off into the distance. He had to get back to HQ before the Top Gear boys missed him.