This week's notices


Sunday 23rd April
The Second Sunday of Easter

8:00 am Holy Communion:
President Derek Tighe
10:00 am St Martin’s @ 10, Holy Communion:
President Derek Tighe
3:00 pm St Georges Day Parade Service:
Derek Tighe
6:00 pm Taize Service:
Chris and Veronica Watts
ST MARY'S (Pixham)
10:00 am Rise and Shine:
President David Cowan
11:00 am Matins:
President Mike Stewart,
followed by APCM


Monday 24th April

8:45 am Morning Prayer in Church

Tuesday 25th April

8:45 am Morning Prayer in Church
11:00 am Holy Communion for St Mark the Evangelist
2:30 pm Women’s Fellowship, Craft Afternoon

Wednesday 26th April

8:45 am Morning Prayer in Church
11:00 am Holy Communion

Thursday 27th April

8:45 am Morning Prayer in Church

Friday 28th April

10:00 am SMURFS in the Christian Centre
12:00 noon Daily Prayer

Saturday 29th April

10:00 am Christian Centre Coffee Morning


Sunday 30th April
The Third Sunday of Easter

8:00 am Holy Communion (BCP)
10:00 am St Martin’s @ 10, Family Communion, followed by APCM
ST MARY'S (Pixham)
10:00 am No Service
11:00 am No Service



Collect - Prayer for today

Almighty Father,  
you have given your only Son to die for our sins and to rise again for our justification: grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness that we may always serve you
in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Please remember particularly in your prayers:-

Betty Scott, Alison Lanning, Sally Bailey, George Hunter, Damian Watson.

And those who have recently died:-

Eileen Lawson, Mark Alexander.


Those in our congregation who have long term concerns are named in prayer corner and are prayed for daily.


Morning Prayer is said at 8:45am in the Lady Chapel every weekday apart from Friday when Daily Prayer will be said there at 12 noon. (Wednesday 11am Holy Communion ).




For details of many more events and contact numbers please see the ‘Activities’ & ‘Who’s who’ pages of St Martin’s magazine



Thank you for your continuing generosity. This week we particularly need Cereal, Biscuits, Squash and 4-roll Toilet Roll Pack. The donation point is in the Christian Centre porch and is emptied regularly. Please ensure food items are well within date. Thank you. Foodbank volunteering:- If you would like to be part of the volunteering Foodbank team, please see Judy Peace for a chat and an application form.



At St Martin's:-

23rd April
30th April

At St Mary's:-



MUSIC AT MIDDAY (6th May from 12 noon)

Performing are the Buck Brass Trio, Trombone, Trumpet and Horn. Retiring collection in aid of The William Cole Church Music Trust.

THE ANNUAL MEETING (Sunday April 30th)

This will include lay elections for 2 Churchwardens 2017-18, 2 reps to Deanery Synod for 2017-20, 4 PCC members 2017-20 and 1 PCC member 2017-18. (All must be eligible to serve as a charity trustee.)
Individual nomination forms must be completed this year - There are some pinned by the rota at the back of church or can be obtained from from Nick Hands-Clarke.
Forms should be returned to Nick before the meeting please.
See Peter, Di or Nick for more information.


Christian Centre Grand Plant Sale! We would be so grateful if you could donate any of the following to our grand plant sale on Saturday 6th May; bottles of wine and spirits, new toiletries, sweets and chocolates for the tombola, also books, CD’s and nearer the time Cakes and Plants. All profit goes to the Christian Centre. This is more successful year on year and we want to beat last year’s profit. Please add this date to your diary!


Study notes for May-August are now in pigeonholes at the back of St. Martin’s. Please collect yours. More information from: Sally Lowe, 884467.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES (Saturday 17th June between 10am and 4pm)

CTD are organising this “Great Get Together” event at St Martin’s (Centre, Church and Churchyard).  Family fun for all.  Lunchtime Songs of Praise.
For more information please go to:


The 'Holiday at Home' scheme at the URC has been chosen by Waitrose as one of the recipients in their green token Community Matters Scheme for April. Please could you remember this if you are doing your shopping in Waitrose.

THE CHRISTIAN CENTRE (Extra Volunteers needed)

The Centre Café is run purely by volunteers which allows us to keep prices low. Would you be willing to volunteer for a few hours per week in our cafe?

We currently have the following vacancies;
Tuesday lunchtime (11:50am- 2pm)
Wednesday morning (9:50am – 12pm)
Friday lunchtime (11:50am – 2pm)
Kitchen help– washing up & cleaning (Tuesday, Thursday &/or Friday 1pm – 2pm)
No experience required as full training is given. If you are interested in the above or would like more information, pop in and speak to Janette or Clare in the Manager’s Office or call 01306 886830.


Please say “YES” to the vouchers at the till in Sainsbury’s and donate them to our Rainbows and Brownies — there is a collection box in the Christian Centre Café. The vouchers will be used to buy new equipment and supplies. Thank you very much, Bobbie and Di.


Di has circulated the rota for next quarter but it's never too late for new volunteers, especially sides persons and servers.  Please speak to one of the wardens or stewards.


(Do you love flowers? Do you love the Christian Centre?)
We would be so grateful if you could think about taking cuttings and putting in seeds for our grand plant sale on Saturday 6th May. All profits goes to the Christian Centre. This is more successful year on year and we want to beat last year’s profit. This year there will be cake, books, CDs and tombola stalls, but work needs to start on plant growing around now.


For various reasons we have lost several advertisers in the magazine. Our advertisers are very important to the magazine and we would appreciate it if you know of any business that would be benefit from an advert to get in touch with us, either to Anne Brown 884424 or any of the magazine team.
Thank you, Christine.


Your church needs you!  We really do need more help. Sidespersons would be especially welcome but other lay volunteers like servers and intercessors for our services would be appreciated - please speak to Di and Peter


Life sometimes delivers severe blows and problems that are just too much to cope with on your own. The Church and Christian Centre, are here to support you and the community of Dorking both pastorally and spiritually.  If you need somebody to talk to in complete confidence, for whatever reason, we are here to help. The Church Pastoral team has three trained and authorised Pastoral Assistants and Methodist Pastoral Visitors, all of whom are experienced and can offer understanding and prayerful support. The Christian Centre offers a drop-in Listening Service on Monday mornings in the Centre Café (10:30 – 12:00). The Chaplain is  usually available on Monday mornings plus variable other weekday mornings, but you may prefer to make an appointment to see her via The Centre Managers. One of our Monday morning Listeners is also a trained Counsellor (UPCA registered) and she can off private appointments on request for counselling.

As you may already know, once a month the Clergy and Pastoral Assistants/Visitors meet to share any concerns within the Church Family. If there is someone you are concerned about that you feel we should be aware of, please speak to one of the Pastoral Assistants or Pastoral Visitors. Meanwhile your prayerful support for this essential aspect of church life would be appreciated.


From time to time, particularly around major festivals, the church office has long production runs of booklets etc. The church printer/copier produces/collates the pages easily but the folding and stapling is time-consuming and much better done shared among a small team. Would you be happy to have your name/phone number on a list Vicki and Christine can call on at short notice to help out? If so, please let them know. It would be very occasional; the idea is that it won’t just be the same couple of names every time!


Teachers and support staff volunteers are desperately needed NOW to work at a school for refugee children in Greece.  Armando Aid ( is a small, UK registered charity which in July opened a school at a refugee camp 30 miles north of Athens. The school has around 100 children whose families have fled from Afghanistan.  The school is totally dependent on volunteers to teach and provide support - and from November there is a major problem, there are not enough teachers. Please contact Pam Kirkland:


Our new (NRSV) Pew Bibles were purchased with a generous bequest from the late Eleanor Wopling. Eleanor was a faithful member of St Martin’s for many years and was particularly involved in the role of promoting the Bible Reading Fellowship – the role now taken by Sally Lowe who is always delighted to sign up new customers for eg. their New Daylight series. Our weekly news sheet will henceforth include the page reference in the new bibles for the two readings.

WWW (Wednesday Wool and Waffle)

 Have you ever fancied learning to knit or crochet? What about honing your skills? On Wednesday mornings from 10am Debbie will be sitting in the Christian Centre cafe ready to chat and to teach or just have company while others join her with wool and needles. The first project is to make squares for blankets for  Dorking hospital but progression to more demanding creations is definitely envisaged. Do come and join in


Keep in touch with Churches Together in Dorking. On Facebook we have a group called CTDorking and a page called Dorking Area Foodbank. For our youth work, go to There is also a facebook group arising from a Westcott initiative and called Churches Together Dorking 20s and 30s, but this is not an official CTD activity, at least not yet. The Foodbank can also be found on the net at

GIVING TOKENS (St Martin's Pledged Giving Tokens)

A recent visitor to St Martin's asked why so few of the congregation put any offering in the collection bag. Those giving by standing order can feel very embarrassed as the bag goes by. The PCC decided to adopt a system of Tokens used by a much-visited church in Shaftesbury. Parishioners who give by standing order or periodic envelopes can pick up a token as they come into church and put it in the bag when the collection is taken.


If you have a requirement for large print service booklets, or Weekly News Sheets, can you please make a warden, steward or Pastoral Assistant aware and they will arrange this with the church office.


If you or someone you know, would like a lift to a service or event at church, please do contact one of the Pastoral Assistants or Methodist Stewards. Their telephone numbers are in the church magazine or ring Sue on 740954 or Judy on 883002.


MASH was started over 4 years ago. It stands for men alone self-help group. We are a group of men who have recently been bereaved or were bereaved some time ago.  We meet on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 4pm in the upstairs room at Burgunday and Black, a café in St Martin’s Walk, Dorking, RH4 1UT. There is no set agenda for our meetings. We just chat to share eperiences. The meeting is open to any bereaved man regardless of his background, beliefs or current position.  If you know anyone who feels they would like to come along then they could do just that or they may prefer to make contact with a member of the group first either by e- mail: or  by phoning Tom on 01306 883961.


Beatitudes Dorking’s children’s charity shop and drop in centre in St Martin’s Walk, is now so successful that it needs more volunteers to help sort and display the donated clothes and equipment, serve in the shop and chat to the families and children who come in. Do you have a few hours a week to spare? For more information speak to CTD rep Diana Burges 881291 or contact Beatitudes organiser Rosemary Porter on 07941290563


Please encourage groups and charities you know of to take up the opportunity of running a Saturday coffee morning at the Christian Centre - or even put one on yourself? It's a great opportunity to invite the community in, perhaps do a little fundraising, and make the most of our beautiful cafe. Speak to Janette or Christine if you can offer any dates. 01306 886830


If you would like to be included in the circulation, please send a brief email with the title “e- WNS sign up” to Vicki at She will add you to the circulation group to send you the WNS in pdf format at the end of each week.


Notices for Weekly News Sheet to Vicki Judd in the Church Office by noon on Wednesday for inclusion the net Sunday, preferably by email to, or by telephone to 01306 884229.
The Christian Centre manager’s office will be open every weekday from 9:30 am-12:00 noon.