This week's notices


Sunday 17th December
The Third Sunday of Advent

8:00 am Holy Communion
President: Derek Tighe
10:00 am St Martin’s @ 10 Holy Communion
President: Derek Tighe and a Methodist minister
6:00 pm Nine Lessons and Carols.
A traditional candlelit service of music and readings.
President: Derek Tighe
ST MARY'S (Pixham)
10:30 am Pixham Praise with Holy Communion
President: David Cowan
11:00 am Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
President: Mike Stewart
Followed by mulled wine and mince pies.


Monday 18th December

8:45 am Morning Prayer in Church

Tuesday 19th December

8:45 am Morning Prayer in Church
2:30 pm Women’s Fellowship, Christmas Afternoon.
7:30 pm Julian Meeting

Wednesday 20th December

8:45 am Morning Prayer in Church
11:00 am Holy Communion
12:15 pm Christmas Lunch in the Christian Centre

Thursday 21st December

8:45 am Morning Prayer in Church

Friday 22nd December

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


Saturday 23rd December

10:00 am Coffee Morning
4:00 pm Christingle Service and Nativity Play


Sunday 24th December
Christmas Eve

8:00 am No Service
10:00 am St Martin’s @ 10, Holy Communion
4:00 pm Family Carols and Crib service.
Young and old are encouraged to dress as a character from the story of Jesus’s birth.
11:00 pm Carols around the tree. Followed by.....
11:30 pm Midnight Communion
ST MARY'S (Pixham)
5:30 pm Family Carols and Crib Service
11:00 am No Service
11:30 pm Midnight Communion


Monday 25th December
Christmas Day

8:00 am Holy Communion (BCP)
10:00 am Christmas Family Communion
11:00 am Christmas Day in the Christian Centre
ST MARY'S (Pixham)
10:00 am Holy Communion for Christmas Day
10:00 am Holy Communion for Christmas Day



Collect - Prayer for today

O Lord Jesus Christ,
who at your first coming sent your messenger to prepare your way before you: grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready your way by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at your second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in your sight; for you are alive and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Please remember particularly in your prayers:-

Simon Forshaw, George Swallow, Betty Scott, Simon Parker, and Simon Tighe.

Thank you for all your prayers for Michael Young, who has made a good recovery.

And those who have recently died:-

Philip Reardon.


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 Pasta Sauce, Twin-Pack Sponge Pudding, Long-Life Fruit Juice and Shampoo. We are really grateful to all our regular church donors for their ongoing support which enables us to help many needy people every week. Please ensure food items are well within date. A reminder that there are permanent donation points in Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose and the Christian Centre entrance lobby.



At St Martin's:-


At St Mary's:-

17 December



BRF study notes for January-April 2018 are now in pigeonholes at the back of St. Martin’s. Sally Lowe – 884467.

SEND (Prison at Christmas)

This year Send prison are very short of toys/gifts to be given to the children who have a mother in prison at Christmas time. If you would like to donate any this Christmas please bring them to a Pixham church service, leave them in the Christian Centre or contact Anne Brown on 01306 884424 who will gladly collect them.  If you are unsure what to donate there is always a shortage for teenagers and particularly boys.  Suggestion are gift sets of ‘smellies’, vouchers eg Boots for hair products, sprays etc and music vouchers.


The new Prayer Diary for 2017/2018 is now available.  Please take your copy from the back of church and use it in your daily prayers at home.  Thank you, Veronica.


The Methodist Circuit Preaching Plan for January to March 2018 is now available at the back of church.


Dorking Hospital Carol Service is on Wednesday 20th December at 2:30pm, rehearsal starts at 1:45pm. Singers are invited from all local churches to sing at the Hospital Carol Service in Ranmore Ward. There will be a practice in the Hospital Chapel at 1.45pm.  If you are able to help please contact Helena Twentyman (01306 882457 or, and bring green and orange Carols for Choirs books if you have them. Many thanks.


Christianity Explored Course starts as a Saturday morning breakfast group on Saturday 20th January 2018 (8:30-10am).

CHRISTMAS DAY PARTY (At the Christian Centre)

There are still vacancies for attending the Christmas Lunch. If you know someone who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day, please speak to the centre managers or Rowan to book a place. There will be a traditional Christmas lunch served followed by an afternoon of light entertainment and a gift for each guest. Also, if you are able to donate Christmas food or gifts (Chocolates, boxes of biscuits, boxed handkerchiefs, small toiletry gift sets etc.)  please see Janette and Clare in the Centre Managers office.
Thank you for your support.


The next Music at Midday is on Saturday 6th January 2018. Oliver and Samuel Hancock are performing pieces from Flanders and Swann repertoire.


Copies of the December issue of the Circuit Newsletter are at the back of church. Find out what is happening around Dorking and Horsham Circuit.


St Martin’s Parish Magazine is now available at the back of church.


On the 21st of January 2018, St. Martin's is launching a brand new Sunday afternoon family-friendly cafe-styled church service at 4pm. In 2018, every 3rd Sunday of the month, after football or rugby, family visits or family walks, a park run or a lie in, come to St. Martin's Church at 4pm for games and crafts, community, refreshments, and worship. All are welcome and we look forward to meeting you there!


Join The Revd. Haydon Wilcox on his Christian Tour of Ireland on 20th - 30th September 2018. For more details email: or Tel. 01252 621639.


We have recently contacted all local residents in Church Street reminding them that the church car park is not for public use. Though we don’t think this is a major issue, we would in return ask church and centre users not to park in front of the flats or, in the evenings, in Church Street. St Martin’s walk car park should be used.  And finally, the church car park is for permit holders only (who must display the permit) while on church business, activity leaders needing to unload equipment, and pick up/drop off. There are far too many occasions when people who should be using the public car parks (free from 6pm-8am and all day Sunday) are parked here.

CARDS FOR GOOD CAUSES(In church Monday to Saturday)

The Christmas Shop is open in church Monday to Saturday 10-4pm. Come early to avoid the Christmas rush. Wide selection of Charity Christmas Cards supporting 25 Charities. Great selection of wrapping paper, gift bags, advent calendars, and Christmas bits and bobs!


Please collect only milk bottle tops, (blue, green and red) with the number 2 in the recycling triangle. For more information contact Veronica 640775 Thank you.


The Dorking Community Fridge is now open. It is situated in the Christian Centre Café next to the servery. The aim is to reduce food waste and we have teamed up with Waitrose and other local businesses to stock the shelves with day-old bread and cakes, fruit and veg. If you have a glut of courgettes or apples and so on, please bring them along! Take what you want; leave what you can!
A reminder that there are permanent donation points in Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose and the Christian Centre entrance lobby. Please ensure food items are well within date.

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? No experience required as full training is given. If you are interested and would like more information, pop in and speak to Janette or Clare or call 01306 886830


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!


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.


News and Notices for the Weekly News Sheet are to be forwarded to the church office by the close of business on Wednesday for inclusion the next 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.