This week's notices


Sunday 26th February
The Sunday next before Lent

8:00 am Holy Communion:
President Derek Tighe
10:00 am St Martin’s @ 10 Holy Communion:
President Derek Tighe
ST MARY'S (Pixham)
10:00 am Songs of Praise
Followed by bring-and-share lunch:
President David Cowan
11:00 am Matins:
Terry Ellis


Monday 27th February

8:45 am Morning Prayer in Church

Tuesday 28th February (Shrove Tuesday)

8:45 am Morning Prayer in Church
2:30 pm Women’s Fellowship, Craft Afternoon

Ash Wednesday 1st March

8:45 am Morning Prayer in Church
11:00 am Holy Communion with Ashing
8:00 pm Benefice Sung Eucharist with Ashing

Thursday 2nd March

8:45 am Morning Prayer in Church

Friday 3rd March

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

Saturday 4th March

10:00 am Christian Centre Coffee Morning
12:00 noon
Music at Midday,
Alice Bishop soprano accompanied by
Simon Marow, piano


Sunday 5th March
The First Sunday of Lent

8:00 am Holy Communion (BCP)
10:00 am St Martin’s @ 10 Family Service
ST MARY'S (Pixham)
10:30 am Holy Communion
11:00 am Matins



Collect - Prayer for today

Almighty Father,
whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross: give us grace to perceive his glory, that we may be strengthened to suffer with him and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; 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:-

Geoffrey Quantrell, Alison Lanning, Sally Bailey, Des Whiting, Betty Smith, Mark Alexander, George Hunter and Damian Watson.

And those who have recently died.


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 


The March edition of St Martin’s Magazine is available at the back of church.

ANGLICAN ELECTORAL ROLL (St Martin’s and St Mary’s Pixham)

The annual revision of the electoral roll will take place in early April. Anyone who was included on the 2016 roll will automatically be included in the revised roll, so do not need to reapply. New members who wish to enrol should complete one of the application forms that can be found at the back of church (St Martin’s and St Mary’s). To qualify for membership you need to have been baptised, be aged 16 or over, and either live within the parish or have habitually worshipped at St Martin’s or St Mary’s over the last six months. Please return completed applications by Tuesday 4 April to Elizabeth Dobson (9 Rothes Road, Dorking RH4 1LF, or via the St Martin’s pigeonholes), or to the Church Office. The new roll will come into operation on 10 April 2015.
Elizabeth Dobson, Electoral Roll Officer

(There are three interesting courses to choose from, running at different days and times)

RETURNING HOME (Christian Faith in encounter with other Faiths) Dorking Christian Centre at 7pm on Wednesdays
8th March until 12th April with Revd Derek Tighe. 5 Tutts Close, Dorking at 1:30pm on Mondays
6th March until 10th April with Diana Burges (01306 881291 AT THE CROSS. Dorking Christian Centre at 10:30am on Thursdays
9th March until 13th April with Rowan Nunnerley, Centre Chaplain (01306 886830).

SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY COURSE (Introduction to Theology)

St Paul’s Church at 7:45pm on Thursdays 2nd March until 13th April with Revd Ruth Bushyager.
Cost £10. or 01306 743378.

MUSIC AT MIDAY (Saturday 4th March From 12 noon until 12:40pm)

Alice Bishop – Soprano Accompanied by
Simon Marlow – piano
Retiring collection in aid of the William Cole Music Trust. Coffee and lunch available in the Christian Centre



Thank you for your continuing generosity. This week we particularly need Snack Bars, Twin-pack Sponge Pudding, Long-life Fruit Juice, Deodorant—male and female. 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:-

26th February
12th March
26th March
2nd April

At St Mary's:-

9th April
Do also come to the coffee morning on Saturday 25 February in the Christian Centre to see the latest range of craft goods.



Copies of the March edition of the Methodist Circuit Newsletter are available at the back of church.


Those who remember Joan Baker will like to know that a book of her poetry, published by her daughter, is to be launched at Dorking Library on 18th March, 2-4pm, in aid of the Parkinsons Society.  Please support if you can.


(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.

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR (Required as soon as possible)

A part-time church administrator post (8 hours per week on 2 mornings) to job share with Vicki who now works the other three mornings. As well as having strong interpersonal and organisational skills and familiarity with usual office IT applications, you will need to work flexibly and in close coordination.  For further information please contact Vicki Judd on 01306 884229 or email


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.


The national Methodist Church has been producing, for free distribution, an occasional magazine called "Connexion".  Issue 7 for the New Year and Spring is now available. Copies are in the racks at the back of church. Please take one.


It is not too late to volunteer. 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.


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 Caroline 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:


On this Bible Sunday it is particularly appropriate that our service will include a blessing and first use of the new Pew Bibles 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.

YOUR CHURCH NEEDS YOU! (Sidespersons etc)

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 see lists on the noticeboard by font.
Di and Peter

A Service takes many forms – folders and staplers! 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 can call on at short notice to help out? If so, please have a word with her. It would be very occasional; the idea is that it won’t just be the same couple of names every time!


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


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.
Churches Together in Dorking now has a twitter account @ctdorking and a facebook group unsurprisingly called CTDorking. Follow us there, see what's on, and hit us with church news. For CTD youth work go to"

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: m 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 this, please send a brief email with the title “e- WNS sign up” to Vicki at stmartinsdorkingchurchoffice@gm 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 stmartinsdorkingchurchoffice@gm, or by telephone to 01306 884229.
The Christian Centre manager’s office will be open every weekday from 9:30 am-12:00 noon.