Thursday 13th May 2021 (Ascension Day)
On this day being Ascension Day (40 days after Easter) we recognise our Lord Jesus Christ ascended and now seats at the right hand of the Father:-
“…by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand – with angels, authorities and powers in submission to Him.”
(I Peter 3:21b-22)
40 days ago, we at St Andrew’s Baptist Church (for those who chose to) gathered in church on Easter Sunday (Sunday 4th April) to proclaim and worship our risen Lord Jesus Christ. We have continued to meet every Sunday thereafter, also providing a facility for people to link on Zoom and Youtube
We as a church are looking forward to a time when we can fully gather again as a church family without any restrictions placed upon us but for now, we continue to abide by Government and Baptist Union guidelines
On Sunday 2nd May 2021 our Pastor, Tom Hoyles commenced a new series on Paul’s letter to the Colossians. A couple of verses from this letter to encourage us all:-
“He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities, all things were created by Him and for Him.”
We as a church are continuing to seek God for all things He is faithful and will:-
“And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus”
In July 2017 our Pastor retired after 21 years’ service. The search for a new Pastor began! Little did we know inter-regnum would last 3½ years! We enlisted the help of the Baptist Union who provided details of people looking for a Pastorate. We met with several, some preached with a view, but none seemed quite right for St Andrews.
Co-ordinators were appointed to oversee the Church – Danny, a Deacon and Chris a Trustee. They did a great job and we were blessed with a variety of preachers, some from the Church who had never preached before! We knew God was in control.
In September 2019 Tom and Wyn Hoyles came to St Andrews. They regularly attended meetings and started getting to know Church members. In February 2020 Tom applied for the Pastorate and the appointment process began. In March covid hit with lockdowns etc and it was difficult to meet face to face. We had Zoom meetings, met in a garden and the Church car park in an effort to keep the process going.
On 7 February each member was visited at home with a voting slip. The result was a majority voted yes and Tom became our Pastor. Our journey through inter-regnum had many ups and downs but was finally over and God had brought us through!
As you will be aware, Surrey is now in Tier 4 so we will keep you advised of meetings to be held, and whether they will be in the Church or on the Internet
8th January 2021 Update
The leadership has come to the decision, that due to the high infection rate of Covid 19 in this are to stop all church services in the building. All meetigs will take place on Zoom for the time being. If there are any changes, we will let you know. Please do continue to pray for the church, village and nation.
On Sunday 7 March a Welcome Service was held for our new Pastor, Tom Hoyles. The Leadership and Steering Group were in the Church and many joined us on Zoom.
Tom’s sermon, based on Acts 2 v 42-47, was about the past, present and future of the Church. Thank God for the Bible teaching and guidance in the past; in the present we are looking forward to what God has in store for us and, the future, believe God will take us forward, both as a Church and individually. Please pray for Tom as he takes over at SABC, and for Wyn who is a great support to Tom.
We will arrange an induction service, possibly in the Summer, when Tom can be formally welcomed to the Church.
Sunday morning services will continue on Zoom only through March BUT you will be delighted to hear the Church will re-open on Sunday 4 April – Easter Sunday! This is subject to there being no change in the covid measures. To comply with social distancing etc we can accommodate approximately 45 people in the Church. Services will continue to be on Zoom.
We look forward to being able to have fellowship together in the Church.
If you wish to contact Tom, please use the number below. His day off is Friday.
A final thought – Faith tells us whatever is ahead of us – God is already there!!
We wish you all a very happy and blessed Easter when we remember Jesus died on the Cross for us, but He rose again and is our victorious Saviour!
- In the October Newsletter we asked for volunteers to fill various roles in the Church. Sadly, no one came forward so we are asking again:
Designated Person for Safeguarding
Data Barring Service verifier
Data Protection Officer
These are all very important for the running of the Church so, if you feel the Lord has called you to become more involved in the life of the Church, and you would like details of what the role involves, please contact Mary Morris.
- If you have an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccination and need transport please contact Neil Simpson and he will be happy to take you.
- If you have a special need, or would like help in any way, please contact any of the Deacons, or Lesley and the Pastoral Care Team. The Prayer Chain is still in operation.
Finally, a word of encouragement
Hebrews 12 v 1 – 2
…….let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
God bless and protect you
Danny, Chris, Bob, Sue, Neil, Gary and Mary
Short talks will continue to be put on the website, when available. Click this link.
Please continue to pray for the church and the nations. Stay in touch with one another and let your deacon know if you have any issues. You may also contact us via the Contact Page.
After many years of faithful service, our youth workers Alan and Rachel Morton have stepped down. They have now relocated to Lincolnshire and we wish them every blessing in their new home.
With the current Government restrictions, there are currently no youth activities. We will keep you posted.