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St Matthew’s WhatsApp ‘Swap Shop’

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Do you have something that you no longer need?

Instead of taking it to the dump why not give it away to someone else? Join the St Matthew’s WhatsApp “Swap Shop” group and see if someone else can use your item. To join the group, use the camera in WhatsApp to scan the QR code in church and get ready to Reduce – reuse – recycle.

New Vicar of St Matthew’s Announced

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Bishop’s Announcement

We are pleased to announce today, Sunday 24 July 2022 that, The Reverend Anna Moore, presently Rector at Betchworth & Buckland United Benefice, also in the Diocese of Southwark, and also, Anglican Chaplain at St Bede’s School, Redhill, has been appointed Vicar at Redhill, St Matthew, subject to completion of the necessary procedures. Further details, including the date of the Licensing service, will follow in due course.

Confirmation Classes

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We are planning to start Confirmation Classes in September. These will be open to anyone interested in becoming confirmed or anyone wishing to explore their Christian Faith. Please speak to any member of the staff team to put your name down.

Ukraine Donation Station now in Belfry

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Any Donations for Ukraine, including batteries, can now be left in Unit 42 on the upper floor of the
Belfry Centre. The link below will give a list of which donations are needed.

Full Details

Organist & Director of Music job available

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St Matthew’s Church Redhill, Surrey are seeking a Director of Music to play the organ during Sunday morning Eucharists and monthly evensong, and train and develop the choir in their liberal catholic tradition.

We are keen to expand the range of traditional and contemporary music and seek someone who will nurture that ambition.

We have an excellent Hunter organ, built 1902 and recently refurbished, in good working condition.

Salary is £6000 per year plus bonuses for weddings and funerals

Closing date is 31 July, but we may appoint before then if the right candidate comes along.

For further details or enquiries, please contact Julia Elfred

parishadmin@stmatthews-redhill.org.uk

A message from Fr Andrew and Alison

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Words cannot adequately express our gratitude to everyone at St Matthew’s for your love, care and support of us over the past fifteen years. This has been our experience in all sorts of ways and exemplified again in the great send off you gave us on our final Sunday with you.

The beautiful icon has pride of place in my new study and we were overwhelmed by the generosity of the cheque you presented to us and the comments on the giant card.

Our thanks too to all those who were able to come to the licensing at All Saints last Thursday. It was great to see so many familiar faces in the congregation and to have you share in the service with everyone else.

Thank you everyone. May you go from strength to strength in the time to come.

With all our love

Andrew & Alison

Prayer during the vacancy

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Heavenly Father, in Christ You call each of us to be His body in this place.
You enable each one of us to discern and celebrate our own individual gifts, and in our baptism, commission us to fulfil our own particular ministry.
In this time of change and uncertainty, keep us true to our calling.
Guide all decision makers so that the right person may be appointed, to lead us by example, in loving obedience to your Son our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

What happens next as St Matthew’s enters a vacancy

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Having bad farewell to Fr Andrew and Alison at the beginning of April, our eyes now turn towards the future.

We are not legally allowed to advertise the vacancy until Fr Andrew is licensed in his new parish. This may seem rather strange, but in law he owns the Vicarage until such time as he ceases to be Vicar, i.e. up until the moment he is licensed. It’s a little bit like the difference between exchanging contracts and completion when purchasing a house.

However, we have not been idle over these last few months and we have everything in place ready to leap into action on 22nd April, the day after the licensing. This means that we have managed to get dates into the Archdeacon’s very full diary and this has gained us a huge advantage.

So, the timeline looks like this:

Early May
The advert is placed in the Church Times and various clergy online platforms.

Mid June
A shortlist of three candidates is drawn up.

Mid July
Interviews take place.

If we find a suitable candidate, the appointment can be announced by the end of July with the new Vicar potentially starting by the middle of October.

If none of the candidates are suitable, then the process repeats with interviews being held in September with the new Vicar potentially starting after Christmas.

However, in the meantime, the responsibility for Pastoral Care rests on all of us. Please do reach out to anyone on the staff team if you have any pastoral needs, or if you know of anyone who needs support. Better still, as well as notifying the staff team if you notice someone in need, why not call them yourself? Ask if they are OK, if they need anything. Together, we are the body of Christ in Redhill and together we can support each other and use this time of vacancy as an opportunity for growth in our community.

Finally, remember to pray! Pray for the staff team who are covering all the services, pray for those who are taking on extra responsibilities, pray for our church and community, and pray that the Holy Spirit is busy at work in the heart of our next Vicar.

Julia & Chris
Churchwardens

A sad farewell to Fr Andrew

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On Sunday 3 April, we said a sad farewell to Andrew and Alison Cunnington and thanked them for an amazing 15 years of service to our community. We presented Alison with a bouquet of flowers, gave Andrew an icon of “Jesus the friend” and presented them with a cheque towards something for their new home, or a holiday (or both!).

We wish them God speed in their new parish and send them on their way with our loving thanks.

Join Street Pastors for Relaunch

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Street Pastors are relaunching with a meeting to inform and encourage anyone who may be interested in joining the team. The meeting will take place on Saturday 7 May 2022 from 9:30am to 11am at Reigate Baptist Church. There will be an overview of what Street Pastors and Prayer Pastors do, together with some experiences from those currently involved. There will also be opportunities to ask questions and talk with members of the current teams.

Street Pastors has been operational in our area for over 12 years, but have been unable to operate fully for an extended period due to the pandemic.