We have a dedicated group of bell ringers who ring before each main service and at weddings and on other special occasions. New members are always welcome.
Practice nights are Tuesday 7.30 – 9.00.
Visitors are always welcome.
Further information from the Ringing Master:
Peter Bound Contact 07779 757184
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Choir And Music
The Choir presently numbers 15 and is made up of very dedicated and active members. One of the great things about the Choir is the sheer range of musical styles with which it can cope – from the earliest forms of church music, through anthems by Byrd, Purcell, or Bach, the great anthems of the English cathedral tradition, all the way through to modern worship songs which are often specially arranged in four part harmony. Any one service may contain music from a variety of styles and periods, the guiding principle always being that the music must reflect the theme and mood of the service. Some of the music we use has been written or arranged “in house”, including the three different settings for the Eucharist composed by David Fuge..
While our traditional music is normally accompanied by the organ, our Music Group provides the backing for more contemporary music. The core of the Group is piano, bass guitar, saxophone, acoustic guitar, drums and/or percussion, and we are occasionally joined by other instruments – if you play an instrument, get in touch! Another guitarist would be good.
One of the highlights of the Choir’s year is the annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols by candlelight, which takes place at 6.30pm on the Sunday before Christmas. The music for this service includes traditional and more recently composed carols sung by the Choir, as well as familiar congregational carols in which all can join.
Every Good Friday at 7.30pm, the Choir take part in a “Devotional Performance” of a major choral work, sometimes accompanied by a small orchestra, or we hold a service of music and readings based on the Passion story. Works performed in the past include Handel’s Messiah, Requiems by Mozart, Fauré, Duruflé and Rutter, Crucifixion by Stainer, and both Pergolesi’s and Karl Jenkins’ settings of Stabat Mater
The Choir meets to rehearse between 8pm and 9.30pm on most Friday evenings. There are no practices during August.
St. Andrew’s Choir and Music Group are always looking for new members and anyone interested in joining is invited to email the parish office or speak to David Fuge after a service.
Spiritual Cinema is an exciting initiative which provides the opportunity to come and see a good film, but with a spiritual twist. Selected films have messages that invite thought and discussion from a moral, philosophical, religious or spiritual angle and they are chosen on the basis that many films can, like a good sermon, reveal gospel truths to us.
Screenings take place in the main hall in Churchgate House, which is set up like a small cinema. We have professional equipment so quality of vision and sound is assured, resulting in an experience which is just like going to the cinema, but on a smaller scale. After the showing people enjoy refreshments followed by an informal discussion, often in small groups.
Please note that due to advertising licensing we are unable to advertise individual films by name.
Please contact the Parish Office on 01932 867883 for details or pick up a leaflet from the office or church.
The Cobham branch of the Mothers’ Union meets at Church Gate House Centre on the last Thursday of the month at 2.00pm. Our meeting starts with a short service taken by one of the clergy after which we have notices followed by an invited speaker. Tea is then served. Our Corporate Communion is held on the Friday morning following the monthly meeting at 10.30am in the church. Coffee is available after the service.
Mothers’ Union is an international Christian charity that seeks to support families worldwide.
In 81 countries, our members share one heartfelt vision – to bring about a world where God’s love is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships. This is not a vague hope, but a goal we actively pursue through prayer, programmes, policy work and community relationships. By supporting marriage and family life, especially through times of adversity, we tackle the most urgent needs, challenging relationships and communities.
Our members are not all mothers, or even all women. Single, married, parents, grandparents, or young adults just beginning to express their social conscience. For all four million members, what Mothers’ Union provides is a network through which they can serve Christ in their own community – through prayer, financial support and actively working at the grassroots level in programmes that meet local needs. We lobby local and national governments on issues affecting family life and campaign to challenge legislation that neglects the vulnerable and marginalised. We are also represented at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
To find out more visit the Mothers’ Union website www.themothersunion.org where we hope you find plenty to inform and encourage to support Mothers’ Union.
If you are interested in joining the Cobham Branch, please contact Jenny Vickers via the Parish Office