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Interregnum for St Johns

After fifteen years as our vicar, the Rev Dr Lisa Cornwell has accepted a Ministry Training post with the Guildford Diocese. We wish her well in her new ministry.

St Johns is now in an interregnum. This means that many things which the vicar used to do will need to be done by others. If you need to contact us, please email the Church Office or call 01344 773808. 

Our Licenced Lay Ministers will share the task of providing a weekly column. 


Ministry Team column

This coming Sunday is Christ the King Sunday, and here at St John’s we will celebrate the Missions we support, who are all truly grateful for the support they receive from us. At our service we will hear from Anita Weare, a representative from the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, a wonderful local service fulfilling a great need. There will be a retiring collection for Alexander Devine using the trusty (not rusty) bucket and you are also able to donate via Kindlink – please see above. There will also be a display about the Hospice and the services it provides in the hall after the service, along with a video presentation from the Missions team and cakes!!

This Sunday is also known as Stir Up Sunday which always takes place on the last Sunday before the season of Advent gets underway; the dating of Advent varies from year, meaning it can fall anytime between November 20th and 26th. It is a festive tradition associated with the Victorian era; on Stir-up Sunday, families traditionally get together in their kitchen to mix and steam Christmas pudding. Christmas puddings are made so far in advance of Christmas Day to give them time to mature, so that the alcohol really infuses the pudding. While Stir-up Sunday became popular during the Victorian period, its roots appear to go back even further than that. In Britain, meatless Christmas puddings were first introduced by George I in 1714.
The occasion is religious in origin and traditionally infused with religious significance. for example, the Christmas pudding would have 13 ingredients to represent Jesus and his disciples and the holly garnish, meanwhile, represented Jesus’ crown of thorns. Whilst making the pudding, each member of the family would stir the pudding from east to west while making a wish. 

Stir-up Sunday is an informal term in Anglican churches and gets its name from the beginning of the collect for the day in the Book of Common Prayer

Stir up, O lord the wills of your faithful people;
That they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works,
May by you be plenteously rewarded;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Carol Frost LLM