News and Events
Annual Review 2020
The Annual Review of the most unusal 2020 has been produced. It highlights the activites of St Andrew's during this pandemic. Many thanks to the team who have created the review.
It is downloadable here:
Outward Giving at St Andrew's
We are all blessed to be a blessing and are delighted that we are able to support a number of charities in these challenging times. Here is a report about our Outward Giving during 2020
Our charitable donations
At St Andrew’s it is our practice to tithe the voluntary income we receive, that is we give to charities in and around Cobham and across the world 10% of all the contributions which we receive from you and from others.
In 2020 we gave away a total of £14,815, The charities to which we made contributions were:
£2,500 Christians Against Poverty (Mole Valley branch)
£2,500 Garden Route Children’s Trust
£2,500 Operation Mobilisation – Nepal
£1,000 A Rocha
£500 St Andrew’s School
£500 Leatherhead Youth Project
£500 Medecins sans Frontieres
£500 Support at Christmas for lonely and bereaved people (in the place of the Christmas lunch we ordinarily hold)
If you have any suggestions for charities which we might support in 2021, please get in touch with Cathy Whitnall via the Parish Office.
Creation Care for St Andrew’s
You will remember that a few months ago St Andrew’s was awarded a silver Eco Church award in recognition of the work we are doing in protecting the environment. Whilst this award was specifically for the Church it does reflect the support of the congregation and the clergy in helping us to do this across a broad range of categories.
https://creationcare.org.uk/. However there is now an opportunity for us as individuals to test how we are doing in our day to day lives to care for God’s creation. This is not and initiative that has come from A Rocha (albeit they support it) but instead by a team from St Pauls in Dorking, led by Annabelle South. This is called Creation Care and can be accessed on line at https://creationcare.org.uk/. This works in exactly the same way as the Eco Church award in that you get a number of multiple choice questions across seven categories. Depending on your answers in each category you are awarded a score of either Bronze, Silver or Gold. It is your lowest score in any category that dictates your overall score. So even if you get 6 gold scores and one bronze score, it does mean that your overall award is only bronze. This is the challenge that St Andrew’s had with Eco Church in that we did get a number of gold scores, but struggled to get one category (Lifestyle) up to silver, which became our overall score. To better understand this we recommend that you go to the above website and click the picture of Bishop Ruth Bayangar. Your Eco Team has registered St Andrew’s interest in this on the Creation Care website. This means that any member of our church that logs into the above site can register themselves as being affiliated to St Andrew’s, which in turn we hope will assist us in improving our ‘Lifestyle’ score to take us a step closer to getting an Eco Church gold award.
Once you have watched the video (albeit this is not a requirement) you can then click on ‘Households’ in the navigation bar and enter your details and also state which church you are affiliated with from a pick list. You will then see the seven categories and you click on each of those in turn to answer the questions. If you have any difficulties please contact a member of the Eco Team who will be happy to help you.
Once on the Creation Care website it is very easy to complete the questionnaire and will probably take no longer than 30 minutes. You can update your score at any time to try and gain the next level of award. To that end we would encourage our congregation to have a go. We and your PCC see this as an excellent way to promote our church as one of the leading lights in the diocese on environmental matters.
Join us online - Live Streaming of Services on YouTube
Our services are being streamed on YouTube. No account needed (unless you want to contribute to the comments, any Google or Gmail account will do the job).
Our YouTube channel can be found here.
We recommend that you bookmark (or save as a Favourite) the St Andrew's Church page in YouTube in your browser.
Lonely? Need a chat or prayer?
Are you feeling lonely? Maybe self-isolating or simply missing your usual social activities? Wanting someone to chat to? Or worried about someone or something and would like to pray with someone about it?
Cobham Churches are working together to provide a line you can call, whether simply for a chat or for prayer.
Call 01932 910184
or you can email email@example.com
For urgent needs or prescription collection, call Community Coronavirus Care on 0800 307 7111