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Parish Magazine

The Frensham & Dockenfield Parish Magazine is printed each month and distributed to around 500 homes.  It contains details of Church services, news, up-to-date information on Village Societies and Clubs and articles by parishioners.  It is funded by subscription and advertising with all proceeds contributing to the running costs of the Parish.

The subscription fee is £1 per month or £12 per year (payable in January each year for magazines covering the 12 month period January to December).  If you live outside of the Parish you may have the Parish Magazine mailed to your home; the cost for this is a 2nd class stamp per month. To start receiving the magazine - please complete the form here
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April Letter from the Vicarage

Blessings from the Vicarage

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 

It is always so wonderful to see little lambs frolicking about in the fields around Frensham at this time of year, isn’t it? The picture on the front cover this month just shines with how young lambs symbolise spring and newness, which can give such a lift after the dark days of winter. Reflecting on the move from Winter to Spring (and thus from Christmas to Easter), I am reminded of one of my favourite Christmas carols whose lyrics are:

 

“See amid the winter’s snow, born for us on earth below:

See the tender lamb appears, promised from eternal years…”

 

The ‘tender lamb’ here of course refers to Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah, who came from the eternality of God and who would make all things new, not only by his life of service, but also by his sacrifice, death and resurrection which we celebrate through Holy Week and at Easter.

 

I wonder, did you know that the subject of lambs occurs over 100 times in the Bible? In the Old Testament, the sacrifice of a lamb at the altar was an act of worship and also a means of atoning for a person’s sin, wherein the offerer identified himself with the lamb by laying his hands upon its head, transferring their sin to it. When the lamb died, it died for the offerer’s sins, who walked away free of the burden. Needless to say, they often sinned again…

 

The topic of lamb sacrifice is also particularly associated with the Passover (Exodus chapter 12), wherein the Jews marked their doorposts with the blood of a pure, unblemished lamb, and this sign spared them from the destruction that God brought upon the first born of Egypt. Thus, God ‘passed over them’ and enabled the freedom of the Israelites from slavery.

 

In the New Testament in John’s gospel chapter 1, John the Baptist looks up and sees Jesus coming for baptism at the very start of his ministry and says, ‘Behold, the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’ If sin is anything that separates us from the love of God and of each other, whereas the ‘Old Testament lamb’ just relieved the offender of their burden of wrongdoing, the ‘New Testament Jesus’ does more by reconnecting that person to their forgiving and loving God and also with their neighbours. Later on, in the New Testament the Apostle Paul writes in his first letter to the Corinthians (Chapter 5), ‘For Christ our Passover has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.’ If the ‘Old Testament Passover lamb’ brought the Israelites out of slavery, the ‘New Testament Jesus’ does more in the fact of freeing them from slavery into God’s Eternal Life, shown by his resurrection where death is no longer something to fear but rather a blessing – an actual rising into God’s Being.

 

I’ve got to be honest with you all, I’m very grateful that being a priest nowadays does not involve the sacrifice of lambs at the altar…! But I am more grateful to God, that Jesus Christ has enabled me and everyone to be new like young lambs and to have sincere, true, loving and lasting divine and human relationships, and has also taken away the fear of death and given the joy of eternal life…

 

Happy Easter everyone!

 

With love and prayers,

Jane

Previous letters from the vicarage can be read here. Copies of our magazine 'Church Life' are here.

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Building Contractors

Crosby Building Services Ltd.

Butchers

Hand's of Rowledge:  01252 792204

 

Car Sales
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Catering
Jane Stockdale Home Cooking: email

 

Chimney Sweeps
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Chiropractic
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Cleaning Services

Dusting Dollies Cleaning Services 07824 367 182
Oven Rescue: tel. 07966 132 544

Computers and Office Assistance
Farnham IT

 

Electricians
Nash Electrical Services
DJK Electrical Contractors Ltd.

 

Estate Agents

Trueman and Grundy

 

Fencing
Martin Cashmore Fencing Ltd.
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Flooring
D & A Flooring:  tel. 01252 783 307 or 07789 511 333

Funeral Directors
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Furniture Restoration and French Polishing
C. S. Embling

Garden Services
C. R. Fry:  email or tel.  07788 650 091

Charles Jupp:  email or tel.  07557 307726

Halls
Frensham Royal British Legion:  tel. 07801 584 098
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Hairdressing
The Barber Shop in Churt:  tel. 01428 712 111
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Trusted Care Services

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Bargate Stone Cottage and Garden Cabin: email
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Landscaping
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The Sculpture Park

Locksmith
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Marquees
Four Seasons Marquees Ltd.

Nursing Homes

Pax Hill Care Home

Painters & Decorators
G. Clements & Son:  tel. 01252 717 961 or 07743 347 223
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Simon Smith:  email or 01252 794693  07793 221017

 

Pest Control
Clear Round Pest Services
Clear All Pest Control

Plant Nursery
Millais Nurseries

Plumbing
ABC Plumbing & Heating:  tel. 07732 857 231

Podiatry
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Visiting Foot Clinic: email or tel. 07548 642 558

Sculpture

Nicola Godden Sculpture

 

Soft Furnishings and Interiors
Melanie Downing

Watercress Interiors

Upholsterer and Loose Covers
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Virtual Personal Assistant

Virtually Alice: email

Washing Machines & Domestic Appliance Repairs
Appliance Expert Limited

Weddings
Four Seasons Marquees Ltd.

Window Cleaners
Prism Window Cleaning

Information for Advertisers

The fee for an advertisement on the yellow pages is £75 per year for 2023.  There is no VAT.  Advertisements should be booked and paid for by 1st November for inclusion in the following calendar year.

To place an advertisement – please contact advertising here.

A list of all our advertisers, with contact details, can be found here.

Copy Deadlines

Items for inclusion in the magazine should be sent to the editor by the 15th of the month; this is to ensure that it reaches the printer and collators in time for distribution.  Philippa Hall and Penny Garrard are Co-Editors.

Pictures for the front cover competition should be sent by the 5th of the month. The latest pictures submitted are shown above.

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