"Giving God's love whilst walking together"
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1 John 4: 16 - "God is love and whoever lives in love lives in God and God in them"
In an age where diversity is the norm and where worldly systems are trying to live, communicate and progress with such speed, expectations and pressure for achievement, there can be much instability and insecurity. Everything is changing all the time and this is difficult for all to cope with, let alone flourish within. One thing, however, is constant and that is God's love. The vision of giving God's love whilst walking together is the foundation of all that we seek in the Benefice of Frensham and I believe transparency and honesty is integral for this for everyone. So, I encourage openness in listening to and learning from everyone in order to remove any barriers, to promote good relationships and nourish the community as a whole.
Historically some barriers may have been a rather 'fire and brimstone' theology that didn't enable people to know God's love, and the rigidity of worship could also have been off-putting. In past times people were also made to attend church and it wasn't always enjoyable(! ), but for many it did give a stable foundation wherein they learnt the truth of God, Father Son and Holy Spirit. In recent times historical abuses have come to light very publicly and quite rightly so, and we pray that justice can be achieved for all those affected. These and other factors may have contributed to the loss of trust and confidence of the Church and religion as a whole.
It may not be common knowledge but to give confidence and improve trust I would like all to know that the PCC of the Benefice of Frensham is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone, especially those who are vulnerable within our community. The church is an environment where all people and especially those who may be vulnerable are able to worship and explore their faith and spiritual journey in a safe way - the aim is to meet people where they're at.
We are committed to the implementation of the Diocese of Guildford Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.
Every year the PCC will review and adopt the Church of England Safeguarding Policies, displaying a copy of the signed statement in a prominent position in the churches. Please visit the Safeguarding page to read this policy. Our appointed Safeguarding Officer is Jon Savage.
I believe that the Christian journey embodies and shares the fruit of the Holy Spirit - "Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23). Therefore I give reassurance that these things are central to our church mission along with:
- pastoral care,
- constant provision of sacred spaces within the historical church buildings, not just for times of crisis but for all times,
- open-mindedness (people of all faiths and none are welcome),
- sincere engagement and listening,
- the realisation that both compromise and development are integral to communication, community engagement and growing in trust,
- and everyone and everything is precious to God and us.
We are committed to the 'Transforming Church Transforming Lives' initiative of Guildford Diocese as this encourages the church to appraise itself, give focus for the Church Development Plan and seek to improve every aspect of its faith and functioning for the service of God and people.
With love and blessings
Jane Walker, Vicar
On this website you will find information about Frensham and Dockenfield churches and all that the Benefice can offer in the form of services, support and activities for all ages. We hope you find the information you are looking for. However, we are continually trying to improve so please contact us with feedback and suggestions. We will do all we can to help.
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The Postcode for the Good Shepherd, Dockenfield is GU10 4HU
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