Fifth Sunday of Lent, Sunday 26th March 2023, 10.30am

Morning Worship
Led by the Revd Lucy Brierley

Reasons to Believe
Telling our story confidently

This Service, broadcast live from the Church can be found via the Church’s website – our YouTube Channel  or via our Facebook page. There is an archive of service recordings,   including this one, on our website which can be viewed at home.  If you would like some help to access any of them please email –  or telephone us on 01483 763078.  If you would like a recording of this Service, and any other, they are available in various formats by request. Please contact the Church Office.


The Church is fitted with a loop system.  The words of hymns and songs, and Bible readings etc are displayed on the screen. Bibles and hymn books in standard and large print are also available from the Welcomers.  As the Service is live streamed you (and / or your family) could be on camera as efforts are made to help those watching at home to feel a part of the worshipping congregation in the Church.  If you have any concerns regarding this, please speak to an Elder or Welcomer.

Welcome and Notices

Call to worship

Hymn – O Lord my God (How great thou art) (R&S 117)
           – I will offer up my life

Prayers and The Lord’s Prayer

Family Time

Hymn – Shine, from the inside out

Children and Young People continue in groups

Bible Readings: Acts 17 v16-34 read by Bruce McLaren
                          1 Peter 3 v13-16 read by Margaret Marcham

Hymn – I want to walk with Jesus Christ (R&S 367)


Hymn – I will sing the wondrous story

Prayers for others and Offering Prayer

Hymn – We shall go out with hope of resurrection (Londonderry Air)

Blessing and The Grace


Easter greetings cards to the neighbourhood.  If you are able to help deliver around 2000 cards to the homes in the vicinity of the Church early this week, please see David Tuson / David Kember in the foyer this morning to select your road.

Heathside Car Park permits for Sunday mornings.  
Permits for the year beginning next Sunday, 2nd April are available today from the Reception Elder at the main Church door and the Welcomers in the Sanctuary.

You are invited to stay for refreshments after the Service. They will be served in the Forum and in the Sanctuary.  Please do stay, if you can, to enjoy a time to meet and talk with each other.

WaterAid Lent Appeal. 
This annual appeal will run until just after Easter.  You are invited to contribute via: The card machine in the Forum, the Church website, directly to the Church bank account (reference WaterAid) or by cheque payable to Woking URC (with WaterAid on the reverse) which can be sent to the Church office or the Church Treasurer.
The Traidcraft Stall will not be open today.  Back next Sunday.  For any urgent supplies please see Margaret Bradley

Leading Worship elsewhere.  Vivien Gerhold is at St Paul’s URC, Bracknell this morning.

If you would like to donate to the work of the Church this can be done in a variety of ways as described on the “Giving to the Church” page of the website. For one-off gifts, there is a direct link to the Dona online page from the “Give Online” button on the Home page, and the contactless device in the Forum is also available.  There is a plate at the back of the Church and an offering bag under the Dona device in the Forum for anyone wishing to make a cash donation.

Collection point for the York Road Project and Your Sanctuary every Sunday. Items which would be appreciated by the York Road Project are: Sugar sachets, coffee sachets, jars of coffee, tea; pasta, rice; squash (orange or blackcurrant), bottled or cans of water; pot noodles; fresh fruit and vegetables; individually wrapped biscuits or other snacks, individual chocolate bars, tinned goods; boxer shorts (new) – men’s small and medium.  Your Sanctuary would particularly be grateful for tea, coffee, pasta, rice, tins of beans, veg, soups etc. Also, toiletries, and new or nearly new unwanted items which may be sold on Ebay

Holiday Fun Club (children in Reception to Year 5)Easter Cracked – Monday 3rd to Wednesday 5th April.  Booking information on Church website or email – – for details.  Also see Church Magazine and posters/flyers around the Church.

Easter Eggs for Good Friday.  It is intended to give a small chocolate egg to everyone attending the Act of Worship and Witness in Jubilee Square and all Churches in the town are being asked to make an ‘egg collection’ for this purpose.  The size of egg needs to be a Cadbury’s creme egg or similar, please.  There will be a box in the Forum for your eggs from this coming Sunday

Good Friday act of witness – Help needed.  Volunteers are urgently needed to help set up early in the morning (from 7.00 am onwards) and to pack up afterwards.  Stewards to help during the event (10.15 a.m. briefing on the day) are also needed.   Please see Miriam Chapman or John Sinclair if you can help with either role.

Funeral Service for Anne Gaunt – Friday 14th April at 12 noon at Woking Crematorium.

Church Group at the New Victoria Theatre Pantomime.  A reservation has been made for Peter Pan on Thursday 28th December at 7 pm and the confirmation /pay date has been extended to 18th June.  Seats are £24.50 (full price £36.50), providing the group is 50+.  Folder for names in the Forum.

Caretaker vacancy at St Dunstan’s Primary School.   To discuss the role, and for further information about hours, salary and job specification, please contact the Premises Manager, Mrs S. Saul by email : or tel: 01483 715190.  Closing date for applications: Thursday 30th March 2023.

Easter Morning Breakfast – 9 am Sunday 9th April.  Sign-up sheet in the Forum today.


Please note that changes to the calendar will be notified during the Sunday service or via email.

TODAY3.00pm Tea@3
MONDAY7.00 pm Early morning community coffee Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade groups -Anchors and Explorers (ages 4/5 – school year 3) 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Junior Section Boys and Girls (school years 4-6) 5:30pm to 7pm
Company, Senior and Brigader Sections (school years 7-13) 7:15pm to 8:45pm (Girls finish) and 9:15pm (Boys finish)
TUESDAY9.30am Prayers for Children and Young People.
7.30pm Elders’ Meeting
WEDNESDAY10.00am Baby and Toddler Group
11.00am Toddler Friendly Easter Service
THURSDAY11.00am Prayers for help and healing in person and by Zoom, followed by coffee and social time.  Zoom link: Meeting ID – 959-8643-1118
SATURDAY9.30 am – Join with the Craft Morning to make Palm
Sunday sticks.3.00 pm Farewell Service for the Revd Clare Downing as Wessex Synod Moderator at Basingstoke URC. 
Palm Sunday 
10.00 am Prayers in the Vestry
10.30am Morning Worship led by the Minister starting outside with the arrival of Jesus on a donkey.
Collection point for food and other items for the York Road Project and Your Sanctuary (Refuges) open every
Sunday—Please see previous page.
UPCOMINGMaundy Thursday, 6th April at 8.00 pm – Communion Service (refreshments from 7.30 pm)
Good Friday, 7th April at 10.00 am – Half hour Service at the Church, followed by Churches Together Act of Worship and Witness in Jubilee Square (please see previous page).