First Sunday of Lent. Sunday 26th February 2023, 10.30am

Morning Worship
Led by the Revd Lucy Brierley
with Justin Brierley

Reasons to Believe
The evidence for Jesus


Welcome and Notices

Call to worship

Hymn – Jesus is Lord, creations voice proclaims it (R&S 268)
            – Worthy of every song (build my life)

Prayers and The Lord’s Prayer

Celebration of Sydney Shore’s long service as a Lay Preacher

Family Time

Hymn – My Jesus, my Saviour

Children and Young People continue in groups

Bible Readings: – Luke 1 v1-14, Read by Carol Glynn
                           – 1 John 1 v1-7, Read by Robin Gray

Hymn – Dear Lord and Father (R&S 492)

Sermon ‘Evidence for Jesus’, Justin Brierley

Hymn – With a prayer you fed the hungry

Prayers for others and Offering Prayer

Hymn – From the squalor of a borrowed stable

Blessing and The Grace


If you are in the Church car park and are not staying for lunch would you please vacate your space by 12.15 so that cars may be transferred from Heathside.  Charges apply from 1 pm at Heathside when the permit time runs out, but there are no restrictions in the side roads at that time.

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.

Christian Aid Turkey/Syria Earthquake Disaster Appeal.
There is an opportunity to contribute to this appeal by using the card machine or by cash/cheque in the plate, both in the Forum.  Please make cheques payable to ‘Woking URC’.  There is also a link to give on the Church website.

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.

Heathside parking permits. Free parking every Sunday from 8.30am to 1pm.  Ask a Welcomers for one to display in your car.
The Traidcraft Stall will not be open today. For any urgent supplies please see Margaret Bradley

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.

Leading Worship elsewhere. 
The Revd David Netherwood is at one of his former pastorates, Sefton Road URC, Morecambe today

A programme of six Zoom sessions for Reasons to Believe has two more to go. Thursdays 9th and 23rd March at 7.45pm  It is not to late to join in.  To book and receive the Zoom link please contact –

Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Bob Smyth.  This will be on Friday 10th March at 3 pm followed by refreshments (Family Committal will have been held earlier in the afternoon). All friends are warmly welcomed—please do not wear black.

Funeral Service for Joyce Edmunds. This will be on Tuesday 14th March at 3pm at Woking Crematorium, followed by tea at the Church.
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


Please note that changes to the calendar will be announced in Church or by email.

TODAYLunch and Church Meeting.
4.00 pm Woking Street Angels’ Commissioning Service at St Paul’s Church, Oriental Road.
MONDAY2.00 pm Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Jean Bryant.
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 Finance & Property Committee
WEDNESDAY10.00am Baby and Toddler Group
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
12.45 pm Lunch & Talk. The Conquest of the Incas and the Discovery of Machu Picchu.  Sign up sheet in the Forum – last day to book for catering purposes is TODAY”
FRIDAY10.00 am – World Day of Prayer Service at St Andrew’s Church, Goldsworth Park.  This Service will be live streamed –
SATURDAY9.30 am CCCrew – Craft, Chat, Coffee
10.00 am Christian Aid Supporters Conference on line (see link in February Church Magazine)
The second Sunday of Lent
10.00 am  Prayers in the Vestry
10.30am Communion Service with Reception of a new Church Member led by the Minister –Reasons to
Believe— Evidence for the Resurrection

Collection point for food and other items for the York Road Project and Your Sanctuary (Refuges) open every Sunday—Please see previous page.
5.30 pm Youth Group
UPCOMINGSaturday 11th March – All day Gospel Singing Event from 9.30 am (and singing during the Service the next day).  Tickets available now (adults £25, under 18s £15) on line from or by contacting the Church Office – 01483 763078 –