Fourth Sunday of Lent, Mothering Sunday Sunday 19th March 2023, 10.30am

Morning Worship. Led by David Fowler.

Reasons to Believe
What Difference Does Jesus Make?

David came to faith aged 11 at a Crusader Camp before working for the organisation in the 1990’s – training leaders and establishing new groups. He and his wife Heather have two young adult children, Josh & Holly.  David spent 10 years in full-time pastoral ministry at Emmanuel Chapel (here in Woking) and another 8 years leading a large church in Salford, before returning to Surrey four years ago. David & Heather started attending Woking URC last summer and became members in November.  In addition to starting a new business, David supports local Christian leaders; leads a bible study group; and is a Trustee for the national youth charity, Urban Saints (formerly Crusaders).

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.


Welcome and Notices

Call to worship

Hymn – How great is our God
           – All heaven declares

Prayers and The Lord’s Prayer

Family Time

Hymn – Our God is a great big God

Children and Young People continue in groups

Bible Readings: Luke 4 v16-21 read by David Kember
                          Acts 16 v11-34 read by Peter Howitt

Hymn – Come, people of the risen King

Sermon – What difference does Jesus make?

Hymn – Amazing Grace (my chains are gone)

Prayers for others and Offering Prayer

Hymn – There is a higher throne

Blessing and The Grace


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.

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 be open today in the Forum.  Hurry while current stock lasts due to Traincraft very sadly going into administration

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.

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


Please note that any changes to the calendar will be announced in the service, or by email.

TODAY5.30 pm Youth Group
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.
11.00am Children and Youth Work Strategy Group11.00 am Bible Study Group (in Youth Room).7.30 pm Dementia Friends Talk at Trinity Methodist Church, Brewery Road.
WEDNESDAY10.00am Baby and Toddler Group
THURSDAY10.00 am Refill discussion group following Reasons to Believe theme.11.00am Communion Service with Prayers for help and healing in person and by Zoom, followed by coffee and social time.  Zoom link: Meeting ID – 959-8643-1118 7.45 pm Reasons to Believe Zoom final session 6 – What’s the case for the Resurrection? Please contact the Church Office for the Zoom code.
FRIDAYCopy for the April Magazine should reach the editor –
SATURDAYClocks go forward one hour!
The fifth Sunday of Lent 
10.00 am Prayers in the Vestry 10.30am Morning Worship led by the Minister –Reasons to Believe — Telling our story confidentlyCollection point for food and other items for the York Road Project and Your Sanctuary (Refuges) open every Sunday—Please see previous page.3.00 pm T@3
UPCOMINGWednesday 29th March at 11 am – Toddler friendly Easter Service
Saturday 1st April from 9.30 am –
join in with the Craft Morning to make Palm Sunday sticks.
Palm Sunday, 2nd April –
10.30 Morning Worship beginning outside with the arrival of Jesus on a donkey.