Sunday 21st August 2022, 10.30am

Morning worship led by the Revd Howard Sharp

Howard retired to Alton in 2014 after ten years as Moderator of the URC Mersey Synod.  He trained for the ministry in Manchester and his pastorates since Ordination in 1983 have been Pontypridd until 1993 and in Winchester  and Medstead from 1993-2004

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 these please email – .  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 – Great is the Lord
              Give thanks with a grateful heart

Opening Prayers and The Lord’s Prayer

Family Time

Hymn – Jesus put this song into our hearts

Blessing as Children and Young people leave to continue in groups

Bible Reading –
Short introduction to reading
                           Acts 17 v16-32 – Read by Elspeth Carruthers

Hymn – Immortal, Invisible, God only wise (R&S 67)


Hymn – Christ’s is the world in which we move

Prayers for the world

Hymn – Be thou my vision (R&S 489)



You are invited to stay for refreshments after the Service if you wish.  They will be served in the Forum and in the Sanctuary, or in the Church garden instead of the Sanctuary if fine.  Please do stay if you can to enjoy a time to meet and talk with each other.  If you would like to make a donation to the ecumenical Christian charity, Embrace, which helps marginalised and vulnerable communities in the middle east there are bowls at the serving points and also a line on the Dona card machine in the Forum.

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 not be open today back next Sunday.  For any urgent supplies or orders please see Margaret Bradley

If you would like to donate to the work of the Church
 his 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 be 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.  Vivien Gerhold is at Addlestone Methodist Church, Andrew Gibb is at Fleet URC, the Revd David Netherwood is at Egham United Church and Sydney Shore is at London Street URC, Basingstoke this morning

Forthcoming election of Elders.  There is a box for completed nomination forms in the Forum.  Spare copies of the letter and nomination forms are also available.

Believing and Belonging – Autumn worship series beginning with ‘Back to Church Sunday’ on 11th September.  Please look out for your pack being distributed by Elders over the next two weeks.

Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Revd Mark Westerman, a former Minister of York Road URC.  This will be held on Thursday 25th August at 2 pm at Brighton Road Baptist Church, Horsham, and will be live streamed on that Church’s YouTube.

The URC’s Jubilee celebrations will be happening in London on Saturday 1st October. Details of events that day can be found via the URC website: or by using the various links set out below.  Everyone is welcome to attend any part of the day.
Service at 2.30 pm at Westminster Central Hall: 
Open Church House, Tavistock Place in the morning:
Walk from Tavistock Place to Westminster:

Collection point for the York Road Project and yourSanctuary every Sunday.  Items which would be appreciated 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.

The Art Cafe, Byfleet Community Centre is looking for a chef for 30 hours (8am-2pm Mon-Fri) starting 5th September to provide fresh, nutritious meals to the elderly customers that visit the centre.  They are looking for someone who is community minded and who would be invested in training young apprentices once established.  For more details please email


Please Note: Weekday groups for children and young people are not meeting during the school holidays, except for the special prayers on Tuesday Mornings.

TUESDAYFrom 9.00am with Breakfast and All-age Prayers for Children and Young People Summer Special (throughout the school holidays).  N.B. Not on Zoom.
THURSDAY10.30am Prayers for help and healing in person and by Zoom, followed by coffee and social time
Zoom – link:
Meeting ID – 959-8643-1118
FRIDAYCopy for the September Church Magazine should reach the editor, Kate Gray –
NEXT SUNDAY10.30am Morning Worship led by Revd David Netherwood
Collection point for food items for the York Road Project and yourSanctuary (Refuges) open every Sunday.  See list on previous page
3.00pm T@3
UP-COMING30th August—1st September, Holiday at Home,
Booking Forms in the Forum.  Further details from David Tuson, Church & Community Worker.