Sunday 8th January 2023, 10.30am

Communion Service
With induction of Elders
Led by the Revd Lucy Brierley

Reasons to Believe –
unlocking the evidence for faith

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 – Praise to the Lord the Almighty (R&S 74)
           – Bless the Lord O my Soul (10,000 Reasons)

Prayers and The Lord’s Prayer

Introduction to new series ‘Reasons to Believe’

Induction of Elders (including the Statement of Nature, Faith & Order of the URC, R&S 761)

Hymn – The Creed (Our Father Everlasting)

Children and Young People continue in groups

Bible Readings: – Matthew 22 v34-40 Read by Stewart                                                            Alexander
                          – 1 Peter 3 v13-16 Read by Margaret Bradley


Hymn – I will sing the wondrous story

Prayers for others and Offering Prayer

Hymn – Have faith in God my heart (R&S 499)


Hymn—Be thou my vision (R&S 489)

The Grace


You are invited to stay for refreshments after the Service if you wish. 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.

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 after the Service.  Do take a look at the range of goods on sale and those which can be ordered.

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.
 Vivien Gerhold is at the United Church of Egham, the Revd David Netherwood is at Boulevard URC, Weston-Super-Mare and Sydney Shore is at Windsor URC this morning.

Collection point for the York Road Project and Your Sanctuary 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.  Your Sanctuary would particularly be grateful for toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion.

A programme of six Zoom sessions for Reasons to Believe.  All are Thursday
evenings at 7.45pm.  12th January (see under Thursday on the next page), 26th January, 9th February, 23rd February, 9th March and 23rd March.  Please make a note in your diaries.

Vacancy for Administrator /PA.  The Wey Valley Methodist Circuit is advertising this part-time post of 20 hours a week based at Merrow Methodist Church.  Job Description, Person Specification and Application forms can be downloaded from their website


MONDAY18th Anniversary of Woking URC.7.00 am Community Coffee.2.00 pm Knitting Fellowship (in Youth Room).
TUESDAY9.30am Prayers for Children and Young People only in
person and not on Zoom from this week onwards.

7.30pm Elder’s meeting
WEDNESDAY 10.00am Baby and Toddler Group
THURSDAY10.00 am Refill (Bible study & discussion group for parents – children welcome).11.00am 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 session 1 – How on earth did we get here?
To book and receive the Zoom code please contact
SATURDAY9.30 am CC Crew – Craft, Chat, Coffee
10.00 am  Prayers in the Vestry10.30am Morning Worship led by the Minister.  Reasons to Believe – Why science points towards God.Collection point for food and other items for the York Road Project and Your Sanctuary (Refuges) open every
Sunday—Please see list on previous page
UPCOMINGWednesday 18th January at 8.00 pm – Monthly Recharge mid week worship is back – in person and live streamed.Sunday 22nd January at 4.00 pm – Churches Together in Woking United Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and celebrating the 25th anniversary of Engage (formerly SCAt) – at Woking URC. (NB time different from that printed in magazine calendar)