Growing Joy and Hope

Come and join us, as we explore who God is, 

and how we can encounter and grow in Him.

4th December 2022

Advent 1

Advent 2

Preaching Series:

14. John the Baptist - Preparing the way for encounter


 Common Worship 
Holy Communion 

Preaching: Rev'd Pippa Ford
Presiding: Rev'd Pippa Ford


 Morning All Age Service 

Leading: Daniel Wheeler
Preaching : Rev'd Pippa Ford
Prayers: Tori Burness-Smith


Christingle Service 3pm

Come and celebrate Jesus as the Light of

the World at our Christingle Service.


               Here is a link to the songs we are using here at St Michaels so you can listen to them and become familiar with them - just scan the photo when on Spotify and it will come up with the playlist!



8.50am Morning Prayer - Monday to Friday

Visit the Church Calendar on this website for the Zoom link for each dayWe are meeting to pray together every 


in Church at 9.00am 


Pippa Ponders

Our vision here at St Michael’s is Growing Joy and Hope. As we move into this, the first week of Advent, we are waiting to celebrate Jesus’ birth, and look forward to his return. How we wait and what we focus on as we wait are both really important, and as we look at our vision this can help us to wait well.

 The word growing implies cultivation – things do not grow well without good preparation of the soil, provision of the right nutrients and exposure to the light.

 So firstly waiting is about preparing our hearts, our soil if you like, and letting go of those things that get in the way of our friendship with God. We allow His peace and presence to guide our lives, not the things that concern us or we see around us in the world. This is about trust, about being real about those situations that might cause us to be anxious or fearful and then choosing to lay those down before God and choosing to trust them to Him. Joy and hope grow in well prepared soil – perhaps ask the Holy Spirit to show you what you might need to let go of this Advent – maybe there is someone you are finding it hard to forgive, or you are trapped by a bad habit or addiction…whatever it is, ask Him to help you during this season to let go and let Him into that situation. Let Him prepare your heart.

 Then good nutrients are important for Joy and Hope to grow in our lives. We are to feast on God’s word, His Bible and as we do we discover it is living – not just a book – but God’s truth that has the power to bring us freedom, equip us each and every day and nourish our souls. When we read the Bible and invite the Holy Spirit to help us, the truths we find in there come alive and transform our thinking and our actions. If you have never tried reading the Bible after inviting the Holy Spirit to help you, can I encourage you to have a go? It will change forever how you read it.

 Then finally we grow through exposure to the light of Christ. In this season when the nights are drawing in, the light of Christ becomes all the more powerful. There is no darkness that His light cannot penetrate. So to grow in our Joy and Hope in Him we need to take time each day to bathe in His light, in His presence. Just sitting and being still with Him, or going for a walk and chatting to Him, or creating something with Him, or worshipping Him with music or dance.

 So let’s really grow this season of Advent and become people who radiate the Joy and Hope of Christ. 

with love


Rev'd Pippa Ford at St Michaels Church Camberley

Please see the church calendar for Zoom links Button


Live Stream:



Growing Joy and Hope

9am – Said Communion Service every Sunday

10.30am Services – Children welcome

Special Christmas Services in red

10:30am All age service with action songs – Encountering God – John the Baptist
3pm – Christingle Service

10:30am Family service with Communion          
Encountering God - Mary

        3pm Reflective Christmas service and tea          
for those who find Christmas difficult

   7pm Christmas Craft Evening – Come and make and chat
– over 16s only - wine, juice and chocolates provided!

  6pm – 7pm Campfire Carols at the Vicarage

 10:30am Family Service with Communion – Encountering God - Joseph

 6pm  Carols and Readings Service


 3pm  Nativity service – with a donkey, come dressed up and join in the nativity

11:30pm Midnight Communion – come and celebrate as we welcome Christmas morning


9.00am Christmas Day Communion Service

10.30am All Age Christmas Celebration service

10:30am All age Service – Welcoming the New Year

10:30am  Family service with Communion - Epiphany with three Alpacas!

Warm Hub Flyer

Fireflies Toddler Group

 in St Michael's Church Hall

Fireflies Group

Any questions then please contact our 

Children and Youth Worker Tori Burness-Smith 


Mothers Union Meetings: 2pm - 4pm

December 13th
January 10th 2023
February 14th
March 14th
April 11th
May 9th
June 13th

Would you like to give to St Michael’s Church?

We would really love you to join with us in supporting our ministry here in Camberley.

At St Michaels we are:

  • A growing community exploring faith and open to all.
  • A church who want to Share God's love in our church and wider community
  • Seeking to bless the community by running and growing our children's and youth work 
  • Developing our wider ministry and exploring fresh ways to connect with our town. 
  • Committed to looking after our beautiful church building as a peace-filled place of prayer and worship for Camberley
  • Supporting mission locally and abroad to help others know God
We are totally reliant on giving to support our work, so thank you for your generosity

Light the Spire



Why not Light the Spire to celebrate a Birth, Anniversary, or
a special occasion or in memory of a loved one.

Send a few words which we will put in the weekly newsletter email and also add to our website on the "Light the Spire" page. 

For further details contact the office


Covid Guidance in Church 

We have a collective responsibility to look after our church family and give people the choice to stay as safe as possible and to be comfortable as they worship at St Michael’s.  
  • We continue to advise all people to hand sanitise on entering and leaving the building.  This is good practice. There are masks available to those who wish to wear one.
  • There are red stickers available to wear for those who would prefer to sit at a distance from others.
  • We will continue to ventilate the worship area (the nave) as best we can during the services.
  • Coffee after the services is available in the hall - but for those who would prefer to stay socially distanced they may prefer not to come to that, or to take their drink out of the hall and to chat socially distanced at the back of church. 
We all have a role to play in keeping each other safe and enabling us all to worship together.  We ask that  we would all act with wisdom and grace, being respectful of each other’s preferences. 

With every blessing
Church Wardens and Clergy 

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We invite you to join us for prayer

Keep in touch with God and with each other 

    No-one needs to feel alone or isolated

We meet for prayer by Zoom every weekday morning at 8.50am   weekday daily prayer by zoom

Simple Prayers that we will use  Simple Prayer Download

Email Rev'd Anne for your Prayer Request  

Church of England National Daily Prayer  Church of England Daily prayer

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The Parish Office, St Michael's Church,
286 London Road, Camberley Surrey  GU15 3JP

Parish Office Opening Times: 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Mornings 9.30am - 12.30pm

  Phone:  01276 23602 

If you leave a message it will be answered as soon as possible

or Email anytime

Sue Nichols - Parish Office Administrator

Funerals, Weddings, Baptisms & all Pastoral needs 

Vicar,  Rev'd Pippa Ford

Phone 07814 847 436

Email Vicar - Rev'd. Pippa Ford

Rev'd Anne Mitchell:    07770848276

Email Rev'd. Anne Mitchell  

Charity Number: 1132852


The PCC of St Michael's is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of everyone within our community. Particular regard is given to the care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults.  We are fully committed to the protocols set by the Diocese. Diocesan Safeguarding Advice is available from:-Jackie Broadfoot on 07918 559387. For further information please see the Diocesan Safeguarding website.

Safeguarding our children and vulnerable adults is very important to us. You can read about our safeguarding policy (including contact details for our Safeguarding Officer) here  

Lone working policy  Click the link

Are you a survivor or victim of church related abuse? Could you help the Diocese of Guildford to learn from the past and protect the future?  Click the link

Our Safeguarding Officer is Hilary Turner, and she can be contacted on 07747301716  and at