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WELCOME to St Andrew's United Reformed Church in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, a church in the Protestant Reformed tradition, and its website. We meet for worship every Sunday at 10.30 am. Everyone - all ages! - is welcome. There is a crèche available if required; coffee and tea are served after the service. The Church is near the town centre on Hersham Road, Walton, at the corner of a side road called 'The Chestnuts': look out for the large blue noticeboards! Drivers can turn off Hersham Road directly into our car parking area. Thank you for visiting our site. Please have a look round; we extend a warm welcome to you to join us in any of our activities.
Mark Pinnock - EVEREST summiteer
‘The Gateway’ at St Andrew’s Church in Walton-on-Thames hosted an exhibition of photographs, video’s and equipment from the World’s highest mountains on Saturday 19th of March. Mark Pinnock is one of only 3 people in the world to have summited the highest mountain on each of the seven continents at the first attempt. The exhibition took you through his journey across the globe from the mountains of Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Europe, Oceania and Antarctica. Each set of photos helped you visualize the challenges and terrain he took to each of the 7 summits. At 11am, 1pm and 3pm, Mark gave a talk about his journey and his motivations. During the presentation Mark showed a video of his journey to the top of Mount Everest including a 360 degree video from the summit which was unbelievable. The audience came from all over the local area including some school children who are studying the 7 summits at school and a Brownie who was handed the leaflet at a recent Brownie meeting. There were lots of questions asked, here are some snippets………
1) What was the best and worst bit about your journey?
a. The worst bit was leaving and the best bit was coming back down safely.
2) Which mountain did you enjoy most?
a. Vinson in Antartica because it was the most beautiful country in the world.
3) How did you go to the toilet?
a. In a bag!
4) Were you ever scared?
5) What was the coldest temperature you endured?
a. Minus 67 in the Artartic on the way to the summit of Mount Vinson.
6) Did you get frost bite and have you lost any parts of your body?
a. No I was very lucky, I have all 10 fingers and 10 toes!
Everyone who attended also got the chance to see the sort of equipment Mark used and even got to try on a heavy rooksack!
Check out the video below of a recent exhibition by Astrid McGechan LRPS where she displayed a selection of landscape photographs from Elmbridge and beyond. Plus a fantastic sale of Artpeace - Zimbabwe sale of sculptures by talented artists with all proceeds going directly to the Artpeace Cooperative.
The Beetle Drive was held to raise funds for the new toilets. Everyone who attended had a great time including 3 children who said they couldn’t wait for the next one and would definitely bring their friends! Players enjoyed drinks, snacks and a raffle with some great prizes, many of which were donated by the congregation – thank you all! In total the evening raised a whopping £181. Look out for the date of the next one.
The stunning new Gateway is a vibrant new meeting point for both church and community events. Sunday 24th January was a landmark day in the life of St Andrew’s on the occasion of the Dedication of The Gateway. The church was full of friends, guests from Weybridge and other local churches as well as representatives from the builders and architects, hall hirers and friends of St Andrew’s. Special guests included the Moderator of the United Reformed Church, Wessex Synod, the Reverend Clare Downing as well as the Deputy Mayor of Elmbridge, Cllr Tannia Shipley accompanied by her consort, Nigel.