Diocese of Guildford May 2014 - Issue 74
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‘Demographic timebomb’ ticking Church needs your help to grow younger congregations
He revealed projections by the national A ‘demographic timebomb’ showing a church drastically depleted in numbers a generation from now was presented to the diocesan synod in Church showing that, if churches carry March when parish representatives heard that ‘doing the same’ was not an on as they are, on average they could be just ten percent of their current size by option. 2057, simply because
Failure to grow younger congregations will leave the Church unrecognisable by 2057 - National Church
Diocesan director for the number of The increasingly urgent challenge is to parish development and members dying vastly outnumbers those in evangelism, the Revd Alan retain the younger generations. younger generations Hulme, told synod members From Anecdote to Evidence report coming to faith. that a ‘confident urgency’ was needed to bring He said: “We want younger people to faith - or we face the (28,200) is roughly static or marginally up to encourage a sense of confident urgency stark reality of an unrecognisable church on the previous year, there are five adults in our parishes, a confidence which is based on a trust in God and a realistic thirty years from now. attending for every one child. Alan said: assessment of the situation we are in. While While the latest figures for church “The crisis is not shrinking attendance but many churches have good provision for attendance show that the Diocese of the age of our membership.” younger children we must begin to engage Guildford’s average weekly attendance more effectively with those in the 11 to 25 age band and pass on the Gospel to the next generation.” The national statistics are backed by a recent two-year research project instituted by the Church Commissioners, looking into factors affecting church growth and decline. Alan continued: “The report, From Anecdote to Evidence, is clear about the challenges that face us with ageing congregations - but there is also much encouragement.
“There has been significant growth in a variety of areas from fresh expressions of church and church plants to ancient Diocesan children’s work adviser Alison cathedrals. In this diocese more than 50 of Hendy said: “Parishes are offering Messy our congregations are currently growing.” Church to give their local communities the In ten dioceses surveyed so far there are opportunity of engaging with Christianity in 21,000 people attending fresh expressions a less formal and more culturally relevant – equivalent to a medium sized diocese. way. It is enabling many families to engage Research shows that for every person with faith for the first time.” sent out to help form a fresh expression, The diocesan synod passed a motion on average, there are another 2.6 people noting the From Anecdote to Evidence added after three years. findings and commending it to parishes for study, reflection and action. New Forms These new forms of church include Café Church, Messy Church and churches which meet in schools, pubs or out in the street. More than half (56%) don’t meet in churches and 52% are run by non-ordained leaders.
Alan concluded: “From Anecdote to Evidence tells us that while there is no single recipe to enable church growth, there are key factors associated with it. These include willingness to change, involving lay members and having a clear vision and purpose. Now is the time to act to defuse the demographic time bomb. Can you give time each day to pray for the growth of God’s Church?
Messy Church, which aims to reach whole families - especially those on the edge of church - is expanding across the diocese and is one sign of growth. There “Diocesan teams are committed to are at least 35 being run by Anglican churches with several new ones starting supporting parishes through resources, advice and insights as we work together to this year in the diocese.
2057 attendance? ensure that we have a future-proof church which will be able to serve God’s mission for generations to come.” llTurn to page ten for a feature on St Mary’s East Molesey church partnership initiative, which has experienced a 100% increase in its congregation since it was set up a year ago. llTo see the synod presentation, including the national Church predictions, visit www.cofeguildford. org.uk/diocesan-life/ diocesan-synod-march-1-2014 llFor From Anecdote to Evidence www.churchgrowthresearch.org. uk/report. llFor the PDE team see www. cofeguildford.org.uk/diocesanlife/parish-development-andevangelism/
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News Public meeting highlights challenges for new Bishop More than 125 people from across the diocese gathered at Holy Trinity Church, Guildford, this spring for a public meeting to discuss the appointment of a new Bishop of Guildford.
The Archbishops’ Secretary Caroline addresses the meeting
A cross-section of clergy, churchwardens, youth workers and church members as well as representatives of other faiths, local government and local businesses, gathered to hear and share views on the challenges faced by the diocese and desired qualities Appointments of the next diocesan bishop. Boddington
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appointment secretaries attended the “Anyone who could not make the meeting meeting to gather information to feed back but would like to have their views heard can to the Crown Nominations Commission still contact the diocesan representatives (CNC) which will meet this summer to draw who will sit on the CNC.” Views put forward included the need for up a shortlist and interview candidates. growth and to reach out to the un-churched Diocesan secretary Stephen Marriott and to younger people, the fact that many said: “It was wonderful to see such strong people work such long hours they have interest at the meeting. It underlined the little time for church and that contrary to fact that the Diocese of Guildford is in good the perceived view of stockbroker-belt heart and cares about its next bishop. Surrey, there are pockets of poverty and “A wide selection of viewpoints was heard, deprivation all over the diocese. building up a picture of where we live, serve Views on the bishop’s personal qualities and worship and of the kind of qualities we included the need for a confident and competent communicator who is able to would like our next bishop to have.
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reach out to the man and woman in the street - an inspiring spiritual leader who is able to engage with the elderly unchurched, but also to encourage the young to consider ordination. The name of the new diocesan bishop is not expected to be announced until early 2015. Up until 30 May CNC diocesan representatives can be approached with your views via their addresses given on the diocesan website www.cofeguildford.org. uk/diocesan-life/vacancy-in-see/ . Please note however that they will not be able to engage in correspondence.
Noah visits Lambeth Palace
The entire 4,000 volume collection of Guildford Cathedral’s library is now available online thanks to the dedication of two volunteers from the cathedral congregation. Library members can search the catalogue from home and check the availability of a book before travelling into the library by visiting www.cofeguildford.org.uk/go/res and following the ‘Online Catalogue’ link. Principal of the Local Ministry Programme (LMP) the Revd Steve Summers said: “This hidden gem is housed in Guildford Cathedral explore and increase your knowledge, come in to enjoy the free wifi and is open whenever the cathedral is – it is a free resource for all and peaceful study space.” in the diocese. The official launch will take place on Thursday 5 June, giving “Whether you are training for ministry or just want to browse, people the chance to pick up their new membership card over a glass of wine. Evensong begins at 5.30pm and the library will be open following this until 8pm. The library membership card also provides access to the Diocesan Resource Centre, the companion collection to the library, housed in the Education Centre on Stag Hill. It is there to resource parish ministry and worship for children, young people and adults and to help schools enhance their RE and collective worship. If you cannot attend the launch, membership cards can be obtained from the Resource Centre during office hours.
A-list actor Russell Crowe took time out during a busy promotional tour of new film Noah – in which he plays the title role - to talk faith and films with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at Lambeth Palace in early April. Free resources are available
for churches in support of the film with its epic story of courage, sacrifice and hope. Resources available include thematic videos plus a full leader’s guide and supplementary resource for churches. More online at: www.damaris. org/noah
Forgotten painting raises £1,800 An oil painting found at the back of a cupboard and featured in last month’s edition of The Wey was sold for £1,800 at auction in March to raise funds for the new Ruxley Church.
“It was originally given to St Francis of Assisi Church in Ewell in the 1960s. It hung there until the late nineties when the building had to be demolished owing to subsidence.
“The congregation and all its Adrian Allinson’s ‘Before the belongings moved into the Methodist Sepulchre’ reached its reserve Church and the painting had been price, going to an unknown bidder at forgotten. Bellmans auction house, Billingshurst. “Now we can look forward to The painting first came to light when spending the proceeds on some the old Ruxley church was emptied additional items needed.” ahead of a move to the new church Money for the new £3.2million building in June last year. church was raised by grants, the sale Following its discovery, Ruxley of land for housing and countless Church project treasurer Derek Eade fundraising events. was filmed on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow and had a further brush with BBC antiques personalities when the painting went under the hammer of Jonathan Pratt, well known to the channel’s Bargain Hunt viewers.
The Paralympic Mosaic has crossed the finish line to take up permanent residence at St Mary’s Junior School, Long Ditton, after touring the diocese for the past year. The mosaic, which depicts the Paralympic values, was part of the Art Beyond Limitations exhibition held in Guildford Cathedral in 2012.
After a special assembly in April to unveil the mosaic, Headteacher, David Gumbrell said: “It was a lovely assembly. It is a privilege to have the mosaic as a permanent part of the school and the children are delighted!” Headteacher David Gumbrell (l), Canon Chris Rich and health and wellbeing adviser, Suzette Jones pictured with pupils.
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The money will be used to buy new equipment, such as noticeboards, for the church. Derek Eade said: “We didn’t really have any idea how much it would go for and were quite thrilled by the interest in the painting.
Derek pictured (left) at the auction house with the managing director of Bellmans Auctioneers Jonathan Pratt, before the painting went under the hammer
News A leap of faith for Christian Aid? Christian Aid Week (May 11-17) will be hair-raising for some clergy and supporters from around the diocese who will be abseiling down Guildford Cathedral to raise money for the world’s poorest communities.
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Among those already committed to the plunge are a trio of clergy from the joint churches of Chiddingfold – the Revd Sarah Brough (St Mary’s C of E), Fr Chris Benyon (St Teresa of Avila RC) and the Revd Ian O’Herlihy (Chiddingfold Baptist Church). Sarah said: “It’s no exaggeration to say I’m quite terrified, but it’s so important to put To sign up or for more details contact Christian Aid’s regional ourselves out of our comfort zones for those who are powerless and coordinator for Surrey, Laura Mead on 0207 523 2110 or email face uncertainty and conflict in their everyday lives. LMead@christian-aid.org. To sponsor Sarah and her fellow “Please come and join me and we can face our fears together while abseilers visit www.justgiving.com/cjc-leapoffaith raising funds for an excellent cause!” llTo learn how a trip to Colombia strengthened a young Farnham Abseilers must be 11 or over and able to raise a minimum sponsorship of £100.
man’s resolve to speak out for the world’s marginalised, turn to page 11
Clergy and councillors unite against UK hunger Zöe and Kate broke their fast on April 4 at 7.30pm at the North Clergy and councillors from across Guildford joined people across the nation this April in a fast to draw Guildford Foodbank’s Bellfields’ branch, New Hope Centre, with others who had joined the fast including Julia McShane (Borough attention to the plight of those going hungry.
Cllr Westborough), Fiona White (County Cllr Guildford West), Kate Whiting, Community Worker, New Life Baptist Church, Pastor Steve Crosse, Guildford New Hope Centre, the Revd Graham Hoslett, United Reformed Church, Westborough, the Revd Steve Pownell, St Clare’s Park Barn, the Revd Mark Woodward, St John’s Stoke Kate said: “It’s important for me as a Christian to stand up for and the Revd Kirsten Rosslyn-Smith, St Peter’s Shared Church, the most vulnerable in our community. There are ten million people Bellfields. living in poverty in Britain and a large proportion of those are actually working. That can’t be right.” The Revd Kate Wyles from St John’s Church, Stoke, and Guildford Borough Council’s representative for Stoke, Zöe Franklin, both went without food as part of the End Hunger Fast campaign’s national day of fasting.
Explaining why she was taking part in the fast Zöe said: “I find it appalling that in Britain in 2014 people are having to rely on food banks to feed their families. Even here in affluent Guildford we’re not immune - over 1,000 people have received food parcels from local food banks, charities and churches. “Fasting was me adding my voice to the thousands nationwide to say things have to change.” The End Hunger Fast campaign is asking the government to ensure that the welfare system provides a robust last line of defence against hunger in Britain, that work pays enough for working people to properly provide for their families and that food markets function, promoting long term sustainable and healthy diets The Revd Kate Wyles and Stoke councillor Zöe Franklin joined together in a national fast against UK hunger with no one profiteering from hunger.
Diocese backs new women bishops legislation Guildford’s diocesan synod has voted by a large majority in favour of the latest legislation to allow women to become bishops. Some fifteen speakers contributed to a lively discussion about proposed changes to canon law, including the simple wording: ‘A man or a woman may be consecrated to the office of bishop.’ Both houses passed the motion, which could not be altered or added to, by an overwhelming overall majority of 70 to four, with five abstentions. Voting was as follows: House of Clergy - For: 34, Against; 3, Abstentions; 2 House of Laity - For: 36, Against, 1; Abstentions; 3. Providing the majority of dioceses approve the motion by a deadline of 22 May, the General Synod will hold a final debate in July. If passed, the legislation would go to Parliament for approval and could be in force before the end of the year.
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Community Matters E D I N B U RG H E H 1
Bishop Ian visits charities offering a lifeline The Bishop of Dorking served lunch at a soup kitchen and saw how cutting-edge technology is helping profoundly disabled people, in a day visiting charities supported by the Bishop of Guildford’s Lent Call.
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Bishop Ian visited Parity for Disability in Camberley and The Vine Centre in Aldershot. Both charities offer a lifeline to their local communities and have been supported by the Lent Call, which raises thousands of pounds each year to be shared between local and global causes. Parity for Disability runs day services in Camberley and Farnborough for children and adults with multiple disabilities. It has recently acquired cutting edge, eyecontrolled technology, allowing students with extremely limited movement and speech The Rt Revd Ian Brackley, Bishop of Dorking serves lunch to Steven Whiting to express their wishes and control what during a pre-Easter visit to The Vine Centre in Station Road, Aldershot happens simply by focusing their eyes on a computer screen. art equipment have made Parity for Disability for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Bishop Ian said: “Before the charity was courses. an exciting and life-changing place to be.” formed there was a lack of specialist provision Bishop Ian said: “The Vine Centre is a Bishop Ian then travelled to The Vine Centre in Surrey and North East Hampshire for children with profound and multiple disabilities in Aldershot where he helped serve lunch place of real hope for those who use its to clients struggling to support themselves services. It is the only service provider of its who had reached school-leaving age. for reasons including homelessness, kind in the area and provides help where it “It was truly heartening to see how the care is desperately needed - in the six months to unemployment, illness or addiction. of the staff and the availability of state of the The Vine Cen- April-October, 360 individuals were supported and over 2,300 services provided. tre, which started “I was moved to see the commitment of as a soup kitchen 25 years ago, staff and volunteers who reach out to people has expanded to for whom other doors have closed and who provide services walk alongside them in dark times.” He concluded: “Lent is a time when to help vulnerable and homeless Christians step back from everyday life and adults return to reflect on their blessings and consider ways independent living. in which they can serve. “I feel privileged and humbled today to A range of free, open access have been given an insight into the work of services are also these charities which reach out to those in available to the need and offer hope. general community The Bishop’s Lent Call raised over £26,000 including a weekly in 2013. Its funds are split equally between job club, assistance the Bishop of Guildford’s Foundation - set up with returning to in 1993 to provide grants to tackle pockets of Bishop Ian Brackley and manager Helen Morris watch as student Stephen Pearson operates new eye-controlled work and a range poverty and deprivation in the diocese - and of training courses an international charity which this year is software from his motorised wheelchair including English Christian Aid.
Church receives grant for flood relief work ‘The Kitchen’ run by St John’s Church in Egham was the point for donations of tinned food and other basic items. first to receive a grant from the Surrey Flood Recovery The Flood Recovery Team has maintained contact with as many Appeal to help support people in the community people as possible who were affected by the floods, including through telephone and personal visits and practical assistance with displaced by the floods.
cleaning and removals. The £2,000 grant is being put to use helping local people recover The Kitchen in Egham High Street continues to provide a place from the trauma of flooding - for example by purchasing packing for people to visit each Wednesday for food, company and support. materials for a resident forced from their home and helping another replenish the contents of her freezer. The church has set up a ‘Flood Recovery Team’ and is looking to provide ongoing practical and financial assistance as people begin to return to their homes and pick up their lives. The Revd Jeff Wattley said: “We have been immensely busy responding to flood-related needs on top of what is already a very full programme. “We continue to pray for all those who have been affected, including those people and families that are now in rented accommodation and will not be able to return to their homes for some months. “We are also praying for and supporting those families that are hosting people who have been displaced.” ‘The Kitchen’ served more than 200 meals during the two-week period of the floods and acted as a community hub and collection Volunteers from St John’s, Egham at work in The Kitchen
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World War One Commemoration
Remember with your community One hundred years on, so many of us are padre with a 3-month tour of Afghanistan under his still connected to the First World War, either belt - the World War One commemorations mark a real through family history, the heritage of our opportunity for the Church. “People sometimes ask me what role the Church local communities or because of the conflict’s can play in such a dreadful thing as war, long-term impact on society and the but I answer with the response that world we live in today. A great number of our churches still report attendances on Remembrance Sunday that rival Christmas and Harvest Festivals - reflecting the full range of the local community, from military veterans to Cub Scouts. From 2014 to 2018, across the world, nations, communities and individuals of all ages will come together to mark, commemorate and remember the lives of those who lived, fought and died in the First World War.
Local heroes At the vibrant St Paul’s Church, Camberley, the Revd Mark Chester (pictured) is planning to plant poppy seeds at his church and at the local school at Easter time, to support the Royal British Legion appeal to see the country awash with poppies (see box). For Mark - who is also a British Army reservist
wherever conflict, death, pain or remembrance are concerned, people simply expect the Church to be central to helping make some sense of it all. Whenever people are faced with an awareness of their own mortality, faith is often not far behind – and that’s where we can really play our part.
“The 100-year commemorations give us a fantastic opportunity to go and meet people where they are in our community. “Planting poppy seeds with local children at our church and at their school provides just such an opportunity to help reveal some of our own local heroes, many of them honoured in our churches and churchyards, and also plant the seeds of interest in our local history, community and faith links. Let’s get sowing those seeds.” To find out more, visit www.cofeguildford.org.uk/ parish-life/
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A simple way for parishes and schools to get involved early in World War One commemorations is by supporting the Royal British Legion (RBL) appeal to see the country awash with poppies – by purchasing fundraising poppy seed packs from B&Q (priced at just £2 – and with £1 going to the RBL) and planting them in your churchyard or local school garden during the spring – meaning they should flower in time for the national commemoration day on Monday August 4 – which marks 100 years since the start of the conflict.
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Both dates are likely to be of great interest to your local communities and local media – and your church has the opportunity to add its own Christian distinctiveness to the occasion.
George’s Bible proves its worth War One. Every man who joined the British forces was given a New Testament and between 1914-1918, the Bible Society produced and distributed some nine million in 80 different languages across Europe. “He thought that God had preserved him for a purpose,” says George’s son Peter (81) from Surrey. “The war undoubtedly strengthened his faith and he went on to be a missionary in Japan.” If you have a story of how the Bible helped someone at home or abroad during WW1 Bible Society would like to hear from you. Contact: hazel.southam@ biblesociety.org.uk.
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In succeeding issues of The Wey this year we shall be highlighting a World War 1 topic as we approach the centenary commemoration. This first one, which has been researched by the Bible Society, concerns the grandfather of the husband of Alex Vinall, CPD and governor training manager in the schools, colleges and universities team of the Diocese of Guildford. The Bible Society reports: In July 1917, 28-year-old George Hever Vinall wrote a letter home that must have horrified his parents. He was serving with the Royal Field Artillery and narrowly missed death when a shell landed on the tent where he and his colleagues slept. “We got up and ran for a trench nearby and as soon as we heard the next coming we flattened ourselves at the bottom,” he wrote, “not troubling about the dirt so long as we could get under cover and so we remained until it was over. “When I returned for my tunic and respirator, we discovered that about a dozen men had been wounded, two of whom subsequently died. “As far as we could trace, four bullets came in, one being embedded in my kit where my head would have been but for the arrival of my friend. Another was on the floor where I would have been lying. The third was in the pocket of my tunic having been stopped by my Bible.” A committed Christian, George wrote that, “Our escape was only a matter of seconds. How quickly I have had to prove the truth of what I said in my last letter, ‘safe in the hands’ and yet such is the case that I am here without a scratch, safe and well.”
The diocese has an area of the website dedicated to the centenary of the First World War and would like to add the news of what your church and community are planning – it’s a place to gather stories, ideas and resources that you would like to share with others. Details of upcoming events will also be listed. Please send your ideas to editorial@cofeguildford. org.uk and find the page on the website here www.cofeguildford.org.uk/parish-life/ llThe national Church of England website also provides WW1 service, prayer and readings resources for churches at www.churchofengland.org (and search ‘world war one’)
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Soapbox factory goes into overdrive Guildford Diocese’s biggest ever Occasional Preachers course finished this spring - sending out preachers ready to step into the pulpit and inspire parishes across the diocese.
in Shalford, course topics covered included how to work with biblical texts, preaching techniques, how to structure and shape a sermon and preaching at an all-age service.
It culminated in the delivery of a six-minute sermon to a Thirty people who took part small group at Willow Grange, which participants in the three-session course are after authorised to preach up to five received constructive feedback from their peer group. times a year. One attendee from Epsom Held over three Saturdays in January, February and deanery said: “It was a great March, at St Mary the Virgin course. I enjoyed learning
as part of the group, and feel much more confident about speaking in public!” Such has been the level of interest that a further course is planned to start in the autumn, running for ten evening sessions from 29 September to 1 December at Christ’s College, Guildford. For further information or to book please contact the course administrator Louise Redfern louise.redfern@ cofeguildford.org.uk or on The Revd Debbie Sellin leads a session on preaching at 01483 790320. all-age worship
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. Psalm 1 (ESV) Photo: www.sxc.hu
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20 years of women’s priestly ministry
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A thanksgiving for and celebration of the 20th anniversary of the ordination of women will be held at Guildford Cathedral this spring and to mark the anniversary The Wey is dedicating two pages to the personal stories of women in ordained ministry.
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Everyone is welcome to the service which will be led by Bishop Ian Brackley and Dean Dianna Gwilliams on 10 May at 3pm. The diocesan director of discipleship, vocation and ministry, the Revd Canon Dr Hazel Whitehead, who was ordained in September 1994, said: “In 1994, the first women were ordained priests. If patience is a virtue then over 30 women ordained in Guildford Cathedral were extremely virtuous.
female vicar, but this was of traditional family related to their perceptions ed the way, and roles. My predecessor pav husband and my t tha people soon realised ar’s wives’! ‘vic ent pet com y children make ver I know of attends Only one individual that st presides. church only when a male prie the fuss about Most folk wonder what all - didn’t the initial female bishops is about ly open up that ordaining of women logical path?
“Some had served God and the Church faithfully for decades and I shall never forget the sight of the procession of so many women moving down the aisle and the poignant moment as our bishops, Michael and David, ordained the first women priests – a first for them as well as the women. “I was ordained deacon months later in a mixed group of women and men and that felt both strange and yet exactly right. We have come a long way since then. “This Eucharistic service of celebration in the cathedral will give thanks for the faithful ministry of ordained women and will provide an opportunity for
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pushing her bike up Guildford High Street on seeing my dog collar. Like it or not, there will always be those who do not approve of us – for one reason or another – but women clergy have had this in spades. However, we are called to be Nick and Hazel Whitehead faithful – not to be popular and so we try to respond as The cost of ministry as we can. As Jesus says, sly graciou ‘Oh no! Not both of you!’ - said, with those who are persecuted are d ‘Blesse feeling, by my 12-year old son on being for righteousness’ sake . . .’ Matthew told that I was to train for ordination. 5.10 Ministry is costly; it requires sacrifice; it isn’t designed for comfort. The unsolicited praise There will be a price to pay in every ‘I think you’re amazing,’ another sense. Nobody said it would be easy, unprompted comment from an equally least of all Jesus who told us we had unknown man on Walton-on-Thames to take up our crosses and follow him. station on seeing my dog collar. ‘Don’t let them get you down.’ The confrontations We are silent witnesses, walking ‘You should be exiled to a desert ents and may evoke strong, sacram woman n island,’ – said by an unknow
positive feelings as well as negative ones. We have to remind ourselves and one another that it is God who deserves the glory and not us – though it’s nice to get the strokes sometimes! ‘And his master said: Well done, you good and faithful servant’ Matthew 25.21
The right kind of success ‘Thank you for telling my husband about Jesus and not giving up on him.’ ‘Thank you for helping me put things into perspective.’ ‘You gave me such confidence that I could do it.’ We all need affirmation and a well placed letter, card or comment encourages me that I am getting something right some of the time. It also means that we might just be doing what God called us to do and making a difference.
Head of Pastoral Care, A Hospitals NHS Foundati I was ordained priest in Southwark Cathedral on 21 May 1994, having been one of the first women in the Diocese of Southwark to be ordained deacon in 1987.
My journey to priesthood felt uncomfortable. I had treasured the role of deacon which for me captured the servant-hood model of ministry and gave me freedom and joy serving in a busy parish in Deptford. Ordination to the priesthood represented a different step. My concerns around authority and headship weighed heavily. I struggled to find a sense of God’s calling as I attended a further selection conference. Their wise and godly mentors helped me understand
Very Revd Dianna Gwilliam s
Dean of Guildford
It’s amazing to look back at the 20 years since the first wom en were ordained. We joined our sisters and brothers in the Methodist, United Reformed and Baptist Church es, the Salvation Army and oth ers where women had been in leadership for decades prior to 1994.
I was ordained in Southwark Dioc ese with around 65 other wom en. Although only six months ‘behind’ my mal e colleagues, it was such a priv ilege to be ordained alongside Elsie who had first bee n authorised for ministry in 1937. It was a great day of celebration - even though we who were to be ordained were asked not to be triumphant, out of respect for those saddened that women were to be priests. When the bishop ask ed the congregation if they wer e content for us to be ordained, there was a (previou sly announced) legal challenge whic h needed to be heard. It was heard and the bish op put the question to the congreg atio n again. I’m surprised that the roof of the cath edral was still there. It was a mar vellous moment. What’s it been like since? For me, personally, priesthood is a wonderful way to live out my call to serve and I feel fulfilled in my ministry. For others, opposition
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to the priestly ministry of women has blighted their own vocation and harmed the wider church. Others, unsure of what, if any, changes would come, have been pleasantly surprised by how ‘normal’ it feels to have ministry shared between women and men. What about the future? I am very optimistic and full of hope that in due course the ordained ministry of all those calle d by God will be recognised and cele brated. And I will continue to thank God eac h day for the privilege of serving as a priest in the Church.
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20 years of women’s priestly ministry
Revd Lizzie Toms
ving service 10 May the whole Church to celebrate. There will be cake and bubbly, music, prayer, stories and hazelnuts (yes, really!). Please come and bring your friends – all are welcome - young and old, women and men.” llAre you a younger woman with a vocation? There is an event just for you this spring: Younger women (18 – 32) and vocation is an afternoon for all those considering a vocation of any kind. It has been designed to enlighten, educate, inform and inspire young women who seem reticent to come forward for ordination – either because they have no role model or have been discouraged by others. You can just turn up but it will help if you book through 17 May 2 – 5pm St John’s Church, St John’s Road, Cove, GU14 9RQ email@example.com or call 01483 790320
Ashford and St Peter’s ion Trust. this step as the church’s continuing affirmation of my ministry.
By then I was assistant chaplain in a London teaching hospital. It meant everything that my senior colleague, although unable to embrace the concept on, 2004 of the ordination of women, presented me with the gift of my first stole.
Day by day God showed me the role of priest would enable me to obey in the ullest sacramental sense His clear calling o ministry in healthcare. Twenty years on I am humbled by the opportunities priesthood has given and by the acceptance of our hospital community and lively ecumenical eam of chaplains and chaplaincy volunteers, lay and ordained, as I have ought to serve Him here.
Crondall and Ewshot
This is my first year in ministr y. There is something slightly uncom fortable about putting on the collar in pub lic for the first time – a bit like having a new haircut, you are secretly very pleased with it but also a little embarras sed by the newness of it! It’s someth ing you have to learn to live with and let it become part of you!
And of course you do get use d to it, it does attract some attention, but surely that is a good thing? An outward and visible sign that you are a representative of the Church. Occasionally I notice someon e trying to avoid me (and in the beginning that was the thing I most noticed!) but general ly, in my new ‘collar’, I have been accepted with warmth and interest. People want to talk to me, they want to know what it is that brought me to this, what I’m all about and why? Is the inte rest greater because I am a woman? Perhap s, but it is a positive interest. In our parish all three of our clergy team are women. It’s actually a great dyn amic and so
far there have been no complai nts from the parishioners! Even those who a few years ago were upset by the thought of women priests are beginning to embrace us. Are there some that might like a “chap” in the mix? Of course. But as one senior colle ague pointed out: “We seemed to get by for sev eral hundred years without a choice, I think we will survive with one now!”
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ne Moyse Revd Pauli harge at Stoneleigh and lay ministry officer for Former priest-in-c the diocese
I have been watching Jeremy series television Paxman’s Britain’s Great War. It set me thinking about the enormous social changes that occurred during 1914 – 1918 and the aftermath. Certainly life was never to be the same after the war.
priesthood in the Church of England. When I was ordained, many held similar views to those a century before. Women weren’t suitable, we would lose our femininity, Christ was male, and many other doctrinal arguments were debated. Well, here we are 20 years later and the Church is still standing. I will never forget my ordination at Guildford Cathedral with thirty-one other women. The joy and acceptance from those in the congregation, the sound for the first time of women making vows. The processing out to the Narthex where Bishop Michael Adie and Bishop David Wilcox both removed their mitres and threw them up in the air!
On 17 July 1915, 30,000 women marched along the Embankment in London to demand a place for women in Britain’s struggle for survival. They were watched with horror by many along the way - these women did not conform to the traditional idea of femininity which many held. But those watching would eventually be astonished, because this was the beginning of the biggest social Perhaps this is the opportunity for times. revolution of modern me to thank the people of the parish of In April this year, along with many Fleet where my call was acknowledged other women, I celebrated 20 years of and nurtured. You know who you are.
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of returning Twenty years ago I was not ordained. I was in the process y school to church, had just joined a house group and, as a primar ys. teacher, volunteered to help with children’s work on Sunda
e that women Eight years later, I was ordained. At that point it seemed possibl y far off! absurdl seemed which – bishops’ legislation might come into effect by 2011 my predecessor in In practice my own ministry was made easier by the fact that efficient woman. lively, , popular very a been had title my the church where I served offer. There were Her gifts made the parishioners readier to accept what I had to when I visited. me of wary pretty other parishes in the deanery, though, which were g. The more I remember one in particular where their wariness proved catchin to be every proving tions, expecta worst their fulfilled I more the nervous they looked, never to return bit as inefficient as they expected me to be. I crept away vowing priest. (probably this was mutual.) They now have a successful woman Other, younger, What had drawn me into ministry was a desire for social justice.
Also to thank the Revd Clifford Jobson and the Revd Peter Vannozzi, who were gracious and affirming during my training and shared their experience and wisdom with me. Now it looks very much as if the conflict surrounding women in the episcopate will be resolved this year and maybe the first woman bishop will be consecrated in 2015 - exactly one hundred years after 30,000 women marched along the Embankment seeking the right to serve.
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women, like Rose Hudson Wilkin, chaplain to the Queen, who was priested in 1994, have a similar view of ministry and still pursue this in, and out of, the parish. Women are not looking to be made bishops. We are concentrating on the priorities of ministry. This quotation from Rose says much about how far we’ve come and where we still need to go. this issue on its We may be told that we are strident for pressing the Church to keep faith. We have the of ns agenda, but we have been the ones who are the true guardia ping together worship our in , schools taught it to our children in the homes, in Sunday we did not left; and marbles our up picked not have We es. and by being living exampl . Instead, worship and threaten the Church with schism; we did not threaten to stay home who women great those of All stay. we have made the ultimate and painful sacrifice to with priests as ‘serve’ to nity opportu the given never have gone before us and who were follow. to us for trail a blazing for them thank we and them salute the Church, we
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Growth at St Mary’s
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A 100 per cent increase in a congregation within ten months, and a Gift Sunday which raised almost £100,000 in one day may seem extraordinarily difficult targets to reach. But simplicity is at the heart of a new church partnership initiative at St Mary’s Church, East Molesey, which has done just that. With an accessible vision statement of Love people really feel that they belong. Jesus, Love Others, Serve the World, St Mary’s “We have welcomed a lot of new set out to ‘do church’ in a fresh and simple faces to church since April 2013 which is very exciting. We now have about way in March 2013.
140 attending the two services on an A team of 30 people from Holy Trinity, Claygate and average Sunday which represents elsewhere moved with minister-in-charge, the Revd a 100% increase on the previous Richard Lloyd. to join the existing congregation at St congregation and partnership team.” Mary’s to work together to grow the church and reach In January the church launched out into the community. ten mid-week ‘Connect’ groups with Richard, who had previously worked as senior over 75 people involved, all aimed at chaplain at Charterhouse School before spending two developing discipleship amongst its years as associate vicar at Holy Trinity, Claygate picks members by encouraging outward up the story: service in the community as well as “We set out to establish a simple structure that would providing some of the same functions enable the congregation to effectively reach out to the as regular house groups such as community. Three specific strategies have been key to fellowship, prayer and Bible study. realising that - launching a new service; establishing These Connect groups include mid-week ‘Connect’ groups and running Alpha three ‘Connect Creative’ which gathers times a year. people with creative gifts and passions. “We launched a second Sunday service in March last Some take part in a creative therapy year to complement the existing 9am traditional Holy session at a home for people with Communion service (which has remained unchanged). mental illness. Another group organises “Breakfast is served between the two services, a monthly drop-in for elderly people including fresh coffee and croissants, pastries, cup- which offers welcome and fellowship cakes and fruit. It provides a warm and informal space around creative activities. to welcome new people and for the two congregations ‘Connect Youth’ in partnership with to mix before the 10.30am service begins. Molesey Community Church, provides fellowship, “The Contemporary Service is led by a band and Bible study and prayer for young people in Molesey includes interviews, multi-media teaching and prayer and hopes to reach those who don’t currently go to church, while ‘Connect Besom’ serves those in need, especially through the provision of furniture and the decoration of homes. Richard groups that outward in essential in structured witness.
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encouraging discussions.” Richard continued: “As we launched this Mission Initiative I was aware of the huge challenges: joining a partnership team with an existing congregation; launching a new contemporary service, establishing a crèche, children’s groups and a youth group, initiating a ‘shared’ vision process and forming mid-week groups… “It’s important to recognise the challenge that rapid change brings. St Mary’s has experienced a significant influx from a partner church, a lot of newcomers from the community, with numerous changes to services and the structure of ministry as well as new expectations of the future. The existing congregation has been most gracious and patient though and also shares the excitement of growth. “Our Vision Sunday on 12 January was followed by a Gift Sunday at which the congregation gave or pledged £95k towards our annual ministry costs which, with other income, has enabled us to meet our entire 2014 budget of £125k already. This represents a significant jump in giving of about £70,000. “Our time at St Mary’s has been very exciting and we look forward to building on what we have begun.”
‘For a life Free from Fear’ Farnham man fights for peace this Christian Aid Week Christian Aid Week 2014’s focus on work to tackle violence and build peace around the world is close to the heart of a young Farnham man who travelled to Colombia to learn for himself about the hard journey from war to peace. Twenty-three year old Ben Palmer, who grew up as a member of St James’ Church, Rowledge, and is currently an intern at Christian Aid’s Southampton office, spent two weeks in the country which has suffered brutal violence for half a century and has 5.7 million displaced people, the highest of any country in the world. Ben spent time with families supported by a Christian Aid partner organisation called the Interchurch Commission for Justice and Peace (CIJP) which campaigns for the rights of rural communities to reclaim land stolen from them by armed gangs, and supports them as they rebuild peaceful lives.
I didn’t know exactly what to expect. All I really knew of Colombia was about drugs. But the scourges on the landscape I saw were mass-produced bananas and vast plantations of African palm for as far as the eye could see. “In 1996, when I was busy playing football in the playground of Rowledge Primary School and dreaming of being the new Alan Shearer, a man called Uriel and the other campesinos (peasant farmers) were being violently evicted from their land by the military and paramilitary. It was harrowing to hear of the loved ones they lost in brutal ways and the threats they faced: ‘give us your land for next to nothing or your widow will for half that price!’ So they fled. “The armed groups were selling this extremely fertile land that they’d stolen to big companies, so that they could make easy money exporting their goods for me to unsuspectingly enjoy as part of my packed lunch.
“For these campesino communities, the land is life; it provides their water, their home, and their crops. So In a Colombian humanitarian zone Ben heard inspirational tales of bravery and transformation He picks up his story: “Packing my bags ahead of losing it was unimaginable. This is where Justice and Ben continued: “My faith motivates me to work for to live counter-culturally.” a 36-hour journey into the heart of Colombian jungle, Peace come into the story. Christian Aid because almost every time I pick up my ll This year’s Christian Aid Week (11-17 May), is “As you can imagine, returning to their stolen land Bible I encounter one of those 2,000 verses calling for asking the British public to support communities was not easy or safe for these communities. But justice for the poor and the oppressed. For me there in war-ravaged countries to rebuild their lives and CIJP stood in solidarity with them, fighting long and is an inseparable link between faith and justice. I live a life free from fear. CIJP, which also provides complex legal battles to reclaim community land and hope and pray that people across the diocese and all psychological support to those affected by the create places called Humanitarian Zones. These churches this Christian Aid Week and beyond will stand armed conflict and workshops to educate people internationally recognised zones have enabled them in solidarity with oppressed and powerless people like about their rights, is one of the organisations to return to their land, as long as they live by simple those I met and learned of during my trip. which will be highlighted during the week. See community rules. One rule stands out like a sore thumb page three for details of how to sponsor an abseil “Their stories of hardship, loss and bravery will in a country that has been at war for so long: no weapon is allowed in these few hectares of Colombia. In the always live with me. Their decision to be peacemakers down Guildford Cathedral. For more information or midst of war, I met and lived with true peacemakers.” in a country ravaged by war will always challenge me to donate visit www.caweek.org
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Make Your Mark at the Guildford Cathedral Shop in the Friary Centre The ‘Guildford Cathedral Shop’ opened in the our Make Your Mark campaign in the town centre and Friary Centre, Guildford, on Friday 11 April push towards the £1.3 million needed by August.” and will be there until Sunday 25 May as part The Make Your Mark campaign is part of the of the Make Your Mark fundraising appeal. Guildford Cathedral Appeal and has helped to push the
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Grayswood opens gardens in aid of church roof Enjoy wonderful gardens and support a Church Roof Appeal at the same time in Grayswood village on Sunday 8 June. Visitors can follow a beautifully illustrated map around ten gardens, the infant school grounds and the village allotments, in the day organised by the Friends of All Saints’ Church.
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Together we Hear!
The gardens, all created by enthusiastic amateur gardeners, range from intimate cottage gardens with creative planting and features to larger country house gardens and include the now-revived World War II allotments and the school’s planting areas and onsite Forest School.
Together we Hear! is a free day of events at St Saviour’s Church, Guildford, on Friday 9 May for anyone with or supporting someone with a hearing loss.
The Wheatsheaf Inn will serve special lunches for Grayswood’s Open Gardens day in 2012 garden visitors and at the Village Hall there will be Entry to all gardens is £5 per head, with tickets teas with homemade cakes as well as a plant sale and programmes available on the day from the with a mixture of plants donated and nurtured by the information tent on the village green. garden owners. For further information email: The gardens will be open between 11.30am and 5.30pm and there will be evensong at All Saints’, the firstname.lastname@example.org or browse village’s beautiful Arts & Crafts church at 6.30pm. the web: www.opengardens.co.uk.
Free Season of Invitation training Learn how to invite people back to church at three training sessions ahead of A Season of Invitation later this year.
Less than a third of CofE members have ever invited someone to church. A Season of Invitation is the latest initiative from the Back to Church Sunday team and will run from September to New Year.
communicator and I can heartily commend his seminars.”
The training sessions are: sessions. We will deal with some of the anxieties that prevent us from inviting others to church in a way that avoids nagging and guilt.”
ll Wednesday 21 May - 8-10pm – St Thomason- the- Bourne, Frensham Road, Farnham, GU9 8HA
Co-founder of Back to Church llThursday 22 May – 2-4pm – The Sunday Michael Harvey will lead the Education Centre, Guildford training, which is aimed at church Cathedral, Stag Hill, GU2 7UP leaders, readers, PCC members llThursday 22 May – 8-10pm – It will focus on five special and any churchgoers interested in St Andrew’s Church, Oakshade Sundays, starting with either inviting people to church. Road, Oxshott, Leatherhead, Harvest or Back to Church Sunday, Rural dean of Aldershot the Revd KT22 0LE through Remembrance, Advent, George Newton said: “We had a All events can be booked at Christmas and New Year. great deanery event last December soi-guildford.eventbrite.co.uk. Local mission adviser the Revd with Michael Harvey speaking on For further details contact Stephen Stephen Cox said: “I am very the practice and power of invitation. Cox on 01483 484922 or stephen. “Michael is a passionate email@example.com. excited by the potential of these
Living Churchyards – a networking event sharing experiences On Saturday 24 May 2014, St Mary’s, Byfleet is hosting an extended networking morning Numbers are limited to 25 delegates from parishes, for those concerned for churchyards and community groups and organisations, across Surrey. wildlife. The event will start at 10am and run until 2.30pm.
The aim of the conference is to bring together The cost is £15 to include lunch and refreshments. people working in, and connected with, churchyards Car parking is available on site. For more information and cemeteries with a view to: on this event, for which reservations are essential, llOffering advice on good practice please contact Frances Halstead on 07891 514574 or llLearning about how better to manage land for email firstname.lastname@example.org, yvonne. wildlife and people email@example.com or john.h.mccabe@btinternet. llProviding an opportunity for networking and com.
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Running from 9.45am-3pm, visitors will be able to have their hearing aids re-tuned or hearing checked, try lip-reading or sign language and get advice through a series of talks or from a variety of leading charities and agencies taking part. The day will also include demonstrations and workshops.
Diocesan deaf and inclusion coordinator, Tracey Wade said: “I encourage you to make the most of the information, advice and support on offer, whilst trying out some of the listening equipment available. “My hope is that people will get the opportunity to visit and take away something that will help improve their quality of life.” One of the organisations attending is Sign for Thoughts and owner Penny Gunn said: “As a deaf person from birth, I can relate to the challenges that Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing people face day to day. “It is through training and awareness that these barriers can start to be pulled down.” For further information please contact Tracey Wade on 01483 790327 (Wed-Fri) or email tracey. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling all Cricketers! The diocesan cricket team is after a few more players as it prepares for what is hoped will be a successful season. Most matches are played on Monday afternoons between May and early July. Some of the matches are friendlies, but for Church Times Cup matches qualification is being ordained, licensed in the diocese (youth work, LLM etc) or ministerial work in an LEP or in the Methodist, Baptist or URC church. If you are interested please contact the club secretary George Newton on email@example.com. uk or 01252 320618.
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MAY TRINITY FOLK FESTIVAL 3 May, 1-11pm Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford, GU1 3HJ Established and up-and-coming artists perform in support of the Surrey-based charity Oakleaf. Martyn Joseph headlines, with Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners 2013, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar performing. Tickets £20 adults and £15 children from www.trinityfolkfestival.co.uk or Guildford Tourist Information Office. Contact Carolyn Graham email@example.com or call 07867 520795. Follow @ trinityfolkfest. LUNCHTIME PERFORMANCE 6 May, 1.00 pm, All Saints’ Church, High Street, Banstead SM7 2NN Emerald O’Hanrahan in Jane Austen at Home. Performed readings of Jane Austen’s work Admission by programme £6, on sale at the door. See www. bansteadarts.co.uk. ORGAN RECITAL 7 May, 1.10pm, St Mary’s Church, Quarry Street, Guildford Oliver Macfarlane, assistant organist, St Mary’s Stoke D’Abernon Admission free – donations invited DEEPER HEALING DAY 8 May, 10am – 4pm, Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, Bordon Led by members of the Acorn Team, this day includes an introductory talk, individual prayer ministry and time for reflection, concluding with communion & laying on of hands. Cost £30 incl refreshments & lunch. To book contact 01420 478121 or email info@ acornchristian.org WORSHIP TEACHING & PRAYER 8 May, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church, Park Road, Camberley GU15 2SR An evening of worship, teaching and prayer with Martin Cavender and Alison Morgan of ReSource, an Anglican charity which works for the renewal of churches and people for mission in the power of the Holy Spirit Admission free.
THEOLOGICAL BOOK CLUB 8 May, 7.45pm – 9.45pm, St Columba’s House, Maybury Hill, Woking GU22 8AB This month’s book is The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen and will be available from St Columba’s book stall. The book group meets twice a term and is open to newcomers. We enjoy honest, open discussion on books from a wide range of Christian authors. Led by Revd Gillaine Holland and Becca Rowland. Donations welcome. Tel 01483 766498 or email retreats@ stcolumbashouse.org.uk WOMEN’S MINISTRY 3pm, 10 May, Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford Celebration of and thanksgiving for 20 years of the priestly ministry of women. Preacher: the Dean of Guildford, the Bishop of Dorking will preside. All welcome. FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT 10 May, 6.30pm, St John the Baptist, Stoneleigh Park Rd, Epsom KT19 0QZ St John’s 75th birthday concert, come and hear local choirs, join in the community singing and watch the dancing. All welcome. No charge, refreshments served. Further info: Claire Cornell 0208 394 0566 QUIET DAY 12 May, 10am-4pm, St Columba’s House, Maybury Hill, Woking GU22 8AB Based on the wisdom of Julian of Norwich with Holy Communion at midday. Led by the Revd John Page. Cost £25 to include lunch. Tel 01483 766498 or email retreats@ stcolumbashouse.org.uk MUSIC ON MONDAY 12 May, 12.40pm, Christ Church, Town Square, Woking, GU21 6YG Gillian Lloyd, organ, suggested donation: £3 LUNCHTIME RECITAL 13 May, 1.00 pm, All Saints’ Church, High Street, Banstead SM7 2NN Vasara Quartet. String quartet playing Haydn and Brahms. Admission by programme £6, on sale at the door. See www. bansteadarts.co.uk. SONGS OF PRAISE 18 May, 6.30 pm, All Saints’ Church, High Street, Banstead SM7 2NN Songs of Praise at All Saints’. Sing well-loved hymns and hear well-known readings, suggested in advance. See www.bansteadarts. co.uk.
MUSIC ON MONDAY 19 May, 12.40pm, Christ Church, Town Square, Woking, GU21 6YG Bella Hartman, piano, suggested donation: £3 LIVING CHURCHYARDS – NETWORKING MORNING 24 May, 10am-2.30pm, St Mary’s Church, Church Yard, Byfleet KT14 7NF A networking event for those concerned with churchyards and wildlife; information on good practice and how to manage land for wildlife and people. Numbers limited to 25. Cost £15 to include refreshments and lunch. Further information: Frances Halstead, Surrey Wildlife Trust on 07891 514574, or email firstname.lastname@example.org QUIET DAY 31 May, 10am - 4pm Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, Bordon Led by Revd Elizabeth Knifton, theme ‘Abundant Living’. Cost £30 inc refreshments & lunch. To book contact 01420 478121 or email info@ acornchristian.org
JUNE QUIET DAY 2 June, 10am-4pm, St Columba’s House, Maybury Hill, Woking GU22 8AB Celebrating the feast of St Columba, his story and the house, with Celtic Communion at midday. Led by Pam Thorogood, spiritual director of Guildford Diocese. Cost £25 to include lunch. Tel 01483 766498 or email retreats@ stcolumbashouse.org.uk MUSIC ON MONDAY 2 June, 12.40pm, Christ Church, Town Square, Woking, GU21 6YG Andrew Scott, organ, suggested donation: £3 PASTORAL TRAINING DAY 4 June, 10am-4pm, St Columba’s House, Maybury Hill, Woking GU22 8AB A day looking at the relationship between spirituality and psychology and related issues that can emerge in ministry. Led by the Revd Andrew Walker, director of the three-year Ignatian Spirituality programme. Cost £35 to include lunch. Tel 01483 766498 or email retreats@ stcolumbashouse.org.uk CONCERT 6 June, 7.30pm St Martin’s Church, Ockham Road South, East Horsley Jayne Sylvester - Mezzo Soprano and Roland Chadwick - Classical Guitar. Including Songs by Roland Chadwick, Fernando Sor and some beautiful folk songs Tickets £10 (incl. refreshments) available on the door
GARDEN SAFARI 8 June, 2 - 6pm, East Horsley village A ‘garden safari’ taking in more than 10 unique gardens in East Horsley village. Tickets: £5 per person (children free). More info and tickets from 01483 283713 OPEN GARDENS 8 June, 11.30am – 5.30pm, Grayswood village, near Haslemere, GU27 2DB Visitors can follow a beautifully illustrated map around 10 gardens, the infant school grounds and the village allotments, all of which have been created by enthusiastic amateur gardeners. Lunch available at the Wheatsheaf Inn and teas at the village hall. Evensong in All Saints’ Church, Grayswood will follow at 6.30pm. Tickets: £5 from information tent on the village green on the day. Further information: grayswoodopengardens@gmail. com MUSIC ON MONDAY 9 June, 12.40pm, Christ Church, Town Square, Woking, GU21 6YG Surrey University Graduation Recitals Preview, suggested donation: £3
ORGAN RECITAL 11 June, 1.10pm, St Mary’s Church, Quarry Street, Guildford Graham Thorp, Royal Academy of Music Admission free – donations invited IGNATIAN RETREAT 11-13 June, Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, Bordon A Silent Retreat Led by members of the Ignatian team offering a time to step aside from our everyday routines to be still in God’s presence. Start late Friday afternoon, finish mid-afternoon Sunday Cost £180 fully residential. To book contact 01420 478121 or email email@example.com JOURNEY INTO WHOLENESS 14 June, 10am-4pm, St Columba’s House, Maybury Hill, Woking GU22 8AB Learn how to pray more effectively for yourself and others. The day will include times of worship, teaching, quiet reflection and prayer, led by a team from Wholeness Through Christ. Cost £15, bring your own lunch. Book via the WYTC office: 01324 714946 or email office@ wholenessthroughchrist.org
HERITAGE WEEKEND 14 June 10am-5pm, 15 June Noon-5pm, Christ Church, Church Hill, Shamley Green GU5 0UD A weekend to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Christ Church – live music, entertainment by local schools, guided tours with stewards in Victorian dress, displays, exhibitions, cream teas and much more Further details form 01483 892030 OPEN CHURCH EVENT 17 June, 7.30pm, St Nicolas Parish Centre, Bury Street, Guildford GU2 4AW The Dean of Guildford, the Very Revd Dianna Gwilliams asks: ‘Can same-sex marriage be Christian?’ Admission free. Further information: 01483 564526 DAY OF PRAYER 19 June, 9am-4pm, St Columba’s House, Maybury Hill, Woking GU22 8AB Draw near to Petertide, a day of prayer focusing on those about to be ordained as deacons and priests. Led by the Revd John Page Donations welcome, bring your own lunch
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Fellow Travellers Couples renew vows at Epsom church in world record attempt The Curtises have been married for 42 years, whilst 18 couples at Epsom Christ Church renewed their wedding vows as part of The Big Promise another couple had been married 50 years. There were also some newlyweds taking part in the chance to world record attempt.
reaffirm marriage vows. They joined couples up and down the country in The event was one of many at the church during renewing their vows at 5.15pm on the same day as part a festival called ‘Love Fest’. Attractions included a of a National Marriage Week initiative. wedding dress exhibition through the centuries with the The record currently stands at 1,087 couples, set in earliest starting at 1908, a wedding preparation session Miami University, Ohio in 2009, but it is believed that and an all age worship service to finish the week. The Big Promise’s attempt passed the 1,600 mark. The publicity officer at the church, Denise The Revd Rosemary Donovan and associate Chamberlain, renewed her vows with her husband of minister, the Revd Sue Curtis, both of Epsom Christ 31 years. She said: “It was lovely. It was just lovely to Church, renewed their vows with their husbands. go over what you had done before and relive the day.” The associate minister’s husband, Berwick Curtis, The community await confirmation that a new world said: “Craig Donovan and I were in the congregation record has been set. while our wives took the service. For some people it For more information visit: www.marriage-week. was very emotional. I felt a twinge of emotion. I thought org.uk/the-big-promise/. back over the years.”
Farewell to Stuart after 19 years at Ruxley A packed congregation of more than 250 people gathered at Ruxley Church to show appreciation for the ministry of the Revd Canon Stuart Thomas at his final service there in February. Not only had Stuart ministered at around 200 baptisms, more than 60 weddings, over 400 funerals, given around 700 school assemblies and 2,000 sermons, but Stuart had also seen one church demolished and another built during his 19 years as vicar! Stuart, who became rector of St Peter’s, Frimley, in March, was joined by friends and colleagues from around the deanery and diocese as well as from Churches Together, the Methodist Wimbledon Circuit and London District and the Korean Seangsu Church. Appeal treasurer Derek Eade said: “It’s safe to say that Stuart’s time in the parish was a busy one. In addition to his regular ministerial duties he had the major task of overseeing the design and construction of the new church after our old one was demolished due to subsidence. He also served the wider community as chairman of governors at Riverview (CofE) School, as Mayor’s chaplain, rural dean, and diocesan ecumenical officer as well as being an author, liturgy tutor and an accomplished pianist.
Stuart is pictured wearing a stole from Bolivia, a gift from Methodist Minister the Revd Dr Martine Stemerick, with congregation members Ola (left) and Ohife, at the reception following his farewell service.
“Stuart and his wife Heather have been a wonderful team, and Heather will be especially remembered for her pastoral work, most notably with baptism families and the elderly.” At the reception afterwards Stuart and Heather were presented with gifts and a celebration cake, depicting the words of the blessing sung to them at the end of the service by the congregation: ‘May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you’.
New Registrar for Licensed Lay Ministers United we stand: couples in Epsom Christ Church
Dr Stephen Linton has been appointed the new LLM Registrar for the Diocese of Guildford following the retirement of Dr Anthony Metcalfe.
administrative and involves maintaining and updating the list of LLMs, said: “I’m pleased to be able to take on this task and hope to fill the role as efficiently as Anthony
Anthony retires after eight years in the role. He had been a LLM (Reader) since 1989 and served in Scotland and at St George & St Giles, Ashtead. Readers are now known as LLMs to reflect the range of duties they undertake in the Church. They are lay men and women, from a wide range of occupations and backgrounds who are authorised to preach and teach, to conduct worship, and to assist in pastoral, Retired doctor Stephen Linton evangelistic and liturgical work. has taken up the position of Stephen, whose role is mainly LLM Registrar
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Local Ministry Programme students were presented with their hard-earned university certificates at a special evensong at the Cathedral in February. Between them the group achieved Certificate, Foundation Degree and BA(Hons) in Ministry Studies. Back row left to right: Dermot Verschoyle, David Oakden, Andy
has. My aim is to help the LLMs to fulfil the role to which God has called them in our parishes. “It’s clear that LLMs have an important role to play in our churches. If anyone would like to consider this further please do contact me.” Stephen has been a LLM for 25 years at St Peter’s Church, Farnborough, preaching and leading services regularly. He was a GP in Farnborough for 33 years until his recent retirement from active medical work. If you are considering becoming an LLM visit www.cofeguildford. org.uk/diocesan-life/becomingan-llm/ or contact Stephen at registrarofllms@cofeguildford. org.uk.
Spencer (tutor), Peter Sellars, Martin Groves (Director of Studies, Oxford Brookes University), Steve Summers (course principal) Front row left to right: Pippa Ross-McCabe (tutor), Lizzie Toms, Andrew Partridge, Judy Wedderspoon, Anne Mitchell, Martin Gilpin, Barbara SteelePerkins (tutor).