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November 2011 Issue 54

Woking united in peaceful faith Over 400 people of all faiths and none gathered in Woking Town Square to affirm peace on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and remember all those who have died in the last decade as a result of so-called ‘religious’ violence. The gathering was organised by local charity, Woking People of Faith which works to encourage understanding and friendship between Woking’s people of different faiths and cultures for the good of the wider community. Chairperson, the Revd Canon Richard Cook, read a statement written by local faith leaders, two minutes of silence were held, peace was shared and then hundreds of balloons were released as a symbol of Woking’s commitment to work in harmony across faith and culture differences.

increased tension between communities since 9/11. It read: “The consequences of 9/11 are still with us today. Not the least of these consequences is an increased tension between communities of all kinds and creeds. But it can never be the case that all members of any particular community can be blamed for actions falsely undertaken in its name. “So it is a falsehood that all Muslims are responsible for 9/11, just as it is a falsehood that all Jews are responsible for plotting the death of Jesus. Dreadful events flowed from the latter, and our task is to ensure that they do not also flow from the former. Our desire is that the future is better than the past.

The Bishop of Guildford, the head Imams of the Shia and Sunni communities, Woking‘s mayor and councillors were all joined by hundreds of residents for the gathering.

“We therefore, as people of faith, commit ourselves to work in harmony and mutual respect with each other to bear witness to our shared values and to carry them into the wider communities of which we are part. May God bless us all in this endeavour, and may we glorify God’s name in so doing.”

The statement declared that the hallmarks of true faith are love for God and love for one another and noted the

Woking People of Faith coordinator the Revd Pippa Ross-McCabe commented: “We strive to think globally and to act locally.

It was very good to gather as representatives of Woking’s diverse community on such a significant anniversary to affirm and commit to the difficult and delicate work of understanding, respecting and living harmoniously with one another for the good of the whole community. “It was also important to recognise that

those who died on 9/11 are not the only victims of violence carried out under the banner of so-called religious belief in the last 10 years. “The releasing of balloons was a moving and significant moment. Our prayer is that these humble events will affirm, encourage and strengthen the very good

relationships between people of different faiths and cultures in Woking. “We are grateful to Woking Borough Council for its permission and support at this event.” For more information visit

Make your mark in history – be a digital Bible scribe Question: What have a former Big Brother winner, the Prince of Wales and 900 people at this summer’s Greenbelt Festival all got in common? Answer: All of them have written verses in The People’s Bible, the biggest community Bible ever to be created which is currently touring the UK and heading to Guildford on 7 November. In the year of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, you can also make

your mark in history by scribing a verse from the book that shaped our nation when the Scribe Pod stops off at Abbot’s Hospital, High Street Guildford GU1 3AJ from 10am to 4pm. The People’s Bible is a joint venture between the Bible Society in England and Wales and the Scottish Bible Society to produce a unique, hand-written edition of the KJV Bible. The pen used is a digital pen so that an online version will also be available.

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Each participant – whether you are the Archbishop of Canterbury (who wrote 2 Corinthians 12.9 and 12.10) or former Big Brother winner, Cameron Stout, who was among the many people to sign the People’s Bible on the Orkney Islands, you’ll be able to write at least two verses. in June on the anniversary of the birth of King James VI at the castle in 1566 and will end at Westminster Abbey on 16 November when the finished work will be presented at a service attended by The Queen.

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If you do decide to go, you’ll write on digital paper with a pen with a built-in camera and see your handwriting streamed live on a big screen. You’ll also be able to personalise your verses with a comment or signature;

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along with your name, where you are and your age - so you’ll have a record of making your mark in history. If you’re not able to make it to Guildford or you’ve got another location that you think would be perfect for people to get involved, you can request a scribe station. To find out more or to book one of these portable writing stations to take The People’s Bible to perhaps a school, a market, or even prison visit www.thepeo

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New Christmas tree decorations easy to swallow The UK’s first ever set of Nativitythemed Fairtrade chocolate Christmas tree decorations has been launched in a bid to make the UK’s 20 million Christmas trees a little more meaningful this December.

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And the box of interactive decorations comes not only with the story of Christmas but also an invite to attend a church service.

The Christmas story, which can be found on the card, enables adults or children to read the story while placing character stickers on the decorations. Once completed, the decorations can be hung on the tree as a reminder of the real meaning of Christmas.

The Meaningful Chocolate Company – the team behind the successful Real Easter Egg - produced the decorations to encourage families to consider the meaning of Christmas and to help parents, grandparents and

Each box of Meaningful Chocolate Tree Decorations contains a limited edition Christmas card, a sticker set and six hand-wrapped, high quality, Fairtrade chocolate decorations.

David Marshall, from The Meaningful Chocolate Company, said: “We estimate that most of the UK’s 20

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million Christmas trees don’t have anything religious hung on them. Our decorations are an opportunity to buy an interactive gift that allows the telling of the Christmas story at home. “The card also includes an invitation for people to go to church to hear the Christmas story there. So, not only is it educational, it’s also a piece of evangelism.” The Meaningful Christmas Tree Decorations cost £3.95. Church orders can be made through or from Supplies are limited and orders should be made by November 14.

Dream goods and designer clothes in Christmas advert Christian charity has launched its 2011 Christmas ad design and is appealing to churches and individuals to bring the campaign to life across parishes. The free poster re-casts the nativity scene with trendy twenty somethings, designer fashions and luxury gifts proclaiming ‘However you dress it up.... Christmas Starts with Christ’. The campaign aims to address the High Street shopper who has lost sight of the meaning of Christmas in the consumer frenzy.

Blue skies graced over 100 church members from across Surrey and Hampshire who gathered at St Thomas on the Bourne Church, Farnham, (pictured) for the annual Diocesan Day on Prayer this autumn. Tips on how to sustain, structure and support prayer were aplenty for the participants who could choose from a range of workshops from old favourites such as Meditation for the Beginner to newer themes such as Praying with Colour and Visualisation as a form of Prayer. Organiser and diocesan adviser on faith and spirituality the Revd Alan Elkins said: “All of the interactive presentations were designed to stimulate and extend our prayer life. “Experienced, trained spiritual directors were also on hand providing drop-in ‘taster sessions’ for anyone who wanted to explore the idea of regular spiritual direction.” After a worship session in church, lunchtime provided an opportunity for everyone to network under the autumn sunshine in the paved courtyard as well as to browse through the bookstall and other resources on display.

The wise men are depicted as three successful entrepreneurs with iconic gifts of a Swarovski crystal perfume bottle, a Fabergé egg and a replica Damian Hirst skull. But the traditional nativity arrangement is unchanged, with Jesus as its clear focus. The Archbishop of York welcomed the image, saying: “We know from research that only 12% of adults, and only 7% of people aged between1824, know the Christmas story. As Christians we want to keep Christmas focussed on Christ, by retelling the story in a way which engages creatively and

Alan brought the day to a close by thanking workshop leaders and all who took part saying: “Once again I am gratified to see so many people taking time out to consider prayer and contemplation and the ways in which it will strengthen our journey with God.”

A memorial service was conducted by the Revd Sarah Brough when diocesan communications director, the Revd Mark Rudall highlighted Harold’s service to the diocese.

Jenny Floyer from Farnham summed up as she left: “The day was superb and well organised with a wonderful choice of workshops. I took part in Visualisation as a form of Prayer and gave it ten out of ten!”

He said: “Harold served on the diocesan synod for decades and became its elder statesman. He also caught the vision for a diocesan paper to help parishes keep in touch with each other and distributed The Herald right from the beginning. “When he started distributing the print runs were around 75,000. That represents a lot of weight and

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positively with people’s interests. I hope our congregations across the country will be sharing this with their neighbours and friends in the coming months.” Last Christmas, the diocese teamed up with neighbouring London, Southwark and Chichester dioceses and negotiated a greatly reduced rate commercial radio campaign on Heart fm (Surrey & Sussex), Eagle (Guildford) and Radio Jackie (Kingston) to reach thousands of people with an advert which complemented the poster campaign. It is hoped that a similarly broad campaign can be funded again this year, and parishes can get involved too – the more consistent the message the more likely that it will be remembered and make a difference. All parishes can get involved locally with posters (local papers, clubs, pubs, shops etc) and/or local radio advertising (there are more local internet-based radio stations starting up all the time) – all supplied free and easy to download from – just visit to find out more.

The Herald’s Harold remembered Diocesan stalwart and former distribution manager of The Wey’s predecessor The Herald, Harold White, died at his home in Cheshire at the end of September and was brought back to Surrey for internment at St Mary’s Church, Chiddingfold.

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A harvest of pencils

Harold White, for many years responsible for circulation of ‘The Herald’, developed his logistics expertise with the Post Office. He admitted to a sleepless night or two over the Great Train Robbery, but he now lies at peace at St Mary’s, Chiddingfold in the diocese which he served so dutifully

bulk: something like seven tons of newsprint had to be collected from the printer and distributed around the diocese. “Of course we still have the advertising inserts he disliked so much because they help fund the publication. Month by month Harold would phone up and bark: ‘The wretched inserts are so big this month they’ve stuffed the packs of papers out to the shape of

Bethany Davis (left) and Heather McCaughan bring home some of the harvest at St Lawrence, Chobham

Harvest festivals and suppers of all kinds are being celebrated across the diocese – whether it’s a uniformed parade, an outdoor service at the allotments or a Britain’s Got Talent style harvest of talents. One bountiful crop has been the one at St Lawrence, Chobham where the Revd Andrew Body has challenged villagers to produce a harvest of pencils. Inspired by this year’s census the target was to gather a total of 4,600, a pencil for each person in Chobham - but the response has been so generous that Andrew is hopeful of tripling the original target. The pencils – just ordinary black lead ones - will go to schoolchildren in Uganda where basic resources are in short supply. In past years, the parish churches of St Lawrence and St Saviour at Valley End have made harvest collections of a variety of items, including spectacles, books and even bicycles. Anyone farther afield who would like to support the cause can donate to Read International, which helps improve children’s access to education and will be dispatching the boxloads of pencils to East Africa. Find out more online at rugby balls and they won’t stack!’ “Professionally he was a transport logistician – indeed, after distinguished war service he was in charge of the entire rail transport operations of the Post Office. He told us that technically he was responsible for the movement of old banknotes that featured in the Great Train Robbery – which gave him a few sleepless nights… “We loved him and at The Wey we give thanks for an immensely loyal and faithful volunteer worker who served over so many years.”


Cof E – UK’s biggest charity With millions of supporters and an income of £889 million a year, new audited figures show that the Church of England is the biggest charitable organisation in the UK. The figures, gathered by the Archbishops’ Council, show that despite the recession and popular perception of a crumbling Church, giving to Anglican churches has continued to grow. The money is mostly spent in making sure there is a Christian presence in every community across England, although nearly £49 million was donated by churches to other charities in 2009. Regular and collection plate giving in churches, plus the tax recovered through Gift Aid, was £511 million in that year. Total parish expenditure was £886 million. Dr John Preston, the Church’s national stewardship and resources officer, said: “Whilst figures for giving to the wider charity section showed a dip following the credit crunch, giving to parishes in 2009 saw a further increase, albeit a small one; a sign of the high level of commitment that so many have to supporting the mission and ministry of their local parish church. “Gift Aid reclaimed on donations also reached a new high.”

Who cares? We do - As well as having the largest income of any UK charitable organisation the Church of England donated almost £49 million to charities in 2009

Independent research commissioned by the South East England Faiths Forum also showed that in our region some 200,000 Christian volunteers, along with members of other faiths, donate time worth about £95m per year. The annual value of working with people in some specific areas of work was estimated as: homelessness (£40m); helping into employment (£10m) and preventing crime (£4.5m); preventing education drop-out (£12m).

Diocese of Guildford spokesman the Revd Mark Rudall said: “Despite its huge size the Church of England remains hidden from the vast majority of our population and this is a tragedy.

Twenty four shops and restaurants in Guildford’s town centre will become ‘doors’ in a life-sized advent calendar this December as the town celebrates both Christmas and its link with the King James Bible.

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The KJV was written in English and designed to be read out to largely illiterate congregations so the Gospel could finally be heard by the country’s masses - and just as accessibility was key to its success, organisers hope the calendar will take the Bible to modern day audiences who might otherwise not hear it. Calendar coordinator Susan Snashall said: “One of the 24 pieces of artwork will be revealed each day in the windows of shops and restaurants – mostly small independent ones - in what has been called ‘Secret Guildford’. PRAYERS2GO After selling more than 30,000 copies over 20 years a compilation of prayers written by teenage Christians with the help of a Woking vicar has now launched online. Teenagers looking for a spiritual boost can now access daily prayers on Facebook page Prayers2go instead of having to buy an edition of the successful series, Prayers for Teenagers. Wisley with Pyrford rector and series author the Revd Nick Aiken said it was exciting to see the concept become accessible to new audiences – and thanked the young people of his parish who had been crucial in taking the project forward - “ Prayers for Teenagers was written largely by teenagers in the Diocese of Guildford – we had over 1,000 submitted and local young people came together to select the best for publication,” says Nick. “It has been remarkably successful and what we wanted to do now was to post the prayers online to provide spiritual encouragement each day. “Teenagers from this parish who were confirmed in May came forward and are now helping manage Prayers2go – I’m indebted to them for their insight and enthusiasm and we all wait with bated breath to see how it develops in this new form. Our hope is that we might be able to reach young people who would never dream of picking up a book of prayers.” Pictured launching the new virtual Prayers2go are, left to right, Theresa Carey, Abigail Pantling, the Revd Nick Aiken and Alastair Aiken Take a look for yourself at and search ‘Prayers2go’.

“Artists include pupils at nursery schools, schools and colleges, members of churches, a youth club and art groups, Brownies, adults with special needs and an international student group. “Trail maps will be available in schools, churches, participating shops and Tourist Information from 24 November when the town lights are switched on with prizes for children who find the most verses. “We do hope that busy shoppers will be able to take some time out and take in the verses for a moment. Some are inspirational others reassuring and others moving. “Do come and discover the calendar for yourself and bring along family and friends.” Trail leaflets can be obtained by emailing

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Global Community Matters Solar power from leg power Eighty-five-year-old Bill Lindop was joined by friends and supporters this September in a 40-mile sponsored walk which raised money for solar panels to power the supply of water to a Gambian village. Bill, who trained by playing golf and walking around his village of Horsell, was joined by a total of 35 fellow walkers for the three-day walk along the Pilgrims’ Way and North Downs Path from Alton to Reigate Hill. Together the walkers raised the £5,000 needed to secure solar panels so that water can be directed to the village of Marakissa and locals will not have to walk to wells outside the village.

“I will be going out in December myself to manage the installation of the panels – although I won’t be doing it myself as they will be 30 feet up in the air to keep them safe!” If anyone would like to support Bill in his fundraising contact him on 01483 765897 or via

Carrying the cross during a Good Friday walk of witness had a profound effect on two men who will carry the cross once more in late October – only this time for 44 miles to raise funds for their church’s youth trip to help mission partners in South Africa. Fathers Lance Nevill and Robert Scott will walk along the South Downs Way from Winchester Cathedral to Arundel in what will be both a spiritual pilgrimage and a fundraiser for the Church of the Good Shepherd, Farnborough.

oak cross which weighs 170 lbs. They hope to raise £1,500 towards the £15,000 total.

pint of the finest local ale at the end of each day’s walking.”

Robert said: “It is a walk of faith, not just because of the physical challenge of carrying the cross for three days along with all our gear, but more significantly the challenge of going ever deeper in sharing our faith.

Vicar, the Revd Rachel Bennetts, said: “Robert and Lance are a real inspiration to everyone with their faith and enthusiasm for this walk. The whole church is behind them in prayer and we’re looking forward to hearing stories of this adventure when they come back.’’

“We have walked many miles on blistered feet in training and have had to put padding on the cross to protect our shoulders. Despite this we can’t wait to get started as we serve a mighty God who saves His people. We have also promised ourselves a

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Nine young people and three adults will travel to St Thomas’ Church in Cape Town next July, where they will work alongside their Crosslinks mission partners who help homeless children find adoptive and foster parents.

Bill, a member of Trinity Methodist Church, Horsell, has been fundraising for the village since he first visited the country as a tourist in 1986. He said: “My wife Irene and I felt that something had to be done, and in 1987 we started fundraising for a classroom block to replace the tin shack. “Sadly my wife has now passed away, but the fundraising has continued, and over the years, with the support of St Mary’s Horsell, local (and far flung) friends and my own church, we have paid for clinics, a maternity delivery room, a dental clinic and over £5,000 worth of medical drugs each year.

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Robert and Lance aim to complete the stretch in three days and have been practising around Farnborough carrying the Bill leads the way in a sponsored walk which secured the funds to allow a Gambian village to have its own water supply

Robert (left) and Lance put in some practice ahead of their fundraising pilgrimage this autumn

Court date for demolition of West Bank home is postponed Regular readers may recall the story in issue 52 (August 2011) highlighting Fleet lay minister Mary Goodson’s visit to the West Bank earlier this year, when she was caught up in just one family’s struggle to live on its own land – rolling up her sleeves and labouring to help the family make the home habitable and postpone demolition by Israeli authorities. Good news. The Christian charity Amos Trust – who paid for and helped rebuild the home featured in the article – now reports that a court hearing to decide the fate of the house and six others in the village of Al Walajah has been postponed. The case to determine whether the demolition orders on the seven homes will proceed was due to come before an Israeli court in September, but has now been postponed until January next year. While the court date is no longer imminent, the charity is calling on supporters to keep up the pressure on MPs and MEPs to challenge the demolition orders threatening these homes. The Amos Trust website contains simple links to find contact details for your local MP and MEP and even sample text to help draft letters. Amos Trust volunteers join local families to Find out more online at rebuild homes in Al Walajah

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Community Matters Walking marathon through the Surrey Hills Members of a men’s group from four Dorking churches joined 100 walkers in tackling Surrey’s toughest terrain in a sponsored walk for the Surrey Care Trust.

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The Cross Walk team walked from Shere back to Shere, covering more than 26 miles and the three major ‘peaks’ of Holmbury Hill, Leith Hill and Box Hill in the challenge known as STEPS Across Surrey 3 Peaks.

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The team was made up of members from an informal group from Crossways Community Baptist, St Paul’s, New Life and Harvest churches that walks in the hills around the town every Saturday morning and tackles a larger sponsored walk once a year. The STEPS Across Surrey 3 Peaks, now in its eighth year, is organised by charity the Surrey Care Trust to raise money for its education programmes and mentoring and counselling support for young people. Cross Walk team member Tony Cotterill said: “It’s interesting that some of the team found it more arduous than the Yorkshire three peaks. “The outbound walk to Brockham and then to Box Hill went pretty much to plan, but the last leg from the top of Box Hill to Shere seemed to go on for ever. “And despite all our training we were all pretty shattered at the end. One had a blister or two and another was suffering from chafing, so it is definitely not a walk

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for the faint-hearted! “It is much less arduous on our Saturday mornings - we usually walk between five and seven miles and then go back to someone’s house for breakfast and a Bible study. “Some come for the walk and the breakfast, others for the breakfast and the study, whatever suits them –

although perhaps it wouldn’t work if people came just for the breakfast! New members are very welcome.” Each walker was asked to raise £125, and the Surrey Care Trust is hoping the event will raise at least £13,000. The Cross Walk team has so far raised £880. Contact Tony on 07785 728353 to find out more about Cross Walk.

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Prisons feeling the squeeze – can you help? Following the riots this summer the country’s prison population is at an all-time high, and charity Prison Fellowship is urging the public to support it during Prisons Week (20-26 November) and beyond. Coupled with a drop in central funding, prisons are feeling the squeeze more than ever before and Prison Fellowship (PF) is asking churches and church members to pray, donate or serve as volunteers where they can.

OLYMPIC REHEARSAL – Thousands of local residents – including church congregations – thronged the streets of Surrey one Sunday in late summer to catch a glimpse of nearly 150 of the world’s elite cyclists in a dress rehearsal of next year’s Olympic road race. The London-Surrey Cycle Classic saw Mark Cavendish – Britain’s top cyclist and one of the world’s best – grab a trademark victory in an expert ly-timed sprint finish. Some churches along the route – which winds its way through or close by Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge, West Byfleet, Pyrford, Ripley, West Horsley, East Clandon, Shere, Gomshall, Westcott, Dorking, Boxhill, Leatherhead, Oxshott and Esher – encountered disruption to their usual access routes during the Sunday morning of the race, but most found it an opportunity to get out into their communi ty and rub shoulders with the expectant crowd as the cycle peleton sped through the beautiful Surrey countryside. There are many ways for churches to engage with the Olympics 2012 and involve their local community – and lots of support available – from a simple sports quiz and local sports clubs’ coaching visits, to big screens and trips to the Olympic Park at Stratford. Get on your bike and visit www.morethan to find out more.

PF trustee Penny Parker said: “Our prison population has reached record levels and we know that this has very real and difficult consequences for both offenders and those whose job it is to manage the prisons and the criminal justice system. “But rather than despair at that fact, let’s respond with prayer and action. Volunteers are at the heart of our charity and our mission of ‘seeing lives transformed’. Through them we work for the restoration of the lives of prisoners and victims, and their families and aim to break the cycle of reoffending.” PF works in HMP Send and HMP Coldingley in the Diocese of Guildford where volunteers support the chaplains and

coordinate letter-writing to inmates, run the Angel Tree programme which sees Christmas presents sent to the children of prisoners and co-ordinate the acclaimed restorative justice programme the Sycamore Tree. Contact regional co-ordinator Terry Brown on terrybrown@ or call 07866 895599 if you would like to help. Prisons Week 2011: Do you see me? Or are you just looking? For over thirty years Prisons Week has prepared prayer literature to enable the Christian community, through individuals and churches, to pray for the needs of prisoners, their families, victims of crime and the many people who are involved in caring for prisoners. The Prisons Week 2011 prayer leaflet is now available to download or order from

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Christmas period whilst looking towards outreach and fund raising. Christingles have proved popular for the Children’s’ Society and this year the CMS are offering resources that will help churches to focus on mission at this important time. Locally there’s a great array vof concerts lined up with Brahms, Parry, Britten and Haydn all on offer. A Craft fair as the RHS Garden Centre in Wisley is sure to offer some great and different gift ideas. Christmas is known as a time for giving. From our childhood years we enjoy the excitement of receiving gifts, not because of their monetary value, or greed, but simply it’s because someone has remembered us. Father Christmas may have delivered the gifts, but they were given by a favourite aunt, our parents or friends. Shops on the high street will be making the most of our generosity at this season and will be hoping to in some way reverse the effects of lower sales this year. Many of us however have been using the internet for our purchases choosing from an ever increasing range of items. For something special crafts from this country and abroad often produce something unique to give and books can provide a gift that can last for quite sometime whilst adding knowledge and inspiration. A little thought about getting the correct gift for someone can mean so much more than simply throwing money at the season and ending up in debt! When we grew older we also learned that it was good to give as well as receive, and we would save our pocket money and learned the joy that mum’s smile could bring when she opened her gift. It could be the central theme of the Christmas story of Mary and Joseph looking for somewhere safe where their child could be born that helps us to think of those in need. It could be our understanding of the baby Jesus as a gift from God himself, or the gifts brought by the wise men and the humble shepherds but we certainly understand that Christmas is not only a time of giving to each other, but as a time of giving to those less fortunate. There are many charities that appeal for funds at this time of year because it is a time when folk are a little more generous, take your time and search around, which will benefit from your thoughtfulness this Christmas time?

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Weird but wonderful happenings at the Cathedral Dove-shaped kites, flame-coloured balloon hats and birthday cake on Stag Hill – it can only be one thing: Messy Cathedral. As the sun shone on the hottest day in October for years, Guildford Cathedral threw open its doors to welcome nearly 600 children and their families. They came from all over the diocese and beyond to celebrate the cathe-

dral’s 50th anniversary and the Holy Spirit to whom it is dedicated. An afternoon of activities was followed by an informal act of worship based on the ‘weird but wonderful’ story of Pentecost before a picnic tea and birthday cake outside on the grass. Diocesan children’s work adviser and event organiser Alison Hendy said: “We had a brilliant time, seeing the cathedral Photos by Bonito Photography

Young and old alike joined in the celebrations at Guildford Cathedral

full of families, children playing parachute games, dads searching the cathedral for the Queen’s brick with their sons, mums making dove-shaped kites, people writing prayers for the prayer bunting, the drumming, the amazing flags, it was all very exciting. “The sight of so many families and groups eating their picnics on the south side of the cathedral in the late afternoon sunshine was wonderful and

really gladdened my heart.” One family said: “Please can you say a big THANK YOU to everyone involved in today’s Messy Cathedral - we all had a lovely time and were instantly made to feel welcome. “The children were so busy and were learning at the same time - my littlest was even singing from the song sheet and reading the prayers all the way home in the car.”

Come dine with thee From sophisticated drinks and canapés to a toddler trail and picnic, members of Christ Church, Ottershaw have been urging friends, family and neighbours to ‘Come dine with me’.

to make friends – or become better acquainted – to taste good food and boost church funds.

Parishioners hosted a wide range of meals and urged guests not to award them points as in the television programme of the same name, but to give an appropriate donation to church funds.

“We will definitely do it again next year when it will be one of the ‘disciplines’ in our ‘Olympic Triathlon Challenge’. The other two events will be our Open Gardens Scheme which was also very successful this year and our Fabulous £5 Challenge, which we have run in two previous years where we give church members a £5 note and ask them to make it into more money!”

Co-ordinator Lesley Matthews said: “The idea was to enjoy ourselves and to support the church at the same time. “The first event was ‘Feeding the 50’ (not the 5000!) which was a sit-down supper cosily catered on four tables followed by a mini auction which raised £450 - a really fun evening and a great start to the challenge. “Other events included supper parties and a Sunday lunch but common to all of them was the chance

“We had a great time and with one pudding party still to go we are hopeful of raising £1,000.

World mission charity USPG is urging supporters to host a culinary event - be it a church banquet, dinner party or coffee morning and send donations to help it support Anglican communities worldwide. For more details on Come Dine with USPG visit

Get vision on November 5 Fresh Expressions vision days provide a relaxed and informal opportunity for Christians in a city, town or group of villages to discover more about fresh expressions of church – and the next local event takes place at St John’s Church, Stoke Road, Guildford on November 5 from 9.45am to 4pm.

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Nearly 6,000 people, lay and ordained, have so far taken part in over 75 vision days across the UK. Many have come away with a real desire to work with God and develop their dreams. Café-style vision days are ideal for complete beginners, those with real questions about fresh expressions and mission-shaped church, people who have started something new and need some practical help, and Christians from all churches and traditions. Andrew Roberts, director of training for Fresh Expressions, says: “Each vision day is carefully planned in partnership with local churches to ensure that it is relevant in that particular area and context.” The day costs £15 (payable at time of booking) including refreshments and a light lunch. Please make cheques payable to ‘Guildford DBF’. For more information or to book please contact Louise Redfern, Diocesan House, Quarry Street, Guildford, GU1 3XG, email: louise.redfern@cofe or telephone 01483 790328.

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When accomplished pianist, Dr Colina Livingstone, heard in 1980 that the congregation and choir at St Peter’s Church, Newdigate were to lose their organist and choir director she agreed to ‘help out temporarily’ until a replacement was found. Thirty-one years later, at the age of 91, Colina has decided it is time to step down and was the star of a celebratory farewell service at St Peter’s.

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As Colina had expressed a wish to become more computer-literate, the congregation presented her with a lap-top and the promise of local expert George Brind (‘Ask George’) to get her up and running.

As a skilled organist and accomplished pianist, Colina was always ready to encourage musical ability, especially with children as they helped lead songs in family services

Team rector, the Revd Andrew Coe, said: “Colina has been an enduring force in our team, a cheerful and encouraging presence. We have deeply valued her insight, musical ability, friendship, guidance and care.

“She has always gone the extra mile – many married couples will remember her support as she helped them choose hymns for their wedding service, and she has given much unsung assistance to the Children’s Church, with whom Colina has had a warm and close relationship.” After the celebratory service, a special lunch was held at the Six Bells in Colina’s honour, and later in the afternoon, she presided over her final AGM as chairperson of the church choir, who joined her in tucking into a beautifully-iced cake. Colina’s place as church organist is being filled by her former assistant Eric Marden, but St Peter’s still seeks a replacement choir director/music co-ordinator, and any interested parties should apply in the first instance please to Andrew on 01306 631469 or churchwarden Tina Callcut on 01306 631148.

Young composer Will Todd was commissioned to creat as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations this year. came about and told The Wey why he believes in loca How long have you been in Guildford, and how did you get involved in composing for choirs in the town and the diocese? We have actually only been in Guildford for seven years, but in that time we have made enormous numbers of contacts and now feel very much at home. I grew up in the centre of Durham and when we moved to the south-east we chose Guildford partly because of its proximity to London (my wife, who is a singer, was working for the ENO at the time) but also because of the thriving local arts and music scene. Soon after we came we were introduced to Holy Trinity Church in Guildford, where my children and I now sing in the choir, and when I was commissioned to compose a setting of the Te Deum by Vivace Chorus, I had the idea of including a children’s choir – which brought me in touch with many local schools. Did you come from a musical family, and how long have you been composing? My parents weren’t musicians, but they were music-lovers, and my great-grandmother was a music teacher. We had my grandmother’s piano at home, and I taught myself to play it. My compositions always start off at the keyboard, before going on to the paper – or now, more likely, into the Sibelius software! I wrote my first music when I was seven – I had been given a manuscript book as a present and started an opera (in green pen) but I’m sorry to say it was never finished. I was a chorister at St Oswald’s Church in Durham, and so the early exposure to church music has had a lasting effect. I went to Bristol to read music, and on returning to Durham completed my first major choral work – an oratorio called St Cuthbert. My other major interest is jazz – my Mass in Blue which combines the two genres was recorded about the time we moved to Guildford, and it was wonderful to hear it in Durham Cathedral two years ago, sung by the Holy Trinity Choir.

Getting the Abbey habit! For the second time in two years, the choir of All Saints’ Church, Banstead, made the trip into central London to sing Choral Evensong at the world-famous Westminster Abbey.

Choir member Geoff Barham said: “Our choir has rather a unique arrangement which has worked well for more than ten years - Richard Stangroom and Ian le Grice share the post of musical director.

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The choir’s first visit in 2009 was so successful that the Abbey’s Dean invited them to return and sing a challenging programme.

“All went extremely well and we were supported by two coaches transporting the congregation from Banstead so that together with tourists and others there was a full Abbey for a Tuesday evensong. It was a highly memorable experience for us all, young and old.”

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Cathedral Mass at the anniversary Eucharist, but my title is A Mass for the People of Guildford and I hope very much that it will be performed in other places – not just the cathedral. Why do you place so much emphasis on local music-making, as opposed to the global scene to which so many musicians aspire? I believe that local music–making is extremely valuable, because it means that composers and performers have such strong connections – not only the music – and the fact that so many musical experiences are live, rather than recorded. Of course, it is very rewarding when people want to record my music, but it’s even more exciting to hear it performed by people who are not only colleagues, but also friends. Performing myself (with my jazz trio) and listening to the wealth of other music around Guildford is a vital part of my work. What are you working on at the moment? I am in the process of revising my Clarinet Concerto, and also have several choral commissions – so watch this space! Will has produced a CD with Holy Trinity Choir called Holy Trinity Live – Lighting the Way which includes three pieces by Will – the Gloria & Sanctus from Mass in Blue and an anthem, Lighting the Way. The proceeds from this CD are going to defray the cost of an access ramp at Holy Trinity, which has now been completed to enable wheelchair users to gain access from the High Street. Anyone wishing to purchase a CD can speak to the parish office (01483 567716). Will himself can be contacted via his agent

Kings Chamber celebrates dance in Dorking Get your teddies and dancing shoes ready for a doublebilled celebration when the Kings Chamber Orchestra (KCO) visits St Paul’s Church, Dorking, this December. On 2 December KCO will perform two very different concerts, both celebrating dance. St Paul’s member and organiser Sylvia Yelland said: “This will be the fourth time the orchestra has visited St Paul’s and on each previous occasion it has played to packed audiences, with young and old enjoying a wonderful extravaganza of music. “Founded and led by award winning cellist, Gerard Le Feuvre, KCO is famous for its lively, often hilarious - and always surprising - presentation. Gerard, who has performed with some of the world’s great ballet dancers, is an avowed fan of dance from classical to street and everything in between – so anything could happen!

The epic oratorio, widely considered to be one of the supreme works in the choral repertoire, will be performed in the H G Wells Hall on 3 December. Choral society spokesperson Avril Blagbrough said: “Elijah stands alongside Handel’s Messiah in popularity. It is a truly momentous and awe-inspiring experience, placing great demands on the choristers, soloists and orchestra. “It is a work that is powerful, dramatic and full of beautiful melodies; the high point in the creative output of the

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German composer Felix Mendelssohn. “The work also has a special place in British culture, having been specially written for the 1846 Birmingham Festival, where it had its first performance to an audience of two thousand in 1846, who gave it a rapturous reception.” The concert will feature the Bartholdy Chamber orchestra and four soloists under the baton of Woking Choral Society’s conductor Ben Palmer. For further information and to reserve tickets visit www.woking or call Susan Nichols on 01483 767852. Tickets will be £15 full (£14 for parties of ten or more) or £8 for students.

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Faith on the Frontline

Padre Mark’s frontline tour The Revd Mark Chester, vicar of St Paul’s Church, Camberley, recently returned from a three-month tour of Afghanistan as a Territorial Army Chaplain, serving with 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery.

Mark found his time in Afghanistan extremely demanding but very rewarding. One of his most memorable light-hearted moments was when 500 highlytrained soldiers dropped to the floor in the cook house,

“Examples of such situations include improvised explosive devices that didn’t go off and grenades bouncing off vehicles. The whole environment makes you vividly aware of your own mortality. What is quite normal out there is entirely different from back home.” There was no such thing as a typical day in Afghanistan. Mark had two routines, depending on his location.

Mark served as a unit padre, both at Camp Bastion and forward operating bases in Helmand Province. During his busy time in Afghanistan, he experienced a wide range of situations and emotions - from celebrating Easter to mourning the loss of a young soldier.

...time after time people would escape from difficult situations where really they should have died.

Mark leads a service for members of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan

At a forward operating base, it takes time to get kit together, before going out on an exhausting three or four hour patrol. After that, it takes some time to recover and rehydrate, having experienced temperatures topping 40 degrees. Back at Helmand, Mark was up at 5.30am and in the gym for an hour to beat the morning heat. Following breakfast, it was time for morning prayer, before heading off for the morning conference. Mark’s responsibilities at the conference were Thought for the Day, followed by Joke of the Day. Then he went on to hospital visiting, or visiting troops who had returned to base or were about to go Mark on patrol in Helmand out on patrol, and completed some of his paperwork. after hearing an alarm alerting them of incoming His day ended around 9pm. fire - only to find it was the smoke alarm triggered by Now that he is back home Mark reflects: “Prayer burning toast! really does work. I was aware of being upheld by Mark has learned much from his experiences and prayer, and operating in situations where God had says that the most important thing is “that we are gone first. spiritual people, who want to know the meaning of life “I just want to encourage people to pray about other and survive, and make a positive difference in the things. It really does make a huge amount of differworld, often at great self-sacrifice.” ence. I am personally grateful for your prayers and I Soldiering, he points out, is selfless, and means know the lads were grateful. God is interested in every being prepared to pay a high price for people you detail of our lives.” hardly know. One soldier who paid the ultimate price provided Mark with one of the most difficult situations he was to encounter on tour. While checking the deceased’s next-of-kin details, Mark discovered that the soldier had been killed on his eldest son’s birthday. As a padre, Mark was actually fortunate in only having to deal with one fatality, but with several injuries and soldiers dealing with traumatic experiences. In the thick of it all, he found the power of prayer shone through. A lot of people, in Camberley and elsewhere, had been praying for Mark during his tour and for the soldiers in his care, for which he is very grateful. “I was amazed how, time after time, people would escape from difficult situations where really they should have died,” explains Mark. Simple gifts from home raise the spirits

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Five-minute Interview

Onward Christian soldier - Tim Cross Tim Cross is a retired Major General who has served in the British Army right across the globe; his last operational tour before his retirement was in Iraq with the Coalition Provisional Authority. He is also an LLM (Reader) at St Paul’s, Camberley. Q. Major General, you became a Christian while in the army. At which point in your career did you become a Reader? A. I became a Christian in 1981, and originally looked to becoming a Lay Reader in the 1980s, but put it aside as I didn’t understand the questions I was supposed to be writing about, never mind the answers! I took the training back up again in the 1990’s and was licensed in 1997.

Q. What moved you to become a Reader? A. I was encouraged to take up training by an NSM at our small village church; I loved the Scriptures, enjoyed studying them, and he argued that I had a gift for teaching and preaching. I also began to feel passionate about the need for sound biblical teaching that impacted on people’s lives.

Q. What was it like to combine high office in the army with ministry as an LLM? A. It was not difficult to be a senior serving officer and a Lay Reader. My rank meant little or nothing in the pulpit, and the fact that I was a serving Christian was not that unusual.

Q. Has being a soldier affected your being an LLM? A. Yes, very much so. As a soldier, you get around a lot and you see a lot. For example, sin for me is not a theological issue. I have seen evil, touched evil and smelt it. Not surprisingly, this has an impact on my preaching. Similarly, when you think about holiness: holiness is not some impossibly high hurdle that God sets us, but rather a call to live out our faith as we operate daily in the world.

Q. Have you come across many who query that it is possible to be a Christian and a soldier? What is your reply? A. Essentially, I see no conflict at all. I was a soldier when God called me. Scripture seems to be to be clear that unless you are called out, you should stay put – and I see nothing in Scripture that says you cannot be a good soldier and a Christian. I can only believe that God wants Christians in all spheres of life – and I would far rather that the British Army had loads of Christians in it than none at all. And as a Christian on operations around the world, I like to think I have made a positive difference in all sorts of ways.

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THERE’S A SENSE OF GREAT ADVENTURE AT CROSS RHYTHMS THIS YEAR! At a time of financial uncertainty around the world, paradoxically doors of amazing opportunity are now opening to Cross Rhythms to stretch into a season of expansion! Since 1983 Cross Rhythms has been impacting youth and the wider community with a Christian message through media. We have established 3 Cross Rhythms FM radio stations in UK cities, our radio shows go to more than 50 stations worldwide, and the Cross Rhythms website is one of the most popular UK youth sites, reaching more than 700,000 people each year.

“I was doing the show this morning when Nabeel had someone sitting in with him. The guy didn't know who I was but realised that I do the show. He said he is a huge fan and he loves the music.” Bethlehem lives with ongoing threat of war; there is 50% unemployment; 48% are under 18; young people are indoctrinated into hatred; there is little hope, and a typical wage for a young person is £5 per day. Despite all this a huge number of young people have Smartphones; and over 70% of Palestinians have access to the internet! Through a strong, relevant website our vision is to engage with this unique community of young people, and so positively influence the values and mindset of the emerging young Palestinian generation.

Here’s some wonderful news I heard last week from one of our shows: “This Sunday just gone a lady came to church for the first time after listening to the Audacious Radio Show, and gave her life to Jesus”. Cross Rhythms is already touching the lives of thousands of young people every day, but now, at a time when many are facing a season of reducing, God is calling Cross Rhythms to go boldly forward into a season of expansion. Let me explain… BETHLEHEM In June the staggering news that 11 leaders in Bethlehem wanted Cross Rhythms to set up a radio station to reach the young Arab generation in their wonderful city, opened up a whole new horizon for this ministry. For two years we have pioneered a weekly radio show in Bethlehem, and it is from this basis the opportunity for a radio station has emerged. We are encouraged that our unique model of radio is able to engage young people whatever their cultural background. Here is recent feedback from our presenter in Bethlehem:

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Already several highly respected Arab Christian leaders have joined a board of reference and are advising us: a station name has been agreed; a comprehensive equipment list has been prepared; and a base for studios has also been found - a house perfectly located near Manger Square, once used as a prayer house during the seige of the Church of the Nativity. It can house a reception, two studios, a production area, meeting room, manager's office and a bedroom. It is ideal!


THAILAND Young Muslims in Bethlehem is one thing. How about young Buddhists? In three short months Cross Rhythms Thailand has been born!

Muslims? Buddhists? Hindus? But what about secular Britain? At Cross Rhythms it is time to redouble our efforts to reach the youth of our nation!

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Recently a generous supporter offered to pay for a flight to India, and in response within days our contact had put together an excellent itinerary that showed the substance of local support: meetings with at least 6 primary church leaders including the head of the churches of Warangal; a pastor for a tribal community; and an orthodox Hindu convert working with student groups.

Great progress already! And once the equipment and property have been financially secured, our goal is to install and set up the base in early 2012. What an opportunity! And what a privilege!

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INDIA Muslims? Buddhists? How about young Hindus? After contact from Pastor Mallamari in Warangal, India, we are now evaluating a partnership with Indian churches to deliver a Cross Rhythms station to their city!

Yep, a conversation with a CEO at Thai National Radio, just north of Bangkok, became the launch, in August, of a six month trial for the very first Cross Rhythms Thailand radio show! And the CEO has stated she might pitch it to the national network, the equivalent of the BBC! Wow, what influence!

The recent riots across the UK revealed again a youth generation rejected, alienated, trapped in brokenness and far off from their Heavenly Father. At this time God has shown us He is a Father to the fatherless and he is calling us to reveal His Fatherheart to that youth generation through media: we are working for more UK FM radio stations; we are now filming online TV programmes where young people share on issues such as cancer, suicide, disability, eating disorders and witchcraft; and the MyVoice project to empower young Christians to share their faith through media is developing.

Already we are getting feedback: “We thank God that we can broadcast the radio program from Cross Rhythm. We start to tell the local churches in Central Thailand so that they can use the radio broadcast to evangelize in their places too.”

THE NEXT STEPS? Cross Rhythms is responding to the call of God to stretch for greater effectiveness! We punch well above our weight, and in this season of expansion we are bursting with opportunity.

Whilst this comment was received from a Buddhist lady who is an English teacher in a large town 50 kilometres away: “I have just listened to Crossrythms on computer my radio did not work. It's great. Mr DJ is very nice.”

Today I would ask you to consider what you invest into the younger generation? What is the value to reaching the emerging generations with a powerful life changing introduction to their Heavenly Father?

Miraculously God has connected us with a young Thai Christian, who presents the show in Thai to the local people. In a Buddhist nation, it is incredible to see how the Cross Rhythms model of Christian radio can stand up in the marketplace: empowering local Christians to be ‘salt & light’ to their own community.

Through Cross Rhythms you can help reach millions of ‘broadcast children’ around the world! Our children’s and grandchildren’s generation.

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A great many retreat houses offer retreats, quiet days, and space where you can simply be. Many diocesan houses not only run organised events and accept group bookings but are happy to welcome individuals too. Many religious communities invite individuals and groups to spend time living alongside them and joining them in their prayer and worship. But there are also smaller establishments individual rooms in local houses of prayer, for example, or annexes, summer houses and caravans serving as places to be.

What would you do? You might like just to relax and rest. You might like to explore your surroundings - as you do, use your senses, and attend to the sights, sounds and smells. You might like to record thoughts, feelings, perceptions or insights, in prose or verse, or by creating images, perhaps using paints or clay. If you read, read only a little and then ponder what you have read, noticing your reaction to the text and its significance for you. You may wish also to spend time in prayer, for others and for yourself. Words may be helpful or you may prefer simply to be inwardly still and quiet, receptive to the Spirit. At the end of a period of prayer, look back over the prayer time and recall what happened. Notice what you felt, and especially anything that surprised you. You may like to write down the details, so that you can refer to them later.

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Noticeboard Let’s stop losing our young people from Church The inspirationally-titled Getting Your Kids Through Church Without Them Ending Up Hating God is a churchwide initiative to help prevent a generation of young people being lost to the church. The evening tour events start in November, with the nearest to our diocese visiting Reading on Wednesday November 23. First, let’s take a look at the facts and figures according to current research: • there were an estimated 1.1million children lost to

the church between 1990 to 2020 • the 2010 estimate for the number of under 15’s who will attend church is just 375,300. The 2020 estimate is 183,700 • 72% of Christians come to faith before the age of 19 - childhood is a crucial period in the development of faith • most of the religious beliefs, behaviours and expectations that define a person’s life have been developed and embraced by the age of 13 Every year, thousands of young people leave the church, but Care for the Family – the Christian

charity behind Getting Your Kids Through Church – believes that many don’t actually turn their back on God, but on something else. The tour is an opportunity for parents, church leaders and youth workers to join together and discover what that ‘something’ might be – and try to change it. International speaker and best-selling author Rob Parsons – founder of Care for the Family – brings insight and inspiration to the event, with a plentiful helping of Christian music from Phatfish and drama from the Saltmine Theatre Company. To find out more or to book tickets please visit or call 029 2081 0800.

A fresh look at scribes and Pharisees An Anglican priest and a rabbi will share a platform to take a fresh look at the Jewish religion at the time of Jesus in a talk entitled To Heaven with Scribes and Pharisees.

Parish Collection date for December issue: from November 21 Don’t forget to look at the Noticeboard section of the Diocesan website: and send us your contributions

s EDITORIAL THE WEY is compiled at Diocesan House by editors Emma Nutbrown and David Green. If you have items for inclusion, or ideas for stories, please send them to: Diocesan House, Quarry Street Guildford GU1 3XG. Tel: 01483 790347 Fax: 01483 790311 E-mail: Editorial deadline for the December edition: November 4 (but ideally as soon as possible!)

s DISTRIBUTION THE WEY is distributed through Deanery Centres and we are grateful for those who give their time to sort papers and enable individual parishes to receive their supplies. If you need advice on distribution of this newspaper, please call the Communications office on 01483 790345 or email ‘editorial’ as above.

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The Guildford Seeking Common Ground Lecture will be held during Interfaith Week on Monday November 21 and challenge the stereotypical image of Judaism at the time of Jesus as a religion exclusively focused on observing the law. The speakers at the lecture to be held at the Trinity Centre in the heart of Guildford are the Revd Marcus Braybrooke and Rabbi Jackie Tabick. Marcus, a retired parish priest, was awarded a Lambeth Doctorate of Divinity by the Archbishop of Canterbury in recognition of more than 40 years’ work to encourage inter-religious co-operation and understanding throughout the world.

He is a former executive director of the Council of Christians and Jews and also president of the World Congress of Faiths, of which Jackie Tabick is the chair. Jackie, who is rabbi at the North West Surrey Synagogue at Weybridge, is also on the executive of the Interfaith Network. The lecture will also look at how close Jesus was to the Pharisees in his attitudes and sayings, in what promises to be a fascinating and lively evening which starts at 7pm for 7.30pm. Entry is free but there will be a retiring collection to cover costs. Any additional money raised will be donated to a cause chosen by the speakers. Contact organiser Jennifer Britt Searle on 01276 857914 to find out more.

Stick it and spread the Word! Director of mission, evangelism and parish development, the Revd John Gooding, is urging Christians to get their free Bible Society Christmas stickers this month, for a simple way to spread the Word this Christmas. “It’s a sad truth that only a tiny number of the millions of Christmas cards exchanged this year will make any reference to the real Christmas story. These stickers are a very simple way to rectify that or support your own message to loved ones – and all for free!” Get your FREE envelope stickers from the Bible Society and point friends and family to the real Christmas story: Online: Phone: 01793 418330 (quote ref: 79904) Text: ‘stickers’ followed by name, house number and postcode to 60777.

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Room at the inn? Could you share your home with someone who may never have experienced Christmas or British hospitality before? Charity HOST is appealing for volunteers to welcome international students into their homes for a short stay and prevent them spending Christmas on a near-deserted campus. HOST spokesperson Margaret Stevens said: “HOST invites you to give Christmas, perhaps for the first time in their life, to someone who is a guest in this country, who would love to experience your way of life and make your stay-at-home Christmas special. “Many international students never get to see inside an English family home or taste our hospitality. Lifelong friendships have been formed in the past by families and individuals from across the globe sharing Christmas together.” HOST matches volunteers with one or two guests to suit their household. More hosts are urgently needed for 1-3 days at Christmas, and weekends all year round. For more information visit or call your local voluntary organiser for a chat: Katherine Varden 01420 479473.

Satsumas, baubles, the television …oh and two overseas students. A memorable Christmas for hosts and guests alike under the HOST programme

Christmas all wrapped up Building on local success by Exeter and Bristol dioceses last year in the run up to Christmas, this year all parishes are being urged to post their Advent and Christmas services on their own page of an innovative new website – enabling anyone to easily find their nearest services for the Christmas period.

December/January 2012 - Copy deadline: November 4 - At collection points from November 21

August issue - Copy deadline: July 2 - At collection points from July 16

February issue - Copy deadline: January 9 - At collection points from January 23

September/October issue - Copy deadline: August 6 - At collection points from August 20

March/April issue - Copy deadline: February 13 - At collection points from February 27

November issue - Copy deadline: October 8 - At collection points from October 22

Given that many people feel drawn to their local church at Christmas - even if they wouldn’t normally visit during the rest of the year - this website makes it easy for them to find out where and when local services are being held.

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December/January 2013 issue - Copy deadline: November 12 - At collection points from November 26

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The hope is that spur of the moment decisions by families to ‘sing some carols’, will be simply turned into visits to their local church. The website will officially launch on November 18, although parishes can post onto the website before that.

Noticeboard GUILDFORD CATHEDRAL For services, concerts and events at the Cathedral, including the Golden Jubilee celebrations, please see the Cathedral website or contact the events assistant at 01483 547870 or email eventsassis


24 October, 12.40 pm, Christ Church, Woking Recital: Crispin Lewis, baritone, Anna Tetsuya, piano Suggested donation £3 ORGAN RECITAL

28 October, 12.45pm, St Nicolas’ Church, Bury Street, Guildford Paul Ayres, London composer and organist. Coffee from 11.30, retiring collection to cover expenses CONCERT

28 October, 7.30pm Guildford Cathedral Choral Pilgrimage: Hail Redeemer, Mother of Mary (Marian music by Tomas Luis de Victoria) a capella group The Sixteen with Guildford Philharmonic Box Office: 01483 444777 COURSE

28-30 October, Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, Bordon ‘Healing Wounded Families’, led by the Revd Dr Russ Parker Cost £150. To book contact 01420 478121 or email PATRONAL FESTIVAL

29 October, 2-5pm, All Saints’, Crondall, nr Farnham ‘Feasts with the Saints’ – tableaux to illustrate the life and work of particular saints with a talk by Joanna Bogle, well known theologian and author. Each saint has a food associated with them; visitors will be given a tiny free taster of their speciality at each tableau. Tickets £2.50p to include tea and a traditional soul cake. More info 01252 850 379 CONCERT

29 October, 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Church, Guildford A concert of 17th century and modern English music celebrating the texts of the King James Bible. Guildford Chamber Choir Tickets £12 from MUSIC ON MONDAY

31 October, 12.40 pm, Christ Church, Woking Organ recital: Anthony Gritten, Middlesex University. Suggested donation £3 LIGHT FANTASTIC

31 October, 6pm, Church of the Good Shepherd, Coldharbour Road, Pyrford, GU22 8SP Banish Hallowe’en and celebrate light at the All Saints Service – a short family service followed by food fun and fireworks. Contact the parish office for more information 01483 346345 or just turn up!


1 November, 8pm. South Farnham School, Menin Way, Farnham, GU9 8DY ‘Morality without religion has no firm foundation’ speakers include Lord Richard Harries, professor of Divinity and representatives of Baha’i / Interfaith, the Centre for Enquiry and the European Humanist Federation. Admission free COURSE

2 November, 10am-4pm Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, Bordon Importance of Listening & Prayer Ministry – lead by members of the Christian Listener Team Cost £30. To book contact 01420 478121 or email FUND-RAISING SUPPER

2 November, 7.30pm, The Park Restaurant, Guildford College

Fund-raising supper in aid of the Guildford-Mukono (Uganda) Link. Tickets £25 (students £20). Contact AN EVENING WITH FIONA CASTLE

4 November, 7.30pm, Godalming Baptist Church, Queen Street, Godalming The widow of Roy Castle shares how she coped with his loss with some hilarious insights into life with him. She also talks of her work in support of projects in Thailand. Tickets £5 from 01483 414544 or IGNATIAN RETREAT

4-6 November, Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, Bordon This silent retreat offers a time to step aside form everyday routines to be still in God’s presence Cost £160. To book contact 01420 478121 or email MUSIC ON MONDAY

7 November, 12.40 pm, Christ Church, Woking Recital: Woking College music students Suggested donation £3 COURSE

7-10 November, Swanwick, Derbyshire Leading your Church into Growth, a four day course for teaching, inspiring and equipping ordained and lay readers. Cost £249. Details from Tracie Hunt 01274 604904 or FRIMLEY FORUM

8 November, 8pm, St Francis’ Church, Upper Chobham Rd, Frimley Icons and the whole Orthodox tradition. Speaker: Neil Wilson Barker. No charge but donations welcome. COMMEMORATION SERVICE

8 November, 12noon, Holy Trinity Church, Guildford Annual school commemoration service open to parents of pupils at George Abbot School


18-20 November, Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, Bordon This weekend will benefit those who want to discover more about the Healing Ministry. Led by the Revd Elizabeth Knifton. Cost £150. To book contact 01420 478121 or email

books, CDs and DVDs. Refreshments. Entry: 50p (adults), 11 yrs and under free. CHRISTMAS FAIR

26 November, 10am-2pm, Shalford Village Hall St Mary’s Shalford Christmas charity fair. Food, gifts, plants and children’s activities. Free entry, free parking MUSIC ON MONDAY


19 November, 2.15-6pm, Christ Church, Guildford Road, Ottershaw West Gallery Church Music as sung in town and country churches circa 1700-1850. Led by Francis Roads. Singers and players of wind and bowed-string instruments. The music can be seen and downloaded at Cost £5 to include tea. Bookings: 01932 872560.

28 November, 12.40 pm, Christ Church, Woking Organ recital: Mark Brafield, Dorking. Suggested donation £3


5 December, 12.40 pm, Christ Church, Woking Recital: Plaegan Piano Quartet. Suggested donation £3 COURSE


19 November, 7.30pm, St Martin’s Church, Church Street, Epsom, KT17 4PX Fauré: Requiem, Vivaldi: Magnificat, Lalande: De Profundis Clamavi. Epsom Choral Society and the London Sinfonia.Tickets: £12 (concessions £6) from 01372 744198 or Includes a glass of wine or soft drink MUSIC ON MONDAY

21 November, 12.40 pm, Christ Church, Woking Piano recital: Emilie Capulet. Suggested donation £3 GETTING YOUR KIDS THROUGH CHURCH…

23 November, 7.30 pm, The Hexagon, Reading Care for the Family tour. See article on page 14 and for more details CHRISTMAS MARKET

26 November, 9.30am-1pm, Brook Hall, Ottershaw Food stall, potted plants, Christmas cards, wrapping paper, decorations and candles. Christmas tombola,

9-11 December, Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, Bordon A Weekend of Healing Prayer and the chance to draw closer to Jesus before the rush of Christmas. Led by Jennifer Rees-Larcombe. Cost £150. To book contact 01420 478121 or email CHRISTMAS MUSIC

10 December, 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Guildford The Glory of Christmas, Dr Barry Rose conducts a programme of Christmas music, both sacred and secular with the Guildford Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and Guildford Camerata. Box office: 01483 444777 CHRISTMAS CONCERT

10 December, 6.30pm, St Nicolas’ Church, Guildford An African Christmas with the Occam Singers conducted by David Gibson. Readings by Virginia McKenna. Cost £12 in aid of the Born Free Global Foundation. Tickets on the door or from Guildford Tourist Information 01483 444333


9 November, 1.10pm, St Mary’s Church, Quarry Street, Guildford Gillian Lloyd, United Reformed Church, Guildford Admission free (suggested donation £3) DEEPER HEALING DAY

10 November, 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 inc refreshments & lunch. To book contact 01420 478121 or email SHEPHERDS MARKET

12 November, 10.30am-5pm, Church of the Good Shepherd, Coldharbour Road, Pyrford, GU22 8SP It’s a films, musicals and plays première for the smash hit fundraiser, the Shepherd’s Market. Last year the market - with its London Underground theme - raised an incredible £12,500. Can it be beat this year? Visit showbizland and help raise funds for the church’s three charities – Hope for Uganda, the Samaritans and MacMillan Nurses. ORGAN RECITAL

12 November, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church, London Road, Ewell, KT17 2BB Programme to be advised, Simon Gregory, Emanuel School, Clapham. Tickets £5 in advance from 020 8337 2160 or £6 on the door. CONCERT

12 November, 7.30pm, St Martin’s Church, Dorking Mass in Blue by Will Todd and George Shearing’s Seven Shakespeare Sonnets. Ashtead Choral Society. Tickets £17/£14 from 01372 275369 MUSIC ON MONDAY

14 November, 12.40 pm, Christ Church, Woking Organ recital: Roy Woodhams (Vicar of Fleet) Suggested donation £3

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Fellow Travellers

Guildford’s last gasp cricket cup success

Andrew celebrates 40 years From Manchester to Yorkshire and Wiltshire to Surrey, the Revd Andrew Body’s 40 years of ordained mi nistry have not only taken him north, south, east and west but brought him alongside others at their highs and lows. The vicar of Chobham celebrated 40 years of priesthood at a Festival Eucharist at St Lawrence Church, where he was joined by the Bishop of Guildford as preacher at the end of September. The service marked the start of Chobham Festival, a week-long community celebration of music including Schools’ Proms, morris dancers, a jazz evening and a baroque concert, mostly held in the church or church hall. Andrew arrived in Chobham in 1997 – which was something of a homecoming for his wife, Pippa, who had grown up in Horsell. He said: “There’s something of a common assumption that clergy inhabit a cosy world, a little cut off from real life. But, like many parish priests, I have experienced times, dotted among the gentler rhythm of people’s joys and sadnesses, of extreme distress and rawness. “My ministry has included being alongside a newly-married couple (one of whose fathers

had just murdered his wife) - holding the hand of a man who had just drunk bleach to kill himself, and was refusing to let anyone else go near him (he was carrying a knife) – or sitting whilst a couple bathed the body of their severely handicapped baby who had just died the night before she would have been baptised. “The world has been all too real on occasions like that. Fortunately ministry has also been far more a time of sharing days of great happiness and hope.” Bishop Christopher spoke of Andrew’s many additional ministries – music, hymn-writing, marriage counselling, marriage and family teaching, and children and disability support: “As a champion of family life, Andrew was a Relate counsellor for 30 years and was also a founder trustee and then chairman of FLAME (Family Life and Marriage Education). He has run seminars on marriage for several dioceses, and continues to take part in clergy training at Cuddesdon in Oxford.

Guildford’s Diocesan cricket team successfully negotiated what proved to be an exciting finish to a rain - affected 2011 Church Times Cricket Cup final last month. Guildford left it late but grabbed victory in the last over with just one wicket remaining at Middlesex’s Walker Ground in Southgate, North London. Opponents and cup-holders Lichfield Diocese won the toss and opted to bat first after the one-day game had been reduced from 50 to 40 overs each innings - due to the poor weather conditions - scoring a defendable total of 104 runs. Guildford in reply lost two early wickets, but rallied to keep the score ticking over during the middle of their knock, only to then slump to 80-8.

“Which soon became nine wickets Patrick Samuels (right) and Nick Williams celebrate victory after hitting down with only a few overs remainthe winning runs He is author of Growing Together (it has so ing,” recalls Guildford’s winning far sold 8,000 copies) and three other books captain the Revd George Newton of Cockfosters!” period of transition this cricket stars who would on marriage for Church House Publishing and Holy Trinity Church, Aldershot. George’s Lichfield year, losing a number of like to be considered for has also served as chair of the diocesan chil“Then, just as all seemed lost, up counterpart the Revd Jeff established players dur- the team are encouraged dren’s committee.” stepped man-of-the-match Patrick Reynolds, the Methodist ing the season. However, to contact George by Samuels who smacked a Superintendent Minister this didn’t prevent the email at g@gjsk.prestel. few fours and snatched of Stafford, asked spirited unit claiming vic- against victory from the very jaws Guildford to look after the tories The Church Times Winchester, London and Cricket Cup, which has of defeat. cup they won in 2010, Hillier House, Farnham Road, Guildford “The match was all adding: “We’re hoping to Manchester dioceses on been going for 61 years, their route to this year’s is sponsored by one of played in a very good spir- win it back next year!” 01483 575814 final. the two independently it” added George. “After a Winners in 2007 and Before next year’s owned newspapers probeer in the clubhouse at losing finalists in 2009, Southgate, the team Guildford’s diocesan defence of the trophy, viding weekly coverage celebrated with a curry in cricket team faced a any budding diocesan of Anglican affairs in

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CUP WINNERS – The Guildford team…(back row l-r) Revd Frank Scammell, vicar, Emmanuel, Stoughton; Revd Nick Williams, vicar elect, Christchurch, Guildford (formerly vicar of Tongham); Revd Giles Carpenter, curate, St Stephen, Shottermill; Cpt Patrick Samuels, Church Army, Walton-on-Thames; Revd Glen Mansfield, curate, Holy Trinity, Aldershot (12th man); Revd Moray Thomas, vicar, St Luke, Grayshott; Revd Matt Prior, PTO, St John’s, Cove; (front row l-r) Cpt John Marrow, Church Army, Guildford; Revd Jonathan Thomas, curate, St Nicolas, Cranleigh; Revd George Newton (captain) vicar, Holy Trinity, Aldershot; Revd Steve Gray, chaplain, Seaford College; Revd Gary Simmons, vicar, All Saints, Handcross. George Newton is pictured (front row with the Church Times Cricket Cup) and man-of-the-match Patrick Samuels with his trophy and bubbly (back row centre)

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The Wey - Issue 54 (Nov 11)  

The newspaper from the Church of England for everyone in The Diocese of Guildford: WOKING UNITED IN PEACEFUL FAITH, MAKE YOUR MARK IN HISTOR...

The Wey - Issue 54 (Nov 11)  

The newspaper from the Church of England for everyone in The Diocese of Guildford: WOKING UNITED IN PEACEFUL FAITH, MAKE YOUR MARK IN HISTOR...