Diocese of Guildford
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March/April 2014 - Issue 73
Parishes rally as floods cause chaos Church communities across the north of the diocese encountered suffering on their doorsteps sometimes literally - and were galvanised into action in February as prolonged rain fell with devastating consequences.
sandbags and offer practical help. In the south of the diocese one parish offered a temporary home to an evacuated family and gave up the church hall as home to a rescue team brought in from Norfolk.
to evacuate stranded residents and belongings. The church also set up a helpline during the floods and opened an emergency kitchen and meeting point in the High Street.
The Wey takes a look at how some parish churches have responded to one of the wettest winters on record.
As the River Thames burst its banks and groundwater rose, clergy took to dinghies and churches rallied to fill
St John’s Church, Egham, had its own secret weapon in the shape of vicar Jeff Wattley’s dinghy which was launched
St John’s sent letters across the town offering help from church members and also enlisted the help of Royal Holloway students – including the American Football team who helped build defences for residents.
Relief effort s at Magna Carta School Hythe , Egham
h, Sandbag making at St Peter’s Churc Chertsey
Church member Angela Dijksman who was stranded at her home in Vicarage Crescent and helped rescue two elderly neighbours with the use of Jeff’s boat, paid tribute to the young people who came to their aid. She said: “Our church student officer Aiden Watson worked for three hours digging a ditch in an effort to keep the water away. He was soaking and frozen to the bone but just kept going.
Food help at St Paul’s
, Egham Hythe
“Then the American footballers arrived and they worked solidly going backwards and forwards with sandbags and helping our elderly neighbours evacuate. They were truly wonderful.” Two-thirds of the parish of Egham Hythe was under water at one point raising real fears about personal safety.
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Flooding in Wavendene Avenue,
Inside: Moving towards women bishops - p2 • Schools update - p5 • Cathedral Appeal - p8/9
Positive steps on the path to women bishops There was an upbeat mood at two public meetings held in the each other and want to find a way forward together. diocese in January to discuss the latest proposal to appoint “There will always be a small group of people unhappy with women women bishops in the Church of England. bishops, but most want to move forward, talk together and work together.” Meetings held at Guildford Cathedral and St Paul’s Woking attracted One attendee observed: “It does seem that although there was great over 100 people across the two events. disappointment that the original measures were not passed, we have come The Revd Canon Robert Cotton, who chaired the meetings, explained out of it much better with a more straightforward package.” the new five-layer package which was discussed at General Synod in General Synod met again from 10-12 February to examine any revisions February together with a ‘sixth part’ to rescind the 1993 Act of Synod. to the draft legislation. The package will now be passed to the diocesan Chair of the House of Laity, Anne Martin, said: “There has been a distinct synod for a short referral period before returning to General Synod in July change of mood at the last two Synods. We are now talking and listening to for approval.
Guildford’s Street Angels surprised by award win
Treasure found in church cupboard An oil painting found at the back of a cupboard and valued at up to £3,000 on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow will be auctioned to raise funds for equipment for the diocese’s newest church building.
Once upon a time it may have seemed surprising for Christian volunteers to be attending an award ceremony for pubs and bars – but at the end of January they were not only attending, but winning awards.
The discovery was made when the old Ruxley Church, Ewell, was being emptied ahead of a move to the new Ruxley Church which was completed last summer. Investigations followed, leading to an appearance on the Antiques Roadshow, which was filmed in May and broadcast in November, when the painting by Adrian Allinson was valued. Ruxley Church project treasurer Derek Eade said: “After all the years of fundraising this was a real godsend.
Guildford’s Street Angels were invited to attend the Best Bar None Awards at the town’s Mandolay Hotel to recognise best practice in Some of the Guildford Street Angels team with their award. the licensed trade.
From left to right: Sophie Boughton, David Sanders, Sue Clark
Pam & Derek Eade, Ewell, pictured on the
“The painting was originally given to St Francis of Antiques Roadshow at Polesden Lacey with Assisi Church in Ewell in the 1960s. It hung in their BBC expert, Clive Stewart-Lockhart chapel until the late nineties when the building had to signed and dated 1944, at a time when the artist was be demolished owing to subsidence. under contract as one of the government’s war artists. “The congregation and all its belongings moved Derek continued: “Allinson was also an atheist, into the Methodist Church just along the road and the which isn’t reflected in the subject matter, making the painting had been forgotten. Another painting by the painting a possible rare collector’s item. During the same artist recently sold for £8,500. We now plan to have our picture auctioned and the funds raised will First World War he also produced drawings for the Daily Express.” go towards additional equipment.” The painting entitled ‘Before the Sepulchre’ is
Canon Robert Cotton explains the updated proposal
The painting will be auctioned later this spring.
To their delight and surprise the and Nicki Sanders Street Angels were presented with a award. special award for ‘outstanding care and support to the “Street Angels should be justly proud of this award people of Guildford town centre’. Street Angels coordinator Lin Haynes, who accepted which shows how much they have all contributed to the the award together with Guildford Town Centre better, safer atmosphere in Guildford at night!” Chaplain Rod Boreham, said: “Imagine our surprise The awards, organised by Experience Guildford, when the award was announced! included categories for Best Bar, Best Pub and Best “Although Rod and I physically received it, it’s the Late Bar. An assessment team was made up of Rod team of dedicated Street Angels who are the real award Boreham and representatives from Guildford Borough winners. Council and the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service “At the awards, it was evident how everyone there and the judges included Anne Milton MP, who attended felt that Street Angels thoroughly deserved this special the event.
Explosion of light in Cranleigh as Creative worship new stained glass window unveiled resource goes online A new stained glass window in St Nicolas’ Church, Cranleigh, has been installed celebrating the work of the Mothers’ Union (MU).
“The look of awe and wonder on the shepherds’ faces reminds me of those who have just discovered the truth of the All but three of the original Christian story for the first time! windows were shattered by I thank Rachel for capturing that a World War II bomb and image so beautifully.” following ten years of thought Branch leader of Cranleigh and fundraising, a new window Mothers’ Union, Rosemary is finally in place. The nativity-themed window, Gooding, said: “We are all designed and created by delighted. The vibrant colours, Farncombe-based stained glass the caring way Mary and Joseph artist, Rachel Mulligan, was the are looking at the newborn baby, brainchild of the former Rector and the way everyone is moved of Cranleigh, the Revd Canon by the window makes it a special Nigel Nicholson, who suggested place.” a new window rather than a new The MU Wave of Prayer is MU noticeboard! He returned depicted along the bottom, and to the parish to preach at the the inscription among the waves dedication service in January. in the central panel reads, Current rector, the Revd ‘Mary kept all these things and Roy Woodhams, said: “As a pondered them in her heart’.
After more than a decade writing six books in the Creative Ideas for Worship series published by Canterbury Press, Jan Brind from St Andrew’s Cobham, and Tessa Wilkinson from St Andrew’s, Fulham Fields, have now launched a website www. creative-church.com. This is designed to help and inspire those who plan worship in parishes. It suggests simple and workable ideas that people can make their own and adapt to their different situations.
welcoming, family church, I see the window as an icon of all that we seek to do in the community.
Creator, Rachel Mulligan said: “Mary, the young mother holds baby Jesus close to her. Joseph, a young husband holds a lantern and looks on. Two shepherds are in the left hand lancet, led there by the angels.”
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On the menu bar there are tabs for the different church Seasons and for Baptism and Confirmation, Weddings and Funerals. Photo examples are in the Gallery of each section. The How to Make tab provides simple instructions
and there are Posters which can be downloaded and customised. The Music section gives information about new hymn books and the Resources tab has useful links to other sites. Launching the new website Jan and Tessa say: “We also hope to include creative ideas from others, so that this website may become a more general resource. We would encourage people to contact us via the website.” Their six books are still available from Canterbury Press.
Bethlehem joins Real Easter Egg campaign
A co-operative in Bethlehem is making tens of thousands of olive wood crosses for a special edition of the Real Easter Egg this year - the first time a cross has featured as part of a mainstream Easter gift. The special edition egg is one of three designs available in the Real Easter Egg family - the only brand which tells the Easter story, gives money to charity (nearly £120,000 so far), and is Fairtrade. The Meaningful Chocolate Company launched the Real Easter Egg in 2010, and became a mail order hit after all the supermarkets turned it down. To date, more than 450,000 eggs have been sold with 210,000 sent through the post directly to churches and schools. Company founder David Marshall explained that although supermarkets are now more receptive the battle has not yet been
won. He said: “Each year it’s a struggle to get the Real Easter Egg stocked in large enough quantities by supermarkets. This year the Co-op and Sainsbury’s have decided not to stock it, which means there will be fewer eggs on the shelves - so we will send even more through the post.” The Bishop of Dorking, the Rt Revd Ian Brackley, who has supported the egg since its launch in 2010, adds: “It is very important that we look for opportunities to share the Easter story with those we love. The new Real Easter Egg is a great way to do this while adhering to the principles of Fairtrade and charitable giving.” As the eggs sell out every year, the advice is to order early. You can check which shops are stocking the eggs or buy them online at www.realeasteregg.co.uk
Heroes of all faiths remembered
High-ranking guests gathered in Woking in February to remember the largely forgotten role played by Commonwealth soldiers in WWI. Among those who gathered at the Shah Jahan Mosque to mark both the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War and the UN’s World Interfaith Harmony Week were the High Commissioner for Pakistan, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, the Commandant of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Major-General Stuart Skeates and the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Dame Sarah Goad.
Following prayers from the mosque’s Imam Hashmi and the Bishop of Dorking, the Rt Revd Ian Brackley, a large audience an outbreak of vandalism, the bodies of 27 soldiers from WWI and made up of members of the community from all faiths heard how the first units from India arrived on the western front in France as early WWII were moved to Brookwood Military Cemetery and the site became derelict. as September 1914. Now a registered and Grade 2 listed war memorial, the Muslim The Revd Pippa Ross-McCabe from Woking People of Faith, which organised the event together with the mosque, said: “It Burial Ground is being renovated and there are plans to create an was moving to hear how in all some 1.2 million soldiers from India Islamic-style peace garden with a memorial stone by the summer’s centenary commemorations. volunteered to fight, including more than 400,000 Muslim men. Completing the proceedings, chief of staff, Headquarters Support “Of that army 48,000 were killed or missing in action and 65,000 wounded, and the war nearly bankrupted the Indian economy. Command in Aldershot Brigadier Mark Abraham, talked about Soldiers from India won 13,000 gallantry medals and 13 VCs.” the Army of today and how there are now some 55 different faith In 1917 part of Horsell Common, near Woking, was designated sects represented in the Army. He stressed that the Army needs to a Muslim Burial Ground to ensure burials appropriate to the Islamic reflect the multi-faith society that we all live in and that the Army is faith, and also to offset German propaganda that Indian soldiers committed to recruiting and supporting more soldiers from different were not being buried according to their beliefs. In the 1960s, after faiths.
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Woking’s NEETs have the Y-factor The GOODWOOD Company, made up of NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) teenagers, won an award in the Young Enterprise ‘Y-factor’ competition held at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford in January.
“For Surrey Youth Support Service Young Enterprise to win two accolades with young people that are NEET is quite an achievement! We are so very proud of the project and the work and skills learnt by these youngsters.”
Employability and Enterprise Manager for Young Enterprise Surrey, Fiona Ritchie added: “We The sixteen-year-olds from the want the young people to learn skills Surrey Youth Support Service (SYSS) that will help them in the future. We have been working at the Woking are delighted that the Goodwood Workshop, learning skills in carpentry The young people with their awards Company is moving the business and business. The Diocese of forward and has pitches lined up with Council to develop this first-of-its-kind Guildford played an instrumental part retailers already. They will also appear at the in securing the premises and equipment for scheme in Surrey. The event includes 12 teams from Surrey Surrey County show later this year.” the young people. Director of the CET, the Revd Canon The group won awards for the ‘Business schools and is held each year, giving young Most Likely to Succeed’ and a public vote for people the opportunity to create their own Chris Rich said: “Such positive news will the audience’s favourite stand. The content, business. This includes electing directors, certainly encourage the young people, but business plan and visual presentation of the opening a bank account, sourcing materials, it also encourages those who have worked stand were recognised by teams and visitors stocktaking and eventually getting products so hard to turn the initial concept into reality.” to market. at the event. The Goodwood Company has wasted no Community Placement Manager, Ellie time in pursuing possible retailers for their The Communities Engagement Team (CET) from the diocese worked in Paterson said: “It is such an achievement for products, pitching to the Guildford Cathedral partnership with SYSS and Woking Borough these young people. We are all very proud. shop later this month.
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There is none like you, O Lord, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
1Ch 17:20 (ESV)
Hearing aid clinics are being set up across the diocese as hearing champions are given training to offer a much-needed service to their communities.
champions will look at setting up simple maintenance sessions in their parish at existing church social events such as coffee mornings, lunches or afternoon teas.
“One in six people has a hearing loss in our diocese, and our church buildings and Fifty hearing champions, trained on courses organised by the diocese’s communities need to be able to welcome and communities engagement team (CET), have accommodate those with sensory issues.” St Mark’s Church, Wyke held its first clinic now set up eight clinics with a further ten in February during the church’s monthly made the trip simply to find that his hearing potentially starting by Easter. aid had water in it. CET’s deaf and inclusion coordinator mini-market. “We look forward to providing this service Tracey Wade explained: “It has been a Organiser Miriam Thompson said: “We privilege to be a part of the project and to were encouraged, not only by those who and developing it further.” see the volunteers returning to their parishes attended needing assistance with their Current clinics are held at Addlestone, fired up with enthusiasm to serve their local hearing aids, but also by the general feeling Godalming, Guildford, Milford, Normandy, communities in such a practical way. of anticipation and expectation that this was Old Woking, Rowledge and Stoneleigh. “Our training courses give volunteers key a service we could be offering people in For more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org skills in areas such as changing hearing Normandy. aid batteries, re-tubing and communication “We have heard all kinds of stories, such llPlaces can be booked on forthcoming tactics. as one lady who normally has to pay for a training sessions using the booking form available at: www.cofeguildford.org.uk/ “The concept behind Hear Here! is that, taxi to get back home after going to the Royal diocesan-life/deaf-inclusion/ following the training course, the hearing Surrey County Hospital, and another who had
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Focus on Schools
Paving the way as an academy With new opportunities for pupils to explore a creative curriculum, play children are now learning the ukulele, singing has improved and they have grown the ukulele and build dens, the Holme CofE Primary School certainly in confidence. A sports programme is in place and the Holme came away from the hasn’t stood still since it became one of the first church schools to recent Mill Chase Basketball Tournament in Bordon with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes! Denise said: “I’m really encouraged by the progress we have made since reopen as a diocesan sponsored academy last September. September and feel that the school has so much potential. Unusually we have acres of grounds, with large, airy classrooms and good facilities. The children are lovely and I must pay tribute to all the staff who pull together strongly as a team and are fully committed to making the school the success it deserves to be. We have the room to expand and we are now looking to increase the number of pupils we take in this September.”
When head teacher Denise Williams arrived at the school in Headley, near Bordon in Hampshire in September the school had been through a difficult time, having been put into special measures in 2012. But exciting changes have been introduced including a Creative Curriculum, which focuses on encouraging imagination and originality through topic and themebased learning and encourages talking and collaboration with others as part of the learning process. Although it is early days, a monitoring report by an Ofsted Inspector commissioned in December by the Good Shepherd Trust, of which The Holme is now part, made encouraging reading noting that: “Pupils make more consistent progress as teaching has improved” and “a large majority of pupils are on track to make at least expected progress, with a growing proportion making more than expected progress.”
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Being part of the Good Shepherd Trust, the diocese’s education team now provides the services and support which was previously supplied by the county council. This gives head teachers and staff more autonomy in running their school, and being part of a smaller organisation, the school can receive more personal attention to support its journey to success. A maths class using the Creative Curriculum
Diocesan director of education, Canon Derek Holbird said: “The team is delighted with the progress being made by the Holme Primary School. The school has a vibrant future with excellent facilities, committed staff and supportive parents.
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The Holme has extensive grounds including woodland, so a programme of Forest School activities has been introduced giving children the opportunity to experience outdoor play and learning including building “The Good Shepherd Trust is supporting the school as it moves forward, so that dens, making fires, climbing trees and appreciating nature. the children attending the school have the best possible education with an innovative Specialist music teachers now come in two afternoons a week. A number of curriculum within a supportive Christian ethos.”
‘Outstanding’ start to the year On the first day back at school after the Christmas holidays Walsh Memorial CofE Infant School in Ash was delighted to receive the news that, following an inspection in December, Ofsted has given the school an ‘outstanding’ report. The school proudly shared the report with parents immediately.
children’s learning fun here at Walsh Memorial School, but we will continue to look for ways to enhance their learning opportunities.” The Ofsted team was also interested in the findings of the SIAMS inspection which also found the school outstanding when assessing its distinctive Christian nature.
llAnother school celebrating its The school was particularly pleased to see progress recently was St Lawrence that Ofsted found the children in Year Two to be CofE Junior School in East Molesey, “particularly strong in reading” and that “reading skills which saw its Ofsted rating jump are outstanding throughout the school” as there had been an intensive push on reading last year. The recognition that “teachers know pupils well and are very caring” was very important to all the teachers who put the children first in everything that they do.
from ‘satisfactory’ to ‘good’. Head teacher Damian Tucker commented: “Attainment in the school had always been good but we knew that progress hadn’t been. “The staff has worked tirelessly to overcome the hurdles and move the school forward, so I’m very pleased their efforts have been rewarded. We will not be resting on our laurels but will continue to strive to make the school the best we can.”
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I arrived at Gilead in October 2012 addicted to drugs and alcohol. My life was in a complete mess. Following my marriage breakdown I had left my house and business in France to return to the UK and “start again”. Unfortunately “starting again” was just another relapse into full-blown addiction. I was living in Plymouth and my life was total chaos. I remember one day in particular, in desperation I had walked into a local church. I remember the Pastor asking me if I wanted him to pray for me. Afterwards he said to me “Don’t give up, God has a plan for you and it is good.” I thought little of it. However two weeks later my ex-father-in-law drove me to Gilead. It was a last ditch attempt to literally save my life. I had tried numerous rehabs before, and although they worked for a period of time, I always relapsed eventually, with horrible consequences and causing a great deal of suffering and anxiety to my mother and my daughters. I know now that the reason this kept happening was because I hadn’t dealt with the deeper issues I had, and had not given myself time to heal properly. Gilead has given me all the love, support, time and encouragement to work through these things and come out the other side! I didn’t really have any concept of a “Christian Rehab” but I did know that this was essentially my last chance. I was full of mistrust, resentment and suspicion to start with. My first Christmas at Gilead, Bron gave me a scripture - it was Hebrews 13 v 5. This somehow gave me the hope I
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encouragement and support of my two daughters, who come and stay regularly, and think of Gilead as their home too and are relieved to have their mum back. My mother sleeps well at night, free of stress and anxiety knowing I am safe and well. I am now half way through Phase 2 of the programme and have begun my “transition out”. It’s an exciting time for me. I am on a course with the RHS at Rosemoor one day a week, studying
Horticulture via distance learning and with God’s blessing finally have a future to look forward to free of addiction - something I really didn’t think was possible 18 months ago. Being at Gilead has quite literally changed my life. I have learnt so many things and although I still have bad days, with the love, help and support of the staff and my fellow students I get through them.
Securing the future for rehab Gilead Foundations Charity was founded in 1991, to operate residential rehabilitation at Risdon Farm in Devon, for people suffering with compulsive behaviours such as drug and alcohol addictions, self harm, depression and related issues. The scale of drug, alcohol and other life-controlling issues in the UK is well reported. The impact of individuals’ problems spreads to their families, and the emotional as well as financial cost of this brokenness is enormous. It is estimated that rehab saves £5,000 per year for each person in treatment, compared to the costs of drug and alcohol related crime alone. Added to that are the long-term benefits of people living full and productive lives, not to mention the positive impact on their families. (Please read Louise’s story on this page). Since 1991 GFC has seen hundreds of clients, like Louise, complete the programme, with approximately 85% living a successful recovery lifestyle. We have an effective, proven rehabilitation programme developed over 20 years; we have great, purposebuilt accommodation (you may have read about our recent building project in this newspaper); but many desperate people, who are willing to change, simply cannot get the full funding they need to enable them to come to Gilead for the hope of a transformed life. Other rehab centres are closing because they are highly dependent upon funding from Agencies, which has now been lost in the recession. As an accredited rehab, Gilead is periodically able to secure funding for eligible clients
from local authorities. But this funding is usually only for a short period, and we cannot depend on it. Creating financial security for our successful delivery of rehab, which changes lives for good, is our key aim over the next few years. We have two main strategies for this: We run the farm as a Social Enterprise, providing work and training for recovering students as part of their therapy. The farm generates profitability, which we can ‘sow’ back into the rehab work. Currently we are able to sponsor our students by £250 per week from our farming activities. As well as growing the Social Enterprise business, we are establishing a ‘Bursary Fund’, with an ambitious target of finding 1,000 ‘Bursary Friends’ donating £20 per month (or another figure of their own choosing), to enable us to fund up to 14 students at a time. So far, we have £1,000 per month in regular donations, which is 50 Friends – we need another 950 Friends! Could you be one of those 1,000 people who will help us to bring about sustainable, long-term change in desperately broken lives and families, setting people free from life-controlling problems and releasing their potential for their future, and their families’ futures? Just £20 a month could make all the difference to someone you may never know, but who will know that their recovery has been enabled through your partnership with Gilead. Someone like Louise. A larger, one-off donation would also be a substantial help as we build a strong platform of sustainable income for the future.
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Badshot Lea, where the trial language Baby Florence was one of the first was well received. infants in the diocese to be baptised in Alan said: “I felt it was just as a service using an alternative text being trialled around the country in the run up challenging as the standard service but in a way which was much more to Easter. understandable to the parents and Following a motion put by the Diocese godparents. of Liverpool to the General Synod “We felt it was a big improvement requesting a more accessible service, over the old one. Members of the the Liturgical Commission has produced new wording designed to be easily congregation said it was a much more understood by those who might not be accessible - and shorter - service, and it was good not to mention the devil. churchgoers. “And as for Florence, she seemed Crucially the text asks parents and to enjoy it too but made no comments godparents to ‘reject evil’ rather than ‘reject the devil’ and asks them not to about the liturgy!”
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Over 400 parishes are trialling the ‘submit to Christ’ but put their ‘trust in alternative text until the end of April. him’. Baby Florence with the Revd Alan Crawley Photo Credit: Georgie Fry
Lay people learn about their faith The courses, designed to further Christian understanding, cover a whole Short courses for lay people run by the diocese’s Local Ministry Programme (LMP) are becoming increasingly popular with over 100 range of subjects from an introduction to the Bible, exploring the New Testament, Christian doctrine, tradition and ethics to New Testament Greek and religious art. people signed up for some study so far this year. A four-week course in Guildford in January, Beyond Words, looked at art’s ability to speak to us about our Christian faith. Principal of the Local Ministry Programme, the Revd Dr Steve Summers, said: “Over four Monday evenings four artists spoke to the group about their work and approach to painting and how they believe art can go beyond words to engage us at another level. “Those speaking included co-director of Art and Christian Enquiry, Laura Moffat and Surrey artist Chris Gollon whose exhibition of paintings of women from the Bible runs at Guildford Cathedral until 3 March. “We are seeing a real appetite for our short courses. We don’t just train people for ministry but provide courses which facilitate wider learning about and around our Christian faith. These are open to all lay people who are ‘interested learners’.” Other courses which are proving popular are the occasional preachers and worship leaders courses, and Sue Lawrence, who runs the pastoral assistants training usually trains 35-40 pastoral assistants every year. For further information about the courses on offer visit the diocesan website: www.cofeguildford.org.uk/diocesan-life/discipleship-vocation-and-ministry and follow the link to the Local Ministry Programme or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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“Recognising the importance of young people to both the church and the local community, the church was also able to use part of the legacy to invest in their The new website includes example children’s ministry. wording for a will and a list of frequently “Over the years this has created a asked questions as well as information lasting legacy in terms of links into the for solicitors and parishes. community through an after school club Among the case studies is an example and the monthly youth group, both of of how a legacy gift transformed the life which have been continued. St Paul’s of a church in our diocese. A generous has also been able to build on links with legacy to St Paul’s, Tongham, was not a new toddler group, which thoroughly only used to fund some of the fabric enjoys the new hall facilities! work of the church’s Old School but also “Legacies are a fundamental part of to part-fund a full-time children’s and stewardship and our Christian giving; “No matter how large or small, each families worker. gift can make a significant impact on our leaving a gift in your will is one of the Diocesan stewardship adviser Juliet most valuable and lasting ways you can mission and ministry, and maintaining Evans said: “The newly enhanced give thanks to God for the gifts of your our spiritual heritage. In 2011, legacies facilities at the Old School have great lifetime. contributed £44.8 million to parish
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On average, 79 cases of domestic violence are reported every day in Hampshire. Give £1 if Pray for children a midwife affected by domesti c was present violence . when you (or your children) were born.
Imagine the burden In Surrey, about 1 in 20 and pain of this children under the age debilitating disease. of 16 are disabled . Only Pray for those living 8% of these families with HIV/AIDS and receive help from for local their families . services.
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Give 50p if you have not exercised this week.
An estimated 600,000 people will die from malaria this year, despite it being a curable and preventable disease.
Give 30p for every infectious disease you have been inoculated against.
Every year, a quarter of the people in the UK will experience a mental health problem . At least 12 wards in Surrey have higher than average rates of children aged 5-15 with a mental health issue.
Give 35p if you can name your local GP or dentist.
Weekend 12 & 13 Palm Sunday
Oakleaf Enterprises Oakleaf Enterprises is a Surrey charity that helps people with mental health diffi culties to lead independent, productive and fulfi lling lives. The Bishop of Guildford’s Foundat ion made a £1,500 grant to the horticultural programme, which supports 22 unemplo yed people each week, helping them to acquire work skills in gardenin g and landscaping. Last year, Oakleaf support ed 190 people in need and enabled 52 to find employment. Pray that the stigma around mental health issues will reduce.
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War fuels poverty – homes and livelihoo ds are destroyed, essential services impaired. The effects are felt for decades .
often without access to clean water.
Since 2011, there has been a 25% increase in the number of people officially recognis ed as homeless in Surrey and a 40% increase in Hampshire.
Give 40p for every time you have moved house. Give 20p for every place you can Wednesday 16 name that is sufferin Nearly 1 billion people g from conflict today. today live in slums –
Give £1 if you have a pension plan.
53% of children in Surrey take part in less than three hours of physical activity a week – worse than the national average.
Give 50p if you do not need support for a disabilit y.
Over the next 20 years, the population in Surrey aged over 65 is expected to rise by nearly a third. Among older people there is an increase in dementi a and problems of fuel poverty and loneline ss.
Pray for those living without sanitation and the facilities we take for granted.
Conflict in Colomb ia has forced around 5 million people to leave their homes for other parts of the country. Imagine if you had to flee your
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There are now over 21,000 lone parents in Surrey, a 22.4% rise since 2001. Pray for those raising children alone. Refl ect on homes broken by poverty.
Weekend 19 & 20 Easter weekend
Like much of northern Iraq, Zanan Bchuk carries the scars of violence from decades of conflict. The fragile peace of today brings freedom – freedom to build a life and to live without fear. Pray for peace and freedom to be brought to the whole of God’s world.
Will your parish make Lent count this year? day service, run by the charity Parity for Disabilit y. Students of school-leaving age with profound, multiple disabilities are able to access academ ic, social, living and recreatio well as regular physioth nal activities, as erapy, speech and communication therapy. We may well take our ability to communicate or our mobility for granted. Give £1 if you have been able to make a phone call in the past week.
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The Bishop of Guildford’s Lent Call is different this year. The parish leaflet is in the form of a calendar – Count Your Blessings - with a series of daily reflections as a guide throughout the 40 days of Lent and an invitation to pray or make a contribution related to the daily reflection.
Donations this year will be shared equally between Christian Aid – which helps to strives to transform the lives of those living in the world’s poorest communities and the Bishop of Guildford’s Foundation – which funds many faith-linked projects to support the vulnerable and disadvantaged in our own diocese.
Please put this form, with a cheque for your donations, in an envelop e and hand it in at your church or send it to:
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Thank you to all those who supported The Bishop’s Lent Call last year. Your generous offerings raised £25,000 for charitable work at home and abroad.
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Across sub-Saharan Africa, nearly one in 20 adults lives with HIV/AIDS.
Give 20p for every female politician that you can name.
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Across the world, women make up only 20% of members of parliaments. Much more needs to be done to give women equal say in decision-making processes.
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Bishop Ian Brackley commented: “The short reflections and actions in the Count Your Blessings calendar are intended to inspire everyone to give thanks for the blessings in their lives and to help them to change the lives of those less fortunate, both at home and abroad. “So let’s go for it! Let’s count our blessings and be prepared to share them.” Individual and parish donations to this year’s Lent Call can be sent in after Easter, using the gift-aid form printed in the Count Your Blessings calendar. The generosity of parishes in response to 2013’s Lent Call raised £25,000 for charitable work at home and abroad.
Apart from what parishes may be organi of other activities to get involved with inc year includes a daily diary from contemp Lent talks and an exhibition at the Cathed
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Cathedral canon, the Revd Canon Dr Julie Moni Gittoes writes: motif The cross stands at the heart of the Gospel. In the cross we see the cost of our sin and the depth of God’s love. Jesus called his disciples to take up their cross and follow him. This Lent we are invited to reflect on what it means to walk in the way of the cross. During Lent, Stations of the Cross (see story right) by Arnold Daghani will be displayed in the Cathedral. These can be used as a focus for personal prayer and devotion, enabling us to engage with the path of suffering walked by Jesus. The Daghani Stations will also form the basis of
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Thousands of labels for WaterAid’s Jars of Change Lent campaign have been delivered to homes with the parish magazine, encouraging residents to give up something for Lent and put the saved pennies to one side for the charity. St Mary’s rector the Revd Vicki Burrows said: “For some years now our congregation and pupils at Long Ditton Infants and Long Ditton St Mary’s schools have taken part – with children bringing their filled jars to their Easter services.
“But this year we have gone one step further and invited the whole community to join in. The shocking truth is that roughly one in ten of the world’s population do not have access to safe water, and almost 2,000 children a day die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.
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Can you ‘Make Your M Following in the footsteps of a remarkable appeal over half a century ago when more than 200,000 people rallied behind it, Guildford Cathedral is appealing directly to the community to ‘Make your Mark’ and help save the iconic 20th Century building. Helping to launch the campaign in February, broadcaster Pam Rhodes urged people to be part of the story of the People’s Cathedral and help fund urgently
needed repairs. The race is on to raise £1.3million by August so an application can be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a significant grant towards the total £7million needed.
Just as brick-givers made their personal contribution to the building of the cathedral, ‘Make your Mark’ calls on supporters to leave their mark in a variety of ways from leaving a message for a donation on a specially created webpage, to hosting a The most urgent requirement for funds fundraising event or tackling something is to remove and replace crumbling plaster extraordinary. in the vaults which contains asbestos. Making their mark in their own way will At the same time improvements will be be the Dean of Guildford, the Very Revd made to the access, lighting and sound Dianna Gwilliams, who will abseil down the systems, bringing them up to 21st Century cathedral’s tower on April 26. Also, Pam Rhodes will host the cathedral’s very own standards.
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nica Bohm-Duchen’s lecture exploring Christian fs in the work of Jewish artists, and the image esus as a symbol of Jewish suffering during the ocaust. This event will take place on Thursday arch at 7pm at the University of Surrey. hen, in a series of five evenings, we will ore Jesus’ call to walk in the way of the cross lation to our discipleship and mission; in our onse to pilgrimage sites of the Holy Land; in nature of sacrifice and ministry; in the face uman suffering; and in the hope of rection. March: The Revd Canon Dr Julie Gittoes, uildford Cathedral March: The Revd Canon Karen Hutchinson,
Vicar of The Bourne and Tilford ll27 March: The Revd Canon William Challis, Diocesan Director of Ordinands ll3 April: The Rt Revd Ian Brackley, Bishop of Dorking ll10 April: The Revd Canon Andrew Bishop, Guildford Cathedral and Chaplain, University of Surrey Talks begin at 19.45 and will be followed by discussion and questions. Please visit the Cathedral website for further details and to book places: www.guildford-cathedral.org/events/ boxoffice
Stations of the Cross by Arnold Daghani at the Cathedral The Revd Canon Dr Andrew with all the horror that entailed. Bishop writes: These paintings raise all sorts of This exhibition combines two of my responsibilities, firstly chaplain to the University of Surrey and secondly canon with responsibility for art at the Cathedral.
The paintings are from the University of Surrey’s Lewis Elton Art Gallery. They are very striking because of their simplicity and the spaciousness they convey. They are not conventional stations of the cross. They don’t focus on gore, and are powerful because of what they leave out. In that way they compel the viewer to draw on his or her own reflections on the cross and to create their own image of that scene. The absolutely completing aspect is that the artist, Arnold Daghani, was Jewish, and remained so throughout his life. It is said that what drew him to the stations of the cross was the experience of a Jewish man suffering at the hands of a fascist regime. That was his experience, and that of his family. Daghani and his wife had spent the war in slave labour camps in his native Romania,
fascinating questions for Christians. How has the cross been used as an emblem of the oppression of Jews by Christians in Europe over the centuries? How do we speak of suffering being redemptive, and can we? What does it mean to claim Jesus as the one spoken of in Isaiah as the suffering servant? How do we listen to the Jewish voice in our shared texts of the Hebrew Bible? Part of my role at the University is to promote dialogue between different faiths. These stations provide that opportunity. We are also privileged to welcome, in partnership with the Lewis Elton Gallery, the distinguished Jewish art historian Monica Bohm-Duchen who will speak at Wates House at the University of Surrey on Thursday 6th March at 19.45 on the theme of the way Jewish artists have taken Jesus as a subject in their work.
Stations of the Cross will be exhibited in the Cathedral during Lent (5 March - 18 April) and devotional material will be available, for a small cost to cover printing, for use by individuals and groups. (Group visits should be arranged with the Cathedral in advance due to diary issues).
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be accountable to the group on-line and most seemed keen to Woking has already got to grips with help give both a balance and challenge to Lent. of growing in faith. The second is an ‘unofficial’ course run by holy::ground use the format again.”
Further information about holy::ground can be found at www. n ecumenical Fresh Expression of church member Angela Scott using Janet Morley’s The Heart’s Time, which offers a poem a day for Lent and Easter. She is doing this holygroundwoking.wordpress.com and on the Facebook wards a Bishop’s Mission Order) looking to in conjunction with an online support group for people with ME group www.facebook.com/groups/46095515068/ as a means of engaging people in regular and hopes to get a mix of members from this group and holy::ground. cess of an online Facebook retreat in Advent One of the two ordained leaders of holy::ground, ng two retreat options for Lent. the Revd Bryony Davis, said: “The Facebook format s of weekly prayer exercises starting on Ash works really well, as people can comment on each weeks using material from Nick Helm’s Soul other’s posts with threads becoming conversations or onelli’s Wonder, Fear and Longing. People even debates about the issues raised. o put aside an hour a week for these prayer “We were concerned about the issue of excluding to post their responses on Facebook. the less computer-literate, but we had a good be encouraged to post about commitments representation from older members (including those have taken on during Lent. A meeting at St in their 70s!), offering advice for those unfamiliar with heerwater on 23 Feb entitled ‘More to Lent Facebook. late’ discussed different approaches to this. “Regular participants found it a good discipline to these two strands of prayer and action will
Mark’ for Guildford Cathedral? goal. The cathedral is currently running at your Mark’ campaign will be added to a deficit and large-scale repairs are beyond a Make Your Mark Manuscript, kept in the Treasury and available for future its scope. generations. Appeal funds will also be “Over half a century ago residents and used to develop visitor resources, in friends were given an opportunity to be part particular sharing the individual stories of of this cathedral’s remarkable tale when the brick-givers and other people who have they bought a brick. Now this generation made their mark in the building’s colourful Pam explained: “’Make your Mark’ has been given an opportunity to make history. comes not a moment too soon. Everyone sure that this striking cathedral moves The Dean said: “Between 1952 and forward so that it can serve its community 1961 a truly impressive range of people, has a role to play. “Every single donation, whatever its in the future.” from couples on their wedding day to All messages left as part of the ‘Make families remembering loved ones all came size, is going to be critical to reach the Songs of Praise, original brick-giver and Guildford resident Frances Dawson will organise a Teddy’s Birthday fundraiser and Advertiser year sixPhoto: leaversSurrey from CofE primary schools will build a cairn of bricks at their school leavers’ service, each brick representing a school’s donation.
together to help complete the People’s Cathedral. Now we are hoping to mobilise a new generation to ‘Make Your Mark’ in support of this landmark building. “At the same time we want to engage with this generation, so it is known not only for its remarkable and distinctive architecture but as a cathedral which truly serves its community. Come and see us – it is your cathedral!” For more information and a fundraising pack visit www.guildford-cathedral.org
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Father Michael Roper of St Paul’s Church which became an emergency centre for volunteer operations and the heart of sandbagging operations, said: “It was bad, very bad. We had residents, elderly ones at that, totally isolated by chest high water in our streets. “But a hearty team of volunteers, some from the church and others from the community, came together in a remarkable way and made a huge difference. “Thanks to the Sikh community in Slough, we had over 80 tons of sand delivered to households in dire need. “So many homes have been flooded, the cleanup will take months, but the community has drawn together and the Church has been at the heart of it. Please just keep praying for us.” St Peter’s Church, Chertsey, also became the centre of activity for a community which pulled together to look after its own. Over 90 volunteers gathered at the church to fill hundreds of sandbags with tons of sand donated by companies.
Diocese of Guildford @CofEGuildford Feb 14 Thank u @sainsburys who underwrote a hot meal for 80 volunteers filling sandbags @ St Peter’s Church #chertsey today http://tinyurl.com/ oyajqxs Vicar the Revd Tim Hillier praised the community’s response, saying: “The church centre became both a rest centre for volunteers and a hive of activity in a ‘roots up’ community exercise to supplement ‘official’ action which was insufficient. “Lorries arrived and left the church all day. Four-byfours and private cars delivered bags across the town.
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“I also had the pleasure of welcoming a group of twelve Muslim young people to the team. They have travelled down from London to offer help for
several hours. Before they left we talked together and they left this message with me. ‘We come to show true Islam - ‘love for all - hatred for none’.” The parish of Busbridge and Hambledon, while away from the immediate flood area, was able to come to the aid of rescuers – and an evacuated family with young children. Vicar the Revd Simon Taylor said: “We had a staff house which was temporarily empty. Our director of care and our church treasurer Mark Pateman and Clare Haddad approached Waverley Council and they contacted Runnymede Council who identified an evacuated family and offered it as free emergency accommodation.
“We wanted to do what we could. Our hearts and prayers were with those facing the imminent threat of flooding and remain with those suffering the pain of having seen their homes and businesses ruined.”
As the Wey goes to press the cause of Zane’s death is not yet known. Parish priest the Revd
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“The church also hosted a Rescue Response Team from Norfolk, brought into Silver Command area to support flood-relief work. The church hall was given over to the team of ten as accommodation and church members offered bedding and food boxes for the team.
Holy Trinity Church, Lyne, was hit by tragedy when a member of its congregation, seven -year-old boy Zane Gbangbola, died suddenly while his home was flooded.
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Laurence Gamlen paid tribute to the lively and happy boy ‘who brightened the lives of those who met him’ and asked for prayers for Zane and his parents Nicole and Kye who regularly attend Holy Trinity. He said: “The congregation of Holy Trinity is joining with a family, St George’s Junior school, Weybridge, and the whole of Chertsey, Lyne and Longcross as we mourn the death of Zane Gbangbola. “We are a community in shock at a young life which has ended abruptly.
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“We will miss his sense of fun and in particular the way in which he enjoyed playing with the younger children in our church family.” A book of condolence has been opened in Zane’s memory.
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First time on skis…you need to have faith! The diocese’s communications intern, Tim Norris, went skiing for the first time in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland in January with Christian holiday operator, Oakhall. He recounts the experience below.
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“As I tottered around the nursery slopes for the Throughout the ski trip there were little pieces of first time in blizzard conditions, I stopped and advice that really improved my technique. Perhaps wondered what I had let myself in for. the most significant tip was to fix my eyes on a point Yet seven days later, having conquered a black in the distance and trust that my skis would guide run, I was able to enjoy my surroundings, confident me there. that my skis would guide me down the slopes. This struck me as a rather poignant analogy for the I went with two of my friends on a trip which Church. We often try to forge our own way through included (lengthy!) travel by luxury coach, all meals, life whilst losing sight of God, becoming trapped by a Bible talk each evening and activities after that. fear of failure and overcome by the obstacles before I was dreading the 20 hour coach trip before us. going and had tried to prepare myself. Stocked up Yet if we focus on Him and have faith that He will with plenty of food, iPad at the ready, plus a new- guide our path, we can stand upright and embrace found ability to sleep for much of the journey made the challenges, as well as the beauty, of the world the time fly by! around us. The accommodation was basic but this was If you like a challenge and are prepared to reflected in the price, and provided a good base after get involved you will have a great time! See ad church times half page.ai 1 20/01/2014 15:25:46 a hard day’s skiing. I was surprised by how warm the www.oakhall.co.uk for further details.”
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Big breakfast to fight cancer It will be time to feed the 1,000 on Friday 14 March when St Peter’s Church, Farnborough and the associated St Peter’s CofE Junior School will once again join forces to run an ‘All-Day Breakfast’ to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Member of the organising committee David Woodward urged people from far and wide to join in. He said: “In the 14 years that it has been running, we have raised nearly £56,000 for Cancer Research UK and we very much hope that this year will take us past the £60,000 mark. We would love to see people from Running from 6.30am to 4.30pm, organisers will all over the diocese, so put it in your diary now, please offer a wide menu starting with the traditional full come along, and bring a friend or two!” English breakfast plus cereals, fruit juices, croissants, The breakfast is held in the St Peter’s Parish Centre, doughnuts, fresh fruit, tea and coffee moving on 60 Church Avenue Farnborough, GU14 7AP – just up to teacakes, ice cream and strawberry teas in the the hill from the Clockhouse roundabout.
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The Trinity Folk Festival will once again return to Holy Trinity Church, Guildford on Saturday May 3, showcasing the talents of both established and up-and-coming artists.
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“We’re delighted to be supporting the Surrey-based charity Oakleaf and hope lots of music enthusiasts will take advantage of the range of artists on show.” This year’s line up includes Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners 2013, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, and runner-up Luke Jackson. Headlining will be legendary acoustic singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph, who has built a reputation for giving what audiences have described as the best live music experience of their lives.
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Explore your calling Diocesan vocations coordinator the Revd Laurence Gamlen will host a free event Fit for Purpose at St John’s Church, Stoke, Guildford on the morning of Saturday 15 March - designed to help individuals explore their calling, whether to ordained ministry or some other important area of the Church’s work. “It takes all sorts,” says Laurence. “Fit for Purpose is a shop window for all the different types of ministry on offer. If you feel there is something you should be considering or doing, why not come along and explore a bit more on March 15? “Whatever it is that vocation represents to you, could it be that God is on your case?” The Revd Jeff Yelland, associate vicar of St Paul’s
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Andrew became interested in the theme following a multi-disciplinary seminar on sleep at Surrey University. He believes that theology and spirituality can contribute to good ‘sleep hygiene’ and that the insights of the Everyone is welcome to attend the day entitled In the disciplines within sociology, psychology, biology and Hems of God’s Senses: Sleep and the Life of Prayer on English Literature can be used to aid spiritual reflection. Westminster Abbey has organised an annual Day of Saturday 8 March, from 10am. Prayer for over 25 years. Andrew said: “We spend a third of our lives sleeping For further information, please contact Catherine but often give little thought to its spiritual significance. In this Day of Prayer I hope to explore the value of sleep Butler via firstname.lastname@example.org and our awareness of God, drawing from scripture and or telephone 020 7654 4805.
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Church, Dorking and the Revd Canon William Challis, director of ordinands, will be lending a hand and answering questions too – starting over a bacon butty and coffee at 9.30am.
Sleep and spirituality under scrutiny Residentiary Canon of Guildford Cathedral, the Revd Canon Dr Andrew Bishop, hopes to awaken interest in the theme of sleep and spirituality when he leads Westminster Abbey’s annual Day of Prayer.
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Women’s World Day of Prayer – Reminder On Friday 7 March 2014, the Diocese of Guildford will join more than three million people in over 170 countries celebrating, praying and worshipping together during an annual day of prayer. You can be part of this ecumenical worldwide event. Services will be held throughout the diocese – services will be held at: Merrow:
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ORGAN RECITAL 13 March, 1pm, URC Church, Portsmouth Road, Guildford GU2 4BS Steven Grahl Admission free, donations welcome
conductor Robin Kimber Cost: £12, students and under 18s: £6. Box office 01372 727078 WORKSHOP 22 March, 10am – 4pm, Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, Bordon Christian Healing Explored – a workshop-style introduction to the healing ministry. Led by the Revd Elizabeth Knifton. Cost £40 incl refreshments & lunch (£30 if booked by 24 February). To book contact 01420 478121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
DEEPER HEALING DAY 13 March, 10am – 4pm, Acorn WORKSHOP ST COLUMBA’S HOUSE 7-9 March, Acorn Christian Healing Christian Healing Foundation, Maybury Hill, Woking Bordon Foundation, Bordon For full details of events Led by members of the Acorn Listening for life – essential skills at St Columba’s please Team, this day includes an for a healthier life. Led by Acorn see their website www. introductory talk, individual prayer stcolumbashouse.org.uk or tutors ministry and time for reflection, call 01483 766498 or email Cost £160, fully residential. To concluding with communion & retreats@stcolumbashouse. book contact 01420 478121 or laying on of hands. org.uk Cost £30 incl refreshments & lunch. GUILDFORD SPRING MUSIC email email@example.com FESTIVAL To book contact 01420 478121 or ACORN CHRISTIAN 23 – 29 March, every lunchtime & CONCERT email firstname.lastname@example.org HEALING FOUNDATION evening, Electric Theatre, Onslow 8 March, 12.30pm, St Martin’s Bordon, Hants THEOLOGICAL BOOK CLUB St, Guildford GI1 4SZ Church, Ockham Road South, East For full details of events at 13 March, 7.45pm – 9.45pm, St 14 concerts over 7 days, Horsley KT24 6RL Acorn please see their website Columba’s House, Maybury Hill, all featuring musicians with A lunchtime classical guitar www.acornchristian.org or call Woking GU22 8AB connections to Guildford. Cost – 01420 478121 or email info@ concert. Roland Chadwick plays This month’s book is The evenings £15 (7.50 concessions), acornchristian.org music by Mozart, Turina, Albeniz, Resurrection of Peace by Mary lunchtimes £8 (£4 concessions) Grey and and will be available Sor and others. from Electric Theatre box office from St Columba’s book stall. The MARCH 01483 444789. For programme Tickets: £7.50 to include light book group meets twice a term details visit www.gsmf.org.uk – for lunch, available on the door QUIET DAY and is open to newcomers. We a brochure email performance@ 1 March, 9.30-4pm, St Columba’s enjoy honest, open discussion gsmf.org.uk JOURNEY INTåO WHOLENESS House, Maybury Hill, Woking GU22 on books from a wide range of 8 March, 10am - 4pm, St 8AB WW1 RESOURCES Christian authors. Led by the Columba’s Hose, Maybury Hill, Quiet day in conjunction with 25 March 2-6pm, Diocesan Revd Gillaine Holland & Becca Woking GU22 8AB Guildford Cathedral, reflecting Rowland - donations welcome. Tel Education Centre, Stag Hill, A gentle way to experience more on Mary and the Incarnation in 01483 766498 or email retreats@ Guildford, GU2 7UP of the Lord’s forgiveness, healing, preparation for Lent. Led by the stcolumbashouse.org.uk An open day for parishes and schools looking at Christian Revd Camilla White. Cost freedom and victory in your life. SPRING FESTIVAL ORGAN £20, bring your own lunch. Book Come and be refreshed. Learn how RECITAL through Guildford Cathedral box to pray more effectively for yourself 14 March, 7.30pm, Holy Trinity office www.guildford-cathedral.org/ and others. Church, High Street, Guildford worship/boxoffice or 01483 547860 Cost £15, bring your own lunch. Tel GU1 3JH 01483 766498 or email retreats@ Anthony Gritten, University of OCCAM SINGERS CONCERT Middlesex stcolumbashouse.org.uk 1 March,7.30pm, St Nicolas’ Admission £8, students £3, U16 Church, Guildford GU2 4AW with adults free SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL Handel – Dixit Dominus and CPE 12 March, 1.10pm St Mary’s Bach – Magnificat, conducted by CONCERT David Gibson, in aid of Guildford Church, Quarry Street, Guildford, 15 March, 7.30pm, St Martin’s Samaritans. Cost £12.50 (£6 GU1 3UA Church, Church Road, Epsom students) from TIC Guildford or Handel organ concertos, Graham KT17 4PX 01252 783977 - £15 on the door. Thorp and strings Duruflé, Requiem; Liszt, Missa More info from www.occamsingers. Admission free, donations welcome Choralis; Epsom Choral Society, co.uk
resources available to help commemorate the start of World War I. Presentations at 2pm and 4.30pm. More info from email@example.com or 01483 484905 CONFERENCE 28 March, 10am-2.45pm, St John the Evangelist, Stoke Road, Guildford GU1 1HB ‘Know Your Bible: Following God in Challenging Times’ – lessons from the life of Daniel. Speaker: Caroline Dadswell. Cost: £8 all day, £6 morning only, bring your own lunch. Further info: Doreen Horridge: 01483 576568 QUARTERLY REFLECTION 29 March, 10.30am-3.30pm, St Nicolas’ Church, Guildford, GU2 4AW A day devoted to the teaching of Thomas Merton. Tea and coffee provided, bring your own lunch. No charge, suggested donation £5 More information 01483 893129 or email firstname.lastname@example.org CONCERT 29 March , 7:30pm, H G Wells Centre, Church Street East, Woking, Surrey GU21 6HJ JS Bach, St Matthew Passion, Woking Choral Society, Orchestra of St Paul’s, Ben Palmer conductor
Tickets: adults £20, students £8 from H G Wells Centre or www. wokingchoral.org.uk.
APRIL CONCERT 4 April, 7.30pm, St Martin’s Church, Church Street, Dorking RH4 1DW An evening of Mozart and JS Bach, including Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Bach’s Magnificat. Brockham Choral Society and the Chameleon Arts Orchestra. Cost: £15 (£5 unders 25s in full-time education from Maria Chadwick, c/o Michael Frith, 40 South Street, Dorking or via www.brockhamchoral.org LENTEN SUPPER & STAINER’S CRUCIFIXION 13 April, 5.15pm, St Francis’ Church, Beckingham Road, Westborough, Guildford GU2 8BU Come and sing through the four hymns, which are integral part of the cantata, at 5.15, then join us for a Lenten supper at 6pm followed by the Crucifixion at 7pm. It is not too late to join the choir (no audition or musical acumen needed!) which meets at 7.45 - 9.15pm on a Thursday at St Francis. To let us know numbers, please contact Jyl Wheeler email@example.com or 01483 852493
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BIG BREW BAKE-A-THON 1 March, 10am-2pm, United Church of St Mark, Great Tattenhams, Epsom Downs Big Brew Bake-a-thon selling Traidcraft goods to help families in the developing world. PANCAKE LUNCH 4 March, 11.30am-1.30pm, St Mary Oatlands Church Hall, Oatlands Avenue, Weybridge KT13 9TS Everyone welcome, contact parish office 01932 231274 or smop@ btconnect.com to let us know you are coming. Donations of pancakes or fillings gratefully received QUIET DAY FOR ASH WEDNESDAY 5 March, 10am - 4pm, St Columba’s House, Maybury Hill, Woking GU22 8AB Led by the Revd Elizabeth Knifton, as we mark the beginning of Lent. Cost £25 inc refreshments & lunch. Tel 01483 766498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fairtrade Fortnight In Guildford Saturday 1 March – Holy Stall supported by Guildford Trinity Church, Guildford High Borough Council near M&S Street 10.00 – 14.30 Free Fairtrade 10.00 – 14.00 Fairtrade goods refreshments available in St Mary’s Church Quarry St; nonand refreshments on sale perishable Fairtrade goods can Illustrated talks:also be purchased. 11.00 – Zaytoun: Palestinian Fairtrade organisation celebrating Friday 7 March – University its10th year – Director Manal of Surrey Management School Ramadan, with Q&A session to Room 32 MS 01. follow.
13.15 – Working with Fairtrade gold – Jon Dibben, jewellery designer from Cranleigh - a goldsmith’s view. Sunday 2 March – Fairtrade talks in churches and sales after morning services (St John’s, Merrow and Emmanuel, Stoughton).
Discussion evening: Is there a Future for Fairtrade Gold? with Professor Hilsen – Chair of Sustainability and Business, Greg Valerio – pioneer of Fairtrade gold, now working with Fairtrade International and Jon Dibben – chosen as one of two designers in south of England to work with fairly traded gold from 2011.
18.00 Main car park free, and Tuesday 4 March – Guildford light Fairtrade refreshments on Farmers` Market in the High offer before 18.30 start. Local Street jewellers, students and general 09.30 – 15.30 Guildford Fairtrade public most welcome.
Cathedral to Coast Bike Ride 2–3 august 2014
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Fellow Travellers Bishop Christopher receives Lambeth doctorate The former Bishop of Guildford the Rt Revd Christopher Hill was made a Lambeth Doctor of Divinity by the Archbishop of Canterbury in January in recognition of his ‘long and distinguished ministry’, fostering ecumenical relations. Bishop Christopher, who retired in November, was awarded the doctorate in a ceremony at Lambeth Palace. In addition to recognising academic contributions the awards also acknowledge particular contributions to religious, academic and public life. Bishop Christopher served at Bishop Christopher’s ‘long and distinguished ministry’ was Lambeth Palace for 15 years in acknowledged when he was awarded a Lambeth Doctor of ecumenical relations - first under Divinity Archbishop Michael Ramsay, next Donald Coggan and then Robert Runcie. Archbishop of which he is now president. Archbishop Justin also praised Bishop Christopher’s Justin Welby said he became ‘renowned for the quality of his mind as well as the graciousness of his spirit.’ ‘remarkable’ academic contributions - including coArchbishop Justin added: “The conversations and editing Anglicans and Roman Catholics: The Search commissions that flowered during this period and for Unity and Anglican Orders: the documents in the beyond are a testimony in part to his fruitful work, both case. The Archbishop said: “By awarding the Doctorate of Divinity, we are acknowledging Bishop Christopher’s behind the scenes and in formal participation.” As Bishop of Guildford he continued to extend outstanding insight and scholarship, woven into a hospitality to ecumenical guests, and to contribute significant portion of the documents produced over the nationally and internationally on the Church of last 35 years which have shaped our friendships and England’s Council for Unity, in the Bishops’ Europe fellowship in the Church of England, in the Anglican Group, and on the Conference of European Churches, Communion, and far beyond.”
New Archdeacon installed Around 500 people gathered at Guildford Cathedral in January to witness the installation of the Ven Paul Bryer as Archdeacon of Dorking and as an Honorary Canon of Guildford Cathedral.
Just hours before the special evensong service, Paul and two other members of his former parish of St Paul’s, Dorking, had landed at Heathrow Airport following a two-week stay in Kenya where St Paul’s has links with the Diocese of Masano South which covers 300 churches from around the City of Fiona and Paul Bryer among many friends from Dorking after Paul’s installation at Guildford Cathedral. Kisumu. The visit, which had included a youth rally, visiting Paul’s iPad!’
Paul, who has three children with his wife Fiona, an orphanage, schools and churches, impacted strongly on the service where Paul spoke of the harsh lists his interests as the sea, Southampton FC, conditions, generosity and hospitality of the people mountain biking, Cornwall, long distance footpaths they had met and their interest in ‘faith, football and and Indian food.
Desmond Parsons – Pioneer in Christian adult education
The Revd Desmond Parsons, former general secretary of Moor Park College for Christian adult education and co-founder of the Farnham Christian Council in 1962, (rebranded Churches Together in 1992), passed away in his sleep at home, on 20 January, aged 88. After 25 years of parish ministry in Southwark Diocese, Desmond retired to Crondall in 1995, where he served as honorary assistant priest to All Saints’ for a further 16 years. He is remembered for helping to save Churches Together in Farnham from closure in 2007, stepping in as vice-chair alongside a band of lay volunteers, when both the chair’s and secretary’s positions were left vacant. Moor Park College was founded
in 1950 and prospered until 1980, when the trust lost Moor Park mansion, more due to political decisions in the economic climate of the 1980s than to a failing in provision. Desmond was instrumental in developing alternative partnerships with the University of Surrey and the Diocese of Guildford, for the sponsorship of Desmond Parsons collaborative projects. those confronting mental health The trust’s vision and funds for Christian adult learning challenges. He is survived by were entrusted to the Diocese in his wife Thea, son Benedict and daughter Francesca. 2011. The history of the great Desmond will also be fondly adventure in Christian adult remembered by colleagues education at Moor Park College in the Irish Peace Process, was published in 2006, and a free United Nations Association, and copy is available on request from Richmond Fellowship, which helps email@example.com
Dorking’s Canon Peter Bruinvels reelected as Church Commissioner Long-time member of General Synod, Canon Peter Bruinvels has been re-elected as one of the 33 Church Commissioners for the next five years. The Church Commissioners manage an investment portfolio to produce money to support the Church of England’s work across the country. Canon Peter, who lives in Dorking with his wife Alison, and attends both Guildford Cathedral and St Martin’s, Dorking, said: “I am really honoured to have been re-appointed to this important post at such a momentous time for the Church of England with our new Archbishop. “I feel that at a time of financial fluctuations in
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the City, payday loans versus credit unions and with seven Church Commissioners either standing down, or not being re-elected, it was seen as essential for there to be stability and continuity on the Board of Governors”. The Board of Governors is made up of both Archbishops, diocesan bishops, deans, clergy and lay members, as well as the Lord Chancellor, the Prime Minister and speakers of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
For more details on the role and work of the Church Commissioners visit www. churchofengland.org/aboutus/structure/ churchcommissioners.aspx
Published on Feb 25, 2014