Dear Brothers and Sisters
Last weekend I told you that our new Mission Team was meeting on Monday to work on the first ideas that came from your feedback from the Bishop’s questionnaire, our subsequent open meetings at Cranleigh and Bramley, and the Bishop’s presentations to us last wintertime.
Six of us met at St John’s Seminary for a whole day meeting where we prayed together, listened to one another and did two large pieces of work to help us work out a vision statement for our parish. This involved thinking, first, about all the things that would make a very bad parish.
Why did we do that?
Well, because if we had asked for all the best things that make a parish we might have blindspots due to familiarity that would prevent us from seeing what things make for a truly great parish. Doing it the other way – what would we hate to see in a parish opened our eyes to a larger range of things that contribute to the ‘vibe’ and working of a parish. However, we didn’t stop there but, once we had this amazing rich list of things we would never want to see we asked ourselves what was the opposite side of those things – in other words the things that would make for a great parish. If you want to see what we came up with take a look at the website version of this piece. There’s a photo online.
Take a look.
Following review of the parish questionnaire feedback sheets and our own brain-storm of the key components required in any Mission Effective parish, we distilled our lists to three broad headings:
Liturgy/Worship – Community – Outreach
From this distillation the following statement was crafted to represent the heart of what our parish would stand for:
“Through our worship in prayer and liturgy we seek always to become a community of faith, hope and love, building inclusive relationships with people of faith and none, reaching out to those in need”.
You will see that everything builds from our collective prayer and worship of God, which inspires and equips us to become a true community of faith, hope and love which is a never-ending work – always building. Always building what? Relationships – both internally that strengthen the community and outwardly to draw all people in. Inclusive because no one is excluded and to those in need – whatever that might be – because our response to Jesus call is to serve.
I hope you can see that this is now a major step forward against which we will begin to measure all our work and worship. This is only the beginning we know and there is a whole lot of work ahead of the Mission Team as we seek to make this simple statement a reality. Ask yourself – what would make this happen in worship, with youth, with the lapsed, and so on.
With my love and prayers as always, Fr David
Office Opening Hours
Father David will be taking holiday leave and will be away from the Parish Monday 23rdJuly returning Tuesday 31stJuly.
During the School Holidays Tracy will be in the office each Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of the week 9-12am with the only full week closure being 6thto 12thAugust. Messages can be left on voicemail or email for response during working hours. Thank you.
The Bramley Parish Room will be closed
from 16th July for a week. This is due to redecoration of the main room, hallway and toilet. These rooms will not be available for use during this time. The office room will not be included and will be available, if required, for use during that week.
“You did not choose me but I chose you: and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, He may give it to you. This I command you to love one another.” J 15, 16-17
As a parish community we would like to ensure that every family can get a break away during the summer holidays. Please let us know if you would appreciate some assistance in organising/funding a few days away. The forms to be filled are in the porches of both churches.
At the same time, we are appealing for your support for this initiative. We ask most importantly for your prayers. Secondly please let us know if you have a holiday place or any accommodation that you would be happy for somebody to use for part of the holidays. Last of all we would appreciate any financial support you can offer. If you would like to donate any funds directly to the Parish bank account, details can be obtained from the Parish Office. Please make sure that you specify the purpose of your donation as “holiday fund”.
Great Pokot News
Last week we sent the Pokot Missions the incredible sum of £12,300. Of this, £3,235 went to Fr Conway at the Barpello Mission. £970 of that is for school fees for two pupils being sponsored by members of the Pound a Week Group. £250 was donated specifically for Fr Conway to purchase a second cow for the bereaved and impoverished family of Robert Twalakapel, the pupil of the Mission school who tragically died from acute appendicitis. The balance of £2,015 is for Fr Conway to use where he sees the greatest need,
Some £9,065 went to Fr Sean McGovern at the Rotu Mission which included £7,000 to enable him to furnish the new classroom at his nursery school and build a much-needed school storeroom. The balance of £2,065 was for Fr Sean to use at his discretion where he sees the greatest need. I will report in due course when I hear how the discretionary amounts are to be used. Thank you all for your very generous support for the Pokot Mission’s projects. Eugene McGivern 01483-893379 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
First Holy Communion CoursePlease note you are able to register interest for your child to attend the next First Holy Communion course to the Parish Office. Once all interest has been received a letter will go to those registered inviting them to a parent’s session. Registration will close Sunday 12thAugust.
Ride+Strideis a great initiative by Surrey Churches Preservation Trust, part of a national network dedicated to helping churches in need. The annual Ride+Stride takes place on Saturday 8th September, with the aims of raising money for church restoration & repair and having a fun day out.
Participants – both cyclists and walkers – ask friends and colleagues to sponsor them with an amount for every church they visit on the day. As an additional perk, many of these churches offer visitors delicious refreshments and an opportunity to look around.
The money that is collected through sponsorship is then divided into two. Half goes to the church of the cyclist’s choice; the other half is retained by the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust for distribution to churches in need. In the dozen or so years that Ride+Stride has been running in Surrey they have raised over £250,000 for the county’s churches.
Ride+Stride is a fun way to spend time on a pleasant afternoon in September while at the same time supporting a very worthy cause. Why not make up a group and join in this year?
For further information please visit the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust website.
We are grateful to the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust for their kind support of the Guildford Cathedral Appeal.
Running 10K for MS Samson Centre in Guildford
I am running my first ever 10K to help the Samson Centre, Guildford which provideswonderful support and services for MS sufferers. If you would like to sponsor me and you will see details here (I am third from the left in pic)
https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?pageId=922395. Thank you, Christina Wyllie,
One of our Parish Families are relocating and hope to sell their car. It’s automatic, not too big, very reliable and easy to drive. It’s a 2009 Mazda 3 Takara 1.6. Lisa is the second owner and has had it for 7 years just for going to work and the school run. It has 83,000 miles on the clock. Asking price £2750 ono. If you are interested please contact Tracy in the Parish Office and she can put you in touch.
I’m looking for the person who is currently using Gift Aid envelopes numbered 132. This box of envelopes has been picked up from Cranleigh church porch and the envelopes are currently being used to make donations to the offertory. The box was not picked up by the “registered owner” of envelopes numbered 132. If you find you have this box of envelopes please get in touch with me so that I can properly sign you up to Gift Aid and provide you with your own box of envelopes and a new unique number.
Please contact Trish Ellis – by telephone 01483 271314, mobile 07835 452898 or email email@example.com. Thank you!
ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 28th July 11.00-4.00
You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussing on Renewal and Mission. At Alton School, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG. 11.00am Rosary; 11.30am Mass; 12.15 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; 1.00pm Shared lunch (please bring finger food to share); 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “Good News and Gospel” – Canon Jeremy Garratt; 3.30 Prayer for healing. We end about 4pm.
There is no need to register in advance, and no charge (though a collection will be taken to cover costs). For more information and directions, see poster or website: www.altonrenewal.com Or telephone Alastair Emblem on 01252 714809.
Following month’s meeting: 18th August. “The Church exists to evangelise” – Fr Mark Hogan
DO YOU HAVE A PRAYER GROUP?
We often have enquiries from people keen to develop their spirituality and to join or form a prayer group with a charismatic flavour.
Please let me know if you have a group, and we will list it on the ADoRE website; or if you wish to find or form a group, let me know too.
Yours in Christ – Alastair Emblem, On behalf of the ADoRE Core Group
The Catholic Parish of St. Edmund’s, Godalming is looking for a part-time Parish Assistant to work initially 10 hours a week, administratively supporting the Parish Priest and his renewal team. Good administrative and organisational abilities are essential together with a capability of working with computers and digital communications. Knowledge of the Catholic Church would be a great advantage in this role as well as experience of working with people in a religious or pastoral setting. There is the expectation that in the future the number of hours worked will increase by mutual agreement. The hourly rate will be £10 – £12 per hour. For a job description and the details of how to apply please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date is Monday 9th July 2018.
You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Day of Praise and Healing,around the theme ‘Feed my Sheep’, given by Rev. Fr Anthony Meredith. on Sat, 18th of August, 2018. The day begins with Mass at 10.20 am. Two talks will divide the day, with refreshments and lunch, the Divine Mercy Devotion, with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, concluding with the Sacrament of Healing and departures at 4.20 pm. Come to part, or all of the day, as it suits you. Bring a packed lunch, and, if you can, a friend. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR Online information:www.chilworthbenedictines.com
St Vincent de Paul Society (England & Wales)
The St Vincent de Paul Society is an international Christian charity providing practical help to those in need through local community projects and a network of 10,000 volunteer members
We are seeking to recruit a research and project development officer to work with young adults and other stakeholders across England and Wales.
1833 Research and Project Development Officer – £27k pa pro rata. 3 days per week. One-year contract. Home-based + national travel.
To review, re-model, project plan and potentially produce resources for our programme for 18-30-year olds in preparation for a service re-launch in Sept 2019.
Main responsibilities include:
- Review, analysis and evaluation of current model
- Re-model current 1833 into suitable models for parishes and universities
- Project scope and planning for resource development
- Resource production (subject to funding)
The successful candidate will have to meet the essential person specifications as well as key competencies.
Applications are invited from individuals who can empathise with the Society’s ethos and work and who have an excellent standard of written and spoken English.
For an application pack and further details download the application pack from the vacancies section of the SVP website:https://www.svp.org.uk/current-vacancies-paid-and-voluntary
Closing date: 10:00 on Wednesday 25th July 2018
Interviews: Thursday 26th July 2018
Start date: Wednesday 29th August 2018
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