From the August magazine
The Licensed Lay Minister writes ...
I know that social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are not to everybody's taste but I find them a very useful way of keeping in touch with friends and issues that are important to me. As I write, my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds are full of pictures of newly Ordained Deacons.
It is wonderful to think that all over the country disciples are making a lifelong commitment to serve God in the very special way of Ordained Ministry. What a blessing they are to the Church and to all whom they will encounter and serve in their ministry.
Few are called to Ordained Ministry but there are many other ways for us to serve. There is a role for each of us to play in the life of the Church. It may take a while to work out what your role is. It can take time and be hard to discern a vocation for ourselves and it is often through the endorsement of others that we can find the right path to follow.
I recently attended a Diocesan "Discernment and Vocations" evening held in the Tent at Willow Grange. It not only gave me an opportunity to wander around the beautiful gardens of Willow Grange on a lovely summer evening but also to discover the wide range of opportunities for discipleship in our Diocese.
It is all too easy to think of Church only in the context of the place we visit on Sundays. With this in mind, the meeting in the Tent was called "24/7" as a reminder to us that Church is not restricted to Sundays. Nor is it restricted to the building that we meet in. In the Tent I met people who work in prisons, hospitals, on housing estates, in schools, and many other places - in fact just about anywhere that you find people.
Whilst many of those present were Ordained there were also many Lay people and there are very many opportunities for Lay people to contribute to the work of the Church.
To be a disciple you don't have to be trained or have a specific role. We can all be disciples, in our own homes, on our own street, in our own work place, in our own town, or anywhere that we come across people. If you feel a calling to do something then there are plenty of resources available to help you to discern what that "something" is and to help you to pursue your calling. A great place to start is the Diocesan website, www.cofeguildford.org.uk/about/dvm.
I wish God's blessing on all those new Deacons as they set out on their life of Ministry.Sally Milner
Church Matters (35) for August 2015
I am sure that everyone will want to join in thanking Chris Stagg for all the excellent work he has done with Children's Church over the years. He and Janine have been marvellous leaders, helping and inspiring the younger generation on their Faith journey, and Janine will continue to do so, but Chris now feels the time is right for him to retire. In fact, he "retired" a year ago, but has continued to help establish new members to continue the work. Thank you, Chris, for your time, dedication, leadership, and inspiration to so many for the last twenty years.
We also congratulate Matthew Waters who is taking up a Post Graduate place on the Distance Learning Course at Dundee University, in Archives and Records Management. Matthew, as you know, currently edits this magazine, but his greatly increasing workload will mean he cannot continue beyond September. We greatly appreciate his help and hard work and thank him for stepping into this important role.
We will now be without an Editor for the Parish Magazine. If there is anyone who feels they could take on this task please contact the Rector or the Churchwardens for more information about what is involved.Sue Roberts
Heritage Open Days - 2015
Programmes are now available at Leatherhead Library and the Letherhead Institute for this year's Heritage Open Days events around Mole Valley. This is part of a nationwide celebration of local arts, culture, and heritage but is organised by volunteers on a local basis. Some events must be booked in advance, usually because the number of visitors needs to be controlled; details are clearly stated with each entry in the programme. The majority of bookings should be made through the Dorking Halls Box Office from 10 August. There is no charge for any HOD events.
Our Parish Church of St Mary and St Nicholas will be open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and this year's "Words and Music" theme will be emphasised with floral displays and music played on the Parker organ. There will also be timed visits to the bell chamber.
The Launch event at 7.30 pm on Friday 11 September will be at Leatherhead Theatre and pre-booking will be required - tickets available from the Theatre Box Office from 1 August. The Theatre has been donated without charge and the NADFAS-accredited lecturer, Bertie Pearce, has been sponsored by local NADFAS Societies. Bertie will look at the life and places of Charles Dickens through his characters and his talk will be interspersed with readings of Dickens' works.June Robinson
On Sunday 29th June an extent of Kent Treble Bob Minor containing 720 changes was rung by:1 Peter Ford 2 Rosemary Henderson 3 Ann Steed 4 Clyde Whittaker 5 Mike Todd 6 Rex Woodland
Conducted by Ann Steed
Rung as a farewell to Kuhan Satkunanayagam, who is leaving Leatherhead for Long Ditton, [where he is to be Rector] and also as a compliment to Rosemary Henderson on her birthday.Peter Ford
Leatherhead Community Association
Soon Autumn will be upon us, where has the Spring and Summer gone, and I hope that the programme that was arranged by the LCA has been enjoyed by many people.
There are three visits planned between now and Christmas, Tuesday September 8th to Buckingham Palace and there are still a few places left, Thursday 8th October to the Knitting and Stitch Show at Alexandra Palace, and on Tuesday 24th November a Christmas shopping day at the Winchester Christmas Market with a short tour of the Cathedral. I don't think that you can have more varied venues than these!
Peter Humphreys has once again organised a full programme of walks, short, long and strolls and, as is customary, these are usually arranged to include some kind of hostelry! The short walks of 3-4 miles and the longer walks of 4-6 miles, alternate between the first and second Wednesdays in the month. The Strolls, which are on the third Wednesday in the month, are designed for the less agile and there are no stiles or steep slopes to encounter and last no longer than an hour. There is really something there for most people and Peter is very happy to be phoned for fuller details - 01372 378347.
The Art/History lectures will be starting up again with talks by Paul Pickering on 30 September and 7 October on 'Regency and Empire Styles', nothing to do with fashion but an exploration of decorative and fine arts in the early 19C in England and France. On 14 and 21 October Paul will be talking about two Roman Art Collections, the Palazzo Doria Pamphili and the Villa Borghese, and on 4 and 11 November Dr Katy Brown will be introducing the Pre-Raphealites. To conclude the 2015 season on 25 November Paul Pickering will give an introduction to the Goya Exhibition which will be at the National Gallery from 7 October-10 January 2016. All the lectures are on Wednesdays from 2pm-4pm.
Don't forget that there is Scrabble every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month and new members are always welcome and needed, and there is table tennis every Monday from 2 - 4.30. There is a newly formed Bridge group on one Friday each month, please phone the office first so that numbers can be organised, basic knowledge of ACOL is needed, and there is a full programme of 'Tea and Talks' on the second Friday of the month at 2pm. What you may not know is that there are rooms for hire, either on a short or long term basis and Sarah in the office will give full details.
Non-members are welcome to drop in for coffee in the library on Tuesday and Friday mornings when they can be assured of a welcome and a chat with an LCA member or the Office Administrator. Full details of membership and of all events can be found at the Letherhead Institute, so why not call in at 67 High Street Leatherhead, last building on the left at the top of the High Street, or call Sarah on 01372 360508 any day between 9am and 12pm. Also, please click on to the website to find out more - http://www.leatherheadca.org.uk or email us on email@example.com.Frances Presley