From the July magazine
Home Prayer Warriors
You will be aware of our fivefold focus as a parish, setting out our priorities for the next five years - "the Hand":Inspirational worship music Intentional prayerfulness Children & families Community engagement 21st century buildings
The Index Finger is Intentional Prayerfulness - being deliberate and intentional about praying regularly and frequently. As you may know, Morning Prayer is said on each weekday morning, our Small Groups meet weekly and the Parish Prayer Group meets monthly.
We are now in a position to launch our Home Prayer Warriors scheme. The idea is that those who are somewhat less mobile than they used to be can still be an active part of our parish mission by praying at home - possibly even in the stilly watches of the night if sleep is elusive. Each Home Prayer Warrior will have a prayer booklet that contains the prayer intentions for the current period.
One of the Parish Prayer Group leaders, Derek Harding, has kindly agreed to be the Home Prayer Warriors Coordinator. If you would like to be a Prayer Warrior, or would like to know more about what it entails, please contact Derek by phone on L375012 or by email.
As St Paul encouraged us:
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5, 16-18 ESV)The Rector
Report from the Parochial Church Council:
The new PCC met for the first time on 27th May. Jane Summerfield, who had not stood for re-election at the APCM, was co opted to serve as a member of the PCC up to the next APCM.
Nick de Boer, the Chairman of the Parish Church Hall Committee, attended the meeting to seek approval for the purchase of new chairs to replace the present chairs which had become shabby and were starting to damage the floor through being dragged. Nick had obtained a sample chair which had been on display for some time in the hall for users to try out. However, it was noted that the sample chair was no lighter than the present ones and one PCC member, who volunteered to sit on the chair for the duration of the meeting (some two hours), reported at the end of the meeting that he had found it uncomfortable.
Nick de Boer was asked to obtain firm quotes for 175 chairs in a range of colours. It was made clear that any replacement chairs must form part of New Future Phase 1.
Nick de Boer also reported on an approach by Hague Investments seeking to lease 20 car park spaces for use by business personnel in place of spaces behind the shops in Church Street which would be lost as a result of proposed redevelopment. The spaces would not be reserved but it was thought likely that business staff would arrive before the shoppers or hall users. PCC members were concerned about their ability to sub-let and, while there might be financial advantages, these might be outweighed by the effect on hall bookings if three quarters of the car park spaces were no longer available. Two PCC members, John Hampton and Martin Farrell, volunteered to join the negotiating team to represent the PCC's interests. If you have views on this, please speak to the churchwardens or any member of the PCC.
The PCC also received financial reports and updates on parish activities.Anne Thomson, PCC Secretary
On Sunday 24th May for Pentecost a 1/4 peal of Plain Bob Triples with 1260 changes was rung by the following:1 Julian Steed * 2 Ann Steed (conducting) 3 Rosemary Henderson 4 Abi Fairhurst 5 John Aronson 6 Rex Woodland 7 Roger Thompsett 8 Peter Ford * 1st 1/4 peal in Triples Peter Ford
There is no meeting during August.
September 2nd Michael Beach from NADFAS will be coming along to give us a talk.
Have a lovely summer, and for those going on holiday keep safe and have a lovely time.
If you have any queries regarding the above please ring on L811422.Jane Summerfield
Craft Afternoons at Leatherhead Museum
Leatherhead Museum, Hampton Cottage, Church street, Leatherhead are holding three Fun Family Friday Afternoon Craft Sessions. In celebration of our new Medieval Room we will be making shields, hats, pomanders, weaving, simple tapestry, clay pots etc
Friday 31st July and Friday 7th and 14th August, 1pm-4pm.
The sessions are free and you can drop in at any time during the afternoon, have a look at our museum and then go out into the courtyard garden and make things. We will have a variety of things to make and take away each Friday, Everyone is welcome - we look forward to seeing you in July or August
For details on the day - L386348
The Ride & Stride - 12 September 2015
On the second Saturday of September most counties in England hold an annual Ride & Stride to raise money for the restoration and repair of historic places of worship for Christian worship.
Cyclists and walkers are given a list of churches and chapels in the area of their choice. They map out their own route to pedal or walk, having asked their friends to reward their efforts. The money they raise is divided into two: half goes to the church or chapel of the cyclist's choice, and, in Surrey, the other half is retained by the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust for distribution to churches in need - grants are given out twice a year. In the 12 years that the "Bike Ride" has been running in Surrey over £250,000 has been raised for the Trust.
Riding & Striding is a fun way to spend a pleasant September Saturday, while at the same time supporting a worthy cause. And as it coincides with the Saturday of Heritage Weekend you can be sure of a warm welcome at the churches you visit - it's also a good way of looking round churches but without the need to attend a service!
I am the organiser for St Mary & St Nicholas again this year, and encourage all readers of this article to take part - either by walking or cycling round the local churches, or by sponsoring those who are walking or cycling. Please ask me for more information, and for the necessary paperwork - list of churches, sponsorship forms, etc.Sheila Sutherland
Maureen Henderson and Edith Wright
Pages on these old friends are now on the People pages of the History & Key Events part of our Parish website: http://www.parishchurch.leatherheadweb.org.uk/go_to_people.htm
We are fighting poverty
Traidcraft has placed editorial in the July editions of the church press with a simple message - they're telling the Church and the wider community that they urgently need help. They need our help because the world's poorest small-scale farmers, struggling to feed and support their families, need their help.
Sound like a familiar plea? It should. It's the same message as when they first started their mission over 35 years ago - to apply practically the love and justice which lies at the heart of Christian faith to international trade, and so give the world's poorest farmers the opportunity to trade fairly and thrive.
Given that they are about to publish their accounts, which show a trading loss for the fourth consecutive year, they are taking the unprecedented step of trying to communicate directly with Church leaders and members, to try and reinforce the work that the Church and their supporters have been battling to do.
There are two general misconceptions. The first is that the Fairtrade battle is won. Chocolate, tea, coffee, and many more products with the now familiar Fairtrade Mark are stacked high on our supermarket shelves, which our supporters can be proud to have helped bring about. Flowever, it is a myth that the job is done. Unfortunately, injustice in trade and its resultant poverty is as much of a scandal now as it was 35 years ago, and right now Traidcraft are still doing everything they can to tackle it directly.
The second misconception is that Traidcraft and Fairtrade are the same. They are not. Traidcraft is an independent trading company, with a linked development charity. They do not benefit from the sales of Fairtrade products in the supermarkets. Traidcraft trades with and supports the most vulnerable farmers and artisans (who could not cope with the demands or scale required by big business or the supermarkets). They pioneer to bring new commodities into the Fairtrade arena. Their linked development charity, Traidcraft Exchange, runs projects developing peoples' potential to trade their own way out of poverty in their own countries; and they lobby big business and government for fundamental changes to the way trade works so that it benefits the poor.
They believe this is the "best of fair trade".
But they urgently need help to keep doing it because despite the growth of total Fairtrade sales, they've seen Traidcraft sales significantly decline. Why? People are buying Fairtrade products from the supermarket and not from Traidcraft or its supporters. This means their original pioneering mission is now under serious threat.
Their plea is simple...• Ensure there's a Traidcraft Fair Trader in your church, offer them as much support as possible and buy Traidcraft products through them. • Don't just serve refreshments with the Fairtrade Mark on; make sure they're from Traidcraft. • Watch out for their Autumn "Show you care" campaign and place whole church orders at Christmas time.
They hope their approach galvanises support. That's really all they're asking: for support. Together, we and they will continue to make trade fairer for the world's poorest producers who still desperately need help.
Margaret Jones is the Traidcraft Fair Trader in St Mary & St Nicholas church: please speak to her to see how you can help. For more information about how to take action at www.traidcraft.co.uk/churchaction.
They thank you for your ongoing love and support and please keep them, and those they strive to help, in your prayers.
We just wanted to say how touched we have been by the kind messages wishing us well as we leave Leatherhead for East Sussex.
It would have been clear to the 8am congregation on Sunday that the "Travelling Suitcase" presented by Graham took us completely by surprise but was, nevertheless, very much appreciated and will sustain us as we start this new chapter in our lives. We will, no doubt, be back in Leatherhead from time to time and hopefully this will present an opportunity to attend a service or two and to see some familiar faces. The Parish office has our new telephone number.
All good wishesSteve and Jan Whiting
Christian Aid Week - Thank You
Thank you to all who contributed toward this year's Christian Aid Week Appeal and especially to those who collected. In total 21 collectors, drawn from the Parish Church and those who were part of the old URC team, collected just over £1,600. This included just over £200 from the Parish Church Christian Aid Week Sunday collection. When the contributions that have been gift aided are taken into account this could increase to about £1,782. All collectors will have been individually thanked by the time this magazine is published.Frank Haslam CAW Leatherhead Organizer