One of our Licensed Lay Ministers writes...
St David’s Day
For me, March is a month when I think about my roots – and not those on my head! Being Welsh, I love celebrating St David’s Day on 1st March, buying daffodils and seeing the many planted by the Marie Curie Cancer Charity that grace our roundabouts and roadsides.
Despite having lived less than a third of my life in Wales, I have always been, and always will be, proud to be Welsh and keen to ensure that any one I meet knows where I am from.
As a child growing up in Wales I remember St David’s Day being celebrated at school with an Eisteddfod, when class after class would stand up and recite poems (mostly about daffodils!), and the girls lucky enough to have one would wear national costume.
There are not a lot of facts known about Dewi Sant, to give him his Welsh name. He was born around 500 and after being educated in Cardiganshire he went on many pilgrimages, founding religious centres throughout South Wales and the West of England. These included Glastonbury – so now I know why I have always hankered after a ticket for the Glastonbury Festival!
He travelled as far as Jerusalem, where he was made an Archbishop, and when he eventually returned to St David’s in Pembrokeshire he founded a very strict, ascetic religious community. Many miracles were attributed to St David, who is said to have died on 1st March 589, although the year is uncertain. Before dying he told his devoted followers to “Be cheerful and keep your faith and belief, and do the little things that you have heard and seen through me.”
His fame spread thoroughout the 12th Century, causing many people to make pilgrimages to St David’s. He was officially recognised as a Saint in 1120. In 1398 it was ordained that his feast-day was to be kept by every church in the Province of Canterbury.
Though the feast of Dewi Sant as a religious festival came to an end with the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, it was not until the 18th Century that St David’s day became the national festival I came to know as a child. In the year 2000 the National Assembly for Wales voted unanimously to make St David’s day a public holiday but, sadly, a petition requesting this was rejected by Tony Blair’s office in 2007!
Even though 1st March is not a public holiday, nor any longer a religious festival, it is a day that I will continue to celebrate. The opportunity to remember my roots and heritage is one that I will always cherish.
Celebrating nationality can lead to problems if people become overzealous and not everyone has the same strength of feeling as I do. For Christians, though nations have significance, our truest citizenship and identity is as sons and daughters of God and inhabitants of the Kingdom.
Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus
Church Matters - March 2014
A link with the past: As the result of a bequest made in June 1715 by Dr Hugh Shortridge, the Rector of Fetcham, the Rectors of Leatherhead, Great Bookham, and Fetcham are required to preach a sermon on the 30th January each year about the life and legacy of King Charles I. The conditions of the bequest don’t any longer pay for anything of course and the sermon may not always now be preached by the incumbent.
This year the Charles, King and Martyr sermon was delivered by John Swanson to a full chancel with a congregation for evensong of just over 30. It was excellent and John made it very relevant to present day church life here. If you missed it, it’s elsewhere in this issue of the magazine and on our website
. Meantime, take a look at the west door curtain to find embroidery showing the execution!
Leatherhead Uniting Council of Churches represents Leatherhead’s Anglicans, Methodists, and the URC and meets four times a year to plan and organise joint and collaborative activities. The Council needs a volunteer to be the minute secretary. Could you do this valuable work? You’d prepare and distribute agendas, record and distribute the minutes, and generally help the chairman. The next meeting is scheduled for 8th May. If you’d like to do this interesting work please speak to Kuhan.
Thanks to the Churchyard Working Group we now have a clean churchyard free of fag packets, beer cans, and vodka bottles. However this generated a dozen or so bins bags that needed taking to the dump. This has now been done with the help of some volunteers. Assuming that the rain stops sometime soon there will be a “big burn up” of the garden waste that is collected.
The storms of January and February have added to the costs of church maintenance following rain reported to be dripping into the choir vestry. On examination, the damage seems to show that roof repairs will be necessary to the lead flashing. Meantime, big yellow buckets are strategically placed in the loft about the vestry. Also, outside, some more masonry now lies on the ground instead of being part of the walls!
Do you tweet? I was surprised to receive an invitation this week to join a Twitter campaign for the Anglican Church. As I’m a Twitter virgin I’m giving it a miss but more social network savvy readers might like to apply. A new twitter account, called @ourcofe, will be taken over by one person from inside the Church of England for a week, each week, over a year.
Everyone from Bishops, chaplains, youth leaders, cathedral staff, diocesan staff, congregations, volunteers, ordinands, Church of England school staff, to anyone else who has a role inside the Church of England, is asked to apply to tweet a week in their Church of England life. The tweeting will begin the first week of Lent and continue for 52 weeks. If you’re interested, contact Talitha Proud
with brief information about yourself and what you intend to tweet about.
Are You on Our Parish Electoral Roll?
If you wish to be able to vote at Parochial Church meetings you need to be on our Parish Electoral Roll (this is NOT the same as the Parish Directory). Last year our Roll was completely renewed – if you don't recall applying then, or are new to the parish, or your details have changed you may obtain an application form from the Parish Office, or in Church, or print it from here
to join the 2014 Parish Electoral Roll.
Our Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) is on 30 April 2014 and Electoral Roll applications close on 15th April. No additions are then permitted until after the APCM. Please call me if you need assistance.
Frank Haslam, Parish Electoral Roll Officer L379341
Annual Parochial Church Meeting – 30 April 2014
Please note that the APCM will take place on Wednesday 30 April 2014 at 8pm in the Parish Church Hall. This year we will be electing representatives to Leatherhead Deanery Synod in addition to the elections of Churchwardens, Assistant Churchwardens, and members of the Parochial Church Council. Deanery Synod elections take place every three years and are an important part of the governance of the church as Deanery Synod elects representatives to Guildford Diocesan Synod and to General Synod where issues (including the consecration of women bishops) are debated and decided on a national basis.
I will be approaching the people who normally submit reports for inclusion in the brochure prepared for the APCM, but if any other group wishes to submit a report it should be sent to the Parish Administrator, J Andrews
, by 7 April 2014.
Anne Thomson, PCC Secretary
Christian Aid Week 2014 - Your Opportunity to Share the Load
Christian Aid Week this year is 10th to 16th May. We urgently need reinforcements for our team. We collect at the Station early on Tuesday 13 May, in the Town on Thursday 15th May, and are envelope dropping and collecting door to door during the week. It would be good to see some under 65s volunteering – many of our small team have been helping since the days when they had young families! More hands will make lighter work.
Frank Haslam, Christian Aid Organiser for Leatherhead, L379341
Calling all Cleaners (and would be cleaners). We plan to give the Church a thorough clean before Easter, which would mean all five weekly teams coming together on one Saturday morning. I suggest Saturday 5th April when we all join together. (Regular helpers would not then need to come on their usual Saturday.)
If anybody else in the Parish would like to join us for this special event we should be delighted to see you. There will be refreshments – and chat – and cobwebs – and dust – and ladders – and enthusiasm – and hopefully a gleaming Church for Easter! Any extra feather dusters, mops, vacuum cleaners, etc, would be most useful. Please put the date in your Diary: SATURDAY 5TH APRIL, 2014 - AT 9.30am.
There will be a coffee morning for Church Watch Stewards on Thursday 13th March in the Parish Hall between 10am and noon. All are welcome. If you would like to know more about Church Watch, please do come along for a coffee and chat. Church Watch starts again on Monday 7th April 2014 but we have a few vacancies to complete our list. Can you help? If you can, please contact me on L812598.
All that is required is to sit in the church for one and a half hours once a fortnight in the summer months so that the church can be kept open for visitors. We have two shifts each week day, from 11am until 12.30 or from 12.30 until 2pm
There are changes to the Gift Aid recovery system and future entries will be made on-line with more detailed information about initials, house numbers or names, and postcodes. As many of our congregation know I, as Gift Aid Secretary, have been obtaining confirmation of these details, and that donors are eligible for Gift Aid if they pay an appropriate amount of tax. There are still several donors whom I have been unable to contact. If you can help by giving me a current address and/or telephone number for the following people it will be much appreciated: E Denise, A R Glaysher, R Glew, and J M Leach.
Friends of Leatherhead Parish Church - from the February 2014 magazine
Saturday 8 March 2014
IT’S QUIZ TIME AGAIN - With Quizmaster, Frank Haslam
Tickets are again £12 each, which includes an Italian supper with salad and crusty bread (bring your own drinks and glasses).
On the 5th February our birthday afternoon caused much laughter in trying to guess who was in the pictures brought in by our members and visiting members from Cobham and Oxshott. With our Raffle and Bring & Buy we were able to send £50 to Headquarters on behalf of the Relief Fund. Thank you all.
5th March is our AGM when Revd Kuhan Satkunanayagam will be in the chair.
On 2nd April Janet Mathews, Chief Guide of Guildford Cathedral, will be coming along to give us a talk on various aspects of the Cathedral. All welcome.
Make a Mothers’ Day
Last year Members and the congregation were so generous in their giving. This year we are doing the same again. Here are a few examples where money can go:
Shine A Light – To give food and water
Make it stop - To stop violence
We can do it – Training to help communities stand on their own.
If you would like to give, no matter how small your gift, then please place it in an envelope and give it to Jane or Sheila Sutherland. Thank you.
Women's World Day Of Prayer
This year the Women’s World Day of Prayer will be held at the Catholic Church on Friday 7th March at 2.30. The theme is “Streams in the Desert” prepared by Christian Women of Egypt. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Church Hall, and we will have our Fair Trade Stall.
All are welcome.
Robert Burns – A Grace before Dinner 1791
O thou who kindly dost provide
For every creature’s want!
We bless Thee, God of Nature wide,
For all Thy goodness lent:
And if it please Thee, Heavenly Guide,
May never worse be sent:
But, whether granted, or denied,
Lord, bless us with content. Amen!
This grace was read by Kuhan at our successful Burns night supper, which was enjoyed by us all.
News from the Belfry
Anne Parr with her husband David moved to Fetcham some 50 years ago, and joined the Leatherhead ringers. Anne is still a faithful member of the Leatherhead band. To mark the occasion a 1/4 peal of Grandsire Triples, containing 1260 changes, was rung on Sunday 26th January by the following:
1 Anne Parr
2 Ann Steed
3 Jenny Gordon
4 Rosemary Henderson
5 Mike Todd
6 Peter Ford
7 Roger Thompsett
8 Rex Woodland
Conducted by Ann Steed
WELL DONE ANNE - KEEP RINGING!
More News from the Belfry
On Sunday 2 February 2014 a Quarter peal of Grandsire Triples containing 1260 changes was rung to celebrate Candlemas, and to mark the 365th anniversary of the execution of King Charles I.
The ringers were:
1 Sheila Cole #
2 Ann Steed
3 Jenny Gordon
4 Rosemary Henderson
5 Mike Todd
6 Rex Woodland
7 Peter Ford
8 Clyde Whittaker
Conducted by Ann Steed
#1st 1/4 on triples – well done, Sheila.