2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 19th January 2020

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 19th January 2020

By In Newsletter Blog On January 17, 2020


  • logo_7_orig.jpgThere will be a second collection for Pax Christi this weekend.

brpresentation.jpgSunday 2nd February is the Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas). People may bring their own candles to be blessed

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Our first reading sets the tone for what follows.  It speaks of the way in which Isaiah believes that God will restore his people from their exile to the land of Israel and the way in which they will be His servant people, as a nation.  Servants have roles.  The role of God’s servant people will be to become “…the light of the nations so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.’

The Book of the Prophet Isaiah, from which we read today, and also  throughout Christmas and Advent and Eastertide, is in large part all about the plan of God to gather His people, to restore them to Himself and to make them a kind of beacon drawing the pagans from their false and empty worship to true worship.  When the entire world is gathered and is worshipping rightly then the Kingdom of God will be established.  This kingdom will be like a return of humanity, indeed the whole of creation actually, to the relationship it enjoyed with God in the Garden of Eden – paradise.

However, all this will not be without struggle.

The Servant of God – sometimes spoken of as the entire Jewish people, and sometimes as an individual, will encounter opposition – even from within God’s own people.  This servant’s life will be one marked by suffering and, tragically, rejection.  Yet, all the time he was bearing the sins of his people.  This theme is what is being spoken of by John the Baptist today – for when John speaks of Jesus as the Lamb of God he is speaking of the sacrificial lamb that is offered to ‘take away the sins’ of the people and whose blood brings peace – and life.  For this is also the Passover Lamb whose blood allows the Hebrews to escape from slavery.  Rich imagery indeed!

God bless you.  Fr David
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Sunday 19th January at 3pm – This year we are hosting the Churches of Cranleigh here at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind at 3pm.  We have chosen this time together as we thought it might be easier than coming out after dark.

The Week of Prayer gives us an opportunity to worship together, and to pray together, giving thanks for all that has been accomplished in the search for Christian unity and to ask for God’s guidance and forgiveness in finding ways forward to visible unity and full communion.  This goal is still some way off, but we should be hopeful that it is not out of reach – it was after all Christ’s prayer that we ‘all be one’ so that the world may know it was the Father who sent him.

We cannot just accept near enough is good enough, or OK is the best we can manage.

This service and the time of friendship and fellowship afterwards is an opportunity to make friends out of acquaintances, and to find ways of working and praying together which make the Kingdom of God a reality here in our village.

Please will you come?  If you are worried about time – the service will be about 45 minutes only.  After that you can stay as long as you like.

Unknown-1.jpegRev Roy Woodhams will be made an Honorary Canon of Guildford Cathedral on 26th January at 6pm.  This is a great personal honour for him and also for his community.  We send our friendly congratulations to him and to Kate for being married now to one of the big guns of the church!

300-Club.jpg300 Club Applications will close on 26th January 2020

Applications forms are still available in the porches and can be returned via the collection basket or left at the Parish Office. 

Over the years, the 300 club has been here to help raise funds for the church.  Over the past 10 years, over £11,000 has been raised.  The draws start in January with a New Year draw and end in December with a Christmas draw, with 12 monthly draws during the year.

Entry forms are available at the back of each church in the parish and should be returned no later than 19 January 2020 to be included in all the draws for the year.  Return entries by putting them in an envelope in the collection at a Sunday mass or direct to the parish office in Cranleigh.

In the current year, there are 104 entries, each one costing £12.  After taking away the prize money this had left £468 as a contribution to the church’s funds. In 2019, we used these funds to buy a new set of vestments for Fr David.  Let’s see if we can make 2020 a bumper year and raise over £1000 for the church.  Good luck!

ParishLunch1-1.pngParish Lunch – the next Parish Lunch is in Bramley on the 28 January after the 11h30 mass. There’s a sign up sheet in the Porch at St Thomas More or please call either Dinah (271 241) or Bev (892 712) if you would like to attend.

Coffee-cake.pngThe next Coffee Morning will take place on Tuesday 11th February from 10.30am in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room. This is open to all member of our community and you are welcome to bring a friend or suggest it to someone who may benefit from meeting with this friendly group.

Newcomer-lunch.jpegNewcomers Parish Lunch invitation

Open to those who have come to the parish in the last 2 years (with their families) Buffet lunch 12.30 – 2pm on Saturday 15th February in the parish meeting room, Cranleigh. Please pick up invitation at church door when leaving Mass or RSPVP to office @cpcb.org.uk by 5th February, please let us know of dietary requirements.

If you know of someone recently moved to the parish please make sure they are aware of this and extend the invitation.

prayer-of-the-week.jpgEvening Prayer for Divorced, Remarried & Separated: Sun. 23rd February, at 3 pm:  All those in our parish communities who may be divorced, remarried or simply separated, are warmly invited to come together with Bishop Richard at St. John the Evangelist Church in Horsham for afternoon tea, conversation and the celebration of Evening Prayer, which will conclude the afternoon.  It would be useful to know approximate numbers simply to allow us to cater appropriately. If you be kind enough to send through the name(s) of those who are coming along, that would be useful. You can send the information to Katherine.Bergin@abdiocese.org.uk  Thank you.

70876.jpgWe are all invited to Ecumenical Evening Prayer at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh on Monday 2nd March, 8pm.

TheConnection1612b.jpgJustice & Peace Assembly:   ‘Still No Room at the Inn?” How can we respond to the homelessness crisis today?  Sat. 25th January, at the St Philip Howard Centre, Crawley (DABCEC).  Doors open 9.30 am. Ends 4 pm.  Free event.  Introduced by Bishop Richard, with Speakers from Turning Tides, Homelink, Crawley Open House, Life Housing, Caritas Portsmouth, and more.  Stalls and stands. Packed lunch needed – drinks provided – bring own cup/mug. Bookings at Rosie.Read@abdiocese.org.uk

Insta image can-you-help1.jpgThe Parish has lots of volunteers and 2020 brings a need for new commitment from the members of our community.

If you are interested in finding out more about joining the rota for cleaning the Cranleigh Church or submitting the weekly Bidding Prayers please speak to Tracy in the Parish Office who can let you know what is expected.  Of course, the more volunteers, the lighter the load and so please ask one other to join you in volunteering.   It’s a lovely way to be part of the team and your contribution is greatly appreciated.

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Lent begins on Ash Wednesday the 26th of February. 

COMING SOON – 2020 LENT COURSE: Our Lent Discussion Course this year will again be run jointly with the other churches in the Village.  We are proposing to use a book called ‘This? How Christians Respond to Climate Change’ by Susan Sayers.  As last year, there will be an opportunity to attend the course on either a Thursday Evening or a Friday afternoon, or to interchange.  There will be 6 sessions starting on 27th/28th February and running through to the week before Holy Week.

We shall be hosting the sessions on a Friday afternoon from 2pm in our Parish Room at Cranleigh, but there will also be sessions held at Cranleigh Methodist Church on Thursday evenings.

The course begins on the Thursday and Friday immediately after Ash Wednesday and runs through up to the Thursday and Friday before Palm Sunday.  Please do make a note in your diaries.

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St Cuthbert Mayne 3x Vacancies

The Governing body of this successful and popular school are seeking to appoint inspirational Teachers who have a passion for teaching and learning and has high expectations of pupil achievement and behaviour.

Applications are welcomed from newly qualified or experienced teachers.  Please extend these vacancies to your wider communities

St. Nicolas Avenue Cranleigh Surrey GU6 7AQ

Telephone: (01483) 274961

Headteacher: Mrs Natalie McCarthy

Class Teacher – EYFS – Full time/part time and permanent

Flexible working considered for the right candidate

Pay Range MPS/UPS – Required April 2020 –

Class Teacher – (Maternity Cover) – Full time/Part time and Fixed Term contract (possibility to become permanent)

Flexible working considered for the right candidate

Pay Range MPS/UPS – Required April 2020

Class Teacher Keystage 1/2 – Full time/part time and permanent

Flexible working considered for the right candidate

Pay Range MPS/UPS – Required September 2020

Visits to the school are strongly recommended. To arrange a visit, or for further information or an application pack, please contact the school office on info@stcuthbert-mayne.surrey.sch.uk  Closing date for applications:  9am Wednesday 22 January 2020.  Interview date week commencing:27 January 2020


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