3rd Sunday of Lent 24.03.19
Is your life bearing fruit? I don’t mean are you earning a lot but is there a kind of ‘value added’ nature to your life? Are you producing a fruitfulness of kindness, compassion, gentleness, forgiveness, faithfulness and beauty? If not, what are you doing about it? Do you feel a kind of pointlessness in life – I mean, you may have lots of things – money, job, a lovely home but are you missing the presence of the One who gives meaning and purpose to everything? Try letting go of everything that impedes your relationships – with family and friends, with God and with yourself – and try to find the One who gives you life at the centre of everything. He is waiting for you. Don’t waste a second. Fr D
Parish Lunch – the next Parish lunch is in Bramley on Tuesday, the 26th March at midday. We do hope that you can join us for a delicious 2 course meal in the company of friends. Please sign up on the sheet in the Bramley Porch or call Dinah on 2710241 so that we know who to cater for! Please consider those people that may not see this email communication. Could you invite them to the lunch?
Cranleigh Flower Arrangers:
Church flowers: The flower arranging team would love to have some more helpers. If you feel you would like to join us, or maybe two of you do it together, please contact Anne Millar Tel: 01483 276902. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Holy Week – There is a sign-up sheet in the porches awaiting volunteers for foot washing at the Mass of the Lords Supper on 18thApril in Cranleigh.
The Lent Course, “The Joy of the Gospel” is running each Thursday 7.30pm at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind also Friday 2pm at St Nicolas Church Rooms, Cranleigh. You are invited to attend both or either.
Lent – Stations of the Cross
During Lent we shall be celebrating the ancient devotion of the Stations of the cross in both Cranleigh and Bramley as follows:
Thursdays in Bramley Morning Prayer at 9am and Stations of the Cross at 9.30am
Fridays in Cranleigh Morning Prayer at 9am and Stations of the Cross at 9.30am, in addition:
Wednesdays at 10.00 in Cranleigh
This Lent we are again be running a Talents Scheme in aid of the Cranleigh Parish Room fund. Our wonderful Parish Room is already enriching our lives together – but it still needs paying for.
To support this project, we are asking you to take a £10 gift envelope offered to you under the Talents Scheme and then MULTIPLY it through your own talents and donate the money raised back to the project handing it in on or before the Feast of Pentecost which falls on June 9th.
£10 gift envelopes will be distributed at the entrance of the churches after Mass.
They can also be collected from the Parish Office which will also happily promote your talent to our community.
Have you ever been to Borough Market? Have you tried a Bread Ahead doughnut? They are to die for and cost £2:50 each. I am going to spend an afternoon showing you how to make them. You will take home doughnuts to finish at home plus we will try the fresh doughnuts on the course. The date is 4 May at 3pm at the Church Hall Cranleigh. The cost is £9.00 per head. Please email me if you would like to come or have any queries at email@example.com. I will tell what ingredients to bring before the event. Stephen Rockhill
Raffle Leg of Lamb raffle – tickets are on sale at all weekend Masses £1 per ticket or £5 for 6 tickets. The draw will take place on Sat 6th April, ready for Easter
LENT Lunch 19th March – Thank you to all who gave their support. The lunch raised £269 for the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room Funds.
If you would like to advertise your Talents Event or service please email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mentoring at Glebelands
Would you be interested in mentoring/ listening with individual students? This would mean helping young people to take responsibility for their own lives/choices and encouraging them. Two of our Churches in Cranleigh along with the Bridges project (Guildford Anglican Diocese) are looking to start a mentoring project with Glebelands secondary school and are looking for volunteers.
Please contact Gabrielle Clarke (email@example.com, 07853 502252) for more information. They plan to do an introductory training session just after Easter (Date/venue TBC).
Cyclone Idai Emergency
Please support our parish retiring collection NEXT weekend for this appeal. Your donation will give food, clean water and healthcare to people in desperate need.
Gabriele, our expert working with the Church in Mozambique at this time, tells us: “We know that Idai has wiped out crops and livestock, damaged water supplies and wrecked sanitation facilities, leaving vulnerable families even more exposed. With the support and generosity of the Catholic community, we can reach the people who really need urgent emergency aid.”
Further information can be found on our website
The Passage hopes to raise £400,000 to provide solutions that will help people move away from rough sleeping permanently over the next year. The project will build clients’ confidence, address physical and mental health needs, before preparing them for employment or training opportunities. Affordable housing solutions will be offered for those in crisis and support through The Passage’s award-winning ‘Home for Good’ programme, an innovative, structured befriending scheme which helps to reduce social isolation, build resilience and thereby prevent a return to the streets.
The Passage is raising funds through the Big Give from 12 noon Tues 19th March – 12 noon Tues 26th March to support its work with homeless people moving from Street to Home. Double your Donation, Double your impact. This is a matched giving scheme for online donations. If someone (can be company, individual or trust) gave £10 online matched giving of £10 would bring the Gift up to £20 (and for individuals to £22.50 with Gift Aid with higher rate tax relief it may cost the donor less than £10).
For more information ring Andrew Hollingsworth 020 75921856 firstname.lastname@example.org
Donate at www.thebiggive.org.uk/thepassage2019
The maximum is £25,000 from any one donation. It is not a limit per person.
Godalming Community Gospel Choir’s Easter Showcase on Wednesday 10th April!
There will be a rare opportunity to see and hear Godalming Community Gospel Choir ‘unplugged’ – just voices and piano – on Wednesday 10th April 2019, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm (doors open at 7pm), at Godalming Baptist Church, Queen Street, Godalming. This will be a perfect way to celebrate Easter.
We are asking for a donation to cover the costs for this event. We are very grateful for anything you can afford and suggest a minimum of £5 per person.
Tickets can be bought at https://www.gcgc.org.uk/event-info/gcgc-easter-showcase
You are warmly invited to a presentation of the eighth episode of ‘Catholicism – a journey to the heart of the faith’, by the acclaimed author and speaker Bishop Robert Barron, on Saturday April the 6th, 2019. This is a Chilworth Abbey Study Day given by Fr John Seddon OSB, who will contextualise the episode and then teach and lead discussion about its subject matter. The day begins with Mass at 9.00 am, followed by coffee. The eighth film investigates ‘A Vast Company of Witnesses: The Communion of Saints’, which will be shown, chapter by chapter followed by teaching and discussion. Midday prayer and lunch will divide the day and concludes at 4.00 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