5th Sunday in Ordinary Time 9th and 10th February
2ND COLLECTION THIS WEEK FOR THE DIOCESAN LOURDES FUND. ENVELOPES ARE AVAILABLE
Dear Brothers and Sisters
Please forgive me for being a bit of a one track record at the moment. I want to talk to you about Lent.
Lent is really a time to prepare oneself for Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ – the “good news’ that all things in Christ are made new, through his passion death and resurrection.
Throughout the diocese in all parishes the people of God – you and me – are being encouraged to open up a new chapter in the life of the Church by being renewed in faith, hope and love for the gospel. The Bishop wants us to do this through a renewed emphasis on prayer, formation, and mission. That is, those people who pray become fired up with the gospel and seek to deepen their understanding of what Jesus is doing in and through the Church so that they can go and “make a difference”.
I am urging you to make this Lent a real opportunity for growth in your own life and then, in the life of our parish. After consultations with the Rector of the Anglican Church we have agreed to run the very same Lent programme together. What an amazing thing is that? We are looking at Pope Francis’ letter The Joy of the Gospelusing a course designed by a leading Anglican theologian and Lay Canon of Guildford Cathedral. How ecumenical is that! Widely recognised as offering wisdom and vision for all Christians in a culture that is often hostile to the church, Evangelii Gaudiumoffers a positive and realistic approach to sharing faith in the modern world. Paula Gooder introduces its key themes to readers in all denominations and challenges them to consider its application in their own contexts.
The Anglicans regularly get 50 people as part of their programme. There is absolutely nothing to stop us equalling that number. So read on, dear reader.
- Small Groups for Lent in Bramley at 10am on Monday mornings and at Cranleigh Thursday evenings at 7.30.
- Also, Friday afternoons at 2pm in St Andrew’s Room, St Nicolas Church Rooms. The Friday afternoon Group runs from Friday 8thMarch for 6 weeks until the Friday before Palm Sunday.
- The Thursday evening group starts on Thursday 7thMarch in the Parish Room and runs every Thursday for 6 weeks until Palm Sunday.
- It is possible to attend both, or either. But probably better to stay with one group as much as possible.
- The Bramley group starts on Monday 11th March at 10am at Maureen Loveder’s house. Ring Maureen if you are interested (Tel: 894048) or sign the list in the porch in Bramley, or sign up online. For more information, ring Bridget Eacott (Tel 892406)
Saturday 23rd February 2019, 10am to 1pm at St Philip Howard Centre, Crawley.
To engage further with ‘ The Word Who is Life’ there is an opportunity for the women of the Diocese to meet with Bishop Richard to explore the role of women in our Diocese: what they are doing, what they would like to achieve, what they can offer and what the Diocese can offer them. See fliers on the notice boards.
Some of us have already decided to go to this event. If you would like to join us or would like more information, contact Bridget Eacott (Tel 892406 or email email@example.com).
The next Coffee morning will be Tuesday 12th February from 10.30am. Please come along and bring a friend to join this friendly group.
Bereavement Mass on Saturday 23rd February at 10am with coffee afterwards. If you are recently bereaved of a loved one, come and pray for them and enjoy a coffee and chat afterwards. Looking forward to seeing you there, Jane Harding. Contact the parish office with any queries.
From the Mission Team: Thank you to everyone who filled in the questionnaire on Prayer and Liturgy last Sunday. It will provide useful information for us as we plan for the future. You might want to know what the four further questionnaires will be concerned with so that you can give them some thought in advance. They are as follows : on 10th Feb – Social and Community; on 17th Feb – Children, Youth, Families; on 24th Feb – Outreach and Fundraising and on 3rd March – Communication. If you would like the opportunity to fill in previous questionnaires then please contact the Parish Office for a version or there will be copies left in the porches for you to collect.
World Day of Prayer
Formally known as Women World Day of Prayer. Now all are welcome to the service to be held at Christ Church Shamley Green, on Friday March 1st at 11 am.
This year it is Christ Church who are organising the service for all our surrounding villages. It is an ecumenical service written by the Christian women of Slovenia.
We will be praying and sharing with people in over 120 countries and islands around the world.
Friday 1st March is WOMENS WORLD DAY OF PRAYER (now renamed World Day of Prayer). This year’s interdenominational service is written by the Christian women of Slovenia on the theme “Come – Everything is Ready” and will take place at 10.30am at St Nicolas Church. Coffee/tea/biscuits will be served at 10am. Everyone is welcome. Do come. Bring a fella!
Vespers at the Seminary. By kind permission of the Rector, Canon Brian Coyle, we are all invited to join the Seminarians and staff at the Seminary for VESPERS on Monday 11th March at 8pm. This invitation is extended to our fellow Christians in the village through CTC. It would be good if our church community were well represented.
National Board of Catholic Women: Day with Bishop Richard
on Saturday 23rd February, from 10 am to 1 pm, at the St Philip Howard Centre (formerly DABCEC).
Explore ways to engage with ‘The Word who is Life’, highlight what women are doing in this diocese, share what you can offer and discuss what you would like to achieve. Book at firstname.lastname@example.org