It is not easy writing January’s Chaplain’s Corner when we have barely arrived in December!

The Advent Bible Sessions have started (on 22/11/18) and we have two more Thursday mornings before Christmas, namely the 13th and 20th December. There will be a sixth session on Thursday the 10th January 2019 which completes our Advent study.

Two of us from The Centre (Cathy Merrikin and myself) attended Eric Smither’s funeral at Randall’s Crematorium Leatherhead. Only family attended so there were just about eight of us there. Eric who was was one of The Centre’s regular Café guests will be sadly missed – his smiles, his thank you’s and his motorised scooter!

As we draw near to Christmas Day let us remember those for whom Christmas may not be a joyous occasion because they are lonely, been recently bereaved, seriously ill or homeless. Christmas Day Lunch is definitely going ahead so if you are coming please do book with one of the Centre Managers on 01306 886830 (09:00-14:00) as soon as possible. We thank the volunteers who are helping on Christmas Day in advance for making this special occasion possible.

Gala Afternoon has been and gone and although in November on a Sunday afternoon it seems to have gone quite smoothly. I think it will be in December next year so that it links in with the beginning of the Advent Season.

On the 30th December 2018 The Churches Together in Dorking (CTD) are holding a United Service at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic church at 6pm. The CTD Annual General meeting is to be held on the 22nd January 2019 at 7:30 pm in The Christian Centre. Another United Service for the week of Prayer for Christian Unity is planned for Sunday 27th January in The Christian Centre at 6pm. A lot going on but hopefully some of you will be able to attend particularly the united services.

As Chaplain of The Centre I would like to personally thank all the volunteers who have worked so hard over this year in serving our Café Guests. Their dedication, faithfulness and loyalty are to be highly commended and it is all much appreciated.

So let us look forward to 2019, whatever it might bring. Live a day at a time , enjoy it and always be thankful even though it might be difficult to be so on occasions!

I am proposing to put on a basic ‘Listening Course’ in the New Year for those who might be interested in learning about this skill. The course commences on Thursday the 17th January 2019 and there will be six sessions in total (published by Acorn Christian Foundation).
Time: 10:00-12 midday Venue: Upper Lounge, The Christian Centre. Please contact Rowan (Centre Chaplain) if you are interested in attending the course. Contact details please see below.

With my blessings for this New Year of 2019.


Rowan Nunnerley (Centre Chaplain)

Contact details: 01306 886830 or 07706 041339



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