THE CENTRE CHAPLAIN’S CORNER – June
As I write this Chaplain’s Corner we are moving fast towards Summer’s Day!! All the leaves are now green and beautiful, the bluebells are at their best and the rhododendrums are slowly beginning to blossom. We do live in a lovely country. England’s green and pleasant land1
Ascension Day was on the 10th May 2018 and it is a reminder of the fact Jesus did ascend to heaven and is alive today, promising to be with us as we walk life’s daily path.
A small synopsis from ‘Footprints’ (author unknown).
“For each scene, (of the dream) I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to me and the other to the Lord. I noticed that many times along the path of my life there was only one set of footprints and this happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life. I was concerned and did not understand why when I needed my Lord, he seemed to have left me. On asking Him, He replied “My precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.
We are promised God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble
(Psalm 46 v 1). So take courage when life’s path seems exceptionally hard – God is there. The Lord is the one who goes before you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31 v 8)
So what is happening at The Christian Centre and in the town of Dorking?
On the 29th April 2018 The Celebration Service took place where several of the Dorking Churches shared their ministry highlights and areas where prayer was needed. It was good to be together and we thank Father Tony for hosting the service at St Joseph’s Church. The Churches Together in Dorking (DTC)survey results have now been compiled into a Report which is available from Rowan Nunnerley (Chaplain) or Debs Bunn (DTC Secretary).
The Christian Centre continues to be busy and hopefully fulfilling its aim of being ‘a tangible expression of God’s Kingdom in Dorking. The wide range of local community groups and activities are thriving, with an extra session of Tai Chi being provided on early Thursday afternoons. The Dorking Christian Centre’s Website gives very full details of all that goes on in The Centre. A new morning is being held on the first Saturday of every month which is run by volunteers called ‘Repair Café’. Textiles, clothes, small electrical equipment and computers all may be repaired for you at no cost whatsoever.
Our new chef Jason seems to be settling in well. The Plant Sale which took place on the 28th April 2018 brought in over £600. A very big thank you people who provided plants, books, CD’s Bric-Brack cakes and who helped on the day. This was very much appreciated by The Centre.
The Community Fridge is excelling itself and there is now an additional fridge to cater for all the donated food. Both fridges fill and empty every day which means the local people of Dorking are taking and using this wonderful selection of food e.g. bread, quiches, cheese, fruit, vegetables and more. So food wastage is being cut down by literally tons!
We urgently need more volunteers for the Centre Café and also more trained Listeners. Do contact The Christian Centre if you are interested (01306 886830 09:00 – 14:00).
A story to share with you on closing this Chaplain’s Corner.
An ambulance drove into the middle of our small Church Carpark and stopped. We had not called for an ambulance so I went to find out what was going on. Two paramedics were helping an old gentleman out of the ambulance. He must have been in his late 80’s or early 90’s and had a three wheel rollator to help him walk. On enquiring why he was here the paramedics replied “This is Derek and he is very lonely so we thought we would bring him to The Christian Centre where he could have lunch and meet people”. Derek enjoyed his lunch and after a cup of coffee ordered a taxi to take him home. Whether Derek phoned the ambulance in the first place I never discovered but it was just a lovely gesture that the paramedics thought of bringing him to The Christian Centre as opposed to Costa.!
Holiday time is upon on us so if you are going away, take time to rest and be refreshed. We continue to think of folks who are ill at home or in hospital and pray for their healing.
If you have any suggestions for the Chaplain to provide any different ministries please do contact her.
God bless you at this time and may you be a blessing to others.
Rowan Nunnerley (Centre Chaplain)
Contact details: 01306 886830 or 07706 041339