THE CENTRE CHAPLAIN’S CORNER – July
The Chaplain’s Corner has not quite so busy these last two months, mainly because she has been away at the end of April to Holland!
Holland was very pleasant and very flat! Many windmills and many tulips. .
In June the Chaplain is going to the island of Samos with a Christian group called Richmond and she is planning to visit the Refugee Camp there, hopefully under the umbrella of Christian Aid, as ‘refugees’ are their key theme for this year’s project.
At this time we do want to remember all the bereaved people after the Manchester Bombing as well as the people recovering from their injuries. We pray for comfort and courage at this sad time. We also need to remember other parts of the world where there is trouble whether it be bombs or flooding. Where there is evil, choose love. Love overcomes evil. As Christians we continue to pray for great guidance, protection and wisdom.
The Centre Café continues to provide excellent food for our Café Guests. In May our main week day chef (Veronica) had an accident whilst on holiday warranting an admission to hospital. This may mean she might not be around for at least a few weeks. We thank Michelle, Sue, Elizabeth and Hayley who have stepped in on various days to do the cooking which has meant our Café Guests have not missed out.
We do desperately need more volunteers for the Café especially on Saturday, so if you know of anyone who would like to volunteer at The Centre please do contact the Centre Managers on 01306 886830 (mornings).
The Listening Team (Myrtle, David and Diana) continue to provide a ‘Listening Service’ on most Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays respectively.
We do need two more Listeners so we can provide a service on Wednesdays and Thursdays so that each week day is covered with a service. If you are interested or know of anyone who might like to offer their time, please contact Rowan, the Centre Chaplain on 01306 886830 (mornings).
I am planning two sessions, one entitled ‘The Grave Talk’ (how to die well) and the other on ‘Mindfulness’. No actual dates have been fixed yet but the first session is likely to be in July and the second session late September/early October. Please watch out for the dates.
The Plant Sale (+books and CD’s) went well in May and a big thank you goes to all the people who helped make this a success. Over £700 was taken from this sale.
The Good Fest Event also went well at St John’s Primary School and over 1,000 people attended. There were a variety of stalls with information about Circle Housing, National Health Service (NHS) Surrey Recovery College, The Harvest Church, St John’s Church and a talk on ‘Mindfulness’ was held in a small tent. Enjoyed by all who attended!
The Dorking Great Together Event (organised by the Churches Together in Dorking) in honour of Jo Cox to be held in St Martin’s Churchyard will have been and gone. Let’s hope there will have been some people blessed at this event through Christians being around to offer prayer and support.
Should you wish the Centre Chaplain to be providing any other sessions or events please do contact her (Rowan) on 01306 886830 to share your ideas.
At some stage during the summer/early autumn I am also planning to do some ‘Prayer Walking’, starting with St Martin’s Walk, then West Street and South Street, finishing with the High Street. It will be a challenge!
‘Holiday at Home’ will be here soon (21-25 August) and The Christian Centre will hopefully be providing the lunches (a country theme for each day i.e. Italy, France, Wales, India and Scotland).
By the time you read this magazine the country will have a newly appointed Prime Minister. As the country commences Brexit negotiations we do pray that the new Prime Minister will be wise in what decisions have to be made and may the country try and respect whoever has been elected as Prime Minister.
I trust as we enter the summer months there will sunshine, warmth and relaxation.
Rowan Nunnerley (Centre Chaplain)