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Clergy Letter

Dear Friends

I recently read a headline confirming what I have thought for some time - that is, that time really does pass quicker as we get older.

A group of scientists conducted a simple experiment to measure how the passage of time is perceived in people of varying ages; 233 men and women aged between 15 and 89 were asked to close their eyes and mentally count the passing of 120 seconds. All ages perceived the two minutes as passing more quickly than it actually did – but the oldest people were the most inaccurate. The results indicated that the oldest group, the over 50’s, perceived time as passing 25% more quickly than the youngest did: it was therefore concluded that the perception of time passage accelerates with age.

Hardly surprising then, that in some ways, it seems like only last week since Duncan’s farewell service! However since then the forty days of Lent and the joy and celebration of Easter have passed and now the long season of Trinity lies ahead, taking us through to the end of October.

The period of a vacancy is a challenging time for any church but it is also an exciting time for this is our church; we are the ones who bring life to the worship and welcome in this place. Yes, there are many unknowns and unanswered questions; standing as part of a Team in a time of change, the due process is complicated, time consuming and often frustrating but we need to remind ourselves that we walk this way together, in faith and with a loving commitment to fulfill God’s purposes. As the writer in Ecclesiastes reminds us ‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens’.

Last month a group of us went on Pilgrimage to Iona and Mull.  It was a long journey, travelling by road, by sea and on foot.  Stepping out with our guide across Iona on a walk of prayer, we each took it at our own pace, doing what we could; some had to stop and rest whilst others walked on to St. Columba’s Bay. By the end of the day we boarded the ferry with weary feet but hearts uplifted.

Now, whilst I can only speak for myself, I’m sure that many of us had individually faced moments of both physical and spiritual challenge along the way but together we boarded the coach rejoicing in our friendship and community.

Here at St. Mary’s we journey through this time of waiting as a community of faith reflecting on what has gone before but also thinking about our hopes for what will be.

In faith we are called to pray; to pray for strength and discernment to know God’s will and to pray that the Holy Spirit is at work in the heart and mind of whoever God is calling to serve in this place.

Revd Frany

Praying Together

Making time to pray together the

first Wednesday of the month

Wednesday 6th June

Wednesday 4th July

at 7pm

A time of Silent Prayer followed by the short service of Compline

in the Sacrament Chapel, St. Mary’s Church


Led by Rev. Frany Long

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A Burning Candle

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Clergy Letter

Surrey Harmony Concert

Afternoon Teas

Praying Together


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Your New PCC

Guild of Friends

Munch with Music

Chalet for Hire



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From the Registers

Caterham Mothers’Union

Come and Sing Messiah

East Surrey Walkers

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Entertaining in St. Lawrence’s

     “The Nave Gallery”

     “Folk in the Nave”

Sunday Afternoon Teas

at St. Lawrence’s


3 – 5pm every Sunday

until 16 September


Tea, Coffee and Home-made Cakes

Free squash for children


Gluten-free and dairy-free cakes also available

(please ask)

Table laid for tea




Caterham Overseas Aid Trust (COAT)

Surrey Harmony Concert

Come and enjoy an evening of entertainment from the award winning

Women’s Barbershop Chorus!

Saturday 7th July 2018

St John’s Church, Caterham Valley

Time to be announced, but probably 7.30pm.

Tickets £12 (includes interval refreshments)

available from:

Margaret Deards: 01883 380104

Geraint Jenkins: 07835 303522

Barbara Whiteford: 01883 340994


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