I recently read a headline confirming what I have thought for some time -
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.
Making time to pray together the
first Wednesday of the month
Wednesday 6th June
Wednesday 4th July
in the Sacrament Chapel, St. Mary’s Church
Led by Rev. Frany Long
The Beacon -
Sunday Afternoon Teas
at St. Lawrence’s
3 – 5pm every Sunday
until 16 September
Tea, Coffee and Home-
Free squash for children
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)
Margaret Deards: 01883 380104
Geraint Jenkins: 07835 303522
Barbara Whiteford: 01883 340994