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You will be reading this either as the General Election of June 8th gets nearer, or when it is all over! The calling of this election took us all by surprise on April 18th when our prime minister made this dramatic, surprise announcement. What was your reaction? Perhaps it was rather like that of Brenda, the woman from Bristol, whose reaction went viral “You’re joking! Not another one! I can’t stand this. Why does she need to do it?”

Well, she has done it, and by the time you read this we will have been saturated for weeks by political rhetoric. The result, as I write at the end of April, seems like a foregone conclusion, but who knows? The political climate is volatile.

I grew up in the post war era when there were two major political parties and they swapped about from time to time. Families either seemed to be Conservative or Labour from birth, following family tradition.  My grandma was the exception in our family, not following the family consensus and being a staunch Liberal, something she had been from the days of Lloyd George before she even had the vote! But our system of two parties seems to have broken down with the strength of the SNP in Scotland and other smaller parties managing a lot of votes but only a few seats in Parliament.  As we saw in the presidential election in the United States anything can happen, and just recently in France the two old guard parties totally lost out in their presidential election. Instability and change seem the norm.

Although the result of the election seems like a foregone conclusion, beyond that there is unknown change coming for Britain. Like it or not, Brexit will happen. And it is unknown change, the consequences of which are hard to predict. In the wider world, there is even greater instability and, as Donald Trump has now rejected his non-interventionist promises of the election, he seems to be ready to press buttons to send missiles hither and thither in the world.

As Christians how do we cope with a fast-changing political environment and world instability? Can we just pretend it isn’t happening and try and live a reclusive life in our own private bubble? We may think that is what monks and nuns in closed orders do, so that must be alright for any Christian; but it is not what monks and nuns do because even in closed and silent orders they usually listen to the news each day and read a newspaper, so that they can pray about the world outside.

Perhaps we should panic and spread despondency and alarm; warn people of coming dangers and the signs of the times? There are certain Christian sects that delight in this and even mainstream churches have indulged in Armageddon scenarios at times to frighten people into faith.

“Keep calm and carry on” comes to mind! I think that phrase might have appealed to Julian of Norwich writing at the end of the 14th century in the aftermath of the Black Death. She wrote then “All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.”  That can seem a trite saying when we are ill or suffering, when someone we love has died or when many people have been killed by a missile or terrorist attack. Perhaps another saying of Julian is more apt “If there is anywhere on earth a lover of God who is always kept safe, I know nothing of it, for it was not shown to me. But this was shown: that in falling and rising again we are always kept in that same precious love.”  It is the knowledge of that love which keeps me sane and the certainty of rising again either in this life or the next which gives me security in a changing and dangerous world.

Anne-Marie Garton

Planting a Rose for Pamela Brown

A rose in memory of Pamela Brown, who died recently, was planted outside the St. Paul’s Centre on Sunday 14th May immediately after the sung Eucharist.  Below are pictures from the event.

The Nave Gallery in St Lawrence's

2nd - 4th June

Following last year's resounding success, this year sees a return of the Nave Gallery's unique art exhibition with a collection of work from both returning and new artists.


Friday 2nd June 11am - 5pm

Saturday 3rd June 11am - 6pm

Sunday 4th June 11am - 5pm

In Addition:

Friday 2nd June 7pm

Special Nave Gallery event

Julie Groves' latest sound art performance installation "And so I met my Other's Other" (2017) (45 mins). Donations very welcome. Followed by a drinks reception.

Sunday 4th June 7.30pm

Special Nave Gallery event

"Folk in the Nave" with the acclaimed English Folk duo, The Askew Sisters (best traditional album Spiral Earth Awards 2015).

Tickets for "Folk in the Nave": £11 in advance, £12.50 on the door (limited).  Refreshments available.

Book online here:

or contact Julie Groves on: 07985 361665.

Pick up a flyer and see posters at the back of church.

1st Caterham Scout Group

Textiles are once again being collected by the Scout Group to raise money for their Hut Roof fund. Please leave your (bagged) items  in the Parish Office for collection by June 25th.

Also see the leaflets at the back of church for other items which can be recycled.

Praying Together

Making time to pray together on the

first Wednesday of the month

Wednesday 3rd May

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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Team Letter

Planting a Rose

The Nave Gallery

1st Caterham Scouts

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Your PCC for 2017-18

The Children’s Society

Guild of Friends

Parish Bar-B-Q

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From the Registers

Munch with Music

East Surrey Walkers


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Blast from the past

Walking for Health

When Did You Last Hear a Cuckoo

Afternoon Teas at St. Lawrence’s

Tea, Coffee, Home-made cakes (including lactose-free and gluten-free).

There will also be FREE musical entertainment later in the year.

Afternoon teas advert

Every Sunday Afternoon

3pm to 5pm


 17th September

Planting the Rose

Laying the Memorial Plaque