The Beacon -
On Saturday 15th July the Guild of Friends welcomed “Utopians Unlimited” who had come to present “A Gilbert and Sullivan Evening” in St Lawrence’s church (see pictures opposite). This enthusiastic and talented group of singers delighted a packed audience with a wonderful programme of songs from several popular Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. The splendid evening was enjoyed by both cast and audience alike while raising funds for the upkeep of the ancient church.
By now some of you will have seen the new carpeting that we have in St. Lawrence’s church. We hope you will agree that it fits the bill exactly, looking as it does a bit like medieval tiles. The Guild wishes to thank the lady from St. Mary’s congregation (who wishes to remain anonymous) very much indeed for this very generous gift to the church.
Our ecumenical St. Lawrencetide service, held on 6th August, was a Service of Celtic Evening Prayer. We were very pleased to welcome Michael Pritchard from the United Reformed Church, Caterham Valley, who led the lovely service. Michael told us that it was 1,759 years ago to the day that St. Lawrence was condemned to death along with the Pope and six other Deacons. St. Lawrence was given a stay of execution of three days to give him time to produce the demanded treasures of the church. This he did in the form of the poor and needy, not the gold and silver objects that were expected. He suffered a lingering death as he was roasted alive on a gridiron. The service finished with the lovely words of the Celtic Blessing:
May the road rise with you;
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
May the rain fall soft upon your fields.
Until we meet again may God hold you
in the hollow of his hand.
Our annual Coffee Morning will be on Saturday 2nd September in St. Lawrence’s from 10–12am. Entrance £2 to include refreshments. Heidi’s popular Bring and Buy stall and a Raffle table will be present as usual. This is always a very sociable event so do come along for a coffee and a chat.
Patronal Festival Family Lunch
Sunday 10 September
£6 per person; or £15 per family
Please sign up at back of church
Pilgrimage to Iona
Michelle Edmonds is leading a pilgrimage to Iona next April; details are at the back of church.
There will be an information and presentation evening on Thursday 21 September 2017 at St. Christopher’s, Chelsham Road, Warlingham CR6 9EQ at 7pm.
“The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning”
Everyone is invited to a coffee morning on Friday 15th September in St. Paul’s Centre between 10am and 12noon.
This is in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Appeal.
Please come and support this very worthy cause.
Small children and babies are very welcome.
Lots of coffee and cake!
The kettle will always be boiling!