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Guild of Friends

As all Guild of Friends members know there are plans afoot to make St. Lawrence’s church more suitable for making it available to the community.  The first stage has been completed with the new carpeting but still on the list are a new boiler, new kitchen cupboards and sink plus a flush toilet.  

It goes without saying that all these plans will necessitate the Guild raising a great deal of money one way or another. To this end St. Mary’s publicity person, Mary Clair Kelly, nominated St. Lawrence’s for the Co-op Community Fund and I am delighted to say that we have been chosen as a local cause by the Caterham Hill Co-op supermarket  for 2018.

We are, therefore, hoping that lots of people will help us with this by buying a Co-op membership card which costs £1.  The benefit for you is that 5% of what you spend on Co-op branded products and services will be put into your Co-op Membership account and 1% will be given to your chosen local cause i.e. St. Lawrence’s Community Project.  There are three ways to obtain a membership card.  You can apply online at coop.co.uk/register, call 0800 023 4708 or pop into the store and ask for a temporary card and then follow the instructions on the card.

If you go to this link, https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/16521/, you can keep track of how much is being raised; and Mary Clair has also set up a dedicated page on Facebook, which you can find at – https://www.facebook.com/stlawrencescaterham/.

As the saying goes, “Every little helps”.

Elaine Williams

Hon. Sec

Treasurer’s Report – 1939

The following (edited) report was found in the archives – nothing changes.

The results of the Parochial accounts for 1939 are given below in summary. For reasons of economy the accounts will not be published in full in the magazine this year but a full copy will be made available in each church.  [Ed: St. Mary’s and St. Paul’s]

The expenditure amounts to £1,117.00 and against this expenditure, the sum of £981 was raised. The income failed to reach the expenditure total and the Council are faced with a deficiency for 1939 of £136.  To this must be added £43 deficiency from 1938 and a further £8 from 1937, leaving at the commencement of 1940 a debt of £187.

This result is most disappointing.  In the Gift Day appeal we asked for £300, which was required to balance our budget but the response was only £118.That the budget was not exaggerated can easily be seen. The difference between the two figures is £182, which accounts for the whole of our present debt except for £5.

Each year I draw attention to the fact that the Church income does not cover the cost of essential maintenance, only to find at the end of the year that the deficiency still persists and even increases year by year.

Perhaps people forget, or the slowly rising cost of living over the last few years may have pressed hardly, or first the crisis and now the war: a number of reasons could be put forward, but in the background, if we care to look, we shall find the real reason - that to provide adequate support for the Church demands a measure of real sacrifice, a measure which one can only conclude the Church members are not prepared to give.  Now that the war has come upon us people will be compelled to sacrifice for the nation in a variety of ways and more than ever it will become difficult in every possible sense to render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and unto God that which is His. Prices have risen to some extent already, income tax has risen enormously and soon, perhaps, we shall see some other restrictions on spending, but through it all the Church must be kept going.  I hope we are all agreed on that.

This war is, I suppose, as close to a crusade as we shall see in modern times. But what hollowness, what vanity there is in fighting for what are undoubtedly the fruits of Christianity if during it all we see the Christian lamps at home flickering dangerously in our towns and villages.

Here at Caterham it seems that we care so little that we cannot even pay our way honestly, but must run into debt.

Perhaps you read the speech by Lord Halifax to the University of Oxford and his quotation from a 17th century French author. Do not let it be said of us in Caterham that our Christianity – our lamp – is in any sense in danger of extinguishment because, in Lord Halifax’s words, it deserves a better fate.

So I would remind you once again of our shortcomings in so far as I am concerned with them as Treasurer - £187 – and I ask each person in the Parish to count up what he or she gives to the Church and to ask “Is this what my religion is worth to me?”  Compare it with our amusements, and little luxuries, and consider that one day, if nothing is done to improve things, you may find the Church closed. There is no secret reservoir, no bottomless purse, nothing save what is contributed; and the burden is most unfairly spread.

The Council is grateful each year to those devoted workers without whose efforts to meet our needs we should be much worse off that we are today and to those regular contributors to our funds who reveal by their actions their sense of responsibility. But in relation to the size of the Parish they are a mere handful, and if we are to continue to work this sense of responsibility must be more widely spread. Each member must contribute his share according to his resources.

I am concerned tonight with only one side of a wider question. The gradual disregard of the Churches is a national problem but I speak now only of the financial aspect of it. Even ere it would perhaps be well to reflect that in the everyday world things are apt to be worth what is paid for them, and a form of religion which in effort costs but little is worth just that little. Not all members of the Church can take the same degree of participation in its activities but everyone can at least help to ensure that these activities do not cease because of the lack of funds.

The Council is prepared to undertake that the money received will not be wasted and, in fact, a Sub-Committee has already been constituted to consider fully the making of all possible economies.  Therefore I must leave the matter to the individual conscience.

[Ed: accounting for inflation, the 1939 annual expenditure was equivalent

to about £70,000 and the deficit equivalent to about £11,000.]

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Page 1

Team Letter

A Journey through Lent

Praying Together

Page 2

Guild of Friends

Children’s Society

Treasurer’s Report - 1939

Page 3

From the Registers

“In His Blindness”


Munch with Music

Page 4

Morning Prayer

Woman’s World Day of Prayer

Douglas Brunton Centre

East Surrey Walkers

St. Lawrence's Church A Signature

The Children’s Society

House boxes are now due for

the Annual opening and counting.

Please bring your box to Church during February.   We can arrange collection if your unable to bring your box to Church.

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The total sum raised from the

sale of Christmas cards and Gifts

from St. Marys, St. Peter & St. Paul, Chaldon,

and U3A walkers was £530.25.

The Teddy Bear raffle raised £36.00.

A big THANK YOU for your support to

The Children's Society.

Catherine and Alan Turton

01737 553385