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Annual Report - FreeSpirit

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2015 has proved to be another successful year for Free Spirit. We currently have 12 members in the group, consisting of 7 instrumentalists and 5 singers.

Our main ministry continues to be providing music and worship for the 9.30am monthly Family Eucharist and the 6pm ‘Time and Space’ service on the second Sunday of the month in St. Lawrence’s church. Numbers have been steadily increasing for this service, and it attracts people from other churches in the area as well as St. Mary’s. If you like a meditative service with reflective music, then do give ‘Time and Space’ a try! Our music is very varied, including folk and Celtic and we try and use the best music and hymns composed by today’s hymn writers.

We were involved with several community and charity events during 2015. In the spring we led the worship at Caterham Scouts St. George’s Day service, held in the United Reformed Church, with a congregation of around 500. Christmas was also a busy time for Free Spirit, when we played at the Christingle service, attended by the children of Hillcroft School. We also played carols at the Douglas Brunton Centre on Christmas Day for those who attended the lunch there.

More recently, we were asked to lead a service of Taize worship at All Saints Church, Sanderstead, and other local churches have expressed an interest in similar services in the future.

We would like to thank all of you who have encouraged us during the year – it is really appreciated by us all. Thanks must go to everyone in the group for their contribution, and also we’d like to thank Barbara for preparing the Sunday morning hymn sheets.

We are a happy and sociable group, and are always pleased to welcome new people. If you like our music and feel that you would like to contribute, then do please come and have a chat with one of us. We would particularly welcome any woodwind or stringed instrumentalists, but do let us know if you have any musical or singing talent that you would like to share as part of the worship of the church. We meet on Tuesdays at 8pm in the St. Paul’s centre to practise and you can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome.

Martin Dollery