Sponsor a stop to save Emily

‘Emily,’ the pipe organ at St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale is 103 years old and in need of a complete overhaul. The Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale have been fundraising and so far have raise £2500 towards the target of £23,000.

St Mark’s Church are appealing to the community to help save this local piece of history by sponsoring an organ stop. A ‘stop’, when it is pulled out, allows pressurized air to a set of organ pipes. This changes the sound of the organ, perhaps making it sound like a group flutes or oboes. There are eight stops available for sponsorship at £100 each, in addition there are pipes available at £60, £30 or £15 each.

The Reverend Lesley Crawley said, “Pipes and stops can be sponsored anonymously or not, and those sponsoring them will be able to write who they are sponsoring it for. They will receive a certificate and the church will display all the names and notes that people write on a ‘Sponsoring a Pipe’ manuscript. There will be a celebratory concert once ‘Emily’ has been restore to which all those who have sponsored a pipe will be invited.”

To sponsor a pipe or stop please send the note of who you are dedicating the pipe to and your  donation (payable to The Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale PCC) to St Mark’s Church, Alma Lane, Farnham, GU9 0LT. For further information or to ensure your donation is gift-aided then call the Reverend Lesley Crawley on 01252 820537.

St George’s Choir

In the last year St George’s choir has grown from three members to eight. (I include myself). At the choir’s request we now practise weekly instead of fortnightly, and so we can be a little more adventurous, tackling some simple anthems as well as hymns for Sunday. We are following the first ‘Voice for Life’ singer’s workbook, experienced singers and newcomers all learning and revising together.

I’ve never led a choir before, and I find it exhilarating to build it up and try out new music which will enhance the worship on Sundays by making ‘a joyful noise unto the Lord’, we hope! The new hymn books provide an opportunity to discover contemporary songs and new ways of singing the liturgy. But we have to tease out the musical tastes of all comers, so that faith is nurtured by the music, and nothing jars. Singing Taizé chants in Latin is not everyone’s cup of tea!

When inviting me to be organist in the parish Lesley and Alan didn’t enquire into the state of my soul! One of my main aims in life is to play the organ, and organs just happen to be in churches! Faith comes to me through the music, especially when it’s going well, and the music suits the service, and people are kind and encouraging, even when I’ve made mistakes. The Royal School of Church Music calls music ‘a sacramental language which ministers to us’. That’s how I see it.

Another quote from the RSCM magazine: “Singing does more than keep our spirits up: it joins us in the celestial harmony of faithful pilgrimage.’ That is our mission, to engender harmony in the relationships as well as the music of the church. Church music is the soundtrack to people’s lives – baptisms, weddings, and funerals all require this great gift of God to sooth, to calm, and to bring lasting joy.

Frances Whewell

Prayer, Art and Scones!

St John’s Church, Hale are hosting an art installation from 8-15th May based around the Lord’s Prayer. All are welcome to visit the church on any day 9-5 to see the artwork and pray if they wish. In addition, from 2-4pm on 8th, 14th and 15th May there will be scones and teas provided and local musicians will play.

This is inspired by Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu, who wrote to every priest in the country with a request, “In the week leading up to Pentecost (May 8th – 15th, 2016) we long to see a great wave of prayer across our land, throughout the Church of England and many other Churches.”

Lesley Shatwell, who is training to be a lay minister in the parish said, “I was inspired by the idea of a wave of prayer and have asked local artists to create seven artistic interpretations of phrases from the Lord’s Prayer. Everyone is welcome to visit and enjoy the artwork, you don’t have to be a churchgoer – I believe that all of us can find art and music to be a spiritual experience, and what could be better than scones in the afternoon?”

You can find out more on the Thy Kingdom Come website: http://thykingdom.co.uk/

Come to the Quiz Night

Come and join us for a fun quiz evening at St George’s on Sat 7th May. We are hosting our 2nd Parish Quiz Night and would be delighted to see you. Make a team of up to 8 and book a table or book a space and make a team on the night. Tickets are £6 per person, bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles. Please arrive from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Please contact us on 01252 338540 or email c.grafham@allhallows.net to book a table.

Questioning Faith

What about the problem of Evil?  How should we read the Bible; what kind of literature is it?  What is Faith?  Why go to Church?  What is the nature of God?  Who is Jesus?  What is prayer?

Just some of the questions that we will discuss at the next Questioning Faith Group which will meet on 25 May, 8, 15 June, 6, 13, 20 July in Oak Tree View.

If you would like to join us, or just find out a bit more about it before deciding please get in touch with me 01252 820537 or reverend.alan@gmail.com

Alan Crawley