All posts by Lesley Crawley

I am a priest in the Guildford Diocese, I am particularly interested in inclusivity for all in the church and clergy wellbeing. I became a Christian when I was 14 which was a shock because I previously scoffed at all faith, spirituality and religion. I have a bachelors degree and doctorate in Engineering. I have worked in Engineering Management, Research Science and have been a University Lecturer in Engineering. I am married and have three sons, four step-daughters and a grandson. My favourite place is Southwold and spend as much time as I can there, I enjoy walking and sitting in coffee shops, I also play Bridge. I love psychology, I am fascinated by people and what makes us thrive.

Lockdown Poems

Could you write down your thoughts about the lockdown? We’d love to include lockdown poems by adults or children in our online services. Here is a lovely poem to inspire you.

Or this poem by Jim Carruth

the long bench

For the times ahead
when we will be

as if at either end
of the long bench

where distance kept
is love’s measure

and death dances
the space between

when words alone
are not enough

and queued memories
reach out to touch

let longing be a store
of nut and seed

that grows each day
in strange hibernation

readying for its end –
the sharing of the feast.

Please send your work to me – revd.lesley@badshotleaandhale.org

Baptism of Christ Services – 10th January

Today we are celebrating the Baptism of Christ. Below are the services.  First here are the notices:

Notices

Giving
Please Give to our Ministry This church relies on donations to provide care and support to everyone in this community. Now more than ever, please consider giving generously to support our mission and ministry by clicking the button above. Thank you for your support.
Stay Well
If you are struggling in any way please don’t suffer in silence – give the Rectory a call – 01252 820537 – it is tough at the moment and we would love to hear from you.

Services

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Epiphany Services – 3rd January

Today we are celebrating Epiphany – when the magi visit Jesus as a child. Below are the services.  First here are the notices:

Notices

Giving
Please Give to our Ministry This church relies on donations to provide care and support to everyone in this community. Now more than ever, please consider giving generously to support our mission and ministry by clicking the button above. Thank you for your support.
Meet virtually with others
At 7:30pm on 5th January Beyond Belief is meeting – a group to discuss interesting books related to faith. We currently meet online via Zoom and are discussing Days Of Awe And Wonder: How To Be A Christian In The Twenty-First Century by Marcus Borg. We are going to read it by themes rather than consecutive chapters and during the first meeting we will be discussing 1. Listening to the Spirit, 4. Jesus our model of being Spirit filled, 16. Listening for the voice of God. To join the meeting, click here: https://zoom.us/j/96494675106 At 7:30pm on 6th January Bible Book Club is meeting – a group will be looking at Genesis chapters 37-50, the story of Jacob, Leah and Rachel, on Wednesday at 7:30pm on Zoom. Everyone is welcome. There are details of it here: https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/bible-book-club/genesis/ The meeting can be found here: https://zoom.us/j/95184241513 Meeting ID: 951 8424 1513. If you haven’t used Zoom before, instructions can be found here: https://badshotleaandhale.org/2020/03/30/using-zoom/

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Sunday Services – 27th December

Today we are celebrating the first Sunday of Christmas. Below are the services and the diocesan service.  First here are the notices:

Notices

Giving
Please Give to our Ministry This church relies on donations to provide care and support to everyone in this community. Now more than ever, please consider giving generously to support our mission and ministry by clicking the button above. Thank you for your support.
Tier 4
Commiserations that we are all now in Tier 4, however, here are a couple of things you can do from the comfort of your home: At 7:30pm on 5th January Beyond Belief is meeting – a group to discuss interesting books related to faith. We currently meet online via Zoom and are discussing Days Of Awe And Wonder: How To Be A Christian In The Twenty-First Century by Marcus Borg. We are going to read it by themes rather than consecutive chapters and during the first meeting we will be discussing 1. Listening to the Spirit, 4. Jesus our model of being Spirit filled, 16. Listening for the voice of God. To join the meeting, click here: https://zoom.us/j/96494675106 At 7:30pm on 6th January Bible Book Club is meeting – a group will be looking at Genesis chapters 37-50, the story of Jacob, Leah and Rachel, on Wednesday at 7:30pm on Zoom. Everyone is welcome. There are details of it here: https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/bible-book-club/genesis/ The meeting can be found here: https://zoom.us/j/95184241513 Meeting ID: 951 8424 1513. If you haven’t used Zoom before, instructions can be found here: https://badshotleaandhale.org/2020/03/30/using-zoom/

Services

All-Age:
More Traditional:
Diocesan All-Age:

Christmas Services – 25th December

Happy Christmas – we wish you a peaceful and joyful day, even though for many of us circumstances are not as we would wish them. We hope these services bring you joy!

Giving

Please Give to our Ministry This church relies on donations to provide care and support to everyone in this community. Now more than ever, please consider giving generously to support our mission and ministry by clicking the button above. Thank you for your support.

Services

All-Age:
More Traditional: