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.

Light a candle for Her Majesty the Queen

All three churches in the Parish are open today (9th September) for prayer and lighting candles:

St Mark’s, Upper Hale (near Tesco’s Express) 11:00-12:00

St George’s, Badshot Lea 9:00-4:00

St John’s, Hale, 9:00-4:00

For the rest of the week St George’s and St John’s will be open for prayer.

Below are some prayers for the Queen.

Gracious God, we give thanks
for the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth,
for her faith and her dedication to duty.
Bless our nation as we mourn her death
and may her example continue to inspire us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

God of love,
We thank you for the life of The Queen,
for her service to our nation,
and for her faith in you.
Be close to all of us who mourn,
that we may we find comfort and hope in your love,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Everlasting God, we pray for our new King.
Bless his reign and the life of our nation.
Help us to work together
so that truth and justice, harmony and fairness
flourish among us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

(for use with young children)
Loving God,
our Queen has died and people are sad.
Thank you for her long life
and her care for her people.
We pray for our new King.
Bless and guide him as his reign begins.
Amen.

Services for Her Majesty the Queen

With profound sadness, we join the nation in mourning our beloved Queen.

Services on Sunday, September 18th, will include prayers for the Royal Family and our nation:

9:30am at St John’s, Hale (Hale Road)

10:00am at St George’s, Badshot Lea (crossroads of Badshot Lea Road and St George’s Road)

11:00am at St Mark’s, Upper Hale (next to Tesco’s Express) on Alma Lane

Stella is being ordained!

Stella Wiseman will be ordained deacon at Guildford Cathedral at 3pm on July 3rd. There will be space in the cathedral for supporters from the parish so please do join us!

After the service there will be a reception at St Mark’s Church (at approx 5:30pm) – please do come along and celebrate!