What gifts do you have that you might use and which God might be calling you to use? Are you a great listener, a keen cook, someone who can transform a room with a bit of colour and style? Do you like to pray for people? Are you practical? Musical? Artistic? Can you sit alongside someone when they are having a hard time? Can you relate to all ages? All these, and many more, are gifts and it may be that God is calling you to use them.
Starting next Tuesday evening (20th), we are we are running a special five-week course on Zoom which will look at our spiritual gifts, passions and personal style, as it is out of these that our calling is likely to come.
The course will be at 7.30pm-9pm every Tuesday on Zoom from April 20 to May 18.
The first stage of restoring the murals at St Mark’s Church has begun.
The murals, which are of significant national importance in the development of 20th century mural painting, are being stablised and cleaned by the internationally renowned mural conservationists Stephen Rickerby and Lisa Shekede. They were painted between 1911 and 1920 by local woman Eleanor Catherine Wallace Milroy (‘Kitty’) using other local people as models.
The murals blend influences from European Symbolist painting and the Arts and Crafts Movement and were featured in a recent talk by art historian, lecturer and author Olive Maggs for the Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey. Comparisons have been made with pictures in The Watts Chapel and it is known that Mary Watts visited the area.
Stephen Rickerby and Lisa Shekede will be in the church for the next 10 weeks in order to complete this stage of the restoration.
Following the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on Friday morning (April 9), the three churches in the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale will all be open this week from Monday to Friday for people to come in and light a candle, pray or just sit quietly. There will also be black ribbons available to tie in the churchyards as a sign of mourning and reflection.
The churches are St George’s, Badshot Lea, GU9 9LD; St John’s, Hale Road, GU9 9RP (park in the layby near Daniele Sicilian Restaurant); and St Mark’s, Alma Lane, GU9 0LT.
Our April magazine is out now, full of Easter hope, news, plans and offers by our wonderful, loyal advertisers.
Inside, along with the joy of Easter, you will find information on our plans for growth and how we want to serve our community better, you’ll find encouraging news about vaccinations, courses about faith, a ‘cycle ride’ from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise money for the church and for research into dementia, a piece about Pamela who has led the choir at St John’s for the past decade, and much more. (Miaow! Don’t forget me – the Church Cat).
Please read, share, respond, contribute. Let’s tell more people about all that this parish has to offer. And if you’d like a printed copy, let us know.
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In today’s meditation, Pilate knows he will live with regret and Barabbas celebrates strength and yet can’t look on the man who has taken his place and is now going to die. There are questions to meditate on: what we do for an easy life, how we forgive ourselves, what causes might be worth fighting for or even risking our lives for, what about pacifism?
Today Caiaphas, the chief priest, is worried by the threat that Jesus poses to institutional religion, and Peter denies that he knows Jesus. There are questions to meditate on about individual rights versus institutional and national rights, how we know whether we are right, about betrayal and forgiveness.