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Developing our plans for Growing Spiritual Maturity

We would like to grow in Spiritual Maturity as a Parish and so the PCC formed a sub-group to consider how we might achieve this. We used the Diocesan review documents for Community and Personal Spiritual Maturity, which were really helpful tools to aid discussion.

There are four themes in the “Community” material:

Rooted Faith: how can we be a disciple unless we study scripture, understand how the Church came into being, know something about the Church of England (if we claim to be an Anglican) and engage in regular prayer and worship?

Working Faith: however we spend our days – in employment, unemployed, volunteering, job seeking, studying, retired, at home with children – and the list is endless – disciples need to be disciples all the time. Does our faith ‘work’ when we are at work? Do we see
our ‘secular’ lives as separate?

Responsible Faith: the environment, social justice, fairness, equality, stewardship, food production . . . how do we behave responsibly if we believe that God’s world is a gift?

Sharing Faith: being a disciple means witnessing to our faith whether that’s by telling stories, having a chat, engaging in direct evangelism, writing articles, being creative – and embodying Christ so that people see our faith and want to share in it.

For each of the four areas we spent time reviewing where we thought we were.

We also looked at the ‘Personal review’ and instead of each member of the group doing this individually, we considered  how we as a church might help people address these and brainstormed ways to move forwards in areas that were difficult.

For each topic we then picked out what we considered to be the best ideas.  Then at the end of the process we looked at all of the ideas again and determined which we wished to progress, and took these to the PCC for approval. They included:

Knitted Crib
We will have a knitted crib set for each church which people borrow for a day and tell the story wherever they take it – they add to a scrap book which accompanies it and then pass it on to the next person. This will help us take the story out into the rest of our lives.

Welcome Training
What does it mean to be welcoming and inclusive?

Carol Singing on Badshot Lea Green
This should be a fun event at Christmastime and also a way of telling the Christmas story.

Next Lent – Bible Study with Sermons before hand.
We will have a commentary as a Lent book and encourage people to read their Bible through Lent, and talk about it at the groups.

Course on Prayer in May 2016
We will set up a series of weekday evening meetings with visiting speakers to introduce different forms of prayer.

More House Groups – start in September 2016
House groups are a great way to grow in faith but people have so little time. We will do a survey – ask about frequency/format/which nights/whether it is best that they last a finite time. Perhaps 6 weeks then a break – say 4 times a year.

Magazine Series
We will interview people (not the usual suspects) to describe how they came to faith and who influenced them.

These ideas  were received enthusiastically at the PCC and various suggestions to improve them were made.

Now all we have to do over the next year or so is to implement them!

A Baptism on the same day as Princess Charlotte

On Sunday 5th July, little Isla-Rose Pearl Roberts was baptised at St John’s Church in the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale by the Reverend Lesley Crawley. Isla-Rose was there with her were mum and dad – Nikki and David – and her big sister Lauren as well as all the rest of her family and friends.

Lesley commented, “We love baptising children in the the three churches of the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale. They are baptised during the normal Sunday Services so that the regular congregation can officially welcome the newest members of the church. We aim to be congregations who provide a spiritual family for all those who are baptised.”

Nikki said, “Isla-Rose Pearl’s baptism was so wonderful, the service was absolutely beautiful and I was filled with joy when she was welcomed into the church. It means a lot for my children to be baptised because although a busy work and home life restricts me from attending church as much as I would like, I often think of God and pray for all of my family and friends.”

If you would like to know more about baptism (also known as Christening) then contact Lesley on or 01252 820537.

Baptism of Christ

We invited back to our churches ll those who had been baptised or confirmed in 2014:

We thank God for those who were baptised in our Parish in 2014:

at St Georges:

Alfie William Arthur Yeomans

Chloe Grace Hill

Elle Holly Basley

Erin Macy Langham

Florence Ann Aggie Burling

Harry Joseph Panton

Issac Jacob Daniels

Ruby May Hill


at St Johns:

Bella-Rose Blanch

Dylan James David Bond

Emme Nicola Pickles

Harriet Alexa Allibone

Penelope Ada Rowe


at St Marks:

Andrew Maxwell Robertson

Ben Dominic Cabrera

Benjamin James Taylor

Bethany Rose Taylor

Holly Gabrielle Flanagan

Isabel Louise Cabrera

Isabella Jane Featherstone

Jack Joshua Browne

Jaiden Aston Bowes

Kate Alexandra Sowden

Lucas Tommy Bowes

Lylah-May Bowes

Mason Olly Bowes

Mollie Elizabeth Helen Burton

Poppy Stella Rae Searle

Sofia Elizabeth Bainbridge

Thomas Asher Sowden

Toby Joseph Johnson

William Edward Ronald Parris

William James Best


We thank God for those from our Parish who were confirmed in 2014:

 Confirmed at Guildford Cathedral:

from St George’s:

Bayley Hobbs

Benjamin Grafham

Katie Campbell

Milo Kyle

Oliver Valentine

Tobias Kyle


from St John’s

Susan Allibone


from St Mark’s

Thomas Sargent


Baptised and Confirmed at Guildford Cathedral:

from St George’s:

Jamie Adam Finlayson

Julie Erin Mansfield

Lucy Jane Finlayson

Sarah Anne Small


from St John’s:

Joanne Elaine Richardson

Oliver Richard Pendle


from St Mark’s:

Deborah Louise Pearce-Simmonds

Jasmine Chelsea Flanagan


Here are the photos thanks to Alison Ridgeon and Lesley Shatwell


Christmas Gets Messy!

The message of Christmas is everlasting – but the ways it is celebrated can change and at St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale, things look set to get messy this December.

With its elements of food, crafts and stories ‘Messy Church’ was established a decade ago to help make church more fun and accessible for families who might not ordinarily go to church – and the monthly Messy Church services at St Mark’s set up in the spring are already proving popular.

Alongside the traditional services in the Parish including the Carol Services, the Crib Services and the Midnight Mass services, this year for the first time there will be a Messy Christmas on Thursday 11 December at 3:30pm at St Mark’s Church.

And to make sure local residents don’t miss out on the opportunity to attend a service of their choice the parish will be delivering its own Christmas card to all of the 5,600 homes in the parish listing all the services.

Messy Church team leader Alison Stickland said: “Without giving too much away there will be lots of cotton wool, glitter, sticking and colouring with some seasonal cake and biscuit decorating! As well as food for thought we promise a seasonal tea, with sandwiches and jelly for little ones and adults alike. Christmas is a time to bring people together, everyone is welcome, we would love to see new faces – do come and join in the celebrations.”

Parish Priest the Revd Lesley Crawley said: “We are delighted that Messy Church has become so popular, with 40-50 people now coming along each month, aged 0 to 70. We have an amazing team of volunteers who have caught the spirit of Messy Church and indeed many of them will be out and about posting the Christmas cards in the coming weeks. Do say hello and ask them about any of our services!”

St Mark’s Church is in Alma Lane, GU9 0LT.

How many Christmas Cards?

The members of the congregations of St George’s, St Mark’s and St John’s would like to wish everyone in the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale a very happy Christmas…. and so we decided to give everyone a Christmas Card. The photocopier is busy working flat out to produce a massive 5600 Christmas Cards! Soon the members of the congregations are going to deliver them to the 13 000 or so people in the Parish.

This year there is a new congregation – it is called Messy Church, and so there is also a Messy Christmas on Thursday 11th December at 3:30pm at St Mark’s Church, Alma Lane, GU9 0LT. Messy Church is designed for people who aren’t used to traditional church or don’t find traditional church very helpful… it explores bible stories by the use of crafts, a story and a song and then we eat a meal together. Why not give it a try?

Here are the rest of the Christmas Services to put in your diaries:

St George’s (Badshot Lea)
21st Dec at 11:30am – Family Praise Carol Service
21st Dec at 6pm – All Age Carol Service
24th Dec at 3pm – Crib Service for Toddlers
24th Dec at 5.30pm – Crib Service for all
24th Dec at 11:30pm – Midnight Mass
25th Dec at 10:00am – Family Communion

St Mark’s (Upper Hale)
11th Dec at 3:30pm – Messy Christmas involving crafts and food!
15th Dec at 6pm – Informal Carols by Candlelight
24th Dec at 5pm – Crib Service (come dressed as your favourite nativity character)
25th Dec at 11am – Informal Communion

St John’s (Hale)
14th Dec at 4pm – Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight
24th Dec at 3pm – Crib Service (come dressed as your favourite nativity character)
24th Dec at 11:30pm – Midnight Mass with Incense
25th Dec at 8am – Holy Communion (traditional)
25th Dec at 9:30am – Sung Eucharist

Remembrance Services 2014

On November 9th the following services of Remembrance will take place:

In Hale the 9:30 Service at St John’s followed by 10:45 at the War Memorial then a 11:15 Joint Service at Hale Methodist Church (no service at St Mark’s).

In Badshot Lea the 10:00 Shortened Service at St George’s followed by 10:50 at the War Memorial.

In Weybourne a service at 4pm at the War Memorial followed by refreshments in the Village Hall.

You are very warmly invited to the services.