THE CENTRE CHAPLAIN’S CORNER – January
We about to enter a new year, 2018. What lies ahead for us?? Remember God has promised to be with us always in whatever circumstances we may have to face in life.
2017 seems to have passed by rather quickly! My role as Lay Chaplain for The Christian Centre has been busy, challenging and full. There were the Lent Sessions in April using the study book entitled ‘At the Cross’ by Abby Guinness which helped the group focus on the sacrificial love of Jesus on the cross.
We have just finished five sessions on Advent, the sessions being based on Bishop Michael Baughen’s study book entitled ‘My Beloved Son’. The focus of these study sessions were on the risen Jesus and his divinity as well as His supremacy.
Although Advent focuses on the coming of Christ as a baby in the manger, there is another Advent where we are waiting for the return of our risen Jesus Christ who is coming back to take His own to heaven and an eternal home.
The Advent group of people came from different Dorking churches and we finished with a time of prayer in the last session. This was very special and much was shared because we knew and trusted each other. We are contemplating to continue this time of prayer on a monthly basis in the New Year on a regular Thursday morning i.e. the third Thursday of each month.
The Café continues to be busy and the cooking team are doing a stalwartly job in Veronica’s (main chef) absence. Veronica continues to be off-sick so we may have to look for another cook at the beginning of this New Year. In the meantime we wish Veronica well and for continued healing.
By the time you read this January 2018 Magazine Christmas lunch at The Christian Centre will have been and gone! We have about 60 plus people coming, many of them volunteers who want give their time and to be of help to others. We are grateful for this help.
We plan this year to have some Christmas musical entertainment, songs, quizzes and poems in between the two meal courses. Then hopefully, and with a bit of ‘divine’ help, to produce the Queen’s Speech on an overhead projection screen.
We will miss our Café Guests who have passed on to heaven, namely Alison Lanning and Harold Ward, but we know they are now at peace and with the Lord whom they loved and served so faithfully.
We thank in advance for our Christmas Chef and his wife (Stephen and Liz) and I am sure we will enjoy the meal they prepare for us this year. They did the cooking last year which was much appreciated.
We are grateful to Stonegate Builders who are donating the Turkey Crowns and Christmas Puddings for our Christmas Lunch. We also thank those of you who have donated
gifts for the Christmas Lunch Guests – this again is so appreciated.
It remains for me to say I trust and pray that this 2017 Christmas has been a special time for you all in spite of circumstances or difficulties which may be the case for some people.
May 2018 be a year where Jesus becomes more and more the centre of your life and where you will let Him walk with you day by day as you live out your daily lives.
Every blessing to you now and particularly in this coming New Year of 2018.
Rowan Nunnerley (Centre Chaplain)
Contact details: 01306 886830 or 07706 041339