Welcome to The Light
Our church service is held every Sunday at 6:00 for 6:15. In addition to prayers, singing a few well chosen hymns with Millie playing the organ, a reading and address by the attending medium, and sending out our healing thoughts to those on the church list, a big part of the service is given over to a demonstration of mediumship.
This is where the medium makes contact with the spiritual world to pass on messages to members of the congregation, messages that give us evidence that life is eternal and that our loved ones that have passed are still watching over us and sending us their love.
Do also stay for tea, coffee and biscuits if you would like to get to know us and have a chat, or to share any thoughts or questions you may have.
We wish you love, caring, fellowship and healing.
Family Service Sundays 6pm
Spiritual Healing Fridays 2pm
Special Events Diary
Friday, 13th October – Psychic Supper
Friday, 10th November – Dan Clarke
All our mediums this month are old friends of the church and making welcome return visits to take our services. It will be especially good to see Sharon May as it is some years since her last visit.
Special thanks to Ashley and Karla who gave us such an uplifting service and to all of you who gave items for sale or bought the produce. Your efforts raised some £27.50 for Julia’s House, and unsold items were sent to a local foodbank.
Psychic Supper on Friday, 13thOctober at 7pm
A few places are still available at £12 / £10 (members). There will be readings at your table and a supper option of fish and chips (Gluten free option also available), jumbo sausage and chips, or a veggie burger and chips. We do need your food choice and your payment in advance, please.
Dan Clarke’s Evening of Clairvoyance, Friday 10th November, 7.30pm
Tickets £10, £8 (Members) for this popular evening will go on sale shortly. See Fay/Enid to book.
I can hardly believe I am mentioning Christmas already but Jean has asked me to tell you that she will be taking limited orders at the end of October. The cakes will be square, contain at least 4 slices and cost £5. These proved very popular last year and may be limited to one per person this time.
Musings on my weeks away
I have been thinking of how just a moment in time can change a lifetime. My brief stay in Bayeux brought me in contact with 2 people touched by the WW2. Rene is always smiling and full of good humour but he keeps his left hand hidden. As the Allied forces advanced his mother fled with other evacuees in a car with Rene just a baby in her arms. A jittery American fired a shot which passed through Rene’s arm, killing the chauffeur in front.
Our hostess at Bayeux invited a widow to join us for dinner. She seemed rather aloof but I tried to engage her in conversation, asking if she had lived there during the war. (Bayeux was undamaged and had been liberated by the Dorset Regiment, which led to the Dorchester Bayeux Twinning) No- Yvette had been in Caen where I knew they had suffered a very fierce and prolonged battle. Aged 6 she had gone to school as usual that first morning but the nuns eventually sent everyone home at midday. Her father, a baker, considered fleeing but was worried there no safe route. They sheltered as best they could in the cellars of the quartier and he continued to bake the bread everyone relied on. (Guy, our friend at Bayeux, insists he cannot possibly eat a single meal without bread).
On the Monday morning before our departure we always go to the beautifully tended British War Graves Cemetery to hold a short service and lay a wreath. It is very moving to look at some of the graves and realise how many of the occupants were just teenagers.
Last week I was in Sussex eating lunch in the sunshine at the Birling Gap, a spectacular chalk cliff. There people have the visible signs of change as the cliffs slip into the sea at 0.7metres a year taking houses with them.
It all reminds me we need to live in the moment and make it count.
Reminder: Beginners’ Development circle at the Hall starts Thursday, 5th October. 7pm till 9pm
Read our full newsletter here: October 2017
Sonia Clatworthy from Devon opens our month. Then the sharp eyed among you will have noticed that there are changes to our September schedule. Sadly these are all due to illness. Please send out your healing thoughts to Anna and Nigel Walton and Anna’s family as they have returned to Poland to support her father through a major operation. We are fortunate that Gwen and Phillip Smith will be here on holiday and have agreed to take 10th September. Angie Page is with us on 17th. There is a change to our Harvest Festival when we look forward to a first service for us from Karla and Ashley. Please send healing thoughts to Janeann Massey who cannot be with us then as she is having another foot operation.
This will take the usual format with food and produce offerings being sold after the service to aid Julia’s House, our church charity. Please check any tins and packets are in date. Suitable items which remain unsold will be sent to a local foodbank.
Psychic Supper on Friday, 13th October. Booking has started for this popular evening with local mediums. It isgreat value at £12 / £10 (members) for 2 short readings and a supper option of fish and chips, jumbo sausage and chips or a veggie burger and chips. Don’t miss out – book early.
Booking of Church Mediums (from Jean, our Bookings Secretary)
When booking Mediums for services we endeavour to give you a variety of mediums, all of whom have demonstrated their capability to deliver to an acceptable standard. Occasionally mediums tell us they are stepping back from the platform to concentrate on other aspects of mediumship such as training new mediums or, in one case, pursuing physical mediumship. Other mediums tell us they are not now doing services but are only taking workshops and clairvoyant evenings. This means we are always on the look -out for upcoming mediums to take their place. Sadly on some occasions for various reasons these do not work out.
We cannot continue to book those mediums who frequently cancel, often at the last minute. Also those mediums who cancel and then expect us to contact other mediums in order to do a swap just so that they still have a booking with us. This is unrealistic and insulting to the medium being asked to make a swap. We do have a limit on the amount of expenses we can afford to pay a medium, although we also have some mediums who come from a distance but do not ask for expenses.
Each year we book mediums for the next year and hope to be fully booked for the next year by June of the current year at the latest. This can be a difficult and time consuming task. We have mediums who serve us whilst on holiday, those who can only do summer evenings, those who only serve in the autumn, others during spring. We are ever mindful of weather conditions and in winter months book those mediums who do not have to travel a great distance. We hope this answers some of the queries congregation members may have as to why some mediums are no longer serving us and why it is not always possible to juggle a booking diary.
Reminder: Beginners Development circle starts Thursday, 5th October. 7pm till 9pm
Read our full newsletter here: September 2017
This month we welcome back mediums who are well known to us and true friends of the church. Please join us to enjoy our Sunday services with Kay Lewis, Hazel McLister-Brewer, Irene and David Jackson and Dawn Collinson. Each service can offer a new experience as every medium works in a unique way and offers different insights into the Spirit World.
As I write some 64 tickets have been reserved for Darren Brittain’s Clairvoyance Evening on 28th July and plans are already underway for our next event. This will be one of our very popular Psychic Suppers with local mediums on Friday, 13th October. This offers a fun evening. It is great value at £10 for 2 short readings and a supper option of fish and chips, jumbo sausage and chips or a veggie burger and chips, plus the friendly company of your table companions.
Numbers are building for the new Beginner’s Development Circle with Lee-Ann Miller at St. John Ambulance Hall. It will be held on the first and third Thursday of each month from 7pm till 9pm, starting on Thursday, 5th October. There will be a £5 charge to cover hire of the hall and other expense
Please put your name and details on the sheet at church to register your interest. Please be aware that sitters will need to be church members (see Shelley Hall to join) and will need to make a regular commitment to the circle.
I dipped into ‘Simple Abundance’ today and was touched by an article about Margaret Reed. She was a pioneer wife who was persuaded to travel from Illinois to California in 1846. Her husband James, a wealthy furniture manufacturer, anxious for adventure and yet more wealth, promised they would travel in luxury with all her much loved possessions. Their covered wagon was an extraordinary two storey affair with a sleeping loft. It was fitted with sprung seats, a stove and even her beloved organ. It carried 6 months supply of food and fine wine. They were part of the Donner Party. Two thousand five hundred miles from home and only two days from safety, thirty one men, women and children were stranded in the Sierra Nevada mountains by a series of the worst blizzards recorded. Provisions exhausted some would resort to cannibalism to survive, but not Margaret. Left alone whilst James sought help she fed her family on snow, bark and leather broth until James returned with a rescue party. Her possessions had played no part in their survival as the wagon and its contents had long been abandoned as too heavy and difficult to manoeuvre through the mountains. The possessions which were to save Margaret and her loved ones were of Spirit – her wits, her faith and her courage.
Read our full newsletter here: August 2017