Photo Gallery 2016

Please do click the links on the left to view lots more Parish photos from previous years.

Fantastic CAFOD Fundraising evening in Farncombe

A wonderful concert by Spanish guitarist Eduardo Niebla at St John’s Church, Farncombe on Friday 7th October raised an amazing sum for CAFOD.

View the full report on the CAFOD blog

Bumps and Babes

St Edmund's Parish runs a thriving baby and toddler group in St John's hall in Farncombe. All children are welcome on Mondays from 10:30am.There are a wide range of toys including dressing up, a baby corner, shared healthy snack time, coffee and biscuits for the adults, and various craft activities including drawing around yourself and colouring your mini-me in - which Tamsin is modelling in the picture above!

Come and join us (term-time only). Grannies and Grandpas, Dads and Mums welcome!


Parish Day of Reflection on Mercy

Pope Francis has said that: ”Mercy is the first attribute of God. The name of God is Mercy.” To explore this further, we held a Parish Day of Reflection on the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in the Barn at Wood Farm on Saturday 18th June.

It was warm and dry as we gathered to reflect on Mercy. Ciara White led the first session, exploring the idea of a Jubilee of Mercy and what we mean by Mercy and Justice. It generated a lot of discussion. Then Ian Honeysett, Pastoral Renewal Co-ordinator, led a session on Mercy in the Old Testament. He looked at examples taken from the Wisdom and Prophetic books such as Isaiah, the Psalms, Job & Proverbs on God the Father and Mercy and then at examples from Jewish history of His Mercy. Again, it produced some lively debate. Then we had a splendid shared lunch which perhaps lasted rather longer than anticipated!

After lunch, Ian turned to the New Testament and Jesus’ teachings on Mercy and how He demonstrated His Mercy through His life, death and Resurrection. Francis Quinlan then led the final session looking at how we can show mercy as individuals and as a Parish. Ideas included : getting involved in Pro-Life activities, prison visiting, helping organise the Afternoon Tea sessions for the elderly and visiting the sick and housebound. One problem is identifying who are the people who might want such visits. One idea is to use the Parish database to email parishioners as ask them whom they know who might benefit. We could then appeal for parishioners to get involved in visiting either through eg the SVP or as individuals.

We finished the day with tea and lemon drizzle cake.

The slides that accompanied the day are available to download here.

Pro-Life Vigil

On Saturday 30th April a Pro-Life Vigil took place between 11am and 1pm on the Godalming Town Bridge. A number of parishioners and others from outside the Parish took part. The vigil was organised by Margaret McClinton.

Parish Quiz Night and CAFOD fundraiser a huge success!

A wonderful evening was had by all who were lucky enough to grab a table at the Parish Quiz Night on April 9th. Do have a look at the write-up on the Arundel and Brighton CAFOD blog by Jo Lewry who emails:

"We raised £330 for CAFOD which is a fantastic amount and put the total amount raised by the Parish for the Lent appeal just over £1000 which will all be doubled by the Government. So many thanks Ian for writing the quiz and for all the jokes in between the rounds - I thought the night went really well and there was a great atmosphere. Hopefully we can make it an annual event if you and Jan are willing to be quiz master and mistress! Once again many thanks."

Jo Lewry - Community Participation Coordinator - CAFOD Arundel and Brighton, and Portsmouth Dioceses

Our Quizmasters consult:

Jo presents the prize to Frances Blackett, captain of the winning side 'The Magnificent Seven':

More members of the victorious Magnificent Seven:

RCIA 2016 - Rite of Election at Arundel Cathedral

The Rite of Election took place at Arundel Cathedral on 13th February this year; here are all the Candidates / Catechumens with their Sponsors and Bishop Richard Moth.