The Chapel

 

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.”

 Psalm 46:10

 

In May 2015, Lynn Green, the General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, had a vision of God’s glory and saw fires being lit and spreading out all over Britain. She felt God wanted to light beacons of prayer right across the UK:

 

“…beacons of prayer that were people who were inspired to pray and seek the Lord, not with our own agenda but simply that we might draw close to Him and open ourselves and our churches to Him so that He would have the freedom to move amongst us and through us by his Spirit.”

 

This is what the chapel was built for. The chapel has a rhythm of prayer, which includes worship, praying the Scriptures and intercessory prayer. We gather regularly in order to regain God’s perspective on our lives, our church and on our world.

You are warmly welcome to join us for any of the following sessions:

 

Morning Prayer

Wednesdays, 6.45-7.45am during term time or Saturdays, 8-9am. These sessions make time for worship, praying the Scriptures and intercessory prayer. Drop in any time.

 

TGI Monday

Instead you thrill to God’s Word,

    you chew on Scripture day and night.

You’re a tree replanted in Eden,

    bearing fresh fruit every month,

Never dropping a leaf,

    always in blossom.

 

Psalm 1:2-3, The Message

 

Does Sunday seem light years away on Monday? Too busy to stop and pray at work? Then start the week by feeding body and soul. Join us for a monthly meal on Monday nights in the break-out area outside the chapel, followed by a ‘Word for the week’ in the chapel, 7.30-8.30pm. This will be a reflective space to stop and listen to God’s voice at the start of our working week, to chew on His word and to grow.

 

Second Monday of every month:

6.30-7.30pm Meal*

7.30-8.30pm Scripture meditation

 

* £3 suggested donation for the meal. £5 for couples

 

Contact Chris and Kathleen Smith (christopher77smith@gmail.com) for more details. It is helpful if they have a rough idea of numbers beforehand.

 

wire-fence-1Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Second Tuesday of every other month (May, July, September and November) 8.00-9.30pm.  Step into the shoes of Christians facing persecution because of their faith. Come to be informed and to pray. Contact Jim Merritt for more details.

 

 

 

praying2Workplace Prayer

It is easy to feel that what we do inside church is ‘holy’ and matters to God, while what we do outside isn’t and doesn’t. We don’t believe in this sacred/secular divide. Right from the very beginning, God has wanted us to be intimately involved in working with Him. The workplace is where we spend the majority of our time and we believe that it matters to God.

“Then the Lord took the man and put him in the garden to tend and keep it.” Genesis 2:15 

 

“For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

Workplace Prayer is a blend of prayer, encouragement, mentoring and friendship. We meet on the third Sunday of the month after the evening service, 8-9pm, during term time. If you can’t come to the chapel, we also meet in Dominik and Lilette’s home. Speak to Dermot and Janet Shean for more details or email dermot.shean@uktisoutheast.com

 

 

The Healing Hour

 4th Tuesday of the month, 7.30-8.30pm

 

“Come unto me, all you who are weary

and burdened, and I will give you rest....” 

Matthew 11: 29

The aim here is to create room for God’s healing presence to bring life and wholeness to those suffering pain, whether physical or mental.

This will be a time to come and soak in the presence of Jesus, with music playing in the background (often a harp). People will be available to pray with you if you wish.  There will also be words and pictures available to take away if you want them. This is not a time for lengthy prayer ministry, which is always available at another time, but to bring the healing of Jesus to your body, soul or spirit.

We would love you to come and join us!   Contact Janice Cheale (Janice.cheale@ntlworld.com) and Shirley Siddaway  (01483 503238)

 

Chinese Christian Fellowship

Every Saturday, 3.00-7.00pm

The Chinese Christian Fellowship meets weekly to study the Bible, worship and pray in the chapel. There are also children’s activities: songs, Bible stories and crafts.

 

Our vision for 2016 is: "God-centred worship"

- The Lord is the head of my life

- The Lord is the head of the house (family)

- God is the focus of the fellowship meeting

 

Our fellowship website is:

https://guildfordccf.wordpress.com/

 

autumn-leavesOasis

We endeavour to make space for contemplation, meditation, prayer and worship, using all different types of music styles played by String quartet and keyboard accompaniment or any combination of these instruments, with sung worship as well.

The music is enhanced by different pictures and scripture verses or words, on screen, aiding us in our meditations and worship. Sometimes the music influences the theme and sometimes the Scripture leads us to play specific pieces. The three go hand in hand to draw us into the presence of Jesus to worship.  The last session was an Easter reflection influenced by the very special new Chapel furniture.

We would like these times to be available to those who do not normally come to church so please bring your friends along too!

 

 

Simply Be

Worship and devotions, singing Scripture. Contact Bekah Duncalfe or Billy Mavin if you are interested in participating.

 

Community prayers

The staff gathers to pray the Celtic Daily Prayer from the Northumbria Community during the week and you are welcome to join them anytime. This is a good way to punctuate your working day and to “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46: 10).

 

Tuesdays                    8.45 - 9.00am

Wednesdays             12.45-1pm

Fridays                       12.45-1pm

 

24/7 Prayer

Sometimes it is good to gather as a whole church to seek God together. So far, we have run two 24 hour prayer weekends in the chapel, as well as taking part in a season of prayer from Easter to Pentecost. Our first 24/7 prayer was called “Find me in the River.” More recently, we have looked at Proverbs 13:12 “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” These prayer times involve the whole age spectrum and engage in creative ways of praying, as well as more traditional ways.

 

Watch this space for the next one!

 

Chapel Installations

Easter 2016 saw the installation of a stunning new lectern and communion table in the chapel. These oak pieces were made by Stephen Owen, former Designer in Residence and woodwork teacher at Cranleigh School, now working as an artist in Wales. On Maundy Thursday, following a week exploring ‘the Passion through the senses’, the pieces were finally unveiled.

 

The Lectern

Carved in the shape of a cross, the lectern has a large nail driven through its base, a sharp reminder of the pain Jesus bore. As Stephen said, “We can become so familiar with the cross that we forget it was a tool for execution. There was nothing pretty about it.”  At the base of the cross you’ll see gaps to fit written prayers and laments into, making it a prayer station as well as a lectern. As your eye moves up the wood you notice a gradual change in texture from rough to smooth. Stephen spoke of the way that God is still working on us, transforming us from one degree of glory to another.

 

The Table

If the lectern speaks of Christ’s death, the communion table speaks of His resurrection. It has a gaping hole, off-centre, in its base. This acts as a visual reminder of those words in the gospels, “He is not here - He is risen!” The wood around the hole is split and cracked, for the tomb could not hold Jesus for long. It acts as a symbol of vital hope, a hope to which we return each time we take Communion.

 

Visit www.stephenowen.com for more details of Stephen’s art and design.

 

 

 

The chapel is open throughout the week. All are welcome to visit or to use it for individual prayer. You are also welcome to join us when we gather together. Pick up a flyer with information about our rhythm of prayer from the chapel entrance or the Church Information Point  or click on the link in the sidebar.

 

 

 

 

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