New website for Dorking Besom

posted 11 Aug 2020, 07:22 by Crossways Dorking


Besom exists for members of churches in Dorking to connect with those in need and see transformation in those who give and receive. 
For more information see their new website: https://www.besomindorking.com

Statement from the ministers of CTD about the death of George Floyd

posted 12 Jun 2020, 14:07 by Crossways Dorking

The ministers of the churches in Dorking wholeheartedly and with one voice condemn racism and prejudice of any kind, especially such as we have seen in the murder of George Floyd, who is only the most recent in a tragic pattern of abuse of power by some law enforcement officers and so-called vigilante justice in the US. We are aware of and lament that this is not simply an American problem or a tragic one-off but is symptomatic of a root of racism and prejudice that also exists here in the United Kingdom and is visibly and invisibly manifest in our communities and social structures. 

We acknowledge that there is the potential in every human being to knowingly or unknowingly think or behave in racist and/or prejudiced ways. We hereby encourage all members of our churches and community to pause, to listen, and to examine ourselves honestly before God and each other in this respect. Where there is even a hint of racism or prejudice, we call for confession, repentance and pursuit of conciliation, beginning with ourselves.

Racism has no place in the Church of Jesus Christ. We stand with George Floyd’s family as well as too many others in their grief. We stand with our fellow men and women who are BAME, especially at this time and when so many have died of COVID-19. We also recognise and lament the prejudice that many other European nationalities endure in our nation. We commit ourselves and our congregations afresh to live by Micah 6:8 - to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God – and to discover ways in which we may tangibly and practically address issues of racism and prejudice in our communities.

10 ways to flourish in lockdown

posted 24 Apr 2020, 04:39 by Crossways Dorking   [ updated 26 Apr 2020, 06:42 ]

We’re in the midst of a fascinating social experiment: millions of people in lockdown for an indefinite number of days or weeks, maybe months.  We didn’t ask for this, and perhaps lockdown is your worst nightmare.  Click on the picture below for a few thoughts on how to thrive during these odd and frightening days: 



10 ways to pray about coronavirus

posted 24 Apr 2020, 04:31 by Crossways Dorking   [ updated 24 Apr 2020, 04:42 ]


The bible teaches us that times and seasons are in God's hands. We are called to trust Him, whatever happens and now, with the coronavirus pandemic making its presence felt all over the world, God calls us to stand firm and above all to pray for governments, for our neighbours and for our nation.

10 ways to pray about coronavirus:
  1.      Intercede for God's mercy.(Habakkuk 3:2)
  2.      Give thanks for those caring for the vulnerable (Is 41:13)
  3.      Ask God to give success to medical researchers (Matthew 21:22)
  4.      Pray for the Church (Ephesians 4: 12,13)
  5.      Pray for those in badly affected places (Ps 23:4)
  6.      Pray for the NHS (Micah 6:8)
  7.      Ask God to watch over those who are in need of rescue and support (Ps 91:4-6)
  8.      Call on God to pour out his Spirit on his people ( Hebrews 2:18)
  9.      Pray about the economic effects (Hebrews 6:18,19)
  10.      Intercede for world leaders (Lamentations 3:22)

From CARE - Christian Action, Research, and Education


Richard & Thomas's Lock Down Can Collection

posted 30 Mar 2020, 06:47 by Crossways Dorking   [ updated 5 Apr 2020, 12:08 ]


With the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions our plans are on hold, but we (Richard & Thomas Harrington) want to use the lock down to do something positive. Both being keen cyclists, we enjoy cycling the lanes and trails of Surrey, but we are always saddened to see litter along the roadside. So, we are aiming to collect at least 1000 cans for recycling from the verges and hedgerows during our 1 permitted daily outside exercise.

Right now, for every £1 we raise for East African playgrounds, UK Aid will match fund - the additional money supporting vital work in the refugee camps in Northern Uganda where people have fled from the conflict in South Sudan.

We've been picking up cans for a while now, but made an official start on March 27th, collecting 101 cans.

In these strange and challenging times, we hope to do something that will make the planet just a little bit better! 


A bit about the charity, set up by one of Richard's former students: -

East African playground's mission is to ignite every vulnerable child’s potential in East Africa through the power of play! In many communities across East Africa, play is not seen as a priority, despite it being one of the fundamental rights of a child. By increasing access to play and education, we support the long-term health, well-being and employment prospects of children, empowering them to map their own paths to brighter futures. Play gives children their childhoods back, and we believe that every child, everywhere, deserves to enjoy the benefits of play. 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/richardandthomas


 

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