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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

A series of talks for all - church members AND non-church members on issues of our time. 

Our last speaker was Dr. David Flood who is choir director and organist at Canterbury Cathedral who talked with examples about the importance of music in our lives.  We hope that more sessions can be planned for 2017 or 2018

Here are examples of previous FAQ sessions.  

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FAQs: DISCUSSIONS ON THE FAQs OF LIFE - An Initiative of St Mary’s Elham

Discussion of Frequently Asked Questions about life were started by a small team, all members of St Mary’s, in 2006.  Discussions have been arranged between one and three times each year, each starting with about 30 minutes introduction by a guest speaker followed by discussion for about 45 minutes.  A full list is given on a separate page.

The aim is to show that the Church is interested in the whole of life in today’s world, as is its Lord, and that all of us need to be better informed about issues that affect many.  Speakers are not necessarily Christians – one was a professing Muslim.  Numbers have varied between about 30 and 150, including some from other churches in the Diocese, and a majority who do not go (we think) to any church.  Those who come to any discussion are invited to give their email contact if they wish to be told of future FAQs arrangements.  Info about forthcoming discussions is sent to about 150 contacts, several for two or more people, with A4 posters to display if they wish.

One objective set for these discussions is to serve as a bridge between Church and Community and the small number of active members of St Mary’s who attend seems unfortunate.  Several people in the Village remark on the interesting subjects and speakers, even when they do not come.

The PCC has given financial support but voluntary giving on the night by those who attend has often covered costs, including travel expenses and a gift token for speakers and hire of a room or hall as a neutral venue (and more comfortable than church).   Discussions are arranged by a team of 7 for 2013 and currently: Margaret Keeble, Denis and Christine Osborne, the Revd David Ratcliff and Gillian Ratcliff, and Geoff and Pat Webb. We have now had 19 FAQ Sessions and the 2013 ones are listed below.




an initiative of

St Mary’s Elham


Date                     Question and introductory speaker

3 Oct 13               Do we need music?                                                                                                  
                                             Dr David Flood, organist and choirmaster, Canterbury Cathedral

8 May 13             Persecution: How to reach the victims?                                              
                                             Baroness Caroline Cox

7 Feb 13               Assisted Dying – should the law be changed?                                                  
                                             Dr James Appleyard

Denis Osborne   28 Feb 2014


Please note that after a short illness, Denis Osborne died in November 2014.  We hope to revive the FAQ Series in