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.
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.
Date Question and introductory
ON THE FAQs
an initiative of
St Mary’s Elham
3 Oct 13 Do we need music?
David Flood, organist and choirmaster, Canterbury Cathedral
8 May 13 Persecution: How to reach the victims?
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