St Margaret's is currently in an Interregnum



An interregnum means the period of time that a church is without an incumbent or Rector.


We have been assured that we have the support from the Diocese during that time so we will always have temporary help from an ordained curate and of course our own Hon. Curate Rev. John Wates.   Erin Gilmour has been helping us out for the past few months but is about to take up a new post in Coventry.  Our Archdeacon will shortly tell us who is replacing Erin.


However, neither John nor the ordained curate is in charge.   In the absence of a Rector, the running of the parish falls to the churchwardens, Sally Bowes and Jen Smith - and the Area Dean, Rev. Martin Colton of St Marks, Reigate.


The churchwardens are on the Parochial Church Council (PCC) which continues to meet bi-monthly under the leadership of vice-chair, Chris Taylor.  (The Chair is normally the Rector.)


At the moment, we will continue with our existing patterns and times of services mainly led by our trained lay Readers,  Andrew and Madeleine, and volunteers.    We will continue with baptisms and funerals and most weddings will be taken by a curate from Christchurch Purley, Rev. Lisa Fairman-Brown.  Occasionally,  it may be necessary to bring in a minister to celebrate Holy Communion if we haven’t an ordained person available and we may invite a guest preacher from time to time.


An interregnum is not a period for ‘marking time’ or ‘keeping the show ticking over’.  It is often a growth period for churches as volunteers with previously unreleased gifts and talents come forward from the congregation.


What we’re trying to say is - it’s business as usual!


Jen Smith & Sally Bowes

Church Wardens