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Dear Everyone,
 

This Sunday, 28th June, the following services will be available online:
8am: BCP Holy Communion Rev Tim Astin to lead and preach
9am Holy Communion Madeleine MacCallum Leading and Rev Kate Capper preaching and residing over communion
10.45am: All Together with Tom Sanderson Leading and Rachelle Sanderson
 

Our zoom coffee is now a part of our regular worship and it is always lovely to catch up with you all. l am looking forward to welcoming you again for a chat between the 9am and 1045 services. Coffee will be served between 10am and 1040am, if you would like to join us please contact admin

If you would be interested in hosting our ‘Zoom Coffee’ please contact me at either admin or 01737 552160 for further details.
 
Susie continues to be signed off and would very much appreciate your prayer at this time. I will of course keep you updated as and when there is any more news.
 
You will have undoubtedly read and seen the exciting news this week about churches now being able to open for worship, weddings, funerals, and private prayer. Once we receive direction and guidance from the Dioceses as to what this might look like, we will revisit our risk assessment. In the meantime, the good news is that we are progressing with the points identified in our previous risk assessment and our ‘big clean’ is already booked and will be carried out by ASF Cleaning, our usual contractors. You will not believe how busy the spiders have been in St Margaret’s; I have never seen 
Cobweb
so many webs! If you look closely at this photograph from last week you can see the web at the side!
 
This week I have also learnt about the special polish that keeps the wood within our church looking so magnificent, and after hunting around having been given some excellent directions by Ann Elliott, I have found the secret recipe for making it! Pictures to follow next week!
 
Thank you to those volunteers who have kindly offered to supervise our ‘personal prayer’ sessions, it is very much appreciated. We hope to be able to update you on our plans in next week’s Grapevine. So, watch this space!
 
St Margaret’s church ‘Prayerline’ has changed its telephone number to 07435 998631, so do make sure you programme it into your phone, perhaps simply under the name ‘Prayer’, so that if ever you do want or need to use it, you have it to hand. Many of you will have used the Prayer Line facility in the past, but for those who haven't Kim Honey thought you might like to know a little more about how it works, I have added a page to the website and further details can be found here: Prayer Line 
 
Queen Victoria181 years ago, this weekend, the coronation of Queen Victoria took place on Thursday, 28 June 1838, just over a year after she had succeeded to the throne of the United Kingdom at the age of 18. The ceremony was held in Westminster Abbey after a public procession through the streets from Buckingham Palace. It is of historical interest to note that during the reign of Queen Victoria, the Church of England changed remarkably, and many of the institutions that are now a significant part of its life began to take shape under the six men who served as Archbishops of Canterbury, they were William Howley (1828–1848), John Bird Sumner (1848–1862), Charles Thomas Longley (1862–1868), Archibald Campbell Tait (1868–1882), Edward White Benson (1883–1896), and Frederick Temple (1896–1902)?. During this time they not only responded to the ecclesial, social and political concerns of the time, but transformed the Church of England from an established church that largely served its own country to being part of a global church of which former colonies could be equal partners.
 
In the meantime, for news of events still happening at St Margaret's and beyond please go to: Grapevine
 
I wanted to leave you this week with a poem written by someone anonymous, it was found during WW2, on a cellar wall in a German concentration camp. I think the words are both beautiful and thought provoking
 
“I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining
And I believe in love,
even when there’s no one there.
And I believe in God,
even when He is silent.
I believe through any trial,
there is always a way
But sometimes in this suffering
and hopeless despair
My heart cries for shelter,
to know someone’s there
But a voice rises within me, saying hold on
my child, I’ll give you strength,
I’ll give you hope. Just stay a little while.
I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining
And I believe in love
even when there’s no one there
But I believe in God
even when he is silent
I believe through any trial
there is always a way.
May there someday be sunshine
May there someday be happiness
May there someday be love
May there someday be peace….”


Wishing you all a safe and happy weekend.
Deborah


 

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