Good evening, Everyone,
This week sees us celebrating Harvest Festival and the weekend started in truly spectacular fashion with the wedding of Christopher and Zoe at lunchtime today. The church looked majestic with all the autumnal colours. Both our talented flower team and the couple’s florist had been very busy transforming the church. The porchway looked as inviting as ever and I could see that the younger members of our church family had been busy with their display, with their theme being ‘All things bright and beautiful.’ Falling leaves surrounded by fruit, vegetables, and the most magnificent conkers! The font looks beautiful, ‘Elmore’ decorating it which is a tradition dating back over 100 years. This year Angela Robertson has done a wonderful job in complementing Elmore’s fruit and vegetables with a vibrant display of dahlias interspersed with various yellow dahlia shades offset by the deepest red chrysanthemums, the smell was heavenly.
Harvest Festivals are traditionally held on or near the Sunday of the Harvest Moon. This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox (usually around 23rd
September) In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years, it occurs in October, which is why Harvest is later this year, unlike the USA and Canada, the United Kingdom does not have a national holiday for Harvest Festival.
Harvest refers to the time during autumn when farmers traditionally brought in the crops that supplied their community through the year. Although our food today is more likely to come from the supermarket, it is important that we remember God as creator and thank Him for the abundance of food many of us enjoy, and also to raise awareness of the hunger that exists in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world. This year we are encouraging our church family to either donate tins or dried food which will be donated to Loveworks, or monetary donations which will be shared between Tearfund and Renewed Hope Trust.
Of course, no ‘Wedding Day Grapevine’ would be complete without a recap of the magical moment itself. Today’s wedding was ‘live streamed’ to Australia and the USA, to include those guests that could not travel because of COVID restrictions, and the technology worked amazingly well and the Groom, Christopher, was able to greet his brother, and include him in the service. Revd. John Wates looked splendid in his white robes, and we were fortunate to have a visiting organist, who played with passion.
Zoe arrived wearing an exquisite ‘mermaid tail style’ dress, the delicate lace shimmering in the glimmers of sun and the candlelight in church. Zoe made her dramatic entrance through the west door, and as she made her way down the steps, her dress and veil cascaded down gently behind her. Zoe was greeted by her father and the rest of her bridal party, which included two adorable flower girls waving their wands in excitement, they had on matching long dresses in a deep red and cream. The marriage service itself is simply beautiful, and the words of the service full of meaning and love. Despite a full church Revd. John Wates speaks at times to just the couple and you can hear the words murmured adding to the atmosphere. Zoe had tears in her eyes as she made her vows, and to use the words of the service itself, “Marriage is a way of life made holy by God and blessed by the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ with those celebrating a wedding at Cana in Galilee.”
The bells rang out in happiness, and it was lovely to see an impromptu lesson for a visitor from Spain, you made his day, thank you so much.
This weekend we welcome Peter Graystone who is a Christian Writer and will be preaching at our onsite service in church at 10am alongside the lovely Libby Egwuba who will be leading our worship. We really are most grateful to all our visitors for their help during Revd. Susie Williams absence. Our online
services this Sunday, 24th October are
BCP Holy Communion –
Revd. Moira Astin leading and presiding. Libby Egwuba preaching.
Morning Worship –
Madeleine MacCallum leading and Libby Egwuba preaching.
Music will be provided by St Martin’s in the Field, Libby, and our worship band.
Onsite Sunday 24th October 2021
10am All Together Harvest Festival
with Libby Egwuba leading and Peter Graystone preaching. Monetary gifts would be much appreciated for Welcare and Tearfund. Any gifts of food will be donated to the foodbank. I have had a sneak preview of this service and it looks like it will be an extremely enjoyable occasion for all ages. There will be no children or youth groups this morning as everyone will be in church!
If you would like to make a BACS transfer, please mark your donation Harvest, and use the following details: Name on Account: PCC ST MARGARET'S Sort Code: 60-06-14 Account Number: 29461863. There will also be a collection plate available if you would prefer to make a cash donation.
6.30pm – 8.00pm – Youth 14+ - onsite (in the Orchard) Making Plans
We are hoping to be able to start coffee again in the near future and wondered whether anybody would consider going on the rota. If you think that this is something you might be able to help with, Sally would love to hear from you, please can you email weddings
for further details.
I have listed some of our forthcoming special services and events below for your diaries.
31st October Light Party “Not Afraid Of The Dark” 4.30-6pm
Join Josh, Libby, and Madeleine (onsite) in and outside The Orchard for Sparklers, Sweets and Surprises, and not necessarily in that order! On the 31st of
October there will be no Ignite or Junior church in the morning. INSTEAD, everyone is invited to St Margaret’s Messy Light Party: - It is IMPORTANT to please email admin
to let us know how many of you will be coming and also if you have any food allergies. Everyone will need to please wear gloves for toasting and sparkler protection, and appropriate footwear for wet grass. This is a Messy Church event so children must bring their responsible adult with them! We are all very much looking forward to seeing you all soon.
No Starbucks Wednesday Coffee this week as it is half term, Josh looks forward to welcoming you back on Wednesday 3rd November 3.15pm to 5.15pm –with coffee and conversation for ages 11+ in Starbucks on the Brighton Road.
Maggie’s Song is on half term this week
Maggie and Elaine next look forward to welcoming you on Friday 5th
November at 9.30am. No advance booking is required.
‘Living with Loss’ – Sunday, 7th November 2021 at 4pm, (onsite) in church
A reminder that our ‘Living with Loss’ service is at 4pm on Sunday, 07th
November (onsite) in church and will be taken by Madeleine MacCallum and Canon Andrew Britton. Each year we hold this special service to remember those we have taken funerals for, or those who have been buried in our churchyard, during the past 12 months – those people will already be on our list. We also invite people to add other names if they so wish, if you would like us to remember a loved one but are unable to attend, please let us know the name of the person and we will add them to the list and light a candle in memory on your behalf. All names will be read out and a candle will be lit for each person. Names will be read out whether relatives attend or not. It would be helpful if you would like someone added to the list if you could please contact admin
or telephone 01737 552160
. I will also leave a form that you can add names to in the porch next week.
Sunday 14th November, 4pm – 6pm Peter Aubertin Hall
Calling All Budding Musical Artists!
Come and join us to perform and listen to some of the local musical talents around the area. Whether you're a solo artist or a band with your friends, we want to hear from you. We're looking to create a diverse and exciting line-up of musical talent. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
for a performance form and more information.
A piano, drum set, and AV equipment will be made available on site for all to use. Other musical instruments will need to be brought with you. Refreshments will be served during the performance including our popular pic ‘n’ mix. A £5 entry fee for all adults will be charged. All children/performers are free. Free parking available on site. All proceeds to support the Friends of St Margaret’s Charity. Registered Charity number 1047326
5th December, 10am – ‘All Together’ Christingle
service with our Youth and Communities Leader, Josh Askwith leading and preaching.
12th December, 3pm - Chipstead Singers Carol Service
19th December – St Margaret’s
much loved ‘Carols by Candlelight’
with Libby, our Music Director and St Margaret’s Christmas choir.
As ever we are always grateful for any online donations, please use either QR code or link below. Thank you. In the meantime, the direct link is as follows: https://bit.ly/2JkiBYk
We do pay fees when visitors donate in this way so if you are a member of our regular church family it would still be very much appreciated if you would donate by BACS or Direct Debit as usual.
This week I leave you with words from Robert Louis Stevenson "Do not measure success by today's harvest. Measure success by the seeds you plant today."
Wishing you all a lovely week
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