Grapevine 01st May 2021
Good Afternoon Everyone,
I have pleasure in sending you this week’s edition of the Grapevine. The theme for the sermon this week is ‘Martha and Mary’s way of serving.’ As part of the new Holy Habit of Serving. Can you imagine opening your front door to find Jesus on the sidewalk, chatting with His disciples? What would be the first thing you thought of? If it was me, I would-be panic-stricken rushing around tidying up, mind racing, thinking ‘what am I going to feed everyone?’ I think I am secretly a ‘Martha’ in disguise! Hospitality and cleaning are both quite enjoyable! As the Mary/Martha story unfolds however you can sympathize with Martha as she became frustrated by Mary who was just sat at Jesus’ feet, enraptured by his preaching, and the more Martha scurried around the more worked up she became! Those wonderful words from Luke 10:41-41“Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” remind us that what we should be concerned with is our relationship with God.
Fine art painting entitled ‘Mary and Martha’ by David Lindsley.
So, we look forward to our online services this Sunday, 02nd May which are:
BCP Holy Communion – Revd. Susie Williams leading, preaching, and presiding.
Holy Communion – Revd. Susie Williams leading, preaching, and presiding.
Children and families worshipping together at home have created a short video. The theme this week is ‘It’s not fair!’ and they are exploring the story of Mary and Martha. They will also be making ‘calm bottles.
You can access this week’s Family celebration video on our website, or through our YouTube Channel.
Onsite (in Church) – no booking required.
10am Holy Communion with Revd. Susie Williams, leading, preaching and presiding.
Children’s Groups onsite (in the Orchard)
A reminder that the live service will be shorter and starts at 10am, the service will take around 40 minutes, therefore the timings for children's groups have been adjusted to fit alongside. Parents /carers are encouraged to drop off their children from 9.45am at the Orchard before the service begins and then collect them afterwards.
A reminder that our web address is www.stmargaretschipstead.org and our services can be found under Media/ Listen/Watch Again https://smc.churchinsight.com/Media/AllMedia.aspx
Private Prayer available onsite (in Church)
Sunday 02nd May between 1.30pm and 3pm
Zoom Coffee (online) at 10 am: with Kim Honey who looks forward to welcoming you all with chat and coffee. Please email admin for the link.
There will be no Families Celebration (online) this Sunday afternoon as Abi enjoyed welcoming so many of you back to children’s groups in the Orchard.
There are lots of activities for our younger members of St Margaret’s Church Family to look forward to, as some of our popular groups recommence.
Maggie’s Song is back! - Next session Friday 7th May at 9.30am
Please be aware that you can ONLY attend Maggie's Song with a booked ticket (free) from Eventbrite. Please do not just turn up as Elaine and Maggie will unfortunately have to turn you away. The link is:
For further details please contact Abi
Youth Group Wednesday ‘Meet Ups’ Returns. Claire Mills and Yvonne Sharvell will be restarting the Wednesday Meet Ups for the 11+ youth in The Orchard once a month. For ease of remembering they would like to meet the first Wednesday of each month so the first gathering will be Wednesday 5th May 3:15pm to 5pm.
The 14+ Youth Group will be meeting on Sunday 9 May from 6.30-8pm. Outside the Orchard.
In the meantime, for all this and more please go to our Grapevine
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This week I leave you with words from Tim Chester, taken from a Meal with Jesus “The focus of entertaining is impressing others; the focus of true hospitality is serving others.”
Wishing you all a safe and happy weekend.
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