Good Evening Everyone,
This Sunday, 29th
November sees the start of Advent which is four weeks long and marks the beginning of the Christian year.
The word ‘Advent’ is from the Latin adventu
s and literally means ‘coming’
and it is a time of reflection on the coming of Christ into the world at his birth. It is also a time of preparation when Christians think about the second coming of Christ and what they need to do to be ready for his return.
For Christians, Advent is not just a time of excitement - there is also a sense of seriousness and self-examination.
One of the Advent customs is the Advent Wreath
– this is a circle of evergreen leaves
, representing eternal life
. There are four red candles
on the wreath and one candle is lit on each of the Sundays of Advent. A fifth candle, usually white
is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. The candles symbolise Jesus as the light of the world. Our beautiful wreath has been lovingly created by Eve Poole and Ele Lancaster and is at the front of the church already. (photo to the left).
Our Advent services will soon be available for download, so please keep an eye out on the website once Ray has worked his editorial magic. If you type into google or your search bar www.stmargaretschipstead.org
our website will magically appear. If you then look at the white titles on the turquoise banner you will see one called Media, if you click on this a drop down menu will appear and you then select Listen/Watch Again and a list of available services to worship with will appear.
Our services this weekend are as follows:
: Revd. Susie Williams leading, preaching, and presiding
: Madeleine MacCallum leading and Revd. Susie Williams preaching
Children and families worshipping together at home
We have created a short video, for worshipping together at home. You can access the video on our YouTube channel through the following link:
Zoom Coffee at 10 am
: Deborah Mathews hosting please email admin
for the link
Families Zoom celebration - Sunday 4:00-4:30pm
We will also be running a Zoom celebration on Sunday afternoons at 4-4:30pm. It will be a great opportunity to catch up with other children and families from church, that we may not have seen in a while. It will be very relaxed and informal and may involve some games, singing and
dancing, please email Abi for the link
I am extremely happy to announce that following government guidance, live services will resume back in church on Sunday 6th
December with Morning Worship at 10am. Abi and her team are also very much looking forward to welcoming children back to the Orchard for Sunday morning children’s groups (3yrs-11yrs).
More news about our special Christmas Services next week.
Our beautiful church is still open for ‘private prayer’ on Sundays and Wednesdays from 1.30pm to 3pm. If you need any further details please do not hesitate not contact me at admin
or 01737 552160
, but you are more than welcome to come along.
As we start to look forward as Christians to Christmas (and especially for our younger church family when there are only 28 sleeps to go!) Ecclesiastical’ s Movement for Good have announced 12 days of Giving where they are asking for nominations for its Christmas draw where 10 charities a day can win £1,000 for 12 days (i.e. 120 UK charities can win £1,000). The more nominations a charity gets the greater its chance of winning. Steve Cheng-Whitehead has kindly given me a list of the charities based in the UK that St Margaret’s currently supports. He has highlighted how they are commonly referred to and underlined what the charity commission website has them under, plus added the charity number as some searches give thousands of returns:
Community Debt Advice
#1027890 (this is set up under "Reigate and Redhill Community Church
International Justice Mission
Open Doors with Brother Andrew
Renewed Hope Trust
Southwark Diocesan Welcare
The British and Foreign Bible Society
It would be so very much appreciated if you could nominate one of the above charities or one that is close to you
, what a magical gift for them this Christmas time. To nominate please go to the following page: https://www.ecclesiastical.com/movement-for-good/
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:
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.
In the meantime, for news of events still happening at St Margarets and beyond please go to the Grapevine
The lighting of the first candle of the Advent Wreath denotes “Hope” – so I leave you with words from Robert Brault "At the point where hope would otherwise become hopelessness, it becomes faith.”
Wishing you all a safe, and happy weekend.