Grapevine 24th July 2021


Tori's FlowersGood afternoon everyone,

I have pleasure in sending you this week’s edition of the Grapevine.’ This weekend saw St. Margaret’s Church celebrate two weddings, both officiated by Revd. John Wates. This is an enjoyable ministry as couples were guided through the service with his tender care and expertise, and for me such a privilege as I am witness to the bride and groom starting the ‘adventure of a lifetime together.’ I currently write to you from the AV desk at the back of church. Our church is peaceful, apart form the odd fly buzzing in to see what is going on and as I sit here and close my eyes, I imagine all the footsteps from weddings that have taken place and those that are still yet to come. There is something always very special about weddings and that is ‘the arrival.’ Some people like to keep this fairly simple and subtle, whereas others want to arrive in style and really make an entrance. Whatever their preference, one thing for sure is it is truly magical!
 
There is so much preparation that happens in the background for weddings, most of which you are probably not even aware of. John and Susie run marriage preparation courses for the couples. Sally Foxen, our wedding coordinator take the couples through all the wedding administration and is there every step of the way, supporting them. The bell ringers’ practice, ready for the big day, it was so very lovely to be serenaded two days running by ‘joyful peals,’ and my sincere apologies for the ‘scheduling conflict’ on Thursday your patience in waiting was much appreciated.  This weekend Carol and John Wates kindly hosted ‘drinks and canapes’ after the rehearsals at Elmore, Carol working tirelessly to make everyone welcome and shed some of those pre-wedding nerves to ensure the day runs smoothly. To watch the sun set over Banstead Woods, rabbits scampering in the distance truly was the end to a perfect day. A last few moments of tranquility and a chance for the bridal party to get to know us before the ceremonies begin!
 
Ambers HorseThe church looked magnificent, the jewel in Chipstead’ s crown, and my grateful thanks must go to both the flower team who have worked their magic, and created a combination of cream, white and green displays. Thanks to those to who have donated greenery, it makes such a difference and is much appreciated. Thanks to the ‘churchyard team.’ I can only imagine how hot you must have been this week but the grass and been cut and wayward branches trimmed and as Revd. John Wates would say using the optimistic wisdom of Mother Julian of Norwich ‘all is well, and all manner of things will be well.”
 
The church never sounded so beautiful yesterday with the sweetest sound of singing, and despite everyone being masked it was extremely uplifting, my heart soared upwards in ‘jubilant’ celebration. The first hymn was “Amazing Grace” and the end of the first line so apt “how sweet the sound.”
 
We had an extremely special visitor to today’s wedding, Amber’s horse, which had been washed, brushed, groomed, and his mane beautifully plaited. His attire matched the brides with a simple white blanket and matching socks. He was also sporting a very fetching pink glittery headband, and had the bride and groom not looked so amazing would have quite simply stolen the show!
 
When we talk of weddings we think firstly of ‘love’ this week we are considering sharing God’s transforming love in the light of Hebrews 13:12-21.  Susie, at the end of her sermon encourages us to “read and reflect upon the whole of Hebrews 13, several times, asking God to show you, by the power of His Spirit what he would say to you in the light of our St Margaret’s purpose of knowing and sharing God’s transforming love.” 
I read an article by Mark Green, who said “that love is a “many-splendored thing”, and this is true. It may touch us in a variety of ways such as compassionate, romantic, sensual, and companionable. All these manifestations are life-enriching but in its most potent form love is deeply transformational. The nature of the transformation will be different for each person who experiences it, uniquely shaped by the participants.” When we allow God to transform us with his love, he changes our heart, we repent our sin, guilt, self-loathing, and he forgives us, and we become captivated in our hearts by his love.
 
Our online services this Sunday, 25th July are:
BCP Holy Communion – Revd. John Wates leading and presiding with Revd. Susie Williams preaching.
Morning Worship – Revd. Susie Williams leading and preaching.
Music will be provided by St Martin’s in the Field and Libby and our worship band.
 
Just a reminder that there will be no Family celebration video or afternoon zoom celebration this week.
  
church with orchardOnsite Sunday 25th July
 
10am Morning Worship with Revd. Susie Williams leading and preaching.
 No Children’s Groups onsite (in the Orchard)
Our volunteers are having an extremely well-deserved break over the Summer.
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11am “Outside the Orchard Singing” with Libby and the Worship Band
The QR code to the left, has details of all the songs, which you can download to your smart phone.


 Mugswell Hall
 
Mugswell High Summer Service
Sunday 25th July 2021 at 4pm. The theme is Fear and Love. Please bring your own picnic to enjoy after the service, hopefully weather permitting in the garden. Tea and Coffee will be provided. Everyone welcome, please do come and join us.
 
 Living in Faith and LoveLiving in Faith and Love
Reigate Deanery will be hosting a 5-week long course to facilitate further conversations around Living in Love and Faith (LLF). The sessions will run for 5 consecutive weeks, and each will be approximately 1.5 hours in duration. The session dates are as follows: 13th, 20th, 27th September and 4th and 11th October.
 
Reigate Deanery are currently seeking two or three volunteers (from each Parish) who would be willing, able, and capable of becoming small group discussion facilitators within the LLF course. Training will be on Wednesday 8th September at 7.30pm on Zoom and those people need to be able to make that meeting. Please contact
If you have any questions, please call Anita Colpus (Area Dean) on: 07786 268612 for further details.
 
For further details please visit Living in Faith
 
In the meantime, for all this and more please go to our Grapevine

 qrcodeAs 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 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres, “Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your root was so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is.”
Wishing you all a happy week.
Deborah




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