Grapevine - 17th September, 2020
I have pleasure in sending you this week’s edition of the Grapevine.
This Sunday, 20th
September, the following services will be available for download:
8am: BCP Holy Communion Rev. John Wates O.B.E. leading and presiding with Kim Honey preaching.
9am: Holy Communion Rev. John Wates O.B.E. leading and presiding with Kim Honey preaching.
10am: Zoom Coffee with Chris Taylor please email admin
for the link
10.00am: Our third live service in church will be Morning Praise with Ray King and Shirley Page
10.45: All Together with Kim Honey leading and Canon Andrew Britton preaching
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 at the group before the service begins and then collect them afterwards.
You do not need to book a place, however if you are able let Abi know if you are planning on bringing your children it would be really helpful, so that we can make sure that we have enough resources prepared. Please contact Abi
for more information.
Susie continues to be away; we are all hopeful that she will be returning this month.
These last two weeks heralded two quite different aviation memories, the first being on ‘9/11.’ The World Trade Center was a commercial complex in lower Manhattan that contained seven buildings, a large plaza, an underground shopping mall that connected six of the buildings and a subway station. The centerpieces of the complex were the Twin Towers. On September 11, 2001, the entire complex was destroyed in a terrorist attack that has come to be referred to as “9/11.” The Twin Towers were the tallest buildings in New York City. At 110 stories each, 1 WTC (North Tower) and 2 WTC (South Tower) provided nearly 10 million square feet of office space for about 35,000 people and 430 companies. For a brief period upon their completion in 1973, they were the tallest buildings in the world. It was a hive of activity most days, located in lower Manhattan’s financial district. I was fortunate to have worked there and have fond memories of staying in the Millennium Hilton which is still there and situated opposite where the ‘twin towers’ once stood. I could see the Hudson from my hotel room, glinting in the morning sunlight
between them. All buildings are tall in Manhattan and the views were and still are impressive.
To give you some statistics, the towers were massive. The North Tower rose 1,368 feet—1,730 feet with a large antenna—and the South Tower stood 1,362 feet high. Views extended 45 miles or more from the top of the towers in every direction—far enough to see all five New York City boroughs, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Each weighed more than 250,000 tons and contained 99 elevators and 21,800 windows. Each floor was an acre in size and there was enough concrete in the towers to build a five-foot-wide sidewalk from New York City to Washington, D.C.
Nineteen terrorists from al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial airplanes, deliberately crashing two of the planes into the upper floors of the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center complex and a third plane into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The Twin Towers ultimately collapsed because of the damage sustained from the impacts and the resulting fires. After learning about the other attacks, passengers on the fourth hijacked plane, Flight 93, fought back, and the plane was crashed into an empty field in western Pennsylvania about 20 minutes by air from Washington, D.C.
The attacks killed 2,977 people from 93 nations: 2,753 people were killed in New York; 184 people were killed at the Pentagon; and 40 people were killed on Flight 93. This may seem a small number in comparison to World War II which was the deadliest military conflict in history. Where an estimated total of 70–85 million people perished, which was about 3% of the 1940 world population (est. 2.3 billion), but nonetheless just as distressing. A memorial has been built in its place (see photographs) and it is a poignant reflection, of the unimaginable horror which must have been experienced that day. Every victims’ name carefully etched around the memorial.
Looking back even further in history, on September 15th
, 1941, RAF Fighter Command claimed what proved to be a decisive victory over the German Luftwaffe.
The Battle of Britain as it came to be known (in German: die Luftschlacht um England, "the Air Battle for England") was a military campaign of the Second World War, in which the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Fleet Air Arm (FAA) of the Royal Navy defended the United Kingdom against large-scale attacks by Nazi Germany's air force. On Saturday 14th Sep 1946 -the 5th Battle of Britain Anniversary (although the actual date the battle took place was 15th September 1941) 300 aircraft flew over London in the first Battle of Britain
anniversary fly-past. "The formation at the time was led by 247 Squadron in their new Vampire
fighters, the first time the public had seen the aircraft." This fly-past was apparently led by Douglas Bader who was one of the RAF's most famous fighter pilots during the Second World War. His story proved inspirational to countless people, both during and after the war. Two planes which are synonymous with the Battle of Britain are the Hurricane and Spitfire
So this week on Tuesday 15th
September, 2020 to commemorate this very special occasion, former Red Arrows pilots flew examples of these legendary planes over southern England, visiting main RAF control centres and airfields including Tangmere, Kenley, Biggin Hill, Hornchurch, North Weald, Bentley Priory, Debden and Duxford. If you were lucky enough you may have heard their engines roaring magnificently over Chipstead and may have even been fortunate enough to see them.
It is in times of extreme events there are heroes and heroines and in any kind of war people are capable of the most destructive and horrifying actions, but what we must also remember that it is also a time for co-operation, team work, heroism and courage. Stopping to remember the sacrifice of previous generations reminds us how lucky we are but also challenges us here and now in the present: would we be ready to do it all again? What would we do if someone were in trouble? We can all make a difference. Remembrance reminds us of what really matters; it encourages us to make the most of the present, make the most of every moment and live life to the full.
Alpha has started! It is not too late to join
The Alpha course is a popular 11-week course exploring the big questions of faith and life
You can join from home
each Tuesday from 8pm-9.30pm.
If you would like to join the St Margaret’s Alpha course or find out more, please email alpha for more information
Abi our Children and Families worker is planning on running a Messy Church 'Celebration of Creation' on Saturday 19th September 3-4pm. For this September session, we will be trialling running a socially distant live Messy Church session in the Orchard, alongside an online MessyChurch@Home.
The live session in the Orchard will be shorter than usual and will not include a meal. It will be set up in a more structured way to allow for social distancing. This means that numbers will be restricted, and families will need to book a place. Families that attend will be allocated a set area and will be encouraged to stay in that area throughout the session. Please email Abi to book a place at Messy Church and to confirm whether you would like to attend in person in the Orchard or join the online session and Zoom celebration.
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This week, I leave you with wise words from Professor Dumbledore, taken from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, written by J.K. Rowling “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends”
Wishing you all a happy weekend.