Grapevine 11th Feb 2021
Good Morning Everyone,
I have pleasure in sending you this week’s Valentine edition of the Grapevine. Valentine’s Day began as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine. The feast was first established by Pope Gelasius I to honor one or two saints named Valentinus for being martyred on February 14. Whatever Valentine’s Day means to you personally, it is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate love, whether it be family or friends. We have an exciting week to look forward to with lots of worship and fun to be had, so whilst we are still in lockdown there is still lots happening and much to look forward to.
My thanks this week go to Alec, Amelie and Helen Junkison, who took this beautiful spring photograph earlier this week before the snow fell.
Our online services will soon be available for this Sunday, 14th February which Revd. John Wates will be leading, preaching, and presiding at both BCP Holy Communion and Holy Communion
As you may be aware from last week, we have now moved onto our Holy Habit of Breaking Bread, and this week we are again looking at the Institution of the Lord’s Supper.
Private Prayer available in Church
If you would like to come please wrap up extra warmly and wear some boots with good grip if you have them, as the path is still very icy. My thanks to Ian Thirlwall who has done a magnificent job in clearing a pathway, but there are still little patches of ice. The temperatures are not due to warm up until Sunday, so please be extra careful.
Saturday 7th February between 10am and 12 noon
Sunday 7th February between 1.30pm and 3pm
Children and families worshipping together at home. This week we are thinking about ‘Jesus in the Wilderness’ and remembering that we need 'more than just bread to live'.
You can access this week’s Family celebration video on our website, or through our YouTube channel. Direct link: https://youtu.be/NMQZdp356Y8
Zoom Coffee at 10 am: with Deborah Mathews who looks forward to welcoming you all with chat and coffee:
Please email admin for the link.
The Family Zoom celebration is on Sunday afternoons at 4-4:30pm.
It is very relaxed and informal and includes a simple message from the bible, alongside some games, singing and dancing.
Please email families for the link.
MessyChurch@Home – ‘Love Lent’ – Saturday 13th February 3pm
Come and join our celebrations from your own home! As we prepare to enter the season of lent, we will be exploring the theme of ‘Love Lent’, with a range of different crafts and activities that you can join in with at home. Recorded activity videos will be available on our YouTube channel and then we will gather on Zoom for a Live Messy Celebration.
There will be Messy Church resources also available from church for collection on Saturday so please contact our Children and Families Leader, Abi at for further information.
Pancake Party – Tuesday 16th February 4:00-4:30pm
Come and join us for a virtual pancake party on Zoom. Bring your own pancakes and choice of topping. Also bring a frying pan if you would like to join in the flipping challenge! Please email Abi for the link.
The excitement is mounting as on the 20th of February, Quiz Night returns by popular demand. The theme will be February, and if anyone wants to join the quiz but does not have a team, let us know and we will help form teams. Please email Wendy and Perry at events
If anyone would be interested in purchasing Easter Eggs! The Meaningful Chocolate company are already taking orders for the 2021 Original Real Easter Egg which includes a new 24-page Easter story activity book with a £200 prize competition. It features a rainbow design to remind us of the importance of working together, in amazing and inspiring ways, for the common good. There is also a super thick Fairtrade milk chocolate egg (150g) with a lovely creamy taste. 35% cocoa – Palm Oil & plastic free. If you would like to order one please let me know, they retail at £4.50 and if you are in the parish (or relatively close) we can arrange delivery or collection from church (when it is open for private prayer). Please email me at admin if you would like to order one, sadly they are no longer sold in supermarkets.
Revd. Susie Williams will be streaming a live service on Ash Wednesday at 10am, suitable for all ages. Ash Wednesday falls on the 17th of February and is the first day of Lent, the season when we prepare for Easter by thinking about where we are with God and saying sorry for the ways we have not quite got things right with him and with all that he created. The service will be held via Zoom. If you are interested in joining Susie for worship, please contact me at admin and I will send you both a zoom link and an order of service. I will be on hand on the day to assist anyone with zoom. Once the service has been recorded it will be available to watch later.
Please also do read a letter from The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, addressed to the nation, as we reach the sad milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID19 and Revd. Susie Williams Lent Letter.
In the meantime, for all this and more please go to our weekly Grapevine
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(Anne Sullivan was Keller’s teacher in 1887, and the quotation originated with Sullivan and not Keller; however, Keller embraced the thought it expressed, and the original statement evolved over time.
This week I leave you words from Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller. ‘The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.’
Wishing you all a safe and happy week.
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