Grapevine 31st July 2022


BishopDear Everyone,
Please find details below of events happening tomorrow:

7th Sunday after Trinity
Onsite Sunday 31st July 10am
Morning Worship – Ray King Leading and Canon Andrew Britton preaching
 
This week the theme is Transform - To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation.
 
There will be no onsite children’s groups at 10am, all are very welcome in church.
There will be no Ignite this week.
 
Many of our volunteers and staff are now on holiday and we wish them all a safe and happy time.
 
Activities will recommence as follows:
Grapevine week beginning 5th September.
Bishop and Moira
Wednesday 7th September
Youth Drop-In (11-18 years old) Each Wednesday in term-time from 3:15-5:15pm in The Orchard.
 
Friday 9th September
Maggie’s Song: 9.30 – 11.15am
Every Friday in term time a music and movement group for under 5’s and parents/carers with play time for children and coffee for adults.
 
Sunday 11th September
 
FlagJunior Church (3-10 years old)
 
Ignite (11-14 years old)
Every Sunday morning at 10am. We meet to explore the Christian faith through playing, singing, praying, discussing, creating, and learning
 
Youth (14-18)
Meet for fun, food and fellowship every other Sunday 6:30-8:30pm during term-time, and other times in the holidays.
 
Loveworks Food bank would be extremely grateful for any donations, you can leave them in the ‘big red box’ by the entrance or at the Rugby Club on Thursdays between 11am and 1pm. We will be donating our Harvest Offerings on 18th September – so why not start collecting now.
Looking ahead to August services
 
Onsite Sunday 7th August 10am
Holy Communion Revd. Erin Gilmore leading, preaching, and presiding
Music – Organ
 
Onsite Sunday 14th August 10am
Morning Worship with David Wicksteed leading and preaching
Music – Band
 
Onsite Sunday 21st August 10am
Holy Communion Revd. Erin Gilmore leading and preaching with Revd. John Wates presiding
Music – Organ
 
Onsite Sunday 14th August 10am
Morning Worship with Madeleine MacCallum leading and Canon Andrew Britton preaching
Music – Band
 
MISSION ACTION PLAN (MAP)
MAP QR Code 
Have you completed our online Survey yet?
It will help us define our Mission Action Plan.
It takes about 5 minutes and closes at the end of July (this Sunday!). 
There’s a paper version in Church if you prefer that method. 
It’s anonymous and we’re really keen to hear from as many people as possible. You can use the QR code or click on the following link or collect a paper copy in church.
 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdNUaSl7oTGxCkuEnS7Xmb9NMwI8EVCzx5xPgdE6lnbLd4Fmg/viewform

Any questions, please contact the MAP Steering Group led by Tom Sanderson and Jen Smith. 
Thank you! 
 
Erin GilmourRevd. Erin Gilmour
We are sad to say ‘farewell’ to Erin who will leaving us and St Mary’s in Reigate and offer her our prayers and congratulations as she moves to a new position as ‘Associate Vicar Mission Hub Leader’ at St John’s Westwood, Coventry.
 
Erin says, ‘I have enjoyed my time at St Margaret’s, and I wish you all the very best for the future. Please pray for me as I move and transition into my new role. Erin’s licensing date will be the 28th of September and her last Sunday with St Margaret’s will be 21st August, her last day at St Margaret’s will be Thursday 1st September.

Bishop ServiceLife in a Parish Church….
Ele CakeUsing some of the words of Revd. John Wates, “I have no idea where this event came from – but it turned out to be the most wonderful day! Months ago, I had booked the Bishop of Southwark for the Patronal Festival but thereafter it was left to others. And what a service it turned out to be. We had the Bishop, the Archdeacon, two recent Rectors (Revd. John Gooden sent his apologies), bells and Puppets. The flag was flying, and it was a full church even though many people apologised for their absence as school holidays had started. Richard Lancaster captured the spirit of the occasion taking some excellent photographs which will be presented to me at a later date. We had communion from the Altar and, for me a particular highlight was my goddaughter Bernie Cheng-Whitehead playing a stunning short Trumpet solo written by Libby Egwuba our Music Director.
After the service we went to the Orchard for a magnificent buffet laid on by Janet Groves and Yvonne Sharvell, and their team. And that was topped by one of Ele Lancaster’s unique cakes.
The whole event showed the Spirit of St Margaret’s and how much we ‘enjoy doing things together’. The Good Old Days are still with us, and the future looks good.
This week I leave you with words from John Steinbeck “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness”.
Wishing you all a very happy summer holiday.
Deborah
 

 



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