Grapevine 24th September 2022

Earth Dear Everyone,

Please find details below of this week’s service and events happening during the week.
Sunday 25th September, 10am
Onsite - Holy Communion with Jen Smith ‘leading’, Sally Bowes ‘giving the talk,’ and Revd John Wates ‘presiding.’
The theme this week is ‘Caring for the Planet’
Junior Church and Ignite onsite in the Orchard at 10am.
September Diary Dates as follows:
Sunday 25th September 6-8pm Reigate Baptist Church
Sparkfish Celebration Service - All are welcome to come and join us for prayer & worship, drama, cake and refreshments!
Wednesday 28th September 3:15-5:15pm in The Orchard
Youth Drop-In (11-18 years old) each Wednesday in term-time.
New Beginnings2.pngThursday, 29th September 7.45pm, St Paul’s Church, Cheam
New Beginnings
Divorce, separation, or broken relationship?
All welcome,
Friday 30th September 9.30 – 11.15am in the Orchard
Maggie’s Song - 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.
Maggie’s Song Opportunity! We are looking for volunteers to help with coffees/teas at Maggie’s Song, every Friday in term time – 9.30-11 am.  It’s a joy to watch the toddlers (and adults!) dancing and to provide refreshments for adults and children to relax after the session. This is not a weekly commitment – with enough volunteers it should be only twice in a term. Please contact
  Harvest Festival
Mugswell Mission Hall Harvest will be held on Sunday the 2nd of October at 4pm, After the short service we will hold an auction, to sell all the home-grown goods and all the dried goods will go to St Margaret’s charity. Everyone welcome.
St. Margaret’s Harvest Festival Service – 23rd October 2022 Onsite in Church at 10am
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 from our Harvest Festival Service on 23rd October – so why not start collecting now.

renwewed hope
Renewed Hope Trust Harvest Donations
Please drop off at Shrewsbury Chapel, Redhill Mon-Fri 11am-3pm
Food Clothes
Coffee, Sugar, Long-life milk Ladies briefs sizes 12-16
Squash Men’s boxer shorts (L & XL); Men’s socks
Small fruit juice cartons T-shirts (L & XL); Joggers (L & XL)
Mayo & salad cream Toiletries
Ketchup & brown sauce Shower Gel Shampoo
Cooking sauces Spray deodorant Handwash
Tinned Fruit & vegetables Toilet rolls
Tinned tuna & meat Essentials
Vegetable oil Cling film & tin foil Rinse Aid Dishwasher tablets Washing up liquid Plastic take-away tubs Jay cloths
Custard Scouring pads
Wrapped biscuits (eg Penguin/Kitkat bars) Flash bleach
  Large food bags
October Dates for the Diary
Watch this space for all things ‘Messy’ but in the meantime please hold the dates!
Messy Harvest poster
Messy Harvest – Sunday 2nd October from 3pm to 4.30pm in the Orchard.
Messy Light Party Sunday 30th October
The Mugswell Mission Hall Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday the 2nd of October at 4pm
Churchyard Working Party – Saturday 8th October from 10am
Our hard-working churchyard volunteer team are asking for lots of extra help to with their ‘churchyard blitz’. There is a sign-up sheet at the back of church, if you would like more information then please contact Ian Thirlwall, his email address is

Zimbabwe Link Quiz Night 
- Saturday 8th October 7pm
Madeleine MacCallum, who is a member of St Margaret’s Mission Giving Team would like to have a team to join this Quiz at Christchurch, Purley. Funds raised will eb donated towards the wonderful work that Croydon Zimbabwe Link do. This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a fun evening whilst raising money for a very worthwhile cause. There is a poster on the notice board but if you would like further details or to join the team, please contact Madeleine
Gaby Doherty
Pastoral Training Course – Thursday 13th October 7 for 7.30pm start, 6 sessions
 Pastoral Course
St Margaret’s very own SPA (Southwark Pastoral Auxiliary) Claire Mills, will be running a training course for anyone interested in pastoral work, visiting, or keeping in touch with those who need support. There is no commitment to become part of a team, but all are welcome to join the course. It will start on Thursday 13th October, onsite in the Orchard. 7 for a 7.30pm start. There will be 6 sessions. If you would like further information, please contact Claire Mills on 07984 363183 or email pastoral
There is also a video available to watch on our Website. 
  Life in a Parish Church.
This week I attended two very different type of funeral services. The first was not at St Margaret’s Church but was for her walking up towards castlelate Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – on Monday, 19th September and my view was from ’the Long Walk at Windsor’. This is extracted from an article in the parish magazine this month,
The Long Walk measures just under three miles in length and it usually takes around 45 minutes to walk the route. The late Queen’s coffin was due to arrive at the chapel in time for the service at 4pm.
The crowds, who had made their way from all over the world were breathtaking and everyone politely jostled for space. Some had camped overnight, and others taken their chances and arrived earlier, that morning. Parking was only available if you had pre-booked and was marshalled in an orderly fashion in fields in Great Windsor Park. The mood was sombre but with an air of anticipation, waiting for their beloved late Queen to make her final journey home.
Condolence BookPolice both armed and unarmed lined the road with some having travelled from South Wales, Heddlu De Cymru to keep everyone safe. There were screens at strategic points on the walk broadcasting the State Service whilst it happened. After the two-minute silence, where only the occasional bird, or child could be heard, even Heathrow, whose flightpath we were stood under was respectfully silent. There was a magnificent rendition of ‘God Save the King’, everyone on the Long Walk standing to sing in unison.
Once the State Service at Westminster Abbey was over, the crowds knew their late Queen was finally on her way home. Emotions ran high as the hearse made its way to the golden tipped gates, and there were tears, cheers, bows, curtseys salutes, everyone saying ‘goodbye, thank you and sleep well’, in their own way.
Our condolence book is still in church for those wanting to sign it, there is no hurry it will be there for a while yet.
Colombian RosesOn Friday the family and friends of the late Vivienne Powell, arrived at St. Margarets for a Service of Thanksgiving followed by Interment of Ashes and afternoon tea in the Orchard. Revd. Sue Weakly kindly took the service, which was full of spiritual music, most of which was played by the magnificent Mr Frank Foxen on the organ, and beautiful readings which resonated with the listener. The words from Revealment by Aunt Gwyneth Castle were particularly poignant ending with “It may be that beneath that blossoming tree We glimpsed, not spring, but eternity.”
Afterwards, we processed into the churchyard, where Vivienne was to be laid at rest with her husband, after the short service of interment, the family covered the ashes with soil. I believe Vivienne was watching down on her family smiling as her grandson, insisted on having 4 turns with the trowel, and counting each one. A moment of happiness amongst sorrowful reflection on a life well lived. Afterwards the family and their friends went to reminisce in the Orchard over afternoon tea. The magnificent flowers you will see in church on Sunday were donated by the family for you all to enjoy, the most vibrant cerise Colombian Roses and shocking pink Gerbera, nestled amongst the heavenly scent of Eucalyptus. Please remember the family in your prayers.
This week I leave you with words from John Paul II; “The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”

Wishing you all a peaceful and happy week.

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