Grapevine 27th Feb 2021
Good Afternoon Everyone,
I have pleasure in sending you this week’s edition of the Grapevine.
St David’s Day falls on 1st March and is the patron saint of Wales, his feast day, is celebrated as a patriotic and cultural festival by the Welsh in Wales and around the world. He died on 1 March in 589. He was buried at the site of St David’s Cathedral, where his shrine was a popular place of pilgrimage throughout the Middle Ages. His last words to his followers came from a sermon he gave on the previous Sunday: ‘Be joyful, keep the faith, and do the little things that you have heard and seen me do.’ The phrase ‘Gwnewch y pethau bychain mewn bywyd’ - ‘Do the little things in life’ - is still a well-known maxim in Wales. To mark the day, Welsh people around the world wear one or both of Wales's national emblems - a daffodil and a leek
Our online services will soon be available for this Sunday, 28th February. They are as follows:
BCP Holy Communion – Revd. Susie Williams leading, preaching, and presiding.
Morning Worship – Madeleine MacCallum Leading with Revd. Susie Williams preaching
Private Prayer available in Church
Sunday 21st February between 1.30pm and 3pm
Children and families worshipping together at home. This week we are thinking about this week we are thinking about ‘the story of Elijah and the widow and remembering that God gives us what we need’.
You can access this week’s Family celebration video on our website, or through our YouTube channel. Direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vfZufLXNiQ&list=PLP3fKqkFeNttl7gYaEjbNwWTTQ7rMB1bE&index=1
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 Abi for the link.
‘Focus on February’! Excitement and fun were in the air as the questions proved both thought provoking and challenging from Quizmaster ‘Perry Esparon’, last Saturday 20th February. As we had recently all made pancakes for Shrove Tuesday one of the questions was what do the four ingredients in a traditional pancake represent? The answer was ‘the four pillars of Christianity, with the flour representing the 'staff of life', the eggs 'creation', milk as 'purity' and salt as 'wholesomeness. Competition was fierce as the teams battled it out, at some points teams could even be heard ‘negotiating for points!’ The illustrious ‘Wendy Morgan’ kept score, and our extremely well deserving winners were Dinah and Martin Mabbutt with a very respectable score.
Bishop Christopher’s Lent Call helps each of us to keep a holy and prayerful Lent as we consider our lives and how we can show our love for God to the world. As we spend time in prayer and contemplation this Lent, we hope that you will feel able to generously support the projects chosen this year here in the Diocese of Southwark and in the Holy Land, and our Link Dioceses in Zimbabwe. The theme for this year is food insecurity. There is a link to the Bishops pastoral letter on our website:
There are five projects which cover each week of Lent, this week the focus is on St Matthew, Redhill, Food Bank. The food bank at St Matthew, Redhill, has been helping people in food poverty since 2012 when Maureen and Peter James, members of St Matthew’s congregation, had the idea to begin the project. They began by storing food in a small cupboard at the back of the church; now, to meet demand, the food bank must use two Portakabins in the church car park for storage. Clients are referred to the food bank by the local council or other local agencies such as Welcare, the Diocese of Southwark organisation that works with families and children. This may be for several different reasons including benefit delay, redundancy, sudden illness, an unexpected bill, bereavement, or because clients’ income is too low to enable them to make ends meet. St Matthew’s food bank aims, without judgement, to provide local families and individuals with essential food supplies to keep them going until a longer-term solution can be found.
Please also do visit our website, under What’s On to read more about each of the beneficiaries of the Bishop’s Lent Call and the valuable work they are carrying out. If you would like to donate, please do not hesitate to contact me for further details.
In the meantime, for all this and more please go to the Grapevine
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 as I started with daffodils and leeks, I will finish with daffodils, my favourite flower, they never fail to uplift my spirits. They are a positive, life-affirming symbol, with a bright and joyful yellow colour. Daffodils are strong, resilient flowers that pop up year after year, when winter ends, a sign Spring is on its way.. The Latin name for daffodil is Narcissus. It is believed to be named after the son of the river god from Greek mythology. Legend tells us that he fell in love with his own reflection in a pool and pined away staring at it, the flower bloomed where he died.
So, this week I leave you with those immortal lines taken from the poem by William Wordsworth:
‘I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze’.
Wishing you all a safe and happy week.
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