Changes to COVID protection after July 18th
The churchwardens have reviewed the current arrangements, and would like to make you aware of the following:
1. There will be no booking in for services after July 18th .
2. We will continue to use every other pew but can put an extra person in occupied pews if needed.
3. In the interests of caution, face-coverings should be worn at all services.
4. The Sharing of the Peace will continue to be ‘COVID style’ i.e. no physical contact.
5. The priest will sanitise as usual and will distribute the bread only but they will not need to wear a face-covering and may say softly ‘The body of Christ’.
6. After this Sunday, the choir will be on holiday until September, so, by way of experiment the congregation will sing one hymn on 25th July to test the practicality of masked singing. If we decide we are happy singing masked, then we will continue to do so for the time being.
7. Live streaming will continue each week for the time being but is going to be kept under review. (Due to lack of operators, there will be no live stream on 25th July.)
8. We will carry on COVID cleaning after each service for one month
To everyone who helped achieve our target - THANK YOU!
The glory and hope of Easter
reflected in our Holy Week installation and a church full of flowers
Members of Thursday Club staged a dramatisation of Julia Donaldson's book 'Monkey Puzzle' using puppets they had made themselves.
They then assisted in handing out posies to all the mums there as well as any who have been like a mother to us.
The club is for 7-11 year-olds and meets in term time on Thursdays at 5.15pm.
If you would like to know more, contact Jo Browse on 07530 123473.
Warnham Barn Dance
A wonderful time was had by all at the Barn Dance held in Warnham Village Hall on Friday 22nd September.
Cowboys and girls of all ages danced until they dropped, and the sumptuous hog roast proved very popular.
The event raised £1,800 for the church and was such a success it is sure to be repeated!
See here for lots of photos.
Creatures great and small - ok, mostly dogs great and small - came for a blessing at our annual Pet Service.
We learnt about God's love for all his creation and how we can reflect that love for animals in our care.
There was some enthusiastic singing, supplemented by the occasional woof!
Pictured is Ateaka with her new baby guinea pig, Rosa.
Open Air fun
at Warnham Park
Caroline and Jonathan Lucas kindly hosted our Open-Air Service on a beautifully sunny July afternoon.
The band was playing and all enjoyed the garden and surrounds as we worshipped together and celebrated communion as a church family.
We were then treated to tea and cake and a splash in the pool for the youngsters. See here for more photos.
On Rogation Sunday we walked along part of the Parish boundary as is the annual tradition.
We had beautiful weather and lots of dogs accompanying us!
Chichester Choirs Festival
Members of St Margaret's choir sang in Chichester Cathedral in the RSCM Sussex Area's choir festival. We joined with 250 other voices from around the diocese in singing some of the great works of English Church music. Afterwards, exhausted, we adjourned to a pizza restaurant for much-needed refreshment!
Easter egg raffle
Ten pound challenge
Jess decided to get going early with a fund-raiser for the church and has raised £350!
She raffled lots of Easter Eggs and the draw was held on Easter Day in the sunshine on the church lawn after the service.
St Margaret's is raising money this year by giving you cash (£10) and sending you off to make it multiply. Use your talent and imagination to hatch cunning ways to increase your tenner - perhaps tenfold just as Jess did! More details about this in church on and after 23rd April.
Hosanna to the Son of David!
The weather was sunny and warm as a large crowd gathered at the Village Hall for the Palm Sunday procession.
Palms were waved and voices sang as Dillon and Beamish, our favourite donkeys, led us down the street to church, Dillon bearing our boy Jesus (pictured).
See here for more pictures
There were posies for all mums and heart-shaped biscuits for all at our Mother's Day service.
We enjoyed a presentation from the children entitled "I love you, Mum, because..." and after the service there was much frolicking about on the church lawn, which included a shoe getting stuck on top of the hedge!
Well over 600 people crammed into St Margaret's on Christmas Eve for the much-loved Christingle service, including the Nativity play.
The children presented the story of Jesus' birth with aplomb - twice! - and in between they enjoyed a Christmas party.
The church was hushed and glowing with candlelight as we all sang 'Away in a manger' softly, and Christmas was well and truly here!
An amazing £4427 was raised at St Margaret's Christmas Bazaar this year!
Thanks to all who came and enjoyed the stalls, raffles and refreshments, and to the dedicated team who made it all possible - especially Caroline Lucas.
Every year the Bazaar raises much-needed funds to keep the church going in Warnham - and we have a lot of fun in the process! If you would like to help in any way next year contact email@example.com or 01403 265041
Warnham Poppy Cascade
Warnham knitters and crochetters have been busy for months creating a new display of Remembrance Poppies. For the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, Yvonne Almond hatched the plan to create something really special and enthused villagers with her vision of a cascade of poppies.
The eye-catching display falls from the famous Warnham Yew Arch, and has attracted many visitors who have taken photos and admired the 1,300 handmade poppies which are especially striking in the Autumn sunshine.
The Service of Remembrance with Parade is held on the nearest Sunday to 11th November each year.
Many thanks to the team of flower arrangers who produce an amazing display of lilies every Easter. Each year the congregation at St Margaret's and villagers can purchase for a small fee a lily in memory of a relative of friend who has died. They are a symbol of the resurrection, embodying the hope that all who die in the faith rise with Jesus on the last Easter Day.
These are then made up into gorgeous displays which adorn the church throughout the Easter weekend, starting with the Vigil on Easter Eve, when the church service begins in darkness. The congregation can smell the wonderful scent of the flowers before they can see them!
Making the Easter Garden
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
A tiny Garden of Gethsemane was planted, around a mini rock tomb, by members of St Margaret's Sunday club.
Daffodils, bluebells and delicate greenery were placed to adorn the display and on Easter morning - the stone was rolled back!
He is risen indeed - alleluia!
Our Lent lunches have been even more delicious this year, with home-made soups and crusty bread and cheese. At only £3.50 it's a snip, and the profits go to a different charity each year. It's a chance to catch up with friends and have a chat over a cuppa at the end of lunch. Come any time between 12 and 2pm on all Fridays in Lent, in the Parish Room.
Pictured are some of our younger customers!
The Feast of Epiphany is marked each year with a traditional Procession of the Three Kings. Each of the kings presents his gift to the Holy Family during the singing of "We three kings", and the tableau remained during the reading of the gospel.
Pictured are three members of our choir, who took the parts of the kings and sang their solo verse as part of the procession (L-R): Adam Browse/Balthazar, Connor Taylor/Caspar, and Matthew Taylor/Melchior.
On Christmas Eve our Christingle services attract large crowds, with the church packed out both at 3.30pm and 5pm.
The children of St Margaret's perform the traditional Nativity play and then the lights go down and the ring of candles lights up the children's faces as softly they sing 'Away in a manger'.
Five lucky choristers went to the Royal School of Church Music's prestigious annual residential course this August. They sang services every day to a very high standard, and the week's hard work was rewarded at the end with services sung in beautiful Bath Abbey.
Many thanks to members of our congregation who made donations towards the fees, as we continue to reap the benefits of our young singers' enthusiasm and musical skills. They are
pictured here relaxing after the last Evensong in Bath Abbey.
A group of eleven young people from St Margaret's travelled to Norfolk to attend the Youth Pilgrimage at the National Shrine. Five days camping in the rain is not for the faint-hearted! But lots of fun was had with sports, activities and just 'chilling', as well as daily worship in the Big Top, a huge tent which held 600 young people from all over the UK.
Our pilgrims made a special trip to the Holy House in order to light a seven-day candle in memory of Christopher Loveless. See gallery for more pictures.