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Capel Church

St John The Baptist Church, Capel is a small friendly village church in the centre of the village. We are part of the Surrey Weald Team of parishes close to the south Surrey border with West Sussex. The other parishes in the team are St Peter’s, Newdigate, and St Mary Magdelene, South Holmwood. Our church offers a variety of worship, both separate and as part of the Weald Team.

weekly news sheet 27/09/2020

Dear all, There are compensations to these lower temperatures, the fire we have every evening in our log burner is so welcoming, but it was quite a shock when the temperatures plummeted overnight, particularly for our son-in-law who had just arrived from Dubai! I do hope you’ve still been managing to get out to enjoy the Autumn light, the leaves are starting to change, it’s a magical time of the year. The news maybe awful but nature is still bringing joy every day. This week’s photo is from our walk at Friday Street this morning. For those of you who have had children or grandchildren going to university in the last couple of weeks I have a special prayer kindly given to me by Suzanne Cole: A prayer for students going to college or university Lord, be with the Freshers of 2020. Guide them, fill them with hope and compassion and give them a thirst for learning. Though things might be different than planned, let each of them grow in faith, experience your call in their lives, and know that even in the uncertainty, you are with them. In Jesus’ name, Amen The weekly sheets and Revd Liz’s sermon are… Read More

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COVID-19 Briefing 22/09

‘The one who sings prays twice’. These words, attributed to Augustine of Hippo (354-430), are almost certainly not his but they do resonate through the centuries. We have been deprived of making music together, ‘the way we’re used to’ since March. Professional musicians and voluntary music groups are now permitted to sing indoors provided appropriate social distancing and other Covid-secure arrangements are in place. We’re delighted that at our Cathedral our musicians are back making music which serves the liturgy and is to the glory of God.. We’ve had recorded music for Sunday worship since lockdown, thanks to very hard work from the whole team, but during those weeks, as now, we can’t sing with them. And that’s really difficult. It’s difficult because participating in music making is part of how we worship the Creator. It’s difficult because singing is fundamental to human beings. Singing together is good for us. It brings people together, it produces mood enhancing hormones, it aids wellbeing and contentment, and singing together makes many into one. Whether we sing with others at a sporting event, the Last Night of the Proms, the familiar school song at the start of term or in our churches –… Read More

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weekly news sheet 20/09/2020

Dear friends, What a lovely early Autumn day!  How lucky we have been in the last ten days to enjoy a real Indian Summer!  I’m sure all that will change when my family and I head off to Pembrokeshire next weekend!  We aren’t known for our luck with the weather for our UK holidays!  So enjoy it whilst you can! Attached are the documents for this Sunday. Enjoy the sunshine! Best wishes, Suzanne Sunday-20th-September_Fifteenth-after-Trinity.pdf SundayBlue_Sept20_3.pdf sermon-for-20th-Sept-2020.pdf Post expires at 8:43pm on Sunday September 19th, 2021

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COVID-19 Briefing 15/09

Over the last 6 months many of us have been wrestling with the question ‘What does it mean to be church in a time of pandemic’?  It is a question that has taken up much head and prayer space for us, and rightly so.  But some of the core foundations of what it means to be church have not changed; the church is part of God’s work of transformation; being a follower of Jesus in every aspect of life is core to who we are as church; and as Paul puts it in 2 Corinthians 5:17, the church is called to join in with God’s central mission of reconciliation.  Coronavirus has forced us to ask questions relating to who we are as church and how we do church differently.  It is forcing us to change our culture; forcing us to rethink why we do what we do.  Covid-19 has opened up many new opportunities for us to live out the good news of Christ in our everyday life.  As we begin to return to our buildings there is pressure to resume what we were doing before we had to leave them.  I want to suggest that we must not lose… Read More

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weekly news sheet 13/09/2020

Dear friends, Please find attached the weekly newsheet for Sunday 13th September, together with the readings and Bishop Jo’s sermon for this Sunday. There is cafe church this Sunday at The Crown in Capel at 10.30am  and it’s forecast to be nice weather which is ideal for being outside! Great news! The lighting in St John’s in Capel was completed this week and the church is once more open for private prayer every day and of course services on Sundays.  Work continues to go well on the heating in St Margaret’s, Ockley and you can see a more detailed note from Rev Liz on the back page of the notice sheet. Any contributions you may have for the October issue of InSpire would be most welcome and don’t have to be church related so if you feel inspired, don’t let me hold you back with the creativity! Best wishes to you all for the coming week. Suzanne Suzanne Cole 07923 517202 /Please do let us know if you would rather not receive emails from us, or alternatively let us know if there is someone who would like to be added.  We will never share your details with other organisations./ /… Read More

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COVID-19 Briefing 08/09

Bishop Andrew shares his thought for the day on ‘As some are in the habit of doing’. Full transcript is available in the YouTube description. Critical Reading Changes in the Safeguarding Team  I would like to take this opportunity to announce the following changes within our Diocesan Safeguarding Team:   I am very pleased to announce that Jane Huttly has been appointed as Safeguarding Manager with immediate effect.  Jane’s new remit will include the leadership of the Safeguarding Team, in addition to continuing to lead  on safeguarding policy and training for the Diocese of Guildford. We are currently recruiting for a Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor and we are pleased that Ian Berry has kindly agreed to continue in this role on an interim basis, pending the appointment of a successor, in addition to his role as DSA for the Diocese of Portsmouth. Ian will be the primary safeguarding contact for our parishes in the immediate future.  For all safeguarding queries or issues, please contact Ian in the first instance on 07544 566850.  As previously announced, Linda Hayward will be retiring from her role of DBS Manager in early October.  I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Linda… Read More

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Autumn reflections

Dear all Here we are at the end of the summer and Autumn beckons. I hope you have survived the heatwave this month but I have to confess we completely avoided it being in North Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly where temperatures were much lower. However I can hold my head up as you may recall our family were in Disneyland Paris in 42 degrees last year; so hot that Mickey Mouse went home early! So we have done our time!! It was great to get away but lovely to come home to Capel and to be with you all again. Whilst I have been on leave there has been much activity in both churches. The heating project is progressing well in St Margaret’s and despite having to close the church last month for health and safety reasons we look forward to resuming worship there this month, looking forward to a warm Autumn! Meanwhile at Capel, the new lighting system has been installed and will be completed this month. I had a peep round the door recently whilst the new lights were on and they looked amazing. New pendants light up the North Aisle, our ‘entertaining’ area; and the… Read More

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weekly news sheet 06/09/2020

Dear Friends, I hope this email finds you well and enjoying our cooler weather. Work has been continuing at both our churches, the lighting at St John’s is on target to be completed at the end of September, we are planning to have a grand unveiling with socially distanced teas on the weekend of 10/11 October. We will also be celebrating our Harvest Festival that weekend so the church will be beautifully decorated and our harvest festival service will be held on the 11th as a cafe church service at the Crown. More details are to come but please put the date in your diary. At St Margaret’s the new boiler work has nearly been completed, so it is hoped that we will be able to open for services on 20 September. Again, please look out for updates. For those who are still unable to join us on a Sunday I have been asked to tell you about two resources that you might be interested in. The first is a free dial in worship phone line set up by Justin Welby The Archbishop of Canterbury. Dial 800 804 8044 to be able to listen to hymns, reflections and prayers with… Read More

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COVID-19 Briefing 01/09

Preachers sometimes claim that Jesus spoke more on money and giving than anything else apart from the Kingdom of God. I have never checked it, but there is no doubt he talked about money a great deal. I sometimes wonder what would happen if we preached as much about money as Jesus did! Why did he speak about it so much? The fundamental answer is that our attitude to money, and what we do with it is a discipleship issue.    As a vicar, people told me that money follows vision, but it worried me that when we only followed that way of thinking, we were neglecting the deeper ‘why’. As followers of Jesus, we give to God as an act of worship, and in so doing, we topple the idol of mammon and replace it with God Almighty, the King of Kings. When we do this, we become more like the people God has designed us to be. We become freer! As we teach, encourage and invite people to give, we are leading them into greener pastures and being faithful pastors. I am excited about Transforming Generosity (and always get excited about gift days) for the opportunity it gives us.… Read More

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Sunday 30th August Twelth Sunday after Trinity

Dear friends, What a chilly bank holiday weekend!  A bit of a contrast to our heatwave just a couple of weeks’ ago!  I hope everyone enjoys the extra day on Bank Holiday Monday, and who knows, maybe the sun will show it’s face?! Attached are this week’s notice sheets, the readings and Rev Liz’s sermon for the Twelth Sunday after Trinity.  Please note that Ockley church boiler works will run into September and there will be no service on Sunday 6th September.  We will of course keep everyone updated on the works in both churches. Also whilst writing, can I advise you that the *September’s issue of InSpire (issue 42) will be in churches (church porch at Ockley) this afternoon* and has been uploaded to the website so it should be available to download in the next couple of days. Or you can of course subscribe to receive it monthly: This link can also be used to opt in to receive the weekly sheets in this way and our ‘Vicar’s Letter’. September’s InSpire has lots of interesting articles, including one from our parishioner Chris Cooper on his involvement with the Bluebell Railway from it’s inauguration 60 years ago –… Read More

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