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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 very discreet lighting illuminates up into the rafters highlighting so many hidden features making our beautiful interior look even more beautiful! If you are a regular visitor on a Sunday you will of course see for yourself the lights in action by mid September but we hope to be able to demonstrate the new lighting at an open afternoon in October. We hope to be able to offer some teas that afternoon as well, table service socially distanced of course. It will be the afternoon of our Harvest Festival and this year will be held on October 13th. More details to follow next month but do put the date in your diaries! Outside our stonemason and sculptor Shawn Williamson has been working hard as he has begun restoring the North Wall of the Churchyard at Capel. It’s looking very good and Shawn will be here for some time so do go and see how he’s getting on.

Im sure our hearts and minds will be very much with our children and young people as well as their teachers and other staff who return to school this month for the first time as a whole school community. Here at Scott Broadwood we welcome our new Head Teacher Mrs Alex Colclough who joins us from St John’s School North Holmwood. Our school goes from strength to strength and we look forward to Alex’s leadership as we start a new academic year. As school resumes we are sadly unable to offer our monthly Messy Church at present due to Covid restrictions but please do let me know if you have a child or children who would like to be part of a childrens’/young peoples’ group led by us at church. Next year our Diocese is focusing on ministry to children and youth and we would like to build on Messy Church and what you tell us you need for your families. We are here to help you in encouraging the spiritual side of your children’s development. If recent events have brought up questions of faith for you as an adult which you would like to explore I am always very happy to meet for a chat over a cuppa! Just don’t offer me cake as I am still trying to lose weight!! Baptisms and weddings are able to take place albeit with certain restrictions so again do contact me for an update or a chat for a future date.

We continue to pray as a church for all who are a part of our communities and parish in Capel and Ockley villages and of course in the wider Surrey Weald Team. We are very blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the world and hope and pray that we can continue to keep safe and well. So, may God bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon you. And be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
With my love and prayers
Revd Liz

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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.

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