Parish Magazine ~ April 2015
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your prayers, the many cards, presents and good wishes. I have been overwhelmed and uplifted by it all. Today (as I write) I will preside at the Lord’s Table both at 8am and 10am, a privilege and a joy I hardly dared to dream of three short months ago. There is still much to learn, and I have two great teachers in Gordon and Jackie who will lead the way.
A huge thank you for the Parish Gift of the home communion set that came with a letter from its previous owner’s daughter. She is delighted it will continue in its holy purpose.
I can scarcely believe that the end of my fourth year at St Mary Magdalene has flown by and that my ordination to the priesthood has actually happened; there has been so much to thank God for. What have I tried to bring to St Mary’s? I guess a true picture of Maureen, wife, mother and grandmother, friend and fellow traveller along the path of life. There is also the element of being God’s servant to you all as I begin a new phase and role in this place.
From the beginning I felt welcomed and have grown to know a happy and friendly community that looks beyond the church walls in its ministry to everyone who lives and works in the area. I feel privileged to say that I continue to find friendship, love and trust.
I am grateful to be assistant curate at St Mary’s, to serve God and you all here. What it means to have him at the centre of our lives will develop and grow as we do in all areas of our lives. There is though, a sense of expectation knowing that God has brought us together, in this place, at this time to serve one another and love Him. I hope to continue to play my part in helping build up the social, emotional and spiritual life of us all during the years to come.
Greetings from Mo
From the Parish Registers
Interment of Ashes in the Memorial Garden
22 February 2015
Christian Aid Week 2015
As you may know, Paul and I are taking over the organising of our collections for Christian Aid Week. It is now not that many weeks away and is time to start thinking about the ways in which you can contribute. If you are not a collector yet, maybe this is the year to become one. Maybe you feel you could just deliver envelopes but not collect. Maybe you feel you could not cover complete roads but just a few houses near where you live. Any additional collecting to what is already done could make a big difference.
If you have any concerns or queries or want to talk about how you can help do ask either of us.
More About Christian Aid
Aims and values
Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.
We work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. We are part of a wider movement for social justice.
We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.
Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of dignity, freedom and hope, of power over their own lives. Christian Aid has a vision - an end to poverty - and we believe that vision can become a reality.>/p>
to expose the scandal of poverty
to help in practical ways to root it out from the world
to challenge and change structures and systems that favour the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalised.
We are an agency of our churches in Britain and Ireland and are mandated to work on relief, development and advocacy for poverty eradication. Christian Aid’s work is founded on Christian faith, inspired by hope and acts to change an unjust world through charity – a practical love and care for our neighbours.
Love and solidarity
We are called to love and care for one another in compassion and humility, as we stand alongside all those who struggle against poverty, powerlessness and injustice.
Dignity and respect
We are convinced that every human being has innate dignity. All people are of equal worth, which is why we place honesty and respect for others at the heart of what we do.
Justice and equality
We understand that where people lack power, poverty prevails, so we support work that empowers individuals and communities. We fight injustice and inequality with courage, hope and determination, challenging the structures and systems that prevent people from rising out of poverty.
Cooperation and partnership
Our work is rooted in a spirit of cooperation and we affirm the value of acting in partnership with others. We work with and for the churches, as well as with other faith and secular groups. We also engage with other key actors, including civil society, government and the private sector, in various ways and on various levels.
Accountability and stewardship
We are accountable for how we use the resources entrusted to us, ensuring that our decision-making is open and transparent. We measure our impact and are always striving to improve our performance.
We are committed to being effective stewards of the planet's scarce resources and caring for the earth for the sake of future generations.
Why Get Involved With Christian Aid?
Christian Aid Week is the single biggest act of Christian witness in Britain and Ireland.
For thousands of people throughout the country it is a way of answering Jesus’s call to help people in need and showing the community just how much good the church is doing in the world.
North West Group News
The group’s next committee meeting is on Thursday 23 April at 8:00 pm at Lancaster Road United Reform Church.
This year we will host the North-West Enfield Easter Eve Service on Saturday April 4th at 8:00 pm.
The dates and venues are as normal on the third Tuesday of each month at 10:45 am and are as follows:
Maureen and Keith Rew
Judy and Michael Smith
Gordon and Jessica Giles
Laura and Ken Cope
Colin and Lilian Gibbens
Imagine Coffee Morning ~ Rita & Ray’s
Wow - what a turnout - 30 people attended (a record) not to mention 11 people who said they could not come for various reasons - was it perhaps to have a peep at our new home? We were delighted to have you all there and we raised the magnificent sum of £286 (inc tax rebate) so it was well worth it. Our daughter Jo and her friend Carolyn did great work serving coffee/cakes and clearing up. There was much laughter and chat going on all morning so it was really enjoyable and a big thank you once again to all who supported us.
Rita & Ray Barker
Imagine Coffee Morning ~ Pam’s
It was good to see so many at this as it was short notice. Many thanks we raised £152.
The Home Group
Some years ago this scripture resonated with me:
Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
1 Samuel 3:10 NRSV
To my understanding the art of conversation is to be a good listener, so I had a go, opening my next prayer time in excited anticipation with the words, "I'm here, it's me Lord, I'm listening", accompanied by being still and quiet both in mind and body, attentively listening.
In James 4:8 we read:
"Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you." NRSV
In Zechariah 4:6
"Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord of hosts." NRSV
I was not disappointed, He is a wonderful counsellor. This time of listening has become a daily morning blessing, an intimate opportunity for Him to express abundant care and concern for all aspects within my circumstances and situations. During this precious time filled with God’s peace, He shares some of His wisdom and creativity through instructions, explanations and encouragement; providing a tranquil oasis, a refuge of rest and refreshment for me.
For our Lent offering we agreed to pursue this kind of prayer, for thirty minutes, during our Home Group gatherings.
Easter Bring and Share
We’d be delighted to share with you our ‘Easter celebration bring and share’. Please pop in with something to eat or drink to share on Easter Monday, April 6th 2015, 6:00 pm ‘till later.
You can also follow, friend or message us on Twitter and Facebook, where I'm “Happy Daiz”. Among other things we’ve re-tweeted a Lent calendar that you may find interesting.
May God make his face shine upon you particularly during this Easter-tide. Amen.
Laura, Ken and Dawn Cope
Advance Reminder – 9th May
The plant and cake sale draws near. Janet and Alison will be grateful for donations of cakes etc to sell at their stall. Hopefully there will be the usual plants for sale, including tomatoes, courgettes, geraniums, fuchsias, annuals and perennials etc. Please leave room in your gardens and planters for some of our plants which will be on sale for competitive prices.
Pam’s Boiled Cake Recipe
1 cup currents, 2 cups sultanas, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 6oz margarine, 2 teaspoons mixed spice, 2 small teaspoons bicarbonate of soda.
Boil together for ten minutes, when cold mix in 2 cups self-raising flour and 2 eggs. Bake for 1½ hours at gas 5 or 375 electric. Size 7 tin.
The next Traidcraft stall will be on Sunday April 12th in the hall after 10:00 am service.
All the usual essentials and treats will be there. Come and see if there is anything new.
Start a Home
I have just received the following email from Nigel Hands who runs Start-a-Home. “We are so grateful for all you have done to support those less fortunate than ourselves. We have had a mad rush of orders recently that has caused our existing stock to diminish significantly - even towels & duvet covers as well as pillows & duvets and indeed all bedding. It is difficult to ask for more but if anyone is able to help more people it would be much appreciated”.
So if you have any of these items please keep Start-a-Home in mind. It is advisable to telephone Nigel on 020-8363-5070 to ensure he will be at St Paul's Centre to receive items. He is a lovely man (not to be confused with the caretaker) and is always willing to be there when required.
Our speaker was Sarah, a worker for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice. Until recently it just supported families with a child who suffered with life limiting illness, about 116 children in the local area, although there are actually about 350 in the Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington areas. They also provide support for siblings and arrange family days out. Recently they have acquired seven acres of land in the Barnet area and plan to build a six bed facility. They currently have an income of £1.4 million raised from private donations with only 10% coming from the statutory sector.
The title for next month’s meeting is ‘Memories’.
On Sunday May 17th We Invite Singers to Join in a Professional Performance of Handel’s Messiah, With Orchestra in St Mary Magdalene’s at 7:30 pm.
Sung in Aid of Parkinson’s UK.
It will be a truly memorable evening of music.
Put it in your diaries and book your tickets in advance!
More details are now on the website
Enfield Grammar School Jazz Band played a lively programme of standards for us at the March concert, which was enjoyed by a good sized audience. It always interests us how well the students extemporize on their instruments. They are a credit to their school.
Michael and Marion Smith will play organ and piano for us at 12:30 pm on Wednesday 8 April. Michael was our Church Organist for some years, beginning while he was still at school. He led our choir, which included about a dozen children, with enthusiasm. His wife, Marion, is also a very good musician. Do come and hear them and also stay for the ploughman’s lunch available afterwards, if you wish.
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Ploughman’s Lunch £3.00, if required, in the Choir Vestry afterwards
Concert Programme for 2015
13th May Serafini - Trio
10th June St Monica’s School - Choir
8th July Nigel Blomily and the Anern Trio
August – No Concert
9th September Catherine Leonard - Piano
14th October Susannah Knight - Oboe
11th November Sandra Sinclair - Viola
9th December Brian Duke – Piano
Our walk on Sunday 8th took us to Trent Park as planned but the daffodils were still in bud with the promise of more to come. With me were Victor and Ann Dunn and our disappointment was somewhat assuaged by refreshment at the Wild Life Centre who, at the moment, seemed overwhelmed with hedgehogs who are in need of care and attention.
We will meet at the vicarage at 2:30 pm on Sunday 19th for our next walk and perhaps we will venture again into Trent Park, make sure that you have Bus Passes or Oyster Cards with you as appropriate. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join us.
The Enfield Community Singers
Following the great success of the Carol Concert at Christmas, The Enfield Community Singers will be bringing their new program “Let The People Sing!” to St Mary Magdalene on Saturday 16th May at 7:30 pm.
This concert will be specifically in aid of the charity Parkinson's UK and will be full of new material, including wonderful selections from Les Miserables and The Pajama Game, a splendid Dixie medley, a return to The Sixties and, of course, numerous songs for the audience to join in with.
Entry and refreshments are free but a donation to Parkinson's UK would be much appreciated.
For information regarding other concerts in the borough with The Enfield Community Singers please contact Simon Gilbert at 020-8360-7386 or email at email@example.com