Parish Magazine ~ October 2015
This month, on October 3rd, we welcome the Grand Priory of England and The Priory of Wales of The Order of The Knights Templar to St Mary Magdalene’s for a Service of Investiture of knights and a celebration of the signing of Magana Carta 800 years ago.
The Supreme Military Order of The Temple of Jerusalem is a non-denominational Christian Chivalric and confraternal association, who are absolutely: (a) not affiliated to or with any political party, nor (b) masonic or affiliated in any way whatsoever with freemasonry in any form. (c) not an historical or re-enactment society. (d) not a secret or secretive society.
The order was founded in about 1118 to protect the pilgrim routes and Christian communities of the holy land (outremer - the kingdom “beyond the sea”). Under their first grand master, Hugues de Payens, the order’s members were originally known as the poor knights of Christ and took monastic vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Recognising their valuable role as champions and defenders of Christendom, King Baldwin II of Jerusalem gave them the temple of Solomon, on the Temple Mount, as their headquarters - and as a result they soon became known as the order of the Temple of Jerusalem. These Templars were men of war and of prayer - “warrior monks” - and such was their fame that abbot Bernard of Clairvaux, founder of the Cistercian order and one of the foremost Christian scholars of his age, wrote a book in support of the Templars, entitled In praise of the new knighthood. Bernard also gave the Templars their new rule under which they were to lead their lives and advance the Christian cause. Each Templar was to be loyal to the order above all else - and the courage, discipline and military achievements of these warrior monks, with their distinctive white mantles and red crosses, earned them the respect and admiration of all Christendom. By the middle of the twelfth century the order had become a major force both in the holy land and Europe, and was answerable only to the Pope.
For two hundred years this religious-military order fought for Christianity wherever it was threatened - establishing fortress strongholds and winning many battles. Invariably the Templars were in the vanguard of the crusader armies, and the order’s supporters and admirers included none other than king Richard I, “the lionheart”. But whilst they were formidable warriors, the Templars were as much respected for their zeal and dedication to God as for their bravery or military prowess.
However, by the fourteenth century - whilst members of the order still lived modestly, according to the strict rule given to them by St Bernard of Clairvaux - the order itself had become immensely powerful and rich. Its influence extended not merely to religious or military affairs but to finance and commerce too. It was the order’s wealth and power that attracted the envy of others, and in 1307 the French king, Philip the Fair, had all the Templars in France rounded up, imprisoned and many were tortured to force false confessions. These arrests were made in the early hours of the morning on Friday 13th October - hence, the ‘unlucky’ “Friday the thirteenth”. The confessions of heresy, though obtained through torture, led the pope, Clement V, under further pressure from King Philip, to disband the order in 1312. In 1314 the grand master of the order, Jacques de Molay, having retracted his forced confession, was burnt to death outside the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. In England, Edward II followed the French example and seized all Templar properties for himself - although the persecution of the Templars here was not as severe or far-reaching as in France. Only in countries such as Scotland, Switzerland and Portugal did the Templars survive more or less intact - and even there they were eventually forced to stop using the order's name. Gradually, over the centuries, the Templars disappeared from view. Their beliefs and traditions, however, persisted - being introduced over time to other organisations and fraternal societies.
Then, in the late 1700’s the order emerged from the shadows once more, and such was the revival of interest in chivalric values and ideals that in 1804, with the approval of Napoleon, a reconstituted order of the temple of Jerusalem was officially inaugurated in Paris - the very place where its downfall had been engineered by a greedy and envious king, and where Jacques de Molay had been martyred.
So, the supreme military order of the Temple of Jerusalem has continued to this day. Under its present grand master, His Excellency Dom Fernando Pinto Pereira de Sousa Fontes, of Portugal, the order has grand priories and priories throughout the world with thousands of members.
Its members are dedicated to upholding traditional Christian values and virtues, the noble ideals of chivalry, charitable works and the preservation of the monuments, archives, history and heritage of the Templars.
The order is non-denominational, and stands for Christian unity and cooperation under the banner of the cross of Jesus Christ.
Nine hundred years after the founding of the order of the temple, the grand priory of England (O.S.M.T.H. England) is among the Templar organizations keeping alive the noble and ancient Templar traditions today. The grand priory of England stands in defence of the nation’s Christian values and heritage, and members pledge to defend church and crown. Templars are not new to England. There has been a strong Templar presence in this country since the early years of the order, and the Templars played a pivotal role in the history of mediaeval England. Indeed, in June 1215 the master of the English Templars, Aymeric de St Maur, was a key person involved in the production and sealing of magna carta - the great charter - at Runnymede, by King John. Another patron of the English Templars at this time was the powerful Sir William Marshal, the 1st earl of Pembroke, who brokered the peace between king John and the barons, and who played a vital role alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton, in preparing magna carta. An unequivocal statement of the rights and liberties of freeborn Englishmen, magna carta is generally acknowledged to be the world’s very first “bill of rights”. Only four copies of the 1215 magna carta have survived - two are held in the British Library, the others are in Lincoln and Salisbury cathedrals.
Both Mymeric de St Maur and Sir William Marshal are buried in London’s Temple Church where effigies of Sir William, his son (also William) and other knights can be seen. Before his death Sir William had become a Templar. The Temple area of the city was the headquarters of the English Templars from 1160 until the order’s suppression. However, in 2012, the grand priory of England was at last fully restored, having been first established in 1960 when the grand master recognised the need for a protestant priory in England. So there are members from many different denominations - Anglican, Baptist, Congregationalist, Pentecostal, Salvation Army, Roman Catholic, United Reformed, all keen to demonstrate unity in Christ.
From the Parish Registers
Raphael Malik Shyllon
Lilly Rose Liney
Brooking Stapleton & Lauren Thorpe
Interment in the Memorial Garden
News From The Home Group
We praise God for blessing us with the continued opportunity and enjoyment of hosting The Home Group. Amid our “Month of Monday’s” inaugural year the concept has developed thus:
Beginning and ending our evenings in prayer, each new duodenary segment of the year is distinguished with “Listening prayer”, emanating from our Lent offerings, as detailed in our April magazine article (which is available at the church website).
During our second Monday of the month we incorporate visual stimulus via DVD technology, presently derived from Testament: The Bible in Animation, a 1996 Emmy award winning series of nine unique thirty minute animated versions of some Old Testament events and characters, produced by Sianel 4 Cymru (Welsh).
Back in 1996 we thoroughly enjoyed, and still do, each eagerly awaited weekly instalment, watching as a family altogether and recording for play back over and over and over... The whole series is available on YouTube.
The third and fourth Monday's include Bible studies and topical Christian discussions.
When there’s a fifth Monday in the month, it’s celebration time, “Yay”.
The outline remains flexible and malleable, giving God the opportunity to lead and direct us through the promptings of His Holy Spirit.
A Prayer For You:
God bless you in the morning with His presence shining bright,
And make your whole day happy with His radiant love and light...
God bless you in the evening
when the daytime hours depart,
And, like a benediction,
leave His peace upon your heart.
Meetings every Monday, from 6pm - 8pm
God bless. Love Laura, Ken and Dawn.
September 16th Fellowship meeting went so quickly as Eleanor spoke about “the games we used to play”. We all have fun remembering our own childhood memories. We also had time to try out some of the table games of yesteryear.
Thank you Eleanor for a really great afternoon.
We look forward to hearing from Gordon in October and Mary in November, followed by a good pre-Christmas lunch in December.
The Revd Dr Gordon Giles, Reflections on the Israel Trip.
Ms Mary Shilling, Roman London.
Christmas Meal, venue to be confirmed.
Lilian and Colin Gibbens
June and Ron Carr
Thank you to them all for volunteering. I do hope many of you will manage to join us for at least some of these dates, especially as it will be our last year of supporting our dear friends at Imagine and all the wonderful work they do.
Due to the pressure of other events it was felt prudent to cancel our September walk and look forward to the New Year. As busy times are approaching in the Church Calendar with the in evidential clash of dates I cannot see any suitable opportunities for walking until the New Year.
The Christmas catalogue is now available for ordering cards, gifts and goodies.
I have samples of all the Christmas cards and will have them available each Sunday during coffee after the 10:0’clock service.
Don’t forget to ask if you need to stock up on any of your regular Traidcraft supplies. If I have them in stock you do not need to wait for the stall to be set up.
Coffee Morning at ‘The Copes’
It was our fortunate pleasure to be the venue and host, for our first Coffee Morning in September. There are a few photo mementos in the Parish Magazine on the church website. Thank you to those who were available to join us and Shivanee for helping to serve and wash up. All twenty five of us enjoyed the lovely, cozy and generous company whilst raising £177.50 (before reclaimed tax)! We’re delighted, thank you very much. Praise God.
Laura, Ken and Dawn.
Comings and Goings
My new book of daily readings for Advent is now out, and will soon be at the back of church for discounted purchase.
There is a course that runs with it, which we shall follow on in the Vicarage on Mondays at 8:15pm on Nov 30, Dec 7, Dec 14 and Jan 11.
“This book of readings for Advent and Christmas invites us to make a journey through time, from the end to the very beginning of all things. The daily reflections work backwards from the traditional Advent focus of the ‘Four Last Things’ - Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell - via Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, to come at last to the Incarnation and the events commemorated at Christmas itself. In the following days, the focus turns to Christ as the Word of God, present at the dawn of creation. Along the way, we ‘visit’ some of the actual Holy Land sites associated with gospel events, drawing new insights from the familiar stories.”
Imagine ~ Dinner Money Collection
The next Dinner Money collection will be made at Harvest Festival on Sunday, 11th October 2015, at the 10 o’clock service. Please bring your donation, but NOT your boxes, and put it in the plate, which will be provided. Tax slips will be available at the back of the church.
We have supported the Imagine Charity in Mozambique for almost 15 years now and over that time have raised well over £60,000 through Dinner Money collections and coffee mornings. As many of you will know the charity is being wound up at the end of this year and this may, therefore, be the last time we can support the children and old people of Katembe. Could we ask you all to make a special effort so that we go out on a real high. It would mean so much to Lorraine and Imelda who have devoted so many years of their lives to the poor of Mozambique.
Michael & Judy Smith
Catherine Leonard played the piano beautifully for us at the September recital. She played an interesting programme of great variety.
At 12:30 pm on Wednesday 14 October Susannah Knight will play the oboe accompanied by Roddy Elmer. If you came to Southgate Orchestra’s last concert at St Mary’s you will know the quality of her playing. Do come.
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Ploughman's Lunch £3.00, if required, in the Choir Vestry afterwards.
Concert Programme for 2015
Susannah Knight - Oboe
Sandra Sinclair - Viola
9th December TBA
Northwest Group News
The North West Group’s United Service for One World Week is at St Michael’s and All Angels, Gordon Hill, on Sunday 18 October at 6:00 pm.
Magazine Stapling Rota 2015/16
31 October 2015
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke
28 November 2015
Peter Lamb, Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard
2 January 2016
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke
6 February 2016
Ju (Yezi) Lan Zhen, Vale Hayes, Kate Bissett
5 March 2016
Ken and Laura Cope, Gill Bird
2 April 2016
Peter and Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard
30 April 2016
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke
If you know of any lady or gentleman who would be able to help with stapling or if you are unable to keep the above dates please contact either Michael or Janet Dixon or Janet Whelpdale.
St Mary Magdalene Drama Group Committee Report 2014
This report covers the twelve month period to the end of December 2014 during which time the Committee sat on three occasions. The AGM was held on 14th May. The 2014 programme included facilitating the professional production of ‘The God Particle’ in the Church at the end of May and a presentation of ‘Under Milk Wood’ in September to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas. The Group also participated in various other activities throughout the year within the worship and social fellowship of the Church Community.
The Group were delighted to welcome Jackie Nugent, Laura Cope and Dawn Cope as new members in 2014.
The year’s programme began with Colin Gibbens, Simon Downes and James Horlick taking part in the Epiphany service in January as the three Magi.
The Group’s Spring Party was held on Wednesday 19th March. It was very successful with about 15 or so friends and members including some ‘new faces’. Gordon, Jackie and Maureen had sent their apologies. Alison Reeve organised the opening game and there were contributions to the entertainment from Chris Moon, Rachel Moon, Michael Dixon, Vic Harrington and Bryan Ward. The customary charades were organised by Janet Rossiter. Janet Reed ended the evening with a toast to the Group.
The Palm Sunday reading on 13th April was directed by Chris Moon and was a mixture of mystery play and Gospel narrative. It involved 14 readers, both members and non-members of the Drama Group, including some who were taking part for the first time. It was more static than previous readings. The use of the drums worked well. In all, it was well read with simple and effective moves.
A professional production of ‘The God Particle’ was performed in the Church on Friday 31st May. The Drama Group facilitated the ‘set-up’ and organised publicity, box-office and refreshments etc. The Vicar described the support for this production as “a real piece of stewardship on the part of the DG”.
It was a striking and thought provoking production. 110 tickets at £10 each were sold. 73 were in advance and 37 on the door. A large number of the audience made their way to the Hall through the refurbished Hall garden for refreshments. The deposit paid up-front by the Church was fully recovered and a small profit of approx £100 was made from ticket sales and refreshments.
The Group’s AGM was held on Wednesday 14th May. It was attended by 15 members including the Group’s President, the Rev’d Dr. Gordon Giles. The Committee was elected en-bloc and the meeting unanimously agreed to sponsoring the purchase of a stone by the Group to support the restoration of the Church porch as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Drama Group. A stone was subsequently sponsored to the value of £200. The Committee report was published in the Church magazine.
A performed reading of ‘Under Milk Wood’ by Dylan Thomas directed by Chris Moon was presented by the Group on Friday 26th September and Saturday 27th September. It was a huge logistical and production challenge involving a text that needed significant and careful editing, the casting of almost 70 characters and the difficulties of rehearsing a continuous narrative over the summer holiday period. All accomplished in under 12 weeks. Mike Appleby edited the narrative and the 70 characters were successfully distributed between the performers. Mike Appleby and Janet Reed were the principal narrators with the rest of the company performing four or more roles each. In view of licencing restrictions from Samuel French, the performance was advertised and presented as a ‘private party’ and no charge was made for tickets.
The large cast, and rehearsing over the summer period, meant that several friends came to rehearsals to read and ‘fill-in’. Particular thanks go to Wendy Dollimore, Kate Bissett and Joan Yates for their help on this. The newly refurbished Hall kitchen became the Sailors’ Arms complete with a sign designed and put together by Chris and Dawn and Ken Cope.
The two performances were a great success and Saturday was a full house. Over 100 people attended the two performances. Peter Rossiter acted as Front-of-House Manager for both. The Group were delighted to welcome Jayne Buckland who joined the company in her first performance with the Group and Dawn and Laura Cope who had previously joined the company in the presentation of the adult Nativity pageant at the Christingle services. It had certainly been an ambitious undertaking, but it was well worth it.
The Drama Group contributed throughout 2014 to events organised within the Church community including providing stalls at the Christmas Fair and presenting Roald Dahl reading to the Parish Concert on Saturday 14th June directed by Michael Dixon.
The Group maintained its presence on the Church’s website as well as Enfield Council’s Voluntary and Community Sector database. The Group continued to co-operate with and support other local Drama Groups. Building and sustaining links with other groups is critically important for the Group. The Group has excellent relations with Southgate Opera who also use the Hall facilities. The Group paid £100 in 2014 for the use of the Hall and Vestry.
The process of removing unwanted items from the Drama Group hut continued and the two exposed sides of the hut were been painted green to make it a more harmonious fit with the refurbished Hall garden.
18 singers assembled for the Group’s street carol singing on Monday 15th December. We were delighted that Gordon and Jackie were able to join us. The Committee extended its thanks to Janet Reed for her hospitality before and after the singing. £200.16 was raised for Parkinsons - the Church’s chosen charity for the 2014 Christmas season. This was a record collection.
Several Group members and other members of the congregation took part in the Nativity pageant at the two Christingle Services on Christmas Eve which were attended by over 500 congregants. Jackie Nugent and Jayne Buckland took the part of Gabriel, Jason Goodman played Joseph, Dawn Cope and Elise Horlick played Mary and the three Magi were James Horlick, Simon Downes and Aniru Shyllon. Some of the costumes were hired from the Potters Bar Theatre Company.
So concludes the 2014 Committee Report.
Some Key Dates
November 1 All Saints’ and All Souls’
November 8 Remembrance Sunday
November 14 Parish Barn Dance
November 29 Advent Sunday
December 5 Festive Fair 10:00-12:00 Panto at Millfield Theatre 5pm
December 13 ‘Toy’ Service
December 20 Carols by Candlelight
December 24 Christmas Eve
December 25 Christmas Day
It’s not too early to start thinking about the Christmas Fair.
We will be looking for donations of
Cakes and preserves
New or second hand jewellery
If you have any ideas for new stalls or would like to volunteer to help on the day in some way please talk to Alison Reeve.
And please don't forget to put the date in your diary - SATURDAY 5TH DECEMBER. It’s a great way to get the festive season started!