Parish Magazine ~ November 2015
The Vicarage, 30, The Ridgeway
As we begin November we celebrate the feast of All Saints - the illuminating, eternal life affirming festival of gratitude for the lives and ministries of all the saints, with whom we are in communion on a constant basis. That festival which has been turned to dark, death-savouring mockery by the Americanised, trivialized trick or treatery of Halloween. And we also remember the faithful departed as we move into All Souls’ mode, when we try to remember that real grief and gratitude for lives loved and lost can be glorified in the eternal promises of the topsy turvy God who turns mourning into joy, grief to gladness and despair to hope. We shall remember that as we lay Norman Gillibrand to rest in the Memorial Garden - he is was and is one of the saints - one of all those saints - whose souls find rest in the Lord.
Saints are only special people inasmuch as they are beloved of God, and that is all of us. God’s love is not conditional, but it comes first. He loves us, forgives us, and calls us into better lives - in that order. So it is that we are celebrating not only those for whom Jesus’ call to love was both real and actual, we are also celebrating our own status as saints, and recalling our own feeble attempts to live as saints called to love others as ourselves. And the key is to treat others as we would be treated ourselves.
And the meaning of that, which is often overlooked, does not lie in the idea that we should treat people as we would want them to treat us - be nice to others and they’ll be nice to you. ‘Do as you would be done by’ is not about other people at all. No it’s deeper and better than that: And it's all about forgiveness. Because we do all hurt others and behave badly, even if it is the case that we are not thieves or murderers or beggars. Such people do exist, and they might be us. Why are you, or I, not a beggar, a murderer or a thief? It is a complex question that cuts to the core of who we are and why we are, as we are. But if we were beggars, murders or thieves, how would we want to be treated? We would not want to be bullied, punished, made an example of, imprisoned, cast into darkness. No-one wants that: Imagine they were you - what would you want? You would want a second chance - you would want forgiveness, remission, renewal - a fresh start. Which is, in fact what God calls us to in our dealings with others. Not to buy them cake because they give us cake, but to forgive as we would want to be forgiven if we were in need of forgiveness. Which of course, we all are. And which, also, of course, God has done for us in Christ. So when we read, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” It does not mean, do to others what you want them to do to or for you. Rather it means, do to others what you want God to do for you. Or even, do to others the same as God has already done for you. For that is the way of the saints.
Celebration Of Bells
On Wednesday 23 September 2015, our bells were rung to celebrate the life on Norman Gillibrand who died on 12 June aged 99 years.
This would have been Norman’s 100th Birthday and a Peal of 5,100 changes of Century Alliance Major was rung by the Oxford Diocesan Guild in 2 hours and 53 minutes. This was organised and conducted by Stephen Rossiter, Norman’s Grandson.
Ms Mary Shilling, Roman London.
Christmas Meal, in church hall.
A Reflection On War, 1914 - 1918
The guns are silent now, they have done their worst,
acrid smoke fills the air, and our soldiers lay dying
their broken bodies are scattered over the fields,
sometimes through the silence there comes a faint sign of life
calling, calling, for help, but all too soon it fades and all is still
again, who were these men?
Did they come willingly to war
Many of the young men are but children
Did they think it was a great adventure
Did they not understand that just over the hill the enemy had
their weapons pointed at them
Far too late now
You foolish young men, far too late!
Who will inform those who are waiting for the news of their loved ones
All are waiting ALL wives wait for their dearest husbands
Mothers await their sons
Children hope that Daddy will soon be home.
Sad, sad news awaits them
These men died for us
Brave! Brave men
And perhaps some of the young men now realise the horrors of war
it wasn't a big adventure as they thought this was war they gave their lives so that we might be free.
With grateful thanks we honour you,
With love from all
Iris Margaret Reynolds (1942-2014)
Northwest Group News
The North West Group's United Service for One World Week was held at St Michael’s and All Angels, Gordon Hill, on Sunday 18 October. It was a service of hymn singing interspersed with Bible Readings and Intercessions. The sermon was preached by the Rev Dr Steve Griffiths, Vicar of St Andrews, Enfield. Appropriately the first hymn was entitled ‘Hymn for St Luke’ whose day it was and was written by our vicar the Rev Dr Gordon Giles.
June and Ron Carr
See below for news of December's Coffee Morning
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.
* Please Put A Note In Your Diary *
I will be holding a coffee morning on:
Tuesday 15th December at 10:30 a.m. at
3, Anabelle Court, Slades Hill
for Saint Mary’s Organ Fund.
You will be welcomed with a glass of sherry together with traditional Christmas cakes, mince pies coffee etc. together with perhaps one or two guessing games. Eleanor (on keyboard) and Gordon (on flute) will provide the music for us to sing Christmas Carols so start practising now! If you are unable to come a small donation would be most welcome - remember this is for your church.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Judy Smith for taking over the rota for the Imagine coffee mornings this year which as you know has been a difficult one for me - at the same time I would like to thank every single one of you who have supported me in this venture for the past 12 years and raised so many thousands of pounds to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
Looking forward to seeing lots of you on the 15th December.
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.”
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.
Suzannah Knight, a very talented musician played the oboe at the October recital. Her playing was beautiful and enjoyed by a good audience. Her programme included music by Richard Kershaw, Poulenc and an arrangement by Roddy Elmer. She concluded with the popular ‘Gabriel's Oboe’ by Morricone.
Our friend, Roddy Elmer very ably played the piano with Suzannah. He also played solos by Chabrier and Bartok.
At 12.30 pm on Wednesday 11 November Sandra Sinclair will come again to play the viola. Do come and hear her if you can. Ploughman's lunch with hot soup will be available afterwards.
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Ploughman’s Lunch £3.00, if required, in the Choir Vestry afterwards
Concert Programme For 2015
Sandra Sinclair - Viola
To be confirmed
Thinking Of Joining The Church Choir For The Carol Service On December 20th?
If so, great news! You will be welcome. There are no auditions. There are exciting plans to have a small, mostly professional, orchestra this year to accompany, along with the organ.
There is no choir-only music that is particularly complicated to sing, but we do expect that if you intend to join, you must attend at least two of the Thursday rehearsals in December, (3rd, 10th and 17th all at 7:30 pm) plus the one on the day itself at 3:45 pm. Regrettably it will not be possible for you to sing in the Christmas choir this year if you come only to the rehearsal on that day.
If you would like to receive scanned copies of the music by e mail please email Keith and he will forward them to you.
There is still plenty of time to slide these dates into your diary so that everyone involved can sing confidently and gain the greatest enjoyment from what looks like being an outstanding celebration of the coming birth of Christ.
Keith and Jonathan
James’ London Marathon Raffle
I’m running the 2016 London Marathon for Action on Hearing Loss (the charity formally known as the Royal National Institute for Deaf People). Action on Hearing Loss is a great charity which I am especially proud to support due to family connections with education in schools for the deaf across North London. It’s also my first ever marathon in the year I turn 40...I better get training!
To help with fund raising, I’m going to be holding a raffle after the Remembrance Day Church Parade on November 8th. I have some absolutely fantastic confectionary raffle prizes which have been generously donated by Cadbury’s, Burton’s Biscuits and Ferrero. I'll be selling tickets and drawing the winners during coffee. Any support you can offer will be very gratefully received. Thank you.
Magazine Stapling Rota 2015/16
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.
A Message From Our New Bishop Robert
Dear friends and Colleagues
I am really grateful for the warm welcome which John (Hawkins) and I have received since becoming Bishop and Archdeacon in the Edmonton Episcopal Area.
We do extend a warm welcome to each and every one of you for the special services which are planned for the beginning of next month. Each of these services will be designed to pray for the different deaneries concerned. As you will be aware, John Hawkins and I are currently at the beginning of a nine month listening exercise and the services of welcome are really to kick start that process. We would like as many lay people and clergy as possible to attend the event for your deanery, Enfield's is at
Bishop Stopford School on 9 November at 7:00 pm
We look forward to welcoming you to that service, and members of your congregations, there will be refreshments afterwards but please do come along and pray for your local area, please pray that we are listening well to God’s inspiration and guidance for our Area and let's come together in order to perceive what the next chapter will be in the Edmonton Episcopal Area.
I very much look forward to welcoming you to your particular service.
Do take care,
A Surprise Find
At choir practice recently we were handed a book of anthems we had not used for some time. Pam Hagan found an envelope in hers addressed to Eleanor and Peter, Peter, my husband, had died 12 years ago. I was intrigued to discover what the envelope held. Inside was a poem written by Joan Englefield, a long standing member of the choir, who has also died.
She had donated some war time clothes to the motor museum in Whitewebbs Road and her dress maker's dummy. These garments were made from blackout material, a dressing gown made from a blanket etc. They are still on show. Enfield District Veteran Vehicle Society Museum is open every Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and the last Sunday in the month.
I Gave My Body To A Museum
It didn’t start with Burke and Hare
In fact - that pair were never there!)
And it was freely given -
First to me - then presently -
While ‘turning out’ I’m driven
To pass her on for modelling
An embroidered robe I’d made
Years before - during the war
When ‘black-out’ made the grade.
Museum friend came to collect
My well-loved ‘Tailors Dummy’ -
Transporting her beneath one arm -
(The neighbours thought it funny)
To see him walk from house to car
They viewed this with alarm
(Tis lucky policeman was not called
With thoughts I’d come to harm!)
And now she proudly models me
At Whitewebbs Road Museum
With war-time dresses which I gave
Why don't you come and see um!
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!