Magazine February 2016

Parish Magazine ~ February 2016

It is with great sadness that we heard of the death of Les Fish on January 22nd. Heartfelt prayers and condolences go to Jackie in her and our loss.

Les’ funeral will be in church at 11:00 am on Friday 12th February.

The Rev'd Dr Gordon Giles

Dear friends,

When we think about the Creation of the Universe, banged into being by that Cosmic gift of God, we think of a ginormous explosion of light. Flash-bang - something from nothing, light from darkness: faith, hope and love springing from an act of the divine that we have to admit, we cannot conceive of let alone understand. Quarks, neutrinos and Higgs Bosun particles aside, we are blinded by it all. We can take it as a huge act of love - bringing into being absolutely everything. This very moment has its origins in that blast of love, and every fibre of our body is made from the possibility of potential life that burst forth in that minuscule, massive moment. The chances of us happening were infinitesimally small, and yet, here we are. From that loving bang of light comes the greatest hope ever. For hope is the assurance of things not seen, and while no-one but God could have predicted the incredibly small chance of life emerging from that big light, God knew and planned it. Creation was not random but deliberate, and we are here to tell the tale.

St Paul wrote to the Church in Corinth that there is a better way to live - a better way of love. In what we think of as chapter 13 of his first letter to them, he tells them what love is and why it is important. And he concludes with very famous words, heard at weddings and funerals: that ‘these three remain - faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love’. It is these three that abide, endure. Faith, hope and love that we carry with us all our lives. These three that were there from the beginning and which we live by, and which we carry beyond the grave. For while it is true that you can't take anything with you when you go - there are no pockets in grave clothes - while this is very true, actually we do take something with us when we go: we take faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love.

For each of us has a beginning a middle and an end, and when we are living the middle we don't pay much attention to the beginning nor the end, except perhaps in Lent. And the story of the universe has a beginning, a middle and an end, and it’s true, we don't often think about that, living as we do, about 4.5 billion years after our sun came into existence, with about 4.5 billion years to go - that is, we are slap bang in the middle of a cosmic story whose beginning and end we barely comprehend. The death of the planet, solar system or universe is something very strange to us. Yet we all face death all the time: not just when Les, or Ray or Dick or anyone else takes their leave of us, but also at any time. Whenever we cross the road, run down the stairs, get in a plane, we look death in the eye, assuming casually that we are going to win.

We are not going to win. The Victor over death is not me or you, but Jesus Christ, the alpha and omega - there from the beginning, present among us and waiting to embrace us in resurrection life. So we are in what the German theologians call die mitte der zeit - the middle time, between incarnation and salvation. We have seen salvation with our eyes, and yet we still wait for it. It is both now, and not yet. Beginnings, middles and endings, we are surrounded by them. And yet, all of them are filled, from the beginning and to the end with those three: Faith, Hope and Love. These are what brought us to being. These are what we live by, and these three will sustain us as we depart in peace. Faith - Hope - Love. And the greatest of these is love.



February ~ Lillian Gibbens “A Medieval NHS”.

March ~ Dave Cockle “Part 3 - The Piccadilly Line”.

April ~ Michael Smith “An English Man Abroad”.

We are looking further into the year to include a picnic lunch, a service in church, a look at the work of the Credit Union, and a presentation by the “Padwick and Ball” duo, who are raising money for Cancer Research.

Maureen Lunn

If anyone is celebrating a birthday or anniversary and wishes to take up the elements please inform the churchwardens.

Advance Notice

The date of the Parish Concert has been postponed from 23 April to Saturday 7 May at 5:00pm. I hope this will not inconvenience anybody.

Eleanor Pritchard

Lent 2016

Dust and GloryLent is one of the three forty-day ‘seasons’ in the Church’s year, besides Advent and the period from Easter to Pentecost. The name itself, Lent, derives from an ancient word meaning ‘spring’ or ‘long’, referring to the time of year when days are beginning to lengthen and the world is turning from winter cold and dark to the warmth and promise of spring. During this time, the Church calls us to a special period of prayer, self-examination and teaching - and this book has been written to accompany you through that period, a time of turning from winter to spring, from death to life.

Dust and Glory ranges across the whole business of living and believing, where the questions are as important as the answers, and may call us to deep heart-searching. The goal is always to draw us to authentic faith; a way of living and believing that is real and vulnerable, strong in knowing its limits, rooted in joy and wonder, blessed with the healing and merciful presence of God. Such faith acknowledges both the dust of our mortality and the glory that keeps breaking in with unexpected life, hope and new beginnings.

The Lent Course will begin on Monday 15th Feb at 8.15pm and will be at 8, Comreddy Close, led by the clergy but kindly hosted by the Copes. Copies of the book are available in church, or can be bought on Kindle if that is your thing!

Bell Ringers Required at St. Mary's

We practice Tuesday evenings 7.45pm - 9.00pm
We ring Sunday mornings for the service (main reason to learn)
We ring for Weddings, Funerals and special occasions and get paid for some.
We go on day outings and weekend outings to ring at other churches
It also helps to keep us fit and healthy, good exercise.


Can I ring a Church bell? Of course you can, with a little help. It takes a few weeks training to be "on your own" but, the pleasures you have, will be many.

For 400 years church bells have been ringing all over the world, well, the UK maybe, the rest of the world a little less. Why do I say this? Well once you can ring and control a bell, where ever you go and you hear bells ringing you would be very welcome to join in.

So, why learn to ring?

  • Maintain a traditional skill
  • A service to the church
  • Team activity … you make friends for life
  • Healthy light exercise … you don't need to be big and strong
  • A hobby for the whole families … 9 - 90
  • Lessons are free

If you are interested to ‘have a go’ just come up to the ringing chamber and see what is going on.

We practice Tuesday evenings 7.45pm - 9.00pm

Peter Rossiter (Tower captain)
Please use the contact form on our contact page to get in touch with Peter, thanks.

Launde Abbey 2016

We are planning to go back to Launde Abbey next year and have provisionally booked 8-11 August 2016. This is the same week that we went in 2013 and allows for children and young people to come during the school holidays.

When we were there last time there was general agreement that we should book for an extra day this time so that there was more time for rest and relaxation and the opportunity for people to do more of their own things and not feel constrained by the group dynamic. This does, of course, increase the cost and for next year the price is £81 a day, full board (£243 for the whole period). That includes a room with en suite facilities and 3 meals a day as well as mid morning coffee with biscuits and afternoon tea with cake. As those who have been before will know, you do not go hungry - Launde ministers to the stomach as well as the soul!

If you would like to come, or would like more information if you have not been before, then please speak to Judy or myself. If there are sufficient numbers we will run a separate children’s programme. And as always, children go free!

Michael Smith

Lunchtime Recitals

January’s recital was given by or Vicar, Gordon, playing the flute and Roddy Elmer, our friend, playing the piano. A good, appreciative audience were able to relax and enjoy a programme ranging from Beethoven to Lennox Berkeley.

At 12:30 pm on Wednesday 10 February something quite different for Highlands School Wind band will play to us. All Welcome.

There will as usual be lunch available afterwards. This year the price has slightly increase to £3.50 but is still very good value. Try it.

Eleanor Pritchard

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Retiring Collection
Ploughman’s Lunch £3.50, if required, in the Choir Vestry afterwards

Concert Programme For 2016

10 February
Highlands School Wind Band

9 March
Enfield Grammar School - Jazz Group

13 April
Nigel Blomily - Cello Guthri

11 May
Sandra Sinclair - Viola

8 June
St Monica’s Catholic Primary School Choir

13 July
Jonathan Newby - Piano

14 September
Serafini Ensemble

12 October
Catherine Leonard - Piano

9 November
Luca Luciano - Clarinet

14 December
Marion and Michael Smith - Piano and Organ

Magazine Stapling Rota 2016

5 March 2016
Ken and Laura Cope, Gill Bird

2 April 2016
Peter and Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard

30 April 2016
Ken and Laura Cope, Gill Bird

4 June 2016
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke

2 July 2016
Ju(Yezi) Lan Zhen, Val Hayes, Kate Bissett

6 August 2016
Ken and Laura Cope, Gill Bird

3 September 2016
Peter and Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard

1 October 2016
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke

5 November 2016
Ju(Yezi) Lan Zhen, Val Hayes, Kate Bissett

3 December 2016
Ken and Laura Cope, Gill Bird

7 January 2017
Peter and Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard

4 February 2017
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.

Up and Coming Events at St Mary Magdalene

10 Epiphany Sunday - Family Communion 10:00
23 Golf Club Dinner 19:30

10 Ash Wednesday Service 20:00
20 Quiz 19:30

6 Mothering Sunday - Family Communion 10:00
9-12 Mozart’s The Magic Flute 19:30
20 Palm Sunday Service 10:00
21 Stations of the Cross 20:00
22 Agape Supper 19:30
24 Maundy Thursday Communion and Vigil 20:00
25 Good Friday Service 17:00
27 Easter Day - Family Communion 10:00

10 Confirmation Service with Bishop Robert 10:00

5 Ascension Day Service 10:30
7 Parish Concert 17:00
15 Pentecost United Service 18:00
21 Spring Fair 10:00
26 - 28 Drama Production 20:00

7 Cheese and Wine at Judy and Michael’s 19:00
12 Enfield Town Walk 14:30
26 Parish Picnic in Hall Garden 12:00

9 Barbecue at Alison and Paul’s 16:00
17 Patronal Festival with Bishop Robert followed by reception in the hall 10:00
29 Day Trip to Frinton 9:00
31 Parish Picnic in Hall Garden 12:00

8 - 11 Launde Abbey Retreat
28 Parish Picnic in Hall Garden 12:00

The Smart Club has arrived at St Mary Magdalene’s!

Smart ClubWe will be running a holiday club for 5-11 year olds at St. Mary Magdalene’s church hall this February half term.

Monday 15th February-Friday 19th February

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Established in 2007, The Smart Club provides:

  • Flexible hours to suit parents
  • Fun, engaging and creative timetabled activities
  • Caring and friendly staff (all DBS checked and trained in Paediatric First Aid)
  • Affordable and competitive rates with discounts for siblings
  • A safe and stimulating environment for your children

For more information:
twitter: @smartclublondon