Parish Magazine ~ July 2016
The most famous work of early English literature is perhaps Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. From it we can get a vivid picture of life in the 14th century, and of the rich and diverse human characters of that particular time, with their joys and sorrows, their sins and their saintliness! But there’s one thing about the book which Chaucer’s own contemporaries would have found fascinating but which is commonplace for us: They seldom travelled anywhere; the pilgrims were doing something almost as unusual, in their world, as flying off to the moon would be for us. Although Tim Peake and his crew have just arrived safely back from space, for which we thank God, we don’t all get to do that on a regular basis, but we do get to travel in our own country and across the world. However, travel used to be a rare luxury. As recently as the nineteenth century, only the rich from England could afford the time and money to visit the sights of Europe. In Chaucer’s world, as in most of the world for most of human history, most people didn’t travel at all. This was true for most people in Jesus’ world, too, with one major exception: Jews in Galilee regularly made one journey, their pilgrimage to Jerusalem (which was about a 3 or 4 days walk away). And all Jews, wherever they were, would tell the story of the great journey of the Exodus, when their ancestors travelled from Egypt to the Promised Land. As they did so, they would tell other Biblical stories too – stories about Kings and prophets, about God’s dealings with Israel in bygone days.
Travelling in obedience to God’s call is one of St Luke’s central pictures for what it means to be a Christian. Following Jesus is what it’s all about. The first thing Luke makes clear about following Jesus is, that it’s not easy; whenever any project is launched, people discover that their own ambitions somehow get mixed up in it all. We have experienced a lot of this kind of behaviour in the recent electioneering for the European Referendum, and even more so since; people’s individual ambitions have been evident rather than taking the approach for the common good of all.
We can learn a lot from Luke’s Gospel: ambition has to be dealt with before the disciples begin their journey with Jesus; markers also have to be put in place. The disciples have to learn that God’s Kingdom may be going forward involving people they don’t know, who are not part of their group. People they meet on the way. Things are not always straightforward. After the result of the recent Referendum it will be the same for our country’s future now. As people of different thinking/different persuasions we shall need to unite in our differences; and journey on life’s road together if we are to move forward, because we shall most certainly meet new people along the way!
The Call to follow Jesus can be a tough call, the call to discipleship is not an easy ride, but then Jesus himself never said it would be. The challenge to move forward, to journey on with Jesus, is like trying to plough a straight furrow without looking back to see how you did. Even if what you see is a straight line, the very act of looking back will mean that the next bit will become crooked. Think of other pictures, in your mind’s eye too: if you’re singing a hymn or a song, it’s no good wondering whether you sang the previous line OK. You have to concentrate straight away on the next line. If you’re on a journey, the map you need is the one that tells you where to go next, not the one for the road you have just travelled. And so, the question comes home to us with a renewed impact! As Christ’s disciples, where is Jesus asking us to travel, not yesterday, but tomorrow, and in the future? Are we ready to stand united in our differences as citizens of the U.K. for the political journey ahead of us? But even more important, much much more important to Christians than that: Are we ready to unite as Disciples of Jesus Christ and follow him where ever he leads us to proclaim his Kingdom in the World?
The gifts we need for the journey are clearly defined in Paul’s letter to the Galatians: we need to equip ourselves with the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self- control. For those who live by the Spirit will also be guided by the spirit.
The Reverend Jackie Fish
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who collected Christian Aid Envelopes this year. We know this is not always an easy job and appreciate all your efforts. The money we have collected will make a difference to some of the poor and needy in the world.
The total raised from door to door collections this year is £1016.
Alison and Paul Reeve
News From The Home Group
We extend a warm, open invitation to share prayer and fellowship; encouraging one another’s walk of faith, to know God more clearly, love him more dearly and follow him more nearly, day by day.
Recognising that the only ability God requires is availability, we really enjoyed and were encouraged to see the variety of gifts and talents God’s blessed everyone with through all the offerings presented at May’s Parish Concert. On a personal note I was doubly pleased to be well enough not only to attend but also to take part, particularly in the fun dance with Dawn to Christian artist Jamie Grace’s “Do Life Big”. Thanks to Yezi’s filming and posting of an excerpt of us dancing on Facebook, the fun dance has already been viewed in excess of 250 times! Praise God!
Laura, Ken and Dawn Cope
Meeting on Mondays, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Date for your diary Coffee Morning
The next coffee morning in aid of the organ fund will be held on Tuesday 19th July from 10:45 a.m. at Carol and Peter Lamb’s house at 6 Colonels Walk and they will be delighted to see you there. We are doing well so far with the organ fundraising and we rely on everyone to do their best to attend these functions so keep up the good work.
Thank you all of you for being so loyal!
The Rambling Group
The Group has been inactive for long enough! So we will re-convene on Sunday 10 July. Please make sure you have your Freedom Passes or Oyster Cards in case they are needed.
Unfortunately St Monica’s School Choir was unable to sing at the June recital but with a weeks’ notice Roddy Elmer was able to play an enjoyable concert for us. Margaret Green a friend of his kindly sang some delightful English folk songs.
At 12.30 pm on Wednesday 13 July, Jonathan Newby, who is new to us, will play the piano. All are welcome including to the ploughman’s salad which is available afterwards. Those who stay for it usually enjoy the fellowship.
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Ploughman’s Lunch £3.50, if required, in the Choir Vestry afterwards
Concert Programme For 2016
Jonathan Newby - Piano
Catherine Leonard - Piano
Luca Luciano - Clarinet
Marion and Michael Smith - Piano and Organ
More Music at St Mary’s
Southgate Symphony Orchestra will present their summer concert as usual at our Church. It will be at 7.30 pm on Sunday 3 July. It is to be an evening of British Music with Butterworth’s Shropshire Lad and Delius Cello Concerto. It will conclude with Elgar’s 3rd Symphony. He did not complete it but composer Anthony Payne did so in Elgar’s style. He has promised to attend the concert and speak with our popular conductor Adrian Brown about the music. The members of the orchestra are looking forward to this interesting evening.
Tickets can be obtained from me or by telephoning 020 8363 9029.
NB: Another feast of music will be our Patronal Festival on 17 July 2016.
Please Note that the time of the Patronal Festival is now at 10:30 am
and will be followed by a reception with Bishop Rob.
Also, we hope to host a ‘Come and Sing’ Fauré Requiem
on Sunday September 25th at 6:30 pm.
The next Traidcraft stall will be
Sunday 10th July
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.
The Annual Church Barbecue
to be held at
44 Ridge Crest
(home of Alison & Paul Reeve)
Saturday 9th July 4.00 onwards
Dates for your diary - Coffee Mornings/Evenings
As I expect you all know throughout this year we will be raising money for St Mary’s Organ Fund and it would be good if you will please put the following dates in your diary - they are all third Tuesday in the month & are coffee mornings unless otherwise stated.
19th July ~ Carol & Peter Lamb
16th August ~ Bernard Quinn
20th Sept ~ Alison & Paul Reeve - Cheese/wine 7:00 pm
18th October ~ Lilian & Colin Gibbens
15th Nov ~ Pam & Vic Harrington
20th Dec ~ Rita Barker
Hope to see you at all or some of these events.
Magazine Stapling Rota 2016
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.
Based in North London, Enfair is a Fair trade project that works amongst women from disadvantaged backgrounds in India.
It began to try to help women from disadvantaged backgrounds to earn decent wages and improve their lives. In 2014 a sewing unit was started with one lady who had come from North East India to Delhi. Since then three other ladies have joined the project and have received training in embroidery , tailoring and other skills. Now they are very proficient and their work is of a high standard. The sewing unit, where all the production activities take place, is in a rented room in New Delhi.
Enfair products are fashion accessories such as handbags, purses and cotton tops made to order. Unique hand woven textiles are used on many of the products featuring traditional designs from North East India.
It is our Christian faith that has prompted us to start this project. Although Enfair is not a registered charity it is a non-profit making venture and the money which is made is invested back into the sewing unit. We are aware that what we do is just a drop in a big ocean, but we are very pleased that this project is having an amazing impact on the lives of these ladies and their families and we hope to develop the work further with more ladies from similar backgrounds.
Please come along to our sale at
St Mary Magdalene’s Church Hall
on Saturday the 16th July between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.
We would love to come and see you and please feel free to bring your friends.
Up And Coming Events For Your Diary
9 ~ Barbecue at Alison and Paul’s 16:00
17 ~ Patronal Festival with Bishop Robert followed by reception in the hall 10:30
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
6 ~ Cheese and Wine at Paul and Alison’s – 7:00 pm
7 ~ London Bridges Sponsored Walk
25 ~ Fauré Requiem or Choral Evensong – 6:30pm
8 ~ Barn Dance – 6:30 pm
9 ~ Bring and Share Lunch – 12 noon
19 ~ Quiz Night and Fish & Chip Supper – 7:30 pm
11 ~ Festive Fayre – 10:00 am