Parish Magazine ~ April 2017
You have probably noticed that the penalties for using a mobile phone while driving have recently been increased to a £200 fine and 6 penalty points on the driving licence, doubling the earlier punishment. There has also been a radio campaign. After explaining the new law, the speaker declares how tempting it is to use one’s phone while driving, and so suggests that drivers should put their mobiles in the glove compartment. ‘Make the glove compartment the phone compartment’ they say. The reason, they suggest, is that the best way to resist the temptation to answer a call or text message, is to put the phone ‘out of temptation’s way’. By hiding your phone on the other side of the car, behind a closed door, not so much the temptation but the ability to answer it will be removed. So the way to handle this issue, to save a fine, and ‘even a life’ is to put temptation out of reach. It is a good idea, a simple idea, also effective. That is the approach: avoid temptation. It sounds very Lenten, doesn’t it? But it is not. If we cast our minds back to the Galilean wilderness two millennia ago, Jesus does not avoid temptation, he does not run away from it, or put it in the glove compartment where he can’t reach it and it can’t reach him. He does not turn his back on Satan or avoid the places where Satan lurks. Rather he goes into the wilderness, almost seeking Satan. He goes into the devil’s domain – the wilderness – and it is not long before Satan arrives and starts tempting, or testing him. So what Jesus does is exactly the opposite of putting temptation out of harm’s way. He seeks temptation, whereas we often think in terms of avoiding it. If you give up chocolate for Lent, you make sure there is none in the house. If you want to avoid the temptation to answer your phone while driving, put it in the glove box or leave it behind. Yet if you want to face temptation, rather than avoid it, and thereby really grow in spiritual discipline, then leave the phone on the seat next to you and make sure there is plenty of chocolate in the fridge! Just don’t eat it or take that call. Do not make Lent easy for yourself. Yet we are human, and we do not necessarily need to seek temptation, it is all around us anyway. And when it comes to spiritual discipline we can never play in the same league as our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus does not make it easier for himself, he makes it harder, as hard as possible. Harder, perhaps, than any human could endure. He has set us a gold standard in temptation-resistance.
Good luck, as Lent continues!
From the Parish Registers
6 March 2017
Henry William Goodwin
Regular Weekly Events
|Sunday||8:00 am||Holy Communion|
|10:00 am||Eucharist (Second Sunday in month Family Service)|
|6:30 pm||Evensong (or other ‘special’ service)|
|Please see the Google calendar for any further information regarding Sunday Services|
|Monday||10:00 am||Mattins (BCP)|
|Tuesday||7:45-9:00 pm||Bell Ringing Practice|
|Wednesday||8:30 pm||Drama Group|
|Thursday||10:30 am||Holy Communion (BCP)|
|7:30 pm||Choir Practice|
Fellowship Meeting January 2017
If you missed Yezi talking to us about growing up in Communist China I have tried to give you a brief idea of her presentation:
“I was born in Shandong Province in village. I am the eldest of six children. Four of my siblings still live in China and one has joined me in London. Our village was very poor and I tried several times to run away, unsuccessfully. My mother threatened to break my legs so I stopped trying.
I later had the opportunity to sell eggs in Quingdao. It was there I got into serious trouble for wanting to join the ten year old daughter of a professor so I could continue to study.
Most of the men in my family joined the family business and became carpenters, including my grandfather and my father. After Chairman Mao my mother began to help making the sofas, cutting fabric and leather and sewing them together.
My mother came from a wealthy background and was encourage to marry my dad whose family was not so wealthy. At that time it was better to marry into a working family it was called “Red Roots”.
The women were traditionally the carers and were careful to keep the regulations. Both my grandmothers had their feet bound in childhood, as all girls did then.
Girls were supposed to be demure and quiet, not to laugh or show their teeth, not like me. It was considered to be rude and disrespectful.
I moved to Quindao in 1980 to work with my uncle. I took my daughter for a visit to the city but have not been back to my village. I have lost touch with them all now.
I was taught that all religion was superstition and had to study Chairman Mao.
I began studying literature at Fu Dan University, Shanghai in 1991, after my daughter was born. I began publishing articles after graduating in 1993. There were few non-Chinese, and I was frightened by the sight of a black man when he knocked on the door of my dormitory, he was looking for my roommate. I shut the door in his face.
All the professors were Chinese then and I could see no reason to learn English. We were not politically active and took pleasure in palm reading or astrology for fun. We had a good social life, I didn’t join in sports but enjoyed dancing. I keep in touch with about forty students and professors who have spread out over the world.”
Yezi then went on to tell us how she met her husband and that they lived in China until he became ill. They moved to England and she became a Christian. The Chinese church where she worshipped often had over 1000 people, so many that they could not sit. When her husband died in 2011 the people of Jesus Church Forty Hill helped her with funeral arrangements and official papers.
Yezi came to Saint Mary’s after seeing us on Songs of Praise and is now part of the family here. After joining the home group Yezi’s aim is to be an ambassador for Christ, a good citizen of the UK and of God’s Kingdom.
We thanked her for sharing so openly and for Peter Lamb who guided her through her memories of growing up in China during its incredible journey from a closed and traditional society, through the time of Chairman Mao to what we see now on the world stage.
At our February meeting we were charmed by our Oak Hill student Richard who spoke about C. S. Lewis and his association with Northern Ireland. “I am not English, I am Irish” a quotation from Lewis, the man living in Oxford as a Don, teaching and writing. We heard how Lewis’ childhood home influenced his imagined landscape of Narnia. I can commend Richard on a really interesting presentation.
Fellowship Programme 2017
April 19th - WPC Michelle Carty, our Dedicated Ward Officer will be speaking to us about what her duties involve.
May 17th - Padwick and Ball (a collection for Cancer Research)
June 21 - The Reverend Ian Gallagher will talk about his former career in Musical Theatre.
July 19th - A possible visit and picnic at Middleton House Gardens or Forty Hall. (Transport by car TBA)
September 20th - Gordon Giles
October 18th - Jackie Fish with Speaker to be arranged
November 15th - Speaker to be arranged
December 20th - Christmas Lunch
Coffee Dates for your diary - 2017
Here is the rota for the monthly coffee mornings all Tuesdays except 20th November which is a Monday
April 18 ~ Alison Reeve
May 16 ~ June Carr
June 20 ~ Carol & Peter Lamb
July 18 ~ Maureen & Keith Rew
August 15 ~ Laura & Ken Cope
September 19 ~ Gordon & Jessica Giles
October 17 ~ Betty Buck
November 20* ~ Janet & Keith Whelpdale
December 19 ~ Rita Barker
* Please note this is a Monday
The next Traidcraft stall will be
Sunday 9th April
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.
Christian Aid Week 2017 - 14th-20th May
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 me. Thank you,
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.
The Committee met on Wednesday 8 March 2017 at St Michael’s and All Angels, Gordon Hill. The main topic of discussion was the United Service at Pentecost and it will be at Lancaster Road URC. They are inviting the Group to join them for a ‘Messy Church’ from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm on Sunday 4 June. The Committee will next meet on Tuesday 4 July at Lancaster Road URC at 8.00 pm.
Date For Your Diary
Our next coffee morning will be held on Tuesday 21st March at Eleanor Pritchard’s, 12 The Glen from 10:45 am as usual. Do come along and perhaps sample the lovely lemon cake Eleanor makes - she will be very pleased to welcome you as we continue to raise funds for our organ.
Beautiful Flowers for Easter
This coming Easter, we would welcome a donation towards the costs of flower arrangements and flower displays in the church. If you would like to donate £5 or whatever you can, there is a green collection box beside the church magazines and some envelopes too if you want to hand one to Catherine Circus or Gill Bird.
News From The Home Group
Meanwhile… for the fourth and final week of the “Find Your Voice” course, we heard from the Revd Dr Donna Lazenby, Tutor and Lecturer in Spirituality and Apologetics at Saint Mellitus College. Donna also serves as senior/lead minister to The Hayes Church, located in The Hayes Primary School, Kenley, South Croydon. Entitled “Reading the signs of the times”, Donna gave an enlightening and amusing look into the conceptualisation and targeting of products that both advertisers and businesses suggest and even promise will meet our EVERY need! A glance along any high street or shopping centre can be quite insightful when reading the signs.
Here are a few illustrations of my own on the theme, the first to the tune of “Teddy Bears Picnic”:
“Should you go down to Enfield town today, you’re in for a big surprise, some assure a haven of tranquillity, to de-stress and revitalise. Live today like it’s all your tomorrows, wide-eyed and joyful, follow your dreams. Love and life, everlasting, for the moments that matter.” (Champneys, Clarks and Ernest Jones).
Indicating that there are moments that don’t matter?
There are further subtle and attractive strategies and tactics designed to coerce and entice us. From one retailer’s claims of “Championing everyone’s right to feel good…caring for people, customers and communities everywhere.”(Boots). Whilst another store states; “Life celebrating life. We believe in enhancing relationships through the expression of personal emotion and through the celebration of sincere connections. Life’s journey is enriched by these priceless touch points that raise everyday moments into enduring memories.” (Clintons). Yet another “The World Is Our Source Of Beauty, Happiness Is Our Business. Real, natural, beautiful. You’ll feel so good, inside and out.” (The Body Shop).
Blah, blah, blah, enough, sufficient, desist…except for one of my personal favourite products “Pass The Love On” (Thorntons), ah… chocolate.
Now for a little science, eating chocolate hacks into a quartet of happiness chemicals triggering the release of positive neurotransmitters. Dopamine, a feel-good hormone, the pleasure chemical, causes pupils to dilate. The release of Serotonin into the brain known as an anti-depressant, contributes to one’s overall feeling of well-being and positive mood. Dubbed the hug and bliss hormone, Oxytocin is a.k.a. the “cuddle chemical” and has pleasurable opium-like compounds. Sometimes called “the love drug”, Endorphins work to lessen pain and decrease stress.
Is it any wonder that we’re assured paradise in the taste of a Bounty bar, or who remembers the advice to “Take it easy with Cadbury’s caramel”, spoken by a west country accented animated female rabbit in the 1980’s (viewable on YouTube).“Freeing The Joy Since 1824!”, Cadbury also suggested they could make Christmas 2016 Joyful and even offer it to us in little pots, “Pots Of Joy”.
Thankfully we no longer need to buy into all that spiel because of Jesus Christ. The only one who truly knows and promises to meet all our needs, beyond expectation and Jesus always keeps His promises. Furthermore we’re blessed with the indwelling of The Holy Spirit and the Fruits thereof; “Love, Joy, Peace, Forbearance, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control” (Galatians 5:22-23 NIVUK). Nine wonderful gifts, just for starters, that can overflow and percolate into our surroundings, even our next visit to Enfield Town.
To be included in our forthcoming Monday’s line up:
April 3rd: Listening Prayer.
April 10th: Preparation for the month’s film through special features entitled “By His Wounds We Are Healed”, including an introduction narrated by the producer Mel Gibson, with an approximate running time of 1 hour and 40 min’s.
April 17th: Film Night; “The Passion of the Christ”, 2004, certificate 18, with a running time of just over 2 hrs.
April 24th: “The Provocative Church”, chapter 3.
Please be aware that we won’t be meeting on the Bank Holiday of May 1st.
Love Laura, Ken and Dawn.
Gill and David’s first ever Church coffee morning in February was well attended with around 27 people! As a steady stream came through the door, they were greeted with Gill’s baked efforts: Victoria sponge (cream and jam filled!) Pineapple cake (Kate Bissett’s recipe) and a rather exotic orange and cardamom cake. Rita made an excellent teas and coffees pourer and there was much chat and chair finding going on. The raffle, bring and buy and selling more cake portions raised the great sum of £260 in total, many also gift-aiding.
A hectic but fun morning, all too soon over.
The Bingo Evening
Thank you to everyone who attended the Fish and Chip with Bingo evening on Shrove Tuesday. It was a great fun evening and although not planned as a fund raising event we managed to make a profit of £121 which I have passed on to Vic to put in the Organ Fund.
The Rowantree Choir
‘Diversity in Harmony’
The choir began its life as an evening class at Rowantree School in Winchmore Hill, North London, in 1960. It later became a separate entity, and is now an important part of Enfield's thriving musical activity. We are a mixed choir of over 100 members, made up of the four singing parts: soprano, alto, tenor and bass. In our fifty-plus years of existence we have performed a huge variety of pieces, from Requiems to Rhapsodies, from Baroque to the Beatles, and from Masses to Madrigals. The arrival of our present Musical Director, Jonathan Rathbone, (formerly Director of the Swingle Singers), in September 1999, signalled the start of an exciting period in the choir's development. A skilled arranger, Jonathan began to prepare pieces for our concerts, again covering a wide range of styles. For Christmas 2000, when we celebrated the choir's 40th anniversary, we were delighted to perform the première of Night of Wonder, a cantata we had commissioned from Jonathan and which was subsequently released as a CD.
More recently, in 2015 Rowantree commissioned a new piece from Jonathan entitled Patricius! – the story of the life of St Patrick with lyrics by Paul Whitnall. This has already been performed several times to great acclaim and is a truly wonderful gospel piece!
We look forward to performing Mozart’s Solemn Vespers and Rutter’s Requiem in St Mary Magdalene’s Church on Sat. 1st April at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from email@example.com or by phone: 07446 289517 www.rowantreechoir.org.uk
The date this year is Thursday 27th July (first week of the school holidays)
We will travel there and back by coach and the cost will be £18 per seat which includes a tip for the driver.
If you would like to be included please let Alison Reeve know. You can bring any of your friends and family – grandparents, grandchildren, cousins, aunts and uncles…
but children must be accompanied by an adult.
The Spring Fair will be on 20 May and plants will be on sale as usual, so please think about preparing plants for the stall.
Magazine Stapling Rota 2017
30 April 2017
Ken and Laura Cope, Gill Bird
4 June 2017
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke
29 July 2017
Ju(Yezi) Lan Zhen, Fal Hayes
26 August 2017
Ken & Laura Cope, Gill Bird
23 September 2017
Peter & Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard
21 October 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.
In March we had our annual visit from young musicians from Enfield Grammar School. Instead of the usual Senior Jazz Group we were treated to nine younger students playing to us. They performed well and were well led by Mrs Tate-Lovery who also introduced the music. The audience were appreciative of the performance. The students were a credit to their school. We are grateful to the school’s director of music, Mrs Ners for bringing and supporting the group.
At 12.30 pm on Wednesday 12 April we will have a very different musical experience but one which will also give pleasure. Sandra Sinclair will play the viola with a pianist.
Lunch will as usual be available afterwards.
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Ploughman’s Lunch £3.50, if required, in the Choir Vestry afterwards
Do come along if you are free. Ploughman’s lunch with hot soup will be available afterwards at the very reasonable price of £3.50.
Concert Programme For 2017
12th April Sandra Sinclair ~ Viola
10th May The Anern String Trio
14th June Margaret Green and Roddy Elmer ~ voice and piano
12th July Catherine Leonard ~ piano
August No Concert
13th September Susannah Knight, Michael Lovejoy and Roddy Elmer
(oboe, violin and piano)
11th October Serafini Trio
8th November Olive Murray ~ voice
13th December Michael and Marion Smith ~ Organ & Piano
Psalm 23 for Busy People
The Lord is my Pace Setter, I shall not rush,
He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals,
He provides me with images of stillness,
Which restore my serenity.
He leads me in ways of efficiency,
Through calmness of mind; and his guidance is peace.
Even though I have a great many things to accomplish each day,
I will not fret, for his presence is here.
His timelessness, his all-importance will keep me in balance.
He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity,
By anointing my head with his oils of tranquility,
My cup of joyous energy overflows.
Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruit of my hours,
for I shall walk in the pace of my Lord,
and dwell in his house for ever.