Magazine November 2017

Parish Magazine ~ November 2017

The Rev'd Dr Gordon Giles

On Tuesday 10th October all the clergy in London were summoned by the Bishops to a ‘Clergy Summit’ at Church House in Westminster. Because London is the biggest diocese, with about 6oo clergy, this grand use of the word ‘summit’, seems to be appropriate, although we weren’t actually trying to foster peace on earth and bring goodwill to all people. Shame really, because that is our job after all… all of our jobs in fact! No the summit, just meant all of us – all 600 odd of us. Odd being the operative word, I daresay.

It was extremely good. The CEO of the Post Office spoke to us about how the GPO has kept its business thriving, even where there are titchy post offices in very remote areas with only half a dozen customers. It’s not quite London, but I daresay there are villages in Herefordshire that could relate to that. She told us about a branch on a Scottish island where there are only 6 customers, who queue up on a bench outside, but the bench only seats three, so as they get served they shuffle onto and along the bench, and at the end of the bench is a heater, which they shuffle up towards. Perhaps we should try that – only have heating at the front, to encourage folk not to sit at the back. Ah yes, of course, silly me, that is what we do. She also told us that the fortunes of the Post Office, which does 15% of all retailing in this country, have been turned around by internet shopping. The biggest revenue stream for the Post Office, is people sending back stuff they have bought online. It so happens that the CEO of the Post Office is an ordained priest, too.

We also heard from the Archbishop of Canterbury, who perhaps alongside the Prime Minister and the managers of Arsenal and Spurs, probably has the hardest job in the country. He was so evidently a wise, kind, thoughtful and deeply prayerful man, that it was a joy to be in his presence. He basically told us that the Christian life is all about prayer, repentance and evangelism.

We also heard about the focus this year and in years to come on vocations to the ordained ministry. Many clergy are due to retire in the next decade, so we need to look to the future. So if you or anyone you know is feeling a little tug on your sleeve to gently explore whether being a vicar like me is what you might like to contemplate however tentatively, then please to say so. I don’t mean a vicar like me, of course that would be impossible. And for sure, very undesirable! Seriously, I’m always very happy to chat to folk about this.


From the Parish Registers

30 October 2017
Rex Davis

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

For a PDF file of the Parish Magazine for this month please click here.

Regular Weekly Events

Sunday8:00 amHoly Communion
10:00 amEucharist (Second Sunday in month Family Service)
6:30 pmEvensong (or other ‘special’ service)
Please see the Google calendar for any further information regarding Sunday Services
Monday10:00 amMattins (BCP)
Tuesday7:45-9:00 pmBell Ringing Practice
Wednesday8:30 pmDrama Group
Thursday10:30 amHoly Communion (BCP)
7:30 pmChoir Practice


Dear SMM members,

I wonder if you can help me?

I'm redesigning the church website to make it 'responsive' which means it will look good on any device as it adapts to the device screen-size – desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. The existing site doesn't have this capacity.

I hope to re-launch the website late January/early February and am currently re-thinking the website’s purpose and what information it provides about the life of SMM. There is basic information that the website requires to get this across but I am hoping to make it more community based and more personal with information about all that goes on at SMM – including the external groups from the community that use our facilities.

This is where you come in.

If anyone has any ideas as to what could be included in the website, or has a personal testimony to provide of how SMM has helped you (it only needs to be a paragraph or a couple of sentences), I would be most grateful. If you have a photo that you like of yourself that you wouldn’t mind being included too that would be great as it puts a face to the ‘voice’.

You can contact me either at church or by email through the website - Contact link at the bottom of the list.

Thanks for your time, God bless,

Ken Cope

Readers and Intercessors

Please note that I would like to gather for a brief meeting of each group of people after the Coffee on Sundays 12th and 19th November respectively.

Gordon Giles

Thank You

Thank you to all those who performed at the Parish Concert in October. It was good to see the mix of ages and the variety of talent displayed. Thank you to those who came in support and also to those who prepared our tea.

Eleanor Pritchard

Lunchtime Recitals

In October the Serafini Baroque Chamber Ensemble played for us once again. As usual their performance was very polished and enjoyed by quite a large audience. Their friends came from far and near to support them. Look out for Serafini again, perhaps next year. At 12.30 pm on Wednesday 8 November a singer – Olive Murray – will perform for us. Do come along, if you are able and also you can enjoy a ploughman’s lunch and hot soup all for £3.50 afterwards, very good value.

Eleanor Pritchard

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Retiring Collection
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

8th November Olive Murray ~ voice

13th December Michael and Marion Smith ~ Organ & Piano

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The next Traidcraft stall will be
Sunday 1 October
in the hall after 10:00 am service. All the usual essentials and treats will be there and the opportunity to review and order Christmas cards and gifts.

Come and see if there is anything new.

Alison Reeve

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News From the Home Group

For our first group excursion we’re visiting Hyde Park. The fourth largest, at 350 acres, of the eight Royal Parks. Formerly used for deer hunting, following an unfair acquisition by Henry VIII from the monks of Westminster Abbey in 1536. It has been a popular gathering place since first opening to the public in 1637. With its gardens, Serpentine Gallery, Princess Diana memorial Fountain, 7 July Memorial and Winter Wonderland (for its 11th year, open from the 17th), amongst its extensive attractions, we’re hoping for an enjoyable outing.

Following Thursday November 23rd’s service of Holy Communion, we’ll take the tube, changing at friendly step free stations, to Green Park. All, and friends are welcome to join us. Please note this is instead of our usual meeting on Monday 20th.

This month, for Film Night on Monday 27th, we’re watching the 1980 family classic “A Christmas Without Snow”. Principal performers include; Michael Learned, an American actress, known for her role as “Olivia Walton”, in the long-running CBS drama series “The Waltons”. John Houseman, a British-American actor and producer, known for his highly publicized collaboration with director Orson Welles. James Oliver Cromwell, an American actor and activist best known for starring roles in “Babe”, “L.A. Confidential”, “I, Robot” and set to star in 2018’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”.

We follow a local San Francisco church choir as they practice Handel’s Messiah, overcoming issues including ageism, racism, single parenthood and struggling churches. When one character, Mrs Burns, bursts out with a dissatisfied retort “A group of amateurs, who can’t even sing on key!”, before making a stormy exit from a rehearsal. The choir master responds, addressing the choir thus; “Mrs Burns is right of course, you are amateurs. Unlike certain pseudo professionals like myself who insist on slave wages. You’re voluntary, steadfast attendance at these rehearsals fully qualifies you for any definition of the word amateur. But what Mrs Burns and many others are wrong about is the meaning of the word amateur which has to do with motivation not quality. You will remember amos, amas, amat, the Latin verb, to love. The meaning of amateur is he or she who does a thing for the love of it. There is no higher reason for singing than the love of doing it. In that respect you do indeed qualify as amateurs, and I salute you for it!”

God bless. Love

Laura, Ken and Dawn Cope.

Coffee Dates for your diary - 2017

Here is the rota for the monthly coffee mornings all Tuesdays except 20th November which is a Monday

November 20* ~ Janet & Keith Whelpdale

December 19 ~ Rita Barker

* Please note this is a Monday

Fellowship Programme 2017

November 15th - Jessica Giles

December 20th - Christmas Lunch - at Enfield Golf Club.

Hope to see you there

Mo Lunn

Kath Bower on Bletchley Park WallKath Bower

On a recent visit to Bletchley Park with her Grandson, Joyce Kiddy found Kath Bower’s name on their memorial wall.

“Lord, I Believe; Help My Unbelief.”

A presentation of poems about believing in God in difficult times

Friday, 3rd November 2017 - 7:30 pm

Venue: Church of Christ the King, Bramley Rd.
Cockfosters Centre for Spirituality.

David Nash and readers

There is a small charge which is variable according to status and need, so no one is turned away.


The United Service for One World Week took place at St John’s Clay Hill on Sunday 15 October. It was led by their new Vicar, The Rev Peter Godden. It was a simple service built around the Nations Favourite hymns interspersed by Bible readings and intercessions. It was nice to have hymn books and a service sheet to refer to.

Michael Dixon

Magazine Stapling Rota 2017

25 November 2017
Ju (Yezi) Lan Zhen, Val Hayes

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.


The Christmas Fair
9 December 2017

Yes, it really is time to start thinking about it!

We are looking for donations of:

Cakes and preserves,
New or second hand jewellery,
raffle prizes.

Any suggestions for new stalls and volunteers to run them always welcome.
Talk to Alison Reeve about your ideas.

Please don’t forget to put the date in your diary.

2017 Christmas dates