Magazine December 2017

Parish Magazine ~ December 2017

The Rev'd Dr Gordon Giles

Dear Friends,

Apparently, on Christmas Day the average Briton consumes 7000 calories, and over the Christmas period gains about 8 pounds in weight. This means that the average Briton gains the weight of a baby over the Christmas period. Over Christmas, we can consume, and gain, the mass of Jesus. At this time of year we colloquially refer to ‘Christmas Cheer’, and yet for so many, over-eating and drinking too much is not simply sheer piggery, but can disguise mental or emotional torment, lack of self-esteem, grief, loneliness or other troubles. There is, inevitably, sadness at Christmas time as well as joy. Christmas can even be the cause of that sadness, especially if the anniversaries of deaths of loved ones, or other tragedies occur. The same is true of the wider world, and Syria, Israel, Palestine and Egypt are among the world’s greatest trouble spots, just as they were when King Herod ruled it as a puppet King of an outpost at the further reaches of the Roman Empire. There is little sign that this will ever change.

We have done a lot to the Christmas Story over the years: glammed it up, trivialised it, doubted it, ignored it, hidden it, glossed it over, consumed it. We have consumed the baby Jesus out of the story, covered him in cranberry sauce, brandy cream and millions of tons of chocolate. We have turned his message of salvation and hope into ‘Christmas Cheer’ and drunk it by the festive bottle. If Jesus had had a house and home to be born in, we would have eaten him out of it.

And yet, in a different sense of the word, we should take on board the mass of Christ. The irony of the 8lbs of extra weight is clear. Rather than put on 8lbs of physical Christmas, we try to put Christ on spiritually. St Paul wrote: “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Gal 3:27). If we take the nativity seriously, recognising that God was born among us and became human, dwelling among us, then we can also recognize his call to us to let him be born in us each and every day.

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!


From the Parish Registers

29 October 2017
Austin Lodato

Interment of Ashes in the Memorial Garden
3 November 2017
Ivy Lyle

Confirmations at St Paul’s Cathedral
4 November 2017
Sophie Short,
Dawn Cope and
Laura Cope

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.

Michael makes it to the Honours List

We are delighted to report that our good friend Michael Appleby received an OBE in the summer for his services to animal welfare. We send him many congratulations.

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

Crib & Christingle Services

Would members of the congregation like to take part in, or help with, the Christmas Story to be performed at this year’s Christingle Services on Sunday 24th December at 3:00pm and 4:30pm? If so, please could you let either me or Gordon know by Sunday 17th December. If you are only able to take part in one of the performances that would be absolutely fine. The rehearsal will be in the Church at 8:00 pm on Wednesday 20th December.

Chris Moon

Christingle Making

Christingle orange

Please come along to the Vestry on Saturday 23rd December at 3:30 pm to help us make Christingles, everyone welcome.

News About Coffee Mornings

I wish to say thank you so much for coming to the Coffee Morning on the 17th October 2017. It was a great success and it was only made possible by your generosity and attendance. The Raffle was huge, and I think everyone who attended got a prize!! Due to your generosity the sum of £280 was raised. It was a great morning in every respect. Again, thank you all so much.

Love and good wishes,

Betty Buck

The next morning will be held by me at Flat 3 Anabelle Court, Slades Hill on Tuesday 19th December from 10:30 when we can enjoy the usual coffee, Christmas cakes/mince pies/raffle and bring & buy before singing carols accompanied by Eleanor on keyboard and Gordon on flute - I do so hope that as many of you as possible can come along as this is still in aid of the fund for our organ which is literally falling apart!! - please put the date in your diary/calendar. I want to thank all our regular supporters plus a few new ones too. Watch out for dates for 2018 coming your way soon.

Wishing you all at St Mary’s a very Happy and Blessed Christmas and a joyful New Year.

Rita Barker


I would like to say a personal thank you to all the tea makers, the washer uppers, the cake makers and those who get out and put away the tables and chairs for Fellowship meetings and the extra events during the year. I really could not do without your help.

December 20th. A Christmas lunch at Enfield Golf Club 12:30 for 1pm.


January 17th
we look forward to learning more about our Oak Hill student Ross.

February 21st
Mr Alan Goldring will be telling us about the work of MAF Flying for Life, a charity that transports people and or equipment in emergency.

March 21st
we welcome our friend David Nash to give us a presentation “Lord, I believe; but help my unbelief”. Poems about believing in God in difficult times. We shall be enjoying some audience participation.

Maureen Lunn

‘Toy’ Service
9th December at 10am

As usual we will be collecting and distributing Christmas presents for deprived children in the borough. Wrapped new or good condition presents will be gratefully received around the tree, clearly marked with the suggested gender and age of the recipient.

Gordon Giles and Maureen Lunn

Parish Feast

Next year’s Parish Feast will be held on Saturday January 27th at Enfield Golf Club. Very soon now I shall be taking names of those who would like to come so be prepared!

Judy Smith

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.

Sponsored Event News

I am delighted to be able to tell you that the final amount raised for the organ fund at the sponsored event this year is a magnificent £2,089.10. It’s hard to believe that a bit of knitting and some fun knocking balls into a little hole could have resulted in such a wonderful amount and I thank you all for your enormous generosity. What's more the beautiful blankets we made have now gone off to the charity, Felsted Aid for Deprived Children, from whom we received this lovely message -

To everyone who took part in the sponsored event at St Mary's Church

A very big thank you for the lovely blankets we received for our charity which supports the disabled children in Ukraine. The after-effects of the Chernobyl disaster are still being felt by new generations of children due to on-going genetic deformities.

The beautiful blankets made by you all will be of great help to the families of these children through the severe Ukraine winter.

The Felsted Aid for Deprived Children will be taking them to Ukraine very soon.

Your efforts have been very much appreciated


Steve Wallace

So thank you again and here's to next year!

Judy Smith

North Enfield Food Bank

Week by week we make regular donations to the food bank and obviously their requirements change with the passage of time. Below please find details of their latest needs:-

Urgently Needed Items:

Tinned Tomatoes, Tinned spaghetti/spaghetti hoops, tinned meat, tinned fruit and vegetables, tinned meat soup, instant mash, instant noodles/noodles, tinned puddings, savoury snacks – crisps/popcorn/crackers, rice pudding, custard, chocolate/snack bars, biscuits, shampoo/conditioner, shower gel, toilet roll, washing powder.

We’ve got plenty of:

Beans, pasta, beans/pulses (kidney, black-eyed peas and lentils), cereal, tea, sugar.

Michael Dixon

Carol Singing for CRISIS at Christmas

Crisis will help approximately 4,700 homeless people over the nine days of the project and if we could raise £1,043.20 then we will have provided places for 40 homeless people – an amazing contribution!

£26.08 will provide:

  • 3 hot, delicious, nutritious meals per day for nine days
  • advice on housing, benefits, finances, employment, as well as legal matters
  • healthcare, including TB and hepatitis screenings
  • dental treatment and eye tests, including glasses
  • hairdressing and massage treatments
  • learning and skills opportunities, internet cafés and IT workshops
  • specialist centres providing safe accommodation to rough sleepers, women and people with dependency issues
  • plus access to Crisis’ year-round services for training and support in the year ahead

Lunchtime Recitals

Olive Murray – soprano – and Christopher Foreman – piano – presented the November recital with music from the 17th to 20th centuries. Olive has a wide experience of operatic and oratorio roles and sung very competently. Christopher is choir master and organist at St Paul’s, Winchmore Hill and is a very able pianist.

Unfortunately, Marion and Michael Smith are unable to play, as was advertised, at the next recital. However, at 12:30 pm on Wednesday 13 December Elia Stavrou will perform for us. All are welcome to half an hour of music and ploughman’s lunch with hot soup to follow at £3.50 for those who wish.

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

13th December Michael and Marion Smith ~ Organ & Piano

Postage stamps for Christmas cards and parcels

We can supply stamps for
2nd Class (56p),
1st Class (65p)
and other denominations for overseas letters and parcels
at 70% of face value at

Enfield Stamp Centre
192-194 Lancaster Road

We are open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10am-4pm

Magazine Stapling Rota 2018

6 January 2018
Ken & Laura Cope, Gill Bird

27 January 2018
Peter & Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard

24 February 2018
Ken & Laura Cope, Gill Bird

31 March 2018
Peter & Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard

28 April 2018
Ju (Yezi) Lan Zhen, Val Hayes Shivane Woodger

26 May 2018
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke

30 June 2018
Ju (Yezi) Len Zhen, Val Hayes, Shivane Woodger

28 July 2018
Ken & Laura Cope, Gill Bird

25 August 2018
Peter & Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard

29 September 2018
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke

27 October 2018
Ju (Yezi) Len Zhen, Val Hayes, Shivane Woodger

(10.00 am Saturday Morning in the Church or earlier as arranged)

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.

2018 Forthcoming Events

07 January
Epiphany Family Service 10:00am

20 January
Bellringers’ Afternoon with Evening Quiz

27 January
Golf Club Parish Feast 7:30pm

28 January
Candlemas Taizé Service 6:30pm

14 February
Ash Wednesday Service 8:00pm

24 February
Lent Study Day on Science and Religion 2:00pm

11 March
Mothering Sunday Family Communion 10:00am

21-24 March
Bernstein’s Candide Performances 7:30pm

25 March
Palm Sunday Service 10:00am

27 March
Agape Supper 7:30pm

29 March
Maundy Thursday Service 8:00pm

30 March
Good Friday Services 10:30am and 5:00pm

01 April
Easter Day Services 10:00am and 6:30pm

29 April
Choral Evensong and APCM 6:30pm

2018 Parish Feast