Magazine February 2018

2018 Ash Wednesday

Parish Magazine ~ February 2018

The Rev'd Dr Gordon Giles

Dear Friends,

This year, Ash Wednesday falls on St Valentine’s Day in the middle of Half Term, and Easter Day is April Fool’s Day. I didn't vote for either of those! The dating of Easter (and thereby of everything that relates to it, in Lent, and afterwards at Ascension and Pentecost), hinges on the phases of the moon, for us in the Western Church at least. Eastern Churches use other methods, including some who keep Easter rooted to Passover, which itself is hinged on a thirteen month lunar month year. It works more or less, but our 364.25 day year is more accurate seasonally. So Easter is, for us, the Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox (21 March). This gives a 24 day range in which Easter may fall. In 1922 an Act of Parliament decreed that Easter should be designated as the Second Sunday of April ‘when the churches agree’. You might have noticed that has not (yet) happened! So we are lumbered with a variety of dates that are not easily predictable. We notice this immediately as, at Candlemas we turn from looking backwards towards Christmas - the season now ended on February 2nd after 40 days since December 25th. Then we look towards Easter, with its 40 day preceding Lent.

Calendars and diaries rule most of our lives. The writer of Ecclesiastes gives a sobering perspective of the business of our lives and the tendency to be guided, even ruled by calendars or diaries:

What gain have the workers from their toil? I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with. He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” (3:9-10).

For no matter how busy we are, or how full are calendars, time marches on, and everything we do or plan to do, or have done, needs to be placed in perspective against the eternal, divine time of God. Astrophysicists tell us that before the Big Bang there literally was no time, and that there may yet be a context in which there is no more time. This is not so different from the idea that the ‘end of the world’, however nigh it is, will transform time and space into something else, something incomprehensible to us here and now. Our calendars map out our little zone of time, keeping us busy, but are almost meaningless in the great scheme of things. This is not something to be depressed about though, but is rather something to be humbled by. We can stand before our calendars in awe of God, under whose creative loving gaze, everything ‘which is, already has been’; and that that which is yet to happen, is already happening to God; and perhaps even more profoundly, what we consider to have happened in the past, is still real to God, who seeks out the past, present and future simultaneously. For God the trinity is not only three persons in one, but past, present and future, three times in one, too.


From the Parish Registers

15 January 2018
Aidan Dewhurst (57)

Interment of Ashes in the Memorial Garden
23 December 2017
Jill Collins

23 December 2017
Ruth Daniel

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

This Year’s Lent book and Course

God has an agenda for cities. Steve Brady is convinced of it. The Bible is full of significant cities and the biblical story is full of imagery of cities-culminating in God’s ‘holy city’, birthed in and through his people. Towards Jerusalem is a unique Lent book, a call to live for a vision bigger than ourselves, marching to a different drumbeat towards ‘Zion’, God’s New Jerusalem and all that this means in transformative terms for today’s Christian believer.

Copies of the book are now available at the back of church. Please put monies in the slot in the wall or give to the Vicar. We have used the BRF series for many years now, and next year’s one will actually be by our Vicar!

Discussion Group sessions will be at the Vicarage at 8.15pm from 19th February -19th March inclusive. The book is also available for purchase on the Kindle Store.

Bach by Candlelight

Bach by Candlelight ~ March 11 and 25

Our good friend and professional ‘cellist, Nigel Blomiley will perform J.S. Bach’s 6 ‘Cello Suites in Church, after evensong on Sundays 4th and 11th March. These works are beautiful, profound and spiritually deep, and this will be a rare treat indeed. There will be a brief gap between Evensong and the ‘concerts’, but they may be seen as one.

Evensong 4 Feb

Nearly 15 years ago we were delighted to welcome St Paul’s Cathedral Choir to sing evensong in what turned out to be a thoroughly memorable occasion. For the first time since then the choir are returning to the Deanery and will sing Choral Evensong at All Saints’ Edmonton on February 4th. So we shall attend that rather than meet at St Mary Magdalene’s. Do note the time - 3:15 pm. It is a very rare occurrence – not to be missed!

Science and Religion Study Day

As per the Event page, please do email me to secure your place on this fascinating day, which we are opening up to members of other parishes and churches locally. Places are, technically speaking, limited. So please do book accordingly. A few volunteers to help serve tea would be much appreciated – let us know.

Gordon Giles and Mark Leonard

A Message from the Acting Bishop of London

Dear friends,

Our plans for the next 5 years and budget for 2018

With the start of the New Year, we wanted to share with you some of the key elements from the London Diocesan Fund 5 year plan (which we refresh each year) and the 2018 budget, which were approved at the end of last year. Our overall purpose remains the same – of doing everything we can to support the mission and growth of the church in London. This is put into practice in the 5-year plan which consists of two parts: the planned activities and the financial plans to resource them. We have summarised the activities we will be undertaking in 6 major objectives, 5 of which are carried forward from the current plan:

  1. Taking forward Capital Vision 2020
  2. Investing in establishing a Christian presence in London’s major new development areas
  3. Encouraging growth in lay discipleship and leadership and promoting diversity
  4. Investing in the well-being of our clergy and chaplains
  5. Developing existing and new services to support our clergy and parishes well
  6. Overseeing the transition to a new Bishop of London

These plans are built on the aim of being affordable and sustainable. We have three core parts to our financial framework, and the key points from each are:

General Fund

  • This is balanced for 2018 as a result of your generous common fund pledges along with the increased investment property income (which we have increased by over £1.5m, or more than doubled, over the last four years)
  • We foresee challenges in years 3 to 5 if the trust income reduces and the costs of training the increased number of ordinands are not partly covered by the National Church. As a result, we are actively looking at ways to address this.

Capital Vision 2020

  • This is now fully funded to 2020, partly as a result of the successful fundraising for the Richard Chartres Fund for London.

Capital strategy

  • This sets out our plans to release capital sums from parsonage developments over a number of years and how we will be re-investing a large proportion of these funds in installing double glazing in vicarages (as part of the quinquennial and ingoing works programmes) and establishing some new churches in major development areas.

We have also been successful in securing trust funding for our Capital Youth strategy and for work overseen by the Bishop of Islington. This has enabled us to fund some additional posts funded outside of the General Fund.

If you would like to understand more about our plans please have a word with ourselves, or speak with one of the team. We are blessed with talented people across the Diocese, an inspiring strategy in Capital Vision 2020 and some resources to invest – but we are reminded that it is God’s work. So we pray that God will take our plans, and use them, and shape them as he sees fit, and for his glory.

Thank you for all you are doing and for your partnership,

Pete Broadbent
Acting Bishop of London

Richard Gough
General Secretary


News About Coffee Mornings

I was delighted to host another Christmas coffee morning with 32 people attending eating cake, drinking coffee, buying raffle tickets etc. and, of course, the highlight was the singing of Christmas carols accompanied by Eleanor on keyboard and Gordon on flute and my thanks go to them for this. I was amazed and happy that we raised £307.70 which brought the total for 2017 to


towards our organ fund appeal. I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy, healthy 2018 and once again to thank all the hosts and attendees - you are all amazing in your support for our beautiful church. So please keep it up for 2018. The next coffee morning is on 20 February 2018, 10.45 am at ‘Toad Hall’, 12 The Glen – Eleanor’s home – in aid of the Organ Fund.

Rita Barker

20th February ~ Eleanor Pritchard

20th March ~ Jackie Fish

17th April ~ Gill and David Bird

15th May ~ June Carr

19th June ~ Laura and Ken Cope

17th July ~ Kate and Bob Bissett

21st August ~ Betty Buck

18th September ~ Bernard Quinn

16th October ~ Gordon Giles

20th November ~ Maureen and Keith Rew

18th December ~ Rita Barker

all above dates are the third Tuesday in the month and commence at 10:45 am.

Rita Barker


Our Oak Hill student Ross gave our January presentation. He treated us with a whistle stop tour through the Bible and what God has to say about clothing. We were challenged to think of a time when we arrived wearing inappropriate dress to an event. As Christians when we come face to face with God will we be dressed in Christ?

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.

April 18th
We will be treated to a talk from a local Bee Keeper.

May 16th
Jessica Giles will be sharing her work in the field of ‘Religious Freedom’ and how we might support her.

June 20th
Jackie Fish will be with us.

July 18th
A bring and Share Picnic lunch in the Church Garden.

We don’t meet in August.

September 19th
Still TBA (hopefully Catherine).

October 17th
Songs of Praise.

November 21st

December 19th
We will be celebrating with our usual Christmas Lunch at a venue to be confirmed.

Kind regards to all from Mo

Lunchtime Recitals

Matthew Geer, organist and composer studying at the Guild Hall played for us at the January recital. He played organ music from JS Bach to Walter Matthias. The audience found much of his music relaxing and enjoyable.

At 12.30 pm on Wednesday 14 February Adriana Lucia will play the violin for us. All are welcome. If you are free do come along to listen to her. Recently we have had some good young musicians playing to us at recitals and it seems a shame that only a few come to listen to them. Ploughman’s lunch including hot soup will be available afterwards 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 2018

10th January Matthew Greer ~ Organ

14th February Adriana Lucia ~ violin

14th March Enfield Grammar School Brass Group

11th April The Anern String Trio

9th May Gordon Giles and Roddy Elmer ~ flute and piano

13th June Catherine Leonard ~ piano

11th July Sandra Sinclair ~ violin

August ~ no concert

12th September Bush Hill Recorder Consort

10th October Serafini Trio

14th November Michael and Marion Smith ~ organ and piano

12th December Carols from The Cambridge Carol Book



Items for the March 2018 edition to the editor by Sunday 11 February, please. Documents should be in Microsoft Word or plain text. Please use the magazine section of the pigeon-holes or you can email:

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.

Stapling Rota 2018

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)