Magazine December 2018

2018 Christmas services at St Mary Magdalene Church

Parish Magazine ~ December 2018

The Bishop of Edmonton, Rob WickhamAdvent message from the Bishop of Edmonton

Dear Friends,

You may have seen Bishop Sarah launching the new app for Advent with Christian publisher SPCK:

We all know how important it is for us to help our people to pray and reflect during the Advent season. So, on Christ the King this Sunday, why not encourage them to download the app and use this simple form of reading, prayer and reflection?

For Apple devices, they can download the app at:

For Android devices, download here:

The app is suitable for Christians or people on the edges of faith who wish to make the most of the season. It contains an introduction from Bishop Sarah and a set of brilliant daily meditations by Dr Jane Williams for each day of Advent; including a reflection, discussion point, prayer, bible reading and call to action.

As the nights draw in and London fills up with lights and a sense of expectation, Bishop Sarah says in her foreword: “To appreciate the light and hope, you need to wait in the darkness. Advent is a time to be still in the midst of our busy lives. We should make space in the darkness to appreciate the light, and to find time to focus on hope.” There is of course also a booklet for those who don’t use technology.  I’d love to see our people keeping Advent counterculturally in the wake of that benighted festival of consumerism – so called Black Friday.

In the true world, it’s the feast day of Clement of Rome. His prayer is my prayer for you:

May God, who sees all things, and who is the Ruler of all spirits and the Lord of all flesh – who chose our Lord Jesus Christ and us through him to be a peculiar people – grant to every soul that calls upon his glorious and holy name, faith, fear, peace, patience, long-suffering, self-control, purity, and sobriety, to the well-pleasing of his Name, through our high priest and protector, Jesus Christ, by whom be to him glory, and majesty, and power, and honour, both now and forevermore. Amen.

With my love and prayers,


From the Parish Registers

Interment of ashes in the Memorial Garden
4 November 2018
Doris Sloane

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

On Sunday 23rd December we shall have a special candlelit service of Compline to mark the transition from Advent to Christmas.

St Mary Magdalene Festive Fair

Christmas Bazaar

The Christmas season will be upon us in the blink of an eye and one of the first events will be our Christmas Bazaar on the 8th December. I am still looking for people to help on the day, so if you can spare a couple of hours that morning to run a stall or game please let me know.

I have also put a box in the porch where you can put any goods you think we might be able to sell or use as prizes. We are looking for toiletries, bric-a-brac and jewellery in particular.

And of course we shall look forward to seeing you on the day, hopefully with some loose change in your pocket! And why not bring a friend along too?

There are just so many ways you can support St Mary's.

Judy Smith

Preface to Jim Pettifer’s sermon on 28 October 2018

I was reflecting at this time of the year on all the people I had known at the church who had now passed to higher service and in particular the Vicars I had known. The first Vicar was Arthur Deakin in 1946 after the war, he was a bit dour and the services were BCP and dull and he was totally involved with the Crook sisters, from the Halibut oil company, at least five of them who lived in a big house on the Ridgeway where Colonels Walk is now. They dictated things at the church and were great financial backers. The next incumbent was Rev. Boylette Stewart who was a lovely man but after a couple of years got appendicitis and I can't remember whether he died then or later. Then came Dr Frank Coventry who was deep thinking man and very sincere. The came Arnold Hellicar who married my wife and I and I remember he could be a bit crusty at times. Along came dear old Cyril Witts who had bad eyesight and insisted on riding his moped along the Ridgeway wearing his French beret with his cloak flying out behind him! His wife Barbara who sadly died earlier this year was a great supporter of the Mothers’ Union at the church. Then came my good friend John Sampford who really changed things at St Marys such as Church Wardens only serving three years not 100! Delegating jobs, the Memorial Garden etc etc. So all of these good folks were important this community and kept it going, sort of mini-Saints! And now we have Gordon - hurrah!

Special Christmas Events at St Mary Magdalene, Enfield

Carol Singing this year

This year’s charity is Alzheimer’s UK:

Friday 14 – Arnold House 11:00 am - Amesbury Court 7:00 pm
Saturday 15 – Enfield Market Place – 12 noon
Monday 17 – Spring View 11:00 am -  Drama Group street singing 7:30 pm
Saturday 22 - Enfield Market Place – 11:00 am

There are two concerts to notice this year, one by young skilled singers (‘Christmas Stars’) on Saturday 15th at 7.30pm and another ‘come and sing’ with orchestra on Thursday 20th at 8pm when we welcome Keith Beniston and the orchestra. Both will be of extremely high quality and details of how to book in advance are on the postcards. Or just turn up. Refreshments included both evenings.

Gordon Giles

Coffee Mornings

Our last coffee morning was held at Maureen & Keith's on the 20th November and the magnificent sum of £202.20 was raised by the 20 people who attended despite the rain, cold and grey skies to enjoy lots of chat, cakes and coffee.

Thank you, Maureen and Keith, and thank you to all the gallant supporters,

Rita Barker

January Coffee Morning - Early Warning

The coffee morning for January will be held by Janet and Keith Whelpdale’s on

Tuesday 15th January

so please make a note of that in your brand new diary/calendar. Other 2019 dates to follow soon.

Rita Barker

Date for your diary

I will be holding a Coffee Morning on TUESDAY 18th December at my flat: 3 Anabelle Court, Slades Hill from 10.45a.m. and we will be singing Christmas Carols after consuming cakes etc and coffee. We will be ably accompanied by Eleanor on keyboard and Gordon on flute so it would be good to raise the roof yet again (only had one complaint so far - but will get that sorted ha, ha!!) As I am sure you know work on the organ has commenced so monies will still be going to the organ fund so I look forward to seeing lots of you then.

Good wishes to you all!

Rita Barker

Charities, Organs and Things!

How amazing! On Sunday 4th November we held our latest Dinner Money collection and raised a fantastic £565 for Mary's Meals. It means we now have a total of £1,692.90 ready to send off to them. Unfortunately, this is not enough to sponsor an entire school, as we had hoped, but it will feed 122 children for a whole year and that is definitely worth doing and I am going to suggest to the PCC we send it before Christmas. But don’t give up on the collecting as we will have another Dinner Money day in the New Year and hopefully there will be more volunteers to host a St Mary's Meal for Mary's Meals very soon too. If you think you would like to hold one sometime next year then do please let me know so that we can begin to get some dates in the diary.

What's more, I have now been given all of the money collected following the Sponsored Walk. It has taken a long time, but again it was well worth it. Just 15 people walked on the day and between us we have raised £1,349.00 towards the organ restoration. And quite a lot of that was Gift Aided so the amount will still go up. A really big thank you to everyone who took part and to everyone who sponsored them.

We held a very successful Quiz and Pizza evening on 3rd November. There were six tables of 8 taking part, lots of delicious pizza and plenty to drink. So of course, it was a success! And we made a profit of £208 which went into church funds, so Vic is happy too! Thank you to everyone who came and a specially big thank you to Paul and Alison, who once again produced a quiz full of challenges, interest and fun. I know it takes a lot of work.

Finally, I would like to say thank you to my team, without whom the numerous social events we held this year would not have been possible. They make cakes, serve the teas and coffees, wash up, lay tables, etc and never say no. There are quite a few of them but I would like to make special mention of Alison and Wendy who are just brilliant. Thank you ladies!

Judy Smith

Christmas Stars at St Mary Magdalene, Enfield

Lunchtime Recitals

Those who missed Marion and Michael Smith’s lunch time concert in November missed a treat.  It was light hearted and also took us down memory lane with piano solos, duets and organ music.  The Smiths ae happy to come again next year so look out for them.

Also light hearted will be Gordon’s selection from the Cambridge Carol Book at 12.30 pm on Wednesday 12 December.  He will be aided by singer friends.

This will be the last opportunity to enjoy one of our lunches because in January we are introducing a new format as at times it has been difficult to judge how many lunches to prepare and has been a lot of work for our hardworking team.  Lunches have been served for about 30 years.

The new format will be cake (mostly home-made) and coffee or tea starting at 11.30 am in the vestry where one can still sit at a table and chat with friends.  The recital will follow at 12.30 pm.  Do give it a try!

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

12th December - Carols from The Cambridge Carol Book

Fellowship News and programme for 2019

January 16:
Getting to know our Oakhill Student, Drew.

February 20:
Getting to know our Oakhill Student, Nic.

March 20:
An update on Thames Water’s Salmons Brook project.

April 17:
Mrs Lillian Gibbens.

May 15:
Ms Zed Attridge will talk about the Ethiopian Coptic Church.

June 19:
Mr Andrew Tofts, Online personal & financial safety.

July 17:
Bring & Share picnic lunch in our garden at 12:30 pm.

August:  No Meeting

September 18:

October 16:

November 20:
Making music together, Eleanor.

December 18:
Fellowship Christmas Lunch, 12:30 - 1:00 pm. Venue tba

2:00 pm in the Hall unless otherwise stated.  Please encourage friends to join us, especially when something is of interest.

Carols for All at St Mary Magdalene, Enfield

Handel’s Messiah - Come and Sing

Enfield Choral Society
in association with St Mary Magdalene Church, Enfield
and the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers
Charity concert in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society

7.30pm, 2 March 2019 at St Mary Magdalene, Windmill Hill, Enfield

Enfield Choral Society will be performing Handel’s Messiah, on Saturday 2 March 2019, and they would like to invite other singers to join them on a come and sing basis.

Singers will need to:

  1. Have a good knowledge of Handel’s Messiah
  2. Attend a number of rehearsals as follows:
    • (a) On afternoon of Saturday 2nd March 2019 at St Mary Magdalene’s and
      (b) Either Thursday evening rehearsal at the venue on 28th February 2019
      Or the previous three Tuesday rehearsals, 7.30-9.30pm at St Stephen’s Church Hall, Bush Hill Park, EN1 2EU on 12th, 19th and 26th February.
  • It will be free to take part, apart from £20 returnable deposit for loan of the score, but singers can, if they wish, make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society.

    Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis up to a maximum number of singers for each voice part.

    All proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society due to the kindness of a sponsor.

    If you are interested, please email or call, stating voice part.

    Text: 07905 815959

    If you would like to take part and have not previously sung Handel’s Messiah, Enfield Choral Society is also offering temporary membership for the Messiah rehearsals (Tuesdays from 23rd October 2018 to 6th November 2018; then every Tuesday from 8th January 2019 to the concert). Charge for equivalent of one term: £60. Contact: as above.


    Items for the January 2019 edition to the editor by Sunday 23 December.

    Please use the magazine section of the pigeon-holes or email to Documents should be in Microsoft Word or plain text.

    If you know of anyone 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

    (10 am Saturday morning in the Church or earlier as arranged)

    1 December 2018
    Ju (yezi) Lan Zhen, Shivane

    5 January 2019
    Eleanor Pritchard, Gill Bird

    26 January 2019
    Peter Lamb, Carol Lamb

    If you know of any lady or gentleman who would be able to help with stapling, or if you are unable to keep any of the above dates, please contact either Michael or Janet Dixon or Janet Whelpdale.

    Epiphany at St Mary Magdalene, Enfield