Magazine February 2019

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Parish Magazine ~ February 2019

The Rev'd Dr Gordon Giles

Dear Friends,

As well as telling us how many days to next Sunday there are, or what date to write at the top of the page, our calendars remind us of which secular, religious or family festival is approaching. As we near someone’s birthday or wedding anniversary, we think of them, perhaps pray for them, at the very least we remember them, and they become real for us, if only for a day or two. Some calendar dates are written in for us, printed nicely on the calendar itself, while we write in others ourselves as appointments that we and others might need to remember to keep. We have diaries as well as calendars, on paper or electronic, into which we enter the schedule of our upcoming life. Some people have very full diaries, while others have no need of a calendar because if you are lonely, every day seems the same and marking the passing days is an agony too far. Are you someone who sighs with relief to see a day in the calendar that is ‘empty’, or do you long for more events in your diary?

Think of old Simeon and Anna: There wasn’t much in their diaries. If they had diaries, they would have said – ‘Go to Temple to pray’ each day. And on another day – ‘die’ - quite soon, most likely. Perhaps like Archbishop Cranmer in that wonderful morning prayer collect, Simeon would have been thankful, as many of us are, that the Lord ‘has brought us safely to the beginning of this day’. But on each day Simeon could well have written ‘meet the Messiah – tbc’. Or if he’d had an iPhone, he could have put it in ‘repeating appointments’, end date, ‘not known’. Simeon had an appointment with the Messiah, he just didn’t know when. Like we all do, in his wake.

Calendars speak to us of human interaction, appointments with others, invitations to accept, dates to remember that relate to friends and family. Calendars keep us busy as well as recording how busy we are. A full calendar indicates a network of relationships, with others and with God. For another kind of calendar is the liturgical calendar. Christian communities have observed holy days (holidays) for centuries and the ‘calendar’ is the list or chart of when they fall and whose feast day they instruct us to commemorate. Liturgical calendars are still very much in use today, and contain two kinds of holy day: those which always fall on the same date, such as Christmas and All Saints Day, and those driven by the date of Easter such as Good Friday and Pentecost. The festival of Candlemas, or the ‘Presentation of Christ in the Temple’, is located precisely at 40 days after Christmas. Because, since at least the year 354 AD Christmas has been celebrated on December 25th, then 40 days later has to be February 2nd. But it is 40 days after Christmas because Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus, and after 40 days, Mary and Joseph, following Jewish liturgical calendrical tradition would have gone to the Temple at Jerusalem to redeem their child – to ‘buy him back’ from the Lord, as it were. So, we can have no doubt as to when this happened, once we have agreed by convention when his birth was. The exact date of Jesus’ birth is, of course, not known, not even the year, so all these dates are literally-speaking, only relatively accurate. But there’s the joy of calendars and the liturgical year – it all makes everything hang together in a coherent way.

Fixed or moveable feasts - all the dates in the church calendar remind us of the story of our faith; the accompanying ‘lectionary’ tells us what scripture to read and say together, and instructs and invites us to come together to mark the day. Communities that live and pray together have extensive liturgical calendars to follow, because they meet together. At the same time the calendar is an invitation to meet together to pray and share fellowship. So calendars are actually all about relationship, and our relationships are punctuated by dates, and the calendar is what carries our relationships onward from day to day, from year to year. And of course, we mark important dates in our relationships – wedding anniversaries, birthdays – we are not just marking time, but celebrating past, and future, in a present day. And, if it is a birthday, hopefully it is a present day!

Yet no matter how busy we are, or how full are our 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 timeline 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 left. 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. When we see our calendar on the wall, headed by the year and month, and perhaps with a nice picture too, we see our lives in detail, but we can also be reminded that we 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.


From the Parish Registers

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 PDF file 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

The Silence of the Organs

A deathly hush now emits from that chamber of secrets behind the decorated organ pipes and the two keyboards of our pipe organ. The gaping hollow now reveals wooden structures and unintelligible struts and mechanisms which once allowed our instrument to sound forth its merry, if somewhat strained and untamed noises.

The bent and mangled pipes, along with some that were in much better condition, have now been removed to the workshop of Village Organs where they will be lovingly restored and given a new lease of life. While the experts will carry out more or less the minimum of work necessary to restore all the physical and mechanical problems within our instrument, the result will be far-reaching as far as the sound is concerned as well as the state of the inside of the organ, an area which few had seen and therefore it is hard for some to appreciate how much work was needed.

The previous 1977 (42 years ago) renovation of our organ was in fact a holding job in which 25% - 30% of the organ was disconnected and left to disintegrate. "The Village Workshop (Pipe Organ Builders)" will bring this all back into use and with a few extra (used) pipes and clever electrical additions the organ will return to its former glory of some 70 years ago, in fact it will be better than that and more complete for the use of accompanying the congregation and choir. It will also be more fit for purpose when the church hosts choral concerts.

When we buy cars and washing machines etc. there is the expectation that 10 years is a pretty good life. The same applies to electronic musical instruments, although that does seem to be stretching more towards 20 years these days. However, a pipe organ is expected to go on for a 100 or more years with a 50 year “cleaning” and small alterations, such as renewal of electrical parts and any worn out moving parts.

We are very pleased that on this occasion the whole organ is being restored so that while there could be a few teething problems when reassembled, the instrument should continue for at least another 50 years without any major problems, and at that point it should not be in need of the sort of work being carried out this time. We are ensuring that the next generation will have a worthwhile instrument to use in worship.

While we can now just afford the cost of this work, we are inviting everyone to ‘sponsor’ notes as a way of finishing and celebrating the project: An organ keyboard is called a “manual” and until Christmas we had two. In a way, each manual is a separate organ which can be used together or separately to provide a range of dynamics and colours. They are named “Swell” (because one can vary the loudness and softness), Great (it has some of the louder stops for leading the congregation) and “Choir” (because it has some quieter stops suitable for accompanying the choir). Now the third manual is being reinstated we have even more notes to sponsor. Each manual has 56 notes making a total of 168 notes. Then of course there is the Pedal Organ of thirty notes (a bit like the cello/bass section of an orchestra), played by the feet. In all there will be 198 notes up for grabs!

The following article explains you how you can sponsor a note or a chord or even a tune. As a congregation you have been really splendid in the way you have found the money to date and supported the organ project. If we can have one last push to complete the project, I am sure you will be very happy with the result.

We are already planning a weekend on the 18/19th May in which the organ will be officially reopened on the Saturday Evening and and blessed by the Bishop of Edmonton at Choral Evensong on the Sunday. Make a note in your diaries!

Jonathan Marten

Sunday Morning Coffee

We all enjoy our cup of coffee after the Parish Communion on Sunday mornings. This is prepared for us week by week by a dedicated team of Volunteers under the direction of Anneliese Fenwick. She needs more people to help her and if you feel able to join the ‘Team’ please speak to Anneliese.

Coffee Mornings

Our first morning was held at Janet and Keith Whelpdale’s home and was attended by 22 people who raised the magnificent sum of £230 whilst we all enjoyed lots of chat/coffee/cake as always - so thank you Janet.  A brilliant start to 2019.

Our next morning will be held by Margaret Oakley's on Tuesday 19th February from 10.45.

Unfortunately, there is no parking in Queens Road but you can park free for 2 hours in Tesco's.  Please make a note of this as it is Margaret's first coffee morning and she will be so happy to see lots of you there.

Thanks as ever,

Rita Barker

Notes for Notes

In this final push for the organ restoration, we are inviting individuals, families, or groups to sponsor a note or two… or three, or even a chord (four notes!). One note costs three notes and a chord of four notes costs five notes… Which is to say:

A note, ranging from C-G over four and half octaves (black notes included) on the three manuals: £30 a note, or a 4 note chord (major or minor!), for £100 (See diagram). Other combinations of notes are also available by negotiation, subject to availability…! Similarly it would be possible to buy your favourite hymn tune, as melody, or even full harmony. But remember the more notes you buy, the more notes you spend! Cwm Rhondda, for example has nine notes in the tune and so would cost £230. The bass part has 8 notes (£200), the tenor 6 notes (£160) and the alto 8 notes (£200). Or you could ‘own’ the complete hymn for £790. Which is, we grant you, rather a lot, good as the hymn is! A complete major scale would be £200 and a complete chromatic octave (12 notes) £300. The possibilities are endless. You could even write your own tune, or spell your name… To buy the great name of BACH is only £100 (‘H’ is B natural in German…)

Notes may be bought anonymously or openly, and a grid mapping which notes remain available will be on display in Church very soon. A form to indicate preference will be available in church. All donations are, of course, tax efficient where appropriate.

Gordon Giles

Notes for notes

Fellowship News and Programme for 2019

February 20: Getting to know our Oakhill Student, Nic. 2pm.

March 20: An update on Thames Water’s Salmons Brook project. 2pm.

April 17: Mrs Lillian Gibbens. 2pm.

May 15: Zed will tell us about the Coptic Church in Ethiopia. 2pm.

June 19: Mr Andrew Tofts, Online personal & financial safety. 2pm.

July 17: Bring & Share picnic lunch in our garden at 12.30pm.

August. No Meeting

September 18: TBA. 2pm.

October 16: TBA. 2pm

November 20: Making music together, Eleanor. 2pm.

December 18: Fellowship Christmas Lunch, 12.30- 1pm. Venue tba

Coffee Morning Rota for 2019

February 19: Margaret Oakley

March 19: Pam and Vic

April 23: Alison Reeve

May 21: Eleanor Pritchard

June 18: Carol and Peter

July 16: June Carr

August 20: Gill and David

September 17: Lilian and Colin

October 15: Jackie Fish

November 19: Gordon Giles

December 17: Rita Barker

Parish Games Evening

Lent Book 2019

2019 Lent book - At Home in LentHere is an original way of approaching Lent, one that will encourage you to consider your own faith journey in the light of the Easter story. Inspired by Neil MacGregor's Radio 4 programme, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects', Gordon Giles spends each week in a different room gleaning spiritual lessons from everyday household objects. As a result, you might discover that finding God in the normal pattern of life - even in the mundane - transforms how you approach each day. Running as a thread through it all are the seven Rs of Lent: regret, repentance, resolution, recognition, reconciliation, renewal and resurrection.

In 'At Home in Lent' Gordon Giles has elevated the everyday to the realm of spiritual reflection and meditation in a way which is both simple and profound. Gordon's reflections are helpfully reminiscent of expressions of Celtic Spirituality, where we find prayers for the cooking pot and for lighting a fire. A most accessible guide and accompaniment with which to navigate Lent, with just the right amount of challenge and affirmation, particularly for those leading busy lives. As Gordon has bravely used the toilet as an area for reflection, it is safe to say that this book might well be used in the smallest room as well on the train or in a prayer space.
Prebendary Dr Neil Evans, Director of Ministry, Diocese of London.

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

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

Tickets available online on the website, or from Lillian Gibbens. Booking in advance is probably essential.

If anyone is willing to assist on the night with refreshments and front of house, please see Gordon

The Children’s Society

Some of you may remember that Nancy Cockman was an enthusiastic Hon Parish Secretary at St Mary’s on behalf of The Children’s Society for many years, raising much needed funds for underprivileged children of all ages through the Box Collection Network. I stepped in to lend Nancy a hand back in 1997 and have been carrying on the task ever since. During the 20 years or so I have been doing this, I have noticed that the Box Collections have been gradually decreasing. A sum of almost £16,500 has been collected within my time, which is amazing, considering these boxes are filled with loose change, 1p, 2p 5 p etc.

I know we are constantly trying to support a number of worthy causes at St Mary’s and asking you to contribute to another one is difficult. However, should anyone wish to register with me to have a box at home, I would be delighted to hear from you.

Many thanks,

Kath Jones

07958 600906, 020 8367 1310, email:


January’s recital was presented by Marina Ersog, a very able local pianist and teacher who played a variety of piano lollipops. A good-sized audience, many of whom were her friends, enjoyed the concert.

Coffee/tea and cake before the recital was very successful. You are invited to the next event from 11.30 on Wednesday 13 February, in the choir vestry, whether or not you wish to attend the concert which follows at 12.30 pm. This will be given by Margery Dey and Cassie Davies who will be playing duets on six different sizes of recorder. Do come along and find out more about these versatile instruments.

Eleanor Pritchard

11.30pm – 1pm

Retiring Collection

Coffee, tea and cake available in the Choir Vestry from 11.30 am

Coffee and Concerts frontCoffe and Concerts dates

North Enfield Food Bank

Week by week we make regular donations to the North Enfield Food Bank and obviously their needs and requirement change with the passage of time. Below please find details of their latest requirements: URGENTLY NEEDED FOOD ITEMS: Tinned tomatoes, tinned meat, tinned fruit, tinned vegetables, tinned meat soup, tinned spaghetti/spaghetti hoops, instant mash, instant noodles/noodles, savoury snacks – crisps/popcorn/crackers, chocolate/snack bars, biscuits, tinned puddings, rice pudding, custard, shampoo/conditioner, shower gel, toilet roll, washing powder.

We've got plenty of: Beans, pasta, cereal, beans/pulses (kidney, black-eyed peas and lentils) tea and sugar.

Magazine and Rota

Items for the March edition to the editor by Sunday 10 February.

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

23 February 2019
Ken Cope, Gill Bird

30 March 2019
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan

27 April 2019
Peter Lamb, Carol Lamb

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