Magazine January 2019

2019 Parish Feast event

Parish Magazine ~ January 2019

The Rev'd Dr Gordon Giles

Dear friends,

It has been another good Christmas, for which we welcomed congregations of our usual increased numbers for Crib and Carol Services, and had a wonderful orchestral carol concert with readings too. As always, feedback is useful in terms of what we do in future years, although I cannot see us changing our hugely popular and successful Christingle offerings much! That said, each year Chris Moon and the Drama Group folk create a refreshed presentation of the ever-so-familiar that captivates all ages and captures the true Christmas Spirit of the most special occasion that Christmas Eve afternoon has become for us. Thank you to everyone who helps with that, and indeed to all our musicians, flower arrangers and sidesmen who keep everything so smoothly and warmly flowing at the welcoming end! We returned this year to a more straightforward ‘Nine Lessons and Carols’, attended by the Mayor of Enfield and nearly 200 others, and this was also a great success, coming so hot on the heels of the equally accomplished Advent Carol Service. Thank you to Jonathan, Rory, and Keith, for all their efforts and to those who sing both regularly and occasionally with us. Also many thanks to Gill and her florists for the lovely Christmas décor, and to our servers, readers and intercessors: to all who help present our church to the world at this most significant time of the year. As J.S. Bach would have said – AMDG – Ad majorem Dei Gloriam - all to the greater glory of God!

Christmas has given us some respite from the relentless haggling over Brexit. Reading parish magazines of the past in relation to the Armistice celebrations, it is noticeable that my predecessors passed comment, expressed opinion and generally recorded the mood of the community in respect of national and international events. Nowadays vicars are not expected to even have, let alone express opinions which can be dismissed as ‘political’, and for a clergyman to say anything on these matters can be so easily sideswiped with the accusation of ‘being political’. Archbishop Justin Welby made the pertinent suggestion that we need to agree, as a nation, on how to disagree gracefully, because he, and everyone else is surely right that in the coming months each of us has to choose to either sit on the touchline and watch, or contribute to the acrimony, insensitivity and indeed mendacity that the delivery of our ongoing relationship with the EU involves and how that will pan out this year. No-one can tell. The days ahead will be frustrating for all, but let us maintain, in a Christian spirit, the kindness, tolerance, patience, forgiveness and hopefulness to which we are all called in all walks of life. And amid the winter’s snowstorm of consternation and wrangling, let us never neglect the poor, the homeless, the sick and the persecuted.

The new year may not prove happy, but it is new, so let us be renewed in faith, and hope and love as the year begins.

Your friend and Vicar,


From the Parish Registers

7 December 2018 - John Reeve

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

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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.

Fellowship News and Programme for 2019

January 16:
Getting to know our Oakhill Student, Drew. 2pm.

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


You will no doubt have read or heard about the new arrangements for the Wednesday concerts – if not, here they are. We will not be serving lunch after the concerts. Instead coffee or tea and cake will be available in the choir vestry from 11.30 am. Do come along and give it a try. Tables and chairs will be set out and you can meet friends there for a chat.

The concert will follow at the usual time of 12.30. On Wednesday, 9 January this will be presented by Marina Ersog at the piano. All are welcome whether you have refreshment before or not.

Eleanor Pritchard

11.30pm – 1pm

Retiring Collection

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


Christmas Coffee Morning

This was held at my flat on Tuesday 18th December and attended by 38 people (a record) and raised £354 (another record) making it all very worthwhile. We enjoyed cakes & mince pies with our coffee and after a magnificent raffle and auction arranged by Peter Rossiter we finished the morning singing beautiful Christmas carols accompanied by Roddy Elmer on keyboard and Gordon on flute - such a happy morning and thanks to everyone who attended and supported the cause - you are all fantastic. Despite having to cancel two mornings this year we raised £2,549 for the organ fund so well done to all of you and a huge thank you to all the lovely people who host these mornings.

I expect most of you know that a section of our church organ has been taken away for repairs and this section should be returned for Easter. However, Gordon has told me that there are still pipes (which are literally falling to bits) that need to be replaced and funded so we will continue with the coffee mornings in 2019 (see the new list below) raising money for these pipes and hopefully we will get there! So please continue to support the mornings the first of which is to be held by Janet Whelpdale on Tuesday 15th January.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone at St Mary's a Happy, Healthy New Year.

Rita Barker

Coffee Morning Rota for 2019

15th January - Janet and Keith

19th February - Margaret Oakley

19th March - Pam and Vic

23rd April - Alison Reeve

21st May - Eleanor Pritchard

18th June - Carol and Peter

16th July - June Carr

20th August - Gill and David

17th September - Lilian and Colin

15th October - Jackie Fish

19th November - Gordon Giles

17th December - Rita Barker

Magazine and Rota

Items for the February edition to the editor by Sunday 13 January.

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

5 January 2019
Ken Cope, Gill Bird

26 January 2019
Peter and Carol Lamb

23 February 2019
Eleanor Pritchard, Helen Clarke

Website report

Have a guess at the number of visitors our website receives per month – 50? 100? 175? The answer may surprise you.

Websites are run on servers, basically a computer that is purely dedicated to running websites - not photo editing, word processing, sending and receiving emails and the myriad of other software that we enjoy using on our home computers. Towards the end of March this year, I took over running the website on my own virtual private server. Because the website is on my server, I can access more detailed reports on how the website is being used.

No personally identifiable information is recorded, so no one can tell you the names of those who visited. It does, however, record the pages visited, how often a visitor returns to the site and the length of time they stay on the website.

So, how many visitors per month did you think we receive? Would it surprise you if I said, on average, we have received over 1600 unique visitors per month since April this year and these visitors are averaging 15 minutes per visit? There are a large number who have spent more than 15 minutes and many over 1 hour on the site! Of the 1600 unique visitors per month, around 800 return at least once, so that’s 2400 visits to the website per month!

Pages visited

A wide variety of pages have been visited during the past nine months, here is a break down as at 20 December. Apart from the home page, which has been visited over 18,000 times, these are the top ten pages:

  • The Events page – 1303
  • Meet the Team – 1158
  • About us – 874
  • Sermons – 736
  • Gordon’s Collation and Induction – 642
  • Mo’s Ordination – 610
  • News – 520 (this changes frequently with the latest news info replacing the last item and the previous news is added to a growing archive of news items)
  • Jackie’s Ordination – 492
  • Parish Magazine – 474 (this is the Parish Magazine Archive page – for individual magazines please see below)
  • Community – 457

Among the others that just missed this list are the Coffee Mornings, the Bell ringers’ page, Fellowship, the stained glass windows page and the chancel pages.

Parish Magazine

I rework the text and create images for an online version of the Parish Magazine – it looks very different to the printed copy. The pages are readable by Google and the sight impaired, and is also laid out for the website visitor to be visually stimulated and interesting (I hope!). Each month’s magazine page includes a pdf version of the printed magazine for those who like to print it off or reading the original online.

Parish Magazine readership – again, this may surprise you:






















































As you can see, the monthly magazine has a large online readership. *December 2018 only covers up to 20 Dec.*Update* the toal for December 2018 has now reached 84 as of 04/01/2019

Other information you may find interesting:

 People in Great Britain have viewed more than 370,000 pages, USA more than 21,000 pages.

According to Google Analytics just over 59% of visitors have used a desktop/laptop, just over 28% a mobile and just over 12% a tablet.

If you have any questions, I’ll be happy to try and answer them.

Ken Cope

2019 Jazz Evening