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Parish Magazine ~ March 2019

The Rev'd Dr Gordon Giles

Dear Friends,

It is the time of year again, but this time in a year that only comes around every six years, when we revise and reconstitute the Electoral Roll of the Parish. From what follows, dug up by Joy Heywood from the Parish Archives, you’ll see that this is the centenary of our Electoral Roll, which was introduced here and in many other places after the Great War ended.  This is a nice thing to note for sure, but it is worth observing some aspects which do not immediately jump out at us. For example, in January 1919 it was written (presumably in December 1918 and published the following month in January), that “we hope that it will consist of men and women”. Remember that it was only the previous month, November 1918, when the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918 was passed, allowing women to be elected into parliament. In the preceding February the Representation of the People Act 1918 was passed, enfranchising all men over 21 years of age and women over the age of 30 who met minimum property qualifications (which meant that about 8.4 million women gained the vote). Finally, the Representation of the People Act of 1928 extended the voting franchise to all women over the age of 21, granting women the vote on the same terms that men had gained ten years earlier. It appears our fledging PCC were enlightened folk:

The PCC and the Electoral Roll
Notes from the Parish Magazine, 1919 -1920

January, 1919

“The forming of a Church Council is a suggestion of one of the members of the congregation, and it is one which deserves sympathetic consideration. In many parishes such a Council has been the means of stimulating interest and of strengthening Church life. If such a council is formed, we hope that it will consist of men and women.”

February, 1919

A “thoroughly representative meeting of members of the congregation”… discussed “the War memorial, the formation of a Church council, and the length of services”.

This suggestion seems to have been superseded in July 1919 with the establishment of a Parochial Church Council proposed by the Committee of Diocesan Re-organisation. This all seems to be part of the strong desire after the Great War for a fairer and more democratic society. Nevertheless it is amusing to notice that in spite of the radical change in voting franchise, the fledging Council PCC discussed three such diverse things: what was to become our significant war memorial (which had been first proposed in 1917 before the War ended), the introduction of democracy into the life of the church, and… How long the services were!

The Electoral Roll

April, 1920

“At the risk of becoming tedious, we again emphasize the very great importance, to the future well-being of the Church, of the signing of the Parochial Electoral Roll by every baptised Church person in the parish, who is over 18 years of age, whether he or she be a regular attendant at church or not.”

A century later, we say exactly the same thing! Please do make sure you fill in the form – it only takes a few seconds. It has no bearing on any local politics, or rights to vote in any elections other than the Annual Parish Meeting in April. But the Electoral Roll is the measure of our membership: of all those associated with the life of the Parish, those who look to us as their church, and all who wish to contribute to our ongoing practical and spiritual (and indeed financial) life. The lower age limit has dropped, incidentally, to 16. Anyone can join the Electoral Roll at any time (except in the days immediately preceding the APCM), and may stand for election to the PCC; as Churchwarden and may vote. It also confirms certain rights to baptism, marriage and interment in the Memorial Garden. This year we must wipe our Roll clean and start again, according to Church Law, so please remember to do this this month. There is no reason not to do this. In general, and it has been very stable this last decade or so, our ER has always been marginally under the 200 mark. Also, having (re)joined the ER, do consider if it is time to put yourself forward for nomination the PCC in April, or indeed to consider the role of Churchwarden this year. Do speak to Sally Elphick, Alison Reeve or myself about that.

May, 1920

“The business of the Parish Meeting was then proceeded with. Mr. George Saunders-Smith, as People’s warden, produced the Electoral Roll, which consisted of about 170 names of those who had become entitled to exercise the franchise of the church by signing the necessary form of declaration. The number is far below what it should be, being considerably less than the number of the Easter Day communicants.”

This is interesting, because now it is invariably the case that the ER has more names on it than the Easter Attendance. Life has changed, in pace and geographical range. People live outside the parish and worship with us, and there are those in the parish who worship elsewhere. And a great many who do not worship anywhere at all. Nevertheless the Electoral Roll is the measure of a the ‘size’ of a church – the number of affiliated, faithful disciples who look to the Spire on top of Windmill Hill as the beacon of a holy place, a spiritual home and place of warm welcome and fellowship in Jesus Christ. Nail your colours to that Spire and join the Electoral Roll!

Gordon (with thanks to Joy Heywood)

From the Parish Registers

Baptism
20 January 2019
Kyle John Savill

17 February 2019
Zeki Oliveira Umac

24 February 2019
Josephine Sandra Rose Pearce

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)
6:00 pmHome group
Tuesday7:45-9:00 pmBell Ringing Practice
Wednesday8:30 pmDrama Group
Thursday10:30 amHoly Communion (BCP)
7:30 pmChoir Practice

Please see our Events page for all upcoming events for this month and beyond.

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Parish Games and Bible Reading

What's Coming Up?

Well the answer is plenty, as you will have seen already if you have picked up this year’s calendar. As you read this you will hopefully have already enjoyed the Parish feast and the Jazz Evening and next up is a Games Evening on Saturday, March 16th. Come along and play your favourite board games or try out some new ones. We ran something similar at Launde Abbey last year and it was a great success.

Following that, on Saturday 30th March, we are running this year's Sponsored Event and this time we are hoping to raise money to repair the wall in the back garden, which is in danger of collapsing into our neighbours’ gardens. Hopefully we have come up with an idea that everyone can get involved in as we are going to attempt to read aloud several books of the Bible in their entirety: Mark’s Gospel; Lamentations, Daniel, Joel and Ezra, and then Song of Songs and Revelation. You can come and read, sit and listen or come for lunch (or hopefully all three) and most importantly you can persuade your friends and family to sponsor you! I will be looking for readers very soon!

Judy Smith

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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 Morning in February

It was a very great pleasure to host the monthly Coffee morning held on February 19th at my home. 30 people came and £256 were raised. A heartfelt thanks goes to everyone for all their varied and generous contributions of gifts and help.  It was a very happy morning… and the sun shone upon us!

Margaret Oakley

Care and Prayer

Just over 20 years ago a group of us got together on a Monday evening to be led through a course: Saints for Healing. The Reverend Barry Oakley had joined us after his retirement, he had previously had some experience of the Church’s healing ministry and he led us through the course. There were six members of the congregation involved at the time. The Reverend Stephen Taylor then joined the course when he came to work in the parish and we established a monthly meeting to pray for the sick and those in trouble who had asked for our prayers. In 2003 Gordon joined our group and we followed another course called Growing a Healing Ministry and we welcomed two new people to our group. Since Jackie Fish came to the parish she has also been a member of the group. Sadly in 2005 one of our original group, Sheila Smith, died. She has been missed by us and many in the congregation. We had all been close to her during her illness and treatment and we felt this to be a great privilege. She was a great example to us as we could see how her faith was enabling her to keep calm and maintain her lovely sense of humour. We held our first Healing Service in May 2000, since then we held about two services a year. These have attracted a small number of people and all who have attended say they have been strengthened by the experience. We do stress that you can ask for prayer for others as well as yourself.

Sunday by Sunday a number of the group are at the Parish Communion and are happy to talk to anyone who wishes to ask for prayer or talk through problems with someone. We also have a prayer board at the back of the church. This is for you to write on a slip of paper the name of anyone or any situation you want to pray for. Just put it onto the board. At the next meeting of the Prayer and Care Group we will read them out and hold them in our prayers.

Alongside the clergy the people involved in this prayer ministry are: Betty Buck,     Janet Reed, Wendy Dollimore, Maureen Rew, Pam Hagan and Judy Smith. Three members of the original group, namely The Reverend Barry Oakley, Muriel Maxwell, as well as Sheila Smith, have died. We continue to meet after the 10.30 am Holy Communion Service on the 2nd Thursday of every month, and prayers for healing are offered especially at that service. And now we are in our 21st year. If you wish us to pray for you or a family member or friend please speak to one of us and we will put the names on our list which remains confidential to the group.

Maureen Rew

Fellowship News and Programme for 2019

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

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

Ash Wednesday 2019

Lent Book and Lent Course

2019 Lent book - At Home in LentNot for the first time (!) this year’s Lent Book is an in-house offering!

Copies of the book are available at the back of church, please feel free to take one and pay for it, and/or to attend the Lent Discussion Group which will meet on Mondays 11th March to 8th April inclusive at 8.15pm in the Vicarage.

As usual the book contains a brief Bible passage and reflection, themed on a household object, which, I hope is a thought-provoking impetus to the observance of Lent not only in Church but at home.

Gordon Giles

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.

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Coffee and a Concert

First of all, an apology for an omission from the January magazine, when my write-up of the December concert did not appear. It was presented by our vicar Gordon Giles, when he introduced us to the strange and sometimes quaint carols in the Cambridge Carol Book, which was first published in 1924. A number of them were sung by a special choir who produced quite an authentic medieval sound. We had an entertaining and informative December concert thanks to Gordon who has a wide knowledge of hymns and carols.

Another interesting concert was had in February when Margery Dey and Cassie Davies brought six different sized recorders and played duets on them. This produced quite an eye opener to some of us.

And now for something completely different because at 12.30 pm on Wednesday 13 March the Enfield Grammar School Brass Band will come and play to us. Do come along and also enjoy coffee and homemade cake from 11.30 am in the vestry.

Eleanor Pritchard

11.30pm – 1pm
Retiring Collection
Coffee, tea and cake available in the Choir Vestry from 11.30 am

Concert programme for 2019

April 10 – The Anern String Trio
May 8 – Gordon Giles: Flute and Roddy Elmer: Piano
June 12 – Robert Medina: Baritone
July 10 – Jonathan Newby: Organ

August – no concert

September 11 – Catherine Leonard: Piano
October 9 – Serafini Chamber Group
November 13 – Michael and Marion Smith: Piano and Organ
December 11 – Suzannah Knight: Oboe; Michael Lovejoy: Violin and Roddy Elmer: Piano

Hall activities that may interest you

There have been some new startups in the Hall recently, which means the following activities may be of interest:

MondayBridge 2:00pmYoga 6:30pmSouthgate Opera 7:30pm
TuesdayTai Chi 7:00pm
WednesdayIrish Dance 4:30pmClare's Keep Fit 6:30pmDrama Group 8:30pm
ThursdayCoffee 11:00amFit Steps 6:30pmYoga 7:30pm
Choir 7:30pm
FridayBridge 9:00amWalkabouts (2nd of month)
SaturdayBallet 9:00amDance 1:30pmTutoring 4:00pm

Magazine

Items for the April edition to the editor by Sunday 17 March. Please use the magazine section of the pigeon-holes or email to secretary@stmarymagdalene.church. 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

Michael Dixon

Magazine rota

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

30 March 2019
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan

27 April 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

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