Magazine October 2019

2019 Harvest

Parish Magazine ~ October 2019

The Rev'd Dr Gordon Giles

When we commemorated the end of the First World War last November we looked back at the parish magazines from 100 years earlier to see what people were saying at the time - particularly what the vicar wrote in the magazine and other parish records. Since then I’ve been very aware that what one writes now is not just for today but for the future - and indeed - thanks to modern technology may be read far away. After I preached a sermon about Mary Magdalene and the moon landing (and about how some people still do not believe it ever happened) I received an email berating next for falling into the trap of believing that it did happen!).

And people may read this in 100 years’ time. That raises a very interesting question doesn’t it - about what will people think in 100 years’ time about what is going on around us now in this rather uncertain times which we find ourselves. The goings-on in the government and parliament; the difficulties in the Middle East; the escalating concerns about climate change - how will these things look in the future and what do we want to say to the future and what will the future think of us? The more immediate way of asking this question is to contemplate what message we are sending to our children about the way Parliament behaves; the rule of law and climate change. At the same time we might also consider what message children are sending to us when we see the climate change protest led by a 16-year-old girl from Sweden who people are only just beginning to hear of but may well be very famous a century from now, if there is a century from now. What messages are we sending to our children as they grow up at the moment and what messages are they sending to us loud and clear?

We are telling them that democracy is a plaything and they are telling us that we don’t care about the environment in which they will grow up and in which their children will be born. To some extent the politicians are behaving like children and our children are behaving as politicians should. When politicians throw the toy of democracy out of the pram it breaks. And it is the children who will have to pick up the pieces and put them back together again.

St Paul in the letter to the Galatians wrote: ‘...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.’

There is no law against these things. There are plenty of laws against other kinds of things, as the past few weeks makes very clear. There are corners of our world, our nation, our communities and in ourselves where these words need to heard and heeded. For if we are to have any hopeful say in the way the next hundred years unfold we need to encourage our leaders to behave, and to listen to the voices of the young, and to hope and pray that the futures of our politics and indeed our planet are not being irrevocably poisoned by greed and lies.

We need to continue to press forward in hope, and with integrity, respect and humility. And we need to pray - always.

Gordon

From the Parish Registers

Baptism
8 September 2019
Kanter David James Hill

Interment of Ashes in the Memorial Garden
15 September 2019
Barbara Abernethy

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

Eulogy given by Anne Allans son at her funeral

Homily from Simeon,

Good afternoon and a very warm welcome to everyone. I am Anne’s son Simeon and I would like to take a few moments to speak on behalf of the family. Anne had asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Camphill Foundation that supports communities of adults with special needs. And, it happens, there is a box available to do just that at the entrance or you can make a donation on-line.

I would like to thank Farther Christopher for his generosity and kindness in allowing us to hold the service in this beautiful place, and all of you for being here: we know it is not easy to take time out in the middle of the week. Anne would have been rather taken back and embarrassed over all the fuss!

I would like to personally thank Jean, Graham and Christine for ensuring that myself and Naomi were able to spend quality time with mum before she past, and my niece, Charlotte, for being ever present - you were a great comfort to your Grandma, she told me that she was very proud of you.

Dad was smitten with Anne from the start after he met her at a dance during the time she was studying at the The Royal Academy of Music; “there was just simply something about her” he said. They were engaged on Christmas day: Dad having managed to navigate negotiations with Granddad and Grandma - on occasion, two fearsome characters. Anne was worth fighting for!

Naomi arrived, followed by myself, and some years later, Anne’s grandchildren and great grand child: Charlotte, Aleksander, Victoria, Akari Yasmin and Julie Sophie - she loved them all dearly and of course spoilt them rotten!

When myself and Naomi strayed from the path, mum would firmly - in hindsight, fairly - push us back on track. As we grew older and we erred more and more, we had to lie in our own increasingly messy beds! Mum was ever disapproving; however, she always had a magical blanket for those beds; calmly helping us to re-set our lives. She took the long view: patience and persistence. She willingly absorbed the pain, the hate, the frustrations of our slip-ups, .....loving us regardless and somehow leaving us free to move to the next.

Anne was the most beautiful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and a fabulously warm-hearted and genuine friend to all who were fortunate enough to know her.

She was a true Stoic: the four cardinal virtues of the ancient Greek school of philosophy capture everything about her: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. Or if you prefer: wisdom, morality, courage, and moderation.

She stoically endured her treatment for cancer to enjoy as much time with her family and friends as she could possibly squeeze, staying active and engaged with life and her beloved music until the last.

It is a common theme from those who knew her, that she was forever thinking of others before herself - utterly selfless. We all remember her standard ripostes: “don’t mind me”, “you chose what you want first”, “you concentrate on what you need to do, don’t worry about me”, and so on. Never complaining, brimming with patience, and almost never straying far from the straight and narrow!

The only time I think I got her to crack was in March last year at a lunch together with Dad. I suggested drinking some champagne. Expecting the usual refusals to stray from that glass of sparkling water or the more daring fresh juice, the response from mum started with that all too familiar little chuckle followed by her cheeky smile and “oh.. go on then, I shouldn’t though!”. On that occasion, it was swiftly followed by a second and even a third glass, leaving myself and Dad feeling somewhat robbed!

Anne was a wonderfully gifted musician, with diligence and commitment that were quite remarkable - for a very good reason - playing each note perfectly in sequence, all in the most delicate balance, and much from memory. Moreover, she would do it with a limpid clarity given to very few. When I was still in bed at lunchtime on an exeat weekend, I have fond memories of being woken by the most sublime music, even if mum was just practicing!

Anne was a devoted member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and took much pride in being able to support the association in promoting the importance of music; she was particularly fond of the Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Being a teacher... oh, she was much more than that - a mentor, a cheerleader, a friend to her pupils..... she touched the lives of many. They were all inspired, scolded, chided, rebuked, nudged, shoved, poked, prodded, thrust, persuaded, cajoled, tantalized, motivated, encouraged, moved and energized to greater things.

For any Americans among you, if I mention the name Horace Mann, the American education reformer and abolitionist, you will probably recognise the following quote from his address at Antioch College in 1859: “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”

That is a very tall order; a hard test to pass for anyone.

Notwithstanding all Anne has done for her family, pupils and friends, even towards the end, when all but hope was lost, she told me that she had asked her oncologist whether she might be eligible to participate in a clinical trial. Even if she herself could not personally benefit from the clinical trial, she hoped that others unfortunate enough to follow in her footsteps, may have an easier path as a result of her small contribution.

Anne Cynthia Allan: you passed the test. 21. May you rest in peace.

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

Coffee Morning Dates 2019

October 15: Lilian and Colin

November 19: Gordon Giles

December 03: Rita Barker

Mary’s Meals

I am conscious that I have not given you an update on Mary’s Meals recently and for that I am sorry. It is in part due to the fact that our last Dinner Money collection was not well advertised because I was away and then events at Patronal took over. As a result the money trickled in bit by bit. However, it was worth waiting for because when everything was added up we had an amazing £522.44. That is wonderful! Thank you! I have not agreed a date with Gordon for our next collection but I will do my very best to publicise it better!

It is also quite some time since we held a St Mary’s Meal so how about it? Is there anyone who would like to host a dinner, or a tea, or even a breakfast? It would be lovely to fit something in before Christmas. Do come and talk to me if you are interested.

Judy Smith

Christmas Bazaar and Toy Service

Christmas Bazaar

Yes it's really time to start thinking about it!

We are looking for donations of:

Bottles, Toiletries,
Bric-a-Brac,
Cakes and preserves,
New or second hand jewellery,

raffle prizes.

Any suggestions for new stalls and volunteers to run them always welcome. Talk to Alison Reeve about your ideas.

Please don’t forget to put the date in your diary.

Alison Reeve

Fellowship News

October 16: Mo will give a visual trip around Singapore, New Zealand and Bali, with a background of the ‘good, the bad and the ugly. 2pm

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

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

Please encourage friends to join us, especially when something is of interest.

Coffee and a Concert

If you heard Catherine Leonard play at the September recital you will have been very fortunate because as usual she gave a very professional performance. She played Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata followed by Liszt’s arrangement of Schubert’s Staendchen.

At 12.30 pm on Wednesday, 9 October the Serafini Chamber Group will play to us. They become more popular with each visit. Also, don’t forget coffee/tea with cake will be available from 11.30 am in the choir 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

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

Magazine rota

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

26 October 2019
Ju(Yezi) Lan Zhen/Shivani

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.

Magazine

Items for the November edition to the editor by Sunday 13 October.

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

School Readers

school readers

Volunteers needed to listen to children read in local Primary Schools

Can you spare an hour or two a week to listen to children read in a local primary school? Schoolreaders is looking for more volunteers in Enfield to carry out this important role.

Reading time for many children at home and at school is often insufficient and one in four children are now leaving primary school unable to read to the required standard. This can have a lifelong consequence. No qualifications are necessary, just a good command of spoken and written English.

Schoolreaders is flexible and will match your availability to an appropriate, local school. Our volunteers find the scheme incredibly rewarding, knowing that a few hours helping a child learn to read each week can have such a great impact on their life chances.

Please visit the website www.schoolreaders.org to join or call 01234 924111 for further information.

Charity Number: 1159157

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