Parish Magazine ~ November 2019
Epilogue to my sermon from Paul’s 2nd Letter to Timothy 1: 1-14
This I believe, may be my last sermon before I retire, and if I was writing a letter to St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Windmill Hill, in the style of Paul to Timothy. In a paragraph or two it might read something like this:
To My Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Grace mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you…
Re-kindle the Faith and hope that is within you, set it on fire with the spirit of combustion; of power and love; with inbuilt discretion… with your love for each other; in your worship; in your teaching; with your hospitality; and keep up your warm welcome for new comers; encourage young people to come into the fold; watch out for the weak and vulnerable especially the children; offer your own personal gifts for use in the church; and in all things under pin everything with your prayers… Guard the good treasure of the Gospel entrusted to us, with the help of the Holy Spirit living within us…
Please pray for me as I take this new path in my Christian pilgrimage. I will continue to pray for Gordon, Maureen and for you all, that together we will be bold in our sharing of the Gospel, wherever that new path may lead us… From your Beloved Sister in Christ, Jackie, a disciple of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life through the Grace of God, and the inner joy that comes from Serving Christ Jesus our Lord! Amen.
THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU …
My heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended my wonderful Harvest Retirement Service, and for the super gift of a ‘Kitchen Aid’ food mixer presented in the sermon slot, reminding us as all as Christians, how we must all blend together, as the body of Christ, The Bread of Life! Also thank you for all the cards, flowers and personal gifts from friends both near and far.
Celebrations continued in the evening at the Enfield Golf Club where a superb carvery roast dinner was waiting for us all. At the dinner, on behalf of everyone Judy Smith presented me with a gift of a Tiffany silver eternal cross. Finally, our Vicar Gordon delivered some kind words about my ministry over the last 15 years; then everyone raised their glasses, wishing me well in the next chapter of my Christian life…
With all my love, best wishes and gratitude to you all, for such a blessed day! A day I shall always remember!
The Reverend Jackie Fish
From the Parish Registers
Interment of Mary Sampford’s ashes Sunday 17 November at 12:00 noon
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
|Sunday||8:00 am||Holy Communion|
|10:00 am||Eucharist (Second Sunday in month Family Service)|
|6:30 pm||Evensong (or other ‘special’ service)|
|Please see the Google calendar for any further information regarding Sunday Services|
|Monday||10:00 am||Mattins (BCP)|
|6:00 pm||Home group|
|Tuesday||7:45-9:00 pm||Bell Ringing Practice|
|Wednesday||8:30 pm||Drama Group|
|Thursday||10:30 am||Holy Communion (BCP)|
|7:30 pm||Choir Practice|
Our War Memorial Window (part one)
In September we were joined one Sunday at Parish Communion by a lovely couple, Mary and Scott Hagedorn, who were visiting from the United States. Mary is the great-great niece of James Clark, the artist who painted The Great Sacrifice, the image which was used for our War Memorial window. Mary and Scott had heard about our window and wanted to see it for themselves. Mary told me a lot of interesting things about her family connections and has kindly sent us a copy of a photo of James Clark with his wife, Elizabeth, and also an image of a self-portrait of the artist, which I hope to put on display in the church sometime soon.
After visiting us, Mary and Scott were travelling to the Isle of Wight to see the original painting by her great-great uncle, which is held in St Mildred’s church at Whippingham. Our conversation got me thinking about the stories behind our War Memorial window – there are several strands – and so I did some research.
James Clark was born in West Hartlepool on the North-East coast in 1858. He trained first as an architect but in 1877 went to London to study art at the National Art Training School. He completed his training at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and at that time his work was considered to be rather avant-garde.
Returning to Britain, he married his childhood sweetheart, Elizabeth Hunter, and they settled in Chelsea. Eventually they had a family of three girls and three boys. James was a successful artist working in different media and genres and he exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy.
It was The Great Sacrifice, painted in 1914 and reproduced as a print in the weekly illustrated newspaper, The Graphic, in December, 1914, which brought him fame. The image struck a chord with the public and became “the most popular painting of the war”, according to one historian. Although some serving soldiers felt it did not truly reflect the horrors they had seen, it brought comfort to bereaved families and gave them faith that their loved one’s sacrifice was not in vain but for a greater good.
James Clark donated his original painting to the War Relief Charity Sale at the Royal Academy and it was bought by Queen Mary, who gave it to her aunt-by-marriage, Princess Beatrice (Queen Victoria’s youngest child), whose son, Prince Maurice of Battenberg, had been killed in France early in the war. After the war, Princess Beatrice donated the painting to St. Mildred’s church on the Isle of Wight to hang in the Battenberg Chapel there.
Clark returned to his native West Hartlepool after it had been shelled by German ships out in the North Sea, which resulted in great loss of life and public outrage that civilians had been targeted. He painted what is probably his second most famous painting, The Bombardment of the Hartlepools, (16th December, 1914).
After the war, Clark designed war memorials and stained-glass windows, of which our window is a fine example. He died in Reigate, Surrey in 1943. If you would like to see more of his work, log on to the Art UK website and select Artists, type in his name and you will be able to see images of the 25 works of his which are held in British public collections.
This year is not only the Centenary of the First Remembrance Sunday in 1919 but also the Centenary of our window being installed.
As early as May, 1917, an article in the Parish Magazine reported that there was a desire for a permanent record of all the parishioners who were serving in the Armed Forces and especially a memorial to those who had fallen. The Vicar suggested that “the picture, entitled The Great Sacrifice, painted in oils, which represents a wounded soldier leaning on the arm of a comrade and the figure of our Blessed Saviour in the background, standing as if ready to help, should be hung in some prominent place in the church…”. Although the idea met with approval, it was decided that nothing should be done until after the war.
If you are thinking that this is not the image that we have in the window, that is probably because there were some variations on the original image and perhaps the Vicar was thinking of one of these.
The Parish magazine of February, 1919 reports that there was a meeting of the congregation where two of the ladies, Mrs. Porter, who was the wife of a former Churchwarden, and Mrs. Crook, who had been an indefatigable fund-raiser during the war, proposed that the memorial should be “two stained glass windows…placed in the church to the memory of those who had fallen, and their names inscribed in close proximity. This was carried unanimously.”
By June, 1919, the Magazine reported on the amazing progress made by the special committee set up to organise and raise the funds for the window.
“We are glad to say that the memorial to those connected with the Church or parish of S. Mary Magdalene, whether Churchmen or Non-Conformists, who have made the Great Sacrifice in the war, has at last taken a definite shape. The Committee have decided to put one window in the Church with the names, ranks and regiment, of those who have given their lives on each side. The subject chosen is the celebrated picture, ‘The Great Sacrifice’…”
And, even better,
“We are most fortunate in having been able to get the painter of the picture to produce the window and fit it complete….”
James Clark also worked in stained glass, and either because St. Mary Magdalene’s was quick off the mark, or perhaps because there was some personal connection between someone in the congregation and the artist, (I have not yet investigated this part of the story), our war memorial window was made by the artist himself. In the December, 1919 issue of the Parish Magazine, it is reported that:
“Our War Memorial Window was solemnly dedicated by the Vicar at the Morning Service on Sunday, November 2nd…”
This year, then, at our Remembrance Service on Sunday, 10th November, our window will be one hundred years old.
(to be continued…)
Joy Heywood, The Archivist
September Coffee Morning
At the moment the coffee mornings are now raising money for the vestry kitchen to be updated!
It was a delightful sunny autumn day; when twenty people managed to gather in my small flat; Rita was quick to welcome everyone with a smile, coffee and cake (lemon drizzle cake it seems is still the people's favourite!); and before long everyone was enjoying fun and fellowship together! My thanks to all those who helped and contributed on the day, and also to those who contributed before the day. £162 was raised.
Well done everyone!
How is it possible to give to three charities at once?
Easy! Just come along to the Festive Fair on 7th December and buy a ticket at the brand new Toy Tombola. Your ticket money will go to help the work of the church (charity one). If you are lucky and win a toy, you could decide to bring it along as a gift at the Toy Service on the following day. It will then be given to a child who might not otherwise receive very much this Christmas (charity two). Finally, for a small donation to Mary’s Meals (charity three), we will wrap your toy for you so you don’t have to do a thing.
What’s not to like?
See you there!
Yes it's really time to start thinking about it!
We are looking for donations of:
Cakes and preserves,
New or second hand jewellery,
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.
Coffee and a Concert
October’s concert was presented by the Serafini Chamber Group, who as usual provided a beautiful concert of Baroque Music using the harpsichord, baroque flute, violin and cello. I always find their music very relaxing.
Michael and Marion Smith will play to us at 12.30 pm on Wednesday, 13 November. This will as usual be preceded by coffee and cake in the vestry at 11.30 am for all who wish. This event is becoming very popular and the homemade cake appreciated. All are welcome.
Michael Smith was our church organist and choir master in the 1980s and started the annual Parish concert and other musical events at our church.
11.30pm – 1pm
Coffee, tea and cake available in the Choir Vestry from 11.30 am
Concert programme for 2019
November 13 – Michael and Marion Smith: Piano and Organ
December 11 – Suzannah Knight: Oboe; Michael Lovejoy: Violin and Roddy Elmer: Piano
Confirmation and Licensing - 19 November 8:00pm
On Tuesday 19th November Bishop Rob is coming to confirm Sandra Nigro and David Lloyd and give Jackie Fish her ‘permission to officiate’ license. So, be there or be square and support these lovely people! There will be a party afterwards of course…
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.
Tea Tasting Party
Date: Saturday 2 November 2019
Time: Come along anytime between 1pm – 4pm
Location: 307 Lonsdale Drive, Enfield, EN2 7LB
Your Host: Pam Hagan
Come along and sample our wide range of teas & accessories that we offer to go with making that perfect cuppa!
Festive teas and gift sets will be available to purchase
To be held in aid of St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Enfield
Great prizes to be won!
Jewellery by Blessed by Luna will also be available to purchase
The coffee morning held at the house of Colin and Lilian was a great success. £209 was raised to go towards “the kitchen”. Of course, there will also be the tax coming back eventually to be added to this sum. Our thanks to all who attended who helped to make the event go well.
Our next coffee morning will be held by Gordon and Jessica at The Vicarage on Tuesday 19th November and they hope to see lots of you there.
Early Warning Notice
This is to let you all know that my Christmas Coffee Morning which was booked for Tuesday 17th Dec has had to be altered as I will be 12,000 miles away so I have re-booked it for Tuesday 3rd December 10.30 when we will still be singing Christmas Carols and having fun I hope - please make a note in your diaries now - I look forward to seeing lots of you then.
Thank you to all the people who contributed to the Parish Concert presenting their various party pieces. It was good fun and lasted exactly an hour. It was followed by a very welcome tea and cake beautifully arranged by Judy, Carol, Wendy and others. Thank you to all who contributed.
November 20: Making music together, Eleanor. 2pm.
December 18: Fellowship Christmas Lunch, 12.30 at the Golf Club
North Enfield Food Bank
We make regular contributions to the Food Bank and their needs change from time to time. Up to date information can be found on their web site: northenfield.foodbank.org.uk.
At the moment they urgently need: Tinned tomatoes, tinned meat, tinned fruit, tinned vegetables, tinned meat soup, tinned spaghetti / spaghetti hoops, instant mash, instant noodles, savoury snacks – crisps / popcorn / crackers, chocolate / snack bars, biscuits, tinned puddings, rice pudding, custard, shampoo / conditioner, shower gel, toilet roll.
They have plenty of: Beans, pasta, cereal, beans / pulses (kidney, black-eyed peas and lentils) tea, sugar and cereal.
Items for the November edition to the editor by Sunday 10 November.
Please use the magazine section of the pigeon-holes or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
(10 am Saturday morning in the Church or earlier as arranged)
30 November 2019
Eleanor Pritchard/Helen Clark
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.