Parish Magazine ~ November 2020
Due to the Coronavirus ‘Lockdown’ of March 2020 onwards, the Parish magazine is published mainly online and only a few copies printed for archival purposes.
Our Curate, The Rev'd Maureen Lunn, have been writing by email to members of the congregation, and the content appears here.
Trinity 17: “Who's vineyard is it?”.
Friends old and new it seems that the virus is now spreading again and more stringent regulations are being put in place across the northeast and northwest and creeping south. People, it seems are forgetting just how virulent covid-19 is and are taking risks with their behaviour. I hope you, like me are trying to protect yourselves and your family, but that is simply not enough. We must follow the rules to protect our community. The thought of another six months of virtual isolation fills me with dread but if that what it takes then so be it. We will have to double our efforts to stay in touch with each other, to care for each other and to continue with ASK. We are all right here in the vineyard and doing the Lord’s work bringing in the Kingdom.
Keep praying, keep safe and keep well.
Friends old and new, today we thank The Reverend Jackie Fish for her words to us about harvest. On this special day every year for a very long time the words of an anthem play over and over again in my head. “Thou visitest the earth and blessest it...and crownest the year with thy goodness...” I think it’s called an ear worm, but a very pleasant one. We are not as able this year to bring gifts for the foodbank, so if you wanted to send a gift privately their address is:
North Enfield Foodbank, Jubilee Central, 2 Lumina Way, Enfield, EN1 1FS. If a monetary gift is easier for you I am sure Ken would collect and pass any on for us.
After our time of prayer this morning we shall lay Ian Fusedale’s ashes to rest in our Memorial Garden and pray for his family and friends.
If you discover that your loved one is no longer on the prayer list, please give Mo or Ken an update on their progress and we will include them again if necessary.
Keep praying, keep safe and keep well.
Trinity 19: Who was Luke and what was his message?
Friends old and new, well here it is, a new partial lockdown. No longer able to visit the grandchildren, no longer able to socialise. But if we all follow the rules we may, just may, be able to enjoy some of those freedoms again at Christmas. Today we celebrate the feast of St Luke and we have the opportunity to celebrate with and give thanks for all those who work to promote health and wellbeing. Giving thanks for their dedication and sacrifice for us now and in years past . Perhaps today we can think too of all those who are waiting for treatment, surgery or hospital appointments, praying with them that the NHS will not be overcome with covid-19 patients. With my prayers for you all to keep safe and keep well.
The Last Sunday after Trinity: Who’s son is he?
Friends old and new what a treat, that extra hour of light in the morning, it’s just a pity it comes with the afternoons drawing in. Whatever we think about the future, today it’s worth thinking about the message from Matthew, “Is the Messiah a priest or King, and who’s son is he?” I hope by the end of the liturgical year in November we will all be confident of our answer. Confidence is something we all need at this time, confidence that a vaccine will be found and confidence that our wonderful world will again blossom as creation intended.
Today we lay to rest in the Memorial Garden the earthly remains of both Ronald and Malcolm Warden and pray for Daniel and all the family and friends.
Keep safe and keep well.
All Saints’ Day with All Souls’ Day
Friends old and new, this morning we celebrate All Saints’ Day and later this afternoon change mood with a service for the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed. It is an odd combination and one that chimes with the way people are living in these strange times. On the one hand the young are going about their lives almost as usual and the older and more vulnerable of us are keeping ourselves apart as much as possible. Many families are mourning because covid-19 has taken their mum,dad, grandma or grandad. In normal times the All Souls’ afternoon service would be attended by many, some strangers, who come to remember those whom they have loved but have died, some recently, others in years past. In all of these families comfort and peace are found in the lighting of a candle and in hearing a name spoken aloud with love. So today I hope you will join me in thanksgiving for all those who have gone before us, living the life of Christ in this wonderful world and showing us how to love God and neighbour.
Keep safe and keep well.
From the Parish Registers
Advent Book from The Bible Reading Fellowship
This year’s Advent book is by Gordon, called ‘At Home in Advent’. This follows on from his previous Lent title ‘At Home in Lent’.
One reviewer writes…
On travelling… and being 'at home'
The aptly, and ironically, entitled At Home in Lent (BRF 2018) – after all, we were all confined to home this spring 2020, weren’t we? – proved so popular that author Gordon Giles has followed up with At Home in Advent:
‘While we shall certainly spend some time at home, we begin by setting out on the Advent journey, with some chapters that might more accurately be summed up as “Out and about in Advent”.’
Once again Giles takes a journey through Advent to Christmas and beyond in the company of familiar seasonal and domestic objects and experiences. Focusing on the everyday stuff we typically associate with that time of year, including some things not so festive, he reflects on their spiritual meaning and message in today’s world.
Beginning with chapters on journeying and travel, the book moves though major Advent themes of expectation, waiting, mortality and hope to the joy of incarnation and salvation.
The book is available on the BRF website or Amazon Kindle.
Fellowship meetings for 2020
Postponed until further notice
Coffee and a Concert
12.30pm – 1pm
Concert programme for 2020
November 11 – Cancelled
December 12 – Lunch Time Carol Concert
Coffee Morning Rota 2020
If coffee mornings continue for 2020 here are the dates which we hope to see each other again!
17th November Cancelled
15th December Rita
As you all know March to September were all cancelled, and I do not think it would be appropriate at the moment for October to take place so that is cancelled. As you know the takings from the coffee mornings are to be used eventually for a new kitchen in the Vestry and because of the virus we have potentially lost £1,400. I was wondering if you could manage to put say £3 per person x 6 in a pot and eventually bring it to the next morning whenever that will be. I know times are hard but we should keep God’s house in good order and this would be a wonderful sign of our love for St Mary Magdalene’s.
Many thanks for all your past support, keep safe and love to everyone,
Christmas cards 2020
I know it’s a little while to go but this needs to be circulated now. As there will be no giving or receiving of cards via the pigeon holes this year Wendy has come up with a great suggestion of having greetings in the parish magazine. The parish magazine is only online at the moment with just a handful of printed copies, mainly for archive purposes. Something like:
Wishing all my friends at St Mary’s a peaceful Christmas and New year, Wendy Dollimore.
If you would like to send me your greetings I will need them by Friday 27 November to ensure they are in the December online parish magazine. Please email me directly on email@example.com Thanks.