Magazine December 2020

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Parish Magazine ~ December 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.

ASK: The Third Sunday before Advent – Remembrance Sunday

Dear friends,

Friends old and new, this time last week we were sort of expecting it, the second lockdown that is, but we didn’t quite know what to expect. I really thought the Government would wait until after the services of remembrance. In anticipation I prepared for both options and so we have a sermon based on Matthew 25: 1-13 and that wonderful poem The Soldier by Rupert Brooke with the Act of Remembrance for you to follow too. I hope you take your time and enjoy which ever option you choose this morning. Please note the information below about the Toy Service and how you can still make a gift to children this Christmas. Finally I want to encourage everyone to follow the new regulations and then we might still be able to enjoy a relatively normal Christmas, well the new normal. So keep safe and keep well.


ASK: The Second Sunday before Advent

Dear friends,

"The Kingdom of God is like..."  Matt25: 14-30

When you think about the Kingdom I wonder where your mind goes? Is it to a heavenly place in the future or is to what is going on right here and right now. When I ask myself that question I am drawn to the lockdown and our response to it. The steadfast dedication of all the frontline workers, from the surgeons to the cleaners, the cashiers to the delivery drivers, the shop workers to the bus drivers, every single person who is ‘carrying on’. I use that phrase because I am reading a book at the moment titled BLITZ, the story of 29th December 1940 by Margaret Gaskin, and I am shocked by what the people of London had to cope with after the harshest night of bombing in the war. However bad life gets people find a way to ‘carry on’, they did then and we do now. Living in the midst of covid-19 is a backdrop to the Kingdom of God, because the Kingdom is both place and time, now and future. We can bring the Kingdom to life by what we do for others, so let’s do that and carry on in love and service. The end is on the horizon, thanks be to God. Keep safe and keep well.


ASK: Christ the King Sunday

When the Son of Man comes in his Glory, and all the Angels with him...then he will sit on the Throne of his Glory. Matthew 25: 1

Dear Friends old and new,

friends, ‘then there were three’, potential vaccines that is, and we are all waiting with baited breath to be called to receive one. You may remember last week that I mentioned the book Blitz, about the night of December 29th 1940. This week I read about a small team at Oxford University working on the development of the bacteria-killing properties of ‘Penicillium notatum’ extracted from fungus. The technician Norman Heatley had spent Christmas day [1940] trying to extract enough active ingredient for the first human trials of the antibiotic ‘penicillin’ to begin in a matter of weeks. What a wonderful testament for the science department at Oxford University and their involvement with the development of life saving medicines during the past eighty years. Long may they continue.

I have been asked to remind you and to say thank you so far for the toys and gifts that you are sending for the young carers in Enfield. You may still drop them into the centre at 137-143 Baker street, Enfield, EN1 3JL, up to Monday 6th December, between 9.00am and 5pm. The staff there are astonished at your generosity and want to say thank you. If you have gifts that need collecting please call: 0208 366 3677. Our own grandchildren have acted as carers over many years and been involved with Young Carers in Kent. I know the enormous debt we owe them.

On Tuesday 24th the funeral of Wendy Wilson will take place at Enfield Crematorium when we will say goodbye to a friend and fellow pilgrim of St Mary Magdalene. I remember clearly the kind and gentle lady who came with us to Launde Abbey and participated in our efforts to plan how we are to move on. Little did we know then how much change would be happening due to the corona virus and Gordon moving on to Rochester.

Well here we are, the last Sunday of the liturgical year, its time for us to write down our New Year resolutions, for both our Spiritual and every day life. We have much to look forward to in the weeks ahead and pray that we will be able to celebrate as we all wish to do. So then let us work together doing all we can to keep to the rules and keep safe and keep well.


ASK: The First Sunday of Advent

‘What are you waiting for’

Dear friends, friends old and new, on Advent Sunday we can wish each other a Happy New Year as we begin the new liturgical Year, B. Do you have any resolutions? I do, I resolve to be the best I can be at ministering to the people of St Mary Magdalene until such time as a new vicar is found. We are all waiting, waiting for a new leader and waiting for our Lord's return. While we wait I will try to keep the faith and do all I can to serve, to grow in faith and live the Gospel. What will you be hoping and praying for?

Keep safe and keep well.


From the Parish Registers

hollyChristmas Wishes

Wishing all at St Mary’s a Very Happy Christmas and hopefully a good New Year. Keep smiling & keep safe. Love Rita x

Malcolm and Mo send greetings to you all. Love and prayers for a Healthy and Happy 2021

Wishing all my friends at St Mary’s a peaceful Christmas and New year, Wendy Dollimore.

Wishing all our friends at St Mary’s a peaceful Christmas and New year, Maureen and Keith Rew.

To my dear friends at SMM. I am sending love and all good wishes for a Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Peaceful New Year. Stay safe. God bless, Betty x

With special Christmas love to all our friends at St. Mary's. Wishing you all a safe and peaceful time. Peter and Janet Rossiter

Sending Xmas Blessings to everyone at St Marys and wishing you all a peaceful, happy and joyful time Kath and Chris Jones and family xxxx

We wish all our friends at St. Mary's a blessed Christmas and a happier and healthier New Year, from Kate and Bob Bissett

I am pleased to be able to send a Christmas message of love, happiness and good cheer to all at St. Mary Magdalene. May you enjoy this special time and look forward to a Happy New Year. Joan Trollope

Wishing you all Joy, Hope and Peace at Christmas, sent with love from Rev’d Jackie Fish

Judy and Michael wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Sending Christmas Greetings and wishing blessings from the Lord in the year ahead. With warmest greetings, Margaret Oakley

Wishing all our friends at St Marys a happy Christmas and good tidings for the New Year. Love Pam & Vic

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy and Healthy New Year. All our Love from The James Family, Caroline, Tony, Alex and Bailey.

Love and best wishes for all the dear folk at St Mary Magdalene for a happy and contented Christmas from Eleanor Pritchard

Janice and John Salmon would like to wish everyone at St. Mary's a peaceful Christmas season and a healthy year ahead.

Wishing my friends at St Mary’s a merry Christmas and a peaceful and ‘back to normal’ New Year, June Carr

Carol and Peter Lamb wish their friends at St Mary Magdalene a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and a healthy and happy 2021

Wishing all at St. Mary's joy and peace at Christmas and for the New Year. Josie Andrews.

We wish everyone at St Mary Magdalene the best Christmas and New Year possible during the pandemic. Above all in 2021 we wish you good health. Blessings Bryan Ward and Betty Gallaway 😊

Wishing all my friends at St Mary’s peace and joy at Christmas. May we gather together very soon. With my love, Janet Reed.

To all in our St Mary Magdalene family, we send our love and best wishes for a merry Christmas. We look forward to worshipping and celebrating together again in 2021. Alison, Paul and Luke x

To all our dear friends at St Mary's, we wish you a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year. John Jenkins / Alison and Robert Ludlam

To all friends at St Mary's, Love and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year Vic S

C is for the Christ child, born upon this day
H is for herald angels in the night
R is our redeemer
I means Israel
S is for the star that shone so bright
T is for three wise men, they who travelled far
M is for the manger where he lay
A’s for all he stands for
S means shepherds came
And that’s why there’s a Christmas day!

Writer(s): Jenny Lou Carson, Eddy Arnold 1949

Wishing you all a very peaceful Christmas and a healthy 2021
With much love, Ken, Laura and Dawn

Sunday openings for December

We are pleased to announce that following lifting the latest Lockdown we will be resuming our Said Eucharist service on Sunday 13th and 27th December. Going forward these services will be on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month and the remaining Sundays we will be open for private prayer between 10am and 12noon. Except for 20th December.

20th December: we will not be open in the morning because, at 4:30pm, we will be having a special Carol Service. We have space for around 54 ‘bubbles’ so space is limited. Members of the choir and a few guests will be singing, congregational singing is not permitted.

Christmas Day: we will be having a Said Eucharist Service on Christmas Morning at 10am.

A message from Michael Smith:

Very, very many thanks to everybody for taking such an interest in my knee op and for all your love, kindness and prayers. I am now well on the road to recovery and hope to see you all again soon. With much love from me to you – Michael

A message from Carol and Peter Lamb:

Carol and Peter Lamb wish to thank all those who sent good wishes, flowers, cards and messages to Carol over the past weeks. Thanks also to those who have held her in their prayers. These things have been a great comfort during a very difficult time.

Charity Christmas Cards

Christmas Appeal – Presents for Young Carers

We are asking for donations of NEW, unwrapped gifts or toys for young carers aged 5 -18 who may not otherwise receive a gift. These will be given out to our Young Carers across the borough before Christmas.

Many Young Carers will be facing a cold, hungry Christmas with little or no gifts coming their way. You can help to change that!

If you would like to help, the next time you are in a supermarket, Argos or a toy store, please pick up something small and drop it to the centre. Although we are still closed to the public there are staff in the centre Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm. Just press the buzzer and we will come to the door. If you have gifts that need collecting please call: 0208 366 3677

You can help to bring a smile to a Young Carer’s Face this Christmas!

Thank you for your support!

Reg Charity Number: 1140089
Company Number: 7149774

Coffee Morning Rota 2020

As you all know Coffee Mornings from March were all cancelled, and I do not think it would be appropriate at the moment for them to take place so until further notice they are 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 £1,800. I was wondering if you could manage to put say £3 per person x 9 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,

Rita Barker

Concert Programme

Cancelled until further notice


Cancelled until further notice

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.

New Parish Office phone number

We have a new Parish Office phone number, it is: 0203 302 1010. Please update your address books. The phone has an answer machine attached and is checked once a week. If there is anything urgent please send an email to which is constantly monitored.

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