Parish Magazine ~ May 2021
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.
An announcement from Bishop Rob, the Bishop of Edmonton:
From the Bishop of Edmonton
Friends, I am delighted to let you know that the next Vicar of St Mary Magdalene, here in Enfield will be the Rev’d Dr James Lawson. James will also be commissioned as the Edmonton Area Director of Ordinands.
James is a very skilled and gifted priest. He has served the church as a Parish Priest, Bishop’s Chaplain, University Chaplain and Theological Educator in a variety of settings since ordination in 1999. He is married to Nana.
James will be inducted on the 30th May at 4pm, and please keep him and Nana in your prayers.
With my love and prayers for you all,
Our Curate, The Rev'd Maureen Lunn, have been writing by email to members of the congregation, and the content appears here.
ASK: Easter Sunday.
‘The Lord is Risen’
‘He is Risen Indeed’
friends old and new, Happy Easter! There was no way I was going to let another Easter pass us by without us sharing communion. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has helped to make this possible. We still need to be very careful about social distancing though and wearing our masks until the regulations are lifted.
Today we celebrate our spiritual freedom in the resurrection of our Lord. Good News for all the world. As we come out of lockdown we must be mindful of those in the world that do not have access to the vaccine. Let us lobby our politicians to be generous in sharing a life giving way out of the pandemic with those in need.
The Lord is risen, he is risen indeed!
Keep safe and stay well.
ASK: The Second Sunday of Easter.
“Peace be with you.” He said.
Peace, an elusive experience for many of us during this year of Covid. We have had a roller coaster of emotions that are beginning to calm down, just as the numbers of infections, admissions to hospital and the numbers of deaths tumble too. The numbers that are not on the downward trajectory are those suffering Long Covid, many young people who are left weak and worried about their future. We must keep encouraging those who are called, to take up the vaccine, even in the face of concerns about side effects. Peace be with you, he said.
It was wonderful to experience our communion service last Sunday and our next service will be on Sunday 25th April. When we follow the rules we are as safe as we can be and our world will open up. I look forward to us meeting again in the Peace of Christ. Thomas experienced doubt but was offered the opportunity to receive confidence in the risen Christ. May we too, in peace, receive confidence in the vaccine programme as our world heals.
Keep safe and well.
ASK: The Third Sunday of Easter.
“Ghosts, visions, apparitions and spooks.”
friends old and new, after two millennia there is no way to confirm what it was that the disciples were experiencing in their meetings with the risen Lord, or what it was that Jesus had become. This is where they and we rely on what the prophets had said, what Jesus had told us and what their eyes saw. It was clear he was not a ghost, they could touch him. Visions and apparitions don’t eat and he was definitely not spooky. It all comes down to that elusive commodity we call faith and the experience of meeting our best friend Jesus, at his table. That is why the lockdown has been so difficult because we really miss meeting our friends and spending time together around the table, especially the one in St Mary’s. So let us hasten the day when we can fully participate in our communion by keeping well and following the guidelines until we are safe to worship fully again.
Have a good week.
ASK: The Fourth Sunday of Easter.
‘The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep’
friends old and new, during the past month there have been many programmes on TV highlighting springtime on farms. How busy shepherds are during lambing and have focused on the physical and messy business of delivering a lamb stuck in the birth canal. Within minutes those beautiful creatures are licked clean by mum and are up and about and being fed. As we pause in our season of Easter and remember Jesus' declaration “I Am the Good Shepherd” just think on what that means for us all. He is with us in the messiness of the covid pandemic, ready to pick us up, cleanse our hearts and make us ready to love and serve our neighbour. If you are struggling today just pick up the phone and ASK, we are all here to help each other.
We are so close to a more relaxed life, free from fear and isolation, so I urge you dear friends to keep to the regulations. Stay safe and keep well.
This will be on Wednesday 26 May at 7:00pm for 7:30pm via Zoom
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Church opening for May
These are the dates of the said Eucharists:
9th May Easter 6
23rd May Pentecost
30th May Trinity Sunday
The other weeks in the month we will be open for private prayer between 10am and 12noon as before.
Christian Aid Week
The dates for this year’s Christian Aid week are 10th - 16th May.
Due to the current situation and restrictions, we will not be running a house to house collection as we have done in the past but we can still be actively involved.
Delivery only envelopes will be available for anyone who usually does a collection round to put through doors, if they feel comfortable doing so. There will be a space on this envelope to put an address for the recipient to return the envelope. This can be your address, or I am happy for you to put mine. Do not put the church or vicarage address.
If anyone feels they are able to do this, regular collector or not, please just let me know. Given the current circumstances please don’t feel awkward about saying that you don’t want to.
Giving envelopes will also be available in church
I trust this finds you safe and well.
As usual we are required to update the Church’s Electoral Roll prior to the Annual Parish Council Meeting (APCM).
It is our parish church’s register of electors. In the same way that being on the civic Electoral Roll allows you to vote in parliamentary and local elections, joining the Church Electoral Roll means that you can vote on Church matters, attend the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and stand for election to the PCC.
So, the church’s Electoral Roll is the register of its voting members; it is a list of those qualified to attend and to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting and gives an indication of the membership and strength of the church.
If you regard St Mary’s as your spiritual home please join our Electoral Roll.
If you are already on the Electoral Roll please let us know if any of your details have changed since last year’s revision (e.g. if you have moved)
To join the Electoral Roll or amend your details please complete the Electoral Roll Form which can be found on the website: https://stmarymagdalene.church/contact/electoral-roll-form/ or at the back of church.
If you have any questions, please ‘Contact the Electoral Roll Officer’ link on the website or send me an email at email@example.com