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You may have noticed that we have increased the cover price of the magazine, for the first time this Millennium… I’m sure everyone understands that twenty pence isn’t what it used to be, and with those funny edges on the small coin that it is, it’s doesn’t roll as far as it used to! We also hope that the introduction of colour and the material-
Christmas is coming, on a Sunday this year, and we clergy love it when Christmas Day is a Sunday! In a parallel universe I would make Easter Day the second Sunday of April and Christmas Day the fourth Sunday of December… In fact, an act of parliament in the 1920’s made the former the case but the churches have to agree. The case for moving Christmas Day to a Sunday is actually a better one. Christmas Day – the feast of the Nativity of our Lord -
So, as we enter Advent and Christmas, let’s prepare to enjoy ourselves, but let’s enjoy what we are truly celebrating, the incarnation of our Lord, Emmanuel, God with us. And we can celebrate that, of course, on any day!
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The choir will once again be running the bathroom stall and would be grateful for any suitable items for sale. Please give any donations to a member of the choir or place it in the box at the church entrance.
18 November 2016
Rosamin and Christopher Sutherland
30 October 2016
Phaedra Christina Kwakua Cofie
6 November 2016
Ronald Frederick Carr
We extend a warm, open invitation to share prayer and fellowship; encouraging one another's walk of faith, to know God more clearly, love him more dearly and follow him more nearly, day by day.
Having attended two of the four events, we’re looking forward to the third instalment of “Find Your Voice”, at Saint Mellitus College, detailed in November’s Parish Magazine. President of the college and Bishop of Kensington, The Right Revd Dr Graham Tomlin introduced and led us through the first evening. The atmosphere was pleasant and friendly and the exercises we were guided to participate in encouraged and clearly demonstrated how relaxed, natural and informal speaking about our faith in Jesus Christ can be. All attendees received a copy of Graham’s book “The Provocative Church”. “This is without a doubt the best, most honest, most theologically grounded and therefore most practically helpful book on evangelism I have read for a long time.” Church Times
“Jesus the heart of it all”, the title for our second evening was a delightfully accessible, engaging, illuminating and inspiring lecture from the Assistant Dean and Lecturer in Systematic Theology Dr Jane Williams. Among her numerous books “Faces of Christ”, was recommended. Jane uses beautiful, visually stunning images of Jesus in art to investigate his life and character including the shepherd, victor and broken.
Film Night schedule:
December 19th “God’s Not Dead 2”
January 30th “Scrooge”
February 27th “It’s A Wonderful Life”
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I cannot believe another year has gone but will you please put a note in your diary for my Christmas Coffee morning in aid of the organ.
It is at Flat 3 Anabelle Court, Slades Hill (020-
It is on MONDAY 12th DECEMBER @ 10.30 a.m. and we will be singing Christmas Carols accompanied by Eleanor on the keyboard and Gordon on flute as well as enjoying coffee and seasonal goodies. I look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible.
7 January 2017
Peter and Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard
28 January 2017
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke
25 February 2017
Ken and Laura Cope, Gill Bird
25 March 2017
Peter and Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard
30 April 2017
Ken and Laura Cope, Gill Bird
24 June 2017
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke
29 July 2017
Ju(Yezi) Lan Zhen, Fal Hayes
26 August 2017
Ken & Laura Cope, Gill Bird
23 September 2017
Peter & Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard
21 October 2017
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke
If you know of any lady or gentleman 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.
When planning an event, however large or small, do please consider St Mary Magdalene Church Hall.
The large hall can accommodate up to 80 people seated or 120 standing and has a well equipped kitchen with full cooking facilities.
The small hall seats 24 or around 40 standing and has its own self-
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Items for the January 2017 edition to the editor by Sunday 11 December, please. Documents should be in Microsoft Word or plain text. Please use the magazine section of the pigeon-
Would members of the congregation like to take part in, or help with, the Christmas Story to be performed at this year’s Christingle Services on Saturday 24th December at 3.00pm and 4.30pm? If so, please could you let either Chris Moon or Gordon know by Sunday 18th December. If you are only able to take part in one of the performances that would be absolutely fine. The rehearsal will be in the Church at 8.00 pm on Wednesday 21st December.
This Peal board was blessed by Gordon on Sunday 18th September 2016. It is now hanging proudly for all to see in the ringing chamber, in the tower with all the others. There are 39 steps to climb if you wish to view them.
Carol and I were fortunate to be invited to the Mayor’s Thanksgiving Civic Mass which was held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St George’s Church on 22 October 2016.
It was an inspiring service conducted by five priests each participating in different aspects of the formal mass. The accompanying music was provided by an Feith au Cheoil School of Traditional Irish Music, which reflected the family background of the Mayor.
The Mayor, Councilor Bernadette Lappage, is a lifelong worshipper at the church and in her short contribution to the service produced her first communion dress, which also took place at St George’s. After the mass there was a reception with Irish dancing and music. A wonderful afternoon.
The Mayor hopes to attend our Carol Service on 18 December.
Due to rising production costs it has been decided to suggest a donation of 50p per copy of the magazine from January 2017.
Please come and help us make Christingles on Friday, 23 December 2016 at 2:00 pm in the Vestry.
The Carol Singing dates booked so far appear below. All are welcome to join in at any! We will be collecting for Alzheimer’s Charity. Enfield Chase Station is now problematic because of the ticket barriers and health and safety concerns, so will probably not happen. Instead we will sing in Enfield Market on two dates.
There are opportunities to join in at Amesbury Court on Friday 16th (speak to Ken Cope about that), or at Paddington Station on December 4th (speak to me about that)!
Mon 19 11.00 am Christmas at Springview
Tues 20 7.30 pm Drama Group Carol Singing
Thurs 22 11.30 am Carol Singing in Enfield Town Market (1)
Fri 23 11.30 am Carol Singing in Enfield Town Market (2)
Luca Luciano, an Italian clarinettist played at the November recital. He included some of his own compositions and really showed, in a dramatic way, what the clarinet is capable of.
At 12.30 pm on Wednesday 14 December, Marion and Michael Smith will present the recital. As a younger man, Michael was our organist and very popular with the congregation. Hopefully Christmas music will be included in the programme. Do make space in a busy time to come and relax to music and perhaps enjoy a ploughman’s lunch afterwards, with hot soup.
We must thank Ann Tivnann who for some years has been the majordomo of the lunches but now feels she must take a back seat. The load will be shared with other members of the team, but if anyone else would volunteer to help out, we would be grateful. Please speak to me or another member of the team if you would like to help.
12.30pm – 1pm
Ploughman’s Lunch £3.50, if required,
in the Choir Vestry afterwards
Do come along if you are free. Ploughman’s lunch with hot soup will be available afterwards at the very reasonable price of £3.50.
Folk may have noticed scaffolding on the Church Hall Roof during November. Previously you may have noticed the Cross on top leaning worryingly! The scaffolding was put up, at great cost, so we could inspect. It became clear that the large iron cross (which is now in the Chapel) was attached by a thin strand of rusting metal, so it was immediately removed. Subsequently an emergency faculty was obtained to remove it and also the wooden structure supporting it, which itself was rotten. It has been carefully dismantled and can be re-
On a brighter note… (ha ha!)…
… you may have noticed that every light bulb in church has been changed for more economical, greener spec’d LED bulbs. While using less energy, we have better and perhaps even brighter lighting!
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