Parish Magazine ~ January 2017

30, The Ridgeway,

Dear friends,

Christmas is not over – it has just begun! I expect you have taken down your decorations by now and the home might be looking a bit bare. But whether you have (or whether you leave them up until Candlemas!), the Epiphany Season is just beginning. Epiphany is the Cinderella season – it is equally important as Christmas, but is often overlooked as a single day considered to be January 6th, after which we simply move on, sailing away from the Christmas carols, lights and screwed up wrapping paper. Yet in Epiphanytide, which makes up the greater, second part of the 40-day season of Christmas, we are reminded not just of the Nativity events, but of their meaning and significance. During this icy period Church attendance droops, but there is much light and warmth to celebrate in church.

We begin with the Magi – there might have been three of them and they might have been men, but there were at least very wise for their time. They weren’t Kings, actually. But they were gentiles – non-Jews, and their appearance at the crib, represents the recognition that the Christ child was and is for the whole world, not just Jews. The Prayer Book calls January 6th ‘The Epiphany, or the Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles’. So at the outset of Epiphany we have the revealing of Jesus as ‘Light of the World’, as St John put it at the opening of his Gospel, which we heard at the Carol Service.

We encounter the same idea at Candlemas – when we celebrate the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, when old Simeon and Anna hold Jesus and proclaim that he is to be ‘a light to the gentiles’ as well as Israel. These are the two festivals that frame the season of Epiphany.

In between we have the celebration of the Baptism of Christ, another ‘revealing’ of Jesus to the world, albeit 30 years after his birth (roughly!). As John baptizes Jesus in the Jordan, the world begins to notice, and the story of the rest of the gospels begins. Jesus immediately goes into the wilderness to be tempted, which is where Lent kicks off. The other great ‘revealing’ of the season is the story we find in John 2, where Jesus, in the ‘first miracle that he wrought’, turns water into wine at the wedding feast. The significance of this is deep indeed, for not only does the world notice, but it reveals Jesus as someone who is going to change things, big time.

These are the themes of Epiphanytide, and they are big enough to last us a year! They all point to the arrival of Jesus on the scene: the one who is born humbly and dangerously at Bethlehem, but who is also the Light of the world, the salvation of the world, the one called by God into a ministry of healing and change, who himself calls followers (that’s us as well as James Peter and John!), to continue his mission in an ever-changing, ever dangerous, ever dark, world.

So as we enter 2017, looking over our shoulders at the pains and surprises of 2016 and the challenges they still present, we need the Epiphany season more than ever. Syria, Trump, Brexit, economic uncertainty, social deprivation, terrorism, rail strikes, NHS meltdown – whichever way you look, we need light, hope and peace. And it is these that our Saviour brings on a constant basis. We need that and we depend on it.

We also need some action: decisive, but careful action. So this Epiphanytide let us devote ourselves to prayer for the nations of the world, all of whom Christ came to lighten with salvation.


O God, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles: Mercifully grant, that we, which know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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Magazine Stapling Rota 2017

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.

Parties, Quizzes, Meetings and Receptions

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-contained kitchenette.
For details of availability and rates please use our contact page.


Items for the February 2017 edition to the editor by Sunday 15 January, please. Documents should be in Microsoft Word or plain text. Please use the magazine section of the pigeon-holes or you can email


Just in case you missed it

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.

Peter Rossiter

Lunchtime Recitals

Marion and Michael Smith presented the December recital which included organ solos and duets on both the piano and organ. It was a fun concert with a Christmassy flavour and was enjoyed by quite a large audience.

The 2017 programme is almost complete so not yet printed but there will be a recital at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, 11 January when Nathalie Beswick will play the piano. Do come and enjoy half an hour of music and perhaps the ploughman’s lunch with not soup available afterwards.

Eleanor Pritchard

12.30pm – 1pm
Retiring Collection
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.

Irish Dance Classes

Classes starting January 2017

Taught by ex champion dancer and fully qualified teacher.

First Class FREE

Wednesdays 5.30pm – 6.30pm

In the Vestry

St Mary Magdalene Church
Windmill Hill, Enfield, EN2 7AJ

Contact Hayley on 07932417731 or

Regular Weekly Events


See Calendar

Monday 10:00 am

Mattins (BCP)

6:00 pm

Home Group

7:45-9:00 pm

Bell Ringing Practice

8:30 pm

Drama Group

10:30 am

Holy Communion (BCP)

7:30 pm

Choir Practice

Would members of the PCC please note that the Archdeacon wishes to meet you on Tuesday 17 January at 7:30 pm in the Vestry.

Festive Fair

An enormous Thank You to everyone who worked so hard to make the Festive Fair such a success this year. The huge investment of time, effort and enthusiasm from the small band of stall holders created a wonderful atmosphere of fun and fellowship. Thank you also to those who came and supported us over the weekend. Together we managed to raise a fantastic


Thank You for your generosity

Alison Reeve

Diary Date!

Shrove Tuesday - Tuesday 28th February

A Fish and Chip Supper with Bingo

More details soon

Carol Singing For Charity

As usual we had a extended round of carol singing at Christmas, this year mostly for the Alzheimers’ Society, although we diversified a bit this year according to specific requests and invitations we received. The final scores on the doors (and for other fundraising events) are as follows:


3 - Paddington Station 10am ~ £200 for Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

7 - Merryhills School Concert ~ £240 for Brompton Hospital

16 - Amesbury Court ~ £130

22 - Waitrose 5.30pm ~ £60 for RNIB

21 - Drama Group ~ £200

22 & 23 Enfield Market 11am ~ £52.35

23 - Ridgeway Tavern ~ £80.02

22 – ‘Carols for All’ 7pm ~ £518 for the Organ

This means, in total we raised nearly £1000 for various charities and just over £500 for the organ restoration. Well done, and thank you to everyone who made this happen!

Gordon Giles

Coffee Mornings

Pam & Vic would like to thank all those who supported their coffee morning in November. The total amount raised for the organ fund was £168.

Thank You

The choir bathroom stall raised in excess of £200 at the Festive Fair and this is largely due to the large number of items donated for sale, many of them anonymously given.

Eleanor Pritchard

Christmas Coffee Morning

Wow! another year had sped by and it was time to enjoy a Christmas Coffee morning in aid of the church organ. I greeted 42 people and there was much chat and laughter together with the usual mince pies, cake, sausage rolls etc followed by carol singing with Eleanor on the keyboard and Gordon on the flute. The raffle was overwhelming and I think everyone got a prize! So thank you to everyone who donated, it was truly magnificent. The good news is that we raised £379 that morning which added to all the other mornings and cheese and wine evenings brings this year’s total to £2,702. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all; the supporters and hosts and at the same time wish absolutely everyone at St. Mary’s a happy, healthy New Year.

Please keep supporting these occasions as if we can show that we have made an effort to raise money the Lottery Fund people will hopefully look more favourably on our request for help.

Our first morning in 2017 will be on Tuesday 17th January and will be hosted by Kate and Bob Bissett at 75 Park Drive, Winchmore Hill at 10.45am and I am sure they are looking forward to seeing lots of you there.

Thank you once again to all,

Rita Barker

North West Group News

There was a meeting of the Committee on Wednesday 23 November at Our Lady of Walsingham, Holtwhites Hill. It dealt mainly with details of United Services for 2017. The Group has been invited to join with the Town LEP on Sunday 22 January 2017 for the Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The Service is at Jesus Church, Forty Hill and starts at 4:00 pm.

Lancaster Road URC open their Night Shelter on the first Tuesday after Christmas as do St Luke’s. St Michael’s Youth Club is thriving and they have appointed a new Youth Officer. The place of ‘Messy Church’ was aired and its effectiveness in attracting children and young people. John Lavers reported that their Church, Lancaster Road URC, had be ‘trashed’. It turned out as reported in the local press that the ‘Havoc’ was caused by the Rev’d Henriette Wentinck to raise awareness of the conditions the persecuted churches in the Middle East can face.

The Committee will next meet on Wednesday 8 March 2017 at St Michael’s and All Angels, Gordon Hill. The meeting will start at 8.00 pm.

Michael Dixon

How The Internet Got Started

And lo, in ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a wife by the name of Dorothy. And she said unto Abraham her husband, “Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?” And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, “How, Dear?” And Dot replied, “I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. The sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah’s Pony Stable (UPS)”.

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent.

To prevent neighbouring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was known as Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures - Hebrew To The People (HTTP). And the young men did take to Dot Com’s trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS.

And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land. Indeed he did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates’ drumheads and drumsticks. And Dot did say, “Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others.”

And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or eBay as it came to be known. He said, “We need a name that reflects what we are.” And Dot replied, “Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators.” “YAHOO,” said Abraham. And because it was Dot’s idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com. Abraham’s cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot’s drums to locate things around the countryside. It soon became known as God’s Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE). That is how it all began. And that’s the truthhhh…

Beginners Pilates in January

A friendly and relaxed introduction to Pilates, ideal for beginners and almost-beginners
Suitable for all ages (16 plus) and fitness levels

Wednesdays 7 – 8 pm starting from 11th January 2017

St Mary Magdalene Church, Windmill Hill, Enfield EN2 7AJ

Six Sessions for £48

Contact Paul on 07889 489709 or via the website for more details

Coffee Dates for your diary - 2017

Here is the rota for the monthly coffee mornings all Tuesdays except 20th November which is a Monday

January 17
Kate & Bob Bissett

February 21
Gill & David Bird

March 21
Eleanor Pritchard

April 18
Alison Reeve

May 16
June Carr

June 20
Carol & Peter Lamb

July 18
Maureen & Keith Rew

August 15
Laura & Ken Cope

September 19th
Gordon & Jessica Giles

October 17
Betty Buck

November 20th*
Janet & Keith Whelpdale

December 19th
Rita Barker

* Please note this is a Monday

Dates for the Year
(Also available separately!)

January 8 10am
Epiphany Family Communion

January 28 7 pm
Parish Feast at Golf Club

Jan 29 10am & 6.30pm
Candlemas Services

February 2 6pm
Bishop Richard’s Farewell Service

February 28 6:30pm
Fish and Chip Bingo Night

March 1 8pm
Ash Wednesday Communion with Ashing

March 26 10am
Mothering Sunday Communion

April 2 6:30pm
Passiontide Choral Evensong

April 9 10am
Palm Sunday Service

April 10 8pm
Stations of the Cross

April 11 7:30pm
Agape Supper

April 13 8pm
Maundy Thursday Communion and Vigil

April 14 5pm
Good Friday Liturgy

April 15 8pm
Easter Vigil

April 16 10am
Easter Sunday Family Communion

April 30 7:30pm
Annual Parochial Church Meeting

May 20 10am
Spring Fair

June 16 7:30pm
Cheese and Wine Evening

June 29 - July 2 8pm
Drama Group ‘Murder in the Cathedral’ tbc

July 8 4pm
Parish Barbecue

July 9 7:30pm
Southgate Symphony Orchestra Concert

July 23 10am
Patronal Festival

September 9 10am
Parish Sponsored Event

October 7 5pm
Parish Concert

October 8 10am
Harvest Festival & Bring and Share Lunch

October 23 – 27
Assisi Pilgrimage

October 29 4pm
All Souls’ Service

November 11 7:30pm
Pizza and Quiz Evening

November 12 10am
Remembrance Sunday

November 23-25 8pm
Drama Group Production

November 26 6:30pm
Advent Carol Service

December 9 9am
Christmas Fair

December 17 6:30pm
Candlelit 9 Lessons and Carols

December 24 3:00pm /4:30pm
Crib and Christingle services

December 24 11:15pm
Midnight Communion

December 25 10am
Christmas Day Communion

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