My Dear Friends,
I’d like to share with you all, if I may, my Easter 2017 – ‘Resurrection’ moment; but before I proceed I should say that I do have the person’s permission whom this involves, to tell this true story …
One day during Lent I was walking up Windmill Hill when a middle aged man in his forties, (casually dressed), approached me with a great big beam on his face. “Hello Jackie”, he said with great enthusiasm! “I was hoping I would bump into you one day … I kind of knew Jesus would bring us together again one day! I so much want to thank you, and so does my wife”.
The experience for me, on the other hand, was a little bit like when Mary Magdalene met Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane when Mary didn’t recognise Jesus … there I was, on the Hill; in the early rush hour traffic; my brain spinning like a small gerbil on an exercise wheel. Could I place this person, who was calling me personally -
Kindly, still smiling and looking full of joy and excitement, the chap said, “You remember me Jackie, I’m Freddie!”, and he slowly out poured the story of how I had seen him sitting on the seat in our church garden one Monday morning about two years ago, when he had just been made redundant. A time when he was feeling very depressed and vulnerable!
Then the penny dropped! Yes, I did remember him!
But some time had passed by before I recognised him. The new Freddie! “You remember Jackie”, he continued, “You sat with me on the seat and listened and then you said that some people take a positive step forward and get retrained for a completely different kind of job after being made redundant”. (At that time, Freddie, as I remember had struggled and haggled with my suggestion!). So I explained to him how I had gone back to study for Ordination at the age of fifty five. I told him, if I could do it, so could he! I left him, saying that I would continue to pray for him … and I did for a while … but as many of you know so much happened in my own life after that with moving house and the loss of my husband Les, I kind of forgot all about Freddie.
But the Holy Spirit didn’t!!!
Freddie went on to tell me how his life had changed after that day he met me in the church garden. The very next day, he saw a course advertised and went for an interview, he was accepted; he finished the course and done really well; (Freddie had already done a university degree many years ago in his youth) and his new tutor encouraged him to continue studying for a Doctorate, which he was now about two thirds of the way completing. Freddie and his wife Natasha, now worship at St Barnabas Church, Finchley. Where their lives have been wonderfully transformed!
Why have I told you this true story? For two reasons!
First, I have often struggled to understand why Mary Magdalene didn’t recognise Jesus in the garden after God had raised Jesus from the dead. But of course she was in deep mourning and still in shock; after the violent death of Jesus … her beloved friend.
I didn’t recognise Freddie for some considerable time, (I too was still in mourning) but there was no doubt at all that I did know Freddie; even though I didn’t recognize him straight away!! It was like the scripture had opened up to me in a new and different perspective now.
This was my special ‘Resurrection’ moment for Lent and Easter this year! I can’t wait to celebrate our Patronal Festival this year on Sunday 23rd July, seeing Mary Magdalene in this new light; she was human of course, just like us all … and once she did recognize Jesus, who was Divine, she couldn’t wait to tell the other Disciples the good news.
Secondly, we should never under estimate the power of prayer and what the Holy Spirit can achieve! Sometimes we may stop and have a conversation with a complete stranger in the church garden, but we’re not always aware of how the Holy Spirit can take that situation and use it for the glory of God in Christ Jesus our Risen Lord.
Meeting up with Freddie again, and hearing his good news, was like a ‘Resurrection’ moment, in both our lives, for Freddie and for me. Alongside all the passing traffic, he hugged me and still hugging me he prayed with me in thanksgiving and asked God to bless ME!! It was a very moving moment!! One I shall never ever forget.
Freddie has found new life now, (and that’s just what Jesus promised). New life in his studies and in his Church life and his wife Natasha has been overwhelmed by the change in him. Their marriage has been strengthened by it too! To God be the glory great things he has done in and through the Holy Spirit, for Freddie and Natasha, and for us all, through the life, death and Resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Jackie Fish -
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We have received an invitation from Lancaster Road URC in respect of the United Service for Pentecost:
‘We invite you to join us for a united service to celebrate Pentecost on Sunday 4 June. This will be held at Lancaster Road URC and will be a ‘Messy Church’ suitable for people of all ages and will commence at 4.00 pm. Refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.’
The Committee will next meet on Tuesday 4 July at Lancaster Road URC at 8.00 pm.
The Anern Trio led by our friend Nigel Blomily – a wonderful cellist – together with Lisa Uedo – violin and Ian Byrn Britto – viola – entertained us in May. They played brilliantly for an hour but the time passed quickly.
At 12:30 pm on 14 June our friend Roddy Elmer together with soprano Margaret Green will entertain us. Do come along and relax to half an hour’s music and perhaps enjoy lunch available afterwards. Thanks to our hardworking team of ladies a ploughman’s salad can be had for £3.50 following the concert. I hope to see you there.
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.
Margaret Green and Roddy Elmer ~ voice and piano
Catherine Leonard ~ piano
Susannah Knight, Michael Lovejoy and Roddy Elmer
(oboe, violin and piano)
Olive Murray ~ voice
Michael and Marion Smith ~ Organ & Piano
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November 15th -
December 20th -
Hope to see you there
The next Traidcraft stall will be
in the hall after 10:00 am service.
All the usual essentials and treats will be there plus Easter goodies.
Come and see if there is anything new.
Appreciative of the privilege to access the Internet and the marvel that is the World Wide Web. A relatively new technological development, considering its foundation little more than twenty years ago in 1994 by British computer scientist Timothy John Berners Lee. Still in its youth, born the same year as our daughter Dawn. Relishing the exciting prospect of another adventurous foray of discovery, through the myriad of information sites generated by fingertip clicks. It was with anticipation, earlier this year, I sat absorbed researching and preparing material for a Sunday School topic, “Jesus heals” and came across a treasure. Helpfully listed passages of scripture specifically relating to healing. Inspired, I bookmarked the interesting site for future study and consideration. A few weeks later, some very upsetting news left me grief stricken. Following four contemplative yet miserably sad, bereft and tearful by day, sobbing during the night, wearying days I prayed for relief from the unrelenting anguish and was reminded of the healing scriptures site. During an hour spent reading the scriptures aloud to myself, the very heavy, weighty burden lifted. Delighted and astounded, immensely thankful that my tranquillity and joy had been restored. My hoped for release from languishing had come through this light endeavour;
“Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-
My next consideration was to pass it on, to share the benefit. After all our faith is a little like the simple game of “Pass the Parcel”, passing the good news of God’s wonderful saving work through Jesus Christ, on. My first opportunity came at the next Home Group meeting. The activity being “Listening Prayer”, ideally suited incorporating healing scriptures. Before listening together in silence to hear from God, I read aloud, as I’d read to myself, confident in God.
Jesus is the antidote to the constant barrage of garbage, all kinds of affliction and any number of wearying burdens we’re exposed to and suffer in varying degrees on a daily basis. Through a little time given to God’s word and prayer, we can enjoy cleansing, soothing, healing and restoration from all of life's knocks. Our thoughts and perspective become clearer, refreshed, renewed and invigorated. All this only scratches the surface of how much a little time in the company of, and getting to know Jesus better, is time well spent.
One of my favourite and memorised verses; “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God.” Romans 8:28 NRSVA, roughly translates; “The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades!”
This months line up:
June 5th; Healing scriptures and Listening Prayer.
June 12th; “The Bible” miniseries.
June 19th; “The Provocative Church”, chapter 5.
June 26th; Film Night: “The Miracle Maker”. This U certificated 2000 stop motion animated film about the life of Jesus Christ, stars the voice of Ralph Fiennes as Jesus. With a run time of 87 mins, “One of the most entrancing pieces of storytelling” The Times.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NRSVA
Love Laura, Ken and Dawn.
The date this year is Thursday 27th July (first week of the school holidays)
We will travel there and back by coach and the cost will be £18 per seat which includes a tip for the driver.
If you would like to be included please let Alison Reeve know. You can bring any of your friends and family – grandparents, grandchildren, cousins, aunts and uncles…
but children must be accompanied by an adult.
I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came to the Spring Fair and helped make it such a success. I think there was a good atmosphere and most people seemed to enjoy it. More especially I would like to thank all the volunteers who gave up their time (many hours in some cases) to produce beautiful stalls and to run the games. Without them there would be no fair!
Together we made a fantastic £521 for church funds. A great effort!
We now look forward to the next event which will be a Wine and Cheese Party in the church hall on Friday 16th June at 7.00pm. I do hope we shall see lots of you there.
The Drama Group are presenting ‘Murder in the Cathedral’ by T S Eliot on 15, 16, 17 September in St Thomas-
Rehearsals are under way and there will be some new faces as well as familiar ones.
The ‘touring’ will be great fun and the performance will also include some choral accompaniment. If you would like to take part in the production as one of the chorus or help in any other way, or simply know more about what we are doing, please contact Chris or any member of the company.
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Chris Moon -
Many thanks to all who came to share in the fun and fellowship; with coffee and cake, at my new flat!
Thanks too, to all those who gave me donations for the ‘Organ Fund’, who couldn't attend.
Together we raised the grand sum of £229.00. All together it was a happy and joyful morning!
Week by week we make regular donations to the food bank and obviously their requirements change with the passage of time. Below please find details of their latest needs:-
Urgently Needed Items:
Tinned Fruit (400 g), crisps, UHT milk (litre), juice, sweets, tinned meat, pot noodle, breakfast cereals, washing powder, deodorants, shampoo.
We’ve got plenty of:
Beans, soup, tea, sugar, beans/pulses (kidney, black-
A “mustn’t miss” date for your diary …
to be held at
(home of Alison & Paul Reeve)
Saturday 8th July 4:00 onwards
Salads, bread and desserts will be provided as well as plates and cutlery.
You just bring whatever you want to cook, your favourite tipple and a garden chair if you have one.
If you don’t like BBQ -
There is lots of space for games and for sitting enjoying the sunshine. Something for everyone, however young.
Ask Alison or Paul for any more information.
Michelle Carty, our dedicated Safer Neighbourhood Police Officer, assigned to Highlands Ward, gave us an interesting talk about her work with the Metropolitan Police. There has been a step change in line with equality policies within the Met and the term Woman Police Constable (WPC) is no longer used. All are now known as Police Constables. At one time WPC’s had lower rates of pay than men and were not allowed to be detectives or carry fire arms. This has now changed.
We learned that Highlands and Cockfosters Wards have the lowest crime rates for the twenty one wards within The London Borough of Enfield. Most of the crime tends to be minor and opportunist where householders have left doors unlocked or windows open. One piece of advice Michelle gave was not to leave any item of value displayed in a car. Mobile phones, bags and even sunglasses have been left on seats or the dashboard and tempted thieves to smash and grab.
The police are intelligence led and each Ward in the Borough has a CAPE, which meets monthly. CAPE stands for Community Action Partnership -
We thanked Michelle for a most enlightening talk.
Carol and Peter Lamb will be hosting the next coffee morning at 6 Colonels' Walk from 10:45 and they look forward to seeing lots of you there.
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who collected Christian Aid Envelopes this year. We know this is not always an easy job and appreciate all your efforts. The money we have collected will make a difference to some of the poor and needy in the world.
At the time of going to print, we have not completed the counting but will let you know the final total as soon as we have.
Alison and Paul Reeve
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