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The Magazine of the Parish of

CHRIST CHURCH Southgate Church of England

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Parish Rounders for Christian Aid Week

May 2018....

Monday 7th May Our 40th May Day Fair 11am - 4pm

Ascension & Trinity

Sunday 13th May 12.30pm - Inter Parish Rounders

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Monday 28th May 5pm - Choir sing at St Paul’s Cathedral www.twitter.com/ChristChurchN14

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Macrory Ward has been assisting Christ Church members in legal matters since 1984, particularly in wills, property, tax planning, powers of attorney and probate matters. Home visits to the housebound and elderly. Please contact Martina Ward, Margaret Iwasyszyn or John Macrory telephone: (020) 8440 3258 e-mail: martina@macroryward.co.uk or margaret@macroryward.co.uk Macrory Ward is one of the sponsors of the annual May Day Fair

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Please support us at the May Day Fair on Monday 7th May and help to raise funds for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice

Welcome!

From The Reverend Dr Chrichton Limbert Vicar of Christ Church Southgate

Well it is May, so that can only mean one thing – the Fair. That has been certainly been the case for the last 40 years. It is a very important milestone for an event that has brought the community together so many times to support a huge range of valuable causes and will continue to do so in the future. Huge thanks must go to the hundreds of willing individuals and groups who have volunteered to make it all happen, with particular thanks needed for Phillip Dawson for leading the charge this year. This year, May contains the big shift from Eastertide to Ordinary Time – from white to green when we celebrate the Ascension. This marks the end of the time Jesus spent

back on earth after his resurrection, when he proved to the disciples and others that he really had defeated death. He ascended to heaven and left behind the Holy Spirit for us which appeared as tongues of fire at Pentecost. We then celebrate the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit before celebrating Corpus Christi (the Body of Christ) in the form of the sacrament of Holy Communion. A lot of theology and symbolism to think about this month. On our recent Parish Quiet Weekend during Eastertide, which you can read about later in this issue, we were thinking about the symbolism of the cross in many different ways.

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Oberammergau Passion Play 2020

The brochures have arrived for the Parish Trip to Oberammergau from the 26th August to 2nd September 2020. This amazing event only happens every 10 years and tickets are very sought after. If you are interested, take a brochure or speak to Fr Chrichton.

Ascension Day Choral Eucharist Join us on Thursday 10th May for a Choral Eucharist to mark Ascension Day. The choir will sing Palestrina’s Missa Brevis. Please join us at 8pm. The service will last approximately one hour.

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On the beautiful and peaceful Saturday afternoon we went round the lovely grounds and surroundings of Buckden Abbey in Cambridgeshire looking for the cross anywhere in nature or in our normal surroundings. This was to reflect on the temporary nature of this world compared with the permanence of things eternal. The cross was found in many, many interesting places – some more permanent than others.

The overwhelming cry was to go back and do it again – even longer next time! So, watch out for the dates for our return to Buckden, when we will be thinking about different aspects of prayer. However, we do have the dates confirmed for the parish trip to the Oberammergau Passion Play in 2020 – the 26th August to 2nd September to be precise. If you have never been before, it is a wonderful way of experiencing the passion in a single day, acted out by the villagers as a lasting act of thanks to God for sparing the village from the plague in 1633. If you are interested in joining the group there are brochures at the back of church or just get in touch with me. It does seem a long way off, but places do fill up. Just think, by the time we go the 42nd May Fair will have happened. In many ways the two events have a common thread, as they are both celebrations of communities coming together in the name of God to witness to their faith and outwardly share the love of God. I will admit to a difference of scale though – we are welcoming the people of Southgate, but the villagers of Oberammergau are welcoming visitors from across the globe!


Lynda Corcoran reports on the Parish Quiet Weekend

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The Sound of a Quiet Weekend On the 20th April to the 22nd April, Fr Chrichton led Christ Church people on a wonderful retreat in the country! It was The Sign of the Cross; following on from Easter. We arrived on Friday and after settling in; I went for a lovely walk in the green parkland. Needless to say, I managed to run 2 ¼ miles every morning. Marvellous! Our meetings were very devoted and lovely worship by everyone. The food was good. The dear kind cook provided vegetarian meals for me and lactose-free for Cathy Dallman. Very kind! I think we all enjoyed the good fellowship, exchanging views and sharing thoughts. It was a marvellous weekend, finishing on Sunday with a beautiful Eucharist – in the Lady Chapel. We had stations of the cross in the lovely knot gardens: very moving and inspiring.

Every evening, there was Compline in the Lady Chapel. This proved a bit too late for me, which was a pity! I think we all gained a great deal from the retreat – this wasn’t completely silent by the way. Many thanks to all who came – Jackie Anderson, for one – who took myself and Cathy Dallman there and back. Thanks especially to Fr Chrichton for organising it all and to his wife Judith for helping. I am sure we all enjoyed the lovely air, the beautiful sunshine and countryside of the place! I hope it all profited our Christian life – I am sure it must have. I expect we would all like to go on another quiet weekend like this in the future. Thanks most of all to our holy Jesus Christ – beloved God and author of every living thing and action. I give Him my love. Amen. Lynda Corcoran


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The Sound of a Quiet Weekend To be read in a poetic manner, with pauses

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Arrive? Rolling case wheels across car park gravel? Big door, beautiful lock and handle? Clicks open? Rooks caw, nesting sitting discussing eggs? Spacious hall, stairs, creak, worn carpet? Ave Maria on panels, hear it in my head? Landing, glass roof, for rain pattering later? Soft key, door shuts, silent hinges, rifle shot, lock click, inescapable sound? Window sash slides up, string and wood rumbling? In the field, sheep and lambs, soft sheep noises, more rooks? Gentle conversation, greetings, buzz increasing, fragments of journey? The urn humming hot water, tearing paper packets, tea, stirring spoons? Circle of chairs, the structure of the weekend, recognise voices if you close your eyes? Supper, round tables gather groups, nesting on scraping chairs? Clinking cutlery, glasses, scraping plates, testing questions? Louder conversations, laughter, laughter and chortles? Pudding, scrape past to get in the queue? Outside darker, softer rooks, the A1 hum? A car or two, a motorbike. Sleepy birds. Social, glasses, everyone talking, crisp packets, crunching nuts? Ebb and flow of human calls, gentle pop, Prosecco? Laughter? Compline, quiet first, thinking silence, breathing slow? Readings, known prayers, tripped up by what shall be? For ever, evermore? Keep up, no syllable behind, close your eyes? Scraping chairs, feel of feet on flagstones? Goodnight, goodnight? In the night, creaking landing, no escape, lock crack, creaking landing?


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Choose the corner, no bedrooms underneath? Water gurgles falling, flushed the loo? Others breathing in the night, lock checked, back in? Cool air in the window. No owls, No fox just the motorway hum? Snap crackle pop breakfast, clinking cups, urn sounds, toast crunch? Laughter, chortles, giggled laughter. Scrape of chairs? Rooks overhead, roucoule the collared doves? To the Knot Garden, squeaking gate, creaking gravel? Stations -traffic hum? Murmuring low voices, voices with story voices with prayer? Think of Mary? Birds, singing blackbird, robin, bumble bee, more rooks? See the Cross - It’s everywhere there, there, there, catch it, that one’s mine? No you have it, sign of the Divine? Used to be fish, soft in the lake soft as the duck in the ripple quiet? The bells? Lunch, laughter? Evening prayer, supper, social. Laughter? Finding out, probing for interests, opinions? Glasses, crisps, a cough, who talks to who? Compline in Chapel. Holding the Cross? Quiet, feeling shapes and hearing tales, thinking journeys? Seeing shapes? Dark sleepy birds, quite safe across the dark? The gravel, the door. That lock crack? Asleep, the window open to motorway hum? Last day, bed made, lock crash, creak the stairs? trolley wheels , gravel - laughter, rooks? Applause for Cook? Thank you C and J? Iona Penn

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What we do in church and why :

Reserving the Sacrament You will, I expect, have noticed that hanging in the Lady Chapel in Christ Church is a light in front of a wall safe. The safe is an Aumbry and in it we reserve the Bread and Wine which has been consecrated at the Eucharist. The light indicates to anyone unfamiliar with the church the presence of the Reserved Sacrament. Perhaps you will also have noticed that near the end of the Parish Eucharist after everyone has made their Communion, the chalice assistants will reverently carry the left over Sacrament to the Lady Chapel where it will be reserved and locked in the Aumbry. This has been done in churches for centuries from the beginnings of the Christian Church. Justin Martyr, who lived from about 100AD to 165AD, wrote the first account of how the Eucharist should be celebrated.

Cathy Dallman Lay Reader

In his account he tells his readers about reserving the Sacrament so that it can be taken to people who cannot be in church because of illness or disability. And this is exactly why this is what we do. About a dozen faithful communicants who are now house bound, receive Communion regularly from the reserved Sacrament. It is also possible for members of the congregation to receive Holy Communion at home if they are temporarily unable to come to church after perhaps a spell in hospital. Also having Reservation means that if the vicar or Hazel are absent on a weekday I can conduct a Service and give people Communion from the Reserved Sacrament.


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We have a small team of people including the Vicar Hazel Liz and the Readers who take Home Communions to people on a rota basis and we try to go to everyone each month. If you or anyone you know in our congregation would like this, just ask. For many people we use the Service that we would use in church in Fr. Chrichton or Hazel’s absence. For those who are less well we have a shortened form to use, and for any who are very sick it possible just to say the Lord’s Prayer and the Grace together.

Parish Walk Saturday 19th May

A very important part in this is that for those of us who believe that our Lord is really and truly present in his Holy Sacrament it is an unspeakable joy to have him present with us. I have often wondered how he can be more present in the Sacrament as we know that he is with us at all times and in all places. I have come to the conclusion that is like the light of the sun. We feel the warm of the sun around us all the time but if we take a lens and focus the light on one spot it will become so hot that it starts a fire. So it is with the Sacrament. It acts like a lens to focus Christ’s presence for us. Cathy Dallman

Lord, we give thanks for the gift of your word, the grace of the sacraments and the fellowship of your people. The Holy Eucharist is celebrated here five days a week: Sunday 8.00am & 10.00am Tuesday 7.30pm Wednesday 11.00am Thursday 12.30pm Saturday 9.00am Weekday services take place in the Lady Chapel. Access to the church is via the small door by the ramp.

All are welcome to join our walking group! Our next walk will be through the River Ver Valley in Hertfordshire near Redbourn (roughly half-way between St. Albans and Luton). It will be a 6-mile circular walk south from Redbourn through fields and partly along the river with views over the Ver valley. We will go in a car pool from church at 10 a.m. Either a picnic lunch en route with afternoon tea in Redbourn, or a late lunch in Redbourn is suggested. Please register your interest with Ronald Lo (07789 933 544) or Jackie Anderson (0208 245 0305).


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Eco Church Eco People Carpet Recycling! Patricia Ashby Deputy Churchwarden

24 Hour Prayer Vigil All Saints Edmonton 11am Saturday 12th May and through the night. In 2016 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York made a call to Christians to offer a special time of prayer for the period between Ascension Day and Pentecost. This year our Area Dean, Fr Stuart Owen, Vicar of All Saints Edmonton and Patron of our church is looking for people to commit to spending an hour in prayer in All Saints, from 11am on Saturday 12th May right through the night until Sunday 13th May as part of “Thy Kingdom Come.” If you’d like to take part, please e-mail Fr Stuart Owen and let him know your name and the hour you’ll be able to come to All Saints Edmonton and pray: fr.stuart@ gmail.com

Very few people that I’ve spoken to have heard of Carpet Recycling UK. But this not-for-profit organization does just that – recycles old or unwanted carpet and saves it from gratuitous dumping in landfill. The website tells us a staggering 400,000 tonnes of carpet is thrown away each year in the UK. But as they say, carpets are made from natural and synthetic fibres which still have a value once the carpet is no longer wanted. On a commercial scale, old carpets are now being used in a wide range of applications from sports surfaces to insulation. But there are many ways we can re-purpose old carpet ourselves. Answering the question “What can I do with my old carpet?” Carpet Recycling UK (http://www.carpetrecyclinguk.com/) has the following suggestions. First, for carpet that still is reusable as carpet, they suggest donating it, either online using Freecycle (http://www.freecycle.org) or Freegle (http:// www.ilovefreegle.org), or to the nearest reuse organisation (details from the Furniture Reuse Network at www.frn.org.uk). For less pristine carpet, there are many more ideas, including:


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1 In the garden, wool rich carpet can help keep weeds at bay on paths and in plots (especially useful on allotments). It can also be used for insulating compost heaps or the soil in the winter. Wool carpet also has very high nitrogen content which has been proven to considerably increase growth and improve growth rate. It can even be used for lining ponds, protecting the pond liner from sharp stones in the ground beneath.

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Inter-Parish Rounders Match for Christian Aid Sunday 13th May 12.30pm in Oak Hill Park

2 Animal rescue shelters (for us that would include Enfield Wildlife Rescue in Trent Park, http://www.wras-enfieldwildlife.org. uk/, and the RSPCA’s Southridge Animal Centre in London Colney, https://www. rspca.org.uk/local/southridge-animalcentre) make good of carpet pieces as mats for kennels, especially in the winter to keep animals warm. 3 At home, too, there are several possible uses: old carpet can serve as anti-frost windscreen covers – cut a piece to size for your car windscreen, attach it at night and save valuable time defrosting on winter mornings. In the house, it can function as added loft insulation, retaining heat and lowering heating bills. Pieces of old carpet can be used for dogs and cats to sleep on in favourite warm spots, keeping your floor clean, or as ‘boot mats’ near outside doors for wellies and muddy shoes.

The Baird Memorial Homes comprise six self-contained flats, and a ground floor vacancy has occurred. The homes were established over one hundred years ago as a charity and the area of benefice is quite specific. Residents have to be over 55 years of age and resident within the parish boundary of Christ Church or St Andrew’s Southgate and be of limited financial means. Applications for the vacancy should be made to the Chair of the Trustees of the Baird Memorial Homes. 1 The Green, Southgate, London N14.

Please join us on Sunday 13th May at 12.30pm near the café in Oak Hill Park as we compete against All Saints Friern Barnet, St Mary’s East Barnet and St Andrew’s Southgate in our inter-parish Rounders Competition, raising funds for Christian Aid. Last year the tournament attracted one hundred revellers from all four churches, cheering on their teams whilst enjoying a bring-and-share picnic in glorious sunshine. A tea and cake stall raised money for Christian Aid. Come along to watch, or better still, to play and help us to take the title from St Mary the Virgin East Barnet!


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This year’s main charity beneficiary:

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Charity Nr : 1081156

NOAH’S ARK CHILDREN’S HOSPICE

May Day Fair

Run by Christ Church Southgate with the support of other community groups

Monday 7th May

Southgate Green 11am-4pm Join us for our 40th Annual May Fair - fun for all the family! Stalls, games, May Pole Dancing, a May Queen & much more! www.christchurch-southgate.org/community/may-day-fair/ Christ Church Southgate, The Green, Southgate, London N14 7EG Registered Charity Number 1131606 Telephone : 020 8886 0384


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Diary Dates... Special events and services this month. Christ Church Southgate is an Inclusive Church where all are welcome! www.facebook.com/christchurchsouthgate

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Christian Aid Rounders Match Sunday 13th May at 12.30pm

May Day Fair Monday 7th May 11am-4pm Join us for our 40th Annual May Day Fair, this year raising funds for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice. Morris Men, Maypole Dancing, Events, Games, Cakes, stalls, art and crafts. Please support us by helping on the day if you can.

Lunch Fellowship Wednesday 9th May 12pm The Lunch Fellowship meets on the second Wednesday of each month. We start with a talk at midday and afterwards share a sandwich lunch and sweet, plus tea or coffee. The lunch costs £3 and there is a £1 raffle.

Choral Eucharist for Ascension Day - Thursday 10th May 8pm Join us to celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. The Choir will sing Palestrina’s Missa Brevis. All welcome.

Join us as we compete against other local parishes to raise money for Christian Aid.

Parish Walk Saturday 19th May at 10am. A 6-mile circular walk south from Redbourn through fields and partly along the river with views over the Ver valley. We will go in a car pool from church at 10am. Please register your interest with Ronald Lo (07789933544) or Jackie Anderson (020 82450305).

Choir at St Paul’s Cathedral Monday 28th May at 5.00pm Please do come and support the choir as they make the first of their two trips to St Paul’s Cathedral this year. Do make your association to the choir known to Sidesman if you wish to sit in the Cathedral’s Quire stalls.


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St David’s Cathedral: 24th – 27th August St Paul’s Cathedral: 28th May & 29th - 30th December Venice: 16th February – 20th February 2019

Our Choir on Tour! The next year sees the Choir travelling to some exceptional beaultiful places of worhsip, including singing in two of Europe’s most iconic churches, St Paul’s Cathedral and St Mark’s Basilica, Venice. I am aware that a large number of parishoners are already planning to follow us on these tours so I hope this article will help you with your planning, as well as keep you informed about our activies. The support of our congregation makes our expeditions extra special, as we are able to share these special experiences with you. One might think it hard to improve on our highly successful trips to St George’s Chapel Windsor and Winchester Cathedral earlier this year, but the choir is privileged to be returning our diocesan cathedral of St Paul’s, as well as the picturesque shrine of the patron saint of Wales, St David’s.

Richard Brain Director of Music However, we are also heading off on our first European tour in 10 years, and spending several days in unique city of Venice, singing in a collection of stunning baroque churches.

St Paul’s Cathedral Our last trip to St Paul’s Cathedral in 2016 was well received by the Chapter and we were not only pleased to be invited to return to on a weekend, but to sing for the more prestigious services over the weekend – a rare honour indeed. The first of our trips in on Monday 28th May with Evensong at 5pm. Our second trip at the end of December, will allow us to share our Christmas repertoire with cathedral congregation.


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Talk: A History of Venice Sunday 1st July 11.30 am To get you in the mood for the Choir’s tour to Venice next year Richard and his father Timothy will be giving a talk on the history of Venice. The city of Venice has a fascinating tale to tell from its earliest days as a swampy retreat for its embattled inhabitants, to the high glory days of the Venetian Republic. Timothy and Richard both read History at University, and Dr Brain now regularly gives talks all over the country as a police academic. Tickets will be £5 in aid of the Choir Tour Fund (under 18’s free) and will be available from Richard at music@christchurch-southgate.org

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St David’s Cathedral Ever since we visited St David’s Cathedral in 2016, certain members of the choir have been counting the days until we could return, such was the magic of the tour. It did feel extremely special at the time, enjoying high quality music as well as the relaxing pace of life in St David’s, enjoying some of the UK’s most spectacular coast line. We set an extremely high standard on our last visit with one of the then Cathedral Canons, Fr Dorian, calling us one of the “finest choirs to have visited St David’s.” The extended time away not only allows for great music making but all gives us the opportunity to enjoy some recreational activities, socialise, and enjoy the breath-taking Pembrokeshire coastline. During our visit in St David’s, we will be singing in the cathedral every day, contributing to their day cycle of prayer. We intend to sing music including Sir Hubert Parry’s Blest Pair of Sirens and Mozart’s Coronation Mass. Away from the cathedral, we will be swimming at Whitesands Beach, enjoying Fish n’ Chips at Porthgain and Go-Kart racing at Haverfordwest. I certain intend to try and take the Choir Go-Karting championship crown from a certain David Hinitt who won it last time!

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The building which is now the Anglican Church in Venice was previously a store-room for Salviati - the mosaic and glass comapny. This is probably where our mosaic reredos was stored, before being brought to Southgate!

Our tour to Venice in February next year is a unique opportunity for the choir to travel to one of the world’s most spectacular, artistic, and historic cities, perform in a selection of Italy’s finest churches. Our programme will kick on in spectacular style singing the midday mass at St Mark’s Basilica on Sunday 17th February, followed by a mix of services and concerts in several other prestigious and interesting venues. Our full itinerary includes:


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Sunday 17 February 1200 - Holy Mass in St Mark’s Cathedral, containing the shrine of St Mark the Evangelist 1830 – Holy Mass at Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari Monday 18 February 1100 – at Santi Giovanni e Paolo (aka San Zanipolo) – where 25 Doges are buried. Tuesday 19 February 1630 - Concert in St George’s Anglican Church Wednesday 20 February 1200 – Concert and or Service at San Giorgio Maggiore

St David’s Cathedral 24th - 27th August

Venice is situated in the Venetian Lagoon consisting of 118 small islands linked together by an elaborate network of canals and bridges. Each day will provide us with the opportunity to make beautiful music in stunningly beautiful churches, absorb the cities’ stunning architectural heritage, and enjoy each other’s company with delicious food and drink (Bellini’s anyone?). The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark, commonly known as Saint Mark’s Basilica, is the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. / The spacious interior of the building with its multiple choir lofts was the inspiration for the development of a Venetian polychoral style among the composers appointed maestro di cappella at the choir of St Mark’s. Its director of music included Andrea Gabrieli, his nephew Giovanni Gabrieli, and Claudio Monteverdi. We will be singing 4 items at the Midday Mass, which I hope to include works by Monteverdi, Byrd and Stanford. If you would like to know more details about the choir’s trip to St David’s and Venice, please speak to Richard.

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A prayer attributed to Oscar Romero helps Phillip to put his last day as Churchwarden into perspective

A future not our own Sunday 29th April was my last day as Churchwarden of the parish of Christ Church Southgate. It has been a wonderful experience! My time as warden has seen two different Diocesan Bishops, three Suffragan Bishops, two Archdeacons and two parish priests and now it’s time for me to move on! The office of Churchwarden is an ancient one, with many curious and quirky laws associated with it, including the right to apprehend those who are causing disturbances within the grounds of the church (I couldn’t apprehend myself so never discharged that particular responsibility!) During the interregnum I was one of the “sequestrators” which meant I had to ensure that the Eucharist was celebrated at least

once every Sunday and on Principal Feasts - a task that would have been impossible without Reverend Hazel, who is used to getting me out of a pickle in more ways than one, often when buttons have popped off! Wardens are also legally responsible for the church building and all the contents - but perhaps the most important of all the duties for me - even more important than acting as the Bishop’s representative in selecting our new vicar - was the duty to represent the needs of the lay people of the parish to the clergy. Technically wardens are elected not only by those on the church electoral roll but anyone who lives within the boundary of the parish. This means, like the incumbent to whom the bishop grants “cure of souls” in a parish, that wardens need to think just as much about those who live here but don’t come to church as those who do. That responsibility has not been out of my mind since being elected five years ago.


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It was quite a surprise when Fr Peter asked me if I would consider standing as Churchwarden. It didn’t seem that long ago that I had first written to him saying we had moved into the area and asking if, as a gay man, I would be welcome here. You may (or may not) be surprised at the level of homophobia that is present even on the streets of leafy and liberal Southgate. I was so fortunate to find that my local parish church was such an inclusive and embracing place - and remains so. When I realised how many former wardens were still involved at the church and how many others were helping and supporting our community, I wondered what on earth I could bring to the role. I realised that one thing I could do is to help tell everyone about all the wonderful things that go on in the church what a faithful, prayerful, charitable, friendly, welcoming, creative, joyful and hopeful community this is. This has developed into what Fr Chrichton has called a “Digital Ministry” and involved time as “the face of the Church of England on Twitter” during the week of Corpus Christi last year. By sharing what we do here with the world we have formed so many wonderful new links with other local groups and organisations and attracted visitors from far and wide. It has been a great pleasure to get to know you all. I am a firm believer in the idea that the closer we come to know each other, the closer we are to God. Something we continue to do. I especially want to thank John Marriott who was warden with me for all but this past year - and also Reverend Hazel. We had so much fun during the interregnum which was exhausting, but gave us so many opportunities to try out new things and meet new people. I am grateful to everyone who humoured me and got stuck in. We definitely put Christ Church Southgate on the map. Thank you to Clare Boulton for her hard work as Warden (and Treasurer!) for the past year. Two house moves in that time have meant I haven’t been nearly as helpful as I could have been.

Thank you to John Clarke for this wonderful cartoon!

Choral Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral Bank Holiday Monday 28th May at 5pm

Please do come and support the choir as they make the first of their two trips to St Paul’s Cathedral this year. Do make your association to the choir known to Sidesman if you wish to sit in the Cathedral’s Quire stalls.


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There have been far too many wonderful times to list - some very special and memorable services - our 400th Anniversary in 2015 was a particular highlight in so many ways, but more intimate services have also stuck in the mind - for instance standing alongside a man who had come alone from overseas to be present while Reverend Hazel interred the ashes of his mother. Of course we are known for having fun too and the lunches and BBQs, the dances, the concerts and pancake parties were all joyous!

years! Recently I was introduced to this wonderful prayer that is attributed to Oscar Romero, but was never spoken by him, which has helped with this anxiety. You might have read recently that Oscar Romero is to be made a saint. He was the Archbishop of San Salvador who spoke out against poverty and injustice. He was shot in March 1970 while he was celebrating Mass. He is an inspiration to all who seek to serve those at the margins and on the edge of society.

I will come back to Southgate now and then but will be handing over the things I do gradually over the next few months. Now I have moved into Central London there are other places that are calling me and I have recently joined the PCC of St Stephen Walbrook in the City of London. There are so many things I feel I have yet to finish here in Southgate - so much work put into things which will not bear fruit for some

My grandparents were married in St George’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Southwark in June 1944 (they were actually married in the convent next door, because the cathedral had been all but destroyed by a bomb blast) Inside the cathedral there stands a beautiful cross designed by an artist from El Salvador that is dedicated to Oscar Romero. It is wonderful to visit the chapel and say this prayer, which I will be saying again as I leave the church for the last time as warden. Phillip Dawson

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A Future Not Our Own It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us. No statement says all that could be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession brings perfection. No pastoral visit brings wholeness. No programme accomplishes the Church’s mission. No set of goals and objectives includes everything. That is what we are about. We plant a seed that will one day grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities. We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realising that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest. We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.

This prayer, dedicated to Oscar Romero, is special to me because I have spent a lot of time in front of the Romero Cross in St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, where my grandparents were married during WW2. The service took place in the convent next door as the cathedral had been destroyed by a bomb. I have often wondered what sort of future they imagined they would have together?


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May Crossword APRIL SOLUTION ACROSS: 1, Womb. 3, Agnostic. 9, Long ago. 10, Fleet. 11, Horeb. 12, Yellow. 14, Deceitfulness. 17, Banish. 19, Towel. 22, Boils. 23, Inferno. 24, Eternity. 25, Defy. DOWN: 1, Will hide. 2, Minor. 4, Glory of Christ. 5, Offal. 6, The Robe. 7, City. 8, Zabbai. 13, Psalmody. 15, Chalice. 16, Let off. 18, If son. 20, Worse. 21, Able. This crossword is reproduced by kind permission of BRF and John Capon.

ACROSS

DOWN

1 Overpowered (Deuteronomy 11:4) (11) 9 ‘The — are mantled with corn’ (Psalm 65:13) (7) 10 ‘Each man—a sword to his side’(Exodus32:27) (5) 11 On the death of Jesus the curtain in the temple was torn from— to bottom (Matthew 27:51) (3) 13 Stagger(Isaiah 28:7)(4) 16 ‘Anyone,then,who knows the good he ought——and doesn’t do it, sins’ (James 4:17) (2,2) 17 Stir up or provoke(Acts13:50)(6) 18 Burden(Luke11:46)(4) 20 ‘As far as the east is from the—,so far has he removed our transgressions from us’ (Psalm 103:12) (4) 21 Sign(Luke23:38)(6) 22 ‘After that,Jesus poured water into a basin and began to—his disciples’ feet’ (John 13:5) (4) 23 The nature of the seven ears of corn which swallowed up the good ears in Pharaoh’s dream (Genesis 41:23) (4) 25 Has(anag.)(3) 28 ‘This is the account of Shem,Ham and Japheth,—sons’ (Genesis 10:1) (5) 29 ‘I will...make them drunk,so that they...sleep for—and— awake’ (Jeremiah 51:39) (4,3) 30 Paul said of him,‘he often refreshes me and is not ashamed of my chains’ (2 Timothy 1:16) (11)

2 Worth (Matthew 13:46) (5) 3 ‘A bruised — he will not break’ (Matthew 12:20) (4) 4 ‘Suddenly a great company of the heavenly — appeared with the angel’ (Luke 2:13) (4) 5 Slip (anag.) (4) 6 ‘Take an awl and push it through his — — into the door, and he will become your servant for life’ (Deuteronomy 15:17) (3,4) 7 Bountiful (2 Corinthians 8:2) (11) 8 ‘Therefore, as we have — , let us do good to all people’ (Galatians 6:10) (11) 12 Acquire(2Timothy2:10)(6) 14 Container cover(Numbers19:15)(3) 15 ‘He...became obedient to death,even death on——!’ (Philippians 2:8) (1,5) 19 Refrain(1Peter2:11)(7) 20 ‘She began to—his feet with her tears’(Luke7:38)(3) 24 One who worships Brahma,Vishnu or Shiva(5) 25 ‘Give to everyone who—you’(Luke6:30)(4) 26 ‘I lift up my eyes to the hills;where does my— come from?’ (Psalm 121:1) (4) 27 One of those whom the Lord said would be taken from Jerusalem and Judah as judgment on them (Isaiah 3:2) (4)


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Join us at the May Day Fair on Monday 7th May!

Fundraising news The Charities lunch in April was, I think, the biggest & most profitable we have ever held. We Raised £735 for St. Peters Trust & £365 for Hearing Dogs. We are most grateful to everyone who contributed in any way for making it so successful. Barbara ClarkeLove has now reached her target of £5000 in support of St. Peter’s Trust in memory of her husband. The next charities lunch will be on Saturday 2nd June in aid of the Hatters trip to Peru. The scouts plan to build a greenhouse for a remote village to enable them to better produce their own crops. Come & find out more. Noon for 12.30 in Church House. As I write on another cold wet day, we are making cakes, marmalade & lemon curd etc. in preparation for Mayday & in the hope the weather forecast is right that Monday will be warm & sunny. Proceeds will go to Noah’s Ark the local children’s hospice who have just started their building.

Hilary Meur Social Responsibility Committee The speaker at the Lunch Fellowship on 9th May will be Judith Limbert. She will tell us about her organisation of the children’s corner in church. As usual there will be a sandwich & dessert lunch with tea or coffee following the 11am service. Everyone welcome. On Saturday 19th May there will be another Parish Walk. Starting from church by car at 10am. It will be a 6 mile circular walk from Redbourn. Take a packed lunch or enjoy a late lunch or afternoon tea in Redbourn. Full details from Ronald Lo 07789 933 544 or Jackie Anderson 0208 245 0305. Many thanks for your continuing support


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Parish Directory PARISH DIRECTORY

Parish Office

Mail Phone

Open on Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m.—1 p.m.; 2.30—5 p.m. Please phone beforehand if you have any special requests or needs. N.B. Notices for the Sunday pew sheets should reach the Office no later than 10 a.m. on a Friday. If possible, please e-mail them. 1 The Green, London N14 7EG 8886 0384

Email Website

office@christchurch-southgate.org www.christchurch-southgate.org

Clergy Vicar Address Phone Email Associate Priest Address

The Reverend Dr Chrichton Limbert 1 The Green Southgate LONDON N14 7EG 8882 0917 frch138@btinternet.com

Phone Email

The Reverend Hazel Miall 85 Conway Road Southgate LONDON N14 7BD 07980 740 587 hazelhmiall@btinternet.com

Curate

The Reverend Liz Brown

Lay Readers

Churchwardens

PCC Secretary Treasurer Stewardship

Mrs Cathy Dallman, 4 Greenacre Walk Southgate N14 7DB Ms Jackie Anderson

8886 5918 8245 0305

Clare Boulton, 321 Gladbeck Way, EN2 7EN Cath Harvey

8367 5961

Mr John Macrory john@macroryward.co.uk Clare Boulton (as above) Mr Michael Meur, 136 Green Dragon Lane, N21 1ET

0208 440 3258

Music Deprtment Director of Music & Organist Mr Richard Brain music@christchurch-southgate.org Assistant Organist Mr David Hinitt, 19 Mercia Rd, Baldock, Herts, SG7 6RZ davejh@onetel.com Treasurer Mr Ian Winton, 7 Foxgrove, N14 7EA

8360 2362

07979 850 546 07734 209 662 8882 3680


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Sacristan Sidesmen

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Mr Peter Holiday, 61 Arnos Grove, Southgate, N14 7AG

8886 4126

Mrs Judith Lo

8882 3335

Sub-committee Chairs/contacts Communications Parish Office – Parish Administrator, Mr Adam Dickson Social Responsibility Ms Jackie Anderson Resources Dr Ronald Lo Pastoral Mrs Cathy Dallman, 4 Greenacre Walk Southgate N14 7DB

8886 0384 8245 0305 8882 3335 8886 5918

Electoral Roll Officer Dr Patricia Ashby Parish Magazine "The Spire" Editor Parish Office, see above Treasurer Mrs Hilary Meur, 136 Green Dragon Lane, N21 1ET Flower Arrangers

Mrs Kathryn Chandler-Board

kchandler-board@outlook.com

Parish Centre/Church Halls Chairman Mr Philip Miall, 85 Conway Road, N14 7BD Secretary Clare Boulton, 321 Gladbeck Way, EN2 7EN Lettings christchurchparishcentre@gmail.com Treasurer Mr Michael Meur, 136 Green Dragon Lane, N21 1ET

8360 2362 07930 892948 8882 6738 8367 5961 8360 2362

Christ Church Association Bar open as advertised Contact Mr Clive Woodhouse, 41b Osborne Rd, N13 5BT

8882 0014

Friday Coffee Morning Every Friday morning 10.30 am - 12.15 p.m. Mrs Yvonne Woodthorpe, 88 Waterfall Road, N14 7JT

8368 9467

Lunch Fellowship

Waterfall Group

Scout Group Bellringers Captain

Usually on 2nd Wednesday in the month at noon. Mrs Cathy Dallman, 4 Greenacre Walk Southgate N14 7DB

8886 5918

1st Tuesday 8.30 p.m. - informal women's meeting Mrs Frances Wyatt Mrs Glenys Rodway, 14 Dawlish Avenue, N13 4HP

8361 5379 8882 5970

The Revd. Hazel Miall, Cubs Mr Stephen Smith, Group Scout Leader

07980 740 587 8882 0991

Practice held Wednesdays 7.30 p.m. Mr Martin Sutcliffe, 46 Brookdale, N11 1BN

8368 1974

Bridge Club Thursdays 7.30 p.m.-10 p.m. Secretary Mrs Jean Jobson, 26 New River Crescent, N13 5RF

8882 5619

Young Fogeys For the active and retired, though you needn't be either! Contact Mrs Jean Thomas, 1 Bramford Court, N14 6DH

8882 8133


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Services in May MAY 2018 CALENDAR Date - MAY Tuesday

Day Philip and James, Apostles

1

Eucharists 7.30pm (said)

Other Services 8.30am (Morning Prayer) 5.30pm (Evening Prayer)

Liturgical Colour Red

Wednesday

2

Athanasius, bishop, teacher of the faith, 373

11am (said)

8.30am (Morning Prayer) 5.30pm (Evening Prayer)

White

Thursday

3

12.30pm (said)

8.30am (Morning Prayer) 5.30pm (Evening Prayer)

White

Friday

4

8.30am (Morning Prayer) 5.30pm (Evening Prayer)

White

Saturday

5

9am (said)

8.30am (Morning Prayer)

White

Sunday

6

Easter 6

Monday

7

Rogation Day (May Day Fair)

8am (said); 10am (sung)

6.30pm Said Evening Prayer

White

3pm Choral Evensong

Tuesday

8

Julian of Norwich, spiritual writer, c.1417 Rogation Day

White

7.30pm (said)

8.30am (Morning Prayer) 5.30pm (Evening Prayer)

White

Wednesday

9

Rogation Day

11am (said)

8.30am (Morning Prayer) 5.30pm (Evening Prayer)

White

Thursday

10 Ascension Day

12.30pm (said) 8pm (sung)

8.30am (Morning Prayer) 5.30pm (Evening Prayer)

Gold

Friday

11

8.30am (Morning Prayer) 5.30pm (Evening Prayer)

White

Saturday

12 Gregory Dix, priest, monk, scholar, 1952

Sunday

13 After Ascension

9am (said)

8.30am (Morning Prayer)

White

8am (said); 10am (sung)

6.30pm Choral Evensong

White

Monday

14 Matthias the Apostle

Tuesday

15

7.30pm (said)

8.30am (Morning Prayer) 5.30pm (Evening Prayer)

White

Wednesday

16 Caroline Chisholm, social reformer, 1877

11am (said)

8.30am (Morning Prayer) 5.30pm (Evening Prayer)

White

Thursday

17

12.30pm (said)

8.30am (Morning Prayer) 5.30pm (Evening Prayer)

White

Friday

18

8.30am (Morning Prayer) 5.30pm (Evening Prayer)

White

Saturday

19 Dunstan, archbishop, monastic reformer, 988

9am (said)

8.30am (Morning Prayer)

White

Sunday Monday

20 Pentecost 21 Helena, protector of the Holy Places, 330

8am (said); 10am (sung)

6.30pm Choral Evensong

Red Green

Tuesday

22

7.30pm (said)

8.30am (Morning Prayer) 5.30pm (Evening Prayer)

Green

Wednesday

23

11am (said)

8.30am (Morning Prayer) 5.30pm (Evening Prayer)

Green

Thursday

24 John and Charles Wesley, evangelists, hymn writers, 1791 and 1788

12.30pm (said)

8.30am (Morning Prayer) 5.30pm (Evening Prayer)

Green

Friday

25 The Venerable Bede, monk, scholar, historian, 735; Adhelm, bishop, 709

8.30am (Morning Prayer) 5.30pm (Evening Prayer)

Green

Saturday

26 Augustine, archbishop, 605; John Calvin, reformer, 1564 Philip Neri, founder of the Oratorians, spiritual guide, 1595

9am (said)

8.30am (Morning Prayer)

Green

Sunday Monday Tuesday

27 Trinity 28 Lanfranc, monk, archbishop, scholar, 1089 29

8am (said); 10am (sung)

6.30pm Said Evening Prayer

7.30pm (said)

8.30am (Morning Prayer) 5.30pm (Evening Prayer)

Gold Green Green

Wednesday

30 Josephine Butler, social reformer, 1906 Joan of Arc, visionary, 1431 Apolo Kivebulaya, priest, evangelist, 1933

11am (said)

8.30am (Morning Prayer) 5.30pm (Evening Prayer)

Green

Thursday

31 Corpus Christi

12.30pm (said)

8.30am (Morning Prayer) 5.30pm (Evening Prayer)

White

English saints and martyrs of the Reformation Era

Red


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