St Maryâ€™s Woodford Parish Magazine Volume 6 Issue 2
Welcome As we relax over the summer months, we look forward to a number of new beginnings in the autumn. First, we will be welcoming a new youth worker to our parish, Rebecca Kemal. Her face will be familiar to some, because before studying for her music degree she was one of our Choral Scholars at St Maryâ€™s. Unlike our previous youth workers Andrena and Jon, Rebecca will be employed full time, however we will be sharing her with the parishes of Wanstead and Aldersbrook. This has been made possible by a grant from the Diocese, which will last for three years. Please pray for her as she prepares for and begins her work with us. Second, as an unexpected benefit of our fund-raising for the new floor and new toilets at the Memorial Hall, we found that the Heritage Lottery Fund would finance a project to promote understanding of local history, and we will be employing E H on a half-time basis for the coming year, to organise open days, school visits to the Hall, and the recording of local memories about the Hall and life in Woodford. She also starts work in September, and we will have a grand re-opening event for the Hall after the building work, on Saturday 19th September. Third, the magnificent organ in our church, new when the church re-opened in 1972, is being cleaned and refurbished this autumn. This means that we will need to use the piano for our worship for some weeks, but we will appreciate the improvement in the long term. Revd Canon Ian Tarrant, email: Front cover: an example of Kay Pamplinâ€™s calligraphy. See more on page xxxx Back cover: a photograph of Highams Park in early May from Chris Meikle. 2
Parish Register Baptisms 12th April Santiago Pell 10th May Lily & Charlie Winter 24th May Olivia Laker
Funerals 12th March Hilda Allen 18th March Albin Church 24th March Reginald Boswell
14th April Zena Bridgeman 20th April Valerie Weatherley 21st April Gladys Edwards 30th April Ethel Hopkins 6th May Donald Nottage 26th May Betty Lamerton 12th June Gladys Barbour
Photos of Santiagoâ€™s baptism have been requested
Marking different events at the service on 29th March
Thanking Sue Sainsbury
Saying goodbye to Sheena Adams And afterwards at the Sunday School leavers lunch
Commemoration and concern
Andrew Yaw Adu-baah Foundation Andrew Yaw Adu-baah was a member of our church for many years, but fell ill and died last summer. On 14th June a number of his family members came to our 10am service to mark the anniversary of his death, and to launch a charitable foundation in his memory. Andrew in his time in London moved from the hospitality and catering industry to the social sector. He worked at St Mungoâ€™s for a number of years supporting people with enduring mental illness, alcohol abuse and also worked at English Churches supporting homeless adults into independent living. Not only did he
enjoy his work in the social sector he was also very good at it. His personality suited this sector; â€˜he found his matchâ€™. The last job which Andrew had was with a project in Wembley where he worked with youth, some of whom had been in and out of the criminal justice system, or had been sent to Britain by parents in war-torn countries in the
hope of a better life. This work, which he referred to as “My Boys,” topped it all. He was able to connect with the youth to build trust and support them in gaining qualifications, jobs and for some, supported them with the process of rebuilding their relationships with their families. It is therefore befitting that his wife and children should set up a foundation in his memory to provide programmes for young people to promote their social integration and inclusion into society, by equipping them with the requisite skills, knowledge and experience. During their time on the programme the young people will be mentored and supported to develop themselves and enter the world of work through a personal development programme, giving trade and business and management skills with a view to setting up and running their own businesses successfully. The Foundation will carry out it work in the Nkoransa Traditional Area in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana where Andrew was born and raised. In exchange for the training and the support, the apprentices would be expected to commit to help train and where possible employ a young person from future projects run by the Foundation. On the launch day, over £400 was raised for the foundation, and Andrew’s widow, Kate, has written to thank us.
Personal Prayer Ministry Every Sunday there is an opportunity for confidential personal prayer for anyone with a concern about health or other issues, after the 10am service, usually in the Chapel. Most of the people on the rota to pray took on the task with some anxiety about how it would work out - but have been agreeably surprised with the way it has turned out. Valerie Geller shares some reflections: ‘We should never under-estimate the power of prayer. On the basis that Christ called ordinary people to do so prompted me to become part of the team. It is a privilege to be able to offer up to God, with a prayer partner, the concerns and thoughts of people in a private and confidential way. Life is fragile, handle with prayer!’
Course in Christian Studies at St Maryâ€™s It is hard to believe that the Course in Christian Studies is coming to an end after nearly two years. We have been meeting at St.Mary's on Thursdays from 7.45 - 9.45 pm: a friendly group of about 17 individuals from different churches in the diocese, led by four tutors, including Ian, each bringing their individual strengths and expertise. For me it has been a journey of discipleship: spending time reading and asking all the questions I've never dared asked! Bible Study has been an important part of the course, especially linking both Old and New Testaments, but there has been so much more besides as we discuss what it is to be a Christian in the 21st century. Assignments have not been obligatory, as a certificate of attendance at the end of the course does not require them, but I have found completing them very useful in marshalling my thoughts and background reading. I recommend the course wholeheartedly: I have grown in faith and understanding and am still enthusiastic enough to keep asking questions! The course content is not 8
perfect and is currently being rewritten, but overall the course has been very worthwhile. An initial day at Chelmsford, a Quiet Day at Pleshey and a choice of Lent Study modules have all added enrichment to the weekly sessions. Not everyone is able to attend each week but homework is set to keep up the momentum. Many at St. Mary's have attended diocesan Christian Studies courses in the past but travelling out to Essex was not a possibility due to work commitments. This has been the first time the course has been run at St. Mary's and the good news is that there is another one planned to start this coming September! I urge you to go along to the taster evening on 14th July and see for yourselves. Penny Freeston
The Christian Studies Course has markedly increased my knowledge of the Bible and Church Life, but more importantly deepened my spiritual life. We are on an unending journey and however long one has been a Christian there is always more to learn. It has been deeply enriching, and given me more confidence about sharing my faith with others. Not to mention the humour, new friends, and excellent tutors that have made the weekly meetings so stimulating.
that preceded his coming - and the interpretation of the events of his life by the gospel and epistle writers. The choice of Lenten modules was a chance to develop personal interests: I chose two, Witnessing at Work and Listening. I found them of a high standard and very supportive. I am glad CCS people get a chance to join in with one of these next year: CCS gives a good overview and it can stand alone, but it awakens curiosity and leaves students in a good position if they wish to go further at some stage. It has been good, to reflect with a Wendy Littlejohns group of Christians on how faith (one's The Christian Studies Course has own and other people's) develops and deepened my knowledge of scripture is strengthened. Church history too and I have a better understanding of its added its own dimension. structure and how the claims of Jesus fit together with the developing belief Celia Heath (Wanstead Parish)
...the next one begins in September The Course in Christian Studies will be running in several locations from September, at different times of the week. Here at St Maryâ€™s it will be on Thursday evenings again. What could it give you? The excitement of discovery and learning together: members find new truth in themselves and in each other through lively discussion. Knowledge of the Bible and of the huge riches of Christian tradition, nurtured by tutors and textbooks, and whetting members' appetite for more knowledge. Constructive reflection on the Bible and tradition and on the contemporary world. Spiritual formation of both the local group and its individual
members: relationships - not just with the mind. A foundation for further education or training. 9
Giving Generous and cheerful givers
Testament standard that many Christians have adopted as a guideline for their giving. For many years the Giving to God Church of England has suggested that members give 5% of their income to All that we have is a gift to us from the church, and 5% to other good God. We exist only because he created causes - but it is freely acknowledged the universe. Our bodies, our thoughts, that personal circumstances vary our clothes, our joys, our homes, our widely. Some people can barely make relationships, our health… all come ends meet even if they give away only from God. We should use the words 1%; whereas some millionaires can ‘my’ and ‘our’ with caution, because cheerfully give 90% of their income to anything to which we lay claim could charity. The key is generosity, not be claimed back by God. In his accountability! Of course, in the big generosity however, most of the time picture, the giving of time and energy he waits for us to offer gifts back to makes a big difference to churches and him. other charities. Each person has to Throughout the Bible we see three decide prayerfully what they can offer. kinds of generosity on the part of human beings. First, the periodic, Planned Giving at St Mary’s almost symbolic, offering of sacrifices to God - a way of saying thank you to St Mary’s has a Planned Giving God, acknowledging that everything is scheme - previously called CMF really his. Second the help offered by (Church Maintenance Fund). This those who have to those who have not name refers to regular contributions harvesters told to leave something which church members agree to pay to behind in the fields for poor people to help meet the church outgoings gather, hospitality offered to strangers, including light, heat, insurance, help given to those in need. Third, cleaning, maintenance, music and giving to enable the work of the temple service expenses - and our share of the (in the Old Testament) or the mission Chelmsford Diocesan expenditure for of the church (in the New Testament). clergy salaries, pensions, housing, The ‘tithe’ or tenth is one Old training, etc. 10
Members give in different ways through regular monthly standing orders, through the weekly offertory envelopes and freewill offerings at church services, by occasional cheques or by anonymous lump sums received directly into the church bank account. All are gratefully received. If you are able to commit to regular planned giving this is very helpful and assists with the budgeting and timing of expenditure. Incomes will vary over time, upwards or downwards, and it is suggested that those who commit to planned giving should review their committed amount, perhaps annually, to check whether it should be increased or decreased. lf you are a taxpayer and you have not already done so, please think about gift-aiding your contributions. This would increase the value to the church of your contributions by 25% (at the current tax rate) by reason of the tax repayments that can be claimed by the church in respect of your payments. Clive Mears (020 8989 4476), who has administered the scheme for many years, will be pleased to assist with any enquiries or alterations you wish to make. He can let you have a set of weekly offertory envelopes - or the appropriate form for setting up or altering a monthly standing order. He can also give you a Gift Aid form for completion if you are a taxpayer.
We are collecting non-perishable food for the Redbridge Foodbank. The collection box is now in the church foyer every Sunday.
Jane Fone and Clive Mears 11
Talent in our church
Calligraphy How I started Calligraphy. Ever since my children were born, I deMy first exhibit (2001) cided I would take some time out each week to do something for myself. When they were little I went to dressmaking classes and then soft furnishing classes, neither of which appeared to be my forte. Later on I went to French classes and Art, both of which I enjoyed. Even though I was working part-time, I still managed to attend these classes for a number of years; then one year I noticed Calligraphy on the list at Bedford House. I thought that would probably be quite an interesting subject to learn so I signed up. I believe that was in 2000. So, what is calligraphy? One definition is that it is ‘the art of producing decorative handwriting or lettering with a pen or brush’. Western calligraphy is approximately 1500 years old and originated from the Greek: kallos meaning beauty and graphe meaning writing: therefore ‘Beautiful Writing’. However the art of beautiful lettering and illuminated writing has been around for centuries in the far east and middle eastern countries. The letters were created by educated scribes and monks to write documents and religious texts. Calligraphy pens are broadnibbed enabling the writer to design letters with broad strokes or 12
narrow strokes, many with tall shaped ascenders and long swirling descenders. I mainly use dip pens with gouache paint which I prefer, although I do sometimes use ink or calligraphic felt pens. During my classes, I started with the basic Foundation style of lettering, later moving onto Italic and many other styles such as Gothic and Carolingian. One of the difficulties with calligraphic writing is that words are broken down into a collection of letters, therefore mistakes are easy to make as the writer is concentrating on each individual letter rather than the word as a whole. Even the simplest words are easy to misspell. I enjoyed these classes and attended them for many years until I began working full time. Over the years I have used calligraphy to design and create many pieces of work and greeting cards. I have used it in school with groups of children to help with the formation of their letters. One year I taught the children at the Holiday Club how to write their names and together we created a Calligraphy Brick Wall which was used as a front to the Altar during their Sunday youth service. As a result of this, I was asked if I would take over from Jean Sherman and write the entries into the Memorial Book. That was in 2005 â€“ a decade ago. Even after ten years, I still get very nervous and find it a daunting task as I have to be very careful not to make mistakes. Kay Pamplin 13
Principles of War The most recent meeting of the local Three Faiths Forum was on The Principles of War, from the perspective of our three religious traditions. Rabbi Jacobi emphasised that for Judaism, peace is the highest value, with prayers for peace featuring constantly in the daily and Shabbat prayers. He went on to quote some Torah texts from Deuteronomy (around 800 B.C.E.) Several of these expressed compassion for both combatants and civilians (and laws protecting even the fruit trees from unnecessary destruction!), but other
texts mandated the wholesale killing of members of defeated idolatrous tribes, texts that make us feel very uncomfortable today. 14
Revd. Ian Monks spoke of the development of Christian laws for the Just War by St Augustine in the 5th century â€“ permitting war as a last resort, for defensive reasons, only for the cause of justice and after attempts at peaceful negotiation and conflict resolution. He then spoke about the issues of the 20th century world wars and the dropping of bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Lastly Imam Mahmoud Attiya presented a selection of fascinating texts from the Koran and the hadiths, which again argued for limiting the scope of war and the protection of innocent civilians. The meeting was very stimulating and well attended. Rabbi David Hulbert
Adam and Eve
The previous meeting of the Three Faiths Forum took place at our church, St Maryâ€™s. The subject for discussion was Adam and Eve which provoked a stimulating, discussion. For Scriptural reasoning the Three Faiths Forum meeting initially divides into mixed groups faith wise and reads a passage from each of our Holy Books on the same topic We usually find that what we have much more in common than in what divides us Rowena Rudkin
Could add details of autumn meetings here
Quiz : Who or what are we? We are all part of the Christian story and we all begin with M. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
I am a mother and a virgin. My child was incarnate by the Holy Spirit. Which place am I? My church is called The Church of the Good Shepherd. Its partner church in England is St Maryâ€™s in Woodford. We look after the stewardship envelopes at St Maryâ€™s. We are Mr. and Mrs. __________ . We are Christians who can be found in the church in Derby Road. I am found in churches of a high church tradition and am a receptacle used for the exposition of the consecrated Host. According to The Book of Common Prayer I am an earthly symbol of the mystical union between Christ and His church. I am a Christian festival celebrated in late September. At this time we think of angels and a dragon. Some years ago I was the main service on Sundays in many Anglican churches. I was often followed by a service of Holy Communion. In the sixth commandment Christians are told not to commit me. Of which place was Balak king? There are two of us and we are both gospel writers. I occur when natural laws appear to be transcended. I am one of the gifts which the wise men brought to the stable. I appeared to Jesus at the transfiguration. Both my names begin with M. After the burial of Jesus I went to see the sepulchre. In the Anglican communion there are millions of ___________ sinners.
Cheryl Corney Answers on page xx 16
Book Review This Risen Existence: the spirit of Easter by Paula Gooder Published by Canterbury Press 130 pages ÂŁ8.99
Easter is the high point of the church's year and resurrection the central pillar of the Christian faith but too often our celebration of this great Christian festival is an anti-climax. We work our way through the six weeks of Lent, reflecting deeply on issues of life and faith and, at last arrive at Easter Day at which point, so often, we stop our thinking and reflection and carry on as we did before. Yet if we believe in resurrection, nothing can ever be the same again. In This Risen Existence Paula Gooder takes us on a journey through Easter to Ascension Day and Pentecost, exploring the themes of Eastertide in each of the four Gospels, Acts and the Epistles and encouraging us to think more deeply and seriously about what the resurrection means for us and for the way in which we live our lives today.' Paula Gooder writes: 'First Jesus draws us, both in the sense of drawing us to him but also in the sense of re-creating and re-figuring us anew into a Christ-like existence; he then proceeds to colour us in. Then we become more and more Christ-like,
increasingly shaped by him until, in our resurrection bodies, the whole of our being is infused with the things of the Spirit and Christ's resurrected life becomes not just a part, but the whole of who we are.' ISBN 978-1-85311-996-5 Penny Freeston
The earthquakes in Nepal
More than 8,000 people have lost their lives in the recent earthquakes; almost 20,000 have been injured and hundreds of thousands more are homeless and hungry, many of them children. The following prayer comes from Christian Aid, who raised ÂŁ145,000 in less than 48 hour after the first earthquake struck on 25th April. Four years ago Martin and I went on a walking holiday in Nepal. One afternoon in a remote village in the Kathmandu Valley I bought a Tibetan brass singing bowl; as the metal rim is rubbed a humming sound is produced that inspired me to write a poem , The Singing Bowl (see opposite) when we returned home. Penny Freeston
Loving God, We pray for the people of Nepal, devastated by an earthquake. At this time, we know you are present among the suffering. May your comfort be known by them in that darkest valley. We pray that help will reach all those who need it, And lift to you Christian Aid's partners in Nepal, As they seek to swiftly respond to those in need. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen
The Singing Bowl: a song for Nepal
The Children’s Society changes the lives of vulnerable children
Round and round The bowl echoes, vibrates, Round and round, It releases its song. I sing of a land locked in mountains Where chain bridges boldly straddle Ravines and rivers And sun melts falling snow
Children’s Society volunteers are vital to helping tackle the causes of poverty and neglect that harm children's lives. As we look forward to longer days and I sing of ancient cities kids get excited about the holidays, Carved from wood, clogged by traffic, thousands of children in this country face With stepping stones for pavements, desperate situations. For them summertime Where dogs sleep in the dust. won't be a happy time. Our work leads the way in helping children and keeping them I sing of a tranquil garden, safe from harm. That’s something worth restored from ruin: celebrating! Curved benches, clipped topiary Prayers: our 70 projects wouldn’t Illuminated by moonlight, make such a difference to children without Enclosed within a chaotic city. prayer. Why not commit to praying for children at risk and help The Children’s I sing of a lake, shrouded in mist, Society be even more effective? Sign up to Quiet and still, our prayer email and keep up-to-date with Where refugees spend lives our worship resources. Trading beads of mountain coral, In your church: consider having a Mourning for Tibet. special event or service celebrate those My song from a bowl of beaten metal, who work hard to change children’s lives and make further change possible. Pressed with leaves, www.childrenssociety.org.uk Begs all who visit this distant place To return one day, Retrace its paths and uncover Its treasures, swirled in mist, Buried in dust. 19
Commemoration A BAD KING AND A GOOD THING: THE 800TH ANNIVERSARY OF MAGNA CARTA If you get the chance this year go to Worcester Cathedral and visit the tomb of King John. There is nothing to tell from the benign looking effigy that King John was a bad man and a bad king. However, although his reign was generally a bad time, something momentous and hugely beneficial occurred during it. On 15 June 1215, at Runnymede, the King put his seal to Magna Carta – the Great Charter. It is law which has endured to this day, and sought to guarantee for the king’s subjects freedom under the law. Exported to America and then to what became the Commonwealth it remains a very important document. The church played an important part in it. Reluctantly, the scholarly Archbishop Langton was drawn into the dispute between King John and the barons and brokered the deal that the king put his name to on that summer morning. People often point out that the barons weren’t concerned with the rights of the ordinary person and that, like King John, some of them weren’t very nice people. But the point is that a very important principle was established in June 1215: Be you never so high, but the law is above you. Also, more tentatively, the idea that individuals were entitled to freedom 20
An extract from the Magna Carta
under the law began to be established; so that the State could only restrict the actions of a citizen for good reason. No piece of paper, however venerable, can guarantee our freedom under law. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance, as Thomas Jefferson, may or may not have said. But Magna Carta (1215), the Bill of Rights (1689), the European Convention on Human Rights (1950) and the Human Rights Act (1998) are attempts to put into words, and subsequently protect, the rights and freedoms that everyone should have. Of course there can and will be
disagreements about what those rights and freedoms are. Should prisoners have the right to vote? Can it be a defence to torture that it occurred in order to obtain information to save innocent lives? Does an asylum seeker have any rights? The Government are pledged to repeal the Human Rights Act (and introduce a British Bill of Rights). We can be confident however that no Government would ever dare to tamper with Magna Carta. To mark the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta, at 3 pm on Sunday 14 June 2015, bells will be rung in churches throughout England and Wales. Here at St Maryâ€™s our ringers rang a quarter peal. Philip Petchey
A concert to mark the 800th centenary of Magna Carta
Great Sacred Music: a 35-minute sequence to speak to heart, head and soul, exploring through songs and readings the great classical music of our religious heritage. I p.m. on Thursdays at St. Martinthe-Fields Church, near Trafalgar
Square. No tickets, no charge, but a retiring collection is taken. The theme for 11th June was the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, celebrating liberty and justice. The programme included two hymns: Lord, whose love in humble service and There's a wideness in God's mercy. Anthems were based on relevant scripture from Psalm 42, Isaiah 35 and Micah in addition to the Magnificat. It was interesting to note that three governments in the last century banned the public recitation of Mary's Magnificat as being dangerously subversive. During the British Raj it was banned from being sung in church. It was subsequently banned In Guatamala in the 1980s and outlawed by the military junta in Argentina. As Dietrich Bonheoffer noted in 1933: ' it is the most passionate , the wildest , one might even say the most revolutionary Advent hymn ever sung. This is not the gentle, tender Mary ... It is instead a hard, strong, inexorable song about the power of God and the powerlessness of mankind.' To find out about more Great Sacred Music dates contact St. Martinin-the- Fields website: www.stmartin-in-the-field.org Penny Freeston
The Armenian Genocide community and Armenians who travelled from all over London to attend. We were honoured to have several speakers: Mr Raffi Sarkissian (Co-chair of AGCCC), Mr Armen Liloyan (Deputy Ambassador of Armenia), Fr Shnork Baghdassarian (Priest of St Sarkis Armenian Church in London), Fr Aren Shaheenian, (Priest of St On Saturday 2nd May, St Maryâ€™s Yeghiche Armenian Apostolic Church) Church hosted an Ecumenical Service and Fr Nicholas Henshall (Dean of of Commemoration for the Centenary Chelmsford). Our curate, Rev Santou of the Armenian Genocide. It was an Beurklian-Carter organised and co-led opportunity to reflect on events a the service with the other visiting hundred years ago, when in April 1915, clergy, preached the sermon and sang around one and a half million while candles were lit. Everyone Armenians (about 60% of the enjoyed the beautiful Armenian liturgy population) were massacred by the sung by the visiting Armenian choir. Turks (although there has been no After the service, everyone enjoyed acknowledgement or compensation by the Armenian refreshments. It was a subsequent governments). The purpose valuable opportunity to meet our of the service was to mourn publically visitors and hear some fascinating life for the tremendous loss and grief stories. incurred by this event, to reflect on the themes of conflict, reconciliation and Nina Lewis healing in our own lives, and for our speakers to talk about the current political climate between Armenia and Turkey, in order to convey that the path to reconciliation is not paved by denial, but rather by consciousness of memory... The service was well attended (over 100 people) by various local church members, members from the 22
Book Review Cranky, beautiful faith: For irregular (and regular) people by Nadia Bolz-Weber Published by Canterbury Press This book tells two stories, intertwined. There is the story of the author, who grew up in a traditional Christian home, went seriously off the rails, but was then called back to a relationship with Jesus Christ, and into Christian ministry with the Lutheran Church in the United States. You may have read stories like this before, but this one is recent, and told warts, tattoos and all, and with not a few swear-words. Her message is that being a Christian is more than being 'good', and being good is not something we do in our own strength. The book is also about the church that she founded: the House for All Sinners and Saints, which really does try to welcome all kinds of people, whatever their background, however 'messy' their lives. Not a church that is growing fast, but a church which is a caring community for people who don't fit in elsewhere.
When welcoming new people to the church, she makes a point of saying that at some point they will be feel let down by her or by the church. She invites them, 'on this side of their inevitable disappointment, to decide if they'll stick around after it happens. If they choose to leave... they won't get to see how the grace of God can come in and fill the holes left by our community's failure, and that's just too beautiful and too real to miss.' I read this book too quickly the first time round - I look forward to reading it again. Revd Canon Ian Tarrant
Following on from the article about the Gideons in our last edition, readers may be interested to know that Gideons International has been invited to provide Bibles for all Law Courts in the country - for Courts and waiting rooms. It affords an opportunity to offer staff a New Testament as well. More information about Gideons at www.gideons.org 23
An unusual day out
Richard IIIâ€™s re-interment Recently Martin and I took our grandsons to Leicester to visit the Richard III exhibition. On the way we stopped at the Battlefield Heritage Centre, thought to be the site of the Battle of Bosworth. Both exhibitions were very well presented and we were able to walk up to the battlefield where there is a memorial to over a thousand men who lost their lives on Bosworth Field. I particularly enjoyed seeing a gilded silver boar badge that was found there in 2009. Its discovery suggests the exact spot where King Richard. III fatefully clashed with Henry Tudor on 22nd August 1485. The badge was almost certainly worn by a knight in King Richard's own retinue. The Richard III Visitor Centre is situated close to the cathedral on the very spot where the king's body had been buried in the church of the Grey Friars. It is possible to look down on the archaeological site where the skeleton was found under the car park in 2012. Knowing that she came from Leicester, I told Christine Dyer about our visit and asked her to recall her visit to the cathedral during the week before Richard III's re interment there. Penny Freeston
When I was speaking to Penny she said she was going to visit Leicester for the King Richard III exhibition. I said I had been the long queue. Having been brought up in Leicester the story was part of my memories. I had worked opposite the Roman Forum and St. Nicholas Church near the Cathedral . Without going into the history and being aware of the many differing opinions about the re internment here is a brief description of our wait. I was with an old school friend making the most of having time together. It was afternoon before we began the trek to the end of the queue, enterprising cafĂŠ s brought out trays of drink, at a cost, the
Cathedral staff came with bottles of boiled sweets, the temperature was cool but no rain, we chatted away happily catching up with news. Just on 2 hours the queue stopped, we were informed that the Cathedral was closed for the service of Compline. We were very close to the door, this meant we could see all the comings and doings Dominican Friars who were to sing Compline came and stood in line, in total silence and stillness there were around 50 of them. The queue relaxed and people began talking, people had come from all over the Midlands, many wore the badge of the Richard III Society, many people carried white roses. Flower arrangers were busily working, last minute jobs were being completed. The Bishop had been busy greeting people and escorting them into the Cathedral. After an hour and twenty minutes the Friars emerged from the Cathedral, the Bishop escorting their Abbot to the edge of the grounds, following them were a group of reenactors in costume who seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves.
In very short time we were moving. I walked as slowly as I could, the Cathedral sparkled, many white roses around. The coffin had a black pall covered with embroidery which I thought to be very impressive with figures dressed in costume of various periods plus heraldry. The crown was of a simple but beautiful design and it simply sparkled. People were very quiet, I am sure it couldnâ€™t have more than a minute before were outside again, still we knew it would be like that. And yes I am glad my very impromptu visit was worth it. The next morning we went to Bradgate Park where Lady Jane Grey , the nine days Queen lived and as children we spent many happy hours there. Christine Dyer 25
A holiday abroad
La Rochelle Having heard of La Rochelle through its Huguenot connection ‘we researched it before theth Probus cruise. Founded in the 10 C it was an important harbour in the 12th C and was granted a communal charter giving it independent rights including a mint and some freedom from royal taxes. It became English for a period after the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitane to Henry II and again for a short period during the 100 Years War. With the Reformation spreading through France it declared itself an independent Reformed Republic on the model of Geneva. In the French Wars of Religion, and following, La Rochelle suffered a number of sieges finally falling to Cardinal Richelieu in 1628 and loosing its privileges. With the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIV and the persecution of the Huguenots many emigrated to the New World and to England. La Rochelle was important in the trade with the New World and the East Indies. We were dropped off by the transfer coach around 9:30am near the old harbour mouth. It was guarded by a tower on each side of the entrance. The Tour St Nicholas, nearest us, was the taller with elegantly curved surfaces ensuring the maximum deflection of cannon balls. We walked round the 26
port basin past cafés and restaurants to the Tour de Chaine on the other side of the entrance. It was a shorter tower from which a protective chain could be stretched across the entrance. We then walked along the Rue sur les Murs at the top of what had been a defensive and a sea wall before it had become silted up. At the end was the Tour de la Lanterne which had been the harbour beacon. An impressive structure it was, unfortunately hidden by scaffolding. We walked through old streets to the gateway of the Grosse Horloge which led into a long street with medieval arcades fronting interesting shops. At the end of the street in the Place Verdun we visited the Cathedral of St Louis. It was of rather heavy Counter Reformation architecture and not very inspiring. Having found a café and lovely hot chocolate drinks we walked down a street off which were a number of courtyards some of which had gardens. At the end was the market. The open air section had a wide
selection of quality fruits and vegetables. Inside the covered market was the most wonderful display of stalls selling meat, cheese and everything edible. It was so frustrating not being able to buy anything except some dried herbs. It made us realise what we lacked in England. Nowhere could one find such a variety and quality of food so well displayed. Inevitably we thought of food and
we found a café frequented by locals and students and which served crêpes. Having eaten Croque Monsieur (a sort of rarebit) with French chips together with ½ litre of wine we decided to postpone the crêpes until later! We continued our meandering in the old town and accidentally discovered the Protestant church which Mitzi had hoped to see but unfortunately it was closed. We returned to a café on the quayside where we had Grand Marnier crêpes and then wandered back to be picked up at the end of the afternoon. We had had a very enjoyable and a very French day. Mitzi and Dick Walker
Answers to quiz on page 18 1 Mary 2 Muchunguri 3 Mears 4 Methodists 5 monstrance 6 marriage/matrimony 7 Michaelmas 8 Mattins 9 murder 10 Moab 11 Matthew, Mark
12 miracle 13 myrrh 14 Moses 15 Mary Magdalene 16 miserable
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Faith and Language JAHRESENDEFLÜGEL PUPPE The East German authorities did not much like the word ENGEL (angel). There was too much religion in everyday language. So instead of having a word meaning a messenger from heaven they made up the word
JAHRESENDEFLÜGELPUPPE, meaning year’s ending winged doll. How many people ever used this word we do not know. Were the angels in heaven offended? Probably not.
THE PARSON’S NOSE The parson’s nose is the fatty extremity of a fowl’s rump. Why should this be called a parson’s nose? Well the idea seems to be that some parsons may have had their noses in the air, upturned like the back end of a chicken, The story is that sometime around the year 1400AD a carpenter was asked to provide new choir stalls for St Mary’s Church, Nantwich. Payment did not arrive, or did not arrive quickly, so on the last misericord in the stalls the carpenter did a carving of a bird. On it was an image of the parson’s face with its nose stuck up the rump…..
RELIGIEUSE When someone said they were bringing a RELIGIEUSE to a gathering a French nun was expected. What arrived was a delicious pastry. It consisted of two choux buns. They had been filled with pastry cream. There was chocolate on top. The cake had a whipped cream collar.
Book Review New Daylight Published by the Bible Reading Fellowship New Daylight, published by Bible Reading Fellowship, affirms that the whole of the Bible us God's revelation to us, and we should read, reflect on and learn from every part of both Old and New Testaments. Usually the printed comment presents a straight-forward 'thought for the day', but sometimes it may raise questions rather than provide answers, as we wrestle with some of the more difficult passages of Scripture. New Daylight provides four months of daily Bible readings and comment, with a regular team of contributors drawn from a range of church backgrounds. Penny Freeston
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The Bible Reading Fellowship Prayer Almighty God, You have taught us that your word is a lamp for our feet and a light for our path. Help us, and all who prayerfully read your word, to deepen our fellowship with you and with each other through your love. And in doing may we come to know you more fully, love you more truly, and follow you more faithfully in the steps of your son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for evermore. Amen 31
BIG thank you to everyone submitting contributions and photographs to this edition Please keep them coming, as without them we wouldnâ€™t have a parish magazine. Articles, prayers, book reviews, favourite music, recipes, gardening tips etc. We would love some childrenâ€™s drawings as well: the choice is yours! Email directly to: email@example.com or pass to Penny Freeston who will type up your handwritten copy. Our next copy date is 22nd September 2015. Magazine team: Penny Freeston, Beverley Fuentes, Cheryl Corney, Ian Tarrant, Sam McCarthy, Peter Wall. 32