St Maryâ€™s Parish Magazine
Volume 2, Issue 6
Autumn 2011 www.stmaryswoodford.org.uk
Praying for the Sick At St Mary’s we often pray for the sick, following the biblical example of Jesus and his disciples praying for those in need; and in keeping with many centuries of Christian tradition. We ask that God’s Holy Spirit will work in people’s bodies and minds, bringing comfort and healing. Sometimes we are delighted with the results we see - and sometimes we don’t see the outcomes that we hope for. The same, of course, is true with many of our other prayers. Our disappointments don’t stop us praying, because we trust that God is in charge, and he can see a bigger picture than we can. Every week on the notice sheet we list people in particular need of healing. These people are usually mentioned in our intercessions on Sunday mornings, often also in the weekday services in the Chapel, and we trust that people pray for them at home during the week. Some readers might not know that on the fourth Wednesday of each month our evening Eucharist includes a time dedicated to those in need of our prayers, when we update a longer list of those in need, and pray for them. This list, usually printed on yellow paper, is available from the office for those who want to pray during the month. Once each quarter, we also offer prayer with the laying on of hands at this service. Individuals come forward to the Communion rail, sometimes giving the minister on duty a brief explanation of their need, sometimes saying nothing at all. The minister then lays hands on them, and prays using these or similar words: In the name of God and trusting in his might alone, receive Christ's healing touch to make you whole. May Christ bring you wholeness of body, mind and spirit, deliver you from every evil, and give you his peace. Amen. Our cover picture shows children at the Holiday Club learning about David the Dangerous King. More pictures in the centre spread.
Earlier this year the Church Council agreed that it would be good to offer personal prayer for those who want it after our 10am Sunday service. In October we will be training a number of people in this ministry, so that there can be two on duty every Sunday, from November onwards. Prayer will be offered, not just for those who are unwell, but for people with other concerns too. If you share your need, your confidentiality will be respected (subject to the laws of the land); but if you don’t want to say what the problem is, you won’t have to. God knows, and can minister to you through those who are praying. Listen out for news that this is starting, and please pray that God will increase our faith, our peace and our joy through this initiative. Ian
Parish Register Welcomed into God’s family through Baptism 17th July: Johnny O’Brien 21st August: Dulcie Lamb 28th August: Isabellah Butler-Davis 11th September James Nangle 25th September George Haven and Monty Haven United before God in marriage 14th June: Titi Voinoiu & Claudia Kimmel 16th July: David Warlow & Rosie Blacker Funerals 15th July Tony Bernard 18 July Nina Kite 21st September Stella Wright May they rest in peace and rise in glory
Two of our baptism families
Left Isabellah with her parents and right, James with parents Janet and Dominic, godparents David and Alison Harper and Ysbeth Oliver and big brother and sister Benedict and Isla.
Raise funds for St Mary’s the easy way How to help St Mary’s when shopping online Easyfundraising provide a free service where you can shop with your favourite online stores and at no extra cost raise funds for any charity, good cause or group you choose to support. You still shop directly with each retailer as you would normally, but simply by using the links from the easyfundraising site http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/ first, each purchase you make will generate a cash back donation to the cause you wish to support, instantly raising money for them. For example, spend £25 with WHSmith on Books and 2.5% will be donated. You will have raised £0.63, at no extra cost to your purchase. Insure your car with Aviva and raise £26.00; purchase a mobile phone from O2 and earn £17.50, and so on. You can shop with 2000+ brand name retailers and to raise funds you just use the links from the easyfundraising site first - it's that simple! And now there is a new cause on the list “St Mary’s Woodford – South Woodford” So if you shop online why not support St Mary’s? You will need to register with easyfundraising and select the cause you wish to support (St Mary’s!). Then before making any online purchases you just need to remember to login to easyfundraising first so the system recognises who you are and which cause benefits when you make purchases. Then click any of the retailer links provided and shop normally. And another thing Once you are registered you can also raise funds by scrolling down the easyfundraising home page and selecting the easysearch button. As you search you'll raise funds for your cause - making just 10 searches a day with easysearch instead of Google or any other search engine, you should generate over £20 per year for your cause. So get shopping and surfing and support St Mary’s at the same time. Simples!! Anne Jones
We are all chosen When I'm disappointed with my spot in life, I stop and think of a little boy called Jamie who was trying out for a part in the school play. He had his heart set on it so his mother gently warned him that he might not get it. On the day the parts were awarded he rushed up to her at the end of the school day, eyes shining with pride and excitement. "Guess what", he shouted and then said the words which will remain a lesson to me . . . "I've been chosen to clap and cheer!" Thanks to Chris Meikle for this little reminder of our value to God
News from Kenya Wendy is kept in touch with events in Kenya by regular letters from the Muchunguri Parish. D ear We n dy L it t l ej oh ns. Peace of God be with you. Praise be to God who through his Son Jesus Christ has saved, sustained and has taken us this far and has also given us hope in him; revealing to us that our tomorrow will be better than our today. Thanks you for your recent email that highlighted us on many things especially on the interfaith forum and the way you are coping through seeking to improve understanding and knowledge between people of other faiths. This is important because we were all created in Godâ€™s image; hence we should view others as our brothers and sisters and not as enemies. Am happy to hear that you are all well. May God abundantly bless you. My family and Christians of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Muchunguri parish are also well. We send lots of greetings to you, your family, Canon Ian, Rev. Annie McTighe, Sally, Nick, Nicola, Katherine and all Christian fraternity of St. Maryâ€™s Woodford. Give my congratulations to Rev. Annie for having been priested last month. We are always so happy to partner and be associated with you. We praise God for you, value you and pray for you. Our partnership has taken us very far i.e. spiritually, physically, socially and development wise. We are happy once again to be linked with you. May God continue to strengthen this link. You have visited us many times and we also look forward to visiting you one time as a way of strengthening our link. Am encouraged to inform you that the dispensary is progressing. Thanks for your donation of 400 GBP that has been transferred to our account. Itâ€™s really boosting the operations now that the dispensary income is only able to maintain the staff but not to purchase medicines. Thanks for the recent parish magazine. It has cited many activities, some done and others yet to be done, Thanks for the visitors from Kenya who have recently visited you. May God help you to accomplish the priorities not implemented.
We also had a number of activities within the month of July. One of them was K.A.M.A (Kenya Anglican Men’s Association) enrolment at St. James Mayori where our parish presented seven candidates to be enrolled. On 21st this month, the parish will host a Diocesan Youth enrollment service (K.AY.O) at Church of the Good Shepherd Muchunguri. We have prepared more than twenty youths to be enrolled that day. Rev . G e of f r e y Nd w i ga . Thank you to everyone who contributed goods to our harvest sale and who bought them. We made over £130 to send to our partner diocese in Kenya to help alleviate the effects of the drought.
Hello Andrena! Using funds from a recent legacy, St Mary’s is employing a part-time youth worker from this September, to work with those aged 11+. We asked Andrena Palmer to introduce herself: Hello to all at St Mary’s Woodford – and especially to those in Senior Quest. I wanted to write this quick introduction to let you know a bit about me: I’m… old enough to know better (!) I currently live in Catford, South East London and studied Business Information Systems at University in Bristol. I am a big fan of holidays; I love the sun and I enjoy lying on a beach with a good book, as well as going to America or Jamaica to visit family. I am also a big fan of CAKE (any flavour: carrot, Victoria sponge, chocolate, cheese…) and going to the theatre for comedy and musicals (the Lion King is my favourite!). My previous job roles have mainly been in retail management, but I listened and responded to my call to youth ministry and started a new career two years ago. My main responsibilities at St Mary’s will be to run the Senior Quest Sunday morning session, assisting with the Sunday evening session ‘Link’, and initiating a new midweek activity. I am very excited about
starting this new chapter in my life; a new job, a part-time University course (to get a professional qualification in youth work and ministry), and perhaps a new place to live too?! Please pray for my guidance while I begin to plan and deliver activities, for the young people who come to Senior Quest; that they will continue to come and learn more about our Lord; for the contacts that I will make (local schools, other youth workers) and for my management team as they get used to a new team member. My prayer for each of you would be as Paul wrote to the Church at Ephesus: Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV) I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. I look forward to getting to know you all, becoming a part of your church and, mainly, helping with the spiritual development of the young people who I will be working with: 1 Timothy 4:12 Good News Translation Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for the believers in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith, and purity.
Happy Birthday, Church Schools! Nina Lewis writes: Did you know that the year 2011 is not only the 400th anniversary of the King James’ Bible, but is also the 200th anniversary of Church Schools? Although there is no Church of England school in our parish of St Mary’s, there are several nearby, and I feel privileged to have taught at St Mary’s School, Walthamstow which is reputedly the oldest in the country! Church schools were established by The National Society to teach poor children to read and write, enabling them to read the Bible and hopefully, to attend church. Later, the State made grants to support them and they have continued to flourish to the present day. There are two types of Church of England schools: Voluntary Controlled and Voluntary Aided. While the governing body of both establishments includes representatives of the linked church, the latter receive Diocesan financial support for some buildings costs.
Church schools vary enormously. In a rural area it may be the only school, so there is little choice for parents and the school becomes the focus of the whole community. However, in a heavily populated urban area, there may be several alternatives. In theory, parents there have greater choice and may choose a C of E school if they so wish. However, in practice, many are extremely popular and heavily over-subscribed. So what makes a C of E school so special and distinctive? While each state school has an ethos or fundamental character, a C of E school uses the life of Christ as the inspiration and example, and has a set of Christian values that are followed by the whole school community. In a C of E school, there is a daily assembly of Christian worship. Also, in Religious Education lessons, pupils spend a larger proportion of time studying Christianity whereas in State schools all faiths are given equal significance. Many people feel that Church schools are of great value in promoting Christianity in the community. However, in recent years the government has enthusiastically promoted “Free Schools” which are state-funded schools, run by members of the public. As some are organised by other religious groups, this has raised concern about racial segregation and lack of community understanding and cohesion. What is your opinion on Church Schools? Perhaps you attended one yourself, and if so, maybe it influenced your development as a Christian. Do they still have importance and relevance in our multicultural society today?
Recipe Feature We could not resist a recipe from Adela called “Lovely Biscuits” especially as they are very child friendly - before and after cooking! • 100g (4lb) Caster Sugar • 100g (4lb) Butter • 200g (8lb) Self Raising Flour • 1 tsp Golden Syrup ⇒ Cream the sugar and butter then add the flour and golden syrup. Once it's in a dough, roll into balls, place on a baking tray and press down so they are flattened balls. ⇒ Place in an oven-180C/Gas Mark 4 and cook for 8-10minutes until golden brown. ⇒ If you like, you can add a spoonful of jam, chocolate drops or sultanas to the mixture ..
Verity demonstrating one of her mum’s recipes.
Living with Dyslexia – the Sequel Kay Pamplin writes: Following my daughter Emma’s article in the last magazine I thought I should write something further about dyslexia, how it presents itself and its causes as well as some background to Emma’s dyslexia. Historically dyslexia was first reported on 1896 and was called ‘Word Blindness’. Eleven years later it was suggested that word blindness was also hereditary. A great deal of research has since been carried out to find out more about it, but it was not recognised until 2006 when The Rose Report was published. It is nothing to be ashamed of and as many as 10% of the British population possess dyslexia and it is now recognised as a common disability, but it can also be hidden quite effectively as people find varying strategies to disguise it. People can be born with dyslexia due to a disconnection in their brain and it may never be cured. Dyslexia can be acquired later in life from environmental influences or trauma – this type can be corrected to an extent Dyslexia involves three deficits producing differing difficulties in reading, phonological processing (word and letter recognition and writing skills), short term memory (working memory), organisation, balance and time management; plus the automatic development of skills. It is one of several Specific Learning Difficulties which include dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, dysphasia and attention deficit disorders. Dyslexia can be hereditary, as in our family. Emma’s great grandfather was basically illiterate, later thought to be dyslexic. My mother has never grasped the difference between her left and right. My brother cannot spell well and has difficulty writing; of his three sons, his middle son who resembles him, also has dyslexia. My other two nephews, who look very much like their mother, are both very bright and not dyslexic. I believe Emma, who resembles my side of the family, has inherited my confidence and perseverance which I hope will stand her in good stead in the future I also have some dyslexic traits, the most noticeable aspect is memory I am useless at remembering names, sometimes faces and I have no real recollection of many things that have happened in my life. I do not
remember my teachers apart from two formidable characters and one who kindly granted my brother and me shelter during an horrific storm. Depending on the severity of the dyslexia, people can have different levels of coping. However, as many parents of children who have disabilities will agree, it is heartbreaking to watch your child trying their hardest and still not achieving in comparison to their peers; something which they themselves also notice, more so as they become older. Hopefully you now have a little more insight into this disability. Do remember that one in ten people is dyslexic. Therefore in a congregation of one hundred there is the potential for ten dyslexics.
Tales of the Unexpected Chris Winward reminds us that encounters we don’t expect can be exciting and life enhancing The weather has always been a topic of conversation. It used to be a standing joke that it was difficult for even the meteorologists to predict but they have improved to the extent that the weather for now is reasonably predictable. But what about each day in our lives? I worked for 48 years and for the last 25 years it was rise at 6.30am, open the workshop at 7.30am - return home at 6.30 pm - all fairly routine. And I suspect that, for each of us, there is a certain amount of routine about each day which may provide a sense of security. But fortunately, the unexpected, the surprising often has a way of breaking into our routine. Take, for example, a quite ordinary event -the arrival of the post. There might be a letter (some people do still write them!) or an invitation to excite and offset the humdrum and the junk. A modern counterpart is to check your e-mails or text messages to see what unpredictable communications you might have received. These simple events remind me that, in a world where most things are ordered, the incoming communication stands for the unpredictable, the unexpected. Nowadays to prepare for the day ahead, I ask myself three questions Where shall I be going today-what shall I be doing-whom shall I be meeting? I may have some answers to those questions but potentially more exciting is the chance of meeting unexpected people. A couple of incidents in Genesis show the importance of so called ‘chance’ encounters. Rachel was a shepherdess who led her father’s flock to the well. She went there as regularly as you might go to work or shopping. She knew the locals who always met there at the same time. But one day, she met a stranger: Jacob. It was a case of love at first sight and, in due course, they became man and wife. Now Rachel couldn’t have foreseen how she was to become the mother of Joseph and Benjamin and
three of the tribes of Israel. God achieved his purpose for her life through what appeared to be a chance encounter. Many years later, Joseph (the son of Jacob and Rachel) was in prison in Egypt. He hadn’t planned to go there, nor did he expect to meet the butler of the ruling Pharaoh; yet through that chance meeting, he was not only freed from prison but became prime minister of Egypt. Admittedly events like that don’t happen every day and yet, on any www.biblegallery.com day of the year you are likely as not Rachael and Jacob to meet someone you’ve never met before. Someone once said, ’remember that your best friends were once strangers’. Isn’t it by entering into relationships with people that we find real life and through those we meet God works out his purpose for our lives. As I look at my own life, I can see that some of the things I value most came from God through people I hadn’t planned to meet. That’s why an ordinary and predictable day may turn out to be God coming to us down unlikely paths and meeting us unexpectedly. So, shouldn’t we face each day-alert and expectant because, to quote an old maxim ‘we know not what a day may bring forth’.
Lifting a Nation in 1948 It may be less than a year to go, but we have been here before; John Hayward describes how the last Olympics worked on a shoestring The 2012 Olympics will be the third time our nation has staged this great festival of sport since their re-launch in the modern era of 1896. The first occasion was in 1908 and then in 1948 which means they could, just about, be in the living memory of anyone around today, in their seventies. In 1948 our nation astonished many by stepping forward to fill the shoes of a reluctant Finland, the nation that agreed to stage the 1940 Olympiad cancelled by war. Although Great Britain was a nation of much influence within the Olympic movement, we had been centrally involved in that horrendous war, that had ended only three years before. We were now bankrupt and reeling to adjust to a new order of affairs. There was a struggle to re-adjust to peace after six years of war and to repair and rebuild the ravages left in London and many other cities of our land.
Yet the powers that be, with government approval, took it on. They thought it would lift the morale of the nation – and so it proved to be. It was a challenge to the British genius for improvisation. Homes had to be found for thousands of overseas visitors, not to mention some 6,000 athletes from 59 nations. The great test was taken; and the organisation rose gloriously to the supreme challenge. There were no new buildings, for the athletes were housed, fed and made at home in refurbished camps that had served the military needs of only a few years before. And from Wembley to Torquay, from Aldershot to Sandhurst, it was existing facilities that were adapted, cleaned up and used. Never again would the Games be staged on such a modest budget and with utility facilities. Yet in every way it was a triumph and received the warm congratulations of all concerned. For a nation struggling after a terrible war it was a tonic. The gold medals were hard to come by for the Brits: only two and both on water – rowing and yachting. However, on an unofficial table ranked on finalists, Great Britain was place 6th out of 59 nations. There were five bronze and fourteen silver medals won in nine of the eighteen sports. One of the silver medalists was a local Woodford Green girl. Twenty-one-year-old Dorothy Manley, who had emerged from St. Barnabas Secondary Modern School, indicated considerable promise – but as a high jumper. Fortunately a national coach believed she had more sprinting potential – and so it proved to be. Dorothy won her heat, semi-final and on a wet cinder track chased home the great Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands in the 100 metre final before 80,000 screaming spectators. Our Olympics working group is planning activities and events for London 2012. Watch out for more information. Meanwhile if you would like to host parents of athletes competing in the Games please get in touch with John Goldsmith at email@example.com See the website www.morethangold.org.uk/ For more information. If you have any other plans for celebrating next summer: did you get tickets? Will you be a volunteer; do you know any aspiring Olympians? let us know as we look forward to welcoming the world to our doorstep next year
Royal Weddings revealed Did you get any of the answers in Pennyâ€™s fiendish quiz? If you didnâ€™t, here are the answers: 1. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert 2. Henry VIII 3. William I and Matilda of Flanders 4. Princess Caroline of Brunswick 5. Saint Anselm 6. The Queen and Prince Philip 7. Prince Albert 8. Cyprus 9. Richard I 10. Princess Michael of Kent 11. Queen Victoria 12. Anne of Bohemia 13. Princess Alexandra 14. Margaret of Anjou
15. Charles I and Henrietta Maria of France 16. Anne of Cleves 17. Queen Anne 18. Princess Charlotte 19. Windsor Castle 20. Elizabeth of York 21. Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex 22. The Prince Regent, George IV 23. 12 years old 24. The Duchess of Windsor 25. Elizabeth, the Queen Mother,
Anglican Covenant-for better or worse? Ian explains the struggle to marry unity with diversity In many countries around the world, you can find churches that call themselves Anglican. They trace their roots to the Church of England through settlers, visitors and missionaries. In time pioneer local churches planted other local churches, and churches were grouped into dioceses, and dioceses into provinces. Some provinces still extend across many countries (such as the Province of West Africa); but in other countries a national church comprises two or more provinces (such as Australia with five). This worldwide Anglican Communion has never had a constitution, saying who does or doesn't belong, or what boundaries there are on diversity of belief or worship or behaviour, apart from the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral adopted by the Lambeth Conference in 1888. This document mentions four unifying factors: the Bible, the Creeds, the Sacraments of our Lord, and the as the sufficient statement of Christian faith; and the role of bishops.
A real benefit of the Communion has been the free movement of members and ministers: an Anglican from any country is welcomed in any Anglican church around the globe; and an Anglican deacon, priest or bishop is normally allowed to officiate in any Anglican church. There are four 'instruments' which informally link together the churches of the Anglican Communion: • the Archbishop of Canterbury who is seen as first among equals of the archbishops; • the Lambeth Conference of bishops, called every ten years • the Anglican Consultative Council, a gathering of lay and ordained representatives, which meets every three or four years • the Primates Meeting However, different provinces have been able to govern their own affairs and appoint their own bishops without reference to the Church of England or to one another. On the whole Anglicans have rejoiced in their diversity, and agreed to disagree on matters of 'secondary importance'. But what is 'primary' and what is 'secondary'? Who decides, and how? Since 2003 an international Anglican commission has been working to establish a structure through which Anglicans can work out the limits on acceptable diversity, and the document called The Anglican Covenant is the result of that. It doesn't address questions about women's ministry or homosexuality, but looks at how all innovations and disagreements should be handled. It has been criticised by some as too restrictive, and by others for not having enough teeth! You can read more about it at http://www.anglicancommunion.org/commission/ where you can also find a link to the actual text of the Covenant, and a video message from Archbishop Rowan giving his take on it. Each national Anglican church has been invited to subscribe to the Covenant; a few have made up their minds already, and others are still deciding. Not all will agree, and the result will be an Anglican Communion that looks different from what we know at present: with an inner core of Anglican churches committed to mutual consultation and deepening links, and a fringe of churches still recognisably Anglican but wanting more independence. The General Synod of the Church of England has asked each diocesan synod to discuss the Covenant before it votes on it next year. You are likely it hear more about it in the coming months - and it remains to be seen whether the C of E ends up in the core or in the fringe. Following the closure of the Living Oasis, our nearest Christian bookshop is City Gates Books, 20 Clements Lane Ilford IG1 2QY www.citygates.org.uk/church/bookshop Telephone 020 8478 3278
Life affirming and food for thought Carol Alexander-Williams on the enduring joy of working an allotment An allotment gives its tenant access to land to cultivate. This brings about a greater appreciation of the yearly cycle of germination, growth, harvest and dormancy or death. It has parallels to life and gives moments of elation, whether from the satisfaction of seeing a bed freshly dug over, or the harvesting of the first asparagus spears of the season. Gathering food stores for the leaner times of the year is such a basic necessity that it is no wonder that harvest festivals are celebrated around the globe. Once you start growing your own, pieces of history such as the potato famine become even more poignant. Periods of complete dejection arise when an entire crop is devastated by a severe storm or an orchestrated attack from local pests although we can quickly slip into Waitrose on our way home should we suffer disappointment - a convenience of our times. Pests range from the small and slimy to the feathered battalions of pigeons. Larger furry ones with fur include squirrels, who just love a fresh broad bean, and foxes. The latter are frustrating in that they dig as part of their territorial rituals leaving some intriguing relics: from shoes and clothes to toys. My views on fox hunting have changed dramatically in recent years so if anyone wants me to contribute to a petition to introduce urban fox hunting Iâ€™m happy to sign. Given the close proximity to the stretch of the North Circular Road offering motorway style ten lane wide accommodation for wheeled things, it is amazing that you can hear the tapping of the resident woodpecker coming from the mature trees surrounding the site. At one point the Lincoln Road tenants enjoyed views that included the old court house and St Maryâ€™s tower. These have sadly been replaced by a modern functional block of flats; however you can still hear the bells loud and clear, including the communion rings on a Sunday morning which induce a feeling of guilt, slightly offset by the thoughts that you are there in spirit. The site provides a meeting place for the allotment community, who have a mix of ages, backgrounds and interests. Some tenants will need their own privacy, and allotments are wonderful places to escape to, but most value the opportunity to share stories, offer a sympathetic ear and engage in purposeful activity from muck shovelling to pathway clearing. It never ceases to amaze me that you can return from the allotments feeling energised and renewed in spirit even if you have an aching back.
Holiday Club in Action A selection of pictures from this yearâ€™s Holiday Club where the children heard all about David the Dangerous King and taught us about him at the All Age Service that followed.
Why not be part of the Woodford Festival? This year the Poetry Collective invites you to join them in reading favourite poems out loud. If you would like to take part or request a poem to be included please contact Penny Freeston 020 8505 2951 The Gwinnell Room Saturday October 8th 3p.m. Other opening day events at St Mary’s: 11.am Opening Ceremony including music composed and performed by our own Frederick Stocken 7.30pm Concert featuring the Churchfields Singers Art Exhibition all day www.woodfordfestival.org,uk
A Nation of Angels or Demons? Geoff Weekes reflects on a recent experience and how it relates to the urban disturbances in August A few Sundays ago, I broke down by the side of the A21 and as I sat there a little car came to a halt in front. The driver came running back to my window. ‘I saw you were in trouble". I told him what had happened. ‘And’, I added "I can see my mobile at home being charged up’. For the next 20 minutes he rang one number after another willingly, cheerfully and sympathetically and seemed almost embarrassed when I handed him back his mobile with heartfelt thanks. Before he drove off his wife came running to my door. ‘Don’t know how long you’ll have to wait for the AA; we thought this might come in useful’ and handed me a large bottle of mineral water. So not just a knight but also an angel of the road. I am sure this tale can be echoed many times. Is ours such a ‘broken’ society as has been thought on the basis of the recent behaviour of a relatively small number of delinquents? I commend an analysis of the
situation by Jon Kuhrt of the West London Mission who thinks these ‘disturbances’, are "the scary symptoms of a widespread and deep sickness in our society: I believe that a tinderbox of issues has been created, and it simply needed something to set it off.” He believes the tinderbox was created by: 1) Consumerism: we are a nation that has gorged itself on consumerist values and easy credit, which have created poverty and left little room for any sense of true values such as hard work, caring for others, family, and commitment. 2) The lack of moral authority in key institutions: the number of highprofile scandals that have hit the police, Parliament, and the City has undermined the moral authority of the establishment and stokes a sense of injustice among many urban young people. 3) The collapse of family … There are too few fathers stopping their kids from rioting. It is left to mothers who are struggling alone and cannot physically stop their children. A cocktail of poverty, amoral attitudes, both parents having to work and the loss of personal responsibility mean that the traditional barriers to bad behaviour do not exist’. I have paraphrased Kuhrt’s article but although I think he adopts too extreme a position sometimes, especially as regards single parent families, the points he makes deserve serious consideration. What do you think?
The Bells At St. Mary’s Valerie Geller pays tribute to an unseen but not unheard group The bells rang out at ten to ten There in the Churchyard a silent ‘Amen’ Standing amongst the remains of man On a beautiful day with my watering can. Ding dong, ding dong, cascades their song ‘Come hear the right and learn the wrong Woodford Parish come and praise Almighty God for all His ways’. God Bless all those who pull the rope Give up their time, proclaiming hope So pause and listen, enjoy the thrill Of those who practise this ancient skill.
The Word of God is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12) We celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible with a series of Bible related articles, including your responses to the request for favourite pieces.
Walking with the Word Penny Freeston reflects on the Bradwell Pilgrimage 2011: Sky touches ground Land touches sea Eternity touches time Heaven touches earth And you, Lord, touch me. One sunny Saturday morning in early July I joined a few pilgrims from St. Mary’s and lots more from neighbouring churches on a coach to Bradwell, to join in worship at St. Cedd’s chapel, built in 654. After opening worship at St. Thomas’s Church, Bradwell-on-Sea, we walked the long dusty path to the field by the Chapel of St. Peter-on-the-Wall where we were free to picnic, join in meditations in the Chapel, visit the marquee and take part in worship. I had been there years before when Archbishop Cardinal Basil Hume was a guest speaker but this year it was the turn of both the Anglican Bishop of Chelmsford and the Roman Catholic Bishop of Brentwood to talk through favourite Bible readings, celebrating 400 years of the King James Bible. Bishop Stephen Cottrell chose three Bible readings: John 6:68, Galatians 3:27 and Psalm 73. Later that afternoon there was time to wander across the fields out to sea, gather a few shells and bask in the warm sunshine before entering the cool of the ancient chapel. It was as lovely as I’d remembered with its Franciscanstyle crucifix and simple altar decorated with stones from Holy Island, Iona and Lastingham monastery: places closely associated with St. Cedd’s life. It was good to reflect that we had walked along the Roman way and the path used by St. Cedd and many generations of Christian pilgrims. The Gospel, brought to Essex thirteen hundred years ago, was clearly alive in the hearts and minds of all those present, recalling the words of the hymn: For we, like Cedd, must worship God And walk the way East Saxons trod. Favourite Bible passages from Heather Harston “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27: An important thought for life in good times and bad.
Hearing the Word Rowena Rudkin and Margaret Rainbow describe an experience of hearing part of the Bible Shakespeare’s Globe Company gave a recital of the King James Bible from Palm Sunday to Easter Monday 2011 in the Globe Theatre. There was no scenery, no costumes and no music; simply the words of this masterpiece of the English language spoken by a team of actors each holding the stage on his or her own. We went on the afternoon of Good Friday when we heard part of Jeremiah, Lamentations and Ezekiel. The audience was encouraged to listen to these beautiful readings for as long as we wished during each session. Late admission and readmission were permitted and members who left and returned were considerate of both performers and listeners as they did so. Concentration was intense and no mobile phones went off! One might have expected that the audience would have been composed mostly of the older generation who recalled the King James Bible from their youth, but it would have been difficult to generalise about those there at the same time as ourselves, age wise, sex wise or race wise. Many had brought their own Bibles to follow the text and many had their Kindles. However, we rejoiced in the luxury of simply listening to this great work so splendidly recited. From Chris Meikle “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” John 1:1-14 a striking opening which grabs your attention and compels you to read on. From Cheryl Corney “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. “ Psalm 121:1-2 From Peter Wall “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy” Psalm 126:5 A very short reading which speaks for itself
The Word In Action Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost. Luke 15 We arrived on Shetland in early June, having travelled on the overnight ferry from Orkney. As the guide book had intimated, ‘there was a drizzle in the air’. In fact, it was chilly, grey and misty but then we were close to Norway and there were plenty of Viking remains and rare birds to spot, come rain or shine. Thankfully, the weather improved and a few days later we drove south in search of St. Ninian’s Isle. We walked across a vast strand of pale sand with Atlantic breakers crashing on either side and clambered up among the grazing sheep to discover the ruins of a church, built in the 12th century on the site of an earlier, Pictish, one. It was a glorious sunny day, but as we picnicked on the deserted causeway on the way home we became aware of a sheep bleating in the distance. Martin took out his binoculars; a lamb was stranded on a steep ledge above the sea. Helplessly, we watched it fall further to the sheltered sandy cove below where, miraculously unharmed, it was now in danger of drowning from the incoming tide. The sea was too deep for us to wade across so we made our way back to the village shop at Bigton to seek help. We were reassured that the farmer already knew of the lamb’s whereabouts and as soon as he’d finished milking his cows he’d rescue him by boat. This was not the first time one of his flock had gone astray. That heart-wrenching bleating sound, whether in windy Shetland or dusty Palestine long ago, that Jesus must have known so well, would only cease once the poor creature was reunited with his master and brought back into the fold. Penny Freeston From Frances Davies “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want Psalm 23 I have very happy memories of Psalm 23 as I had to learn it as one of my Brownie Badges way back in the early 1950's. From Annie McTighe “Let me go with you. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.” Ruth 1:16 The book of Ruth speaks of the redeeming power of God’s love From Jano Goodchild I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. Ecclesiastes 3: 1-14 What better advice for life is there?
The Word eternal “From dust we have come and to dust we shall return.” I was very pleased to find this year that at the service at Saint Mary’s on Ash Wednesday evening members of the congregation were invited, if they wished, to have a cross made of ash put upon their foreheads. Once before in one of our great cathedrals I had been to such a service and received the imposition of ashes. I remember noticing with interest on Ash Wednesday that some Christians had a cross marked on their foreheads in ash. Some were small children, some were elderly ladies, one I noticed turned out to be a Prince from a Christian Order of Chivalry. The practice of the imposition of ashes at a time of penitence can be found in some Old Testament books of the Bible. The imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday has been practised as a sacramental act in churches for many centuries. In many parishes the palms from Palm Sunday are burnt and the ash from that is used on Ash Wednesday. Cheryl Corney From Peter Webb “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth” Ecclesiastes 12:1-8 When I was a pupil at Ealing Grammar in the sixties I didn't realize that it is an allegory of old age; I thought it was a terrifying vision of the end of the world. From Penny Freeston the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control Galatians 5:22-23 Just meditating on even one of these qualities would keep me going for the rest of my life. From Clive Mears “For we know in part and we prophesy in part” 1 Cor 13, especially verses 9-12 I find this a great comfort when struggling with trying to reconcile disasters and illnesses with God's love From Valerie Geller “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world” John 6:1-14 A great memory as a little girl in a Sunday School play about the boy with five barley loaves and two small fishes. It became a favourite.
Cider with Rosie revisited: Penny Freeston interviews Peggy Renouf Whenever we visit the Cotswolds I think of Peggy Renouf, who grew up in Stow on the Wold, long before it became popular for tourists. Peggy’s earliest memories are of growing up, one of five children, in a twobedroom cottage, one of a row of four, with stone floors covered in coconut matting in the village of Lower Swell, a mile away. Peggy remembers un-made-up roads and her father growing vegetables on a nearby allotment. As children, they roamed the fields, abundant with wild flowers, all summer through; in contrast, winters were bitterly cold and windy with snowdrifts and burst pipes. They lived close to the church and ‘the Parson would want to know why’ if anyone was absent. Peggy attended the Children’s Service; her brothers sang in the choir. Her father, who grew up in the village, had been a builder, working with local Cotswold stone, and her mother, from Norton, nearby, had previously been housekeeper to the Rector in Upper Swell. Church provided much social activity in the village; there were dances and shows in the Reading Room, not unlike a Village Hall, and Peggy’s mother was a member of the Women’s Institute. There were two classes in the village school for children up to the age of 14 years, with no more than 40 pupils in total. The school-mistress lived next door and her assistant cycled in from Slaughter. When she was absent the class was taught by two of the older girls. When Peggy was seven the family moved to a larger house in Stow on the Wold with running water and an inside toilet. By this time, Peggy’s father had two allotments; they were selfsufficient in growing all their own vegetables. During the war village children helped harvest crops on local farms. Having been a Girl Guide ‘casualty’ for St. John’s Ambulance, Peggy was encouraged by a retired matron in the village to join the nursing division. As her father was not keen for her to enter the WAF Peggy answered an advertisement to work in a Fever hospital in Bristol. Up to then her world had consisted of life in Stow and bus trips to Cheltenham. After three and a half years’ training she became a Registered Fever Nurse, qualified as a SRN at St. Leonards in 1949, then worked at a cottage hospital closer to home at Moreton in the Marsh.
Peggy met her husband Hubert, a member of the RAF air crew, at a staff dance at Pill, just outside Bristol, at the end of the War. They were married at St. Edmund’s Church, Stow, before moving to Lower Sydenham; Peggy worked in a residential nursery in Lewisham. They moved to Woodford Green in 1954 and Peggy nursed at the Jubilee Hospital for two years. Later she worked in day nurseries in Bethnal Green and nearer home in Churchfields. Peggy and her husband took cycling holidays, sharing a tandem as far afield as Devon and Norfolk. Their two sons, Francis and Michael were born thirteen months apart. As Hubert had been brought up Congregationalist, the family attended church at Ray Lodge. Peggy and Hubert began attending Evensong at St. Mary’s about twenty years ago. Peggy helped out at church jumble sales before Kathleen Whitfield invited her to join the Fellowship Committee, soon after her late husband passed away. Peggy continues to enjoy growing vegetables, gardening and cooking. She and her sisters were keen on dressmaking; her older sister, Dorothy, taught her to knit using two wooden skewers! Their grandmother taught them to crotchet. Like her brothers, Peggy also enjoyed drawing and painting. Her son, Michael, is a local artist who exhibited his work in last year’s Woodford Festival. Peggy has continued to knit exquisite toys for the Christmas Bazaar each year; her hand-made nativity sets are in great demand. Having both seen mine, my daughter and a friend put orders in straight away! Peggy is still a long-standing member of the Fellowship Committee along with her friend Zena Bridgeman who helps her run her craft stall each year. Both ladies are keen tennis fans and have fond memories of visiting Eastbourne for the Ladies’ Championships, several years running.
Our crèche needs a new name You may have noticed that the crèche has had a make over and can now be used as a meeting room, interview area etc. The PCC would like therefore to give the room a new name and we need your ideas please. Send your suggestions for a new name to firstname.lastname@example.org; leave them in the office—marked crèche renaming or give them to any member of the PCC. Closing date 31 October so that the suggestions can be discussed at the November PCC. Thank you!
Sing your Way to a healthier Future We are happy to print this advertisement on behalf of a new local choir We all know that going to the gym or going for a run are good for your health, but if we’re being honest, how many of us really enjoy the experience? While it can’t be denied that we need to exercise in some shape or form for our body’s sake, when it comes to mental wellbeing and a positive outlook on life, research has shown there is another way – singing with other people. The advantages of singing in a group aren’t just the physical benefits of exercising your heart, lungs, stomach and back muscles – the psychological effects on the mind are also significant. Research from the Swiss Medical Journal Psychotherapy and Psychomantics highlights that the amount of saliva created when you sing creates a chemical reaction that actually reduces stress. There are also proven examples of how the effects of Irritable Bowel Syndrome were reduced by singing. Other separate studies have highlighted how music and singing have helped significantly in recovery times from surgery, improved memory and even increased IQ. But apart from anything else, singing is fun! There’s no better feeling than singing with a bunch of people – remember singing at school with your friends? And unlike running a marathon or doing spinning classes, it makes no difference how fit or how old – or young – you are. If you fancy a new way of improving your health, newly formed allladies local choir The Woodford Singers is looking for new members. They welcome school-leavers, mums, grandmothers – and anyone in between. The choir rehearses every Wednesday in South Woodford and is directed by Kathleen Savage. Come and remind yourself how much fun singing can be! For more information, please contact Kathleen on email@example.com
Diary Dates Saturday 8th October
Start of Woodford Festival at St Maryâ€™s
Sunday 9th October
Sunday afternoon jazz at St Maryâ€™s leading into informal worship with Geoff Sieff and his band
Memorial Hall Lecture by Peter Lawrence
John Lewis Choir in church
Saturday 22nd Oct
First Aid course at church
Saturday 5th Nov
2pm Service for the recently bereaved
Saturday 19th Nov
Annual Charity Bazaar
Saturday 26th Nov
Send A Cow Lunch
Saturday 3rd Dec
Paint a Plate at Creative Biscuit South Woodford - for children and parents.
From Woodford to Valleyfield In one of our occasional series about the monuments in church, Georgina Green tells us how Sir Robert Preston links Woodford and Fife Robert Preston was born in 1740, the fifth son of Sir George Preston of Valleyfield in Perthshire. He came to London, worked his way up through the ranks of the East India Company and served as Captain on ships managed by Charles Foulis of Woodford. When he retired from the sea Preston settled in Woodford near Charles Foulis on the north side of what we now call the Harts estate. For some time they managed voyages in partnership and Preston later became a significant figure in the shipping lobby. When Charles Foulis died in 1783 Preston erected a memorial (now on the south wall of the church, designed by John Bacon who had worked for Wedgewood) in gratitude for his help. Preston became very wealthy through managing voyages for the East India Company but in March 1800 he inherited the baronetcy and family property from his brother. While living in Woodford Preston has seen the improvements made by landscape gardener Humphry Repton to some of the local properties, so as soon as he returned to Scotland he invited Repton to propose
improvements to the estate at Valleyfield. Although I have researched his life in London, all I knew after that was that he died at Valleyfield on 7 May 1834, aged 94. I was therefore delighted when I was asked to reply to an e-mail which came from John Campbell of Fife via the church website, asking for information about Preston who seems to be regarded as a local benefactor. We had an interesting Photograph by John Campbell shows exchange of e-mails and I think John a drive designed by Repton beside Campbell was just as delighted by the Bluther Burn. the details I was able to pass on about Prestonâ€™s career with the East India Company and his life in Woodford as I was with the following information. Apparently Valleyfield is a small mining village in West Fife, 7 miles west of Dunfermline. It was built on land that belonged to Preston for the miners who mined coal from land sold by Preston to the Fife Coal Co. (i.e. Valleyfield Colliery). The colliery had a major disaster in 1937 when about 39 died, and is now demolished. However some of Reptonâ€™s landscaping has survived and is now regarded as of outstanding historical importance as the only commission carried out by Repton in Scotland. Now owned and managed by Fife Council, it was opened in 1990 as Valleyfield Woodland Park.
Stay-at-home Christmas? Are you staying at home for Christmas? Would you open your home and share Christmas with a student from China, India, or some other part of the world, who would otherwise be stuck at an almost deserted UK university? HOST invites you to give Christmas, perhaps for the first time in their life, to someone who is a guest in this country, who would love to experience your way of life and make your stay-at-home Christmas special. HOST will match you with one or two guests to suit your household. More volunteer hosts are urgently needed for 1-3 days at Christmas, and weekends all year round. Please see www.hostuk.org or call your local voluntary organiser for a chat: Sandra Purrett 01296 681625.
Anglicans and Animals Philip Petchey, who is a member of the Committee of the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals writes about the Society On 4 October the Church celebrates the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, and 2 October is kept as Animal Welfare Sunday. The Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals is a group of Christians (we are not limited to Anglicans) who in the light of their Christian beliefs seek to promote the welfare of animals. We have adopted as our Mission Statement: Putting animals on the Agenda of the Christian Church. We consider that although there is an enormous amount of goodwill in the churches of this country towards animal welfare issues, that goodwill does not always translate into effective action. So our first task is to make Christians aware of the issues. We can do this through our website www.aswa.org.uk/ (which is excellent, so do visit it). We promote Animal Welfare Sunday â€“ so if Ian or Annie want to preach about the subject they can find a lot of helpful material (this year we are focusing on the issues surrounding pig and dairy farming) and, indeed, a whole (very Anglican) service if required. When opportunity offers we articulate a Christian point of view on animal welfare issues arising. There are lots of these. There is ongoing concern about intensive farming and more generally the condition in which cattle and pigs are kept. You will have seen in the press recently the debate about the conditions in which circus animals are kept, and whether the keeping of animals to perform for our amusement can be right at all. Government is presently grappling with whether to permit the culling of badgers. This is widely being perceived as the Government caught in a difficult situation between two powerful lobbies: the country dwelling farmers and town dwelling badger lovers - the situation being difficult for Government because it wants to offend neither lobby; as well as not to spend any money on a cull. ASWA have sought to emphasise that it is the right decision that should be made, not one that is just perceived to be expedient; and that by the right decision is meant one that recognises badgers as an intrinsically important part of Godâ€™s creation (and not just generally expendable). These are just some of the issues arising in this country: there are lots more abroad, as any traveller will know. I just have space to seek to refute the criticism that is always being made of animal charities: that with e.g. famine in East Africa, there are more important things than the conditions of a limited number of circus animals. The first response of course is that this is not an either/or situation. Second, I would recognise that priorities can sometimes look a bit odd. Fox hunting may be a good example. For my part, I have always accepted the case against fox hunting. It does seem odd that we were all so
exercised about that issue, and yet were generally not so exercised about battery farming. But the fact that we are always having to make choices and may sometimes give insufficient priority to what should have greater importance doesnâ€™t on any view mean that we can properly ignore any moral issue that has a call upon our attention. Third, cruelty - whether Should we worry about practised on a fellow human or an circus animals? animal - is abhorrent. Conversely, a kind society will be kind to both people and animals, and is a step nearer the kingdom of heaven. Do pray about animal issues and do consider joining ASWA; PO Box 7193 Hook Hampshire RG27 8GT. Membership costs ÂŁ15pa.
Have you got the green thing? An elderly friend was reminded that she should try to remember to bring her own bags to the shop because plastic bags were bad for the environment. She apologised and explained that "we didn't have the green thing back in my day." She was obviously concerned. Then we remembered the old days. Back then we returned our bottles to the shop and they were sent away to be washed, sterilised and refilled over and over. But we didn't have the green thing. Back then we walked up the stairs because they didn't have escalators in every building. We walked to school or to the shops and didn't climb into a car to travel half a mile. But we didn't have the green thing. Back then we washed the nappies because they didn't have the throw away kind. We dried all our washing outside using wind and solar power not an energy-guzzling machine. But we didn't have the green thing. Back then we had one TV or radio in the house instead of one in every room. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand, not by electric gadgets. When we packed fragile items we used old newspapers, not bubble-wrap or Styrofoam. Back then we didn't burn petrol just to mow the lawn. We relied on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to the gym to run on treadmills that burned electricity. But she's right - we didn't have the green thing back then. Another thank you to Chris Meikle for this
September’s angelic flowers Cheryl Corney on the relation between Michaelmas daisies and angelic powers As a child in Yorkshire I loved the Michaelmas daisies which came out in the garden each September. After the older children had returned to school for the autumn term I used to watch for the daisies to appear and to flourish. I used to stand behind them watching the village children going from school at noon to the village hall for lunch, and, an hour or so later, returning. I wondered about those daisies and whether perhaps they celebrated a special time of year. The church in the next village was dedicated to St Michael and All Angels. Were there, I wondered, more angels in that church than in other churches? Every week in church the people said “with angels and archangels….” but they did not seem to say much more about them. Perhaps they were all a big mystery…. In medieval times Michaelmas was celebrated as a Holy Day of Obligation. The Archangel Michael is one of the principle archangels and is honoured for defeating Lucifer in the war in heaven. Michael protects us against the dark of night. He is an administrator of cosmic intelligence. We read of Michael in the Book of Jude, verse 9. In the Anglican tradition three or four archangels are mentioned. They are Michael, Gabriel and Raphael and, sometimes, Uriel. Nowadays little is made of the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels in most of our churches. In churches of an anthroposophical tradition there is greater emphasis on celebrating the importance of Michael. Thank you to all our contributors to this edition. Apologies if we have had to hold or edit your contribution for space reasons! We would be delighted to hear from you if you have any comments or reactions to the views expressed in some of these articles. Please send any comments or articles for future editions, to firstname.lastname@example.org Copy date for the next edition is 20 November 2011. Don’t forget our experts: gardening, cookery and of course theology if you have any questions!
Saturday 19th November St Mary’s Annual Bazaar
11.00am—3.00pm Food to eat Food to take away Gifts Games All proceeds to charity
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