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St Mary’s Parish Magazine Volume 4, Issue 1

Spring 2013

When we hear that somebody speaks a foreign language, we often DVNDUHWKH\Ă XHQW"%HLQJĂ XHQWPHDQVWKDWWKHZRUGVĂ RZHDVLO\ DQGWKHVSHDNHUFDQH[SUHVVDQ\LGHDWKDWWKH\ZDQW%HLQJĂ XHQWLQ another language is quite an achievement. +RZHYHUHYHQLI\RXDUHQRWĂ XHQWLI\RXKDYHDEDVLFYRFDEXODU\DGHWHUPLQDWLRQ to get your ideas across, and are prepared to look a fool, it is amazing how much you can get across to an interested audience. You gain a lot of respect for making the effort! And of course, the more willing you are to ‘have a go’, the better you become over time. When it comes to talking to people about God, even in English, many of us feel tongueWLHGDQGGRQ¡WNQRZWKHÂśULJKW¡ZRUGVWRXVH:HDUHQRWĂ XHQWLQWKHODQJXDJHRIIDLWK These are personal things, emotional things, supernatural things. One of the many EHQHĂ€WVRIWDNLQJSDUWLQD/HQWJURXSRUDKRPHJURXSLVWKDWZHEHFRPHPRUHĂ XHQWLQ this language. And this is essential if we are to share the good news of God’s love with RXUQHLJKERXUVDQGWREHDÂśWUDQVIRUPLQJSUHVHQFH¡LQRXUVRFLHW\DV%LVKRS6WHSKHQLV calling us to be. 6RPHWLPHVZKHQDFRQYHUVDWLRQWDNHVDIDLWKGLUHFWLRQDVLWFDQQDWXUDOO\GRSHRSOH ask our views on controversial issues. If this happens, there is no shame in saying that we don’t know all the answers, or in saying that the Christian community is not of one PLQGRQVRPHWRSLFV$OOWKHVDPHRXUSUHDFKLQJWHDPDW6W0DU\¡VLVSODQQLQJDVHULHV of sermons this summer on the ‘hard questions’ that your neighbours might ask you. After Easter we will be asking you to submit your suggestions for questions to include. 0HDQZKLOHOHWXVHQMR\(DVWHUDQGFHOHEUDWHWKHKRSHWKDWWKHGHDWKDQGUHVXUUHFWLRQ . of Jesus brings.

Revd. Canon Ian Tarrant, email: 2

Pic of Ian: Ghene Snowdon


Who am I?

Hello I'm Tina. You may have already met me, but if not please allow me to tell you a bit about myself. I am the lady with the short blonde hair that you may have noticed recently at St Mary’s. I am currently on a placement at St Mary’s and will be with you until near the end of April. I am already a licensed Reader at St Peter & Paul’s in Chingford, but I am also completing my training as an Ordinand at St Mellitus Theological College, and with God’s grace I shall be ordained Deacon in Chelmsford Cathedral in June. After my ordination I shall serve my title post at St Peter & Paul’s as a locally deployed self-supporting minister. I have three grown-up children and six adorable grandchildren. I currently run our children’s ministry at P&P on a Monday and love all craft work, baking and gardening. I have also been a hairdresser in the E4 area for 47 years.

Parish Register

Joined in marriage before God 9th March Colin Purvis & Mickella Lewis 15th March Ashley Gallagher & Emma Benson


7th January - Norah Guppy

Already I have been welcomed at St Mary’s and I have spoken with some of you; but please forgive me if I don’t remember names at the moment!! I would love to know why St Mary’s is special to each of you, so do please come and talk to me so that I may know you better. I look forward to our time together.

Love Tina x

9th January - Alma Shadrack 16th January - Eric Frith 16th January - Ernst Clinging 25th January - Rose Perry 25th January - Dorothy Fairchild 30th January - Alma Sorrell May they rest in peace and rise in glory

Cover: At long last spring is coming! How lovely it is to walk up to St. Mary’s and see the beautiful DUUD\RIZRRGODQGà RZHUVLQWKHFKXUFK\DUGORYLQJO\SODQWHGE\WKHODWH$QQH6QRZGRQ$QQH ZRXOGEHVHHQIUHTXHQWO\RQKHUNQHHVVXSSRUWHGE\-LPZUDSSHGXSDJDLQVWWKHFROGVHDWHGRQ his mobility scooter. What a legacy they have left us; we give thanks for their vision that continues to give us all so much pleasure.


Events Diary

Auction of promises

Lessons in croquet

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n December we held an auction of promises to raise funds for the refurbishment of the Memorial Hall. Many people were new to the idea, but as the promises came in over the weeks leading up to the event, interest grew, and on the day bidding was brisk as people competed for the goods and services on offer. Promises included + homemade produce such as marmalade, jam, cakes and mince pies + dinner parties + artistic creations such as a sketch of a home or a personal portrait + a quarter-peal on St Mary’s bells + domestic services such as babysitting, washing and gardening 4

+ instruction in computing skills, pottery, croquet, ÀVKLQJDQGWKHRUJDQ + family history research + a personal tour of Westminster Abbey When all promises have been IXOÀOOHGDQGSDLGIRUWKH Memorial Hall appeal fund will have gained over £1,500.

And the winner is...

We hope to repeat the experience in July. What skill or service could you offer? A tour of Westminster Abbey

A406 by Katie Howey

This photo was the winner of the People’s choice vote in the Reg Fowkes Memorial Photo Competition in February.

Future Events SUNDAY 7TH APRIL Seekers fundraising for the Makuntano boysVHH page 20 for more details.

WEDNESDAY 17TH APRIL St Mary's Annual MeetingDIWHUWKH 10am service.

FROM TUES 16TH APRIL Coffee, cake and chat to uncover the basics of the Christian faith at St Mary's.

SATURDAY 18TH MAY Food and Fun Day 11am – 3pmFRPH MRLQ St Mary's for activities around the church grounds.



Good Friday from Mary’s perspective


he song Mary did you know? is usually promoted as a Christmas song and has been released by a number of solo artists. I’ve always liked the song but recently I discovered a new approach to it, on YouTube. For those who are unfamiliar with the lyrics, the song asks Mary whether she knew her new baby son would one day perform many miracles and that he is 'the great I am'. The new version has coupled the song with DQH[FHUSWRIWKHÀOPThe Passion. Not as strange as it seems. The clip shows Mary following Jesus as he struggles to carry his cross and again as he is nailed to the cross. The images of Jesus are graphic but it was watching Mary’s anguish as a mother 6

helplessly watching her son suffer that also had a great impact on me. Any mother (parent) will understand how you still worry about your children and wish to protect them even though they are adults who have long since left home. Several followers of Jesus, at the time, stayed true to him but no-one grieved more than his mother. She accepted this was his destiny, his purpose, but it was so hard. ,I\RXKDYHÀYHPLQXWHVWRVSDUH\RX might want to check out YouTube. There are various videos but can I recommend Jesus – Mary Did You Know Video – The Passion (by bminority). Chris Meikle

Sunbathing, pickling, and petrol

Bishop Stephen published a message on YouTube recently. This is what he said‌ Let me tell you what prayer isn’t. Prayer isn’t trying to change God’s mind, prayer isn’t saying if we can get enough signatures on the prayer petition, then we might force God’s hand on this one. Prayer isn’t trying to tune in to an elusive wavelength on the radio, saying we know God must be here VRPHZKHUHZH¡YHMXVWJRWWRÀQGKLP Prayer isn’t even saying things to God; though that’s a good way into prayer. Prayer is what God says to us. Prayer ÀUVWRIDOOLVDERXWSODFLQJRXUVHOYHVLQ right relationship with God, so that he can get through to us, that God through his Spirit can speak within us. Prayer is like sunbathing: you place yourself on the beach, you let the sun shine upon you, and you are changed by it. Prayer is like making pickled onions. You get the onions, you get the vinegar, you put the onions in the vinegar, and the onions are changed. Slowly over time they are pickled. Most of all, prayer is about what God is doing in us. 6RSUD\HULVDOVROLNHÀOOLQJXSDWWKH petrol station; we mustn’t run on empty, ZHQHHGWLPHVZKHQZHDUHÀOOLQJXS St Paul says, pray all the time. He means make your life a prayer. Let me give you my number one best

GHÀQLWLRQRISUD\HU WKRXJKRIFRXUVHDOOGHÀQLWLRQVIDOOVKRUW of the reality. Prayer is the lover coming into the presence of the beloved, and saying, I love you. The great wonderful good news of the Christian faith is that God is the great lover, we are the beloved and in Christ, in prayer, God comes to us to say, I love you Today here in the cathedral we are having a day of prayer for the mission and unity of the church, and goodness knows we have got a few problems at the moment. But these can be addressed, shaped, changed, when we tune into God’s love for us. So let’s make every day a day of prayer. 7



The following prayer was given to Jean Morgans RQKHUFRQĂ€UPDWLRQLQ,WLVEDVHGRQDWH[WIURP the Song of Solomon:

/RUGIRUWKHIXWXUHWKRXJKXQNQRZQ I cannot be afraid For Thou hast promised all Thine own 7KLQHDOOVXIĂ€FLHQWDLG I cannot always see my way %XW7KRXDUWHYHUQHDU Thy promise comes to me each day 0\XQNQRZQSDWKWRFKHHU And as I place my hand in Thine I hear Thee whisper thou art mine


7KDQN\RXWR-HDQIRUUHVSRQGLQJWRRXUUHTXHVWIRUIDYRXULWH prayers. We look forward to receiving more contributions for future editions of the magazine.

Look up and do not weep. Those who have gone into the evermore have left behind their lamps for you to tend; keep them alight, take heart and labour on, for death is not the end.



R R Christ is the morning star who when the darkness of this world is past brings to his saints the promise of the light of life and opens everlasting day.

The Venerable Bede


Come to us, Lord Jesus, come as we search the scriptures and see God’s hidden purpose, come as we walk the lonely road, needing a companion, FRPHZKHQOLIHP\VWLÀHVDQG perplexes us, come into our disappointments and unease, come at table when we share our food and hopes, and coming, open our eyes to recognise you.


New Testament Prayer for Everyone

by Tom Wright, ÂŁ9.99 published by SPCK ISBN no. 9780664227975 Compelling translations of all WKHPDMRUSUD\HUVUHFRUGHG in the New Testament with profound insights into the WHDFKLQJRI-HVXVDQGWKH apostles on the meaning and practice of prayer. “The New Testament not only tells us to pray and invites us to pray. It draws us into prayer. It KHOSVXVWRPDNHSUD\HUQRWMXVW DKDELWEXWWKHGHHSKHDUWEHDW of our lives. It’s like a secret VWUHDPĂ RZLQJDORQJXQVHHQ refreshing everything else we do and making things happen in ZD\VZHFDQŇ‹WXQGHUVWDQGDQG RIWHQGRQŇ‹WHYHQH[SHFWEXW which prove themselves real time and again.â€? Penny Freeston




Kenyan O

ur parish contacts with Kenya are mostly with the Mbeere District on the eastern side of Mount Kenya. It contains both our link parish of Muchunguri and the Children’s Home at Makutano. Following Anglican tradition, the Diocese of Mbeere covers exactly the same area as the administrative District of the same name, just as the Redbridge Deanery covers the same area as the Borough. Comparing the two, Mbeere is larger (200 km2 compared to 56) but its population is only 60% of that of Redbridge; almost wholly rural, it has no large towns and only two tarmac roads. In many areas of Kenyan life some colonial customs persist, despite independence since 1963; the educational system is one that has changed. For those following an academic route, we are accustomed to 7 years primary 10


A report by David Littlejohns

education, then 6 years of secondary education and 3 years of tertiary (University) education. This 7-6-3 formula was used in Kenya for over 15 years, but in 1985 was changed to an 8-4-4 system. This is linked to the fact that, in Kenya, the eight years of primary education are state-funded, i.e. ‘Free’. Under pressure from the World Bank and other donors, Ă€QDQFLDOFRQWULEXWLRQVIURPSDUHQWVZHUH required from the mid-1980’s to 2003, but ending this was one of the most popular political decisions ever made. The number of children in school rose sharply and it took several years to correct the VKRUWDJHRIWHDFKHUV6LJQLĂ€FDQWO\LQ a developing country, a considerable obstacle to development was removed. The next step has just been taken by passing the Basic Education Bill. For the

Main: Karaba Boys Secondary School, above left: a standard classroom, right: Kenyan children enjoying their school day

Ă€UVWWLPHWKLVPDNHVSULPDU\HGXFDWLRQ FRPSXOVRU\WKRXJKWKLVZLOOEHGLIĂ€FXOW to enforce among the nomadic, cattleherding tribes of the north. Kenyan primary education being popular, most children receive it. Over the whole country about 85% are enrolled (a

little higher in Mbeere) and about 65% of those complete it. Primary schools abound and in the morning and afternoon almost every road has children along its edge, walking to and from school, each with a distinct school uniform – coloured skirt and blouse for the girls, coloured 11

Education trousers and shirt for the boys. A fair proportion are church schools, with WKHODQGDQGEXLOGLQJVĂ€QDQFHG by the Anglican Church of Kenya or other churches and the teachers paid by the state. Visiting a primary school, you will SUREDEO\Ă€QGFKDONDQGDEODFNERDUGD scattering of textbooks but little blank paper, few writing implements, and a teacher presiding over a lively but very attentive group of 35 to 40 children. The picture on page 11 shows a very basic classroom in a poor area. Anything more will depend on contributions from parents. But then you often are surprised WRĂ€QGVRPHTXLWHFKDOOHQJLQJTXHVWLRQV on the blackboard. Private, fee-charging primary schools are better equipped but only about one in 10 can afford them. A great deal of teaching time has to go into language teaching. At home and on the street the main language will be that of the local tribe, but children need both the national language (Kiswahili) and the language of government and education (English). The school year runs from January to the end of November and an endof-year examination must be passed to progress to the next year; those who fail it must repeat the year, though some will instead drop out. At the end of the eighth year, at the age of 14 or 15, FRPHVWKH.HQ\D&HUWLĂ€FDWHRI3ULPDU\ Education (KCPE), the national test that decides who can continue into secondary education. In Mbeere, about a third of the young 12

An outdoor classroom

people will progress to four years of secondary education. This is about half those who complete the primary course, but is in line with the national average. Being less in number and covering fewer years, secondary schools cannot be local, but are singlesex boarding schools. Each child needs

a small metal trunk that contains his personal possessions and travels with him at the beginning and end of term. They will sleep on two-tier bunk beds, usually three or four feet apart in a dormitory. Classes will be slightly smaller and teaching resources a little more generous ²\RXFDQH[SHFWWRÀQGEHWWHUEXLOGLQJV a simple laboratory for science teaching and a few computers, usually connected to the internet. Again, year examinations culminate in a public examination, the .HQ\D&HUWLÀFDWHRI6HFRQGDU\(GXFDWLRQ (KCSE). Candidates are expected to take at least eight subjects, a typical set being English, Kiswahili, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography and History & Government. Since 2008, it has been Kenyan

Government policy that secondary education should also become statefunded, but the Kenyan economy, like many others, is far from vibrant and it will be many years before this blossoms from policy into reality. The boys from the Makutano Children’s Home usually go to Karaba Boys Secondary School, about 10 miles away – the picture on page 11 shows the Administration building. There, the basic fees, tuition and uniform will come to about ÂŁ625 per year, three times the cost of the items needed for primary education. This is why we have sought to provide some regular income for the Home by educational sponsorship of the boys at Secondary School; at Makutano, WKHĂ€QDQFLDOSUREOHPVRINHHSLQJER\VDW Secondary School were meaning the staff were often going unpaid. (GXFDWLRQKDVDKLJKSURĂ€OHLQ.HQ\D In a successful school, the headmaster’s study will have an array of silver cups awarded for the best performance in the area. Each District holds a yearly Education Sunday attended by large crowds, with senior national and District Ă€JXUHVSUHVHQWORFDO03VPDNLQJ political speeches about education and school principals and teachers listening as the KCPE and KCSE results are dissected. Last June, the hot news in Mbeere on Education Day was that the average score for the KCPE had fallen slightly, but that for the KCSE had risen. The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education talked about the importance of “added valueâ€?. Perhaps we have more in common than I thought. 13


Foodbanks How do we respond in our THE REDBRIDGE FOODBANK is operated through the King’s Church, Granville Road, Ilford. Amidst their à H[LEOHVSDFHIRUZRUVKLS\RXWKJURXSV etc. they have designed an attractive, cafÊ-style room serving drinks. During WKHÀYHGDLO\VHVVLRQVDZHHNWKDWWKH\ are open, 5 to 6 families come for food and are given enough for three days. There are cups of tea and advice for those who want it supplied by volunteers. St Mary’s has agreed to display and ÀOODODUJHSODVWLFFRQWDLQHUVRWKDWWKRVH who want to can supply items such as WLQQHGPHDWÀVKWLQQHGYHJHWDEOHVGU\ foods and fruit juice. There is a precise food list provided with the container; VRPHZHHNVWKHUHDUHVSHFLÀFUHTXHVWV In order to receive food, families need to produce a voucher and these are supplied by doctors, social workers, and charities supporting those in poverty. Foodbanks are run by the Trussell Trust all round the country; this is an off-shoot of the Church Urban Fund. Many will remember the sterling work GRQHE\WKLV)XQGGXULQJGLIÀFXOW\HDUV for the poor in the l980s. The amount of food given out by foodbanks has gone up 14

six-fold in the past year; as redundancies, EHQHĂ€WFXWVRUGHOD\VULVLQJUHQWVDQG heating costs begin to bite. Redbridge itself is one of 5 boroughs in London from the 50 most deprived boroughs in the country. We must surely respond generously to this clear need in our own area and I am sure that we will.

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Emergency Food for local people in crisis

We are collecting non-perishable food for the Redbridge Foodbank. The collection box will be DYDLODEOHRQWKHÀUVW6XQGD\ of each month. Foods needed are: UHT RUSRZGHUHGPLONWHDEDJV LQVWDQWFRIIHHIUXLWMXLFHVRXS VXJDUSDVWDVDXFHVFHUHDOV LQVWDQWPDVKSRWDWRULFH SDVWDMDPELVFXLWVDQGVQDFNV Also needed are tinned food – VSRQJHSXGGLQJWRPDWRHVULFH SXGGLQJPHDWÀVKIUXLWHWF The Foodbank volunteers The box will be put out for your GRQDWLRQVRQWKHÀUVW6XQGD\RIHDFK month from now on. There will be further information on Redbridge Foodbank on display. Jocelyn Davis, their excellent coordinator, is available for a presentation DQGÀOPDERXWWKHLUZRUN Bridget Webb

Please donate generously. Look out for 3 for 2 offers at the supermarkets! 15


Norah Margaret Guppy December 1918 – December 2012


ong-standing church member Norah Guppy died in December, and her funeral was held at St Mary’s. This is her story – thanks to family and friends who contributed their memories. Norah was born on Sunday 29th December 1918. She was a much loved only child but had several cousins on both sides of the family with whom she spent much time. Especially memorable was the weekly visit to Granny Guppy for Saturday tea. Norah regularly attended Gloucester Street Congregational Church in Weymouth, where her family had played an active part for many years. She went to Weymouth Grammar School and received an education which was to stand her in good stead later on in her career. In July 1935 Norah went on a group visit to Paris. As well as sightseeing Norah found time to write almost daily to her parents to tell of her adventures. When Norah left school she worked in a wool shop in Weymouth, and when she moved with her parents to Woodford in 1938 her employer gave her an excellent reference stating Norah to be ‘trustworthy, honest, pleasant and most satisfactory in every way’. In January 1942 Norah enlisted in the ATS – the Auxiliary Territorial Service was the women’s branch of the British 16

Army during the Second World War. She was stationed near Nottingham, where she worked as a clerk and made many friends amongst the other new recruits and local people, then in 1945 she was posted to Banbury. In 1946 Norah returned to civvy street and again worked in a wool and sewing shop. In 1948 she re-opened the 8th Woodford Guide Company which had closed due to the war. Their achievements included winning the shield for handicraft and a Queen’s *XLGH$ZDUGWKHÀUVWLQWKH&RPSDQ\ She continued as a Guider until she had to resign to look after her mother; but returned to assist a new Guider in 1975. Meanwhile her professional life was taking off. In December 1949 she commenced her Civil Service career as a temporary Typist Grade 2 in the Inland Revenue, and soon became a Trainee Typist earning £4 6s. per week. Her typing ability was second to none as her ÀQJHUVGHIWO\PRYHGDFURVVWKHNH\V at very great speeds. Norah gradually worked her way up the ranks, heading the typing pool and eventually becoming the Chief Superintendent of Typists in the Lord Chancellor’s Department. Norah was selected to receive the Silver Jubilee Medal in June 1977 in recognition of her long and devoted service. Norah retired from the Civil Service in 1983. She then had more time to

visit family in Weymouth, Brussels and Wootton Bassett. She enjoyed the hurly burly of family life on these visits, especially at Christmas when she threw herself into all kinds of games. Having come to Woodford before the war, Norah joined the Congregational Church in George Lane, which in due course became a United Reformed Church. Norah was an active member and one of her many tasks for the Church was to edit the monthly Newsletter. She was an elder of the Church, and involved with women’s groups, coffee mornings and so on. When the Church closed about 30 years ago she started to worship at St Mary’s. As recently as two years ago, Norah was still in charge of ordering and distributing Bible Reading Fellowship notes. Norah was a great letter writer and throughout her life kept up many friendships this way. Remaining in the same house that she moved to with her parents before the war, she offered hospitality to friends visiting Woodford. She had a great interest in gardening, and subscribed to a weekly gardening magazine until she moved into

&KXUFKÀHOGV1XUVLQJ+RPHDERXW a year ago. All who remember Norah will recall her as a woman of energy and character. Amongst her papers was found a poem which she had copied out by hand – a puzzling wistful poem called Remember, by Christina Rossetti. It speaks of remembering the writer when she has gone away, not with sadness, but with a smile. I am sure that all who knew her will indeed remember her with a smile. Ian Tarrant


by Christina Rossetti Remember me when I am gone away, Gone far away into the silent land; When you can no more hold me by the hand, Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay. Remember me when no more day by day You tell me of our future that you planned: Only remember me; you understand It will be late to counsel then or pray. Yet if you should forget me for a while And afterwards remember, do not grieve: For if the darkness and corruption leave A vestige of the thoughts that once I had, %HWWHUE\IDU\RXVKRXOGIRUJHWDQGVPLOH Than that you should remember and be sad.



Mystery in the Minster

by Susanna Gregory ÂŁ8.99 paperback, ÂŁ4.99 digital edition Publisher Sphere (ISBN 9780751542592) Mystery in the Minster by Susanna Gregory was given to me to read recently. Susanna Gregory (in the rest of life Elizabeth Cruwys) became a Cambridge academic after working IRUVRPHWLPHDVDSROLFHRIĂ€FHULQ Leeds. Mystery in the Minster is the seventeenth chronicle of Matthew %DUWKRORPHZDQLQYHVWLJDWRURI murders in 14th century Cambridge. 7KHERRNZDVĂ€UVWSXEOLVKHGLQ It was selected for the City of York Libraries Big City Read. In the year 1358 the college of Michaelhouse in Cambridge needs money. It seems that a legacy from the Archbishop of York of the SDULVKRI+XQWLQJWRQZKLFKLVTXLWH FORVHWRWKHFLW\ZRXOGSURYLGH the money they needed. There is however another claim to the legacy and so a little group of people is sent from Michaelhouse to York to see if they can obtain the legacy. 7KH\DUULYHLQDFLW\ZKLFKĂ RRGV (and which of course continues to 18

à RRGQRZDGD\V DEXVWOLQJFLW\ with lots of merchants creating wealth and as they do so unsettling the establishment around them. A French invasion may be imminent and may be receiving support from ZLWKLQWKHFLW\1RERG\FDQÀQG the codicil naming Michaelhouse DVDEHQHÀFLDU\DQGVRPHRIWKH Archbishop’s executors have died in mysterious circumstances‌‌ If you like this sort of read you PLJKWHQMR\WKLVERRN7KHUHDUH some interesting local details in the book. Cheryl Corney


Les MisĂŠrables

1RWKDYLQJVHHQWKHVWDJHVKRZ nor being especially fond of musical WKHDWUH,ZDVVXUSULVHGWRÀQGP\VHOI at the local Odeon (I still call it the 0DMHVWLF RQWKHRSHQLQJQLJKWRIWKH ÀOPҋVUHOHDVHLQ-DQXDU\,ZDVHYHQ PRUHVKRFNHGWRÀQGKRZPRYHG,ZDV by its spiritual content. I found myself saying to a friend soon afterwards that if anyone was frightened of dying then the last scene in the convent VKRXOGSXWKLVPLQGDWUHVW,DPRI FRXUVHUHIHUULQJWRWKHGHDWKRI-HDQ 9DOMHDQWKHUHGHHPHGFRQYLFWZKRLV ZHOFRPHGRQKLVMRXUQH\WRKHDYHQ %RWKWKHODWH)DQWLQHDSSHDULQJ DQJHOLFDOO\EHIRUHKLPDQGWKH%LVKRS RI'LJQHWKHSULHVWZKRSUHYLRXVO\ forgave him for stealing church silver and subsequently added two FDQGOHVWLFNVWRKLVERRW\DUHWKHUHWR Bring Him Home. Having done some UHVHDUFK,QRZUHDOLVHWKDW,DPQRW alone in believing that the adaptation

for Victor Hugo’s novel for stage and screen expresses great Christian messages of redemption DQGVHOĂ HVVORYH*HRUJH&DUH\ preaching as Archbishop one Easter 6XQGD\UHFDOOHGWKHVDLQWO\ELVKRSŇ‹V IRUJLYHQHVVDVŇŠWKHĂ€QHVWGHVFULSWLRQ of grace outside the New Testament’. It appears that when the show was reworked in English both the codirector and co-lyricit’s fathers were prominent biblical scholars and may have left their mark. There are 31 references to God in the libretto used LQWKHĂ€OP7UHYRU1XQQRQHRIWZR directors responsible for the stage YHUVLRQIHOWWKDWLWZDVŇŠSULPDULO\ a musical about God’. Cameron MacIntosh described the bishop as ‘the voice of God throughout the story’. Like many who have repeatedly seen WKHVWDJHVKRZ,FDQQRWZDLWWRwatch Les MisĂŠrables again.

Penny Freeston 19


Family C C

Welcome to our new children's pages reporting on all children's activities at St Mary's

Seekers fund raising for the Makutano boys Sunday 7th April 2013 Seekers are planning a fund raising event for the Makutano Children’s home in Kenya. As you have read recently the boys need money to see them through secondary school. Ideally sponsors are needed to fund each boy’s fees and recently some boys have been sent home from school due to lack of money to cover this. On Sunday 7th April Seekers are planning a morning of fund raising activities to do their bit to help change this situation. The children will be sponsored to walk around the outside of the church during morning service. After the service, there will be a cake and pastry stall and tombola with prizes for children and adults. We will use our store points cards to buy prizes for the stall. Can you HELP with cakes pastries, or toys/prizes for the tombola or by sponsoring the children for their walk? Your support will be very much appreciated Thank you in advance THE SEEKERS TEAM


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CCCC I Imagine: A Child’s Book of Prayers

by Rachel Rivett Published by Lion Hudson Plc Hardback £5.24 ( ISBN 9780745962085 A beautifully illustrated picture book with SUD\HUVLIWKHVXQLVVKLQLQJLIWKLQJVDUH KDUGLILWҋVZLQWHUGDUNLIOLIHLVVWRUP\LI,ҋP IXOORIMR\LI,ҋPVDGLI,ҋPWRRVK\WRDVNIRU KHOSLI,ҋPIXOORIHQHUJ\LI,IHHOOLNHJLYLQJ XSLI,ҋPZRUULHGLI,ҋPWLUHGIURPWRRPXFK thinking and if it’s time to sleep: If I open my eyes and ears, my heart and mind, the earth opens like a book and I can read the wisdom there, and imagine...

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Come and join our club called ‘The Church Troop’ after church service every Sunday. Come into the crèche and we will play a game‌ And then choose a word of the week, talk about it and do some drama. While the adults are having refreshments ‘IN PEACE’

This is what some of the members said:

'The Club is playful and exciting' – Millie 'Really fun and you learn about God, friendship and kindness' ²-RVLH 'Good and exciting also very interesting' – Elsa Ellodie and Phoebe

Introducing Join Hands

@ St Mary’s Children & Family Events

Ever missed out on a children’s event and wished you’d known about it earlier? Living in London we are fortunate to live in one of the largest Christian communities in the UK. At St Mary’s we are celebrating that vibrant energy by launching an e-bulletin to our families telling them about Christian events local to E18 (and occasionally beyond!). Praise parties Summer fêtes Holiday clubs Messy church Activity days If you have kids under 11 years and want to sign up for a monthly e-bulletin from -RLQ+DQGVVHQGDQHPDLOWRMRLQKDQGV#VWPDU\VZRRGIRUGRUJXNRUWDONWR-XOLH 5REHUWVRUDVNDWWKH3DULVK2IÀFH$VQHDNSHHNDWHYHQWVFRPLQJXS EASTER 23rd March Queen Mary's Gate Easter Egg Hunt 1.30 – 4pm 24th March St Mary’s Stations of the Cross at Seekers 10am 29th March St Mary’s Good Friday activity 11.15am


29th March Trafalgar Square Wintershall Passion Play 12 noon and 3.15pm 2nd April Latchett Evangelical Church (DVWHU0HVV\&KXUFKSP


CCCC Child's prayer

Troop members from top left: Ellodie, Phoebe, Millie and Josie

Jesus bids shine With a pure, clear light, Like a little candle Burning in the night; In this world of darkness, So we must shine, You in your small corner, And I in mine.


The 1st and 9th Woodford Brownies led the service on Mothering Sunday with UHDGLQJVSUD\HUVDQGDGHPRQVWUDWLRQ RIMXVWKRZGHPDQGLQJ children can be‌ to show ZKDWDVWHUOLQJMREPRWKHUV do. The church was full to WKHEULPDQGIRUDÀQDOH daffodils were distributed from baskets kindly prepared by the Seekers team.




The Woodford Fellowship of Christian Churches Service of Prayer for Christian Unity


he Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is usually observed from 18th to the 25th January, the octave of St Peter and St Paul. This year’s service was put together by an ecumenical group of women in Southern India. The theme they offered to us all was to act justly in the world. The text was from Micah 6.6-8. Members of nearly all our local churches in Woodford gathered for the service at St Pauls, Woodford Bridge this year. We sang “The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord‌â€?

and “Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and King!�. We prayed together. We thought of Ruth and Boaz. We thought of Jesus and the Canaanite women, an encounter which showed us that Jesus was not for the chosen people alone. We heard the story of Babel and of the legacy of our diversity. We shared our prayer, our singing and our worship, knowing that we had come from different parts of the church but that we were travelling together. It was a snowy night but the atmosphere of the service was warm. Cheryl Corney

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n Advent Sunday the Rector presented Heather Everett with a medal from the Royal Schools of Church Music and a KXJHERXTXHWRIĂ RZHUVXSRQKHUUHWLUHPHQWIURPWKHFKRLU7KH inscription on the medal read: ‘57 years dedicated to the Lord in 6RQJ¡,ZDVWKHJUDWHIXOEHQHĂ€FLDU\RI+HDWKHU¡VFRQWULEXWLRQWR RXUFKRLULQP\Ă€UVW\HDUDV'LUHFWRURI0XVLFDW6W0DU\¡VZKLFK must have been Heather’s 57th. Heather was an especially strong soprano who could rise to the challenge of major solos, which many at St Mary’s remember. Heather could even manage the especially demanding solo in Allegri’s Miserere, which goes up to a top C. On behalf of the choir and everyone at St Mary’s, thank you so much, Heather, for all your unbelievably long years of service to our music. Frederick Stocken 24

St Paul's Church Woodford Bridge

Quotes by famous (and not so famous) people chosen by Chris Meikle

I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details. Albert Einstein


Courage is fear that has said its prayers. Anon

Answers to the last edition’s Historical Christmas Quiz

1843 Queen Elizabeth I Queen Victoria The Illustrated London News Turkey The Chimes Blood Ebenezer Scrooge


:HHGVDUHĂ RZHUVWRRRQFH you get to know them. A. A. Milne


We are not necessarily doubting that God will do his best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be. C.S. Lewis


I fear one day I’ll meet God, he’ll sneeze and I won’t know what to say. Ronnie Shakes 25


Roy Ide

26th September 1929 – 12th November 2012


aturday 12th January saw St Mary’s host a memorial service and interment for Roy Ide. Roy had been a regular worshiper at St Mary’s until mobility issues prevented him actually attending the church, although he remained an active supporter whenever he could. The memorial service was conducted by the Revd Canon Ian Tarrant and Roy’s son-in-law, the Revd John Carr. At the family’s request, Howard Goodall’s arrangement of 7KH/RUG,V0\ 6KHSKHUG was sung beautifully by the choir assisted by some of his family and eulogies were given by Lindy Macormac (niece), John Ide and Liz Carr (children). The family wish to thank all the church members who made the memorial service run so smoothly, for the help serving tea DQGFRIIHHDIWHUZDUGVDQGIRUWKHà RZHUV Roy was born and raised in Leyton and attended Leyton Grammar School. Living in Woodford since 1960, Roy and 26

his wife, Pam, developed an extensive network of friends in the area, many of whom were at the service. A keen DIY enthusiast, inherited from his grandfather who built his own house from the ground up, Roy was always willing to lend out his skills to those who needed the ‘odd job’ sorting out. His actual career was less physical, starting out in the Port of London Authority 3/$ DVD7UDIĂ€F 2IĂ€FHUDQGWKHQ after redundancy, working at the Wolfston Institute as a Database Manager for the National Downs Syndrome Register. As well as his practical skills, Roy was a competent piano player who, in his younger years, supported amateur operatic groups as a rehearsal pianist. His collection of instruments included two baby grand pianos, a banjo, and a trombone. Roy also enjoyed playing bowls and was a regular member of the PLA Bowls Club. Other interests included playing bridge, chess and various other mental challenges in the form of the Daily Telegraph cryptic FURVVZRUGDQGWKHQWKHWUXO\GLIĂ€FXOWWHVW



of the Sunday Times Sudoku. After Pam passed away in 1992, Roy continued to keep himself busy as he continued to work on his house and garden and visiting his increasingly expanding family. He travelled to the Holy Land with St. Mary’s church members in 1999 and enjoyed the experience immensely. Roy became ill in April 2012 after complaining of increasing chest pain and breathing GLIÀFXOWLHVGXHWRà XLGFROOHFWLQJLQKLV SOHXUDOFDYLW\7KLVà XLGEXLOGXSZDV due to a much more serious condition, mesothelioma (asbestosis) although this was not positively diagnosed until after Roy’s passing. He was a complex character who could appear to be very prickly but he had a good heart and was always happy to help out if the need was there. He was loved by all the family. Roy’s ashes were interred in St Mary’s memorial garden, alongside Pam.

John Ide When the day of Ressurection comes may we keep the feast with hearts and minds made pure, and in the never-ending glory of the life to come, we may enjoy the eternal Easter with the risen Saviour.


I sit on a bench in the churchyard. Over-blown tulips and forget-me-nots spill into the sunshine; high up in the cloudless sky a cherry tree LVĂ RZHULQJ7LQ\FDVFDGHV of pink petals drift across the XQPRZQJUDVVFDXJKWXSLQ the breeze coming after a long winter. I close my eyes and ,DPEDFNLQ.\RWRZDONLQJ beside the canal that leads to the Silver Pavilion. Cherry trees OLQHWKH3KLORVRSKHUŇ‹V:DONDQ avenue of blossom so intense that even the light seems pink; EORVVRPĂ RZVWKURXJKWKH ZDWHUDQGĂ XUULHVGHVFHQG like snowfall all around us. Ladies wear kimonos and carry parasols; there are tea gardens and artists capturing the scene in watercolour before it fades: DFHOHEUDWLRQRIVSULQJDQHQG to winter. Penny Freeston 27


Lemon brĂťlĂŠe Cheesecake

5HFHQWO\P\GDXJKWHUDQG,HQMR\HGDVOLFHRIOHPRQEU€OpHFKHHVHFDNH at one of Saffron Walden’s busy ‘olde worlde’ tea shops. Having trawled WKURXJKDIHZUHFLSHERRNV,GHFLGHGWRDGDSW:HQG\/LWWOHMRKQVŇ‹UHFLSHIRU mascarpone and lime torte from ye olde St. Mary’s Cookbook (2004). O 200g pack ginger snap ELVFXLWVFUXVKHG OJEXWWHUPHOWHG O 500ig. mascarpone cheese OJLFLQJVXJDUVLIWHG OĂ€QHO\JUDWHG]HVWDQGMXLFH of 2 lemons Mix together the crushed biscuits and melted butter and press into the base of a 7 inch loose bottomed cake tin. Place the PDVFDUSRQHLFLQJVXJDUOHPRQ ]HVWDQGMXLFHLQDERZODQG beat together. Spread over the biscuit base. Chill for 30 minutes. 5HPRYHFDNHWLQGXVWWKHWRSRI the mixture with icing sugar and use a cook’s blow torch to create WKHEUXOHHĂ€QLVK TIP FROM MARY BERRY: Warm lemon halves in a microwave oven for a minute and you will then be DEOHWRH[WUDFWWKHPD[LPXPDPRXQWRIMXLFHZLWKWKHPLQLPXPHIIRUW Thank you to Wendy for inspiring me! 28

Penny Freeston

Refreshment Time

Fancy a cuppa & a chat?


ome and join us after the 10am service every Sunday for tea, coffee and a chat. We even have biscuits! There is a gathering in the church and also one upstairs in the Gwinnell room.

What do you think?

Last issue we asked for feedback on when to publish this magazine. Beverley Fuentes suggested an issue before $GYHQWRQHEHIRUHWKHVWDUWRI/HQW something before Summer and then maybe one for Harvest. We did receive some response but do please let us know what you think; when should it come out and what kind of themes and material would you like to see.

Dear Magazine

I think the idea on page 18 of the last edition is excellent! The Christmas edition tends to get short attention due to Christmas’ , The Easter edition gets muddled up with the annual report so to link it to Advent/Lent/ (summer)or Harvest sounds good to me!

Jane Fone

Welcome to Sam McCarthy who has been brave enough to step into Viveca’s VKRHVDVWHFKQLFDOHGLWRURIWKHPDJD]LQH:LWKRXWPRUHYROXQWHHUVWKH magazine would have fallen by the wayside long ago. So thanks to all involved in ‘keeping the show on the road’ and to everyone for contributing. We must pay credit to Viveca who gave huge amounts of time to this task and for being brave enough to stand down. We are slowly moving away from the ŇŠMREIRUOLIHŇ‹FRQFHSWDVZHUHIUHVKRXUVNLOOVDQGFRQWULEXWLRQVWRFKXUFKOLIHLQ different directions. No one now feels the need to move house to relinquish WKHLUGXWLHV,QKLVRUKHUOLIHRQHSOD\VPDQ\SDUWVHVSHFLDOO\DW6W0DU\Ň‹V COPY DATE FOR THE NEXT MAGAZINE WILL BE 30TH MAY 2013.



Dorothy Fairchild 1918 – 2013


orothy, or Dot as she was sometimes affectionately known,was born and brought up in Leytonstone. She lived there until she met her husband Arthur who was working as a ballroom dance demonstrator. It was hardly surprising that she became an accomplished ballroom dancer her speciality being the foxtrot. They married in wartime and Dorothy subsequently helped Arthur in the running of his retail businesses in the East End; indeed, Arthur affectionately named one of his shops ‘Dorothy’s’ after her. Essentially, however, Dorothy was a housewife and mother. She had 2 children Frank and Gill and they lived in Manor Park. Arthur died in 1975 but it wasn't until 1991 that Dorothy moved to South Woodford. It was then that she started to accompany Gill to worship here at St Mary’s until 8 years ago when her lack of mobility prevented her from coming regularly. She spent the last years of her life EHLQJZHOOFDUHGIRUÀUVWO\LQ$EEH\ÀHOGV in Fairlight Road and then Birchwood in Clayhall. During this time, we continued to regard her as a member here and

visited her and took holy communion to her so that we never lost touch. Sadly, Dorothy’s son Frank pre-deceased her 5 years ago but she is survived by her daughter Gill, a most supportive and loving daughter and by her 3 grandchildren, Nicholas (who came to 6XQGD\6FKRRODQGZDVFRQÀUPHGKHUH  Paul and Stephen and by 4 greatgrand-children. Chris Winward

God’s promise of resurrection is written not only in books but in every springtime leaf. Martin Luther (1483 – 1546)



BIG thank you to everyone for submitting contributions and photographs to this edition.


3OHDVHNHHSWKHPFRPLQJDVZLWKRXWWKHPZHZRXOGQŇ‹WKDYH DSDULVKPDJD]LQH$UWLFOHVSUD\HUVERRNUHYLHZVIDYRXULWH PXVLFUHFLSHVJDUGHQLQJWLSVHWF:HZRXOGORYHVRPHFKLOGUHQ V drawings as well: the choice is yours! Email directly to: magazine@ or pass to Penny who will type up your handwritten copy! And remember copy date is 30th May 2013. Magazine Team: Penny Freeston, Beverley Fuentes, Cheryl Corney, Ian Tarrant, Sam McCarthy

God the Father, by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead, strengthen us to walk with him in his risen life; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen

Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain, wheat that in the dark earth many days has lain; Love lives again, that with the dead has been; Love is come again like wheat that springeth green. J.M.C.Crum

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