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Golders Green Parish Church – Newsletter
21 October 2020
From Sally :
Greetings again to everyone hoping you are all keeping well at this most challenging of times.
Please don’t feel alone or unsupported. If you do, please, apart from contacting each other for a chat, ring those of us whose numbers you have that are listed in previous newsletter- it does make a difference to talk.
How good it was to see Bishop Rob on Sunday and to welcome him to Golders Green for the service. He is being very supportive of us at this time and keeping us in his prayers. It was encouraging too to see how many are coming back to the services.
Many, many congratulations to Fiona and Ernest on the birth of their baby daughter, Arielle, which Dorothy and Festus, her proud grandparents tell us means, “Lion of God”- such wonderful news and a beautiful name to live up to.
We welcome the news that Sheila is now home and recuperating from her stay in the Royal Free. We all send our love and hope she makes a full recovery.
In our newsletter this week we have a brief update on the APCM with news of your new churchwardens and PCC members. We wish them all well in the work they will be undertaking towards appointing our new incumbent.
We have an article from Jenny following on from the one I wrote last week on the “Waiting to Exhale” conference. Key parts of this conference will shortly be on-line soon so you can link in and listen to them when you have some time. I will let you know as soon as I have the link.
Just a reminder that, if you still have a questionnaire response you have not yet sent in regarding the consultation for our new incumbent, please return it asap to, either, the parish office West Heath Drive, Golders Green, NW11 7QG or, to firstname.lastname@example.org All your views are necessary, valuable and welcome.
Looking forward to seeing you this coming Sunday when the Revd Petrica B, from St Peter’s Belsize Park, is taking the service.
At the end of this newsletter is an extended Lord’s Prayer taken from the New Zealand book of Common Prayer that you may find interesting, apt and helpful at this time.
Thank you Sally
Introducing the new PCC by Tony
As you know, we held the APCM on Monday, 19 October, along with the vestry meeting at which the churchwardens are elected. So thankful for those who joined us on Monday, it was so good to see all of you.
So briefly I thought I would update you on what happened. Nehar B and I were elected as Church Wardens. If you wish to contact either of us, please see us in Church on Sunday, but even better, and if you can, email us on Churchwardens@gg-pc.co.uk.
During the APCM, at which we received various reports, we also elected some new members of the PCC. So we had three members retiring, Sheila G, Nehar B and Ruth H. The Churchwardens are ex-officio members of the PCC. So the APCM was looking to elect at least 4 new PCC members. There are 6 members of the PCC whose term does not expire until 2022.
So nominated and seconded and elected to be members of the PCC were our two retiring Church Wardens, Sally B and Pamela O, Sheila and two new members Shaniv M and Silvia R.
The APCM also elected Ifey O, a current member of the PCC, and Sheila, following her election onto the PCC, as deputy church wardens and they can also be contacted via the email above for the Church Wardens.
Before I end this short introduction to the new I would like to say thank you all those willing to stand for various roles in our fellowship. I would say that there is still one vacancy on the PCC, for with an electoral roll of over 100, we can have a PCC of up to 12 members aside from the ex-officio members, of whom there would normally be 7, the Church Wardens, the 2 Deanery Synod members and the Safeguarding Officer and the Children's Champion and the PCC Secretary. I should say that Jennifer E, who has been employed as our parish administrator, has accepted the role of PCC Secretary.
Finally, may I, on behalf of all of us thank Pamela and Sally for their sterling work as church wardens. They both said they would do it for a year, but Covid made their term a few months longer. It is good they will still be on the PCC, as we move forward to do what we need to do to work with the Bishop of Edmonton to choose a new incumbent. So may I ask you to pray for us and for the choice of a new incumbent. And just a gentle reminder, if you want to comment on what you like to see in our new incumbent , please complete the questionnaire.
Thank you Tony
Waiting to Exhale
Building on what Sally B reported last week about the hugely inspiring and challenging webinar we both attended on climate justice as seen by Black Christians you may like to read further information about it.
Since then participants have received a follow-up e-mail from the Archdeacon of Croydon, Rosemarie M, who co-hosted the event. This is an extract:
“Dear friends and colleagues
Happy Black History Month!
As we heard from Christian Aid’s landmark poll on Saturday [Jenny includes the link to the report: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/resources/our-work/black-lives-matter-everywhere-report], Black Christians are concerned about climate change and more than 50% don’t think the movement is racially diverse enough. What’s more they want their church leaders to speak up on the climate crisis to equip them to fight for justice. As Black and Brown people with relatives in Africa, Caribbean, Bangladesh and other part of the global south facing the brunt of these impacts, our voices matter and are needed more than ever. We cannot underestimate the value of our lived experience. If we don’t tell our stories and theirs, the needs of those most affected will not be given the same level of importance as nature and ecological issues.
As people of colour and faith we are also called to speak against any form of injustice and protect the vulnerable, poor and oppressed, as Christ did. The avoidance of moral courage is an absence of our prophetic faith. Let us stand up for all of God’s creation including those most affected by climate change for a more hopeful and bright future.”
The Archdeacon’s message summarises the challenges to all of us that were set out so emphatically in the webinar: here are a few points from the presentations that particularly stood out for me: Sally highlighted some of them last week but they’re so important they bear repetition!
In Romans 8 v22 we read that ‘the whole creation has been groaning’ – this reminds us of the interconnectedness, and interdependence, of all creation, as does Psalm 24 v1: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it.’
We must listen to the lived experience of those who are most affected by climate change – they’re mostly black and brown, and that’s climate injustice. It’s related to colonialism, empire, historic exploitation. In the context of climate change, the rich North acts as if ‘black lives don’t matter’. Climate change is fundamentally a matter of justice, or rather injustice.
We must not only listen but act, befor e it’s too late. "Until you dig a hole, you plant
a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven't done a thing. You are just
talking." Wangari Maathai, Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner for her work on
preserving the environment.
Let’s treasure creation. What does that mean for each of us? We need to make changes in our own lives, and demand political change. We have a responsibility to think and act at both an individual and a global level and to ‘stop being armchair pontificators’!
We were also told about the Movement for Justice and Reconciliation, a Christian organisation whose aim is to raise awareness of the legacies of colonial slavery and industrial exploitation, and seeking to resolve injustice, promote wellbeing and encourage community reconciliation in new and innovative ways. Their website is here: www.mjr-uk.com - it’s well worth a look.
This inspirational webinar was part of the programme of events organized around the country for Black History Month, which happens every October. According to its website:
‘Black people have always made history and always will, [but]……..Black history isn’t just a month to be ticked off a calendar dominated by a white-washed version of history.
Black History Month 2020 is a time for people to come together and hopefully learn lessons for the present and the future. It’s a time to honour the commitment to learning and standing united against racism. It’s a time to reclaim history and re-imagine how our shared history will be told in the future.
You can find out more about Black History onth, and why it’s not just for October, here: https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk
The New Zealand Anglican Lord's Prayer
Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and forever.
- The New Zealand Book of Prayer | He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa
Thank you Jenny
Daily Hope - The Church of England Phone line church service - is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.
Please continue to pray for those who have asked us as a community to pray for them Okey Jnr, Margaret, Yvone, Anna, Jason, Ian, Eva, Juliette, Ivor, Myfanwy, Sheila , Simi and Dorothy
We at Golders Green Church will continue to offer a number of ways we can and will keep in contact though emailing and phoning each other, the use of Facebook and the website, sending out updates by supporting those who need shopping, prescriptions fetched, letters posted and anything else you may need if you are isolated at home, whether you are in the over 70-year-old age group, or, have underlying health conditions.
The important thing is, PLEASE LET US KNOW. We are drawing up a list of volunteers we can call on to help. If anyone wants to add their names to this, please email the church wardens.
Radio, Television and Online Worship
You may wish to join in worship during this time through television and radio.
Check online, in the Radio Times and elsewhere for details:
Songs of Praise BBC 1, Sunday afternoon, variable times
Sunday Worship BBC Radio 4, Sunday, 8.10am Choral Evensong BBC
Radio 3, Wednesday Daily Service
BBC Radio 4 (Longwave only), weekdays, 9.45am
Big Sunday Service Premier Christian Radio, Sunday, 7am, 8am, 10am Easter Sunday Eucharist A service is usually broadcast on the BBC on Easter morning
Free 24 hour telephone church service 0800 804 8044
Online resources Church of England Daily Prayer https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-dailyprayer
https://mailchi.mp/b9d86a4acdc7/coming-up-from-st-pauls-cathedral-1274047?e=377e26b1db St Paul’s Cathedral have a number of resources available for us to use.
Church of England Online Resources during this time https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronaviruscovid-19-liturgy-and-prayer-resources
Go On-line to " ps://www.achurchnearyou.com", put in Area or post code and find a local church that broadcasts Worship.
Prayers from Christian Aid https://www.christianaid.org.uk/pray/churches/coronavirus-prayers
https://pray-as-you-go.org/ Pray as you Go (a short service each day in the Jesuit Tradition)
LICC have some great resources on their website https://www.licc.org.uk/
Especially on Covid-19 https://www.licc.org.uk/ourresources/prayer-journeys/presence-pressure-purpose/