Advent for little eds

Join us as we anticipate the mystery of Christmas and journey together towards Bethlehem. Little Eds will be meeting during the next four Sundays at 11am. All children welcome!

Advent

Sunday 30th Nov – The Prophets

Sunday 7th Dec – The Holy Family

Sunday 14th Dec – The Shepherds

Sunday 21st Dec – The Wise Men and Christmas

Please note that from January 2015, Godly Play at St Edward’s will be relocating to St Mark’s Church, Newnham. For more details please speak to Dani.

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NOVEMBER 2014 NEWSLETTER

Church of St Edward, King and Martyr, Cambridge

NEWSLETTER                                                    NOVEMBER 2014

Sundays                                                                                  Fridays

8.00 am          Holy Communion (BCP)                                   10.30 am        Holy Communion (BCP)

11.00 am        Sunday at Eleven                                            5.30 pm           Meditation

5.00 pm          Meditative Eucharist

SUNDAY AT ELEVEN

2nd November                         All Saints Day including Commemoration of The Departed Susan Hollins

9th November                          Remembrance Sunday                                                                 Susan Hollins

16th November                        2nd Sunday Before Advent                                                            Susan Hollins

Sermon: James Brown

23rd November                        Christ the King                                                                               Susan Hollins

30th November                        Eucharist for Advent Sunday                                                      Susan Hollins                            

Sermon: Reid Humble

MEDITATIVE EUCHARIST – SUNDAY AT FIVE

2nd November                         All Saints including Commemoration of The Departed        Susan Hollins

9th November                          “This is the use of memory”                                                       Susan Hollins

16th November                        “First and Last”                                                                             Susan Hollins

23rd November                        Christ the King                                                                            Fr. Max Kramer

30th November                        Advent Sunday Carol Service                                                     Susan Hollins

                                                                                                                                                                         

Sunday Morning Holy Communion: this Book of Common Prayer Service at 8.00 am will be taken by Susan Hollins on 2nd, 16th and 23rd November and by Andrew Davison on 9th and 30th November.

Taizé Service: this ecumenical service will be held weekly at 9.00 pm on Monday evenings in the Church. For further information please contact Giulia Conto (giulia.conto@libero.it)

All Souls: The annual commemoration of the departed at this time of year is an important occasion for many people. There will be three all-souls-tide services, firstly the Prayer Book Communion Service at 10.30 am on Friday, 31st October at which names of the departed will be read out (if you would like any name(s) added to the list of the departed, please add them to the list at the back of the Church or let Susan Hollins know). Sunday at Eleven and The Meditative Eucharist on Sunday, 2nd November, will give further opportunities to remember those who have died.

Advent begins this month: Our annual service of Lessons and Carols for Advent will be held on Sunday, 30th November at 5.00 pm, followed by mulled wine and mince pies. There will be no Meditative Eucharist that day but Sunday at Eleven will be an Advent Eucharist. Our Christingle Service will be held at 11.00 am on 21st December.

Little Eds: between now and Christmas our children’s group will be meeting for Godly Play during “Sunday at Eleven” on 2nd and 16th November, and then weekly during Advent on 30th November, 7th, 14th and 21st December.

The Women’s Group will be meeting on 16 November at 3.00 pm in the Clare Chapel of the Church. For further details please contact Ann Kember or Susan Hollins.

Churchyard: We will be meeting again for litter picking at 11.00 am on Saturday, 29th November followed by a mug of soup and bread. Children are encouraged to come but must be supervised.   If you are planning to come, it would be helpful if you could let Philippa Pearson or Judith Tonry know.

VICAR-CHAPLAIN’S LETTER

November always seems to me to be the month of memory. We celebrate and remember All Saints (the cloud of witnesses) and also remember all the people we love who have died (All Souls). This year Remembrance Sunday will be of greater significance too, I expect, as a consequence of many people having taken an active part in local centenary events, and perhaps having undertaken research into their own family to learn what their relatives did during the First World War. It was in this month, with almost an exact year apart, that my own parents died when my children were very young, so November has a particularly strong meaning for me. November invites us to ‘go inside’ to our memories of people, places, and events in our lives. Through memory we are, as it were, taken back in time through and in these memories. Yet memories aren’t always happy or providers of comfort for us in the present; millions of people have memories of horrendous trauma, abuse, loss and grief. As more stories come to light or are written about the experiences of men and women during the First World War, and as we gain understanding of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and similar conditions through the treatment of military personnel today, so our understanding of the use and capacity of memory is expanded. Equally as increasing numbers of older people develop various types of dementia, which always includes a terrible loss of memory, so we realise how defining and unique our memory is, and how important our memories are, not only those that provide us with joy and encouragement, but also those which we’d rather not ever recall.

By contrast at the end of this month, which we may spend in various forms of recollection, our attention is drawn to the future as we keep Advent Sunday, which marks both the start of a new year for the Church, but more importantly, announces to us in this present time, the coming again of our Lord at the end of time. Meanwhile we use Advent commonly to help us prepare for the coming of God among and beside us in the birth of the Christ-child at Bethlehem: God entering fully into the constraints of time and of suffering inherent in our human condition.

But in this movement to the past in our memories, and to the future in and through Advent, let us find encouragement through a fresh realisation that, although our earth time is transient, it as as ‘citizens of heaven’ that we can live our lives in the here and the now. Perhaps this emphasis upon a certain fluidity of time, through memory and through contemplation of God’s coming not only at Christmas but at ‘the end time’, reminds us that God is not a God of the history books, but God for all time, seasons, life, death and eternity…which leads me on to consider the Advent ‘O’s…but that’ll have to wait until next time.

Susan

Vicar-Chaplain: Susan Hollins (01954 269676, 07918 671476, rev.hollins@btconnect.com); Other Clergy: Alan Cole (892286, alan73@waitrose.com), Churchwardens: Judith Tonry (892160, judith@tonry.co.uk), Charlie Bell (07962 021067, cb561@cam.ac.uk); Treasurer, Geoffrey Barnes (362004, sainteds@outlook.com); Little Eds: Dani Redhead (little_eds@outlook.com); Sunday Morning Singers: Philippa Pearson (philippa@philippapearson.co.uk) Church phone: (01223) 362004. Church website: http://sainteds.wordpress.co.uk

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October 2014 Newsletter

SUNDAY AT ELEVEN

5th October               Sunday at Eleven: William Tyndale                                                           Susan Hollins

12th October             Sunday at Eleven: Ridley and Latimer lighting the flame                     Susan Hollins

19th October             Eucharist: Luke the beloved Physician – Healing ministries              Susan Hollins

26th October             Sunday at Eleven: ‘Blessed Lord who caused all

Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning…’                                  Susan Hollins

MEDITATIVE EUCHARIST – SUNDAY AT FIVE

5th October               Francis                                                                                                           Susan Hollins

12th October             ‘Christ has no hands on earth but ours.’ Teresa of Avila                    Susan Hollins

19th October             Touching the hem of the garment – Healing ministries                      Susan Hollins

26th October             Spirituality in season                                                                                  Susan Hollins

 

Sunday Morning Holy Communion: This Book of Common Prayer Service at 8.00 am will be taken by Andrew Davison on 5th October and Susan Hollins on 12th, 19th and 26th October.

Taizé Service: this ecumenical service will be held weekly at 9.00 pm on Monday evenings from 6th October in the Church. For further information please contact Giulia Conto (giulia.conto@libero.it)

The Meditation Group will continue to meet on Fridays at 5.30 pm.

All Souls: The annual commemoration of the departed at this time of year is an important occasion for many people. There will be three all-souls-tide services, firstly the Prayer Book Communion Service at 10.30 am on Friday, 31st October at which names of the departed will be read out (if you would like any name(s) added to the list of the departed, please add them to the list at the back of the Church or let Susan Hollins know). Sunday at Eleven and The Meditative Eucharist on Sunday, 2nd November, will give further opportunities to remember those who have died.

Little Eds: between now and Christmas our children’s group will be meeting for Godly Play during “Sunday at Eleven” on 5th and 19th October, 2nd and 16th November, and then weekly during Advent on 30th November, 7th, 14th and 21st December.

The Women’s Group will be meeting on Sunday 5th October at 3.00 pm in the Clare Chapel of the Church. Margot Krebs Neale will be talking about about her work as a professional photographer and a project she has been involved in photographing women. The Group hopes to arrange to visit an exhibition of her work. For further details please contact Ann Kember.

The Meditation Group continues to meet each Friday afternoon at 5.30pm until 6.15. Silence, prayer and meditation offer a rich resource for life in Christ.

“A Chance to Talk”: following on from the meetings in July, the fourth session with Ruth Adams will be on Thursday, 16th October at 7.00 pm in the Church. It is open to all those who attended the earlier meetings and any other members of the congregation who would like to attend. These meetings provide opportunities for us to reflect upon the difficult pathways of the last year and to begin to outline the building blocks for our life together now and for the future.

Chapter Meeting: The next Chapter will be meeting at 6.30 pm on Wednesday, 8th October in the Clare Chapel of the Church. An Agenda will be posted very soon.

Ann Kember: Ann will be away from St. Edward’s until the middle of November on her placement with the Papworth benefice and her non-church placement. She has requested not to be contacted by members of the St. Edward’s congregation during this time. On her return Ann will be focusing on her ministerial training and will be relinquishing some of her roles in church to support this.

Churchyard: We will be meeting again for litter picking and light gardening at 11.00 am on Saturday, 25th October followed by a mug of soup and bread. Children are encouraged to come but must be supervised.   If you are planning to come, it would be helpful if you could let Philippa Pearson or Judith Tonry know.

VICAR-CHAPLAIN’S LETTER

Autumn is a natural time of change: daylight time reduces; the temperature drops; the trees lose their leaves; our thoughts begin, perhaps reluctantly, to turn towards Christmas and the ending of the calendar year. The fading of summer creates nostalgia in us as we consider the summer that has now faded from view, but which is held in our memory.

Autumn is a time of remembering and remembrance through the festivals of All Saints, All Souls and then, in November, the great Act of Remembrance on or around 11 November which seems to grow in significance each passing year. In this natural season we also remember the Reformation saints and martyrs whose lives lit great candles of witness which burn to this day. We will also remember Luke, known as The Great Physician and reflect upon our call to be people of healing and of reconciliation. On almost every day during this golden month of October the life of a saint or a martyr is recalled: a feast indeed for our hearts, minds and souls.

In this new season we’ll continue with the crucially important healing work that was set in train during the mid-summer with Ruth Adams. This work is both collective and individual as we consider both the past events that have had a profound impact upon our life here, and begin to shape the new pattern of our life together building upon our strong values and identity as God’s people in this place and time.

St Edward’s has a strong and positive profile as a church where those in training for ministry may both learn from and give to our community. This year will be no different. Ann Kember’s role among us will change as she steps aside from being Pastoral Assistant in order to concentrate on her final year of ministerial formation before she’s ordained next June. Ann will welcome our prayer and active support in this year as the demands of her final year of training are considerable. We will also welcome back James Brown, an Ordinand from Ridley, who is also in his final year of ministerial training. We’ll also be welcoming a new Ordinand, Reid Humble who is in training at Westcott House. Our prayer and our active support will be very much appreciated by James and by Reid. My part in this will be to provide regular supervision to each of these Ordinands, a task that I will enjoy massively as we work with each other and learn with and from each other. Ann, James and Reid will be taking a regular part in the preaching rota, and in the Sunday Services in general.

In every parish in which I’ve served I’ve visited people at home – in good times and in sad times – and in hospital. I want to grow this ministry among you here, so please don’t hesitate to ask me if you’d like me to visit you, and especially if you have, or someone you know has, need. This applies to night-time crises as well as the day time! I will be very pleased to bring Holy Communion to you at home, in hospital, hospice or any other place of care. Specifically, and to begin with, I’ll be picking up from where Malcolm and Ann have left off in this area.

My God be our light and our way as we tread new paths together through this changing season.

With the assurance of my prayers

Susan

Vicar-Chaplain: Susan Hollins (01954 269676, 07918 671476, rev.hollins@btconnect.com); Other Clergy: Alan Cole (892286, alan73@waitrose.com), Churchwardens: Judith Tonry (892160, judith@tonry.co.uk), Charlie Bell (07962 021067, cb561@cam.ac.uk); Treasurer, Geoffrey Barnes (362004, sainteds@outlook.com); Little Eds: Dani Redhead (little_eds@outlook.com); Sunday Morning Singers: Philippa Pearson (philippa@philippapearson.co.uk) Church phone: (01223) 362004. Church website: http://sainteds.wordpress.co.uk

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podcasts from Aug 17

Sermons

Aug 17th – Crumbs under the Table - Malcolm Guite

Aug 17th – ACTS: 4 Essential Elements of Prayer – Part 2: Confession – Malcolm Guite

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podcasts from Aug 10th

10th Aug. – WWI Commemoration Service – Alison Hennegan

10th Aug. – ACTS: 4 Essential Elements of Prayer – Part 1: Adoration – Susan Hollins

 

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podcasts from August 3rd

3rd August: Loaves and Fishes Susan Hollins

3rd August: Feast of the Transfiguration – Malcolm

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Little Eds are meeting this Sunday

Little Eds will be meeting this Sunday (15th June) during the 11am service. We will be working with the story of Pentecost (only a week late!). All children welcome.

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