Lillington Parish Magazine
St Mary Magdalene’s Church
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THE CHURCH OFFICE
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FROM THE VICARAGE
After all the excitement of the Jubilee and the
Olympics, we come down to earth with a bit of a
bump in September! However, there are lots of
plans afoot in our church life, which I’d like to
share with you. As a church we share in the
mission statement of the whole of Coventry
Diocese, which is:
• To worship God
• To make new Christians and disciples
• To transform communities
However, at a local level we need to think about how we achieve
these objectives. Each year the PCC (Parochial Church Council) sets
goals, goals which hopefully help us fulfil these objectives.
However, we having been finding that the PCC agenda is getting
longer and longer, and we seem to have less and less time to
properly talk about how we can achieve these goals, so we decided
it was time for a new structure.
From this month, we are setting up three new working groups which
will report to the PCC. A Worship Group, a Discipleship Group and a
Community Group. Each group will be made up of members of the
PCC and other church members, and will meet maybe every two
months, to think about their particular area of church life.
The exact agenda for each group hasn’t yet been set, but among
other things, to start with the worship group will be thinking in
particular about church music and how we welcome new people.
The discipleship group will be considering the idea of parish small
groups, and the community group will focus on church social events,
our schools links and how we support the sick and housebound.
We would love every group to have one or two people on it who are
relatively new to church, or haven’t ever been on the PCC. We want
new ideas and energy. We want you! If you would like to know
more, or think that maybe you have something to offer, I would
love to talk to you about getting involved. I look forward to hearing
Rev Charlotte Gale, September 2012
FROM THE CHURCH RECORDS
Jun 1 Amy Grace Tetlow
George Eliseo Ochoa
Jun 25 Keva Victoria Windrum
Chloe Jade Catherin Esom
Emily Megan Esom
Harry George Esom
Jul 8 Samuel John Ward
Jul 28 Leigh Darren Astill and Diane Louise Leeson
Jun 7 Olive Davies (89), Whitacre Road
Jun 7 Mo-Lin Wong (71), Valley Road
Jun 8 Barbara Moore (84), Compton Close
Jul 19 Patricia Kendall (82), Telford Avenue
Jul 20 Kathleen Lister (97), Southfields, Lillington Road
GOOD REASONS FOR JOINING A CHURCH CHOIR THIS AUTUMN!
You're running out of clean clothes and the robe saves on laundry.
The church is usually crowded and you want to make sure you always
have a seat.
You've just been selected for jury duty and you want to get used to
sitting with a large group of people.
The collection plate is never passed to the choir.
There's a clock in the back of the church and you want to know when
one hour has passed.
For years you have wanted to know who sits in the back of the church
but were afraid to turn around and look.
You've been known to nod off during the service and don't want the
minister to catch you.
The chairs for the choir are padded and are the most comfortable
chairs in the church.
If this gets you interested in joining our choir please contact
Mike King, Choirmaster and Organist, on 01926 409062
WELCOME TO STEVE HOOD
Why are you coming to St Mary’s?
I’m just starting the third of three part-time years of training for
ordination as a priest in the C of E. For the past 18 years I’ve been
part of just one church congregation (St Mark’s just down the road),
so I thought it would be really good to spend some time at another
church to broaden my experience of different congregations and see
how somewhere which is a different style and size of church works.
Charlotte has been kind enough to let me join with you all, so I’ll be
around until January. I hope to be able to get involved helping with
Sunday services and some of the other things you do.
You say you are training part-time, what does that mean?
Part-time training means that the training is designed to allow some
time to continue with paid work alongside classroom and practical
learning. I go in to the Queen’s Foundation in Edgbaston,
Birmingham, two or three days a week to study modules covering
the Bible and Christian practice and belief. For example, last term I
did a module that looks in general at the Old Testament Prophets
and one that looks at Revelation, and spent one day a week at the
Further Education college in Nuneaton, learning how the chaplaincy
works (where Naomi was until May). I’m at St Mary’s on Sundays
and at least part of one other day during the week. And I fit in
some commercial business consultancy and house-husbanding
Can you tell us a little about your background?
As you can tell from my accent, I’m not from round here. I was
brought up in Coleraine in Northern Ireland and became a Christian
when I was fourteen. After school, I came over to England for work
and university, where I did an engineering degree, and met
Christine (who I met as my student Bible Study Group leader). We
got married when I graduated - twenty nine years ago. She works
for KPMG, while I’ve worked for Roll-Royce, Mars, Cadbury and one
of the Formula 1 racing teams, before becoming a self-employed
business consultant ten years ago. We moved here (to Wasperton)
when I started with Cadbury. We have two sons. Andrew is 21 and
has just finished university, and starts work in London in
September. Mike is 18 and has a gap year planned that includes 6
months teaching in Malawi from next January. Wonderfully, Andrew
and Mike decided to be baptized & confirmed in 2004 and 2010
Do you have any hobbies or interests?
When it’s not raining at the weekend, Christine and I like to fit in a
walk at some point and from Wasperton there are some very
pleasant country lanes and paths at hand which make that easy. I
enjoy cycling, so travel to the Queen’s Foundation by train and bike,
and try to do enough pedalling each week to stay reasonably fit.
Having been directly involved with Formula 1 for a while, I’m still a
keen follower, and run a little Fantasy F1 competition with some
friends. I’m currently seventeenth of twenty-six competitors, so it’s
not going so well for me this season!
What do you hope for your time here?
When my time here comes to an end in January it would be great if
people remember me as someone who loves God and encourages
others. I’m here to learn, so I hope people see me try new things
(however successfully) and I’m here to help, so I hope God uses
some of what I do to encourage, challenge and build-up his church
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Hello friends and neighbours!
I'm writing this soon after the closing ceremony of the
Olympics, so it is still very fresh in my mind. I'm sure
that, like me, you will have been amazed, delighted and very noisy,
as you cheered on your favourite athlete. My memories will, of
course, fade, but some images are indelible. Blood, sweat and tears
before, during and after the events which were so wonderfully
brought to us by TV crews and presenters. An Olympian feat in
itself! Who can forget the little boxer, Nicola Adams, the sailor Ben
Ainslie or the runner, Mo Farah? There were very many more who
made history, and I especially enjoyed the cyclists, both on the
roads, and on tracks indoors. How puny do my legs feel? (By the
way, please sponsor Godfrey and Caroline Carr as they cycle around
Warwickshire in September to raise money for the Historic Churches
Trust). For me the word 'cauldron' has been completely
modernised, and its imposing presence throughout the Games an
inspiration to all.
Wonderful creativity was displayed at the Opening and Closing
Ceremonies, and of course, each of us will remember our favourite
And what about the vast army of volunteers?
Say no more - 'just do it', whether your chosen
arena is on the sports field, in your community
or at your local church. I've always got open
ears to take your name to join a rota or two.
A few people have recently asked about the
churchyard. Volunteers (yes) are maintaining
the top churchyard beautifully, whilst the lower
churchyard is the responsibility of Warwickshire
County Council. They've been hampered by
atrocious weather from time to time, but none
the less have been most helpful.
I'll finish by drawing your attention to the Organ
recitals each Wednesday evening during
September. There is a whole page devoted to them elsewhere in
this magazine. They're lovely!
Glynis Wright (Churchwarden)
St Mary Magdalene’s
ORGAN RECITALS 2012
Wednesday evenings at 7.30 pm
September 5th Peter Summers
Organist Emeritus, Holy Trinity, Stratford upon Avon
September 12th John Wilderspin
Organist for Voluntary Choir at Worcester Cathedral
September 19th by Adrian Moore
Organist of Holy Trinity, Leamington Spa
September 26th Michael King
Organist of St Mary Magdalene, Lillington
Recitals are for approx 40 minutes
Saturday October 6th at 7.30 pm
Concert Organist and Pianist
Wine and cheese will be served during the interval
Entrance to all recitals is free: donations are invited for
the organ fund
TRANSFORMING THE SANCTUARY
Over the last year or so, we’ve been gradually transforming the
sanctuary of the church. Due to the vagaries of Diocesan
permission procedures and the availability of skilled tradesmen, the
work has taken longer than anticipated, but with the walls freshly
painted and the beautiful new carpet now in place, I hope you agree
that the whole area looks really lovely. The only outstanding
question to be answered is regarding our wonderful solid oak
communion table, which was discovered entombed in marble and
has been miraculously restored to its current gleaming splendour,
by a local expert.
The old stone altar was in no way constructed to be pleasing to the
eye, and so was rightly covered with colourful frontals of varying
quality. The different colours – green, red, white and blue (purple
in most other churches) reflect the different seasons of the church,
and those colours are also seen in the priest’s robes, the pulpit fall,
and the burse and veil (which cover the communion vessels ). The
question for us is whether we want to return to having frontals
covering the communion table, and if we did, how would we do it.
Just after the new carpet was fitted, a longstanding member of the
congregation commented to me, that it had for them, transformed
the sanctuary, and they no longer felt the need for any kind of
frontals to be added. They loved the simplicity and elegance of the
oak table, set against the amber carpet. I know that they are not
alone in this view. Lots of you think that we should leave the
sanctuary exactly as it is, theologically reflecting a lovely balance of
the catholic and reformed aspects of the Church of England, which is
where we as a church seem to find our place.
Others think that we have lost something by removing the frontals.
However, we cannot simply replace the existing frontals, even if we
wanted to, as they no longer fit. A considerable amount of
alteration would be required, which would be costly and difficult,
especially for the highly embroidered white and green frontals. In
addition, during the seasons of Christmas and Easter, the main time
when the white frontal was in place, we have now taken to placing
the Christmas Crib and the Easter Garden within the communion
table, a practice that has been incredibly well received.
Another idea that a couple of people have suggested to me, is a
third way, so to speak. Instead of full altar frontals, we could have
new ones that cover just the central third of the communion table,
adding a splash of colour, but leaving much of the oak still on view.
This would give us a wonderful opportunity to commission some
new artwork for the church, but it could be costly, as we may also
want to have matching items such as pulpit falls.
In the spirit of openness, I personally love the sanctuary as it
currently is, and am still entranced by our almost miraculous
communion table, a kind of gift to us from previous generations,
hidden for so many years, right under all our noses. I think that
covering it up again would be a terrible shame. I also think that the
blue and red frontals are of insufficient quality or artistic merit to
bother altering, and the green and white ones are too precious to be
chopped up, but could be preserved as part of our church heritage.
But that’s just my view! I would love to hear what you think, so
that we can make that final decision about the sanctuary, with as
full a picture as possible of the thoughts of those who worship there
week by week. Please do get in touch.
Rev Charlotte Gale, July 2012
COLOURS OF THE CHURCH YEAR
Over the years, the custom has grown up of Priests wearing
different coloured robes for Holy Communion at each season of the
Purple robes are worn during times of fasting - particularly Lent
White robes are worn for the major Christian festivals - Easter,
Christmas and Ascension Day. They are also worn on some
Red robes are worn during Holy Week and Whitsun (Pentecost)
and also on martyr's and saints' days. The altar cloths will also
Green robes are worn at other times in the church year
John Vallis very much appreciates
all the cards, visitors, and prayers
from all at St Mary Magdalene’s
during his recent stay in hospital. He
is delighted to be back home now
and joining us in Church again on a
Holiday Photo competition
You didn’t have to go away this summer - just see what Ray and Val
May watch in their own garden. To see this in glorious colour go to
the Parish website (www.lillingtonparishchurch.org)
‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or
drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food,
and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not
sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds
them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by
worrying add a single hour to your life?
BY RODERICK CLARK (THE ROVING REPORTER)
After the Revd Charlotte, the face of St Mary
Magdalene’s for many local people is our
Church Administrator, Anne Furze, who fields
diverse questions and requests with
reassuring calm and efficiency four mornings
a week. Anne lived as a child in Daventry
with her two older brothers; her father was
an assembly worker and her mother had
taught briefly before marrying. She was quiet and reserved; she
hated sport, drama and generally being in the limelight. However,
she loved her Brownie meetings, the ‘pop’ music of the time
(including the Beatles) and – above all – reading (Enid Blyton and
Malcolm Saville were favourite authors). She was sent to a nearby
Sunday School and enjoyed putting the stickers she received into a
book - but her search for faith came much later. In the top stream
of the new local comprehensive school she struggled with maths
and science but loved languages and music (which conveniently
allowed her to miss games and religious education). She enjoyed
life in the school choir and musical groups, playing the cornet and
Eb bass. Visits to folk music clubs were a leisure activity later on.
Life took a sad turn when Anne was sixteen: her Mother didn’t tell
her that her father was terminally ill until the day before he died. In
the Sixth Form she had her fill of literature while studying Latin,
French and English. She still loves reading – but was not keen on
analysing it and decided not to go to university, despite having the
Instead, she embarked on a two-year bilingual secretarial course,
living in lodgings in Kettering on weekdays. She qualified but
lacked the self-esteem to apply for an appropriate post, and so took
a general office job at the same college – enjoying the wide range of
methodical work it entailed. As Anne says: “Things have tended to
happen – but for the best” and the next thing to “happen” was Pete,
now Anne’s husband. They first met briefly on a World War One
battlefields visit to France – and then at an evening class back in
Kettering. They became good friends, and when Pete moved his job
in economic assessment and planning for British Steel from Corby to
Newport, Anne, now engaged, went too and found a rewarding job
in a small life assurance company. Living in Bristol and later
married, they loved their leisure times of walking, reading and
entertaining. After four years, Pete took a lecturer post in the
organisation's management training college at Ashorne, south of
Warwick. He fell in love with the garden at their Leicester Lane
house – and she with the view over the fields from the front.
Two children came along: William is now a countryside ranger in
Sussex while Liz is married with two children and living near
Warwick. Anne, as a non-driver, found the baby care isolating – but
enjoyed the support of other mothers she had met at an ante-natal
class run by the National Childbirth Trust. While the “baby stage”
was less to her liking, she certainly enjoyed the bedtime story
stage; even classics such as Lord of the Rings were completed over
a number of months. Anne finds her grandchildren “a great joy,
great fun” – but is happy to hand them back at the end of the day.
The next turning point was Pete’s early retirement from his senior
lectureship. About this time, Anne entered a period of exploration
which led her to the writings of the mediaeval mystic, Mother Julian
of Norwich, and in particular her saying: “All shall be well...and all
manner of thing shall be well.” Around fifteen years ago Anne
started to attend the church’s Tuesday morning Communion and
later the 8 a.m. Sunday service. She became friends with a curate
of that time, the Revd Nicky Morgan, with whom she shared the
love of poetry. When the Church Administrator post became
vacant, she applied successfully – and is still there nearly twelve
years later. A real challenge arose when the Revd Tim Boyns left
and was not replaced for over two years. Anne became part of the
“CRAC team” (called after its four members’ first names), which in
effect ran the church (along with some clerical help) until the Revd
Charlotte arrived. Anne enjoys the challenge of the job and the
quick turnover of tasks, coping with the needs and demands of
individuals, building up relationships. I know I am justified in
adding that many church members and visitors are grateful for her
welcoming manner, enormous church expertise and the pastoral
“First Aid” which she sometimes dispenses to people who arrive with
their worries or sadnesses.
Anne has also (inevitably) acquired a few volunteer jobs, including
as PCC standing committee and Deanery Synod member, sacristan
and lesson reader. She also helps to plan our innovative Evening
Worship services, where she sometimes plays her guitar and sings.
Of the many surprising requests she has faced, she recalls the time
when two young men turned up looking for the burial plot of a rock
musician and songwriter called Nick Drake. However, she was up to
task, happening to know that the grave in question was, instead, at
St Mary Magdalene’s in Tanworth-in-Arden, towards Solihull. That's
called being on top of the job!
The new Bishop wanted a bird’s eye view of his new diocese, so he
had an idea. He rang his local airport to charter a flight. He was
told a twin engine plane would be waiting for him at the airport.
Arriving at the airfield, the bishop spotted a plane warming up
outside a hanger. He jumped in, slammed the door shut, and
shouted, “Let's go!"
At once the pilot taxied out, swung the plane into the wind and took
off. Once in the air, the bishop spent several minutes enjoying the
views, and looking for local landmarks. Finally he instructed the
pilot, "Fly down the valley now and make low passes so I can take
pictures of some of the best of the old parish churches."
"Why?" asked the pilot.
"Because I'm the new bishop,” he replied
happily, adjusting his camera, “and I want
some good aerial views of my diocese.”
The pilot was strangely silent for a moment.
Finally he stammered, “So, what you're
telling me, is … you're NOT my flight instructor?"
The Parable of the Talents
As we begin a new term at school, let us remember that each and every one
of us has special talents. The Olympics are just one example of this! Jesus
once told a story to teach us that people should make the most of the skills
and abilities that God has given them.
One day a man was going on a long trip. He needed his servants to take care
of his property while he was gone, so he called them to him.
He gave five talents of money to the first servant. A talent was not a coin,
but a weight of a precious metal such as silver. One talent was worth a great
deal of money! The first servant went to work at once using his money, until
he had doubled it. He now had ten talents instead of five! The master gave
the second man two talents. The second man was successful and doubled his
money too. The third man was not as capable as the other two, so the
master gave him one talent, with the expectation that he would manage it
well. He too, could have increased his money but instead, he dug a hole and
hid it in the ground!
After a long time the master returned. He was ready to find out how the
servants had used their talents. The servant who had received five talents
brought his money and showed the master that he had doubled it. The
master was very pleased. He said, “Well done, good and faithful servant!
You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many
things.” The servant who had been given two talents showed the master
that he had also doubled his money. He received the same words of praise
as the first man. The servant who had received one talent dug up the talent
he had buried and brought it to the master. He accused the master of being
a hard man to work for and said he had been afraid, so he just buried his
talent. He gave it back to the master saying, "See, here is what belongs to
you.” The master was very angry with him and called him a lazy servant. He
said that the servant should at least have put the money with bankers and
received some interest. The master took his one talent away from him and
gave it to the man who had ten talents.
What can we learn from this story?
We need to use whatever "talent" God has given us. Whatever our talents
are, we need to use them wisely!
3. The type of story Jesus told about the talents is called this.
6. The master rewarded the servant who increased his talents by giving them ______
7. The master gave to each servant according to their ____
9. If you are ____ with a few things God will give you more responsibility
1. We are each given a ____ ability that no one else has
2. If we don’t use our special gift God will ____ take it away
4. The servant who received one talent did this with it
5. Our abilities are very ____ to God; he wants us to use them wisely
6. This person in the story is used to describe God
8. The first two servants did this with their talents
The group meet at church 9.30 am on the
first Saturday of the month.
August Evening Walk
Thelma was our leader and she had
planned a walk from Haseley. However the
route turned out to be too muddy so 14 of
us drove to Bubbenhall and walked around
Ryton Pools. The weather stayed favourable and we ventured into
the Nature Reserve observing many wild flowers. We duly followed
our leader but on occasions weren't sure if we knew where we were
going!! It was an enjoyable evening finalising in a cup of tea/coffee
and delicious cake at 98 Lillington Road.
Saturday 1st September
An easy walk of 3.5 to 4 miles along the towpaths of two canals,
with short sections of road walking between them, around
Kingswood junction, near Lapworth. No stiles. We can have lunch
afterwards at the Navigation Inn, but they would like advance
warning of numbers, so I would be glad if people intending to stay
to lunch could let me know on 01926-315890 or to
email@example.com before Thursday 30th August. Otherwise,
just turn up outside church at 9.30 a.m. on Saturday 1st
“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from
the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and
withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand
poetical descriptions extant of autumn--that season of peculiar and
inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness--that season
which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at
description, or some lines of feeling.”
Jane Austen, Persuasion
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The eight o’clock pew…a personal view
I sowed some 200 pea seeds in the vegetable plot,
and waited. About a dozen seedlings appeared above
ground. There were long, empty gaps in the rows. I
went to the local garden centre to buy a further
'Only a few came up,' I said, 'I need some more seeds.'
'Mice.' said the man.
I've heard this said before: mice digging down, in dead of night, and
feasting on newly sown pea seeds. So, I decided on another
strategy. I sowed the new seeds in compost in a length of guttering
and shut them in securely on the floor of the greenhouse. When
established, at the seedling stage, they were to be slid gently into a
shallow furrow in the garden.
Next day, pieces of broken seed-case and crumbs of chewed pea
seed lay scattered on the greenhouse floor. As the man said: 'Mice'.
A thorough survey revealed a gap beneath frame and floor of the
greenhouse, just big enough for a mouse to squeeze through.
Determined to stop this wonton vandalism, I rummaged through the
potting shed, looking for a mouse trap which I was sure I had put
away years ago. It was of the traditional skull-crushing, neck-
breaking design. I couldn't find it, however I came across an
ancient mouse live-trap. This consists of a transparent, elongated
box with a door at one end. Bait is placed inside and the door left
open. A trip mechanism closes the door behind it when a hungry
mouse enters. Late on Saturday evening I set the trap on the
Next day, before setting out for the eight o'clock communion
service, I checked to see if it had worked. Result! The door was
closed and the bait had been replaced by a quivering mouse.
Twenty-to-eight, late, I put the trap and its prisoner in the car and
set off for church. About half way on the journey I pulled into a lay-
by and opened the door of the trap.
As he emerged he turned and looked at me, bright eyes, twitching
whiskers, and then, scampering across the verge and into the
hedgerow, he was gone.
Before the service started, I sat and thought about the mouse. He
and I are both mammals, way back in evolutionary history we had
the same common ancestor and much of our DNA would be the
same. There had been, for a moment, eye contact between us,
before he scuttled away. Was it St. Francis of Assisi who spoke of
animals as brothers and sisters; Brother Ox, Brother Ass – Brother
Rev Nicky Morgan
Nicky was Curate at St Mary Magdalene’s
in the late 1990’s. She was appointed
Rector of the Quantock Coast Benefice in
It was a pleasure to attend the Rev Nicky
Morgan’s licensing as Rector of the
Benefice. The service took place at St
Andrew’s church at Stogursey, Somerset,
which was packed and the atmosphere
was so welcoming for Nicky. At the
refreshments afterwards it was just the same.
It was a beautiful service with an excellent address by Right Rev’d
Peter Maurice, Bishop of Taunton. He referred to the challenging
times in which we live, and added: “I think the urgent question for
us is not so much what the Church means to us, but what the
Church represents to those who look from the outside.”
Like St. Mary Magdalene, the church is very old it was real pleasure
to see Rev Nicky installed in such a lovely place.
More information about the service and Nicky’s new team can be found at
Test your brain with this crossword - answers will appear in next month’s issue.
19 ‘It is better to take refuge in the
Lord than to trust — — ’ (Psalm
22 Goods (Nehemiah 13:15) (5)
23 i.e. train (anag.) (7)
24 Surrounding area (Luke 24:50)
25 ‘Righteousness will be his — and
faithfulness the sash round his
waist’ (Isaiah 11:5) (4)
1 Elegant and creative (Exodus
2 ‘Listen, I tell you a mystery: We
will not all — , but we will all be
changed’ (1 Corinthians 15:51) (5)
Across 4 ‘I... delight to see how orderly
1 ‘A little later someone else saw you are and how firm your — — —
Peter and said, “You — are one of is’ (Colossians 2:5) (5,2,6)
them”’ (Luke 22:58) (4) 5 Enlist (2 Samuel 24:2) (5)
3 Giving (1 Peter 2:5) (8) 6 Of the Muslim faith (7)
9 They came to Jerusalem seeking 7 Sharp intake of breath (Job
an infant king (Matthew 2:7) (3,4) 11:20) (4)
10 ‘An athlete... does not receive 8 Woven cloth (Ezekiel 16:13) (6)
the victor’s crown unless he 13 Plentiful (Romans 5:17) (8)
competes according to the — ’ (2 15 CIA char (anag.) (7)
Timothy 2:5) (5) 16 Paul and Silas stopped him
11 Pacifist, temperance advocate, committing suicide after an
open-air preacher, leading 20th- earthquake in Philippi (Acts 16:27–
century Methodist, Donald — (5) 28) (6)
12 ‘Come quickly to — — , O Lord 18 One of the ingredients in the
my Saviour’ (Psalm 38:22) (4,2) making of incense for the Lord
14 ‘The God of Abraham, — — — , (Exodus 30:34) (5)
the God of our fathers, has glorified 20 Episcopal headwear (5)
his servant Jesus’ (Acts 3:13) 21 Inhabitant of, say, Russia,
(5,3,5) Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia or
17 Sear by intense heat (Revelation Bulgaria (4)
ANSWERS FOR JULY/AUGUST CROSSWORD
ACROSS: 1, Riches. 4, Abner’s. 7, Soul. 8, Damascus. 9, Statutes. 13,
Add. 16, Craftsmanship. 17, Old. 19, Redeemer. 24, Walls are. 25,
Wise. 26, Target. 27, Thieve.
DOWN: 1, Rest. 2, Courtyard. 3, Sadhu. 4, Arm he. 5, Nose. 6, Round.
10, Tutor. 11, Timid. 12, Sense. 13, Ashbelite. 14, Dips. 15, Echo. 18,
Lhasa. 20, Exact. 21, Erect. 22, Flog. 23, Mede.
THE WORLD AT MY TABLE
Before settling into my new
home in Lillington two years
ago, circumstances had rarely
allowed me to invite people to
stay in any degree of comfort.
So this was a priority. When I
found the house, I decided the
en-suite master bedroom (to
use estate agent terminology)
would be my guest room –
while I used the second
bedroom with its built-in
cupboards to house a
lifetime’s worth of spare clothing. I always hoped to offer
occasional accommodation to fascinating foreign visitors - as is
sometimes needed. International travel has never been important
to me – I thought that meeting the world over my own breakfast
table was cheaper and less tiring.
Until this summer, only friends from, frankly, less interesting places
(Southport, Sevenoaks and Shoeburyness, to be precise) had
occupied the adaptable double/twin bed. That changed when I saw
a notice from an international Anglican organization which runs
conferences for young peacemakers – part of its programme was to
take place in the doyen of reconciliation centres, Coventry
Cathedral. My two guests were Bisoke from the Democratic
Republic of the Congo and Elijah from Sri Lanka. Bisoke was a
typically cheerful black priest who is responsible for youth work
throughout the Anglican province of the Congo. He spoke little of
the killings which occurred and still do occur in the DRC – instead,
he enthused about the evangelistic work he would do in
neighbouring Rwanda when he had learnt yet another tribal
language. Elijah was an idealistic nineteen-year-old between school
and university. Despite the end of the Tamil Tigers civil war, Sri
Lanka can still be tense; Buddhism and Hinduism are the major
religions – and Elijah’s father runs an independent Christian church.
With no advice on food, I had searched the internet for dishes to
suit both guests. My efforts on the first evening did not seem to
please – but, anyway, I enjoyed the leftovers for several days after
their departure. Following a warning that some conservative
Christians are shocked that fellow believers here may drink alcohol,
I hid my (modest) supplies of that evil. It was a waste of time as,
when collecting my guests on their last evening, I found that the
farewells were being exchanged in a city-centre bar (although, to be
fair, Elijah does not drink).
Of course, inviting people to stay is not always idyllic – as someone
once said: Hospitality is making your guests feel at home – even if
you wish they were!
And a character in Noel Coward’s last play, never staged until now,
also voices a possible emotion: The most beautiful thing about
having people to stay is when they leave.
However, I hope that most of our entertaining enables us to say (or
at least think) this Irish quotation as we wave goodbye: Would it
not be the beautiful t’ing now if you were coming instead of going?
A new home is required for a light tubular
metal sprung folding bed with mattress.
Used twice in 25 years, otherwise kept
wrapped in plastic. Free (with delivery if
required) but a small donation to Church
funds would be appreciated.
Contact 01926 422168
Picture for illustration only
When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my
complaints; (Job 7:13)
COOKING WITH CROSSTALK
Two recipes using potatoes - one for new potatoes and the other is
a new way to do bangers and mash from Heather Ransom and a
family favourite from Sylvia McKeown
Chicken with new potatoes
Preheat oven to 200C/fan 180C/Gas mark 6.
1. Halve as many new potatoes as required and place in a roasting
tin or oven-proof dish. Toss with about 1 tbsp. of Olive Oil and
2. Finely chop a good handful of Flat Leaf Parsley and toss with the
3. Separate the Cloves from 1 Garlic Bulb and toss with the
4. Place 4 skinless Chicken Breasts on top of the potatoes.
5. Slice up 1 Lemon and place on top with the chicken.
6. Drizzle over a little more Olive Oil and pour over Stock made
with 100ml White Wine and 100ml chicken stock.
7. Cook for about 30 mins until potatoes are tender and the
chicken is cooked through.
I like to brown the chicken first - it tastes better and looks nicer. I
also par-boil the potatoes first as this makes sure there are no
Serve with salad and lots of warm
crusty bread to soak up all the
Do you have any favourite recipes that
you would like to share with Crosstalk
readers? If so send them to the editor.
Balsamic Roasted Sausages and Mash
Heat oven to 200C/180C/Gas mark 6
3 Red Onions, cut into wedges 8 Sausages (more if you like)
3 Red Peppers, deseeded and of your choice
cut into chunks 250g Cherry Tomatoes (more
2 tbsp Olive Oil if you like)
2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar Few sprigs of Thyme
1 tbsp Runny Honey
1. Put the onions and peppers in a roasting tin or ovenproof dish.
Drizzle over the oil and vinegar and season well. Roast in the
oven for 10 mins.
2. Next put the sausages, cherry tomatoes and thyme in and
around the veg. Drizzle the honey over and cook for about
25mins. or so, (you may like to turn the sausages halfway) until
the sausages are cooked and golden.
3. While the sausages are cooking, make loads of Mash to serve
with the sausages.
Cheese and Tuna Medley
Serves 4 - generously
7oz tin of Tuna Fish 6oz cheddar cheese (grated)
4oz Crisps 3 eggs (beaten)
4oz Frozen peas Scant ½ pint milk
2oz mushrooms (chopped) Salt and pepper
1 medium onion (chopped)
1. Flake fish into mixing bowl, crush crisps and mix in. Add peas,
mushrooms, onion and 4oz cheese and seasoning and mix well
2. Beat eggs lightly and add milk. Pour into fish mixture. Put into
buttered ovenproof dish and sprinkle on remaining cheese.
3. Bake in moderate over 350o, Mark 4, for 30-40 minutes (may be
longer). Serve hot.
So he went and got them and brought them to his mother, and she
prepared some tasty food, just the way his father liked it. (Genesis
NEWS FROM ZIMBABWE
It is probably 30 years ago now, since I was first deeply and very
personally impacted by these words from Psalm 68:5 - 6,
A father to the fatherless, a defender of the widows, is God in
his holy dwelling.
God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the
prisoners with singing
Over and again these words have come back to me; perhaps no
more forcibly than at the beginning of last month when I celebrated
my 60th birthday and received messages from so many of you all
over the world. I don’t feel any older and I certainly don’t feel any
wiser (if anything I am even more aware of how little I know!) but I
am amazed at what the Lord has done and continues to do in my
life. My family here put together a beautiful book of reflections on
my 60 years (with photographs and letters sent from many of you
whom they had contacted), and as I look through it and see what a
huge family he has put me in, I am so humbled and aware of how
privileged I am! Thank you for your kind words and messages and
for being part of my life….part of my family.
As He has placed me into such a wonderful extended family, so
He has recently placed 4 more babies into the Montgomery
Little Blessed Banda was born
prematurely to a mentally disturbed
mother, He weighed just 1kg. His mother
later abandoned him to the care of his
destitute grandparents, who simply could
not cope. Childline were alerted and
referred the case to our local social
welfare officer, who then approached us,
asking us if we could make room for him
in our baby unit.
Blessed was brought to us at 14 months
old, weighing only 5.7kg, suffering from
malnutrition and TB and, not surprisingly,
very developmentally delayed.
We referred him to a mission hospital where he was treated for
about 2 weeks before being discharged into our family’s care. He is
slowly putting on weight and is beginning to gain strength and show
much more alertness.
His grandfather visited him in July and was astounded and delighted
with the progress his grandson has already made.
He still has a lot of ground to gain though, so pray for miraculous
catch up growth and development for him.
Triplets, Molline Mellissa and
Melody Chiponda were also born
prematurely. Not only that, they
were unexpected: their mother had
no idea she was having a multiple
Born at home to a sick mother with
no medical assistance, and
weighing, respectively, 1.2 kg, 950
grams and 900 grams, their survival chances were slim. However
they were hospitalised very quickly and given excellent care.
Their mother passed away shortly afterwards and their father,
unemployed and already with 4 other children to care for, was
simply unable to manage, so requested that a suitable home be
found for them.
We really didn’t have the space, but how could we refuse?!
They are pictured here at 5 months old, on July 4 th, the night that
we received them into our family.
They are absolutely gorgeous and quite difficult to tell apart.
Despite their precarious start in life, they are healthy, content and
are thriving. Now, at 6 months old, they weigh 6.1 kg, 6.2 kg and
6.8 kg, and are eating us out of house and home!
So, 4 more little people to love and care for. Our family keeps on
Thank you, special family, for your continued love, support and
SUMMER AFTERNOON TEAS
Glyn and Alan Wright invite you to their home and garden each first
Saturday of the month until October, between 3pm and 5pm.
Teas will be served with traditional teatime
food, both savoury and sweet. PLEASE COME
- let us know if you'd like a lift by ringing
This isn't a fund-raising effort. Just come and
enjoy food, friends old and new and the glories of summertime.
Ocotots is an informal weekly get together of babies, toddlers and
their carers in the Octagon at St Mary Magdalene's.
We meet on Thursday mornings during
term time for a mixture of chat, bible
stories and songs with plenty of soft toys
to keep the little ones busy.
We start with tea or coffee at 10:30 and
finish by 12 noon. Just pop along or
contact the church office to find out more.
MY STORY: LILLINGTON COMMUNITY FUN DAY
The day went very well. God blessed us with no rain and lots of
sunshine. Observing the forecast and thinking it would be more
cloudy than of late I did not wear a hat thinking that it would mither
me, and I did not put on any sun cream – result = sunburn! Luckily
our wonderful Reader Roderick had some sun cream with him. He
always seems to have a bottomless bag of useful items wherever he
is – a bit like Mary Poppins!
John and I were both so
delighted with the way
things went. It was
beyond my dreams really
as crowds of people were
seen streaming up Crown
Way and from all other
parts of Lillington, which
had been our entire
raison d'etre. Revd
David Palmer from Our
Lady’s Catholic Church
calculated that we
exceeded 1,200 people on the field at the peak. We had a couple of
entertainment ‘no shows’ from young musicians but nobody really
noticed that and those that did perform were good. The Chair of
Warwick District Council was a friendly man who kept his opening
speech brief and cut the red ribbon with style – then stayed for two
hours, circulating in the field and “pressing the flesh”. Our Mayor
arrived with her husband at 4.00pm, on cue, she was also
personable, delighted with the whole event and happy to award
prizes to some of our young achievers in the sporting events.
Our team of volunteers from St Mary Mags fitted in well and got on
with the job with their usual enthusiasm and reliability. Charlotte
Sanders arrived early, and was only slightly dismayed when she saw
that the First Aid Tent (provided for our use by Lillington Free
Church Guides) was in fact a totally unsuitable very small nylon
hooped tent that you could not stand up in!! In her usual calm and
efficient way she came to me to say she fully appreciated it was not
my fault but as the tent was not fit for purpose she would go home
and get her gazebo. Charlotte got in the car, drove home, came
back with the gazebo and
quietly set about putting
it up in the field on her
own – until John noticed
her and went to help out.
Steve Hood (our visiting
Deacon in training) was
another star and worked
hard all day in his role as
Site Supervisor (and litter
collector) – arriving at
9.00am and not going
home until all the clearing Chris Fox and Aileen Bond on the
up was done. church stall
Wright also tirelessly roamed the field with her litter bag and her
“pick up stick” getting on with her job and chatting to people as she
went while Councillor Sarah Boad put on the best refreshment stall
One of my fondest memories will be of two little toddlers (boy & girl
about 2 yrs) dancing in front of the stage while Leamington and
Warwick Dance Academy were entertaining us with their very
professional tap routine – it was a bit of a special moment. We had
no trouble at all, no injuries to speak of, no arguments and no
complaints. John witnessed a lady from Lillington Free Church
telling some young adults that they could not come onto the field
with their tins of beer as it was an alcohol free zone! We had never
publicized it as such, but apparently they went away without any
objections. Amazing – thank you Lord!
So many people who attended said it was great and “about time
something like this was done in Lillington”…………one of the men who
came with the rubbish bins in the morning was so taken with the
idea (he told me he used to live in Lillington) that he got straight on
his mobile phone and rang “the missus” to tell her to come up with
the kids; I saw him in the field himself later in the afternoon
enjoying the fun. The Ice Cream van man took £500 and there was
never a moment when he did not have a queue!! Alfie Appleton’s
Fairground Ride also did extremely well. David Clarke (Treasurer)
managed to persuade him to drop the price of the ride from £1.50
to £1 – with an offer to subsidise his end of day takings from our
funds. At the end of the day Alfie came smiling to see David to say
that he did not want any extra money from us as he was happy with
his afternoon’s business. The ladies from the Children’s Centre
painted so many faces in the first two hours that they had to shut
up shop at 4.15pm as they were completely exhausted and were
heard to say that they never wanted to paint another butterfly
again! And as for the
donated cakes, I have
never seen so many and
they all looked delicious!
Lots of times we talk
about our Lord being with
us on the road and he
was definitely on The
Holt field on Friday with
the Lillington Community
for which we give
Photographs courtesy of www.leamingtonspapeople.co.uk
RIDE AND STRIDE
HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST RIDE & STRIDE
Saturday 8 September. The Church will be
open 10.00am – 6.00pm Godfrey and Caroline
Carr will be cycling to raise money for this
church and the charity and you can sponsor
them through the church Office.
And if cycling round bits of Warwickshire is too easy peasy for you
budding ‘Bradley Wiggins’ then why not try the Cathedrals to Coast
Bike Ride; 22-23 September 2012.
Starting in London, this 147-mile challenge over two days will take
cyclists past some of England's finest cathedrals and castles, and
finish on Weymouth's seafront. Details at:
ROBIN’S ROUND UP
PLEASURE AND LEISURE
September is the month when we flick
through the pages of the local college’s
prospectus and think about what we can do to
occupy ourselves during the coming winter months. Well this
month’s magazine offers a lot of opportunities for you to get
involved right here in your church. Here are just some of the things
you could do:
New church groups - see From the Vicarage
Volunteers - See Warden’s Words
Choir - Page 2
Altar Frontal Feedback - page 9
… or you could write an article for Crosstalk
Giving your time and energy should be a pleasure but it isn’t the
only thing on offer this month, there are things that you could do in
your leisure time! We have organ recitals, Ride and Stride, Glyn’s
teas, Octotots and the Walkers monthly foray into the countryside.
Talking of doing things in your leisure time some of you may know
that I do enjoy cooking. Around now my thoughts turn to chutneys
and jams, Looking at my neighbour’s apple trees it’s not been a
good year for apples - which is a main ingredient in most chutneys
so if you have any excess fruits and vegetables I would be more
than willing to take them off your hands. Without the fruit and veg
there won’t be anything to sell at the Christmas Fair (oops didn’t
mean to mention that season quite so early!)
Maggie the Mouse
Maggie was hiding on the front page in the Crosstalk logo.
Congratulations to Beryl Law for finding her. It’s quite easy
this month (well I know where I put her!). Just contact the
editor when you find her - and you could win a prize pen.
Saturday 1st 9.30am Walkers Group - Bob and Judy Cooke
Monday 10th 7.45pm Lillington Evening WI - the Galapagos
Islands: Gordon Morris
Thursday 13th 7.30pm Lillington Evening Townswomen Guild,
(Lime Avenue Bowling Club) Trixie Skyrme -
September 25th 2.00 pm Tea & Chat in the Octagon. Contact
Parish office for more information
Saturday 6th 9.30am Walkers group - Roderick Clark 422994
7.30pm Anniversary Organ Recital in Church
Monday 8th 7.45pm Lillington Evening WI - John Carrier,
Memories of a Ministry
Thursday 11th 7.30pm Lillington Evening Townswomen Guild,
(Lime Avenue Bowling Club) Martin Sirot-Smith
‘Life in Tudor Times’
Friday 26th 7.30pm Concert in memory of Dennis and Jean
Brown, in church, featuring Callum Smart. Tickets
Tuesday 31st 2.00 pm Tea & Chat in the Octagon. Contact
Parish office for more information
Advertisements in this magazine are taken in good faith, and no specific
recommendation is implied or intended.
A reminder: Please make Cheques payable to Lillington PCC
Copy for the October 2012 Edition is required by 19TH
SEPTEMBER 2012 to Robin Innes (Editor) or to Anne Furze in the
Sept 2 Trinity 8.00am Holy Communion
13 9.30am All-Age Worship
Sept 9 Trinity 8.00am Holy Communion
14 9.30am Holy Communion with Sunday Club*
Sept Trinity 8.00am Holy Communion
16 15 9.30am Holy Communion with Sunday Club*
and prayers for healing
Sept Trinity 8.00am Holy Communion
23 16 9.30am Holy Communion with Sunday Club*
6.30pm Evening Worship
Sept Trinity 8.00am Holy Communion (Book of Common
30 17 Prayer)
9.30am Holy Communion with Sunday Club*
For children from ages up to 10 years during School Term time. Children
join the main 9.30 a.m. service at the beginning and the end, and leave for
a 30 minutes Sunday School session which has a range of age appropriate
All Tuesday services commence at 9.30 am except the last Tuesday of the
month when Communion will be at 1.30 p.m. Tea and chat will then follow
at 2.00 p.m. in the Octagon for those who wish to go along.
Tuesday Sept 4 9.30 am Holy Communion
Tuesday Sept 11 9.30 am Holy Communion
Tuesday Sept 18 9.30 am Holy Communion
Tuesday Sept 25 1.30 pm Holy Communion
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