VICTORIA & CHELSEA METHODIST CIRCUIT Volume 34 No. 7 May 2007 11 155A King’s Road, London SW3 5TX tel 020 7352 9305 fax 020 7823 3301 Web site www.chelseamethodist.org.uk Email firstname.lastname@example.org Commissioning Editor: Linda Lynn Production Editor: Felicity Budu-Manuel Yom Hashoah Dear Friends, inheritors of shared wisdom and tragic misunderstandings, of proud hopes and Our very dear friend, Deborah Lewis-Bill, gave humble successes. Now it is time for us to an address and said prayers before a recent meet, in memory and truth, in love and Council Meeting of the Royal Borough of promise. Kensington & Chelsea. At the invitation of this In that which we share, let us see the year’s Mayor, Councillor Tim Ahern, members of common prayer of humanity. In that which faith communities have led prayers according to we differ, let us wonder at the freedom of their tradition. mankind. In the unity of our differences, I believe that Deborah’s words should receive a let us know the uniqueness of God. Amen. wider hearing and so I am honoured that they should be the lead article in our Methodist Jewish history is long and filled with many sto - newsletter. I am very grateful to Debbie for so ries of slavery and freedom, sorrow and joy, per- readily giving her consent. secution and redemption. After the horrors of Affectionately, the Holocaust, Jews decided on a day to Jed comemorate this, our most recent tragedy and decided upon a date which would sit within the ‘Good Evening Mayor, Councillors, Ladies and span of the Warsaw Uprising, a period of Jewish Gentlemen, thank you so much for inviting me resistance against our persecutors, during the to make this brief address at this time and point years of awful slaughter when it appeared to the in the calendar. rest of the world that we went like cattle to an abbattoir. So, on the 15th April, 2007, Jews A prayer to begin with: around the world observed Yom Hashoah, the Lord of all Creation, we stand in awe day of Remembrance of the destruction of the 6 before You impelled by visions of the million of our kin for no reason other than their harmony of humankind. other-ness. We are children of many traditions - continued on page 3 Page 2 Number Eleven CHURCH FAMILY NEWS Baptism: On 29 April 2007, Mikayla Seline, daughter of Simeon & Melissa; born 5 March 2007. Our love and greetings to Mikayla Seline as she makes her entry into Jesus’ Church by infant baptism and our best wishes and congratulations to Simeon, Simon and Melissa. Our sympathy and prayers to Gloria Jalil & Jerry and the family both in the UK and the Philiippines on the death of Gloria’s mother Conchita Agpalo on 11 April in Manila. We continue to remember in our prayers those who have been bereaved: Karen & Darren Keogh (Joyce Mowbray); Chrissie & Michael Adeyemi (Gloria); Taiwo Adeyemi (Olawale Ogunlaye); Rosie Clover Brown (her father); Grace, John Christopher and Sharmaine (Jerry); Gary & Christine and Joan Middleton (Millie); Richard and his family (Stephen); Eric Waldron (Margaret); the family and friends of Elsie Philipps. May those who mourn be comforted. Joan Middleton has returned to Chelsea Hawkins (Royal Hospital, Chelsea). after her time in hospital in Eastbourne. Congratulations to Michael & Chrissie Gina Priddle has now been able to return to Adeyemi who celebrated their 50th wedding her home and to Ron. anniversary on 25 April (pictures on page 6-7). Dee Greet, along with Chris, was able to Best wishes to Susie Scott-Kydd in her new attend the recent Choir concert in memory of home in Lewis Buildings. Andrew Goode. Dee is still undergoing Ellie & Brian Mowbray - Karen Keogh’s par- chemotherapy. ents - have now returned to Sydney, Australia. Our very good friend Harry Fowler has been A welcome visitor in the Narthex was our for- admitted into hospital; Harry is the husband of mer guest Tony Yates (friend of our late brother our beloved Kay (Tuesday yoga). Marcus Kerr). Tony looked very well. Ruby Jaggard is hoping to return to her Eric Waldron (of Guernsey, CI) has once home in Lewis Buildings after a short stay in again been a welcome member of the Sunday Chelsea & Westminster hospital. Service and morning prayers. We have heard from Cynthia & Tony A special greeting with our prayers to Gavin Pascua now resident in San Diego, US, that Davies as he conducted CMC’s choir and the Cynthia’s mother is very ill. Chelsea Sinfonia in the memorial concert of Mozart’s Requiem dedicated to his late partner We heard from Roz Carr that her mother, and our beloved brother Andrew Goode. Mary Willis, is considerably improved in health. We send our greetings to Michael & We continue to remember in our prayers: Chrissie; Susie Scott-Kydd; Ellie & Brian; Joan and her family ; Gina & Ron; Dee & Tony and his mother; Eric and Gavin and his Chris; Harry & Kay; Ruby J; Cynthia & Tony; family and friends. Mary and Roz and her family; Betty Thompson; Derek Eames; Gilda (and Val); As ever, our greetings to all readers of Sister Margaret McMullen (St. Wilfrid’s Number 11 in the UK and the World Church. Convent); Susie Scott-Kydd; Cecilia Spencer (Meadbank Nursing Centre); Patricia Medley; Jed Pat Rule; Dennis Greenacre; Bernard Number Eleven Page 3 continued from page 1 while Jews joined with the wider community by Whilst prejudice appears in all socieites where including commemorative prayers in Saturday’s change is in progress and people feel anxious Sabbath service and preaching in sermons about others’ differences in appearance (‘how against the evils of prejudice - its unreasoning can you tell if they’re clean when they’re black’); hatred against others - it was on 15th April that diet (‘you don’t know what meat they use’); Jews around the world mourned the loss of our lifestyle (they’re not like us); or religion (‘they own dead particularly. don’t believe in God you know...); Jews have been regarded as convenient scapegoats for centuries; But we must all remember that prejudice, famine - blame the Jews; economic depression - hatred and the potential for prejudice and blame the Jews; plague - blame the Jews. But, hatred are not things of the past. Nor are they until the time of Hitler’s Germany, deaths relating necessarily feelings that everybody feels to this blame tended to be localised. Awful that required to disguise. We only have to have read one, one hundred or one thousand should die the papers, or, God forbid, to have watched the because they prayed differently, dressed differ- unedifying scenes from the Big Brother house, ently, ate differently, but only at this time was the to see ignorance, malice and lack of under- government of an entire country determined that standing in action! Fortunately, our Borough wherever its remit held power, Jews - of all ages supports an institution, well regarded amongst and both sexes, peasants and intelligentsia - others of its ilk, called the Forum of Faiths for would be destroyed, root and branch. Whole Kensington & Chelsea, in which it is possible to areas cleared of Jews, Jewish music, Jewish writ- see how both in ‘one-to-one’ and in larger ings ignored, destroyed, burned - Jews ignored, groups, people of good will of different colour, burned, destroyed and socieities in which they background and faith can talk openly together, had lived and worked, remodelled, renamed as if coming to agreement, or, if that is not possible, they had never been. A Holocaust made possible to an understanding of each others’ feelings by the leadership of one country determining to and needs which obviates the need of any overrun a vast area and treat all those areas in group to hate or misunderstand another. And exactly the same way - remove the Jews from Holocaust Memorial Day is, for the same rea- every echelon, every workplace, every country sons, a good thing, serving an excellent purpose and transport them to the killing fields of - reminding people that history is recent as well Auschwitz, Birkenau, Dachau, Bergen-Belsen, as ancient - reminding us that if we don’t Sobibor and many other Concentration Camps, remember the awful things that have happened, where they could be starved, mistreated and they can, so much more easily, happen again. worked close to death before being gassed and burned. Let us pray: Baruch atah adonai elohaynu melech ha’olam We remember another racial group, the gypsies, Blessed art Thou, eternal our God and who suffered their own Holocaust, and we do not God of all Creation. We gather here forget the sufferings of the mentally infirm, physi- before you, the children of many tradi- cally disabled, homosexuals, deaf, bllind, Poles tions, united by our respect for that spark and Russians mistreated and killed during this of the divine which exists in all your crea- period which brought the total death toll to tures. We pray for the day to come when around 23 million, but one should remember we will recognise that everyone is created that the word Holocaust should only ever be equal, whatever their colour, creed, culture used to cover an ‘event’ affecting a single group or sexual orientation. We pray for the within a society, set upon because of a govern- courage and strength to stand together ment’s political will to destroy that group only against the bigotry and hatred that disfig- because of their colour, race or creed. The most ures your beautiful world. recent Holocausts we have seen have been in May the time come, as the Prophet wrote, Bosnia and Rwanda, but in neither case have we when the Son of Righteousness will arise seen the number of deaths nor the organisation with healing in His wings. Amen.’ of deaths caused by Hitler’s Final Solution. So, Deborah Lewis-Bill Page 4 Number Eleven ARENA NEEDS YOUR HELP When Rachel Ihetu’s brother, Nimrod, died entrance exam. At any given time, we have of AIDS in Kenya, she was determined to between four and ten children aged between launch a charity for AIDS orphans and very two and five years, and whenever possible poor children in that country. She says that the children are given breakfast. AIDS sufferers are treated as outcasts by their society. “Our aim is for every child who is an orphan or from a very poor family to have nursery “I supported him financially and psychologi- school education, one decent meal a day, and cally, and established a very good relationship access to clean water. with him,” she explains. “We talked about the love of God, and he told me that he was not “We have raised £3,200, including a gener- afraid to die, and asked forgiveness from ous contribution from CMC, since inaugura- those he had wronged. tion. This money will provide fresh water, a new roof for the building which needs renova- “Then I bought a piece of land, and we set tion and a bore hole. There should be facili- up a small nursery four years ago for the poor ties for 30 children if we have another teacher. and needy. It has been a slow process, but now we have official charity status in the “We are asking for monthly donors - for £10 name of ARENA , supported by CMC. a month, one child can receive basic require- Trustees are Rachel Ihetu (founder and co- ments - but we are happy to receive any ordinator), Mr Goodacre, Anne Laughlin, amount people can afford. We are planning a Amaechi Ihetu, Valerie Campbell, Valerie fund-raising day on June 30th 2007 at CMC, Potter, Lucy Macua (teacher at Arena School, and the following will be on offer - all day Kenya) and Asaph Ng’ethe, who is secretary, breakfasts from 10am to 4pm; sale of Kenyan in Kenya. hand-made assorted baskets and carvings, and any other items from around the world as presented.” Rachel concludes, “For more information, I can be contacted at 155a Kings Road, by telephone 0207 376 5967, mobile 07764944206, email wihitu@AOL.COM - Cash donations can be given to any of the above trustees. “Please publicise our charity among family, friends and acquaintances. “Thank you.” Some of the children Arena is trying to help Val Tarling Rachel continues - “So far, a number of Note: We hope to run a profile of Rachel in children have been admitted to primary next month’s issue. school, after passing the Number Eleven Page 5 Special Services during May On Sunday 13 May at the 11am Service we This will be a ‘first’ as we celebrate Holy shall celebrate our Church Anniversary. Communion according to our Methodist order We are delighted that our friend and col- and I have been invited to preside at the league the Revd Joe Moffat of St Lukes & service. Christ Church is our Anniversary preacher. Our Anniversary Thanksgiving lunch will be On Sunday 20 May, Aldersgate Sunday served at 1.00pm in Hume Hall. at the 11am service we shall welcome, as our preacher, Mary Ludlow of Putney M.C.. Then On Tuesday 15 May CMC’s Women’s after the morning service we shall make our Fellowship celebrates their annual pilgrimage to the Moravian Church, Anniversary. The speaker will be Mrs World’s End, for a short service at the graves Felicity Al-HAssan, better known to us as of James Hutton and Peter Böhler who were Felicity Budu-Manuel, our Church great influences on John Wesley leading to Administrator. The soloists will be Linda his Aldersgate conversion on 24 May 1738. Gilson and Joan Stokes. It was Mary’s late husband, Martin Ludlow, who encouraged us to hold this service with On Thursday 17 May, Ascension Day, our Moravian friends. there will be an ecumenical service of Holy Communion at St. Luke’s Church, Sydney St. Jed ‘Strangers into Citizens’ Campaign At the London District Synod in April this year, we voted unanimously to support the ‘Strangers into Citizens’ campaign. It was proposed by Paul Regan and our own Jed Davis seconded the proposal. The weather is going to be great, invite your friends. A group is leaving CMC at 9.30am. Please speak to Daniella or Linda Lynn. Page 6 Number Eleven Celebration of 50 years of Marriage Michael & Chrissie Adeyemi Michael and Chrissie are prayed for at the Holy Table Michael and Chrissie after Service. Don’t they look radiant!! All photographs on this page courtesy of Ufuoma Okorohttp://www.ufopics.co.uk/ Number Eleven Page 7 Michael and Chrissie with Jed and Graham, who had earlier led Service. Baptism of Mikayla Seline Simeon and Melissa, surrounded by family and friends at the baptism of Mikayla Seline. All photographs on this page courtesy of Ufuoma Okorohttp://www.ufopics.co.uk/ Page 8 Number Eleven Number Eleven Page 9 Chelsea Methodist Church Congratulations to all the London Marathon runners and especially to invites you to Clare Ridgely and Dan Pascoe. An evening with the Methodist Choir from New Brighton Township, Port Elizabeth South Africa On Sunday 10th June 2007 at 6.30pm Clare breezes through the marathon with a smile - or is it a grimace? What a star!! So far, Clare’s managed to raise £895.00 for the charity of her choice, Parkinson’s Disease Society (it’s not too late to make a donation). You can find out more on her fundraising website: http://www.justgiving.com/clareridgley. FBM ADULT LITERACY CLASSES ARE YOU INTERESTED? OR WISHING TO IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS IN * ENGLISH LANGUAGE * READING * WRITING AND SPELLING * SPEAKING PLEASE CONTACT: STEVE BRADDICK Admission at church door ON 020 7352 9305 EXT. 21 Fees vary according to individual circum- stances; the work is subsidised by ChelseaMethodist Church. Page 10 Number Eleven birthday calendar Humour in Unexpected Places Congratulations to the following members or 1) A notice seen in a hospital washroom friends of CMC on their birthdays, with best recently read: “hold your hands under the tap, wishes for the future: they are automatic”. Funny, I hadn’t 2 May Jane noticed...... 2 May Paul Brown Jr. 4 May Amna Ahmed 2) Sombre Good Friday, with the unadorned 5 May Valerie Campbell cross, crown of thorns and nails hammered 8 May Edith MacMahon into wood, had a lighter moment for me this 9 May Jade Taylor year when Pontius Pilate (aka Brian Mowbray) 11 May Linda Lynn spoke with an Australian accent! 12 May Hilda Weallans 15May Victoria Okoro 16 May Arleen Van Vijfeijken 17 May Merlie Tique 20 May David Hendtlass 30 May Mildred James Best wishes also to everyone else who is Val Tarling celebrating a birthday this month. flower rota 6 May Linda Lynn 20 May Taiwo 13 May Y. L. Ong 27 May Sunday Service every Sunday 11.00am Lunchtime Service every Thursday 1.15pm Morning Prayers daily Monday to Friday 9.30am Open House Fellowship most Wednesdays 7.30pm Chelsea Women’s Fellowship every Tuesday 2.30pm Girls’ Brigade every Thursday 6.15pm (term-time) Chelsea Bus Stop Counselling every Tuesday & Thursday 4pm-8pm Laundry for homeless people every Tuesday & Thursday 8.30am-3.30pm, last wash 1pm Alcoholics Anonymous (2 different groups) every Monday 1pm & every Wednesday 7pm Yoga classes every Tuesday 11am & 7pm (Hatha, run by Kay Fowler) every Thursday 10.15 - 11.15am & 11.30 - 12.30pm (seated, run by Open Age) Blueberry Playsongs for toddlers every Monday and Friday from 9.30am (term-time) JigsawParents and Toddlers under 5 Wednesdays 11.30 - 2.30pm (Free to all) Friday Club 6.00 - 9.00pm every Friday (Activities for 7-12 year olds) Concessionary rates are available for Blueberry and Yoga Classes. Number Eleven Page 11 Sunday 6 May 11.00am Sunday Service with Prayer for Healing & Easter 5 Wholeness (Richard Goldstraw & Edwina Adjei) Sunday 13 May 11.00am Church Anniversary Sunday c Easter 6 Service with Holy Communion Church Anniversary (Jed Davis & Joe Moffat) followed by monthly Church lunch Thursday 17 May 7.30pm Service of Holy Communion for Ascension Day a Ascension Day Methodist Order of Service at St. Luke’s, Sydney Street, SW3 Sunday 20 May 11.00am Sunday Service with Infant Baptism Easter 7 (Jed Davis & Mary Ludlow) Aldersgate Sunday after Aldersgate Service at the Moravian Burial l morning service Ground (World’s End) 6.00pm Reflective Evening Service (Linda Gilson, Graham Cannon & Caroline Kennedy) e Sunday 27 May 11.00am Sunday Service with Holy Communion Pentecost (Huw Thomas & Linda Gilson) Monday 7 May LONDON CITIZENS DAY OF CELEBRATION & n Bank Holiday ACTION (see Church Notice board for details) Tuesday 8 May 7.30pm Hugh Price Hughes lecture: Prof. Paul Chilcote of Duke University, USA at Hinde Street MC, W1 d Thursday 10 May Saturday 12 May 7.30pm 1.00pm WLCHC Trustees meeting at CMC Marriage of Clare & Martin at CMC a Tuesday 15 May 2.30pm Women’s Fellowship Anniversary Wednesday 16 May12.45pm Chelsea Churches Ecumenical Meeting at St. Wilfrid’s Convent, Tite St, SW3 r Thursday 17 May Monday 21 May 7.30pm 4.30pm Ascension Day Service of Holy Communion, St. Lukes Church, Sydney St, SW3 Preachers’ Meeting with Holy Communion Wednesday 23 May12.30pm MICCG (London) meeting at Kings Cross MC, speaker Kate Gavron. Jean Vanier visited Edinbugh, as part of the city's fourth International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace. Jean's visit was organised by L'Arche and Faith and Light in Scotland "Be yourselves, but be open. The danger in our world is of closing up. Keep your love in flower as it's the only important thing - if you do that - you will discover how precious you are to the world." To the students of St David's High School, 1 March 2007 "The big experience is to discover you're OK. We have to find where our anger comes from. What will help me live with reality, with pain? What is the experience that will transform me? Each one of us has to become a witness of hope: if one person can say 'I have changed', others can say 'I want to change.' If you have no peace now, try to remember moments when you felt peace in the past. We will begin to forgive ourselves when we have had an experience of being loved by God." To prisoners and members of staff in the Chapel of HM Prison Saughton, Scotland. Also on 1 March 2007.