On Thursday 29th October, Jenny Bowen (Churchwarden), Jannis Abley (Child Safety Officer and PCC Member), Glen Thomas (Churchwarden) and Alison Thomas (Cantor) were invited to visit our Patron, All Souls College in Oxford.
We were welcomed by Prof. Sir John Vickers, Warden of the college. We joined him, with some of his staff and also representatives from other benefices for lunch before enjoying a tour of All Souls Chapel as well as the Codrington Library.
Once again we held our monthly Cake & Coffee event after our Service to give everyone the change to mingle with each other over locally produced (and locally purchased) cake and coffee.
Holy Week here at St Margaret’s:
Palm Sunday (29th March)
- 10.30am – Blessing of palms and Palm Sunday Gospel in the church hall, followed by procession into church for the reading of the Passion Gospel and Eucharist.
- 4pm – Stations of the Cross
Monday (30th March)
- 7.30pm – Eucharist
Tuesday (31st March)
- 7.30pm – Eucharist
Wednesday (1st April)
- 10.30am – Eucharist
Maundy Thursday (2nd April)
- 7.30pm – Sung Eucharist of the Last Supper, with washing of feet, and Watch of Prayer until 9.30pm
Good Friday (3rd April)
- 10.30am – Children’s activities for Good Friday (in the church hall)
- 2.00pm – The Good Friday Liturgy
Easter Day (5th April)
- 10.30am – Easter ceremonies and Festival Eucharist to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord
Ash Wednesday is on 18th February. Then Easter Sunday is on 5th April. In between those dates we have Lent.
This year at St Margaret’s we’ve created a programme which is designed to not only offer to chance for us to gather together in prayer but also to come together in groups to examine, discuss and discover the meaning of Lent. Why not download our Lent 2015 leaflet or check our Calendar which shows what is happening, when and where.
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Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (18th February), when all Christians should make every effort to be present in Church to receive the imposition of ashes and to make a good start to the season of Lent. Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence; from the middle ages it became the custom to begin Lent by being marked in ash with the sign of the cross.
To mark this occasion we have two Eucharist services on this day; 10:30am and also 7.30pm.
We very much hope and look forward to welcoming you to either of these services.
Afternoon Tea to be held in church on Saturday 21 February – between 2.00pm – 4.00pm.
Please come if you can. There’ll be tea, coffee and home-made cakes to enjoy, and there will also be fairtrade goods and groceries to order or buy. Traidcraft believe that trade provides the best opportunity for the world’s poorest farmers to work their way out of poverty and in buying fairtrade products we are helping them to.
Mary LeVoi, a long standing member of St Margaret’s, and who was also associated with several local music and charity groups, died on Friday 12 December, aged 93.
Her body will be received into St Margaret’s on Sunday 21 December at 6.00pm, and her Funeral Mass will be on Monday 22 December at 1.00pm.
We invite you to join us to celebrate the birth of Christ here at St Margaret’s Church, Ilford.
Members of Anglican Communion Churches worldwide are being invited to celebrate Advent through prayer, meditation and by contributing to a global Advent calendar on Instagram.
Advent—from November 30 to December 24—is the season when Christians observe a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus at Christmas.
The Anglican Communion Office and the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) are teaming up to offer Anglicans and Episcopalians around the world a daily word, meditation and beautiful image sent to their email inboxes.
Playing around with time.
Cleverly the Brothers use technology that allows their daily Advent email to arrive in people’s inboxes at 5am wherever in the world the recipient is.
“5am is about the time we get up to pray,” said SSJE’s Brother Jim Woodrum. “Of course you can look at your email after 5am, but we want to make sure it’s there when you wake up.”
Though people are used to the idea of monks involved in prayer and meditation, they might be surprised to know that monks have camera phones too.
“We are hoping that people will join us in praying with their phone this Advent,” said Br Jim. “After reading the meditation, we’d love for people to snap a picture that reflects the theme or their response to it and post it to Instagram.”
Participants are invited to take a photo with their phone or tablet to share their interpretation of the word for that day – these include #Abide, #Thrive, #Become, #Imagine – and post the picture to Instagram adding the day’s tag plus #Adventword.
“People need help with their daily spiritual practice,” said Brother Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE, Superior. “During Advent, we anticipate the coming of Christ, an event that awakens our deepest desires and longings. This Advent, we are inviting you to join us in looking clearly and honestly at our lives and taking action.”
Director for Communications at the Anglican Communion Office, Jan Butter, said, “It’s all too easy for Christians to be consumers in today’s world—especially during the Advent season. Here we have a chance to not only receive during Advent, but also take part in a global action; to give back to other Anglicans and Episcopalians worldwide by sharing our photos with each other.
“This is also a chance for people who might never have connected with an Anglican religious community before to benefit from the deep thought, meditation and prayer that emanates from such communities all around the world.” (Visit http://communities.anglicancommunion.org/ for a list of other Anglican Communion religious communities.)
Photo Credit: SSJE
Article by ACNS staff – the original article can be found by clicking here.