Mid-week Update from St John’s

Date: February 3, 2021

Dear all,

It has definitely been wet this week, but here’s a lovely pic of the
snowdrops and aconites in the Edward’s garden, to reassure us that Spring
really is on the way –

*PCC meeting tonight*
First thing on my list is a reminder – just to say that it’s Wednesday
today (amazing how hard it is to do days at the moment isn’t it) and the
special PCC meeting about Stephen and Nil’s new housing is starting at
8.15pm this evening. If you are on the electoral roll you can attend to
see the housing plans as presented by Marcus Beale, before the PCC decide
whether to take the project on to planning stage. I sent the Zoom details
for this separately last week.

*Message from Stephen*
*Whilst you may have got used to receiving emails from St John’s, amidst
the dreariness of February, do keep a lookout for a rather colourful piece
of post from me which will be coming through your letterboxes over the next
few weeks!

On Sunday, we celebrated Candlemas, which properly falls on 2nd Feb. A good
piece on this feast can be found here:
https://unherd.com/2021/02/we-need-candlemas-more-than-ever/*
*Lighting the altar candles again*
This is before my time, but Ursula sent me this great story earlier in the
week, as we have arranged with CES to meet up at the end of the month to
review the prices for the lighting project. Who remembers this
happening…?!

*About 15 years ago, at the Candlemas Eucharist, the choir (then led by
Andrew Edwards) was singing the words of the Nunc Dimittis as an anthem.
As they sang, ‘A light to lighten the Gentiles’, Chris Jolly noticed that
one of the tall candlesticks at the corner of the high altar had caught
fire. He rushed for a ladder, and Chris Dean (the tallest member of the
congregation) climbed up with a towel to douse the flames. Meanwhile the
choir carried on singing! The fire was probably caused by some wax spilt
down the side of the candlestick, but it was decided that we should not
risk using them in future, and they have not been lit since then.*

*As part of the new lighting scheme they will be fitted with sympathetic
electric lights, and will again adorn the high altar. If anyone would
like to contribute to the cost of this item, this would be most welcome.
We have final figures by the end of this month, but we already know that to
complete all the work which we would really like to do, we still need
several thousand pounds. If you would like to make a donation, please
email Jane, Rachel or Simon (the treasurer), and they can give you the
details of the lighting fund account.*

*It’s great to be able to look forward to lighting up the church again in
the not too distant future.

*More on candles (well, it is Candlemas…)*
Ursula is using some of her spare time to up-cycle old candle-ends,
including lots from last year’s carol services etc at St John’s. Those in
the photo below were coloured using tangerine peel and turmeric! She
hopes to sell a few of these in aid of the lighting fund. If you have any
candle ends (any colour) or any suitable little pots or jars, perhaps you
could save them for her. Either leave them on her doorstep (15 Highbury
Road) or save till we meet again at church.

*Not done with candles yet…*
A big Happy Birthday to Natasha, who was 15 on Monday!

*Fame * (#voiceofanangel)
Well, I can’t believe how far down the page I am already without mentioning
Rob – normally he gets my top billing (sorry Rob). Rather exciting news,
as he was featured on Paul Gambaccini’s ‘Counterpoint’ in one of the
questions. Here is the link, Rob is the solo intro for the Voces 8
recording of ‘Losing my Mind’ – it’s only about 4 mins into the program, so
you can just listen from the beginning.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000rmj8

*Waterlogged World*
Catherine sent me a great picture of a marooned bench she noticed in Bushy
Park, so I’ve added a few I’ve taken this week on the common for a soggy
little montage.

Waterlogged parks.pdf

Jane

Service times

Sunday

8:15am Holy Communion (BCP)
10:15am Sung Eucharist