Surely there was more...
the article on the Rev. Leigh Edwards last month very sad. Half of it was taken
up with the dismissal of Fr Harris. This took place years ago and is now only a
footnote to the history of All Saints whose previous incumbent had been widely
regarded as more Roman than the pope.
something more worthwhile happened in Leigh Edwards's 42 years in Carshalton. I
am not aware of the details but two events - the Good Shepherd becoming a
separate parish and plans for a new church hall - come to mind.
another matter - would it be possible to have a Diocesan Prayer Calendar in the
'Bridge'. It would be one way of learning more about each other.
C. J. Bromage, Cheam
Gould said "Bearing in mind how dificult Leigh's initial years at Carshalton
were it's hardly surprising that it dominated his talk with me". The Bridge
would welcome other contributionsThe Prayer calendar suggestion will be taken
to the Editorial Board for discussion.
Wrong move, Bishop!
disappointing, in your Christmas issue, to see Bishop Tom lining himself up
behind those who seek to oppose the railway proposals in the London Bridge
a scheme with benefits for many across a large area of southern England, and
not least the Diocese of Southwark itself. It therefore seems rather less than
appropriate for the bishop to be supporting a small and vocal group who happen
to have his cathedral for their parish church, without apparently taking the
wider interests of his community into account.
that the plans would devastate the area is a considerable exaggeration and
there is no threat to the cathedral itself. Indeed there could be benefits,
particularly in noise reduction.
Bridge is the major rail interchange south of the river, and a focus for a
range of services to places both in Southwark Diocese and beyond. The Elephant
and Castle is simply not a valid alternative, and there are many more homes to
be affected by works at Herne Hill. The bishop might also have taken some more
professional advice before appearing to support fanciful schemes that involve
enlarging tunnels and Cannon St station.
all applaud the common sense he so often talks from the pulpit or on Radio 4,
but he needs better briefing before straying onto Thameslink territory.
Richard Malins, London SE11
Where have all the saints gone?
was my reaction when I opened my SPCK Diary for this year and found that the
honorific was missing from Paul, Matthew, John and the others.
looked in the Common Worship lectionary and found that it was the same there.
So that was why, I mused, celebrants had recently been announcing at the
Eucharist that the Gospel was according to Mark or Luke and even lay people had
followed suit by referring to, for example, the epistle of James.
this, I wondered. Do we no longer believe that they are Saints? Or is it just
part of the modern day levelling process whereby we drop all honorifics
whenever possible? Or is it one in the eye for the Roman Catholics because they
and not we are the custodians of the calendar of saints? I suppose that the
next stage will be the removal of the word "Saint" from our Church notice
boards and so the parish next to mine will become simply 'the parish of Mary
that I promise you will take longer because we at the grass roots are a pretty
conservative lot on the whole.
could argue that it is not all that important and that it does not matter very
much how we address the saints. Perhaps, but someone of influence in the Church
of England thinks that it is important and so the command has gone out: "Drop
the Saints". Why?
Victor Baker-Holmes, London SW17
Adult voices welcomed at Christ's Chapel...
you for printing Marilyn Harper's letter (Christmas/New Year 2000).
Unfortunately the term 'choristers' used in the heading has led many
people to think that young voices are needed, which is not the case.
Chapel, a seventeenth century chapel in Dulwich Village, is the chapel for the
schools of the Edward Alleyn Foundation and the second place of worship in our
like to strengthen the regular choir there with adult singers (particularly
tenors and basses) to sing at twice monthly services from the Book of Common
may well be some local singers who would welcome an opportunity to sing
Evensong or Morning Prayer and are unaware of Christ's Chapel.
Rev Dianna Hartley
Vicar of St Barnabas and Foundation
Chaplain of Alleyn's College of God's Gift
Dr William McVicker
Director of Music, St
Mrs Marilyn Harper
Organist, Christ's Chapel
No room in the...
nearly a case of no room in St Mary's, Caterham, for the Christmas Eve 'Carols
around the Crib' Service.
Worshippers arriving just before the service found it was 'standing
room only' as 500 children and adults crowded into the church for this
beautiful pre-Christmas service.
hours later, churchwardens and sidespersons found themselves once again putting
church hall chairs at the back of the church to seat people attending the
midnight Eucharist service.
Christmas morning, children, clutching a favourite stocking present,
accompanied by parents, families and friends, attended an All Age Eucharist.
Said Eucharists were also held at 8 am and 12.15 pm.
the all too familiar voices of doom declare that church attendances are down,
those of us who attended St Mary's this Christmas will wonder who compiled the
Mrs Patricia Jenkins
Now we can come back...
Church of England's decision to sell its arms shares is of enormous importance
to pacifists such as I.
learning some years ago of the Church's investments in weapons that kill and
maim, conscience drove a number of us away from the Church which formerly we
can return and take Holy Communion again. Praise be to God.
Sidney Fagan, London SE3
Divorce and re-marriage
notion that the church can accept the remarriage of any person in the lifetime
of his spouse is se1f-contradictory
cannot say to the same person at the same time "You are committed to this
person" and "You can free yourself of any obligation to this person by your own
are two coherent views. You can insist on the lifelong nature of the
obligations of marriage - with admittedly harsh results for an innocent party
who wished to re-marry.
alternative is that you honestly abandon the idea of lifelong commitment and
accept an idea of marriage as an institution that continues only as long as
both parties want it to. But I cannot avoid the conclusion that these are the
only possibilities. I know that it is too easy to dish out martyrdom for other
people. But I see no way of squaring the circle.
Divorce and re-marriage
kindly published my letter headed 'Divorce and Remarriage?' in your
Christmas/New Year edition
misprint makes me refer to the 'Divorce Reform Act of 1957'.
should have read 1857 - it has taken over a century for the prophecies of
churchmen who opposed the Act to become true. My friend Dr Edward Willliams has
published a well-researched book, The Great Divorce Controversy, which show's
how the present unhappy situation of mass divorce and broken homes has come
believe it is highly necessary background to the present proposals regarding
remarriage of divorcees in church.
Jack Proom, Sutton
Christian Aid in Bangladesh
Millar, is Christian Aid Coordinator for West Sussex and Surrey - and a Reader
at St Paul's Wimbledon.
visited Bangladesh last November and met people whose determination to build a
better life for themselves, their family and their community was humbling.
people who through the work of Christian Aid partner the Christian Commission
for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) are being enabled to fulfill their God
given potential. CCDB encourages people in villages to join together in a forum
to improve life in their area. Forum members decide what is needed in their
village and can be trained in animal husbandry, horticulture, fish farming,
mother and child health, and other skills by CCDB staff.
of one forum paid for a pre-school teacher to give their childen a basic
grounding in literacy and numeracy before they start at a state run primary
school. (photo right) Primary education is from ages 7 to 12 in Bangladesh and
is free, but many children drop out before they are 12 because they are needed
to help earn the family income. As a result the literacy rate in Bangladesh is
low: 22 % for women and 47% for men.
Bangladesh is a land of floods, and CCDB assists people to raise their houses
above the highest flood levels so that losses of life and livelihood can be
minimised. After the 1998 flood CCDB provided seeds and building materials.
support of Christian Aid has made a difference to people in Bangladesh, through
the work of CCDB. Christian Aid Week is 13-19 May.