Caring for Creation

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St Edmund’s – together with our Anglican partners at Chingford Hatch and Higham Hill – are committed to working to reduce our carbon footprint and to take positive action to care for our environment, acknowledging that the world is not ours but God’s. On Saturday 15 February, we met at St Anne’s to hear from The Revd Canon Imogen Nay, who when Rector in Rugby last year led her church to becoming one of just five in the UK to receive an award for its eco-friendly work. We are seeking to learning from her experiences and achieving something similar here in Waltham Forest. Watch this space!

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Pre-Christmas Community Fun

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St Edmund’s Annual Christmas Market was held at the end of November, and proved a great celebration for the local community. There was food and stalls and entertainment. Waltham Forest Brass got all into the festive mood with Carols, and Guy Davids played Sax as residents and staff of local care homes danced around the floor. Father Christmas came to bring some magic for the children.

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“With” Each Other – New MMU

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The Bishop of Barking (The Right Reverend Peter Hill) commissioned a new Mission and Ministry Unit comprising ourselves, St Anne’s Chingford, and St Andrew’s Walthamstow. With members of South Chingford Methodist Church and Higham Hill Baptists, the three parishes came together at St Edmund’s on Sunday morning 13 October. The youth choir from Higham Hill sang during Communion, and Bishop Peter invited the kids to join him in the blessing the congregation. After the service, all joined in a bun fight of sandwiches and cakes, with lots of opportunities to make relationships together with our new partners in mission and ministry.

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Celebrating our new Curate

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St Edmund’s turned up to the Cathedral on Saturday 14 September to cheer on our new Curate James Gilder who was ordained as deacon. Following the service, his friends, family, former colleagues and new congregation carried on the celebration at The Transition Gallery for prosecco and cake. The following day at our 10 o’clock Sunday Service, James made his Declaration of Assent in front of the congregation, before everyone once again joined in cake and wine continuing the celebration.

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80 Years: Celebrating Sacred Space

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Present and past members of St Edmund’s joined with our local partners at New Road Methodist Church, and community leaders and representatives, to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Consecration of our Parish Church.

Former Bishop of Wakefield, Stephen Platten, preached, exploring how N.F. Cachemaille-Day (who designed St Edmund’s) was ‘one of the most daring, ground-breaking and prolific ecclesiastical architects of the twentieth century … [and] a pioneer in bringing people and priest together.’

A new photographic exhibition by local artist Naomi Maxwell, celebrating acts of fellowship in Waltham Forest, also premiered.

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