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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110 years of a Witnessing Community

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In January 1909, what is now the Ryan Hall was dedicated by the then Bishop of St Albans as a place of worship for the people of South Chingford. Today we met at the Chingford Mount crossroads and processed with stops for prayer at Suitability Cleaners (where the first pre-build services were held) and the Ryan Hall, before a celebratory service in the present Church. Canon Keith Anderson – former chorister at St Edmund’s in the early 1960s – preached, and was joined by a large congregation including others from Keith’s time at St Edmund’s.

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Armistice 100

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The sacrifice of those who fought and died in the First World War was remembered in a packed service on Sunday 11 November, as members of South Chingford Methodist Church and the local community joined St Edmund’s. Perspex silhouettes from the ‘There But Not There – An Installation for the Fallen’ were placed in the pews among the congregation, and two-minutes’ silence was kept after the names of the Fallen from South Chingford were read aloud. The congregation then processed with poppies – specially made by the children of the church and girlguiding organisations – and tied them on to the railings in front of the halls on Chingford Mount Road.

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Creation Creativity

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Our Children’s Activity Week, gave the kids a hands-on exploration of the act of Creation. Using simply coke and mentos, erupting volcanoes were created; animals were formed from clay and less obviously fish from CDs. The colours of creation were captured in blow pen pictures, and the cakes we made for our last day party, reminded us that – yes! – actually everything was indeed very good.

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