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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Vicarage Garden Party

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Lesley held her annual garden party in the gardens behind the church on Saturday 14 June. Though competing with the World Cup third-place play-off between England and Belgium, a good crowd came out and enjoyed prosecco and cake, in the summer sunshine with music from Waltham Forest Brass.

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‘Stop that hymn…!’

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How to surprise the Vicar on her 10th Anniversary in the parish was the challenge of this morning. Lesley announced the final hymn, and as the organist finished the intro all then went quiet. In this orchestrated pause, the Churchwardens spoke of all Lesley has achieved and presented her with presents from the whole congregation. After the service, the celebration continued with cake and drinks.

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Alban Pilgrimage 2018

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Together with our fellow E4 partners (St Anne’s and Highams Park), St Edmund’s joined in The Alban Pilgrimage on Saturday 23 June. Recalling the story of the persecution of early Christians in Britain, we turned back time in returning to Chingford’s Cathedral before the creation of Chelmsford Diocese. Parading with coloured banners and giant puppets, we joined in worship as well as exploring the area and enjoying sharing together the fun and joys of the day.

© 2018 St Edmund, Chingford