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The John King Trophy and Gold Award

Best Magazine of the Year 2018

National Parish Magazine Awards

Best Overall Magazine 2020

Best Editor 2019

Best Print 2018

Best Content 2016

Best Overall Magazine 2015

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Contents April 2021

THE VICAR'S LETTER, 5

THE PARISH NOTICEBOARD

— A passion for prayer, 7

— For your prayers in April, 7

— On Reflection: Abraham, 9

— From the editor's desk, 9

— STAY, 10

The Persecuted Church, 11

— Alpha on Zoom, 13

features

— Accidents do happen, 13

— Easter Queen of Festivals, 15-17

— Jake takes a step, 19

— PCC Centenary, 21

— Easter denominations, 22-23

around the villages

— A day out in Windsor Castle, 25

— Looking familiar, 27

— Me2 Lockdown Hero Award, 27

— Sonning Tennis open days, 27

HEALTH

— Emily's healthy recipes, 29

— Dr Simon Ruffle writes, 31

HOME & GARDEN

— Recipe of the Month, 33

— Bible Garden birds, 33

THE ARTS

— Blindness to insight, 35

— Give thanks to the risen Lord, 35

— Poetry Corner, 37

the sciences

— Information, 37

PUZZLE PAGE, 38-39

This month's FRONT COVER

March 2021 — Mothering Sunday and Palm Sunday

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of The Parish Magazine is 12 noon on

the sixth day of the month prior to the

date of publication.

The deadline for the May

issue of The Parish Magazine is:

Tuesday 6 April at 12 noon

The Parish Magazine online

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Services at

St Andrew’s

IN-PERSON WORSHIP

As we went to press the ministry

team and the PCC were discussing the

resumption of in-person worship. If

possible it is hoped to start again on

Palm Sunday 28 March at 10.30am.

EASTER SERVICES

It is also hoped that we will be able

to hold the following services during

Easter:

1 April: Maundy Thursday

Stripping of the Altar at 7.30pm

2 April: Good Friday

Last Hour Service with soloist singing

hymns at 2.00pm

3 April: Easter Saturday

The first Communion service of

Easter outside in The Ark gardens at

8.00pm

4 April: Easter Day

Parish Eucharist service at 10.30am

For more information about all the

above services please see the parish

website, the weekly service sheet, or

call the parish office — see page 42

for the full list of contact details.

WEEKDAY SERVICES

Morning Prayer in St Andrew's

Tuesday 20 April a 9.30am

Tuesday 27 April at 9.30am

Friday 30 April at 9.30am

Compline on Zoom

8.30pm on Monday, each week.

Contact Rev Kate for details about

joining her on Zoom.

Thursday at Eight

8pm on Zoom every Thursday — see

page 7 for details.

children's page, 41

information

— Church services, 3

— From the registers, 3

Parish contacts, 42

— Advertisers index, 42

From the registers

Funerals

— Tuesday 2 March, David Ronald Fillingham, interment of ashes in the churchyard

— Wednesday 3 March, Denise Edith Bertram, St Andrew's Church followed by burial

in the churchyard.


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The vicar's letter

Dear friends,

Living through this uncertain period of Covid pandemic we need signs of

hope and resurrection. We need the assurance that God is with us always

and that is the promise we receive on Easter Day.

A child asks her mother, 'Where is God?' Her mother answers, 'God is

everywhere.' The child cries out, 'But I want God to be somewhere!'

So do we! We want God to be here, with us now and forever. This is,

I think, the greatest significance of our Easter celebration, for Easter is

the promise we receive that Christ lives, and he is among us even now.

The resurrection story is the foundation of our hope that Christ lives in

eternity and that we will live with him now and forever.

THE ASSURANCE OF THE EMPTY TOMB

We should never underestimate the strength and the hope that God's

presence can bring to our lives. The affirmation that 'Christ is risen'

suggests that God is near to us. It reminds us that there is something

stable, something permanent in creation that will not be defeated by

human sin and evil.

The empty tomb is our assurance that God stands in and behind our

world, and that God is there to strengthen and uphold anything that is

good.

The truth of the matter is that God in his great love and concern for us

rarely gives us signs or miracles if you want to call them that. God gives

us signs of his presence and work in the ordinary events of our everyday

lives.

Think of the birth of a child; reflect on a Sunday school teacher's

commitment and enthusiasm for sharing the gospel. What about the joy

one feels on coming home after leaving for a period of time? Consider

how one is moved, staying to the end with another human being through

hours of pain and dying.

These are the signs, yes, the miracles of God in our everyday lives. In

each one of them, one senses the presence of hope, and the victory of

eternal life over death. In these experiences, one really can feel the power

of resurrection.

WE ALL NEED EASTER

As we confront the ultimate question of life and death which we all

must face as individuals, we need the assurance of Easter. For you see,

Good Friday and Easter go together because every person has some dark

moments, some disappointments throughout the course of a lifetime.

This is why we all need Easter, the day on which we celebrate God's

greatest miracle. We need Easter as the assurance of a power that is

beyond ourselves. We need Easter so that we may have hope for the future

because in the end, all human beings must face their death alone. We

need Easter, with its hope for better days ahead in this life. We need the

promise of life eternal which only Jesus Christ can bring us.

He is risen!

Warm wishes for a happy and blessed Easter.

Jamie


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A passion for prayer

Rev Kate writes why prayer and praying, although difficult at

times, is an important two-way communications path with

God that is necessary to build a strong relationship.

Part 2 will be published in our May issue.

I am passionate about prayer but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy! Prayer isn’t

simply about asking God for what we want, or even for what we need — although

this can be a part of prayer. Primarily it is about relationship.

Communication is an important part

of any relationship and this is the

same with our relationship with God.

In order for relationships to

grow and develop, they need

communication. Prayer is about

praising God, sharing our joys with

him and thanking him. It is about

bringing before God our needs and the

needs of the world.

It is about saying sorry and turning

from the mistakes we have made and

asking for God’s forgiveness.

Prayer is our way of communicating

with God and therefore something

that isn’t optional for Christians.

Throughout history Christians have

prayed in many ways and many

contexts. Some through the spoken

word, through singing, by using their

bodies to express prayer — such as

prostrating themselves on the floor or

raising their arms — or using silence

or contemplation.

I could talk for hours on this topic

and have many books of prayer, but

this month I want to focus on a couple

of different approaches to prayer,

and next month, I will explore some

different and creative ways to pray, and

look at some of the difficulties.

RHYTHM OF PRAYER

The daily offices, as they are called,

are something that ordained people

commit to praying each day, but many

others also join in this discipline. This

usually consists of Morning Prayer

and Evening Prayer, although there

are various other services for different

points in the day. This rhythm of

daily prayer is important to many

Christians throughout the world.

The daily offices follow a pattern

of readings from the Old and New

Testament, and psalms each day. The

prayers and readings connect us with

the wider church, as well as bringing

us together to pray locally.

In April we will introduce some

new services of Morning Prayer in

St Andrew’s Church, initially each

Tuesday at 9.30am and on the first

Friday of each month at 9.30am.

I will also continue a Zoom service

of sung compline (night prayer) that

was introduced three evenings a week

during Lent. After Easter it will be held

on Monday at 8.30pm, with the option

of joining online from 8.10pm to learn

the music. If you are interested in

trying this then please email me for

more details. I hope to start a sung

service of compline once a month

in church when we are able to sing

together again.

PERSONAL PRAYER

Our own personal prayer can take

many forms. Since I was ordained,

I have had the joy of hearing people

talk about how they pray. Many talk

of praying as they walk and enjoying

praying outdoors.

Some pray in silence — this can

be a challenge for some as people

use words so much of the time, but

for many others sitting with God in

silence is how they prefer to pray.

Some may use set words such as

the Lord’s Prayer or prayers they learnt

as a child, whereas others have a much

more conversational and informal

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approach. Some kneel, some don’t….

and so on. There are perhaps as many

ways to pray as there are people!

IT'S GOOD TO TALK

If you would like a conversation

about prayer please contact me, I

would love to hear from you.

revkate@sonningparish.org.uk

It’s not always easy but prayer

can be incredibly sustaining as we

journey through the ups and downs

of life. If you would like a starting

point, then there is perhaps nowhere

better than the words Jesus taught

us to pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who

trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

For your

prayers

in April

— Her Majesty the Queen as she

celebrates her 95 th birthday

on 21 April

The staff and patients at the

Duchess of Kent Hospice

— All who are feeling isolated

and the work of St Andrew's

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On reflection . . .

Abraham and taking

matters into our hands

By Elizabeth Spiers

Abraham serving three angels by Rembrandt

Public domain

According to the Bible in Genesis 12, Israel is a nation that

was started by God when he promised Abram, a childless

but religious man, that he would be the father of a nation so

numerous that you couldn’t count them.

He changed Abram’s name to Abraham because that means

‘father of multitudes’. However, Abraham and his wife Sarah

had to wait many years to see this promise fulfilled and in

the waiting period, they took matters into their own hands.

At Sarah’s prompting, Abraham had a son, Ishmael, with her

maidservant, Hagar.

Abraham’s actions didn’t stop God being faithful. 13 years

after Ishmael was born, God gave Abraham and Sarah a son

of their own, Isaac. And from Isaac came the Jewish nation.

But soon after Isaac was born, there was great strife between

the two mothers, and much to Abraham’s distress, Sarah

made him send Ishmael and Hagar away.

CONSEQUENCES

By taking matters into their own hands they caused

problems for everyone in the family at the time, and far into

the future, with serious consequences. Forced to leave his

father’s house, Ishmael was not part of the family that led to

the birth of the nation of Israel. Islamic lore says that Hagar

took Ishmael to Mecca. Certainly, Ishmael is considered a

patriarch of Islam and many Arabs today can probably trace

their line back to him. There is still a great deal of strife

between the descendants of Isaac and those who see Ishmael

as their father — look at the problems in the Middle East.

We can often do as Abraham and Sarah did and take

things into our own hands. We give God a ‘helping hand’ or

perhaps we doubt that we heard from him or maybe we don’t

believe that God is still interested in us or our nation or the

wider world. It’s easy for us to lose confidence when time

passes, and nothing happens.

But our God is faithful. If he promises something, he

means it and will do it. It is in God’s timing, not ours.

Taking matters into our own hands can have

consequences beyond anything we can imagine. What might

the world look like today if Abraham and Sarah had not

decided to give God a helping hand?

From the desk

of the editor

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One event, many

interpretations

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St George's Day on 23 April always reminds me of the first

church that I went to, I wonder how many people remember

their first church?

St George's Church in Tarpots, Essex, was not then a

'proper' church as most people would imagine, it was a hall

in which worship was held for the local people who found it

difficult attending the 'real', 1,000 year old parish church of

St Peter's Thundersley. The two churches were only 1½ miles

apart along a road aptly named, Church Road, where I lived.

The journey between the two churches meant climbing a

very steep hill — also aptly named 'Church Hill' — that even

many cars in the early 1950's had difficulty driving up. As a

boy, one of the greatest challenges was to try to cycle up it,

the reward being a dangerously fast but thrilling ride down.

One of my aunts lived at the bottom of the hill so when we

crashed there was somewhere to get patched up!

St George's was one of those small halls that were built by

churches after the war and although it was used for services,

worshippers had to face west instead of the traditional east

— east meant looking towards Jerusalem, the city that was at

the centre of the Easter events that we celebrate this month.

The 'proper' services such as baptism, confirmation, marriage

and funerals, were always celebrated up the hill in St Peter's.

It was in St George's that I believe I had my first call to serve

in the church, but that's another long story!

MEMORABLE

Nevertheless, St George's was where each month I

marched with a boy scouts' drum and fife band. I was the

lead drummer, although secretly I wanted to play the big bass

drum but that was a man-sized job! On St George's Day we

all trooped off to Southend-on-Sea for a huge parade when

scouts from throughout Essex marched along the seafront

with their bands playing and flags flying for a service in

the Odeon theatre and cinema. For me, St George's Day has

always been memorable.

St George's Church stood in a large field on the edge of

Tarpots and beyond was a 'green belt' area. The other day I

googled St George's Church and was pleased to see that

it still exists, although it is no longer a daughter church

of St Peter's. It is part of the New Wine evangelical

movement that grew out of the Church of England as a

multidenominational group of churches. The old building

had long gone and now a smart new church stands in a

more densely-populated area.

My excuse for writing about my St George's Day memories

is that it led me to think about how Christians experience

their faith in so many different ways but all recognise that

their roots lie in the amazing, life changing, and historychanging

events that happened in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago

— albeit in slightly different ways. This, in turn, led to the

centre page article this month. Happy Easter!


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STAY

St Andrew's Youth

STAY on Sunday

During February we continued to enjoy

the Alpha Youth video series at STAY on

Sunday, including topics such as:

— Healing: does God still heal today?

— Evil: how can I resist evil?

— Telling others: how and why should I

tell others?

— Church: what about the church?

We had lots of great discussions

about our faith, we prayed for

healing for one another and we asked

questions about how we can make

church a place where everyone feels

welcome.

STAY Pancake Party

On Shrove Tuesday 16 February we

celebrated by having a Zoom pancake

party! There was mess made, pancakes

flipped and toppings galore! Prizes were

awarded to: Will for doing 40 flips in

30 seconds, Jayden for tastiest looking

pancakes, Amelia and Sophia for nicest

looking topping and Izzy and Will for

best score in the pancake party quiz!

STAY in Schools

We have been able to continue to provide

mentoring sessions through team calls

to 22 students each week. It has been

a real honour to journey with so many

amazing students from both Blue Coat

and Piggott schools!

We have also continued, over

this lockdown, to provide all the

local schools with online assemblies.

Themes have included: inspiring

stories, divided kingdoms, Noah’s

Ark and the parable of the weeds.

Pictures (top to bottom):

— Using orbeez and water to illustrate the

parable of the weeds. It’s hard to separate the

good from the bad until the harvest is ready,

teaching us patience! I hope it made sense to

the 1400 Piggott students watching!

The Alpha Body of Christ video at STAY

on Sunday

— Checking that everyone has enough eggs

for our pancakes

— STAY pancake party recipe

— Retelling Noah's Ark from the Lego Bible

at an online school assembly

For more information, or a chat,

contact Westy on

youthminister@sonningparish.org.uk

STAY Detached Project

Left to right: Sherlon, Westy and Mark

Our new detached project in Charvil

and Sonning has enabled us to engage in

positive conversations with an average of

18 or so young people each week. It’s so

encouraging seeing young people from

the local schools and being able to chat

and check on their well-being during

lockdown.

It’s also an amazing privilege

working in partnership with Mark

Brown from Grace Church in

Caversham and especially Sherlon

Bartenbach from Reach — a pastoral

and RE support for schools charity.

The reason it’s so special working

with Sherlon is that he used to be one

of my young people many years ago.

I met him aged 15 and he caused me

many headaches in my school lunch

club. He went onto become one of my

best youth volunteer leaders and my

intern. Now he works across Reading

schools delivering similar work I met

him through all those years ago. God

really does work in mysterious ways!


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The Persecuted Church

This month we focus on Myanmar (Burma) where about

90% of the Burmese population practice Buddhism, with

Christians forming the second largest religion with about

8%. Islam is the third-largest.

Myanmar is in chaos. The country’s biggest city, Yangon, has

seen the biggest protests against this year’s military coup,

with hundreds of thousands taking to the streets. At the

time of writing, 28 February, a Reuters report tells how this

day has been the bloodiest day in weeks of demonstrations,

with at least 18 people killed after Myanmar police fired on

protesters. In Mandalay, earlier in February, live ammunition

was used to disperse anti-coup protesters, leaving two dead

and several others injured.

The February military coup in Myanmar is the latest

in a series over the years. On this occasion, the military’s

argument was claims of voter fraud. Those claims were

rejected by the election commission. The coup declared a oneyear

emergency, and placed state councillor Aung San Suu Kyi

under house arrest.

This is not the first time of house arrest for Ms Suu Kyi.

The first was in 1989, with others since. She formed her

party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), in 1988.

In 1990 the NLD won a landslide election victory. Ms Suu

Kyi has had two terms as state councillor. Her NLD party

won a landslide victory in the 2015 elections, but she was

constitutionally barred from becoming prime minister due to

her husband and sons being British.

In 2017, there was sectarian violence against the Rohingya

Muslim population in the Rakhine area. The UN High

Commissioner for human rights termed it ethnic cleansing.

In August that year, over 5 million Rohingyas left Myanmar

to neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh. Along with

the mainly-Muslim Rohingya people (who include a small

minority of Christians), the Karen and other mainly-

Christian ethnic people groups including Kachin and Chin

have been brutally oppressed by the military-controlled

government for decades.

Barnabas Fund reports that a Myanmar Army document

has been discovered, instructing soldiers to 'punish and

breakdown' ethnic-minority Christians and other civilians

deemed to be against the military regime, or even appearing

critical of it in social media posts. At the outset of the

coup this year, the Myanmar army shelled the Papun and

Nyaunglebin districts, reports Barnabas. Karen villagers

were forced to flee into mountainous jungle. Thousands of

Karen people are now hiding there.

Barnabas Fund has appealed to raise money for the

helpless and homeless displaced Karen people in the jungle.

They were particularly in need of rice, cooking oil, fish and

tarpaulins or other strong plastic sheeting for roofing.

Thankfully, gifts totalling £1,500 at the time of writing have

helped provide makeshift shelters and food. It is still possible

to contribute to this appeal: https://tinyurl.com/kctx4x6f

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News, features, and links by Colin Bailey: please read for awareness,

and support by prayer, financial or otherwise.

Pray for justice, righteousness and equality in Burma

CONSTITUTIONALLY BARRED

HIDING IN THE JUNGLE

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, a Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State, Burma. It is a

small pagoda built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves.

The Golden Rock is said to precariously perched on a strand of the Buddha's

hair.

Paolo Campana, dreamstime.com

When the NLD won the general election last November,

it announced it would form a national unity government and

would be inviting other ethnic minority parties to work with

it. This offer was also made on their 2015 victory but was not

fulfilled. Please join with Christian leaders in praying for the

people of Myanmar and for a change of heart of the army and

coup leaders, and for the Karen people hiding in the jungle.

Pray that whoever governs Myanmar will rule with justice

and righteousness, caring for all citizens equally.

Sources and further reading

Myanmar coup timeline in The Independent: https://tinyurl.com/tbycdhp2

Al Jazeera report on Myanmar protests: https://tinyurl.com/djmx5pd9

Barnabas Fund : flight of Karen Christians: https://tinyurl.com/3vppc5sx

Barnabas Fund Facebook: flight of Karen Christian villagers: https://tinyurl.

com/3vdt4me8

Barnabas Fund:: Daily Prayer, 13 February, on Myanmar: https://tinyurl.

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feature — 1

Accidents do

happen!

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However you might answer those questions, we would love you to join us for our brand

new Alpha course on Zoom starting after Easter. It will be a safe space where these

questions and more will be explored.

The Alpha course is an amazing and relaxed way to ask questions, share thoughts

and learn new things in a non judgemental and non threatening environment. It is

designed for people of no faith, some faith or those just asking questions.

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The course will run for 12 weeks on Thursday evenings at 8pm for an hour. It starts

on Thursday 22 April. The videos are only 20 minutes long and we stop for questions

throughout. Come along for the first week to try it out. If it's not your thing then there

is no expectation to return. If it does float your boat, then stick around for the course.

No judgement either way!

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It is often said that there are only

two things you can be sure of in this

life, death and taxes, but there is

another — accidents!

From a toddler tearing a nail in the sand

on a beach to an old man tripping over a

kerb, something at sometime, is going to

happen to you.

The 1974 Health & Safety legislation

was introduced to make employers

and employees more responsible and

careful in work places. Disregard for

them became a criminal offence.

Occasionally the legislation is open

to ridicule as an unfortunate lady

found out when showing a group of

building tradesmen at a health and

safety lecture how to wash their hands.

It is now common practice to do

a 'risk assessment' before any work,

even though the job may have been

done safely for years. This seems an

unnecessary requirement as we all

subconsciously do this all the time.

Usually, nobody does anything unless

they know it is safe to do so.

UNFORTUNATE?

It is a trait of human nature to

laugh when seeing some one else’s

misfortune, however serious the

incident might be. Such incidents are

often seen on the internet, though

some are clearly a set up.

The Chambers Dictionary defines

accidents as unexpected occurrences

that are usually unfortunate. But this

is not always true — an unexpected

baby is often referred to as an accident

but will hopefully bring sheer joy!

A plumber was called out for an

overflowing cistern in the ladies staff

changing room of a London hotel.

Knowing it would not take long, he

didn’t put up an ‘Out of Order’ notice,

and propped the door open to indicate

that he was around. The cubicle door

closed behind him but when he opened

it, he beheld a screaming young lady

wearing the skimpiest of underwear.

He shut himself in the cubicle until

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feature — 2

'Queen of Festivals' traditions — new and old

Easter 2015: The Easter Egg and Spoon Race which is now a St Andrew's Church 'tradition'

Easter often reminds me of a faithful member of St Andrew's once saying that

she only liked to receive Holy Communion twice a year, on Easter Sunday and

Christmas Day. This had been a 'tradition' from her younger days that she

felt made Holy Communion very special. I am sure that for many of us this

will be true when the Covid restrictions are eased and we can all, once again,

receive the bread and wine that Jesus invited his followers to remember him

by shortly before his crucifixion. The good news is that it seems likely that we

will be able to receive Communion this Easter, writes Bob Peters.

Other Easter 'traditions' such as

our Easter Saturday family fun day

will not be possible, and the special

services, whose traditions date back

2,000 years, will be different if they

are held — see page 7.

In the May 1876 issue of this

magazine, Rev Hugh Pearson wrote:

Easter, according to the Saxon historian,

the Venerable Bede, is derived from

Eostre, the name of a goddess worshipped

of old in Britain. Bede lived sufficiently

near to pagan times to be able to speak

with certainty, and no writer has given

greater diligence to ensure accuracy. The

word Easter does not represent the Saxon

word for resurrection, as is sometimes

supposed. Our Easter therefore may be

considered to have displaced the British

Festival of Eostre, on the well-known

principle of Christian antiquity, whereby

churches were built on the site, and

often with the materials of the ancient

temples, (as for instance in the case of

St Paul’s Cathedral, built on the site of

the Temple of Diana, in London), and

heathen festivals were adapted to the

Christian calendar. Easter was known

throughout the ancient church as the

'Queen of Festivals', and was kept with

especially joyous and imposing solemnity.

It is a pleasure to feel that our own church

services of this year were not unworthy of

the Great Festival, and in harmony with

the glad spirit of the universal church.

Down the years, other 'traditions'

have emerged for Easter, both

Christian and secular, such as

chocolate Easter eggs. Some of them,

such as receiving Holy Communion

only twice a year, have been lost in

time.

OLD TRADITIONS

Even so, you can still see reminders

of lost traditions in some of the

ancient churches around the country.

In St Andrew's, for example, there

is stone arch that Hugh Pearson

mentioned in The Parish Magazine for

June 1869:

The most remarkable feature in

the interior of the Church, is the richly

sculptured stone arch on the North side of

the Sacrarium. Of the history or purpose

of this beautiful work of medieval art

we know absolutely nothing. There is no

notice of it in Ashmole’s account of the

Church, and in Lyson’s Magna Britannia

it is only spoken of as 'an elegant pointed

arch, very richly ornamented with

figures of saints.' There have been many

conjectures as to its original purpose. It

may possibly have been raised over what

was called an Easter Sepulchre, that is,

a place for the performance of certain

solemn rites commemorative of the

Resurrection of our Lord.

The Easter Sepulchre was also

used in some medieval churches to

Tom Farncombe

keep the bread and wine used for

Holy Communion from Good Friday

until Easter Day

The Easter traditions, new and

old, have all developed to illustrate

and strengthen the significance of

Easter, which is the most important

celebration in the Christian calender.

These include:

— Burial of the cross from Good

Friday to Easter Day

— Stripping the altar on Maundy

Thursday

— An Easter vigil between the death

and resurrection of Christ

The Last Hour Service to mark the

last moments of the life of Christ

— An Easter play

The Easter candle, traditionally lit

to mark the start of Easter

— Flowering the cross, on Easter

morning a cross is decorated with

flowers

— Blessing each home in the parish

— Easter food, particularly lamb

— Easter eggs, symbolising new life

and the stone used to seal the tomb

of Christ

— An Easter garden

NEW TRADITIONS

Making an Easter garden is a recent

'tradition' and has become more

popular with children, although

people of all ages can enjoy it.

It emerged as a custom in a

similar way to the Christmas nativity

scene and is used to remind us of

the special events that surrounded

Jesus at the time. Like the nativity,

it is placed in a prominent place

throughout the 50 days of Easter.

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Easter 'traditions' old and new

The Parish Magazine - April 2021 17

from page 15

2013: The 'traditional' Easter egg hunt at St Andrew's Tom Farncombe

Easter gardens take many forms,

from small ones created in a dish or

tray to larger, less portable gardens

in purpose made containers. Some

people also make outdoor Easter

gardens in a quiet corner of their

garden where they can sit peacefully

to meditate.

All have four essential parts — a

mound on which one or three crosses

may be placed, a cave cut into the

mound, a large stone that forms the

door to the cave and is moved on

Easter Day, and living plants that

represent the new life that Jesus

gives us.

The site in Jerusalem where

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in the rocks recalling the Biblical

location of Golgotha — Skull Hill

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archaeologists believe was used as

a burial tomb for a wealthy person

in the time of Jesus. Whether this

is the garden or not, it has inspired

thousands of Christians when

making their own Easter gardens.

Why not start a new 'tradition' for

yourself and make one this Easter?

If you make an Easter garden,

send us a picture of it before 12 noon

on 6 April and we will try to include

it in our next issue:

editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk

The Golgotha tomb where Jesus is said to have been buried

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Above: Some examples of different types of

Easter gardens made by St Andrew's Church

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genetic condition currently

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people around the world — RERE

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Jake's low muscle tone means he can

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a big lad —he wears age 10 clothes

and weighs 30kg (4stone 10lbs) — his

parents were finding it a real problem

to help him in and out of the bath.

But things have now got a little

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volunteer 'MakeAbility' engineer from

the charity Remap has designed and

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bathroom steps.

VOLUNTEERS

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The 'MakeAbility' service is entirely

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Jake's mother, Rachel Green said:

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Jake with his specially made steps.

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a hoist. It was fine when he was smaller,

but as he grew it became so difficult for us

to lift him over the bath-side. Now that

he has the steps he is able to get himself

both in and out. They have made a real

difference'.

Jake's condition was identified

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didn't sit up until he was 2 years old, and

is autistic, but we see such progress in him.'

Jake gets on well his 2 year old sister. Remap

The Parish Magazine - April 2021 19

Rachel is a lab technician, Jed, his

father, is a systems manager, and his

sister Sophie is 2 years old. 'Jake is about

two years old mentally,' said Rachel, 'so

he and Sophie really seem to connect'.

Jake's unique steps were built by

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Some 'MakeAbility' projects are

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It is 100 years since 'The Parochial

Church Councils (Powers) Measure

1921' became law, a law which was

an important stage in the birth of

the PCC.

During the First World War army

chaplains found that many men who

thought of themselves as church

goers were ignorant of the basics of

religion. This led to a new interest in

mission for the church.

There were national days of prayer

during the war and in 1915 there was

a National Mission of Repentance and

Hope. The public were more in the

mood for victory than repentance.

After the Armistice there was a desire

for change in the national church and

this led to a discussion about the links

with the state.

Parliament was often slow to

enact laws for the church and many

people felt the national church should

have more authority to govern itself.

The setting up of Parochial Church

Councils was part of that process.

In the past, much of the local

secular administration had been the

responsibility of churchwardens in

the vestry meetings. Gradually their

functions were passed to local councils.

Most of their remaining powers were

transferred to PCC's by The Parochial

Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1921.

The purpose behind these new

councils was to give the laity a more

prominent role in parish life and to

work alongside the deanery, diocesan

and national councils which became

the synods. The PCC would have an

important role in church life.

Some conservative clerics were

concerned at this reform and felt that

congregations would pick and choose

clergy or object to a new incumbent

chosen by a patron.

The process of starting PCCs to

share in decision making in parishes

was widely accepted but a few older

incumbents, and those in more

rural areas, failed to do either out of

reluctance or ignorance.

One difficult issue was what level

of commitment to church life enabled

a person to be eligible to serve on a

church council. It was decided that

anyone on the electoral role could

participate — even if they did not

attended communion regularly.

The then Bishop of Oxford resigned

over the issue because he thought

that councils must only be made up of

committed regular communicants.

The next Bishop of Oxford, in

his monthly diocesan magazine,

endorsed the principle of democracy

The Parish Magazine - April 2021 21

PCC's celebrate 100 years of service this month

April 2021 officially marks the centenary of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) in the Church of England although many parish

churches, such as ours, began establishing and running a PCC during the previous year. Here, Rev Peter Crumpler, a former CofE

communications director gives the background to this radical change in the management of parish churches that placed them in the

hands of their church members rather than the vicar and the church wardens.

PROMINENT ROLE

and reassured people that it was not

a negative step and would not limit

the powers of clergy or wardens. He

encouraged the congregations to

consider how to use each other’s gifts.

In Aylesbury the idea of the new

PCC's had been discussed as early

as 1918. It was felt that they would

support the clergy particularly with

financial issues.

It is strange to think that the

proposal for clergy and congregation

to work together for the benefit of the

church could be controversial.

The birth of the PCC was a major

step in the life of the church. I wonder

what the next 100 years will bring?

William Temple Public domain

Meanwhile at

A leading churchman in the reform

St Andrew's . . .

movement was William Temple who

became leader of the Life and Liberty In our parish, Rev Gibbs Payne

movement which influenced the move Crawfurd was the vicar from 1907-

towards democratic government in the 1925. He supported the move to place

Church of England.

the management of parish churches in

William Temple was Bishop of the hands of their members.

Manchester in the 1920's, Archbishop In The Parish Magazine of February

of York (1929-1942) and Archbishop of 1920 — more than a year before The

Canterbury (1942-1944).

Parochial Church Councils (Powers)

He had been a secretary of the

Measure 1921— he set out a plan to

National Mission of Repentance and elect members to create a PCC.

Hope in 1916 and became chairman

The first monthly meeting was held

and joint leader with Dick Sheppard of shortly afterwards and the PCC began

the Life and Liberty movement.

to make changes that were welcomed

'We demand liberty for the Church of by everyone.

England' he declared at a meeting in

One of these changes concerned

July 1917.

this magazine. Since 1869 when it was

founded, the magazine had been the

ANYONE

sole responsibility of the vicar who not

only edited it but funded it.

In 1920, Rev Gibbs Payne Crawfurd

wrote that he was closing the magazine

because he could not bear the annual

deficit of £30 — that's about £1,400

today!

The PCC felt that the magazine was

essential for them to keep the parish

informed about its work and voted

to take full responsibility for it. Their

bold decision has enabled The Parish

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feature — 6

The most important festival for Christians

for all denominations around the world

Most statisticians agree that the world population is about 8 billion of which 2.25 billion are

Christians, 1.9 billion are Muslim, 1.2 billion are Hindu, with the balance shared between those of other

religions and none. They also estimate that Christians belong to more than 30,000 different church

denominations of which 900 million are Protestant and about 1,300 million people Catholic. Despite

this different approach to the faith, all Christians look to Jesus as their saviour who rose from the dead

thus making Easter the most important annual celebration around the world.

The term, 'Christian' is found in the New

Testament and was first used to described the

disciples of Jesus in Antioch (Acts 11:26).

As the early church, whose history is recorded

in the New Testament, spread around the world

the gospel message of Christ was clearly relevant

in different ways to the different people in their

different situations. This led to different churches

developing as illustrated in the opening chapters

of the Book of Revelation which tells us about how

seven different Christian churches responded to

the gospel of Christ.

DIVERSITY

As time moved on churches began to form

groups of people who shared similar Christian ideas

and so, like any family tree, it became increasingly

diverse, with different styles of worship and different

emphasis on the doctrines of their faith.

Yet, despite this diversity, Christians have always

been united in their central beliefs taught by Jesus,

and his resurrection. As churches grew they found

strength in joining with other like-minded churches

and so the different denominations that exist today

slowly emerged.

The 'family tree' diagram below illustrates the

history of Christianity since the time of Jesus. It

shows how the churches evolved into nine different,

yet closely aligned families that theologians like to

give special names. The Church of England, which is

c31 Christian Church, Antioch (Acts 20-26)

1208 Roman Catholic

1534 Church of England (Anglican)

1560 Church of Scotland

1612 Baptist

1712 Scottish Episcopal

1832 Congregational Church of England & Wales

1843 The Free Church of Scotland

1800’s Quakers

1865 Salvation Army

1883 Brethren

1901 Pentecostal

1920 The Church in Wales

1932 Methodist

1972 United Reformed Church

1987 Ecumenical Founders Church

2004 Messy Church

also the 'parent' of the Anglican branch, is part of the

'Protestantism family'.

The table above gives the year that some of the

different Christian churches in the United Kingdom

were established. The logos illustrated on the right

are for some of these denominations — how many

can you identify? The answers to this 'Easter quiz'

are on page 39!'

In more recent times different denominations

have come together to share common aims and

worship while maintaining their individual

identities. Churches Together is one example, of

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Romolo Tavani, dreamstime.com

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the

tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb,

rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The

guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, 'Do not be

afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.

Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is

going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ (Matthew 28: 1-7)

where local churches of different denominations

meet and work together on ecumenical community

projects.

In 1991 the churches in Sonning, Charvil,

Twyford, Ruscombe, and Wargrave decided to

establish a local interdenominational Churches

Together group but because there were very few

different denominations involved — at the time

there were five Anglican churches, one Roman

Catholic, one United Reformed Church and one

Baptist in the area — it was never well balanced

from a denominational viewpoint despite there

being enthusiastic support.

LOCAL TOGETHERNESS

In March 1992 The Parish Magazine carried

this report from Rev Christopher Morgan, vicar

of Sonning: The 28 January was the AGM of CTTD

[Churches Together in Twyford District] and marked St

Andrew's and St Patrick's first full year of membership.

'What is CTTD?' I am sure many people are still asking.

CTTD is part of Churches Together in Berkshire which

in turn is part of Churches Together in England. We are

therefore part of the nationwide ecumenical movement

involving all the major denominations.

The report then gives some details of planned

combined services, but unfortunately the rather

limited initial enthusiasm waned because there

were never enough different denominations — and

consequently, people — involved to develop the

activities outside of combined acts of worship that

were not supported by all the member churches.

More recently, however, the Twyford and

Ruscombe churches have joined with the Anglican

church of St Nicholas Hurst to form a successful

partnership called THRU-Christ. 'THR' stands for

the CofE churches in Twyford, Hurst and Ruscombe

and the U for Twyford's United Reformed Church.

However, in Reading, a similar attempt to create

a Churches Together group was very successful and

it is now contributing to many local initiatives in the

town, and has played an important role during the

Covid restrictions.

At St Andrew's our community focus, both within

and outside of the parish, has taken a different path

through the children and youth activities that we

report about regularly in this magazine.

NOW IT GETS MESSY!

There is, of course, another church at St Andrew's

that crosses the denominational boundaries, namely,

Messy Church.

According to its owners, The Bible Reading

Fellowship: 'Messy Churches are happening across all

sorts of denominations — Salvation Army, Pentecostal,

Anglican, Baptist, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Free

Church, Church of Scotland, Scottish Episcopal, Seventh

Day Adventist, Church in Wales, New Frontiers, United

Reformed Church, Assemblies of God and Uniting Church

to name the ones we are aware of at the moment.'

Messy Church, Churches Together in Reading,

THRU-Christ and our children and youth work in

this parish, and beyond, are all good examples of

how Christians work together regardless of the

denomination of their chosen church.

The driving force behind these and many other

similar activities around the world dates back more

than 2,00o years to the events of Easter when Jesus

rose from the dead and commissioned his disciples

to follow his teaching and to go out into the

world to share God's love for them with everyone,

everywhere. Happy Easter!


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Before lockdown became such a well used word, The Parish Magazine regularly published stories about interesting places to visit locally, but we have

not published any in the series for more than year so we thought it was time to continue with a stay-at-home adventure that is still virtually open ...

Windsor Castle — a great day out at home

On 21 April, the Queen celebrates her

95th birthday — her official birthday,

traditionally held when the weather

is more congenial for parades, is on

12 June. Her real birthday will be

marked with a midday gun salute

with 41 guns fired in Hyde Park, 62

at the Tower of London, and 21 in

Windsor Great Park. Being only 16

miles away from St Andrew's Church,

Windsor Castle is the closest of these

venues, however, the pandemic rules

are likely to mean that the nearest we

can get to it will be online!

You could also make a day of it at home

by visiting the Royal Collection Trust

online where there are royal activities

for all the family — quizzes, virtual

tours through the castle's state rooms

and museums, a royal recipe to try, a

huge collection of photographs taken

by the royal family, and a gift shop!

On St George's Day the order of the Garter

awards are announced at Windsor Castle.

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Aerial view of Windsor Castle - Amanda Lewis, dreamstime.com; Ceremonial entrance to St George's Chapel

- emotionart, dreamstime.com; Canon Pearson cross - Sue Peters; Castle tower - Audrey H, unsplash.com.

Royal Collection Trust is one of

five Royal Household departments

that are responsible for the care of the

Royal Collection. It also manages the

public opening of the Queen's official

residences of Buckingham Palace,

Windsor Castle and the Palace of

Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

The Queen's church, St George's

Chapel at Windsor Castle, has

historical connections with our

parish, and this magazine! Our first

editor, Rev Hugh Pearson, served as a

highly-respected Canon at St George's

(1876–82) during his incumbency in

this parish. Next to the chapel steps

used for ceremonial occasions such as

royal weddings, you will find a cross

erected in Canon Pearson's memory.

The present chapel is one of the

finest examples of Gothic architecture

in England and dates from 1475 when

Edward IV was king. It is the spiritual

home of the Order of the Garter,

the senior order of British Chivalry

established in 1348 by Edward III and

houses the tombs of 10 monarchs,

including Henry VIII, his third wife

Jane Seymour, and Charles I.

The links below will take you to

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Castle, a tudor quiz, a virtual tour of

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Looking familiar?

Several readers have commented on

how much they liked last month's front

cover of The Parish Magazine but where

was it painted?

Charvil tree warden, Sarah Swatridge,

thought at first that it may have been

an artist's impression of how a new

fish refuge in Charvil's water meadows

might look in the future. Her photograph

(right) shows a close resemblance to

Jean Hutchinson's pastel picture (below),

part of which was used for our March

front cover. However, the answer to the

whereabouts of Jean's painting is that it

was inspired by a photograph she took

at Michelham Priory in East Sussex. On

the site of a former

Augustine priory in

the Cuckmere Valley,

Michelham Priory is

owned by the Sussex

Archaeological Society,

a charity which, in

normal times welcomes

visitors to explore the

15 acres of grounds and

buildings. When open,

there are activities

for all the family with

interactive displays

illustrating its 800 year

history.

Me2 wins

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Woodley's Me2 Club has won a Get

Berkshire Active Hero award for its

physical activities during lockdown.

Me2 Club, an inclusion charity for

children and young people with

additional needs and disabilities in the

Wokingham and Reading boroughs,

was one of 70 nominations for the 9th

GBA Awards this year.

The judging panel recognised 29

organisations and individuals whose

contribution truly made a difference

during the pandemic. The Awards not

only go to people who have excelled

in sporting achievement over the

previous year, but more importantly

to those, such as Me2 Club, who have

made sport possible for others.

Tennis open days

planned for May and

June in Sonning

Sonning Tennis Club, which will be

celebrating its 75th anniversary this

year, is planning two open days for

May and June, provided, of course,

that the Covid-19 relaxation of rules

continues as hoped. As we went to

press the dates were being finalised.

STC always welcomes new family and

adult members having all standards

of play to its friendly local club. It

has three courts on the edge of the

King George V Field, Sonning.

As well as coaching junior and

adult players, the club organises

tournaments and social events, and

has men’s, ladies and mixed teams in

the Berkshire leagues.

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details of membership see:

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Thank you for sharing

your lockdown art . . .

You have to admire Sonning Art Group

who have kept going through the

lockdowns by meeting online, and we

thank them for sharing some of their

great works of art with us. As well as

'classic' images such as the scene on

the left that featured last month on

the front cover, they have been letting

their artistic imaginations wander.

Below are some their latest

'wanderings' — Alan Langdon's

chocolate dreams; Sue Dobson’s love

penguins; George Gallocker's carrot

lady; Sue Eley's nest; Jean Hutchinson's

tea bag shower; Bernadette Varilone's

market and George Gallocker’s ram.


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HEALTH — 1

Ingredients for the ‘pastry’

— 400g ground almonds

— 400g pitted Medjool dates

— 6 tbsps melted coconut oil

Ingredients for the filling

— 200g dried mixed fruit

— 40g dried cranberries

— 2 finely chopped apples

— zest & juice of a lemon and an

orange

— ½ tsp ground mixed spice

— ½ tsp ground cinnamon

— ¼ tsp ground nutmeg

— ¼ tsp ground cloves

— 2 tbsps brandy or orange liqueur

(optional)

— 30g coconut oil

— 4 tbsps water

— ¼ tsp vanilla extract

— Pinch of salt

Method

Preheat oven to 1800C/Gas Mark 4

Place 12 cupcake cases on a baking tray.

Place all the filling ingredients

into a saucepan and simmer for

approximately 25 minutes until the

apples have softened. Stir occasionally

to avoid sticking.

While the filling is cooking, make the

‘pastry’. Place all the base ingredients

in a food processor and blend for

around 1-2 minutes until everything is

mixed together. Roll the mixture out

onto a board to around ½ cm thick.

Cut out 12 circles from the pastry

using a cookie cutter and place one in

each of the cupcake cases. Bake for 5-7

minutes. Remove from the oven.

Once the filling is cooked, place

approximately 2 tbsps of the filling

into each case. Return to the oven

and bake the mince pies for another 7

minutes. Remove from the oven and

allow to cool. Enjoy anytime!

HEALTHY BRAIN SMOOTHIE

Try incorporating healthy brain

foods at breakfast; here's a delicious

smoothie packed with omega-3 and

antioxidants:

— 1 cup fresh spinach

— 1 tbsp ground flaxseed

— 1 cup frozen blueberries

— 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

— ½ medium banana

— 1 tbsp nut butter

— tsp cinnamon

— ¼ tsp ginger

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Emily's healthy food recipes — her favourite collection!

Some readers have asked why Emily Hylan's healthy eating column, which included some of her favourite recipes, has disappeared from

the magazine. At the end of last year, Emily left Charvil to take up a new job which meant that she would not have time to continue writing

for us. Her recipes were obviously popular so we have collected them together to make it easier for her fans to keep handy — and if you

haven't tried any yet, here's another chance!

GLUTEN AND DAIRY FREE

MINCE TARTS

EASTER CARROT CAKE PORRIDGE

Ingredients

— 100g porridge oats

— 250ml almond milk

— 250ml water

— 1 carrot peeled and grated

— 1 tbsp date syrup or maple syrup

— ¼ tsp each of ground cinnamon

ground nutmeg and ground ginger

— 30g raisins.

Method

Put oats, almond milk and water

in a small saucepan and heat over

a medium heat. Stir in most of the

carrot along with the syrup, spices

and raisins. Cook for 5-7 minutes until

thick and creamy, stirring regularly.

Sprinkle with the remaining carrot

and serve. Happy Easter!

BLACKBERRY OAT BARS

Ingredients

— 310g oats

— 120 g almond flour/ground almonds

— 1/2 tsp salt

— 1/2 tsp cinnamon

— 1 tsp lemon juice

— 100 g coconut oil, melted

— 117 g maple syrup

— 1 tbsp nut butter (or seed butter)

— 12 oz blackberries

— 1/2 tbsp corn starch

Method

Preheat the oven to 1800C and line an 8 x

8 inch baking tin with parchment paper.

Combine the oats, almond flour, salt,

and cinnamon in a food processor and

pulse together.

Melt the coconut oil and stir in the

maple syrup and nut butter. Pour this

mixture into the dry ingredients in

the food processor and pulse until the

mixture starts to come together.

Set aside approximately 100g of the oat

mixture for a crumb topping.

With the rest of the oat mix, evenly

distribute in the parchment lined

baking tin and press down. Prick the

crust with a fork so steam can escape.

Bake for 8-10 minutes.

While the crust is baking, add the

blackberries, corn starch and lemon

juice to the food processor and blend

together until it has reached a desired

consistency.

Remove the crust from the oven

and pour the blackberry puree over

the crust. Using the reserved oat

mix, spread evenly on top over the

blackberry puree. Bake for 20-25

minutes, until golden brown.

Remove from oven and cool in the

pan for about 1 hour. Refrigerate for at

least 3-4 hours until it completely sets.

Remove from the pan by gently lifting

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HEALTH — 2

Dr Simon Ruffle writes . . . about shaking

A common presentation to doctors is shaking — or tremors.

Due to our inbuilt prejudice, our brains snap to the easiest

conclusion so we can get on with life. If we consciously

made decisions, all the time, we’d be almost paralysed

by indecision and certainly couldn’t drive or complete

complicated tasks.

We learn these decisions and automate them until we no

longer make a conscious decision to continue.

We override these decisions to change outcomes; for

better or worse. Teenage boy’s brains are wired differently

and they take more risks by overriding their unconscious

decisions. In general our learned decisions are correct;

repeating failure leads to doom!

So, back to the shakes. Being in Britain our sense of

humour will make us think ‘take more water with it!

Certainly an option to ask about but let’s explore this very

common symptom.

TEMPUS FUGIT

Like most conditions that cause a lack of ease or disease

they occur as we age. Nothing we can do about 'tempus fugit'

— time flies — and the alternative to this is seen all around

St Andrew’s.

ESSENTIAL

The commonest form of tremor is 'essential tremor'.

This is a fast tremor that, annoyingly, starts as you go to do

something. A nice cuppa awaits, you go to pick it up and ‘the

shakes start.’ Often you can overcome this and I worked with

a surgeon that shook until the moment of precision and then

he was steady as a rock. This is a variant known as intention

tremor.

There’s little we can do about mild symptoms and very

few people go on to be disabled by the condition. There

is a new type of surgery where the brain is stimulated by

electricity overriding the tremor — alcohol can slow this

tremor.

ETHANOL C2H5-OH

Let’s bite the alcohol bullet. Alcohol doesn’t cause tremor.

Withdrawing format does. You do not need to be alcoholic

to get some tremor if you have had one for the road that you

weren’t going to, you may get a little shaky between 10-12

hours after your last drink.

Other normally encountered reasons for tremors are lack

of sleep, low blood sugar and dehydration — all encountered

in a hangover too!

SHAKES ARE NORMAL

Shaking is a natural reaction to stress. Adrenaline levels

rise. Your heart rate and blood pressure rise and tremor

starts — you are warming up to fight or flight. This is great

when the lions attack but not when you have a presentation

to make or an interview.

GREY TUMOUR

In speaking about adrenaline there is a condition called

'phaeochromocytom'. This is a benign tumour that causes too

much adrenaline to be produced. This gives a pseudo — fake

Ladies dancing

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— fight and flight response. The tumour cells are dusky in

colour thus the name, 'phaeo' means dusky', 'chromo' means

colour and 'chroma' is tumour.

MORNING RITUAL?

Caffeine and smoking causes shaking but so can many

prescribed medications, especially asthma inhalers.

Thyroid disease, especially overactive thyroid can cause

the symptoms as can lack of B12 and liver disease.

BRAIN DISORDERS

Asking people what makes people shake, second to

alcohol is Parkinson’s Disease.

Parkinson’s is now known as a range of conditions but

there are brain conditions that mimic Parkinson’s Disease.

The tremor of PD is slow, a rigid/releasing tremor or

cog wheeling. Some patients also experience a ‘pill-rolling

tremor.’ This is exactly as it sounds. The patient rolls an

invisible pill in their fingers.

Medicine and surgery are now used in Parkinson’s disease

to alleviate the symptoms but the disease is degenerative.

If you have never watched the film Awakenings with Robin

Williams and Robert De Niro, do so. It is a fictionalised

biography about patients and doctors having PD and trying

to treat it. (Warning: box of Kleenex, other tissues are

available, required.)

Multiple Sclerosis patients also present with tremor,

often in one hand but sometimes both.

BIAS BE GONE

I hope that a little knowledge of what makes us shake can

change our unconscious bias on how we see someone with

the shakes.

OH! ONE MORE THING

Simon Ruffle

My hobby is photography. There is no way humans can

control camera shake with low shutter speeds without using

a tripod. Even then, many cameras compensate for shake so

brilliantly that you have to turn the mechanism off when

the camera is stabilised —if only humans could do this!

However, sometimes, the misnomer, camera shake — it

should be called operator or human shake — can be an

advantage. Indulge me!


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Gazing through the window and thinking of what to do

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was a lone sparrow, writes Bob Peters.

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about 400 species in the neighbouring areas. Birds are often

mentioned in the Bible, both literally and metaphorically.

In my younger days, sparrows, and starlings (although

not mentioned in the Bible, starlings are said to be ‘spiritual

messengers’) were considered pests, they were everywhere,

although blackbirds, thrushes (Isaiah 38:14), blue tits,

robins and wrens all managed to find a spot to feed. Then

The Parish Magazine - April 2021 33

Recipe of the month: Easter Story Biscuits for children

Preparation time: 20 minutes, total time: 1 day!

Ingredients

— 110 grams of pecan nuts — 200 grams sugar

— 5 grams vinegar

— large plastic bag

— 3 egg whites

— wooden spoon

— a pinch salt

— tape

Instructions: Find your Bible then preheat the oven to 1500C

Place pecans in the plastic bag and let the children beat them with

the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after

Jesus was arrested, he was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read

John 19:1-3.

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put vinegar into mixing bowl.

Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross He was given

vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus

gave his life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and

brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty

tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.

Read Luke 23:27.

So far the ingredients are not very appetising . . .

Birds in and above the Bible garden

Add sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that

Jesus died because he loves us. He wants us to know and belong to

him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat with a mixer on high speed until stiff peaks are formed.

Explain that the colour white represents the purity in God's eyes

of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18

and John 3:1-3.

Fold in broken nuts. Use a teaspoon to drop the mixture onto a

non-stick baking parchment-covered baking sheet. Explain that

each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was

laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.

Put the baking sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the

oven off. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.

Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.

GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave them in the

oven overnight. Jesus' followers felt despair when the tomb was

sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie.

Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow!

On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb

open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9.

in summer the house martins and swallows (Isaiah 38:14)

arrived and, when the weather was rough, along came the

seagulls (Leviticus 11:16) — my garden then was near the

Thames Estuary, only 70 miles downstream as the crow flies

from Charvil in Berkshire where I live now, so the climates

were similar. And yet, 60 years later, the smaller birds such

as sparrows and starlings, have become rare visitors.

While the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

points out that bird numbers vary each year according to

the availability of food and the climate, it also records that

with many species of birds there has been a worrying steady

decline in numbers over the past 30 years — sparrows have

declined by 95% and starlings by 71%.

LARGER BIRDS IN THE SKIES

Interestingly, in the 10 years I have lived in Charvil, as

the smaller birds have declined in numbers, there has been

an obvious rise of larger birds such as crows (same family

as the raven (Genesis 8:6-7), red kites (Leviticus 11:14) and

parakeets, all of which have larger flocks every year. Just

before Christmas last year a peregrine falcon (Leviticus 11:14)

appeared and seems to have attracted another one — I saw

one flying by with twigs in its beak, perhaps they are setting

up home nearby!

One bird, however, that has been ever present in my

Bible garden is the pigeon (Luke 2:24) which can be a problem

when they attack the young broad bean plants. In the

Bible, pigeons were used for food and sacrifice. They too

are declining in numbers — in America it is estimated that

billions of them have disappeared in recent years.

Then there is the heron (Leviticus 11:19) that steals fish

from the Bible garden pond! This is one of the 'unclean' birds

of the Bible — another 'unclean' bird that I have not heard

for several years but hope will herald spring one day soon, is

the cuckoo. (Leviticus 11:14).


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THE ARTS — 1

From blindness to sight and insight

Caravaggio, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

I like the story of the vestry noticeboard of a church in Hampshire: after a

Holy Week performance of Stainer’s ‘Crucifixion’, the choirmaster wrote: ‘The

Crucifixion — well done, everyone!’ Later that day, someone had added, ‘The

Resurrection — well done, God!’, writes Rev Michael Burgess

For the two disciples treading the road to Emmaus, there was no such sense of victory

and celebration. Their minds and hearts were numb with the sense of loss and failure.

They had seen their Lord tried and crucified.

As Luke recounts that walk in his Gospel, he shows how it began with

absence and loss, but journeyed to presence. It was a road that took the

disciples from blindness and despair to sight and insight. They talked over past

events with the stranger who joined them. Luke uses 10 different Greek words

to describe that conversation — all stages in their understanding. And when

they share a meal with the stranger, who becomes the host, taking the bread

and giving thanks, then the understanding becomes vision and insight.

ASTONISHED AND UNDERSTANDING

That meal is the theme of Caravaggio’s painting of 1601, ‘The Supper at

Emmaus.’ Caravaggio had a reputation for being a violent, irrational artist,

given to bouts of anger and forced to spend part of his life in exile in Naples and

Sicily. His paintings as well as his lifestyle, shocked and provoked, comment.

This portrayal of Jesus with a plump, youthful face and his depiction of the

apostles as ordinary labourers upset the church authorities. But by giving Jesus

a beardless face, Caravaggio was trying to show him in the new likeness of

Resurrection – an Easter image of our Lord. The light from Jesus fills the scene

as the two disciples look on, astonished and finally understanding.

When we read the Gospel, we are drawn into the scene. For Caravaggio the

movement is the other way: the scene reaches out to us from the canvas. Look

at the outstretched hand of Jesus, the elbow of one disciple and the left hand of

the other: they are being projected into our world. And that basket of fruit, full

of apples and figs and grapes, symbols of the fall and the eucharist: it is about

to topple off the table and into our laps. It is an Easter encounter 2,000 years

ago, reaching out to us through light and shade and the skill of the artist.

The story in Luke is of an ordinary encounter between travellers and a

stranger. But it is made extraordinary by the transforming power of the risen

Lord, talking with the disciples in the open air and then going inside for a meal.

However, the doors are not shut to us. For Caravaggio shows how that special

moment of encounter for the disciples can reach out to enter our world. He

shows the hand of the risen Lord beckoning us to step into that Easter world of

sacrament and new life.

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Alleluia!

Alleluia!

Give

thanks

to the

Risen

Lord!

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Not many university students are

able to write Christian songs which

become worldwide hits, but Don

Emry Fishel managed it with his

Alleluia No 1.

Nearly 50 years on, it is loved and

sung by millions of Christians

worldwide.

Fishel wrote it in 1971, while

he was a student at the University

of Michigan and also music leader

of a Roman Catholic charismatic

community based in Ann Arbor,

Michigan.

These were the days of folk songs

and guitars, and Alleluia No. 1 fitted

the prevailing mood perfectly.

Written in E Major, it is ideal for

guitar accompaniment.

LIVE FOREVER

Mr Fishel became a freelance

flutist, flute instructor and

composer. He was publications editor

for the Word of God and Servant

Music for a number of years, and

then worked in computers for 25

years. In 2008 he moved to Nashville

and returned to music, teaching the

flute.

Alleluia No 1 was Fishel’s first

song, written 'rather quickly, in

about an hour.' It had four verses to

begin with, but a fifth verse (which

became the third verse) was added

later, as he prepared for baptism.

As Fishel explained, he wanted

the line ‘We have been crucified with

Christ; now we shall live forever’ to

be the centre of the song.

Alleluia No 1 was first published

in the UK in Sound of Living Waters,

in 1974.


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the ARTS — 2

Poetry corner

Promises

God has not promised

Skies always blue,

Flower-strewn pathways

All our life through;

God has not promised

Sun without rain,

Joy without sorrow,

Peace without pain.

But God has promised

Strength for the day,

Rest for the labour,

Light for the way;

Grace for the trial,

Help from above,

Unfailing sympathy,

Undying love.

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What would Jesus do?

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Whenever there’s a problem

And I don’t know what to do

I stop right there

And ask myself

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Whenever I am feeling low

And just a little blue

I stop right there

And ask myself

What would JESUS do?

Whenever my mind goes wandering

To where it shouldn’t do

I stop right there

And ask myself

What would JESUS do?

Whenever someone’s unkind to me

It gets me in a stew

I stop right there

And ask myself

What would JESUS do?

Whenever days go by

And I don’t know what to do

I stop right there

And ask myself

What would JESUS do?

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the sciences

The Parish Magazine - April 2021 37

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By Dr Ruth M Bancewicz, church engagement director at the Faraday

Institute for Science and Religion in Cambridge.

Science tells us how the world works, and technology

offers applications of that knowledge, but neither can

tell us what we ought to do. All scientific discoveries

or new technologies can be used to either help or harm

others. For example, a smartphone can be used to stay in

touch but also enables bullying.

It is important to get past our initial reactions: the ‘yuk!’ or

‘wow!’ These feelings may well change once we learn more

about the science and other factors behind a new development.

Ethical thinking can be divided into three main categories.

The consequentialist approach is demonstrated in the Biblical

book of Proverbs when Wisdom calls young men to consider

the outcome of their actions. Utilitarianism is a form of

consequentialist ethic that tries to maximise the greatest good

for the largest number of people affected, but unchecked it

leaves minorities out in the cold.

ETHICAL DECISIONS

Duty or law-based ethics start with intrinsic values,

asking what is the correct course of action or our duty? These

values might be God-given, such as the Ten Commandments,

or worked out by human reason. It is possible, however, to

do harm while obeying the law, especially if someone asks

‘What can I get away with?’ Also, what happens when rules

collide? For example, who should be treated first when

resources are limited?

Virtue ethics are about building character, growing

in wisdom and the fruit of the Spirit. There are plenty of

Biblical principles to guide virtuous living, such as the idea

that we are ‘made in the image of God’ which supports

the value of every human life (Genesis 1:26–27, Genesis 9:6,

James 3:9–10), but the right decision can vary depending on

circumstances.

So how can we make ethical decisions about new

technologies? The five C's bring together a number of types

of ethical thinking into a framework for decision-making.

— Clarify the facts and key questions.

— Consider our choices: what could we achieve?

— Constraints: External, what must we do? Internal, how

should we behave?

— Compare the pros and cons of each approach.

— Choose what is best, with all parties in mind.

Finally, we have to recognise that the information

available to us will change over time, our knowledge of God

and his word will keep growing, and we cannot avoid making

mistakes, so our ethical decisions will need to be revisited

and revised from time to time.


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PUZZLE PAGE ANSWERS IN THE

CROSSWORD

Across

1 High-pitched flute (4)

3 Observing (8)

9 Single-horned creature (7)

10 Gardeners sow these (5)

11 Dictatorial (12)

13 Flash intermittently (6)

15 Outline model, plan or theory (6)

17 Make a guess that is too high (12)

20 Small marine fish (5)

21 Tax imposed on ships (7)

22 Perceived (8)

23 Transparent camera part (4)

Down

1 Fruit sugar (8)

2 Force upon (5)

4 Elaborately adorned (6)

5 Directions (12)

6 Do repeatedly (7)

7 Lesion (4)

8 Fellow plotter (12)

12 Groundless (8)

14 Returns to a former state (7)

16 Insect that transmits sleeping

sickness (6)

18 Not asleep (5)

19 Capital of Norway (4)

CODEWORD

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

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9 10

11

13 14 15

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17 18

16

20 21

22 23

Across

1 - High-pitched flute (4)

3 - Observing (8)

11 - Dictatorial (12)

15 - Representation of a plan or theory (6)

17 - Make a guess that is too high (12)

20 - Small marine fish (5)

21 - Tax imposed on ships (7)

22 - Perceived (8)

23 - Transparent camera part (4)

Down

1 - Fruit sugar (8)

2 - Force upon (5)

9 - Single-horned creature (7)

4 - Elaborately adorned (6)

10 - 2. Gardeners Which sow King these was (5) killed by an arrow while 5 - Directions hunting (12) in the

6 - Do repeatedly (7)

13 - 3. Flash Which intermittently English (6) King was named Coeur 7 - de Lesion Lion? (4)

2 4 12 8 19 18 19 3 2 9 17 2

4 25 8 21 2 25 9

10 22 10 8 19 21 22 25 8 8

6 2 9 23 25 14 25 20 6 16

8 21 21 22 2 2 8 8

4 19 14 4 25 20 8 14

8 22 21 8 4 26 6

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25 15 23 26 14 8 2 11

19 6 14 23 2 20 6 25 4 11

2 25 14 21 7 22 2 25 9 21

25 11 2 2 1 4 2

22 4 19 8 20 18 21 2 23 19 2 19

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

SOLUTIONS FOR THE MARCH PUZZLES

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

W

12

14 - Returns to a former state (7)

16 - Insect that transmits sleeping sickness (6)

SUDOKU

Each of the nine blocks has to contain all the

numbers 1-9 within its squares. Each number can

only appear once in a row, column or box.

EASTER WORDSEARCH

QUIZ

CROSSWORD CODEWORD SUDOKU WORDSEARCH

14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26

C O N N O T A T I O N S T U C C O F L A M E S

1. St Andrew's X Youth

2. Islam

3. Nathan May

4. More Doggerel Days

5. For the hedgehogs

6. Dutch Elm Disease

7. May 1988

8. Marsh Lane

THE APRIL HISTORY QUIZ

1. What famous battle was fought on Senlac Hill?

New Forest?

8 - Fellow plotter (12)

4. What notable event occurred at Runnymede?

12 - Groundless (8)

5. Who was the first Prince of Wales?

6. What caused the death of supposedly half the English

population during 1348/9?

18 - Not asleep (5)

7. Who in 1474 made history at the sign of the ‘Red Pole’ ?

19 - Capital of Norway (4)

8. Which English king married his brother’s widow ?

I N E E O U F

N E E X E R T S P A

T U N E D M E T S

E E F E M U S I C

M I S G U I D E I

P S L A B N

E T O R T I L L A

R I O J A W H U T

A C D N E N N U I

T E E O R I B I D N

E A P N S E G

I N S T I G A T O R S

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4

5

6

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8

9

10

11

12

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14

15

16

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21

22

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24

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26

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A

O N A S I E C

L O Z E N G E B N R

E I A N U R T U R E

L A P E L S A W

Y P A R A G E S

E P I T H Y U

S E D G E I A T

E C O K A R M A

Q U I C K E N O D X

U T I A T A V I S M

I E S L L N A

N Y M P H S J A R G O N

A

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Easter — the crucifixion, death and resurrection

of Jesus Christ — celebrates the triumphant

highlight of the Christian year. As St Paul pointed

out, unless Jesus really did rise again our faith is

useless, and we may as well forget any hope of

heaven or eternal life.

passover

bread

wine

body

blood

betrayal

Jerusalem

Pilate

Judas

Gethsemane

trial

crucifixion

soldiers

cross

nails

vinegar

temple

curtain

tomb

angel

stone

risen

gardener

Mary


NEXT ISSUE

EASTER ANAGRAMS

1. Airy odd fog - - - - -/- - - - - -

2. Rags see get - - - - - -/- - - -

3. Layman spud - - - -/- - - - - -

4. Coin uric fix - - - - - - - - - - -

5. Brunch so toss - - -/- - - - -/- - - -

6. Apples rust - - - -/- - - - - -

7. Acid air just so - - - - -/- - - - - - - -

8. Torch frowns on - - - - -/- -/- - - - - -

9. Hen irises - -/- -/- - - - -!

BIBLE BASED CROSSWORD

Church in

Wales coat

of arms

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ANSWERS TO THE DENOMINATIONS QUIZ ON PAGE 22

Baptist Union of

Great Britain

United

Reformed

Church

Church of

England

Church of

Ireland

Across

1. Relating to the whole universe (6)

4. The disciple who made the remark in 8 Across (John 20:24) (6)

8. ‘Unless I see the nail marks — — hands, I will not believe it’ (John 20:25) (2,3)

9. He urged King Jehoiakim not to burn the scroll containing Jeremiah’s

message (Jeremiah 36:25) (7)

10. Baptist minister and controversial founder of America’s Moral Majority,

Jerry — (7)

11. ‘Look, here is — . Why shouldn’t I be baptized?’ (Acts 8:36) (5)

12. Repossessed (Genesis 14:16) (9)

17. Port from which Paul sailed on his last journey to Rome (Acts 27:3–4) (5)

19. ‘Moses was not aware that his face was — because he had spoken with

the Lord’. (Exodus 34:29) (7)

21. Roonwit, CS Lewis’s half-man, half-horse (7)

22. Grill (Luke 24:42) (5)

23. ‘The lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the — apostles’ (Acts 1:26) (6)

24. ‘I was sick and you looked after me, I was in — and you came to visit me’

(Matthew 25:36) (6)

Down

1. Coastal rockfaces (Psalm 141:6) (6)

2. Academic (1 Corinthians 1:20) (7)

3. Publish (Daniel 6:26) (5)

5. For example, the Crusades (4,3)

6. 11 Across is certainly this (5)

7. He reps (anag) (6)

9. Liberator (Psalm 18:2) (9)

13. Man who asked the question in 11 Across was in charge of all her treasury (7)

14. They must be ‘worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine’ (1

Timothy 3:8) (7)

15. The human mind or soul (6)

16. ‘O Lord, while precious children starve, the tools of war increase; their

bread is — ’ (Graham Kendrick) (6)

18. ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not — ’ (Matthew 11:17) (5)

20. Bared (anag) (5)

Churches

Together

Salvation

Army

Church

of

Scotland

Catholic

Bishop

Conference

England

and Wales

Methodist Church

in Britain

World Council

of Churches

Church

in

Wales

Episcopal

Church

Brethren


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Parish contacts

Ministry Team

The Vicar: Revd Jamie Taylor*

The Parish Office, Thames Street, Sonning, RG4 6UR

vicar@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 969 3298

*Day off Friday

— Associate Vicar: Revd Kate Wakeman-Toogood

revkate@sonningparish.org.uk / 0746 380 6735

On duty Tuesday, Friday and Sunday

— Youth Minister: Chris West (Westy)

youthminister@sonningparish.org.uk / 0794 622 4106

— Licensed Lay Minister: Bob Peters

bob@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 377 5887

Children's Ministry

— Alison Smyly office@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 969 3298

Churchwardens

— Perry Mills perry@oaktreeoffice.com / 0786 035 5457

— Stuart Bowman sdbowman73@aol.com / 0118 978 8414

Deputy Churchwardens

— Liz Nelson liz.nelson1@ntlworld.com / 0118 934 4837

— Simon Darvall sdarvall@businessmoves.com 0793 928 2535

— Sue Peters mail@susanjpeters.com / 0118 377 5887

— Molly Woodley (deputy churchwarden emeritus)

mollywoodley@live.co.uk / 0118 946 3667

Parish Administrator

— Hilary Rennie

office@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 969 3298

Parochial Church Council

— Secretary: Hilary Rennie 0118 969 3298

— Treasurer: Richard Moore 0118 969 2588

Director of Music, organist and choirmaster

— Chris Goodwin MA (Cantab), ARCO (CHM), ARCM, LRAM

music@sonningparish.org.uk

Sacristan

— Helen Goodwin 0134 462 7697

Parish Website: http://www.sonningparish.org.uk

The Parish Magazine: http://www.theparishmagazine.co.uk

— Editor: Bob Peters

editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk / 0118 377 5887

— Advertising and Distribution: Gordon Nutbrown

advertising@theparishmagazine.co.uk / 0118 969 3282

— Treasurer: Pat Livesey

pat.livesey@yahoo.co.uk / 0118 961 8017

The Parish Magazine is produced by St Andrew’s PCC and delivered

free of charge to every home in Charvil, Sonning and Sonning Eye.

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Factory at Sarum Graphics Ltd, Old Sarum, Salisbury SP4 6QX

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Big Heart Tree Care 40

Blandy & Blandy Solicitors 14

Blinds Direct 26

Blue Moose 8

Bridge House 43

Bridges Home Care 14

Bright and Fresh Cleaning 26

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Carer Companion 40

Chimney Sweep, Thames 40

Chiropody, Linda Frewin 40

Chris the Plumber 32

Clark Bicknell 40

Complete Pest Solutions 16

Computer Frustrations 40

Cruz Kitchens 34

David Shailes Plumbing & Decorating 26

Design for Print 28

Freebody Boatbuilders 6

Fields Pharmacy 32

French Horn 44

Gardiners Nursing 8

Graham Blake Soft Furnishing 6

Great House Sonning 26

Handyman, Decorating 40

Haslams Estate Agents 2

Hicks Group 16

Intersmart Electrical Installations 40

James Autos 40

Jones & Sheppard Stone Masons 16

Just Brickwork 20

Kingfisher Bathrooms 18

MC Cleaning 40

Mill at Sonning 4

M & L Healthcare Solutions 12

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Muck & Mulch 28

Newgate Car Finance 20

Odd Jobs 40

Painter and Decorator 40

Pearson Hall Sonning 30

Pennymatters Finance Advice 24

Q1 Care 30

Reading Blue Coat School 18

Richfield Flooring 14

Sabella Interiors 36

Shiplake College 20

Signature Cliveden Manor Care Home 28

Sonning Golf Club 32

Sonning Scouts Marquees 32

Smallwood Garden Services 40

Style by Julie 24

Sunrise of Sonning Senior Living 34

Thames Valley Water Softeners 24

Thames Valley Wills Service 40

Tomalin Funerals 30

Velvaere Studio 6

Village Hamper 20

Walker Funerals 12

Water Softener Salt 28

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The Parish Magazine - April 2021 43

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