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Contents <strong>April</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



— Easter lilies, 7<br />

— Easter services, 7<br />

— Royal Maundy, 7<br />

— Confirmation, 7<br />

— For your prayers in <strong>April</strong>, 7<br />

— Christian Basics Part 3, 9<br />

— Christian Ukraine appeals, 9<br />

— STAY, 10-11<br />

— Claude on friendship, 11<br />

— On Reflection: Leviticus, 13<br />

— From the editor's desk, 13<br />

features<br />

— Easter in a nutshell, 15<br />

— <strong>April</strong> outings, 17<br />

— A game for all ages, 19<br />

— Platinum memories, 20-21<br />

— All welcome at Easter, 22-23<br />

— Acrostical Easter, 25<br />

around the villages<br />

— Toys and Teens smiles, 27<br />

— FoStAC music evening, 27<br />

— Chairman's Cup, 27<br />

— Thames Crossing Talk, 27<br />

— Village Rounders, 29<br />

— Scarecrows are coming, 29<br />

— Sanctuary Hosting, 29<br />

— Charvil Brunch for Karun, 29<br />

history, 31<br />

HEALTH<br />

— Dr Simon Ruffle, 33-35<br />

HOME & GARDEn<br />

— <strong>April</strong> in the garden, 35<br />

— Recipe of the month, 35<br />

THE ARTS<br />

— <strong>The</strong> Kiss of Judas, 37<br />

— Book Reviews, 37<br />

— Poetry Corner, 38<br />

the sciences<br />

— PCR tests, 38<br />

PUZZLE PAGE, 39<br />

children's page, 41<br />

information<br />

— Church services, 3<br />

— From the registers, 3<br />

— <strong>Parish</strong> contacts, 42<br />

— Advertisers index, 42<br />


<strong>April</strong> <strong>2022</strong> — Holy Week and Easter<br />

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the church of st andrew, SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF<br />

CHARVIL, SONNING and sonning eye SINCE THE 7 th CENTURY<br />

<strong>The</strong> Easter Fun Day is back this year!<br />

Picture: Indy Biddulph<br />


<strong>The</strong> editorial deadline for every issue<br />

of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> is 12 noon on<br />

the sixth day of the month prior to the<br />

date of publication.<br />

<strong>The</strong> deadline for the May<br />

issue of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> is:<br />

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<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> online<br />

<strong>The</strong> most recent issues can be viewed at:<br />

http://www.theparishmagazine.co.uk<br />

Earlier issues from 1869 onwards are<br />

stored in a secure online archive. If you<br />

wish to view these archives contact the<br />

editor who will authorise access for you:<br />

editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk<br />

From the<br />

register<br />

BAPTISMs<br />

— Sunday 13 February<br />

Jacob David Knopp<br />

FUNERALs<br />

— Thursday 10 February<br />

Bridget Foley, Burial in churchyard<br />

— Monday 14 February<br />

Jean Collin, Funeral service in<br />

church followed by cremation at<br />

Reading Crematorium<br />

— Tuesday 15 February<br />

Ronald Mark Emmanuel, Funeral<br />

service in church followed by<br />

burial in churchyard<br />

— Wednesday 23 February<br />

Patricia Irene Prance, Interment<br />

of ashes in churchyard<br />

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Services at<br />

St Andrew’s<br />

Sunday 3 <strong>April</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am Family Service<br />

— 4.00pm Choral Evensong<br />

followed by tea in <strong>The</strong> Ark<br />

Palm Sunday 10 <strong>April</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am <strong>Parish</strong> Eucharist with<br />

the Passion Reading<br />

STAY and Sunday Club<br />

Maundy Thursday 14 <strong>April</strong><br />

— 7.30pm Holy Communion with<br />

the stripping of the Altar<br />

Good Friday 15 <strong>April</strong><br />

— 2.00pm <strong>The</strong> Final Hour with<br />

readings, prayer and silence<br />

Easter Eve 16 <strong>April</strong><br />

— 8.15pm <strong>The</strong> First Communion<br />

of Easter with the lighting of<br />

the Easter fire<br />

Easter Sunday 17 <strong>April</strong><br />

— 8.00am BCP Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am <strong>Parish</strong> Eucharist<br />

Sunday 24 <strong>April</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am <strong>Parish</strong> Eucharist<br />

— 6.00pm Sunday at Six in <strong>The</strong><br />

Ark with refreshments served<br />

on arrival from 5.50pm.<br />


Morning Prayer is held in church<br />

every Tuesday at 9.30am. During Lent<br />

this will include a reflection on the<br />

Lord's Prayer. Tea and coffee is served<br />

in <strong>The</strong> Ark after the service.<br />

Mid-week Communion in <strong>The</strong> Ark is<br />

held every Wednesday at 10.00am. Tea<br />

and coffee is available following the<br />

service.<br />

Home Communion at Signature at<br />

Sonning is held on the first Monday<br />

of each month at 11.00am. Visitors<br />

must comply with the care home's<br />

Covid restrictions so please check with<br />

Signature at least four days before.

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After the non-event of Easter 2020 and the tentative half celebration in<br />

2021, we are now able to fully celebrate Easter again which is just as well<br />

as it is so central to our faith. <strong>The</strong> writer, C S Lewis, referred to our faith<br />

as one unashamedly based on miracles, and called the resurrection the<br />

central miracle. His friend and fellow writer, J R R Tolkien, referred to<br />

Easter as a 'eucatastrophe,' or good catastrophe, a radical and miraculous<br />

turn in human history.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re's no way around the resurrection in Christianity. If it were not<br />

true, it would be up to us to abandon Christianity and seek some other<br />

way to serve God. If this central fact were not the core of our confession,<br />

we would be wasting our time. <strong>The</strong> most incredible thing in the world<br />

happened and people were willing to die horribly in the early years of<br />

the faith to uphold that witness, and others, having seen the sincerity of<br />

their deaths, were willing to die as well. That tradition continues today.<br />

More Christians have been martyred the world over in the past century<br />

than in all the Christian centuries before. Why, for a fairy-tale? I think<br />

not.<br />


However, in order to celebrate Easter, we have to know about it.<br />

Some people simply don't even know who Jesus is. Some people in the<br />

world today have never heard the good news about Jesus Christ. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

don't know about the manger, about the baptism, the temptation, the<br />

Sermon on the Mount, the triumphant entry, the upsetting of the money<br />

changers, the contentions in the temple, and the breaking of the bread.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y know nothing of the plotting, the conniving, the betraying, the<br />

arresting, the condemning, the torturing, the murdering, the burying<br />

and then the resurrection. This is why the church must constantly strive<br />

to teach the fundamentals of our faith, not just taking knowledge for<br />

granted.<br />

Our Alpha course was a great opportunity for this last year, and this<br />

year, from September, we shall have two Confirmation groups for young<br />

people and adults, both seeking to instruct and nurture. In addition,<br />

Sunday Club and STAY on Sunday offer ongoing teaching, three times a<br />

month, for children and young people and Messy Church does the same<br />

for our littlest ones.<br />


<strong>The</strong> resurrection is not just a trick or a wonder. It's an alteration to the<br />

world, to society, to us. It's either the most important thing that has ever<br />

happened, or it is time to be honest about things and do something else<br />

on Sundays. Archbishop Michael Ramsey once said 'I see no escape from<br />

the dilemma: either Jesus is fraudulent, or his claim is true: either we judge<br />

him for being terribly amiss, or we let him judge us'.<br />

For me, I am convinced the resurrection happened. <strong>The</strong> Bible tells<br />

us that over 500 people witnessed the resurrected Jesus and they were<br />

changed, emboldened to spread the news, even in the face of violence<br />

and death. <strong>The</strong>y knew that there was nowhere they couldn’t go, no place<br />

they dare not go, to take this overwhelmingly important message. It was<br />

not something to be kept to themselves. <strong>The</strong> church today needs to learn<br />

from them. It is imperative that we get the word out, not just this Easter,<br />

but every day of every year! Christ is risen!<br />

Happy Easter! Warm wishes, Jamie

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Notices<br />

Confirmation<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bishop of Oxford will lead our<br />

parish Confirmation on 20 November.<br />

Confirmation is the process of becoming<br />

a full member of the Church of England.<br />

Preparation groups begin for young<br />

people and adults in September. If you<br />

would like to find out more about what<br />

is involved, please speak to a member of<br />

the Ministry Team.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Royal Maundy<br />

Some months ago, I was asked by the<br />

Bishop of Oxford to nominate a worthy<br />

recipient of the Royal Maundy money at<br />

Windsor Castle this Maundy Thursday.<br />

This is the third time I have been asked<br />

during my time in the ministry, the<br />

first such service was at Canterbury<br />

Cathedral in 2002, the second, at Oxford<br />

Cathedral in 2013 and now Her Majesty<br />

has decided to hold the service each year<br />

at St George’s Chapel.<br />

Without hesitation I nominated the<br />

editor of this magazine, Bob Peters. I<br />

was delighted to hear recently that he<br />

had received a letter from Buckingham<br />

Palace and so he and Sue will go to<br />

Windsor for the special service later this<br />

month.<br />

Bob has served as a Licensed Lay<br />

Minister here for over 20 years and<br />

also assisted the Diocese with training<br />

new LLM’s, but my main reason for<br />

nominating him was for his work these<br />

past 10 years editing this multiple<br />

national prize-winning magazine.<br />

In this month which marks the<br />

140th anniversary of the death of the<br />

founder of the magazine, and its first<br />

editor, Canon Hugh Pearson, I feel there<br />

is something very appropriate about<br />

this, not least because he was a Canon of<br />

Windsor and he served Queen Victoria<br />

as deputy Clerk to the Closet.<br />

Many congratulations Bob and<br />

thank you for your continued service.<br />

Jamie<br />

Easter Lilies<br />

For your prayers in <strong>April</strong><br />

Indy Biddulph<br />

Each year we display lilies in the church<br />

for Easter in memory of loved ones.<br />

We ask for a donation of £5 per stem<br />

and we will record names of those to be<br />

remembered in the sanctuary. <strong>The</strong> lilies<br />

will be displayed from Easter Saturday in<br />

church.<br />

Please contact Hilary in the church<br />

office by phone or email or place the<br />

donation in an envelope in the office<br />

letter box giving your name and the<br />

name to be remembered.<br />

If you prefer to pay by bank transfer<br />

please mark your payment ‘Lilies’ with<br />

your surname and make the payment to<br />

Sonning PCC account number 00011793<br />

sort code 40-52-40 and email Hilary the<br />

relevant name to be included.<br />

<strong>The</strong> closing date for names for the lily<br />

display is Palm Sunday 10 <strong>April</strong>.<br />

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Palm Sunday 1o <strong>April</strong>, 10.30am<br />

We meet at <strong>The</strong> Ark Garden before<br />

processing via <strong>The</strong> Ark to Church<br />

for a <strong>Parish</strong> Eucharist with the Passion<br />

Reading.<br />

Maundy Thursday, 14 <strong>April</strong>, 7.30pm<br />

Holy Communion which celebrates the<br />

Last Supper. <strong>The</strong> service concludes with<br />

the stripping of the altar, after which<br />

there is silent reflection before the<br />

congregation depart in silence.<br />

Good Friday, 15 <strong>April</strong>, 2-3pm,<br />

<strong>The</strong> Last Hour, a service of Bible<br />

readings, prayers and silent reflection.<br />

Easter Saturday Family Fun, 2pm<br />

Meet inside the Church for a welcome<br />

and short service before moving outside<br />

for an Easter egg hunt, bouncy castle,<br />

riverside walk, egg and spoon races, trips<br />

up the tower, Messy Church activities in<br />

the Church, and a free BBQ. Please book<br />

with the <strong>Parish</strong> Office 0118 969 3298.<br />

Easter Eve, 8.15pm<br />

<strong>The</strong> First Communion of Easter. We meet<br />

outside the Church north door where the<br />

Easter fire will be lit. <strong>The</strong> congregation<br />

will be given candles, which are lit from<br />

the Easter fire. We then move into the<br />

dark church carrying 'the Light of Christ'<br />

to celebrate the first Holy Communion<br />

of Easter. If you have been to this service<br />

you will know that it one of the most<br />

meaningful services of the year.<br />

Easter Day<br />

BCP Holy Communion at 8am<br />

<strong>Parish</strong> Eucharist at 10.30am. Children<br />

will make the Easter Garden in <strong>The</strong> Ark.<br />

Please note: <strong>The</strong>re will be not be an evening<br />

service, or Messy Church on this day.<br />

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Rev Paul Hardingham's series on the foundations of the Christian faith<br />

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Ukraine appeals for help<br />

<strong>The</strong> Garden Tomb in Jerusalem<br />

Resurrection?<br />

‘Easter is not primarily a comfort, but a challenge. Its<br />

message is either the supreme fact in history or else a<br />

gigantic hoax.’ (CS Lewis).<br />

As we celebrate another Easter, what is the significance of<br />

Jesus’ resurrection for us? As Paul writes, ‘if Christ has not<br />

been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins’. (1 Cor<br />

15:17).<br />

What does the New Testament affirm about the<br />

resurrection? It affirms that Jesus’ death on the cross was<br />

not a defeat but a victory over sin, death and Satan, in<br />

which we share.<br />

‘But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the<br />

agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its<br />

hold on him’ (Acts 2:24).<br />


It points to our own bodily resurrection after<br />

death, ‘<strong>The</strong> body that is sown is perishable, it is raised<br />

imperishable’ (1 Cor 15: 42).<br />


It guarantees the forgiveness of our sins, ‘if Christ has<br />

not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your<br />

sins’ (1 Cor 15:17).<br />


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It ensures that we can know the reality of his risen life<br />

today, ‘just as Christ was raised from the dead through the<br />

glory of the Father, we too may live a new life’ (Rom 6:4).<br />

<strong>The</strong> story is told of Russia under the Communist<br />

regime. A member of the Communist Party addressed<br />

a packed audience at length, seeking to discredit the<br />

resurrection of Christ. At the end an Orthodox priest rose<br />

and asked if he might reply. He was warned that he only<br />

had five minutes. ‘Five seconds is all I need!’ He turned<br />

to the audience and gave the traditional Easter greeting:<br />

‘Christ is risen!’ Back with a deafening roar came the<br />

traditional reply: ‘He is risen indeed!’<br />

23 Feb <strong>2022</strong>: Residential building in Kyiv damaged by Russian aircraft.<br />

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In the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Barnabas<br />

Fund is sending funds, donated by its supporters, to<br />

churches in the neighbouring countries of Ukraine as they<br />

care for refugees, writes Colin Bailey.<br />

At the time of writing over 2 million people have arrived in<br />

the border regions of Ukraine’s neighbours. <strong>The</strong> majority<br />

have fled to the 12 border crossings into Poland, and others<br />

to Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova. <strong>The</strong> UN has<br />

warned that more than 4.5 million refugees could follow.<br />

Food is running short. One Moldovan pastor appealed to<br />

Barnabas Fund for food, clothing and shoes, given that some<br />

people had left their home without shoes or with only light<br />

clothing. Barnabas Fund is appealing for:<br />

— Tinned food that can be opened without a can opener,<br />

cup-a-soup packets and energy bars<br />

— Blankets<br />

— Good quality winter clothes, particularly coats<br />

Donated items should be taken to a collection point, see<br />

https://www.food.gives/gb/ukraine/#map for nearest details.<br />

Volunteers are also sought for supplying and/or driving<br />

a van or lorry to the borders of Ukraine in Poland, Romania,<br />

and Moldova. Call 0179 331 7778, or sign up at https://www.<br />

food.gives/gb/ukraine-volunteer/<br />

Funds are also needed by Barnabas Fund’s partners in the<br />

region, particularly for heating the church halls and other<br />

buildings housing refugees. Donations may be made via<br />

https://tinyurl.com/2p8daued<br />

Thank you for any support — prayer, financial or<br />

practical — that you can give in support of Ukraine.<br />



Christian charities that are helping the people<br />

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Samaritan’s Purse: https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk<br />

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STAY on Friday<br />

We had a couple of fantastic youth<br />

club sessions in February. We had the<br />

usual games and fun, plus our final<br />

thoughts on justice and fairness. <strong>The</strong><br />

main question was around; How is it<br />

fair that we are born into a country<br />

of affluence, free healthcare, free<br />

education and access to plenty of<br />

opportunities. Yet someone born<br />

in another part of the world isn’t.<br />

So what are we going to do to bless<br />

others who have less?<br />

STAY on Sunday<br />

We have continued our theme on<br />

relationships during February.<br />

Previously covering topics like;<br />

friendships, romantic relationships,<br />

family, celebrities, the persecuted<br />

church and toxic relationships.<br />

Most recently we looked at our<br />

relationships with the LGBTQ+<br />

community and bullies. Each time we<br />

think about the influence and impact<br />

of these relationships plus the kind<br />

of people we want to be.<br />

February Half Term<br />

STAY Detached Project<br />

Our detached work continued<br />

with serving over 40 hot chocolate<br />

mountains to the young people of<br />

Charvil on Thursdays after school.<br />

This work builds hugely on the other<br />

areas of the STAY youth work in<br />

schools, at youth club and during the<br />

school holidays.<br />

STAY Schools Work<br />

Our work in schools has been<br />

wonderfully fruitful recently with<br />

mentoring around 20 students each<br />

week. Lots of pupils making positive<br />

steps towards positive choices<br />

and independence plus assemblies<br />

continue to give us the opportunity<br />

to tell young people about a God who<br />

believes in them and loves them.<br />

For youth related ideas, chats<br />

or musings, email Westy on:<br />

youthminister@sonningparish.org.uk<br />

It was wonderful so many young people and parents were asking after February ha<br />

families it is so important to have time away together. So I took my wife Gem and d<br />

on a ski mission. We stayed for the week with Altitude Mission and the Ski Angels (<br />

but on the slopes. We loved our time skiing and serving with the altitude team! Nee<br />

information on the mission see https://www.altitudemission.com — Westy

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Friends for life<br />

'Who needs a lift up to the church?'<br />

called the farmer sitting in his four<br />

wheel drive off road truck, writes<br />

Claude Masters.<br />

Although only about 100 metres away<br />

the church was at the end of a muddy<br />

farm track and up a steep hill. <strong>The</strong><br />

church, St Mary Frome St Quinton, is<br />

part of a team benefice and only has<br />

one service a month, but with such<br />

difficult access there would not be<br />

many in the congregation when the<br />

weather is foul.<br />

<strong>The</strong> service on this occasion<br />

was the funeral of a friend who<br />

had moved from Reading with her<br />

husband to a delightful thatched<br />

cottage in rural Dorset about 20<br />

years ago.<br />

It was a bittersweet occasion as it<br />

was a joy to meet her family again.<br />

Her son, who played the organ for<br />

the service is a highly respected<br />

musician in the city of Hull.<br />

<strong>The</strong> music played before and<br />

after the service was chosen by<br />

him and some of it was a recording<br />

of the choir he conducts. After the<br />

coffin left the church none of the<br />

congregation moved from their<br />

seats but respectfully listened to<br />

the music. It was a very touching<br />

moment.<br />

<strong>The</strong> friendship between them<br />

and my family had developed many<br />

years earlier in the choir vestry and<br />

sacristy at St Bartholomew’s Church<br />

in London Road, Reading.<br />

Many of our friendships were<br />

made in that church and my wife,<br />

offspring, and I still meet up with<br />

many of them occasionally even<br />

Claude's<br />

view<br />

from<br />

the<br />

pew<br />

though they now live in different<br />

parts of the country.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se are lifelong friends<br />

but many of our friends and<br />

acquaintances change from one<br />

decade to another as we progress<br />

though our lives. We don’t fall out<br />

with them, they just drift out of<br />

our lives. It is often said we choose<br />

our friends but are stuck with our<br />

relatives and it is sadly the case that<br />

we are more likely to fall out with<br />

our relatives than we are with our<br />

friends.<br />

<strong>The</strong> church is a fine place to meet<br />

and make friends, especially as we<br />

now have <strong>The</strong> Ark to meet each other<br />

after a service, and to be able to sit<br />

in a comfortable and welcoming<br />

environment.<br />

Youngsters attending the family<br />

services and other events at St<br />

Andrew’s will be making life long<br />

friendships and let us pray they will<br />

also become regular worshippers in<br />

God's family.<br />

lf term activities. But as with all<br />

aughter Phoebe to Meribel in France<br />

pictured above). Think Street Pastors<br />

ded a holiday on return! For more<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> Church of St Mary Frome St Quinton<br />

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On reflection . . .<br />

Leviticus: Being holy<br />

By Elizabeth Spiers<br />

Romolo Tavani, dreamstime.com<br />

Have you tried to read from Genesis to Revelation?<br />

If you have, I can imagine that when you arrived at<br />

Leviticus, you found it dry and boring. What can this<br />

book possibly have to say to us? It was written to<br />

another culture thousands of years ago and focuses on<br />

animal sacrifice. So why would God put it in the Bible?<br />

You’ve heard the saying 'you can take the girl out of Liverpool<br />

(or wherever) but you can’t take Liverpool out of the girl'. That’s a<br />

picture of how it was for the Israelites. <strong>The</strong>y had been slaves<br />

in Egypt for so long that their Jewish heritage and their<br />

understanding of God was highly compromised. God wanted<br />

to remind them of who he was and more than that, of how<br />

holy he is. He wanted them to know how to worship him.<br />

Some of the laws given in Leviticus may have been for<br />

health to protect the people but most were so that they<br />

would be reminded of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.<br />

And of his faithfulness, holiness and power. God had made<br />

an everlasting covenant, with Abraham and the Jewish<br />

nation. As with any contract, there were benefits if you kept<br />

to the agreement and sanctions if you didn’t. As humans<br />

they were unable to keep their part of the agreement. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

kept sinning, just as we do. <strong>The</strong>y needed a Saviour, as we do.<br />


It wasn’t time for Jesus to come, so God introduced<br />

animal sacrifice. This was his way for the people to repent of<br />

their sins and appease his wrath. It may seem horrific to us<br />

in our age of animal rights, but think of Jesus’ death.<br />

That too was horrific. He was bloodied, broken, thorns<br />

in his head, nails in his hands and feet, open back from the<br />

lashes and he was naked as he hung on the cross. But he gave<br />

his life to buy us back from a sinful world. Until then, God’s<br />

wrath was appeased by the shedding of an innocent animal’s<br />

blood.<br />

In Leviticus 10, two of Aaron’s sons, who had been<br />

ordained as priests, went to minister and got it wrong. Verse<br />

2 tells us they offered profane or ‘unholy’ fire to God and as a<br />

result they lost their lives.<br />

God is holiness. It’s not an attribute, it is who he is. Sin<br />

comes between us and God. And yet, he wants a relationship<br />

with each of us.<br />

That’s why we have Leviticus. It teaches us the lengths<br />

God will go to be able to live with his chosen people and why<br />

at the right time, he sent his Son so that the need for animal<br />

sacrifice would be over.<br />

We are precious, blood-bought children of God. Let us try,<br />

as God asks us in Leviticus 11:44 to 'be holy, as he is holy'.<br />

From the desk<br />

of the editor<br />

editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk<br />

Sharing burdens is<br />

good for you . . .<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>April</strong> <strong>2022</strong> 13<br />

Sitting on my desk — or rather, there would be if<br />

there was room! — is a pile of parish magazines from<br />

churches around the UK. When I have sent this issue to<br />

the printers my next job will be to read all the waiting<br />

magazines and score them according to agreed criteria. I<br />

will also be making suggestions about how each magazine<br />

could be improved.<br />

One of my roles outside St Andrew's Church is with the<br />

Association for Church Editors (ACE). We have about 850<br />

members, all of whom, edit their church magazine.<br />

I joined ACE 5 years ago and, after winning its annual<br />

award for the best church magazine in 2018, I was invited<br />

to join its management committee, which currently has six<br />

members. Each committee member will be reading the same<br />

magazines in order to choose a winner.<br />

Like me, the other committee members have experience<br />

of the commercial world of publishing which is unlike the<br />

majority of ACE members who previously had very little<br />

editing or writing experience before taking the role of editor<br />

of their church magazine. Thus, much of the committee's<br />

time is taken up with encouraging members to develop and<br />

improve their publications. Running an annual competition<br />

is one way we try to do this.<br />

Each month I also write a newsletter for the ACE<br />

members which includes stories, and ideas for stories, that<br />

the members can include in their own magazines., and it<br />

offers tips on how to edit and design magazines.<br />


Through the newsletter, we also encourage members to<br />

share their editing and production problems with each other.<br />

Knowing that someone else has been in a similar situation<br />

and having someone to share experiences and solutions can<br />

also reduce the stress — meeting deadlines, and finding<br />

and writing stories can be stressful for all church editors.<br />

Having a channel to share problems also helps to relieve the<br />

loneliness that many editors experience.<br />

Whether sharing our problems or helping others it<br />

is, of course, not unique to church magazine editors, it is<br />

something that can help us in all walks of life.<br />

Sharing our burdens is a fundamental Christian<br />

characteristic. When Paul wrote to the Galatians he said:<br />

'Carry each other's burdens and so you will fulfil the law of Christ.'<br />

<strong>The</strong> good news here is that no one need do anything alone.<br />

You can help friends and family get through life's big and<br />

small obstacles, and they can do the same for you.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is great deal of wisdom in the proverbial saying: 'A<br />

problem shared is a problem halved.'<br />

If you have a problem, and no-one to share it with,<br />

contact a member of the St Andrew's ministry team (details<br />

on page 42) and if we can't help we will help you find someone<br />

who can. It's good to share your burdens!

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<strong>The</strong> Easter message in a nutshell<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>April</strong> <strong>2022</strong> 15<br />

By Rev Canon David Winter*<br />

Part of the St Andrew's churchyard where local people have been buried since the 7th Century<br />

'When you die, that’s it. Nothing.<br />

Out like a light.' That’s what the<br />

man in the pub said, and his mates<br />

all nodded, though the one whose<br />

mother had died the week before<br />

wasn’t really quite so certain. Still,<br />

it seemed to make sense.<br />

After all, we know what ‘dead’ means:<br />

dead leaves, dead batteries, dead fish,<br />

dead pets . . . and dead people, to be<br />

honest.<br />

While we recognise that it’s all<br />

too easy to go from alive to dead,<br />

we’ve got serious doubts about the<br />

possibility of any return journeys.<br />


Which is why Christians have an<br />

uphill task at Easter. Jesus was a great<br />

man, and people want to remember<br />

how he died. Fair enough.<br />

But it starts getting complicated<br />

when Christians insist that Jesus died<br />

— but didn’t stay dead — in fact, that<br />

he’s alive now. That ‘return journey’<br />

has happened, they say.<br />

That’s the problem about Easter,<br />

Christians persisting in what sounds<br />

like a ridiculous belief. If they just<br />

dropped the resurrection bit and<br />

concentrated on the wonderful<br />

teaching of Jesus and his example of<br />

generosity, compassion and love then<br />

everybody would find Christianity<br />

much more believable. Wouldn’t that<br />

make sense? And wouldn’t that fill<br />

the churches again?<br />

Well it might (or, more likely,<br />

it might not). But in any case,<br />

the trouble is that it wouldn’t be<br />

Christianity at all. <strong>The</strong> faith of<br />

Christians actually depends on the<br />

resurrection of Jesus, and always has<br />

done, right from the earliest days.<br />

After the crucifixion the body of<br />

Jesus was taken down from the cross<br />

by some of his friends and put in a<br />

rock tomb with a heavy stone rolled<br />

across the doorway.<br />

Yet the following Sunday,<br />

the third day after his death, his<br />

followers claimed that they had met<br />

him, seen him, talked with him.<br />


So certain was their belief that<br />

nothing could make them recant it.<br />

Not ridicule, not torture, not even<br />

death itself. <strong>The</strong>y couldn’t deny his<br />

resurrection, because they were<br />

absolutely convinced that it had<br />

happened.<br />

Plenty of clever and powerful<br />

people at the time had a vested<br />

interest in proving them wrong. It<br />

shouldn’t have been difficult to prove<br />

Peter Rennie<br />

that a dead man had stayed dead,<br />

especially when you have at your<br />

disposal the resources of the greatest<br />

empire in history. Yet they didn’t do<br />

it, because it couldn’t be done.<br />

Still today millions of people all<br />

over the world believe that Jesus<br />

did in fact rise from the dead. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

include brilliant scientists and<br />

philosophers as well as plenty of<br />

‘ordinary’ men and women of all ages.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y believe it because they<br />

respect the witness of those first<br />

Christians, and because in many<br />

cases their own lives have been<br />

transformed by a relationship with<br />

Jesus — a relationship that wouldn’t<br />

make sense if he were dead!<br />

Christians don’t put their faith<br />

in a dead hero from the past, but in<br />

someone who is alive and active in<br />

their own lives and in the world.<br />

That, in a nutshell, is the real<br />

message of Easter.<br />

*Rev Canon David Winter has worked<br />

as a teacher, journalist, BBC radio & TV<br />

producer, head of religious broadcasting<br />

and as a parish priest. He lives in<br />

Berkshire, has written 44 books and<br />

writes a diary column for 'Church Times'.<br />

He also contributed to Radio 4’s ‘Thought<br />

for the Day’ for 20 years.

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What will you be doing this <strong>April</strong>?<br />

While Holy Week and Easter dominate <strong>April</strong> this year, you can find lots of<br />

other things — from unicorns to Shakespeare and Jazz — to keep you busy<br />

during the other three weeks of the month. Here's a few for starters . . .<br />

Unicorns<br />

are not a<br />

joke!<br />

Because <strong>April</strong><br />

begins with All<br />

Fools Day you may<br />

be thinking that this is a ruse, but<br />

it's true, 9 <strong>April</strong> is National Unicorn<br />

day. It's a chance, we are told, for<br />

fans of the mythical creatures<br />

to celebrate by making rainbow<br />

cupcakes and decorating them with<br />

lots of sprinkles and glitter.<br />

Stories of unicorns have, of<br />

course, been around for thousands<br />

of years and although none have<br />

ever been seen we are told they can<br />

be recognised by their single large,<br />

pointed, spiralling horn which<br />

projects from their forehead. But<br />

let's not spoil the children's fun;<br />

there is too much suffering in the<br />

lives of many of them which is why<br />

three days later on 12 <strong>April</strong> we have<br />

the International Day for Street<br />

Children.<br />


First held in 2011, this special day<br />

is a response to the desperate need<br />

of hundreds of millions of children<br />

world-wide who are forced to live<br />

or work on the streets. We can only<br />

wonder what will happen to the<br />

thousands of children caught up in<br />

in the invasion of Ukraine.<br />

<strong>The</strong> United Nations admits that<br />

although there are millions of street<br />

children, official figures are virtually<br />

non-existent. Tragically, these<br />

children are virtually invisible, living<br />

without rights and protection on<br />

some of the most dangerous streets<br />

in the world. Record levels of<br />

inequality, violence, migration, war<br />

and natural disasters have caused the<br />

problem. <strong>The</strong> children often run away<br />

to escape abusive, dysfunctional<br />

homes and end up on the streets<br />

after being displaced or trafficked.<br />

Among those trying to help the<br />

street children is Toybox, a Christian<br />

charity which has worked with street<br />

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now in Asia and Africa, for more<br />

than 25 years.<br />

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marginalised and abused by those who<br />

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couple’s compassion for the children<br />

they saw suffering on the streets of<br />

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<strong>April</strong> is also National Pet Month, at<br />

the centre of which, is an educational<br />

campaign that brings together<br />

animal welfare charities, professional<br />

bodies, pet business, schools, youth<br />

groups and pet lovers.<br />

<strong>The</strong> campaign is coordinated by<br />

the National Office of Animal Health<br />

and the Pet Food Manufacturers’<br />

Association and it aims to raise<br />

awareness of responsible pet<br />

ownership throughout the United<br />

Kingdom.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Boat Race, probably the most<br />

famous amateur sporting event, takes<br />

to the Thames on 3 <strong>April</strong>. <strong>The</strong> Women's<br />

Boat Race starts at 2.23pm and the<br />

Men's Boat Race begins at 3.23pm.<br />

First raced in 1829 by crews from<br />

Oxford and Cambridge Universities, it<br />

is considered the epitome of amateur<br />

sport, and each year attracts more than<br />

250,000 spectators to the banks of the<br />

Thames, as well as many millions more<br />

on television.<br />

It is raced over the Championship<br />

Course, which is over 4.25 miles of tidal<br />

Thames between Putney and Mortlake.<br />

This year will see the 167th Men’s Boat<br />

Race and the 76th Women’s Boat Race.<br />


World Earth Day on 22 <strong>April</strong> started<br />

50 years ago with the mission to invest<br />

in the future by taking action, not<br />

because we care about the natural<br />

world, but because we all live on it.<br />

World Earth Day’s message is that<br />

every one of us needs a healthy Earth<br />

to support our jobs, livelihoods,<br />

personal health, survival, and<br />

happiness. ‘A healthy planet is not an<br />

option — it is a necessity’. Our local<br />

event is being organised by Imperial<br />

College, London who are raising<br />

money for the Berks, Bucks and Oxon<br />

Wildlife Trust. More at:<br />

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/events/<br />

description/index.php?route=132532/5k-/<br />


2 <strong>April</strong>: World Autism Awareness Day<br />

18 <strong>April</strong>: World Heritage Day<br />

22 <strong>April</strong>: National Shakespeare Day<br />

23 <strong>April</strong>: St George’s Day<br />

30 <strong>April</strong>: International Jazz Day

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CHESS!<br />

A game for<br />

all the ages<br />

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Although it has been suggested that the ancient game of Chess was invented by King Solomon (c990-c930 BC), who<br />

was known as the wisest of all the wise people of his time, there is evidence that it was played about 250 years before<br />

he was born. In this brief history of chess, Vic Ballard, a Rendezvous Club member and President of the Reading Chess<br />

Club, suggests that chess, which is still enjoyed by the young and old alike, goes even further back in time. It is truly a<br />

game for all ages and the ages — young and old, ancient and modern!<br />


To be a fact there must be proof. Is it<br />

fair to assume the chess as we know<br />

it today evolved over the centuries<br />

from a variety of war games played by<br />

moving pieces over a chequered board?<br />

Here are a few facts:<br />

In Kannak, on the tomb of Queen<br />

Nefertari of Egypt, is a fresco depicting<br />

the Queen sitting at a board game in<br />

which figures resembling castles are<br />

used. This is dated 1250 BC.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is evidence of early war<br />

games played on a chequered board<br />

displaying a variety of different styles<br />

of game.<br />

Some of the early Egyptian games<br />

were played on boards with 144<br />

squares and 48 pieces. <strong>The</strong> Egyptians<br />

also played on a board of 30 squares<br />

with 12 pieces. Today we play with 64<br />

squares and 32 pieces.<br />

In the 5th Century AD, in Persia<br />

there is evidence that a war game,<br />

known as 'elephant chess' was played<br />

on an 8x9 board with flat pieces —<br />

one of the pieces was marked with an<br />

elephant to denote a general.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is also historical proof that<br />

elephant chess was played in India in<br />

the 4th Century.<br />


Chess is a living game that has<br />

evolved over the centuries. It spread<br />

to many parts of the world long before<br />

easy communications could have<br />

taken place. As travel became possible,<br />

so the game adjusted to merge the<br />

finer details of the different cultures of<br />

the world.<br />

From 500 AD, the old Sanskrit<br />

name for chess is 'tesch aturanga',<br />

meaning 'four sides'. This indicates<br />

that the pieces could move in all<br />

directions on the board.<br />

<strong>The</strong> old Persian word 'shah-mat'<br />

meaning 'the King is dead' evolved<br />

into 'checkmate'.<br />

In Indian elephant chess, the<br />

elephant was the forerunner of the<br />

bishop. <strong>The</strong> rook was a chariot of war<br />

and pawns were soldiers.<br />


When asked on the old radio<br />

programme, <strong>The</strong> Brain Trust, the<br />

question: 'How do you define the skill<br />

levels of one game compared to another<br />

such as chess and draughts? an eminent<br />

professor answered: 'By the amount of<br />

literature that is written on the subject'.<br />

Compare the number of books written<br />

on chess with any other board game.<br />

Some estimates for chess books are<br />

about 100,000! <strong>The</strong> earliest books<br />

were by Arabs who had learnt the<br />

game from early Persia in the 8th<br />

Century. <strong>The</strong> elephant was retained,<br />

while the knight replaced the rook,<br />

and the castle appeared.<br />

An antique chess set including Julius Caesar (centre)<br />


It was during this period that the<br />

earliest masters of chess emerged. <strong>The</strong><br />

greatest player being an Arab, Ar-Razi<br />

in 850 AD. He wrote a book wth the<br />

descriptive title, 'Playing with Elegance'.<br />

In the 8th Century when the Arab<br />

world spread into Europe, chess was<br />

introduced to Sicily and Spain.<br />

<strong>The</strong> oldest written reference with<br />

the name 'chess' is dated 1008. It is a<br />

bequest made on a battlefield in Spain<br />

by Count Er-Mengaud of Urgel who<br />

stipulated that his rock crystal chess<br />

set should be given to the Cloister St<br />

Gilles-du-Gard.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first western European chess<br />

book was published in Spain in 1283.<br />

It linked innovations to the Arab rules<br />

of play.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first chess book printed in<br />

English was published in the 14th<br />

Century by William Caxton. Today,<br />

there are enough chess books to fill the<br />

Louvre in Paris, yet still the demand<br />

grows.<br />

Final fact: chess has taken the<br />

computer in its stride and confirms<br />

that it is still the game for all the ages!<br />

Sjankauskas, dreamstime.com

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Proud to be part of a very<br />

memorable (but very wet)<br />

worldwide celebration<br />

London 1953: <strong>The</strong> Queen Mother and Princess Margaret pass through Parliament Square during the Coronation parade where Tony Whitwam (above) was part of<br />

the guard of honour, and for which he received the Coronation Medal<br />

Parliament Square picture: Alamy<br />

It rained that day, quite hard and I stood<br />

out in the rain all day. About eight and<br />

a half hours. It was Tuesday 2 June 1953<br />

and I was lining the route for the Queen’s<br />

Coronation, writes Tony Whitwam, a<br />

member of the Rendezvous in <strong>The</strong> Ark<br />

Club.<br />

I was a cadet at the Royal Air Force College<br />

Cranwell and all three service cadet<br />

colleges, the others being Sandhurst (Army)<br />

and Dartmouth (Navy) had gathered at<br />

Sandhurst for training together and to be<br />

near London.<br />

We got up early and went by train to<br />

Waterloo. I can’t remember whether we<br />

marched to Parliament Square or not but<br />

that was our patch. I don’t think it rained<br />

when we arrived on site but it soon did —<br />

and we were in our best uniforms and kit.<br />

I was on the inside of the square and<br />

that side had no people behind us. Our<br />

colleagues, on the other side of the road,<br />

had the public right behind them. Before<br />

the ceremony the road in front of us was<br />

crowded with very grand cars with earls<br />

and other grandees and their ladies<br />

in their robes with crowns of various<br />

patterns. You can tell the rank of the<br />

wearer by the pattern of the crown that<br />

they wear.<br />

I particularly remember seeing a<br />

small 1928 Austin Seven among all<br />

the grand cars. It held four people<br />

without robes and had a big sign in the<br />

windscreen saying 'CHOIR'.<br />

<strong>The</strong> road was crowded for hours. I<br />

think the people attending had been<br />

given special times to arrive so that they<br />

could gradually fill the Abbey in order<br />

and allow the cars to be driven away.<br />

At lunch time we were allowed<br />

to leave our position one or two at a<br />

time and to eat a packed lunch for a<br />

few minutes then return to our kerb<br />

side place. I don’t remember any toilet<br />

facilities being available.<br />

In the afternoon the troops formed<br />

up in the road ready to be part of the<br />

procession that followed the Queen after<br />

the ceremony. <strong>The</strong>y were as wet as we<br />

were; the whole parade was steaming.<br />

Eventually our duties finished and we<br />

returned to Waterloo station and went<br />

back to Camberley by train.<br />

We thought we had finished for the<br />

day but we were wrong: the kind citizens<br />

of Camberley had granted all three cadet<br />

colleges permission to march through<br />

Camberley with 'bayonets fixed and<br />

colours flying'. It was a great privilege<br />

which we didn’t appreciate at the time,<br />

but I am sure we gave the citizens a good<br />

show.<br />

My friend who had stood opposite<br />

me with the public behind him even<br />

managed to get back to London for a<br />

date with a girl who was behind him<br />

most of the day. Some people have all<br />

the luck!<br />

It was a very memorable day and I'm<br />

proud to have received one of the 129,051<br />

Coronation medals that were presented.

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2.5 billion people will be flying their flags for<br />

Her Majesty <strong>The</strong> Queen's Platinum Jubilee<br />

Photo 48135706 © Steve Allen |<br />

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It's not just the 67 million population of the<br />

United Kingdom that are celebrating <strong>The</strong><br />

Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Around the world<br />

2.5 billion people in the Commonwealth of<br />

Nations also call her Queen.<br />

In February 1952 when Elizabeth II<br />

acceded to the throne following the death<br />

of her father, George V, she also became<br />

Head of the Commonwealth. Although<br />

it is not hereditary, Prince Charles was<br />

appointed her designated successor at the<br />

Commonwealth Heads of Government<br />

Meeting in 2018.<br />

In 1952 the Commonwealth was a body<br />

of eight states, including Canada, Australia,<br />

India, and Pakistan, which had been empire<br />

territories. <strong>The</strong> organisation now has a<br />

membership of 54 countries, with nearly a<br />

third of the world’s population. Only two<br />

members — Rwanda and Mozambique<br />

— were not formerly part of the British<br />

empire. In addition to the UK, the Queen<br />

is Head of State of 14 other countries<br />

which are often referred to as ‘Realms’.<br />

Here the constitutional functions of the<br />

Crown are exercised on the advice of<br />

local representatives known variously<br />

as Governors-General, Governors and<br />

Lieutenant-Governors. <strong>The</strong> Realms are:<br />

— Antigua and Barbuda<br />

— Australia<br />

— Bahamas<br />

— Belize<br />

— Canada<br />

— Grenada<br />

— Jamaica<br />

— New Zealand<br />

— Papua New Guinea<br />

— Saint Kitts and Nevis<br />

— Saint Lucia<br />

— Saint Vincent and the Grenadines<br />

— Solomon Islands<br />

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feature — 5<br />

Acrostical Easter<br />

In this issue we have looked at Easter in words and<br />

images, but here is an unusual approach — acrostics. An<br />

acrostic uses the first letter of each line to spell a word<br />

or phrase which relates to the text itself. <strong>The</strong>y are often<br />

written as poetry. Our special thanks goes to Harry<br />

Hunter — https://faithacrostics.org — for his kind<br />

permission to print his Easter acrostics.<br />


People pack the streets to hail their Messiah<br />

Adversaries keep their distance, out of the way,<br />

Lying in the wings they plot and conspire,<br />

Mobs are fickle, not too difficult to sway.<br />

Scattered with palms, the way is strewed,<br />

Upon the colt of an ass, Jesus prays yet grieves.<br />

Now Israel divides, leaders collude,<br />

Daringly, Joseph of Arimathea believes.<br />

Ajudgement awaits you, you vipers’ brood,<br />

You who made the temple a den of thieves.<br />


Meeting for Passover one final time,<br />

A sacrifice awaiting a traitor’s crime,<br />

Upstairs, far from the madding crowd,<br />

Night wrapped you tight in its ink black shroud.<br />

Dipping your matzah in the blood red wine<br />

You became quick branches in the Saviour’s vine.<br />

Take, eat of my body, drink of my blood<br />

He commanded. How little you understood;<br />

Uneasily, you let him wash your feet.<br />

Remembrance, from now, would be bittersweet –<br />

Suffering in joy, receiving in giving,<br />

Death to self as a new way of living.<br />

A final command, ever old and ever new –<br />

You were to love one another as He had loved you.<br />


Golgotha was a wretched place that day.<br />

One passer-by had helped him bear the cross,<br />

Others had succoured him on the way,<br />

Despairing their victory had turned to loss.<br />

Flogged, mocked, spat upon, betrayed<br />

Rejected, stripped, despised, disowned thrice –<br />

In between thieves he hung. One, unafraid,<br />

Deprecated Him for his futile sacrifice,<br />

And the other, penitent, with whom Jesus prayed –<br />

You shall be with me this day in Paradise.<br />

On the road to Emmaus<br />

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EASTER<br />

Even though the cross had staunched his breath,<br />

And the tomb had set its seal on brutal death,<br />

Sins of men yet stung in wounds still fresh,<br />

<strong>The</strong> word no longer dwelt with us as flesh –<br />

Even these could not prolong that darkest night.<br />

Resurrected life kindled the world alight.<br />


Didymus, the twin, was not in the room<br />

On the Sunday of the empty tomb.<br />

Unless he witnessed flank and limb<br />

Believing wasn’t an option for him.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n the Lord returned, dispelling doubt:<br />

In front of all, he pointed out<br />

Nailmarks and the spear’s<br />

Gash, recalling God-forsaken tears.<br />

Thomas rarely grasped things first time round –<br />

His doubt was real, his faith profound.<br />

Overwhelmed, humbled he confessed<br />

My Lord and My God – and then was blessed.<br />

And the twin became a saint of steel:<br />

Sincere doubts oft make faith more real.<br />


Every Sabbath they’d heard the age-old story<br />

Many times the rabbi had read from Isaiah<br />

Maybe this year, with great pomp and furore<br />

Armies would arise, led by the Messiah.<br />

Unwary, on the road, they encountered dirty glory<br />

Suddenly the travellers’ hearts were afire.<br />

Religious routine rarely reaps reward,<br />

Only through relationship can our walk begin<br />

And when you first encountered the risen Lord<br />

Didn’t your heart strangely burn within?

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Chairman's Cup challenge still<br />

going strong after 14 years<br />

<strong>The</strong> 2021 Toys and Teens Appeal that St Andrew's Church<br />

supported by collecting gifts during the December Family<br />

Service, put 2,558 smiles on deprived children’s faces!<br />

<strong>The</strong> Toys and Teens cash appeal raised over £15,000 and<br />

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campaign began in October and over the next few months<br />

involved pop-up donation points, fundraising and donations<br />

by local businesses, schools and places of worship, gift<br />

sorting, online purchases, and last but definitely not least,<br />

the distribution of packed toy sacks.<br />

<strong>The</strong> organisers said that so many people — from those<br />

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He will be pleased to help!<br />

In addition to the stunning and historic location in Sonning,<br />

we will work hard to provide you with a memorable and<br />

moving occasion. We can provide a choir, organ, peal of<br />

eight bells, beautiful flowers, over 100 lit candles set in<br />

ornate Victorian chandeliers and the use of our beautiful<br />

churchyard as a backdrop for your photographs.<br />

Church of St Andrew<br />

Serving Sonning, Charvil & Sonning Eye<br />

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around the villages — 2<br />

Charvil brunch<br />

to raise funds for<br />

Karun School<br />

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Scarecrows are<br />

coming . . .<br />

One of Karun's teachers visits a local village<br />

to provide essential supplies during the covid<br />

outbreak in South India<br />

<strong>The</strong> Inner Wheel Club of Reading<br />

Maiden Erlegh is holding a charity<br />

brunch on Saturday 14 May at<br />

Charvil Village Hall in aid of Karun<br />

school and children's home in South<br />

India. It is gradually recovering<br />

from the covid pandemic that swept<br />

across the entire country.<br />

Karun will be well known to many<br />

readers through the support that<br />

St Andrew's Church and the local<br />

Rotary Clubs have given them for<br />

several years.<br />

While the school was closed<br />

during the pandemic, the teachers<br />

continued to come to school daily<br />

and provide support to the local<br />

communities. This included some<br />

teachers travelling to surrounding<br />

villages to visit children in their<br />

homes for one to one coaching on the<br />

core subjects, providing text books,<br />

and food.<br />

UPDATE<br />

Karun's trustees continue to work<br />

closely with the staff of the school<br />

and we hope to bring you a full<br />

update on the situation in the next<br />

issue of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>.<br />

In the mean time, you can help<br />

them by booking an English brunch,<br />

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Wheel in Charvil Village Hall on<br />

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Village rounders is<br />

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<strong>The</strong> annual Sonning Village rounders<br />

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at 5.30pm on King George’s Playing Field.<br />

Sonning Cricket Club will be opening its<br />

bar and Sonning Primary School PTA will<br />

be cooking a BBQ so don't have tea before<br />

arriving at 5.30pm!<br />

2018: Trumpty Dumpty! What scarecrows<br />

will be popular this year? Sue Peters<br />

Entries for the Jubilee Scarecrow<br />

Trail — Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June<br />

— around Sonning are already being<br />

registered. If you have not registered<br />

yours yet, now is the time to do so.<br />

You can register as an individual,<br />

group or organisation.<br />

And, if you can help on the day —<br />

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a garden, sell trail maps or offer your<br />

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end of Charvil Lane. If you don’t live<br />

on the route, the organisers will find a<br />

home for your scarecrow on the trail.

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. . . 125 YEARS AGO on 3 <strong>April</strong> 1897<br />

that Johannes Brahms, German<br />

composer, piano virtuoso and<br />

conductor, died.<br />

. . . 1oo YEARS AGO on 3 <strong>April</strong> 1922<br />

that Joseph Stalin became leader of<br />

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. . . 75 YEARS AGO on 1 <strong>April</strong> 1947<br />

that the school leaving age in the UK<br />

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. . . 75 YEARS AGO on 16 <strong>April</strong> 1947<br />

that the term ‘Cold War’ was first<br />

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presidential adviser Bernard Baruch<br />

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the USA and the Soviet Union.<br />

. . . 65 YEARS AGO on 24 <strong>April</strong> 1957<br />

that the first episode of the British<br />

astronomy series <strong>The</strong> Sky at Night<br />

was broadcast on BBC TV. It became<br />

the world’s longest-running TV series<br />

with the same presenter — Patrick<br />

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. . . 50 YEARS AGO on 11 <strong>April</strong> 1972<br />

that the first episode of the radio<br />

comedy panel game show ‘I’m Sorry I<br />

Haven’t a Clue’ was broadcast on BBC<br />

Radio 4. It is still running.<br />

. . . 40 YEARS AGO on 2 <strong>April</strong> 1982,<br />

that the Falklands War began when<br />

Argentina invaded the Falkland<br />

Islands. Argentina continues to claim<br />

sovereignty.<br />

. . . 30 YEARS AGO on 27 <strong>April</strong> 1992<br />

that Betty Boothroyd became the<br />

first female Speaker of the House of<br />

Commons.<br />

. . . 25 YEARS AGO on 5 <strong>April</strong> 1997<br />

that the Grand National steeplechase<br />

was disrupted after the IRA sent<br />

coded bomb warnings. 60,000 people<br />

were evacuated from the Aintree<br />

course and the race was postponed<br />

until Monday 7 <strong>April</strong>.<br />

. . . 20 YEARS AGO on 1 <strong>April</strong> 2002<br />

that the Netherlands became the first<br />

country to legalise euthanasia.

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HEALTH — 1<br />

Dr Simon Ruffle writes . . . Big Yellow Taxi<br />

I’m breaking from my monthly<br />

themed article, I apologise. <strong>The</strong> song<br />

mentioned in the title written in the<br />

60’s is very pertinent to today’s world.<br />

Taking areas of nature, sustainability<br />

and loved institutions and turning<br />

them derelict — ‘they paved paradise<br />

and put up a parking lot.’<br />

I write as a GP who has had the<br />

privilege of working for the people of<br />

Twyford and the surrounding areas,<br />

including Charvil and Sonning, for<br />

the last 25 years — from a trainee<br />

at the practice to a contract holding<br />

partner.<br />

I am not a Berkshire native and,<br />

honestly, had never expected to live<br />

and work here until fate intervened.<br />

I now cannot imagine working<br />

anywhere else, having come to know<br />

many of you and your families. It<br />

may not always be obvious, and we<br />

may not always get everything right,<br />

but the concern I and my fellow GPs<br />

share for your lives and health is deep<br />

seated. <strong>The</strong> effort we put in to ensure<br />

high quality care at the practice is<br />

relentless.<br />


I'll add at this point that in the<br />

UK, full time working constitutes<br />

37.5 hours, legally. I regularly work<br />

at the practice for more than 50<br />

hours a week, in addition to time<br />

spent working out of hours doing<br />

administrative work at home and my<br />

role representing local GPs at the Local<br />

Medical Committee and the BMA.<br />

My 'part-time' colleagues often do<br />

more than 30 hours. We also advocate<br />

tirelessly for better services in hospital<br />

and elsewhere for you.<br />

Why? because we want things to<br />

work — if they don't, you suffer.<br />

It is therefore with great concern<br />

that I read of the proposal by a<br />

Conservative linked think tank, <strong>The</strong><br />

Policy Exchange, with a foreword<br />

by Sajid Javid, secretary of state for<br />

health, to end the ability of GPs to<br />

work as independent contractors and<br />

to make them employees of larger<br />

organisations, including tax avoiding<br />

overseas firms. 1,3<br />

I think many local MPs of every<br />

‘colour’ will see that the existential<br />

threat to family practices with these<br />

proposals is wrong as a wholesale<br />

policy 2 and will lead to higher costs and<br />

a poorer service.<br />

I fear this not for my own income,<br />

or, even that I am a patient of the NHS,<br />

but because this threatens to destroy<br />

the long term link between GPs and<br />

their patients.<br />

<strong>The</strong> proposal refers to GPs in<br />

Birmingham managing patients in<br />

Essex, digitally, and GPs working<br />

in other countries consulting with<br />

English patients. For example, the<br />

future envisaged is you, speaking to a<br />

GP in Australia, who you have never<br />

met and never will.<br />

Please think about this. Decide if<br />

this is what you want for you? For your<br />

elderly parent? For your child?<br />


<strong>The</strong> value of knowing your area and<br />

patients is immeasurable but I know<br />

what it is like to consult a patient when<br />

you have no idea what their area is like<br />

or their family circumstances. I risk<br />

25 years of gained knowledge being<br />

thrown away.<br />

Imagine our church being run by a<br />

minister in New Zealand and having<br />

different clergy taking services each<br />

week in person or by video link.<br />

Hospital and secondary care<br />

services are expensive, so moving<br />

these costs into a primary care sector<br />

could be seen as value for money.<br />

However, the Covid pandemic has<br />

seen many issues that the Hospital<br />

would normally deal with sent out<br />

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Derelict, Simon Ruffle<br />

into primary care. We have not been<br />

able to effectively soak up this work as<br />

there has been no additional funding<br />

for us to do this. I suspect you have<br />

seen the results of this in the fact<br />

that it is even more difficult to get an<br />

appointment with us than it was before<br />

the pandemic.<br />


<strong>The</strong> changes proposed will see<br />

hospital trusts essentially being our<br />

contract providers and primary care<br />

being at the beck and call of secondary<br />

care for following up work that they<br />

have started, investigating things that<br />

they wish to be done that is outside the<br />

expertise of a general practitioner.<br />

We are expert in community care<br />

and a jack of all trades which is highly<br />

cost effective for the health service. We<br />

will be unable to do the vital work we<br />

do should secondary care bodies, that<br />

have no idea how to run primary care<br />

services, suddenly take over.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y seem to ignore the fact that<br />

90% of all NHS contacts are made in<br />

primary care already. We cannot do<br />

more without extensive resources being<br />

shifted into our service.<br />

I know some people don’t like<br />

me or my style of medicine, but we<br />

are a diverse group at Twyford, who<br />

support each other in learning about<br />

our patients, their circumstances, and<br />

medical conditions. How I do that with<br />

a colleague in Birmingham, let alone in<br />

Australia effectively is beyond me.<br />

turn to page 35

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HEALTH — 2<br />

Dr Simon Ruffle<br />

So far, these proposals and the<br />

proposals to integrate primary<br />

care into integrated care service<br />

organisations have not been open to<br />

public consultation. Some of these<br />

will go ahead in <strong>April</strong> <strong>2022</strong>. I am<br />

sure that the sunny uplands of what<br />

they propose will be what they will<br />

tell you; they have a much bigger<br />

communications budget than your<br />

general practitioner and the BMA<br />

have.<br />

I fully appreciate online and remote<br />

consultation for simple medical<br />

conditions, and, indeed, most of these<br />

that we see could be dealt with by good<br />

patient education/information and<br />

well-trained pharmacists. But we are<br />

struggling to cope with the complex<br />

needs of our community as it is.<br />


I urge you to consider the above<br />

and make your feelings known. Write<br />

to Mr Javid. Write to your MP. Tweet.<br />

Tell your friends.<br />

Think about how much or how<br />

little you want you and your relatives<br />

to be looked after by a rotating army<br />

of strangers, largely over the internet,<br />

and rage against this proposal.<br />

In the words of Joni Mitchell you<br />

don’t know what you have got until it<br />

is gone.<br />

Dr Simon Ruffle MB.BS (London 1992)<br />

DRCOG MRCGP (1998) DOccMed<br />

GP Partner Twyford<br />

With thanks to Dr Paul Evans,<br />

(Gateshead LMC) for the idea.<br />

1. https://policyexchange.org.uk/<br />

publication/at-your-service/<br />

2. https://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/<br />

news/breaking-news/governmentofficials-visit-wolverhamptonshospital-run-gps-to-exploremodel/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_<br />

medium=email&utm_<br />

campaign=pulse%20breaking<br />

3. https://www.transparify.org/<br />

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In the garden in <strong>April</strong> . . .<br />

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PLANT POTATOES . . . . . . .SHALLOTS . . . . . .PRUNE FIG TREES<br />

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<strong>April</strong> is a busy time for gardeners. It's time to finish tidying up after winter and to<br />

prepare for the new season. Weeding is one of the first jobs to get in hand — there's<br />

an old saying: 'A season’s seeding means 7 years of weeding!' Beware of late frosts.<br />

It is not unknown to have snow in <strong>April</strong>, so keep vulnerable plants and new shoots<br />

protected at night if necessary. Delay planting tender bedding until later in the<br />

month, and be prepared to cover them if necessary. As well as frost, keep an eye out<br />

for slugs and snails and deal with them before they become established. <strong>The</strong>n it's time<br />

to start sowing seeds and planting out. First early potatoes can be planted by the<br />

first week of <strong>April</strong>, followed by second earlies, and maincrop, towards the end of the<br />

month. Finally check your garden furniture by having a well earned rest!<br />

If you gave up chocolate for Lent here is an indulgent recipe from BBC Good Food:<br />

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Ingredients<br />

— 150g unsalted butter<br />

— 50g golden syrup<br />

— 1 tsp vanilla extract<br />

— 400g dark chocolate, finely chopped<br />

— 60g Cadbury's Dairy Milk chocolate<br />

— 60g extra dark or milk chocolate<br />

— 150g salted pretzel sticks, broken<br />

into small pieces<br />

— 100g shredded wheat, crushed<br />

— 100g chocolate-covered raisin<br />

—100g salted peanut<br />

— chocolate eggs, to serve<br />

Method<br />

Line a 20cm round cake tin with a<br />

large paper cake tin liner, or cling<br />

film. Heat the butter and golden<br />

syrup in a large heavy-based<br />

saucepan over a gentle heat. Once<br />

melted, add the vanilla extract and<br />

all the chocolate. Continue heating<br />

gently until the chocolate has<br />

melted, stirring every now and then<br />

to combine.<br />

Remove the pan from the heat and<br />

mix through the pretzel sticks,<br />

shredded wheat, chocolate-covered<br />

raisins and peanuts. Transfer to the<br />

prepared tin, pressing in and around<br />

its sides, creating a dip in the centre<br />

to produce a nest shape. Chill for 1 hr<br />

or until set. To serve, remove from<br />

tin, scatter with extra pretzels and<br />

fill with an assortment of chocolate<br />

eggs. It should keep in an airtight<br />

container for up to 5 days.

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<strong>The</strong> ARTS — 1<br />

‘In a grove lit only by a kiss’<br />

Holy Week, as its name tells us, is the most important,<br />

holiest week in the Church’s year, when we follow<br />

Jesus from his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, to<br />

the Upper Room, to Calvary and to the garden of the<br />

tomb. As we make that journey each year, we are not<br />

just remembering past events. We are celebrating how<br />

eternity touched Jerusalem in that first Holy Week and<br />

how eternity can touch our lives now.<br />

To create that impact and that realisation, the week is<br />

brim full of colour and variety in its worship, full of action<br />

and movement, full of processions and music. But we<br />

might think it is a week with very little silence.<br />

Yet the silences are there if we look at the Gospels<br />

closely. We enter an upper room and catch our breath<br />

when Jesus announces a betrayer. Peter denies our Lord, a<br />

cock crows, and a bleak stillness falls on that scene. In the<br />

palace Jesus stands accused, no words are spoken, and the<br />

governor wonders in the silence. And there is silence by<br />

the cross until the ninth hour.<br />


<strong>The</strong> silence does fall during Holy Week, punctuating<br />

the crises of these tense days. It is conveyed with dramatic<br />

force in this Gethsemane scene: Peter Firth’s poem<br />

describes it as ‘a grove lit only by a kiss.’ <strong>The</strong> painting is by<br />

Giotto, ‘<strong>The</strong> Kiss of Judas’ and is part of an amazing series<br />

of frescoes he painted for the Arena Chapel in Padua from<br />

1305-06.<br />

At first glance it is a scene of frenzied activity: burning<br />

torches wave in the sky, weapons are wielded, and a ram’s<br />

horn blown. <strong>The</strong> cohort of soldiers advance on Jesus, and<br />

Peter tries to defend him by cutting off a soldier’s ear in<br />

his anger. One of the religious leaders points to Jesus in<br />

the centre of the painting.<br />

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Reading and resources for the build-up<br />

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the Stations of the Cross; a short story<br />

set in Gethsemane; Pilate; the art of<br />

Good Friday; Judas; starting Easter<br />

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By Rev Michael Burgess<br />

Reprinted by kind permission of the Arena Chapel, Padua<br />

And it is there that the tragic stillness falls as our eyes<br />

focus on the eyes of Jesus: that steady, discomforting gaze<br />

into the eyes of Judas the betrayer. Judas’ cloak seems to<br />

engulf Jesus, but it cannot blot out the look of our Lord.<br />

<strong>The</strong> face of Judas is troubled, and the look of Jesus<br />

seems to burrow deep into that anxiety, beneath the<br />

surface into his heart.<br />

In Holy Week they are eyes that look out to us. <strong>The</strong> face<br />

of Jesus is turned in our direction, saying, ‘Yes, you may<br />

follow Me in the heady excitement of Palm Sunday. But will<br />

you also follow Me into this garden, on the way of my cross to<br />

the foot of Calvary, and beyond to the empty tomb of Easter<br />

morning?’<br />

celebrations in the dark; Easter carols; poetry of the cross;<br />

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Reflecting on the biblical themes of beauty, power,<br />

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a Christ-like life on earth as in heaven.

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THE ARTS — 2<br />

Poetry Corner<br />


<strong>The</strong> wonder and the<br />

sorrow of PCR tests<br />

By Dr Ruth M Bancewicz, church engagement director at <strong>The</strong> Faraday<br />

Institute for Science and Religion in Cambridge<br />

Iago Lopez, dreamstime.com<br />

Occasions For Oils<br />

A poem by Steven Rolling based on ‘Blessing of the Oils’, a Holy<br />

Week ritual found in some service books for Maundy Thursday.<br />

Tune: St Peter – How sweet the name of Jesus sounds<br />

Lord, bless the oils of anointing<br />

That they peace, comfort bring<br />

As channels of your Spirit pure<br />

May they bring healing sure<br />

Oils as symbol of your Spirit<br />

Flow, be outpoured, each whit<br />

To meet the depths of human need<br />

Each from their sins be freed<br />

God the Father he did anoint<br />

His Son, and did appoint<br />

Him with the Spirit, he did go<br />

<strong>The</strong> power of God did show<br />

He did do good and went about<br />

Bringing haling no doubt<br />

To those by the devil oppressed<br />

<strong>The</strong>y were set free and blessed<br />

Work how you will, heal, sanctify<br />

<strong>The</strong> healing oils apply<br />

‘Tis all by your grace, mercy, love<br />

Your Spirit, holy dove<br />

Oscar C Williams, dreamstime.com<br />

PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests are a fact of life for<br />

us. As a biologist who was doing this procedure long before<br />

most people had heard of it, I take secret delight in people’s<br />

use of the acronym. Let me open the laboratory door and<br />

share the wonders it conceals.<br />

<strong>The</strong> swab from your throat and nose goes into a tube<br />

containing a little liquid. <strong>The</strong> liquid is heated or mixed with a<br />

chemical to kill any live virus particles, and then purified to<br />

remove every part of the virus except ribonucleic acid (RNA).<br />

This test is called RT-PCR. Reverse Transcription (RT) by an<br />

enzyme converts RNA into DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid).<br />

Multiple copies of the DNA are then made using Polymerase<br />

Chain Reaction (PCR). Reverse transcription produces one<br />

half of a DNA helix, like one side of an unzipped zip.<br />

<strong>The</strong> enzyme DNA polymerase is a little like the zipper<br />

except as well as zipping up it also manufactures the other<br />

half of the zip using DNA subunits that have been added to<br />

the tube. Like a zip, the two sides of the DNA helix are mirror<br />

images of each other. If that new helix is unzipped, DNA<br />

polymerase can then make a new strand on both sides.<br />


<strong>The</strong> beauty of PCR is its simplicity. Multiple rounds of<br />

heating, which melts the DNA helix strands apart, and<br />

cooling, which allows the enzyme to make new DNA,<br />

produce more and more mirror image DNA strands.<br />

Scientists often tell stories about the wonders they study,<br />

or make use of, in the lab. Sadly, if this particular process<br />

works it means that there was probably Covid-19 in the<br />

sample, and someone may become ill.<br />

Do you live with similar tensions in your own life?<br />

Perhaps you sell a fantastic product that most people in the<br />

world can’t afford, or you love taking care of people, but your<br />

role only exists because others live with great physical or<br />

mental challenges. For the Psalmists, a relationship with God<br />

was forged in the confusing space where the struggles of life<br />

mingled with praise for creation and trust in him. How can<br />

we learn from these ancient writers, celebrating the wonders<br />

we experience in our lives while also lamenting the world’s<br />

brokenness, praying for healing and justice?<br />

This article is produced, with permission, from licc.org.uk.


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On the night before he died, Jesus ate his last<br />

Passover meal with his disciples. He then<br />

transformed the Passover into the Lord’s<br />

Supper, saying of the bread and wine that,<br />

‘this is my body’ and ‘this is my blood’. Jesus,<br />

the Lamb of God, was preparing to die for the<br />

sins of the whole world. John’s gospel makes<br />

it clear that the Last Supper took place the<br />

evening before the regular Passover meal,<br />

and that later Jesus died at the same time<br />

that the Passover lambs were killed.<br />

Jesus then astonished the disciples by<br />

washing their feet. He said: 'A new command I<br />

give you: love one another. As I have loved you,<br />

so you must love one another.' His disciples<br />

were to love through service, not domination,<br />

of one another. In Latin, the opening phrase of<br />

this sentence is ‘mandatum novum do vobis’.<br />

<strong>The</strong> word ‘maundy’ is thus a corruption of the<br />

Latin ‘mandatum’ (or command).<br />

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PUZZLE PAGE — the answers will be published in the next issue<br />







MAUNDY<br />

SUPPER<br />

BREAD<br />

GOSPEL<br />

WORLD<br />

KILLED<br />

LORD<br />


1. Why do we have Easter eggs on Easter Sunday?<br />

2. Approximately how many Easter eggs are eaten in the UK every year?<br />

3. Who made the first Easter egg in the UK?<br />

4. Who delivers Easter eggs in the UK?<br />

5. Who delivers Easter eggs in Switzerland?<br />

6. What country started the tradition of dyeing Easter eggs?<br />

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BODY<br />

BLOOD<br />

LAMB<br />

GOD<br />

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JOHN<br />

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ATE<br />

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