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Advent 2013 Letter from the Chaplain

  • Posted on November 29, 2013 at 4:26 pm

17th November 2013.
From the Chaplain…..

Dear members and Friends of Magdalen Chapel,

You may like to begin by noting these diary dates. You will be welcome………
Sunday 24th November Feast of Christ the King. 8am & 10am
Advent Sunday 1st December 8am Holy Communion & 10am Litany and Sung Eucharist (Merbecke)
Sunday 15th December 6.30pm Nine Lessons & Carols
with the Chapel Festival Choir, and Seasonal refreshments afterwards
Friday 20th December – Carol Singing at the Bear on Bear Flat from 6pm – Chapel singers collecting for Sue Ryder Foundation – further details from Nic Eager. You will be welcome to be part of this witness and social event.
Christmas Eve 7pm Blessing of the Crib & Festival Eucharist – an early Midnight Mass for all the family
Christmas Day 9am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
• Sunday 29th “Holy Family Sunday” 8am & 10am
• Sunday 5th January “The Epiphany of the Lord” 8am & 10am
• In the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, local “Bath Churches Together” invite people of faith to a Service on Sunday 26th January at 4pm, at Magdalen Chapel.

ADVENT, AND CHRISTMAS FLOWERS
The lighting of the Advent Candles week by week reminds us of the forthcoming feast, and the Flower Arranging Team have a welcome break, for four weeks, to prepare for the decorating of the chapel for Christmass. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of flowers at Christmas (or at any other time), perhaps in memory of a loved one, please place cash in a plain envelope marked Chapel Flowers, with your name, and the date you want it to pay towards; mention the name if it is in memory of someone, and leave the envelope in the collection plate (or under the door if you are passing when the Chapel is locked).

CREATIVE TENSION IN THE AIR
There was a creative tension in my favourite Charity shop yesterday – lots of goodies to buy in preparation for the Christmass feast, alongside a heart-rending appeal for donations for the disaster struck people of the Philippines, all hotly followed in the evening by Pudsey’s Children in Need Appeal on BBC1. And the stories from the other side of the world remind us that all the project supported in the UK by Children in Need are equally needed (if not more so) where what we might call basic needs” are not even met.

LIGHT A CANDLE FOR ADVENT
The booklet “Light a Candle for Advent” is yours for the asking (£1 if you can afford it) There are a few copies still available “with blessings from Magdalen Chapel” to help keep the light of Christ shining in these dark winter days, and help us witness to the wonderful news that “Christmas starts with Christ.”

If you are in Bath for Christmas you will of course be welcome at the chapel, and if you are away, do pray for us as we shall for you. Bring stories back of the life and worship of the Christian church wherever you find yourself on the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord.

THANK YOU
On a personal note, may I say a big THANK YOU to all Chapel members and friends –including locum Clergy – for good wishes and help during Sue’s and my recent indisposition. Car “lifts” here and there and cakes and cards: my planned knee replacement makes good progress and we hope Sue’s broken patella will be fit and mended soon – as a Doctor at the Hospital said, “Most couples make do with matching sweaters!”
With prayers and blessings,
Sincerely,
David

CHRISTMAS STARTS WITH CHRIST.

A marketing initiative established to remind us about the true meaning of Christmas is trying something different this year. Concerned by the statistic that 51% of people say Jesus’s birth is irrelevant to their Christmas, the founders of ChurchAds.net are focusing on a slogan rather than an eye-catching image.
Since 1995 this ecumenical network, with access to some of the UK’s top advertising executives and designers, has produced striking and sometimes controversial posters. These have featured the Holy Family in a bus shelter, Jesus modeled on the famous drawing of Che Guevara, and an ultrasound scan in which a halo hovers above the baby’s head. This year, however, they have swapped their shock tactics for a simple, direct campaign message: Christmas starts with Christ.

Their new website www.christmasstartswithchrist.com explains the reason for the new seasonal thinking, “A movement made up of some of the nation’s leading Christian groups, including the Church of England, the Evangelical Alliance and the Children’s Society, is coming together because we believe Christmas is worth saving. Just 12 per cent of adults know the nativity story, and more than one-third of children don’t know whose birthday it is. Christmas Starts with Christ is a campaign aimed at helping churches to make Christ and the amazing story of his birth the focus of the nation’s favourite time of year”.

We could aim to take two steps to show we believe that Christmas starts with Christ.
1.The first step of faith is to vote with our feet when the invitation comes to identify ourselves with the Christian Church at worship and prayer, and
2. By practical action to demonstrate the love of God for those who are in special need.

FOR THE RECORD
Harvest Festival evensong was well attended, and a very happy occasion: gifts were taken to Greystones and to Genesis for the Bath Food Bank
The Chapel Open Day 2 -4.30pm, as part of Bath Heritage Week, with “The Story of the Chapel” told by the Chaplain at 3pm, attracted a steady flow of visitors and an attentive congregation, who were also nourished with afternoon tea and scones.
Chapel Fabric Survey In October, Warden Nic and I were pleased to welcome to the Chapel Mr Steve Harrup, of the St John’s Hospital Fabric Maintenance Team, for an inspection of the Chapel Buildings and grounds. We have indentified and discussed several matters for attention, including (and in no particular order of importance): damp in the (South) Chancel wall; Short-lived Chancel light bulbs; a Sound system that hasn’t worked for several years; the possible need for a handrail for the Chancel steps; a need for external lighting – and other safety issues – in the Churchyard, and outside the main entrance ; an unsound window cill in the Vestry; various Fire extinguisher matters; and a need to lop several trees, in the Garden and the Churchyard. In due course we hope to hear how these matters can be prioritised and addressed.
 

FORTHCOMING EVENTS at the Magdalen Chapel, Holloway, Bath BA2 4PX
The Chandos Singers are pleased to announce details of their forthcoming performance of Monteverdi’s Christmas Vespers
on Saturday 7th December 2013, at 7.30pm

The Chandos Singers, conducted by Malcolm Hill, are one of Bath’s leading chamber choirs.
The Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) set sacred texts throughout his life, for example the collection Selva morale e spirituale of 1640. The well known Vespers of 1610, intended for use at feasts in honour of the Virgin Mary, is Monteverdi’s only surviving setting of the full Vespers (evening) liturgy; but there is evidence for his having provided the music for Vespers on many different feast days. The English musicologist Denis Stevens reconstructed the Christmas Vespers to be performed at this concert.
The choir will also perform a selection of motets by Monteverdi which might have been included within such a Vespers service: Beatus vir, Angelus ad pastores ait, and Rutilante in nocte, where Monteverdi’s contemporary Aquilino Coppini provided the secular madrigal Io mi son giovinetta with a sacred text (contrafactum) depicting the shepherds from the Christmas story.
Interval refreshments will be provided.
Tickets: £12, students £5 Bath Box Office: 01225 463362 | boxoffice@bathfestivals.org.uk
Further Details: Mandy Shaw 01225 436302 | mandy.shaw@iperimeter.co.uk
Chandos Singers www.chandos-singers.co.uk

The Jerrome Recorders & Chapel Music are presenting
Music for Christmas – a selection of seasonal music & songs
on Saturday 14th December, at 7:30pm
Tickets: £5 (children £2.50) Bath Box Office (tel. & email above) or on the door
Refreshments during the interval
Further details: debbie.nicholas@hotmail.co.uk
Jerrome Recorders www.jerrome.org.uk

CHRISTMAS CARDS
Christmas Cards are available for purchase at the Chapel or by arrangement with the Warden, Nic Eager (tel.0781 7796991). £3.50 for 10, £2.00 for 5, or 50p each.

Contact Details for The Chaplain
The Revd David Prothero
Email:chaplain@magdalenchapelbath.co.uk
Tel:01225 938595 Mob 07834 269097 or use the “Contacts” box in the Chapel for the Chaplain or Wardens.