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Chaplain’s Harvest Newsletter 2014

  • Posted on October 6, 2014 at 9:21 am

1st October 2014, Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels

Dear Members of the Congregation, and friends,

We have vacancies at the Chapel……One planned and one the other unavoidable. We are inviting members and friends of the Chapel to discuss two vacancies which will arise on 1st January 2015.

NIC EAGER, our Warden for nearly 5 years, has been planning a year of travel with his wife Charlotte for some time. He will not be away continuously, and has enthusiastically offered to “do duty” as and when possible. But he needs to stand down as Warden.

Also, friends of Geoff Lee our Hon. Treasurer, will not be surprised that he feels the time has come for him to pass on this baton to someone fitter. Geoff has been struggling with health challenges for some time, and it is not reasonable to expect him to carry this responsibility any longer.

I should appreciate the opportunity to have conversations with members and friends of the Chapel, with a view to proposing Appointments before the end of the year: with the agreement of our Warden and Treasurer, of course. I suggest that we should aim to say Thank you to Nic and Geoff, and agree, announce and welcome new office-holders on Sunday 4th January, after the 10am Eucharist.

If you would like to give prayerful consideration to offering time and skills to support and encourage our common life, please contact me in the first place.  We can all make this part of our prayers: you may like to reflect on the Parable of the Talents, St Matthew’s Gospel chapter 25, and St Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians Chapter 12, verses 4-7.

Meanwhile, please make sure Dates and Times of Interest and Concern – as above, and overleaf – are firmly in your diary.

Harvest blessings,                                                          David

 

 

On Sundays, you will be welcome

 

8a.m Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

10a.m. Sung Eucharist

11am. “Open Door” Coffee, Conversation, and Enquiries

 

 

“What do you do during the week?

As we prepare for Harvest Thanksgiving, here is an answer from a member of the Chapel Congregation:

As Christians, how are we exhorted to live?

To me it is obvious that we should devote ourselves to making sure that our net contribution to the world – environmentally and socially – is greater than that which we take from it. Christ Himself tells us that as we do for others, so we do for Him.

From such belief has Clean Energy Ltd sprung. Perhaps the word “hatched” would be more appropriate, for it has taken many years and much work to reach my current level of development and understanding. Nonetheless, we are embarked on a journey that with God’s continuing grace (and the support of as many humans as He directs) will lead to great benefit for communities overseas.

The concept is simple – harness ocean wave energy to produce electricity, and use seawater to produce fresh water. In doing that we will provide carbon-free electricity to help support children’s learning, liberate women from the thankless task of daily water collection, and provide employment and development opportunities for men. You can read a bit more about our ethos and our targets at www.cleanenergyltd.co.uk .

Alan Rogers

 

FORTHCOMING EVENTS AT THE CHAPEL

 

HARVEST FESTIVAL THANKSGIVING SUNDAY

5th October , at 8am and 10am, please make your thanksgiving offering:  For those who have productive gardens, allotments, fields  – or even patio pots –  Harvest time has a hint of how it used to be, a time of make or break, life or death for the winter ahead. For others it may mean giving thanks for the things we take for granted much of the time; perhaps even the luxury of choosing how and where to spend the money in our packets or bank accounts. When you shop next, please add an item or two for the Genesis Bath Churches Food Bank, to offer a helping hand to local people who can’t make ends meet.

 

SUNDAY 2nd NOVEMBER ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS

At 8am and 10am we shall be praying particularly for Departed benefactors and loved ones. Please make sure names are entered on the list in Chapel (or an email if you are prevented)

CHORAL EVENSONG 6.30pm by the Chandos Singers

Our friends the Chandos Singers will be offering Choral Evensong on Sunday 2nd November, in honour of All the Saints, and in prayer for All Souls. You will be welcome: Come and light a candle of prayer on this special day.

 

FOR THE RECORD

Open for Quiet Prayer. Thanks to Chapel Sidesman and member of the Congregation  David Wright, the Chapel has been open for Prayer and Quiet on several Saturday mornings. He reports that “there has been a good response from people locally, and visitors, pleased to find the Chapel open. We wish David a speedy continuing recovery after his knee injury (at a recent Charity Cricket match), and look forward to seeing him on duty at Harvest!

 Gift Aid for the Chapel

Thank you to all who have responded to the Notice about making Gift Aided Standing Orders as your contribution to the “housekeeping” and charitable giving of the chapel. If you have not yet got round to it there is a form for you on the table by the door.

LOOKING AHEAD  to December and Christmas AT THE CHAPEL

  • Jerome Recorders Concert Saturday 6th , 7.30pm
  • Chandos Singers Concert Saturday 13th 7.30pm
  • Chapel Community Carol Service 6.30pm Sunday 14th 
  • Following last year’s successful experiment…
  • CHRISTMAS EVE AN EARLY MIDNIGHT MASS FOR THE FAMILY 7pm
  • CHRISTMAS DAY 9am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

Contact

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 messages to the Chaplain or Wardens. Please ensure your name is on our contacts list!

The Chaplain’s Festival Newsletter 2014

  • Posted on August 21, 2014 at 11:59 am

10th July  2014.

From the Chaplain…..

 

Dear members and Friends of Magdalen Chapel,

 

Greetings in our Festival Month!

The Patronal Festival of a Church, or a chapel for that matter, is a great event, an Annual Thanksgiving to Almighty God for Blessings received over the generations and in our day, and an opportunity to get-together to celebrate a community life under the Patronage of – in our case

St Mary Magdalen

Disciple of Jesus – Witness of the Resurrection – Patron of Pilgrims – Queen of Penitents –

Star of Hope for lepers and outcasts

She is also revered as “the patron saint of the contemplative life, converts, glove makers, hairstylists, penitent sinners, people ridiculed for their piety, perfumeries and perfumers, pharmacists, and women.” That is fairly all-embracing!
(from the website of St Mary Magdalen Parish Altamonte Springs Florida)

So, whether you are in Chapel week by week, or “with us in Spirit”, if you are “on the chapel list” or are a neighbour of the Chapel, we pray for you, as we do for any we know who are housebound or sick at home or in hospital. If you would like names entered on our prayer list, or if you would like a name added to our list of loved ones, benefactors and friends remembered on the Anniversary of their death each year, please let us know.

Details of our celebrations for the Festival next week are listed overleaf.  We look forward in hope to seeing all friends and neighbours, as ever,

With prayers and blessings,

Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                  David

 

Forthcoming Events at the Chapel 

Festival Weekend   – You will be welcome!

 

Saturday 19th July

An opportunity for members of the congregation, friends and neighbours to meet socially and in Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the place of the Chapel, – a comfort for the afflicted, haven for pilgrims and respite for the weary – in times past and now.  Funds raised will contribute to the repair and renewal of our “Sound System” – particularly for special events and large gatherings.

4pm Afternoon Tea and “Raffle” of a Hamper donated by the Co-op Funeral Service.

5pm Evensong

followed by A Short Organ Recital for a Summer Festival Day, by Colin Hunt.

Colin is an Organist and Choral Director of over thirty years’ experience, and was for many years Musical Director of the National Trust “Fete Champetre” at Stourhead. He has made numerous broadcasts on Radio and TV in the UK and Scandinavia amongst other places! Until recently he was Musical Director of the Bathwick Churches St Mary’s and St John’s, and is now a Guest Organist for Churches and Social events locally and farther afield. We are most fortunate in having Colin’s enthusiasm and expertise to enrich our Music and Liturgy at the Chapel.

 

Sunday 20th  July  – Feast of St Mary Magdalen

8am Holy Communion

10am Annual Thanksgiving with Party Refreshments following

 

You will be welcome ………

  • On  Sundays

8am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer – BCP)

10am Sung Eucharist & Coffee and Conversation – Welcome passers-by are also calling-in, drawn by the quality of the Refreshments and Company!

  • To join the team keeping the Chapel Graveyard tidy please Nic Eager to show interest
  • PLEASE NOTE NO 10am EUCHARIST ON 27th July.

 

  • Open for Quiet Prayer. Thanks to member of the Congregation, David Wright, the Chapel has been open for Prayer and Quiet on several Saturday mornings. He reports that “there has been a good response from people locally, and visitors, pleased to find the Chapel open. ” Open Mornings” are now planned for July 19th, and August 2nd,16th and 30th, from 9am to 12. If you would like to share this responsibility with David please ask. ”It’s not hard sitting either in the Chapel, the Churchyard or the Garden, reading and letting the Holy Trinity do the work.”

THE EDINGTON MUSIC FESTIVAL

A FESTIVAL OF MUSIC WITHIN THE LITURGY

17th – 24th August

This Year – “George Herbert”

Details: www.edingtonfestival.org

Secretary: John D’Arcy, The Old Vicarage Edington,Westbury, Wilts., BA13 4QF (Tel 01380 830512)

From whom a Festival booklet may be obtained (Cheque for £5 please)

GENESIS TRUST

The daily “Soup Run”, The Lifeline Centre and Food Bank – all this and much more is sheltered under the umbrella of the Genesis Trust. The Summer News is that Genesis has a new address:

The Old School House, St John’s Court, South Parade, Bath BA2 4AF – Tel: 01225 463549

And a new Bank Account for Standing Orders , Genesis Trust Bath Sort Code 08-92-99, Account 65724622.

A New Project, FAMILY MATTERS exists to recruit, train and support volunteers who can play a part alongside the “key worker” to support family life.This project works alongside BANES Coincil’s Connecting Families Project.

All this and much more in the latest GENESIS TRUST NEWSLETTER from the Chapel.

GIFT AID FOR THE CHAPEL

A helpful and encouraging GIFT AID FORM may be obtained from the Chapel or Treasurer Geoff Lee. If you are a tax-payer, the Tax you have paid on any cash or Standing Order gift you make to the Chapel, can be reclaimed by the Chapel – this has the effect of increasing your gift by 25p for every £1 you give, at no extra cost to you. Many Charities benefit from this Tax concession, and it is a great help to the Chapel. It is the work of a moment to complete the form. Please ask.

Congratulations to Dr Malcolm Hill and the Chandos Singers for their Concert on 28th June “70th Birthday Celebration A – Z”.

The Chandos Singers rehearse in the Chapel on Friday evenings. For further details  including forthcoming events, please contact

Mandy Shaw, Secretary, Chandos Singers – 01225 436302

Contact 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 messages to the Chaplain or Wardens. Please ensure your name is on our contacts list!

Online – Magdalen Chapel: www.magdalenchapelbath.co.uk

The next Chaplain’s Letter will be published in September

 

The Chaplain’s letter for Holy Week & Easter 2014

  • Posted on April 29, 2014 at 5:31 pm

6th April 2014.

From the Chaplain…..

Dear members and Friends of Magdalen Chapel,

THE ANNUAL MEETING

Thank you to all who attended the Annual Meeting on Sunday 6th April. I hope you found it an encouragement, to know that the Christian faith continues to be celebrated here and that you are part of that witness. The stories from Richard Lees about “his” Anglican Mission Charity in Goa were by all accounts an eye-opener. Apologies to those of you who missed the Notices about the meeting because of the delay in posting this letter.

Holy Week and Eastertide

A quarter of the pages of the four Gospels cover the last week of the life of Jesus Christ. Another way of putting it might be that the story of the last week of Our Lord would completely fill the pages of one of the four Gospels! No wonder Christians are somewhat occupied during this “Holy Week”. Worship and prayer, popularly called “Church Services,” are a major factor in our diaries from Palm Sunday to Easter Day. Without the events of this week, we would be remembering a great teacher, a charismatic wonder-working holy man, or a failed revolutionary whose memory was kept alive by a few disappointed followers. As it is, Easter is the Queen of seasons, and the high-point of the Christian’s year. Lent has led us wonderfully into the Salvation Drama of Holy Week and Easter. Now we see how the first disciples’ lives were tested, changed, and renewed: as you walk with Christ so will you.

The “Last Supper Eucharist” is traditionally the occasion to remember the humility of Christ, washing his disciples’ feet. We echo that ministry in our offerings of service to God and neighbour; particularly in the way we help others when we meet for worship and fellowship. It may be your gift is music, welcoming (as a Sidesman), coffee-making, floral decoration: whatever, it is an offering of ministry and service, and may perhaps only be possible with some effort and generosity. If you would like to develop your ministry in prayer and service, say, by assisting the Celebrant by serving at the Altar, or even as “an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist” by administering the Chalice to Communicants, please talk to me about it.

Following on the popularity of the Sunday Evening Prayer services during Lent, there will be an Evensong for Eastertide on Sunday 11th May at 6pm. (Will Choir volunteers please talk to Colin Hunt or Patrick Hutton on Sunday mornings.)

On these and at other times we offer prayers and thanksgivings for all who are, or have been, associated with the Chapel. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Holy Week and Easter Services, With prayers and blessings,

Sincerely, David

The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Open Lecture – “The Icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Icon-writer”

On Saturday 10th May 2014 at 11am

You are invited to an Open ESBVM Branch Lecture : ‘The icon-writer and how an icon on the BVM is inspired and also how it is regulated by traditions of the discipline – with illustrations.’

To be given by Silvia Potter-Dimitrova on Saturday 10th May 2014 at 11am in The Magdalen Chapel, Holloway, Bath BA2 4PX Free admission / All welcome / Further info: Father Bill, OSM  / gensec@esbvm.org.uk / 01225 832096 www.esbvm.org.uk

Coffee and welcome from 10.30am

Genesis Lunch Box Co-ordinator:  Lunch Box needs a new volunteer co-ordinator to help the team provide lunchtime snacks to the homeless. Are you free on a Monday and Wednesday lunchtime and a good organiser?  If you think you can help, please contact Ian Russell (office@genesistrust.org.uk or 463549).  Thank you.

Genesis Trust Vacancies: We have 2 paid, part-time posts (maternity cover) for a Communications Manager (2 days p.w.) and a Community Fundraiser (3 days p.w.).  Application deadline: 30th April.  Please contact Ian Russell for further information (office@genesistrust.org.uk or 463549) or look on our website www.genesistrust.org.uk  Thank you.

 

  • Holy Week and Easter cards are now available for yourself and to pass on to others, as an invitation to be with us in worship and prayer. Please collect from the Chapel, or ask.
  • THE SUNDAY AFTER EASTER Please note that on 27th April there will be only an 8am Holy Communion. There will not be a Sung Eucharist at 10am.

 

Holy Week

 

Saturday 12th April at 12noon

 

The Service of the Blessing of the Holy Oils

 

12noon at Bristol Cathedral – Celebrant, The Rt Revd Jonathan Goodall, Bishop of Ebbsfleet. Clergy renew their Ordination vows. All are welcome.

 

Palm Sunday at Magdalen Chapel 24th March

 

8am Holy Communion

 

10am Sung Eucharist with Procession & Blessing of Palms

 

 

 

Monday and Tuesday

 

 The Salvation Army Hall at Oolite Road

 

will be open from 9am-7pm. Come and experience a time of quietness and reflection with us and with Jesus Christ.

 

Maundy Thursday at Magdalen Chapel  7pm – 8.30pm

 

The Last Supper Eucharist

 

 

Good Friday at Magdalen Chapel

 

2.30pm Pray the Way of the Cross

 

3pm- 4pm Celebrate the Triumph of the Holy Cross!

 

The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord, with Holy Communion

 

 

Holy Saturday at Magdalen Chapel 7pm – 8.30pm

 

Vigil  with Blessing of the Paschal Candle, renewal of Baptism Promises,

 

and Easter Eucharist

 

 

Easter Day at Magdalen Chapel

 

8am Holy Communion

 

10am Sung Eucharist

 

  • Magdalen Weekday Eucharist.

6.15pm Friday…

2nd May, in honour of Ss Philip and James

16th May, in honour of St Matthias

  • Evensong & Devotions

6pm on Sunday 11th May, in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in her “Merry month of May”

 

Chandos Singers Chapel Concert

‘Summer Concert including completions of mediaeval and Renaissance works and comic compositions by Malcolm Hill’

Saturday 28th June, 7.30pm

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

Bequests – a Memo from the Treasurer at the AGM

“Many will recall my mentioning at the last AGM that for all intents and purposes the Magdalen Chapel Foundation had been merged with St John’s Hospital, this we are told to make accounting easier. If you have left a bequest in your Will it is paramount that  your bequest is worded such that the funds come to the Chapel [if that is your wish] and not be lost amongst the funds of St John’s Hospital which could happen now.

I have spoken to those I know that have left bequests and a couple of Solicitors. If you wish your donation to come to the Chapel in support of its work then you need to specify that any cheque is drawn to The St Mary Magdalen Chapel and sent to the Treasurer (currently at PO Box 2152 Bath BA2 4YH), or to the Chaplain or Warden.

The Chapel’s account details are:  St Mary Magdalen Chapel. Sort Code: 30 90 54 Account Number: [0]1174156If you are in any doubt then please feel free to contact me at my office on Bath [01225] 315428 or by e mail treasurer@magdalenchapelbath.co.uk “                                  Geoff Lee (Hon Treasurer)

At the AGM

We welcomed to our Sung Eucharist and AGM Mr Richard Lee, home in Bath from his work  in Goa. Richard has founded the Anglican Mission to Goa” and the account of  the charity’s work among the disadvantaged was an inspiration to us.

Glastonbury Pilgrimage Day – Saturday 21st June. “Behold the Lamb”.

The main events take place in the Nave of the (ruined) Abbey Church.

12noon Solemn Concelebrated Eucharist, followed by (BYO) picnic

3pm Procession and Benediction.

There could be no better reason for visiting Glastonbury, to be part of the Annual Church of England Pilgrimage to our own local place of blessing! Pilgrims walk (or more so these days go by Car/Coach) from all over the South West and Wales. For further details please ask at Chapel. For advance Programme and service book please sign the list.

Bath – Walsingham Pilgrimage 14th -17th July Coach transport and full board at Walsingham: in the footsteps of pilgrims for 1000 years, to “England’s Nazareth”. Enquiries to Mrs Sue Prothero

The next Chaplain’s Letter will be published in time for our Festival in July. Notices for the attention of readers will be received conveniently by 30th June, please.

 

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 messages to the Chaplain or Wardens.

Online – Magdalen Chapel: www.magdalenchapelbath.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

A message for Lent 2014 from the Chaplain

  • Posted on February 24, 2014 at 4:13 pm

21st February 2014

Dear members and Friends of Magdalen Chapel,

 No Pain, No Gain?

As I write, the pavements of Bath are resounding to the lively steps of the fit (or nearly fit), making final week preparations for the Bath Half Marathon. We all hope that next Sunday the weather will give a little encouragement and that all the training will bring its rewards. To be sure, there are few who can approach such a challenge without some long and short term preparation. No pain, no gain could also apply to Lent! Ash Wednesday – 5th March this year – is the first day of Lent, and opens the way for a period of training and preparation for proper , faithful, celebration of the life-saving events of Holy Week and Easter.

For the Christian in the Northern hemisphere, there is also the encouragement of the forthcoming Spring, with warmer days to encourage growth, a get-up-and-go zeal, and the promise of new life in the physical and spiritual spheres: you might like to think of this season as a wake-up call in both spheres. Mens sana in corpore sano?

Personal Training

For armchair or otherwise hampered enquirers and disciples, there is the Lent Thoughts booklet (£2 from the Chapel, or ask and we’ll deliver), and for get-out-and-about activists there will be Evening Prayer on Sundays at 6pm (starts 9th March) with a short introduction and “discussion, prayer and action” session on a Lent Theme – concluding at 7.15pm.

Coffee after Sunday 10am Eucharist also gives an opportunity for raising questions about how to live the Christian life. You will be welcome.

With prayers and blessings,

Sincerely,

David

DIARY DATES

 

Weekday Early Evening Eucharist at 6.15 pm

28th February in honour of St David

18th March in honour of St Joseph

25th March for the Fest of the Annunciation of the Lord

Sunday 2nd March. The Sung Eucharist will be at 6pm instead of 10am, to allow members of the Congregation to enter the Bath Half Marathon? (and to avoid the road closures etc.)

ASH WEDNESDAY

There will be a Celebration of the Holy Communion at 10am on Ash Wednesday 5th March to mark the beginning of Lent.(Music – Merbecke)

Sunday evenings at 6pm in Lent

9th March – 6th April , Evening Prayer,  with a short introduction and “discussion, prayer and action” session on a Lent Theme – concluding at 7.15pm.

The Annual Meeting…..

Will take place on Sunday  6th April at 11 am following the 10a.m. Sung Eucharist, to be offered in thanksgiving and prayer for the past, present, and future of the Chapel and all associated with it. You will be welcome.

Chapel Flowers

If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of flowers at the Chapel perhaps on a particular Sunday 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.  But please note that during Lent, we have flowers only on Mothering Sunday – so look forward to Easter!

 

From the Treasurer, Financial facts and figures

Gift Aid

Gift aid is a very important source of income for our little Chapel. As the regulations in relation to claiming gift aid become ever more complex the Chapel has invested in new soft ware which will take the place of the antiquated system I have used until the end of last year. With the help of our deputy treasurer Shirley Cookes, all is now in place and is fully operational.

Another major enhancement is our ability now to use the GADS system which came into being last year. This enables us to treat all cash received, (there are one two exceptions,) as qualifying for gift aid up to a maximum of £5,000 in each financial year.

How does this affect you?  Apart from a change in the numbering system you may carry on as you do now. The only change will be your registration number for those who have applied for and already use a numbered and signed envelope.  If you do not have a Gift Aid number and would like one then please let either Shirley or me know. We will be writing to those who already use the numbering system with their new numbers in due course. In the meantime, if you have any queries then please feel free to contact me: treasurer@magdalenchapelbath.co.uk

Geoffrey Lee, Hon. Treasurer.


For the Record

Chapel Donations (mainly from Collections )made during 2013 –
Bath Opportunity Pre School,£1,200; Magdalen Educational Foundation,£350; Somerset Churches,£50;Lepra £300; Camp Hill Community  £450;British Legion £200; Sister Elizabeth Convent £100;House of Hope Bethlehem £260; Church in Need,Syria £500; GenesisTrust £250; Total: £3,660. Thank you for your generosity

 

Three “Full House” occasions to Record! The Chapel was full to bursting  for: The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols; The Monteverdi Vespers presented by the Chandos Singers, & The Sunday evening Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Each of these very different occasions was an opportunity to welcome many friends and neighbours. Look out for opportunities for you to discover the blessings of belonging to a community of faith and prayer.
In addition, Carol Singing at The Bear was an opportunity to savour. A warm welcome greeted the Chapel Carol Singers and a generous collection for Genesis has been sent on.

 

Chapel Fabric Survey  Following the inspection of the Chapel and Grounds in October, works have now begun to address the safety and maintenance issues raised. Spot the progress! More at the Annual Meeting, no doubt.

 

Forthcoming Events

 

The Chandos Singers of Bath at Magdalen Chapel
A chorus of about 20 singers
currently concentrating on works both sacred and secular,
which by the time of the performance
have not become over-performed by other choral groups.
Where possible, the composer’s first version is used.

Saturday 8th March 2014 at the Magdalen Chapel, Holloway, Bath at 7.30pm
Buxtehude : Membra Jesu Nostri

with Biblical readings between the seven cantatas.

This is not a concert, but a musical meditation, free, and with a retiring collection for charity

A worthy exercise of Lenten blessing! All Chapel friends welcome!

       

Saturday 22nd March 2014 at the Magdalen Chapel, Holloway, Bath at 7.30

Spring Concert: Choral works by Zelenka (1679-1745), including his Te Deum and Miserere.

Further Details:

Mandy Shaw 01225 436302 | mandy.shaw@iperimeter.co.uk
Chandos Singers www.chandos-singers.co.uk

Magdalen Chapel www.magdalenchapelbath.co.uk

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.

Quiz Q Answer: G.K.Chesterton  ( ref:The Times, Saturday 21st February)

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.

September Letter from the Chaplain

  • Posted on September 6, 2013 at 6:34 pm

            2nd September 2013.

From the Chaplain…..

 

Dear members and Friends of Magdalen Chapel,

            Farewell All good wishes to Vivienne Wolstenhome and Diana Lewis, both long-standing and faithful members of the Chapel , as they move away from Bath, to be closer to their families.  Thank you – from us all – for all you have done to help  the worship and witness of the Chapel.  AND NOW there are vacancies in the “Flower team”. Offers of help: Please ask for Shirley.

            VOLUNTEERS are needed to help at Genesis Trust’s family fundraising event “Pirate Pedal” at Odd Down Cycle Circuit on Sat 28th Sept 1pm – 4pm.

Help needed to set up, registration, cycle circuit marshals and car park attendants, prize giving and lucky dip! Please get in touch with Katie on 07889 167985 or katie@genesistrust.org.uk if you can help that afternoon.

            Civic Engagement – Somerset Churches Together & BATHCAN Conference on Saturday 28th September at the Assembly Rooms – A Day Conference on how Christians can engage with your community; with National and Local keynote speakers. Details  conference@bathcan.net ,07850 623 574.

 

I’ve put these three paragraphs “at the top” to remind us all that it is from the heartbeat of God’s love that worship and action flow. The traditional name for “A Service” is the Greek word “Liturgy”; in English, “A service to/for the State and community”.  With “Divine” as a prefix it has come to mean the Eucharistic  Worship – A Church Service – at which God gives us Holy Communion, and from which we “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.” As economic austerity brings tighter budgets the care and action of the Christian Church and other Faith Communities is not an option but, as it always has been, a duty, a Service, a work of Divine Liturgy, a Service to the State and Community, for us specially, by the sign of the Holy Cross, (15th September!) in God’s Name.  

 

With prayers and blessings,            Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                        David

 

 

 

From the Registers

 

Holy Baptism

Archer William Maitland Clarke  (Sunday 21st April)

“May God, who has received you by baptism into his Church, pour upon you the riches of his grace”

Holy Matrimony

Congratulations and all good wishes to:

Gavin Timothy Roger McGuirk & Sian Mari Gronow (17th May)

David Mark Russell and Isobel Mary Rose Mack (20th July)

Funerals

Pray for the repose of the souls of Robert John Browning (24th May)

and Jay Coe, whose funeral took place on Friday 30th August at St Luke’s; and remember Revd John Coe and his family in their bereavement.

Forthcoming Events at the Chapel 

  • We look forward to seeing all friends on 15th September for a “Brunch” after the 10am Sung Eucharist – our annual feast in Honour of the “Exaltation of the Holy Cross”

You will be welcome………

  • On  Sundays

8am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer – BCP)

10am Sung Eucharist (& Coffee and Conversation). Please see details  overleaf

  • To join the team keeping the Chapel Graveyard neat. Contact Nic Eager to show interest

Sunday October 6th Harvest Festival Evensong 6.30pm and Soirée

You are invited to bring a “Harvest Thanksgiving” of non-perishable food items, or cash, for the Bath Food Bank.

Weekday celebrations of the Holy Eucharist

Monday Sept. 16th     7.30pm Eucharist in honour of St Matthew (with Members of the GSS, The Guild of the Servants of the Sanctuary, a Parochial and National C of E Organisation that encourages Altar Servers

Friday Sept. 27th        6.30pm S. Vincent de Paul

Friday October 4th     6.30pm St Francis’ Day

Friday Octobr 11th    6.30pm In honour of Blessed John Henry Newman

Friday October 18th              6.30pm St Luke’s Day

Saturday Nov 2nd All Souls Day 10am This is the day to remember at the Altar our loved ones, benefactors and friends who have died. Please ensure names are written on the list in Chapel.

Friday Nov 8th           6.30pm  “All Saints of England”

Friday Nov 29th         6.30pm  St Andrew 

 

 

 

Magdalen Chapel Sunday Services and Readings (Sung Eucharist)

Sept – Nov 2013

                        BCP(8am)      Revised Common Lectionary(10am)

Sept 1st            Trinity 14      22nd Sunday of the Year Mediator of the New Covenant

                        Ecclus 10:12-18, Ps 112; Heb 13:1-8,15-16, Lk 14:1,7-14          

8th                    Trinity 15      Nativity of BVM

                        Rev 11:19 – 12:6 & 10; Ps 45:10-17; Gal 4:4-7; Lk 1:46-55

15th                 Trinity 16      Holy Cross Day

                        Numbers 21:4-9; Ps 22:23-28; Phil 2:6-11; John 3:13-17

22nd                 Trinity 17      25th Sunday The Lord of the Oppressed

                                               Amos 8:4-7; Ps 113; 1 Tim 2:1-7; Lk 16:1-13

29th                 S. Michael & All Angels

                                    Gen 28:10-17; Ps 103:19-22; Rev 12:7-12; Jn 1:47-51

Oct 6th             Trinity 19       27th Sunday Faith

                                    Hab. 1:1-4, 2:1-4; Ps 95, 2 Tim,1:1-14; Lk 17:5-10

6.30pm Harvest Festival Evensong

13th                 Trinity 20       28th Sunday Thanksgiving

                                    2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15; Ps 111; 2 Tim 2:8-15; Lk 17:11-19

20th                 Trinity 21       29th Sunday Christ always interceding for us.

                                    Gen 32:22-31 Ps 121; 2 Tim 3:14-4:5; Lk 18:1-8

27th                 Trinity 22       30th Sunday The Lord the Righteous Judge

                        Ecclus. 35:12-17; Ps 84:1-7; 2 Tim4:6-8 &16-18; Lk 18:9-14

3rd                   All Saints (Sun)Day

                                    Rev. 7:2-4,9-14; Ps 24:1-6; 1 John 3:1-3; Mt 5:1-12

10th                 Trinity 24      3rd S before Advent Remembrance Sunday

                        Job 19:23-27a, Ps 17:1-9, 2 Thess 2:1-5,13-17; Lk 20:27-38

17th                 Trinity 25      2nd S before Advent The Kingdom is near

                                    Mal:4:1-2a; Ps 98; 2 Thess. 3:6-13; Lk 21:5-19

24th                 Next before Advent – Christ the King

                                                Jer 23:1-6; Ps 46; Col. 1:11-20; Lk 23:33-43

Details of 10am Readings  are published above in the hope that this helps us to prepare for, and focus our worship, with a Common Mind and Intention.

If you would like help or guidance with a pattern of daily readings from Scripture and the Teaching of the Church, please ask.

 

In the wider sphere….New Bishops of Ebbsfleet andTewkesbury

 The Ordination & Consecrations of The Reverend Canon Jonathan Goodall to be Bishop of Ebbsfleet (Diocese of Canterbury,) and The Venerable Martyn Snow to be Bishop of Tewksbury (Diocese of Gloucester) will be held in Westminster Abbey at 11am on Wednesday 25th September 2013. To apply for tickets, please write, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope, to: Mr M Arnoldi, Room 25, The Chapter Office, 20 Dean’s Yard, London, SW1P 3PA. Tickets will be posted by 17 September. All are welcome to attend.it

 

 

 

For your prayers

 

  • Prayer during the Vacancy in See in the Diocese of Bath and Wells

In the coming weeks, please join us in praying for the Vacancy in See and all those involved in appointing a new Bishop of Bath & Wells:

“Faithful God, in your providence you lead your pilgrim Church into new adventures of faith: Pour out your Holy Spirit, that all who are involved in the selection of our new bishop may be blessed with discernment, vision and wisdom; And that the one who is your choice will be anointed with all the gifts of that same Spirit to be a blessing to us in this Diocese. Trusting in your power to accomplish far more than all we can ask or imagine, we ask this in the name of Christ our Lord, Amen.”

 

  • Treasurer’s Note. Our donations from Collections this year so far:
Magdalen Educational Foundation            

£350

Somerset Churches

£50

Lepra

£300

Camp Hill Trust

£450

Genesis Trust

£150

Total

£1,300

We have funds waiting to be released at the appropriate time for:

Bath Opportunity Pre School Bursary      

£1,200

Royal British Legion

£200

Syria [need to discuss, but set aside]

£500

Plate collections to the end of August have amounted to £3,123.68 and attendance at all services 715.

 

The plans to renew the Garden gate are still in hand, and we hope there will be encouraging news of progress soon.

 

The Chandos Singers rehearse in the Chapel on Friday evenings, under the direction of Dr Malcolm Hill. For further details please contact:

Mandy Shaw, Secretary, Chandos Singers – Tel: 01225 436302/07710 44796

 

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 messages to the Chaplain or Wardens. Please ensure your name is on our contacts list!

Online – Magdalen Chapel: www.magdalenchapelbath

 

The next Chaplain’s Letter will be published at the end of November

A letter from our Chaplain for Holy Week and Easter 2013

  • Posted on March 20, 2013 at 11:09 am

Dear members and Friends of Magdalen Chapel,

Holy Week and Eastertide

A quarter of the pages of the four Gospels cover the last week of the life of Jesus Christ. Another way of putting it might be that the story of the last week of Our Lord would completely fill the pages of one of the four Gospels! No wonder Christians are somewhat occupied during this “Holy Week”. Worship and prayer, popularly called “Church Services,” are a major factor in our diaries from Palm Sunday to Easter Day. Without the events of this week, we would be remembering a great teacher, a charismatic wonder-working holy man, or a failed revolutionary whose memory was kept alive by a few disappointed followers. As it is, Easter is the Queen of seasons, and the high-point of the Christian’s year. Lent has led us wonderfully into the Salvation Drama of Holy Week and Easter. Now we see how the first disciples’ lives were tested, changed, and renewed: as you walk with Christ so will you.

The “Last Supper Eucharist” is traditionally the occasion to remember the humility of Christ, washing his disciples’ feet. We echo that ministry in our offerings of service toGod and neighbour; particularly in the way we help others when we meet for worship and fellowship. It may be your gift is music, welcoming (as a Sidesman), coffee-making, floral decoration: whatever, it is an offering of ministry and service, and may perhaps only be possible with some effort and generosity. If you would like to develop your ministry in prayer and service, say,  by assisting the Celebrant by serving at the Altar, or even as “an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist” by administering the Chalice to Communicants, please talk to me about it.

There are some Friday Eucharist opportunities for us in Eastertide, as well as Sunday Evensongs (and will possible Choir volunteers please talk to Jules Addison).

On these and at other times we offer prayers and thanksgivings for all who are, or have been, associated with the Chapel: please note the new note-book for prayer requests on the books table, for your attention.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the Annual Meeting on Sunday 28th April at 11.15am.

With prayers and blessings,

Sincerely,

David

You will be welcome………

 

  • Holy Week and Eastercards are now available for yourself and to pass on to others, as an invitation to be with us in worship and prayer. Please collect from the Chapel, or ask.

Saturday 23rd March 11am

The Service of the Blessing of the Holy Oils

at Bristol Cathedral – Celebrant, The Rt Revd John Ford, Bishop of Plymouth. Clergy renew their Ordination vows. All are welcome.

Saturday 23rd March 7.30pm

Chandos Singers Chapel Concert

In this concert the choir will be performing Passion Week, composed in 1911 by the Russian composer Alexander Gretchaninoff (1864-1956).

Gretchaninoff’s instrumental, operatic and vocal music was so much acclaimed in his lifetime that the Tsar granted him an annual pension. After the Revolution he emigrated, ending his long and productive life in the New World.

This is a rare opportunity to hear Passion Week, which is little known in Western Europe. Intended (as with the composer’s Liturgia Domestica, performed by the Chandos Singers in 2012) for concert performance rather than liturgical use, it sets thirteen Russian Orthodox Passiontide texts to music of great beauty.

The concert will be held in the serene setting of the Magdalen Chapel.

Tickets: £12, Students £6,

Bath Box Office 01225 463362 boxoffice@bathfestivals.org.uk

Further Details: Mandy Shaw – mandy.shaw@iperimeter.co.uk

Chandos Singers www.chandos-singers.co.uk

 

HOLY WEEK AT MAGDALEN CHAPEL

Palm Sunday 24th March

8am Holy Communion

10.30am Sung Eucharist with Procession & Blessing of Palms

 

Monday and Tuesday

 The Salvation Army Hall at Oolite Road

will be open from 9am-7pm. Come and experience a time of quietness and reflection with us and with Jesus Christ.

 

Maundy Thursday 7pm

The Last Supper Eucharist

 

Good Friday 7pm

The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord, with Holy Communion

 

Holy Saturday 7pm

Vigil  with Blessing of the Paschal Candle and Easter Eucharist

 

Easter Day

8am Holy Communion

10.30am Sung Eucharist

 

On  Sundays & Weekdays Eucharist*
Week by Week:

8am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer – BCP)

10.30am Sung Eucharist (& Coffee and Conversation)

On Sundays at 10 a.m. there will be opportunity for a short “singing practice”, with the Organist of the day, so if you’d like to make the most of singing the Eucharist, you will be welcome. You might even like to initial the Calendar in the Old Vestry to show your availability, week by week.

 

In response to requests, here are details of Readings on Sundays at 10.30am, in addition to dates of the occasional Friday Eucharist. Please keep this information by you as you seek to unite your prayer and discipleship with the Church.
                   BCP       Revised Common Lectionary (text is same as NRSV)

April 7th     Easter 1   2nd Sunday in Eastertide “Divine Mercy Sunday”

Acts 5:27-32, Ps 118,:14-29; Rev 1:4-8; John 20:19-31

“The Upper Room”

14th           Easter 2   3rd Sunday in Eastertide

Acts 9:1-6; Ps 30; Rev 5:11-4; John 21:1-14

“It is the Lord”

*Friday 19th           6.30pm   – “St. Alphege”

21st           Easter 3   4th Sunday in Eastertide– Vocations Sunday

Acts 9:36-43; Ps 23; Rev 7:9-17; John 10:27-30

“The Good Shepherd”

12.30pm Holy Baptism

                               6pm Evensong for St George

*Friday 25th              6.30pm  – St Mark, Ev.

28th           Easter 4   5th Sunday in Eastertide

Acts 11:1-8; Ps 145; Rev 21:1-6; John 13:31-35

“The New Creation”

*Friday May 3rd        6.30pm  – St Athanasius, B. Dr.

May 5th                 Easter 5   6th Sunday in Eastertide

Acts 16:9-15; Ps 67; Rev 21:10, 22 – 22:5; John 14:23-29

“The Glory of God”

12th                        The Ascension  of The Lord

Acts 1:1-11, Ps 47: 2-3,6-9; Eph 1:17-23; Lk 24:44-53

5pm Walsingham Prayers for Pilgrims, and all welcome.

Friday 17th            12noon.Wedding of Gavin McGuirk & Sian Mari Gronow

6.30pm – St Matthias, Ap.

19th                        Whitsunday– Pentecost

Acts 2:1-11; Ps104:26-36,37b;Rom8:14-17;John14:8-17,25-27

For the Record

  • Day by day in Lent Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings, see what God hath done! If you counted your blessings during Lent and have a bag of Almisgiving to pass on to Christian Aid please use a blue envelope in Chapel – mark it Xn Aid – and it will be forwarded (Gift Aided if possible please)
  • Fridays in Lent

            Our Study and Prayer Group – “Worship and Christian Living” has nourished seeds of faith, as well as “feeding in” to Sunday Sermons. Thank you.

  • Sunday 16th December – a special “Photo Session”, sponsored by Geoff Lee,
    took place in the Chapel, after the Sung Eucharist.  Copies can be ordered  with payment of £2 per copy.

Farewell and Welcome

On Sunday 17th March we bid “good bye, and au revoir” to Debra Anderson, as Secretary of the Promotions Committee, and to Robert, as they begin their “Sabbatical” year.

Bequests – a Memo from the Treasurer

“Many will recall my mentioning at the last AGM that for all intents and purposes the Magdalen Chapel Foundation had been merged with St John’s Hospital, this we are told to make accounting easier. If you have left a bequest in your Will it is paramount that  your bequest is worded such that the funds come to the Chapel [if that is your wish] and not be lost amongst the funds of St John’s Hospital which could happen now.

I have spoken to those I know that have left bequests and a couple of Solicitors. If you wish your donation to come to the Chapel in support of its work then you need to specify that any cheque is drawn to The St Mary Magdalen Chapel and sent to the Treasurer or Chaplain or Warden  at PO Box 2152 Bath BA2 4YH

Please contact me for the Chapel’s bank account details.

If you are in any doubt then please feel free to contact me at my office on Bath [01225] 315428 or by e mail treasurer@magdalenchapelbath.co.uk

Geoff Lee (Hon Treasurer)

Diary Dates

Chapel Annual Meeting please now put into your diary Sunday 28th April at 11.15am, following the 10.30am Sung Eucharist. The Agenda of the Meeting will include our Finances, and plans and ideas for forthcoming events, particularly leading up to our Patronal Festival Sunday 21st July.

Glastonbury Pilgrimage Day Saturday 15th June.

The main events take place in the Nave of the (ruined) Abbey Church.

12noon Solemn Concelebrated Mass followed by (BYO) picnic

3pm Procession and Benediction.

There could be no better reason for visiting Glastonbury! Pilgrims walk (or go by Car/Coach) from all over the South West and Wales. For further details please ask. For advance Programme and service book please sign the list in Chapel.

Bath – Walsingham Pilgrimage 15-18th July Coach transport and full board at Walsingham: in the footsteps of pilgrims for 1000 years, to “England’s Nazareth”. Enquiries and bookings to Mrs Sue Prothero.

The next Chaplain’s Letter will be published in time for Trinity Sunday 26th May, Notices for the attention of readers will be received conveniently by 19th May, please.

A letter from The Chaplain – January 2013

  • Posted on February 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm

The Magdalen Chapel, Bath

 

30th January 2013.

From the Chaplain…..

 

Dear members and Friends of Magdalen Chapel,

 

LENT & HOLY WEEK

Since I last wrote, friends, members and visitors at the Chapel have met for the special events of the Carol Service, and Christmas Services, as well as for the week-by-week privilege of celebrating the holy mysteries of our salvation; as every Sunday we gather together as God’s Eucharistic people. The Christian Calendar leads us now through the season of Lent, a time for the preparing of the ground by God’s grace, the sowing of seeds of faith, and nourishing new shoots of discipleship. On Ash Wednesday we are reminded of the “forty days and forty nights” of Our Lord’s wilderness testing; which was the preparation for His three-year life-giving incarnate ministry. For us, Lent leads us wonderfully into the Salvation Drama of Holy Week and Easter. See how the first disciples’ lives were tested, changed, and renewed: as you walk with Christ so will yours.

 

We live, as ever, in times of change and new opportunity. As Cardinal Newman reminds us, “to live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.” I note later in detail the changes of personnel at the chapel; Naomi Floyd joins the Chapel Committee as Assistant Warden, and with and the impending Sabbatical Year for Organist Robert Anderson, the current members of the Promotions Committee are bowing out after 4 years planning concerts and other events. Don’t all rush at once: you will have ample opportunity to dream-up, organise, and enjoy social and cultural activities based on the Chapel.  Remember, ideas and discussion about such events often begins at Coffee on Sunday mornings after the 10.30am Eucharist– that is where the “movers and shakers” are to be found, after worshipping together.

 

As the days lengthen and the mornings get lighter, there is also a plan afoot to encourage a measured time of choral preparation before the Eucharist with the encouragement of our Jules, leading our band of Organists from Easter. Do step forward – or even leave a “note” so we can keep you in touch. We look forward to welcoming the Chandos Singers and others in due course.

 

Thank you for your prayers and good wishes during my recent invalidity – our thanks also to Locum clergy who have ministered on those three Sundays.

 

With prayers and blessings,

Sincerely,

David

 

You will be welcome………

 

  • Lent 2013, begins on Ash Wednesday 13th February, 1030am Sung Eucharist with the Blessing and Giving of Ashes
  • Day by day in Lent Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings, see what God hath done!

Please find on the Bookstall a pocket-leaflet from Christian Aid: much for daily reflection. For the Count your Blessings “app” see www.christianaid.org.uk

  • Fridays in Lent (15th Feb – 22nd March)

          6pm Evening Prayer  (except 1st March)

          6.30pm Study and Prayer Group – “Worship and Christian Living”

A journey of discovery following the banner  “Your Word is a lamp to guide me, a light for my path.” (A Verse from Psalm 119 – a good Psalm to read – in handy daily portions –  during  Lent, as you look for the verse quoted.)

  • Holy Eucharist at 6pm on Friday March 1st St David’s Day

 

  • On  Sundays

8am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer – BCP)

10.30am Sung Eucharist (& Coffee and Conversation)

  • Sunday  3rd Feb 6.30pm Evensong (singers rehearse 5.45pm)

Sundays at 10.30am
10th Feb Sunday before Lent: “A Vision to Trust”

Lent 1: “Temptation overcome”

Lent 2 : “A Love revealed”

Lent 3: “Fruitful Holiness”

Lent 4  “A family story” for Mothering Sunday

Lent 5  “A life Inspired”

 

For the Record

Chapel Wardens, Farewell and Welcome

On Sunday 25th November after the Sung Eucharist, we said “Thank you” to Alice Peterson – who was unfortunately prevented from being there, at the last minute – for all she did for the Chapel as Chapel Warden, and Sacristan, and a Token value £60 was subsequently presented to her at home.

The meeting heartily endorsed the appointment of Naomi Floyd as (Assistant) Warden to help Nic Eager. We are grateful to Naomi, for taking on Warden’s duties on Sundays particularly, and  for her already valuable contribution as a member of the Chapel Committee, with Nic, Geoff Lee (Treasurer) and the Chaplain.

Sunday 16th December – a special “Photo Session”, sponsored by Geoff Lee, took place in the Chapel, after the Sung Eucharist.  We look forward to seeing the photos in due course.

“In quires and places where they sing” (as the Prayer Book Evening Prayer Rubric says)

We say “thank-you” to the retiring members of the Promotions Committee for their efforts over the past 4 years to promote musical events and Choral Services in the Chapel, culminating in the Carol Service during December. Robert and Debra Anderson, Jules Addison, and Jane Warren have promoted Concerts (particularly during the July Magdalen Festival Week) and Choral Services, that have attracted many friends and visitors to the chapel.  A total of £1,563.96 is in the Friends of the Magdalen Chapel Account as a result of their stalwart efforts.

After 14 years as Chapel Organist, Robert, and Debra, Secretary of the Committee are planning a Sabbatical Year, after Easter, and the focus and work of the Committee will re-emerge in various different ways.

Jules has kindly agreed to co-ordinate and encourage Choral Services, beginning with the Easter Vigil Service  at 7pm (31st March). Please talk to Jules if you would like to be involved.

We are also indebted to Dr Malcolm Hill and Patrick Hutton for their ongoing willing offering of musical encouragement at the Chapel, and to Malcolm also as Director of our friends the Chandos Singers.

On Sundays, in due course, there will be opportunity for a short “practice” at 10am, with the Organist of the day so if you’d like to make the most of singing the Eucharist, please be there to join in. You might even initial the Calendar in the Chapel to show your availability, week by week.

From time to time we look forward to inviting visiting Choirs, to Services and for Concerts.

Donations made in 2012 from Collections and General Funds

Bath   Pre School Bursary

£1,600

St   John Seminary Kitwe

£350

Magdalen   Educational Foundation

£500

Save   the Children   Palestine

£350

Lepra

£350

Camphill   Somerset

£500

SomersetChurches   (subscription)

£50

GenisisTrust

£200

Royal   British   Legion

£300

Save   the Children [ Syria]

£500

Total:                                                                

£4,700

Geoff Lee (Hon Treasurer)

All this & more at the Annual General Meeting

Diary Date – Chapel Annual Meeting – please now put into your diary Sunday 28th April at 11.15am, following the 10.30am Sung Eucharist

The next Chaplain’s Letter will be published in time for Palm Sunday (24th March) Holy Week and Easter,

When upon life’s 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 messages to the Chaplain or Wardens.

Online – Magdalen Chapel: www.magdalenchapelbath.co.uk

From Our Chaplain

  • Posted on October 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Dear members and Friends of Magdalen Chapel,

 

October at the Chapel begins with St Francis of Assisi, and after a visit to his shrine and city of Assisi only 2 weeks ago, you will expect me to have something inspiring to say about him! I hope you will not be disappointed as we see the link between St Francis’ Canticle of the Creatures and Harvest Festival Thanksgiving on Sunday 7th.

 

We might even want to arrange a showing of “Brother Sun and Sister Moon”, the film of his life, sometime soon. Meanwhile Harvest Evensong may encourage you to stay for a little soirée,

on a Harvest Theme – this will be very much D-I-Y so Harvest memories and tit-bits will be most welcome, following Evensong.

 

Thinking of Harvest, i.e. food, I was intrigued on return to find in a favourite local supermarket that Italian pears were on sale at half the price we paid in an equivalent popular supermarket in Italy. Can anyone explain why this should be?

 

In addition to other matters inviting your interest in this leaflet, it has been suggested that there would be some enthusiasm for an Advent Study Group as part of your other preparation for Christmas. There will be a leaflet available for your daily use during Advent (beginning December 2nd). Please ensure your name is on the list for this Group – with a note of your availability, please.

Finally, I am pleased to receive requests to visit the sick or housebound, as time allows, and encourage you to keep the Prayer Request book up to date.

 

I hope it will be possible to produce further editions of this leaflet, the next one in time for Advent and Christmas. Please let us know of matters to be drawn to the attention of members and friends of the chapel  by 18th November.

 

With all good wishes,

Yours sincerely,

David

 

You will be welcome………

  • Sunday 7th October Harvest Thanksgiving

8am Holy Communion (BCP)

630pm Evensong & Chapel At Home  –
All welcome, and feel free to bring a plate to share, and if you like, a Harvest  story, a reading, or a song.

There will be a “basket” for Harvest thanksgiving offerings to help the work of Genesis here in Bath – tins and packets (non-perishables) or cash please.

 

  • On (other) Sundays

8am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer – BCP)

10.30am Sung Eucharist (Coffee and Conversation following)

Oct 14th Trinity 19 – True Riches

Oct 21st Trinity  20– Servant of all

Oct 28th Trinity 21– The Lord who works marvels

Nov 4th All Saints – Life eternal

Nov 11th Remembrance Sunday – with Silence at 11am

Nov 18th Trinity 24 – Christ’s work continues – be on your guard

Why not suggest your favourite hymn for this Sunday? It might just fit the bill.

Nov 25th Sunday next before Advent “Christ the King”

 

  • Holy Eucharist at 6.30pm on (some) Fridays

October 5th  Memorial of St Francis of Assisi

19th St Luke, Evangelist

26th Ss Simon and Jude, Apostles

Nov 2nd  All Souls Day Our day of prayer for loved ones who have died. Please add names to be remembered at the Altar – in the Notebook

Nov 30th St Andrew, Apostle

 

Forthcoming Events For your Diary & Prayers…. *** Open to all

  • *** An open invitation is extended to attend  the Aslan Christian Bookshop book launch “God’s Church, My Place” by Steve Tilley on Tuesday 2nd October at St Michael’s Church Bath (opposite Waitrose) 7pm (Drinks and nibbles). See porch poster for further details or email richard@aslanchristianbooks.co.uk
  • The Wedding of Katie Doble-Birch and Philip Robinson  (6th October 1pm)
  • *** Chapel Open Day 2 -4pm as part of Bath Heritage Week, with “The Story of the Chapel” told by the Chaplain at 3pm
  • Holy Baptism of Lily Morgan (4th November 12.30pm)
  • Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 12th – 20th November (including members of the chapel Congregation) led by The Chaplain
  • *** Alice Peterson’s last Sunday as Chapel Warden

I am sure you will wish to join me in expressing our appreciation to Alice for the lively and helpful contribution she has made to the Chapel, and to wish her well – please contact (Warden) Nic Eager or (Hon. Treasurer) Geoff Lee if you would like to be associated with the presentation planned for Sunday 25th November (Feast of Christ the King) following the Sung Eucharist.

We hope to be able to announce the appointment of Alice’s successor as Chapel Warden also in this occasion. Nic Eager and I will be pleased to hear from you in respect of any nominations/offers.

  • *** Thursday 29th November – the local Chapter of Priests of the Society of the Holy Cross  will meet at the chapel beginning with Eucharist at 12.30pm (All welcome at the Eucharist)