St Mary’s: 2000 – 2010

The theme of the Lent course in 2010 was: ‘Think not that I have come to abolish the Law and the Prophets.’ Matthew 5:1. The weekly sessions covered Overview & The Pentateuch, The Histories, the Prophets, The Psalms and The [other] Wisdom Writings and Conclusion.

All through these pages, each Priest has been forced to remind the congregation of our need to give. A stewardship campaign followed and had mixed results.

May 2010 The Report from the Revision Committee on the appointment of women as bishops was published. For those who are committed Anglicans unable to accept women in Anglican Orders, it offers little comfort, and is occasion to prepare themselves for the battering they will experience in the July sessions of the General Synod and in the years thereafter.

The weekend of October 9th and 10th brought a successful Harvest supper—raising nearly £300 and enjoyed by those who attended.  On the Sunday we celebrated Harvest Festival with an impressive array of gifts.  For the first time this year, the gifts had been brought to church over several weeks and were intended for S.Luke’s Hospice.  Probably the most amazing was a bag of 1600 tea bags!  All the gifts were gratefully received by S.Luke’s who will make good use of them.

Several members of St Mary’s congregation made the journey to Oberammagau to the famous Passion Play.

And then came:

Farewell
At the Parish Mass on Sunday September 5th, Fr Giles announced that after slightly more than four years as Vicar of St Mary’s, he had offered the Bishop of Fulham his  resignation. He and his family decided to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church. His last Sunday at St Mary’s was on October 17th. After that date, he and his family moved away from Kenton in preparation for being received into the Catholic Church in November.

Fr Giles went on to say: While it is my place as your pastor and shepherd to try to show you by my example what I believe to be the way to safe pasture, it is not my place to dictate to anyone where they should in conscience be living their Christian lives. And so I set before you that I believe that this is for Traditional Anglo-Catholics a time for prayerful discernment – and decision. I would ask you, as I have done before, to make your discernment active and ongoing, open to the prompting of the Holy Spirit in you.

If the CofE is where it seems you are called by God to be, live as committed and generous Anglicans dedicated to God’s service in the ways that Anglican bishops and synods tell you that you should be. This includes everyone’s least favourite aspect of life in the CofE – paying the Common Fund.

Shortly after Fr Giles’ announcement, Bishop John, Bishop of Fulham announced his retirement.

Snow
Snow

Fr Malcolm celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ordination on Saturday 18th December 2010. Where were you on that day! London and Kenton in particular saw the worst snow storm for decades. As the snow fell, Fr Malcolm’s mobile phone started to ring and one after the other Bishops, Priests and family and friends phoned to say they were unable to get to the church. Some phoned from as close as Harrow, Wembley and Kingsbury. So heavy was the snow that the traffic on Kenton Road came to a complete stand still. Cars could not drive over the bridge. A few brave people were able to leave there car four blocks away and walk to the church.

Bishop John Broadhurst , having left the Church of England on the 31st December 2010 was ordained Priest in the Roman Catholic Church with two other former CofE Bishops. The three of them are now setting up the Ordinariate.