Tuesday 17th February – Pancake Party

Pancake PartyWe welcomed over 60 visitors, including members of the congregation, choir and local families of all faiths into church on Shrove Tuesday for our pancake party, to share in this ancient pre-Lent tradition.

This year we had more fruit on offer than chocolate sauce – healthy pancakes were the order of the day! Thanks to an extra hot plate provided by Reverend Hazel, Churchwarden John was able to keep up with the steady flow of hungry customers, even managing to flip one or two back into the frying pan (he has been practising all year!) Hero of the evening was Elaine Marjoram, who came to talk to us about the church photocopier but was roped into buying paper plates from Morrisons!

Pancake Party 5Cathy Dallman and Briony Hadjidaniel organised activities for children, including a mini pilgrimage around the church, while Mums and Dads chatted over pancakes, tea and coffee. One of the highlights of the evening was the burning of last year’s Palm Crosses, to make Ash for Ash Wednesday, which took place outside the main door beneath the tower. Rather than charge an entry fee we asked for donations towards the Bishop of London’s Lent Appeal and were delighted to receive over £90.

Pancake Party 3This year the Appeal aims to raise funds to support more Youth Worker posts and family projects in churches in London. It is hoped to invest £1m over the next three years.  You can donate throughout Lent by putting donations into the bucket by the font. As well as making donations, the Bishop of London has asked us to consider “Who inspired you when you were younger to become the person you are today?’

Bishop Pete Broadbent, Acting Bishop of Edmonton and Deputy Bishop of London explains;

“My own Christian journey began in a youth group in Ruislip. From a non-church background and as an avowed atheist, I became a Christian because of the prayers and example of great Christian youth leaders.

One, Peter Hawtin, put huge time and energy into mentoring and disciplining us. He was also a racing driver. Tragically, he was killed in a race at Oulton Park in 1971 – but he left a legacy of numerous young Christians whose lives he had influenced.

There are many examples both statistically and anecdotally of youth, children and family workers playing a major role in a person’s direction. It’s important that we recapture this vision – which is central to our 2015 Lent Appeal.” You can find out more about the Lent Appeal online: http://www.london.anglican.org/articles/lent-appeal-2015-the-bishop-of-londons-mission-fund/

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