We're raising £2,000 to help an orphanage in Ghana

Hi! My name is Carol and I am a member of St Anselm's Church in Kennington, part of the North Lambeth Parish (NLP).

Last year we welcomed Father Gilbert Otuo-Acheampong from the Anglican Diocese of Asante Mampong (ADAM) in Ghana. He is a visiting priest who is spending a year with NLP. In joint partnership the church's mission is to help Father Gilbert raise money for the welfare of the children at the Mampong Babies Home. The Mampong Babies Home was conceived in 1967 to help children, especially babies:

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(1) whose mothers have died in childbirth

(2) those abandoned by their mothers

(3) who have mental health issues.

The money collected would make a positive contribution to the welfare of these children in need and greatly help to support the employment of casual workers who volunteer their time for little pay.

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The project proposes to buy a plot of land to start a cattle ranch and begin crop farming, which will help sustain their livelihood long-term. I would like to help raise £2,000 and would greatly appreciate your help via donation with as little or as much as you can contribute to the link below. Many thanks! Carol - xxx

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mampongbabieshome

Boy's Brigade

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Every Tuesday a group of volunteers arrive at Centenary Hall and wait for several very excitable children to arrive for what they have told us is their “favourite after school activity”. The activity they are turning up for is Boys’ Brigade and Girls Association and the group is formed of a mix of boys and girls from ages 5-10. Activities include craft, games, sports, music, competitions and learning new skills. We also arrange trips and holidays for the group to attend. Part of our evening always involves a devotions session which allows the children to develop their knowledge of the Christian Faith. This along with the encouragement to attend church parade at St Anselm’s helps the children to understand what being a Christian is about and how God and the Bible are still relevant to them today.

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Whilst there are a lot of activities for young people after school these days, there are very few that offer the range of activities, sense of achievement and link to the church that we do. Children work towards achieving badges and trophies and are encouraged to take part in all activities, even those they may not enjoy as much. Being part of the Boys’ Brigade stays with young people as they get older and the skills they learn whilst being part of the organisation never leave them. As the children get older, we can offer them the chance to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh Award, volunteering opportunities and support which they may not get elsewhere or would potentially cost a lot more than we can offer it for.

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All staff must provide references, have a DBS check carried out regularly and receive training as part of their role. So, if you are wanting something for your child to do that is fun and exciting, but also helps to prepare and teach them valuable skills, please consider bringing them along to Centenary Hall, Cottington Street on Tuesdays at 6.15pm. We finish at 7.45pm and are open to boys and girls aged 5-11. As we have a waiting list for our 11-18 age group, if you know a young person aged 11-18 that also could benefit from being part of our organisation, would like more information or would be interested in joining us a volunteer, please contact Stephen at 4thlondon.bb@gmail.com. You can also find out more information on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/4thlondon.bb.

Rev. Angus's training to become a Padre in the British Army

Team Rector of North Lambeth Parish, Revd Angus Aagaard recently completed his final weeks of training to become a Padre in the British Army. We spoke to him to find out more.

“I wanted to be a padre so I could help people. I‘d spoken to a few people in the parish who’d come back from Afghanistan and Iraq, and it was clear that they valued the opportunity to sit and talk to someone. Some of the things our soldiers experience are things that no-one should really have to, so they needed that pastoral care – and that’s what the church is all about.”

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Having decided on this, Angus embarked on four weeks of training at Sandhurst Military Academy, completing it in two batches so he could balance his work in the Parish. He says “There are about 50 padres in the army, and the point of the training is to be a credible officer; soldiers won’t look up to if you don't understand their world. And being slightly outside the chain of command, the soldiers will open up to you because they know it’s not going straight up the chain. It’s clearly a valued role.”

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A typical day would start at 7:30 with lectures on leadership and military tactics, followed by exercises including a 6-mile march with a 15lb pack, and carrying a stretcher through a fast flowing stream (under bridges and through tunnels with barely any air pockets). There were also night exercises, which involved digging holes to sleep in, and sentry duty.

“Part of it is to reach a point where you’ve given all you can give. It doesn’t matter if you’re not first, but have you given your best? As an elderly, slightly overweight person, there’s a sense of pride that that I’ve put myself in a fairly uncomfortable, challenging situation and I got through it. I might not have been the hare – I was probably the tortoise – but I kept going.”

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Over the 4 weeks of training, Angus has learned many things that he believes can help his work in the Parish. 

“The army is really strong on leadership and there’s clarity about what the task is and how you should fulfill it. And that is something the church can definitely learn from. And also, when you look at the Army’s values, they are all about selfless commitment, respect for others, integrity, loyalty, discipline, courage. All these are reflected in the gospels. So there really is a link there.

“And that's what the job the Parish is about. It’s trying to build a team in a community where people really do support each other. But I can't bark orders at people in the street or stand on street corners shouting about God. But what I can do is build that spirit of wanting to cooperate. For me, faith is about serving people. And that is the leadership the church can show as well.”

Advent 2018 Art Pilgrimage to the National Gallery

On Saturday 15th December a group of us from St. Anselm's and North Lambeth Deanery area were guided through an appreciation of a range of paintings (a Nativity scene, an Adoration of the Kings and a mysterious snowy landscape) by Caroline Campbell, Director of Collections and Research.  It was prayerful and enriching in ways we had not expected; from looking at how the baby Jesus and Mary are depicted by two different artists to the details of a little dog gnawing on a bone, the velvet and fur of a king's robe, to a winter sunset.  As one of the group said afterwards "For me it was a totally new way of looking at pictures". 

The Adoration of the Kings by Jan Gossaert

The Adoration of the Kings by Jan Gossaert

Parish Trip to the Seaside and Holy Communion on the Beach 2 September

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Who expects to participate in a service of Holy Communion at the beach? And yet that is what happened when 65 parishioners of all ages from North Lambeth Parish went on a day trip to Camber Sands on Sunday 2nd September. We were blessed with golden sunshine and a beautiful journey through the Kent countryside! There was much splashing in the sea, games on the sand and a communal picnic before we gathered for a service of Holy Communion.  Other beach-goers joined us, in a service that was refreshing and different.

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For some families this was the only time they were able to get away for a break this summer, so it’s something we want to do again. The day was fulfilling and harmonious; as one day tripper said, “It felt like one big family get together!”

Cowboy and Preacher - New film!

Will, the Director of Music at St Peter's, has made a film exploring environmental theology within US evangelicalism. 

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Why is it that so many people oppose action to solve the environmental catastrophes we all face? At this moment when we should be uniting and circling the wagons against a common threat, our society is dividing into Right vs Left, Conservative vs Liberal.

Both sides see problems with the other. Many Christians see environmentalists as lacking core moral values. In turn, many environmentalists are baffled why Christians turn away from an issue that seems to touch on so many aspects of justice, compassion and indeed the sanctity of life. 

How can we unite again?

Tri Robinson, rancher and retired Vineyard pastor, recognises that the Bible and the environment are by no means mutually exclusive. He has worked for decades to bring round his flock. He shows how and why Christians need to face the environmental challenges around us, and how in doing so Christians can find purposeful action and be reinvigorated as an active force for good on this issue, building bridges across social divides and presenting Christianity in its best light.

Watch the trailer here.

Through beautiful images that evoke America’s western mythology, a magnificent musical score, and a narrative of Biblical proportions and epic and tragic themes, Cowboy and Preacher seeks to convert the unconverted and bring transformational change and action to the battle for the environment.

Fore more info:
Website: www.cowboyandpreacher.com
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Radio Youth Club Visit to Radio 1xtra

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On January 25th, 2018, the St. Anselm's Radio Youth Club went on a remarkable trip to the BBC in Marylebone to see the Radio 1 and 1xtra studios. We have been preparing every week on a Thursday, creating a radio podcast called Kennington Radio Group (KRG), with the help of Luke the Youth and Children’s Minister and Williams from Radio King (a Change-Up Business associate).

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Firstly, we were escorted by a chaperone- named Tanisha - and she took us to a range of exciting places (via glass elevators which had different radio stations playing as we went) such as, going inside the BBC radio 1 booths, the producing rooms and official departments. The booths had alternations for the different radio stations - the lights of the rooms would change, you could connect different recording booths to each other, and even the tables could move up and down automatically depending on your preference to stand or sit during recordings and this was all very intriguing. We also went into a producing room and we met an inspiring and very talented producer named Patrick, who shared the latest BBC 1xtra audio adverts with us. It was astonishing! Then, we went to a staging and recording room, where we took pictures. Many famous celebs go into that room for recordings and interviews, so it was a such a privilege to tour the room. During the tour, we bumped into Greg James and the UK rapper Mist (who was in the middle of a Fire In The Booth session with Charlie Sloth). It was such a blessing! The whole experience was outstanding and magnificent, and the St. Anselm's youth that went are very grateful for this trip because as well as touring the ins and outs of the BBC, we learnt new things, which has inspired us and helped to give us an idea of what we want to do or become in the future.

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Then, we went to a staging and recording room, where we took pictures. Many famous celebs go into that room for recordings and interviews, so it was a such a privilege to tour the room. During the tour, we bumped into Greg James and the UK rapper Mist (who was in the middle of a Fire In The Booth session with Charlie Sloth). It was such a blessing!

The whole experience was outstanding and magnificent, and the St. Anselm's youth that went are very grateful for this trip because as well as touring the ins and outs of the BBC, we learnt new things, which has inspired us and helped to give us an idea of what we want to do or become in the future.

Written by Chelsea Jessica Addo-Nortey

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Visit to the National Gallery

by Marjorie Griffith

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Just before Christmas various members of the church took up the invitation to attend the National Gallery.   Esther made the arrangements, some of us met at the church and some of us went straight to the National Gallery.

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Outside the Gallery there were many people showing their talents, artists, magicians, people being statues, etc.,  and a very odd statue of a hand with one finger pointing upwards.

Once we all got inside we were met by Caroline Campbell (who attends the 8am service at St Anselm’s and is a senior curator at the National Gallery) and were taken to a room where she explained what we were going to see,  4 paintings. We could leave our stuff in the room, so without baggage and but with a chair we went to look at the first painting.

Room 55: St.Jerome Artist: Cosimo Turra

Room 55: St.Jerome
Artist: Cosimo Turra

Caroline asked our view on the first painting.  It as a picture of a man on his knees holding a rock, with various animals in the picture,  members of the group said what they saw, an owl, a goat, two people in the background.  I thought the painting was of Peter being the rock, but it was a picture of St Jerome, this was only part of a larger painting the other half was in a gallery in Italy.

St Jerome was a 4th-century religious scholar and ascetic who's responsible for the Vulgate, the Catholic Church's Latin version of the Bible's Old Testament.

Room 32: Adoration of the Shepherds Artist: Guido Reni

Room 32: Adoration of the Shepherds
Artist: Guido Reni

We then moved on to the second painting – a picture of Jesus’s in the manger glowing with all sorts of people in the picture, young children, old people, shepherds, musicians, the 3 wise men, Mary and Joseph, baby angels all glowing with the glory of Jesus.  I really liked this painting as everyone was happy, it was as if they all knew who Jesus was and why he was born.

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The third and fourth paintings we viewed were side by side, which was the Winter Day and Interior, cold paintings, the first a cold winter day, the second a woman standing with her back to the artist the room having no colour, everything seems dark but there is hope, a new beginning, a taking of stock, a time for peace and acknowledgement that through all circumstances God is in it.  He has to be the centre of our being in order for us to survive.

Room 41: Winter Day Artist: Laurits Andersen Ring

Room 41: Winter Day
Artist: Laurits Andersen Ring

Room 41: Interior Artist: Hammershoi

Room 41: Interior
Artist: Hammershoi

The afternoon was most enjoyable,  the National Gallery is free to visit, so I hope that I have encouraged someone to visit, would I go again, yes – it is beautiful to see God in all things.

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Extended Team: Pilgrimage to Canterbury 14th-15th November by Esther Ketskemety

Canterbury pilgrimage - stained glass

Canterbury pilgrimage - stained glass

Every year the team go on an away trip to deepen fellowship and faith. This year the trip began with a meal the evening before, so those who couldn't come away could join in with this.

We left early next morning by train for the village of Wye in Kent, and from there we walked the 14 and a half miles to Canterbury, along the North Downs Way. It took us 7 hours, and was dark when we finally reached Canterbury Cathedral. We rushed to Evensong with 2 minutes to spare! We walked through fields, up steep hills and along orchards and through woods once teeming with robbers, lying in wait for pilgrims.

The next day we attended Eucharist in the Cathedral Crypt, built by none other than our own St.Anselm! Our legs and feet were sore, but we felt a sense of achievement and gratitude to have arrived safely at our sacred destination, in the footsteps of countless other pilgrims seeking to come closer to God. 

 left to right, Jenny Morgans, Angus Aagaard, Esther Ketskemety, Rodney Ovenden, Alison Kennedy and Celia Gibbs. (Luke Steven took the photo)

 left to right, Jenny Morgans, Angus Aagaard, Esther Ketskemety, Rodney Ovenden, Alison Kennedy and Celia Gibbs. (Luke Steven took the photo)