SEPTEMBER 22, 181                ABSOLUTELY NOT THE CHURCH TIMES                 Up to heaven — No. 7

SERVICES & MEETINGS

ST. PAUL'S, COVENT GARDEN
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
11.00 a.m. — MASS
FIRST LITURGICAL PERFORMANCE OF
"SOUND OF MUSIC"
(Rogers and Hammerstein) 
Sung by the combined choirs of:
The Sisters of the Church, Ham Common, and the Deaconess Community of St. Andrew.
Featuring:
Sister Shula Archer, C.S.K., as Maria, and Oswald Clark, C.B.E., as Baron von Trapp.
Underground to Covent Garden
Overground across the Alps

CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALIST ASSOCIATION
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Thomas a Kempis will be signing copies of the re-issue of his book The Imitation of Christ in Mowbrays Book Shop, Margaret Street. London WL
Bus to Oxford Circus —
 if it materialises

LEAGUE OF ANGLICAN LOYALISTS
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1
 
St. Etheldreda, Ely Place
The October Devotion 
will take place
at St. Etheldreda's, Ely Place 
(by kind permission of Fr. Jean-Charles Amavour).
3.00 p.m. — Rosary, Litany and AnteCommunion.
Preacher
The Rev. David Watson.
followed by a Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Holy House of Loreto.
Spiritual flight into Egypt from Gatwick

FELLOWSHIP OF ST. PIUS X & ST. SEXBURGA 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17
FEAST OF THE TRANSLATION OF ST. SEXBURGA
SHEERNESS & SHEPPEY
CHAPTERS

3.30 p.m. — Sprinklings at the Holy Well, Swindon.
125 trains from Paddington

C.O.W.
Campaign for the Ordination of Women 
LOBBY TO HENRY VII CHAPEL, WESTMINSTER ABBEY 
(Entrance Fee 50p—25p OAPs) to statue of St. Wilgefortis, 
2.00 p.m. at door 
Bring a club 
No. 11,bus

GUILD OF ST. LEONARD
A new chapter of the Guild is to be formed in London under the patronage of the Area Bishops.
5-DAY PILGRIMAGE 
September 28 - October 2

Monday: Monkton Combe School — Mattins and Ante- Communion. Led by the Bishops of Norwich and Guildford.
Balliol College, Oxford — Evensong.
Preacher: The Rev. Fr. Anthony Kenny, Master.
Tuesday: Westcott House — 10.00 a.m. Sherry.
Ardleigh, Essex — lunch in "The Rat and Goldfish".
St. Alban's Abbey — Cornpline and Veneration of the Apron and Set-Square, led by the Very Rev. The Grand Master.
Wednesday: Hampstead — picnic lunch on Hampstead Heath.
Willesden — Tea in Station Buffet, Willesden Junction.
Thursday: Truro — Lauds, led by the Rt. Rev. and Rt. Hon. Gerald Ellison. — Mass in Cornish. Free afternoon.
Friday: London — visit to offices of the Diocesan Board of Social Responsibility. — 1-hour silent vigil at gates of Buckingham Palace. — Te Deum, at 10 Downing Street.
Cost: £450
All enquiries, please, to:
The Protestant Truth Society, Fleet Street, London.

ST CECILIA'S
SOUTH BANK AND ARTS CENTRE
SEPTEMBER 27
8.00 a.m. — HOLY COMMUNION
11.00 a.m. — HIGH MASS
Music: "Per ardua as astra"— Vader
"Vox et praeterea nihil" — Green
6.30 p.m. — EVENSONG
Preacher: RIVE GAUCHE — Liturgical Dance Group.
Music: "Post coitum omne animal triste" — Anon.

On a wing and a prayer —that's what being a Chaplain in the Royal Air Farce is all about in today's challenging world. You've probably heard the old phrase "Angels One-Five". Well, that could be you.
   You could be posted to such remote and exotic locations as Fulharn and Gibraltar. After all, the only way to visit all the pro-Cathedrals in the Europe "Diocese" is by air.
   You'll be part of a great team having wizard fun at the taxpayer's expense — a sky-pilot among sky-pilots.
   It's a rewarding ministry, where there's every opportunity to become really integrated with the community. We'll give you the chance to learn parachuting. Then you'll be able to drop in on members of your flock in a very real sense.
   Or you could be given a golden opportunity to spread the word in the media — copy-writing for Air Farce recruitment adverts.
  We're looking for people of patience and perseverance — so you should only apply if you've had at least two years' experience as a Bishop's Chaplain.

RAF CHAPLAIN

Of course, we're an equal opportunity employer.
For information, write to: 
The Rt. Rev. Capt. "Wizzo" Biggles-Prang, Ministry of Ministry (Air), Isauchaps House, London, WC1 H 0AX. Telephone: 01-246 8049.

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We apologise for the clerical error in our picture library which caused a photograph of Heinrich Himmler to appear on page 1 of this issue instead of a photograph of Dr. Leonardo.

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ST MARY'S, BOURNE ST
PENTECOST 16
SEPTEMBER 27
8.00 a.m. — Low Mass
10.00 a.m. — High Mass
11.00 a.m. — Low Mass
12.00 a.m. — Low Slung Mass
3.00 p.m. — Very Low Slung Mass
7.00 p.m. — Sling Back Mass

Vicarage Garden Parties


THEOLOGICAL AND SOCIOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE


Decline is cause of Ordination of Women lobby



SENSE OF PURPOSE, VALUE AND FULFILMENT



Immaculate lawns

UP to now the importance of the Vicarage Garden Party has not been fully understood or studied by theologians and sociologists. The decline in communicant figures hem directly on the decline of this formal church social event.

The Vicarage garden party represented an afternoon of social contact between the church family and the ordinary man in the street. Earnest vicars'wives and daughters, once fully-employed as helpmates, an occupation now, alas, fallen into disrepute, would be able to give the female members of the congregation a sense of purpose and value by asking them to help serve the tea or man a stall.

It seems 
to me - - 
by 
Constance 
Golightly

Th is sense of value was nearly equivalent to that caused by being asked to do the altar flowers. Fulfilment of this sort is very hard to come by in the 1980's and may be the cause of the fierce Ordination of Women lobby. Even at this low level the loss of the Vicarage garden party is causing waves within the worldwide Church.

But beyond this it was important for the opportunity it gave people to inspect the Vicarage garden. Here they could see how their Shepherd tended his home pasture. The immaculate lawns, the well-manicured edges, the flowerbeds where the absence of weeds testified to the zeal of the incumbent, could give the average layman a yardstick by which to judge the competence of their vicar in terms which they could understand.
It could be argued that the decline of the Church of England in urban areas is linked to the policy of the Church Commissioners to sell imposing vicarages and — more importantly — their large gardens, thus forever cutting all cords with the past, when everyone dreamed of returning to the country and heaven was a land flowing with milk and honey. On the other hand It might not.

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