This week at St Saviour's

PARISH NEWS SHEET 31st May-14th June


GoFundMe Campaign for Simone’s Funeral

Simone Michelle McMichael died on 14th May, aged 40 years.

She has been added to our Prayer List at the request of Paolo Casamassima – a worshipper at St Peter’s.
Simone was homeless, and he had befriended her through his work for the homeless charity he founded, Bighous (

She lived on the streets of Cambridge for a number of years.

This image is from a video Simone made for Paolo about her experience.                              

Paolo says of her: “While Simone was trying hard to turn her life around, finally being offered a place in a shelter, her health had deteriorated and she died on the 14th of May. Last time I saw her, she told me that she worried about dying without being able to leave anything for her children”.

You can access the GoFundMe Campaign Paolo has set up in Simone’s memory (and find a link to her video) at    

All 100% of the donations up to £2,500 will go towards the cost of her funeral, anything above will be put in a trust for her six children's education.


Neighbouring Church holds Virtual ‘Pop-up Literary Festival’

Wednesday 3 June 5.30 pm

Author Michael Arditti
in conversation with
Rabbi Julia, Baroness Neuberger

both residents of the parish of St Mark’s, Regents Park


Michael has recently published a novel about King David, told in the voices of three of his wives.
It has received very positive reviews.

Lady Neuberger has just retired as the Senior Rabbi of the West London Synagogue; she is a member of the House of Lords, and is Chair of the UCLH and Whittington NHS Trusts.
She has a longstanding interest in health matters, having run the King’s Fund for many years.
She has also recently published a very significant book about antisemitism.

Michael will be reading from and introducing his book, and he and Julia will be in conversation for about 40 minutes, with a short time for questions to conclude.

If you are not familiar with Zoom, it is easily operated from your home computer or smartphone.
The aim of the evening is to have a little distraction from the current situation and enjoy a cup of tea or glass of wine in the company of our dispersed community, with friends from elsewhere very welcome.

The Anointed is available at Primrose Hill Books, Hive and Waterstone’s

Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 932 2165 4794
Password: 089329
Link to join:

Glimpses shared

One foot in Eden still, I stand
And look across the other land.
The world's great day is growing late,
Yet strange these fields that we have planted
So long with crops of love and hate.
Time's handiworks by time are haunted,
And nothing now can separate
The corn and tares compactly grown.
The armorial weed in stillness bound
About the stalk; these are our own.
Evil and good stand thick around
In the fields of charity and sin
Where we shall lead our harvest in.

Yet still from Eden springs the root
As clean as on the starting day.
Time takes the foliage and the fruit
And burns the archetypal leaf
To shapes of terror and of grief
Scattered along the winter way.
But famished field and blackened tree
Bear flowers in Eden never known
Blossoms of grief and charity
Bloom in those darkened fields alone.
What had Eden ever to say
Of hope and faith and pity and love
Until it buried all its day
And memory found its treasure trove?
Strange blessings never in Paradise
Fall from these beclouded skies.

Spire of St Saviour’s seen through Primrose Hill Bridge
taken by Stella Dickinson

‘One foot in Eden’ by Edwin Muir (1887-1959)
contributed by Mary Shakeshaft

…And this week I was sent these words by a musician friend, quoted from ‘cellist, composer and conductor Pablo Casals on the uniqueness of each person:

"Each second we live in a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that never was before and will never be again. And what do we teach our children in school? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all of the world there is no other child exactly like you. In the millions of years that have passed there has never been another child like you ... You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is like you, a marvel? You must cherish one another. You must work—we must all work—to make this world worthy of its children."