St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 23rd October 2011
Ducks in a rowWe spend a lot of our time and energy trying to organise ourselves and our lives so that all is well and everything is in order
and we have prepared for every eventuality – trying to get all our ducks in a row. Then something comes along, knocks us for six,
and it all goes to pot. All our plans fall apart and we have to start all over again.
It is unlikely to be quite as dramatic as Galilean fishermen being called by an apparent stranger to put down their nets and “come, follow me” but it can be disruptive and causes us to have a re-think. Sometimes, as Christians, we feel this shouldn’t happen: not to us anyway – we do everything right and try to live responsibly and soberly. But it does and we shouldn’t be surprised when it does. Doesn’t the Bible say something about God causing the rain to shine on the good and the bad? Yes, it does (well, more-or-less, anyway, Matthew 5.45.)
I am saying all of this because, of course, I had one of these “course-correction” experiences last week. Not a major calamity
and certainly no personal trauma, but it is an irritation and enough to remind me that ours is a walk of faith and not of sight.
We are not promised immunity from the ups-and-downs of everyday life but we are told that we will be given the strength (and wisdom?) to deal with it. So, the next few weeks should be interesting.
Please remember in your prayers:
Les Page, Clarice, Vicky Schiff, Arthur Worwood,
Martin Gammon, Susan Okukenu, Win Jones & Dela McCarteny.
PARISH PRAYER ROTA
This week we pray for
Community groups: East Ham AA Group; Al Anon Family Group; Narcotics Anonymous; Newham Community Counselling;
Nu Life Day Centre; Patiko Baker’s Fort Project; Royal British Legion East Ham Branch
Readings for 23rd October
Nehemiah 8: 1-4a,8-12 Colossians 3: 12-17 Matthew 24: 30-35
Readings for 30th October
Revelation 7: 9-17 1 John 3: 1-3 Matthew 5: 1-12
St Bart’s COMMUNION HYMNS: Oh the Word of my Lord; 392; 382
Today we especially pray for Viv Baptiste and her family
as the ashes of her daughter Deborah Townsend are interred
in St Mary’s Memorial garden after this mornings service.
Today is Bible Sunday and at St Bart’s, as part of the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible,
there is a wonderful display of its background and history at the back of church.
Please take time to have a look.
Commemoration of the Departed
30th October 2011
6pm at St Mary’s
Our annual service to remember those who have died will take place
on 30th October, marking the Feast of All Souls.
Final Reminder: If you would like someone to be particularly remembered at the service, please add their names to the sheets
at the back of our churches TODAY.
A BIG THANK YOU to everybody who helped out with the
Parish Fair yesterday. We will let you know how much was raised as soon as possible.
Next Sunday at St Bart’s we are offering ‘open intercessions’
a chance for each one of us to bring our concerns to share with the church community in prayer.
On the Way. A course for Christians in Newham to share and learn together what it means to be God’s people in this part of London. Meeting on Tuesday evenings from January 2012 in the New Martin Centre, Claughton Road, Plaistow. If you are interested,
pick up a leaflet at the back of church – and talk to one of the clergy about this exciting opportunity.
MONTHLY FRIDAY NIGHT VIGIL service Friday 28th October
in the Chapel at St Bart’s 7-8pm. All welcome to come along.
400th Anniversary of the King James Bible. Dramatised reading of the story of DAVID – from shepherd boy to king.
St Barnabas need actors, dancers, and singers for a performance on Saturday
11th EAST HAM GUIDE UNIT are looking for new guides.
Any girls from the age of 10-13 are welcome to join us every Monday evening from 7.30 – 9.00pm meeting in St Bart’s Church Hall.
Anyone interested can just turn up. We look forward to meeting you.
The Kitchen Table @ St Bart’s
Celebrating (local) black history @ the kitchen table
Friday 28th October 7pm
We welcome Eastside Community Heritage who will show 3 short films telling the story of Black & Asian community activists who made a difference to community life in East London
‘Hidden from history’ – The Kamal Chunchie Story
‘Living in Barking’ – Dr. Prasad
‘Brick Lane interviews’
Book now to share the stories, a meal and conversation!
£8 including supper & £1 donation to Eastside Community Heritage
‘Run The Race’
Two workshops being held to find out more about how the church can get involved in engaging with the community in the run up to the Olympics. Saturday 12th November at St Mary’s Loughton and 26th November at St Luke’s Cranham. 9.30am – 4pm.
Same program both days. www.runtherace.biz
Wardens have more details and there is a poster at the back of Bart’s Church. Shirley Biro will be going on the 12th and can offer lifts.
St Paul’s Cathedral The People’s Bible: Lovers, Poets, Sinners, Pilgrims.
A series of public debates
Tueaday 25th October Mary: teenage mother, virgin, prophet
Monday 31st October Judas; disciple, traitor, suicide
Tuesday 8th November Jesus: king, criminal, God
6.30 – 8.00pm More information: 020 7236 3553
A few of us visited Sharon Hill in Eastleigh last weekend. She is well and sends her best wishes to all at Barts.
She is staying in a hostel for respite care and assessment of the disabled.
Although secure and quite comfortable it is designed for short-term stay and isn't suitable for the longer term, particularly for someone used to living independently: she expects to be there for a year or so until permanent accommodation can be found for her.
Please pray that this may be soon, both for about three others in similar situations.
We are arranging for her to visit for the Barts Lunch Club's Christmas Dinner.
Russian-Speaking Bible Fellowship. Every Tuesday from 7pm – 8pm.
Pilgrims Way Church, Pilgrims Way, East Ham.
Wednesday 6.30pm at St Mary’s
Thursday 12.30pm at St Bart’s
DAILY PRAYERS are said every week day in our churches
and you are very welcome to join us:
Monday morning prayers at St Bart’s;
Tuesday morning prayers at St Mary’s;
Wednesday morning prayers at St Mary’s.
Thursday morning prayers at St Bart’s;
Friday morning prayers at St Mary’s.
All at 9.00am
The Parish Office is open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm
Telephone 020 8470 0011
Registered Charity No: 1127847