St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew †
St Alban †
Sunday 9th November 2014
The past is a foreign country....
2014 is, of course, the centenary of the start of the First World War and my bookshelves (well, my Kindle) is groaning under the weight of books on the subject. What strikes me is that 1914 was a different age. Concepts which today seem old-fashioned, even suspect, – honour, duty, sacrifice, patriotism, King and Country, were very real to those who volunteered to fight for what they believed was a just and worthwhile cause, even if its horrors were not fully realised. A far cry from the “me” and “my rights”generation of today.
But what is today's Christian response to those events? I don't know. We now look at those who refused to fight, the conscientious objectors, with sympathy, not vilification, and we agonise over the rights and wrongs of present-day conflicts. No-one doubts the bravery and sacrifice of those involved and, on this day in particular, we honour and remember them. I have particular reason to be grateful to those of the Second World War as my parents came to the UK as refugees in 1938 and, had we been invaded, my father would have been sent to the concentration camps. The First War seems a little different, indeed my mother's father (my grandfather) was killed in that war but he was in the Austro-Hungarian army fighting our allies in Italy.
I have come to believe that the First War was just, and possibly inevitable but this debatable. What is clear is that those who fought it, at least at the beginning, believed in what they were doing and I respect that and honour it.
….....they do things differently there.
St Mary’s Quintin is Celebrant & Ann is Preacher
St Bart’s Rob & Celebrant & Fred is Preacher , Marion assisting.
In Our Prayers
Stephen & Peter our bishops, our clergy & our mission to East Ham;
Health & Exercise: St Bart’s Surgery; Slimming World; Karate;
Wing Chung Kung Fu; Zumba
The sick and suffering: Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin Gammon,
Alice Singh , Joyce Deslandes, Janice Wenlock, Peter Wilson, Les Rowe
Ron Heard, Graham Davis, Daniel & Liam Kearney & Nadya.
Those who have died: Alan Twiddy & Yvonne Gammon.
May they rest in peace and rise in glory
Please also pray for Ella Armstrong.
Today we remember all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the giving of their lives in the cause of peace.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
At St Mary’s there will be a shortened special service so we can make our remembrance at 11am at the war memorial in the churchyard.
N.B. St Bart's begins at 09.30am and processes to the Central Park Memorial after Communion to join in the British Legion Service.
Readings for 9th November 2014
Amos 5: 18-24
Readings for 16th November 2014
JOINT SERVICE at ST EDMUND’S
Psalm 149: 1-5 Revelations 5: 1-10 Luke 19: 41-44
St Mary’s Birthday’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY to
Christina Laditan, Marion Foote & Claudette King
All Souls and All Saints Thank you to all those who attended last Sunday.
It was good to see so many people at both our special services. +David Hope was particularly pleased to meet so many of you and assures us of his prayers.
Please keep in your prayers Joanna & Martin who are getting married
at St Mary’s on 15th November.
Bible Study Group. Tuesday 18th November 7.30pm at Mary’s house.
Three members of our congregation have generously provided for the four sets of eucharistic vestments which St Bart's needs to enhance and enrich its worship. The current sets have given years of service and some of the ones currently being worn are Fr Rob's own sets. Once the vestments are purchased and ready to be worn an act of dedication will be held and those donating them will be invited to the special service.
The PCC Meets this Wednesday (12th) at St Bart's at 7.30pm
Bart's DCC meets on Wednesday 1th 9 at 7.30pm
St Mary's DCC meets on Wednesday 26th November 7.30pm
in the Parish Room.
Study Day Our next Parish Study Day is on Thursday 22 January
10.30-3.30pm and it will be led by our Methodist Minister Nicola
in the Luke Room. The price for the day is £7 and booking starts in December.
But please note the date now.
The Book Club meets Tomorrow at 2pm in Bart's Cafe.
The Group will read HER BIG CHANCE from Alan Bennet's
Talking Heads Series. All welcome.
The Me & My Music evening with Stephen Timms
was a great success. For those of you who could not attend
this was his choice of music:-
She Loves You, The Beatles: The Carnival is Over, The Seekers;
Dr Who theme; Steal Away arranged by Michael Tippett;
Capriol Suite by Peter Warlock; How Great Thou Art; Genevieve Waltz by Larry Adler; I could sing of your love forever, Delirious; Chariots of Fire, London Symphony Orchestra, from Isles of Wonder.
The next event at Bart’s Café is a Quiz Night hosted
by Colin Mansfield on Thursday 27th November 7.30pm.
£7 including a 2 course meal. Come as a team
or come on your own . EVERYONE WELCOME.
Don’t be disappointed, book now via Sue or the Parish office.
Advent and Christmas 2014
A leaflet containing all of our Advent and Christmas services will be available next Sunday. Please make sure you take one.
E6 churches Advent Procession: Advent Sunday 30th November 4.15pm. assemble outside the Denmark Arms pub and process to
E. Ham Baptist Church on Plashet Grove for a brief act of worship. Bring torches/lanterns.
St Mary’s Porch Repair Update.
The faculty forms have all been sent off for the porch repair at St Mary’s. English Heritage have approved the repair and we hope to have the faculty very soon.
Bethany Group. Around 7 of us from the Parish and Café met this week to agree how future sessions should operate in order to be open and welcoming to anyone who wants to join us. Either as a regular or to drop in. We decided that the following principles are important. We are NOT Counsellors.
Just a group to listen, care and share with each other. We have information on other professional services for those who need it.
Everything shared is In Confidence and there is no pressure to share if you don’t wish to. We will aim to run on the first Monday of the Month in the Luke Room. (Next Session, December 1st ) Start with refreshments at 1.45pm, then start at 2pm with a quiet reflection around a candle before the time for sharing. At the end we will go into the Chapel for an optional short period of prayer. If you want a prayer said for you at this time but cannot be there then please send to me. Everyone welcome. If you know of anyone who would like to join us, Christian or not, then please invite them. Shirley Biro
St Mary’s Christmas Market
St Mary’s Church Hall
High Street South
Saturday 29th November 2014
11.00am – 3.00pm.
Raffle/ books/ cards
Cakes/ clothes/ toys
Bric a Brac
Please come along and bring all your friends.
The Parish Office is open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm
Telephone 020 8470 0011
Registered Charity No: 1127847
St Mary’s Wednesday evening 6.30pm St Bart’s Thursday lunchtime 12.30pm.