St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban † St Edmund †
Sunday 3rd May 2015
Mario Cuomo, a Governor of New York, famously said that “You campaign in poetry but you govern in prose.”
Well I have to say that I may have missed something in the last six weeks. For I have heard precious little poetry in this General election campaign. More like the First World War with each campaign in their respective trenches firing at the enemy and at the end of it all going nowhere!
Yet, however tedious the campaign. However, dispiriting the process. I totally reject the Russell Brand solution that because of this messy process everyone should stop voting. If you don’t like it we do have the power to change things through the vote.
It certainly is not a perfect process, yet as another great statesman Winston Churchill said of democracy:
"Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."
(from a House of Commons speech on Nov. 11, 1947)
Voting matters. Not just because millions of people have fought for the right to vote but because it gives us the right to moan!
Complaining is a precious right that in too many societies is withdrawn from their citizens. The ability to change a government however powerful because we are not satisfied is a precious gift.
Let us not squander that gift through indifference.
8.00am & 10.00am at St Mary’s Quintin is Celebrant and Preacher
10.00am at St Bart’s Fred is Celebrant and Preacher
10.00am at St Edmund’s Christopher is Celebrant and Preacher.
Today’s readings: Acts 8: 26-end
Readings for 10th May: Acts 10: 44-end 1 John 5: 1-6
In Our Prayers: Stephen & Peter our bishops, our clergy & our mission to East Ham;
Health & Exercise: St Bart’s Surgery; Slimming World; Karate;
Wing Chun Kung Fu; Zumba
The sick and suffering: Robert Akowuah & Colin Leadeham.
We are refreshing the sick list. Please offer names for anyone you would like to include in the prayers.
Those who have died: Sister Stephanie.
May she rest in peace and rise in glory
St Mary’s Birthdays HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Ella Griffith & David Hayes
Baptism at St Mary’s
Today we welcome for baptism Kai. Please keep him, his family, Godparents and friends in your prayers.
Placement Student Ivo Anderson, who is preparing for priesthood, will be joining
us at St Mary’s this morning. Please make him feel welcome.
Christian Aid Concert
St Mary Magdalene, Saturday 16th May, 3-5pm.
Please let Alison McLucas or Philip John know TODAY
if you'd like to perform.
Tickets £7 or £5 concessions including refreshments now available from
Philip at St Bart's, Alison at St Mary's and also from St Edmund's
or pay on the door.
Do come and bring your family and friends!
The Parish Book Club will be meeting on Monday 11th May at 2pm
in Bart’s Café. We will be looking at Short Stories by Alan Bennett.
St Mary’s Porch Update
The work on the Porch is continuing. This will be blessed by the Bishop of Barking when he joins us for an Ascension Day service on 14th May.
Also the cross donated by Renuka & Ed will be blessed
at the same time. Please put this date in your diary.
From next week and the following 3 weeks we will be
trialling a new format of the newsletter.
Please let us know your thoughts on whether to continue with it.
The Confirmation service will be held on July 12th
– Church to be decided. Classes will start after Pentecost.
Anyone who is interested in preparing for Confirmation
please sign up on the sheets at the back of Church.
STUBBERS 2015 June 26th-28th For our 14th consecutive year we will be taking 30 children aged between 8 and 16yrs old to the Stubbers Adventure Centre in Upminster for a weekend of adventurous activities including Jet-Ski, High–ropes, Wobbly boarding (www.stubbers.co.uk for information).
The cost per child is £60 and places are still available.
The advert for the New Team Rector is now in the
Church Times if anyone would like to read it.
Thursday 21st May 7.30pm
Tickets £7.50 including a 2 course meal.
Come as a team or come on your own.
Book via Sue in the Café or the Parish Office
Please book in advance
Dates for your Diary
St Bart’s DCC 6th May 7.30pm in the Church,
Minutes & Agendas available to pick up today.
St Edmund’s DCC May 20th 7.30pm St Mary’s DCC 3rd June,
PCC at St Edmund’s 11th June
FEAST OF THE ASCENSION
THURSDAY 14th May 7pm
St Mary Magdalene
Preacher & Celebrant: Bishop Peter
Bishop of Barking
This will be Bishop Peter’s first visit to our new Parish,
The Parish of the Holy Trinityi
Drinks & nibbles follow the service.
Wednesday 10.00am St Edmunds Wednesday 6.30pm St Mary's
Thursday 12.30pm St Bart's
You are welcome to whichever of these you are able to attend.
The Parish Office is open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm
Telephone 020 8470 0011
Registered Charity No: 1127847