St Mary Magdalene †
St Bartholomew †
St Alban †
Sunday 12th January 2014
Happy New Year (?)
This has been the time when we all go around wishing each other a “Happy New Year”. I have never been one for New Year so I am not sure why we do this – Christmas - yes, as we read last week but New Year ??? – bit pagan really - and why both?
So, I have been thinking about this and it seems to me that Christmas is circular, New Year is linear. At Christmas, each year, we remind ourselves of the eternal Birth and we get sentimental: we think of Christmases past and we notice the similarities and differences. We have got a little older, especially our children and grandchildren and, yes, the older among us have perhaps got a little older themselves and frailer. New Year is different: we move boldly from the old year to the new and we look ahead, not back, to see what the new will bring.
2014 will bring changes to the Parish. We are thinking hard about
the future mission of Bart’s Centre and its tenants and the Doctors’ surgery; there is continued talk about restructuring Ministry in E6; of closer co-operation among the Churches; the retirement of our area Bishop, Bishop David, and the appointment of his successor and, finally, the Diocese celebrates its Centenary and all parishes are urged to hold a special Mission event or weekend.
So we say to the man who stands at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God……”
St Bart's: Ann is Celebrant & Rob is Preacher
St Mary Magdalene: Quintin is Celebrant & Preacher
In Our Prayers
Our Mission: +Stephen and +David our bishops, our clergy and our mission to
East Ham; Older People: Golden Oldies; Genesis Housing Association
– residents and staff; Lunch Club; Friday Games.
The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice,Win Jones, Les Rowe, Geneva Grimes,
Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh, Revd John Williams & Joyce Deslandes
Those who have died: Nicholas Williamson, Sylvia Arnold-Crowhurst ,
Theresa Lovejoy & Adrian Griffith. May they rest in peace & rise in glory.
Readings for 12th January 2014
Isaiah 42: 1-9 Acts 10: 34-43 Matthew 3: 13-end
Readings for 19th January 2014
St Mary’s: Acts 49: 1-7
St Bart’s: Isaiah 49: 1-7 1 Corinthians 1: 1-9 John 1: 29-42
St Mary’s Birthdays HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Guy Quigley
Today at St Mary’s we welcome for baptism Darcie May Biggs.
Please pray for her, her parents, Godparents & family.
Today we are using a special service for the Baptism of Jesus
along with Darcie’s Baptism.
Please keep Laurine, Ancil & Julian in your prayers as Laurine & Ancil
fly out to Australia tomorrow (Monday 13th).
Our prayers are with them at this very sad time.
Confirmation Fr Fred has kindly offered to co-ordinate the confirmation classes for adults and young people and he will be back in London in a couple of weeks time. We hope to start the classes in late February and will be looking towards a confirmation between Easter and Pentecost. Please let any member of the clergy know if you are interested in exploring confirmation this year!
Our Little Sing sessions continue into the new year on the third Wednesday of the month starting with Wednesday 15 January. Meet around the piano
at St Bart's at 2.00 (perhaps fortified by a little lunch in the Bart's Cafe).
See you there. Geraldine
Book Club The Parish Book Club resumes its programme for the New Year tomorrow (Monday 13th Jan) at 2pm when we look at the rather challenging poetry of the late John Updike.
All are welcome.
The Bible Study Group returns this month as members continue to look at the Epistle to the Galatians.
The afternoon group meets in Bart's Cafe on
Monday 20th January at 1.45pm.
The evening group will be held at Mary’s house
on 28th January and 18th February at 7.30pm.
2014 is the centenary of the Chelmsford diocese.
Bishop Stephen writes
I know that most of our parishes have been around for a lot longer. St Mellitus, the first Bishop of London, arrived a few years after Augustine in 601. St Cedd brought the Christian faith to Essex in 653. Since that time we have been swapped about from diocese to diocese, but one hundred years ago our forebears formed the Chelmsford diocese because they believed this would be a better way of serving the people and communities of East London and Essex.
By any estimate we are an incredibly diverse diocese. From Stratford to Southend, from Tilbury to Harwich, from Barking to Bradwell, from Wickford to Saffron Walden, from inner city to remote rural, with miles of coastline and with three major airports,
it is hard to image a more varied context for mission and ministry. History has always bound East London and Essex together. But of course, what binds us together is not the stretched and varied geography of our region, but the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are here because of what God has done in Christ. And we are here to live and share this gospel with others. It is a gospel of radical hospitality. All are welcomed in. Every crumb is collected, every hair counted, every lost coin looked for. It is all too easy to see our diversity and our size as a problem. In this centenary year I invite us to see it as a gift; as a sign of the gospel, that in this glorious diocese of ours where so many people and cultures are represented we find in the habitations of the earth a foretaste of heaven. This is why we are celebrating our centenary by inviting every community to put on a weekend of mission, celebrating with others the faith we have received and inviting others to join us.
I do hope you enjoy the events and celebrations of this centenary year, and that you put on a Mission Weekend in your parish. Please be assured of my prayers, and please pray that in this year of commitment and celebration our faith is renewed and that God will open doors of opportunity for us to live and share the gospel of Christ. +Stephen
Planned Giving Envelopes With the departure of Marion from Bart's we have suffered a bit of a glitch in our envelopes for giving during the collection. If you were expecting a supply of envelopes which you haven't received could you please inform Shirley who will endeavour to take on this role (unless there is someone else who is willing?) Also if you are not in this scheme but would like to be, then please talk to Shirley.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
PCC Wednesday 15th January 7.15pm at St Mary’s
Minutes and agendas have been emailed.
St Bart’s DCC Monday 3rd February 7.30pm
St Mary’s DCC Wednesday 12th February 7.30pm
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 16th-23rd June 2014. Led by Rob. Departs London for Tel Aviv and take in the Galilee, Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem over 8 days. We will stay in excellent hotels and enjoy Palestinian Christian guides who will show us the land of Jesus. Please speak to Rob for more information. A deposit now secures your place.
JANUARY STUDY DAY AT ST BART’S CHURCH, E6
Thursday 23rd January 10.30am until 3.30pm
"The silent disciple on the way to Emmaus – a concept for counselling."
Price is £8 for the day including Morning Coffee, Lunch and Afternoon Tea
LED BY Bishop Hans Vaxby
Hans Växby, the leader of the study day was born in Sweden. After seminary studies he served as a pastor in Finland. The United Methodist Church, having episcopacy, elected him a bishop in the Nordic and Baltic Area in 1989. The last eight years, before retirement in 2012, he was the episcopal leader of The United Methodist Church in Russia and seven other former Soviet republics. He now lives in Helsinki, Finland.
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Midweek Services St Mary Magdalene 6.30pm Wednesday
and St Bart’s 1230 Thursday. In addition Morning Prayer is said at
St Bart’s at 9am on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
and at St Mary Magdalene on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The Parish Office is open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm
Website: www.easthamparish.org.uk twitter @easthamteam.
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