St Mary Magdalene †
St Bartholomew †
St Alban †
Sunday 22nd & 29th December2013
Thank you, on behalf of all of the clergy in the East Ham Team, for your cards and messages of peace and goodwill at this time.
We wish each and everyone of you a happy and blessed Christmas with the hope and prayer that this will be a time of peace and happiness for you and yours.
Christmas is, of course, about the incarnation. And that's a big word to use when you try to explain to someone why you are a Christian. But it quite simply means that God becomes like each
of us - human, vulnerable and prepared to suffer.
A Palestinian guide told me during 2013 that the church in the West forgot just how human Jesus was. Whilst he was always God's son he certainly "came down" and "lived amongst us" as many of the carols celebrate. The Gospels show many human attritbutes of Jesus.
Part of God sharing our humanity was a vulnerability which
Fr Fred mentioned in his last Advent Reflection before Christmas.
The Prophets predicted that the servant would was called, commissioned and remained committed to the cause as a glimpse
of the Christ Child who we welcome at Christmas.
For he was prepared to suffer so that suffering might be transfigured. How many times do we suffer, or those around us suffer and we hear the cry - HOW CAN GOD LET THIS HAPPEN?
In Syria, in the Philippines, in many parts of the world where people are miserable and in fear? HOW CAN THERE BE SO MUCH SUFFERING IF GOD LOVES US?
The Incarnation, the coming of the Servant alongside us is an almighty reminder that God first shares in the suffering of humanity before offering us a way to glory because the word is made flesh and dwells among us. Full of grace. Full of Truth. That is where faith begins. In Bethlehem of Judea. Mary says Yes and Jesus comes among us. ROB
St Bart's: Rob is Celebrant
St Mary Magdalene: Ann is Celebrant & Quintin is Preacher
St Bart’s: Rob is Celebrant & 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; Children & Young people: St Bart’s Pre-School; Newham Pre-School Learning Alliance; Fellowship House Children’s Centre; Rainbows,Brownies,Guides , Rangers; Beavers,Cubs,Scouts; Centre4M; St Mary’s Pre-School; Community Links at St Mary’s; St Alban’s Pre-School; Sea, Air & Army Cadets; XLP. Health & Exercise: St Bart’s Surgery; Slimming World; Weightwatchers; Karate; Wing Chun Kung Fu; Smovey & Zumba.
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: Louis Hisco Okai, Maude Smith & Nicholas Willliamson.
May they rest in peace & rise in glory.
Readings for 22nd December 2013
Isaiah 7: 10-16 Romans 1: 1-7 Matthew 1: 18-end
Readings for Midnight Mass & Christmas Day at St Mary’s 2013
Isaiah 52: 7-10 Hebrews 1: 1-4
Readings for Christmas Day at St Bart’s 2013
Isaiah 62: 6-end Titus 3: 4-7 Luke 2: (1-7), 8-20
Readings for 29th December 2013
Isaiah 63: 7-9 Hebrews 2: 10 – end Matthew 2: 13 - end
St Mary’s Birthday’s Happy Birthday to Perry Namatovu, Jean Mansfield, Jasmine Namatovu, Bentley Mason & Alex McKitty
It’s lovely to have the preview of the Christmas performance by the children at St Mary’s at the 10am service this morning.
This will be repeated at the 5pm Children’s service on Christmas Eve.
A BIG thank you to all who helped with this Christmas production.
Thank you to all who came to decorate both St Mary’s and St Bart’s yesterday and the special effort they made.
Particular thanks to Colin & Jean for putting up and decorating
the Christmas Tree at St Mary’s
A big 'Thank You and Well Done' to all those involved in the
St Bart's Sunday Club Play. It's been a lot of hard work and worry
but well worth it.
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT This afternoon, followed by mulled wine and mince pies, we enjoy our PARISH Carol Service. Please do try to come along and enjoy the Christmas story with our favourite carols. Stephen, our MP, will be joining us.
CHRISTMAS EVE On the back cover of the Newsletter you will see the choice of services on offer. PLEASE help us brighten up the Christmas of the residents of Manor Farm by meeting us there at 3pm. We will have Carol Sheets and sing out loud!! Mary from
St Mary Madgalene is helping co-ordinate this ministry. There will be one Midnight Mass this year at St Mary's see the back cover.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Rob will be presenting a one off Thought for the Day on SATURDAY 28th December at 0745 on BBC Radio 4 and begins a new series in the New Year on Saturdays 4th/11th/18th January.
PAUSE FOR THOUGHT Preaching to even more millions our Team Chaplain to HM The Queen Canon Ann Easter mingles with the stars regularly on the Chris Evans show over on BBC Radio 2.
PRAYERS FOR FRED It has been excellent to welcome Fred back into priestly ministry. He goes with our love and blessing back "home" in a few days time to celebrate the life of his late-brother. Before that, on Sunday 29th December he will celebrate and preach at the Church of the Ascension in the Newham Deanery.
An Important date for your January Diaries January Study Day
at St Bart’s Church 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 Vaxby was born in Sweden, he served as pastor in Finland & was elected Bishop by The United Methodist Church in the Nordic and Baltic Area in 1989. Before retirement in 2012, he was the Episcopal leader of The United Methodist Church in Russia & seven other former soviet republics Book now – phone the parish office 0208 470 0011
On The Way Course Leaflets are available for the next ‘On the Way’ course, from which we have had several graduates. This course relies heavily on sharing experiences together rather than reading and writing and start in the New Year. The course is focused on developing your faith and becoming a more confident Christian. It also encourages people to discover their talents.
There is a weekend residential for which a contribution of £15 is requested.
ALL AGE WORSHIP Sunday 6th January. 10am Theme: GIFTS
All Age Worship returns to St Bart's after missing for a few months, COME AND JOIN US
NEW YEAR'S DAY There will be Mass as usual on Wednesday1st January 2014 at St Mary’s at 1830 when we celebrate the naming of Jesus.
THURSDAY EUCHARISTS There will be no service on 26th December at Bart's but the Thursday Eucharists will return on Thursday 2nd January at 1230.
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
ST BART’S CHURCH 4pm
We sing some of the favourite carols of the Christmas Season
Followed by Mulled Wine and Mince Pies
CHRISTINGLE SERVICE at ST MARY’S 5pm
MIDNIGHT MASS at ST MARY’S 11.30pm
CHRISTMAS DAY MASS at ST BART’S & ST MARY’S 10.00am
The Parish Office will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and re-open 2nd January.
Telephone 020 8470 0011
Registered Charity No: 1127847