St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 16th September 2012
We have a gospel to proclaim!
I try not to get too worked up when I read newspaper headlines of the “Christians being marginalised” variety as they tend to be of the “Shock! Horror! Read all about it!!” kind. But, like Peter Turner last week, I was appalled and dismayed by the comments from an ongoing case in the European Court of Human rights where a group of UK Christians are claiming they are being denied their rights of religious freedom.
The QC acting for the Government – this government, our government, yours and mine, was reported as saying that, when Christians leave for work, they have to leave their faith behind and conform to other standards, whatever they may be. There would appear to be no room for faith, no room for conscience, in the public arena. It would be a private matter – perhaps like Yoga or a favourite hobby, and would it have to be practised in secrecy and not be revealed to others? Well these remarks by my government’s agent were not made in my name. Not in my name.
Meanwhile, some of us were able to attend Frances’ licensing in a delightful church in Gloucester last week - and a great, joyous, occasion it was. I was delighted that, at the end, the order of service went:-
The new minister opens wide (my emphasis) the door and, turning to the congregation, says
“Go in the power of Christ”
And the response:
“We have a gospel to proclaim!”
Please remember in your prayers:
Les Page, Clarice, Vicky Schiff, Win Jones,
Dela McCarteny, Frank Burdge, Maude Smith & Dot Anderson.
PARISH PRAYER ROTA This week we pray for:
Worshipping Communities: who share our buildings;
Clergy & Lay Ministers: Quintin, Fred, Ann, Shirley & John;
Staff: Brenda, Chrissie, Bill, May, June, Win & Mary;
Churchwardens: Andrew, Damian, Laurine, John, Philip & Ajith.
Readings for 16th September 2012
St Bart’s: Isaiah 50: 4-9a James 3: 1-12 Mark 8: 27-38
St Mary’s: Proverbs 1:20-33 James 3: 1-12 Mark 8: 27-38
Readings for 23rd September 2012
St Bart’s: Jeremiah 11: 18-20 James 3: 13- 4.3, 7-8a Mark 9: 30-37
St Mary’s: Proverbs 31: 10-31 James 3: 13-4,3,7-8a Mark 9:30-37
St Mary’s Birthday’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Sarah Namatovu, Lola Olorulade & Ben Gaby
St Bart’s Communion Hymns: 18; 574; 251
At St Bart’s this morning we warmly welcome
the Revd Canon Dave Wade vicar of St Luke’s, Canning Town as our preacher & celebrant.
Quintin is away for a week so there will be a said Service
at St Mary’s on Wednesday 19th Sept at 6.30pm and
at St Bart’s on Thursday 20th Sept at 12.30pm.
At St Mary’s next Sunday (23rd) the 8.00am service will be taken by the Revd Merrin Playle from St Paul’s, East Ham.
The 10.00am service, with permission from the Bishop, will be taken by the Revd Nicola Vidamour from High Street South Methodist Church.
HARVEST FESTIVAL 7th October 2012 at St Mary’s & St Bart’s
We will be collecting dry and tinned goods for RAMP, working with refugees and asylum seekers.
QUIET DAY at HAGGERSTON PRIORY
Saturday 6th October 2012.
Meet at St Mary’s Church Hall 9.30am.
No charge but a small donation welcome on the day.
Please bring a packed lunch.
Sign up sheets at the back of both Churches
ST BART’S DCC meeting Monday 17th September 7.30pm in the Chapel
A QUIET DAY at ST GEORGE’S
We are pleased to invite you to a share in a quiet day of prayer and contemplation, focused on The Beatitudes.
Revd Canon David Driscoll will lead the quiet day (Mini Retreat).
When: September 22nd 2012, 10am to 3pm.
Where: St George’s Burford Road, East Ham, E6 3QN.
Drinks and biscuits will be provided. For further information please call:
We look forward to seeing you.
Next Deanery Synod is on Monday 24th September 2012 at 7.30pm at St Barnabas Church Manor Park. The Main Item includes presentations on the Diocesan Strategy of ‘Transforming Presence.’
The themes of which are, inhabiting the World Distinctively , Evangelising Effectively, Serving With Accountability, Re-imagining Ministry. These meetings are open to all as observers.
Parish reps only are allowed to vote in the preceding business items. More details from Shirley if needed.
New tenants for the Luke Room at St Bart’s.
Last week we said goodbye to Nulife who have been using the Luke Room at St Bart’s for 12 years. But we are delighted to welcome Walk a Mile in My Shoes, an organization providing activities, crafts, discussions, day trips and much more for disabled people in Newham. There will be a formal opening by Stephen Timms at 2pm on Monday 17th September.
All welcome to come along & support this new venture.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY at a glance
17th September St Bart’s DCC 7.30pm
22nd / 23rd September Open House London – St Mary’s open 22nd
2nd October PCC at St Mary’s 7.30pm Please note change of date.
3rd October St Mary’s DCC 7.30pm
6th October Quiet Day at Haggerston
7th October Harvest Festival
20th October Parish Autumn Fair
MONTHLY FRIDAY NIGHT VIGIL Friday 28th September 7.00 – 8.00pm in the Chapel at St Bart’s. all welcome to come along.
ANNUAL BLACK HERITAGE SERVICE at All Saints' Church,
Church Street, Stratford, London E15 3HU. SUNDAY OCTOBER 21st
from 4pm. Everyone welcome who is part of the human race....
Lots of food afterwards guaranteed!
PARISH AUTUMN FAIR. Saturday 20th October 2012.
We need GOOD prizes for the Raffle and Tombola.
Please give to June at St Mary’s, Marion at St Bart’s or the Parish Office.
OPEN HOUSE LONDON 2012
22nd / 23rd September.
St Mary’s will be open to visitors on Saturday
22nd September. 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Guided Tours & refreshments.
Lots of other buildings are open on London – for more information go to openhouselondon.org.uk
RAMP are extremely short of tinned and dried foods i.e. Sugar, tea, coffee, rice, pasta, tinned tomatoes, beans, cooking oil and babies formula milk. Please leave in the grey bin at the back of Church or give to the Parish Office.
THE CASE FOR GOD St Paul’s Cathedral, Autumn 2012.
Public arguments about God tend to happen between fundamentalists, both atheists and believers. Five of the most distinguished and engaging theologians will explore the reality of belief.
Monday 17th September Unapologetic Francis Spufford
Tuesday 16th October The Case for God Karen Armstrong
Tuesday 30th October Atheist Delusions David Bentley Hart
Tuesday 13th November What’s the Point of Being a Christian? Timothy Radcliffe OP
Wednesday 28th November A New Kind of Christianity Brian McLaren.
The Parish Office is open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm
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