St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 29th April 2012
Looking for directions
I heard that a team at Newcastle University has designed a Granny-Nav which will identify the safest route, avoiding too many right turns, for those senior citizens who may feel unconfident driving in unfamiliar surroundings; night vision systems have been devised too which will help with driving after dark. I slightly resent the ‘Granny’ label because these things are about needs, not age, but it’s still great news if it will help and encourage anyone who wants to maintain their independence and get out and meet other people, so combating isolation and loneliness.
I thought we could get them working on a Parent-Nav which takes you straight to best friend Charlie’s house and gives constant updates on when we’re going to get there. And then we’ll need a Man-Nav which chooses a route which avoids all shoe shops.I could go on….
And maybe there are people who’d like a Life-Nav that would tell us what to do in difficult situations; should I take that job?
Or, is that bloke good as well as good-looking? And the convoluted situations of life that make me ask, what would be the most loving thing to do now? And then, what can I do here that would bring a little life, love and liberty into the world?
I can hear some of my Church colleagues saying that that’s what the Bible’s for, and while there’s no doubt that it gives some very important guidelines, the Bible’s often a bit vague on twenty-first century issues in all their complexities.
I believe that we do have a Life-Nav in God’s Holy Spirit but we do have to tune in; timely words of wisdom can come in a song or a dream, from a friend or a book but it’s no good wishing for help if we’re not listening – and we learn to listen by being still now and again, stopping the clamouring, and reflecting a bit; losing ourselves for a moment in God’s love.
Please remember in your prayers:
Les Page, Clarice, Vicky Schiff, Arthur Worwood,
Win Jones, Martin Gammon, Dela McCarteny, Frank Burdge,
Joan Short & Colin Brockwell.
PARISH PRAYER ROTA This week we pray for
Worshipping Communities who share our buildings;
Clergy & Lay Ministers: Quintin, Fred, Frances, Ann & Shirley;
Staff: Brenda, Chrissie, Bill, May, June, Win & Mary;
Churchwardens: Andrew, Damian, Laurine, John, Philip & Ajith
Readings for 29th April 2012
Acts 4: 5-12 1 John 3: 16-end John 10: 11-18
Readings for 6th May 2012
1 John 4: 7-21 John 15: 1-8
St Mary’s Birthday’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Ben Davies
St Bart’s Communion Hymns: 682; 383; 35
At St Bart’s this morning we warmly welcome Chris McDermott as our preacher and celebrant.
PARISH TREASURER NEEDED.
After many years of excellent service Tim has decided to hang up his calculator and give up his post as Parish Treasurer. If anybody would like to take up this roll please contact one of the clergy.
Tim is happy to give pointers as to what’s needed.
The Parish profile is now on the Diocese of Chelmsford website and also on our website.
The advert will be going in the Church Times on 11th & 18th May.
A copy of the Profile is available at the back of both Churches.
Frances will be away at Waltham Abbey until the end of June getting some experience of life in a different Parish. We wish her every blessing while she is away from us. While Frances is away please contact the Parish Office if there are any problems/concerns.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
2nd June Dance at St Mary’s.
3rd June Picnic at St Mary’s to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee
7th July Parish Trip to Maldon
21st/22nd July St Mary’s Patronal Festival Weekend
21st July Open Day at St Mary’s and Olympic Torch relay down High Street South
22nd July St Mary’s Patronal Festival
6th October Quiet Day at Haggerston.
East Ham Parish Quiz Night.
St Mary’s Church Hall – Norman Road
Saturday May 19th 2012, 7.30pm start.
Tickets £5.00, bring your own food and drink.
Tickets available from Colin Mansfield at St Mary’s and Irene Phaup at St Bart’s:
Tables of up to 8 people
In aid of the Parish Children’s Jubilee Party.
STUBBERS 2012. ONLY 6 PLACES REMAINING
PLEASE REPLY SOONEST SO WE CAN ENSURE A TRIP THIS YEAR.
CHRISTIAN AID CONCERT
Date: Saturday 12 May 2012 Time: 3.00pm
Venue: St Bartholomew’s Church.
(PS: tone deaf but talented in the kitchen? – all contributions towards refreshments gratefully received!)
EAST HAM TEAM MINISTRY
ELECTION OF OFFICERS – 2012-2013
PARISH CHURCHWARDENS: Andrew Biro Damian Sutton
St.Mary Magdalene Laurine Griffith John King
St.Bartholomew Philip John Ajith Leikshmanan
PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL
Doris Goodchild, Ehi Omoregie, Sam Ozurumba, Norman Lipman
Hazel Thomas, Mary Richards, Fred Ashford-Okai
DISTRICT CHURCH COUNCIL
St. Mary Magdalene Jean Mansfield, Ancil Griffith, Colin Mansfield,
Tina Preston, John Hedges, Terry Hooker, Dennis Pridmore, Victor Grimes
St. Bartholomew Geraldine Pote, Pat Williams, Primrose Sibanda,
Lorraine Ashton, Susan Allen, Gladys Carter, Rose Geaney, Hazel Phillips
DEANERY SYNOD Shirley Biro, John King, Gordon Owen, June Bassenger
PASTORAL ASSISTANT Shirley Biro
MIDWEEK EUCHARISTS/ PRAYERS.
Wednesday 6.30pm at St Mary’s
Thursday 12.30pm at St Bart’s
The Parish Office is open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm
Telephone 020 8470 0011
Registered Charity No: 1127847