St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 7th & 14th August 2011
Vicar goes to Hogwarts
Last week, being fairly quiet in the parish, I went to see the latest of the Harry Potter films. An action packed adventure. Although I am no film critic I thought it was better than some of the more recent efforts. I assume that after eight films and seven books this will be the end of the road for an amazingly popular franchise.
Talk of Wizards and magic makes some people in the church very nervous. I gather a head teacher in a Church of England school has banned the books from the school library saying they were against the biblical teaching. Certainly, in the story of Harry Potter, there is no mention of God directly. Yet there are the great theological themes running through the books such as self-sacrifice, mercy and even the redemptive power of love. This is most clearly seen in this the last of the Harry Potter films.
JK Rowling, like her predecessor CS Lewis with his stories from Narnia, has written a great morality tale. So if you are going to see the film this week. Enjoy it.
Please remember in your prayers:
Les Page, Clarice, Vicky Schiff, Joan Short, Norman, Iris Neal,
Betty Anderson, Frank Burge, Arthur Worwood & Martin Gammon.
Readings for 7th August 2011
St Bart’s: Matthew 14: 22-33
St Mary’s: 2 Peter 1.16-19 Luke 9.28-36
Readings for 14th August 2011
St Bart’s: Genesis 45: 1-15 Romans 11: 1-2a, 29-32
Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28
St Mary’s: Isaiah 61.10-end Galatians 4.4-7 Luke 1.46-55
St Mary’s Birthdays
Happy Birthday to: Toulope Daramola, James Bluff, Frank Burge,
Fred Ashford-Okai, Rosemary John & Sebastian Quigley
On Sunday 7th August we welcome for Baptism at St Mary’s
Ademola Adedipe & also Chinazo Akinbamidele, their friends & family & all who have come to support them at this time.
Allen Lloyd-White sadly died.
We are waiting to hear from the family about the funeral arrangements.
Please hold them in your prayers.
Egbert Scott is in the Gateway Surgical Centreand hopes to be discharged this weekend.
On 14th August the interrment of Gwen’s ashes will take place in the Memorial Garden at St Mary’s
at 11 o’clock after the morning service.All are welcome.” Les
Arthur is in Plashet Ward in Newham General and seems to be doing well in his recovery.
He sends his best wishes to all in the Parish and would welcome visitors.
Would anyone interested in joining a rota to look after the Memorial Garden at St Mary’s please contact John Hedges.
Basic cutting grass & keeping it tidy. Lawn mower provided.
There will be NO Sunday Club at St Bart’s or Sunday School at St Mary’s during the month of August.
Sunday 4th September 2011
10.00am Joint Service
Our Celebrant & Preacher will be Rev’d Robert Wiggs
who has previously worked as Team Vicar in the Parish.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY.
The Parish Quiet Day has been booked for Saturday 8th October at Haggeston Priory.
The Parish Fair has been booked for Saturday 22nd October.
REMINDER PCC MEETING
The next PCC meeting will be 28th September at St Mary’s. The Church Council suggested that 7.30pm might be a more convenient time as it follows the 6.30pm Eucharist. Could any member of the Church Council that finds this difficult please let one of the clergy know as soon as possible.
DAILY PRAYERS are said every week day in our churches
and you are verywelcome to join us:
Monday morning prayers at St Bart’s;
Tuesday morning prayers at St Mary’s;
Wednesday morning prayers at St Mary’s.
Thursday morning prayers at St Bart’s;
Friday morning prayers at St Mary’s.
All at 9.00am
The Parish of the Divine Compassion
“PRAY CONTINUALLY” 1 Thess.5:17
A short series of prayer workshops
at St Martin’s Church
Tuesdays in August, 7.30pm-9.00pm
Led by the Parish Clergy
Olympic Site Prayer Walks
More than 30 people met on June 25th to pray for the approaching 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games as they walked around the construction of the Olympic Park. The next walk is scheduled for 1st October and all are invited to attend.
More information will be made available in September.
God in the Park
MIDWEEK EUCHARIST & SERVICES IN AUGUST
There will be no midweek services, bible study/evening service in August.
Normal services will resume in September
Morning prayers as usual.
The Parish Office is open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm
Telephone 020 8470 0011
Registered Charity No: 1127847