St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 30th January 2011
‘Can you hear me?’
I saw a lovely piece on the news recently about an American lady, Brenda Charrett Jensen, who’s just got a new larynx; for 11 years, Brenda has been unable to speak naturally but thanks to the generosity of a family whose loved one died, doctors have been able to transplant a voicebox, so now she can speak – fantastic!
And last week I went to see ‘The King’s Speech’, a wonderful film about King George 6th, who had a speech impediment, and how, with courage and determination, he was helped to overcome it.
You won’t be surprised to hear that I love a good conversation; I was brought up in a very chatty family and, on Friday nights, when we met up at my grandmother’s house, we would all talk at once! Stories, gossip, jokes,debate and discussion were the fabric of our lives and,nowdays,I natter and deliberate with my family and friends; I preach regularly; I Pause For Thought with Chris Evans on Radio 2; I get chatting in supermarket queues; on my own, I talk to myself and Christopher says that I even talk in my sleep – but he’s very discreet about what I say…!
And I thought about talking, and how important it is to have a voice.So many people in this world feel that their voice is not heard at all. Those people, the last, the lost, the little and the least, get on with their lives and we never hear them, never know what keeps them awake at night or indeed what transports them to delight. They are not consulted and they don’t feel that their views are taken into account or that their stories are of value – and our world is the poorer for not hearing.
And while I’m sure God hears all their cries, sometimes we are prompted to listen to them on God’s behalf - and then to do what we can to ensure that the voices of all God’s children are heard.
Please remember in your prayers:
Les Page, Allen Lloyd-White, Clarice, Annie, Vicky Schiff,
Harriett, David Morris, Valerie Coleman, Janice Wenlock,
Joan Short, Minnie, Maud Smith,Bob Gammon,
Susan Okukenu & Stella.
(If you would like a name to be added or removed from this list
please speak to one of the clergy)
PARISH PRAYER ROTA This week we pray for
Worshipping Communities who share our buildings:
Clergy & Lay Ministers: Jane, Quintin, Fred, Frances, Ann & Shirley: Staff: Brenda, Chrissie, Bill, May, Marian, & June:
Churchwardens: John, Norman, Laurine, Ajith & Andrew.
Readings for 30th January 2011
St Bart’s: Malachi 3: 1-5 Hebrews 2: 14-18 Luke 2: 22-40
St Mary’s: Micah 6: 1-8 1 Corinthians 1: 18-31 Matthew 5: 1-12
Readings for 6th February 2011
Matthew 5: 13-20
St Bart’s Communion Hymns:
80; 350; 582
St Mary’s Birthday’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY to
Jean Richards, Thomas McLucas, Violet Dyer & Damian Sutton.
The flowers in St Mary’s this morning are in memory of
Wilfred Arnold from his family Geoff, Joyce, Cheryl & David
GWEN ROWE. After her long illness, Gwen died peacefully
at home with her family around her last Wednesday.
Please remember her in your prayers, and pray too
for Les, Darryl and Rosie as they mourn her.
Her funeral will take place in St Bart’s on Monday 7th February at 1.00pm then the City of London at 2.30pm.
TODAY at St Bart’s we offer laying on of hands
and prayers for healing after communion.
‘ON THE WAY’ We are delighted that Lorraine and Ajith from
St Bart’s have begun this course, exploring their faith and sharing with members of other churches in Newham Deanery.
at St Mary’s at 4.30pm followed
at 6.00pm by a quiet service for Sunday evening.
Do join us for either or both of these.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
St Bart’s DCC 16th February
PCC 23rd February at St Mary’s
Annual Parish Meeting 6th March at St Bart’s
ST MARY’S ROTA.
The new rotas are ready.
Please pick up yours from the back of church today.
CAMPAIGNING AGAINST LOAN SHARKS.
Last week Jane wrote in the front page about the
problem of debt. This is made much worse by
very high rates of interest charged by ‘loan sharks’!
Church Action on Poverty is supporting a campaign
to raise this crime in Parliament.
If you would like to be part of this, go to their website www.church-poverty.org.uk
which will help you write to your MP.
ADULT BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION.
For all those who are interested in being baptized
and confirmed on 13 March 2011 (whether or not you have already signed the list), there will be a meeting
at St Bart’s TODAY (Sunday 30 January) at 11.30am
after the service. If you are interested,
but cannot make the meeting, please leave your contact details with one of the clergy.
Newham Talking Newspaper are looking for volunteer
readers who could spend 2 hours on a Wednesday evening
once a month to record local newspaper articles for
Newham’s blind and partially sighted.
Contact Tim Davies or the Parish office for more information.
SOAP, TOOTHPASTE, LOO ROLLS, washing powder,
towels – all things that are much needed
by 308(formerly the Turnaround hostel) working with those who have been homeless. Could you add one of these
(or any toiletry items) to your shopping list – and drop it into the ‘Gifts for 308’ grey bin at the back of St Bart’s. Thank you!
St Mary’s Wednesday 6.30pm
St Bart’s Thursday 12.30pm
DAILY PRAYERS are said every week day in our churches
and you are very welcome to join us:
Monday morning prayers at St Bart’s;
Tuesday morning prayers at St Mary’s;
Wednesday morning prayers at St Mary’s (February);
Thursday morning prayers at St Bart’s;
Friday morning prayers at St Mary’s.
All at 9.00am
The Kitchen Table @ St Bart’s
Thursday 3rd February 7.00pm
Quiz night £6.50 including supper
If you have any ideas for conversation events, community nights or anything else that we could do @ the kitchen table please come along to our
Kitchen Cabinet, Thursday afternoons at 2.30pm.
The Parish Office is open Monday – Friday
9.30am – 3.30pm
Telephone 020 8470 0011
Registered Charity No: 1127847