St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 6th February 2011
Why anyone should be thinking about fasting when we have just come into Ordinary Time or 5th Sunday before Lent, I do not know. May be for some of us, our New Year’s resolutions to hit the gym or take up some kind of sporting activities to counter excess indulgence, over the festive period have gone by the wayside. So see Lent as an opportune time to do something about it, fast, give up something or take up something.
Fasting, if our health permits, have many benefits to our spiritual and physical well being. It is a spiritual discipline for growth and getting closer to God. On a physical level the benefits are numerous, for instance, it is a valid experience for people whose calories have taken the upper hand in their lives. It is a safe method for detoxifying the body; it even slows down the ageing process. It is a belief that the one who truly fast will abstain from gossip, idle talk, rage and anger and many more things.
Our Old Testament reading in Isaiah 58 – says true worship and relationship with God is more than fasting. For this reason, true fasting is more than what we do not eat, it is pleasing God by showing compassion to the poor, the helpless and the oppressed in our society.
Isaiah says the kind of fast the Lord requires from us is:
To loose the bonds of injustice,
To undo the thongs of the yoke,
To let the oppressed go free,
And to break every yoke……………….Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.
The mere fact…… is we can do both, see Lent as a time to get trim, get closer to God and reach out to others.
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
Children & Young People:
St Bart’s Pre-School;
St Bart’s Carer & Toddler Group;
Newham Pre-School Learning Alliance;
Fellowship House Children’s Centre;
Rainbows, Brownies, Guides;
Beavers, Cubs, Scouts;
St Mary’s Pre-School;
Nature Reserve Study Centre.
Readings for 6th February 2011
1 Corinthians 2: 1-12 (13-16) Matthew 5: 13-20
Readings for 13th February 2011
Deuteronomy 30: 15-20 1 Corinthians 3: 1-9 Matthew 5: 21-37
St Bart’s Communion Hymns: 690; 228; 593
Quintin spoke to Valerie Coleman & Frank Burdge
who are both well and hope to be back with us when it’s a bit warmer.
They both send their regards to all at St Mary’s.
GWEN ROWE. Gwen’s funeral will take place in St Bart’s on Monday 7th February at 1.00pm then the City of London at 2.30pm.
Please remember her in your prayers, and pray too
for Les, Darryl and Rosie as they mourn her.
If you are coming to the funeral and need to park near St Bart’s, visitors parking permits are available from the
Parish office at a cost of 50p.
Bibles in St Bart’s.
Sometimes we are asked by visitors if they can take away a bible from the church.
Our stock is very small – if you have a spare bible at home which might be given away, please bring it and leave it at the back of the church.
TODAY our monthly Bible Study will take place
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.
ADULT BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION.
Classes are taking place at St Bart’s at 2.30pm on Saturday afternoons:
please keep those preparing for baptism and confirmation in your prayers.
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.
1st COMMUNION CLASSES for children
who are baptised and aged 7 and upwards
will begin on 13th March after church.
Could you please sign up on the sheets at the back of church if you are interested.
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!
The Kitchen Table @ St Bart’s
Let’s celebrate love @ Lunch Club.
Monday 14th February 12.30pm
£5 including 3 course meal.
Friday 18th February 7.00pm
Singalong a sound of music
£8 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.
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 Parish Office is open Monday – Friday
9.30am – 3.30pm
Telephone 020 8470 0011
Registered Charity No: 1127847