13th February Newsletter 2011

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Sunday 13th February 2011

…Perfect Love Casteth out Fear …  (I John 4.18)


As I write these words I am aware that next week is Valentine’s Day and this week has been National Marriage Week which is endorsed by the Church and, according to the by-line, “celebrates commitment”. But my thoughts are not so much of romantic love but of a slightly different kind of love:

the love of God to us as Christians.

 A close member of my family is facing surgery and continuing medical treatment for a life-limiting condition and naturally we are all concerned.  As I was thinking about all of this, the above verse came to me – “perfect love casteth out fear”,  in the Authorised Version.

 The commentators  point out that it refers to forgiveness

– we have no need to fear God because of our failings since God has shown us his love and has forgiven us –and it also refers to confidence.


It is the confidence part that I want to stress.  There are many passages of scripture which refer to Christian confidence and, I suppose, there are many because there need to be. We are human and we fail and we fear  and are anxious. This verse should help us to calm our fears and concerns. Of course like so much in the Christian life it isn’t easy. It isn’t meant to be easy, but it is there, for us to reflect on and draw on. How we can use it is up to us.


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, Xavia & Geoff Hayes.

(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

Health & Exercise: St Bart’s Surgery; Taekwondo; Weightwatchers;

Karate; Tang Soo Do

Readings for 13th February 2011

Deuteronomy 30: 15-20   1 Corinthians 3: 1-9   Matthew 5: 21-37

Readings for 20th February 2011

Leviticus 19: 1-2, 9-18         1 Corinthians 3: 10-11, 16-end

Matthew 5: 38-end

St Bart’s Communion Hymns:

23:  437:  903

                                                    St Mary’s Birthday’s       HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:

Norman Lipman, Pat Davis, Ashley Smith, Elizabeth Mason

& Margaret Wallace.

Today Jane will be at St Mary’s, Frances at St Bart’s

and Quintin at St Edmunds, Forest Gate.

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.

TODAY. Mystery Sunday Session for 9-13yr olds from our churches at the Rectory, Navarre Road 4.00pm.

Please let one of the clergy or John Marshall know if you will be coming.

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.

On Sunday 27th February Ann Easter will be licensed by the Bishop of Barking at the 10.00am service at St Mary’s.

Long standing members of St Bart’s will be sad to learn

of the death last week of Jan Heard, for many years one

of the Golden Oldies dance group.

Please remember her and Ron in your prayers.


St Bart’s DCC 16th February 8.00pm in the Chapel.

Minutes and agendas available to pick up today.

PCC 23rd February 7.30pm at St Mary’s

Annual Parish Meeting 6th March at St Bart’s

We have been offered a child’s cot, with mattress and bedding,

free of charge for a family who might need it. If you know of anyone who might find this useful, please contact the parish office.


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.


For more information and to book please call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 020 8586 7979


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.

Everyone welcome.


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

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Website: www.easthamparish.org.uk

Registered Charity No: 1127847