St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 20th February 2011
Channels of God’s Peace
In our Scripture Readings of the last couple of weeks the call to us towards perfection. What an ominous time for such a reminder! Think about Egypt and the rest of the Arab World. Think about the Middle East. Think of our own church splitting instead of building bridges. The hope is that YOU can be the missing strong link that keeps God’s Peace and harmony going. So was St Francis. We may want to make his Prayer our own:
The prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
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
Community Groups: East Ham AA Group; Al Anon Family Group; Narcotics Anonymous; Newham Community Counselling;
Nu Life Day Centre; Patiko Baker’s Fort Project.
Readings for 20th February 2011
Leviticus 19: 1-2, 9-18 1 Corinthians 3: 10-11, 16-end
Matthew 5: 38-end
Readings for 27th February 2011
Genesis 1: 1-23 Romans 8: 18-25 Matthew 6: 25-end
St Bart’s Communion Hymns:
285; 307; 275
St Mary’s Birthday’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:
Isabella Mason, William McLucas, John Hedges & Linda Gillooly
We welcome the Bishop of Barking to St Mary’s next Sunday (27th February)
who will be preaching and presiding for Ann’s licensing.
Many thanks to Tim Davies for showing over 100 children
round St Mary’s this week.
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.
PCC MEETING. Wednesday 23rd February, 7.30pm at St Mary’s. Please collect minutes and agendas today.
NEXT SUNDAY (27 FEBRUARY) AT ST BART’S we will be marking the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible
with a dramatised reading of the creation story.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING.
Our annual meeting will take place on Sunday 6th March, following a joint service at St Bart’s.
As usual, we will be electing churchwardens, and members of the parish and district councils –
and this year we will also be electing three representatives
from the parish to Newham Deanery Synod.
If you would like to be involved in the life of our churches in any of these ways, please make sure your name is added
(with a proposer and seconder)
to the sheets at the back of our churches.
If you are interested, but not sure what is involved,
do speak to one of the clergy or current wardens.
LENT IS APPROACHING FAST (!).
There will be services on Ash Wednesday (9 March)
at 6.30pm at St Mary’s and 8pm at St Bart’s,
and our Lent course, exploring the story of Holy Week and Easter
through pictures from around the world, will be held on Wednesday evenings
at St Mary’s Vicarage, Thursday afternoons in St Bart’s
and Thursday evenings at Pilgrim’s Way church.
On Sundays there will be visiting preachers at St Mary’s;
and at St Bart’s we shall be using forms of service from different parts of the Anglican communion
- including services from Africa, India, and the Caribbean. Full details in next week’s newsletter.
PLEASE BRING YOUR PALM CROSSES FROM LAST YEAR
TO CHURCH OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS, SO WE CAN PREPARE THE ASHES.
ADULT BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION. Classes are taking place at St Bart’s at 2.30pm on Saturday afternoons.
Please keep Comfort, Collins & Paul in your prayers
as they prepare for baptism and confirmation.
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.
BISHOP STEPHEN IN NEWHAM.
Our new bishop of Chelmsford, Bishop Stephen Cottrell, will be visiting Newham on Friday 11 March.
He will be spending some time in St Bart’sin the morning, meeting clergy from the deanery.
In the evening there will be a service at 7.30pm at St John’s, Stratford, followed by social time and refreshments: this is an event to which everyone in the deanery is invited, and it would be good to see as many people as possible there to greet Bishop Stephen.
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St Mary’s has had the great news that Bishop Stephen has agreed
to preside and preach at St Mary’s Patronal Festival on 24th July.
More details nearer the time.
The Kitchen Table @ St Bart’s
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