St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 27th February 2011
In the past few weeks we have seen people protesting across the Middle East and North Africa. Many of these young people have sacrificed themselves for the idea of “democracy”. Western governments have slowly come round to supporting these protesters. Yet I feel there has been a certain reticence in their stance.
We can see why, for too many years the West has supported despots and Tyrants in that region by buying their oil and selling them arms or having military bases on their land. British Jobs was the cry from Business. Politicians said that the consequence of democracy would be the likelihood of Islamist-leaning governments coming to power.
Ordinary people of the region have paid the price of this stance. We will now have to learn to negotiate with the new leaders that emerge from these protests. We should support them as we show that "democracy" to us means the freedom to choose your own government – whatever its hue.
Our prayers will go out to those struggling for democracy but also at this time I believe we should show a bit of humility for past errors as these new leaders emerge.
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.
PARISH PRAYER ROTA
This week we pray for:
Kitchen Table @ St Bart’s; Anne, Michael, Katie and the volunteer helpers.
Older People: Golden Oldies; Springboard Housing Association – residents and staff;
Readings for 27th February 2011
Genesis 1: 1-23 Romans 8: 18-25 Matthew 6: 25-end
Readings for 6th March 2011
Exodus 24: 12-end 2 Peter 1: 16-end Matthew 17: 1-9
St Bart’s Communion Hymns: 914; 590; 654
This morning we warmly welcome the Bishop of Barking
to St Mary’s who will be preaching and presiding for Ann’s licensing.
Do stay for drinks and nibbles after the service.
Norman had a fall last Wednesday and at time of writing is still in Newham General. Please keep him your prayers.
Next Saturday Funmilayo and Tokunbo are to be married at St Bart’s.
Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for their special day.
NEW GIFT AID FORMS. Do you give to the church AND pay tax?
If you do, please fill in one of the new Gift Aid forms,
available at the back of church – even if you have done this before.
It will help us to claim back the tax.
Next Sunday 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.
The Bishop of Chelmsford’s Lent Appeal this year focuses on North Kenya’s Marsabit Mission Area. To know more, see posters in our churches, the Month or www.chelmsford.anglican.org/lentappeal2011
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.
TODAY AT ST BART’S we are marking the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible
with a dramatised reading of the creation story.
Thanks to Geraldine and her team who have put this together.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING.
Our annual meeting will take place NEXT 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 four 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, (which starts 16th March)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.
Leaflets are available at the back of church.
At St Bart’s on three Sundays in Lent, we will be using forms of service
from around the Anglican world, which help to reflect the diversity
of the congregations which gather in our churches in East Ham:
13 March Holy Communion from the Church in Kenya
20 March The Holy Eucharist from the Church in the West Indies
10 April An Order for the Lord’s Supper from the Church of South India.
Lent Preachers at St Mary’s
This year as usual we have an exciting list of preachers:
13 March Lent 1 Carole Davison Reader at St Luke’s, Victoria Dock
20 March Lent 2 Revd. Canon Ann Easter
27 March Lent 3 Revd Matthew Duckett Assistant Priest, Old St Pancras
3 April Children’s Service & Mothering Sunday Revd Frances Quist
10 April Lent5/Passion Sunday Susanne Bluff
17 April Palm Sunday Joint Service with the Passion Reading
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 on 13th March at St Paul’s East Ham.
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’s
in 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.
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 Café @ St Bart’s
We have been approached by two local historians who are writing a book about Tate & Lyle, they are keen to talk to any women who worked there in the 40’s, 50’s & 60’s. The historians will be at Lunch club on March 7th.
If you know anyone who worked at Tate & Lyle at that time – please encourage them to get in touch with Anne in the cafe.
ALL DAY PANCAKES @ the kitchen table, on pancake day
Tuesday March 8th. Do bring ideas for your favourite filling
and we will endeavour to produce it for 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 Bart’s (March);
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