13th March 2011 Newsletter

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Sunday 13th March 2011

Desert Experience

 In Matthew’s gospel for this first Sunday of Lent, we will read ‘Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil’. The desert is a common theme in most if not all religions in the world and is always a symbol of times of temptations; a time to draw nearer to God and for spiritual growth.   Buddha travelled through the dry wasteland of Northern India.  Mohammed went to Mount Hira in the Arabian Desert. Moses led the Israelites through the wilderness after he had been on the run or has had his own desert experience.


Lent season is like a time in a desert.  During this season we may be led by the Spirit to our own different deserts where we may experience some temptations, like irritability because one may be fasting.  Our inner thoughts, feelings, emotions, desire for that chocolate or alcohol or whatever would be exposed. Our promise to let go of some of our comforts and associate with the poor, to fast, pray, study, learn, give generously of our time or money and our faith and prayer life will be tested.


We can rely on the power greater than ourselves during Lent, by repeating ‘The Jesus Prayer’, for at least fifteen minutes a day, will keep our minds focus on God.  This ancient desert prayer tunes our whole being to God and keeps those temptations at bay.


This very simply prayer Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner
can be said anywhere, waiting for the bus, queuing to play the lottery, at the dentist chair or at the supermarket.


It has been said that we are to rejoice if we find ourselves praying the ‘Jesus Prayer’ in our sleep or when we wake up first thing in the morning.


                          Please remember in your prayers:

Les Page, Allen Lloyd-White, Clarice, Vicky Schiff,

Harriett, David Morris, Valerie Coleman, Janice Wenlock,

Joan Short, Minnie, Maud Smith, Bob Gammon, Susan Okukenu

Stella, Xavia, Geoff Hayes & Andre Williams.


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 13th March 2011

Genesis 2: 15-17,3:1-7     Romans 5: 12-19     Matthew 4: 1-11

Readings for 20th March 2011

Genesis 12: 1-4a       Romans 4: 1-5,13-17      John 3: 1-17


St Bart’s Communion Hymns: Amen siakudumisa; Imela;

He came down;   Jesu, Jesu (Neighbours); If you believe and I believe.


                                                       St Mary’s Birthdays          HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

Folarin Laditan, Arthur Worwood, Skye Pinches & Sherly Powell.


At St Mary’s this morning we warmly welcome as our preacher

Carole Davison, Reader at St Luke’s, Victoria Dock.


We were very sad to receive news this week of the death of Annie Smith, a faithful member of St Bart’s.

Her funeral will be held on Monday 21st March ,10.00am at the City of London.

Please keep Annie and all who mourn her in your prayers.


Norman is now in Shrewsbury Road Rehabilitation Unit and seems to be doing well.
He is waiting for his house to be adapted before returning home.
Please keep him your prayers.

1st COMMUNION CLASSES for children who are baptised

and  aged 7 and upwards will begin TODAY immediately after church in the Parish room at St Mary’s.

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.


Please remember in your prayers Comfort, Collins and Paul to be baptised & confirmed at St Paul’s, East Ham this morning.


ST BART’S GARDEN. Cathy Wood who has been leading work in the garden at St Bart’s
will be with us for our service on 27th March.

A chance to learn more about this project and future plans.
Tea, cakes and an opportunity to look round and ask questions after the service.


VOCATIONS DAY. Saturday 2 April at St Mary’s Church, Loughton.

A day for individuals and churches to think about vocation and leadership.
If you are interested or would like to attend, please pick up a leaflet at the back of church
and speak to one of the clergy.


TODAY Mystery Sunday afternoon session for 9-13 yr 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.


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


ST BART’S SUNDAY CLUB. There will be a meeting for all current leaders and helpers of Sunday Club (and anyone who would like to become involved) after the service TODAY.



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:

TODAY 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:

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


Jane will be preaching for Evensong at Westminster Abbey,

3.00pm on Sunday 20th March.



Thank you to everyone who attended our annual meeting last Sunday –

and especially to Frances and Fred for preparing such delicious food.

The following were elected as wardens, representatives and council members:

please keep them in your prayers as we look forward to the year ahead.




St Mary’s: Norman Lipman, Laurine Griffith

St Bart’s: Philip John, Ajith Lekshmanan.



Doris Goodchild; Sam Ozurumba; John Marshall; Vivienne Baptiste;

Ehi Omoregie; Damien Sutton; Tim Davies; Dorothy Anderson;

Revd Fred Ashford-Okai (co-opted).



St Mary’s: Jean Mansfield; Colin Mansfield; John Hedges;

Christina Laditan; Tina Preston; Dorothy James; Ancil Griffith;

Earlene Bentley; Kristina Ceasar; Arthur Worwood.

St Bart’s: Geraldine Pote; Primrose Sibande; Pat Williams; Rohan Philip.


DEANERY SYNOD: Shirley Biro, Gordon Owen,

June Bassenger, John King.



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

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