St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 20th March 2011
By now, most of us – or someone in our household – will have received a copy of the Census Form, a long white and purple document headed ‘Household Questionnaire’.
Some people resent the request to fill in the form: they find it intrusive and feel that the government already knows too much about us.
Others perhaps are fearful that if they fill it in, the council, the police, or the immigration authorities will discover irregularities which we would rather they didn’t know about.
But if we don’t fill it in, we take away one of the best ways which government, local authorities, schools, hospitals and public services have of finding out what they should be doing, whom they are serving, and what our needs as a borough, a city, and a country are.
And ‘needs’ is a vital word in all of this. The people who will lose out most, if the census figures are inaccurate, are those who need most; a poor borough like Newham is likely to do worse in terms of money from central government if it can’t point to the numbers of children in need of schooling, to the numbers of families living in overcrowded accommodation, to the number of adults out of work, and a whole range of other facts which indicate how many of us and our neighbours struggle to live well.
The census may not be a perfect way of measuring who, what, and how the people of this country are – but it is the one which will be used for planning how we should live for the next few years.
Fill the form in! And if you feel it’s the wrong kind of form, start your campaign for a new way of measuring now, in good time for 2021, when the next census is due to be held.
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.
PARISH PRAYER ROTA This week we pray for Health & Exercise:
St Bart’s Surgery; Taekwondo; Weightwatchers; Karate; Tang Soo Do
Readings for 20th March 2011
Genesis 12: 1-4a Romans 4: 1-5,13-17 John 3: 1-17
Readings for 27th March 2011
Exodus 17: 1-7 Romans 5: 1-11 John 4: 5-42
St Bart’s Communion Hymns:
544; Beautiful is Zion; 849; Halle Halle Halle
St Mary’s Birthdays
Next Sunday at St Bart’s we offer Laying on of Hands
and prayers for healing after communion
We were very sad to receive news 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 still in Shrewsbury Road Rehabilitation Unit and is doing well. He is waiting for his house to be adapted before returning home. All visitors will be very welcome. He sends his best wishes to all. Please keep him your prayers.
Please pray for Daphne Gibson and her family
following the death of her mother Elsie.
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.
MONTHLY FRIDAY NIGHT VIGIL service in the chapel at
St Bart’s Friday 25th March 7-8pm. All welcome to come along.
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.
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 ww.chelmsford.anglican.org/lentappeal2011
LENT IN EAST HAM.
Our Lent course, exploring the story of Holy Week and Easter through pictures from around the world, is held on Wednesday evenings 7.30pm at St Mary’s Vicarage, Thursday afternoons 1.30pm in the chapel at St Bart’s and Thursday evenings 7.30pm in the chapel 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 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:
TODAY 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
The Kitchen Table Café @ St Bart’s
Join us for an East End (Street) Party @ the kitchen table!
Pie & Mash!
Favourite song! Memories & stories to share!
£8 including 3 course supper
Jane will be preaching for Evensong at Westminster Abbey,
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
Thank you to everyone who attended our annual meeting 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.
PARISH CHURCHWARDENS: John King, Andrew Biro
St Mary’s: Norman Lipman, Laurine Griffith
St Bart’s: Philip John, Ajith Lekshmanan.
PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL:
Doris Goodchild; Sam Ozurumba; John Marshall; Vivienne Baptiste;
Ehi Omoregie; Damien Sutton; Tim Davies; Dorothy Anderson;
Revd Fred Ashford-Okai (co-opted).
DISTRICT CHURCH COUNCIL:
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
Telephone 020 8470 0011
Registered Charity No: 1127847