St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 27th March 2011
Minding our language……
Many groups of people, be they families, factories or professional bodies, develop their own little language – words and phrases which only they understand – and the Church of England is no exception. I’m all right with the districts, deaneries and dioceses but after all these years, I still don’t know my nave from my narthex.
So I was delighted to hear that the Church of England’s General Synod – there’s another in word! It’s a meeting of church representatives, a sort of parliament – have been talking about making the language of Christenings and wedding services a bit more accessible to people who don’t often come to Church. I will be interested to see what they come up with.
And while I’ve no doubt that there’ll be a few people who will say that, without hellfire and damnation and forsaking and begetting, it just won’t be the same, I think it important to use words and images that people can relate to. That’s what Jesus did all the time; he talked about shepherds, sheep and fishermen, which might sound a bit romantic and unusual to us city types, but they were everyday things to the people of his time, just like Corrie and curry sauce are to us now.
People clustered around Jesus and followed him about because he told good stories, and made them laugh and think, and perhaps, most of all, because he showed them a glimpse of Heaven.
And when people come to Church for a wedding or a Christening, they’re often a bit nervous but we make them feel welcome and included; after all, they’ve come to celebrate and thank God for their love for each other and their joy at the birth of a new baby and those lovely, even Heavenly, feelings can be understood in any language.
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
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 27th March 2011
Exodus 17: 1-7 Romans 5: 1-11 John 4: 5-42
Readings for 3rd April 2011
Colossians 3: 12-17 John 19: 25b-27
St Bart’s Communion Hymns:
914; Come to the Waters; 772
St Mary’s Birthdays HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Lajeaune Wright & Arabella Quigley
TODAY at St Bart’s we offer Laying on of Hands and prayers for healing after communion.
We are also delighted to welcome Cathy Wood, who has been leading work in the garden at St Bart’s
and will be telling us more about the project.
Tea, cakes and an opportunity to look round and ask questions after the service.
At St Mary’s this morning we warmly welcome Revd Matthew Duckett, Assistant Priest at Old St Pancras, as our preacher.
Next Sunday at St Mary’s we are baptising Larry Sellick.
Please keep him, his family and godparents in your prayers.
It was good to see Norman in church last Sunday and hopefully he is with us today.
He has been let out for good behaviour but is still waiting for the alterations on his house to be finished.
Well done to St Bart’s Sunday Club who raised £53.84
by selling cakes for Red Nose Day.
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY.
St Mary’s DCC Thursday 31st March 7.30pm in the Parish Room.
Minutes and Agenda available to pick up today.
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.
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 www.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:
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 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
At Vicarage Primary School we want to learn to knit – Can you help us?
We are looking for volunteers to come into school to help teach some of our children to knit.
If you are able to spare an hour each week on a Monday from 12.30 to 1.30
and would like to help us please telephone: Yvonne Ward on 020 8472 1010
The Kitchen Table Café @ St Bart’s
Join us for an East End (Street) Party @ the kitchen table!
Friday 1st April 7pm Pie & Mash!
Favourite song! Memories & stories to share!
£8 including 3 course supper
CHRISTIAN AID CONCERT
Do you have a song in your heart or dancing feet…. music in your fingers or a tale on your tongue?
The talent scouts are out now looking for performers to join the line-up for our seventh annual Parish Concert for Christian Aid.
PLEASE NOTE: This year the Concert will be an evening event.
Venue: St Mary Magdalene Church. Date: Saturday 14 May 2011
Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm
If you’d like to join in please give the details of your item to
Alison at St Mary’s or Gillian or Geraldine at St Bart’s.
Or phone Gillian on 020 8470 5393. The deadline for inclusion
on the programme is Sunday 29 April so get thinking now!
(PS: tone deaf but talented in the kitchen? – all contributions towards refreshments gratefully received!)
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 atSt 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