17th February 2013 Newsletter

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St Mary Magdalene †      St Bartholomew †    St Alban †


Sunday 17th February 2013


Letting Go


I was quite surprised to hear that His Holiness Pope Benedict has decided to stand down and retire – the last time a Pope did that was 600 years ago! Pope Benedict has not enjoyed good health for a while and it seems to me eminently sensible that he should be able to make the most of the rest of his life. How sensible to take the decision before it’s taken out of his hands.

It takes courage to let go, to see that something – a job, a relationship, a group – has run its course and that it’s time to wind up and move on. So often, we hang on to these things, reluctant to give up our comfort blanket, even when it’s clearly threadbare and smelly!

And of course, the Church is the supreme expert at this!

Considering that the central motif of our faith is life coming out of death, we are so often very bad at ending things. I have sometimes been invited to speak at very small meetings, held in vast, freezing churches by people who are sure that, if they put out more chairs, one day, people will rush to attend, just like they did in the old days……… Do you recognise the picture??

So, this Lent, let’s look at what we can let go, especially given that some of the things we claim to need do us no good at all. Time for a springclean of your wardrobe? A pruning of your bookshelves? An edit of your prayer list?

Let go - and see God sends.

PS Since the Pope will soon be free, maybe he’d like to help us out one Sunday……!



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Please remember in your prayers:

Les Page, Clarice, Vicky Schiff, Win Jones, Dela McCarteny, Maude Smith, Dot Anderson, Martin & Yvonne Gammon

PARISH PRAYER ROTA   This week we pray for Health & Exercise: St Bart’s Surgery; Slimming World; Weightwatchers; Karate

Readings for 17th February 2013

Deuteronomy 26: 1-11     Romans 10:8b-13     Luke 4: 1-13

Readings for 24th February 2013

Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18   Philippians 3: 17-4:1   Luke 13: 31-end

St Bart’s Communion Hymns: 190;   682;   355

                             St Mary’s Birthday’s                           HAPPY BIRTHDAY to: 

  Ashley Smith, Elizabeth Mason, Margaret Wallace,

Isabella Mason & William McLucas

At St Bart’s this morning we welcome The Revd Chrisopher Owens as our preacher & celebrant.

We were very saddened to hear of the death of Frank Burdge.

We keep Cathy and the family in our prayers at this time.

His funeral will take place on Monday 25th February at 9.30am at St Mary’s.

After the service at St Mary’s today there will be a First Communion and Confirmation class in the Parish Room.

Congratulations to Adeel & Maria who were married at St Mary’s yesterday.


The Bishop of Barking has decided to withdraw the proposed Pastoral Scheme with St. John the Evangelist, North Woolwich but hopes with the new team Rector to explore other possible links between the parishes in East Ham in the near future.    Quintin

There will be an open meeting after the 10.00am service at St Bart’s TODAY to go over arrangements for the Licensing service.

A new Electoral Roll is being compiled this year for the APCM on 7th April.

In the next few weeks we will be handing out electoral roll forms for people to fill in.


Monday 11th March , 8.00pm at St Mary’s.

Following the Kitchen Table’s closure at St Bart’s,

the Centre will be open as usual during the day and tea, coffee and biscuits will be available,

though there will be no formal lunch club or prepared food.

However everyone is free to bring in their own food and we look forward to seeing you all there!

We are planning to re-open the Café very soon.

The Luke Room & associated office and storage space at

St Bart’s is available for rent. Ideally for exclusive use Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm appx. but could be rented on a pro-rata basis.

If you are interested or know of a group who might be interested please contact the Parish Office on 020 8470 0011 for more details.

Lent at St.Mary Magdalene’s

For some years during Lent at St. Mary Magdalene’s we had a chance to hear some reflections on their faith from the pews. I am delighted to say that this year Mary and Laurine have agreed to share with us. So the programme for this Lent will be as follows:


                                                                                           17.02.2013 John King

24.02.2013 Mary Richards

03.03.2013 Baptism Quintin

10.03.2013 Laurine Griffiths

17.03.2013 Chris McDermott

24.03.2013 Palm Sunday

31.03.2013 Easter Day and First Communion Quintin


Monthly Friday Night Vigil 22nd February 7.00 – 8.00pm in the Chapel

St Bart’s DCC (Finance) Monday 25th February 7.30pm in the Chapel

Monthly Bible Study has been brought forward to Sunday 24th February. 4.30pm at St Bart’s

Sunday 3rd March SPRUCE UP SUNDAY where we will need lots of volunteers to help tidy up St Bart’s Church & Centre

in preparation for Rob’s Licensing on 6th March.

Please stay behind and help.

Rob’s Licensing service is getting close, Wednesday 6th March at 7.30pm at St Bart’s.

To give us an idea of numbers please put your name on the sign up sheets at the back of both Churches if you are intending to come along.


This event is being hosted by St.Michael & All Angels at the

Froud Centre, Manor Park. The theme is a presentation by the

Women of France 'I was a stranger and you welcomed me'

The service starts at 10am. on Friday 1st March.


Based on Bp Stephen Cottrell’s Book 'Christ in the Wilderness:  Reflecting on the paintings by Stanley Spencer.

Wednesday, 20th Feb. Sessio n1  2pm Pilgrims Way

                                                  7.15pm St.Marys Parish Room, Church Hall

Wednesday, 27th Feb. Session2  2pm Pilgrims Way

                                                  7.15pm St.Marys Parish Room, Church Hall

Wednesday, 6th March   Rob's Licensing

Wednesday, 13th March Session3   2pm Pilgrims Way

                                                      7.15pm St.Marys Parish Room, Church Hall

Wednesday, 20th March Session4    2pm Pilgrims Way

                                                      7.15pm St.Marys Parish Room, Church Hall



Wednesday 6.30pm at St Mary’s  

   Thursday 12.30pm at St Bart’s


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