24th February 2013 Newsletter

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St Mary Magdalene †      St Bartholomew †    St Alban †


Sunday 24th February 2013


This week, the Daily Mail got very indignant and condemned the author Hilary Mantel for what they describe as a venomous attack on the Duchess of Cambridge.

There was no doubt some florid language used by Mantel yet for the Daily Mail it is an attack by an embittered author against a perfect princess.

I am afraid not for the first time I feel the Daily Mail has misunderstood things. Mantel’s speech is actually a warning against putting the Duchess on a pedestal, for trying to make her into a secular saint.

The perfect princess. Now I am not a close personal friend of Royalty and therefore you will be unsurprised to hear that I have no idea on the Duchess’ views on anything.

Yet I am sure she has strong opinions on a whole variety of subjects. Mantel is surely right to point out that the Duchess has been advised to keep these views to herself.

Our Lenten journey is a journey into the realities of human existence the good and the bad.

We called by God just the way we are. Not as perfect people never putting a foot wrong. We come to God with ideas, passions and our full humanity.

I, like Mantel, have a concern that there is something deeply degrading about reducing the Duchess to less than she is, never allowing her to express her own thoughts.

For by putting her on that particular pedestal there is only one way to go.



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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 Community Groups:

East Ham AA Group; Narcotics Anonymous;

Newham Community Counselling; Patiko Baker’s Fort Project;

Royal British Legion – East Ham Branch

Readings for 24th February 2013

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

Readings for 3rd March 2013

Isaiah 55: 1-9         Luke 13: 1-9

St Bart’s Communion Hymns: 923; 79; 31

St Mary’s Birthday’s  HAPPY BIRTHDAY to: Linda Gillooly

At St Bart’s this morning we welcome The Revd Peter Turner 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.

We are welcoming Cleves School who are visiting St Mary’s on Thursday 28th Feb. Please keep them in your prayers.

Tonight at 7.45 pm at The Cornerstone Café, 408 Barking Road A meeting of The Christian Socialist Movement with the Rt Hon Stephen Timms.

A new Electoral Roll is being compiled this year for the APCM on 7th April. We are handing out electoral roll forms for people to fill in.

'Barts cafe. Food and Friendship'

Opening Monday, tomorrow,  from 10am.  Light snacks to begin with then gradually building up the menu and the ambience!

Rob will be there to welcome customers.



Reception for Rob’s Licensing.

We are asking people to bring in food for Rob’s Licensing. If you would like to contribute please put your name and what you will be bringing on the sheets at the back of both Churches.

At the time of going to press the Rectory is still occupied.

The Diocese are working flat out to ensure that other houses in an unusual "clergy chain" are ready so work can begin on getting the Rectory re-decorated. The works are likely to take around 2 weeks.

This has implications for Rob whose actual home is near Hull. Rob has access to a room in East London but clearly is not able to offer hospitality there at the moment or "live" near the church for more than 2 or 3 days at a time.

Consequently we now hope that Rob will be able to move in during Easter Week and in the period between he will work from the Rector's office and do as much as he can in the circumstances.

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 has agreed to share with us. So the programme for this Lent will be as follows:

24.02.2013 Mary Richards

03.03.2013 Baptism Quintin

10.03.2013 Quintin

17.03.2013 Chris McDermott

24.03.2013 Palm Sunday

31.03.2013 Easter Day and First Communion Quintin


St Bart’s DCC (Finance) Monday 25th February 7.30pm in the Chapel. Minutes and agendas available today

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.

PCC MEETING. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE.Monday 11th March , 8.00pm at St Mary’s.

Rob’s Licensing service is getting even closer, 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, 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

                                     ALL WELCOME


Wednesday 6.30pm at St Mary’s

Thursday 12.30pm at St Bart’s

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