17th March 2013 Newsletter

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St Mary Magdalene †     St Bartholomew †      St Alban †


Sunday17th March 2013


A good laugh!


I always enjoy Comic Relief and Red Nose day – I like to see newsreaders telling jokes and comedians dancing! I think that the idea of raising money by having fun and making people laugh is great – it’s a win-win situation that we all benefit from.

I love to make people laugh, even in church - which is a surprise to some people who expect us to be very serious! And it’s more than just a nice thing to do. Scientists tell us that laughing has a direct beneficial effect on our immune systems, it boosts our energy and it can even diminish pain - and laughing helps us to cope with stress. So the more we do it the better!

It’s a great day when the baby smiles at us; at 16 months, my grand daughter Eve has learnt to take a swig from her mug then go ‘ Aaaaaaaah’ and she does it over and over again because it makes us laugh.

There’s a long history of the role of jester, or fool; in days gone by, men were employed by the King to make the people of the court laugh, entertaining them with stories, riddles, acrobatics and so on – but, while making them laugh, the jester had also a responsibility to draw attention to the things that were wrong; wrapped up in the stories and jokes were some serious points and important issues.

I think that Jesus had a brilliant sense of humour and I’m sure it was part of His attraction; I’ll bet people laughed when he talked about rich men and the eye of the needle! And of course, what we find amusing, we remember.

So let’s enjoy what makes us laugh – and if we can collect a few pounds to help those who need it most,

that makes the joke even better!                                              




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For Your Prayers -

We pray particularly today for Pope Francis I and for our Roman Catholic brothers

and sisters in our community after an exciting week in Rome. We also pray for +Stephen and +David, our bishops and for the churches of East Ham and E6.

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Parish Prayer Rota:This week we pray for Children & Young People: St Bart’s Pre-School; Newham Pre-School Learning Alliance; Fellowship House Children’s Centre; Rainbows, Brownies, Guides & Rangers; Beavers, Cubs & Scouts; Centre4M; St Mary’s Pre-School; Community Links at St Mary’s; St Alban’s Pre-School; Sea Cadets; Air Cadets; Army Cadets,; XLP We also pray for Jide, our Curate in training at Westcott House

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Please pray for those seeking healing: Les Page, Clarice, Win Jones, Dela McCarteny, Maude Smith, Dot Anderson, Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Geneva Grimes & Louise Simmonds. We remember also the recently departed including Bill Terrell

and all those whose Year’s Mind falls at this time.

Rest Eternal Grant to them O Lord and let light perpetual shine upon them.


Readings for 17th March 2013

Isaiah 43: 16-21       Philippians 3: 4b-14       John 12: 1-8

Readings for 24th March 2013

Isaiah 50: 4-9a       Philippians 2: 5-11

At St Mary’s this morning we warmly welcome the Revd Chris McDermott as our Preacher & Celebrant.

St Mary’s Birthdays        HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:     Skye Pinches, Sherly Powell & June Bassenger

After the service at St Mary’s today the First Communion and Confirmation classes will continue in the Parish Room.

Parish Notices

Collection from the Licensing Service: A total of £266 raised by the congregation at the recent Licensing Service. 50% was sent to the Essex Clergy charity and 50% was sent to St George's Crypt in Leeds. Thank you to everyone for their generosity.

Electoral Roll: Please ensure that you fill in a new form as the Electoral Roll is completely revised this year. Get a form today and fill it in!

PCC meeting: The PCC met last week and looked at our financial position as a parish. There is so much to give thanks to God for as well as many challenges which lie ahead. Please remember these in your prayers.

Bart's Café: It is a particular privelege to have this ministry on Barking Road. Please support the cafe as and when you can! It is open every day from 10am.

A BIG THANK YOU to Jon’s Florist on Vicarage Lane for kindly donating the daffodils for Mothering Sunday at St Mary’s

Message from Hazel, daughter of Audrey Honey: Mum has now moved to Abbey Care Home on Collier Row road. Visitors can go at any time. She often mentions St Bart's & does miss you all but the church of the Good Shepherd come in to give communion on Friday and Mum is looking forward to that. If anyone would like to contact Hazel about visiting Audrey, please ask Shirley or the office for her phone number

The Week Ahead

Monday 18th 9am  Morning Prayer at St Barts ALL WELCOME

Tuesday 19th 9am Morning Prayer at St Mary's  ALL WELCOME

                                      (Rob is away on a Diocesan Training Course until Thursday)

                                     Hartley Primary School Visit to St Bart's

Wednesday 20th (St Cuthbert)   2pm Lent Course at Pilgrims Way

                                       6.30pm Mass at St Mary's followed by Lent Course

                                      Hartley Primary School Visit to St Barts

Thursday 21st (Thomas Cranmer) 1230pm Eucharist followed by lunch in Bart's Cafe       ALL WELCOME

                                       Hartley Primary School Visit to St Barts

Next Sunday is Palm Sunday

A reminder that, yes already!, its Palm Sunday and, as one parish

we join together for a United Service which will include the dramatic reading of the Gospel. If anyone would like to take part in the

Palm Sunday Passion reading please see Rob or the Church Wardens after the service this morning   

 For the rest of Holy Week and Easter services - please see the back cover.

Monday 15th April   Launch of the Parish Book Club

We will meet at St Bart's Centre at 2pm for a discussion centering around 3 of Philip Larkin's poems which will be available on the day.

Followed by afternoon tea in Barts Café     ALL WELCOME

Gospel of Mark Study Day     Monday 22nd April 1030am-3.30pm

The Upper Room. St Bart's Centre

A day of Bible Study and reflection on the First Gospel and what it's message is for today's missionary church. Three sessions during the day - starting with St Mark's portrayal of Jesus as Son of God; we will then reflect on the idea of "Kingdom of God" in Mark; we end by looking at the gifts of Discipleship as portrayed in Mark's Gospel. Cost is just £5 which includes lunch in Bart's Cafe.

This day is aimed at those available on weekdays. Similar events will be organised in the evenings and on Saturdays in the future. Please note that access to the Upper Room does not include disabled access.   Led by Revd Rob Marshall

If you would like to book a place please ring or email the parish office

St Bart’s will be hosting school visits from Hartley Primary School on March 19th 1.15 & 2.15pm, March 20th 10.00 & 10.30am

and 1.30 & 2.00pm March 21st 1.15 & 2.15pm Help with these visits would be most appreciated.

Vicarage & North Beckton Primary Schools will be visiting St Mary’s.




24th March 10.00am Joint Eucharist with blessing and procession of palms, at St Mary Magdalene


25th March   8.00pm Eucharist with reflection at St Bartholomew



26th March 8.00pm Eucharist with reflection at St Bartholomew



27th March   6.30pm Eucharist with reflection   at St Mary Magdalene



28th March 12.30pm Eucharist   at St Bartholomew

                     8.00pm Eucharist with washing of feet and vigil at St Mary Magdalene



29th March 11.15am   Procession of the cross  from St Bartholomew

11.30am   E6 open air service, Myrtle Road (outside Sainsbury’s)

12.30pm   Stations of the Cross at St Bartholomew

2.00pm   Adoration of the Cross and communion from reserved sacrament at St Mary Magdalene                 


30th March   8.00pm     First Fires and Lighting of the Paschal Candle at St Mary Magdalene



31st March         8.00am Mass   at St Mary Magdalene

10.00am Family Service with First communion at St Mary Magdalene

10.00am Eucharist for Easter   at St Bartholomew


Wednesday 6.30pm at St Mary’s       Thursday 12.30pm at St Bart’s

The Parish Office is open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm

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