St Mary Magdalene †
St Bartholomew †
St Alban †
Stewardship begins on the inside
This Sunday we are thinking about stewardship across our parish.The challenge is both to raise our level of giving as well as revisiting what we can offer our church in terms of time and talents.
I know that many of you are already giving more than sacrificially. And these are tough times for many people and families in our parish. But even by considering Gift Aiding what you are giving so that we receive extra from the Government at no further expense to you, or moving from ad hoc giving to weekly giving through our envelope scheme or a standing order - which helps remind you not to forget the church - will also help us as a parish to renew our ministry for mission in the context of East Ham.
What we also have is a shortage of people to do key tasks in both our parish and churches. We have been looking for a treasurer for a long time. We need more committed volunteers at Bart's Centre. Then there's a need for people to assist us in our youth and children's work and so on and so on. Is there anything else that you might be able to take on which will further the Kingdom of Heaven here in East Ham?
Each of us can fill in a stewardship form today but I urge you not just to do it without first a moment of deep prayer and reflection.
Because true stewardship is not always what we give practically or do outwardly. It is about that deep inner sense that God so loved the world, that he gave us everything, even his only son, so that through him, we are saved from sinfulness.
With that knowledge deep within us, filling in our stewardship form is a very different kind of challenge.
Please pray. Please give. Please respond to that inner voice of God calling.
This is an important weekend for our parish.
St Bart’s: Celebrant & Preacher: Revd Rob Marshall
St Mary’s: Celebrant: Canon Ann Easter & Preacher: Revd Quintin Peppiatt
In Our Prayers
Our Mission: +Stephen and +David our bishops, our clergy and our mission to
East Ham; Community Groups: East Ham AA Group; Narcotics Anonymous; Newham Community Counselling; Patiko Baker’s Fort Project;
Royal British Legion – East Ham Branch
The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Win Jones, Maude Smith,
Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Geneva Grimes, Alice Singh & Doris Goodchild.
Preparing for Confirmation: Somachi Junior Onuoha & Jose Carlos
Those who have died: Mary Jenkins & Norah Gardner.
May they rest in peace and rise in glory
Readings for 22nd September 2013
St Mary’s: Proverbs 3: 13-18 2 Corinthians 4: 1-6
St Bart’s: Amos 8: 4-7 1 Timothy 2: 1-7 Luke 16: 1-13
Readings for 29th September 2013
Genesis 28: 10-17 Revelation 12: 7-12 John 1: 47-end
St Mary’s Birthday’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY to
Ben Gaby & Jack Bence
Congratulations to Alan & Vera who had a service at St Mary’s yesterday
to celebrate 50 years of marriage.
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We also congratulate Edward & Renuka who will be having a blessing of their marriage at the end of the service today at St Mary’s.
Edward & Renuka’s niece Sara has graciously agreed to sing in Latin
during the communion this morning in commemoration of her
Aunt & Uncle’s 25th Wedding Anniversary.
Thank you to everybody who helped with the Open House
at St Mary’s yesterday. It was particularly good to have some
live music during the day.
Confirmation Next Week
Next week Bishop David will be confirming two candidates from our parish
- their names are printed above. If you wish to come along and support them the service begins at St Paul's East Ham at 10.30am.
Our new Teenage Plus group is asked to join us there for the service
and we will sit together. Services at St Mary's and St Bart's continue as normal.
Good news! The alternative Bible Study group.The focus is on
St Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians will meet on Tuesday 24th September at the home of Mary Richards [details available from the Parish Office] led by the Revd Rob Marshall.
PARISH AUTUMN FAIR
Will take place at St Bart’s on Saturday 26th October – volunteers Needed.
Takes place this afternoon between 2.30pm and 4.30pm at Bart's. John Marshall and Fr Rob will welcome children and their parents. All are welcome of course.
The Parish Book Club met last week and looked at two of the short stories of Graham Greene. The next meeting is on Monday 14th October when we will be looking at the poetry of Tom Gunn and Ted Hughes.
Me and My Music - postponed
The planned Me and My Music for this week has been postponed for logistical reasons and a new date will be available soon.
St Matthew's Study Day
Thanks to all those from both our churches as well as
St George's who attended our study day on Thursday.
It was an illuminating day when we took a deeper look at the teaching and message of Matthew the Apostle.
The next Study Day will be before Lent in early 2014.
Once a year the clergy team hold a full day business meeting looking at the work across the parish and this year it takes place on Wednesday. Please pray for our clergy and for renewed vision for our ministry together. Next month they will meet for a day to reflect on Transforming Presence in the parish context.
The monthly celebration of the Eucharist at Manor Farm takes place on Tuesday (24th) at 2pm. Please pray for staff and residents.
Please note that both St Mary Magdalene and St Bart's will observe the theme of Harvest on Sunday 6th October at their 10am services. Details of the services will be available next week.
PCC A reminder to all PCC members that the next meeting is at St Bart's on Wednesday 23rd October at 7.45pm allowing those who want to attend the Mass at St Mary's at 6.30pm to do so.
St Bart's DCC Discussions continue about the future of Bart's Centre and an important meeting of the Bart's DCC will now take place on Wednesday 16th October at Bart's at 7.30pm.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 16th-23rd June 2014.
Led by Rob. Departs London for Tel Aviv and take in the Galilee, Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem over 8 days. We will stay in excellent hotels and enjoy Palestinian Christian guides who will show us the land of Jesus.
Please speak to Rob for more information.
A deposit now secures your place.
Bart's Café We continue to give thanks for the progress which Sue has made
and it was great to see her back this week for a few hours!
We are also grateful to Rebecca for holding the fort for this period.
At the end of this week the menus in the cafe will be adapted slightly
and we are seeking additional professional help to ensure that the café
is able to cover its basic costs until Sue returns full time before Christmas.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOUR CHURCH CAFE.
QUIET DAY at HAGGERSTON
Next Saturday 28th September 2013
Led by Canon Edward Carter entitled ‘A rule of life for Newham’
Meet at St Mary’s Church Hall 9.30am.
No charge but a small donation welcome on the day.
Please bring a packed lunch.
Last chance to sign up. Sheets at the back of both Churches.
If anyone can bring their car to help transport people
it would be very welcome.
Midweek Services St Mary Magdalene 6.30pm Wednesday
and St Bart’s 1230 Thursday.
In addition Morning Prayer is said at St Bart’s at 9am on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and at St Mary Magdalene on Tuesdays and Fridays. Evening Prayer is currently said at Bart’s at 5pm Monday-Thursday.
The Parish Office is open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm
Telephone 020 8470 0011
Registered Charity No: 1127847