St Mary Magdalene †
St Bartholomew †
St Alban †
Sunday 15th December2013
Quite rightly in the past week there has been an outpouring of affection and tributes on the death of Nelson Mandela. Today is the burial of his body in his homeland of the Eastern Cape. He was one of the major figures of the last century with an extraordinary life story. Transforming South Africa, through the ideas of freedom and equality. Those ideas even ended up influencing an oh so young student in the early 1980’s.
I am a fan of the rock group ‘Genesis’ and it was through listening to their music that I started to listen to one of their earliest band members and lead singer, Peter Gabriel. So it was, in the early eighties that I ended up going with some friends to one of his concerts. The track that most affected all of us was the song called ‘Biko’. This was a song about young black leader Steve Biko killed by the Police in detention in South Africa. Up to that moment I had not really taken an interest in what was going on in South Africa.
Suddenly I was mildly radical. I was objecting in supermarkets to my mother buying South African fruit or going on demonstrations in London. I joined the Anti Apatheid Movement and ended reading all about Nelson Mandela and the important role of Anglican priests Desmond Tutu and Trevor Huddlestone in the Anti-Apatheid struggle.
For a teenager he was an inspirational figure and now as slightly older man(!) he remains a figure who showed us the meaning of forgiveness and grace. May he rest in Peace.
St Bart's: Rob is Celebrant and Fred is Preacher
St Mary Magdalene: Quintin is Celebrant & John King is Preacher
In Our Prayers
Our Mission: +Stephen and +David our bishops, our clergy and our mission to
Worshipping Communities who share our buildings;
Clergy & Lay Ministers: Rob, Quintin, Fred, Ann, Shirley & John; Staff: Brenda, Chrissie, Bill, Sue, Ritta, May, June, Win & Mary; Churchwardens: Andrew, Damian, Laurine, John, Philip & Ajith
The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Win Jones, Les Rowe,
Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Geneva Grimes, Alice Singh, Revd John Williams & Joyce Deslandes
Those who have died:
Louis Hisco Okai, Fr Colin & Eileen Fletcher, Ken Bowhill, Walford Maurice & Maude Smith
May they rest in peace & rise in glory.
Readings for 15th December 2013
Isaiah 35: 1-10 James 5: 7-10 Matthew 11: 2-11
Readings for 22nd December 2013
Isaiah 7: 10-16 Romans 1: 1-7 Matthew 1: 18-end
St Mary’s Birthday’s Happy Birthday to Adebola Daramola,
Lucie Smith, Simone Wetherell
Healing and Renewal at St Bart’s.
Today there will be the ministry of healing and renewal
at St Bart’s immediately after the morning service.
Maude Smith who has been on our prayer list for some time died peacefully recently. The family would like to thank all for their prayers and ask us to kindly join in thanking God for Maude’s life.
ADVENT REFLECTIONS ON Isaiah 40-55
Our services continue this week at St Mary’s (6.30pm Wednesday) and St Bart’s (12.30 Thursday) and you are most welcome
to attend either or both!
Christian Aid Bethlehem Appeal The collection at our Advent Carol Service on 22nd December at our Christmas Carol Service will go to the Christian Aid Bethlehem Appeal.
Confirmation 2014. Please let the clergy know if you are wanting to be confirmed yourself or if you have children desirous of confirmation as we are wanting to arrange confirmation classes from the New Year.
ST MARY’S DCC. Due to the cancellation of the last DCC the new date is Wednesday 12th February. Please put this in your diaries.
Bible Study There has been some excellent feedback concerning our
Bible Study sessions this autumn. We will have two more in January and February before the lent programme begins. More details to follow.
On December 19th Greatfield Residents Association are visiting
St Mary’s for their Christmas Celebration.
St Mary’s: Cleaning & decorating the church and making the Christingles Saturday 21st December 10.00am.
Mulled wine & mince pies available.
St Bart’s: Cleaning & decorating the Church
Saturday 21st December 10.00am. Breakfast will be provided!
This was omitted from the red leaflet by mistake.
Theatre. Some people have expressed a desire to go to the theatre together every so often and we are looking at a date in March
for which to buy tickets for a Matinee in London.
and when the date and time comes up we will let you know.
As part of our pastoral ministry we have been offering a monthly Eucharist service to the residents at Manor Farm care home in High Street South. At 3pm on Christmas Eve we will be at the home singing carols with the residents, so it will be great if lots of people from St Mary’s and St Bart’s could come to sing along too.
An Important date for your January Diaries
January Study Day at St Bart’s Church
Thursday 10.30am until 3.30pm
“The silent disciple on the way to Emmaus – a concept for counselling”
Price is £8 for the day including Morning Coffee, Lunch and Afternoon Tea
LED BY Bishop Hans Vaxby
Hans Vaxby was born in Sweden, he served as pastor in Finland and was elected Bishop by The United Methodist Church in the Nordic and Baltic Area in 1989. Before retirement in 2012, he was the Episcopal leader of The United Methodist Church in Russia and seven other former soviet republics
Book now – phone the parish office on 0208 470 0011
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
SUNDAY 22nd DECEMBER
ST BART’S CHURCH 4pm
We sing some of the favourite carols of the Christmas Season
Followed by Mulled Wine and Mince Pies
CHRISTINGLE SERVICE at ST MARY’S 5pm
MIDNIGHT MASS at ST MARY’S 11.30pm
CHRISTMAS DAY MASS at ST BART’S & ST MARY’S 10.00am
Morning Prayer Morning Prayer is generally said at 9am as follows:
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday at St Bart's;
Tuesday & Friday at St Mary’s If you are free, why don't you join us.
The Parish Office is open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm
Website: www.easthamparish.org.uk twitter @easthamteam.
Registered Charity No: 1127847