St Mary Magdalene †
St Bartholomew †
St Alban †
Sunday 16th February 2014
Noah and the flood.
I don’t know about you as the rain has continually lashed down over the past month and the pictures on the television have come in from the flooded Thames Valley and Somerset. My mind has turned to Noah and his ark!
There is no doubt a few arks might be useful right now in Somerset and Berkshire. But also because as the writers of the book of Genesis saw floods as the consequence of the people turning away from God. Only Noah who pleased God would survive. Now there would be a new covenant between Noah and God.
God says in Genesis 6.17-18: ‘For my part, I am going to bring a flood of waters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I shall establish my covenant with Noah and you shall come into my ark…’
Today, we may not see the floods in that light. Yet there is a realisation, perhaps all too late, that climate change and all that we doing to the earth’s atmosphere is having an effect. The effect seems to be more violent and unpredictable weather systems and the speeding up of jet stream.
This flooding may not be seen as God’s retribution for our abuse of the planet. Yet there is now little doubt that our actions over the past hundred years are having an effect on the planet and its weather.
So once the clear up has finished, these storms hopefully will force us to look again at our continued abuse of the planets resources. The story of Noah was a wake up call to his generation. The people were told to turn back to God and care for God’s creation. These storms hopefully will have the same effect on us today as we seek to limit the effects of climate change and to care for the planet, its people and animals. Quintin
St Bart's: Fred is Celebrant & Rob is Preacher
St Mary Magdalene: Ann is Celebrant & Quintin is Preacher
In Our Prayers
Our Mission: +Stephen and +David our bishops, our clergy and our mission to
East Ham; Older People: Golden Oldies; Genesis Housing Association – residents and staff; Lunch Club; Friday Games.
The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh, Basil Jordan, John & Victoria,
Those who have died: Adrian Griffith & Jill Kaye.
May they rest in peace & rise in glory.
Readings for 16th February 2014
Deuteronomy 30: 15-end 1 Corinthians 3: 1-9 Matthew 5: 21-27
Readings for 23rd February 2014
Genesis 1:1 – 2:3 Romans 8: 18-25 Matthew 6: 25-end
St Mary’s Birthdays HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Pat Davis,
Ashley Charles Smith, Elizabeth Mason, Margaret Wallace & Isabella Mason.
Healing & Anointing
The ministry of healing and anointing will be offered after the main service at St Bartholomew's this morning. All those desirous of this healing ministry are asked to stay for a few minutes after the service.
Laurine & Ancil would like to thank Quintin, Ann, Rob, Fr Fred, June
& all the congregation for their help, support & prayers
also the flowers & cards. We appreciate it very much. Thank you.
Daphne’s partner Basil is very unwell in the Royal London Hospital.
Please keep them in your prayers at this time.
Afternoon Bible Study Date Change
Due to unforseen circumstances the afternoon Bible Study group due to meet tomorrow will now meet on Monday 24 February at 1.45pm in the Luke Room.
Please note that the evening group will meet on Tuesday evening (18th Feb)
at 7.30pm at Mary's home (address available from the Parish Office).
Electoral Roll forms are available at the back of both Churches
for those who haven’t signed up.
Please take one and fill in as the APCM is coming up soon.
Rectory Coffee Morning A Saturday morning of chat, tea. coffee and cup cakes is promised at the Rectory on Saturday 8th March 10am-12noon.
Hot drink and a cup cake for £1.50 in aid of church funds.
CONFIRMATION AND FIRST COMMUNION
Preparation for First Communion and Confirmation
for this year will start shortly. Candidates for First Communion need to be 7 Years old or above Candidates for Confirmation need to be
14 Years old (or nearly) and above.
NB There is no upper age limit for either of these two Sacraments.
We would like to invite Candidates to register on the Forms provided at the back of both Churches.
First Communion will take place on Easter Sunday and Confirmation will take place in June. Thanks Fr Fred
Come along and join in a singalong around the piano at St Bart’s.
No musical ability required.
Wednesday 19th February 2.00-3.00pm
Help raise awareness of the difficulties our O.A.P's face in todays society!
We have a budding young film maker who will be shooting a 4min film aimed at young people, and hopefully our governments, to remind them to remember and appreciate our older generation.
This is a subject close to his heart and what he needs is some willing people aged 50+ to be background extras on the day of the shoot.
This will involve sitting in our Luke room and generally socialising, chatting, drinking tea, playing scrabble and generally having a good time while there will be a film crew and actors working around them.
Without you, the extras, this film would not be able to happen so if you feel like you could offer your time for the cause please put your name down
at the Parish Office or contact Jon or Fiona.
When: Friday 21st Feb 12am - 4pm
(or any amount of time within this period that you can offer)
Where: St Bartholomew's Church
For any further questions please contact: Jon Mathis 07999 509 852 or
Fiona Ryan 07784181843
There will be a tab opened at the cafe for all participants.
THANK YOU SO MUCH IN ADVANCE!
HOPEFULLY WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
IMPORTANT PCC Meeting.
There will be a short meeting of the PCC on Thursday 20 February at 7.30pm at Bart's with just two but very important items on the agenda. These are the future of the East Ham Team development and a first look at the accounts.
N.B. Could all Treasurers please take their books to the Parish Office
as soon as possible in preparation to be sent to the Auditors.
East Ham Team LENT 2014
‘A Heart for mission’: A study guide looking at faith in action.
The Lent Course will be held on a Wednesday afternoon at Pilgrim’e Way
or Wednesday evening after the 6.30pm service at St Mary’s.
More details to follow soon.
LENT PREACHERS at ST MARY’S.
We once again have a variety of speakers from the congregation
talking about their life & faith.
LENT1 9th March Damian Sutton
LENT2 16th March Louise Simmons
LENT3 23rd March Mary Richards
LENT4 30th March Derek James
PASSION SUNDAY 6th April Andrew Biro
‘Me & My music’
Wednesday 19th February 7pm Bart’s Cafe.
Flavia Tenywa – East Ham’s best known Chiropodist
reveals her favourite music as she reflects on her life and work.
A two course dinner is included in the ticket price of £7.
You are welcome to bring your own wine.
or the Parish Office to book stating any dietary requirements.
LAST CHANCE TO BOOK.
Morning Prayer is usually said at Bart’s on Mondays, Wednesday & Thursdays at 9am and at St Mary Magdalene on Tuesdays & Fridays also at 9am.
All are welcome. Where the priest is not available members of the congregation are urged to join in a time of prayer for our ministry and mission together.
St Mary’s 6.30pm Wednesday and St Bart’s 1230 Thursday.
The Parish Office is open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm
Telephone 020 8470 0011
Registered Charity No: 1127847