23rd March 2014 Newsletter

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St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     


Sunday 23rd March 2014


Getting the right balance


Well, it’s finally spring – it’s still light at 6.0 o’clock (evening – don’t ask me about the morning) and the weather is getting warmer; and it’s stopped raining. Shirley and I have been busy in the garden pruning and planting and very enjoyable and satisfying it is too. Last month we were on holiday visiting family and we have just had another short weekend away. So we have been doing things we enjoy, as well as being involved in the parish and wider community (while we are still able!). Good.


Meanwhile, in our parish lent course this week we considered how we, as Christians, talk to people, and how we can start conversations. But, above all, we discussed how we can make sure that people understand that we are Christians and what this means to us: that it is the most important thing in our lives and that we try to demonstrate our faith by our words and actions.


For some people this is straightforward. They can seamlessly integrate their “Christian lives” with their ordinary, day-to-day, lives and doing the things they want to, whether it’s sport, like cricket or football, or a favourite hobby.


For others, getting a balance that they are comfortable with between “Christian” and “ordinary” lives may not be so easy. While for some – those with young families, those who act as carers, those who work long and sometimes unsocial hours, it may hardly be a relevant question at all. But, during lent, we can perhaps think about how we spend our time and getting the balance right for us.




This week’s Lent Programme Theme:

                                   To respond to human need by loving service

10.00am St Bart’s Rob is Celebrant & Jimmy Dale is speaker.  Fred to Deacon.

10.00am St Mary’s Ann is Celebrant and Mary is speaker.    Quintin to Deacon.

First Communion Classes continue at St Mary’s after the service in the Parish Room.


Wednesday 26th March  2.00pm Pilgrim’s Way:  Five Marks of Mission lent Course 

                                6.30pm Mass at St Mary’s followed by

                                7.15pm St Mary’s Church Hall: Five Marks of Mission lent Course

                 Rob will lead these sessions.


Thursday 27th March 12.30pm Lunchtime Eucharist at St Bart’s

                                                           and Lent  conversation...continuing the theme.

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,  John & Victoria,

Those who have died:   Peter Blackwell, Chika Bertram Ezeodili  &  Lillian Martin.                                        May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 23rd March 2014

Exodus 17: 1-7           Romans 5: 1-11            John 4: 5-42

Readings for 30th  March 2014

Exodus 2: 1-10          2 Corinthians 1: 3-7

LENT GROUPS Thanks to all those who have been to one of the Lent groups so far. It's not too late to start coming if you haven't managed to get to the first two so do join this week (details above). All of the material is provided by the charity Us - working with Christian people in many parts of the developing world. Some boxes were available in church and hopefully still are for you to make a lent gift to the Charity and we ask you to return these to church on either Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday

MOTHERING SUNDAY is next week. Prayers will be said at all of our services on that day. At Bart's the children are leading the first part of the service in terms of a readings, prayers  and some things they have specially written.

We have had a busy few days at St Mary’s. The Scouts visited on Friday evening and ITV were filming in the Church all day Saturday.

Many thanks to Dennis for helping out with these visits.

A new rota is being compiled at St Mary’s – please sign up on the forms

 at the back of church - there are also forms for those interested in Confirmation.

Would anyone interested in joining a rota to tend St Mary’s Memorial Garden please contact John Hedges on 07947 854 669.

 All equipment provided, we just need your time maybe once a month.

AUNNUNCIATION The Feast of the Annunciation is celebrated on Tuesday and you are invited to join us for Morning Prayer at St Mary Magdalene on 0900am. Mass for this great day will be celebrated on Wednesday morning at Hedgerow Court (1030) and at St Mary Magdalene

BOOK NOW for Pilgrimage to Bradwell. Pauline and I have already almost filled the coach with parishioners from other churches so please let me know ASAP if you are thinking about this. It is on Saturday 12th July. The cost for the coach will be £12 per person. Bring a picnic and enjoy a memorable day out. http://bradwellpilgrimage.webs.com/          Shirley Biro

Stubbers 2014 June 27th -29th. We will be taking 30 children aged between 8 & 16 years to Stubbers Adventure Centre in Upminster for a weekend of adventurous activities including Jet-Ski, High-ropes, Wobbly boarding More information on www.stubbers.co.uk   Application forms will be available VERY SOON!!!

HOLY WEEK 2014 Final touches are being made for services for

 Holy Week which begins on 13th April with a Joint service at St Bart’s for Palm Sunday. A leaflet outlining all of the services as well as the April Calendar will be available next weekend.

BARTS HOSTS NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BIBLICAL LITERACY Book Now On Wednesday 4th June (10am-4.15pm) St Bart's will host a national conference on the role and place of the bible in contemporary culture. We will welcome four internationally known speakers and enjoy three lectures and some group work. Professor James Crossley, from the University of Sheffield, will chair the day. Dr Katie Edwards, an expert on the use of the bible in advertising is speaking along with Professor Philip Esler (Professor of New Testament Studies at the University of Gloucestershire). Also speaking is Amanda Hancox, an award wining BBC producer from BBC Religion & Ethic in Salford, Manchester. We are looking forward to welcoming people from across the country and we would like you to be there too. Whilst other delegates are paying £47 for the day to cover the cost of speakers, food etc the cost of any parishioner is just £12. Booking forms are available from the back of church or the parish office.

ST GEORGE'S DAY LUNCHEON The Parish will be holding a

St George's Day Lunch on Wednesday 23rd April when very traditional English food will be served at lunch in Bart's Cafe. ALL ARE WELCOME. More details to follow shortly.

THREE DATES Some of you have rightly been asking for dates so that you can do your summer planning! Here are three dates to put on your calendar !




SCHOOL VISITS to St Mary’s    

It was great to see over 200 children visiting St Mary’s last week and they all seemed to enjoy it and got a flavour of our Easter Celebration.

There are more schools due to visit very soon:-

  Salisbury Primary on 27th March,

Altmore Infants on 1st & 3rd April

and Drew Primary on 22nd and 30th April.


ALL HELD IN THE LUKE ROOM at ST BART’S 11.30am – 12.15pm


Sun 23 March 2014 (3rd of Lent)                     TRAINING SESSION 2

Sun 30 March 2014 (4th of Lent)                     TRAINING SEEION 2

Sun 6 April 2014 (5th of Lent)                         TRAINING SESSION 3

Sat 12 April 2014                                          Easter Retreat for Candidates

Mon 21 April 2014 (Easter Mon)                      Social Event for Candidates

Sun 27 April (Whitsunday)                              FIELDWORK 1        

Sun 4 May 2014 (3rd of Easter)                      FIELDWORD 2

Sun 11 May 2014 (4th of Easter)                    FIELDWORK REPORTS

Thurs 29th  May 2014                                       Start of Novena Prayers

Saturday 7th June 2014                                     Confirmation Retreat

Sun 8th  June 2014  (PENTECOST)              Confirmation Service        


We once again have a variety of speakers talking about their life & faith.                                                           

                                LENT4  30th March   St Mary’s  Derek James

                                                                  St Bart’s   Fr Rob

              PASSION SUNDAY  6th April    St Mary’s Andrew Biro

                                                                 St Bart’s   Fr Fred

Midweek Services   

 St Mary’s 6.30pm Wednesday and St Bart’s 1230 Thursday.

Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer is said at Bart’s on Mondays, Wednesday & Thursdays at 9am

 and at St Mary’s on Tuesdays & Fridays also at 9am.

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

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