Other Users in 2015

Written by Brenda. Posted in pp_Others

St. Alban's

St. Alban's, situated in Wakefield Street, was rebuilt in the early 1980s and is no longer used for worship. The building comprises sheltered housing, and office space and a large hall (formerly the worship area) which are currently leased to the Pre-School Learning Alliance who run a nursery in the Hall.

Joint Parish activities

We very much appreciate the worship and fellowship we enjoy together. We have joint Sunday worship services throughout the year, rotating among the churches. We hold a number of spiritual and social events together such as the Advent and Lent courses, a regular monthly Bible study and try to support each other’s congregational activities as much as we can. We very much value being in a team partnership.

Joint social events, invitations to which are extended to the wider community, have included Coach Outings, Pilgrimages (recently Bradwell and Walsingham), concerts in aid of Christian Aid, Strawberry Teas and barbeques.

East Ham Anglicans

In addition to the East Ham Team, East Ham includes the parishes of St. George (to the West) and St. Paul (in the North East corner).

In 2013 a Diocesan initiative encouraged each Deanery to group parishes into ‘Mission and Ministry Units’. The East Ham Anglican churches became the East Ham MMU. The clergy met several times from late 2013 and share Morning Prayer together monthly. One thing to come out of this is a joint service of Confirmation to be hosted at St. Bart’s in July 2015.

Also in 2015 it was proposed that Newham forms a single MMU, though this would not preclude the East Ham Anglicans (now including St. Edmund’s) from continuing to work more closely together.

Methodists

Pilgrims Way (Congregational and Methodist) and High Street South Methodist Churches share a Minister and are situated just a few minutes walk from St Bart’s and St Mary’s. A group from Pilgrims Way come to the Barts Café for lunch every Wednesday and also support our social events and study days. The East Ham Parish Team has a good relationship with the current Methodist Minister. We say Morning Prayer together on Mondays and Tuesdays and run a joint Lent course across the churches. We have also exchanged pulpits and shared in leading worship together. The Methodist Minister has permission from the Bishop of Barking to preside at Eucharistic services in the parish. Both clergy and laity are keen to build on the strong links we already enjoy and further explore how the national Anglican-Methodist covenant might be worked out on a local level.