8th July 2012 Newsletter

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Sunday 8th July 2012


Litany of The Reverend Mother Frances

My ordination name was Mary Magdalene, served my title post in a team with a church named after Mary Magdalene,

for that I will say

Deo Gratias – Thanks be to God

For Quintin, Jane, Ann, Fr. Fred, The parish wardens, and district wardens and all at Bart’s whipping me into shape.

For that I will say

Deo Gratias – Thanks be to God

For all that I have learnt and experienced in the parish

and beyond, I will say

Deo Gratias – Thanks be to God

For all your love, support and critique I will say

Deo Gratias – Thanks be to God

For the experience I am taking with me to Gloucester

and the community at Matson, I will say

Deo Gratias – Thanks be to God

All I am trying to say is; I will miss you all very much, should you need a change of scenery make your way to the ‘bucolic’ country.

My new address is: The Rectory, Matson Lane, Matson, Gloucester, GL4 6DX.

 Till we meet again – Deo Gratias


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Sunday 1st July 2012


Hello, I must be going.

Today we welcome back Frances from placement but, sadly, only for a short period as she will be leaving us at the end of this month for bucolic Gloucester. We will be able to say goodbye to her at St Mary’s Patronal service on July 22nd.

So there is more change ahead for us in the parish. No-one really likes change: we can be like Hobbits and want calmness and routine.

Our services are to be at the same time, in the same place

and use the same form of words. A part of the Gospel is about just that – assuredness and stability - the same yesterday today and forever.

But another part isn’t. The Gospel is about change, about conversion, about trust, about being transformed. Many years ago

I heard a sermon on “Abraham and rootlessness”. How God called Abraham in his old age out of his home and told him to move,

without telling him where. And he went out, not knowing where he was going (Hebrews 11 v.8).

So we must be prepared for and expect change and uncertainty, because it’s going to happen.

Of course the Bible goes on to say that He will be with us throughout all of this and, as Christians, we know this. It doesn’t come as a surprise to us but it doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to deal with.

Ours is going to be to be a walk of faith and not of sight, whether we want it or not.



Please remember in your prayers:

Les Page, Clarice, Vicky Schiff, Win Jones, Martin Gammon,

Dela McCarteny, Frank Burdge, Joan Short, & Maude Smith.  


PARISH PRAYER ROTA   This week we pray for

Kitchen Table @ St Bart’s: Anne, Michael, Katie and the volunteer helpers:

Older People: Golden Oldies; Genesis Housing Association – residents and staff;

Lunch Club: Friday Games.


Readings for 1st July 2012

2 Corinthians 8: 7-15         Mark 5: 21-43

Readings for 8th July 2012

St Mary’s: 2 Samuel 5: 1-5, 9-10     2 Corinthians 12: 2-10  Mark 6: 1-13

St Bart’s: Ezekiel 2: 1-5   2 Corinthians 12: 2-10     Mark 6: 1-13


St Mary’s Birthday’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY to  Amelie Mason, Kim Andrews, John King & Joe Bence.


St Bart’s Communion Hymns: 297;   300;   413


It’s lovely to have back with us at St Mary’s

Professor John Kater who is giving the talk this morning.


At St Mary’s this morning we welcome for baptism Sienna.

Please keep her, her family and godparents in your prayers.


We welcome at St Mary’s this morning Karen Malcolm who you wouldn’t believe is 50 yrs old and who is receiving a blessing

at the end of the service this morning.


Frank Burdge is in the Royal London hospital, but he is too ill to receive visitors at the moment.

Please keep Frank and his family in your prayers.


The funeral of Pauline Wright will take place at St Mary’s on Wednesday 4th July at 1.30pm.

Please keep Pauline and her family in your prayers.


Arthur Worwood has moved to Warrior Square, Little Ilford.


We are very sorry to hear about the death of Catherine Okai, Fred’s Mother.

Please pray for her soul and our thoughts and prayers are with Fred & the family at this time.


£533.60 has been sent to Christian Aid. This consisted of £260 concert ticket sales, £7 concert refreshments, £56 concert donations and £210.60 in congregational donations.  Christian Aid will also be able to claim tax back on £110 of this. 

Thank you everyone and well done!  Geraldine


Monthly Bible Study - where we bring our thoughts to the Gospel reading for the following Sunday, continue TODAY. 

This will be held in the Luke Room at St Bart’s Church. We will start at 4.30pm and finish promptly at 5.30pm in order for folks to get to St Mary’s for the London Gallery Quire concert.


St Mary’s DCC: Wednesday 4th July 7.30pm in the hall. Agendas & minutes available to pick up today.


Goodbye to Frances.

Frances’s last Sunday with us will be the Joint service at St Mary’s on 22nd July.

She will be moving to St Katherine’s, Matson Lane, Gloucester GL4 6DX.

Her licensing will take place at 7.00pm on Wednesday 5th September. Because of the distance involved it will be

difficult to arrange coach hire but if there is a demand we will see if it is feasible. A few people are making

their own way down and staying overnight. We are collecting for a leaving gift for Frances.

Please give to the Church Wardens or Parish Office.


PARISH TRIP to MALDON   Saturday 7th July 2012.

£12 Adults £4 under 16’s.

Pick up at St Mary’s at 9.00am and

Newham College, High Street South at 9.15am.


Sign up on the sheets at the back of both Churches.

Please pay your money, either cash or cheques made payable to East Ham Team Ministry, to the Church Wardens or the Parish Office.



The London Gallery Quire are performing this evening at St. Mary’s at 6pm.

The Quire, formed in 1997, enjoy making West Gallery church music together. West Gallery music was sung in town and country churches during the 18th and early 19th centuries. It is rewarding, easy to sing and very joyful in character.

To learn more about The London Gallery Quire go to www.lgq.org.uk and for West Gallery Music go to www.wgma.org.uk



Roast lunch with live background music @the kitchen table

Central Park E6. Sunday July 1st 2012   12-4pm

Why not treat yourself to lunch out with friends or family?
Enjoy our gentle background music over a delicious lunch
3 course set menu £9.50   (children under 12 £5)
Red pepper & sweet potato soup
Roast Lamb or chicken  or
Stuffed butternut squash
Apple Pie or Chocolate Cheesecake



7th July      Parish Trip to Maldon – sign up TODAY.

21st July      Open Day at St Mary’s for Patronal weekend

and Olympic Torch relay down High St South

22nd July       St Mary’s Patronal Festival

27th July   – 12th August          Olympic Games

29th August - 9th September     Paralympic Games

31st Aug – 2nd September Making a Difference Christian Arts Festival  (more details later in the month)

2nd September St Bart’s Patronal Festival

8th September   Barn Dance at St Bart’s

6th October      Quiet Day at Haggerston

20th October     Parish Autumn Fair



Wednesday 6.30pm at St Mary’s

Thursday 12.30pm at St Bart’s


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

Telephone 020 8470 0011

Website: www.easthamparish.org.uk

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Registered Charity No: 1127847

24th June 2012 Newsletter

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Sunday 24th June 2012


National Carers’ Week

Carers are very special people.

My Mum and Dad were in their thirties with two teenage daughters when my Mum’s Multiple Sclerosis was diagnosed and my Dad looked after my Mum as she gradually lost all her faculties over the next 30 years. Or we might think of Alison, a single mother, whose daughter was born with a life-limiting condition but who lived till she was nearly 14 with the excellent care of her Mum and those who supported them. The Renewal Programme offers advice and advocacy to the 22,000 or so carers in Newham and we are constantly run off our feet.

You don’t choose to be a carer, though you might, not unreasonably, decide that that’s not what you want to do, but the vast majority of carers just get on with it and will say that they are simply doing what love calls them to do.

But that caring has huge impact on the well-being of the carer; many carers have to give up their jobs, their friends and any thought of a social life, all of which takes a huge toll on their own health.

But they wouldn’t have it any other way – and we must be grateful for that as they save us millions of pounds in paid care, apart from the fact that carers give the best kind of care.

So this week, we’ll look out for carers, surely God’s earthly agents, and, if we can, give them a hand – and, if we can’t do that, put something in the tin!


17th June 2012 Newsletter

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Sunday 17th June 2012


Jubilate   Jubilate   Jubilate!!

Diamond Jubilee Year of Queen Elizabeth II Crowned 2nd June 1953

In the light of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations I couldn’t help pointing out the coincidence between part of today’s First Reading and our own experience of the coronation of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II:

“Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, "The Lord has not chosen any of these." Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all your sons here?" And he said, "There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep." And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here." He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, "Rise and anoint him; for this is the one." Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward.” (1 Samuel 15:34-16:13)

Ours may go like this:

Britons and the Commonwealth saw all the royals pass before the throne……….But the Lord has not chosen any of these.

The Archbishop of Canterbury said: Are these all the heirs you have for the throne of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth?

And all the people responded:

“There is another one. But she is only a young girl. She got married not too long ago. She is not even around. She is gone into the wild.”

“What do you mean into the wild?”

“She and her husband are on Safari in Kenya, Africa.

The Lord said: bring her home; anoint Her”

Out of Kenya and Africa, young Elizabeth was flown back home to Britain,

The Lord said, "Rise and anoint her; for this is the one."

Elizabeth was immediately enthroned, crowned and anointed with Holy Oil in the presence of more than 8,000 guests and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon Elizabeth from that day forward.” She took the Coronation Oath and is now bound to serve her people and to maintain the laws of God. After handing her the four symbols of authority - the orb, the sceptre, the rod of mercy and the royal ring of sapphire and rubies - the Archbishop of Canterbury placed St Edward's Crown on her head to complete the ceremony.

Fr Fred

10th June 2012 Newsletter

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Sunday 10th June 2012


What a weekend!

I would like to take the opportunity this week on the front page to thank all those who helped make last weekend such a success. We had a very happy dance on Saturday night where even the vicar was seen tripping the light fantastic. A rare event! Then we moved onto the Sunday morning worship and finally the memorable Children’s Party on Sunday afternoon with lots of laughter and joy. It was a weekend packed full of memorable moments. It took a lot of organising and was an appropriate and fitting way of celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee. So a big thank you to all who did all the hard work and made those events possible.

Yet this summer it seems no sooner have we finished one memorable weekend as we are getting ready for another. We now move onto the build up to the Olympics with all the disruption those events will bring but also all the excitement and fun happening across Newham over the next few months. There are lots of parties going on across the Borough. We also will be welcoming the Olympic torch to Newham as it comes down High Street South and into Central Park on Saturday 21st July.

I have been told the torch will be passing St. Mary Magdalene Church at precisely 11.12am on that day. We will wait and see but whatever time the torch passes the Church it will give us an excuse for another party!

An extraordinary summer of events that I can’t promise to repeat next year!