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11th May 2014 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in News

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Sunday 11th May 2014


It’s Christian Aid Week!


Second week of May –Christian Aid Week: summer will soon be here!


Christian Aid Week has become one of those annual events, like Budget day or Wimbledon or the Newham Town Show, which help define us in terms of who we are, what we do and where our values lie. We support it because it is Christian (well, it says so on the label) and does good works, even if we aren’t quite sure what or where they are – provides disaster relief, builds wells, equips schools, I suppose. Very comforting.


Now, a few years ago the Government allowed Charities to lobby and Christian Aid began a high –profile campaign on Fair Tax, complete with promotional double-decker bus.  Their argument  is that if the super-wealthy and the (evil) multinational companies did not indulge in tax avoidance, or worse, and paid more tax, that would go a long way to relieve poverty as governments would have a lot more money to spend on, well, relieving poverty.


I am normally suspicious of simplistic, cure-alls, especially as we in East Ham are not, on the whole, either super-wealthy or multinational companies; so paying more tax is for others. We are OK. Though we may end paying more for our oil, coffee, cosmetics, and who knows what else.


It is my perception that Christian Aid is easing a bit on this (and maybe gearing up on climate change), possibly because the campaign is achieving results and there is greater transparency on global tax issues.

I am still a bit unsure about all this but it has raised my awareness of Christian Aid itself and, on reflection, won’t in any way stop me contributing this week, even if I hope most of it goes towards digging wells.                                           Andrew


10.00am St Bart’s Rob is Celebrant & Ann is Preacher

10.00am St Mary’s Fred is Celebrant & Quintin is Preacher.

In Our Prayers
Our Mission: +Stephen our bishops, our clergy and our mission to East Ham; Children & Young People: St Bart’s, St Mary’s & St Alban’s Pre-Schools; Newham Pre-School Learning Alliance; Fellowship House Children’s Centre; Rainbows, Brownies,Guides, Rangers; Beavers,Cubs & Scouts; Community Links at St Mary’s; Sea Cadets; Air Cadets; Army Cadets; XLP

The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh , Lucy Owen,Win Joseph,May Gentry,Joyce Deslandes & Jennifer Smith.

Those who have died:

George Taylor, William Owen, Flora Furby, Shirley Preston & Bishop Lewis.       

           May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 11th May 2014  

Acts2: 42-end        1 Peter 2: 19-end        John 10: 1-10

Readings for 18th May 2014

Acts 7: 55-end         1 Peter 2: 2-10         John 14: 1-14

 St Mary’s Birthday’s             HAPPY BIRTHDAY to 

Tina Preston & Clare Scawthorn


Monday 12 May Bart's DCC [in Church] 7.30pm

Minutes and agendas ready to pick up today.

Tuesday 20th May 8pm Standing Committee (Parish & District Wardens & Secretary) Rector's Office

Wednesday 28th May 7.30pm PCC at St Bart's Church following Mass

at St Mary’s

FEAST OF THE ASCENSION Thursday 29th May 7pm St Mary’s

 Sung Mass with Guest Preacher The Lord Bishop of Derby,

Dr Alastair Redfern More details to follow.

Baptism  Two of the candidates Festus & Vivien to be confirmed by Bishop Trevor at Barking on Sunday 25th May will be baptised next Sunday (18th) at Bart's at 11.30am. The reason for this is that Fr Rob and Fr Fred both want to be present and because they are the only priests on duty on that Sunday it has to be after the two morning masses. Please do join us if you can - it will be less than half an hour and we will celebrate with a drink afterwards

Bishop Lewis A fitting tribute to Bishop Lewis' life was offered on Friday at St Bart's when the Church of God gave thanks for his life.

Anointing There is a new service at St Bartholomew's next Sunday morning –

the healing and anointing forms part of the actual liturgy for the Sunday morning. Anyone desirous of the healing ministry is welcome to attend and to be anointed.

 It starts at 10.00am.

Christian Aid Thank you to everyone for their help and support yesterday - particularly to Alison, Geraldine and all the team for putting on such a fun afternoon. Today in our worship and prayers we focus on the work of Christian Aid and ask for God's blessing on their work both in the UK and overseas.

St Matthias The Apostle His life is celebrated at the Mass at

St Mary Magdalene on Wednesday at 6.30pm.

The New Bishop of Barking

         Peter Hill has been Archdeacon of Nottingham since 2007, overseeing one of the oldest  Archdeaconries in the country. Previously he was incumbent of two Nottinghamshire mining parishes and also Diocesan Chief Executive for four years. 

         Originally from Swansea, Peter studied at Manchester and Nottingham Universities and Wycliffe Hall Oxford. He taught for eight years in Greater Manchester before being ordained and served as a curate in Nottingham, as vicar of Huthwaite and later of Calverton. As a former teacher, he was a member of the Dearing Review Group on church schools, and is Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education. He also serves nationally on General Synod and as Vice-Chair of the Dioceses Commission, which is tasked with reviewing the diocesan and episcopal structures of the church as a whole.  

         Peter is married to Ellen.  They have two grown up children and two grandsons. A keen sport and outdoor enthusiast, Peter is committed to the theology and practice of pilgrimage, having completed a number of long distance pilgrim walks. He has led many pilgrimages to The Holy Land, is learning to fly fish, cycles for pleasure (mostly on the flat!) and has faith enough to support Swansea City and Welsh rugby! 

Citation The clergy are "commanded" (!!) to attend a service at Chelmsford Cathedral on Wednesday night at 7.30pm when

 Bishop Stephen will address the Diocese on this the occasion

 of the Centenary of the Diocese.

Parish Book Club   Tomorrow at 2pm. We will read passages from Canon Alan Wilkinson's reissued book - The Church of England and the First World War. What was the church's position 100 years ago? How did the Archbishop of Canterbury respond? Did priests fight in the trenches?  Come and share in some fascinating insights. If you would like to purchase the book it is well worth a read during this commemoration year of World War I


Saturday 7th June. Coach leaves at 8.30am from St Mary’s,

 8.45am from Newham College, High Street South.

Cost is £14 per adult and £5 for under 16's. Please sign up today.

STUBBERS 2014  June 27th-29th For our 13th year we will be taking 30 children aged between 8 and 16yrs to Stubbers Adventure Centre in Upminster for a weekend of adventurous activities -  for info www.stubbers.co.uk. The cost per child is £60 and places go very fast. Please complete an application form ASAP for each child - available from the parish office or by e-mail from Chrissie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Hazel Thomas at Bart’s or Claudette King at St Mary’s and return with a cheque for £60/child payable to “East Ham PCC”. For informal enquiries contact John Marshall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



            PARISH CHURCHWARDENS:  Andrew Biro     Mary Richards


St.Mary Magdalene     Laurine Griffith    John King

              St.Bartholomew        Hazel Thomas       Ajith Lekshmanan


Doris Goodchild,   Sam Ozurumba,  Eutal Spence , Lorraine Ashton,

Ehi Omoregie, June Bassenger, Damian Sutton, Jean Mansfield ,                                   DISTRICT CHURCH COUNCIL

St. Mary Magdalene

Ancil Griffith, Colin Mansfield, John Hedges, Dennis Pridmore,  Shani Thomas,

 Tina Preston, Terry Hooker, Louise Simmons, Earlene Bentley,

Lilian Aneta Tomlinson.         

St. Bartholomew

        Geraldine Pote, Eutal Spence, Susan Allen, Rose Geaney, Robert Akowuah,  Philip John, Lorraine Ashton, Hazel Phillips, Sarah Kabuye, Primrose Sabanda           


Shirley Biro(Lay Chair) ,  Gordon Owen, Damian Sutton, Ajith Lekshmanan




Please pray for the Candidates from our Parish who are preparing  for the Sacrament of Confirmation this year Penny Louis DICKET, Tarun Thomas PHILLIP,

Festus DUMBI, Uchenna OZURUMBA, Vivien OGBEFUN, Omar MORGAN,

Natalie MORGAN at Barking Abbey St Margaret’s Church

Date of Confirmation: Sunday 25th May 2014 6:30pm

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

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