St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew †
St Alban † St Edmund †
Sunday 15th March 2015
4th Sunday of Lent
The spacious Church of St Bartholomew,decorated with rows of colourful flowers and beautiful prints of memorable photos, was filled to capacity on Thursday 12th March 2015. It felt like a wedding, like Christmas, or Easter celebration. No! It was the Parish of East Ham coming together with friends and family to bid farewell to Gladys Carter.
The Choir led the congregation in singing some of Glady’s favourite hymns. The Rector, Revd Dr Rob Marshall, who presided explained why the clergy were robed in white vestments: “Because this is Gladys! The celebration of her life, the joy of the Easter victory”. He recalled the happy face of Gladys whose active involvement in all aspects of Parish life was cherished by all: her hugs, kisses, welcoming smiles and generosity of spirit. This was a joyous celebration of a life enriched by God’s vivifying presence.
Dr Andrew Biro, the Parish Warden and May Gentry, a long term close friend of Gladys paid wonderful tributes. Andrew cited many vivid reminiscences of Gladys in the church, in the choir, in the Barts Cafe etc. May read a poem entitled “Gladys” which she had written almost thirty years ago for her friend Gladys. The title was simply: “Gladys”. The poem was about their friendship and bus trips.
Gladys would have been very pleased to hear all that, and to see so many friends who turned out on this ‘Gladys Day’. She hugged and kissed everyone. But most comfortingly, Gladys is the one being kissed and hugged today as she is welcomed into heaven! Singing with the Choirs of Heaven, dancing, leaping about with youthful agility, and resting in the loving arms of her Lord whose faith she has kept till the end.
Yes indeed, this is the “dies natalis” for Gladys. Today is her newbirth born this time, not into the hands of a human midwife, but into the Divine Hands of God the Creator. We pray that God will bless our Parish with many lovely angels like Gladys.
May Gladys rest in perfect peace and rise in glory. Amen
8.00am & 10.00am Mass at St Mary’s Ann is Celebrant and John is Preacher
10.00am Mass at St Bart’s Fred is Celebrant and Rob is Preacher
10.00am Mass at St Edmund’s Peter is Celebrant and Preacher
Today’s readings: 1 Samuel 20-end Colossians 3: 12-17 Luke 2: 33-35
Readings for 22nd March: Jeremiah 31: 31-34 Hebrews 5: 5-10 John 12: 20-33
In Our Prayers: Stephen & Peter our bishops, our clergy & our mission to East Ham;
Worshipping Communities who share our buildings; Lay Ministers: Shirley & John; Staff: Brenda. Chrissie, Bill, May, June, Win, Sue, Jackie, Festus & Debbie
Churchwardens: Andrew, Mary, Laurine, John, Hazel, Ajith & Coraline
The sick and suffering: Clarice, Martin Gammon, Les Rowe, Alice Singh,
Janice Wenlock, Graham Davis, Rose Geaney & her son Stephen,
Veronica Lewis, Eugenie Scott, Mabel Lawrence, Enid Jacob, Tony Osokoya,
Ancil Griffith, Gillian Carter & Arthur Griseley.
Those who have died: Frank Haggar, Kathleen Williams & Gladys Carter.
May they rest in peace and rise in Glory.
Prayer for Mothering Sunday
Dear Lord, We thank you that you love us and always welcome us with open arms.
We thank you for mothers and carers everywhere, and for all they do to care for their children. We pray that mums will feel really special today; that they will know how much we love them and how much God loves them too. Amen
St Mary’s Birthdays HAPPY BIRTHDAY to
Folarin Laditan, Mary Richards, Skye Pinches, Sherly Powell & June Bassenger
Thank you to all those who turned up to celebrate Gladys' life at the thanksgiving mass held for her on Thursday at St Bart's.
Thanks to Brenda, Sue and Dennis for their particular help, to Doris for serving and for all the floral tributes. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
We would like to purchase something in memory of Gladys for the Church or the café. If you have any suggestions as to what we should buy or would like to contribute please see the Churchwardens, Sue or the Parish Office.
Neriah Qabeel Masih
Neriah was baptised by Rob last weekend at a wonderful celebration at St Edmunds. Neriah's family turned out in large numbers, her uncle sang song with his guitar and delicious hot samosas were served with fruit cake and drinks as the rest of the congregation joined in the celebrations. It was good to see St Edmund's as full as it was.
FIRST COMMUNION classes continue after the services at all Churches.These classes will take place up to Easter
and are open to children from around the age of seven.
Book Club There was another super number of folk at the Parish Book Club led by Irene on Monday. More details of future meetings during the interregnum will follow.
PCC. The pre APCM meeting of the PCC will be held at St Bart's
on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm. Quintin will chair this meeting.
Agendas and Minutes are available to pick up today
for those not on email.
Operations Manager. Representatives of all three churches have spent a great deal of time in the past two weeks shortlisting and interviewing a range of candidates for this post. The post was offered to someone but the person was unable to accept. The sub group is currently discussing a range of options which include re-advertising, putting an interim structure in place and/or waiting until a new Team Rector is appointed to then repeat the process. We will keep you up to date as discussions continue.Thank you to Hazel, Alison, Mary and Andrew for all their time and diligence in this matter so far.
Goodbye to Rob - Me and My Music Special –
Wednesday 15th April 7.30pm at St Bart's
At all of the Me and My Music evenings so far - Rob has asked the questions! But this time the tables are turned as Rob prepares to say goodbye to East Ham and chooses his favourite music.
He is interviewed by Methodist Minister Nicola Vidamour.
Cost £7. Please book your place now by reserving at the Café
or phoning/emailing the parish office.
St Edmund’s is hoping to organise a coach to attend theNational Pilgrimage to Walsingham on Monday, 25th May.We will need to leave at 7.30am and bring a packed lunch.
The Preacher is The Very Revd John Hall - Dean of Westminster Abbey. Fr Fred will be leading this. Please sign up at St Edmund’s or let the Parish Office know if you would like to join in this enjoyable day out. We will need to know numbers asap to decide on what size coach is needed.
We will be preparing St Mary’s for Easter
on Saturday 4th April 10am – 12 noon.
Please come along to help out – hot cross buns will be on offer.
North Beckton Primary School are visiting St Mary’s
on Thursday 19th March.
LENT 2015 The Empty Quarter
This year's ecumenical Lent course is called "The Empty Quarter"
and has been written by Nicola, our Methodist Minister –
featuring photos, reflections and questions from her trip to the desert
in Oman last year!
We will explore silence, being deserted, thirst, shadows, fire and footprints!
The first week of the Lent Course went very well and was enjoyed by many.
Wednesdays 10.00am Mass at St Edmunds with a short reflection
2.00pm Main Session at Pilgrim's Way
6.30pm Mass at St Mary Magdalene followed by Main Session
Thursdays 12.30pm Mass at St Bart's with a short reflection
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At St Edmunds (Walsingham Centre) during Lent
every Saturday at Midday
* The Angelus Prayer
* Soup Lunch followed by Lent reflection
WEDNESDAY 10.00am St Edmunds
WEDNESDAY 6.30pm St Mary's
THURSDAY 12.30pm St Bart's
You are welcome to whichever of these you are able to attend.
The Parish Office is open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm
Telephone 020 8470 0011
Registered Charity No: 1127847