5th April 2015 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

              St Mary Magdalene †       St Bartholomew †      St Alban †     St Edmund †                                                                              

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 5th April 2015

Easter Sunday

Without the Good News we cannot be called Christians

Bishop Michael Ramsey's book The Resurrection of Jesus remains a classic. It is concise, easy to read and simple. To sum it up - the resurrection is at the heart of the Gospel and without the Gospel we cannot be called Christians.

The resurrection is the way, the truth and the life. It is the good news. 

It is death defeated and evil overcome. It is the transfiguration of suffering and the revelation of potential glory.

It is brought about by the work of Jesus on the cross and is offered to each of us. 

It is the beginning and the end and the coming together of the potentiality of the incarnation. In other words, from the moment of Jesus' coming at Advent the promise of new life is, today, finally revealed and restored.

I wish each and every one of you a joyous celebration of the resurrection today. Celebrate with joy. And do not ever forget it. Keep your faith strong. 

For this Good News has forever bound the church together in good times and in bad. Even the ancient and contemporary martyrs of the church knew deep down that if their faith meant anything - all of the suffering was not in vain.

Christ is Risen!

He is Risen Indeed.

Alleluia!                                        

                                                        Rob

TODAY’S SERVICES

8.00am & 10.00am Mass at St Mary’s Quintin is Celebrant and Preacher

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

10.00am Mass at St Edmund’s Fred is Celebrant & Preacher

Today’s readings:   Romans 6: 3-11

 

In Our Prayers: Stephen & Peter our bishops, our clergy & our mission to East Ham;

Community Groups: East Ham AA Group; Narcotics Anonymous;

Newham Community Counselling; Patiko Baker’s Fort Project;

Royal British Legion – East Ham Branch

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,

Gillian Carter & Arthur Griseley.

Those who have died:

Gladys Carter, Damasius Atsu Okai & Mark Faulkner

                             May they rest in peace and rise in Glory.

St Mary’s Birthdays         HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

Paige Wetherell, Esther Obasanya, Gladys Obasanya & Mutsa Mutembwa

A Big Thank you to all who came out on Saturday to decorate our Churches.

They all look wonderful.

Baptisms at St Mary’s yesterday.

It was good to welcome Mia & Josiah to St Mary’s yesterday for their baptism. Also their families and friends.

FIRST COMMUNION

We welcome all those who are receiving First Communion

in our Churches today.

At St Mary’s Greta, Milda, Mia, Josiah & Jovita.

The names of those receiving First Communion at St Bart’s & St Edmund’s will be published next week.

Please keep them all in your prayers on this special day.

PLEASE NOTE. Next Sunday will be a JOINT SERVICE

at St Mary’s followed by the APCM.

School Visits at SMM  

It was good to welcome Vicarage Primary School who visited

St Mary’s during Holy Week.

On Wednesday 22nd April Oliver Thomas Nursery will be bringing

a group of 20 under 4’s to visit.

It was also good to welcome the Bishop of Barking to Vicarage School last week to take an assembly and have lunch with the children. He seemed to much enjoy the visit and the vast diversity of the children at Vicarage School

Bart’s Café

Bric a Brac & Cake Sale in aid of the PDSA.

Friday 10th April 10.00am – 3.00pm.

ALL ARE WELCOME

Goodbye to Rob - Me and My Music Special

Wednesday 15th April 7.30pm at St Bart's

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK

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.

For catering purposes we need to have final numbers by 8th April.

Placement Student

We will hopefully be joined over Holy Week by Ivo Anderson who is preparing for priesthood and we have been asked by the Diocesan Director of Ordinands to give him a taste of our life and worship. After Easter he will hopefully be joining us for a few Sundays. But more details after Easter.                                                                                                 Quintin      

STUBBERS 2015 June 26th-28th The cost per child is £60.  Please complete an application form ASAP for each child available from the parish office, e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Sarah at Bart’s, Alison at St Edmund’s

or Katie at St Mary’s and return with a cheque

for £60/child payable to “East Ham PCC”.

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING

The Annual church meeting will be held after a Joint service

at St Mary’s on Sunday 12th April.

We will be electing churchwardens, and members

of the parish and district councils.

If you would like to be involved in the life of our churches in any of these ways, please make sure your name is added.

(with a proposer and seconder) to the sheets at the back of our churches.

This your last chance to put your name down.

If you are interested, but not sure what is involved,

do speak to one of the clergy or current wardens.

To all those who produce reports for the APCM.

Please send them to the office by Wednesday 8th April

so there is time to get them photocopied – thank you.

N.B. There will be a Section 11 meeting immediately

after the APCM with the newly appointed PCC.

HAPPY EASTER

We wish all our parishioners a very happy and blessed Easter!

CHRIST IS RISEN! He is Risen Indeed. Alleluia!

From all the clergy in the East Ham Team

Midweek Eucharists  

       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    

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29th March 2015 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

St Mary Magdalene †       St Bartholomew †      

St Alban † St Edmund †                                                                              

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 29th March 2015

Palm Sunday

Holy Week 2015

When I wander down the High Street as we approach Christmas people often say to me: ‘Busy time of the year Vicar’

As though the rest of the year I am somehow sitting in the back garden with a rum and coke meditating on the meaning of life. Somehow, just managing to stir myself for a few services over the Christmas season. Now there is an idea!

The remark is, of course, meant kindly and they speak the truth. There are children to be welcomed into the Church, Advent to be completed and Christmas Services to be prepared for. Christmas is fixed in the public imagination as the main time of celebration for Christians. Everything grinds to a halt for Christmas.

Yet for Christians it is the coming week that is the centre of our faith and worship. Sadly, it will pass by with most people unaware in our local community. Yet Holy Week with its slow movement towards the cross and the final resurrection on Easter Sunday has so much to say to us. It is the centre of our faith. It is through our journey over the next week that we find hope and life.

                                                                   Quintin

TODAY’S SERVICES

8.00am Mass at St Mary’s Quintin is Celebrant

10.00am Joint Mass at St Edmund’s Fred is Celebrant

Today’s readings:   Passion Reading

Readings for 5th April: Romans 6: 3-11

In Our Prayers: Stephen & Peter our bishops, our clergy & our mission to East Ham;

Health & Exercise: St Bartholomews Surgery, Slimming World, Karate, Wing Chung Kung Fu & Zumba.

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,, Gillian Carter & Arthur Griseley.

Those who have died:

Frank Haggar, Kathleen Williams, Gladys Carter & Damasius Atsu Okai.

                             May they rest in peace and rise in Glory.

t Message from Bishop Peter

Bishop Peter has sent a message to be read out at the joint service today to mark the beginning of Fred’s ministry as resident priest at St Edmund’s.

Rob will read out the message at the start of the service as we ask for God’s blessing on Fred’s ministry at St Edmunds.

St Mary’s Birthdays         HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

Lajeaune Wright, Arabella Quigley & Joseph T Menson

Holy Saturday Service

On Holy Saturday at 8pm at St Mary Magdalene as well as having the service of the first fires and renewing our baptismal vows. We will also be baptizing Mia and Josiah in preparation to them joining Milda, Jovita and Greta to receive their first Communion on Easter Day. Please pray for them all.

FIRST COMMUNION

Children at St Bart’s will receive their First Communion on Easter Day. Two of them will be baptized at St Bart’s. There will also be a First Communion at St Edmunds. Please hold them all in your prayers.

Weekday Mass times are as published and there is no Mass at St Edmunds on Wednesday (at 10am) or St Bart’s on Thursday (12.30pm)

School Visits at SMM     It has been a busy couple of weeks with over 300 children already visiting St Mary Magdalene’s in the past two weeks. We welcome another 120 from Vicarage School next week.

It was also good to welcome the Bishop of Barking to Vicarage School this week to take an assembly and have lunch with the children. He seemed to much enjoy the visit and the vast diversity of the children at Vicarage School

GOOD FRIDAY WALK OF WITNESS

A gentle reminder to be recruiting for our Walk of Witness

on Good Friday, 3rd April. We will gather outside St Bart’s from 11am.

Leave at 11.15am and walk to Myrtle Way.

Short-ish service to begin at 11.30am.

Come and Join us for Hot Cross Buns

10am Saturday 4th April we will be cleaning and getting

St Mary Magdalene ready for Easter.

St Bart’s Preparation

We will give the church an extra clean on Easter Eve (Saturday, 4th). Anyone around between 10am and 11.30am is invited to give a hand

Lent Course  

         Thanks to Nicola for producing the Lent Course 2015. This certainly seems to have provoked some quality debate and discussion across the parish.

Bart’s Café

Bric a Brac & Cake Sale in aid of the PDSA. Friday 10th April 10.00am – 3.00pm.

ALL ARE WELCOME

 

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.

For catering purposes we need to have final numbers by 8th April.

 

Placement Student

We will hopefully be joined over Holy Week by Ivo Anderson who is preparing for priesthood and we have been asked by the Diocesan Director

of Ordinands to give him a taste of our life and worship. After Easter he will hopefully be joining us for a few Sundays. But more details after Easter.

                                                                                                 Quintin      

 

STUBBERS 2015 June 26th-28th The cost per child is £60.  Please complete an application form ASAP for each child available from the parish office, e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Sarah at Bart’s, Alison at St Edmund’s or Katie at St Mary’s and return with a cheque for £60/child payable to “East Ham PCC”.

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING

The Annual church meeting will be held after a Joint service

at St Mary’s on Sunday 12th April.

We will be electing churchwardens, and members

of the parish and district councils.

If you would like to be involved in the life of our churches in any of these ways, please make sure your name is added

(with a proposer and seconder) to the sheets at the back of our churches. If you are interested, but not sure what is involved,

do speak to one of the clergy or current wardens.

Midweek Eucharists

There is no Mass at St Edmunds on Wednesday (at 10am)

or St Bart’s on Thursday (12.30pm)

Mass times are: Monday (St Edmund’s, 8pm), Tuesday (St Bart’s 8pm), Wednesday (St Mary’s, 6.30pm), Thursday (St Bart’s, 7.30pm)

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

Telephone 020 8470 0011    

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   twitter@easthamteam   Registered Charity No: 1127847

 

HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES

PALM SUNDAY   29th March          

10.00am Joint Eucharist with blessing and procession of palms

at St Edmunds

                      

MONDAY     30th March    

8.00pm Eucharist with reflection at St Edmunds        

TUESDAY   31st March      

8.00pm Eucharist with reflection at St Bart’s        

WEDNESDAY   1st April    

6.30pm Eucharist with reflection at St Mary’s                

MAUNDY THURSDAY   2nd April  

11.00am   Diocesan Eucharist with the Blessing of Oils at Chelmsford Cathedral

7.30pm   Eucharist with washing of feet and vigil at St Bart’s  

 

GOOD FRIDAY     3rd April  

11.15am Procession of the cross from St Bart’s

11.30am E6 open air service, Myrtle Road (outside Sainsbury’s)                    

12.30pm Stations of the Cross at St Bart’s                                        

2.00pm Adoration of the Cross and communion from    

               reserved sacrament at both St Mary’s & St Edmunds

                

HOLY SATURDAY   4th April  

8.00pm   First Fires and Lighting of the Paschal Candle at St Mary’s                  

EASTER SUNDAY   5th April    

8.00am Eucharist at St Mary Magdalene                        

10.00am Eucharist with First Communion at St Mary’s                                                

10.00am Eucharist with First Communion at St Bart’s

10.00am Eucharist for Easter at St Edmunds

22nd March 2015 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

St Mary Magdalene †       St Bartholomew †      

St Alban † St Edmund †                                                                              

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 22nd March 2015

Passion Sunday

The Way We Were

I am reading a history of England (indeed) and am reminded how different life was. England was a rural, agrarian society; until relatively recently most people worked on the land and lived in villages. The rhythm of their lives was governed by the seasons, by farming and by the Church's calendar.

We are different. We are not dependent on daylight or the weather for our work, nor on the time of year for what we eat. Foods that were only “in season” are now available all year-round. There is no longer a sense of occasion in eating strawberries in June, oranges at Christmas, chestnuts in the autumn or, even, hot crossed-buns on Good Friday. These and many obscure, traditional, events (Marble Day, Simnel Sunday) have been lost – if they were ever really observed at all (Kissing Friday, anyone?). Many were associated with the Church's year (Marble Day is Good Friday: not a lot of people know that) and hosted by the parish. Just a thought: St. Mary's was built in this world.

Now we have shopping malls, Nando's, the internet, Netflix (must find out what that is...) to keep us amused and, of course, for many of us whose ancestry does not go back generations in this country these traditions were never part of our cultural heritage anyway.

So we are, in a sense, free to go back to our core beliefs. We are in Lent; it is two weeks to Easter – the festival which binds and unites

all Christians - and we need to remember, retain and proclaim it.

                                                                                 Andrew

TODAY’S SERVICES

8.00am & 10.00am Mass at St Mary’s Quintin is Celebrant and Mary is Speaker

10.00am Mass at St Bart’s Ann is Celebrant and Preacher

10.00am Mass at St Edmund’s Fred is Celebrant and Preacher

Today’s readings:   Jeremiah 31: 31-34     Hebrews 5: 5-10   John 12: 20-33

Readings for 29th March: Passion Reading

In Our Prayers: Stephen & Peter our bishops, our clergy & our mission to East Ham;

Children & Young People: Newham pre-School Alliance; Fellowship House Children’s Centre; Rainbows, Brownies, Guides & Rangers; Beavers, Cubs, Scouts; Centre4M; St Mary’s, St Alban’s & St Edmund’s Pre-Schools; Sea Cadets;

Air Cadets; Army Cadets; XLP

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 & Damasius Atsu Okai.

                           May they rest in peace and rise in Glory.

A special thank you to Mary for speaking at St Mary’s this morning.

SCHOOL VISITS to ST MARY’S

It was very good to welcome North Beckton Primary School

to St Mary’s last Thursday for a visit.

Next Thursday we welcome 3 classes from Salisbury School.

St Elmo’s Pictures have spent 3 days filming at St Mary’s.

Bart’s Sunday club is trying to raise money to buy stationery and other items. We request a small donation from able parishioners of one pound a month or 12 pounds annually to help with our expenses. We will also set up a collection plate at the entrance of the church hall after the Easter service. Thanks for your assistance.   Sarah Kabuye Sunday club teacher.

St Mary’s have received a letter from Mildmay thanking us for welcoming them to speak at St Mary’s on 8th March. They hope we found the talk interesting and were able to find out more about Mildmay’s work. They also extend thanks for the donation of £250 which will go a long way in support of Mildmay’s work.

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.

GOOD FRIDAY WALK OF WITNESS

A gentle reminder to be recruiting for our Walk of Witness

on Good Friday, 3rd April. We will gather outside St Bart’s from 11am.

Leave at 11.15am and walk to Myrtle Way.

Short-ish service to begin at 11.30am.

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.

Bart’s Café

Bric a Brac & Cake Sale in aid of the PDSA. Friday 10th April 10.00am – 3.00pm.

ALL ARE WELCOME

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.

For catering purposes we need to have final numbers by 8th April.

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING

The Annual church meeting will be held after a Joint service

at St Mary’s on Sunday 12th April.

We will be electing churchwardens,and members

of the parish and district councils.

If you would like to be involved in the life of our churches in any of these ways, please make sure your name is added

(with a proposer and seconder) to the sheets at the back of our churches. If you are interested, but not sure what is involved,

do speak to one of the clergy or current wardens.

STUBBERS 2015 June 26th-28th The cost per child is £60.  Please complete an application form ASAP for each child available from the parish office, e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Sarah at Bart’s, Alison at St Edmund’s or Katie at St Mary’s and return with a cheque for £60/child payable to “East Ham PCC”.

HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES

PALM SUNDAY   29th March          

10.00am Joint Eucharist with blessing and procession of palms at St Edmunds

                      

MONDAY     30th March    

8.00pm Eucharist with reflection at St Edmunds        

TUESDAY   31st March      

8.00pm Eucharist with reflection at St Bart’s        

WEDNESDAY   1st April    

6.30pm Eucharist with reflection at St Mary’s                

MAUNDY THURSDAY   2nd April  

11.00am  Diocesan Eucharist with the Blessing of Oils at Chelmsford Cathedral

7.30pm  Eucharist with washing of feet and vigil at St Bart’s  

GOOD FRIDAY     3rd April  

11.15am Procession of the cross from St Bart’s

11.30am E6 open air service, Myrtle Road (outside Sainsbury’s)                    

12.30pm Stations of the Cross at St Bart’s                                        

2.00pm Adoration of the Cross and communion from    

               reserved sacrament at both St Mary’s & St Edmunds

                

HOLY SATURDAY   4th April  

8.00pm   First Fires and Lighting of the Paschal Candle at St Mary’s                  

EASTER SUNDAY   5th April    

8.00am Eucharist at St Mary Magdalene                        

10.00am Eucharist with First Communion at St Mary’s                                                

10.00am Eucharist with First Communion at St Bart’s

10.00am Eucharist for Easter at St Edmunds

Midweek Eucharists

       WEDNESDAY 10.00am St Edmunds  WEDNESDAY 6.30pm St Mary's

   THURSDAY  12.30pm St Bart's

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

Telephone 020 8470 0011    

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Registered Charity No: 1127847

15th March 2015 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 15th March 2015

4th Sunday of Lent

 

Gladys

 

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 

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Fr Fred

 

TODAY’S SERVICES

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

Gladys

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.


 

STUBBERS 2015 June 26th-28th The cost per child is £60.  Please complete an application form ASAP for each child available from the parish office, e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Sarah at Bart’s, Alison at St Edmund’s or Katie at St Mary’s and return with a cheque for £60/child payable to “East Ham PCC”.

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

 

* * * * * * * * *

 

At St Edmunds (Walsingham Centre) during Lent

every Saturday at Midday

 

                                                 *  The Angelus Prayer

                                                 *  Eucharist

                                                 *  Soup Lunch followed by Lent reflection

 

ALL WELCOME

  Midweek Eucharists    

       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  

      email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website:  www.easthamparish.org.uk    

   twitter@easthamteam

Registered Charity No: 1127847

 

8th March 2015 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 8th March 2015

3rd Sunday of Lent

 

 

Clockwatching

 

Christopher and I just got back from holiday in Malta for a week and we had a lovely rest though you’ll see I’m more rusty than sunburnt because it absolutely poured with rain every day! But the goodness that I didn’t get from the sun, I made up for in delicious food and a very nice Maltese rose wine!

I took all my usual stuff,  some comfortable clothes and so on, but I didn’t take any makeup or jewellery – although I love getting glammed up when I’m working, I like to leave all that behind when I go on holiday - much to my daughter’s distress.

 

And I never, ever take a watch on holiday. Not because I hope to miss the plane home but because I like to have a complete break from the clockwatching that is the backbone of my life. When I’m working, I look at the clock constantly - and it’s almost always later than I wanted it to be. I hate to be late – but I’m often only just in time, as the local funeral directors will tell you – it was suggested that I should have a purple flashing light fitted to my car but I haven’t gone that far yet! But Church services and community meetings need to begin on time and I don’t want to waste my time or anyone else’s, so life does tend to be a bit of a dash.

 

To be on holiday for me then, is to relax into the moment and not to worry about the next one, and, in that way, I believe that holidays are a little foretaste of Heaven; the Bible says that, to God, a thousand years is like an evening – no need to rush then!

 

                                                                                 Ann

 

TODAY’S SERVICES

8.00am & 10.00am Mass at St Mary’s Quintin is Celebrant 

                                                       and Ross White from Mildmay Mission is Speaker

10.00am Mass at St Bart’s Ann  is Celebrant and  Fred is Preacher

10.00am Mass at St Edmund’s Rob is Celebrant and Preacher

Today’s readings:   Exodus 20: 1-17    1 Corinthians 1: 18-25   John 2: 13-22 

Readings for 15th March:  1 Samuel 20-end    Colossians 3: 12-17   Luke 2: 33-35

In Our Prayers: Stephen & Peter our bishops, our clergy & our mission to East Ham;

Older People: Genesis Housing Association – residents and staff;

Lunch Club; Friday Games; Age UK

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.

BAPTISM AT ST EDMUND’S

Next Sunday Neriah Qabeel Masih, will be baptized at St Edmund’s. Please keep her and her family in your prayers as they prepare for this special day.

Thanksgiving for Gladys: This Thursday
Gladys will be received into church for a service of thanksgiving for her life on Thursday 12 March at 10am [St Bartholomew's].

You are all very welcome.

After the church service there will be tea/coffee in Bart's cafe.

Gladys will then be interred at the East London cemetery.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation towards refreshments after Gladys' service is asked to hand them to the churchwardens.

Please pray for Gladys. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Ancil is continuing to improve after his operation.

Today at St Mary’s as part of our Lenten series we warmly welcome as our Speaker Ross White from the Mildmay Mission.

 Mildmay are a charity working with people with HIV and Aids who

 St Mary’s have supported for a long while.

St Mary’s. Our organist Lucia has had to be away today so Alison has very kindly organized the music. A BIG THANK YOU to her.

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.

 

Towards an Interegnum

Please note that Rob's final Sunday in the parish will be on Sunday 12 April when he will jointly chair the APCM with Quintin. Rob ceases to be Team Rector on Friday 17th April and will vacate the Rectory by the end of April.

In the next few weeks Rob will be preparing for his move.

Please pray for him as he prepares for his new ministry in Wellwyn Garden City and for the parish here as we plan to recruit a new Team Rector.

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.

Please book your place now by reserving at the Cafe

or phoning/emailing the parish office.

Building up to Holy Week

We are already in the third Sunday of Lent and a leaflet covering all of the services in all three of our churches is enclosed in this week's newsletter.

Please note that St Edmund's [Palm Sunday], St Mary's [Easter Eve and the Sunday after Easter] and St Bart's [Maundy Thursday and Stations of the Cross on Good Friday] will be holding services for the whole of the team and everyone is encouraged to attend them.

St Edmund’s is hoping to organise a coach to attend the National 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.

STUBBERS 2015 June 26th-28th The cost per child is £60.  Please complete an application form ASAP for each child available from the parish office, e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Sarah at Bart’s, Alison at St Edmund’s or Katie at St Mary’s and return with a cheque for £60/child payable to “East Ham PCC”.

 

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

 

* * * * * * * * *

 

At St Edmunds (Walsingham Centre) during Lent

every Saturday at Midday

 

                                                 *  The Angelus Prayer

                                                 *  Eucharist

                                                 *  Soup Lunch followed by Lent reflection

 

ALL WELCOME

 

  Midweek Eucharists    

       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  

     email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website:  www.easthamparish.org.uk

      twitter@easthamteam

Registered Charity No: 1127847