1st March 2015 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 1st March 2015

2nd  Sunday of Lent

 

All change at The Boleyn

 

West Ham United look set to finish in the top half of the Premier League after a surprisingly upbeat season. And then, in August, they will begin their last season at the historic Boleyn Ground before moving to their new home at the Olympic stadium.

 

So it was with a sense of foreboding and disappointment that I read of plans this week to provide almost no affordable housing in the new community of housing that will be built on the current site despite pledges to the contrary. New houses and apartments will be built. Thousands of people will move into the parish. But there are no guarantees that housing will be available to young families and couples desperate for their first home.

 

Also worrying some community leaders is the lack of an infrastructure of schools, doctors and even sufficient parking. Has it been properly thought through?! I fear not.

 

One Councillor was quoted this week as saying that all of the additional cars might make every day like a match day in East Ham. Heaven forbid!

 

But the story reminds us that the demographic of our parish is not just evolving but it is about to change dramatically and the consequences and implications are not yet known.

 

We need to be prepared for mission and to plan for outreach as a new village emerges on the hallowed turf of The Irons.

 

                                                                                       Rob

 

 

TODAY’S SERVICES

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

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

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

Today’s readings:   Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16      Mark 8: 31-end

 

Readings for 8th March:  Exodus 20: 1-17    1 Corinthians 1: 18-25   John 2: 13-22 

 

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, Gladys, Rose Geaney & her son Stephen,

Veronica Lewis, Eugenie Scott, Mabel Lawrence, Enid Jacob, Tony Osokoya,

Ancil Griffith & Gillian Carter.

Those who have died: Frank Haggar & Kathleen Williams.

                 May they rest in peace and rise in Glory.

 

Today at St Mary’s we welcome for baptism Jovita, her parents, Godparents, family & friends. Please keep her in your prayers

on her special day.

Update on Gladys. She is still in Tayberry ward and responding to treatment although still very confused.

Quintin has visited Ancil who is recovering well after his operation.

Next Sunday at St Mary’s as part of our Lenten series our speaker will be  

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.

It was lovely to have Emma speak about US last week at St Mary’s

 and here is a message from her.

 

“Matt and I both really enjoyed our time with you. Matt and I visit a lot of churches with my work, but we both agreed in the car journey home that you have something special at your church, and both independently felt unusually moved by the prayers and Eucharist service. So we wanted to say thank you and to encourage you to keep doing what you are doing.

I also wanted to thank you for the kind and generous donation towards the work of  Us.  It is more than enough to provide a new boat for a two families in the Philippines which is wonderful. I will ask my colleague to put a thank you poster in the post!    Many thanks     Emma Kevan”

 

Bethany Group – Caring and Sharing

Our next Bethany Group will meet on Monday March 2nd  at Bart’s. Gathering at 1.45 to start at 2pm.  Everyone welcome, Christian or not. No regular commitment, just drop in when you wish.

St Mary’s DCC Tuesday 3rd March 7.30pm in the Parish Room.

Minutes and agendas available to pick up today.

Parish Book Club meets on Monday 9th March 2.00pm

in the Luke Room at St Bart’s.

Topic: the Songs on Robert Burns

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.

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.

Grab your boots and chaps and cowboy hats!

St Edmund’s is holding a concert of

Country Music

on Saturday 7th March.

       

Music will be provided by local band The Barn Jammers,

and, following their recent successful appearance at the

 St Mary’s Tea Dance, The Barnabas Band as well as

 ukulele duo Men With Wood.

 

Admission is £5 and the whole thing kicks off at 7.30pm.  

STUBBERS 2015 June 26th-28th Places are going fast 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

 

22nd February 2015 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 22nd February 2015

1st Sunday of Lent

 

 

Unity, Diversity and Kingdom

 

         These were the key words we came up with at a ‘Vision Day’ I attended last week. I was at a gathering of Christians from many denominations across Newham.  From Pentecostals to Catholics. Different worship styles, beliefs on the sacraments and how (or whether) we should evangelise.  But these three words held us together.

 

         Yes, we were united in our belief in Jesus and to follow him to the best of our ability.  But we did need to accept that we had different worship styles and be sensitive to this when we met together and each to be prepared to be a little out of their comfort zone. Whereas the worship leaders needed to be sensitive and try to include songs familiar to others and styles of prayer.  Standing for long periods waving your hands around, dancing and loud prayers from everyone at once is not everyone’s way of worshiping, albeit to the same God. Neither is incense, candles and carefully structured prayers led by one person. I am sure that God is broad-minded enough that He doesn’t mind how we do it, as long it is from the heart. 

 

         But I do think that God cares how we work towards his Kingdom.  How do we as Christians show His love to His world, our neighbours? If we are seen by the world to be at odds about minor matters why would they be receptive to our message?

 

         But if they see us united in joints acts of worship, such as in the market on Good Friday and in acts of charity such as Nightshelter and Food Banks, aren’t they more likely to be curious in what binds us together?  The Love of Christ!

 

                                                                          Shirley

 

TODAY’S SERVICES

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

                                                    and Emma Kevan from US is speaker.

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:   Genesis 9: 8-17     1 Peter 3: 18-end    Mark 1: 9-15

 

Readings for 1st March:    Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16      Mark 8: 31-end

 

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

Health & Exercise: St Bart’s Surgery; Slimming World; Karate;

Wing Chung Kung Fu; Zumba

 

The sick and suffering: Clarice, Martin Gammon, Les Rowe, Alice Singh,

 Janice Wenlock, Graham Davis, Gladys, Rose Geaney & her son Stephen,

Veronica Lewis, Eugenie Scott, Mabel Lawrence, Enid Jacob, Tony Osokoya

 & Ancil Griffith.

 

Those who have died: Frank Haggar.

                 May he rest in peace and rise in Glory.

 

St Mary’s Birthday’s      HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

William McLucas & Linda Gillooly

Update on Gladys. She has been moved to Tayberry Ward in Newham General Hospital. Please keep her in your prayers.   

Quintin visited Ancil who is recovering well after his operation.

Today at St Mary’s we start on our Lenten series

 on the mission of the Church.

We warmly welcome Emma Kevan from US (formerly USPG)

as our speaker. US is a charity that works overseas helping the church

 & St Mary’s have been a long standing supporter of this charity

 

At the back of St Mary’s there are a few prayer books from US left  so that we can pray with them about concerns throughout the Lenten Period.

Do pick one up.

 

This Sunday at St Mary’s we will be asking for God’s blessing

 on Amelia as she celebrates receiving papers to allow her

 to stay in this country.

Ref: Parish News dated Sunday 1st February 2015.

St Edmund’s letter from Richard House should read £111.00

 was donated from the pennies saved at St Edmund’s Church

and not from the Carol Singing as stated.

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.

 

CONFIRMATION

Details about Confirmation will follow later and we will start the classes after Easter.

The date of the Confirmation Service is 11th July 2015

 

Grab your boots and chaps and cowboy hats!

 It’s time for a little

Country Music

       

Men with Wood

The Barn Jammers

St Barnabas Band

 

St Edmund’s Church

464 Katherine Road  E7 8NP

Saturday 7th March 7.30pm   Tickets £5.

 

STUBBERS 2015 June 26th-28th For our 14th consecutive year we will be taking 30 children aged between 8 and 16yrs old to the Stubbers Adventure Centre in Upminster for a weekend of adventurous activities www.stubbers.co.uk for information. 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, 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 five week course commences this Wednesday 25th February.


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

 

15th February 2015 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 15th February 2015

Sunday before Lent

 

The Empty Quarter

 

This time last year I had just got back from two weeks visiting Muslim friends in Oman. This was my first visit to an Arab country and it had a profound effect on me – body, mind, heart and soul. The sound of the Adhan (call to prayer)  five times a day, the smell of frankincense in the souk (market), the sight of camels ambling along the road, the touch of the beautician who decorated my hands with henna, the taste of an Egyptian almond cake which some neighbours delivered –

all of these still live vividly in my memory.

 

One experience I will definitely never forget is the evening we spent in the Empty Quarter.  This is the name given to the world’s largest sand desert. It spreads across four countries (Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates) and covers an area larger than France.

 

These few hours in the desert were a deeply spiritual experience and this close encounter with the kind of environment where Jesus spent forty days and nights continues to challenge and enrich my prayer life and reflection. 

 

Our Lent Course this year is inspired by that evening in the Empty Quarter. We will be exploring the themes of being deserted, thirst, shadows, fire and footprints  - with the help of Biblical passages and some of the photos that I took whilst I was there.

 

Each session will begin with three minutes of silence as we wait for the sand to flow into the empty quarter of a kitchen timer. I hope you will be able to join us as we journey together as pilgrims through this barren land.         

                                      NICOLA VIDAMOUR

 

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 and Preacher

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

 

Today’s readings:   2 Kings 2: 1-12    2 Corinthians 4: 3-6   Mark 9: 2-9

 

Readings for 22nd February:    Genesis 9: 8-17       1 Peter 3: 18-end

                                                                   Mark 1: 9-15

 

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

Children & Young People: Newham Pre-School Learning Alliance; Fellowship House Children’s Centre; Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers; Beavers,Cubs,Scouts; 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, Gladys, Rose Geaney & her son Stephen.

 

St Mary’s Birthday’s      HAPPY BIRTHDAY to  Pat Davis,

Ashley Smith, Elizabeth Mason, Margaret Wallace & Isabella Mason

Congratulations to Elizabeth & Amos who were married

 at St Mary’s yesterday.

We are sorry to have to tell you that Gladys has been re-admitted to Newham General Hospital. She is in Silvertown ward if anyone would like to visit her.

Please keep her in your prayers.

Next week at St Mary’s we start on our Lenten series

 on the mission of the Church.

We have invited as our speaker Emma Kevan from US ( formerly USPG).

 US is a charity that works overseas helping the church

 & St Mary’s have been a long standing supporter of this charity

 

At the back of St Mary’s are some prayer books from US so that we can pray with them about concerns throughout the Lenten Period.

Do pick one up.

A BIG THANK YOU to all those who helped organize the Tea Dance

held at St Mary’s yesterday. We also say a very Happy Birthday to Norman who celebrated his birthday yesterday.

ASH WEDNESDAY 18th February

 

St Mary’s. Please bring your palms and drop into the Vicarage,

1 Norman Road before Wednesday. Thank you.

Bart’s Café

Sue would like to thank the few who came and supported the

 cake sale/bric a brac last Friday (6th Feb). A total of £135.00

 was raised for the British Heart Foundation.

 

This being a regular event the next cake sale will be on

 Friday 10th April with proceeds going to PDSA.

FIRST COMMUNION

 classes start TODAY after the services at all Churches.

These classes will take place for six weeks up to Easter

and are open to children from around the age of seven.

 

CONFIRMATION

Details about Confirmation will follow later and we will start the classes after Easter.

The date of the Confirmation Service is 11th July 2015

 

Win Shirley, who moved  to Burnham-on Crouch about a year ago, will be joining us at St Bart’s midweek service on

 Thursday February 19th and lunch afterwards.

I’m sure she would love to see as many of her old friends as possible, so do try to come along.

Rob to be Bishop's Missioner (Mission Priest)

at St John's, Digswell, Hertfordshire

 

It will be announced this morning by the Diocese of St Alban's that Rob has been appointed as Bishop's Missioner (Mission Priest) in the benefice of Digswell with Panshanger. His task will be to lead a 'turnaround strategy' at the Church of St John the Evangelist Digswell. It is a three year, half time post.

Rob will be licensed by the Bishop of St Alban's in June and will move into the Rectory at the beginning of May.

The rest of his time will be taken up working as a consultant to the

Diocese of Chichester and writing a book based on his thesis.

Please pray for Rob and the people of St John's. They have had a challenging time over the past decade and they are looking forward to sowing seeds

for a longer term future.

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 five week course commencing 25th February will run as follows:-


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

 

Saturdays (28th Feb and every Saturday in March)

12noon Soup Lunch and Main Session at St Edmunds

 

STUBBERS 2015 June 26th-28th For our 14th consecutive year we will be taking 30 children aged between 8 and 16yrs old to the Stubbers Adventure Centre in Upminster for a weekend of adventurous activities www.stubbers.co.uk for information. 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, 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”.

Ash Wednesday 18th February

                                         12.30pm ST BART'S

                                          6.30pm  ST MARY'S

                                          7.00pm  ST EDMUNDS followed by PCC

  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 February 2015 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 8th February 2015

 2nd Sunday before Lent

 

Magna Carta

 

Two weeks ago, I went to see the recently rehung paintings in the Guildhall Art Gallery in the City of London. Apart from the wonderful selection of pictures of London that the Corporation of London has amassed over the centuries. The gallery also has on show a copy of the Magna Carta. One of the foundational documents of our nation.  This week the four original Magana Carta have been brought together for the first time in the British Library.

 

Why is Magna Carta so important for us?

 

‘The Great Charter’ was originally issued by King John as a practical solution to the political crisis he faced in 1215, Magna Carta established for the first time the principle that everybody, including the king, was subject to the law. Only three clauses in Magna Carta remain part of English law. The other two clauses are the liberties and customs of London and other towns and the final clause defends the liberties and rights of the Church.

 

That is why instead of planning permission for building works at St.Mary’s.  I have the joy of applying for a faculty from the Chancellor of the Diocese. Never a straight forward process!  But you will be pleased to know that this week we did receive the faculty to rebuild the south porch of St.Mary Magdalene’s burned down by arson in the summer.

 

Pope Innocent III was so alarmed by the Magna Carta’s terms described Magna Carta as ‘illegal, unjust, harmful to royal rights and shameful to the English people’, and declaring the charter ‘null and void of all validity for ever’.  So in 1215 the church would set a pattern often to be repeated over the centuries and be at the cutting edge of progressive change!                            

                                                                              Quintin

 

TODAY’S SERVICES

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

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

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

Today’s readings:   Proverbs 8: 1,22-31     Colossians 1: 15-20    John 1: 1-14

Readings for 15th February:   2 Kings 2: 1-12    2 Corinthians 4: 3-6   Mark 9: 2-9

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, Gladys, Rose Geaney & her son Stephen.

Those who have died Rose Masters. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Please pray for  Laurine Ancil and Julian on the first anniversary of our son Adrian funeral .    May he rest in peace and rise in glory   Laurine

St Mary’s Birthday’s      HAPPY BIRTHDAY to  Norman Lipman

Elizabeth & Amos are to be married at St Mary’s next Saturday.

Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for their special day.

We are very sorry to see Gladys leaving us at St Bart’s.

She has been with us a very long time. She will be moving to Rydale Care Home, Little Ilford Lane as from next Wednesday, where she will receive the care she needs. Please keep her in your prayers.

Vacancy Support Group. St Bart’s DCC approved the setting up of an ad hoc sub section of the DCC to lead the management of all the practical aspects of running Bart’s Church and Centre over the coming months whilst we await a new Rector.

It is a core leadership group but everyone (or would like to be) involved in assisting in Sunday Worship and the smooth running of the Centre during the week will be welcome at all meetings. The first will be held this Sunday after Church and we will begin to identify areas that need addressing in future meetings.  So if you have anything to add to the agenda or feel you would like to assist in any areas then you are very welcome to come along.

Book Club  Monday 9th February  2.00pm Looking forward to Spring.

 A series of poems Led by Rob. All welcome.

Pre-vacancy meeting.  As part of the process of finding a new incumbent there will be a “pre-vacancy” meeting at St Bart’s on 9th February at 7.30pm. Elwin Cockett (Archdeacon) and Dave Wade (Area Dean) will be there and will explain the procedure involved and also to receive any comments/feed back about the person we are looking for. This is an important meeting for the Parish and is open to all but PCC & DCC members are especially encouraged to attend.

We have begun advertising for an Operations Manager  (details on the parish website) to run the business side of the parish. As this is a senior position we are looking for a well-qualified and experienced person. Rest assured  if we don’t find a suitable applicant we will not be making an appointment.

First Communion

We hope to start our first communion classes in each church from

Sunday 15th February 2015.

These classes will take place for six weeks up to Easter.

At each church on Easter Sunday the candidates will then receive their communion. It is open to children from around the age of seven.

 If anyone is interested do see one of the clergy so we know the rough numbers in each church.

 

Confirmation

Details about Confirmation will follow laterand we will start the classes after Easter.

The date of the Confirmation Service is 11th July 2015

Father Fred

We are delighted to announce that the Archdeacon has given his blessing to Fred moving into the clergy flat at St Edmunds with a view to overseeing the day to day life of that church. Although Fred will continue with his work at the Kingsford school where he is a Deputy Head he will be the resident priest

at St .Edmunds and will bring his characteristic joy and enthusiasm at an important time for St Edmunds. His ministry there will formally begin on

 Palm Sunday when we will offer prayers of thanksgiving.

Name that Church!

Thanks to all those who voted for a new name for the parish.

The votes are being collected from the three churches

and will be checked by an independent returning officer!

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 five week course commencing 25th February will run as follows:-
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

Saturdays (28th Feb and every Saturday in March)

12noon Soup Lunch and Main Session at St Edmunds

STUBBERS 2015 June 26th-28th For our 14th consecutive year we will be taking 30 children aged between 8 and 16yrs old to the Stubbers Adventure Centre in Upminster for a weekend of adventurous activities www.stubbers.co.uk for information. 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, 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”.

Ash Wednesday 18th February

                                         12.30pm  ST BART'S

                                          6.30pm  ST MARY'S

                                          7.00pm  ST EDMUNDS followed by PCC

Lent Preachers at St Mary’s

This year as usual we have an exciting list of preachers focusing around our mission:

 

22.2.2015   Lent 1 Speaker about US (yet to be confirmed)

 

1.3.2015     Lent 2 Children’s Service & Baptism of Jovita

                                                     Revd. Fred Ashford-Okai

 

08.3.2015  Lent 3 Ross White speaking on the Mildmay Mission

 

15.3.2015  Lent 4 and Mothering Sunday   John King

 

22.3.2015  Lent 5 Passion Sunday    Mary Richards

 

29.3.2015  Palm Sunday  with the Passion Reading

                                        Joint Service @ St. Edmunds

 

05.4.2015  Easter Sunday and First Communion  Revd. Quintin Peppiatt

 

12.4.2014  APCM  Joint Service @ St. Marys.

  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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Website:  www.easthamparish.org.uk   

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Registered Charity No: 1127847

 

1st February 2015 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 1st February 2015

Candlemass

 

All Change!

 

The only constant is change and, again, the Parish is undergoing change over the next months.

 

Rob will, of course, be leaving us in April but the good news is that, unlike last time for St. Barts, this vacancy period will not be prolonged; there is no Parish review and we know we have a Rector's post on offer. Indeed the process of finding a successor is already underway and, at the open ,“pre-vacancy” meeting on the 9th (details in the newssheet), the Archdeacon and Area Dean will outline the procedure and invite comments from the Parish. This may be our only opportunity to make our views on the future known so I would encourage you to come along.

 

Secondly, we are advertising for an Operations Manager to look after and develop the business affairs of the Parish. I know there is concern about the cost – it will substantially increase our wage bill - but  we need a more professional approach to our business and it will free-up scarce “human resources” in the Parish to do other things. If, through acquiring new lettings, the Operations Manager does not cover these extra costs the post will be discontinued. As this is an important position it is also vital we get the right person and we won’t be rushed into making an immediate appointment.

 

Finally (?) the amalgamation with St. Edmund's is going well and will be sealed at the APCM on April 12th where we will formally merge and elect new DCCs and a single PCC with fewer elected representatives from each Church to cover the whole  Parish. This will involve a slight cultural change - we will still have two Parish Wardens but not, as we do now, have one from each Church. DCCs and District Wardens may assume more prominent roles in their respective Churches.

 

I am out of room - but please pray for all thes matters and consider how you could play your part in the ministry of the new Parish.    Andrew

 

TODAY’S SERVICES

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

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

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

 

Today’s readings:   Malachi 3: 1-5     Hebrews 2: 14-end     Luke 2: 22-40

Readings for 8th February:   Proverbs 8: 1,22-31     Colossians 1: 15-20

 

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

Older People: Golden Oldies; Genesis Housing Association – residents and staff; Lunch Club; Friday Games; Age UK.

Those preparing to be baptized: Kieron Jackson, Keira Jackson,

Divine Nkemskolgam Pieternells and Shalom Tochi Obi.

The sick and suffering: Clarice, Martin Gammon, Les Rowe, Alice Singh,

 Janice Wenlock, Graham Davis, Gladys, Rose Geaney & her son Stephen.

Those who have died Rose Masters. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

St Mary’s Birthday’s      HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

Thomas McLucas, Violet Dyer &  Damian Sutton

Today at Bart's.  As, this weekend, we move towards the Feast of Presentation we look forward to welcoming the four children prayed for above as well as thanking God

 for those who generously present a complete new set of Eucharistic vestments

 for use at Bart's. White Vestments – Renuka; Red & Purple Vestments - Shirley;

 Green Vestments - Hazel.

At St Mary’s today we are celebrating Candlemass with a special service.

Belated Thanks.  A slightly belated thank you to Nicola for the wonderful study day she led for us just over a week ago on the Gospel of Luke. Many people have spoken of how insightful and spiritually uplifting the day was –

 so thank you very much. The Study Days - on a wide range of subjects

and attended by lots of people from all over Newham and beyond –

 will hopefully continue into the future. Watch this space!

BARTS DCC    Wednesday 4th February 7.30pm in church.

Minutes and Agendas available to pick up today.

Book Club  Monday 9th February  2.00pm Looking forward to Spring.

 A series of poems Led by Rob. All welcome.

Pre-vacancy meeting.  As part of the process of finding a new incumbent there will be a “pre-vacancy” meeting at St Bart’s on 9th February at 7.30pm. Elwin Cockett (Archdeacon) and Dave Wade (Area Dean) will be there and will explain the procedure involved and also to receive any comments/feed back about the person we are looking for. This is an important meeting for the Parish and is open to all but PCC & DCC members are especially encouraged to attend.

 

We have begun advertising for an Operations Manager

 (details on the parish website) to run the business side of the parish.

As this is a senior position we are looking for a well-qualified and experienced person. Rest assured  if we don’t find a suitable applicant we will not be making an appointment.

First Communion

We hope to start our first communion classes in each church from Sunday 15th February 2015.

These classes will take place for six weeks up to Easter.

At each church on Easter Sunday the candidates will then receive their communion. It is open to children from around the age of seven.

 If anyone is interested do see one of the clergy so we know the rough numbers in each church.

 

Confirmation

Details about Confirmation will follow later and we will start the classes after Easter.

 The date of the Confirmation Service is 11th July 2015

Ash Wednesday

Please note the following Mass times on Ash Wednesday 18th February

                                        12.30pm  ST BART'S

                                          6.30pm  ST MARY'S

                                          7.00pm  ST EDMUNDS followed by PCC

NEW PARISH NAME.

This is your last chance to vote for the new Parish Name.

Please do so today.

St Edmunds received a thank you letter from Richard House Children’s Hospice for their donation of £111.00 from the carol singing in December.   Well done.

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 five week course commencing 25th February will run as follows:-
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

Saturdays (28th Feb and every Saturday in March)

12noon Soup Lunch and Main Session at St Edmunds

 

STUBBERS 2015  June 26th-28th  For our 14th consecutive year we will be taking 30 children aged between 8 and 16yrs old to the Stubbers Adventure Centre in Upminster for a weekend of adventurous activities including Jet-Ski, High–ropes, Wobbly boarding (www.stubbers.co.uk for information). 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, 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”.

Bethany Group – Caring and Sharing Our next meeting will be on Monday February 2nd at Bart’s. Gathering at 1.45 to start at 2pm. Everyone welcome, Christian or not. No regular commitment, just drop in when you wish.

 

We are having a St.Valentine's Tea Dance

 in St.Mary's Hall

on Saturday, 14th February - 3pm. to 6pm.

 

Teatime refreshments will be served

(tea,coffee, sandwiches and cakes).

 

  If you wish to bring any cakes and your own drinks please do so.

 

   Please pay £2 on the door so that we can give a donation

 to the musicians!

     Bart’s Café

The next event in the café is a

Cake Sale/Bric a Brac Table

     in aid of the British Heart Foundation

                                     

Friday 6th February

10.30am – 3.30pm

ALL ARE WELCOME

Midweek Eucharists    A reminder of when and where

       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