25th January 2015

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 25th January 2015

Conversion of St Paul

 

Next Stage for our Parish

 

         Most of you know that the former Bishop of Barking invited me to come to East Ham in October 2012 for a two year explorationof how the post of Team Rector might be resurrected, the team reconstituted and relations with other parishes in East Ham improved.

         I have now submitted my findings and thoughts to his successor, Bishop Peter, and to Bishop Stephen, and my hope is that the parish will now be able to build on what we have tried to do in the past couple of years.

         Hopefully, a new Team Rector will be appointed pretty quickly and the PCC and three DCC's will be invited to reflect on how the four churches and the lay/clergy team can continue to work  effectively together (St Albans, St Bart's, St Mary's and St Edmunds).

         The past two years have not always been easy. Without a full time Curate it was, at times, quite a challenge to be in several places at once. Not everyone has understood the nature of the task I was asked to do. But I have honestly enjoyed every day in East Ham, working with excellent colleagues and count it a huge privilege to have been able to serve in this part of East London. I am particularly encouraged by the warm welcome we have received from the folks at St Edmund's in recent days. 

         I have reassured the Bishop that I will continue to serve as a priest here through Lent until Easter but in resigning now the process to find a new Team Rector can actually begin. 

         Personally, once I leave the Rectory in April, I will spend a couple of months reflecting on my recent university work as well as doing a short term project for the Bishop of Chichester.I am exploring several options with regards to being in a new parish by the autumn.

         Rambo (my boxer dog) will certainly miss the wonderful Rectory garden as well as some of you who are amongst his best mates!! For now it's business as usual!!

       Thank you for all your help, support and encouragement,     ROB

 

TODAY’S SERVICES

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

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

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

Today’s readings:   Jeremiah 1: 4-10     Acts 9: 1-22   Matthew 19: 27-end

 

Readings for 1st February:   Malachi 3: 1-5

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

 

Those preparing to be baptized. Kieron Jackson,  Keira Jackson

Divine Nkemskolgam Pieternells and Shalom Tochi Obi

 

The sick and suffering: Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin Gammon, Les Rowe

Alice Singh, Joyce Deslandes, Janice Wenlock, Ron Heard, Graham Davis,

Daniel & Liam Kearney,Ursula,Gladys,& Dean Hoadley.

 

Those who have died:     Lily Carling & Rose Masters.

May they rest in peace and rise in glory.

 

St Mary’s Birthday’s      HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

Christine Bence, Dominic Hedges & Jean Richards

We are pleased to be able to tell you that Gladys is now back home.

She would be pleased to see anyone who would like to visit her.

Baptism and Presentation

We welcome four children into the fellowship of our church on the Feast of Presentation weekend (1st February)  at Bart's as well as receiving new vestments for the church. Please make this a special date and join us at 10am prompt.

BARTS DCC

Wednesday 4th February 7.30pm in church.

 

 

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.

Hedgerow Court

On Wednesday 28th January at 10.30am Quintin will be celebrating mass at Hedgerow Court.

St Edmunds PCC

 

Members please note we will meet briefly on Ash Wednesday

(18th February) at 7pm for Mass and the imposition of the ashes followed by a PCC meeting at 7.30pm.

The PCC is now legally a District Church Council DCC but won't be elected as such until the Annual meeting in April.

The Parish of  Divine Compassion are looking for an Administrator.

Details and application form from

www.chelmsford.anglican.org/about/vacancy_article/parish-administrator

LENT 2015 approaches

 

 Rev Nicola Vidamour will produce a specially written Lent Course for the East Ham Methodist Churches and the East Ham Team with St Edmunds which starts next month.

There will be more details in the newsletter next week.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Tuesday 27th January 2015

A Commemoration will be held in Stratford Town Hall

 9.30am – 12.30pm.

 

 

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

     in aid of the British Heart Foundation

 

 

Friday 6th February

10.00am – 3.00pm

 

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  

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Website:  www.easthamparish.org.uk  

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Registered Charity No: 1127847

 

18th january 2015 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 18th January 2015

Epiphany 2

 

“Je suis Charlie” - Rights with Responsibility

 

         The recent horrific events in France, even while our eyes are still wet with tears over the loss of so many lives on the altar of Freedom of Speech evoke a multiplicity of emotions.

         Following the Charlie Hebdo attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo a company  which was targeted because it had printed depictions of the prophet Muhammad,  many world leaders and political leaders flocked to Paris to register support, shoulder to shoulder,  with Paris and Freedom, chanting and declaring “Je suis Charlie”. The French President even declared: “Paris is the capital of the world”. (Hmm - I always thought London was!). The internet provides a global platform for views and vivid pictures to be aired and disseminated almost instantly. Such is our world today!

         Pope Francis joined the debate and said there are limits to freedom of expression and that “one cannot make fun of faith”. This sparked another dimension of the on-going debate on freedom and Religion. Of course freedom without responsibility is recipe doe chaos and disaster.

 

         Freedom of Speech and human liberty are perennial existential issues that transcend political or ideological frontiers, sometimes even the realms of logic. Often they are individual choices made on the spur of dynamic ethical and moral “risk assessment”.  The authority resides with the individual, hopefully informed. However there are always wider social and community implications.

         The philosophical rivalry and polarity between individual morality and objective morality will remain unresolved until the end of time.  They are timeless and require the custody of  authentic moral leadership, rather that volatile flux of transient cyclone of political. 

 

         Today we pray for all who have lost their lives in Paris, in Pakistan, in Northern Nigeria and indeed all parts of the world where there is conflict as result of difference in views on religion and ethics.  But we also pray for God’s guidance for all of us in listening to the Divine “Sweet Voice of Calm”

                                                                                    Fr Fred

 

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 Ann  is Celebrant and John is Preacher

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

Today’s readings:   1 Samuel 3: 1-10     Revelations 5: 1-10

 

Readings for 25th January   Jeremiah 1: 4-10     Acts 9: 1-22

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

 

Those preparing to be baptized. Kieron Jackson Sekamwa, Keira Jackson Sekamwa

Divine Nkemskolgam Pieternells and Shalom Tochi Obi

 

The sick and suffering: Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin Gammon, Les Rowe

Alice Singh , Joyce Deslandes, Janice Wenlock, Ron Heard,Graham Davis,

Daniel & Liam Kearney,  Ursula, Gladys,&  Dean Hoadley.

 

Those who have died:     Lily Carling & Rose Masters.

May they rest in peace and rise in glory.

St Mary’s Birthday’s      HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Adeola Daramola & Cheryl Hayes

We are sad to announce that Rose Masters died shortly before Christmas.

 Rose was a member of the former organisation known as 'The Friends of St.Mary's' and raised  money for St.Mary's Restoration Fund by launching the Christmas Market which takes place annually at St.Mary's as well as running a bookstall at St.Bart's  for many years before moving away from East Ham. Her funeral will take place on

 19th January 1.30pm at St Andrew’s Church, Great Linford, Milton Keynes.

 Please keep Rose and her family in your prayers at this sad time.

Quintin visited Gladys this week who is still quite confused. They are still trying to sort out problems with her leg in order to get her mobile.

She would welcome visitors but may not remember who you are.

She is still in Tayberry Ward in Newham General.

Baptism and Presentation

We welcome four children into the fellowship of our church on the Feast of Presentation weekend (1st February)  at Bart's as well as receiving new vestments for the church. Please make this a special date and join us at 10am prompt.

 

 

Thanks to all who helped to clear up St Mary’s last Sunday.

The church looks very bare now.

DCC MEMBERS of both ST MARY’S & ST BART’S

MEET BRIEFLY AFTER MORNING SERVICES TODAY.

 

Members of each of the DCCs present at church today are asked to gather briefly at the end of the service to agree on who should be each church's representative on the interviewing panel for the new parish operations manager. Hopefully, each church will have an obvious candidate

 who is free on Tuesday 3rd March between 2.00pm and 5.30pm.

 

 St Mary’s will also be discussing the cross.

BARTS DCC

Wednesday 4th February 7.30pm in church.

St Edmunds PCC

Members please note we will meet briefly on Ash Wednesday

(18th February) at 7pm for Mass and the imposition of the ashes followed by a PCC meeting at 7.30pm. The PCC is now legally a District Church Council DCC but won't be elected as such until the Annual meeting in April.

 Name of the new parish 

 

Voting forms are included in this weeks newsletter.

Please cast your vote and give your papers to any of the Clergy

 or Parish Wardens.  We ask you to pray about this

and to decide which title might best represent our work and mission.

Thank you to those who supported St Edmunds Christmas party

 which raised £210 for church funds.

Finance, Operations and Property Management

 

The PCC have been working hard on your behalf to ensure that we produce a structure which can best deal with our increasingly heavy responsibilities in these areas. Please pray for your PCC members at this time.

 

The Parish of  Divine Compassion are looking for an Administrator.

Details and application form from

www.chelmsford.anglican.org/about/vacancy_article/parish-administrator

 

 

LENT 2015 approaches

 Rev Nicola Vidamour will produce a specially written Lent Course for the East Ham Methodist Churches and the East Ham Team with St Edmunds which starts next month.

There will be more details in the newsletter next week.

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!

Study Day.

Huge number of bookings! Do come along. Last chance to book!

 

 Our next Parish Study Day is on Thursday 22 January

10.30-3.30pm and it will be led by our  Methodist Minister

 Nicola Vidamour in the Luke Room.

It's on Luke's Gospel and the title is "Wine, Women and Song"!

The price for the day is £7.

  Please book via Sue or the Parish Office.

Parish Trip 2015

It has been decided with vast acclaim that this year’s Parish Trip

 will be to visit Brighton. Date Saturday 13th June.

More details nearer the time – but please put this date in your diaries.

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

 

11th January 2015 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 11th January 2015

Baptism of Christ

 

They think it’s all over……?

 

The Christmas tree is back in its box and the lights have been

 re-wound and put away along with the decorations; I have taken down the cards but won’t commit them for re-cycling until I’ve had one last look through – that means a few more (really lovely angel pictures and grandchildren’s homemade ones, for example) will be kept with the decorations to bring out every year….there’s quite a pile, as you may imagine! But, for now, the house looks bare and forlorn without them.

 

My Aunt always said ‘Jan and Feb – lowest ebb’ and with dull, cold weather and a sense of little to look forward to, there doesn’t seem much to cheer us at this time of year. But, although the trappings of Christmas are put away, the Church keeps the season going until Candlemas on February 2nd and I for one am glad of that.

 

Here’s a poem I find helpful:

 

When the song of the Angels is stilled,

When the star in the sky is gone,

When the Kings and the Princes are home,

And the Shepherds back with their flocks,

The real work of Christmas begins;

To find the lost, To heal the broken,

To feed the hungry, To release the prisoner,

To rebuild the nations, To bring peace among people,

To make music in the heart.

 

May the bright spirit of Christmas inspire us in these dull days.

 

                                                                                 Ann

TODAY’S SERVICES

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

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

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

Today’s readings:   Genesis 1: 1-5       Acts 19: 1-7  

 

Readings for 18th January   1 Samuel 3: 1-10     Revelations 5: 1-10

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; Beavers,Cubs,Scouts; Centre4M;St Mary’s Pre-School; St Alban’s Pre-School;Sea Cadets; Air Cadets; Army Cadets; XLP

The sick and suffering: Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin Gammon, Les Rowe

Alice Singh , Joyce Deslandes, Janice Wenlock, Ron Heard,Graham Davis,

Daniel & Liam Kearney,  Ursula, Gladys, Dean Hoadley & Colin Marchant.

Those who have died:

  Nicholas Widgery, Sarah Thorogood, Lily Carling & Rose Masters.

  May they rest in peace and rise in glory.

St Mary’s Birthday’s      HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Guy Quigley

We are sad to announce that Rose Masters died shortly before Christmas.

 Rose was a member of the former organisation known as 'The Friends of St.Mary's' and raised  money for St.Mary's Restoration Fund by launching the Christmas Market which takes place annually at St.Mary's as well as running a bookstall at St.Bart's  for many years before moving away from East Ham. Her funeral will take place on

 19th January 1.30pm at St Andrew’s Church, Great Linford, Milton Keynes.

 Please keep Rose and her family in your prayers at this sad time.

Today at St Mary’s we welcome for baptism Aniyah. Please keep her,

her family, Godparents & friends in your prayers on this special day.

The flowers in St Bart’s this morning are from Marion Macauley.

Today we celebrate the baptism of Jesus, a moment in our Lord's life which is hugely significant. Aniyah will be baptised at St Mary's and we are all invited to renew our baptism vows today. We hope that you will ask God to bless your own personal pilgrimage today, which was blessed at the moment of baptism in all of our lives.

St Edmunds is legally joined. We unexpectedly received notice this week - earlier than we thought - that St Edmunds is now legally part of the East Ham Team.

This is indeed very good news and we are excited about our work together into the future. The first in a series of meetings will take place this week concerning the merging together of the current Team structures with those of St Edmunds.

Please keep these meetings in your prayers.

School Visits. Irene Phaup and Fr Rob will welcome children

from Hartley Primary school to St Bart's on Monday  & Wednesday next week. Please pray for all young people in our

local schools at this time.

Name of the new parish 

 At the moment the name of the parish is a summary of all of the churches which make it up. As you know various names have been recommended to replace the title EAST HAM TEAM and three weeks of voting in all three of our churches will begin next Sunday. We ask you to pray about this and to decide which title might best represent our work and mission.

Last opportunity to join the 2015 Newham On the Way course.

Based at Emmanuel Church, Forest Gate on Tuesday’s, this two-term course

 has proved to be a great way for local Christians to grow in faith and confidence, releasing their gifts into the life of the church.

The induction session was held last week so this is your very last chance to join in. Please email  Revd Merrin Playle at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to join.  

Gladys is still in Tayberry Ward in Newham General.

 She would be delighted to receive visitors

Thank you to those who supported St Edmunds Christmas party

 which raised £210 for church funds.

St Mary’s. Please would you stay behind after Church this morning  to help take down the decorations. Thanks you.

Giving Envelopes If you haven’t picked up your envelopes for 2015 please do so now.  If you haven’t had envelopes before, and would like to be able to help the Church get extra income from the Tax Man through Gift Aid, please ask Shirley at St Bart’s, or June at St Mary’s.

The Clergy Team. We are currently well served by Rob, Quintin, Ann, Fred and John who celebrate and preach across all three of our churches. We state clearly in the Newsletter where people are each week so please enjoy the diversity of ministry currently available to us. And remember that people can't be in two places at once!

We are also grateful to Fr Christopher Owens for his help

 at St Edmunds once a month.

Finance, Operations and Property Management

The PCC have been working hard on your behalf to ensure that we produce a structure which can best deal with our increasingly heavy responsibilities in these areas. Please pray for your PCC members at this time.

Congregation. Rob will be attending his degree congregation next weekend when he will receive his Doctor of Philosophy award from the University of Sheffield.

The title of his thesis is THE FUTURE OF FAITH BASED BROADCASTING IN A DIGITAL AGE. Its 92,000 words long but the skill is to ask him if he can sum it up in 45 seconds. The answer is no.

LENT 2015

 Rev Nicola Vidamour will produce a specially written Lent Course for the East Ham Methodist Churches and the East Ham Team with St Edmunds which starts next month. Watch this space.

 It promises to be a fascinating Lent.

Study Day.

 Our next Parish Study Day is on Thursday 22 January

10.30-3.30pm and it will be led by our  Methodist Minister

 Nicola Vidamour in the Luke Room.

It's on Luke's Gospel and the title is "Wine,Women and Song"! The price for the day is £7.   Please book via Sue or the Parish Office.

Parish Book Club January 12th 2.00pm

Watching a film called Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont.

Based on a novel by Elizabeth Taylor. Award winning performance

 by Joan Plowright. Lasts approx 90 mins.

ALL WELCOME

Parish Trip

The date of 13th June has been provisionally booked for the Parish Trip but we need a destination. We would love suggestions on where to go this year.

Previous trips have been to:- 2003 Rochester; 2004 St Albans; 2005 Cambridge;

2006 Oxford; 2007 Bury St Edmunds; 2008 Walton on Naze; 2009 Ely;

2010 Canterbury; 2011 Norwich; 2012 Maldon; 2013 Chichester and last year Margate. Please give your suggestions – no more than 2 ½ hr drive - 

 to any of the clergy or the Parish office.

Midweek Eucharists   A reminder of when and where

WEDNESDAY 10am St Edmunds

WEDNESDAY 6.30pm St Mary's

THURSDAY 123.0pm 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

 

21st 28th Dec 4th Jan Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday’s 21st & 28th December 2014

Sunday 4th January 2015

 

Bishop Stephen Writes

Do not be afraid

 

         Knife crime, gun crime, immigration, unemployment, genocide, the war on terror, nuclear holocaust, Aids, bird flu, anti-biotic resistant super bugs and now Ebola, it feels as if the world is gripped by one potentially life threatening or ‘civilisation as we know it’ threatening  cataclysm after another. And we are understandably filled with fear.

         Into this maelstrom of panic and dread is the Christmas season a welcome escape, or an opportunity to get some perspective? Well, there are probably many people who will indeed eat and drink and forget the troubles of the world at Christmas, and good luck to them. But for those of us who look to Bethlehem, not Bluewater, for our centre of gravity at this time of year we encounter a very different story and a very different set of challenges.

         So may the words of the angel Gabriel to Mary ring out loud and clear across the globe, and if only they were strung up in brightly flashing neon lights in every High Street: ‘Do not be afraid’. Yes, there are the most terrible horrors engulfing our world, not least the Ebola outbreak and its possible consequence for all of us, and the already devastating toll it has taken on some of the world’s poorest communities. But Mary is told not to be frightened because she is to be the one through whom God’s purposes of love and justice will be made known.          

         This can also be true for us, who follow Jesus. We can be bearers of his love and his justice, ordering the world differently.

 

 

 

         Jesus is born to show us what humanity is supposed to look like and to restore lost community with God. In doing this he reminds us that we are one humanity inhabiting one world, that we are all children of God and that we belong to each other. This should change the way we approach the horrors and challenges of the world.  There are some strident, cynical and scaremongering voices around. We should be suspicious of them. This is not the time to pull up the drawbridge. On the contrary it is the time to put extra resources into helping those in need, especially the poor, for our well-being is tied up with theirs. 

         Finally, Jesus was born into a persecuted people living in an occupied land. In an effort to rid the world of the threat he posed, a despotic puppet of a leader wiped out a whole generation of little boys, and Jesus and his family fled into exile. If we make this story ours, then we too must change the way we treat strangers, the way we confront tyrants and, yes, have an immigration policy that is as much concerned with hospitality for those in need as it is for the feathers in our own nest. The Son of Man had no place to rest his head. He was born in what was the equivalent of a bus shelter at the back of a pub. We cannot claim to follow him and ignore others who share his plight. We cannot confront the brutal terrors going on in Iraq, Syria and other places in the world, and at the same time close our doors to refugees, asylum seekers and displaced and persecuted minority groups.

         So free yourself from fear this Christmas. Follow the one who alone offers hope in the midst of the very real challenges we face. Discover that his way of peace - upside down thought it seems to so much of the received wisdom of the world - is actually the way of justice, prosperity and well-being for everyone. It is available, gift wrapped, with lashings of love, free of charge and ready to go at a local church near you. Have an interesting Christmas.

 

+Stephen Chelmsford

 

 

 

 

TODAY’S SERVICES

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

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

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

 

Today’s readings:   2 Samuel 7: 1-11,16     Romans 16: 25-27

 

Readings for Christmas Eve/Christmas Day :               

                                                 Isaiah 9: 2-7     Titus 2: 11-14

 

SERVICES 28TH DECEMBER

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

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

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

 

Readings for 28th December:

                           Jeremiah 31: 15-17     1 Corinthians 1: 26-29  

 

SERVICES 4th JANUARY  2015

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

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

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

 

Readings for 4th January 2015:  Isaiah 60: 1-6    Ephesians 1: 3-14

 

 

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

Prayer for the People of Pakistan

Almighty God

We pray for all those caught up in the terrible violence of the past week;

not least the innocent children who lost their lives. We pray for those who survived; for those who witnessed these terrible sufferings; for the souls of those who died and for their loved ones. And as we prepare to welcome again the Prince of Peace we pray that you may truly deliver us from evil and that the kingdom of your dear son my rule the hearts of people everywhere.  Through Christ Our Lord     AMEN

Community Groups: East Ham AA Group; Narcotics Anonymous; Newham Community Counselling; Patiko Baker’s Fort Project; Royal British Legion – East Ham Branch. Older People: Golden Oldies; Genesis Housing Association – residents and staff; Lunch Club; Friday Games; Worshipping Communities: who share our buildings; Lay Ministers: Shirley & John; Staff; Brenda, Chrissie, Bill, May, June, Win, Mary, Sue, Jackie  & Debbie; Churchwardens: Andrew, Mary, Laurine, John, Hazel, Ajith & Coraline.

The sick and suffering: Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin Gammon, Les Rowe,  Alice Singh , Joyce Deslandes, Janice Wenlock, Ron Heard, Graham Davis, Daniel & Liam Kearney,  Ursula, Gladys, Dean Hoadley & Colin Marchant.

 

Gladys still remains in Tayberry Ward in Newham General while they sort a few issues out. She would always love to have visitors.

 

Those who have died:  Lennie Jean-Baptiste, Mike Long, Joe Brown, Nicholas Widgery & Sarah Thorogood.

May they rest in peace and rise in glory

 

St Mary’s Birthday’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

Rolandas Vosylius, Perry Namatovu, Jean Mansfield, Jasmine Namatovu,

Bentley Mason, Alex McKitty  and Naomi Griffith.

TODAY at St Bart’s the children will be performing the Nativity during the 10am service.

 St Mary’s Sunday School will also be performing their Nativity during the 10am service.

 

St Mary’s will be repeated on Christmas Eve

 at the 5pm Children’s Carol service.

 

Quintin would like to thank all who helped to put the Nativity together.

After Church at St Mary’s today, during coffee, if anyone,

especially children, would like to help to prepare the Christingles

 that would be great.

A BIG THANK YOU

to all who came to help decorate all our Churches.

They look beautiful.

Carol Singing at Manor Farm

 Christmas Eve at 3pm

 

Last year there was a good turn out from members of the congregation to sing carols for the residents of Manor Farm. Can we make a big effort again this year please as this is a wonderful act which can really make your Christmas!

Meet at reception at 2.55pm and be in good voice.

 

 

St Edmunds Christmas Party

 Saturday 3rd January 7.00pm.

Lots of fun and music. Open to all.

Tickets £5 available from all Churches or the Parish Office.

Bethany Group – Caring and Sharing

Our next Bethany Group will meet on Monday January 5th  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.

PCC meeting. 7th January 2015 at St.Mary’s at 7.30pm.

(after 6.30pm.mass). Agenda/Minutes have been emailed.

Parish Book Club January 14th 2.00pm

Watching a film called Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont.

Based on a novel by Elizabeth Taylor. Award winning performance

 by Joan Plowright. Lasts approx 90 mins.

ALL WELCOME

Study Day.

 Our next Parish Study Day is on Thursday 22 January

10.30-3.30pm and it will be led by our  Methodist Minister

 Nicola Vidamour in the Luke Room.

It's on Luke's Gospel and the title is "Wine,Women and Song"! The price for the day is £7.   Please book via the Parish Office.

CHRISTMAS CAROL COUNTDOWN

 

Thanks to Sue and the team for ‘Top Ten Carols’ event last Monday in Bart’s Café. Voting papers were gathered from members of Methodist Churches and our 3 Churches.

 

     The top ten carols are:-

                      1: Silent Night

                      2: In the Bleak Midwinter

                      3: O Little Town of Bethlehem

                      4: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

                      5: O Come all ye Faithful

                      6: Hark the Herald Angels

                      7: Joy to the World

                      8: Away in a Manger

                      9: Christians Awake

                    10: The First Nowell

At the back of St Mary’s is the faculty petition for the

 re-building of the Porch. If anyone wants to see the plans please have a word with Quintin. The petition will be displayed for 28 days

Giving Envelopes If you have had an envelope in the past, please collect your box for 2015.  If you haven’t had envelopes before, and would like to be able to help the Church get extra income from the Tax Man through Gift Aid, please ask Shirley at St Bart’s, or June at St Mary’s. You can also ask for details about giving by standing order through your bank.

The Clergy would like to thank everyone for all the

card & gifts they have received and would like to wish everyone

 in the Parish a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

 

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New Year          A bit of resolution!

 

         We make them but it's often hard to keep them. We think of all those things which we would like to change or improve and we resolve to do our best at New Year.

 

         But it's rarely easy and often difficult. There's so many things.....health and exercise, diet, work/life balance......a whole host of things.

         But there is also our spiritual lives. And making New Year resolutions about our faith is perhaps the most difficult kind of promise of all!

         But there are a few areas we might focus in on:

Our bible reading: in the New Year, how can we make a concerted effort to read the bible more?

 

         Belonging: is there a church group or activity which we might well get involved in but we've always avoided taking the plunge?

         Prayer life: that time each day when we are still or reflect, or meditate. When is it? Can we use it more effectively?

         Stewardship: however it may seem at times, God has given us so much that we might spend a little time reflecting on how we can give me just a little back? Even more?

 

         When the New Year comes we might resolve to do lots of things. But whatever we try to do better and be better in 2015, let's keep our Christian discipleship close to the top of the list.

 

Rob

 

The Parish Office will be closed on Christmas Eve

 and re-open on Monday 5th January  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

 

PARISH OF EAST HAM

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

 

 

TODAY Sunday 21st December  

  4.00pm  East Ham Team 9 Lessons and Carols at St Bart's

 

 

Wednesday 24th  CHRISTMAS EVE
  5.00pm Children’s Carol Service at St Mary's
11.30pm Midnight Mass at St Mary's

11.30pm Midnight Mass at St Edmunds

 

 

Thursday 25th  CHRISTMAS DAY
10.00am Christmas Day Mass

                              at St Bart's, St Mary's & St Edmunds

 

 

Friday 26th ST STEPHEN'S DAY

11.00am Mass at St Edmund’s


Sunday 28th December

             THE FEAST OF ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST

  8.00am Mass at St Mary's
10.00am Mass at St Bart's, St Mary's & St Edmunds

 

 

 

 

 

 



14th December 2014 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 14th December 2014

3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT

 

Betrothed at Last

 

Well we’ve had the Big Engagement party between the East Ham Team and St Edmunds and we now look forward to the Wedding in the New Year!

As with any new relationship, after the commitment to work together there is still a road to travel.

 In Management Speak: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing.

 

We are just Forming.  Building up trust. Everyone polite and positive but some anxiety as there is vagueness about the tasks and how to accomplish them.

 

Next will come the inevitable Storming phase. People adapting to the different working styles of others and boundaries begin to be pushed. Roles and Responsibilities begin to be negotiated which can be unrealistic and demanding or excluding. Joint Visions need to be agreed.  Hopefully, for the sake of the Kingdom and with prayer we can reach the next stage without too much trouble.

 

Norming: Differences addressed and resolved.  Strengths recognised and appreciated.  Weaknesses accepted and compensated for. Enough trust to be able to ask for help and constructive feedback. More commitment to the Vision.  Clear structures and processes developed which then leads at last to……

 

Performing. Everyone able to work easily together without friction on the planned Mission and Ministry. 

 

May God Bless us as we commit to this new venture for His sake.

 

                                                                                         Shirley

TODAY IS the 3rd  Sunday of ADVENT Our theme is THE COMING OF GOD:

TODAY’S SERVICES

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

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

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

Today’s readings:   Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11    1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24  

The week ahead

Wednesday 10.00am Mass St Edmunds and 6.30pm Mass St Mary’s

Thursday 12.30pm Mass St Bart’s

Rob is doing  this week’s Advent reflections. Do come along.

Readings for 21st  December   2 Samuel 7: 1-11,16    Romans 16: 25-27

ADVENT PRAYERS

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, Jean Skelton, Martin Gammon, Les Rowe

Alice Singh , Joyce Deslandes, Janice Wenlock, Ron Heard,Graham Davis,

Daniel & Liam Kearney,  Ursula, Gladys, Dean Hoadley & Colin Marchant.

Those who have died:  Lennie Jean-Baptiste, Mike Long, Joe Brown, Nicholas Widgery & Sarah Thorogood.    May they rest in peace and rise in glory.

Please pray for Laurine Ancil Julian and Ella. It will be the first anniversary of the death of our son ADRIAN. May he rest in peace and rise in Glory. Laurine

St Mary’s Birthday’s                    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

Adebola Daramola, Lucie Smith & Simone Wetherell

Gladys is still in Tayberry Ward in Newham General. If anyone would like to visit her she would be delighted.

INTERCESSIONS AT ST BART'S A new list of intercessions for the period between now and the end of March is on the church noticeboard. If you would like to lead the intercessions please sign up today on a Sunday for which you are available. If it's something you have not done before please talk with the wardens or any member of the clergy. You are welcome to share in this ministry of prayer.

There are also plenty of gaps in other forms of ministry, greeting, coffee bar, helping with Sunday club etc. So why not give something a try?

At the back of St Mary’s is the faculty petition for the re-building of the Porch.

 If anyone wants to see the plans please have a word with Quintin.

 The petition will be displayed for 28 days

Next Sunday at St Bart’s the children will be performing the Nativity during the 10am service and St Mary’s Sunday School will also be performing theirs at 10am. St Mary’s will be repeated on Christmas Eve at the 5pm Children’s Carol service.

Thursday 18th December 1.00pm Christmas Lunch in Bart’s Café

ONLY A FEW PLACES LEFT.

 BOOKINGS TAKEN NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY.

via Sue or the Parish Office  020 8470 0011

 

£8.50 for a 3 course lunch with all the trimmings.

The Café will be closed from Monday 22nd December

 until Monday 5th January.

 

Sue & the team wish you all a Happy Christmas and thank you for your support during 2014. Looking forward to seeing you all in 2015.

Giving Envelopes If you have had an envelope in the past, please collect your box for 2015.  If you haven’t had envelopes before, and would like to be able to help the Church get extra income from the Tax Man through Gift Aid, please ask Shirley at St Bart’s, or June at St Mary’s. You can also ask for details about giving by  standing order through your bank.

£245 was raised for Richard House as a result

of St Edmunds carol singing last week.

St.Mary's Christmas Market raised £800!   Quintin would like to say

 A BIG THANK YOU to June for all the work she does co-ordinating the Christmas Market. This was a record year –  a particular thank you to all who helped out.

PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS

St Mary’s will be decorating the Church on Saturday 20th December at 10.00am. Mince pies and mulled wine will be offered to those who come along to help out. We will be preparing the Christingles after the 10am service on Sunday 21st December with the children helping.

St Bart's will be preparing the Church for Christmas and giving it an extra polish on Saturday 20th December between 10am and 12noon. All are welcome. Bring a cloth and some polish if you can.

Coffee and mince pies on offer!

St Edmund's are collecting to cover the cost of flowers to decorate the church for Christmas. All donations gratefully received.

It was good to see children from Vicarage Primary

visiting St Mary’s last week.

Carol Singing at Manor Farm - Christmas Eve at 3pm

Last year there was a good turn out from members of the congregation to sing carols for the residents of Manor Farm. Can we make a big effort again this year please as this is a wonderful act which can really make your Christmas! Meet at reception at 2.55pm and be in good voice.

St Edmunds Christmas Party Saturday 3rd January 7.00pm.

Lots of fun and music. Open to all. Tickets £5 available from all Churches or the Parish Office.

PARISH OF EAST HAM

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

 

TODAY 3.30pm at St Bart’s Kindling Joy.

                            Christmas Carol Service by Church of South India.

Celebrate the seasonal spirit and listen to traditional

 and contemporary carols.

Thursday 18th December

  7.00-9.00pm. Sea Cadets Carol Service at St Mary’s

 

Friday 19th December

  7.00-9.00pm. Air Cadets Carol Service at St Bart’s

 

Sunday 21st December  

  4.00pm  East Ham Team 9 Lessons and Carols at St Bart's

Wednesday 24th  CHRISTMAS EVE
  5.00pm Children’s Carol Service at St Mary's
11.30pm Midnight Mass at St Mary's

11.30pm Midnight Mass at St Edmunds

 

Thursday 25th  CHRISTMAS DAY
10.00am Christmas Day Mass at St Bart's, St Mary's & St Edmunds

 

Friday 26th ST STEPHEN'S DAY

11.00am Mass at St Edmund’s

Sunday 28th December THE FEAST OF ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST

  8.00am Mass at St Mary's
10.00am Mass at St Bart's, St Mary's & St Edmunds

 

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