St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew †
St Alban † St Edmund †
Sunday 30th November 2014
Ready, Steady, Go!
Today is the first Sunday in Advent and tomorrow is Cyber Monday – the day when the world spends most money
on internet shopping!
Both are part of getting ready for Christmas and both are important to us in our preparation for Christ’s coming. Of course we want to give cards and presents to our loved ones;
we do so want to echo God’s generosity and show family and friends that we care for them and think about them, even if we’re far apart.
But, at the same time, we know that we need to have
a bit of a tidy round of the spiritual stable of our souls.
We go to church and hear the Good News – but then soon forget the profound thoughts we shared; we say sorry for our sins and receive God’s forgiveness – but still cherish a little guilty thought that we think God doesn’t know about; we celebrate being part of Christ’s body – but then neglect our own bodies….and so on.
So, what to do? There will be short times of reflection
at each of the Parish Masses during Advent – Wednesdays at
St Edmund’s at 10am and at St Mary Magdalene’s at 6.30pm, and Thursdays at St Bartholomew’s at 12.30, so why not join us for one of those? And there are some lovely concerts happening locally, some with free entry. Why not sit quietly and let the music soothe your soul?
Advent’s the time when God says –
‘Coming, ready or not!’
Best get ready. Ann
TODAY IS ADVENT SUNDAY
Our theme across the team this year is THE COMING OF GOD:
8.00am & 10.00am Mass at St Mary’s Quintin is Celebrant and John is Preacher
10.00am Mass at St Bart’s Rob is Celebrant and Christopher is Preacher
10.00am Mass at St Edmund’s Ann is Celebrant & Fred is Preacher
Today’s readings: Isaiah 64: 1-9 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9
Readings for 7th December Isaiah 40: 1-11
E6 churches Advent Procession: TODAY 4.15pm. assemble outside the Denmark Arms pub and process to East Ham Baptist Church on Plashet Grove for a brief act of worship. Bring torches/lanterns.
NB there is no advent carol service at St Bart’s this evening as we are supporting the walk of witness
The week ahead
Wednesday 10.00am Mass St Edmunds and 6.30pm Mass St Mary’s
Thursday 12.30pm Mass St Bart’s
Quintin is offering the first advent reflections at all three masses based on Maria Boulding’s book The Coming of God
Today we light our first advent candle and offer prayers and intercessions for the world the church and our local community
In Our Prayers: Stephen & Peter our bishops, our clergy & our mission to East Ham;
Worshipping Communities who share our buildings: Lay Ministers; John & Shirley:
Staff: Brenda, Chrissie, Bill, May, June, Win, Mary, Sue, Jackie, Debbie & Festus
Churchwardens: Andrew, Mary, Laurine, John, Hazel & Ajith
The sick and suffering: Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin Gammon, Les Rowe
Alice Singh , Joyce Deslandes, Janice Wenlock, Ron Heard,Graham Davis,
Daniel & Liam Kearney, Nadya, Ursula, Gladys & Dean Hoadley.
Those who have died: Yvonne Gammon , Lennie Jean-Baptiste & Mike Long.
May they rest in peace and rise in glory
Please pray for the Long family at this difficult time.
The funeral of Lennie Jean-Baptiste went well on Thursday and it was particularly good to see Dot & Viv back together after Dot’s time in hospital. Quintin
St Mary’s Birthday’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Laurine Griffith & Inga Vosyliene
Gladys is still in hospital after her hip replacement operation. If anyone would like to visit her she is in Tayberry Ward in Newham General.
A BIG THANK YOU to all who helped out and came to
St Mary’s Christmas Market yesterday.
Many thanks to Colin & Jean for hosting our first Quiz Night on Thursday putting Sue at ease. The evening was again a great success. Our next event is the Christmas Carol Countdown on 15th December.
Thanks to everyone for coming along.
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
The (blue) draft Pastoral Measure is on display
at the back of all Churches
St Edmunds PCC meets on Wednesday 3rd December at 8.00pm
MARION Rob & Fred amongst others travelled to Chelmsford Cathedral
to witness Marion’s ordination Diaconate and many blessings were bestowed on all the candidates in our Diocese in what was a wonderful celebration of ministry across the Diocese.
St Mary’s Rota. There are signup sheets at the back of church
for the new rota. If you are interested please put you name down.
A Message from Habib Khoury of the Rosary Sisters Christian Children.
Many thanks for your donation of £80 which is helping the children of Gaza.
Quintin made his first visit to St Stephens School,
Whitfield Road, E6 which is in the new expanded Parish.
He took a couple of assemblies and helped with some lessons.
Bethany Group – Caring and Sharing
Our next Bethany Group will meet on Monday December 1st. We gather for refreshments at 1.45pm in the Luke Room then start with a quiet reflection before we have an opportunity to share in confidence whatever is troubling us. We end with a short time of optional prayer in the Chapel. If you would like a prayer said for you at this time but cannot be there then please let me know.
If you know anyone who would benefit from this (Christian or not) please send them along. Please bear in mind We are NOT Counsellors.
Just a group to listen, care and share with each other. We have information on other professional services for those who need it. Please feel free to drop in at any time or become a regular supporter of our group. Shirley Biro
J.S. BACH CHRISTMAS ORATORIO BWV248
All Saints Chorus and Orchestra 20th Anniversary Concert
Saturday 6th December 2014 6.30pm
West Ham Parish Church (All Saints), Church St, E15 3HU
Tickets £15 with £10 concessions available on the door.
PARISH OF EAST HAM
Sunday 14th December
3.30pm Church of South India Christmas Carol Service at St Bart's.
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
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