For the past twenty years, I've been the Chief Executive Officer for The Renewal Programme which is a charity which was founded by three Christian ministers way back in 1971. The Programme offer advice and advocacy to people who are carers and those who are refugees or asylum seekers; we also have training courses in business administration and English for speakers of other languages(ESOL); we have some supported housing and we run the Hartley centre - just across the road from St Bart's - and four youth clubs. About 65 people are employed by the Programme and a further 100 or so volunteer regularly.
But I have resigned! Yes, after all these wonderful years I decided that it was time to move on and do other things; I want to pick up piano lessons where I left off many years ago and there are so very many books to read and films to watch. I have my work with the East Ham parish and the BBC and, of course, I've recently become a Councillor.
All changes involve loss - even the most longed-for move to a new house means leaving the old neighbourhood; the darlingest new baby means saying goodbye to time, money, freedom from worry....and the rest! For ever! Don't we know it!
And I know that I shall miss my colleagues, our service users and all the churches and groups that support the Programme but they will go on to do new, exciting things and I will watch with delight and try not to say 'I wouldn't have done it like that!'
I'm not leaving for a few months yet as it will take a while to recruit a new CEO, but the deed is done and I'm moving on - watch this space!
10.00am St Bart’s Rob is Celebrant & Preacher.
10.00am St Mary’s Quintin is Celebrant & Fred is Preacher.
In Our Prayers
Our Mission: +Stephen our bishops, our clergy and our mission to East Ham;
Worshipping Communities: who share our buildings Lay Ministers: Shirley & John Staff: Brenda, Chrissie, Bill, May, June, Win, Mary,Sue, Ritta & Alison.
Church Wardens: Andrew, Mary, Laurine, John, Hazel & Ajith.
The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh , Lucy Owen, May Gentry, Joyce Deslandes, Primrose Hooker,
Janice Wenlock, Peter Wilson & Graham Davis.
Those who have died: Alec Kellaway.
May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
PCC Next Week
There will be a brief meeting of the PCC next Sunday (13th,11.30am) at St Mary Magdalene Church Hall for anyone wanting to ask questions about the legal process now underway to absorb St Edmund's Forest Gate into the East Ham Team. Please note that a public consultation process is about to get underway when anyone from any of the churches involved will be able to make submissions to the Diocese and then support those submissions personally. Your prayers for the people of St Edmund's, who are greatly looking forward to joining our parish, are asked for at this time.
Extraordinary Parish Meeting
In the absence of a Parish Treasurer we continue to do what we can to manage the financial affairs of our parish with due prudence and efficacy. The audited accounts for 2013 are now available for inspection. All members of the congregation are invited to attend an Extraordinary Parish Meeting on Sunday 27th July at 12noon at St Mary Magdalene Church Hall. Copies of the accounts are available now from the parish office hard copy or pdf). They will also be displayed in both churches from tomorrow. Because we have no treasurer, any detailed questions about the accounts should be submitted in advance so that we can glean the necessary answers from our volunteer book keeper and/or the diocesan parish giving offier. There is one item on the agenda on this day but we must formally receive and accept the the accounts.
SUMMER STUDY DAY
We will be holding one of our regular study days on Thursday 14 August when we will look in detail at the Gospel of John.
What does it say to us today? What are its chief characteristics?
How can we understand it better. Rob will lead the day.
10.30am till 3pm.
Cost £7 including a sandwich lunch.
Please note that our midweek services continue throughout the summer and are a joy and delight! If you have not been to St Mary Magdalene on a Wednesday evening (1830) or St Bart's on a Thursday lunchtime (1230) you don't know what you are missing! During August the lunchtime Eucharists at St Bart's will focus on "Favourite Psalms". ALL WELCOME.