18th May 2014 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                      

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 18th May 2014

 

Episcopal Visitation of West Ham Archdeaconry

 

         On Wednesday 14 May 2014 the Archdeaconry of West Ham, comprising of the Deaneries of Newham, Waltham Forest and Redbridge accomplished its Episcopal visit in a beautiful service teeming with rich symbolisms at the Chelmsford Cathedral.

         The colourful procession of Bishop Stephen, The Archdeacon,  Deans, the Lay Chair, and the Registrar streamed into  the cathedral congregation  of clergy and Churchwardens. It was a gathering teeming with spiritual and pastoral synergy, hope and enthusiasm. The Archdeacon of West Ham, The Venerable Elwin Cockett led the service and the Lay Chair, our own Shirley Biro took the scripture reading. 

         Bishop  Stephen thanked  the retiring Churchwardens and conducted the admission of Newly elected ones. “This evening we formally acknowledge the tremendous service of our Churchwardens have given over the past year, And we witness the admission of Churchwardens for this coming year. The Bishop describe d the generosity and leadership of the laity as vital and significant ministry which bring great blessing for the church 

         Delivering his Episcopal Charge, Bishop Stephen gave a succinct appraisal of the raison d’etre of the diocese of Chelmsford from its beginning one hundred years ago, linking its relevance to our times, and paints a clear picture of his visionary direction for the future. Bishop Steven Stephen reminded all that as Christians: “We exist to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and to worship God”, and bring God’s love and kindness to the world.  As members of the Church of England we have a unique obligation even more so,  as servants in the established church, (without prejudice to our ardent commitment to ecumenism),  in carrying out this mission to ALL

         The Bishop celebrated the rich cultural heritage of the Diocese of Chelmsford. The amalgamation of the ethnically and culturally diverse East London and Essex as one diocese makes the Diocese of Chelmsford  the most ethnically diverse and endowed diocese in the world ! As London grows eastward in its modern development the Diocese of Chelmsford can only grow from strength to strength as it explore unchartered territories of new mission and ministry in the pursuit of our Transforming Presence.   Again, we would like to thank our outgoing Churchwardens and extend our warmest welcome and congratulations to the newly commissioned Churchwardens.      Fr Fred. 

TODAY

10.00am St Bart’s Fred is Celebrant & John is Preacher

10.00am St Mary’s Rob is Celebrant & Preacher.

In Our Prayers
Our Mission: +Stephen our bishops, our clergy and our mission to East Ham;

Health & Exercise: St Bart’s Surgery; Slimming World; Weightwatchers; Karate; Wing Chung Kung Fu; Smovey; Zumba

The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh , Lucy Owen, Win Joseph, May Gentry, & Joyce Deslandes

Those who have died: Shirley Preston, Bishop Lewis  & Jennifer Smith.                      

                            May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

 

Readings for 18th May 2014

Acts 7: 55-end         1 Peter 2: 2-10         John 14: 1-14

Readings for 25th May 2014  

Acts 17: 22-31     1 Peter 3: 13-end     John 14: 15-21

Baptism  Two of the candidates, Festus & Vivien, to be confirmed by Bishop Trevor at Barking on Sunday 25th May will be baptised TODAY

at Bart's at 11.30am. The reason for this is that Fr Rob and Fr Fred both want to be present and because they are the only priests on duty

 it has to be after the two morning masses.

Please do join us if you can - it will be less than half an hour and we will celebrate with a drink afterwards

CHURCHWARDENS

The Bishop formally welcomed new churchwardens at a "swearing in" ceremony at Chelmsford Cathedral on Wednesday night. They were support by Fr Fred and Fr Rob.  Bishop Stephen gave a hard hitting and honest assessment of our context for mission. Please pray for your newly elected churchwardens.

TELL YOUR CHURCHWARDENS WHAT YOU THINK

Your churchwardens were told clearly on Wednesday that they are to represent the people of God [in East Ham] and, to that extent they need your ideas and your support. Please do chat with them and share your hopes, ideas and concerns.

CHRISTIAN AID THANK YOU More than £300 was raised as a result of the recent Christian Aid concert. We are indebted to all those who organised it, performed in and supported it in any way.

STANDING COMMITTEE Churchwardens and PCC Secretary meet in the

Rector's Office at Bart's on Wednesday 22nd at 8pm

LOCAL ELECTIONS

Please pray for all those who are standing for election this week in Newham and across the country. Both Quintin and Ann are standing for election locally. Please pray that the Christian voice will be heard in an increasingly pluralist context as decisions are taken which affect the life of the wider local community. [Rob]

PCC  There is a meeting of the PCC in Bart's Church

 on Wednesday 28 May at 7.30pm

FEAST OF THE ASCENSION Thursday 29th May 7pm St Mary’s

 Sung Mass with Guest Preacher The Lord Bishop of Derby,

Dr Alastair Redfern More details to follow.

BOOK CLUB We had a very good conversation about the Church in the First World War on Monday. Thanks to all those who came. Because of limited resources in June (the parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land amongst them the next meeting of the Book Club can only be on Monday 30 June at 2pm.

It will be a movie afternoon.

BART’S CAFÉ  - subtle changes

The DCC have agreed to continue to invest in Bart's Café which urgently need cutlery and crockery replacing old stock in the next few days. There will be new display banners and Christian oriented posters and a brand new television showing the TV news during opening hours. Your custom and support are much appreciated.

 

Bart’s Café opening hours Bank holiday week from 27th May.

Due to holiday’s, including Sue’s, the café will operate

 a snack menu from Tuesday – Friday (27th – 30th May).

Normal menu will return  with Sue on 2nd June.

 

Volunteers wanted for Bart’s Café

Do you have a few hours to spare? Why not join our friendly team here at Bart’s Café serving food and sharing friendship.

Parish Event:

Strawberry Tea (With Cream on Scones’)

Rectory Garden, Navarre Road, E6

Saturday, 5th July 2014 : 2.00 – 4.00 pm

(Further details will be announced in June ‘14

Enquires to Irene Phaup or Gordon Owen)

Bradwell Pilgrimage Saturday 12th July

Pauline Ellis and myself currently have 39 firm bookings from 8 different churches in and around East Ham. So we still have some spaces if you would like to re-experience this pilgrimage to St Cedds or try it for the first time. Join hundreds of others from across East London and Essex on this 2 mile walk from the village church to the sea front to the ancient St Cedds Chapel.  And enjoy inspiring open air worship with Rev Dr Kate Coleman as this year’s speaker The cost for the coach will be £12 per person. 

 Bring a picnic and enjoy a memorable day out. http://bradwellpilgrimage.webs.com/         Shirley Biro

TRIP TO MARGATE

Saturday 7th June. Coach leaves at 8.30am from St Mary’s,

 8.45am from Newham College, High Street South.

Cost is £14 per adult and £5 for under 16's.

Please sign up today – money must be paid in advance to secure your seat. Give your money to June at St Mary’s or the wardens at St Bart’s

STUBBERS 2014  June 27th-29th

For our 13th year we will be taking 30 children aged between 8 and 16yrs to Stubbers Adventure Centre in Upminster for a weekend of adventurous activities -  for info www.stubbers.co.uk. 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 or by e-mail from Chrissie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Hazel Thomas at Bart’s or Claudette King at St Mary’s and return with a cheque for £60/child payable to “East Ham PCC”. For informal enquiries contact John Marshall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

EAST HAM PARISH CONFIRMATION 2014

Please pray for the Candidates from our Parish who are preparing  for the

 Sacrament of Confirmation this year

Penny Louis DICKET, Tarun Thomas PHILLIP,

Festus DUMBI, Uchenna OZURUMBA, Vivien OGBEFUN, Omar MORGAN,

Natalie MORGAN

 at Barking Abbey St Margaret’s Church

Date of Confirmation: Next Sunday (25th May 2014) at 6:30pm

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

  Telephone 020 8470 0011     

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4th May 2014 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 4th May 2014

 

 

                         Her Majesty’s visit to Chelmsford Cathedral.

 

         Her Majesty the Queen will visit Chelmsford Cathedral this week on 6 May 2014.

It was announced last week that Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh will attend a service in Chelmsford Cathedral on Tuesday May 6 as part of the centenary celebrations of Chelmsford Diocese.

 

         Bishop Stephen said: “Chelmsford Diocese is one hundred years old this year. People from all over this vast and diverse diocese, from East London and Essex, will be gathered in our Cathedral church to welcome Her Majesty the Queen. The Queen’s visit is the icing on the cake of our centenary year.

"It is an additional honour to welcome the Queen to the newest city in her realm."

 

         The Dean of Chelmsford, Nicholas Henshall added: “It's fantastic to be welcoming the Queen to this special celebration at Chelmsford Cathedral in our centenary year. It is going to be a celebration of the extraordinary contribution the churches make to the communities of Essex and East London, and a huge endorsement of the role of the church in public life.

“But this visit isn't just for us - it's for everyone in Chelmsford and across the region working for the common good."

Members of the public will be able to follow the service by loudspeakers in the cathedral churchyard.

 

        The visit will also be covered on Facebook/ChelmsCentenary and on Twitter@ChelmsCentenary #ChelmsRoyal.

                                                    

TODAY

10.00am St Bart’s Fred is Celebrant & Rob is Preacher

10.00am St Mary’s Quintin is Celebrant & 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: Churchwardens: Andrew, Mary, Laurine, John, Hazel & Ajith

The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh , Lucy Owen, Win Joseph, May Gentry, Joyce Deslandes

 & Jennifer Smith.

Those who have died:

George Taylor, William Owen, Flora Furby, Shirley Preston & Bishop Lewis.                  May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 4th May 2014

Acts2: 36-41             Mark 13: 5-13

Readings for 11th May 2014  

Acts2: 42-end        1 Peter 2: 19-end        John 10: 1-10

 St Mary’s Birthday’s             HAPPY BIRTHDAY to  David Hayes

St Mary’s DCC Wednesday 7th May 7.30pm in the Parish Room.

Minutes and agendas available to pick up today.

KEY DATES

Monday 12 May Bart's DCC [in Church] 7.30pm

Tuesday 20th May 8pm Standing Committee (Parish and District Wardens and Secretary) Rector's Office

Wednesday 28th May 7.30pm PCC at St Bart's Church following Mass

at St Mary Magdalene

FEAST OF THE ASCENSION A date for your diary Thursday 29th May 7pm

St Mary Magdalene Church Sung Mass with Guest Preacher The Lord Bishop of Derby, Dr Alastair Redfern More details to follow

Me and My Music Thanks to Sue and the Cafe team for their help in producing such a happy Me and My Music and to Canon Ann our celebrated guest and music chooser !!

We were very sad to hear the news of the death of Bishop Lewis from the Church of God. His funeral service will be held at St Bart’s on Friday 9th May at 12.30pm. Please keep in your prayers Mrs Lewis & the family

 & the Congregation of the Church of God.

Parish Book Club

Monday 12 May at 2pm. We will read passages from Canon Alan Wilkinson's reissued book - The Church of England and the First World War. What was the church's position 100 years ago? How did the Archbishop of Canterbury respond? Did priests fight in the trenches? And what about objectors? Come and share in some fascinating insights. If you would like to purchase the book it is well worth a read during this commemoration year of World War I

St Edmunds, King and Martyr A meeting was held this week with the Diocesan Pastoral Secretary Nathan Whitehead and the Parish Wardens of the East Ham Team and the Parish of All Saints and St Edmunds Forest Gate. The process towards St Edmunds joining our team was explained and the meeting will be reported back to at the PCC later this month. Your prayers for our deanery, our ministry unit and parish are asked for.

TRIP TO MARGATE

Saturday 7th June. Coach leaves at 8.30am from St Mary’s,

 8.45am from Newham College, High Street South.

 Cost is £14 per adult and £5 for under 16's. Please sign up today

CHRISTIAN AID CONCERT

 Saturday 10th May, 2014

  3.00-5.00pm

St Bartholomew’s Church, Barking Road, East Ham

                       Tickets available from Geraldine Pote at St Bartholomew’s

Alison McLucas at St Mary Magdalene’s or pay at the door

£6 (Concessions £4) Under 12’s free  

 

Refreshments included

STUBBERS 2014  June 27th-29th For our 13th year we will be taking 30 children aged between 8 and 16yrs to Stubbers Adventure Centre in Upminster for a weekend of adventurous activities -  for info www.stubbers.co.uk. 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 or by e-mail from Chrissie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Hazel Thomas at Bart’s or Claudette King at St Mary’s and return with a cheque for £60/child payable to “East Ham PCC”. For informal enquiries contact John Marshall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LAST CALL FOR THOSE THINKING OF JOINING THE HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE 2014 [16th-23rd June]. Brochures are at the back of our churches or phone  01992 576 065 for one. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BOOKED: we will meet for brunch on SUNDAY 25th May at 1130 at St Bart's to go through the programme, answer questions and be well prepared.

EAST HAM TEAM MINISTRY ELECTION OF OFFICERS – 2014-2015

 

            PARISH CHURCHWARDENS:  Andrew Biro     Mary Richards

 

DISTRICT CHURCHWARDENS

St.Mary Magdalene     Laurine Griffith    John King

              St.Bartholomew        Hazel Thomas       Ajith Lekshmanan

 

PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL

Doris Goodchild,   Sam Ozurumba,  Eutal Spence , Lorraine Ashton,

                   Ehi Omoregie, June Bassenger, Damian Sutton, Jean Mansfield ,

                                                                                    

DISTRICT CHURCH COUNCIL

St. Mary Magdalene

Ancil Griffith, Colin Mansfield, John Hedges, Dennis Pridmore,  Shani Thomas,

 Tina Preston, Terry Hooker, Louise Simmons, Earlene Bentley,

Lilian Aneta Tomlinson.

           

St. Bartholomew

        Geraldine Pote, Eutal Spence, Susan Allen, Rose Geaney, Robert Akowuah,  Philip John, Lorraine Ashton, Hazel Phillips, Sarah Kabuye, Primrose Sabanda

                                      

DEANERY SYNOD

Shirley Biro(Lay Chair) ,  Gordon Owen, Damian Sutton, Ajith Lekshmanan

PASTORAL ASSISTANT   Shirley Biro

LOCAL LICENSED PREACHER   John King

EAST HAM PARISH CONFIRMATION 2014

Please pray for the Candidates from our Parish who are preparing

 for the Sacrament of Confirmation this year

Penny Louis DICKET, Tarun Thomas PHILLIP, Festus DUMBI,

 Uchenna OZURUMBA, Vivien OGBEFUN ,Omar MORGAN, Natalie MORGAN

At Barking Abbey St Margaret’s Church

Date of Confirmation: Sunday 25th May 2014 6:30pm

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.  

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20th April 2014 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 20th April 2014

 

Meeting the Risen Christ

 

         Over the next few weeks we will hear again the Gospel evidence of Our Lord's resurrection. The stories are not necessarily linked and are quite random.

         For a period of several weeks Jesus appeared before his Ascension in a series of episodes which biblical scholars and theologians have reflected on and analysed ever since.

         But there are some common aspects to these stories which can help us to rediscover the risen Christ as we journey through Easter as his pilgrim people.

 

1. Often we see the risen Christ in the most unexpected places

It's not only in church that we see the work of our risen Lord in action!

 

2. Jesus speaks to us but it is not always clear that it is him

He speaks to us through others and only afterwards do we realise it was Him.

 

3. He reminds us of the great symbols of our faith

In a handshake, the eating of bread, in an embrace or sign of caring - Jesus is revealed

 

4. In the sacraments, our risen Lord is there

As at the lakeside when he meets up with his disciples who are fishing they recognise him in the breaking of the bread.

 

Be prepared!

He is risen!

We will see him all around us and experience his risen power in the most unexpected of ways.,

 

HAPPY EASTER FROM ALL OF US TO EACH OF YOU

                                                                           ROB

Today

St Bart's: Rob is Celebrant & Ann is Preacher

St Mary Magdalene: Fred is Celebrant & Quintin  is Preacher

In Our Prayers
Our Mission: +Stephen and +David our bishops, our clergy and 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: Les Page, Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh ,Lucy Owen, Win Joseph & May Gentry.

Those who have died:  Eileen Chesney, George Taylor, William Owen, Diana Aresti,

Flora Furby & Shirley Preston.                  May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 20th April 2014

Jeremiah 31: 1-6           Acts 10: 34-43    

Readings for 27th April 2014   JOINT SERVICE at ST MARY’S

Acts2: 22-32           1 Peter 1: 3-9

 St Mary’s Birthday’s             HAPPY BIRTHDAY to  Win Jones & Albert Davis

The flowers in St Mary’s this morning are from Louise Simmons

in loving memory of her dear mother Dorothy.

HAPPY EASTER We wish all our parishioners a very happy and blessed Easter! CHRIST IS RISEN! He is Risen Indeed. Alleluia!

From all the clergy in the East Ham Team

At St Mary’s this morning we welcome Alena Martin, Alexander Martin, Leah Namatovu, La-Shay Read & Tendo Luyimbaazi who will be receiving Communion for the first time today. Please keep them in your prayers.

Many thanks to all who helped clean and decorate St Mary’s yesterday.

The church looks wonderful.

Thank you to Earline for singing in the service at St Mary’s this morning.

There will be an Easter Egg hunt for the children after the service

 at St Mary’s this morning.

PLEASE NOTE: Next week is a JOINT SERVICE at St Mary’s

 followed by the APCM.

SCHOOL VISITS to St Mary’s   There is one more school due to visit:- 

Drew Primary on 22nd and 30th April.

St Barnabas Band and Men with Wood Concert at St Edmund's, 464 Katherine Rd, Forest Gate E7 8NP - Sat 26th April 7.30pm - Tickets £5.

We are saddened to learn of the death of Shirley Preston, details of her funeral will be announced soon, please keep her family in your prayers.

We also pray for Gordon and his family on the death of his father

William Owen. William’s funeral will be held at St Bart’s

 on Wednesday 23rd April at 3.30pm  

IMPORTANT WEEKEND NEXT WEEKEND

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING

 

The Annual church meeting will be held after a Joint service at St Mary’s

 On  Sunday 27th April. We will be electing churchwardens,and members of the parish  and district councils.  If you would like to be involved in the life

of our churches in any of these ways, please make sure your name is added

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

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

 do speak to one of the clergy  or current wardens.

Deanery Synod Elections 2014

Are you interested in representing the Parish at Newham Deanery Synod Meetings? There are 4 evening meetings per year held at various Churches in the Deanery from 7.30 – 9.30pm. Please sign up if you are interested in standing.

To all those who produce reports for the APCM –

please  get them to the office by Wednesday 23rd April  – thank you.

ST GEORGE St George’s Day will be celebrated at Bart’s Café with the special lunch (see back page) followed in the evening with a Mass at St Mary’s at 6.30pm

PRAYING ST MARK'S GOSPEL  Tuesday 29 April is the Feast Day of

St Mark and we resume our summer hour meditations with some quiet reflection on St Mark's Gospel at St Bart's beginning at 2pm.

BARTS HOSTS NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BIBLICAL LITERACY Book Now On Wednesday 4th June (10am-4.15pm) St Bart's will host a national conference on the role and place of the bible in contemporary culture. We will welcome four internationally known speakers and enjoy three lectures and some group work.  We are looking forward to welcoming people from across the country and we would like you to be there too. Whilst other delegates are paying £47 for the day to cover the cost of speakers, food etc the cost of any parishioner is just £12. Booking forms are available from the back of church or the parish office.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2014  This will be observed next month beginning on 11 May. The theme this year is "Will your church heal the scars of war?" and we will be praying and thinking through this theme in our intercessions and reflections next month as we once again support Christian Aid.

CHRISTIAN AID CONCERT Saturday 10th May, 2014   3.00-5.00pm

St Bartholomew’s Church, Barking Road, East Ham

Tickets available from Geraldine Pote at St Bartholomew’s

Alison McLucas at St Mary Magdalene’s or pay at the door £6 (Concessions £4) Under 12’s free   Refreshments included

LAST CALL FOR THOSE THINKING OF JOINING THE HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE 2014 [16th-23rd June]. The Holy Land pilgrimage is going to be a highlight of the year for those who can afford to join it.  Brochures are at the back of our churches or phone  01992 576 065 for one. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BOOKED: we will meet for brunch on SUNDAY 25th May at 1130 at St Bart's to go through the programme, answer questions and be well prepared.

STUBBERS 2014  June 27th-29th For our 13th 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 -  for information www.stubbers.co.uk. 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 or by e-mail from Chrissie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Hazel Thomas at Bart’s or Claudette King at St Mary’s and return with a cheque for £60/child payable to “East Ham PCC”. For informal enquiries contact John Marshall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

TWO GREAT CAFE EVENTS These two events are for the WHOLE parish.

 ST GEORGE'S DAY 23rd April Lunch at Bart's Café  1.00pm .

 WEDNESDAY 30th April 7.00pm  ME AND MY MUSIC With special guest: CANON ANN EASTER  Time 7.00pm.  Tickets for both events available now price £7.00 Admission by ticket only.

The café will be closed on Tuesday 22nd April due to the kitchen deep clean..

EAST HAM PARISH CONFIRMATION ~ 2014  PROGRAMME SCHEDULE

ALL HELD IN THE LUKE ROOM at ST BART’S 11.30am – 12.15pm

Sun 27 April (Whitsunday)                              FIELDWORK 1        

Sun 4 May 2014 (3rd of Easter)                      FIELDWORD 2

Sun 11 May 2014 (4th of Easter)                    FIELDWORK REPORTS

Thurs 29th  May 2014                                  Start of Novena Prayers

Saturday 7th June 2014                             Confirmation Retreat

Sun 8th  June 2014  (PENTECOST)               Confirmation Service        

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

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13th April 2014 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 13th April 2014

 

Easter Message 2014

 

There aren’t many of us that get through life without some sort of disappointment. For the pessimists among us this is no surprise! They always knew life was too good to be true. For the realists it is business as usual. But even for the optimists there is a veiled disappointment. Rewards aren’t always as rewarding as we hoped; and in the end the grave waits patiently for everyone.

 

The disciples of Jesus also knew a great deal about disappointment. At times they’d let themselves down, and worse, at times they’d let Jesus down. Not enough faith to heal, not able to see Jesus clearly, not even able to stay awake when he asked them. They competitively jostle for position. Optimists like Peter and pessimists like Thomas, their failures are accentuated. They both end up doubting and denying. But on the day Jesus is executed, this disappointment takes on a new dimension. This motley crew of disciples, fragmented and broken, watch as life drains from Jesus’ pain wracked body. Would there ever be a day of such total despair again? All hope collapses into the abyss. Hoping itself is hopeless. Even the faithful women who had followed Jesus from Galilee, stand at a distance watching these things, and in abject horror reflect the anguished face of disappointment.

But this is not the end. From the gut-churning agony of watching a loved one die, overwhelming joy emerges. The unthinkable happens. In the midst of pain, darkness and death the miracle of resurrected life breaks forth. The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the sign of God’s power to break into all disappointment, all failure, all human sinfulness and all wrongdoing. It is the world’s greatest story of redemption. It is the remedy for disappointment and the source of hopefulness.

 

    We need this redemption today. We need it in our personal lives. We need it in our families. We need it in our management of the world’s resources.

We need it in our political priorities. There is so much sadness, regret, anguish and despair about. Many of us have stopped believing things could be better. We simply try to salvage some hope for ourselves, and disregard the needs of our neighbour. God can redeem this. God can speak into our disappointment. God can raise things up. The resurrection of Jesus is not just one incredible isolated event in history it’s the way of making sense of life today. It is a new way of looking at everything. Through the cross and resurrection there is an ever present, ever available new beginning; hope offered to every human life and to every entrenched hope-less situation. He is risen from the dead! That is the great cry of Easter joy. It is also the great hope for the world.

Happy Easter!                         +Stephen Cottrell Bishop of Chelmsford

 

In Our Prayers
Our Mission: +Stephen and +David our bishops, our clergy and our mission to

East Ham; Health & Exercise: St Bart’s Surgery; Slimming World; Weightwatchers; Karate; Wing Chun Kung Fu; Smovey; Zumba

The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh,  John, William Owen, Lucy Owen & Patricia Wells,

Those who have died:   Lillian Martin, Beryl Crone & Eileen Chesney.                                        May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 13th April 2014   PALM SUNDAY  

Matthew 26: 14-27:66

Readings for 20th April 2014

Jeremiah 31: 1-6           Acts 10: 34-43    

 St Mary’s Birthday’s             HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

Quintin Peppiatt, Emelia Frimpong, Lesley Scawthorn & Michael Weeks

First Communion rehearsal will take place after the service

 at St Bart’s this morning.

CHURCH CLEANING AND DECORATING ON HOLY SATURDAY.

We will be preparing St Mary’s for Easter on Saturday

 19th April from 10.00am. As a bribe Hot cross buns and tea/coffee will be served ….. Please come along and help.

SCHOOL VISITS to St Mary’s     It was great to see more children visiting St Mary’s last week. There is one more school due to visit:-

 Drew Primary on 22nd and 30th April.

Eucharist at Manor Farm on Maundy Thursday at 3pm

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING

 

The Annual church meeting will be held after a Joint service at St Mary’s

 on Sunday 27th April. We will be electing churchwardens,and members

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

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

If you are interested, but not sure what is involved, do speak to one of the clergy or current wardens.

 

Deanery Synod Elections 2014

Are you interested in representing the Parish at Newham Deanery Synod Meetings? There are 4 evening meetings per year held at various Churches in the Deanery from 7.30 – 9.30pm.

Please sign up if you are interested in standing.

To all those who produce reports for the APCM – could you please

 get them to the office as soon as possible – thank you.

STUBBERS 2014  June 27th-29th For our 13th 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 (see 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 St Bartholomew’s Church, 292b Barking Road E6 or by e-mail from Chrissie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Hazel Thomas at Bart’s or Claudette King at St Mary’s and return with a cheque for £60/child payable to “East Ham PCC”. For informal enquiries contact John Marshall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

TWO GREAT CAFE EVENTS These two events are for the WHOLE parish. And they promise to be excellent. ST GEORGE'S DAY 23rd April Lunch at Bart's Café  1.00pm  Tickets available now price £7.00.  WEDNESDAY 30th April 7pm ME AND MY MUSIC With special guest: CANON ANN EASTER  Time 7.00pm.  tickets available soon

Admission to both events by ticket only.

The café will be closed Good Friday & Easter Monday re-opening on Wednesday 23rd April due to the kitchen deep clean taking place on Tuesday 22nd.

HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES 2014

MONDAY               PLACES OF THE PASSION:  St Peter in Gallicantu

14th April   8.00pm  Eucharist with reflection  at St Bartholomew

 

TUESDAY              PLACES OF THE PASSION: Caiaphas House

15th April  8.00pm   Eucharist with reflection  at St Bartholomew                     

 

WEDNESDAY       PLACES OF THE PASSION: Gethsemane

16th April   6.30pm  Eucharist with reflection  at St Mary Magdalene     

 

MAUNDY THURSDAY PLACES OF THE PASSION: Jerusalem’s Upper Room

17th April   12.30pm  Eucharist   at St Bartholomew

                     8.00pm  Eucharist with washing of feet  and vigil  at St Mary Magdalene

                 

GOOD FRIDAY

18th April   11.15am   Procession of the cross  from St Bartholomew

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

                  12.30pm   Stations of the Cross  at St Bartholomew                                       

                    2.00pm   Adoration of the Cross and  communion from

                                     reserved sacrament at St Mary Magdalene                                    HOLY SATURDAY

19th April   8.00pm     First Fires and Lighting of the Paschal Candle

                                       at St Mary Magdalene                                 

 

EASTER SUNDAY

20th April         8.00am  Mass  at  St Mary Magdalene                        

                       10.00am  Family Service with

                                            First communion at St Mary Magdalene                              

                       10.00am  Eucharist for Easter   at St Bartholomew

 EAST HAM PARISH CONFIRMATION ~ 2014  PROGRAMME SCHEDULE

ALL HELD IN THE LUKE ROOM at ST BART’S 11.30am – 12.15pm

Mon 21 April 2014 (Easter Mon)                    Social Event for Candidates

Sun 27 April (Whitsunday)                              FIELDWORK 1        

Sun 4 May 2014 (3rd of Easter)                        FIELDWORD 2

Sun 11 May 2014 (4th of Easter)                      FIELDWORK REPORTS

Thurs 29th  May 2014                                       Start of Novena Prayers

Saturday 7th June 2014                                     Confirmation Retreat

Sun 8th  June 2014  (PENTECOST)               Confirmation Service        

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.  

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23rd March 2014 Newsletter

Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 23rd March 2014

 

Getting the right balance

 

Well, it’s finally spring – it’s still light at 6.0 o’clock (evening – don’t ask me about the morning) and the weather is getting warmer; and it’s stopped raining. Shirley and I have been busy in the garden pruning and planting and very enjoyable and satisfying it is too. Last month we were on holiday visiting family and we have just had another short weekend away. So we have been doing things we enjoy, as well as being involved in the parish and wider community (while we are still able!). Good.

 

Meanwhile, in our parish lent course this week we considered how we, as Christians, talk to people, and how we can start conversations. But, above all, we discussed how we can make sure that people understand that we are Christians and what this means to us: that it is the most important thing in our lives and that we try to demonstrate our faith by our words and actions.

 

For some people this is straightforward. They can seamlessly integrate their “Christian lives” with their ordinary, day-to-day, lives and doing the things they want to, whether it’s sport, like cricket or football, or a favourite hobby.

 

For others, getting a balance that they are comfortable with between “Christian” and “ordinary” lives may not be so easy. While for some – those with young families, those who act as carers, those who work long and sometimes unsocial hours, it may hardly be a relevant question at all. But, during lent, we can perhaps think about how we spend our time and getting the balance right for us.

 

                                                                           Andrew

 

This week’s Lent Programme Theme:

                                   To respond to human need by loving service

10.00am St Bart’s Rob is Celebrant & Jimmy Dale is speaker.  Fred to Deacon.

10.00am St Mary’s Ann is Celebrant and Mary is speaker.    Quintin to Deacon.

First Communion Classes continue at St Mary’s after the service in the Parish Room.

 

Wednesday 26th March  2.00pm Pilgrim’s Way:  Five Marks of Mission lent Course 

                                6.30pm Mass at St Mary’s followed by

                                7.15pm St Mary’s Church Hall: Five Marks of Mission lent Course

                 Rob will lead these sessions.

 

Thursday 27th March 12.30pm Lunchtime Eucharist at St Bart’s

                                                           and Lent  conversation...continuing the theme.

In Our Prayers
Our Mission: +Stephen and +David our bishops, our clergy and our mission to

East Ham; Older People: Golden Oldies; Genesis Housing Association – residents and staff; Lunch Club; Friday Games

The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh,  John & Victoria,

Those who have died:   Peter Blackwell, Chika Bertram Ezeodili  &  Lillian Martin.                                        May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 23rd March 2014

Exodus 17: 1-7           Romans 5: 1-11            John 4: 5-42

Readings for 30th  March 2014

Exodus 2: 1-10          2 Corinthians 1: 3-7

LENT GROUPS Thanks to all those who have been to one of the Lent groups so far. It's not too late to start coming if you haven't managed to get to the first two so do join this week (details above). All of the material is provided by the charity Us - working with Christian people in many parts of the developing world. Some boxes were available in church and hopefully still are for you to make a lent gift to the Charity and we ask you to return these to church on either Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday

MOTHERING SUNDAY is next week. Prayers will be said at all of our services on that day. At Bart's the children are leading the first part of the service in terms of a readings, prayers  and some things they have specially written.

We have had a busy few days at St Mary’s. The Scouts visited on Friday evening and ITV were filming in the Church all day Saturday.

Many thanks to Dennis for helping out with these visits.

A new rota is being compiled at St Mary’s – please sign up on the forms

 at the back of church - there are also forms for those interested in Confirmation.

Would anyone interested in joining a rota to tend St Mary’s Memorial Garden please contact John Hedges on 07947 854 669.

 All equipment provided, we just need your time maybe once a month.

AUNNUNCIATION The Feast of the Annunciation is celebrated on Tuesday and you are invited to join us for Morning Prayer at St Mary Magdalene on 0900am. Mass for this great day will be celebrated on Wednesday morning at Hedgerow Court (1030) and at St Mary Magdalene

BOOK NOW for Pilgrimage to Bradwell. Pauline and I have already almost filled the coach with parishioners from other churches so please let me know ASAP if you are thinking about this. It is on Saturday 12th July. The cost for the coach will be £12 per person. Bring a picnic and enjoy a memorable day out. http://bradwellpilgrimage.webs.com/          Shirley Biro

Stubbers 2014 June 27th -29th. We will be taking 30 children aged between 8 & 16 years to Stubbers Adventure Centre in Upminster for a weekend of adventurous activities including Jet-Ski, High-ropes, Wobbly boarding More information on www.stubbers.co.uk   Application forms will be available VERY SOON!!!

HOLY WEEK 2014 Final touches are being made for services for

 Holy Week which begins on 13th April with a Joint service at St Bart’s for Palm Sunday. A leaflet outlining all of the services as well as the April Calendar will be available next weekend.

BARTS HOSTS NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BIBLICAL LITERACY Book Now On Wednesday 4th June (10am-4.15pm) St Bart's will host a national conference on the role and place of the bible in contemporary culture. We will welcome four internationally known speakers and enjoy three lectures and some group work. Professor James Crossley, from the University of Sheffield, will chair the day. Dr Katie Edwards, an expert on the use of the bible in advertising is speaking along with Professor Philip Esler (Professor of New Testament Studies at the University of Gloucestershire). Also speaking is Amanda Hancox, an award wining BBC producer from BBC Religion & Ethic in Salford, Manchester. We are looking forward to welcoming people from across the country and we would like you to be there too. Whilst other delegates are paying £47 for the day to cover the cost of speakers, food etc the cost of any parishioner is just £12. Booking forms are available from the back of church or the parish office.

ST GEORGE'S DAY LUNCHEON The Parish will be holding a

St George's Day Lunch on Wednesday 23rd April when very traditional English food will be served at lunch in Bart's Cafe. ALL ARE WELCOME. More details to follow shortly.

THREE DATES Some of you have rightly been asking for dates so that you can do your summer planning! Here are three dates to put on your calendar !

SATURDAY 7th June PARISH OUTING TO MARGATE

FRIDAY 27th June STUBBERS WEEKEND BEGINS

SATURDAY 12th JULY BRADWELL PILGRIMAGE (See other notice)

SCHOOL VISITS to St Mary’s    

It was great to see over 200 children visiting St Mary’s last week and they all seemed to enjoy it and got a flavour of our Easter Celebration.

There are more schools due to visit very soon:-

  Salisbury Primary on 27th March,

Altmore Infants on 1st & 3rd April

and Drew Primary on 22nd and 30th April.

EAST HAM PARISH CONFIRMATION ~ 2014  PROGRAMME SCHEDULE

ALL HELD IN THE LUKE ROOM at ST BART’S 11.30am – 12.15pm

 

Sun 23 March 2014 (3rd of Lent)                     TRAINING SESSION 2

Sun 30 March 2014 (4th of Lent)                     TRAINING SEEION 2

Sun 6 April 2014 (5th of Lent)                         TRAINING SESSION 3

Sat 12 April 2014                                          Easter Retreat for Candidates

Mon 21 April 2014 (Easter Mon)                      Social Event for Candidates

Sun 27 April (Whitsunday)                              FIELDWORK 1        

Sun 4 May 2014 (3rd of Easter)                      FIELDWORD 2

Sun 11 May 2014 (4th of Easter)                    FIELDWORK REPORTS

Thurs 29th  May 2014                                       Start of Novena Prayers

Saturday 7th June 2014                                     Confirmation Retreat

Sun 8th  June 2014  (PENTECOST)              Confirmation Service        

LENT PREACHERS

We once again have a variety of speakers talking about their life & faith.                                                           

                                LENT4  30th March   St Mary’s  Derek James

                                                                  St Bart’s   Fr Rob

              PASSION SUNDAY  6th April    St Mary’s Andrew Biro

                                                                 St Bart’s   Fr Fred

Midweek Services   

 St Mary’s 6.30pm Wednesday and St Bart’s 1230 Thursday.

Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer is said at Bart’s on Mondays, Wednesday & Thursdays at 9am

 and at St Mary’s on Tuesdays & Fridays also at 9am.

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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