2nd February 2014 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 2nd February 2014

 

Keep the Gospel fresh in our time

 

One thing I have noticed about Christians in our immediate area is that they are certainly not ashamed of the Gospel.

 

Last Sunday walking around and going on at least two buses I saw lots and lots of bibles in people's hands. Tatty ones, nice ones, leather ones and paperback ones.

 

Someone on the top of the 115 bus was reading Proverbs (I was sitting behind them). On the Jubilee Line two teenagers sat with their bibles on the knee. And at the bust stop on the way back a young man had his bible under his arm as he protected it from the rain.

 

Carrying a bible, in some parts of the world, is a highly dangerous act. And yet here, in Britain, it can be one of the most encouraging signs to fellow Christians that the message of the books of the bible is alive and very well.

 

Many Anglicans would be the first to admit that we simply do not read our bibles enough. It is something that we know we should do, and regularly, but we find it hard to instill a sense of discipline and do it!

 

You could, of course, join our parish bible study group? Or ask for bible reading notes? Or study the passages which we read in church on a Sunday for the rest of the week.

 

Reading the bible is not just about Bible Sunday!? It's about today, and tomorrow - the pilgrimage we are on!

 

                                                                       ROB

 

 

Today

St Bart's: Rob is Celebrant & Preacher

St Mary Magdalene: Quintin is Celebrant & Preacher

Fred is officiating at Pilgrim’s Way.

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 Chung Kung Fu: Smovey: Zumba.

The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Win Jones, Geneva Grimes, Jean Skelton

 Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh, Revd John Williams &  Joyce Deslandes.

Those who have died:   Adrian Griffith  & Jill Kaye.

                                     May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 2nd February 2014

Malachi 3: 1-5        Hebrews 2: 14-end        Luke 2: 22-40

Readings for 9th February 2014

Isaiah 58: 1-9a        1 Corinthians 2: 1-12        Matthew 5: 13-20

St Mary’s Birthdays             HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Violet Dyer & Damian Sutton

The flowers in St Mary’s today are from Ken in memory

 of Edie & Bert McGrane.

We welcome back Laurine & Ancil, please continue to pray for them.

Adrian’s funeral will take place at St Mary’s

on Thursday 6th February  at 12.30pm.

Some long standing members of St Mary’s may remember Jill Kaye

who lived at Saxon Road and occasionally worshipped at St Mary’s.

In her last few years she moved to Essex to be near her family.

Her funeral is taking place at St Mary’s on Thursday 13th February at 2.00pm for those who may wish to attend.

Church of God

Today at the 10am service at Bart's, we  welcome members of the Church of God to our All Age Service as we thank God for our work together over several decades. Bishop Lewis has been unwell for some time and some members of the church are now finding the travelling to and from Bart's a bit too onerous so they are renting a room closer to where the majority live and will cease worshipping with us regularly during the course of this month. They will return for the odd service from time to time but we look forward to joining in some refreshments with our brothers and sisters in Christ as we thank him for their support.

Rectory Coffee Morning A Saturday morning of chat, tea. coffee and cup cakes is promised at the Rectory on Saturday 8th March 10am-12noon. All welcome!

 Hot drink and a cup cake for £1.50 in aid of church funds.

Child Protection Training   TODAY 

St Bart's Church 11.30am prompt.

 A member of the Diocesan Safeguarding Team will be on hand to offer the basic update in diocesan training of safeguarding.

All those working with children or vulnerable adults are invited to take part in this training if they would rather do it "live" than online - which is the only other option.

CONFIRMATION AND FIRST COMMUNION

Preparation for First Communion and Confirmation

 for this year will start shortly.

Candidates for First Communion need to be 7 Years old or above

Candidates for Confirmation need to be 14 Years old (or nearly)

and above.

NB There is no upper age limit for either of these two Sacraments.

We would like to invite Candidates to register on the Forms provided at the back of both Churches.

There will be an initial meeting of candidates after Sunday Service

on 9th February where further details will be shared.

First Communion will take place on Easter Sunday and Confirmation will take place in June.     Thanks    Fr Fred

Little Sing

Come along and join in a singalong

around the piano at St Bart’s.

Everyone welcome.  No musical ability required.

Wednesday 19th February 2.00-3.00pm   

Priests available - just give us a call. The Team has several priests available and at your assistance. If you need one of the team to call or you want to come and see one of them – then  pick up the phone and let us know. The clergy team are very happy to support you in whatever way we can.

St Bart’s Centre – February Consultation  This will be a key month as we decide on how we discern how God wants us to fashion the life and work of  St Bart’s Church & Centre into the future.

 A questionnaire is being prepared and all members of Bart’s will be asked to complete one. These will be put alongside the findings of a vision day we had last year.  It has been suggested that the DCC then spends some time away reflecting on how we prepare and budget for whatever changes can be instigated to match our priorities with resources available. Watch this space

Work about the House

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to get St Bart's spruced up and ready for Christmas.  Sadly the committed team who have kept the church clean and tidy from week to week has dwindled of late.  If you could add this to your ministry for the church by volunteering to go on the "hoover and dust" rota it would relieve the pressure on those who are left.  It just takes an hour or so and the more people we have on the rota the fewer times you'll have to do it.  If you could help out with that please let me know. PS  It's also getting more and more difficult to get a cup of tea round here - more volunteers needed to serve tea and coffee after the service, please.   

  Thanks               Geraldine

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

St Bart’s DCC Monday 3rd  February 7.30pm

Minutes and agendas available to pick today.

St Mary’s DCC Wednesday 12th February 7.30pm

Following the success last year of Sue’s charity coffee morning it is hoped that we can do more of these events. If anyone has any particular charity they would like us to support please either speak to Shirley or Sue in the cafe. 

 ‘Me & My music’

     Wednesday 19th February 7pm Bart’s Cafe.

     Flavia Tenywa – East Ham’s best known Chiropodist

reveals her favourite music as she reflects on her life and work.

A two course dinner is included in the ticket price.

You are welcome to bring your own wine.

Please email Sue This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or the Parish Office to book stating any dietary requirements.

Morning Prayer  

Morning Prayer is usually said at Bart’s on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays at 9am and at St Mary Magdalene on Tuesdays and Fridays also at 9am.

All are welcome.

Where the priest is not available members of the congregation are urged to join in a time of prayer for our ministry and mission together.

Midweek Services

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

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

 Telephone 020 8470 0011    

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26th January 2014 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 26th January 2014

 

SPRINGWATCH

 

         I don’t know whether you have ever watched Springwatch on the BBC. Occasionally, I manage to catch it and enjoy seeing the nocturnal pursuits of foxes, badgers and even the odd hedgehog. There was also wonderful programme on the seasons of the year with amazing night pictures of all the activity on a disused airfield

 

            Obviously, one of the unluckiest burglars in the country this week was not a fan of these nature programmes. For if he did spend some time watching those programmes he may not have been caught breaking into a house. All of his activities were streamed live through the wonders of modern camera technology. The camera was set up by Simon King, a BBC wildlife presenter hoping to catch a fox live in his garden on his website.

 

            Instead the Police were said to be delighted with the pictures from the camera and are distributing them across London. Now I am not a fan of all modern technology and what kind of society it is producing. The constant need to be in touch with everyone all the time or telling everyone what you are doing. Most of us are really not that important or interesting. Things can usually wait.

 

            But night time cameras that can catch thieves now we are really talking. Sign me up!                   

                                                                        Quintin

 

Today

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

St Mary Magdalene: Quintin is Celebrant & Preacher

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

East Ham; Children & Young People: St Bart’s, St Mary’s & St Albans Pre-School;

Newham Pre-School Learning Alliance; Fellowship House Children’s Centre; Rainbows,Brownies,Guides & Rangers; Beavers,Cubs & Scouts; Centre4M; Community Links at St Mary’s; Sea Cadets; Air Cadets; Army Cadets; XLP

The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice,Win Jones, Les Rowe, Geneva Grimes,

 Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh, Revd John Williams, Joyce Deslandes,

Jill Kay & Jean Skelton.

Those who have died:   Adrian Griffith, Bertram Arnold & Rose Humphries.

                                     May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 26th January 2014

St Mary’s:  Isaiah 9: 1-4   1 Corinthians 1: 10-18

St Bart’s:  Isaiah 9: 1-4   1 Corinthians 1: 10-18   Matthew 4: 12-23

Readings for 2nd February 2014

Malachi 3: 1-5        Hebrews 2: 14-end        Luke 2: 22-40

St Mary’s Birthdays                  HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

Christine Bence, Dominic Hedges, Jean Richards & Thomas McLucas

The flowers in St Bart’s this morning are from Les Rowe in loving memory

 of his wife Gwen who passed away 3 years ago today.

Please continue to pray for Laurine and Ancil in Australia.

Adrian’s funeral will take place at St Mary’s on Thursday 6th February

 at 12.30pm.

Sunday Club :Leaders and Helpers at Bart's  Meet today

 - after the 10am service in the Luke Room.

Church of God

Next Sunday, at the 10am service at Bart's, we will welcome members of the Church of God to our All Age Service as we thank God for our work together over several decades. Bishop Lewis has been unwell for some time and some members of the church are now finding the travelling to and from Bart's a bit too onerous so they are renting a room closer to where the majority live and will cease worshipping with us regularly during the course of next month. They will return for the odd service from time to time but we look forward to joining in some refreshments with our brothers and sisters in Christ as we thank him for their support.

Holocaust Memorial Day   Tomorrow (Monday 27th)

Please remember all those who have died as a result of their faith or identity

and pray for relationships between people of all faiths. For peace and harmony.

Study Day 

We would like to thank Bishop Hans very much indeed for the generosity he displayed in giving us his time and wisdom in what was a memorable day at Bart's on Thursday.

Thanks to those from St Mary's andSt Bart's who came. It was also good to welcome others from the wider circuit and deanery and even further afield.

Thanks to Brenda for the admin which went into the day and, of course, to the cafe team led by Sue for the excellent food and drink.  More study days are planned.  

Watch this space.

Child Protection Training   Sunday 2 February 

St Bart's Church 11.30am prompt.

 A member of the Diocesan Safeguarding Team will be on hand to offer the basic update in diocesan training of safeguarding next week.

 All those working with children or vulnerable adults are invited to take part in this training if they would rather do it "live" than online - which is the only other option.

Evening Bible Study Group  Meets this week on Tuesday at the home of Mary at 7.30pm. We will be studying Galatians 4.

 All welcome. Please contact the parish office for details.

Archdeacon Inducts Rob Following Rob's licensing as Team Rector in November, Rob was formally inducted by the Archdeacon of West Ham as Team Rector of the East Ham Team in the presence of the Area Dean on Wednesday of this week.

Hedgerow Court A regular eucharistic celebration will begin this week on a monthly basis - with residents being invited to meet together at 1030am. Please pray for all residents of this community.

Deanery Synod

Deanery Synod members are reminded that Bishop David will be making his farewell visit to the deanery this week on Wednesday evening at St Paul's Stratford at 7.30pm.

Confirmation Fr Fred has kindly offered to co-ordinate the confirmation classes for adults and young people and he will be back in London in a couple of weeks time. We hope to start the classes in late February and will be looking towards a confirmation between Easter and Pentecost. Please let any member of the clergy know if you are interested in exploring confirmation this year!

Priests available - just give us a call.

The Team has several priests available and at your assistance. But if you need one of the team to call or you want to come and see one of them - it is important that you pick up the phone and let us know. The clergy team are very happy to support you in whatever way we can.

St Bart’s Centre – February Consultation  February will be a key month as we decide on how we discern God wants us to fashion the life and work of

 St Bartholomew’s Church and Centre into the future. A questionnaire is being prepared and all members of Bart’s will be asked to complete one. These will be put alongside the findings of a vision day we had last year.

It has been suggested that the DCC then spends some time away reflecting on how we prepare and budget for whatever changes can be instigated to match our priorities with resources available. Watch this space

Work about the House Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to get St Bart's spruced up and ready for Christmas.  Sadly the committed team who have kept the church clean and tidy from week to week has dwindled of late.  If you could add this to your ministry for the church by volunteering to go on the "hoover and dust" rota it would relieve the pressure on those who are left.  It just takes an hour or so and the more people we have on the rota the fewer times you'll have to do it.  If you could help out with that please let me know. PS  It's also getting more and more difficult to get a cup of tea round here - more volunteers needed to serve tea and coffee after the service, please.      Thanks               Geraldine

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

St Bart’s DCC Monday 3rd  February 7.30pm

St Mary’s DCC Wednesday 12th February 7.30pm

Following the success last year of Sue’s charity coffee morning it is hoped that we can do more of these events. If anyone has any particular charity they would like us to support please either speak to Shirley or Sue in the cafe. 

 ‘Me & My music’

Wednesday 19th February 7pm Bart’s Cafe.

Flavia Tenywa – East Ham’s best known Chiropodist reveals her favourite music. Price is £7 including a two course dinner.

Please email Sue This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Parish Office to book.

Morning Prayer  Morning Prayer is usually said at Bart’s on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays at 9am and at St Mary Magdalene on Tuesdays and Fridays also at 9am. All are welcome. Where the priest is not available members of the congregation are urged to join in a time of prayer for our ministry and mission together.

Midweek Services

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

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

19th January 2014 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                      

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 19th  January 2014

 

 

Song for January

 

 

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 are 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 and enlighten us in these dull January days.

 

Ann

 

 


Today

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

St Mary Magdalene: Rob is Celebrant & Preacher

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

East Ham; Worshipping Communities who share our buildings;

Clergy & Lay Ministers: Rob, Quintin, Fred, Ann, Shirley & John;

Staff: Brenda, Chrissie, Bill, May, June, Sue, Ritta, Win & Mary;

Churchwardens: Andrew, Damian, Laurine, John, Philip & Ajith.

 The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice,Win Jones, Les Rowe, Geneva Grimes,

 Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh, Revd John Williams & Joyce Deslandes

Those who have died:   Adrian Griffith & Bertram Arnold.

                                     May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 19th January 2014

St Mary’s:   Acts  49: 1-7

St Bart’s:   Isaiah 49: 1-7     1 Corinthians 1: 1-9      John 1: 29-42

Readings for 26th January 2014

St Mary’s:  Isaiah 9: 1-4   1 Corinthians 1: 10-18

St Bart’s:  Isaiah 9: 1-4   1 Corinthians 1: 10-18   Matthew 4: 12-23

St Mary’s Birthdays

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Adeola  Daramola & Cheryl Hayes

Ministry of Healing and Anointing

This short service takes place after the 10am service at St Bart’s this morning. All are welcome. We are hoping to include this within the main service on future occasions.

 

Please continue to pray for Laurine and Ancil in Australia.

Confirmation Fr Fred has kindly offered to co-ordinate the confirmation classes for adults and young people and he will be back in London in a couple of weeks time. We hope to start the classes in late February and will be looking towards a confirmation between Easter and Pentecost. Please let any member of the clergy know if you are interested in exploring confirmation this year!

Manor Farm

Please pray for the residents and carers of Manor farm where the eucharist will be celebrated by our clergy on Wednesday at 3pm

PCC

There was an important meeting of the PCC on Wednesday. A short verbal report of what was decided will be made in the notices at our services today. 

 

 


Deanery Synod

Farewell to Bishop David.

Wednesday 29th January 7.30pm at St Paul’s Stratford.

Bible Study

The Bible Study groups get underway again this week with a study of

Galatians 4. The Afternoon Group meets at St Bart’s on Monday (20th) at 1.45pm after lunch in St Bart’s Café. The evening group meet at Mary’s home on Tuesday 28th January at 7.30pm. All are welcome. Do come along and enjoy studying the bible with other Christian men and women.

The Value of Listening

St Bart's  have invited Methodist Bishop Hans Vaxby to lead the first of its 2014 Study Days this Thursday 23 January (1030am-3.30pm) 

He will address the important subject of "listening". In a world of noise and distraction the day will look at how it is possible to listen as a starting point for offering support and offer support.

Bishop Vaxby is currently covering services in East London and will offer various insights based on his wide experience in different parts of the world.

Hans was born in Sweden. After seminary studies he served as a pastor in Finland. The United Methodist Church, having episcopacy, elected him a bishop in the Nordic and Baltic Area in 1989. The last eight years, before retirement in 2012, he was the episcopal leader of The United Methodist Church in Russia and seven other former Soviet republics. He now lives in Helsinki, Finland.

The day takes place in the Luke Room in St Bart's Centre and includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. The cost of the day is £8.

St Bart’s Centre – February Consultation

February will be a key month as we decide on how we discern God wants us to fashion the life and work of St Bartholomew’s Church and Centre into the future. A questionnaire is being prepared and all members of Bart’s will be asked to complete one. These will be put alongside the findings of a vision day we had last year. It has been suggested that the DCC then spends some time away reflecting on how we prepare and budget for whatever changes can be instigated to match our priorities with resources available. Watch this space

Planned Giving Envelopes With the departure of Marion from Bart's we have suffered a bit of a glitch in our envelopes for giving during the collection. If you were expecting a supply of envelopes which you haven't received could you please inform Shirley who will endeavour to take on this role (unless there is someone else who is willing?) Also if you are not in this scheme but would like to be, then please talk to Shirley.

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

St Bart’s DCC Monday 3rd  February 7.30pm

St Mary’s DCC Wednesday 12th February 7.30pm

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land  16th-23rd June 2014.  Led by Rob. Departs London for Tel Aviv and take in the Galilee, Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem over 8 days. We will stay in excellent hotels and enjoy Palestinian Christian guides who will show us the land of Jesus. Please speak to Rob for more information. A deposit now secures your place.

Can we talk about money.....??

 

I'm thinking of doing a one to two day course, run by the Quakers, which would enable me to run groups or work with individuals to help them to manage their finances better. Once we're trained, we might offer a drop-in, perhaps in Bart's café, for people to come and talk about their problems and issues with finance and we could offer advice and coping strategies. It seems to me that this is a service which many people in our parish need and we as the Church could offer it.

I don't know yet when the course will take place, but would you be interested in doing it with me? It would be free of charge for us; in return, we'd agree to do three or four sessions of financial support and advice at different times in the Spring and Summer.

Interested? Please give your name to me or another of the clergy.                              Ann

‘Me & My music’

Wednesday 19th February 7pm Bart’s Cafe.

Please see Sue or Brenda for further details.

 

 Following the success last year of Sue’s charity coffee morning it is hoped that we can do more of these events. If anyone has any particular charity they would like us to support please either speak to Shirley or Sue in the cafe.                                          

Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer is usually said at Bart’s on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays at 9am and at St Mary Magdalene on Tuesdays and Fridays also at 9am. All are welcome. Where the priest is not available members of the congregation are urged to join in a time of prayer for our ministry and mission together.

Midweek Services St Mary Magdalene 6.30pm Wednesday

and St Bart’s 1230 Thursday.

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. 

 

12th January 2014 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 12th January 2014

 

Happy New Year (?)

 

This has been the time when we all go around wishing each other a “Happy New Year”. I have never been one for New Year so I am not sure why we do this – Christmas - yes, as we read last week but New Year ??? – bit pagan really - and why both?

 

So, I have been thinking about this and it seems to me that Christmas is circular, New Year is linear. At Christmas, each year, we remind ourselves of the eternal Birth and we get sentimental: we think of Christmases past and we notice the similarities and differences.  We have got a little older, especially our children and grandchildren and, yes, the older among us have perhaps got a little older themselves and frailer. New Year is different: we move boldly from the old year to the new and we look ahead, not back, to see what the new will bring.

 

2014 will bring changes to the Parish. We are thinking hard about

the future mission of Bart’s Centre and its tenants and the Doctors’ surgery; there is continued talk about restructuring Ministry in E6; of closer co-operation among the Churches; the retirement of our area Bishop, Bishop David, and the appointment of his successor and, finally, the Diocese celebrates its Centenary and all parishes are urged to hold a special Mission event or weekend.

 

So we say to the man who stands at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”

And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God……”

                                           

                              Andrew

Today

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

St Mary Magdalene: Quintin is Celebrant & Preacher

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,Win Jones, Les Rowe, Geneva Grimes,

 Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh, Revd John Williams & Joyce Deslandes

Those who have died:   Nicholas Williamson, Sylvia Arnold-Crowhurst ,

Theresa Lovejoy & Adrian Griffith.                May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 12th January 2014

Isaiah 42: 1-9           Acts 10: 34-43           Matthew 3: 13-end

Readings for 19th January 2014

St Mary’s:   Acts  49: 1-7

St Bart’s:   Isaiah 49: 1-7     1 Corinthians 1: 1-9      John 1: 29-42

St Mary’s Birthdays               HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Guy Quigley

Today at St Mary’s we welcome for baptism Darcie May Biggs.

 Please pray for her, her parents, Godparents & family.

Today we are using a special service for the Baptism of Jesus

 along with Darcie’s Baptism.

Please keep Laurine, Ancil & Julian in your prayers as Laurine & Ancil

fly out to Australia tomorrow (Monday 13th).

Our prayers are with them at this very sad time.

Confirmation Fr Fred has kindly offered to co-ordinate the confirmation classes for adults and young people and he will be back in London in a couple of weeks time. We hope to start the classes in late February and will be looking towards a confirmation between Easter and Pentecost. Please let any member of the clergy know if you are interested in exploring confirmation this year!

Our Little Sing sessions continue into the new year on the third Wednesday of the month starting with Wednesday 15 January.  Meet around the piano

 at St Bart's at 2.00 (perhaps fortified by a little lunch in the Bart's Cafe). 

 See you there.  Geraldine

Book Club The Parish Book Club resumes its programme for the New Year tomorrow (Monday 13th Jan) at 2pm when we look at the rather challenging poetry of the late John Updike.

All are welcome.

Bible Study

The Bible Study Group returns this month as members continue to look at the Epistle to the Galatians.

The afternoon group meets in Bart's Cafe on

Monday 20th January at 1.45pm.

The evening group will be held at Mary’s house

on 28th January and 18th February at 7.30pm.

2014 is the centenary of the Chelmsford diocese.

Bishop Stephen writes

         I know that most of our parishes have been around for a lot longer. St Mellitus, the first Bishop of London, arrived a few years after Augustine in 601. St Cedd brought the Christian faith to Essex in 653. Since that time we have been swapped about from diocese to diocese, but one hundred years ago our forebears formed the Chelmsford diocese because they believed this would be a better way of serving the people and communities of East London and Essex. 

         By any estimate we are an incredibly diverse diocese. From Stratford to Southend, from Tilbury to Harwich, from Barking to Bradwell, from Wickford to Saffron Walden, from inner city to remote rural, with miles of coastline and with three major airports,

 it is hard to image a more varied context  for mission and ministry. History has always bound East London and Essex together. But of course, what binds us together is not the stretched and varied geography of our region, but the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are here because of what God has done in Christ. And we are here to live and share this gospel with others. It is a gospel of radical hospitality. All are welcomed in. Every crumb is collected, every hair counted, every lost coin looked for. It is all too easy to see our diversity and our size as a problem. In this centenary year I invite us to see it as a gift; as a sign of the gospel, that in this glorious diocese of ours where so many people and cultures are represented we find in the  habitations of the earth a foretaste of heaven. This is why we are celebrating our centenary by inviting every community to put on a weekend of mission, celebrating with others the faith we have received and inviting others to join us. 

         I do hope you enjoy the events and celebrations of this centenary year, and that you put on a Mission Weekend in your parish. Please be assured of my prayers, and please pray that in this year of commitment and celebration our faith is renewed and that God will open doors of opportunity for us to live and share the gospel of Christ.                               +Stephen

Planned Giving Envelopes With the departure of Marion from Bart's we have suffered a bit of a glitch in our envelopes for giving during the collection. If you were expecting a supply of envelopes which you haven't received could you please inform Shirley who will endeavour to take on this role (unless there is someone else who is willing?) Also if you are not in this scheme but would like to be, then please talk to Shirley.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

PCC Wednesday 15th January 7.15pm at St Mary’s

Minutes and agendas have been emailed.

St Bart’s DCC Monday 3rd  February 7.30pm

St Mary’s DCC Wednesday 12th February 7.30pm

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land  16th-23rd June 2014.  Led by Rob. Departs London for Tel Aviv and take in the Galilee, Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem over 8 days. We will stay in excellent hotels and enjoy Palestinian Christian guides who will show us the land of Jesus. Please speak to Rob for more information. A deposit now secures your place.

JANUARY STUDY DAY AT ST BART’S CHURCH, E6

Thursday 23rd January 10.30am until 3.30pm

Christian Listening

"The silent disciple on the way to Emmaus – a concept for counselling."

 Price is £8 for the day including Morning Coffee, Lunch and Afternoon Tea

LED BY Bishop Hans Vaxby

 

Hans Växby, the leader of the study day was born in Sweden. After seminary studies he served as a pastor in Finland. The United Methodist Church, having episcopacy, elected him a bishop in the Nordic and Baltic Area in 1989. The last eight years, before retirement in 2012, he was the episcopal leader of The United Methodist Church in Russia and seven other former Soviet republics. He now lives in Helsinki, Finland.

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Midweek Services St Mary Magdalene 6.30pm Wednesday

and St Bart’s 1230 Thursday. In addition Morning Prayer is said at

St Bart’s at 9am on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

and at St Mary Magdalene on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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22nd & 29th December 2013 Newsletter

Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 22nd & 29th December2013

 

 

Happy Christmas

 

         Thank you, on behalf of all of the clergy in the East Ham Team, for your cards and messages of peace and goodwill at this time.

We wish each and everyone of you a happy and blessed Christmas with the hope and prayer that this will be a time of peace and happiness for you and yours.

         Christmas is, of course, about the incarnation. And that's a big word to use when you try to explain to someone why you are a Christian. But it quite simply means that God becomes like each

of us - human, vulnerable and prepared to suffer.

         A Palestinian guide told me during 2013 that the church in the West forgot just how human Jesus was. Whilst he was always God's son he certainly "came down" and "lived amongst us" as many of the carols celebrate. The Gospels show many human attritbutes of Jesus.

         Part of God sharing our humanity was a vulnerability which

Fr Fred mentioned in his last Advent Reflection before Christmas.

The Prophets predicted that the servant would was called, commissioned and remained committed to the cause as a glimpse

of the Christ Child who we welcome at Christmas.

         For he was prepared to suffer so that suffering might be transfigured. How many times do we suffer, or those around us suffer and we hear the cry - HOW CAN GOD LET THIS HAPPEN?

In Syria, in the Philippines, in many parts of the world where people are miserable and in fear? HOW CAN THERE BE SO MUCH SUFFERING IF GOD LOVES US?

         The Incarnation, the coming of the Servant alongside us is an almighty reminder that God first shares in the suffering of humanity before offering us a way to glory because the word is made flesh and dwells among us. Full of grace. Full of Truth. That is where faith begins. In Bethlehem of Judea. Mary says Yes and Jesus comes among us.                                                                              ROB

Today

St Bart's: Rob is Celebrant

St Mary Magdalene: Ann is Celebrant & Quintin is Preacher

Sunday 29th

St Bart’s: Rob is Celebrant & Preacher

St Mary Magdalene: Quintin is Celebrant & Preacher

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

East Ham; Children & Young people: St Bart’s Pre-School; Newham Pre-School Learning Alliance; Fellowship House Children’s Centre; Rainbows,Brownies,Guides , Rangers; Beavers,Cubs,Scouts; Centre4M; St Mary’s Pre-School; Community Links at St Mary’s; St Alban’s Pre-School; Sea, Air & Army Cadets; XLP. Health & Exercise: St Bart’s Surgery; Slimming World; Weightwatchers; Karate; Wing Chun Kung Fu; Smovey & Zumba.

 The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Win Jones, Les Rowe, Geneva Grimes,

 Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh, Revd John Williams & Joyce Deslandes

Those who have died:  Louis Hisco Okai, Maude Smith & Nicholas Willliamson.

May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 22nd December 2013

Isaiah 7: 10-16      Romans 1: 1-7     Matthew 1: 18-end

Readings for Midnight Mass & Christmas Day at St Mary’s 2013

Isaiah 52: 7-10    Hebrews 1: 1-4  

Readings for Christmas Day at St Bart’s 2013

 Isaiah 62: 6-end   Titus 3: 4-7    Luke 2: (1-7), 8-20

Readings for 29th  December 2013

Isaiah 63: 7-9    Hebrews 2: 10 – end    Matthew 2: 13 - end

St Mary’s Birthday’s    Happy Birthday  to  Perry Namatovu, Jean Mansfield, Jasmine Namatovu, Bentley Mason & Alex McKitty

It’s lovely to have the preview of the Christmas performance by the children at St Mary’s at the 10am service this morning.

This will be repeated at the 5pm Children’s service on Christmas Eve.

 A BIG thank you to all who helped with this Christmas production.

Thank you to all who came to decorate both St Mary’s and St Bart’s yesterday and the special effort they made.

Particular thanks to Colin & Jean for putting up and decorating

 the Christmas Tree at St Mary’s

A big 'Thank You and Well Done' to all those involved in the

St Bart's Sunday Club Play. It's been a lot of hard work and worry

 but well worth it.

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT This afternoon, followed by mulled wine and mince pies, we enjoy our PARISH Carol Service. Please do try to come along and enjoy the Christmas story with our favourite carols. Stephen, our MP, will be joining us.

CHRISTMAS EVE On the back cover of the Newsletter you will see the choice of services on offer. PLEASE help us brighten up the Christmas of the residents of Manor Farm by meeting us there at 3pm. We will have Carol Sheets and sing out loud!! Mary from

St Mary Madgalene is helping co-ordinate this ministry. There will be one Midnight Mass this year at St Mary's see the back cover.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY   Rob will be presenting a one off Thought for the Day on SATURDAY 28th December at 0745 on BBC Radio 4 and begins a new series in the New Year on Saturdays 4th/11th/18th January.

PAUSE FOR THOUGHT Preaching to even more millions our Team Chaplain to HM The Queen Canon Ann Easter mingles with the stars regularly on the Chris Evans show over on BBC Radio 2.

PRAYERS FOR FRED It has been excellent to welcome Fred back into priestly ministry. He goes with our love and blessing back "home" in a few days time to celebrate the life of his late-brother. Before that, on Sunday 29th December he will celebrate and preach at the Church of the Ascension in the Newham Deanery.

An Important date for your January Diaries January Study Day

at St Bart’s Church Thursday 23rd January 10.30am until 3.30pm

Christian Listening  

“The silent disciple on the way to Emmaus – a concept for counselling”  

Price is £8 for the day including Morning Coffee, Lunch and Afternoon Tea LED BY Bishop Hans Vaxby. Hans Vaxby was born in Sweden, he served as pastor in Finland & was elected Bishop by The United Methodist Church in the Nordic and Baltic Area in 1989. Before retirement in 2012, he was the Episcopal leader of The United Methodist Church in Russia & seven other former soviet republics Book now – phone the parish office  0208 470 0011

On The Way Course Leaflets are available for the next ‘On the Way’ course, from which we have had several graduates. This course relies heavily on sharing experiences together rather than reading and writing and start in the New Year. The course is focused on developing your faith and becoming a more confident Christian.  It also encourages people to discover their talents.

There is a weekend residential for which a contribution of £15 is requested.

ALL AGE WORSHIP  Sunday 6th January. 10am Theme: GIFTS

All Age Worship returns to St Bart's after missing for a few months, COME AND JOIN US

NEW YEAR'S DAY  There will be Mass as usual on Wednesday1st January 2014 at  St Mary’s at 1830 when we celebrate the naming of Jesus.

THURSDAY EUCHARISTS  There will be no service on 26th December at Bart's but the Thursday Eucharists will return on Thursday 2nd January at 1230.

 

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

 

 
 
 

 

 

 


CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

 TODAY

 

ST BART’S CHURCH 4pm

 

We sing some of the favourite carols of the Christmas Season

Followed by Mulled Wine and Mince Pies

 

 

CHRISTMAS EVE

 

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE at  ST MARY’S 5pm

MIDNIGHT MASS  at ST MARY’S  11.30pm

 

 

CHRISTMAS DAY

 

CHRISTMAS DAY MASS at ST BART’S & ST MARY’S 10.00am

 

 

ALL WELCOME

The Parish Office will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and re-open 2nd January.

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