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

   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

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.  

  Website:  www.easthamparish.org.uk     

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23rd March 2014 Newsletter

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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    

 twitter @easthamteam. 

  Registered Charity No: 1127847

16th March 2014 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                      

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 16th March 2014

 

LENT 2014 – Journeying Along With Christ

 

“Growing up as an evangelical Christian, I experienced Lent as little more than a joke. “What are you giving up for Lent?” my friends would ask. “Homework,” I’d say with a smirk, or “Obeying my parents.” Lent was one of those peculiar practices demanded of Roman Catholics – another great reason to be Protestant, I figured. ”       (Revd Dr Mark D Roberts)

 

       Does the above sound like your own secretly held conception of Lent too ? At least sometimes?.  How can we turn things round so that Lent becomes a more positive and spiritually enriching experience? Lent,  a season to increase our faith and improve our relationship with God?  Lent, a time to: “turn away from evil and be faithful to Christ”  Lent, a time to grow more deeply in God’s grace.

       Firstly Lenten Fasting and abstinence need to be undertaken consciously as a spiritual exercise designed for personal and corporate spiritual gains.

Through Lenten fasting and by giving up something we could allow ourselves to make tangible sacrifices to the Lord. By giving up some of our worldly props and ‘indulgements’ – drinking, excessive eating, smoking, sweets etc ……we become more dependent on the Lord. By giving up something we are reminded of our neediness. This neediness paradoxically creates new freedom, freedom from the “idols” of the world, freedom to re-align ourselves with God, a God who is both incarnately present and immanent, but at the same time Holy and transcendent. This is the neediness which engenders and nurtures true spirituality. Jesus says:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. . . .
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:3, 6

 

       We might add a Lenten Discipline to our fasting. This could be a Lenten Bible study, more time for prayer, reflection and meditation, Pilgrimages, or acts of kindness, such as feeding the homeless, visiting the sick , giving and making donations for charity etc. The list for personalized acts of Lenten discipline is infinite……….just as God’s amazing grace is infinite.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Fr Fred

This week’s Lent Programme Theme:

                                   To teach, baptize and nurture new believers

 

10.00am St Bart’s Ann is Celebrant & John is preacher

                                Healing & Anointing will take place after the service today.

10.00am St Mary’s Fred is Celebrant and Louisa is speaker      Quintin to assist

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

 

Wednesday 19th 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 20th 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; 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,  John & Victoria,

Those who have died:   Basil Jordan & Stanley Vernell

                                     May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 16th March 2014

Genesis 12: 1-4          Romans 4: 1-5, 13-17          John 3:1-17

Readings for 23rd March 2014

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

St Mary’s Birthday’s           HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

Skye Pinches, Sherly Powell & June Bassenger

In the new Lent books we are using at St Mary’s are some intercessions but these won’t necessarily be used everytime by the person leading the prayers.

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.

COFFEE MORNING

Thanks to all those who attended the Rectory Coffee Morning last weekend. A total of £60 was raised towards church funds!

There will be a film crew from ITV2 at St Mary’s on 22nd March making a film about weddings.

We will let you know when it will be screened.

Electoral Roll forms are available at the back of both Churches

 for those who haven’t signed up. Please take one and fill in

as the APCM is coming up soon.

Pilgrimage to Bradwell Pauline Ellis from St Paul's and myself are eager to experience the Bradwell Pilgrimage again this year.  Saturday 12th July. http://bradwellpilgrimage.webs.com/ In the distant past, a couple of coaches went from Newham every year and joined up with hundreds of others from various denominations across Essex and East London.  We thought we'd experiment this year by trying to fill a coach from the churches in East Ham.It seems the likely cost will be around £10.  Please let me know if you are interested or want more info. And watch out for more publicity at St Bart’s.     Shirley Biro

CHRISTIAN AID CONCERT

Do you have a song in your heart or dancing feet…. music in your fingers or a tale on your tongue?  The talent scouts are out now looking for performers to join the line-up for the 10th Annual Parish Concert for Christian Aid. Date: Saturday 10 May 2014 Time: 3.00  Venue: St Bartholomew’s Church. If you’d like to join

in please talk to Alison at St Mary’s or Geraldine at St Bart’s.

(PS: tone deaf but talented in the kitchen? – all contributions towards refreshments gratefully received!)

There will be a meeting at St Mary’s for all couples getting married in the Parish on Saturday 22nd March at 11.00am.

SCHOOL VISITS to St Mary’s 

  

  There are various schools visiting over the next few weeks.

Vicarage Primary on 18th & 19th March

North Beckton Primary on 20th March

Salisbury Primary on 27th March

Altmore Infants on 1st & 3rd April and

Drew Primary on 22nd and 30th April.

PARISH CONFIRMATION CLASSES 2014

 

We have a very good response from applicants for this year’s Confirmation candidacy.

We are now happy to invite all potential candidates to attend a preliminary information sharing meeting  TODAY in the Luke Room (St Barts)  after the 10:00 Parish Eucharist from 11:30 – 11:50

We wish to discuss the following:

1. Confirmation Register

2. The nature, length and content of the Confirmation Preparation Course

3. The various possibilities open to our Parish for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

 

On The Way Taster Sessions 2014

On the Way is a course designed to help Newham Christians grow in faith and confidence, and move on with God.

(24 free sessions, one night a week for two terms, January to July)

The course will run again in 2015, but this year we are offering free taster sessions for those who would like to find out more:  1st Session Tuesday 25th March 7.30 – 9pm  Theme: Creative Bible Study – The Last Supper Led by Rev. Christopher Owens

Where?  Emmanuel Church, Romford Road, Forest Gate, E7 8BD

(Corner of Romford Road and Upton Lane)

Forms are available at the back of both Churches if you are interested in going along.

LENT PREACHERS

 

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

                                                                          

                                LENT3  23rd March   St Mary’s  Mary Richards

                                                                  St Bart’s  Jimmy Dale 

                                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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  Registered Charity No: 1127847

9th March 2014 Newsletter

Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 9th  March 2014

 

Lent 2014 and the Parish of East Ham

 

This is the first Sunday of Lent and an opportunity to prepare for the great festival of Easter.

Traditionally, Lent’s 40 days was a time of great austerity; people didn’t eat meat or sugar and they went to Church several times a week, if not every day. More recently, people were taught to give up things like chocolate and alcohol and to give the money thus not spent to charitable causes.

 

I think that, while it’s probably true that people learn from the difficulties they encounter (?giving up chocolate a difficulty? – definitely!), many of the folk that I know have enough obstacles in their lives and so would benefit - and might learn more about God - from a bit of pampering!  

 

We have an opportunity to spoil ourselves while we learn more about faith in action from our East Ham Lent course – the details are inside this sheet – and, as we enjoy the discussion and the new things we learn, I suspect that we will be pleased

to realise how much we already, as a parish and as individuals, exhibit the Five Marks of Mission …….but there’s always room for improvement!

 

So do please treat yourself this Lent; come to Church as often

as you are able and then, if you can, join with other church members (and bring along a friend) for our Lent course so that, together, we can make ourselves ready for the event that turned the whole world upside down.

                                                                  Ann

his week’s Lent Programme Theme:

                                   To Proclaim the good news of the kingdom

 

10.00am St Bart’s Quintin is Celebrant & Preacher

10.00am St Mary’s Rob is Celebrant and Damian is speaker

 

Wednesday 12th 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 

                 Quintin leads our first session.

 

Thursday 13th March 12.30pm Lunchtime Eucharist

                                                       and Lent  conversation...continuing the theme.

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, Jean Skelton, Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh,  John & Victoria,

Those who have died:   Basil Jordan & Stanley Vernell

                                     May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 9th March 2014

Genesis 2: 15-17,3:1-7         Romans 5: 12-19          Matthew 4: 1-11

Readings for 16th  March 2014

Genesis 12: 1-4          Romans 4: 1-5, 13-17          John 3:1-17

St Mary’s Birthday’s           HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

Folarin Laditan & Mary Richards

The funeral of Daphne Gibson’s partner Basil will take place at St Mary’s

on Thursday 13th March at 12.15pm. Please keep Daphne in your prayers.

In the new Lent books we are using at St Mary’s are some intercessions but these won’t necessarily be used everytime by the person leading the prayers.

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.

It was great to see so many of you at the coffee morning

 at the Rectory yesterday. Thank you.

Parish Book Club Meets TOMORROW at 2pm and is for members of both St Mary's and St Bart's - ie the WHOLE parish. The meetings usually last an hour. We will be looking at some of the poems from the Andrew Motion collection LOVE IN A LIFE

Electoral Roll forms are available at the back of both Churches

 for those who haven’t signed up. Please take one and fill in

as the APCM is coming up soon.

Pilgrimage to Bradwell Pauline Ellis from St Paul's and myself are eager to experience the Bradwell Pilgrimage again this year.  Saturday 12th July. http://bradwellpilgrimage.webs.com/ In the distant past, a couple of coaches went from Newham every year and joined up with hundreds of others from various denominations across Essex and East London.  We thought we'd experiment this year by trying to fill a coach from the churches in East Ham.It seems the likely cost will be around £10.  Please let me know if you are interested or want more info. And watch out for more publicity at St Bart’s.     Shirley Biro

CHRISTIAN AID CONCERT

Do you have a song in your heart or dancing feet…. music in your fingers or a tale on your tongue?  The talent scouts are out now looking for performers to join the line-up for the 10th Annual Parish Concert for Christian Aid. Date: Saturday 10 May 2014 Time: 3.00  Venue: St Bartholomew’s Church. If you’d like to join

in please talk to Alison at St Mary’s or Geraldine at St Bart’s.

(PS: tone deaf but talented in the kitchen? – all contributions towards refreshments gratefully received!)

There will be a meeting at St Mary’s for all couples getting married

in the Parish on Saturday 22nd March at 11.00am.

SCHOOL VISITS        There are various schools visiting

 our churches over the next few weeks.

Hartley Primary will be visiting St Bart’s on 11th & 12th March.

Vicarage Primary are visiting St Mary’s on 18th & 19th March

North Beckton Primary are visiting St Mary’s on 20th March.

Altmore Infants are visiting St Mary’s on 1st & 3rd April.

We welcome Debbie Cornelius-Powell who starts work tomorrow

on a part-time basis as a Lettings Coordinator for the Parish.

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.

PARISH CONFIRMATION CLASSES 2014

We have a very good response from applicants for this year’s Confirmation candidacy.

We are now happy to invite all potential candidates to attend a preliminary information sharing meeting  on Sunday 16th March 2014 in the Luke Room (St Barts)  after the 10:00 Parish Eucharist from 11:30 – 11:50

We wish to discuss the following:

1. Confirmation Register

2. The nature, length and content of the Confirmation Preparation Course

3. The various possibilities open to our Parish for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

 

1st COMMUNION CLASSES

These start at St Mary’s after the service today in the Parish Room.

On The Way Taster Sessions 2014

On the Way is a course designed to help Newham Christians grow in faith and confidence, and move on with God.

(24 free sessions, one night a week for two terms, January to July)

The course will run again in 2015, but this year we are offering free taster sessions for those who would like to find out more:  1st Session Tuesday 25th March 7.30 – 9pm  Theme: Creative Bible Study – The Last Supper Led by Rev. Christopher Owens

Where?  Emmanuel Church, Romford Road, Forest Gate, E7 8BD

(Corner of Romford Road and Upton Lane)

Forms are available at the back of both Churches if you are interested in going along.

LENT PREACHERS

 

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

                                          

                                LENT2  16th March   St Mary’s Louise Simmons

                                                                 St Bart’s   John King

                                LENT3  23rd March   St Mary’s  Mary Richards

                                                                  St Bart’s  Jimmy Dale 

                                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.

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