15th December 2013 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 15th December2013

 

Nelson Mandela

 

 

            Quite rightly in the past week there has been an outpouring of affection and tributes on the death of Nelson Mandela. Today is the burial of his body in his homeland of the Eastern Cape. He was one of the major figures of the last century with an extraordinary life story. Transforming South Africa, through the ideas of freedom and equality. Those ideas even ended up influencing an oh so young student in the early 1980’s.

 

            I am a fan of the rock group ‘Genesis’ and it was through listening to their music that I started to listen to one of their earliest band members and lead singer, Peter Gabriel. So it was, in the early eighties that I ended up going with some friends to one of his concerts. The track that most affected all of us was the song called ‘Biko’. This was a song about young black leader Steve Biko killed by the Police in detention in South Africa. Up to that moment I had not really taken an interest in what was going on in South Africa.

 

            Suddenly I was mildly radical. I was objecting in supermarkets to my mother buying South African fruit or going on demonstrations in London. I joined the Anti Apatheid Movement and ended reading all about Nelson Mandela and the important role of Anglican priests  Desmond Tutu and Trevor Huddlestone in the Anti-Apatheid struggle.         

            For a teenager he was an inspirational figure and now as slightly older man(!) he remains a figure who showed us the meaning of forgiveness and grace.     May he rest in Peace. 

 

            Quintin

 


Today

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

St Mary Magdalene: Quintin is Celebrant & John King is 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, Sue, Ritta, May, June, Win & Mary; Churchwardens: Andrew, Damian, Laurine, John, Philip & Ajith

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

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

Those who have died:

 Louis Hisco Okai, Fr Colin  & Eileen Fletcher, Ken Bowhill, Walford Maurice & Maude Smith

May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 15th December 2013

     Isaiah 35: 1-10          James 5: 7-10          Matthew 11: 2-11

Readings for 22nd December 2013

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

St Mary’s Birthday’s    Happy Birthday  to  Adebola Daramola,

 Lucie Smith, Simone Wetherell

Healing and Renewal at St Bart’s.

 Today there will be the ministry of healing and renewal

at St Bart’s immediately after the morning service.

Maude Smith who has been on our prayer list for some time died peacefully recently. The family would like to thank all for their prayers and ask us to kindly join in thanking God for Maude’s life.

ADVENT REFLECTIONS ON Isaiah 40-55

Our services continue this week at St Mary’s (6.30pm Wednesday) and St Bart’s (12.30 Thursday) and you are most welcome

to attend either or both!

 Christian Aid Bethlehem Appeal The collection at our Advent Carol Service on 22nd December at our Christmas Carol Service will go to the Christian Aid Bethlehem Appeal.

Confirmation 2014. Please let the clergy know if you are wanting to be confirmed yourself or if you have children desirous of confirmation as we are wanting to arrange confirmation classes from the New Year.

ST MARY’S DCC. Due to the cancellation of the last DCC the new date is Wednesday 12th February. Please put this in your diaries.

Bible Study There has been some excellent feedback concerning our

Bible Study sessions this autumn. We will have two more in January and February before the lent programme begins. More details to follow. 

On December 19th Greatfield Residents Association are visiting

 St Mary’s for their Christmas Celebration.

CHRISTMAS CLEANING

St Mary’s: Cleaning & decorating the church and making the Christingles Saturday 21st December 10.00am.

 Mulled wine & mince pies available.

St Bart’s: Cleaning & decorating the Church

Saturday 21st December 10.00am. Breakfast will be provided!

This was omitted from the red leaflet by mistake.

Theatre. Some people have expressed a desire to go to the theatre together every so often and we are looking at a date in March

for which to buy tickets for a Matinee in London.

 If you are interested please email Rob directly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. simply saying I’m interested

and when the date and time comes up we will let you know.

As part of our pastoral ministry we have been offering a monthly Eucharist service to the residents at Manor Farm care home in High Street South. At 3pm on Christmas Eve we will be at the home singing carols with the residents, so it will be great if  lots of people from St Mary’s and St Bart’s could come to sing along too.

An Important date for your January Diaries

January Study Day at St Bart’s Church

Thursday 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 and 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 and seven other former soviet republics

Book now – phone the parish office on 0208 470 0011

 

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

 

 
   
 
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

 

SUNDAY 22nd DECEMBER

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

Morning Prayer   Morning Prayer is generally said at 9am as follows:

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday at St Bart's;

Tuesday & Friday at St Mary’s If you are free, why don't you join us.

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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8th December 2013 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 8th December2013

 

Advent 2, 2013

 

      There seems to be so very much to do to get ready for Christmas!

 

       My many ‘hag-mags’ tell me that I should decorate our house in red plaid or grey and silver leather – or possibly even with logs and twigs collected from the seashore! They also say I should buy a turducken. (a chicken, stuffed inside a duck, stuffed inside a turkey

 – I’m sure there’s an ancient Jewish hygiene law against that!)

And handmade crackers at £10 each are the way to go, apparently, together with a smart new outfit for each event from now til Candlemas – perhaps a onesie would be nice?? (perhaps not!)

 

       Actually, I’m going to get out the multi-coloured decorations we’ve had for ever, buy enough food to feed an army for months

 – but nothing stuffed – and, if I can find them, some crackers I bought in the sales last January will do fine – but a new dress…well, maybe!

 

       Advent reminds us that when God chose to become human, it was in an animals’ feed trough that the God - baby was laid, in the shed at the back of an inn; nothing glitzy or particularly fragrant about that!

 

        And Advent is the time to look again for God’s coming in the most unexpected places and situations. Look at those brave people in Glasgow, frequently subjects of cruel jokes about their intelligence; they didn’t run away from the carnage caused when a helicopter fell onto a pub, they ran towards it, to do what they could to help.

Surely God was in that place just as the baby was in Bethlehem.

                                                     

                                                                                 Ann

Today

St Bart's: Quintin is Celebrant and 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;  

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

The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Win Jones, Maude Smith, Les Rowe,

 Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Geneva Grimes, Alice Singh & Richard.

Those who have died:

 Louis Hisco Okai, Fr Colin  & Eileen Fletcher, Ken Bowhill & Walford Maurice.

May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 8th December 2013

Isaiah 11: 1-10         Romans 15: 4-13         Matthew 3: 1-12

Readings for 15th December 2013

     Isaiah 35: 1-10          James 5: 7-10          Matthew 11: 2-11

St Mary’s Birthday’s    Happy Birthday  to  Crystal Balogun

Healing and Renewal at St Bart’s.

 Next Sunday there will be the ministry of healing and renewal

at St Bart’s immediately after the morning service.

Book Club Tomorrow The Parish Book Club meets tomorrow to watch a family film and to enjoy mince pies and Wensleydale Cheese.

£2 per person. ALL WELCOME 2pm prompt! 

ADVENT REFLECTIONS ON Isaiah 40-55

Our services continue this week at St Mary’s (6.30pm, Wednesday) and St Bart’s (1230 Thursday) and you are most welcome

 to attend either or both!

St Mary’s Christmas Market. A grand total of £738.00

 was raised last week. Many thanks to everybody

for their help and support.

 Christian Aid Bethlehem Appeal The collection at our Advent Carol Service this afternoon and on 22nd December at our Christmas Carol Service will go to the Christian Aid Bethlehem Appeal.

Walford Roy Maurice RIP The family of Walford, formerly of the East Ham Care Centre have requested that the Team officiate at his burial service on Monday. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

 

Confirmation 2014. Please let the clergy know if you are wanting to be confirmed yourself or if you have children desirous of confirmation as we are wanting to arrange confirmation classes from the New Year.

ST MARY’S DCC. Due to the cancellation of the last DCC the new date is Wednesday 12th February. Please put this in your diaries.

Bible Study There has been some excellent feedback concerning our

Bible Study sessions this autumn. We will have two more in January and February before the lent programme begins. More details to follow. 

On December 19th Greatfield Residents Association are visiting

 St Mary’s for their Christmas Celebration.

CHRISTMAS CLEANING

St Mary’s: Cleaning & decorating the church and making the Christingles Saturday 21st December 10.00am.

 Mulled wine & mince pies available.

 

St Bart’s: Cleaning & decorating the Church

Saturday 21st December 10.00am. Breakfast will be provided!

This was omitted from the red leaflet by mistake.

Theatre. Some people have expressed a desire to go to the theatre together every so often and we are looking at a date in March

for which to buy tickets for a Matinee in London.

 If you are interested please email Rob directly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. simply saying I’m interested

and when the date and time comes up we will let you know.

A Christmas Recital by the Church of South India Choir

Malayalam Parish.

This afternoon 2.00pm St Pancras Church, Euston Road, NW1 2BA.

Christmas Message by the Ven Elwin Cockett.

Morning Prayer   Morning Prayer is generally said at 9am as follows:

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday at St Bart's;

Tuesday & Friday at St Mary’s If you are free, why don't you join us.

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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CHRISTMAS SERVICES

 

ADVENT CAROL SERVICE

ST BART’S CHURCH TODAY 4pm

 

Come and enjoy the readings associated with the expectation

of Advent as we light candles and sing of Our Lord’s Coming

 
   

 

 

 

 


CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

 

SUNDAY 22nd DECEMBER

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

 

1st December 2013 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 1st December2013

 

Bishop Stephen writes:

 

A Gospel Paradox at work at the start of a New Christian Year

 

I want you to know that I continue to believe that the centre of the church is the local Christian community, the Eucharistic church gathered around the table of the Lord, therefore gathered by the Lord himself. All our churches are therefore beginning to explore how they might better serve their locality by forming what we are calling Mission and Ministry units, that is communities of Christians and churches under the oversight of a minister and enabling us not just to sustain our life in every parish, but develop new life and new expressions of church.

 

There is, I believe, a gospel paradox at work here: in the Chelmsford diocese we have too many churches; and the solution is to have more! What I mean by this is we have too many churches where the model of church is a Vicar and building. And this cannot be sustained either theologically or financially. And we need more: a new biblical and theologically coherent model of church, where the church is the people of God, not the minister and the building, a worshipping and witnessing community serving its locality and , where appropriate, developing new expressions of life and Christian community.

 

It is for this reason: to take seriously the constraints we are working with; and the great missionary challenge facing us; that we are renewing and reimaging ministry at every level of church life. And the first significant step in this change is our seven new archdeaconries, giving us a greater sense of belonging at a more local level, and then releasing our seven Archdeacons to work with Area Deans and Lay Chairs in establishing our Units and developing our life.

 

Our archdeacons will now be more available to the parishes they serve. And whether they arrive by taxi or on foot (!) , they are here to help all of us become the church that we believe God is calling us to be in this day and for this culture.               +Stephen  

 

    Excerpts from a sermon preached by the Bishop earlier in the autumn

Today

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

St Mary Magdalene: Quintin is Celebrant and Preacher

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 King FU; Smovey; Zumba

The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Win Jones, Maude Smith, Les Rowe,

 Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Geneva Grimes, Alice Singh & Richard.

Those who have died:

 Louis Hisco Okai, Fr Colin Fletcher, John Burns & Ken Bowhill.

May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 1st December 2013

St Mary’s:   Isaiah 2:1-5

St Bart’s:  Isaiah 2: 1-5   Romans 13: 11-end  Matthew 24: 36-44

Readings for 8th December 2013

Isaiah 11: 1-10     Romans 15: 4-13     Matthew 3: 1-12

St Mary’s Birthday’s    Happy Birthday  to  Alison McLucas

At St Mary’s this morning we welcome for baptism Ananchel.

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

ADVENT SUNDAY. Today marksthe start of a new Christian Year as we light the first candle of Advent and as we wait for the coming again of our Lord Jesus at Christmas. This afternoon we meet at East Ham Baptist

 at 4.15pm for the E6 Churches Advent Walk of Witness

proceeding to St Bart’s. If you are coming along please bring torches etc.

 – anything light and bright, but not naked flames.

ADVENT ORDER OF SERVICE

As a parish we are indebted to Revd Christopher Owens who has worked with the clergy team in devising our new order of service for Advent. Both of our churches will be using the same order which is excellent. There are one or two minor changes but, otherwise, the liturgy of Advent speaks through boldly.

 A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped  

at St Mary’s Christmas Market yesterday.

JOHN BURNS RIP  The funeral of local resident John Burns takes place this week from the parish. Please pray for Eve, his wife and his wider family.

Many of you may remember Ken Bowhill who did a lot of work at

St Mary’s & St Alban’s. He sadly passed away on Monday

 25th November. Please keep him in your prayers.

 

My brother Father Colin Fletcher passed away very unexpectedly

 at his home in Dawlish Devon on Tuesday 19th November.

As he started his journey in the Anglican Church at St Mary Magdalene I thought it fitting that I should notify you of his untimely death.

His funeral will take place at St Michael's & All Angels, Heavitree Devon

at 2pm on Thursday 5th December just 4 days after the memorial service

 for our  mother Ellen which is being held at High Street South Methodist church. Please remember them both in your prayers. 

    Regards      Maureen Norris

SUPPORTING BETHLEHEM IN ADVENT

There are envelopes available via Christian Aid to support the work

of the Christian Church in Bethlehem – a place where some of us

 in the parish hope to actually visit next year.

If you can afford just a few pounds please put your money

in the envelope and put them in the collection or

hand them to the clergy or parish office.

Christian Aid Philippines Appeal This week I sent off £76 to Christian Aid on your behalf.  Thank you for your generosity.  PS Christian Aid has sent (in error) 100 envelopes for the recycling of ink cartridges, mobile phones etc.  Please let me know if you could use one..or two..or three...     Geraldine

Advent Carol Service

Our Advent Carol Service is next Sunday at 4pm. This is a series of seasonal readings and carols by candlelight around the theme of expectancy. Everyone is welcome to attend.

ST ANDREW Yesterday the Church remembered the life and witness of Andrew the Apostle.

Here is a prayer to pray in thanksgiving for his life: ALMIGHTY God, who didst give such grace unto thy holy Apostle Saint Andrew, that he readily obeyed the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him without delay: Grant unto us all, that we, being called by thy holy word, may forthwith give up ourselves obediently to fulfil the holy commandments; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

BOOK CLUB CHRISTMAS TEA The Church Book Club meets on Monday December 8th and will watch a popular movie as well as sharing in afternoon tea of mince pies and Wensleydale cheese.

A contribution of £2 per person is requested towards the cost of the afternoon tea. ALL ARE WELCOME

Christmas Lunch Club at St Bart’s Cafe

Sue and the team are busy stirring cakes and puddings in preparation for our Christmas lunch on Monday 16th December.

Three course meal followed by afternoon activities,

cake & mince pies!  Cost - £8 per head.

 Please bookwith Sue or theParish office

Seeing a Priest

After the service is not the best time to have a detailed conversation with your parish priest and many of you would like a bit more time to discuss issues which are important to you or things in your lives which are causing you hurt or distress. If you would like to meet with a priest please contact the parish office and we can arrange it. Ann, Fred, Rob and Quintin are happy to visit you at home or see you in church at a mutually convenient time.

NEW DEAN OF CHELMSFORD

Chelmsford Diocese and Chelmsford Cathedral are delighted to announce the appointment of The Revd Nicholas Henshall as the new Dean of Chelmsford who will lead Chelmsford Cathedral. Mr Henshall is currently acting Archdeacon of Richmond and Vicar of Christ Church on the Stray, Harrogate. Nicholas said: "I am very excited that Bishop Stephen has invited me to be the next Dean of Chelmsford, and daunted in the best way by the responsibilities. “I am very much looking forward to working with colleagues in the Diocese and at the Cathedral and getting to know churches and communities across Essex and east London. 2014 is the centenary year of Chelmsford becoming a Cathedral. Building on the splendid foundations already laid in those first 100 years, I am eager to see how the Cathedral can develop its mission and ministry in the city, the region and the Diocese at the beginning of what is for us a new century."

CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE

Sunday 22nd December at 4pm. Please book the date in your diary.

This is a date for ALL in the parish.

Midweek Services

St Mary Magdalene 6.30pm Wednesday and  St Bart’s 12.30pm Thursday.

Morning Prayer   Morning Prayer is generally said at 9am as follows:

Monday: Bart's; Tuesday: Mary Magdalene; Wednesday: Bart's;

Thursday: Bart's; Friday: Mary Magdalene

If you are free, why don't you join us. Quite a few people already do at various times of the week. If a priest is unable to be present you are encourage to pray for the life and mission of the parish anyway!!

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

24th November 2013 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                      

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 24th November2013

 

 

Advent 2013 GLIMPSES OF JESUS

 

This year in Advent we will be focusing on what the central chunk of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah has to say about the coming of Jesus. Scholars believe that Isaiah consists of three parts: chapter 1-39, chapter 40-55 and the rest. Whether or not the same author is responsible for all three has been debated because the Hebrew idiom is so different.

 

So I would ask you all to take a bit of time out and read the middle section. It won’t take you that long. The passage is about occupation, displacement and rejection as the people of God look to the promised Messiah to offer the opposite - freedom, a true home and acceptance.

 

The author also looks around and sees many abuses of God's will in the way in which human beings are worshipping other things and other gods. And the call is for the Servant to transform the fortunes of God's people.

 

At our Wednesday evening and Thursday lunchtime Eucharists at both St Mary Magdalene and St Bartholomew we will look at three key passages from this part of Isaiah and try to reflect on what they mean for us today as the people of God in East Ham.

 

The Servant of God is called; the Servant is commissioned; the Servant exhibits commitment. They are big words us for us to ponder as we light our Advent Candles starting next week!

 

Let us in the situation in which we find ourselves try to glimpse the work of Jesus at large in our community. The Servant is amongst us - as one who serves.

 

Rob

Today

St Bart's: Rob is Celebrant and Nicola is Preacher

St Mary Magdalene: Quintin is Celebrant and Fred 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, Win Jones, Maude Smith, Les Rowe,

 Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Geneva Grimes, Alice Sing & Richard.

Those who have died: Louis Hisco Okai

May he rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 24th November 2013

Jeremiah 23: 1-6          Colossians 1: 11-20           Luke 23: 33-43

Readings for 1st December 2013

St Mary’s:   Isaiah 2:1-5

St Bart’s:  Isaiah 2: 1-5   Romans 13: 11-end  Matthew 24: 36-44

St Mary’s Birthday’s    Happy Birthday  to

Jacqueline Weeks, Michael Obasanya & Laurine Griffith

The flowers in St Mary’s this morning

are in memory of Eva and Jack Patterson

Welcome to Nicola

It is a particular joy to welcome our Methodist Minister, Nicola, to the service at St Bart’s this morning where she will preach on the theme of the day – Christ the King! Our relations with the Methodist Church are very strong and we hope to work and grow even more closely together as we move forward in ministry for mission.

E.6 Churches Advent Walk of Witness. Advent Sunday 1st December.

Gathering at East Ham Baptist at 4.15pm for a 4.30 departure – then proceeding to

 St Bart’s. If you are coming along please bring torches etc. – anything light and bright, but not naked flames.

Parish Bible Study. We now turn to Galatians Chapter 3 and both at

St Bartholomew’s on Monday at 1.45pm and at Mary’s home on Tuesday

 at 8pm we will continue to reflect.

 All are welcome. If you haven’t been so far you can join now!

The new St Mary’s rotas are available at the back of church – please pick up a copy.

St Mary’s DCC Wednesday 27th Nov in the Parish Room 7.30pm

Advent Carol Service

Please make a date to join us at our Advent Carol Service on Sunday

8 December at 4pm. This is a joint service for all our parish. We will hear the story of Advent and enjoy some excellent Advent carols.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Manor Farm

The Eucharist is once again celebrated at Manor farm on Wednesday (27th) at 3pm. If you are free and would like to join Rob please let him know and arrangements can be made for you to visit with him.

Newham Free Training courses for Christians

Leaflets are available for the next ‘On the Way’ course, from which we have had several graduates and the more recent ‘Time to Share’ course.

Both courses rely heavily on sharing experiences together rather than reading and writing and start in the New Year.

On the Way    Is focused on developing your faith and becoming a more confident Christian.  It also encourages people to discover their talents.

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

Time to Share   This course is for building confidence in those who wish to share their faith in an appropriate way with others.

It includes a placement and projects and would be ideal for those interested in any form of outreach and for helping to plan the ‘Mission Weekend’ for next year!

Special services at St Bart’s As we move towards Christmas we are beginning to plan two of our festival services. Our Advent Carol service will be on the afternoon of Sunday 8 December and our Christmas Carol Service will be on the afternoon of Sunday 22 December. Alongside the wonderful seasonal hymns and carols we’ll be telling the traditional story using the Bible and other readings.  In order to do this we are going to need a host of people to read out the passages.  Could you be one of those people?  If you would be able to read at one or both of these services please could you let me know as soon as possible.(Thank you to those who have already volunteered – you are on the list)      Geraldine

New Team Rector

We welcome, for the first time today, our new Team Rector! No, unfortunately it is still Rob (!!) but he is officially the Team Rector after a simple ceremony at the Bishop’s office last week. A meeting also took place this week between the clergy of St Paul’s and St George’s East Ham to explore whether there is any interest in developing an enhanced team in East Ham over the next 12 months. At the end of that time Rob will review this with the rest of the team and ask the Bishop to advise on what structures are then appropriate.       

Put all the hours spent on watching TV cookery programmes

 to good use. Homemade cakes are required for the

Christmas Market on 30th November at St Mary's Hall. 

Please see Claudette if you can help. Thank you

Advent 2013

Leaflets outlining all of our services across the Team for Advent 2013 are included in this Newsletter. Also available are leaflets outlining the Advent addresses/meditations which will be offered at our midweek services (see the front page). These are available in both churches.

Seeing a Priest

After the service is not the best time to have a detailed conversation with your parish priest and many of you would like a bit more time to disscuss issues which are important to you or things in your lives which are causing you hurt or distress. If you would like to meet  with a priest please contact the parish office and we can arrange it. Ann, Fred, Rob and Quintin are happy to visit you at home or see you in church at a mutually convenient time.

Christmas Lunch Club at St Bart’s Cafe

Sue and the team are busy stirring cakes and puddings in preparation for our Christmas lunch on Monday 16th December.

Three course meal followed by afternoon activities, cake & mince pies!

Cost - £8 per head.

Please book with Sue or the Parish office

Midweek Services

St Mary Magdalene 6.30pm Wednesday and

 St Bart’s 12.30pm Thursday.

Morning Prayer   Morning Prayer is generally said at 9am as follows:

Monday: Bart's; Tuesday: Mary Magdalene; Wednesday: Bart's;

Thursday: Bart's; Friday: Mary Magdalene

If you are free, why don't you join us. Quite a few people already do at various times of the week. If a priest is unable to be present you are encourage to pray for the life and mission of the parish anyway!!

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

  

 

St Mary’s Christmas Market

St Mary’s Church Hall

High Street South

East Ham

 

Saturday 30th November 2013 

 

11.00am – 3.00pm.

 

 
   
 

Raffle/ books/ cards

Cakes/ clothes/ toys

Bric a Brac

 

Refreshments Available.

 

Please come along and bring all your friends.

 

Cafe offers warm space as weather gets colder

Posted in Parish

Bart's Cafe on Barking Road, East Ham is putting up posters and spreading the encouraging people struggling with their heating bills to come in and keep warm as the weather turns colder.

 

The Cafe, part of a complex which also houses a church and doctors' surgery, is open on weekdays from 10am until late into the afternoon and offers a place where people can keep warm, enjoy hot drinks, buy food at reasonable prices and meet new friends.

 

"We are aware that people are increasingly making choices about whether to spend money on heating or eating and Bart's Cafe is providing a space where people who don't have disposable income to provide proper heating can come during the day and relax and feel at home," said East Ham Team Rector, Rob Marshall this week.

 

The Cafe has a lunch club every Monday and people meet to play board games every Friday afternoon.

 

But there are also many other activities for people of all ages in the Centre every week.

 

"Ultimately Bart's is a Church for everyone and people of all faiths and non feel it is a space where the can come in and be themselves. As heating bills, rise we hope that more and more people will come along and feel at home with us," Father Marshall added.