15th March 2015 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 15th March 2015

4th Sunday of Lent

 

Gladys

 

The spacious Church of St Bartholomew,decorated with rows of colourful flowers and beautiful prints of memorable photos, was filled to capacity on Thursday 12th March 2015. It felt like a wedding, like Christmas, or Easter celebration. No! It was the Parish of East Ham coming together with friends and family to bid farewell to Gladys Carter.

 

The Choir led the congregation in singing some of Glady’s favourite hymns. The Rector, Revd Dr Rob Marshall, who presided explained why the clergy were robed in white vestments: “Because this is Gladys! The celebration of her life, the joy of the Easter victory”.  He recalled the happy face of Gladys whose active involvement in all aspects of Parish life was cherished by all: her hugs, kisses,  welcoming smiles and generosity of spirit. This was a joyous celebration of a life enriched by God’s vivifying presence.

Dr Andrew Biro, the Parish Warden and May Gentry, a long term close friend of Gladys paid wonderful tributes. Andrew cited many vivid reminiscences of Gladys in the church, in the choir, in the Barts Cafe etc. May read a poem entitled “Gladys” which she had written almost thirty years ago for her friend Gladys. The title was simply: “Gladys”.  The poem was about their friendship and bus trips.

 

Gladys would have been very pleased to hear all that, and to see so many friends who turned out on this ‘Gladys Day’.  She hugged and  kissed everyone. But most comfortingly, Gladys is the one being kissed and hugged today as she is welcomed into heaven! Singing with the Choirs of Heaven, dancing, leaping about with youthful agility, and resting in the loving arms of her Lord whose faith she has kept till the end.

Yes indeed, this is the “dies natalis” for Gladys. Today is her newbirth born this time, not into the hands of a human midwife, but into the Divine Hands of God the Creator. We pray that God will bless our Parish with many lovely angels like Gladys.

May Gladys rest in perfect peace and rise in glory. Amen 

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Fr Fred

 

TODAY’S SERVICES

8.00am & 10.00am Mass at St Mary’s Ann is Celebrant  and John is Preacher

10.00am Mass at St Bart’s Fred  is Celebrant and  Rob is Preacher

10.00am Mass at St Edmund’s Peter  is Celebrant and Preacher

 

Today’s readings:   1 Samuel 20-end    Colossians 3: 12-17   Luke 2: 33-35

 

Readings for 22nd  March:  Jeremiah 31: 31-34     Hebrews 5: 5-10   John 12: 20-33

 

In Our Prayers: Stephen & Peter our bishops, our clergy & our mission to East Ham;

Worshipping Communities who share our buildings; Lay Ministers: Shirley & John; Staff:  Brenda. Chrissie, Bill, May, June, Win, Sue, Jackie, Festus & Debbie

Churchwardens: Andrew, Mary, Laurine, John, Hazel, Ajith & Coraline

The sick and suffering: Clarice, Martin Gammon, Les Rowe, Alice Singh,

 Janice Wenlock, Graham Davis, Rose Geaney & her son Stephen,

Veronica Lewis, Eugenie Scott, Mabel Lawrence, Enid Jacob, Tony Osokoya,

Ancil Griffith, Gillian Carter & Arthur Griseley.

Those who have died: Frank Haggar, Kathleen Williams & Gladys Carter.

                             May they rest in peace and rise in Glory.

 

Prayer for Mothering Sunday

Dear Lord, We thank you that you love us and always welcome us with open arms.

We thank you for mothers and carers everywhere, and for all they do to care for their children. We pray that mums will feel really special today; that they will know how much we love them and how much God loves them too. Amen

St Mary’s Birthdays            HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

Folarin Laditan, Mary Richards, Skye Pinches, Sherly Powell & June Bassenger

Gladys

Thank you to all those who turned up to celebrate Gladys' life at the thanksgiving mass held for her on Thursday at St Bart's.

Thanks to Brenda, Sue and Dennis for their particular help, to Doris for serving and for all the floral tributes.  May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

We would like to purchase something in memory of Gladys for the Church or the café. If you have any suggestions as to what we should buy or would like to contribute please see the Churchwardens, Sue or the Parish Office.

Neriah Qabeel Masih

Neriah was baptised by Rob last weekend at a wonderful celebration at St Edmunds. Neriah's family turned out in large numbers, her uncle sang song with his guitar and delicious hot samosas were served with fruit cake and drinks as the rest of the congregation joined in the celebrations. It was good to see St Edmund's as full as it was.

FIRST COMMUNION  classes continue  after the services at all Churches.These classes will take place up to Easter

 and are open to children from around the age of seven.

Book Club There was another super number of folk at the Parish Book Club led by Irene on Monday. More details of future meetings during the interregnum will follow.

PCC. The pre APCM meeting of the PCC will be held at St Bart's

 on Tuesday evening at 7.30pm. Quintin will chair this meeting.

Agendas and Minutes are available to pick up today

 for those not on email.

Operations Manager. Representatives of all three churches have spent a great deal of time in the past two weeks shortlisting and interviewing a range of candidates for this post. The post was offered to someone but the person was unable to accept. The sub group is currently discussing a range of options which include re-advertising, putting an interim structure in place and/or waiting until a new Team Rector is appointed to then repeat the process. We will keep you up to date as discussions continue.Thank you to Hazel, Alison, Mary and Andrew for all their time and diligence in this matter so far.

Goodbye to Rob - Me and My Music Special

Wednesday 15th April 7.30pm at St Bart's

 

At all of the Me and My Music evenings so far - Rob has asked the questions! But this time the tables are turned as Rob prepares to say goodbye to East Ham and chooses his favourite music.

 He is interviewed by Methodist Minister Nicola Vidamour.

 

Cost £7. Please book your place now by reserving at the Café

or phoning/emailing the parish office.

St Edmund’s is hoping to organise a coach to attend theNational Pilgrimage to Walsingham on Monday, 25th May.We will need to leave at 7.30am and bring a packed lunch.

The Preacher is The Very Revd John Hall - Dean of Westminster Abbey. Fr Fred will be leading this. Please sign up at St Edmund’s or let the Parish Office know if you would like to join in this enjoyable day out. We will need to know numbers asap to decide on what size coach is needed.

We will be preparing St Mary’s for Easter

 on Saturday 4th April 10am – 12 noon.

Please come along to help out – hot cross buns will be on offer.

North Beckton Primary School are visiting St Mary’s

 on Thursday 19th March.


 

STUBBERS 2015 June 26th-28th The cost per child is £60.  Please complete an application form ASAP for each child available from the parish office, e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Sarah at Bart’s, Alison at St Edmund’s or Katie at St Mary’s and return with a cheque for £60/child payable to “East Ham PCC”.

LENT 2015  The Empty Quarter


This year's ecumenical Lent course is called "The Empty Quarter"

and has been written by Nicola, our Methodist Minister –

 featuring photos, reflections and questions from her trip to the desert

 in Oman last year!
We will explore silence, being deserted, thirst, shadows, fire and footprints!

The first week of the Lent Course went very well and was enjoyed by many.


Wednesdays
10.00am Mass at St Edmunds with a short reflection

2.00pm Main Session at Pilgrim's Way

6.30pm Mass at St Mary Magdalene followed by Main Session

 

Thursdays 12.30pm  Mass at St Bart's with a short reflection

 

* * * * * * * * *

 

At St Edmunds (Walsingham Centre) during Lent

every Saturday at Midday

 

                                                 *  The Angelus Prayer

                                                 *  Eucharist

                                                 *  Soup Lunch followed by Lent reflection

 

ALL WELCOME

  Midweek Eucharists    

       WEDNESDAY 10.00am St Edmunds 

  WEDNESDAY  6.30pm St Mary's

   THURSDAY   12.30pm St Bart's

You are welcome to whichever of these you are able to attend.

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

 

8th March 2015 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 8th March 2015

3rd Sunday of Lent

 

 

Clockwatching

 

Christopher and I just got back from holiday in Malta for a week and we had a lovely rest though you’ll see I’m more rusty than sunburnt because it absolutely poured with rain every day! But the goodness that I didn’t get from the sun, I made up for in delicious food and a very nice Maltese rose wine!

I took all my usual stuff,  some comfortable clothes and so on, but I didn’t take any makeup or jewellery – although I love getting glammed up when I’m working, I like to leave all that behind when I go on holiday - much to my daughter’s distress.

 

And I never, ever take a watch on holiday. Not because I hope to miss the plane home but because I like to have a complete break from the clockwatching that is the backbone of my life. When I’m working, I look at the clock constantly - and it’s almost always later than I wanted it to be. I hate to be late – but I’m often only just in time, as the local funeral directors will tell you – it was suggested that I should have a purple flashing light fitted to my car but I haven’t gone that far yet! But Church services and community meetings need to begin on time and I don’t want to waste my time or anyone else’s, so life does tend to be a bit of a dash.

 

To be on holiday for me then, is to relax into the moment and not to worry about the next one, and, in that way, I believe that holidays are a little foretaste of Heaven; the Bible says that, to God, a thousand years is like an evening – no need to rush then!

 

                                                                                 Ann

 

TODAY’S SERVICES

8.00am & 10.00am Mass at St Mary’s Quintin is Celebrant 

                                                       and Ross White from Mildmay Mission is Speaker

10.00am Mass at St Bart’s Ann  is Celebrant and  Fred is Preacher

10.00am Mass at St Edmund’s Rob is Celebrant and Preacher

Today’s readings:   Exodus 20: 1-17    1 Corinthians 1: 18-25   John 2: 13-22 

Readings for 15th March:  1 Samuel 20-end    Colossians 3: 12-17   Luke 2: 33-35

In Our Prayers: Stephen & Peter our bishops, our clergy & our mission to East Ham;

Older People: Genesis Housing Association – residents and staff;

Lunch Club; Friday Games; Age UK

The sick and suffering: Clarice, Martin Gammon, Les Rowe, Alice Singh,

 Janice Wenlock, Graham Davis, Rose Geaney & her son Stephen,

Veronica Lewis, Eugenie Scott, Mabel Lawrence, Enid Jacob, Tony Osokoya,

Ancil Griffith, Gillian Carter & Arthur Griseley.

Those who have died: Frank Haggar, Kathleen Williams & Gladys Carter.

                             May they rest in peace and rise in Glory.

BAPTISM AT ST EDMUND’S

Next Sunday Neriah Qabeel Masih, will be baptized at St Edmund’s. Please keep her and her family in your prayers as they prepare for this special day.

Thanksgiving for Gladys: This Thursday
Gladys will be received into church for a service of thanksgiving for her life on Thursday 12 March at 10am [St Bartholomew's].

You are all very welcome.

After the church service there will be tea/coffee in Bart's cafe.

Gladys will then be interred at the East London cemetery.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation towards refreshments after Gladys' service is asked to hand them to the churchwardens.

Please pray for Gladys. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Ancil is continuing to improve after his operation.

Today at St Mary’s as part of our Lenten series we warmly welcome as our Speaker Ross White from the Mildmay Mission.

 Mildmay are a charity working with people with HIV and Aids who

 St Mary’s have supported for a long while.

St Mary’s. Our organist Lucia has had to be away today so Alison has very kindly organized the music. A BIG THANK YOU to her.

FIRST COMMUNION  classes continue  after the services at all Churches.These classes will take place up to Easter

 and are open to children from around the age of seven.

 

Towards an Interegnum

Please note that Rob's final Sunday in the parish will be on Sunday 12 April when he will jointly chair the APCM with Quintin. Rob ceases to be Team Rector on Friday 17th April and will vacate the Rectory by the end of April.

In the next few weeks Rob will be preparing for his move.

Please pray for him as he prepares for his new ministry in Wellwyn Garden City and for the parish here as we plan to recruit a new Team Rector.

Goodbye to Rob - Me and My Music Special

Wednesday 15th April 7.30pm at St Bart's

 

At all of the Me and My Music evenings so far - Rob has asked the questions! But this time the tables are turned as Rob prepares to say goodbye to East Ham and chooses his favourite music.

 He is interviewed by Methodist Minister Nicola Vidamour.

Please book your place now by reserving at the Cafe

or phoning/emailing the parish office.

Building up to Holy Week

We are already in the third Sunday of Lent and a leaflet covering all of the services in all three of our churches is enclosed in this week's newsletter.

Please note that St Edmund's [Palm Sunday], St Mary's [Easter Eve and the Sunday after Easter] and St Bart's [Maundy Thursday and Stations of the Cross on Good Friday] will be holding services for the whole of the team and everyone is encouraged to attend them.

St Edmund’s is hoping to organise a coach to attend the National Pilgrimage to Walsingham on Monday, 25th May. We will need to leave at 7.30am and bring a packed lunch.

The Preacher is The Very Revd John Hall - Dean of Westminster Abbey. Fr Fred will be leading this. Please sign up at St Edmund’s  or let the Parish Office know if you would like to join in this enjoyable day out. We will need to know numbers asap to decide on what size coach is needed.

We will be preparing St Mary’s for Easter

 on Saturday 4th April 10am – 12 noon.

Please come along to help out – hot cross buns will be on offer.

STUBBERS 2015 June 26th-28th The cost per child is £60.  Please complete an application form ASAP for each child available from the parish office, e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Sarah at Bart’s, Alison at St Edmund’s or Katie at St Mary’s and return with a cheque for £60/child payable to “East Ham PCC”.

 

LENT 2015  The Empty Quarter


This year's ecumenical Lent course is called "The Empty Quarter"

and has been written by Nicola, our Methodist Minister –

 featuring photos, reflections and questions from her trip to the desert

 in Oman last year!
We will explore silence, being deserted, thirst, shadows, fire and footprints!

The first week of the Lent Course went very well and was enjoyed by many.


Wednesdays
10.00am Mass at St Edmunds with a short reflection

2.00pm Main Session at Pilgrim's Way

6.30pm Mass at St Mary Magdalene followed by Main Session

 

Thursdays 12.30pm  Mass at St Bart's with a short reflection

 

* * * * * * * * *

 

At St Edmunds (Walsingham Centre) during Lent

every Saturday at Midday

 

                                                 *  The Angelus Prayer

                                                 *  Eucharist

                                                 *  Soup Lunch followed by Lent reflection

 

ALL WELCOME

 

  Midweek Eucharists    

       WEDNESDAY 10.00am St Edmunds 

  WEDNESDAY  6.30pm St Mary's

   THURSDAY   12.30pm St Bart's

You are welcome to whichever of these you are able to attend.

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

 

 

 

1st March 2015 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 1st March 2015

2nd  Sunday of Lent

 

All change at The Boleyn

 

West Ham United look set to finish in the top half of the Premier League after a surprisingly upbeat season. And then, in August, they will begin their last season at the historic Boleyn Ground before moving to their new home at the Olympic stadium.

 

So it was with a sense of foreboding and disappointment that I read of plans this week to provide almost no affordable housing in the new community of housing that will be built on the current site despite pledges to the contrary. New houses and apartments will be built. Thousands of people will move into the parish. But there are no guarantees that housing will be available to young families and couples desperate for their first home.

 

Also worrying some community leaders is the lack of an infrastructure of schools, doctors and even sufficient parking. Has it been properly thought through?! I fear not.

 

One Councillor was quoted this week as saying that all of the additional cars might make every day like a match day in East Ham. Heaven forbid!

 

But the story reminds us that the demographic of our parish is not just evolving but it is about to change dramatically and the consequences and implications are not yet known.

 

We need to be prepared for mission and to plan for outreach as a new village emerges on the hallowed turf of The Irons.

 

                                                                                       Rob

 

 

TODAY’S SERVICES

8.00am & 10.00am Mass at St Mary’s Quintin is Celebrant  and Fred is Preacher

10.00am Mass at St Bart’s Rob is Celebrant and  Preacher

10.00am Mass at St Edmund’s Christopher is Celebrant and Preacher

Today’s readings:   Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16      Mark 8: 31-end

 

Readings for 8th March:  Exodus 20: 1-17    1 Corinthians 1: 18-25   John 2: 13-22 

 

In Our Prayers: Stephen & Peter our bishops, our clergy & 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: Clarice, Martin Gammon, Les Rowe, Alice Singh,

 Janice Wenlock, Graham Davis, Gladys, Rose Geaney & her son Stephen,

Veronica Lewis, Eugenie Scott, Mabel Lawrence, Enid Jacob, Tony Osokoya,

Ancil Griffith & Gillian Carter.

Those who have died: Frank Haggar & Kathleen Williams.

                 May they rest in peace and rise in Glory.

 

Today at St Mary’s we welcome for baptism Jovita, her parents, Godparents, family & friends. Please keep her in your prayers

on her special day.

Update on Gladys. She is still in Tayberry ward and responding to treatment although still very confused.

Quintin has visited Ancil who is recovering well after his operation.

Next Sunday at St Mary’s as part of our Lenten series our speaker will be  

Ross White from the Mildmay Mission. Mildmay are a charity working with people with HIV and Aids who St Mary’s have supported for a long while.

It was lovely to have Emma speak about US last week at St Mary’s

 and here is a message from her.

 

“Matt and I both really enjoyed our time with you. Matt and I visit a lot of churches with my work, but we both agreed in the car journey home that you have something special at your church, and both independently felt unusually moved by the prayers and Eucharist service. So we wanted to say thank you and to encourage you to keep doing what you are doing.

I also wanted to thank you for the kind and generous donation towards the work of  Us.  It is more than enough to provide a new boat for a two families in the Philippines which is wonderful. I will ask my colleague to put a thank you poster in the post!    Many thanks     Emma Kevan”

 

Bethany Group – Caring and Sharing

Our next Bethany Group will meet on Monday March 2nd  at Bart’s. Gathering at 1.45 to start at 2pm.  Everyone welcome, Christian or not. No regular commitment, just drop in when you wish.

St Mary’s DCC Tuesday 3rd March 7.30pm in the Parish Room.

Minutes and agendas available to pick up today.

Parish Book Club meets on Monday 9th March 2.00pm

in the Luke Room at St Bart’s.

Topic: the Songs on Robert Burns

St Edmund’s is hoping to organise a coach to attend the National Pilgrimage to Walsingham on Monday, 25th May.

We will need to leave at 7.30am and bring a packed lunch.

The Preacher is The Very Revd John Hall - Dean of Westminster Abbey. Fr Fred will be leading this. Please sign up at St Edmund’s or let the Parish Office know if you would like to join in this enjoyable day out. We will need to know numbers asap to decide on what size coach is needed.

FIRST COMMUNION

 classes continue  after the services at all Churches.

These classes will take place up to Easter

and are open to children from around the age of seven.

Grab your boots and chaps and cowboy hats!

St Edmund’s is holding a concert of

Country Music

on Saturday 7th March.

       

Music will be provided by local band The Barn Jammers,

and, following their recent successful appearance at the

 St Mary’s Tea Dance, The Barnabas Band as well as

 ukulele duo Men With Wood.

 

Admission is £5 and the whole thing kicks off at 7.30pm.  

STUBBERS 2015 June 26th-28th Places are going fast The cost per child is £60.  Please complete an application form ASAP for each child available from the parish office, e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Sarah at Bart’s, Alison at St Edmund’s or Katie at St Mary’s and return with a cheque for £60/child payable to “East Ham PCC”.

 

LENT 2015  The Empty Quarter


This year's ecumenical Lent course is called "The Empty Quarter"

and has been written by Nicola, our Methodist Minister –

 featuring photos, reflections and questions from her trip to the desert

 in Oman last year!
We will explore silence, being deserted, thirst, shadows, fire and footprints!

The first week of the Lent Course went very well and was enjoyed by many.


Wednesdays
10.00am Mass at St Edmunds with a short reflection

2.00pm Main Session at Pilgrim's Way

6.30pm Mass at St Mary Magdalene followed by Main Session

 

Thursdays 12.30pm  Mass at St Bart's with a short reflection

 

* * * * * * * * *

 

At St Edmunds (Walsingham Centre) during Lent

every Saturday at Midday

 

                                                 *  The Angelus Prayer

                                                 *  Eucharist

                                                 *  Soup Lunch followed by Lent reflection

 

ALL WELCOME

 

 

  Midweek Eucharists    

       WEDNESDAY 10.00am St Edmunds 

  WEDNESDAY  6.30pm St Mary's

   THURSDAY   12.30pm St Bart's

You are welcome to whichever of these you are able to attend.

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

 

22nd February 2015 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 22nd February 2015

1st Sunday of Lent

 

 

Unity, Diversity and Kingdom

 

         These were the key words we came up with at a ‘Vision Day’ I attended last week. I was at a gathering of Christians from many denominations across Newham.  From Pentecostals to Catholics. Different worship styles, beliefs on the sacraments and how (or whether) we should evangelise.  But these three words held us together.

 

         Yes, we were united in our belief in Jesus and to follow him to the best of our ability.  But we did need to accept that we had different worship styles and be sensitive to this when we met together and each to be prepared to be a little out of their comfort zone. Whereas the worship leaders needed to be sensitive and try to include songs familiar to others and styles of prayer.  Standing for long periods waving your hands around, dancing and loud prayers from everyone at once is not everyone’s way of worshiping, albeit to the same God. Neither is incense, candles and carefully structured prayers led by one person. I am sure that God is broad-minded enough that He doesn’t mind how we do it, as long it is from the heart. 

 

         But I do think that God cares how we work towards his Kingdom.  How do we as Christians show His love to His world, our neighbours? If we are seen by the world to be at odds about minor matters why would they be receptive to our message?

 

         But if they see us united in joints acts of worship, such as in the market on Good Friday and in acts of charity such as Nightshelter and Food Banks, aren’t they more likely to be curious in what binds us together?  The Love of Christ!

 

                                                                          Shirley

 

TODAY’S SERVICES

8.00am & 10.00am Mass at St Mary’s Quintin is Celebrant

                                                    and Emma Kevan from US is speaker.

10.00am Mass at St Bart’s Fred is Celebrant and Rob is Preacher

10.00am Mass at St Edmund’s Peter is Celebrant and Preacher

Today’s readings:   Genesis 9: 8-17     1 Peter 3: 18-end    Mark 1: 9-15

 

Readings for 1st March:    Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16      Mark 8: 31-end

 

In Our Prayers: Stephen & Peter our bishops, our clergy & our mission to East Ham;

Health & Exercise: St Bart’s Surgery; Slimming World; Karate;

Wing Chung Kung Fu; Zumba

 

The sick and suffering: Clarice, Martin Gammon, Les Rowe, Alice Singh,

 Janice Wenlock, Graham Davis, Gladys, Rose Geaney & her son Stephen,

Veronica Lewis, Eugenie Scott, Mabel Lawrence, Enid Jacob, Tony Osokoya

 & Ancil Griffith.

 

Those who have died: Frank Haggar.

                 May he rest in peace and rise in Glory.

 

St Mary’s Birthday’s      HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

William McLucas & Linda Gillooly

Update on Gladys. She has been moved to Tayberry Ward in Newham General Hospital. Please keep her in your prayers.   

Quintin visited Ancil who is recovering well after his operation.

Today at St Mary’s we start on our Lenten series

 on the mission of the Church.

We warmly welcome Emma Kevan from US (formerly USPG)

as our speaker. US is a charity that works overseas helping the church

 & St Mary’s have been a long standing supporter of this charity

 

At the back of St Mary’s there are a few prayer books from US left  so that we can pray with them about concerns throughout the Lenten Period.

Do pick one up.

 

This Sunday at St Mary’s we will be asking for God’s blessing

 on Amelia as she celebrates receiving papers to allow her

 to stay in this country.

Ref: Parish News dated Sunday 1st February 2015.

St Edmund’s letter from Richard House should read £111.00

 was donated from the pennies saved at St Edmund’s Church

and not from the Carol Singing as stated.

FIRST COMMUNION

 classes continue  after the services at all Churches.

These classes will take place up to Easter

and are open to children from around the age of seven.

 

CONFIRMATION

Details about Confirmation will follow later and we will start the classes after Easter.

The date of the Confirmation Service is 11th July 2015

 

Grab your boots and chaps and cowboy hats!

 It’s time for a little

Country Music

       

Men with Wood

The Barn Jammers

St Barnabas Band

 

St Edmund’s Church

464 Katherine Road  E7 8NP

Saturday 7th March 7.30pm   Tickets £5.

 

STUBBERS 2015 June 26th-28th For our 14th 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 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, e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Sarah at Bart’s, Alison at St Edmund’s or Katie at St Mary’s and return with a cheque for £60/child payable to “East Ham PCC”.

 

 

 

LENT 2015  The Empty Quarter


This year's ecumenical Lent course is called "The Empty Quarter"

and has been written by Nicola, our Methodist Minister –

 featuring photos, reflections and questions from her trip to the desert

 in Oman last year!
We will explore silence, being deserted, thirst, shadows, fire and footprints!

The five week course commences this Wednesday 25th February.


Wednesdays
10.00am Mass at St Edmunds with a short reflection

2.00pm Main Session at Pilgrim's Way

6.30pm Mass at St Mary Magdalene followed by Main Session

 

Thursdays 12.30pm  Mass at St Bart's with a short reflection

 

* * * * * * * * *

 

At St Edmunds (Walsingham Centre) during Lent

every Saturday at Midday

 

                                                 *  The Angelus Prayer

                                                 *  Eucharist

                                                 *  Soup Lunch followed by Lent reflection

 

ALL WELCOME

 

  Midweek Eucharists    

       WEDNESDAY 10.00am St Edmunds 

  WEDNESDAY  6.30pm St Mary's

   THURSDAY   12.30pm St Bart's

You are welcome to whichever of these you are able to attend.

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

Telephone 020 8470 0011  

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15th February 2015 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 15th February 2015

Sunday before Lent

 

The Empty Quarter

 

This time last year I had just got back from two weeks visiting Muslim friends in Oman. This was my first visit to an Arab country and it had a profound effect on me – body, mind, heart and soul. The sound of the Adhan (call to prayer)  five times a day, the smell of frankincense in the souk (market), the sight of camels ambling along the road, the touch of the beautician who decorated my hands with henna, the taste of an Egyptian almond cake which some neighbours delivered –

all of these still live vividly in my memory.

 

One experience I will definitely never forget is the evening we spent in the Empty Quarter.  This is the name given to the world’s largest sand desert. It spreads across four countries (Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates) and covers an area larger than France.

 

These few hours in the desert were a deeply spiritual experience and this close encounter with the kind of environment where Jesus spent forty days and nights continues to challenge and enrich my prayer life and reflection. 

 

Our Lent Course this year is inspired by that evening in the Empty Quarter. We will be exploring the themes of being deserted, thirst, shadows, fire and footprints  - with the help of Biblical passages and some of the photos that I took whilst I was there.

 

Each session will begin with three minutes of silence as we wait for the sand to flow into the empty quarter of a kitchen timer. I hope you will be able to join us as we journey together as pilgrims through this barren land.         

                                      NICOLA VIDAMOUR

 

TODAY’S SERVICES

8.00am & 10.00am Mass at St Mary’s Quintin is Celebrant and Preacher

10.00am Mass at St Bart’s Ann is Celebrant and Preacher

10.00am Mass at St Edmund’s Fred is Celebrant and Preacher

 

Today’s readings:   2 Kings 2: 1-12    2 Corinthians 4: 3-6   Mark 9: 2-9

 

Readings for 22nd February:    Genesis 9: 8-17       1 Peter 3: 18-end

                                                                   Mark 1: 9-15

 

In Our Prayers: Stephen & Peter our bishops, our clergy & our mission to East Ham;

Children & Young People: Newham Pre-School Learning Alliance; Fellowship House Children’s Centre; Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers; Beavers,Cubs,Scouts; St Mary’s, St Alban’s & St Edmund’s Pre-Schools; Sea Cadets; Air Cadets; Army Cadets; XLP

The sick and suffering: Clarice, Martin Gammon, Les Rowe, Alice Singh,

 Janice Wenlock, Graham Davis, Gladys, Rose Geaney & her son Stephen.

 

St Mary’s Birthday’s      HAPPY BIRTHDAY to  Pat Davis,

Ashley Smith, Elizabeth Mason, Margaret Wallace & Isabella Mason

Congratulations to Elizabeth & Amos who were married

 at St Mary’s yesterday.

We are sorry to have to tell you that Gladys has been re-admitted to Newham General Hospital. She is in Silvertown ward if anyone would like to visit her.

Please keep her in your prayers.

Next week at St Mary’s we start on our Lenten series

 on the mission of the Church.

We have invited as our speaker Emma Kevan from US ( formerly USPG).

 US is a charity that works overseas helping the church

 & St Mary’s have been a long standing supporter of this charity

 

At the back of St Mary’s are some prayer books from US so that we can pray with them about concerns throughout the Lenten Period.

Do pick one up.

A BIG THANK YOU to all those who helped organize the Tea Dance

held at St Mary’s yesterday. We also say a very Happy Birthday to Norman who celebrated his birthday yesterday.

ASH WEDNESDAY 18th February

 

St Mary’s. Please bring your palms and drop into the Vicarage,

1 Norman Road before Wednesday. Thank you.

Bart’s Café

Sue would like to thank the few who came and supported the

 cake sale/bric a brac last Friday (6th Feb). A total of £135.00

 was raised for the British Heart Foundation.

 

This being a regular event the next cake sale will be on

 Friday 10th April with proceeds going to PDSA.

FIRST COMMUNION

 classes start TODAY after the services at all Churches.

These classes will take place for six weeks up to Easter

and are open to children from around the age of seven.

 

CONFIRMATION

Details about Confirmation will follow later and we will start the classes after Easter.

The date of the Confirmation Service is 11th July 2015

 

Win Shirley, who moved  to Burnham-on Crouch about a year ago, will be joining us at St Bart’s midweek service on

 Thursday February 19th and lunch afterwards.

I’m sure she would love to see as many of her old friends as possible, so do try to come along.

Rob to be Bishop's Missioner (Mission Priest)

at St John's, Digswell, Hertfordshire

 

It will be announced this morning by the Diocese of St Alban's that Rob has been appointed as Bishop's Missioner (Mission Priest) in the benefice of Digswell with Panshanger. His task will be to lead a 'turnaround strategy' at the Church of St John the Evangelist Digswell. It is a three year, half time post.

Rob will be licensed by the Bishop of St Alban's in June and will move into the Rectory at the beginning of May.

The rest of his time will be taken up working as a consultant to the

Diocese of Chichester and writing a book based on his thesis.

Please pray for Rob and the people of St John's. They have had a challenging time over the past decade and they are looking forward to sowing seeds

for a longer term future.

LENT 2015  The Empty Quarter


This year's ecumenical Lent course is called "The Empty Quarter"

and has been written by Nicola, our Methodist Minister –

 featuring photos, reflections and questions from her trip to the desert

 in Oman last year!
We will explore silence, being deserted, thirst, shadows, fire and footprints!

The five week course commencing 25th February will run as follows:-


Wednesdays
10.00am Mass at St Edmunds with a short reflection

2.00pm Main Session at Pilgrim's Way

6.30pm Mass at St Mary Magdalene followed by Main Session

 

Thursdays 12.30pm  Mass at St Bart's with a short reflection

 

Saturdays (28th Feb and every Saturday in March)

12noon Soup Lunch and Main Session at St Edmunds

 

STUBBERS 2015 June 26th-28th For our 14th 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 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, e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Sarah at Bart’s, Alison at St Edmund’s or Katie at St Mary’s and return with a cheque for £60/child payable to “East Ham PCC”.

Ash Wednesday 18th February

                                         12.30pm ST BART'S

                                          6.30pm  ST MARY'S

                                          7.00pm  ST EDMUNDS followed by PCC

  Midweek Eucharists    

       WEDNESDAY 10.00am St Edmunds 

  WEDNESDAY  6.30pm St Mary's

   THURSDAY   12.30pm St Bart's

You are welcome to whichever of these you are able to attend.

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