23rd February 2014 Newsletter

Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 23rd February 2014

 

CHANGING FACE

 

The face of our parish keeps on changing. People I have met during my first year (yes, it's a year already since my induction) talk about the East Ham of old. I have had some fascinating conversations with East Ham residents now living in Manor Farm about East Ham between the wars!!

 

News that West Ham's football ground is to be turned into a new "village" in the next few years will impact on the life of our parish. The apartments and houses will all be in our parish. Thousands of people will live and work in the retail units and our parish profile will change overnight.

 

West Ham, of course, have been an intrinsic part of this community for decades, Local businesses will only hope that the reinvestment

in the area will also benefit them as years of uncertainty as United planned their moved to the Olympic Stadium.

 

The plans, at first sight, look impressive. The football heritage will remain with streets names after the likes of Bobby Moore and Trevor Brooking. The memorial garden to West Ham fans will be incorporated into the design. West Ham fans will still come on pilgrimage here long after the sound of the crowd has moved to Stratford.

 

The Church has a poor track record in responding to change.

We like it as was, is now and ever shall be. The trouble is that times are changing and our community is changing and, as Jesus says on more than one occasion - as we travel around we need to travel light, preach the Kingdom and offer the love of God to those we meet as things change all around us.

We have exciting opportunities for mission ahead.     ROB

 

Today

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

St Mary Magdalene: Quintin is Celebrant & Rob 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:

Lay Ministers: Shirley & John; Staff: Brenda, Chrissie, Bill, May, June, Win, Mary, Sue & Ritta:

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

 

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 23rd February 2014

Genesis 1:1 – 2:3        Romans 8: 18-25        Matthew 6: 25-end

Readings for 2nd March 2014

Exodus 24: 12-end

St Mary’s Birthdays                   HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

 William McLucas  &  Linda Gillooly.

Baptism Next Week at St Bart's William Chukwuka Inyamah-Nelson
will be baptised next Sunday at the 10am All Age Service.

Everyone is welcome.

Please pray for him and his family as they prepare for this special day.

Laurine & Ancil would like to thank Quintin, Ann, Rob, Fr Fred, June

 & all the congregation for their help, support & prayers

 also the flowers & cards. We appreciate it very much. Thank you.

Me & My Music

Thanks to Flavia for being a special guest and to Sue and her volunteers in the cafe for the excellent Me & My Music evening on Wednesday. It really was an excellent occasion. Thanks to all those who came. We could have done with more. To those who didn't - you missed a superb evening!

Lent 2014 begins a week on Wednesday. There will be Ash Wednesday Services at St Bart's (12.30pm) and St Mary Magdalene (6.30pm). Then a sequence of Study groups will follow

 (see leaflet attached) with special Sunday addresses for Lent

in both our churches - watch this newsletter.

Bible Study Groups The Autumn/Winter Bible Study Groups have been studying Galatians and the final chance to look at the end of this Epistle is tomorrow at Bart's at 1.45pm. The Bible Study Groups will resume

in the Summer in May after Easter.

Barts Outreach Group/Bart's Survey

The planned meeting of the Bart's Outreach Group will not now take place

 on Monday because it is still unclear which direction the Centre will be going in. The DCC and the Doctors' Surgery have been looking at how our space

 will be shared in the future and, as yet, no final decision is available.

We wait patiently. As soon as we do know the survey will be undertaken

and the Outreach Group will begin a series of meetings aimed at charting

a way forward.

Parish Book Club Meets next on Monday 10th March (2pm)

and is for members of both St Mary's and St Bart's - ie the WHOLE parish. We have looked at some wonderful poetry, authors and watch movies of famous books. The meetings usually last just an hour. At the next meeting we will be looking at some of the poems from the Andrew Motion collection LOVE IN A LIFE

Hedgerow Court The Eucharist will be celebrated for the residents of Hedgerow Court on Wednesday at 10.30am.

Parish Finances We continue to struggle on without a Parish Treasurer. We thank God for the work of Matthew Gray and Terry

 the Diocesan Parish Giving Officer, without whom we would be in a perilous state. We are looking for someone who can work with the book keeper and who can interpret the figures for us and assist the PCC in reviewing expenditure and planning for the future.

This is a critical post. If you are hiding your light under a bushel

 please see Rob or Quintin urgently.

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.

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

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

CONFIRMATION AND FIRST COMMUNION

Preparation for First Communion and Confirmation

 for this year will start shortly. Candidates for First Communion need to be 7 Years old or above Candidates for Confirmation need to be

14 Years old (or nearly) and above.

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

We would like to invite Candidates to register on the Forms provided at the back of both Churches. First Communion will take place on Easter Sunday and Confirmation will take place in June.     Thanks    Fr Fred

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:

When, What & Who? Tuesday 25th March 7.30pm – 9pm

Theme: Creative Bible Study – The Last Supper

Led by Rev. Christopher Owens

Saturday 28th June 10am – 12.30pm (followed by soup lunch)

Theme: Telling our Story  Led by Rev. John Brown

Tuesday 23rd September 7.30pm – 9pm

Theme: Faith in Community

Led by Rev. Merrin Playle & Rev. Jeremy Fraser

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 at ST MARY’S.

 

We once again have a variety of speakers from the congregation

 talking about their life & faith.

 

                                LENT1    9th March   Damian Sutton

                                LENT2  16th March   Louise Simmons

                                LENT3  23rd March   Mary Richards

                                LENT4  30th March   Derek James

              PASSION SUNDAY  6th April    Andrew Biro

 Morning Prayer  

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

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

Midweek Services

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

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

Telephone 020 8470 0011   

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

 Website:  www.easthamparish.org.uk  

 twitter @easthamteam. 

  Registered Charity No: 1127847

 

16th February 2014 Newsletter

Posted in Parish

 

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                      

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 16th February 2014

 

Noah and the flood.

           

            I don’t know about you as the rain has continually lashed down over the past month and the pictures on the television have come in from the flooded Thames Valley and Somerset. My mind has turned to Noah and his ark!

            There is no doubt a few arks might be useful right now in Somerset and Berkshire.  But also because as the writers of the book of Genesis saw floods as the consequence of the people turning away from God. Only Noah who pleased God would survive. Now there would be a new covenant between Noah and God. 

            God says in Genesis 6.17-18: ‘For my part, I am going to bring a flood of waters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I shall establish my covenant with Noah and you shall come into my ark…’

            Today, we may not see the floods in that light. Yet there is a realisation, perhaps all too late, that climate change and all that we doing to the earth’s atmosphere is having an effect. The effect seems to be more violent and unpredictable weather systems and the speeding up of jet stream.   

            This flooding may not be seen as God’s retribution for our abuse of the planet. Yet there is now little doubt that our actions over the past hundred years are having an effect on the planet and its weather.    

            So once the clear up has finished, these storms hopefully will force us to look again at our continued abuse of the planets resources. The story of Noah was a wake up call to his generation. The people were told to turn back to God and care for God’s creation. These storms hopefully will have the same effect on us today as we seek to limit the effects of climate change and to care for the planet, its people and animals.                                                         Quintin

Today

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

St Mary Magdalene: Ann is Celebrant & Quintin is 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, Jean Skelton, Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh, Basil Jordan, John & Victoria,

Those who have died:   Adrian Griffith  & Jill Kaye.

                                     May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 16th  February 2014

Deuteronomy 30: 15-end     1 Corinthians 3: 1-9        Matthew 5: 21-27

Readings for 23rd February 2014

Genesis 1:1 – 2:3        Romans 8: 18-25        Matthew 6: 25-end

St Mary’s Birthdays             HAPPY BIRTHDAY to   Pat Davis,

Ashley Charles Smith, Elizabeth Mason, Margaret Wallace & Isabella Mason.

Healing & Anointing

The ministry of healing and anointing will be offered after the main service at St Bartholomew's this morning. All those desirous of this healing ministry are asked to stay for a few minutes after the service.

Laurine & Ancil would like to thank Quintin, Ann, Rob, Fr Fred, June

 & all the congregation for their help, support & prayers

 also the flowers & cards. We appreciate it very much. Thank you.

Daphne’s partner Basil is very unwell in the Royal London Hospital.

Please keep them in your prayers at this time.

Afternoon Bible Study Date Change 

Due to unforseen circumstances the afternoon Bible Study group due to meet tomorrow will now meet on Monday 24 February at 1.45pm in the Luke Room.

 Please note that the evening group will meet on Tuesday evening (18th Feb)

 at 7.30pm at Mary's home (address available from the Parish Office).

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.

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

All welcome!

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

CONFIRMATION AND FIRST COMMUNION

Preparation for First Communion and Confirmation

 for this year will start shortly. Candidates for First Communion need to be 7 Years old or above Candidates for Confirmation need to be

14 Years old (or nearly) and above.

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

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

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

Little Sing

Come along and join in a singalong around the piano at St Bart’s.

Everyone welcome. 

No musical ability required.

Wednesday 19th February 2.00-3.00pm   

Help raise awareness of the difficulties our O.A.P's face in todays society!

We have a budding young film maker who will be shooting a 4min film aimed at young people, and hopefully our governments, to remind them to remember and appreciate our older generation.

This is a subject close to his heart and what he needs is some willing people aged 50+ to be background extras on the day of the shoot.

This will involve sitting in our Luke room and generally socialising, chatting, drinking tea, playing scrabble and generally having a good time while there will be a film crew and actors working around them.

Without you, the extras, this film would not be able to happen so if you feel like you could offer your time for the cause please put your name down

 at the Parish Office or contact Jon or Fiona.

When: Friday 21st Feb   12am - 4pm

           (or any amount of time within this period that you can offer)

Where: St Bartholomew's Church

For any further questions please contact:  Jon Mathis 07999 509 852 or 

                                                                       Fiona Ryan 07784181843

There will be a tab opened at the cafe for all participants.

THANK YOU SO MUCH IN ADVANCE!

HOPEFULLY WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

IMPORTANT PCC Meeting.

There will be a short meeting of the PCC on Thursday 20 February at 7.30pm at Bart's with just two but very important items on the agenda. These are the future of the East Ham Team development and a first look at the accounts.

N.B. Could all Treasurers please take their books to the Parish Office

 as soon as possible in preparation to be sent to the Auditors.

East Ham Team LENT 2014

‘A Heart for mission’: A study guide looking at faith in action.

The Lent Course will be held on a Wednesday afternoon at Pilgrim’e Way

or Wednesday evening after the 6.30pm service at St Mary’s.

More details to follow soon.

LENT PREACHERS at ST MARY’S.

 

We once again have a variety of speakers from the congregation

 talking about their life & faith.

 

                                LENT1    9th March   Damian Sutton

                                LENT2  16th March   Louise Simmons

                                LENT3  23rd March   Mary Richards

                                LENT4  30th March   Derek James

              PASSION SUNDAY  6th April    Andrew Biro

 

                                                    ‘Me & My music’

   

 Wednesday 19th February 7pm Bart’s Cafe.

     Flavia Tenywa – East Ham’s best known Chiropodist

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

A two course dinner is included in the ticket price of £7.

You are welcome to bring your own wine.

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

or the Parish Office to book stating any dietary requirements.

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK.

Morning Prayer  

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

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

Midweek Services

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

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

Telephone 020 8470 0011 

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

 Website:  www.easthamparish.org.uk  

 twitter @easthamteam. 

  Registered Charity No: 1127847

9th February 2014 Newsletter

Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 9th February 2014

 

 

THE ROAD TO SUCCESS

 

“The road to success is not straight.

There is a curb called Confusion,

speed bumps called Friends;

red lights called enemies

caution lights called family.

 

You will have flats called jobs.

But if you have a spare called Determination;

an engine called Perseverance;

insurance called Faith

and a driver called JESUS,

you will make it to a place called Success”

 

 

Author unknown

 

                                                                    Fr Fred

 

Today

St Bart's: Quintin is Celebrant & Preacher

St Mary Magdalene: Fred is Celebrant & John is Preacher

Ann is officiating at Pilgrim’s Way.

 

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, Basil Jordan & John,

Those who have died:   Adrian Griffith  & Jill Kaye.

                                     May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

 

Readings for 9th February 2014

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

Readings for 16th  February 2014

Deuteronomy 30: 15-end     1 Corinthians 3: 1-9        Matthew 5: 21-27

St Mary’s Birthdays             HAPPY BIRTHDAY to   Norman Lipman

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

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

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

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

The Parish Book Club tomorrow (Monday 10th Feb)  2pm at St Bart’s looking at  Keith Waterhouse, Streets Ahead. All are welcome.

Bible Study Monday 17th Feb 13.45pm at St Bart’s

and Tuesday 18th Feb 7.30pm at Mary’s house

(address obtainable from the Parish Office)

We are finishing Galatians looking at Chapter 5.

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

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

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

CONFIRMATION AND FIRST COMMUNION

Preparation for First Communion and Confirmation

 for this year will start shortly.

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

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

and above.

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

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

There will be an initial meeting of candidates after Today’s Service

at both Churches where further details will be shared.

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

Little Sing

Come along and join in a singalong

around the piano at St Bart’s.

Everyone welcome. 

No musical ability required.

Wednesday 19th February 2.00-3.00pm   

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

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

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

The Church of England has launched its new Church Legacy websitewww.churchlegacy.org.uk with essential information for individuals considering leaving a "lasting gift" to their local church in their Will.

The website provides further information on leaving a legacy, example wording for your Will, and information for Solicitors and for PCCs. Legacies, of whatever size, are a hugely valuable source of income to parish churches, contributing £44.8 million to parish income in 2011, that's almost £3,000 per parish church per year.

Eleanor Gill, National Legacy and Funding Officer, said: "Legacies are a fundamental part of Stewardship and our Christian Giving; leaving a gift in your Will is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can give thanks to God for the gifts of your life and lifetime.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

St Mary’s DCC Wednesday 12th February 7.30pm

Agendas available to pick up today.

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

 ‘Me & My music’

   

 Wednesday 19th February 7pm Bart’s Cafe.

     Flavia Tenywa – East Ham’s best known Chiropodist

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

A two course dinner is included in the ticket price.

You are welcome to bring your own wine.

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

or the Parish Office to book stating any dietary requirements.

Morning Prayer  

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

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

Midweek Services

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

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

 Telephone 020 8470 0011   

 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

2nd February 2014 Newsletter

Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 2nd February 2014

 

Keep the Gospel fresh in our time

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

                                                                       ROB

 

 

Today

St Bart's: Rob is Celebrant & Preacher

St Mary Magdalene: Quintin is Celebrant & Preacher

Fred is officiating at Pilgrim’s Way.

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

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

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

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

Those who have died:   Adrian Griffith  & Jill Kaye.

                                     May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 2nd February 2014

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

Readings for 9th February 2014

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

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

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

 of Edie & Bert McGrane.

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

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

on Thursday 6th February  at 12.30pm.

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

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

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

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

Church of God

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

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

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

Child Protection Training   TODAY 

St Bart's Church 11.30am prompt.

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

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

CONFIRMATION AND FIRST COMMUNION

Preparation for First Communion and Confirmation

 for this year will start shortly.

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

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

and above.

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

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

There will be an initial meeting of candidates after Sunday Service

on 9th February where further details will be shared.

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

Little Sing

Come along and join in a singalong

around the piano at St Bart’s.

Everyone welcome.  No musical ability required.

Wednesday 19th February 2.00-3.00pm   

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

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

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

Work about the House

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

  Thanks               Geraldine

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

St Bart’s DCC Monday 3rd  February 7.30pm

Minutes and agendas available to pick today.

St Mary’s DCC Wednesday 12th February 7.30pm

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

 ‘Me & My music’

     Wednesday 19th February 7pm Bart’s Cafe.

     Flavia Tenywa – East Ham’s best known Chiropodist

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

A two course dinner is included in the ticket price.

You are welcome to bring your own wine.

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

or the Parish Office to book stating any dietary requirements.

Morning Prayer  

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

All are welcome.

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

Midweek Services

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

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

 Telephone 020 8470 0011    

  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

26th January 2014 Newsletter

Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 26th January 2014

 

SPRINGWATCH

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

                                                                        Quintin

 

Today

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

St Mary Magdalene: Quintin is Celebrant & Preacher

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

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

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

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

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

Jill Kay & Jean Skelton.

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

                                     May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 26th January 2014

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

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

Readings for 2nd February 2014

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

St Mary’s Birthdays                  HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

Christine Bence, Dominic Hedges, Jean Richards & Thomas McLucas

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

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

Please continue to pray for Laurine and Ancil in Australia.

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

 at 12.30pm.

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

 - after the 10am service in the Luke Room.

Church of God

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

Holocaust Memorial Day   Tomorrow (Monday 27th)

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

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

Study Day 

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

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

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

Watch this space.

Child Protection Training   Sunday 2 February 

St Bart's Church 11.30am prompt.

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

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

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

 All welcome. Please contact the parish office for details.

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

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

Deanery Synod

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

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

Priests available - just give us a call.

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

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

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

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

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

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

St Bart’s DCC Monday 3rd  February 7.30pm

St Mary’s DCC Wednesday 12th February 7.30pm

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

 ‘Me & My music’

Wednesday 19th February 7pm Bart’s Cafe.

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

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

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

Midweek Services

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

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

   Telephone 020 8470 0011   

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

  Website:  www.easthamparish.org.uk  

      twitter @easthamteam. 

  Registered Charity No: 1127847