8th February 2015 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 8th February 2015

 2nd Sunday before Lent

 

Magna Carta

 

Two weeks ago, I went to see the recently rehung paintings in the Guildhall Art Gallery in the City of London. Apart from the wonderful selection of pictures of London that the Corporation of London has amassed over the centuries. The gallery also has on show a copy of the Magna Carta. One of the foundational documents of our nation.  This week the four original Magana Carta have been brought together for the first time in the British Library.

 

Why is Magna Carta so important for us?

 

‘The Great Charter’ was originally issued by King John as a practical solution to the political crisis he faced in 1215, Magna Carta established for the first time the principle that everybody, including the king, was subject to the law. Only three clauses in Magna Carta remain part of English law. The other two clauses are the liberties and customs of London and other towns and the final clause defends the liberties and rights of the Church.

 

That is why instead of planning permission for building works at St.Mary’s.  I have the joy of applying for a faculty from the Chancellor of the Diocese. Never a straight forward process!  But you will be pleased to know that this week we did receive the faculty to rebuild the south porch of St.Mary Magdalene’s burned down by arson in the summer.

 

Pope Innocent III was so alarmed by the Magna Carta’s terms described Magna Carta as ‘illegal, unjust, harmful to royal rights and shameful to the English people’, and declaring the charter ‘null and void of all validity for ever’.  So in 1215 the church would set a pattern often to be repeated over the centuries and be at the cutting edge of progressive change!                            

                                                                              Quintin

 

TODAY’S SERVICES

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

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

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

Today’s readings:   Proverbs 8: 1,22-31     Colossians 1: 15-20    John 1: 1-14

Readings for 15th February:   2 Kings 2: 1-12    2 Corinthians 4: 3-6   Mark 9: 2-9

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, Gladys, Rose Geaney & her son Stephen.

Those who have died Rose Masters. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Please pray for  Laurine Ancil and Julian on the first anniversary of our son Adrian funeral .    May he rest in peace and rise in glory   Laurine

St Mary’s Birthday’s      HAPPY BIRTHDAY to  Norman Lipman

Elizabeth & Amos are to be married at St Mary’s next Saturday.

Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for their special day.

We are very sorry to see Gladys leaving us at St Bart’s.

She has been with us a very long time. She will be moving to Rydale Care Home, Little Ilford Lane as from next Wednesday, where she will receive the care she needs. Please keep her in your prayers.

Vacancy Support Group. St Bart’s DCC approved the setting up of an ad hoc sub section of the DCC to lead the management of all the practical aspects of running Bart’s Church and Centre over the coming months whilst we await a new Rector.

It is a core leadership group but everyone (or would like to be) involved in assisting in Sunday Worship and the smooth running of the Centre during the week will be welcome at all meetings. The first will be held this Sunday after Church and we will begin to identify areas that need addressing in future meetings.  So if you have anything to add to the agenda or feel you would like to assist in any areas then you are very welcome to come along.

Book Club  Monday 9th February  2.00pm Looking forward to Spring.

 A series of poems Led by Rob. All welcome.

Pre-vacancy meeting.  As part of the process of finding a new incumbent there will be a “pre-vacancy” meeting at St Bart’s on 9th February at 7.30pm. Elwin Cockett (Archdeacon) and Dave Wade (Area Dean) will be there and will explain the procedure involved and also to receive any comments/feed back about the person we are looking for. This is an important meeting for the Parish and is open to all but PCC & DCC members are especially encouraged to attend.

We have begun advertising for an Operations Manager  (details on the parish website) to run the business side of the parish. As this is a senior position we are looking for a well-qualified and experienced person. Rest assured  if we don’t find a suitable applicant we will not be making an appointment.

First Communion

We hope to start our first communion classes in each church from

Sunday 15th February 2015.

These classes will take place for six weeks up to Easter.

At each church on Easter Sunday the candidates will then receive their communion. It is open to children from around the age of seven.

 If anyone is interested do see one of the clergy so we know the rough numbers in each church.

 

Confirmation

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

The date of the Confirmation Service is 11th July 2015

Father Fred

We are delighted to announce that the Archdeacon has given his blessing to Fred moving into the clergy flat at St Edmunds with a view to overseeing the day to day life of that church. Although Fred will continue with his work at the Kingsford school where he is a Deputy Head he will be the resident priest

at St .Edmunds and will bring his characteristic joy and enthusiasm at an important time for St Edmunds. His ministry there will formally begin on

 Palm Sunday when we will offer prayers of thanksgiving.

Name that Church!

Thanks to all those who voted for a new name for the parish.

The votes are being collected from the three churches

and will be checked by an independent returning officer!

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

Lent Preachers at St Mary’s

This year as usual we have an exciting list of preachers focusing around our mission:

 

22.2.2015   Lent 1 Speaker about US (yet to be confirmed)

 

1.3.2015     Lent 2 Children’s Service & Baptism of Jovita

                                                     Revd. Fred Ashford-Okai

 

08.3.2015  Lent 3 Ross White speaking on the Mildmay Mission

 

15.3.2015  Lent 4 and Mothering Sunday   John King

 

22.3.2015  Lent 5 Passion Sunday    Mary Richards

 

29.3.2015  Palm Sunday  with the Passion Reading

                                        Joint Service @ St. Edmunds

 

05.4.2015  Easter Sunday and First Communion  Revd. Quintin Peppiatt

 

12.4.2014  APCM  Joint Service @ St. Marys.

  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 February 2015 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 1st February 2015

Candlemass

 

All Change!

 

The only constant is change and, again, the Parish is undergoing change over the next months.

 

Rob will, of course, be leaving us in April but the good news is that, unlike last time for St. Barts, this vacancy period will not be prolonged; there is no Parish review and we know we have a Rector's post on offer. Indeed the process of finding a successor is already underway and, at the open ,“pre-vacancy” meeting on the 9th (details in the newssheet), the Archdeacon and Area Dean will outline the procedure and invite comments from the Parish. This may be our only opportunity to make our views on the future known so I would encourage you to come along.

 

Secondly, we are advertising for an Operations Manager to look after and develop the business affairs of the Parish. I know there is concern about the cost – it will substantially increase our wage bill - but  we need a more professional approach to our business and it will free-up scarce “human resources” in the Parish to do other things. If, through acquiring new lettings, the Operations Manager does not cover these extra costs the post will be discontinued. As this is an important position it is also vital we get the right person and we won’t be rushed into making an immediate appointment.

 

Finally (?) the amalgamation with St. Edmund's is going well and will be sealed at the APCM on April 12th where we will formally merge and elect new DCCs and a single PCC with fewer elected representatives from each Church to cover the whole  Parish. This will involve a slight cultural change - we will still have two Parish Wardens but not, as we do now, have one from each Church. DCCs and District Wardens may assume more prominent roles in their respective Churches.

 

I am out of room - but please pray for all thes matters and consider how you could play your part in the ministry of the new Parish.    Andrew

 

TODAY’S SERVICES

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

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

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

 

Today’s readings:   Malachi 3: 1-5     Hebrews 2: 14-end     Luke 2: 22-40

Readings for 8th February:   Proverbs 8: 1,22-31     Colossians 1: 15-20

 

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

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

Those preparing to be baptized: Kieron Jackson, Keira Jackson,

Divine Nkemskolgam Pieternells and Shalom Tochi Obi.

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

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

Those who have died Rose Masters. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

St Mary’s Birthday’s      HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

Thomas McLucas, Violet Dyer &  Damian Sutton

Today at Bart's.  As, this weekend, we move towards the Feast of Presentation we look forward to welcoming the four children prayed for above as well as thanking God

 for those who generously present a complete new set of Eucharistic vestments

 for use at Bart's. White Vestments – Renuka; Red & Purple Vestments - Shirley;

 Green Vestments - Hazel.

At St Mary’s today we are celebrating Candlemass with a special service.

Belated Thanks.  A slightly belated thank you to Nicola for the wonderful study day she led for us just over a week ago on the Gospel of Luke. Many people have spoken of how insightful and spiritually uplifting the day was –

 so thank you very much. The Study Days - on a wide range of subjects

and attended by lots of people from all over Newham and beyond –

 will hopefully continue into the future. Watch this space!

BARTS DCC    Wednesday 4th February 7.30pm in church.

Minutes and Agendas available to pick up today.

Book Club  Monday 9th February  2.00pm Looking forward to Spring.

 A series of poems Led by Rob. All welcome.

Pre-vacancy meeting.  As part of the process of finding a new incumbent there will be a “pre-vacancy” meeting at St Bart’s on 9th February at 7.30pm. Elwin Cockett (Archdeacon) and Dave Wade (Area Dean) will be there and will explain the procedure involved and also to receive any comments/feed back about the person we are looking for. This is an important meeting for the Parish and is open to all but PCC & DCC members are especially encouraged to attend.

 

We have begun advertising for an Operations Manager

 (details on the parish website) to run the business side of the parish.

As this is a senior position we are looking for a well-qualified and experienced person. Rest assured  if we don’t find a suitable applicant we will not be making an appointment.

First Communion

We hope to start our first communion classes in each church from Sunday 15th February 2015.

These classes will take place for six weeks up to Easter.

At each church on Easter Sunday the candidates will then receive their communion. It is open to children from around the age of seven.

 If anyone is interested do see one of the clergy so we know the rough numbers in each church.

 

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

Ash Wednesday

Please note the following Mass times on Ash Wednesday 18th February

                                        12.30pm  ST BART'S

                                          6.30pm  ST MARY'S

                                          7.00pm  ST EDMUNDS followed by PCC

NEW PARISH NAME.

This is your last chance to vote for the new Parish Name.

Please do so today.

St Edmunds received a thank you letter from Richard House Children’s Hospice for their donation of £111.00 from the carol singing in December.   Well done.

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 including Jet-Ski, High–ropes, Wobbly boarding (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”.

Bethany Group – Caring and Sharing Our next meeting will be on Monday February 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.

 

We are having a St.Valentine's Tea Dance

 in St.Mary's Hall

on Saturday, 14th February - 3pm. to 6pm.

 

Teatime refreshments will be served

(tea,coffee, sandwiches and cakes).

 

  If you wish to bring any cakes and your own drinks please do so.

 

   Please pay £2 on the door so that we can give a donation

 to the musicians!

     Bart’s Café

The next event in the café is a

Cake Sale/Bric a Brac Table

     in aid of the British Heart Foundation

                                     

Friday 6th February

10.30am – 3.30pm

ALL ARE WELCOME

Midweek Eucharists    A reminder of when and where

       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

 

25th January 2015

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 25th January 2015

Conversion of St Paul

 

Next Stage for our Parish

 

         Most of you know that the former Bishop of Barking invited me to come to East Ham in October 2012 for a two year explorationof how the post of Team Rector might be resurrected, the team reconstituted and relations with other parishes in East Ham improved.

         I have now submitted my findings and thoughts to his successor, Bishop Peter, and to Bishop Stephen, and my hope is that the parish will now be able to build on what we have tried to do in the past couple of years.

         Hopefully, a new Team Rector will be appointed pretty quickly and the PCC and three DCC's will be invited to reflect on how the four churches and the lay/clergy team can continue to work  effectively together (St Albans, St Bart's, St Mary's and St Edmunds).

         The past two years have not always been easy. Without a full time Curate it was, at times, quite a challenge to be in several places at once. Not everyone has understood the nature of the task I was asked to do. But I have honestly enjoyed every day in East Ham, working with excellent colleagues and count it a huge privilege to have been able to serve in this part of East London. I am particularly encouraged by the warm welcome we have received from the folks at St Edmund's in recent days. 

         I have reassured the Bishop that I will continue to serve as a priest here through Lent until Easter but in resigning now the process to find a new Team Rector can actually begin. 

         Personally, once I leave the Rectory in April, I will spend a couple of months reflecting on my recent university work as well as doing a short term project for the Bishop of Chichester.I am exploring several options with regards to being in a new parish by the autumn.

         Rambo (my boxer dog) will certainly miss the wonderful Rectory garden as well as some of you who are amongst his best mates!! For now it's business as usual!!

       Thank you for all your help, support and encouragement,     ROB

 

TODAY’S SERVICES

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

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

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

Today’s readings:   Jeremiah 1: 4-10     Acts 9: 1-22   Matthew 19: 27-end

 

Readings for 1st February:   Malachi 3: 1-5

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

 

Those preparing to be baptized. Kieron Jackson,  Keira Jackson

Divine Nkemskolgam Pieternells and Shalom Tochi Obi

 

The sick and suffering: Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin Gammon, Les Rowe

Alice Singh, Joyce Deslandes, Janice Wenlock, Ron Heard, Graham Davis,

Daniel & Liam Kearney,Ursula,Gladys,& Dean Hoadley.

 

Those who have died:     Lily Carling & Rose Masters.

May they rest in peace and rise in glory.

 

St Mary’s Birthday’s      HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

Christine Bence, Dominic Hedges & Jean Richards

We are pleased to be able to tell you that Gladys is now back home.

She would be pleased to see anyone who would like to visit her.

Baptism and Presentation

We welcome four children into the fellowship of our church on the Feast of Presentation weekend (1st February)  at Bart's as well as receiving new vestments for the church. Please make this a special date and join us at 10am prompt.

BARTS DCC

Wednesday 4th February 7.30pm in church.

 

 

First Communion

We hope to start our first communion classes in each church from

Sunday 15th February 2015.

These classes will take place for six weeks up to Easter.

At each church on Easter Sunday the candidates will then receive their communion.

It is open to children from around the age of seven.

 If anyone is interested do see one of the clergy so we know the rough numbers in each church.

 

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.

Hedgerow Court

On Wednesday 28th January at 10.30am Quintin will be celebrating mass at Hedgerow Court.

St Edmunds PCC

 

Members please note we will meet briefly on Ash Wednesday

(18th February) at 7pm for Mass and the imposition of the ashes followed by a PCC meeting at 7.30pm.

The PCC is now legally a District Church Council DCC but won't be elected as such until the Annual meeting in April.

The Parish of  Divine Compassion are looking for an Administrator.

Details and application form from

www.chelmsford.anglican.org/about/vacancy_article/parish-administrator

LENT 2015 approaches

 

 Rev Nicola Vidamour will produce a specially written Lent Course for the East Ham Methodist Churches and the East Ham Team with St Edmunds which starts next month.

There will be more details in the newsletter next week.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Tuesday 27th January 2015

A Commemoration will be held in Stratford Town Hall

 9.30am – 12.30pm.

 

 

We are having a St.Valentine's Tea Dance

 in St.Mary's Hall

on Saturday, 14th February - 3pm. to 6pm.

 

Teatime refreshments will be served

(tea,coffee, sandwiches and cakes).

 

  If you wish to bring any cakes and your own drinks please do so.

 

   Please pay £2 on the door so that we can give a donation

 to the musicians!

 

    Bart’s Café

The next event in the café is a

 

Cake Sale

     in aid of the British Heart Foundation

 

 

Friday 6th February

10.00am – 3.00pm

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

Midweek Eucharists 

 

 A reminder of when and where

       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

 

18th january 2015 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 18th January 2015

Epiphany 2

 

“Je suis Charlie” - Rights with Responsibility

 

         The recent horrific events in France, even while our eyes are still wet with tears over the loss of so many lives on the altar of Freedom of Speech evoke a multiplicity of emotions.

         Following the Charlie Hebdo attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo a company  which was targeted because it had printed depictions of the prophet Muhammad,  many world leaders and political leaders flocked to Paris to register support, shoulder to shoulder,  with Paris and Freedom, chanting and declaring “Je suis Charlie”. The French President even declared: “Paris is the capital of the world”. (Hmm - I always thought London was!). The internet provides a global platform for views and vivid pictures to be aired and disseminated almost instantly. Such is our world today!

         Pope Francis joined the debate and said there are limits to freedom of expression and that “one cannot make fun of faith”. This sparked another dimension of the on-going debate on freedom and Religion. Of course freedom without responsibility is recipe doe chaos and disaster.

 

         Freedom of Speech and human liberty are perennial existential issues that transcend political or ideological frontiers, sometimes even the realms of logic. Often they are individual choices made on the spur of dynamic ethical and moral “risk assessment”.  The authority resides with the individual, hopefully informed. However there are always wider social and community implications.

         The philosophical rivalry and polarity between individual morality and objective morality will remain unresolved until the end of time.  They are timeless and require the custody of  authentic moral leadership, rather that volatile flux of transient cyclone of political. 

 

         Today we pray for all who have lost their lives in Paris, in Pakistan, in Northern Nigeria and indeed all parts of the world where there is conflict as result of difference in views on religion and ethics.  But we also pray for God’s guidance for all of us in listening to the Divine “Sweet Voice of Calm”

                                                                                    Fr Fred

 

TODAY’S SERVICES

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

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

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

Today’s readings:   1 Samuel 3: 1-10     Revelations 5: 1-10

 

Readings for 25th January   Jeremiah 1: 4-10     Acts 9: 1-22

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

 

Those preparing to be baptized. Kieron Jackson Sekamwa, Keira Jackson Sekamwa

Divine Nkemskolgam Pieternells and Shalom Tochi Obi

 

The sick and suffering: Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin Gammon, Les Rowe

Alice Singh , Joyce Deslandes, Janice Wenlock, Ron Heard,Graham Davis,

Daniel & Liam Kearney,  Ursula, Gladys,&  Dean Hoadley.

 

Those who have died:     Lily Carling & Rose Masters.

May they rest in peace and rise in glory.

St Mary’s Birthday’s      HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Adeola Daramola & Cheryl Hayes

We are sad to announce that Rose Masters died shortly before Christmas.

 Rose was a member of the former organisation known as 'The Friends of St.Mary's' and raised  money for St.Mary's Restoration Fund by launching the Christmas Market which takes place annually at St.Mary's as well as running a bookstall at St.Bart's  for many years before moving away from East Ham. Her funeral will take place on

 19th January 1.30pm at St Andrew’s Church, Great Linford, Milton Keynes.

 Please keep Rose and her family in your prayers at this sad time.

Quintin visited Gladys this week who is still quite confused. They are still trying to sort out problems with her leg in order to get her mobile.

She would welcome visitors but may not remember who you are.

She is still in Tayberry Ward in Newham General.

Baptism and Presentation

We welcome four children into the fellowship of our church on the Feast of Presentation weekend (1st February)  at Bart's as well as receiving new vestments for the church. Please make this a special date and join us at 10am prompt.

 

 

Thanks to all who helped to clear up St Mary’s last Sunday.

The church looks very bare now.

DCC MEMBERS of both ST MARY’S & ST BART’S

MEET BRIEFLY AFTER MORNING SERVICES TODAY.

 

Members of each of the DCCs present at church today are asked to gather briefly at the end of the service to agree on who should be each church's representative on the interviewing panel for the new parish operations manager. Hopefully, each church will have an obvious candidate

 who is free on Tuesday 3rd March between 2.00pm and 5.30pm.

 

 St Mary’s will also be discussing the cross.

BARTS DCC

Wednesday 4th February 7.30pm in church.

St Edmunds PCC

Members please note we will meet briefly on Ash Wednesday

(18th February) at 7pm for Mass and the imposition of the ashes followed by a PCC meeting at 7.30pm. The PCC is now legally a District Church Council DCC but won't be elected as such until the Annual meeting in April.

 Name of the new parish 

 

Voting forms are included in this weeks newsletter.

Please cast your vote and give your papers to any of the Clergy

 or Parish Wardens.  We ask you to pray about this

and to decide which title might best represent our work and mission.

Thank you to those who supported St Edmunds Christmas party

 which raised £210 for church funds.

Finance, Operations and Property Management

 

The PCC have been working hard on your behalf to ensure that we produce a structure which can best deal with our increasingly heavy responsibilities in these areas. Please pray for your PCC members at this time.

 

The Parish of  Divine Compassion are looking for an Administrator.

Details and application form from

www.chelmsford.anglican.org/about/vacancy_article/parish-administrator

 

 

LENT 2015 approaches

 Rev Nicola Vidamour will produce a specially written Lent Course for the East Ham Methodist Churches and the East Ham Team with St Edmunds which starts next month.

There will be more details in the newsletter next week.

We are having a St.Valentine's Tea Dance in St.Mary's Hall

on Saturday, 14th February - 3pm. to 6pm.

Teatime refreshments will be served

(tea,coffee, sandwiches and cakes).

  If you wish to bring any cakes and your own drinks please do so

   Please pay £2 on the door so that we can give a donation

 to the musicians!

Study Day.

Huge number of bookings! Do come along. Last chance to book!

 

 Our next Parish Study Day is on Thursday 22 January

10.30-3.30pm and it will be led by our  Methodist Minister

 Nicola Vidamour in the Luke Room.

It's on Luke's Gospel and the title is "Wine, Women and Song"!

The price for the day is £7.

  Please book via Sue or the Parish Office.

Parish Trip 2015

It has been decided with vast acclaim that this year’s Parish Trip

 will be to visit Brighton. Date Saturday 13th June.

More details nearer the time – but please put this date in your diaries.

Midweek Eucharists 

 A reminder of when and where

       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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Website:  www.easthamparish.org.uk  

    twitter@easthamteam

Registered Charity No: 1127847

 

11th January 2015 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 11th January 2015

Baptism of Christ

 

They think it’s all over……?

 

The Christmas tree is back in its box and the lights have been

 re-wound and put away along with the decorations; I have taken down the cards but won’t commit them for re-cycling until I’ve had one last look through – that means a few more (really lovely angel pictures and grandchildren’s homemade ones, for example) will be kept with the decorations to bring out every year….there’s quite a pile, as you may imagine! But, for now, the house looks bare and forlorn without them.

 

My Aunt always said ‘Jan and Feb – lowest ebb’ and with dull, cold weather and a sense of little to look forward to, there doesn’t seem much to cheer us at this time of year. But, although the trappings of Christmas are put away, the Church keeps the season going until Candlemas on February 2nd and I for one am glad of that.

 

Here’s a poem I find helpful:

 

When the song of the Angels is stilled,

When the star in the sky is gone,

When the Kings and the Princes are home,

And the Shepherds back with their flocks,

The real work of Christmas begins;

To find the lost, To heal the broken,

To feed the hungry, To release the prisoner,

To rebuild the nations, To bring peace among people,

To make music in the heart.

 

May the bright spirit of Christmas inspire us in these dull days.

 

                                                                                 Ann

TODAY’S SERVICES

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

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

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

Today’s readings:   Genesis 1: 1-5       Acts 19: 1-7  

 

Readings for 18th January   1 Samuel 3: 1-10     Revelations 5: 1-10

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; Beavers,Cubs,Scouts; Centre4M;St Mary’s Pre-School; St Alban’s Pre-School;Sea Cadets; Air Cadets; Army Cadets; XLP

The sick and suffering: Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin Gammon, Les Rowe

Alice Singh , Joyce Deslandes, Janice Wenlock, Ron Heard,Graham Davis,

Daniel & Liam Kearney,  Ursula, Gladys, Dean Hoadley & Colin Marchant.

Those who have died:

  Nicholas Widgery, Sarah Thorogood, Lily Carling & Rose Masters.

  May they rest in peace and rise in glory.

St Mary’s Birthday’s      HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Guy Quigley

We are sad to announce that Rose Masters died shortly before Christmas.

 Rose was a member of the former organisation known as 'The Friends of St.Mary's' and raised  money for St.Mary's Restoration Fund by launching the Christmas Market which takes place annually at St.Mary's as well as running a bookstall at St.Bart's  for many years before moving away from East Ham. Her funeral will take place on

 19th January 1.30pm at St Andrew’s Church, Great Linford, Milton Keynes.

 Please keep Rose and her family in your prayers at this sad time.

Today at St Mary’s we welcome for baptism Aniyah. Please keep her,

her family, Godparents & friends in your prayers on this special day.

The flowers in St Bart’s this morning are from Marion Macauley.

Today we celebrate the baptism of Jesus, a moment in our Lord's life which is hugely significant. Aniyah will be baptised at St Mary's and we are all invited to renew our baptism vows today. We hope that you will ask God to bless your own personal pilgrimage today, which was blessed at the moment of baptism in all of our lives.

St Edmunds is legally joined. We unexpectedly received notice this week - earlier than we thought - that St Edmunds is now legally part of the East Ham Team.

This is indeed very good news and we are excited about our work together into the future. The first in a series of meetings will take place this week concerning the merging together of the current Team structures with those of St Edmunds.

Please keep these meetings in your prayers.

School Visits. Irene Phaup and Fr Rob will welcome children

from Hartley Primary school to St Bart's on Monday  & Wednesday next week. Please pray for all young people in our

local schools at this time.

Name of the new parish 

 At the moment the name of the parish is a summary of all of the churches which make it up. As you know various names have been recommended to replace the title EAST HAM TEAM and three weeks of voting in all three of our churches will begin next Sunday. We ask you to pray about this and to decide which title might best represent our work and mission.

Last opportunity to join the 2015 Newham On the Way course.

Based at Emmanuel Church, Forest Gate on Tuesday’s, this two-term course

 has proved to be a great way for local Christians to grow in faith and confidence, releasing their gifts into the life of the church.

The induction session was held last week so this is your very last chance to join in. Please email  Revd Merrin Playle at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to join.  

Gladys is still in Tayberry Ward in Newham General.

 She would be delighted to receive visitors

Thank you to those who supported St Edmunds Christmas party

 which raised £210 for church funds.

St Mary’s. Please would you stay behind after Church this morning  to help take down the decorations. Thanks you.

Giving Envelopes If you haven’t picked up your envelopes for 2015 please do so now.  If you haven’t had envelopes before, and would like to be able to help the Church get extra income from the Tax Man through Gift Aid, please ask Shirley at St Bart’s, or June at St Mary’s.

The Clergy Team. We are currently well served by Rob, Quintin, Ann, Fred and John who celebrate and preach across all three of our churches. We state clearly in the Newsletter where people are each week so please enjoy the diversity of ministry currently available to us. And remember that people can't be in two places at once!

We are also grateful to Fr Christopher Owens for his help

 at St Edmunds once a month.

Finance, Operations and Property Management

The PCC have been working hard on your behalf to ensure that we produce a structure which can best deal with our increasingly heavy responsibilities in these areas. Please pray for your PCC members at this time.

Congregation. Rob will be attending his degree congregation next weekend when he will receive his Doctor of Philosophy award from the University of Sheffield.

The title of his thesis is THE FUTURE OF FAITH BASED BROADCASTING IN A DIGITAL AGE. Its 92,000 words long but the skill is to ask him if he can sum it up in 45 seconds. The answer is no.

LENT 2015

 Rev Nicola Vidamour will produce a specially written Lent Course for the East Ham Methodist Churches and the East Ham Team with St Edmunds which starts next month. Watch this space.

 It promises to be a fascinating Lent.

Study Day.

 Our next Parish Study Day is on Thursday 22 January

10.30-3.30pm and it will be led by our  Methodist Minister

 Nicola Vidamour in the Luke Room.

It's on Luke's Gospel and the title is "Wine,Women and Song"! The price for the day is £7.   Please book via Sue or the Parish Office.

Parish Book Club January 12th 2.00pm

Watching a film called Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont.

Based on a novel by Elizabeth Taylor. Award winning performance

 by Joan Plowright. Lasts approx 90 mins.

ALL WELCOME

Parish Trip

The date of 13th June has been provisionally booked for the Parish Trip but we need a destination. We would love suggestions on where to go this year.

Previous trips have been to:- 2003 Rochester; 2004 St Albans; 2005 Cambridge;

2006 Oxford; 2007 Bury St Edmunds; 2008 Walton on Naze; 2009 Ely;

2010 Canterbury; 2011 Norwich; 2012 Maldon; 2013 Chichester and last year Margate. Please give your suggestions – no more than 2 ½ hr drive - 

 to any of the clergy or the Parish office.

Midweek Eucharists   A reminder of when and where

WEDNESDAY 10am St Edmunds

WEDNESDAY 6.30pm St Mary's

THURSDAY 123.0pm 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