St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew †
St Alban † St Edmund †
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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