19th January 2014 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                      

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 19th  January 2014

 

 

Song for January

 

 

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 are 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 and enlighten us in these dull January days.

 

Ann

 

 


Today

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

St Mary Magdalene: Rob is Celebrant & Preacher

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

East Ham; Worshipping Communities who share our buildings;

Clergy & Lay Ministers: Rob, Quintin, Fred, Ann, Shirley & John;

Staff: Brenda, Chrissie, Bill, May, June, Sue, Ritta, Win & Mary;

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

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

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

Those who have died:   Adrian Griffith & Bertram Arnold.

                                     May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 19th January 2014

St Mary’s:   Acts  49: 1-7

St Bart’s:   Isaiah 49: 1-7     1 Corinthians 1: 1-9      John 1: 29-42

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

St Mary’s Birthdays

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Adeola  Daramola & Cheryl Hayes

Ministry of Healing and Anointing

This short service takes place after the 10am service at St Bart’s this morning. All are welcome. We are hoping to include this within the main service on future occasions.

 

Please continue to pray for Laurine and Ancil in Australia.

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!

Manor Farm

Please pray for the residents and carers of Manor farm where the eucharist will be celebrated by our clergy on Wednesday at 3pm

PCC

There was an important meeting of the PCC on Wednesday. A short verbal report of what was decided will be made in the notices at our services today. 

 

 


Deanery Synod

Farewell to Bishop David.

Wednesday 29th January 7.30pm at St Paul’s Stratford.

Bible Study

The Bible Study groups get underway again this week with a study of

Galatians 4. The Afternoon Group meets at St Bart’s on Monday (20th) at 1.45pm after lunch in St Bart’s Café. The evening group meet at Mary’s home on Tuesday 28th January at 7.30pm. All are welcome. Do come along and enjoy studying the bible with other Christian men and women.

The Value of Listening

St Bart's  have invited Methodist Bishop Hans Vaxby to lead the first of its 2014 Study Days this Thursday 23 January (1030am-3.30pm) 

He will address the important subject of "listening". In a world of noise and distraction the day will look at how it is possible to listen as a starting point for offering support and offer support.

Bishop Vaxby is currently covering services in East London and will offer various insights based on his wide experience in different parts of the world.

Hans was born in Sweden. After seminary studies he served as a pastor in Finland. The United Methodist Church, having episcopacy, elected him a bishop in the Nordic and Baltic Area in 1989. The last eight years, before retirement in 2012, he was the episcopal leader of The United Methodist Church in Russia and seven other former Soviet republics. He now lives in Helsinki, Finland.

The day takes place in the Luke Room in St Bart's Centre and includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. The cost of the day is £8.

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

Planned Giving Envelopes With the departure of Marion from Bart's we have suffered a bit of a glitch in our envelopes for giving during the collection. If you were expecting a supply of envelopes which you haven't received could you please inform Shirley who will endeavour to take on this role (unless there is someone else who is willing?) Also if you are not in this scheme but would like to be, then please talk to Shirley.

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

St Bart’s DCC Monday 3rd  February 7.30pm

St Mary’s DCC Wednesday 12th February 7.30pm

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land  16th-23rd June 2014.  Led by Rob. Departs London for Tel Aviv and take in the Galilee, Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem over 8 days. We will stay in excellent hotels and enjoy Palestinian Christian guides who will show us the land of Jesus. Please speak to Rob for more information. A deposit now secures your place.

Can we talk about money.....??

 

I'm thinking of doing a one to two day course, run by the Quakers, which would enable me to run groups or work with individuals to help them to manage their finances better. Once we're trained, we might offer a drop-in, perhaps in Bart's café, for people to come and talk about their problems and issues with finance and we could offer advice and coping strategies. It seems to me that this is a service which many people in our parish need and we as the Church could offer it.

I don't know yet when the course will take place, but would you be interested in doing it with me? It would be free of charge for us; in return, we'd agree to do three or four sessions of financial support and advice at different times in the Spring and Summer.

Interested? Please give your name to me or another of the clergy.                              Ann

‘Me & My music’

Wednesday 19th February 7pm Bart’s Cafe.

Please see Sue or Brenda for further details.

 

 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.                                          

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 Magdalene 6.30pm Wednesday

and St Bart’s 1230 Thursday.

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

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12th January 2014 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 12th January 2014

 

Happy New Year (?)

 

This has been the time when we all go around wishing each other a “Happy New Year”. I have never been one for New Year so I am not sure why we do this – Christmas - yes, as we read last week but New Year ??? – bit pagan really - and why both?

 

So, I have been thinking about this and it seems to me that Christmas is circular, New Year is linear. At Christmas, each year, we remind ourselves of the eternal Birth and we get sentimental: we think of Christmases past and we notice the similarities and differences.  We have got a little older, especially our children and grandchildren and, yes, the older among us have perhaps got a little older themselves and frailer. New Year is different: we move boldly from the old year to the new and we look ahead, not back, to see what the new will bring.

 

2014 will bring changes to the Parish. We are thinking hard about

the future mission of Bart’s Centre and its tenants and the Doctors’ surgery; there is continued talk about restructuring Ministry in E6; of closer co-operation among the Churches; the retirement of our area Bishop, Bishop David, and the appointment of his successor and, finally, the Diocese celebrates its Centenary and all parishes are urged to hold a special Mission event or weekend.

 

So we say to the man who stands at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”

And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God……”

                                           

                              Andrew

Today

St Bart's: Ann is Celebrant & Rob 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; Older People: Golden Oldies; Genesis Housing Association

– residents and staff; Lunch Club; Friday Games.

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

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

Those who have died:   Nicholas Williamson, Sylvia Arnold-Crowhurst ,

Theresa Lovejoy & Adrian Griffith.                May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 12th January 2014

Isaiah 42: 1-9           Acts 10: 34-43           Matthew 3: 13-end

Readings for 19th January 2014

St Mary’s:   Acts  49: 1-7

St Bart’s:   Isaiah 49: 1-7     1 Corinthians 1: 1-9      John 1: 29-42

St Mary’s Birthdays               HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Guy Quigley

Today at St Mary’s we welcome for baptism Darcie May Biggs.

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

Today we are using a special service for the Baptism of Jesus

 along with Darcie’s Baptism.

Please keep Laurine, Ancil & Julian in your prayers as Laurine & Ancil

fly out to Australia tomorrow (Monday 13th).

Our prayers are with them at this very sad time.

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!

Our Little Sing sessions continue into the new year on the third Wednesday of the month starting with Wednesday 15 January.  Meet around the piano

 at St Bart's at 2.00 (perhaps fortified by a little lunch in the Bart's Cafe). 

 See you there.  Geraldine

Book Club The Parish Book Club resumes its programme for the New Year tomorrow (Monday 13th Jan) at 2pm when we look at the rather challenging poetry of the late John Updike.

All are welcome.

Bible Study

The Bible Study Group returns this month as members continue to look at the Epistle to the Galatians.

The afternoon group meets in Bart's Cafe on

Monday 20th January at 1.45pm.

The evening group will be held at Mary’s house

on 28th January and 18th February at 7.30pm.

2014 is the centenary of the Chelmsford diocese.

Bishop Stephen writes

         I know that most of our parishes have been around for a lot longer. St Mellitus, the first Bishop of London, arrived a few years after Augustine in 601. St Cedd brought the Christian faith to Essex in 653. Since that time we have been swapped about from diocese to diocese, but one hundred years ago our forebears formed the Chelmsford diocese because they believed this would be a better way of serving the people and communities of East London and Essex. 

         By any estimate we are an incredibly diverse diocese. From Stratford to Southend, from Tilbury to Harwich, from Barking to Bradwell, from Wickford to Saffron Walden, from inner city to remote rural, with miles of coastline and with three major airports,

 it is hard to image a more varied context  for mission and ministry. History has always bound East London and Essex together. But of course, what binds us together is not the stretched and varied geography of our region, but the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are here because of what God has done in Christ. And we are here to live and share this gospel with others. It is a gospel of radical hospitality. All are welcomed in. Every crumb is collected, every hair counted, every lost coin looked for. It is all too easy to see our diversity and our size as a problem. In this centenary year I invite us to see it as a gift; as a sign of the gospel, that in this glorious diocese of ours where so many people and cultures are represented we find in the  habitations of the earth a foretaste of heaven. This is why we are celebrating our centenary by inviting every community to put on a weekend of mission, celebrating with others the faith we have received and inviting others to join us. 

         I do hope you enjoy the events and celebrations of this centenary year, and that you put on a Mission Weekend in your parish. Please be assured of my prayers, and please pray that in this year of commitment and celebration our faith is renewed and that God will open doors of opportunity for us to live and share the gospel of Christ.                               +Stephen

Planned Giving Envelopes With the departure of Marion from Bart's we have suffered a bit of a glitch in our envelopes for giving during the collection. If you were expecting a supply of envelopes which you haven't received could you please inform Shirley who will endeavour to take on this role (unless there is someone else who is willing?) Also if you are not in this scheme but would like to be, then please talk to Shirley.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

PCC Wednesday 15th January 7.15pm at St Mary’s

Minutes and agendas have been emailed.

St Bart’s DCC Monday 3rd  February 7.30pm

St Mary’s DCC Wednesday 12th February 7.30pm

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land  16th-23rd June 2014.  Led by Rob. Departs London for Tel Aviv and take in the Galilee, Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem over 8 days. We will stay in excellent hotels and enjoy Palestinian Christian guides who will show us the land of Jesus. Please speak to Rob for more information. A deposit now secures your place.

JANUARY STUDY DAY AT ST BART’S CHURCH, E6

Thursday 23rd January 10.30am until 3.30pm

Christian Listening

"The silent disciple on the way to Emmaus – a concept for counselling."

 Price is £8 for the day including Morning Coffee, Lunch and Afternoon Tea

LED BY Bishop Hans Vaxby

 

Hans Växby, the leader of the study day was born in Sweden. After seminary studies he served as a pastor in Finland. The United Methodist Church, having episcopacy, elected him a bishop in the Nordic and Baltic Area in 1989. The last eight years, before retirement in 2012, he was the episcopal leader of The United Methodist Church in Russia and seven other former Soviet republics. He now lives in Helsinki, Finland.

Book now – phone the parish office on 0208 470 0011

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Payment to be made in advance where possible please for catering purposes.

Midweek Services St Mary Magdalene 6.30pm Wednesday

and St Bart’s 1230 Thursday. In addition Morning Prayer is said at

St Bart’s at 9am on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

and at St Mary Magdalene on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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

   Telephone 020 8470 0011        email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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22nd & 29th December 2013 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 22nd & 29th December2013

 

 

Happy Christmas

 

         Thank you, on behalf of all of the clergy in the East Ham Team, for your cards and messages of peace and goodwill at this time.

We wish each and everyone of you a happy and blessed Christmas with the hope and prayer that this will be a time of peace and happiness for you and yours.

         Christmas is, of course, about the incarnation. And that's a big word to use when you try to explain to someone why you are a Christian. But it quite simply means that God becomes like each

of us - human, vulnerable and prepared to suffer.

         A Palestinian guide told me during 2013 that the church in the West forgot just how human Jesus was. Whilst he was always God's son he certainly "came down" and "lived amongst us" as many of the carols celebrate. The Gospels show many human attritbutes of Jesus.

         Part of God sharing our humanity was a vulnerability which

Fr Fred mentioned in his last Advent Reflection before Christmas.

The Prophets predicted that the servant would was called, commissioned and remained committed to the cause as a glimpse

of the Christ Child who we welcome at Christmas.

         For he was prepared to suffer so that suffering might be transfigured. How many times do we suffer, or those around us suffer and we hear the cry - HOW CAN GOD LET THIS HAPPEN?

In Syria, in the Philippines, in many parts of the world where people are miserable and in fear? HOW CAN THERE BE SO MUCH SUFFERING IF GOD LOVES US?

         The Incarnation, the coming of the Servant alongside us is an almighty reminder that God first shares in the suffering of humanity before offering us a way to glory because the word is made flesh and dwells among us. Full of grace. Full of Truth. That is where faith begins. In Bethlehem of Judea. Mary says Yes and Jesus comes among us.                                                                              ROB

Today

St Bart's: Rob is Celebrant

St Mary Magdalene: Ann is Celebrant & Quintin is Preacher

Sunday 29th

St Bart’s: Rob is Celebrant & 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 Pre-School; Newham Pre-School Learning Alliance; Fellowship House Children’s Centre; Rainbows,Brownies,Guides , Rangers; Beavers,Cubs,Scouts; Centre4M; St Mary’s Pre-School; Community Links at St Mary’s; St Alban’s Pre-School; Sea, Air & Army Cadets; XLP. Health & Exercise: St Bart’s Surgery; Slimming World; Weightwatchers; Karate; Wing Chun Kung Fu; Smovey & Zumba.

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

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

Those who have died:  Louis Hisco Okai, Maude Smith & Nicholas Willliamson.

May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 22nd December 2013

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

Readings for Midnight Mass & Christmas Day at St Mary’s 2013

Isaiah 52: 7-10    Hebrews 1: 1-4  

Readings for Christmas Day at St Bart’s 2013

 Isaiah 62: 6-end   Titus 3: 4-7    Luke 2: (1-7), 8-20

Readings for 29th  December 2013

Isaiah 63: 7-9    Hebrews 2: 10 – end    Matthew 2: 13 - end

St Mary’s Birthday’s    Happy Birthday  to  Perry Namatovu, Jean Mansfield, Jasmine Namatovu, Bentley Mason & Alex McKitty

It’s lovely to have the preview of the Christmas performance by the children at St Mary’s at the 10am service this morning.

This will be repeated at the 5pm Children’s service on Christmas Eve.

 A BIG thank you to all who helped with this Christmas production.

Thank you to all who came to decorate both St Mary’s and St Bart’s yesterday and the special effort they made.

Particular thanks to Colin & Jean for putting up and decorating

 the Christmas Tree at St Mary’s

A big 'Thank You and Well Done' to all those involved in the

St Bart's Sunday Club Play. It's been a lot of hard work and worry

 but well worth it.

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT This afternoon, followed by mulled wine and mince pies, we enjoy our PARISH Carol Service. Please do try to come along and enjoy the Christmas story with our favourite carols. Stephen, our MP, will be joining us.

CHRISTMAS EVE On the back cover of the Newsletter you will see the choice of services on offer. PLEASE help us brighten up the Christmas of the residents of Manor Farm by meeting us there at 3pm. We will have Carol Sheets and sing out loud!! Mary from

St Mary Madgalene is helping co-ordinate this ministry. There will be one Midnight Mass this year at St Mary's see the back cover.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY   Rob will be presenting a one off Thought for the Day on SATURDAY 28th December at 0745 on BBC Radio 4 and begins a new series in the New Year on Saturdays 4th/11th/18th January.

PAUSE FOR THOUGHT Preaching to even more millions our Team Chaplain to HM The Queen Canon Ann Easter mingles with the stars regularly on the Chris Evans show over on BBC Radio 2.

PRAYERS FOR FRED It has been excellent to welcome Fred back into priestly ministry. He goes with our love and blessing back "home" in a few days time to celebrate the life of his late-brother. Before that, on Sunday 29th December he will celebrate and preach at the Church of the Ascension in the Newham Deanery.

An Important date for your January Diaries January Study Day

at St Bart’s Church Thursday 23rd January 10.30am until 3.30pm

Christian Listening  

“The silent disciple on the way to Emmaus – a concept for counselling”  

Price is £8 for the day including Morning Coffee, Lunch and Afternoon Tea LED BY Bishop Hans Vaxby. Hans Vaxby was born in Sweden, he served as pastor in Finland & was elected Bishop by The United Methodist Church in the Nordic and Baltic Area in 1989. Before retirement in 2012, he was the Episcopal leader of The United Methodist Church in Russia & seven other former soviet republics Book now – phone the parish office  0208 470 0011

On The Way Course Leaflets are available for the next ‘On the Way’ course, from which we have had several graduates. This course relies heavily on sharing experiences together rather than reading and writing and start in the New Year. The course is focused on developing your faith and becoming a more confident Christian.  It also encourages people to discover their talents.

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

ALL AGE WORSHIP  Sunday 6th January. 10am Theme: GIFTS

All Age Worship returns to St Bart's after missing for a few months, COME AND JOIN US

NEW YEAR'S DAY  There will be Mass as usual on Wednesday1st January 2014 at  St Mary’s at 1830 when we celebrate the naming of Jesus.

THURSDAY EUCHARISTS  There will be no service on 26th December at Bart's but the Thursday Eucharists will return on Thursday 2nd January at 1230.

 

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

 

 
 
 

 

 

 


CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

 TODAY

 

ST BART’S CHURCH 4pm

 

We sing some of the favourite carols of the Christmas Season

Followed by Mulled Wine and Mince Pies

 

 

CHRISTMAS EVE

 

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE at  ST MARY’S 5pm

MIDNIGHT MASS  at ST MARY’S  11.30pm

 

 

CHRISTMAS DAY

 

CHRISTMAS DAY MASS at ST BART’S & ST MARY’S 10.00am

 

 

ALL WELCOME

The Parish Office will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and re-open 2nd January.

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15th December 2013 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 15th December2013

 

Nelson Mandela

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

            Quintin

 


Today

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

St Mary Magdalene: Quintin is Celebrant & John King is Preacher

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

East Ham;  

Worshipping Communities who share our buildings;

Clergy & Lay Ministers: Rob, Quintin, Fred, Ann, Shirley & John; Staff: Brenda, Chrissie, Bill, Sue, Ritta, May, June, Win & Mary; Churchwardens: Andrew, Damian, Laurine, John, Philip & Ajith

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

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

Those who have died:

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

May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 15th December 2013

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

Readings for 22nd December 2013

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

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

 Lucie Smith, Simone Wetherell

Healing and Renewal at St Bart’s.

 Today there will be the ministry of healing and renewal

at St Bart’s immediately after the morning service.

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

ADVENT REFLECTIONS ON Isaiah 40-55

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

to attend either or both!

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

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

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

Bible Study There has been some excellent feedback concerning our

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

On December 19th Greatfield Residents Association are visiting

 St Mary’s for their Christmas Celebration.

CHRISTMAS CLEANING

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

 Mulled wine & mince pies available.

St Bart’s: Cleaning & decorating the Church

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

This was omitted from the red leaflet by mistake.

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

for which to buy tickets for a Matinee in London.

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

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

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

An Important date for your January Diaries

January Study Day at St Bart’s Church

Thursday 10.30am until 3.30pm

Christian Listening

“The silent disciple on the way to Emmaus – a concept for counselling”

Price is £8 for the day including Morning Coffee, Lunch and Afternoon Tea

LED BY Bishop Hans Vaxby

Hans Vaxby was born in Sweden, he served as pastor in Finland and was elected Bishop by The United Methodist Church in the Nordic and Baltic Area in 1989. Before retirement in 2012, he was the Episcopal leader of The United Methodist Church in Russia and seven other former soviet republics

Book now – phone the parish office on 0208 470 0011

 

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

 

 
   
 
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

 

SUNDAY 22nd DECEMBER

ST BART’S CHURCH 4pm

 

We sing some of the favourite carols of the Christmas Season

Followed by Mulled Wine and Mince Pies

 

 

CHRISTMAS EVE

 

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE at  ST MARY’S 5pm

MIDNIGHT MASS  at ST MARY’S  11.30pm

 

 

CHRISTMAS DAY

 

CHRISTMAS DAY MASS at ST BART’S & ST MARY’S 10.00am

 

 

ALL WELCOME

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

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday at St Bart's;

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

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

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8th December 2013 Newsletter

Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 8th December2013

 

Advent 2, 2013

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

                                                     

                                                                                 Ann

Today

St Bart's: Quintin is Celebrant and Ann is Preacher

St Mary Magdalene: Rob is Celebrant & Preacher

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

East Ham;  

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

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

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

Those who have died:

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

May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 8th December 2013

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

Readings for 15th December 2013

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

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

Healing and Renewal at St Bart’s.

 Next Sunday there will be the ministry of healing and renewal

at St Bart’s immediately after the morning service.

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

£2 per person. ALL WELCOME 2pm prompt! 

ADVENT REFLECTIONS ON Isaiah 40-55

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

 to attend either or both!

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

 was raised last week. Many thanks to everybody

for their help and support.

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

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

 

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

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

Bible Study There has been some excellent feedback concerning our

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

On December 19th Greatfield Residents Association are visiting

 St Mary’s for their Christmas Celebration.

CHRISTMAS CLEANING

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

 Mulled wine & mince pies available.

 

St Bart’s: Cleaning & decorating the Church

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

This was omitted from the red leaflet by mistake.

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

for which to buy tickets for a Matinee in London.

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

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

A Christmas Recital by the Church of South India Choir

Malayalam Parish.

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

Christmas Message by the Ven Elwin Cockett.

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

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday at St Bart's;

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

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

   Telephone 020 8470 0011        email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

  Website:  www.easthamparish.org.uk         twitter @easthamteam. 

  Registered Charity No: 1127847

 

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

 

ADVENT CAROL SERVICE

ST BART’S CHURCH TODAY 4pm

 

Come and enjoy the readings associated with the expectation

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

 
   

 

 

 

 


CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

 

SUNDAY 22nd DECEMBER

ST BART’S CHURCH 4pm

 

We sing some of the favourite carols of the Christmas Season

Followed by Mulled Wine and Mince Pies

 

 

 
   

 

 

 


CHRISTMAS EVE

 

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE at  ST MARY’S 5pm

MIDNIGHT MASS  at ST MARY’S  11.30pm

 

 

CHRISTMAS DAY

 

CHRISTMAS DAY MASS at ST BART’S & ST MARY’S 10.00am

 

 

 

ALL WELCOME