Cafe offers warm space as weather gets colder

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Bart's Cafe on Barking Road, East Ham is putting up posters and spreading the encouraging people struggling with their heating bills to come in and keep warm as the weather turns colder.

 

The Cafe, part of a complex which also houses a church and doctors' surgery, is open on weekdays from 10am until late into the afternoon and offers a place where people can keep warm, enjoy hot drinks, buy food at reasonable prices and meet new friends.

 

"We are aware that people are increasingly making choices about whether to spend money on heating or eating and Bart's Cafe is providing a space where people who don't have disposable income to provide proper heating can come during the day and relax and feel at home," said East Ham Team Rector, Rob Marshall this week.

 

The Cafe has a lunch club every Monday and people meet to play board games every Friday afternoon.

 

But there are also many other activities for people of all ages in the Centre every week.

 

"Ultimately Bart's is a Church for everyone and people of all faiths and non feel it is a space where the can come in and be themselves. As heating bills, rise we hope that more and more people will come along and feel at home with us," Father Marshall added.

17th November 2013 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †       

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 17th November2013

 

 

A Mission Weekend

 

Last Thursday several of us, including all our clergy, heard Bishop Stephen encourage all Parishes in the Diocese to hold a special evangelising “Mission Weekend” next year – something many will not have done before – and which may both scare us and excite us.

 

I heard him say that we should set up a team of people who have a vision for and maybe some experience in evangelism and he outlined the stages in making such an event relevant and successful:-

 

1) whom can we invite: whom we have contact with – as  a parish and as individuals?

2) what are the issues they might be facing in their lives?

3) what is our Gospel to help them meet those needs?

4) what sort of event would be best for them?

5) how can we ensure suitable follow-up for interested people?

 

I heard him say that “evangelism” might be a scary word but it contains a nice word “angel” (word-gamers please note), that conversion may be a long process, and that evangelism is traditionally seen as something other Christian groups do and the CofE gets the benefit! But he also  reminded us that we may be the facilitators but God is the Evangelist.

 

Coming from an evangelical background I found all this very, almost too familiar and it took me back 30, 40 even 50 years to my school/student days and the Missions that we were involved with; but then I thought “why I am surprised by this?”.  The Gospel needs to be preached to every generation and what is the point of having a faith if we can’t be confident about sharing it?

                                          Andrew

Today

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

St Mary Magdalene: Fred is Celebrant and John is 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 Cadets; Air Cadets; Army Cadets; XLP

Readings for 17th  November 2013   

Malachi 4: 1-2a            2 Thessalonians 3: 6-13         Luke 21: 5-19

Readings for 24th November 2013

Jeremiah 23: 1-6          Colossians 1: 11-20           Luke 23: 33-43

St Mary’s Birthday’s  Happy Birthday  to

Layla-Jane Tellis, Joyce Hayes, Earlene Bentley & Louise Simmons

Healing and Renewal Today at St Bart's there will be the monthly anointing and laying on of hands for healing and renewal

 at the end of the morning service.

E6 Churches Advent Walk of Witness. Advent Sunday 1st December.

Gathering at East Ham Baptist at 4.15pm for a 4.30pm departure - then proceeding to St. Bart's. If you are coming along please bring torches etc. - anything light and bright, but not naked flames.

DONATION FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES

Many of you will have seen the devastation wrecked by the hurricane in the Philippines. There have been some shocking stories of immense suffering but the relief effort seems to be getting going now and there is some relief for those who were without food and water. The churchwardens have agreed that a basket be available today for you to make a one off gift, if you can afford it, which we will send to the Relief Fund to help those who are suffering. You can donate this Sunday or next week and we will send our gift as part of the mid term relief effort which will go on for many months and even years. Please place your gifts in the baskets provided.

Thanks again to everyone                                            ROB

Parish Bible Study. We continue our Bible Study of St Paul’s letter to the Galatians on Tuesday 26th November 7.45pm  at Mary’s house.

St Bart's DCC Wednesday 20th November 7.30pm in the Chapel.

St Mary’s DCC Wednesday 27th November 7.30pm

in the Parish Room.

 

Newham Free Training courses for Christians

Leaflets are available for the next ‘On the Way’ course, from which we have had several graduates and the more recent ‘Time to Share’ course.

Both courses rely heavily on sharing experiences together rather than reading and writing and start in the New Year.

On the Way    Is focused on developing your faith and becoming a more confident Christian.  It also encourages people to discover their talents.

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

Time to Share   This course is for building confidence in those who wish to share their faith in an appropriate way with others.

It includes a placement and projects and would be ideal for those interested in any form of outreach and for helping to plan the ‘Mission Weekend’ for next year!

Special services at St Bart’s As we move towards Christmas we are beginning to plan two of our festival services. Our Advent Carol service will be on the afternoon of Sunday 8 December and our Christmas Carol Service will be on the afternoon of Sunday 22 December. Alongside the wonderful seasonal hymns and carols we’ll be telling the traditional story using the Bible and other readings.  In order to do this we are going to need a host of people to read out the passages.  Could you be one of those people?  If you would be able to read at one or both of these services please could you let me know as soon as possible.(Thank you to those who have already volunteered – you are on the list)      Geraldine

Mission Weekend  

2014 is the Centenary Year of the Diocese of Chelmsford and, as part of the celebrations, Bishop Stephen is recommending all parishes put on a “Mission Weekend” to encourage more people to come to Church. Many of us heard him on Thursday outlining  his thoughts for such a weekend. We will pass on more specific details and ideas of what we heard and be considering what sort of event we can hold but, in the meantime, would urge all members of our congregations to think and pray  about how St Mary’s and St. Bartholomew’s can best play our part in it.

East Ham Wider Team Please note that Rob will be licensed as

Team Rector of East Ham by Bishop David in his chapel on Thursday 21st November at 10am. It doesn't mean anything other than that the old East Ham Team is no longer suspended and that we can now proceed in talks with other parishes in the newly emerging clusters to see how we can work together more.

Little Sing Our next Little Sing will be on Wednesday 20th November 2.00 - 3.00 around the piano at St Bart's.  All welcome

Put all the hours spent on watching TV cookery programmes

 to good use. Homemade cakes are required for the

Christmas Market on 30th November at St Mary's Hall. 

Please see Claudette if you can help. Thank you

 

St Mary’s Christmas Market

St Mary’s Church Hall

High Street South

East Ham

 

 
 
 

Saturday 30th November 2013 

 

11.00am – 3.00pm.

 

Raffle/ books/ cards

Cakes/ clothes/ toys

Bric a Brac

 

Refreshments Available.

 

Please come along and bring all your friends.

 

Midweek Services

St Mary Magdalene 6.30pm Wednesday and

 St Bart’s 12.30pm Thursday.

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

Monday: Bart's; Tuesday: Mary Magdalene; Wednesday: Bart's;

Thursday: Bart's; Friday: Mary Magdalene

If you are free, why don't you join us. Quite a few people already do at various times of the week. If a priest is unable to be present you are encourage to pray for the life and mission of the parish anyway!!

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

   Telephone 020 8470 0011   

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  Website:  www.easthamparish.org.uk  

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  Registered Charity No: 1127847

 

 

29th September 2013 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †       St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday29th September2013

                                             

Confirmation 2013

Ubi Caritas… Deus ibi est)

 

Today in the Parish of St Paul’s, East Ham, the Sacrament of Confirmation is being administered to a number of young Christians. Two of these candidates are from our Parish: José Carlos and Somachi Junior Onuoha. We pray fervently for them and for all the other candidates.

 

Some Churches consider Confirmation as the second of the three Sacraments of Initiation; Baptism being the first and Communion the third. In the Churches of the West, Confirmation is usually received as a kind of Christian teenage rite of passage. It is conferred several years after First Communion.

 

While these traditions may vary from church to church all Christian traditions agreed on the essential character of the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Confirmation is regarded as the ultimate consummation and perfection of Baptism. This is clearly stated in the introduction to the Rite of Confirmation:

“by the sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed”.

 

The gift of the Holy Spirit is the ultimate fulfilment of the promises of Jesus to the Church and to all believers.  These transforming gifts or charismas are Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgment, Courage, Knowledge, Piety and Reverence.

 Receiving these gifts from God bears the Fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

I am sure you can recognize or feel some of these fruits in your own life or in the lives of other Christians. We pray:

Come, O Holy Spirit. Fill the hearts of Thy Faithful…….Amen         

                                                                                                            Fr Fred

TODAY

St Bart’s: Celebrant & Preacher: Revd Canon Ann Easter

St Mary’s: Celebrant & Preacher: Revd Quintin Peppiatt

Revd Rob Marshall is guest preacher at High Street South Methodist Church

 

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,

 Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Geneva Grimes, Alice Singh & Doris Goodchild.

Preparing for Confirmation:     Somachi Junior Onuoha & Jose Carlos

Those who have died: Mary Jenkins, Norah Gardner & Jacqueline Fell.

 May they rest in peace and rise in glory

 

Readings for 29th September 2013   

Genesis 28: 10-17        Revelation 12: 7-12       John 1: 47-end

Readings for 6th October 2013

St Mary’s:     2 Timothy 1: 1-14

St Bart’s: Deuteronomy 26: 1-11   Revelations 14: 14-18   John 6: 25-35

St Mary’s Birthday’s                   HAPPY BIRTHDAY to  

Jean McCluskey & Dennis (D.J)

Confirmation TODAY

Today  Bishop David will be confirming two candidates from our parish

 - their names are printed above.

Canon Edward Carter   Our thanks to Edward for leading our parish quiet day yesterday at Haggerston. It proved to be a very enjoyable day and it was good to see folk from right across the parish present.

HARVEST FESTIVAL - next weekend.

 

Next week is our Harvest Festival 2013. We will be supporting the Renewal Programme and their work with refugees and you are asked to bring non -perishable foods as harvest gifts which will then be collected and delivered to them. Harvest is the time of the year when we thank God for his gift to us of creation - for what has been safely gathered in and for the hungry in the world: for the changing seasons and the  colour, light and glory of God's world. Please do join us.

PCC The next meeting is at St Bart's on Wednesday 23rd October at 7.45pm

allowing those who want to attend the Mass at St Mary's at 6.30pm to do so.

 

Next month the parish book club will be discussing the poetry of

 Ted Hughes on Monday 14th October.

Here is a poem called The Harvest Moon:

 

The Harvest Moon

 

The flame-red moon, the harvest moon,

Rolls along the hills, gently bouncing,

A vast balloon,

Till it takes off, and sinks upward

To lie on the bottom of the sky, like a gold doubloon. 

The harvest moon has come,

Booming softly through heaven, like a bassoon.

And the earth replies all night, like a deep drum. 

 

So people can't sleep,

So they go out where elms and oak trees keep

A kneeling vigil, in a religious hush.

The harvest moon has come! 

 

And all the moonlit cows and all the sheep

Stare up at her petrified, while she swells

Filling heaven, as if red hot, and sailing

Closer and closer like the end of the world. 

 

Till the gold fields of stiff wheat

Cry `We are ripe, reap us!' and the rivers

Sweat from the melting hills. 

Next year   From Bishop Stephen

 

In 2014 the Diocese of Chelmsford will celebrate 100 years of faithful service to Essex and East London.

2014 will be a great time to celebrate the hope which our churches have shared in the living Christ over our first 100 years and to commit to our next 100 years together.

If you are looking to find out about the Christian faith, our parishes will be holding local celebrations near you where you will be welcome.

You can also discover how the Christian faith has been lived out over the last 100 years and how you can experience this living faith for yourself.

And if you are hoping to organise a local celebration, do come to one of my training events for some ideas.   (The Newham Deanery event is on

14th November at St Paul's East Ham at 7.15pm)

Whenever I have any news I would like to send you an update.

 To be among the first to receive my updates, look on the Diocesan website.         +Stephen

PARISH AUTUMN FAIR  

  is cancelled this year. Watch this space

Newham Free Training courses for Christians

 

Leaflets are available for the next ‘On the Way’ course, from which we have had several graduates and the more recent ‘Time to Share’ course. 

Both courses rely heavily on sharing experiences together rather than reading and writing and start in the New year.

 

On the Way:               Is focused on developing your faith and becoming a more confident Christian.  It also encourages people to discover their talents.

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

 

Time to Share:        This is a  course for building confidence in those who wish to share their faith in an appropriate way with others. It includes a placement and projects and would be ideal for those interested in any form of outreach.

St Bart's DCC   Discussions continue about the future of Bart's Centre and an important meeting of the Bart's DCC will now take place on Wednesday 16th October at Bart's at 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.

Bart's Café  We continue to give thanks for the progress which Sue has made

and it was great to see her back this week for a few hours!

We are also grateful to Rebecca for holding the fort for this period.

We are seeking additional professional help to ensure that the café

 is able to cover its basic costs until Sue returns full time before Christmas.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOUR CHURCH CAFE.

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.

Evening Prayer is currently said at Bart’s at 5pm Monday-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

22nd September 2013 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday22nd September2013

                      

Stewardship begins on the inside

 

This Sunday we are thinking about stewardship across our parish.The challenge is both to raise our level of giving as well as revisiting what we can offer our church in terms of time and talents.

 

I know that many of you are already giving more than sacrificially. And these are tough times for many people and families in our parish. But even by considering Gift Aiding what you are giving so that we receive extra from the Government at no further expense to you, or moving from ad hoc giving to weekly giving through our envelope scheme or a standing order - which helps remind you not to forget the church - will also help us as a parish to renew our ministry for mission in the context of East Ham.

 

What we also have is a shortage of people to do key tasks in both our parish and churches. We have been looking for a treasurer for a long time. We need more committed volunteers at Bart's Centre. Then there's a need for people to assist us in our youth and children's work and so on and so on. Is there anything else that you might be able to take on which will further the Kingdom of Heaven here in East Ham?

 

Each of us can fill in a stewardship form today but I urge you not just to do it without first a moment of deep prayer and reflection.

Because true stewardship is not always what we give practically or do outwardly. It is about that deep inner sense that God so loved the world, that he gave us everything, even his only son, so that through him, we are saved from sinfulness.

 

With that knowledge deep within us, filling in our stewardship form is a very different kind of challenge.

 

Please pray. Please give. Please respond to that inner voice of God calling.

This is an important weekend for our parish.

 

                                                                   Rob

 

TODAY

St Bart’s: Celebrant & Preacher: Revd Rob Marshall

St Mary’s: Celebrant: Canon Ann Easter & Preacher: Revd Quintin Peppiatt

 

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, Win Jones, Maude Smith,

 Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Geneva Grimes, Alice Singh & Doris Goodchild.

Preparing for Confirmation:     Somachi Junior Onuoha & Jose Carlos

Those who have died: Mary Jenkins & Norah Gardner.

 May they rest in peace and rise in glory

Readings for 22nd September 2013

St Mary’s:  Proverbs 3: 13-18            2 Corinthians 4: 1-6

St Bart’s:      Amos 8: 4-7        1 Timothy 2: 1-7       Luke 16: 1-13  

Readings for 29th September 2013   

Genesis 28: 10-17        Revelation 12: 7-12       John 1: 47-end

St Mary’s Birthday’s                   HAPPY BIRTHDAY to  

Ben Gaby & Jack Bence

Congratulations to Alan & Vera who had a service at St Mary’s yesterday

 to celebrate 50 years of marriage.

* * * * * * * * * * * *

We also congratulate Edward & Renuka who will be having a blessing of their marriage at the end of the service today at St Mary’s.

 

Edward & Renuka’s niece Sara has graciously agreed to sing in Latin

 during the communion this morning in commemoration of her

Aunt & Uncle’s 25th Wedding Anniversary.

Thank you to everybody who helped with the Open House

at St Mary’s yesterday. It was particularly good to have some

 live music during the day.

Confirmation Next Week

Next week Bishop David will be confirming two candidates from our parish

 - their names are printed above. If you wish to come along and support them the service begins at St Paul's East Ham at 10.30am.

Our new Teenage Plus group is asked to join us there for the service

and we will sit together. Services at St Mary's and St Bart's continue as normal.

 

BIBLE STUDY.

Good news! The alternative Bible Study group.The focus is on

 St Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians will meet  on Tuesday 24th September at the home of Mary Richards [details available from the Parish Office] led by the Revd Rob Marshall.

PARISH AUTUMN FAIR

Will take place at St Bart’s on Saturday 26th October – volunteers Needed.

Stubbers Reunion

Takes place this afternoon between 2.30pm and 4.30pm at Bart's. John Marshall and Fr Rob will welcome children and their parents. All are welcome of course.

Book Club

The Parish Book Club met last week and looked at two of the short stories of Graham Greene. The next meeting is on Monday 14th October when we will be looking at the poetry of Tom Gunn and Ted Hughes.

Me and My Music - postponed

The planned Me and My Music for this week has been postponed for logistical reasons and a new date will be available soon.

St Matthew's Study Day

Thanks to all those from both our churches as well as

St George's who attended our study day on Thursday.

 It was an illuminating day when we took a deeper look at the teaching and message of Matthew the Apostle.

The next Study Day will be before Lent in early 2014.

Clergy Team

Once a year the clergy team hold a full day business meeting looking at the work across the parish and this year it takes place on Wednesday. Please pray for our clergy and for renewed vision for our ministry together. Next month they will meet for a day to reflect on Transforming Presence in the parish context.

Manor Farm 

The monthly celebration of the Eucharist at Manor Farm takes place on Tuesday (24th) at 2pm. Please pray for staff and residents.

Harvest Festival

Please note that both St Mary Magdalene and St Bart's will observe the theme of Harvest on Sunday 6th October at their 10am services. Details of the services will be available next week.

 

PCC A reminder to all PCC members that the next meeting is at St Bart's on Wednesday 23rd October at 7.45pm allowing those who want to attend the Mass at St Mary's at 6.30pm to do so.

St Bart's DCC   Discussions continue about the future of Bart's Centre and an important meeting of the Bart's DCC will now take place on Wednesday 16th October at Bart's at 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.

Bart's Café  We continue to give thanks for the progress which Sue has made

and it was great to see her back this week for a few hours!

We are also grateful to Rebecca for holding the fort for this period.

At the end of this week the menus in the cafe will be adapted slightly

 and we are seeking additional professional help to ensure that the café

 is able to cover its basic costs until Sue returns full time before Christmas.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOUR CHURCH CAFE.

QUIET DAY at HAGGERSTON

Next Saturday 28th September 2013

Led by Canon Edward Carter entitled ‘A rule of life for Newham’

Meet at St Mary’s Church Hall 9.30am.

No charge but a small donation welcome on the day.

Please bring a packed lunch.

Last chance to sign up.  Sheets at the back of both Churches.

If anyone can bring their car to help transport people

 it would be very welcome.

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. Evening Prayer is currently said at Bart’s at 5pm Monday-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

EAST HAM CHURCH JOINS IN OPEN LONDON 2013

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St Mary Magdalene, East Ham, is one of many buildings across London opening its doors this weekend as part of Open House London 2013 www.openlondon.org.uk.

The historic Church will be open on Saturday (20th) between 10am-4pm offering a warm welcome and guided tours as well as refreshments.