21st 28th Dec 4th Jan Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday’s 21st & 28th December 2014

Sunday 4th January 2015

 

Bishop Stephen Writes

Do not be afraid

 

         Knife crime, gun crime, immigration, unemployment, genocide, the war on terror, nuclear holocaust, Aids, bird flu, anti-biotic resistant super bugs and now Ebola, it feels as if the world is gripped by one potentially life threatening or ‘civilisation as we know it’ threatening  cataclysm after another. And we are understandably filled with fear.

         Into this maelstrom of panic and dread is the Christmas season a welcome escape, or an opportunity to get some perspective? Well, there are probably many people who will indeed eat and drink and forget the troubles of the world at Christmas, and good luck to them. But for those of us who look to Bethlehem, not Bluewater, for our centre of gravity at this time of year we encounter a very different story and a very different set of challenges.

         So may the words of the angel Gabriel to Mary ring out loud and clear across the globe, and if only they were strung up in brightly flashing neon lights in every High Street: ‘Do not be afraid’. Yes, there are the most terrible horrors engulfing our world, not least the Ebola outbreak and its possible consequence for all of us, and the already devastating toll it has taken on some of the world’s poorest communities. But Mary is told not to be frightened because she is to be the one through whom God’s purposes of love and justice will be made known.          

         This can also be true for us, who follow Jesus. We can be bearers of his love and his justice, ordering the world differently.

 

 

 

         Jesus is born to show us what humanity is supposed to look like and to restore lost community with God. In doing this he reminds us that we are one humanity inhabiting one world, that we are all children of God and that we belong to each other. This should change the way we approach the horrors and challenges of the world.  There are some strident, cynical and scaremongering voices around. We should be suspicious of them. This is not the time to pull up the drawbridge. On the contrary it is the time to put extra resources into helping those in need, especially the poor, for our well-being is tied up with theirs. 

         Finally, Jesus was born into a persecuted people living in an occupied land. In an effort to rid the world of the threat he posed, a despotic puppet of a leader wiped out a whole generation of little boys, and Jesus and his family fled into exile. If we make this story ours, then we too must change the way we treat strangers, the way we confront tyrants and, yes, have an immigration policy that is as much concerned with hospitality for those in need as it is for the feathers in our own nest. The Son of Man had no place to rest his head. He was born in what was the equivalent of a bus shelter at the back of a pub. We cannot claim to follow him and ignore others who share his plight. We cannot confront the brutal terrors going on in Iraq, Syria and other places in the world, and at the same time close our doors to refugees, asylum seekers and displaced and persecuted minority groups.

         So free yourself from fear this Christmas. Follow the one who alone offers hope in the midst of the very real challenges we face. Discover that his way of peace - upside down thought it seems to so much of the received wisdom of the world - is actually the way of justice, prosperity and well-being for everyone. It is available, gift wrapped, with lashings of love, free of charge and ready to go at a local church near you. Have an interesting Christmas.

 

+Stephen Chelmsford

 

 

 

 

TODAY’S SERVICES

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

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

10.00am Mass at St Edmund’s Chigor is Celebrant & Preacher

 

Today’s readings:   2 Samuel 7: 1-11,16     Romans 16: 25-27

 

Readings for Christmas Eve/Christmas Day :               

                                                 Isaiah 9: 2-7     Titus 2: 11-14

 

SERVICES 28TH DECEMBER

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

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

10.00am Mass at St Edmund’s  Christopher Owens is Celebrant & Preacher

 

Readings for 28th December:

                           Jeremiah 31: 15-17     1 Corinthians 1: 26-29  

 

SERVICES 4th JANUARY  2015

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 Preacher

10.00am Mass at St Edmund’s Christopher Owens is Celebrant & Preacher

 

Readings for 4th January 2015:  Isaiah 60: 1-6    Ephesians 1: 3-14

 

 

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

Prayer for the People of Pakistan

Almighty God

We pray for all those caught up in the terrible violence of the past week;

not least the innocent children who lost their lives. We pray for those who survived; for those who witnessed these terrible sufferings; for the souls of those who died and for their loved ones. And as we prepare to welcome again the Prince of Peace we pray that you may truly deliver us from evil and that the kingdom of your dear son my rule the hearts of people everywhere.  Through Christ Our Lord     AMEN

Community Groups: East Ham AA Group; Narcotics Anonymous; Newham Community Counselling; Patiko Baker’s Fort Project; Royal British Legion – East Ham Branch. Older People: Golden Oldies; Genesis Housing Association – residents and staff; Lunch Club; Friday Games; Worshipping Communities: who share our buildings; Lay Ministers: Shirley & John; Staff; Brenda, Chrissie, Bill, May, June, Win, Mary, Sue, Jackie  & Debbie; Churchwardens: Andrew, Mary, Laurine, John, Hazel, Ajith & Coraline.

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.

 

Gladys still remains in Tayberry Ward in Newham General while they sort a few issues out. She would always love to have visitors.

 

Those who have died:  Lennie Jean-Baptiste, Mike Long, Joe Brown, Nicholas Widgery & Sarah Thorogood.

May they rest in peace and rise in glory

 

St Mary’s Birthday’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

Rolandas Vosylius, Perry Namatovu, Jean Mansfield, Jasmine Namatovu,

Bentley Mason, Alex McKitty  and Naomi Griffith.

TODAY at St Bart’s the children will be performing the Nativity during the 10am service.

 St Mary’s Sunday School will also be performing their Nativity during the 10am service.

 

St Mary’s will be repeated on Christmas Eve

 at the 5pm Children’s Carol service.

 

Quintin would like to thank all who helped to put the Nativity together.

After Church at St Mary’s today, during coffee, if anyone,

especially children, would like to help to prepare the Christingles

 that would be great.

A BIG THANK YOU

to all who came to help decorate all our Churches.

They look beautiful.

Carol Singing at Manor Farm

 Christmas Eve at 3pm

 

Last year there was a good turn out from members of the congregation to sing carols for the residents of Manor Farm. Can we make a big effort again this year please as this is a wonderful act which can really make your Christmas!

Meet at reception at 2.55pm and be in good voice.

 

 

St Edmunds Christmas Party

 Saturday 3rd January 7.00pm.

Lots of fun and music. Open to all.

Tickets £5 available from all Churches or the Parish Office.

Bethany Group – Caring and Sharing

Our next Bethany Group will meet on Monday January 5th  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.

PCC meeting. 7th January 2015 at St.Mary’s at 7.30pm.

(after 6.30pm.mass). Agenda/Minutes have been emailed.

Parish Book Club January 14th 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

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 the Parish Office.

CHRISTMAS CAROL COUNTDOWN

 

Thanks to Sue and the team for ‘Top Ten Carols’ event last Monday in Bart’s Café. Voting papers were gathered from members of Methodist Churches and our 3 Churches.

 

     The top ten carols are:-

                      1: Silent Night

                      2: In the Bleak Midwinter

                      3: O Little Town of Bethlehem

                      4: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

                      5: O Come all ye Faithful

                      6: Hark the Herald Angels

                      7: Joy to the World

                      8: Away in a Manger

                      9: Christians Awake

                    10: The First Nowell

At the back of St Mary’s is the faculty petition for the

 re-building of the Porch. If anyone wants to see the plans please have a word with Quintin. The petition will be displayed for 28 days

Giving Envelopes If you have had an envelope in the past, please collect your box for 2015.  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. You can also ask for details about giving by standing order through your bank.

The Clergy would like to thank everyone for all the

card & gifts they have received and would like to wish everyone

 in the Parish a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

 

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New Year          A bit of resolution!

 

         We make them but it's often hard to keep them. We think of all those things which we would like to change or improve and we resolve to do our best at New Year.

 

         But it's rarely easy and often difficult. There's so many things.....health and exercise, diet, work/life balance......a whole host of things.

         But there is also our spiritual lives. And making New Year resolutions about our faith is perhaps the most difficult kind of promise of all!

         But there are a few areas we might focus in on:

Our bible reading: in the New Year, how can we make a concerted effort to read the bible more?

 

         Belonging: is there a church group or activity which we might well get involved in but we've always avoided taking the plunge?

         Prayer life: that time each day when we are still or reflect, or meditate. When is it? Can we use it more effectively?

         Stewardship: however it may seem at times, God has given us so much that we might spend a little time reflecting on how we can give me just a little back? Even more?

 

         When the New Year comes we might resolve to do lots of things. But whatever we try to do better and be better in 2015, let's keep our Christian discipleship close to the top of the list.

 

Rob

 

The Parish Office will be closed on Christmas Eve

 and re-open on Monday 5th January  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

 

PARISH OF EAST HAM

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

 

 

TODAY Sunday 21st December  

  4.00pm  East Ham Team 9 Lessons and Carols at St Bart's

 

 

Wednesday 24th  CHRISTMAS EVE
  5.00pm Children’s Carol Service at St Mary's
11.30pm Midnight Mass at St Mary's

11.30pm Midnight Mass at St Edmunds

 

 

Thursday 25th  CHRISTMAS DAY
10.00am Christmas Day Mass

                              at St Bart's, St Mary's & St Edmunds

 

 

Friday 26th ST STEPHEN'S DAY

11.00am Mass at St Edmund’s


Sunday 28th December

             THE FEAST OF ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST

  8.00am Mass at St Mary's
10.00am Mass at St Bart's, St Mary's & St Edmunds

 

 

 

 

 

 



14th December 2014 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 14th December 2014

3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT

 

Betrothed at Last

 

Well we’ve had the Big Engagement party between the East Ham Team and St Edmunds and we now look forward to the Wedding in the New Year!

As with any new relationship, after the commitment to work together there is still a road to travel.

 In Management Speak: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing.

 

We are just Forming.  Building up trust. Everyone polite and positive but some anxiety as there is vagueness about the tasks and how to accomplish them.

 

Next will come the inevitable Storming phase. People adapting to the different working styles of others and boundaries begin to be pushed. Roles and Responsibilities begin to be negotiated which can be unrealistic and demanding or excluding. Joint Visions need to be agreed.  Hopefully, for the sake of the Kingdom and with prayer we can reach the next stage without too much trouble.

 

Norming: Differences addressed and resolved.  Strengths recognised and appreciated.  Weaknesses accepted and compensated for. Enough trust to be able to ask for help and constructive feedback. More commitment to the Vision.  Clear structures and processes developed which then leads at last to……

 

Performing. Everyone able to work easily together without friction on the planned Mission and Ministry. 

 

May God Bless us as we commit to this new venture for His sake.

 

                                                                                         Shirley

TODAY IS the 3rd  Sunday of ADVENT Our theme is THE COMING OF GOD:

TODAY’S SERVICES

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

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

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

Today’s readings:   Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11    1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24  

The week ahead

Wednesday 10.00am Mass St Edmunds and 6.30pm Mass St Mary’s

Thursday 12.30pm Mass St Bart’s

Rob is doing  this week’s Advent reflections. Do come along.

Readings for 21st  December   2 Samuel 7: 1-11,16    Romans 16: 25-27

ADVENT PRAYERS

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

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:  Lennie Jean-Baptiste, Mike Long, Joe Brown, Nicholas Widgery & Sarah Thorogood.    May they rest in peace and rise in glory.

Please pray for Laurine Ancil Julian and Ella. It will be the first anniversary of the death of our son ADRIAN. May he rest in peace and rise in Glory. Laurine

St Mary’s Birthday’s                    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

Adebola Daramola, Lucie Smith & Simone Wetherell

Gladys is still in Tayberry Ward in Newham General. If anyone would like to visit her she would be delighted.

INTERCESSIONS AT ST BART'S A new list of intercessions for the period between now and the end of March is on the church noticeboard. If you would like to lead the intercessions please sign up today on a Sunday for which you are available. If it's something you have not done before please talk with the wardens or any member of the clergy. You are welcome to share in this ministry of prayer.

There are also plenty of gaps in other forms of ministry, greeting, coffee bar, helping with Sunday club etc. So why not give something a try?

At the back of St Mary’s is the faculty petition for the re-building of the Porch.

 If anyone wants to see the plans please have a word with Quintin.

 The petition will be displayed for 28 days

Next Sunday at St Bart’s the children will be performing the Nativity during the 10am service and St Mary’s Sunday School will also be performing theirs at 10am. St Mary’s will be repeated on Christmas Eve at the 5pm Children’s Carol service.

Thursday 18th December 1.00pm Christmas Lunch in Bart’s Café

ONLY A FEW PLACES LEFT.

 BOOKINGS TAKEN NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY.

via Sue or the Parish Office  020 8470 0011

 

£8.50 for a 3 course lunch with all the trimmings.

The Café will be closed from Monday 22nd December

 until Monday 5th January.

 

Sue & the team wish you all a Happy Christmas and thank you for your support during 2014. Looking forward to seeing you all in 2015.

Giving Envelopes If you have had an envelope in the past, please collect your box for 2015.  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. You can also ask for details about giving by  standing order through your bank.

£245 was raised for Richard House as a result

of St Edmunds carol singing last week.

St.Mary's Christmas Market raised £800!   Quintin would like to say

 A BIG THANK YOU to June for all the work she does co-ordinating the Christmas Market. This was a record year –  a particular thank you to all who helped out.

PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS

St Mary’s will be decorating the Church on Saturday 20th December at 10.00am. Mince pies and mulled wine will be offered to those who come along to help out. We will be preparing the Christingles after the 10am service on Sunday 21st December with the children helping.

St Bart's will be preparing the Church for Christmas and giving it an extra polish on Saturday 20th December between 10am and 12noon. All are welcome. Bring a cloth and some polish if you can.

Coffee and mince pies on offer!

St Edmund's are collecting to cover the cost of flowers to decorate the church for Christmas. All donations gratefully received.

It was good to see children from Vicarage Primary

visiting St Mary’s last week.

Carol Singing at Manor Farm - Christmas Eve at 3pm

Last year there was a good turn out from members of the congregation to sing carols for the residents of Manor Farm. Can we make a big effort again this year please as this is a wonderful act which can really make your Christmas! Meet at reception at 2.55pm and be in good voice.

St Edmunds Christmas Party Saturday 3rd January 7.00pm.

Lots of fun and music. Open to all. Tickets £5 available from all Churches or the Parish Office.

PARISH OF EAST HAM

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

 

TODAY 3.30pm at St Bart’s Kindling Joy.

                            Christmas Carol Service by Church of South India.

Celebrate the seasonal spirit and listen to traditional

 and contemporary carols.

Thursday 18th December

  7.00-9.00pm. Sea Cadets Carol Service at St Mary’s

 

Friday 19th December

  7.00-9.00pm. Air Cadets Carol Service at St Bart’s

 

Sunday 21st December  

  4.00pm  East Ham Team 9 Lessons and Carols at St Bart's

Wednesday 24th  CHRISTMAS EVE
  5.00pm Children’s Carol Service at St Mary's
11.30pm Midnight Mass at St Mary's

11.30pm Midnight Mass at St Edmunds

 

Thursday 25th  CHRISTMAS DAY
10.00am Christmas Day Mass at St Bart's, St Mary's & St Edmunds

 

Friday 26th ST STEPHEN'S DAY

11.00am Mass at St Edmund’s

Sunday 28th December THE FEAST OF ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST

  8.00am Mass at St Mary's
10.00am Mass at St Bart's, St Mary's & St Edmunds

 

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    

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Registered Charity No: 1127847

 

7th December 2014 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 7th December 2014

2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT

 

A TRAGIC DEATH

 

         I never knew him. I watched him play cricket for my beloved Middlesex and also for Australia against England.

So in some way I felt I had a connection with Philip Hughes,

the Australian Batsmen who died recently. His death affected me.         

 

        He had a wonderful yet unorthodox style as a batsman.

A batsman who made you sit up and take notice. He died after receiving a bouncer from a fellow Australian fast bowler. Misjudging the delivery he got caught with the ball hitting between his head and his neck. It was as it turned out to be a fatal blow. Cricket on the whole has had mercifully few tragic events like this, even playing the game with a very hard ball that can be flying around at near 100 mph. 

 

         The death of any person in the public eye affects us even though we may never have met them. I remember the day of Princess Diana’s funeral in East Ham. The roads were empty, flowers collected around the church. Everyone was is mourning for someone that we all thought we knew through her public image.

 

         Sportspeople, Royalty or even Politicians those who fill the column inches of our newspapers will always be mourned. Yet it is also worth remembering as we remember their lives. Prayers should also be said for the unknown casualties of wars and disease whose deaths often go unreported and can be easily forgotten.

                                                            Quintin

TODAY IS the 2nd Sunday of ADVENT

Our theme across the team this year is THE COMING OF GOD:

 

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 Rob is Celebrant and  Preacher

Today’s readings:   Isaiah 40: 1-11

The week ahead

Tuesday 5.30-7.00pm Carol singing at Forest Gate Station

                                                      in support of Richard House Children’s Hospice

Wednesday 10.00am Mass St Edmunds and 6.30pm Mass St Mary’s

Wednesday 5.30-7.00pm Carol Singing at Manor Park Station

                                                     in support of Richard House Children’s Hospice 

Thursday 12.30pm Mass St Bart’s

The Advent course got off to a good start with Quintin this week & Ann takes over for this week’s reflections. Do come along.

 

Readings for 14th December   Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11    1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24  

 

ADVENT PRAYERS

Today we light our second advent candle and offer prayers and intercessions for the world the church and our local community

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, Rangers; 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:  Lennie Jean-Baptiste, Mike Long & Joe Brown.

May they rest in peace and rise in glory.

Please pray for my Mum, Kamalan Francis who had a heart attack last Sunday.

She was taken to the London Chest Hospital where she remains. Renuka.

St Mary’s Birthday’s      HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Alison McLucas & Crystal Balogun

Gladys is still recovering in hospital.

 If anyone would like to visit her she is in Tayberry Ward in Newham General.

A Message from Habib Khoury of the Rosary Sisters Christian Children.

Many thanks for your donation of £80 which is helping the children of Gaza

 

St.Mary's Christmas Market raised £800!   A BIG THANK YOU to all the cooks, helpers, and to all who gave raffle prizes and cash donations. Thanks     June

Quintin would like to say A BIG THANK YOU to June for all the work she does co-ordinating the Christmas Market. This was a record year –  a particular thank you to all who helped out.

The Parish Bok Club is not meeting tomorrow (8th ), instead we are supporting the Christmas Carol Countdown.

The next meeting will be 12th January at 2.00pm

At the back of St Mary’s is the faculty petition for the re-building

of the Porch. If anyone wants to see the plans please have a word with Quintin. The petition will be displayed for 28 days

Monday 15th December     1.00pm Bart’s café

CHRISTMAS CAROL COUNTDOWN CHRISTMAS PARTY

     Book now  £6 per head

Last chance to get your vote in. Currently the number 1 is Silent Night.

Should this not be your favourite vote now.

Whether you can come or not....please do vote!

EVERYONE WELCOME

 

Thursday 18th December

1.00pm Christmas Lunch in Bart’s Café

£8.50 for a 3 course lunch with all the trimmings.

Book early to avoid disappointment

via Sue or the Parish Office  020 8470 0011

PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS at ST MARY’S

We will be decorating St Mary’s on Saturday 20th December at 10.00am. Mince pies and mulled wine will be offered to those who come along to help out.

We will be preparing the Christingles  after the 10am service on Sunday 21st December with the children helping.

Next Thursday Vicarage Primary School will be visiting St Mary’s. 2 classes in the morning and 2 classes in the afternoon.

Wish Quintin luck!

Kindling Joy. Christmas Carol Service by Church of South India, London. 14th December 3.30pm at St Bart’s. Celebrate the seasonal spirit and listen to traditional and contemporary carols.

St Edmunds Christmas Party Saturday 3rd January 7.00pm.

Lots of fun and music. Open to all.

PARISH OF EAST HAM

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

 

Sunday 14th December   

  3.30pm  Church of South India Christmas Carol Service at St Bart's.

 

Thursday 18th December

  7.00-9.00pm. Sea Cadets Carol Service at St Mary’s

 

Friday 19th December

  7.00-9.00pm. Air Cadets Carol Service at St Bart’s

 

Sunday 21st December  

  4.00pm  East Ham Team 9 Lessons and Carols at St Bart's

Wednesday 24th  CHRISTMAS EVE
  5.00pm Children’s Carol Service at St Mary's
11.30pm Midnight Mass at St Mary's

11.30pm Midnight Mass at St Edmunds

 

Thursday 25th  CHRISTMAS DAY
10.00am Christmas Day Mass at St Bart's, St Mary's & St Edmunds

 

Friday 26th ST STEPHEN'S DAY

11.00am Mass at St Edmund’s

Sunday 28th December THE FEAST OF ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST

  8.00am Mass at St Mary's
10.00am Mass at St Bart's, St Mary's & St Edmunds



 

 

 

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

 

30th November 2014 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 30th November 2014

ADVENT SUNDAY

 

Ready, Steady, Go!

 

         Today is the first Sunday in Advent and tomorrow is Cyber Monday – the day when the world spends most money

on internet shopping!

         Both are part of getting ready for Christmas and both are important to us in our preparation for Christ’s coming. Of course we want to give cards and presents to our loved ones;

 we do so want to echo God’s generosity and show family and friends that we care for them and think about them, even if we’re far apart.

         But, at the same time, we know that we need to have

a bit of a tidy round of the spiritual stable of our souls.

We go to church and hear the Good News – but then soon forget the profound thoughts we shared; we say sorry for our sins and receive God’s forgiveness – but still cherish a little guilty thought that we think God doesn’t know about; we celebrate being part of Christ’s body – but then neglect our own bodies….and so on.

         So, what to do? There will be short times of reflection

at each of the Parish Masses during Advent – Wednesdays at

St Edmund’s at 10am and at St Mary Magdalene’s at 6.30pm, and Thursdays at St Bartholomew’s at 12.30, so why not join us for one of those? And there are some lovely concerts happening locally, some with free entry. Why not sit quietly and let the music soothe your soul?

         Advent’s the time when God says –

‘Coming, ready or not!’

 

Best get ready.                                              Ann

TODAY IS ADVENT SUNDAY

Our theme across the team this year is THE COMING OF GOD:

TODAY’S SERVICES

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

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

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

Today’s readings:   Isaiah 64: 1-9          1 Corinthians 1: 3-9

Readings for 7th December   Isaiah 40: 1-11  

E6 churches Advent Procession: TODAY  4.15pm. assemble outside the Denmark Arms pub and process to East Ham Baptist Church on Plashet Grove for a brief act of worship. Bring torches/lanterns.

NB there is no advent carol service at St Bart’s this evening as we are supporting the walk of witness

The week ahead

Wednesday 10.00am Mass St Edmunds and 6.30pm Mass St Mary’s

Thursday 12.30pm Mass St Bart’s

Quintin is offering the first advent reflections at all three masses based on Maria Boulding’s book  The Coming of God

 

ADVENT PRAYERS

Today we light our first advent candle and offer prayers and intercessions for the world the church and our local community

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

Worshipping Communities who share our buildings: Lay Ministers; John & Shirley:

Staff: Brenda, Chrissie, Bill, May, June, Win, Mary, Sue, Jackie, Debbie & Festus

Churchwardens: Andrew, Mary, Laurine, John, Hazel & Ajith

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

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

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

Those who have died:  Yvonne Gammon , Lennie Jean-Baptiste & Mike Long.

May they rest in peace and rise in glory

 Please pray for the Long family at this difficult time.

The funeral of Lennie Jean-Baptiste went well on Thursday and it was particularly good to see Dot & Viv back together after Dot’s time in hospital.    Quintin

St Mary’s Birthday’s      HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Laurine Griffith & Inga Vosyliene

Gladys is still in hospital after her hip replacement operation. If anyone would like to visit her she is in Tayberry Ward in Newham General.

A BIG THANK YOU to all who helped out and came to

St Mary’s Christmas Market yesterday.

Many thanks to Colin & Jean for hosting our first Quiz Night on Thursday putting Sue at ease. The evening was again a great success. Our next event is the Christmas Carol Countdown on 15th  December.

 Thanks to everyone for coming along.

At the back of St Mary’s is the faculty petition for the re-building

of the Porch. If anyone wants to see the plans please have a word with Quintin. The petition will be displayed for 28 days

The (blue) draft Pastoral Measure is on display

 at the back of all Churches

St Edmunds PCC  meets on Wednesday 3rd December at 8.00pm

MARION  Rob & Fred  amongst others travelled to Chelmsford Cathedral

 to witness Marion’s ordination Diaconate and many blessings were bestowed on all the candidates in our Diocese in what was a wonderful celebration of ministry across the Diocese.

St Mary’s Rota. There are signup sheets at the back of church

for the new rota.  If you are interested please put you name down.

A Message from Habib Khoury of the Rosary Sisters Christian Children.

Many thanks for your donation of £80 which is helping the children of Gaza.

Quintin made his first visit to St Stephens School,

 Whitfield Road, E6 which is in the new expanded Parish.

He took a couple of assemblies and helped with some lessons.

Bethany Group – Caring and Sharing

Our next Bethany Group will meet on Monday December 1st.  We gather for refreshments at 1.45pm in the Luke Room  then start with a quiet reflection before we have an opportunity to share in confidence whatever is troubling us.  We end with a short time of optional prayer in the Chapel.  If you would like a prayer said for you at this time but cannot be there then please let me know. 

 If you know anyone who would benefit from this (Christian or not) please send them along.    Please bear in mind We are NOT Counsellors.

 Just a group to listen, care and share with each other.  We have information on other professional services for those who need it. Please feel free to drop in at any time or become a regular supporter of our group.   Shirley Biro

J.S. BACH CHRISTMAS ORATORIO BWV248

All Saints Chorus and Orchestra 20th Anniversary Concert

Saturday 6th December 2014 6.30pm

West Ham Parish Church (All Saints), Church St, E15 3HU

Tickets £15 with £10 concessions available on the door.

Website: allsaintschorus.org    

PARISH OF EAST HAM

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

 

Sunday 14th December   

  3.30pm  Church of South India Christmas Carol Service at St Bart's.

 

Thursday 18th December

  7.00-9.00pm. Sea Cadets Carol Service at St Mary’s

 

Friday 19th December

  7.00-9.00pm. Air Cadets Carol Service at St Bart’s

 

Sunday 21st December  

  4.00pm  East Ham Team 9 Lessons and Carols at St Bart's

Wednesday 24th  CHRISTMAS EVE
  5.00pm Children’s Carol Service at St Mary's
11.30pm Midnight Mass at St Mary's

11.30pm Midnight Mass at St Edmunds

 

Thursday 25th  CHRISTMAS DAY
10.00am Christmas Day Mass at St Bart's, St Mary's & St Edmunds

 

Friday 26th ST STEPHEN'S DAY

11.00am Mass at St Edmund’s

Sunday 28th December THE FEAST OF ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST

  8.00am Mass at St Mary's
10.00am Mass at St Bart's, St Mary's & St Edmunds



 

 

 

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23rd November 2014 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene         St Bartholomew †      

St Alban    St Edmund                                                                               

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 23rd November 2014

Christ the King

 

FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING

The Feast of Christ the King , is formally entitled “The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe” . It is a relatively recent feast in the Christian Liturgical Calendar  instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925. In the midst of, and in response to the growing nationalism and secularism throughout the world, the feast was to accentuate and articulate the poignant message of the Christian position:

 

Christ conquers! Christ rules! Christ reigns!

(Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat!)

 

In the teleological conception of time in God’s History, where divine timelessness enables the unity of the Beginning and the End, The Alpha and the Omega, the feast celebrates already, the accomplishment of the salvific work of Christ, which brings all nations and all creation saved, and back in union with God the Creator.

And at the end of time (the eschaton),

 

"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels of heaven, he will sit upon his royal throne, and all the nations

 will be assembled before him." (Mt 25)

 

Jesus the anointed Christ, is Lord and King because he is victorious in the battle over sin and death. As heirs in faith we appropriate this victory which Jesus won for all of us on His self-emptying sacrifice of the Calvary Cross each time we pray:

"Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."

 

Indeed, Our God reigns!

May Christ the Universal King continue to reign in our hearts, in our lives, in our families, over  our city of London, over our Nation and all nations, in all religions and cultures, over the whole world and in all creation. Amen.                                                      Fr Fred

TODAY:

At St Edmunds:  Quintin is Celebrant & Preacher.

At St Bart’s: Ann is Celebrant & Preacher.

At St Mary’s Fred is Celebrant & Marion is Preacher.

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

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

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

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

Those who have died:  Yvonne Gammon &  Lennie.

May they rest in peace and rise in glory

We particularly pray for Emma, Gary & Viv and all who are mourning

 Lennie’s loss.

Please also pray for Ella Armstrong.

   Readings for 23rd November 2014

Ezekial 34: 11-16, 20-24          Ephesians 1: 15-end

Readings for 30th  November 2014 

Isaiah 64: 1-9          1 Corinthians 1: 3-9

St Mary’s Birthday’s      HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jacqueline Weeks & Michael Obasanya

Christ the King Today, the final Sunday before Advent

we celebrate the kingship of Christ our Saviour.

St.Edmunds  Thank you to everyone who made last Sunday such a special occasion . It was certainly a memorable way to welcome St Edmunds into the team as far as services are concerned. We look forward to a long and flourishing relationship into the future and pray for God's blessing.

A very big THANK YOU to everyone who has prayed for Gladys, sent cards, gifts and visited. You truly are a family – I’ll include Newham General as well for their skill and care in giving a 94½  yr old lady a hip replacement.

If anyone would like to visit Gladys she is in Tayberry Ward.   Love May

St Mary’s Rota. There are signup sheets at the back of church

 for the new rota.  If you are interested please put you name down.

Marion All of our prayers as Marion proceeds to her ordination as deacon next weekend which takes place in Chelmsford Cathedral  on Saturday at 10.00am.

The (blue) draft Pastoral Measure is on display at the back of all Churches

St Edmunds PCC  meets on Wednesday 3rd December at 8.00pm

St Mary's DCC meets on Wednesday 26th November 7.30pm

 in the Parish Room. Agendas & Minutes read to pick up today.

We are wanting to know what the three favourite Christmas Carols

are in East Ham and would like you to vote.

Simply write the names of your favourite three carols on the forms available

 in Church and leave your paper in the basket at the back of church.

 Forms also available from Sue in the café.

 

The top ten will be sung at the

 CHRISTMAS CAROL COUNTDOWN CHRISTMAS PARTY

at Bart’s café on Monday 15th December at 1.00pm

Tickets priced £6 are available from Sue in the café.  

But whether you can come or not....please do vote!

EVERYONE WELCOME

Hedgerow Court The residents of Hedgerow Court will share in the Eucharist on Wednesday 26th November at 10.30 am.  

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

in the Luke Room. The price for the day is £7 and booking starts in December.

QUIZ NIGHT

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK

Thursday 27th November 7.30pm

Bart’s Café

Quiz Master  Colin Mansfield

 

£7 including a 2 course meal.

Come as a team or come on your own.

EVERYONE WELCOME

Book via Sue in the Café or the Parish Office

Apologies for an error in the Advent/Christmas leaflet handed out last week.

 There will NOT be a 8am service at St Mary’s on Christmas Day.

Second year students from the University of Greenwich will be filming in

 St Mary’s Churchyard next Friday ( 28th ).

Quintin – representing the fish shop in Vicarage Lane – sadly got battered on Monday night by bureaucracy.

IONA  2015 Next year’s Iona pilgrimage is 4th-8th May spending one night in Glasgow and three on Iona itself. You can  book now! 01992 579697

A JOINT PIANO & ORGAN RECITAL at St. Barnabas, Browning Road, Manor Park, London E12 6PB  Monday 24th November at 8pm in aid of Iraqi Christians In Need

free admission-retiring collection. Every penny raised from all recitals

are sent to Erbil, northern Iraq,

J.S. BACH CHRISTMAS ORATORIO BWV248

All Saints Chorus and Orchestra 20th Anniversary Concert

Saturday 6th December 2014 6.30pm

West Ham Parish Church (All Saints), Church St, E15 3HU

Tickets £15 with £10 concessions available on the door.

Website: allsaintschorus.org    

Leader - Clive Dobbins    Conductor - Jon Cullen

St Mary’s Christmas Market

 

St Mary’s Church Hall

High Street South

East Ham

 

Saturday 29th November 2014 

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

With St Edmund's now part of our worship pattern each week please note

 that our midweek services are as follows:

Wednesdays  at 10.00am (St Edmunds) and at 6.30pm (St Mary's)

Thursdays 12.30pm (St Bart's)  

ALL WELCOME.

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

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