5th May 2013 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpg                                St Mary Magdalene      St Bartholomew †    St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday5th May  2013

 

To Weavers Everywhere

 

          I love this poem, given to me by a friend many years ago;I find it comforting and encouraging to be reminded that God takes all our efforts, even those we feel useless, and uses them to bring forth Her Community here on earth.

         I used it once on a retreat for people just about to be ordained and most of them liked it very much but some were disturbed by the idea of God as 'She'.

         What do you think? Ann

 

God sits weeping. The beautiful creation tapestry

She wove with such joy is mutilated, torn to shreds,

reduced to rags, its beauty fragmented by force.

God sits weeping. But look!

She is gathering up the shreds to weave something new.

She gathers our shreds of sorrow – the pain, the tears, the frustration,

caused by cruelty, crushing, ignoring, violating, killing.

She gathers the rags of hard work, attempts at advocacy,

initiatives for peace, protests against injustice,

all the seemingly little and weak words and deeds

offered sacrificially in hope, in faith, in love.  And look!

She is weaving them all with golden threads of jubilation

into a new tapestry, a creation richer, more beautiful than the old one was!

God sits weaving patiently, persistently

with a smile on her face that radiates like a rainbow on her tear stained face.

And she invites us not only to keep offering her the shreds

and rags of our suffering and our work,

But even more to take our place beside Her at the Jubilee Loom

And weave with Her the Tapestry of the New Creation.

                                                                 M.Rienstra and Ann


 

In Our Prayers
Pray for +Stephen and +David Our Bishops and for our mission to East Ham as a parish. We also remember Jide our Curate training at Westcott House, Cambridge.
We remember those who are sick and suffering and particularly we pray for

Les Page, Clarice, Win Jones, Maude Smith,,Martin & Yvonne Gammon,

 Geneva Grimes, Louise Simmonds, Joyce Des, Ricky Adolph & Daisy Jefferson.

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Parish Prayer Rota:   This week we pray for  Community groups:

East Ham AA Group; Narcotics Anonymous; Newham Community Counselling; Patiko Baker’s Fort Project; Royal British legion – East Ham branch

 Preparing for baptism: Josiah & Maddie.

 Those who have died:  Ethel King & Doris Bellinger.

  May they rest in peace and rise in glory

Readings for 5th May  2013

Acts 16: 9-15              John 14: 23-29  or John 5: 1-9

Readings for 12th May 2013

Acts 16: 16-34           Revelations 22: 12-14,16-17,20-end        John 17: 20-end

St Mary’s Birthdays    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:  David Hayes & Shirley preston

Norman is hoping to leave hospital very soon but we are

unsure exactly when.  Please keep him in your prayers.

Baptisms Today. At St Mary’s we welcome for baptism Maddie, her family, Godparents and friends. At St Bart’s we welcome for baptism Josiah, his family,Godparents and friends.

We welcome the family of Emma & Brett as their  banns are read

 at St Mary’s this morning.

The London Appreciation Society are visiting St Mary’s on  Tuesday 7th May at 11.00am. If anyone would like to give  Quintin a hand to show them round please speak to him.

ASCENSION DAY   9th May. 

Please, please make a big effort to come along to St Mary Magdalene Church on Thursday evening at 7.00pm when the whole parish will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. Bishop Graeme Knowles, formerly Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, will preach. There will be drinks and nibbles after the service.

 IF YOU WANT A LIFT FROM BART'S CAR PARK PLEASE RING ROB ON 07766 952113 and we will provide some transport at 6.30pm.This is a parish-wide event - we are fortunate to have +Graeme joining us and we look forward to it enormously. PLEASE NOTE there WILL also be a lunchtime  service at St Bart’s.

FIRST MEETING OF THE NEWLY ELECTED PCC  Please note the PCC meets at Bart's Church at 8pm on Wed 8th May. Minutes & agendas available today.

MONTHLY BIBLE STUDY Today 4.30pm at St Bart’s.

 ALL WELCOME

ASSISTING WORSHIP  Those who assist in worship at St Bart’s should,

 by now, have received notes concerning how we conduct worship and play our part prayerfully in it. Two sessions are offered for all chailce bearers, servers, acolytes, readers and those leading prayers and you are asked to attend one or the other - but not both! Sunday 12 May 1130am after Church in Church

 or Saturday 18 May 10am in the Rector's Office

ST MATTHIAS MEDITATION AND EUCHARIST To celebrate St Matthias' Day on Tuesday 14th May there will be an additional Eucharist

 at St Bart's at 12.30pm. It will be preceded at 11.30am by an hour

 of silent meditation and prayer. All are welcome.

NOYE'S FLUDDE Tue 21 May 7.30pm & Wed 22 May 3.30pm  at The Chainstore, Trinity Buoy Wharf E14 0JY. Nearest DLR East India Dock. Tickets from http://www.nlo.co.uk/ £10/£8 concs / £4 2-8 years.  Contact the NLO for special group rates.

To celebrate Benajmin Britten's centenary, the New London Orchestra are hosting this exciting performance of Britten's legendary community opera based on the story of Noah’s Arc. Young musicians from all over Newham will play side-by-side with the NLO’s professionals, along with Newham and Lille (French) school children as the 'Chorus of Animals'. It will be set within London's only lighthouse situated on the River Thames with a spectacular view of the 02.

Me & My Music Bart's Cafe will be the venue for an evening of fun, food and music on Wednesday 5th June at 7.30pm for all in the parish when we invite a special guest to pick their six favourite pieces of music over a simple supper.

Our first special guest will be The Revd Nicola Vidamour, our Methodist Minister, whom we all know well. This should be a fun evening.

Book the date now!  We hope to welcome some of our Methodist sisters and brothers too!!   If you want to book a place please phone or email the parish office  The price for the three course meal is £6.00 per head.

If you would like to comsume wine please bring your own.

BART'S CENTRE VISION EVENING  Following a wide ranging Bart's DCC Meeting it was agreed to have a Vision Evening to look ahead to the future development & usage of Bart's Centre. This includes the church, rooms & cafe. THE PROPOSED DATE IS MONDAY 20th MAY  7.30PM in Church. This meeting is also open to members of St Mary's DCC who may have views & ideas on the way forward. Suggestions will then be made to assist the Bart's DCC at it’s summer meeting.

BOOK CLUB  The poetry of Philip Larkin - Part 2.  Monday 20th May at 2pm. All welcome.

PARISH CALENDAR FOR MAY  The diary of events for May is now available. Do join in as much as you can!

Bart's Cafe is open every day for breakfast, lunch and tea. Please support your local cafe. We love seeing you! Volunteers Needed! to help in Bart’s Café. If you can spare a few hours each week to help prepare and serve in our community café please contact Sue in the café or phone the Parish Office.

STUBBERS 2013  June 28th-30th Once again we are taking 30 children aged 8 - 16yrs to the Stubbers Adventure Centre for a weekend of adventurous activities  see www.stubbers.co.uk for information. Please complete an application form ASAP for each child, available from the Parish Office or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .Shirley Biro at Bart’s This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Fred at St Mary’s and return with a cheque for £55 per child payable to “East Ham PCC”. For informal enquiries contact John Marshall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Parish Outing  Our 2013 parish outing is to Chichester

 on Saturday 29th June.  The cost will be £12 for adults

 and £4 for under 16’s

Please sign up on the  sheets available at the back of both Churches

CHRISTIAN AID CONCERT

Saturday 11th May 2013, 3.00-5.00pm, St Mary Magdalene.

 

Tickets available TODAY from Geraldine at St Bart's, Colin at St Mary's

 or on the door. £6 (concessions £4) under 12's free.

 All proceeds to Christian Aid.

 

If you'd like to donate home-made cakes or help out with refreshments, please let June at St Mary's know TODAY. You can bring your cakes to St Mary's Hall from 2pm on 11th May.

We usually continue to sell cakes after the Sunday service.

 

Performers who wish to attend a run-through at St Mary's on Friday 10th May from 7.30pm please let Alison or Geraldine know.

MIDWEEK SERVICES

Wednesday 6.30pm at St Mary’s        Thursday 12.30pm at St Bart’s

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

 

 

28th April 2013 Newsletter

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PARISH NEWS

Sunday28th April 2013

 

REMEMBERING THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA

 

A Times' leader this week suggested that the opponents of President Assad of Syria should be armed following another week of casualties.

 

The United Nations, European Union and the United States response to the human suffering in Syria is lamentable.

 

Thousands of people have died since the conflict escalated two years ago. A once beautiful country which I have had the privilege of visiting on two memorable occasions has been ravaged by suffering, death and physical bombardment.

 

Muslims, Christians and even Jews used to live relatively peacefully both in Damascus and in he towns and villages which populate the Syrian hills. Now there are increasing tensions, not only between certain of the faiths but within the faith groups themselves. Tribalism has returned. Where you family was from says a lot about your chances of survival when government troups arrive and even women and children are not spared.

 

Commentators have repeatedly asked he question - why had the world to intervened in Syria? Because of the tapestry of countries which make up the Middle East? Because there is no oil there? Because it is genuinely a no win situation?

 

We offer increasing prayers for peace in that country. For the people of Syria and most particularly for the churches there. That one day, the warfare will end and the people will restore the beauty of the land.

 

                                                                                        Rob

 

In Our Prayers
Pray for +Stephen and +David Our Bishops and for our mission to East Ham as a parish. We also remember Jide our Curate training at Westcott House, Cambridge.
We remember those who are sick and suffering and particularly we pray for

Les Page, Clarice, Win Jones, Maude Smith,,Martin & Yvonne Gammon,

 Geneva Grimes, Louise Simmonds, Joyce Des, Ricky Adolph & Daisy Jefferson.

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Parish Prayer Rota:   This week we pray for  Health & Exercise:

St Bart’s Surgery; Slimming World, Weightwatchers, Karate

Preparing for baptism: Josiah & Maddie

Readings for 28th April 2013

Acts 11: 1-18              Revelations 21: 1-6         John 13: 31-35

Readings for 5th May  2013

Acts 16: 9-15              John 14: 23-29  or John 5: 1-9

St Mary’s Birthdays    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:  Ben Davies

Norman has been taken into Newham General Hospital.

His back is still playing up and hopefully they will find out what is wrong. Please keep him in your prayers.

Josiah will be baptised at St Bart's next Sunday morning. He is almost a year old and has been coming to church for the past few weeks on and off!!  At St Mary’s next Sunday Maddie will be baptised. We look forward to welcoming both families, friends & Godparents next week.

The London Appreciation Society are visiting St Mary’s on

 Tuesday 7th May at 11.00am. If anyone would like to give

 Quintin a hand to show them round please speak to him.

Live Below the Line   29 April-3 May 2013

Want to do something different to support Christian Aid Week? 1.4 billion people live on less than £1 a day. We’re asking you to put yourself in their shoes by living off £1 for food and drink for five days. It will be tough but it can be a profound, rewarding experience and the money you raise from your challenge will help some of the world’s poorest communities lift themselves out of poverty. Eustace Njeru, a farmer, lives in Mbeere South, Kenya, in an area where the climate is dry and unforgiving. The difficult weather conditions mean his family often do not have enough to feed themselves; during dry periods, they just eat enough to stay alive.

TWO IMPORTANT SAINTS' DAYS This week we remember St Philip and St James when the 6.30pm Mass at St Mary Magdalene takes place on Wednesday evening whilst the 4th century Bishop of Alexandria, Athanasius, is remembered

 during  the St Bart's Thursday lunchtime service.

ST MARK STUDY DAY A dozen or so people spent most of last Monday studying the Gospel of Mark in the Upper Room.

It was good to see folk there from St Bart's, St Mary's as well as

 St George's. We looked at the history of the Gospel and at the themes Son of God, Kingdom of God and Discipleship.

Details of forthcoming Study Days will be available soon.

Me & My Music

Bart's Cafe will be the venue for an evening of fun, food and music on Wednesday 5th June at 7.30pm for all in the parish when we invite a special guest to pick their six favourite pieces of music over a simple supper.

Our first special guest will be The Revd Nicola Vidamour, our Methodist Minister, whom we all know well. This should be a fun evening.

Book the date now!

 We hope to welcome some of our Methodist sisters and brothers too!!

TREASURERS A reminder that all of the Treasurers will be meeting next week on Wednesday 1st May at Bart's at 7.30pm.

There will be cheese and wine available.

This follows the Eucharist at St Mary Magdalene.

BART'S CENTRE VISION EVENING

 Following a wide ranging Bart's DCC Meeting on Monday it was agreed to have a Vision Evening to look ahead to the future development and usage of the Bart's Centre.

This includes the church, rooms and cafe.

THE PROPOSED DATE IS MONDAY 21st MAY AT 7.30PM in Church and this meeting is also open to members of the St Mary's DCC who may have views and ideas on the way forward. This meeting will then make suggestions to assist the Bart's DCC at it summer meeting.

Bart's Cafe is open every day for breakfast, lunch and tea.

Please support your local cafe. We love seeing you!

Volunteers Needed! to help in Bart’s Café. If you can spare a few hours each week to help prepare and serve in our community café please contact Sue in the café or phone the Parish Office.

STUBBERS 2013  June 28th-30th Once again we are taking 30 children aged 8 - 16yrs to the Stubbers Adventure Centre for a weekend of adventurous activities  see www.stubbers.co.uk for information. Please complete an application form ASAP for each child, available from the Parish Office or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .Shirley Biro at Bart’s This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Fred at St Mary’s and return with a cheque for £55 per child payable to “East Ham PCC”. For informal enquiries contact John Marshall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Parish Outing  Our 2013 parish outing is to Chichester on Saturday 29th June.  Please note the date on your calendar.The cost will be £12 for adults and £4 for under 16’s We will be taking names very soon.

CHRISTIAN AID CONCERT  

Last chance  for performers to join the line-up for our 9th annual Parish Concert

 for Christian Aid. Date: Saturday 11 May 2013 Time: 3.00- 5.00pm

 Venue: St Mary Magdalene. If you’d like to join in please give the details

of your item to  Alison at St Mary’s  or Geraldine at St Bart’s.

NB The deadline for inclusion on the programme  is TODAY!

(PS: tone deaf but talented in the kitchen? – all contributions

 towards refreshments gratefully received!)

Tickets are now available £6  (concessions £4) under 12’s free

From Alison at St Mary’s or Geraldine at St Bart’s.

All proceeds to Christian Aid.

EAST HAM TEAM MINISTRY ELECTION OF OFFICERS – 2013-2014

 

PARISH CHURCHWARDENS:  Andrew Biro     Damian Sutton

 

DISTRICT CHURCHWARDENS

St.Mary Magdalene     Laurine Griffith    John King

              St.Bartholomew        Philip John              Ajith Leikshmanan

 

PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL

Doris Goodchild,   Ehi Omoregie,   Sam Ozurumba,   Norman Lipman

      Hazel Thomas, Mary Richards,  Fred Ashford-Okai*  Jean Mansfield *

                                                                                     * these people to be co-opted

DISTRICT CHURCH COUNCIL

St. Mary Magdalene   Ancil Griffith,  Colin Mansfield, Tina Preston,

                                     John Hedges, Terry Hooker, Dennis Pridmore,

           

St. Bartholomew         Geraldine Pote, Pat Williams, Eutal Spence

                                      Hazel Phillips,  Lorraine Ashton, Susan Allen,  Rose Geaney,

DEANERY SYNOD

Shirley Biro, John King, Gordon Owen, June Bassenger

PASTORAL ASSISTANT   Shirley Biro

LOCAL LICENSED PREACHER   John King

MIDWEEK SERVICES

Wednesday 6.30pm at St Mary’s        Thursday 12.30pm at St Bart’s

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

21st April 2013 Newsletter

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PARISH NEWS

Sunday21st April 2013

 

 

In the midst of life…

 

         This week we have been confronted with images of death, particularly Margaret Thatcher’s funeral and the events in Boston.

 

         The funeral was just the sort of thing we do so well: the dignity, the ceremony, the Dimbleby - makes one proud to be British. More importantly, the Gospel was preached; by the Bishop in his address stressing the Christian message of redemption and in the lessons, read by professing Christians. Millions have heard it, though how many would take it in I’m not sure. There was a certain remoteness about it all. The participants were, how can I put it, nearly all “of a certain age”. But then they would be, and should be, because Lady Thatcher died at 87, after a very full life, and was not like us, which is the whole point. The service was very moving and poignant but the event wasn’t really sad and certainly not tragic.

 

         Boston is altogether different. Young people, ordinary people, people much like us, caught up in something entirely unrelated to them. The haunting photograph of Martin, the 8 year-old boy with the sign

“no more hurting people”. Not for him, or the others, a long and very full life. We can identify with that. It could be us and our own families.

 

         It was easy for us to have seen God in the Cathedral, much harder to see Him in Boston (or, for that matter, in Texas). Our Christian hope is that He was there just as much as He was proclaimed in St. Paul’s. Martin’s father asked for our prayers. He certainly deserves them.

 

                                                                         Andrew


 

7th April 2013 Newsletter

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PARISH NEWS

Sunday7th April 2013

This week, the Government’s benefit reforms have started to take effect. The government was elected to take forward these measures so they will go ahead. Yet I do have an argument with the language used by some newspapers and Government ministers when setting up the debate around Benefit reform.

The language of ‘strivers and shirkers’ or saying that the dreadful recent court of case of Philpotts are somehow a case for reform is unhelpful. The Philpotts are no more a case for Benefit reform than Harold Shipman was a case for reform of Doctor’s terms and conditions. Both cases were despicably acts of evil and should be laid clearly at the feet of individuals who carried out those crimes.

Many of you know that I do a surgery every Saturday morning as a local councillor. Most of the complaints are to do with   housing but more recently I have seen a large number of people come to the surgery clutching their letters from Government about the reduction in one benefit or another. Most are very worried about what the future holds. There are a small percentage of the people who when I hear their stories for whom I can summon up very little sympathy. It seems to me they been abusing the welfare system for years. Yet the vast majority of people have got themselves into a pickle and don’t know how to get out their situation. Very few I would describe a ‘shirkers’.

The government is getting lots of advice from the Churches on this matter at the moment. As I am sure they will be reading this article so I thought I would add my words of wisdom! My advice is, bring in the welfare reforms that is your absolute right but cut out the language of demonization of the poorest within our communities.                  

           Quintin

31st March 2013 Newsletter

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PARISH NEWS

Sunday31st March 2013

 

BISHOP STEPHEN SENDS EASTER GREETINGS.

On the night before he died, Jesus shared a meal with his friends and as he broke and shared the bread and poured out the wine, he told them it was his body and blood, and that whenever they ate or drank they should remember him.  That meal was probably a Passover meal, a solemn and joyful remembrance of liberation.

Sitting with him that night the disciples must have wondered what on earth Jesus was on about.  Broken bread his body? Wine his blood?  How could they understand what he meant?  But when he was stretched and broken on the cross the next day, his blood poured out, they would have made a connection.  And when two of them invited a stranger to supper on the following evening, and when that stranger blessed bread and broke it and shared it, they recognised him as Jesus, risen from the dead.

The resurrection of Jesus is the heart and foundation of the Christian faith.  It is in the light of the resurrection that everything else about Jesus, and everything else about human life and human history, makes sense.  Without the resurrection Christianity is a flimsy thing.

But the resurrection of Jesus is not just an event in human history;  it is a way of making sense of life today.  Jesus wants us to know and receive his risen life now.  He wants us to understand that his death on the cross is not just a sharing in the suffering of the world – though it is! – but the sign of God’s passionate involvement in the world and of God’s longing to reconcile the whole of creation to himself.

On the cross Jesus freely offers his life for the sake of the world God loves. in the resurrection God shows us our destiny, a new and transformed life that begins today and lasts for eternity.

It is in the breaking of the bread and the sharing of the wine that we begin to understand all this. It healps us understand the meaning of the cross. It points towards the great banquet of heaven. This is why when Christians gather together Sunday by Sunday we break bread. We remember Jesus and Jesus remembers us.

Happy Easter!