1st December 2013 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 1st December2013

 

Bishop Stephen writes:

 

A Gospel Paradox at work at the start of a New Christian Year

 

I want you to know that I continue to believe that the centre of the church is the local Christian community, the Eucharistic church gathered around the table of the Lord, therefore gathered by the Lord himself. All our churches are therefore beginning to explore how they might better serve their locality by forming what we are calling Mission and Ministry units, that is communities of Christians and churches under the oversight of a minister and enabling us not just to sustain our life in every parish, but develop new life and new expressions of church.

 

There is, I believe, a gospel paradox at work here: in the Chelmsford diocese we have too many churches; and the solution is to have more! What I mean by this is we have too many churches where the model of church is a Vicar and building. And this cannot be sustained either theologically or financially. And we need more: a new biblical and theologically coherent model of church, where the church is the people of God, not the minister and the building, a worshipping and witnessing community serving its locality and , where appropriate, developing new expressions of life and Christian community.

 

It is for this reason: to take seriously the constraints we are working with; and the great missionary challenge facing us; that we are renewing and reimaging ministry at every level of church life. And the first significant step in this change is our seven new archdeaconries, giving us a greater sense of belonging at a more local level, and then releasing our seven Archdeacons to work with Area Deans and Lay Chairs in establishing our Units and developing our life.

 

Our archdeacons will now be more available to the parishes they serve. And whether they arrive by taxi or on foot (!) , they are here to help all of us become the church that we believe God is calling us to be in this day and for this culture.               +Stephen  

 

    Excerpts from a sermon preached by the Bishop earlier in the autumn

Today

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

St Mary Magdalene: Quintin is Celebrant and Preacher

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

East Ham;  Health & Exercise: St Bart’s Surgery; Slimming World; Weightwatchers; Karate; Wing Chun King FU; Smovey; Zumba

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

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

Those who have died:

 Louis Hisco Okai, Fr Colin Fletcher, John Burns & Ken Bowhill.

May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 1st December 2013

St Mary’s:   Isaiah 2:1-5

St Bart’s:  Isaiah 2: 1-5   Romans 13: 11-end  Matthew 24: 36-44

Readings for 8th December 2013

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

St Mary’s Birthday’s    Happy Birthday  to  Alison McLucas

At St Mary’s this morning we welcome for baptism Ananchel.

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

ADVENT SUNDAY. Today marksthe start of a new Christian Year as we light the first candle of Advent and as we wait for the coming again of our Lord Jesus at Christmas. This afternoon we meet at East Ham Baptist

 at 4.15pm for the E6 Churches Advent Walk of Witness

proceeding to St Bart’s. If you are coming along please bring torches etc.

 – anything light and bright, but not naked flames.

ADVENT ORDER OF SERVICE

As a parish we are indebted to Revd Christopher Owens who has worked with the clergy team in devising our new order of service for Advent. Both of our churches will be using the same order which is excellent. There are one or two minor changes but, otherwise, the liturgy of Advent speaks through boldly.

 A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped  

at St Mary’s Christmas Market yesterday.

JOHN BURNS RIP  The funeral of local resident John Burns takes place this week from the parish. Please pray for Eve, his wife and his wider family.

Many of you may remember Ken Bowhill who did a lot of work at

St Mary’s & St Alban’s. He sadly passed away on Monday

 25th November. Please keep him in your prayers.

 

My brother Father Colin Fletcher passed away very unexpectedly

 at his home in Dawlish Devon on Tuesday 19th November.

As he started his journey in the Anglican Church at St Mary Magdalene I thought it fitting that I should notify you of his untimely death.

His funeral will take place at St Michael's & All Angels, Heavitree Devon

at 2pm on Thursday 5th December just 4 days after the memorial service

 for our  mother Ellen which is being held at High Street South Methodist church. Please remember them both in your prayers. 

    Regards      Maureen Norris

SUPPORTING BETHLEHEM IN ADVENT

There are envelopes available via Christian Aid to support the work

of the Christian Church in Bethlehem – a place where some of us

 in the parish hope to actually visit next year.

If you can afford just a few pounds please put your money

in the envelope and put them in the collection or

hand them to the clergy or parish office.

Christian Aid Philippines Appeal This week I sent off £76 to Christian Aid on your behalf.  Thank you for your generosity.  PS Christian Aid has sent (in error) 100 envelopes for the recycling of ink cartridges, mobile phones etc.  Please let me know if you could use one..or two..or three...     Geraldine

Advent Carol Service

Our Advent Carol Service is next Sunday at 4pm. This is a series of seasonal readings and carols by candlelight around the theme of expectancy. Everyone is welcome to attend.

ST ANDREW Yesterday the Church remembered the life and witness of Andrew the Apostle.

Here is a prayer to pray in thanksgiving for his life: ALMIGHTY God, who didst give such grace unto thy holy Apostle Saint Andrew, that he readily obeyed the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him without delay: Grant unto us all, that we, being called by thy holy word, may forthwith give up ourselves obediently to fulfil the holy commandments; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

BOOK CLUB CHRISTMAS TEA The Church Book Club meets on Monday December 8th and will watch a popular movie as well as sharing in afternoon tea of mince pies and Wensleydale cheese.

A contribution of £2 per person is requested towards the cost of the afternoon tea. ALL ARE WELCOME

Christmas Lunch Club at St Bart’s Cafe

Sue and the team are busy stirring cakes and puddings in preparation for our Christmas lunch on Monday 16th December.

Three course meal followed by afternoon activities,

cake & mince pies!  Cost - £8 per head.

 Please bookwith Sue or theParish office

Seeing a Priest

After the service is not the best time to have a detailed conversation with your parish priest and many of you would like a bit more time to discuss issues which are important to you or things in your lives which are causing you hurt or distress. If you would like to meet with a priest please contact the parish office and we can arrange it. Ann, Fred, Rob and Quintin are happy to visit you at home or see you in church at a mutually convenient time.

NEW DEAN OF CHELMSFORD

Chelmsford Diocese and Chelmsford Cathedral are delighted to announce the appointment of The Revd Nicholas Henshall as the new Dean of Chelmsford who will lead Chelmsford Cathedral. Mr Henshall is currently acting Archdeacon of Richmond and Vicar of Christ Church on the Stray, Harrogate. Nicholas said: "I am very excited that Bishop Stephen has invited me to be the next Dean of Chelmsford, and daunted in the best way by the responsibilities. “I am very much looking forward to working with colleagues in the Diocese and at the Cathedral and getting to know churches and communities across Essex and east London. 2014 is the centenary year of Chelmsford becoming a Cathedral. Building on the splendid foundations already laid in those first 100 years, I am eager to see how the Cathedral can develop its mission and ministry in the city, the region and the Diocese at the beginning of what is for us a new century."

CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE

Sunday 22nd December at 4pm. Please book the date in your diary.

This is a date for ALL in the parish.

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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24th November 2013 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                      

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 24th November2013

 

 

Advent 2013 GLIMPSES OF JESUS

 

This year in Advent we will be focusing on what the central chunk of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah has to say about the coming of Jesus. Scholars believe that Isaiah consists of three parts: chapter 1-39, chapter 40-55 and the rest. Whether or not the same author is responsible for all three has been debated because the Hebrew idiom is so different.

 

So I would ask you all to take a bit of time out and read the middle section. It won’t take you that long. The passage is about occupation, displacement and rejection as the people of God look to the promised Messiah to offer the opposite - freedom, a true home and acceptance.

 

The author also looks around and sees many abuses of God's will in the way in which human beings are worshipping other things and other gods. And the call is for the Servant to transform the fortunes of God's people.

 

At our Wednesday evening and Thursday lunchtime Eucharists at both St Mary Magdalene and St Bartholomew we will look at three key passages from this part of Isaiah and try to reflect on what they mean for us today as the people of God in East Ham.

 

The Servant of God is called; the Servant is commissioned; the Servant exhibits commitment. They are big words us for us to ponder as we light our Advent Candles starting next week!

 

Let us in the situation in which we find ourselves try to glimpse the work of Jesus at large in our community. The Servant is amongst us - as one who serves.

 

Rob

Today

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

St Mary Magdalene: Quintin is Celebrant and Fred is Preacher

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, Les Rowe,

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

Those who have died: Louis Hisco Okai

May he rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 24th November 2013

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

Readings for 1st December 2013

St Mary’s:   Isaiah 2:1-5

St Bart’s:  Isaiah 2: 1-5   Romans 13: 11-end  Matthew 24: 36-44

St Mary’s Birthday’s    Happy Birthday  to

Jacqueline Weeks, Michael Obasanya & Laurine Griffith

The flowers in St Mary’s this morning

are in memory of Eva and Jack Patterson

Welcome to Nicola

It is a particular joy to welcome our Methodist Minister, Nicola, to the service at St Bart’s this morning where she will preach on the theme of the day – Christ the King! Our relations with the Methodist Church are very strong and we hope to work and grow even more closely together as we move forward in ministry for mission.

E.6 Churches Advent Walk of Witness. Advent Sunday 1st December.

Gathering at East Ham Baptist at 4.15pm for a 4.30 departure – then proceeding to

 St Bart’s. If you are coming along please bring torches etc. – anything light and bright, but not naked flames.

Parish Bible Study. We now turn to Galatians Chapter 3 and both at

St Bartholomew’s on Monday at 1.45pm and at Mary’s home on Tuesday

 at 8pm we will continue to reflect.

 All are welcome. If you haven’t been so far you can join now!

The new St Mary’s rotas are available at the back of church – please pick up a copy.

St Mary’s DCC Wednesday 27th Nov in the Parish Room 7.30pm

Advent Carol Service

Please make a date to join us at our Advent Carol Service on Sunday

8 December at 4pm. This is a joint service for all our parish. We will hear the story of Advent and enjoy some excellent Advent carols.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Manor Farm

The Eucharist is once again celebrated at Manor farm on Wednesday (27th) at 3pm. If you are free and would like to join Rob please let him know and arrangements can be made for you to visit with him.

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

New Team Rector

We welcome, for the first time today, our new Team Rector! No, unfortunately it is still Rob (!!) but he is officially the Team Rector after a simple ceremony at the Bishop’s office last week. A meeting also took place this week between the clergy of St Paul’s and St George’s East Ham to explore whether there is any interest in developing an enhanced team in East Ham over the next 12 months. At the end of that time Rob will review this with the rest of the team and ask the Bishop to advise on what structures are then appropriate.       

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

Advent 2013

Leaflets outlining all of our services across the Team for Advent 2013 are included in this Newsletter. Also available are leaflets outlining the Advent addresses/meditations which will be offered at our midweek services (see the front page). These are available in both churches.

Seeing a Priest

After the service is not the best time to have a detailed conversation with your parish priest and many of you would like a bit more time to disscuss issues which are important to you or things in your lives which are causing you hurt or distress. If you would like to meet  with a priest please contact the parish office and we can arrange it. Ann, Fred, Rob and Quintin are happy to visit you at home or see you in church at a mutually convenient time.

Christmas Lunch Club at St Bart’s Cafe

Sue and the team are busy stirring cakes and puddings in preparation for our Christmas lunch on Monday 16th December.

Three course meal followed by afternoon activities, cake & mince pies!

Cost - £8 per head.

Please book with Sue or the Parish office

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

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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.

 

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   

  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

 

 

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      

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  Website:  www.easthamparish.org.uk      

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  Registered Charity No: 1127847