19th May 2013 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpg                                St MaryMagdalene        St Bartholomew †      St Alban                                                                                     
PARISH NEWS
Sunday19th May 2013

 

 

 
   

 

 

Pentecost 2013

 

(Ubi Caritas… Deus ibi est)

 

 

 

 

 

Brothers and sisters, I want you to know about the gifts of the Holy Spirit .…And without the help of the Holy Spirit no one can say, “Jesus is Lord.”  (1 Cor 12: 1, 3b)

 

Pentecost is of the central feast of the Christian Liturgical Calendar.

 

In some Christian denominations it is referred to as a solemnity. Pentecost is often treated as the birthday of the Church. Today we pray for the powerful outpouring of the Spirit of God upon the Church, the world and upon each and everyone of us.  

 

 

 

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

 

The descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost is the ultimate fulfilment of the promises of Jesus to the Church and to all believers.  Pentecost was experience by portents and empirically verifiable by some special transforming gifts or charismas: Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgment, Courage, Knowledge, Piety and Reverence.

 

 

 

Fruits of the Holy Spirit

 

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit are works that we can perform only with the aid of the Holy Spirit; the products of the charismas. Therefore, the performance of such works is an indication that the Holy Spirit dwells in the Christian believer.

 

The Fruits of the Holy Spirit are: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

 

Recognize or feel any of these charismas and fruits?     We pray:

 

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

 

 

 

In Our Prayers

 


Our Mission: +Stephen and +David our bishops, our clergy and our mission to East Ham; Jide our Curate in training;
Worshipping Communities who share our buildings; Clergy & Lay Ministers: Rob,Quintin, Ann, Fred, Shirley & John:

 

Staff: Brenda, Chrissie, Sue, Bill, May, June, Win & Mary: Churchwardens: Andrew, Damian, Laurine, John, Philip & Ajith

 

Those recently baptised: Josiah & Maddie

 

Those preparing for baptism: Scarlett

 

Those preparing for marriage: Emma & Brett

 

The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Win Jones, Maude Smith,,Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Geneva Grimes, Louise Simmonds, Joyce Des, Ricky Adolph & Daisy Jefferson.

 

Those who have died: Ethel King & Doris Bellinger.   May they rest in peace and rise in glory

 

Readings for 19th May  2013 Acts 2: 1-21           Romans 8: 14-17          John 14: 8-17 Readings for 26th  May 2013 Proverbs 8: 1-4,22-31        Romans 5: 1-5          John 16: 12-15

 

Norman is now back at home and would welcome visitors. Please keep him in your prayers.

 

We welcome the family of Emma & Brett as their banns are read  at St Mary’s this morning.

 

Quintin is away on a Church course this week. Please pray for him as he will need a lot of patience!

 

A BIG THANK YOU to Geraldine & Alison for all their hard work in organizing the Christian Aid concert last Saturday. It was a really great event. Totals raised so far - £104.05 from the Ascension service / refreshments/cakes & collection box. £225 ticket sales from St Mary’s.  Ticket sales from St Bart’s still to find out.  WELL DONE.

 

Anointing. The oil of Chrism will be offered at both St Bartholomew's and St Mary Magdalene this morning in a specially devised service which Fr Quintin has put together for both churches. We are very grateful to him for this liturgy.

 

Tomorrow Evening - Vision Evening. Members of the  PCC and Members of the DCCs and anyone else who wants to come along will be welcome tomorrow evening at St Bart's as the first step towards developing a 10 year plan for the Centre. This is a parish issue as well as a Bart's issue and everyone will be welcome. Amongst the things we will be looking at include exterior, interior, church, cafe and signage. The evening starts at 7.30pm.

 

E6 Churchleaders  They meet this week and your prayers are asked for our ecumenical endeavours in E6.

 

Archdeacon's Visitation  This takes place on Tuesday evening. Please pray for Elwin, our Archdeacon and for all of our newly elected churchwardens who do a remarkable amount behind the scenes.

 

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 consume wine please bring your own.

 

Book Club  The Parish Book Club meets on Monday in  Bart's Cafe at 2pm. After the success of the previous meeting the group decided to study a bit more of Philip Larkin's poetry. Everyone is welcome!

 

Meditation. Half a dozen or so of us met to meditate and pray last week to commemorate St Matthias. It was a wonderful time of prayer and reflection. The next meditation session will be on Tuesday 11th June when we celebrate the life of St Barnabas. There will be meditation from 11.30am followed by Mass at 1230.

 

Date for your Diary . The Next Parish Study Day is on Wednesday 17th July and the theme will be Celtic Christianity. It will take place in the Luke Room and the cost for the day including lunch will be just £6.00. More details will follow later.

 

Working with young people. The PCC has agreed that we need in place a new way forward to work with young families, younger children and teenagers. To this extent there is an open meeting on SUNDAY 23rd June at 11.30am in the Luke Room for everyone at St Mary’s and St Bart's who have any involvement in working with young people. Fr Fred has agreed to help us with this.  Coffee and Danish pastries will be served!

 

Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land A programme is currently being produced for this pilgrimage a year from now. Anyone wanting information is invited to go along to the Rectory for an Open Evening on Tuesday 11th June at 8pm when falafel will be served  and there is a film to watch!

 

Autumn Fayre A planning meeting for all those involved in organizing  the 2013 Autumn Fayre extravaganza will be at St Bart's  on Sunday 9 June at 11.30am. All welcome!

 

Jide's Welcome Service Sunday 7th July at 10am at Bart's.  This will be a joint service for the whole parish when we formally welcome Jide as our new Curate. He will be inviting family and friends and we look forward to it enormously. After the service we will be serving a simple Sunday brunch and, again, we hope that as many of you will want to help and enjoy this!

 

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.

 

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.. PLEASE HAND YOUR FORMS AND CHEQUES IN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

 

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

 

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

 

12th May 2013 Newsletter

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

PARISH NEWS

Sunday12th May  2013

 

Christian Aid Week 2013

          Yesterday, we had a wonderful concert to raise money for Christian Aid. At the back of the churches there will also be today an extra plate for any more donations to this great cause.

Why Christian Aid?

I now quote from the Christian Aid website ‘Christian Aid is an agency of the churches in Britain and Ireland that works around the world with those in need.We work with anyone who needs help, regardless of faith or nationality.

We provide emergency assistance where there is great need. For example, our partners were working to distribute aid 30 minutes after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami struck.

Tackling the root causes of poverty.

Christian Aid also tackles the effects of poverty at its root causes - for example, companies fail to pay the taxes owed to the countries where they work.

Working through partners.

Christian Aid works with and through partners overseas: churches, ecumenical bodies, local non-governmental organisations and movements who have common values and competence in poverty eradication.

         

An organisation doing some excellent work around the world. Let us give it our support through prayer, money and in particular our musical talents.                                                                                                                                                               Quintin

 

In Our Prayers
Our Mission: +Stephen and +David our bishops, our clergy and our mission to East Ham; Jide our Curate in training;
Older People: Golden  Oldies: Genesis Housing Association – residents and staff: Lunch Club: Friday Games

Those recently baptised: Josiah & Maddie

Those preparing for marriage: Emma & Brett

The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Win Jones, Maude Smith,,Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Geneva Grimes, Louise Simmonds, Joyce Des, Ricky Adolph & Daisy Jefferson.

Those who have died: Ethel King & Doris Bellinger.   May they rest in peace and rise in glory

Readings for 12th May 2013

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

Readings for 19th May  2013

Acts 2: 1-21           Romans 8: 14-17          John 14: 8-17

St Mary’s Birthdays    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Tina Preston & Clare Scawthorn

Norman is now back at home and would welcome visitors.

Please keep him in your prayers.

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

 at St Mary’s this morning.

Leading worship at Bart's

A reminder that if you read a lesson or lead the prayers, or act as a server there is a short meeting at 11.30am today. If you can’t make today there is a similar meeting next Saturday in the Rector's office at 10am.

Meditation in the Morning Those of you who would just like to be silent for a while are invited to share in a short time of meditation on Tuesday (14th)

 in Bart's between 11.30am and 12.30pm. As it is the Feast of St Matthias there will be a Eucharist at 12.30pm following the meditation.

 You are welcome to come to either or both of these events.

Ascension and Pentecost

We are now in the 10 day period between the Feast of the Ascension and Pentecost which we will be celebrating next weekend. Thanks to all of you who turned out for the special service with Bishop Graeme at St Mary Magdalene on Thursday evening. It was super to enjoy this parish-wide celebration as well as seeing friends from other churches present.

Particular thanks to June for providing the refreshments.

Next Sunday in both of our churches we will celebrate the Holy Spirit who comes upon the church and ask for his blessing on our mission.

Christian Aid Week.

Christian Aid Week is now here and our concert yesterday showed the extraordinary array of hidden talent we have! The collection from Thursday night's service and the takings yesterday will be pooled together for Christian Aid. We will announce the final total as soon as we know it!

Jide's Welcome Service Sunday  7th July at 10am at Bart's.

 This will be a joint service for the whole parish when we formally welcome Jide as our new Curate. He will be inviting family and friends and we look forward to it enormously. After the service we will be serving a simple Sunday brunch and, again, we hope that as many of you will want to help and enjoy this!

The Rectory.  Progress is good and ongoing and Rob is still hoping to have moved in there by Saturday 1st June.

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 consume wine please bring your own.

The London Appreciation Society very much enjoyed their visit to

St Mary’s last Tuesday. Thanks to Colin for helping out.

Simon Heffer - Why Churches Matter     The Friends of Essex Churches Trust host a talk by Dr Simon Heffer on ‘Why Churches Matter’ at 8.15pm  on Thursday 16 May at All Saints Church, Writtle.       Please contact James Bettley  at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. you a planning to attend and for more information.

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 at St Bart’s.  The poetry of Philip Larkin - Part 2.

 Monday 20th May at 2pm. All welcome.

Bart's Cafe

A massive thanks to Sue and her team of volunteers, particularly Alan, for the work they have done in increasing footfall in our parish cafe.Takings were up in April after a huge amount of work was put in and we are looking forward to a successful summer of special events as well as the daily offering of breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea

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

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

 

 

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  

  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

 

 

28th April 2013 Newsletter

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

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

Posted in Parish

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

                                                                                   

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