16th March 2014 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                      

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 16th March 2014

 

LENT 2014 – Journeying Along With Christ

 

“Growing up as an evangelical Christian, I experienced Lent as little more than a joke. “What are you giving up for Lent?” my friends would ask. “Homework,” I’d say with a smirk, or “Obeying my parents.” Lent was one of those peculiar practices demanded of Roman Catholics – another great reason to be Protestant, I figured. ”       (Revd Dr Mark D Roberts)

 

       Does the above sound like your own secretly held conception of Lent too ? At least sometimes?.  How can we turn things round so that Lent becomes a more positive and spiritually enriching experience? Lent,  a season to increase our faith and improve our relationship with God?  Lent, a time to: “turn away from evil and be faithful to Christ”  Lent, a time to grow more deeply in God’s grace.

       Firstly Lenten Fasting and abstinence need to be undertaken consciously as a spiritual exercise designed for personal and corporate spiritual gains.

Through Lenten fasting and by giving up something we could allow ourselves to make tangible sacrifices to the Lord. By giving up some of our worldly props and ‘indulgements’ – drinking, excessive eating, smoking, sweets etc ……we become more dependent on the Lord. By giving up something we are reminded of our neediness. This neediness paradoxically creates new freedom, freedom from the “idols” of the world, freedom to re-align ourselves with God, a God who is both incarnately present and immanent, but at the same time Holy and transcendent. This is the neediness which engenders and nurtures true spirituality. Jesus says:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. . . .
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:3, 6

 

       We might add a Lenten Discipline to our fasting. This could be a Lenten Bible study, more time for prayer, reflection and meditation, Pilgrimages, or acts of kindness, such as feeding the homeless, visiting the sick , giving and making donations for charity etc. The list for personalized acts of Lenten discipline is infinite……….just as God’s amazing grace is infinite.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Fr Fred

This week’s Lent Programme Theme:

                                   To teach, baptize and nurture new believers

 

10.00am St Bart’s Ann is Celebrant & John is preacher

                                Healing & Anointing will take place after the service today.

10.00am St Mary’s Fred is Celebrant and Louisa is speaker      Quintin to assist

First Communion Classes continue at St Mary’s after the service in the Parish Room.

 

Wednesday 19th March  2.00pm Pilgrim’s Way:  Five Marks of Mission lent Course 

                                6.30pm Mass at St Mary’s followed by

                                7.15pm St Mary’s Church Hall: Five Marks of Mission lent Course 

                 Rob will lead these sessions.

 

Thursday 20th March 12.30pm Lunchtime Eucharist at St Bart’s

                                                     and Lent  conversation...continuing the theme.

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, Jean Skelton, Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh,  John & Victoria,

Those who have died:   Basil Jordan & Stanley Vernell

                                     May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 16th March 2014

Genesis 12: 1-4          Romans 4: 1-5, 13-17          John 3:1-17

Readings for 23rd March 2014

Exodus 17: 1-7           Romans 5: 1-11            John 4: 5-42

St Mary’s Birthday’s           HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

Skye Pinches, Sherly Powell & June Bassenger

In the new Lent books we are using at St Mary’s are some intercessions but these won’t necessarily be used everytime by the person leading the prayers.

A new rota is being compiled at St Mary’s – please sign up on the forms at the back of church - there are also forms for those interested in Confirmation.

Would anyone interested in joining a rota to tend St Mary’s Memorial Garden please contact John Hedges on 07947 854 669.

 All equipment provided, we just need your time maybe once a month.

COFFEE MORNING

Thanks to all those who attended the Rectory Coffee Morning last weekend. A total of £60 was raised towards church funds!

There will be a film crew from ITV2 at St Mary’s on 22nd March making a film about weddings.

We will let you know when it will be screened.

Electoral Roll forms are available at the back of both Churches

 for those who haven’t signed up. Please take one and fill in

as the APCM is coming up soon.

Pilgrimage to Bradwell Pauline Ellis from St Paul's and myself are eager to experience the Bradwell Pilgrimage again this year.  Saturday 12th July. http://bradwellpilgrimage.webs.com/ In the distant past, a couple of coaches went from Newham every year and joined up with hundreds of others from various denominations across Essex and East London.  We thought we'd experiment this year by trying to fill a coach from the churches in East Ham.It seems the likely cost will be around £10.  Please let me know if you are interested or want more info. And watch out for more publicity at St Bart’s.     Shirley Biro

CHRISTIAN AID CONCERT

Do you have a song in your heart or dancing feet…. music in your fingers or a tale on your tongue?  The talent scouts are out now looking for performers to join the line-up for the 10th Annual Parish Concert for Christian Aid. Date: Saturday 10 May 2014 Time: 3.00  Venue: St Bartholomew’s Church. If you’d like to join

in please talk to Alison at St Mary’s or Geraldine at St Bart’s.

(PS: tone deaf but talented in the kitchen? – all contributions towards refreshments gratefully received!)

There will be a meeting at St Mary’s for all couples getting married in the Parish on Saturday 22nd March at 11.00am.

SCHOOL VISITS to St Mary’s 

  

  There are various schools visiting over the next few weeks.

Vicarage Primary on 18th & 19th March

North Beckton Primary on 20th March

Salisbury Primary on 27th March

Altmore Infants on 1st & 3rd April and

Drew Primary on 22nd and 30th April.

PARISH CONFIRMATION CLASSES 2014

 

We have a very good response from applicants for this year’s Confirmation candidacy.

We are now happy to invite all potential candidates to attend a preliminary information sharing meeting  TODAY in the Luke Room (St Barts)  after the 10:00 Parish Eucharist from 11:30 – 11:50

We wish to discuss the following:

1. Confirmation Register

2. The nature, length and content of the Confirmation Preparation Course

3. The various possibilities open to our Parish for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

 

On The Way Taster Sessions 2014

On the Way is a course designed to help Newham Christians grow in faith and confidence, and move on with God.

(24 free sessions, one night a week for two terms, January to July)

The course will run again in 2015, but this year we are offering free taster sessions for those who would like to find out more:  1st Session Tuesday 25th March 7.30 – 9pm  Theme: Creative Bible Study – The Last Supper Led by Rev. Christopher Owens

Where?  Emmanuel Church, Romford Road, Forest Gate, E7 8BD

(Corner of Romford Road and Upton Lane)

Forms are available at the back of both Churches if you are interested in going along.

LENT PREACHERS

 

We once again have a variety of speakers talking about their life & faith.

                                                                          

                                LENT3  23rd March   St Mary’s  Mary Richards

                                                                  St Bart’s  Jimmy Dale 

                                LENT4  30th March   St Mary’s  Derek James

                                                                  St Bart’s   Fr Rob

              PASSION SUNDAY  6th April    St Mary’s Andrew Biro

                                                                 St Bart’s   Fr Fred

Midweek Services    St Mary’s 6.30pm Wednesday and St Bart’s 1230 Thursday.

Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer is said at Bart’s on Mondays, Wednesday & Thursdays at 9am

 and at St Mary’s on Tuesdays & Fridays also at 9am.

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

 Telephone 020 8470 0011    

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  Website:  www.easthamparish.org.uk  

 twitter @easthamteam. 

  Registered Charity No: 1127847

9th March 2014 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 9th  March 2014

 

Lent 2014 and the Parish of East Ham

 

This is the first Sunday of Lent and an opportunity to prepare for the great festival of Easter.

Traditionally, Lent’s 40 days was a time of great austerity; people didn’t eat meat or sugar and they went to Church several times a week, if not every day. More recently, people were taught to give up things like chocolate and alcohol and to give the money thus not spent to charitable causes.

 

I think that, while it’s probably true that people learn from the difficulties they encounter (?giving up chocolate a difficulty? – definitely!), many of the folk that I know have enough obstacles in their lives and so would benefit - and might learn more about God - from a bit of pampering!  

 

We have an opportunity to spoil ourselves while we learn more about faith in action from our East Ham Lent course – the details are inside this sheet – and, as we enjoy the discussion and the new things we learn, I suspect that we will be pleased

to realise how much we already, as a parish and as individuals, exhibit the Five Marks of Mission …….but there’s always room for improvement!

 

So do please treat yourself this Lent; come to Church as often

as you are able and then, if you can, join with other church members (and bring along a friend) for our Lent course so that, together, we can make ourselves ready for the event that turned the whole world upside down.

                                                                  Ann

his week’s Lent Programme Theme:

                                   To Proclaim the good news of the kingdom

 

10.00am St Bart’s Quintin is Celebrant & Preacher

10.00am St Mary’s Rob is Celebrant and Damian is speaker

 

Wednesday 12th March  2.00pm Pilgrim’s Way:

                                                  Five Marks of Mission lent Course 

                                     6.30pm Mass at St Mary’s followed by

                                     7.15pm St Mary’s Church Hall:

                                                 Five Marks of Mission lent Course 

                 Quintin leads our first session.

 

Thursday 13th March 12.30pm Lunchtime Eucharist

                                                       and Lent  conversation...continuing the theme.

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 Chung Kung Fu; Smovey; Zumba

The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh,  John & Victoria,

Those who have died:   Basil Jordan & Stanley Vernell

                                     May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 9th March 2014

Genesis 2: 15-17,3:1-7         Romans 5: 12-19          Matthew 4: 1-11

Readings for 16th  March 2014

Genesis 12: 1-4          Romans 4: 1-5, 13-17          John 3:1-17

St Mary’s Birthday’s           HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

Folarin Laditan & Mary Richards

The funeral of Daphne Gibson’s partner Basil will take place at St Mary’s

on Thursday 13th March at 12.15pm. Please keep Daphne in your prayers.

In the new Lent books we are using at St Mary’s are some intercessions but these won’t necessarily be used everytime by the person leading the prayers.

A new rota is being compiled at St Mary’s – please sign up on the forms at the back of church - there are also forms for those interested in Confirmation.

It was great to see so many of you at the coffee morning

 at the Rectory yesterday. Thank you.

Parish Book Club Meets TOMORROW at 2pm and is for members of both St Mary's and St Bart's - ie the WHOLE parish. The meetings usually last an hour. We will be looking at some of the poems from the Andrew Motion collection LOVE IN A LIFE

Electoral Roll forms are available at the back of both Churches

 for those who haven’t signed up. Please take one and fill in

as the APCM is coming up soon.

Pilgrimage to Bradwell Pauline Ellis from St Paul's and myself are eager to experience the Bradwell Pilgrimage again this year.  Saturday 12th July. http://bradwellpilgrimage.webs.com/ In the distant past, a couple of coaches went from Newham every year and joined up with hundreds of others from various denominations across Essex and East London.  We thought we'd experiment this year by trying to fill a coach from the churches in East Ham.It seems the likely cost will be around £10.  Please let me know if you are interested or want more info. And watch out for more publicity at St Bart’s.     Shirley Biro

CHRISTIAN AID CONCERT

Do you have a song in your heart or dancing feet…. music in your fingers or a tale on your tongue?  The talent scouts are out now looking for performers to join the line-up for the 10th Annual Parish Concert for Christian Aid. Date: Saturday 10 May 2014 Time: 3.00  Venue: St Bartholomew’s Church. If you’d like to join

in please talk to Alison at St Mary’s or Geraldine at St Bart’s.

(PS: tone deaf but talented in the kitchen? – all contributions towards refreshments gratefully received!)

There will be a meeting at St Mary’s for all couples getting married

in the Parish on Saturday 22nd March at 11.00am.

SCHOOL VISITS        There are various schools visiting

 our churches over the next few weeks.

Hartley Primary will be visiting St Bart’s on 11th & 12th March.

Vicarage Primary are visiting St Mary’s on 18th & 19th March

North Beckton Primary are visiting St Mary’s on 20th March.

Altmore Infants are visiting St Mary’s on 1st & 3rd April.

We welcome Debbie Cornelius-Powell who starts work tomorrow

on a part-time basis as a Lettings Coordinator for the Parish.

Morning Prayer   Morning Prayer is said at Bart’s on Mondays, Wednesday & Thursdays at 9am and at St Mary’s on Tuesdays & Fridays also at 9am.

PARISH CONFIRMATION CLASSES 2014

We have a very good response from applicants for this year’s Confirmation candidacy.

We are now happy to invite all potential candidates to attend a preliminary information sharing meeting  on Sunday 16th March 2014 in the Luke Room (St Barts)  after the 10:00 Parish Eucharist from 11:30 – 11:50

We wish to discuss the following:

1. Confirmation Register

2. The nature, length and content of the Confirmation Preparation Course

3. The various possibilities open to our Parish for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

 

1st COMMUNION CLASSES

These start at St Mary’s after the service today in the Parish Room.

On The Way Taster Sessions 2014

On the Way is a course designed to help Newham Christians grow in faith and confidence, and move on with God.

(24 free sessions, one night a week for two terms, January to July)

The course will run again in 2015, but this year we are offering free taster sessions for those who would like to find out more:  1st Session Tuesday 25th March 7.30 – 9pm  Theme: Creative Bible Study – The Last Supper Led by Rev. Christopher Owens

Where?  Emmanuel Church, Romford Road, Forest Gate, E7 8BD

(Corner of Romford Road and Upton Lane)

Forms are available at the back of both Churches if you are interested in going along.

LENT PREACHERS

 

We once again have a variety of speakers talking about their life & faith.

                                          

                                LENT2  16th March   St Mary’s Louise Simmons

                                                                 St Bart’s   John King

                                LENT3  23rd March   St Mary’s  Mary Richards

                                                                  St Bart’s  Jimmy Dale 

                                LENT4  30th March   St Mary’s  Derek James

                                                                  St Bart’s   Fr Rob

              PASSION SUNDAY  6th April    St Mary’s Andrew Biro

                                                                 St Bart’s   Fr Fred

Midweek Services    St Mary’s 6.30pm Wednesday and St Bart’s 1230 Thursday.

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

   Telephone 020 8470 0011        email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

  Website:  www.easthamparish.org.uk         twitter @easthamteam. 

  Registered Charity No: 1127847

2nd March 2014 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 2nd March 2014

 

A Sense of Frustration

 

A small group of us meet in Bart’s on Friday afternoons to play Scrabble, (care to join us?) and it quite often happens that someone comes in to the Centre, about 4.30, just after the Office and Coffee Bar have closed and our own thoughts are turning towards the weekend, with a sob story and requests/demands help.

 

So, last Friday, two Muslim men brought in a dishevelled-looking, somewhat incoherent, carrier-bag clutching, late middle-aged white man who, apparently, had been discharged from hospital with no-where to go. We needed to help. We did put the kettle back on and give him tea. Now, his story is not wholly believable: he could not have been discharged without having somewhere to go.  It seems the Muslim men met him, took pity on him, took him to an address he did have on him, but where they denied knowledge of him, and then they spent the afternoon trying to get help from local Churches.

 

Our frustration is that there was nothing we could do. There are no night-shelters, the Council may have emergency Social Services, but for families and the young – not for single adults who are, in an absolute sense, responsible for their actions. It was embarrassing for us, as Christians, to have to turn away someone in some need who was brought in by two “Good Samaritans” of a different faith and who, understandably, took a rather dim view of it all. Not a good witness.

 

All we could do was send them to the Franciscans at the Helping Hands Friary on Balaam St. and hope they could help him. What “Jesus would have done” I don’t know, but what we can do I don’t know either.

                                      Andrew

Today

St Bart's: Rob is Celebrant & Preacher

St Mary Magdalene: Quintin is Celebrant & 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

The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh,  John & Victoria,

Those who have died:   Basil Jordan & Stanley Vernell

                                     May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 2nd March 2014

St Mary’s:  Exodus 24: 12-end          St Bart’s:  Matthew 17: 1-9

Readings for 9th March 2014

Genesis 2: 15-17,3:1-7         Romans 5: 12-19          Matthew 4: 1-11

Today at St Bart’s we welcome for baptism

William Chukwuka Inyamah-Nelson, his family, Godparents & friends. Please keep them all in your prayers.

The funeral of Daphne Gibson’s partner Basil will take place at St Mary’s

on Thursday 13th March at 12.15pm.

Please keep Daphne in your prayers at this sad time.

PALM CROSSES if you have any palm crosses please put them through Quintin’s door or bring to the Parish office in preparation for Ash Wednesday.

Lent 2014 begins next Wednesday. There will be Ash Wednesday Services at St Bart's (12.30pm) and St Mary Magdalene (6.30pm). Then a sequence of Study groups will follow (leaflets handed out last week) with special Sunday addresses for Lent in both our churches – see back page.

Parish Book Club Meets on Monday 10th March  at 2pm and is for members of both St Mary's and St Bart's - ie the WHOLE parish. The meetings usually last an hour. At the next meeting we will be looking at some of the poems from the Andrew Motion collection LOVE IN A LIFE

Electoral Roll forms are available at the back of both Churches

 for those who haven’t signed up. Please take one and fill in

as the APCM is coming up soon.

ST BART’S DCC meeting Monday 3rd March 7.30pm in the Chapel.

Pilgrimage to Bradwell

Pauline Ellis from St Paul's and myself are eager to experience the Bradwell Pilgrimage again this year.  Saturday 12th July. http://bradwellpilgrimage.webs.com/ In the distant past, a couple of coaches went from Newham every year and joined up with hundreds of others from various denominations across Essex and East London.  We thought we'd experiment this year by trying to fill a coach from the churches in East Ham.It seems the likely cost will be around £10.  Please let me know if you are interested or want more info. And watch out for more publicity at St Bart’s.     Shirley Biro

CHRISTIAN AID CONCERT

Do you have a song in your heart or dancing feet…. music in your fingers or a tale on your tongue?  The talent scouts are out now looking for performers to join the line-up for the 10th Annual Parish Concert for Christian Aid. Date: Saturday 10 May 2014 Time: 3.00  Venue: St Bartholomew’s Church. If you’d like to join

in please talk to Alison at St Mary’s or Geraldine at St Bart’s.

(PS: tone deaf but talented in the kitchen? – all contributions towards refreshments gratefully received!)

SCHOOL VISITS        There are various schools visiting

 our churches over the next few weeks.

Hartley Primary will be visiting St Bart’s on 11th & 12th March.

Vicarage Primary are visiting St Mary’s on 18th & 19th March

and North Beckton Primary are visiting St Mary’s on 20th March.

Parish Finances We continue to struggle on without a Parish Treasurer. We thank God for the work of Matthew Gray and Terry

 the Diocesan Parish Giving Officer, without whom we would be in a perilous state. We are looking for someone who can work with the book keeper and who can interpret the figures for us and assist the PCC in reviewing expenditure and planning for the future.

This is a critical post. If you are hiding your light under a bushelplease see Rob or Quintin urgently.

Rectory Coffee Morning A Saturday morning of chat, tea. coffee

and cup cakes is promised at the Rectory on Saturday 8th March 10am-12noon.

All welcome!  

Hot drink and a cup cake for £1.50 in aid of church funds.

CONFIRMATION AND FIRST COMMUNION

Preparation for First Communion and Confirmation for this year will start shortly. Candidates for First Communion need to be 7 Years old or above Candidates for Confirmation need to be 14 Years old (or nearly) and above. NB There is no upper age limit for either of these two Sacraments. We would like to invite Candidates to register on the Forms provided at the back of both Churches. First Communion will take place on Easter Sunday and Confirmation will take place in June.     Thanks    Fr Fred

On The Way Taster Sessions 2014

On the Way is a course designed to help Newham Christians grow in faith and confidence, and move on with God.

(24 free sessions, one night a week for two terms, January to July)

The course will run again in 2015, but this year we are offering free taster sessions for those who would like to find out more:  1st Session Tuesday 25th March 7.30 – 9pm  Theme: Creative Bible Study – The Last Supper Led by Rev. Christopher Owens

Where?  Emmanuel Church, Romford Road, Forest Gate, E7 8BD

(Corner of Romford Road and Upton Lane)

Forms are available at the back of both Churches if you are interested in going along.

LENT PREACHERS

 

We once again have a variety of speakers talking about their life & faith.

 

                                LENT1    9th March   St Mary’s Damian Sutton

                                                                  St Bart’s   Fr Quintin

                                LENT2  16th March   St Mary’s Louise Simmons

                                                                 St Bart’s   John King

                                LENT3  23rd March   St Mary’s  Mary Richards

                                                                  St Bart’s  Jimmy Dale 

                                LENT4  30th March   St Mary’s  Derek James

                                                                  St Bart’s   Fr Rob

              PASSION SUNDAY  6th April    St Mary’s Andrew Biro

                                                                 St Bart’s   Fr Fred

 Morning Prayer   Morning Prayer is usually said at Bart’s on Mondays, Wednesday & Thursdays at 9am and at St Mary Magdalene on Tuesdays & Fridays also at 9am.

All are welcome.

Midweek Services    St Mary’s 6.30pm Wednesday and St Bart’s 1230 Thursday.

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

   Telephone 020 8470 0011   

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

    Website:  www.easthamparish.org.uk  

    twitter @easthamteam. 

  Registered Charity No: 1127847

23rd February 2014 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 23rd February 2014

 

CHANGING FACE

 

The face of our parish keeps on changing. People I have met during my first year (yes, it's a year already since my induction) talk about the East Ham of old. I have had some fascinating conversations with East Ham residents now living in Manor Farm about East Ham between the wars!!

 

News that West Ham's football ground is to be turned into a new "village" in the next few years will impact on the life of our parish. The apartments and houses will all be in our parish. Thousands of people will live and work in the retail units and our parish profile will change overnight.

 

West Ham, of course, have been an intrinsic part of this community for decades, Local businesses will only hope that the reinvestment

in the area will also benefit them as years of uncertainty as United planned their moved to the Olympic Stadium.

 

The plans, at first sight, look impressive. The football heritage will remain with streets names after the likes of Bobby Moore and Trevor Brooking. The memorial garden to West Ham fans will be incorporated into the design. West Ham fans will still come on pilgrimage here long after the sound of the crowd has moved to Stratford.

 

The Church has a poor track record in responding to change.

We like it as was, is now and ever shall be. The trouble is that times are changing and our community is changing and, as Jesus says on more than one occasion - as we travel around we need to travel light, preach the Kingdom and offer the love of God to those we meet as things change all around us.

We have exciting opportunities for mission ahead.     ROB

 

Today

St Bart's: Ann is Celebrant & Fred is Preacher

St Mary Magdalene: Quintin is Celebrant & Rob is Preacher

 

In Our Prayers
Our Mission: +Stephen and +David our bishops, our clergy and our mission to East Ham; Worshipping Communities who share our buildings:

Lay Ministers: Shirley & John; Staff: Brenda, Chrissie, Bill, May, June, Win, Mary, Sue & Ritta:

Churchwardens: Andrew, Damian, Laurine, John, Philip & Ajith

 

The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh,  John & Victoria,

Those who have died:   Basil Jordan & Stanley Vernell

                                     May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 23rd February 2014

Genesis 1:1 – 2:3        Romans 8: 18-25        Matthew 6: 25-end

Readings for 2nd March 2014

Exodus 24: 12-end

St Mary’s Birthdays                   HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

 William McLucas  &  Linda Gillooly.

Baptism Next Week at St Bart's William Chukwuka Inyamah-Nelson
will be baptised next Sunday at the 10am All Age Service.

Everyone is welcome.

Please pray for him and his family as they prepare for this special day.

Laurine & Ancil would like to thank Quintin, Ann, Rob, Fr Fred, June

 & all the congregation for their help, support & prayers

 also the flowers & cards. We appreciate it very much. Thank you.

Me & My Music

Thanks to Flavia for being a special guest and to Sue and her volunteers in the cafe for the excellent Me & My Music evening on Wednesday. It really was an excellent occasion. Thanks to all those who came. We could have done with more. To those who didn't - you missed a superb evening!

Lent 2014 begins a week on Wednesday. There will be Ash Wednesday Services at St Bart's (12.30pm) and St Mary Magdalene (6.30pm). Then a sequence of Study groups will follow

 (see leaflet attached) with special Sunday addresses for Lent

in both our churches - watch this newsletter.

Bible Study Groups The Autumn/Winter Bible Study Groups have been studying Galatians and the final chance to look at the end of this Epistle is tomorrow at Bart's at 1.45pm. The Bible Study Groups will resume

in the Summer in May after Easter.

Barts Outreach Group/Bart's Survey

The planned meeting of the Bart's Outreach Group will not now take place

 on Monday because it is still unclear which direction the Centre will be going in. The DCC and the Doctors' Surgery have been looking at how our space

 will be shared in the future and, as yet, no final decision is available.

We wait patiently. As soon as we do know the survey will be undertaken

and the Outreach Group will begin a series of meetings aimed at charting

a way forward.

Parish Book Club Meets next on Monday 10th March (2pm)

and is for members of both St Mary's and St Bart's - ie the WHOLE parish. We have looked at some wonderful poetry, authors and watch movies of famous books. The meetings usually last just an hour. At the next meeting we will be looking at some of the poems from the Andrew Motion collection LOVE IN A LIFE

Hedgerow Court The Eucharist will be celebrated for the residents of Hedgerow Court on Wednesday at 10.30am.

Parish Finances We continue to struggle on without a Parish Treasurer. We thank God for the work of Matthew Gray and Terry

 the Diocesan Parish Giving Officer, without whom we would be in a perilous state. We are looking for someone who can work with the book keeper and who can interpret the figures for us and assist the PCC in reviewing expenditure and planning for the future.

This is a critical post. If you are hiding your light under a bushel

 please see Rob or Quintin urgently.

Electoral Roll forms are available at the back of both Churches

 for those who haven’t signed up.

 Please take one and fill in as the APCM is coming up soon.

Rectory Coffee Morning A Saturday morning of chat, tea. coffee and cup cakes is promised at the Rectory on Saturday 8th March 10am-12noon.

All welcome!  Hot drink and a cup cake for £1.50 in aid of church funds.

CONFIRMATION AND FIRST COMMUNION

Preparation for First Communion and Confirmation

 for this year will start shortly. Candidates for First Communion need to be 7 Years old or above Candidates for Confirmation need to be

14 Years old (or nearly) and above.

NB There is no upper age limit for either of these two Sacraments.

We would like to invite Candidates to register on the Forms provided at the back of both Churches. First Communion will take place on Easter Sunday and Confirmation will take place in June.     Thanks    Fr Fred

On The Way Taster Sessions 2014

 

On the Way is a course designed to help Newham Christians grow in faith and confidence, and move on with God.

 

(24 free sessions, one night a week for two terms, January to July)

The course will run again in 2015, but this year we are offering free taster sessions

for those who would like to find out more:

When, What & Who? Tuesday 25th March 7.30pm – 9pm

Theme: Creative Bible Study – The Last Supper

Led by Rev. Christopher Owens

Saturday 28th June 10am – 12.30pm (followed by soup lunch)

Theme: Telling our Story  Led by Rev. John Brown

Tuesday 23rd September 7.30pm – 9pm

Theme: Faith in Community

Led by Rev. Merrin Playle & Rev. Jeremy Fraser

Where?  Emmanuel Church, Romford Road, Forest Gate, E7 8BD

(Corner of Romford Road and Upton Lane)

Forms are available at the back of both Churches if you are interested in going along.

LENT PREACHERS at ST MARY’S.

 

We once again have a variety of speakers from the congregation

 talking about their life & faith.

 

                                LENT1    9th March   Damian Sutton

                                LENT2  16th March   Louise Simmons

                                LENT3  23rd March   Mary Richards

                                LENT4  30th March   Derek James

              PASSION SUNDAY  6th April    Andrew Biro

 Morning Prayer  

Morning Prayer is usually said at Bart’s on Mondays, Wednesday & Thursdays at 9am and at St Mary Magdalene on Tuesdays & Fridays also at 9am.

All are welcome. Where the priest is not available members of the congregation are urged to join in a time of prayer for our ministry and mission together.

Midweek Services

St Mary’s 6.30pm Wednesday and St Bart’s 1230 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  

 twitter @easthamteam. 

  Registered Charity No: 1127847

 

16th February 2014 Newsletter

Posted in Parish

 

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                      

PARISH NEWS

Sunday 16th February 2014

 

Noah and the flood.

           

            I don’t know about you as the rain has continually lashed down over the past month and the pictures on the television have come in from the flooded Thames Valley and Somerset. My mind has turned to Noah and his ark!

            There is no doubt a few arks might be useful right now in Somerset and Berkshire.  But also because as the writers of the book of Genesis saw floods as the consequence of the people turning away from God. Only Noah who pleased God would survive. Now there would be a new covenant between Noah and God. 

            God says in Genesis 6.17-18: ‘For my part, I am going to bring a flood of waters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I shall establish my covenant with Noah and you shall come into my ark…’

            Today, we may not see the floods in that light. Yet there is a realisation, perhaps all too late, that climate change and all that we doing to the earth’s atmosphere is having an effect. The effect seems to be more violent and unpredictable weather systems and the speeding up of jet stream.   

            This flooding may not be seen as God’s retribution for our abuse of the planet. Yet there is now little doubt that our actions over the past hundred years are having an effect on the planet and its weather.    

            So once the clear up has finished, these storms hopefully will force us to look again at our continued abuse of the planets resources. The story of Noah was a wake up call to his generation. The people were told to turn back to God and care for God’s creation. These storms hopefully will have the same effect on us today as we seek to limit the effects of climate change and to care for the planet, its people and animals.                                                         Quintin

Today

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

St Mary Magdalene: Ann is Celebrant & Quintin is Preacher

 

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, Jean Skelton, Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh, Basil Jordan, John & Victoria,

Those who have died:   Adrian Griffith  & Jill Kaye.

                                     May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 16th  February 2014

Deuteronomy 30: 15-end     1 Corinthians 3: 1-9        Matthew 5: 21-27

Readings for 23rd February 2014

Genesis 1:1 – 2:3        Romans 8: 18-25        Matthew 6: 25-end

St Mary’s Birthdays             HAPPY BIRTHDAY to   Pat Davis,

Ashley Charles Smith, Elizabeth Mason, Margaret Wallace & Isabella Mason.

Healing & Anointing

The ministry of healing and anointing will be offered after the main service at St Bartholomew's this morning. All those desirous of this healing ministry are asked to stay for a few minutes after the service.

Laurine & Ancil would like to thank Quintin, Ann, Rob, Fr Fred, June

 & all the congregation for their help, support & prayers

 also the flowers & cards. We appreciate it very much. Thank you.

Daphne’s partner Basil is very unwell in the Royal London Hospital.

Please keep them in your prayers at this time.

Afternoon Bible Study Date Change 

Due to unforseen circumstances the afternoon Bible Study group due to meet tomorrow will now meet on Monday 24 February at 1.45pm in the Luke Room.

 Please note that the evening group will meet on Tuesday evening (18th Feb)

 at 7.30pm at Mary's home (address available from the Parish Office).

Electoral Roll forms are available at the back of both Churches

 for those who haven’t signed up.

 Please take one and fill in as the APCM is coming up soon.

Rectory Coffee Morning A Saturday morning of chat, tea. coffee and cup cakes is promised at the Rectory on Saturday 8th March 10am-12noon.

All welcome!

 Hot drink and a cup cake for £1.50 in aid of church funds.

CONFIRMATION AND FIRST COMMUNION

Preparation for First Communion and Confirmation

 for this year will start shortly. Candidates for First Communion need to be 7 Years old or above Candidates for Confirmation need to be

14 Years old (or nearly) and above.

NB There is no upper age limit for either of these two Sacraments.

We would like to invite Candidates to register on the Forms provided at the back of both Churches.

First Communion will take place on Easter Sunday and Confirmation will take place in June.     Thanks    Fr Fred

Little Sing

Come along and join in a singalong around the piano at St Bart’s.

Everyone welcome. 

No musical ability required.

Wednesday 19th February 2.00-3.00pm   

Help raise awareness of the difficulties our O.A.P's face in todays society!

We have a budding young film maker who will be shooting a 4min film aimed at young people, and hopefully our governments, to remind them to remember and appreciate our older generation.

This is a subject close to his heart and what he needs is some willing people aged 50+ to be background extras on the day of the shoot.

This will involve sitting in our Luke room and generally socialising, chatting, drinking tea, playing scrabble and generally having a good time while there will be a film crew and actors working around them.

Without you, the extras, this film would not be able to happen so if you feel like you could offer your time for the cause please put your name down

 at the Parish Office or contact Jon or Fiona.

When: Friday 21st Feb   12am - 4pm

           (or any amount of time within this period that you can offer)

Where: St Bartholomew's Church

For any further questions please contact:  Jon Mathis 07999 509 852 or 

                                                                       Fiona Ryan 07784181843

There will be a tab opened at the cafe for all participants.

THANK YOU SO MUCH IN ADVANCE!

HOPEFULLY WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

IMPORTANT PCC Meeting.

There will be a short meeting of the PCC on Thursday 20 February at 7.30pm at Bart's with just two but very important items on the agenda. These are the future of the East Ham Team development and a first look at the accounts.

N.B. Could all Treasurers please take their books to the Parish Office

 as soon as possible in preparation to be sent to the Auditors.

East Ham Team LENT 2014

‘A Heart for mission’: A study guide looking at faith in action.

The Lent Course will be held on a Wednesday afternoon at Pilgrim’e Way

or Wednesday evening after the 6.30pm service at St Mary’s.

More details to follow soon.

LENT PREACHERS at ST MARY’S.

 

We once again have a variety of speakers from the congregation

 talking about their life & faith.

 

                                LENT1    9th March   Damian Sutton

                                LENT2  16th March   Louise Simmons

                                LENT3  23rd March   Mary Richards

                                LENT4  30th March   Derek James

              PASSION SUNDAY  6th April    Andrew Biro

 

                                                    ‘Me & My music’

   

 Wednesday 19th February 7pm Bart’s Cafe.

     Flavia Tenywa – East Ham’s best known Chiropodist

reveals her favourite music as she reflects on her life and work.

A two course dinner is included in the ticket price of £7.

You are welcome to bring your own wine.

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

or the Parish Office to book stating any dietary requirements.

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK.

Morning Prayer  

Morning Prayer is usually said at Bart’s on Mondays, Wednesday & Thursdays at 9am and at St Mary Magdalene on Tuesdays & Fridays also at 9am.

All are welcome. Where the priest is not available members of the congregation are urged to join in a time of prayer for our ministry and mission together.

Midweek Services

St Mary’s 6.30pm Wednesday and St Bart’s 1230 Thursday.

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

Telephone 020 8470 0011 

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

 Website:  www.easthamparish.org.uk  

 twitter @easthamteam. 

  Registered Charity No: 1127847