29th July 2012 Newsletter

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Sunday 29th July 2012


Mary, Martha and Lazarus – Jesus’s friends.

Although it is thought that Jesus had brothers and sisters, or perhaps half-brothers and sisters, we don’t hear anything about them in the Gospels but we do hear about Jesus’s friends, especially today about Mary, Martha and Lazarus who lived at Bethany, outside Jerusalem. It seems that Jesus stayed with them sometimes, perhaps when he wanted a break, and the Bible tells us that Jesus loved them. One day, they gave a dinner for him and Lazarus sat at the table and ate and talked with Jesus while Mary sat at Jesus’s feet and listened to his teaching but Martha busied herself with serving the food - each of them was being a friend in a different way.

It’s said that friends are God’s way of looking after us and sometimes we need care and attention from our friends, a bit of cossetting and spoiling, a hug or a smile when we are struggling.

At other times, we want someone to hear our concerns, to be on our side, to affirm our feelings and make us feel valued; it’s then I want my friends to agree with me and share my indignation or my conviction.

But there are times when I know I need a strong dose of honesty and it’s then that good friends will gently but directly challenge me, forcing me to examine myself and encouraging me to grow even if it hurts. Sometimes I really need to hear how big my bum looks in this outfit – and I know who to ask!

I like to think that, in a world which must often have felt hard and brutal to him, Jesus had some friends to lighten the load.


22nd July 2012 Newsletter

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Sunday 22nd July 2012


Parish Patronal Feast – St Mary’s

We congratulate all at St Mary’s, The Ancient Parish of Mary Magdalene, East Ham, on this occasion of its patronal solemnity, the feast of Saint Mary of Magdalene.

For the Parish of East Ham 2012 has proved to be one of the most tumultuous and yet exciting years in decades: The Royal Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, The London 2012 Olympics, changes in the Parish Team - farewells to Jane, farewells to Frances, great expectations of the new Vicar of St Bartholomew’s or Rector of East Ham Parish Team – enlarged or shrunk. And yesterday we welcomed the Olympic Torch into Newham.

As Quintin reminded us last week in his homily the Olympic flame was the symbol which ushered in an impasse and announced a period of rare peace in a warring ancient Greece to celebrate the Olympic Games. In the Olympics the eternal values of Friendship, Respect, Excellence, and Paralympic values of Equality, Courage, Determination, and Inspiration are celebrated.

Today’s feast is about Mary Magdalene: The Woman Who Believed Jesus, The Woman Who Acted upon all she had heard Jesus speak. The Woman Who Anointed Jesus's feet in preparation for His burial. The woman who was not ashamed to stand with Mary at the foot of the Cross of Jesus, covered in His Blood. The first recorded person to see and to announce the Risen Jesus. In Mary Magdalene, Jesus’ preferential option for rejected, the poor, the unnoticed, the ostracised, the underestimated and under-trodden is evident. God’s confirmation of a woman despised many, of her role and ministry becomes indisputable.

Dare I say: Go ye and do the same.

For Mary Magdalene, the "calming of the storm" was no theoretical concept.  Daily she lived in an all-consuming soul destroying tempest.  And Jesus calmed it with one substantial and efficacious word: "Peace!"

Today, far more than at the time of the ancient Greeks we need Jesus PEACE in Newham, in London, in the world during the London Olympics and beyond.

Like Mary Magdalene, let us turn to Jesus.

Fr Fred

15th July 2012 Newsletter

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Sunday 15th July 2012


‘Another fine mess you have got me into Stanley..’

This week, Laurel and Hardy would have been proud of the Church of England. This week the York meeting of the General Synod has descended into chaos and confusion. Slapstick comedy was the more appropriate description of the behaviour of the Synod if the subject matter wasn’t quite so serious. The General Synod has been trying to pass the measure allowing the Ordination of Women to the Episcopate.

 Now you would think this would be a simple matter. After all, years ago, the difficult debates had already taken place. Last year there were a resounding series of votes in favour of women becoming Bishops in forty two of the forty four dioceses of the Church of England.There had been previous debates and votes in General Synod in favour of the measure and many years of deliberation. Not to mention it was over thirty years ago when the Synod decided there were no theological objection to women becoming Bishops.

So now you would think the final vote would be a formality. Not so fast!! After all those deliberations at York this week there was still an impasse. The Synod decided there were a few more things to be discussed and so no action was the best course to take. The debate rolls on. I feel the delay just makes the Synod look silly in the eyes of the Church and the world. But I suppose if reforming the House of Lords has been debated for over a hundred years, thirty years of talk and no action by the Church puts us in a good light.

Yet if I can’t offer a small piece of advice to the Synod and I am sure they will be listening. For once a little less talk and little more action might be the better path.


8th July 2012 Newsletter

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Sunday 8th July 2012


Litany of The Reverend Mother Frances

My ordination name was Mary Magdalene, served my title post in a team with a church named after Mary Magdalene,

for that I will say

Deo Gratias – Thanks be to God

For Quintin, Jane, Ann, Fr. Fred, The parish wardens, and district wardens and all at Bart’s whipping me into shape.

For that I will say

Deo Gratias – Thanks be to God

For all that I have learnt and experienced in the parish

and beyond, I will say

Deo Gratias – Thanks be to God

For all your love, support and critique I will say

Deo Gratias – Thanks be to God

For the experience I am taking with me to Gloucester

and the community at Matson, I will say

Deo Gratias – Thanks be to God

All I am trying to say is; I will miss you all very much, should you need a change of scenery make your way to the ‘bucolic’ country.

My new address is: The Rectory, Matson Lane, Matson, Gloucester, GL4 6DX.

 Till we meet again – Deo Gratias


1st July Newsletter 2012

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Sunday 1st July 2012


Hello, I must be going.

Today we welcome back Frances from placement but, sadly, only for a short period as she will be leaving us at the end of this month for bucolic Gloucester. We will be able to say goodbye to her at St Mary’s Patronal service on July 22nd.

So there is more change ahead for us in the parish. No-one really likes change: we can be like Hobbits and want calmness and routine.

Our services are to be at the same time, in the same place

and use the same form of words. A part of the Gospel is about just that – assuredness and stability - the same yesterday today and forever.

But another part isn’t. The Gospel is about change, about conversion, about trust, about being transformed. Many years ago

I heard a sermon on “Abraham and rootlessness”. How God called Abraham in his old age out of his home and told him to move,

without telling him where. And he went out, not knowing where he was going (Hebrews 11 v.8).

So we must be prepared for and expect change and uncertainty, because it’s going to happen.

Of course the Bible goes on to say that He will be with us throughout all of this and, as Christians, we know this. It doesn’t come as a surprise to us but it doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to deal with.

Ours is going to be to be a walk of faith and not of sight, whether we want it or not.



Please remember in your prayers:

Les Page, Clarice, Vicky Schiff, Win Jones, Martin Gammon,

Dela McCarteny, Frank Burdge, Joan Short, & Maude Smith.  


PARISH PRAYER ROTA   This week we pray for

Kitchen Table @ St Bart’s: Anne, Michael, Katie and the volunteer helpers:

Older People: Golden Oldies; Genesis Housing Association – residents and staff;

Lunch Club: Friday Games.


Readings for 1st July 2012

2 Corinthians 8: 7-15         Mark 5: 21-43

Readings for 8th July 2012

St Mary’s: 2 Samuel 5: 1-5, 9-10     2 Corinthians 12: 2-10  Mark 6: 1-13

St Bart’s: Ezekiel 2: 1-5   2 Corinthians 12: 2-10     Mark 6: 1-13


St Mary’s Birthday’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY to  Amelie Mason, Kim Andrews, John King & Joe Bence.


St Bart’s Communion Hymns: 297;   300;   413


It’s lovely to have back with us at St Mary’s

Professor John Kater who is giving the talk this morning.


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

Please keep her, her family and godparents in your prayers.


We welcome at St Mary’s this morning Karen Malcolm who you wouldn’t believe is 50 yrs old and who is receiving a blessing

at the end of the service this morning.


Frank Burdge is in the Royal London hospital, but he is too ill to receive visitors at the moment.

Please keep Frank and his family in your prayers.


The funeral of Pauline Wright will take place at St Mary’s on Wednesday 4th July at 1.30pm.

Please keep Pauline and her family in your prayers.


Arthur Worwood has moved to Warrior Square, Little Ilford.


We are very sorry to hear about the death of Catherine Okai, Fred’s Mother.

Please pray for her soul and our thoughts and prayers are with Fred & the family at this time.


£533.60 has been sent to Christian Aid. This consisted of £260 concert ticket sales, £7 concert refreshments, £56 concert donations and £210.60 in congregational donations.  Christian Aid will also be able to claim tax back on £110 of this. 

Thank you everyone and well done!  Geraldine


Monthly Bible Study - where we bring our thoughts to the Gospel reading for the following Sunday, continue TODAY. 

This will be held in the Luke Room at St Bart’s Church. We will start at 4.30pm and finish promptly at 5.30pm in order for folks to get to St Mary’s for the London Gallery Quire concert.


St Mary’s DCC: Wednesday 4th July 7.30pm in the hall. Agendas & minutes available to pick up today.


Goodbye to Frances.

Frances’s last Sunday with us will be the Joint service at St Mary’s on 22nd July.

She will be moving to St Katherine’s, Matson Lane, Gloucester GL4 6DX.

Her licensing will take place at 7.00pm on Wednesday 5th September. Because of the distance involved it will be

difficult to arrange coach hire but if there is a demand we will see if it is feasible. A few people are making

their own way down and staying overnight. We are collecting for a leaving gift for Frances.

Please give to the Church Wardens or Parish Office.


PARISH TRIP to MALDON   Saturday 7th July 2012.

£12 Adults £4 under 16’s.

Pick up at St Mary’s at 9.00am and

Newham College, High Street South at 9.15am.


Sign up on the sheets at the back of both Churches.

Please pay your money, either cash or cheques made payable to East Ham Team Ministry, to the Church Wardens or the Parish Office.



The London Gallery Quire are performing this evening at St. Mary’s at 6pm.

The Quire, formed in 1997, enjoy making West Gallery church music together. West Gallery music was sung in town and country churches during the 18th and early 19th centuries. It is rewarding, easy to sing and very joyful in character.

To learn more about The London Gallery Quire go to www.lgq.org.uk and for West Gallery Music go to www.wgma.org.uk



Roast lunch with live background music @the kitchen table

Central Park E6. Sunday July 1st 2012   12-4pm

Why not treat yourself to lunch out with friends or family?
Enjoy our gentle background music over a delicious lunch
3 course set menu £9.50   (children under 12 £5)
Red pepper & sweet potato soup
Roast Lamb or chicken  or
Stuffed butternut squash
Apple Pie or Chocolate Cheesecake



7th July      Parish Trip to Maldon – sign up TODAY.

21st July      Open Day at St Mary’s for Patronal weekend

and Olympic Torch relay down High St South

22nd July       St Mary’s Patronal Festival

27th July   – 12th August          Olympic Games

29th August - 9th September     Paralympic Games

31st Aug – 2nd September Making a Difference Christian Arts Festival  (more details later in the month)

2nd September St Bart’s Patronal Festival

8th September   Barn Dance at St Bart’s

6th October      Quiet Day at Haggerston

20th October     Parish Autumn Fair



Wednesday 6.30pm at St Mary’s

Thursday 12.30pm at St Bart’s


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

Telephone 020 8470 0011

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