7th & 14th August Newsletter

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Sunday 7th & 14th August 2011


Vicar goes to Hogwarts


Last week, being fairly quiet in the parish, I went to see the latest of the Harry Potter films. An action packed adventure. Although I am no film critic I thought it was better than some of the more recent efforts. I assume that after eight films and seven books this will be the end of the road for an amazingly popular franchise.

 Talk of Wizards and magic makes some people in the church very nervous. I gather a head teacher in a Church of England school has banned the books from the school library saying they were against the biblical teaching. Certainly, in the story of Harry Potter, there is no mention of God directly. Yet there are the great theological themes running through the books such as self-sacrifice, mercy and even the redemptive power of love. This is most clearly seen in this the last of the Harry Potter films.

 JK Rowling, like her predecessor CS Lewis with his stories from Narnia, has written a great morality tale. So if you are going to see the film this week. Enjoy it.




Please remember in your prayers:

Les Page,  Clarice, Vicky Schiff,  Joan Short,  Norman, Iris Neal,

Betty Anderson, Frank Burge, Arthur Worwood & Martin Gammon.



Readings for 7th August 2011

St Bart’s: Matthew 14: 22-33

St Mary’s: 2 Peter 1.16-19   Luke 9.28-36

Readings for 14th August 2011

St Bart’s: Genesis 45: 1-15    Romans 11: 1-2a, 29-32

Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28

St Mary’s: Isaiah 61.10-end  Galatians 4.4-7  Luke 1.46-55



St Mary’s Birthdays

Happy Birthday to: Toulope Daramola, James Bluff, Frank Burge,

Fred Ashford-Okai, Rosemary John & Sebastian Quigley



On Sunday 7th August we welcome for Baptism at St Mary’s

Ademola Adedipe & also Chinazo Akinbamidele, their friends & family & all who have come to support them at this time.



Allen Lloyd-White sadly died.

We are waiting to hear from the family about the funeral arrangements.

Please hold them in your prayers.



Egbert Scott is in the Gateway Surgical Centreand hopes to be discharged this weekend.



On 14th August the interrment of Gwen’s ashes will take place in the Memorial Garden at St Mary’s

at 11 o’clock after the morning service.All are welcome.” Les



Arthur is in Plashet Ward in Newham General and seems to be doing well in his recovery.

He sends his best wishes to all in the Parish and would welcome visitors.



Would anyone interested in joining a rota to look after the Memorial Garden at St Mary’s please contact John Hedges.

Basic cutting grass & keeping it tidy. Lawn mower provided.



There will be NO Sunday Club at St Bart’s or Sunday School at St Mary’s during the month of August.




Sunday 4th September 2011

10.00am Joint Service

Our Celebrant & Preacher will be Rev’d Robert Wiggs

who has previously worked as Team Vicar in the Parish.



The Parish Quiet Day has been booked for Saturday 8th October at Haggeston Priory.

The Parish Fair has been booked for Saturday 22nd October.




The next PCC meeting will be 28th September at St Mary’s. The Church Council suggested that 7.30pm might be a more convenient time as it follows the 6.30pm Eucharist. Could any member of the Church Council that finds this difficult please let one of the clergy know as soon as possible.



DAILY PRAYERS are said every week day in our churches

and you are verywelcome to join us:

Monday morning prayers at St Bart’s;

Tuesday morning prayers at St Mary’s;

Wednesday morning prayers at St Mary’s.

Thursday morning prayers at St Bart’s;

Friday morning prayers at St Mary’s.

All at 9.00am



The Parish of the Divine Compassion


A short series of prayer workshops

at St Martin’s Church

Boundary/Claughton Road

Plaistow E.13.

Tuesdays in August, 7.30pm-9.00pm

Led by the Parish Clergy



Olympic Site Prayer Walks

More than 30 people met on June 25th to pray for the approaching 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games as they walked around the construction of the Olympic Park. The next walk is scheduled for 1st October and all are invited to attend.

More information will be made available in September.


God in the Park

July 2012 at Mayesbrook Park. The day will be a relaxed occasion where people from the variety of churches in the area come and meet each other, build links and worship without any denominational barriers. This is a massive logistical operation and any church in the area that is interested in helping coordinate or participate is encouraged to contact Martin Court: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





There will be no midweek services, bible study/evening service in August.

Normal services will resume in September

Morning prayers as usual.



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

Telephone 020 8470 0011

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Website: www.easthamparish.org.uk

Registered Charity No: 1127847



31st July 2011 Newsletter

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Sunday 31st July 2011

Parish of East Ham Celebrates in Unity!

The joint service at Saint Mary’s last Sunday, on the occasion of the Patronal Feast was another cherished opportunity for all Parishioners of the East Ham Team - St Bartholomew’s, St Mary’s and St Alban’s to show their fraternity, shared Christian faith, Anglican traditions and corporate unity.

The joint Eucharist presided over by the Lord Bishop of Chelmsford, The Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, and indeed his engaging sermon were very inspiring. “Remember the rock from which you were hewn”, the  Bishop exhorted his avid listeners exhorting all to follow the example of Mary of Magdala: stay by Jesus, listen wholeheartedly to the Lord, and follow His teachings faithfully, and spread the Good News.

Blessing the new Memorial Garden and dedicating it to the memory of the late Sacristan and Lawyer Nick Richens, Bishop Stephen prayed that all who visited the Memorial Garden would find Christ like Mary Magdalene did on the First Day of the Resurrection.

I hope you find the following prayer helpful:


Saint Mary Magdalene,

woman of many sins, who by conversion became the beloved of Jesus,

thank you for your witness that Jesus forgives through the miracle of love.

You, who already possess eternal happiness in His glorious presence,

please intercede for me, so that some day I may share in the same everlasting joy.


By Fr Fred

24th July 2011 Newsletter

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Sunday 24th July 2011


A Special Day

 Today is one of those special days in the life of the parish when we all meet together for worship. I really look forward to our joint services. And not just because when we gather at St. Mary’s I, as a Barts’s Warden, don’t have anything to do!

I know some people have reservations about them (and may, therefore, not be reading this!).  We may find the services a bit disruptive to our normal routine: we have to remember to go somewhere else – or not – as the case may be. We will worship slightly differently, we may have to be on time as the Church will be crowded and we may find our favourite pew occupied, the service will be a bit longer and led by a different minister etc.

However I value and appreciate all the joint activities of the Parish, whether the outings, Study courses, Bible studies or our joint services. All of these are very useful opportunities of getting to know one another, learn from each other, share our thoughts and feelings and, yes, join in worship in slightly different ways – certainly in very different buildings.  And, of course, for our respective Patronal Festivals such as today, we have the opportunity of hearing a special guest preacher.

I feel we are immensely enriched by being in partnership don’t I think either congregation by itself could do such a wide range of activities as we are able to and that our spiritual lives would be much the poorer for it.


17th July 2011 Newsletter

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Sunday 17th July 2011

Let Anyone with Ears Listen


In today’s gospel we hear that recognisable quote ‘let anyone with ears listen’ again.  To fully and deeply listen to another human being is a powerful gift.  I bet we have all suffered from the ‘hearing but not listening syndrome’ at one time or another, especially during sermons.  On some occasions when one has received a compliment; ‘that was a good sermon’, said thanks, but asked ‘what did you like about it? ‘Ummm…..yeah it was a nice sermon’. Selective listening happens to us all, you may read few pages of a book and have no idea of what you’ve just read.  Below is a saying from L. Launio pointing out how we miss listening to God, when God speaks about blessings;

A man whispered "God, speak to me"
And a meadowlark sang.
But the man did not hear.

So the man yelled "God speak to me!"
And the thunder rolled across the sky.
But the man did not listen.

The man looked around and said "God let me see you." And a star shone brightly.
But the man did not notice.

And the man shouted "God show me a miracle"
And a life was born.
But the man did not know.

So, the man cried out in despair. "Touch me God and let me know that you are here!" Whereupon God reached down and touched the man. But the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on.


Jesus always teaches his listeners how to listen by speaking in parables I hope we will hear Him loud

and clear today and not find ourselves drifting off.        


10th July 2011 Newsletter

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Sunday 10th July 2011

Stop the Front Page!

I have rewritten this article a number of times. Each time  I thought I had written the final version, another shocking piece of news appeared about the conduct of some journalists and executives at News of the World. Now, we hear today’s edition will be the last under that name. Although, I suspect, a new Sunday newspaper will reappear in the not too distant future.

The fact that someone at the paper thought it appropriate to listen to the desperate messages of a family to the murdered girl, Milly Dowler. and also to remove some of those messages from the family, so offering them false hope at their most dreadful of times. Or any other the other horrendous allegations we have heard this week has been shocking.

The freedom of the press is central to any democracy. Thank goodness we have a vibrant and free press in our country. That freedom often allows them unique access into other people’s lives. Yet that freedom has to impose on the press the responsibility to act in an appropriate fashion. For some parts of our press the great responsibility to cover the news accurately and fairly has been lost.  To get a story, by whatever means necessary, seems to have been their only motive.

As a nation we deserve better but equally we deserve better from the Police. They seem to have never really investigated this crime a few years ago and plainly did not or would not examine all the evidence that was available. Their first investigation was a shambles. We deserve better from the Police. All institutions make mistakes. We have seen over the past few years, mistakes made by Parliament, the Banks and the Church. The question for me is how those human institutions react to their mistakes.

Do they sweep them under the carpet or face those mistakes head on?  How do they change their behaviour? 

For some parts of the Press and some in the Police this will be a time to do some deep soul searching as how they can change to fulfil the vital and important responsibilities that society places upon them.