5th Dec Newsletter

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St Mary Magdalene  †       St Bartholomew †       St Alban  †


Sunday 5th December 2010



is the title of a book by Nicola Slee, a poet and theologian who came to talk at the Kitchen Table recently.

It’s subtitled ‘an alternative Christmas handbook’, and it’s full of good things for the times when all the preparations and festivities get too much.


The same theme was part of last week’s Front Page, where Ann offered us some suggestions from her list of ‘how to hold on to the important things’

to help guide us through Advent, amidst all the rush.


One familiar worry of this time of year is just how much Christmas seems to cost.

Add in concerns about the effects of public spending cuts, and the way in which we have all turned up our heating in the bitter cold of the last week,

and money or the lack of it is looming even larger in people’s thoughts than usual as we are tempted to buy just a little more – more food, more decorations, more presents .................


So here’s a very short word game or poem from Nicola’s book to remind us again of the purpose of this time of preparation –

and how easily, surrounded by glitz and tinsel, wanting to be generous, wanting to make things special, we all fall into the spending trap.


                                                                                                                                                 A time to

                                                                                                                                                 Delve deeper into

                                                                                                                                        the loVe of God –

                                                                                                                                                 Emmanuel –

                                                                                                                                                 Not spending

                                                                                                                                                 Too much money.





                                                         Please remember in your prayers:

Les Page, Allen Lloyd-White, Clarice, Gwen, Annie,

Ruth Nkonde, Vicky Schiff, Harriett, David Morris, Janet,

David Dance, Priscilla Rolfe, Valerie Coleman,

Janice Wenlock , Louise, Joan Short , Minnie & Maud Smith.


  This week we pray for:

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

Older People: Golden Oldies; Springboard Housing Association

– residents and staff; Lunch Club.

Readings for 5th December 2010

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

Readings for 12th December 2010

Isaiah 35: 1-10         James 5: 7-10         Matthew 11: 2-11



St Bart’s Communion Hymns:    574;   691;   867

St Mary’s Birthday’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

Whilma Brown & Alison McLucas

Today at St Mary’s we welcome for baptism Oluwafifunmi.

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

The amount of money raised at St Mary’s Christmas market was a record £834.35.

Thank you to everyone who helped out and particularly to June for all her hard work.



TODAY our monthly Bible Study will take place at St Mary’s

at 4.30pm followed at 6.00pm by a quiet service for Sunday evening. Do join us for either or both of these.


Valerie Colman had her last session of radiotherapy this week.

She is feeling tired and sends her regards to all at St Mary’s.

NEXT SUNDAY (12th Dec): Sunday Session for 9-13yr olds

from both our Churches.  Christmas Cooking, 4.00pm at the Rectory, Navarre Road. Please let one on the clergy

or John Marshall know if you will be coming.



Last Wednesday was World Aids Day. Please pray for the work of Mildmay Mission Hospital who  care for Aids and

HIV sufferers here and abroad.




On the Way. A new course for Christians in Newham to share and learn together what it means to be God’s people in this part of London.

Meeting on Tuesday evenings from January 2011

in the New Martin Centre, Claughton Road, Plaistow.

If you are interested, pick up a leaflet at the back of church – and talk to one of the clergy about this exciting opportunity.



St Bart’s Christmas Time Rotas.

Many people are away during the festive season and there are extra services,

I am asking for people to volunteer for duties. There is a blank rota on the notice board.

Could you please put your name against any of the times when you would be willing

to help even if a name is already there.  

Thank you Shirley Biro.




Several people from St Bart’s have asked about baptism and/or confirmation as adults.

If you are interested, please put your name on the sheet at the back of church, so that we can plan a course of preparation, probably at the beginning of next year.




The Church of God are holding a Christmas Dinner on Sunday 12th December at 2.30pm in the hall at St Bart’s.

Members of St Bart’s congregation are invited to join them. Please let the Parish Office know as soon as possible if you wish to come along.




Christmas Lunch Club    Monday 13th December 12.30pm

Everyone welcome for some festive fun!     Book now!

To book contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /  020 8586 7979.



LAST CHANCE St Mary's Sunday School children are going to the pantomime SNOW WHITE.

£10 per person. Saturday 11th December 2pm at The Broadway, Barking.

Please speak to Alison McLucas at St Mary's.



Welcome Service for our new Bishop of Chelmsford, Bishop Stephen at Christ Church, Wanstead on Thursday 16th December at 7.30pm.

If would like to come, please contact the Parish Office by tomorrow (6 Dec). This is a ticket only event!



NEW PARISH WEBSITE.   Have a look at www.easthamparish.org.uk , our splendidly updated parish website!

Many thanks to Stefan Januszewski

for all his hard work on this.




ST MARY’S. On Saturday 18th December we will be cleaning

& decorating the church for Christmas from 10.00am.

Free mince pies for those who turn out.

Also on Wednesday 22nd December after the 6.30 service

we will be preparing the Christingles.

Do come along and help.

ST BART’S. Volunteers wanted to clean and decorate the church, from 10.00am on Saturday 18th December.

Children/ the young at heart specially required to help

Frances prepare the nativity scene! Refreshments provided.




1)    ‘Why engage with Faith Communities?’

A short course of three bible study sessions exploring how and why we

might engage with people of other faiths – a chance to think together

about something which is a daily reality of our lives here in East Ham.

7.30pm, 1 Norman Road, Wednesday’s 8th, 15th, December.


2)    Advent Quiet. A time of reflection and quiet prayer, an opportunity

to step out of the busyness of preparing for Christmas.

2 – 2.30pm  Tuesdays 7th, 14th, 21st,  December in the chapel at St Bart’s.



SOAP, TOOTHPASTE, LOO ROLLS, washing powder, towels

– all things that are much needed by 308(formerly the Turnaround hostel)

working with those who have been homeless. Could you add one of these (or any toiletry items) to your shopping list –

and drop it into the ‘Gifts for 308’ grey bin at the back of St Bart’s. Thank you!




St Mary’s – Wednesday 6.30pm

St Bart’s – Thursday 12.30pm



DAILY PRAYERS are said every week day in our churches

and you are very welcome to join us:  

Monday morning prayers at St Bart’s;

Tuesday morning prayers at St Mary’s;

Wednesday morning prayers at St Mary’s (December);

Thursday morning prayers at St Bart’s;

Friday morning  prayers at St Mary’s.  

           All at 9.00am



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

Telephone 020 8470 0011

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Website: www.easthamparish.org.uk

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