6th March 2011 Newsletter

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St Mary Magdalene  †       St Bartholomew †       St Alban  †


Sunday 6th March 2011




Alec reminded me this week of a story which some of you may know

‘A story about four people, named Somebody, Everybody, Anybody,  and Nobody. There was one important job to be done; Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody would do it. Nobody realised that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

In the end, Everybody blamed Somebody, when Nobody did what Anybody should have done.’


I’m very glad to say that things aren’t like that in this parish!

But the time of year has come when we need not just four people,

but many more to come forward and take responsibility for the life of our two churches. 

This Sunday we hold our Annual Meeting,

and we will be electing churchwardens, deanery synod representatives and members of our parish and district church councils.

 The idea of elections, committees, and representatives may not  fill you with excitement: but as well as being a legal necessity, these structures are a way of showing how the church belongs to and is made up of each one of us. This is OUR church, not MY church, and the responsibility for it, financially, as buildings, as people, and as a community which shows God’s love to the world, belongs to all of us.


Please remember in your prayers:

Les Page, Allen Lloyd-White, Clarice,  Annie, Vicky Schiff,

Harriett, David Morris, Valerie Coleman, Janice Wenlock,

Joan Short, Minnie, Maud Smith, Bob Gammon, Susan Okukenu

Stella, Xavia & Geoff Hayes.


PARISH PRAYER ROTA   This week we pray for

Worshipping Communities who share our buildings:

Clergy & Lay Ministers: Jane, Quintin, Fred, Frances, Ann & Shirley:  

Staff: Brenda, Chrissie, Bill, May, Marian & June:

Churchwardens: John, Norman, Laurine, Ajith & Andrew.

Readings for 6th March 2011

Exodus 24: 12-end         2 Peter 1: 16-end         Matthew 17: 1-9

Readings for 13th March 2011

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

St Bart’s Communion Hymns:

Tis Good Lord to be Here;  99;  352; 762

Today will be a shortened service –
we hope that everyone will stay for the Annual Parish Meeting
 which will be held in the hall after our joint service at St Bart’s.

Norman is still in hospital but is likely to be moved at time of writing.
Contact June or Quintin for an update and please keep Norman in your prayers.

Congratulations to  Funmilayo & Tokunbo

who were married at St Bart’s yesterday.

NEW GIFT AID FORMS. Do you give to the church AND pay tax? If you do, please fill in one of the new Gift Aid forms, available at the back of church – even if you have done this before. It will help us to claim back the tax.

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.

St Mary’s has received the most generous legacy of £1,000.00
from the estate of the late Miss Joan Harrison,
for which we are extremely grateful.

1st COMMUNION CLASSES for children who are baptised

and  aged 7 and upwards will begin NEXT SUNDAY

13th March after church at St Mary’s.

Thank you to everyone who helped make Ann’s Licensing
last Sunday such a lovely occasion.

PARISH TRIP 18 June (very early notice!). Last year’s parish trippers suggested Norwich as a destination for 2011. However, this would mean a 2 ½ hours journey each way and slightly higher cost of approx £15 for adults. Before we make a booking, we would like to know whether people would be happy with this – please let the clergy or wardens have your views.

March 13th Mystery Sunday afternoon session for 9-13 yr olds from our churches at the Rectory, Navarre Road 4.00pm.
 Please let one of the clergy or John Marshall know if you will be coming.

The Bishop of Chelmsford’s Lent Appeal this year focuses on North Kenya’s Marsabit Mission Area. To know more, see posters in our churches, the Month or www.chelmsford.anglican.org/lentappeal2011

ST BART’S SUNDAY CLUB. There will be a meeting for all current leaders and helpers of Sunday Club (and anyone who would like to become involved) after the service next Sunday (13th March)


There will be services on Ash Wednesday (9 March)

at 6.30pm at St Mary’s and 8pm at St Bart’s,

and our Lent course, (which starts 16th March)exploring the story of Holy Week and Easter through pictures from around the world, will be held on Wednesday evenings at St Mary’s Vicarage,  Thursday afternoons in St Bart’s

and Thursday evenings at Pilgrim’s Way church.

Leaflets are available at the back of church.


At St Bart’s on three Sundays in Lent, we will be using forms of service

from around the Anglican world, which help to reflect the diversity

of the congregations which gather in our churches in East Ham:

13 March Holy Communion from the Church in Kenya

20 March The Holy Eucharist from the Church in the West Indies

10 April An Order for the Lord’s Supper from the Church of South India.


Lent Preachers at St Mary’s

This year as usual we have an exciting list of preachers:


13 March Lent 1  Carole Davison Reader at St Luke’s, Victoria Dock

20 March Lent 2  Revd. Canon Ann Easter

27 March Lent 3  Revd Matthew Duckett Assistant Priest, Old St  Pancras

3 April Children’s Service & Mothering Sunday Revd Frances Quist

10 April Lent5/Passion Sunday   Susanne Bluff

17 April Palm Sunday  Joint Service with the Passion Reading

Jane will be preaching for Evensong at Westminster Abbey,

3.00pm on Sunday 20th March.

ADULT BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION. Please keep Comfort, Collins & Paul in your prayers as they prepare for baptism and confirmation on 13th March at St Paul’s East Ham.


Our new bishop of Chelmsford, Bishop Stephen Cottrell, will be visiting Newham on Friday 11 March.

He will be spending some time in St Bart’s

in the morning, meeting clergy from the deanery.


In the evening there will be a service at 7.30pm at St John’s, Stratford,

followed by social time and refreshments: this is an event to which everyone in the deanery is invited,

and it would be good to see as many people as possible there to greet Bishop Stephen.


St Mary’s has had the great news that Bishop Stephen has agreed

to preside and preach at St Mary’s Patronal Festival on 24th July.

More details nearer the time.

The Kitchen Table Café @ St Bart’s

ALL DAY PANCAKES @ the kitchen table,

on pancake day Tuesday March 8th.

Do bring ideas for your favourite filling

and we will endeavour to produce it for you!


QUIZ NIGHT Thursday 10th March 7.00pm  £6.50 including supper.

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


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 Bart’s (March);

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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