27th May 2012 Newsletter

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St Mary Magdalene †      St Bartholomew †    St Alban †


Sunday 27th May 2012


Happy Birthday Dear Church!!

We are told in the Gospels that, on the first Whit Sunday, a rushing wind was heard and felt - the Greek word used is ‘pneuma’ which means air in motion or blowing wind (and is the root of words like pneumatic) – and suddenly everyone was full of the Holy Spirit, and it was that Spirit that made everyone able to communicate with all the people around them and that’s how the Church began.

So Whit Sunday is traditionally celebrated as the birthday of the Church and like any birthday, we can have a party! And, like any party, we should have balloons, lots of them!

Balloons depend very heavily on air for their existence; they are full of it and then they float on it – but they can be unpredictable and difficult to manage. Balloons get tangled up with each other and sometimes float away altogether; they are a bit hard to keep hold of and you can’t keep one in its full state for long – so balloons have to be enjoyed for what they are when you have them.

In Church and in our private prayers, we often ask that we and the Church should be full of the Holy Spirit, but we have to be ready to accept Her as she is. (Pneuma is feminine in Greek – just thought I’d throw that in!) The Spirit does not offer much in the way of certainty, quite the opposite, in fact; the Spirit leads us on to think wider and deeper; the Spirit takes us on a flight and we don’t know where we might land. But it’ll be interesting, I’m sure of that!


Please remember in your prayers:

Les Page, Clarice, Vicky Schiff, Arthur Worwood, Win Jones,

Martin Gammon, Dela McCarteny, Frank Burdge,

Joan Short & Colin Brockwell.

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 27th May 2012

St Bart’s: Acts 2:1-21   Romans 8:22-27   John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

St Mary’s: Ezekeil 37.1-14   Acts 2.1-21   John 15.26-27; 16.4b-15

Readings for 3rd June 2012

Romans 8: 12-17           John 3: 1-17

St Mary’s Birthday’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Alexandra Davies & Shannon Tellis

St Bart’s Communion Hymns: 387;   541;   615

We welcome back as our preacher at St Bart’s today the

celebrated broadcaster and author The Revd Rob Marshall.

The flowers in St Bart’s this morning are in loving memory of Gwen Rowe.

Les & Gwen would have celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary yesterday (26th May).

PARISH TREASURER NEEDED. After many years of excellent service Tim has decided to hang up his calculator and give up his post as Parish Treasurer. If anybody would like to take up this roll please contact one of the clergy. Tim is happy to give pointers as to what’s needed.

The Jack Cornwell Parade

TODAY The East Ham and District Branch of the Royal British Legion,

on behalf of the Manor Park Branch, will lead in organizing the Annual Jack Cornwell Parade to celebrate the life and legacy of John Travers Cornwell VC at St Mary’s. The Parade starts from the Army Cadet Centre in Vicarage Lane at 11.30am

and the Service starts at St Mary’s at 11.45am.

All are welcome.

Thank you to all who contributed to the Christian Aid Concert.

In total £355.35p was raised from the concert & collections.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Bible Study or evening service next Sunday – 3rd June.

Jubilee Parish Dance at St Mary’s Hall.

June 2nd

Tickets £5.00 Adults, £1.00 children,

bring your own drink and nibbles.


Tickets available from Colin Mansfield, Irene Phaup or the Parish Office.

Most types of dancing catered for.


Theme of Red, White and Blue, so dress up.

Limited number of tickets, so book early.     In aid of Children’s Jubilee Party.


at St Mary’s June 3rd.

Don’t forget our Parish Picnic starting at 12.00 finishing at 4.00pm.

All Welcome – bring your own picnic.


NO MORE THAN 3 PLACES REMAINING for our 12th trip to Stubbers Adventure Centre in Upminster 29th June – 1st July 2012.

The cost is £55/child.

Make your mind up quickly. Please e-mail Brenda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application form and return to 292B Barking Road E6 3BA with a cheque made payable to "East Ham PCC". For further information e-mail me John Marshall (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The kitchen table @ Central Park opening party!

Saturday June 9th 2-5pm an afternoon of fun & music,

Activities for children, tea & cake! Special guest Stephen Timms MP

Let’s celebrate our new café in East Ham!


2nd June       Jubilee Parish Dance at St Mary’s

3rd June        Parish Children’s Jubilee Party/Parish Picnic

9th June        Kitchen Table @ Central Park opening party

29th June – 1st July     Stubbers weekend

1st July         London Gallery Quire performing at St Mary’s 6pm

7th July         Parish Trip to Maldon – further details available soon.

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

2nd September St Bart’s Patronal Festival

9th September   Barn Dance at St Bart’s

6th October      Quiet Day at Haggerston


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

Website: www.easthamparish.org.uk

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