7th April 2013 Newsletter

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Sunday7th April 2013

This week, the Government’s benefit reforms have started to take effect. The government was elected to take forward these measures so they will go ahead. Yet I do have an argument with the language used by some newspapers and Government ministers when setting up the debate around Benefit reform.

The language of ‘strivers and shirkers’ or saying that the dreadful recent court of case of Philpotts are somehow a case for reform is unhelpful. The Philpotts are no more a case for Benefit reform than Harold Shipman was a case for reform of Doctor’s terms and conditions. Both cases were despicably acts of evil and should be laid clearly at the feet of individuals who carried out those crimes.

Many of you know that I do a surgery every Saturday morning as a local councillor. Most of the complaints are to do with   housing but more recently I have seen a large number of people come to the surgery clutching their letters from Government about the reduction in one benefit or another. Most are very worried about what the future holds. There are a small percentage of the people who when I hear their stories for whom I can summon up very little sympathy. It seems to me they been abusing the welfare system for years. Yet the vast majority of people have got themselves into a pickle and don’t know how to get out their situation. Very few I would describe a ‘shirkers’.

The government is getting lots of advice from the Churches on this matter at the moment. As I am sure they will be reading this article so I thought I would add my words of wisdom! My advice is, bring in the welfare reforms that is your absolute right but cut out the language of demonization of the poorest within our communities.                  




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In Our Prayers
Pray for +Stephen and +David Our Bishops and for our mission to East Ham as a parish. We also remember Jide our Curate training at Westcott House, Cambridge.
We remember those who are sick and suffering and particularly we pray for

Les Page, Clarice, Win Jones, Dela McCarteny, Maude Smith,

Dot Anderson,Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Geneva Grimes,

Louise Simmonds,Joyce Des & Ricky Adolph.

At this time we thank God for the resurrection and for our hope in glory.

Please also pray for the soul of Ron Pratt whose funeral took place last week.

Ron did attend St.Mary’s many years ago.

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Parish Prayer Rota:This week we pray for Older People:

Golden Oldies; Genesis Housing Association – residents and staff: Lunch Club: Friday Games.


Readings for 7th April 2013

John 20: 19 – end

Readings for 14th April 2013

Acts 9: 1-6                      Revelations 5: 11-end         John 21: 1-19


St Mary’s Birthdays        HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:      Esther Obasanya, Gladys Obasanya & Quintin Peppiatt


Holy Week & Easter Thanks to everyone at St Mary's and St Bart's for a memorable Holy Week and Easter.

Thanks particularly to Quintin, Ann, Fred and Nicola (at the Methodist Church) for all the hard work and effort which went in to making

the services so moving and memorable as well as meaningful.     Rob


The APCM After today's joint service at 10am the annual APCM with its elections and reports takes place.

Please stay if you can. It is not a long meeting but highly important as we plan our mission and ministry for the future.

Please also pray for those who are elected today.


The Dean announces his retirement
The Dean of Chelmsford, the Very Revd Peter Judd, announced on Easter Sunday that he will take early retirement due to poor health.

 There will be a farewell service for him on 6 October.


Bible Study TODAY 4.30pm at St Bart’s



St Bart’s DCC Monday 22nd April 7.30pm in the Chapel.


STUBBERS 2013 June 28th – 30th. A weekend of adventurous activities for children aged between 8 and 16 yrs.

More information next week.


The Week Ahead.

Bart's Cafe is open every day for breakfast, lunch and tea. Please support your local cafe.We love seeing you!   

Morning Prayer is said at St Mary's on Tuesday & Friday this week.

Rob is leading a retreat on the Island of Iona and will be back on Saturday. This was a commitment prior to him coming to East Ham

Monday 8th        12.30pm Monday lunch Club at Bart's Cafe

Wednesday 10th 6.30pm Mass at St Mary Magdalene

Thursday 11th    12.30pm Eucharist

                             2.00pm Bart's Forum

Sunday 14th      8.00am Mass at St Mary Magdalene

                         10.00am Sung Mass at St Mary Magdalene Preacher: Canon Ann Easter

                         10.00am Sung Eucharist at St Bartholomew's Preacher:Revd Rob Marshall

Monday 15th April   Launch of the Parish Book Club

We will meet at St Bart's Centre at 2pm for a discussion centering around 3 of Philip Larkin's poems which will be available on the day.

Followed by afternoon tea in Barts Café   



Gospel of Mark Study Day     Monday 22nd April 10.30am-3.30pm

The Upper Room. St Bart's Centre A day of Bible Study and reflection on the First Gospel and what it's message is for today's missionary church. Three sessions during the day - starting with St Mark's portrayal of Jesus as Son of God; we will then reflect on the idea of "Kingdom of God" in Mark; we end by looking at the gifts of Discipleship as portrayed in Mark's Gospel. Cost is just £5 which includes lunch in Bart's Cafe.This day is aimed at those available on weekdays. Similar events will be organised in the evenings and on Saturdays in the future. Please note that access to the Upper Room does not include disabled access.   Led by Revd Rob Marshall

.If you would like to book a place please ring or email the parish office

Holy Land Pilgrimage Next Year.

Rob will be organising a pilgrimage to the Holy Land next year taking in Nazareth. Bethlehem Jerusalem, Jericho, the Dead Sea, Qumran and Masada. We hope that quite a few people from the parish will be interested in thinking about it and we want to extend the invitation to others in the deanery and other Christian churches. E6 to Jerusalem has a ring about it. If you are interested can you let Rob know. He is hoping to organise an open meeting early in May.



The Church Remembers Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Tuesday

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, dissident anti-Nazi and founding member of the Confessing Church. His writings on Christianity's role in the secular world have become widely influential, and many have labelled his book The Cost of Discipleship a modern classic. Apart from his theological writings, Bonhoeffer became known for his staunch resistance to the Nazi dictatorship. He strongly opposed Hitler's euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews. He was also involved in plans by members of the Abwehr (the German Military Intelligence Office) to assassinate Adolf Hitler. He was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo and executed by hanging in April 1945 while imprisoned at a Nazi concentration camp, just 23 days before the German surrender.We pray that we might be inspired by the extent of his faith and his courage in all things even in the midst of difficulties we may face.


  ASCENSION DAY Thursday 9th May 7pm

We are delighted to announce that The Right Revd Graeme Knowles, formerly Dean of St Paul's Cathedral and now Chief Executive of the Sons of the Corporation of the Clergy will be our Guest Preacher at a special Eucharist at St Mary Magdalene to celebrate the Feast of the Ascension next month. This is a service for ALL in our parish and we really hope everyone will make an effort to turn up and support Bishop Graeme's visit. The Ascension Service at 7pm followed by a glass of "something nice" and finger food and HOPEFULLY the summer weather will be here.

Please make a note now!!


Do you have a song in your heart or dancing feet…. music in your fingers or a tale on your tongue? 

The talent scouts are out now looking for performers to join the line-up for our 9th annual

Parish Concert for Christian Aid.Date: Saturday 11 May 2013

Time: 3.00- 5.00pm Venue: St Mary Magdalene.

If you’d like to join in please give the details of your item to

Alison at St Mary’s or Geraldine at St Bart’s. NB The deadline for inclusion on the programme is Sunday 28 April so get thinking now!

(PS: tone deaf but talented in the kitchen? – all contributions towards refreshments gratefully received!)



Wednesday 6.30pm at St Mary’s  

                                                                                       Thursday 12.30pm at St Bart’s

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