12th May 2013 Newsletter

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Sunday12th May  2013


Christian Aid Week 2013

          Yesterday, we had a wonderful concert to raise money for Christian Aid. At the back of the churches there will also be today an extra plate for any more donations to this great cause.

Why Christian Aid?

I now quote from the Christian Aid website ‘Christian Aid is an agency of the churches in Britain and Ireland that works around the world with those in need.We work with anyone who needs help, regardless of faith or nationality.

We provide emergency assistance where there is great need. For example, our partners were working to distribute aid 30 minutes after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami struck.

Tackling the root causes of poverty.

Christian Aid also tackles the effects of poverty at its root causes - for example, companies fail to pay the taxes owed to the countries where they work.

Working through partners.

Christian Aid works with and through partners overseas: churches, ecumenical bodies, local non-governmental organisations and movements who have common values and competence in poverty eradication.


An organisation doing some excellent work around the world. Let us give it our support through prayer, money and in particular our musical talents.                                                                                                                                                               Quintin


In Our Prayers
Our Mission: +Stephen and +David our bishops, our clergy and our mission to East Ham; Jide our Curate in training;
Older People: Golden  Oldies: Genesis Housing Association – residents and staff: Lunch Club: Friday Games

Those recently baptised: Josiah & Maddie

Those preparing for marriage: Emma & Brett

The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Win Jones, Maude Smith,,Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Geneva Grimes, Louise Simmonds, Joyce Des, Ricky Adolph & Daisy Jefferson.

Those who have died: Ethel King & Doris Bellinger.   May they rest in peace and rise in glory

Readings for 12th May 2013

Acts 16: 16-34           Revelations 22: 12-14,16-17,20-end        John 17: 20-end

Readings for 19th May  2013

Acts 2: 1-21           Romans 8: 14-17          John 14: 8-17

St Mary’s Birthdays    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Tina Preston & Clare Scawthorn

Norman is now back at home and would welcome visitors.

Please keep him in your prayers.

We welcome the family of Emma & Brett as their banns are read

 at St Mary’s this morning.

Leading worship at Bart's

A reminder that if you read a lesson or lead the prayers, or act as a server there is a short meeting at 11.30am today. If you can’t make today there is a similar meeting next Saturday in the Rector's office at 10am.

Meditation in the Morning Those of you who would just like to be silent for a while are invited to share in a short time of meditation on Tuesday (14th)

 in Bart's between 11.30am and 12.30pm. As it is the Feast of St Matthias there will be a Eucharist at 12.30pm following the meditation.

 You are welcome to come to either or both of these events.

Ascension and Pentecost

We are now in the 10 day period between the Feast of the Ascension and Pentecost which we will be celebrating next weekend. Thanks to all of you who turned out for the special service with Bishop Graeme at St Mary Magdalene on Thursday evening. It was super to enjoy this parish-wide celebration as well as seeing friends from other churches present.

Particular thanks to June for providing the refreshments.

Next Sunday in both of our churches we will celebrate the Holy Spirit who comes upon the church and ask for his blessing on our mission.

Christian Aid Week.

Christian Aid Week is now here and our concert yesterday showed the extraordinary array of hidden talent we have! The collection from Thursday night's service and the takings yesterday will be pooled together for Christian Aid. We will announce the final total as soon as we know it!

Jide's Welcome Service Sunday  7th July at 10am at Bart's.

 This will be a joint service for the whole parish when we formally welcome Jide as our new Curate. He will be inviting family and friends and we look forward to it enormously. After the service we will be serving a simple Sunday brunch and, again, we hope that as many of you will want to help and enjoy this!

The Rectory.  Progress is good and ongoing and Rob is still hoping to have moved in there by Saturday 1st June.

NOYE'S FLUDDE Tue 21 May 7.30pm & Wed 22 May 3.30pm  at The Chainstore, Trinity Buoy Wharf E14 0JY.

Nearest DLR East India Dock.

Tickets from http://www.nlo.co.uk/    £10/£8 concs / £4 2-8 years.  Contact the NLO for special group rates.

To celebrate Benajmin Britten's centenary, the New London Orchestra are hosting this exciting performance of Britten's legendary community opera based on the story of Noah’s Arc. Young musicians from all over Newham will play side-by-side with the NLO’s professionals, along with Newham and Lille (French) school children as the 'Chorus of Animals'. It will be set within London's only lighthouse situated on the River Thames with a spectacular view of the 02.

Me & My Music

Bart's Cafe will be the venue for an evening of fun, food and music on Wednesday 5th June at 7.30pm for all in the parish when we invite a special guest to pick their six favourite pieces of music over a simple supper.

Our first special guest will be The Revd Nicola Vidamour, our Methodist Minister, whom we all know well. This should be a fun evening.

Book the date now!  We hope to welcome some of our Methodist sisters and brothers too!!   If you want to book a place please phone or email the parish office  The price for the three course meal is £6.00 per head.

If you would like to consume wine please bring your own.

The London Appreciation Society very much enjoyed their visit to

St Mary’s last Tuesday. Thanks to Colin for helping out.

Simon Heffer - Why Churches Matter     The Friends of Essex Churches Trust host a talk by Dr Simon Heffer on ‘Why Churches Matter’ at 8.15pm  on Thursday 16 May at All Saints Church, Writtle.       Please contact James Bettley  at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. you a planning to attend and for more information.

BART'S CENTRE VISION EVENING  Following a wide ranging Bart's DCC Meeting it was agreed to have a Vision Evening to look ahead to the future development & usage of Bart's Centre. This includes the church, rooms & cafe. THE PROPOSED DATE IS MONDAY 20th MAY 7.30PM in Church.

This meeting is also open to members of St Mary's DCC who may have views & ideas on the way forward. Suggestions will then be made to assist the Bart's DCC at it’s summer meeting.

BOOK CLUB at St Bart’s.  The poetry of Philip Larkin - Part 2.

 Monday 20th May at 2pm. All welcome.

Bart's Cafe

A massive thanks to Sue and her team of volunteers, particularly Alan, for the work they have done in increasing footfall in our parish cafe.Takings were up in April after a huge amount of work was put in and we are looking forward to a successful summer of special events as well as the daily offering of breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea

STUBBERS 2013  June 28th-30th Once again we are taking 30 children aged

 8 - 16yrs to the Stubbers Adventure Centre for a weekend of adventurous activities  see www.stubbers.co.uk for information. Please complete an application form ASAP for each child, available from the Parish Office or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .Shirley Biro at Bart’s This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Fred at St Mary’s and return with a cheque for £55 per child payable to “East Ham PCC”. For informal enquiries contact John Marshall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Parish Outing  Our 2013 parish outing is to Chichester

 on Saturday 29th June.  The cost will be £12 for adults

 and £4 for under 16’s

Please sign up on the  sheets available at the back of both Churches


Wednesday 6.30pm at St Mary’s  

     Thursday 12.30pm at St Bart’s

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