24th November 2013 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                      


Sunday 24th November2013





This year in Advent we will be focusing on what the central chunk of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah has to say about the coming of Jesus. Scholars believe that Isaiah consists of three parts: chapter 1-39, chapter 40-55 and the rest. Whether or not the same author is responsible for all three has been debated because the Hebrew idiom is so different.


So I would ask you all to take a bit of time out and read the middle section. It won’t take you that long. The passage is about occupation, displacement and rejection as the people of God look to the promised Messiah to offer the opposite - freedom, a true home and acceptance.


The author also looks around and sees many abuses of God's will in the way in which human beings are worshipping other things and other gods. And the call is for the Servant to transform the fortunes of God's people.


At our Wednesday evening and Thursday lunchtime Eucharists at both St Mary Magdalene and St Bartholomew we will look at three key passages from this part of Isaiah and try to reflect on what they mean for us today as the people of God in East Ham.


The Servant of God is called; the Servant is commissioned; the Servant exhibits commitment. They are big words us for us to ponder as we light our Advent Candles starting next week!


Let us in the situation in which we find ourselves try to glimpse the work of Jesus at large in our community. The Servant is amongst us - as one who serves.




St Bart's: Rob is Celebrant and Nicola is Preacher

St Mary Magdalene: Quintin is Celebrant and Fred is Preacher

In Our Prayers
Our Mission: +Stephen and +David our bishops, our clergy and our mission to

East Ham;

Community Groups: East Ham AA Group, Narcotics Anonymous,

Newham Community Counselling, Patiko Baker’s Fort Project,

 Royal British Legion – East Ham Branch.

The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Win Jones, Maude Smith, Les Rowe,

 Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Geneva Grimes, Alice Sing & Richard.

Those who have died: Louis Hisco Okai

May he rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 24th November 2013

Jeremiah 23: 1-6          Colossians 1: 11-20           Luke 23: 33-43

Readings for 1st December 2013

St Mary’s:   Isaiah 2:1-5

St Bart’s:  Isaiah 2: 1-5   Romans 13: 11-end  Matthew 24: 36-44

St Mary’s Birthday’s    Happy Birthday  to

Jacqueline Weeks, Michael Obasanya & Laurine Griffith

The flowers in St Mary’s this morning

are in memory of Eva and Jack Patterson

Welcome to Nicola

It is a particular joy to welcome our Methodist Minister, Nicola, to the service at St Bart’s this morning where she will preach on the theme of the day – Christ the King! Our relations with the Methodist Church are very strong and we hope to work and grow even more closely together as we move forward in ministry for mission.

E.6 Churches Advent Walk of Witness. Advent Sunday 1st December.

Gathering at East Ham Baptist at 4.15pm for a 4.30 departure – then proceeding to

 St Bart’s. If you are coming along please bring torches etc. – anything light and bright, but not naked flames.

Parish Bible Study. We now turn to Galatians Chapter 3 and both at

St Bartholomew’s on Monday at 1.45pm and at Mary’s home on Tuesday

 at 8pm we will continue to reflect.

 All are welcome. If you haven’t been so far you can join now!

The new St Mary’s rotas are available at the back of church – please pick up a copy.

St Mary’s DCC Wednesday 27th Nov in the Parish Room 7.30pm

Advent Carol Service

Please make a date to join us at our Advent Carol Service on Sunday

8 December at 4pm. This is a joint service for all our parish. We will hear the story of Advent and enjoy some excellent Advent carols.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Manor Farm

The Eucharist is once again celebrated at Manor farm on Wednesday (27th) at 3pm. If you are free and would like to join Rob please let him know and arrangements can be made for you to visit with him.

Newham Free Training courses for Christians

Leaflets are available for the next ‘On the Way’ course, from which we have had several graduates and the more recent ‘Time to Share’ course.

Both courses rely heavily on sharing experiences together rather than reading and writing and start in the New Year.

On the Way    Is focused on developing your faith and becoming a more confident Christian.  It also encourages people to discover their talents.

There is a week end residential for which a contribution of £15 is requested.

Time to Share   This course is for building confidence in those who wish to share their faith in an appropriate way with others.

It includes a placement and projects and would be ideal for those interested in any form of outreach and for helping to plan the ‘Mission Weekend’ for next year!

Special services at St Bart’s As we move towards Christmas we are beginning to plan two of our festival services. Our Advent Carol service will be on the afternoon of Sunday 8 December and our Christmas Carol Service will be on the afternoon of Sunday 22 December. Alongside the wonderful seasonal hymns and carols we’ll be telling the traditional story using the Bible and other readings.  In order to do this we are going to need a host of people to read out the passages.  Could you be one of those people?  If you would be able to read at one or both of these services please could you let me know as soon as possible.(Thank you to those who have already volunteered – you are on the list)      Geraldine

New Team Rector

We welcome, for the first time today, our new Team Rector! No, unfortunately it is still Rob (!!) but he is officially the Team Rector after a simple ceremony at the Bishop’s office last week. A meeting also took place this week between the clergy of St Paul’s and St George’s East Ham to explore whether there is any interest in developing an enhanced team in East Ham over the next 12 months. At the end of that time Rob will review this with the rest of the team and ask the Bishop to advise on what structures are then appropriate.       

Put all the hours spent on watching TV cookery programmes

 to good use. Homemade cakes are required for the

Christmas Market on 30th November at St Mary's Hall. 

Please see Claudette if you can help. Thank you

Advent 2013

Leaflets outlining all of our services across the Team for Advent 2013 are included in this Newsletter. Also available are leaflets outlining the Advent addresses/meditations which will be offered at our midweek services (see the front page). These are available in both churches.

Seeing a Priest

After the service is not the best time to have a detailed conversation with your parish priest and many of you would like a bit more time to disscuss issues which are important to you or things in your lives which are causing you hurt or distress. If you would like to meet  with a priest please contact the parish office and we can arrange it. Ann, Fred, Rob and Quintin are happy to visit you at home or see you in church at a mutually convenient time.

Christmas Lunch Club at St Bart’s Cafe

Sue and the team are busy stirring cakes and puddings in preparation for our Christmas lunch on Monday 16th December.

Three course meal followed by afternoon activities, cake & mince pies!

Cost - £8 per head.

Please book with Sue or the Parish office

Midweek Services

St Mary Magdalene 6.30pm Wednesday and

 St Bart’s 12.30pm Thursday.

Morning Prayer   Morning Prayer is generally said at 9am as follows:

Monday: Bart's; Tuesday: Mary Magdalene; Wednesday: Bart's;

Thursday: Bart's; Friday: Mary Magdalene

If you are free, why don't you join us. Quite a few people already do at various times of the week. If a priest is unable to be present you are encourage to pray for the life and mission of the parish anyway!!

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

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St Mary’s Christmas Market

St Mary’s Church Hall

High Street South

East Ham


Saturday 30th November 2013 


11.00am – 3.00pm.



Raffle/ books/ cards

Cakes/ clothes/ toys

Bric a Brac


Refreshments Available.


Please come along and bring all your friends.