9th February 2014 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     


Sunday 9th February 2014





“The road to success is not straight.

There is a curb called Confusion,

speed bumps called Friends;

red lights called enemies

caution lights called family.


You will have flats called jobs.

But if you have a spare called Determination;

an engine called Perseverance;

insurance called Faith

and a driver called JESUS,

you will make it to a place called Success”



Author unknown


                                                                    Fr Fred



St Bart's: Quintin is Celebrant & Preacher

St Mary Magdalene: Fred is Celebrant & John is Preacher

Ann is officiating at Pilgrim’s Way.


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, Jean Skelton, Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh, Basil Jordan & John,

Those who have died:   Adrian Griffith  & Jill Kaye.

                                     May they rest in peace & rise in glory.


Readings for 9th February 2014

Isaiah 58: 1-9a        1 Corinthians 2: 1-12        Matthew 5: 13-20

Readings for 16th  February 2014

Deuteronomy 30: 15-end     1 Corinthians 3: 1-9        Matthew 5: 21-27

St Mary’s Birthdays             HAPPY BIRTHDAY to   Norman Lipman

Some long standing members of St Mary’s may remember Jill Kaye

who lived at Saxon Road and occasionally worshipped at St Mary’s.

In her last few years she moved to Essex to be near her family.

Her funeral is taking place at St Mary’s on Thursday 13th February at 2.00pm for those who may wish to attend.

The Parish Book Club tomorrow (Monday 10th Feb)  2pm at St Bart’s looking at  Keith Waterhouse, Streets Ahead. All are welcome.

Bible Study Monday 17th Feb 13.45pm at St Bart’s

and Tuesday 18th Feb 7.30pm at Mary’s house

(address obtainable from the Parish Office)

We are finishing Galatians looking at Chapter 5.

Rectory Coffee Morning A Saturday morning of chat, tea. coffee and cup cakes is promised at the Rectory on Saturday 8th March 10am-12noon. All welcome!

 Hot drink and a cup cake for £1.50 in aid of church funds.

Priests available - just give us a call. The Team has several priests available and at your assistance. If you need one of the team to call or you want to come and see one of them – then  pick up the phone and let us know. The clergy team are very happy to support you in whatever way we can.


Preparation for First Communion and Confirmation

 for this year will start shortly.

Candidates for First Communion need to be 7 Years old or above

Candidates for Confirmation need to be 14 Years old (or nearly)

and above.

NB There is no upper age limit for either of these two Sacraments.

We would like to invite Candidates to register on the Forms provided at the back of both Churches.

There will be an initial meeting of candidates after Today’s Service

at both Churches where further details will be shared.

First Communion will take place on Easter Sunday and Confirmation will take place in June.     Thanks    Fr Fred

Little Sing

Come along and join in a singalong

around the piano at St Bart’s.

Everyone welcome. 

No musical ability required.

Wednesday 19th February 2.00-3.00pm   

St Bart’s Centre – February Consultation  This will be a key month as we decide on how we discern how God wants us to fashion the life and work of  St Bart’s Church & Centre into the future.

 A questionnaire is being prepared and all members of Bart’s will be asked to complete one. These will be put alongside the findings of a vision day we had last year.  It has been suggested that the DCC then spends some time away reflecting on how we prepare and budget for whatever changes can be instigated to match our priorities with resources available. Watch this space

Work about the House Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to get St Bart's spruced up and ready for Christmas.  Sadly the committed team who have kept the church clean and tidy from week to week has dwindled of late.  If you could add this to your ministry for the church by volunteering to go on the "hoover and dust" rota it would relieve the pressure on those who are left.  It just takes an hour or so and the more people we have on the rota the fewer times you'll have to do it.  If you could help out with that please let me know. PS  It's also getting more and more difficult to get a cup of tea round here - more volunteers needed to serve tea and coffee after the service, please.      Thanks               Geraldine

The Church of England has launched its new Church Legacy websitewww.churchlegacy.org.uk with essential information for individuals considering leaving a "lasting gift" to their local church in their Will.

The website provides further information on leaving a legacy, example wording for your Will, and information for Solicitors and for PCCs. Legacies, of whatever size, are a hugely valuable source of income to parish churches, contributing £44.8 million to parish income in 2011, that's almost £3,000 per parish church per year.

Eleanor Gill, National Legacy and Funding Officer, said: "Legacies are a fundamental part of Stewardship and our Christian Giving; leaving a gift in your Will is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can give thanks to God for the gifts of your life and lifetime.


St Mary’s DCC Wednesday 12th February 7.30pm

Agendas available to pick up today.

Following the success last year of Sue’s charity coffee morning it is hoped that we can do more of these events. If anyone has any particular charity they would like us to support please either speak to Shirley or Sue in the cafe. 

 ‘Me & My music’


 Wednesday 19th February 7pm Bart’s Cafe.

     Flavia Tenywa – East Ham’s best known Chiropodist

reveals her favourite music as she reflects on her life and work.

A two course dinner is included in the ticket price.

You are welcome to bring your own wine.

Please email Sue This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or the Parish Office to book stating any dietary requirements.

Morning Prayer  

Morning Prayer is usually said at Bart’s on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays at 9am and at St Mary Magdalene on Tuesdays and Fridays also at 9am.

All are welcome. Where the priest is not available members of the congregation are urged to join in a time of prayer for our ministry and mission together.

Midweek Services

St Mary’s 6.30pm Wednesday and St Bart’s 1230 Thursday.

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

 Telephone 020 8470 0011   

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