23rd February 2014 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     


Sunday 23rd February 2014




The face of our parish keeps on changing. People I have met during my first year (yes, it's a year already since my induction) talk about the East Ham of old. I have had some fascinating conversations with East Ham residents now living in Manor Farm about East Ham between the wars!!


News that West Ham's football ground is to be turned into a new "village" in the next few years will impact on the life of our parish. The apartments and houses will all be in our parish. Thousands of people will live and work in the retail units and our parish profile will change overnight.


West Ham, of course, have been an intrinsic part of this community for decades, Local businesses will only hope that the reinvestment

in the area will also benefit them as years of uncertainty as United planned their moved to the Olympic Stadium.


The plans, at first sight, look impressive. The football heritage will remain with streets names after the likes of Bobby Moore and Trevor Brooking. The memorial garden to West Ham fans will be incorporated into the design. West Ham fans will still come on pilgrimage here long after the sound of the crowd has moved to Stratford.


The Church has a poor track record in responding to change.

We like it as was, is now and ever shall be. The trouble is that times are changing and our community is changing and, as Jesus says on more than one occasion - as we travel around we need to travel light, preach the Kingdom and offer the love of God to those we meet as things change all around us.

We have exciting opportunities for mission ahead.     ROB



St Bart's: Ann is Celebrant & Fred is Preacher

St Mary Magdalene: Quintin is Celebrant & Rob is Preacher


In Our Prayers
Our Mission: +Stephen and +David our bishops, our clergy and our mission to East Ham; Worshipping Communities who share our buildings:

Lay Ministers: Shirley & John; Staff: Brenda, Chrissie, Bill, May, June, Win, Mary, Sue & Ritta:

Churchwardens: Andrew, Damian, Laurine, John, Philip & Ajith


The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh,  John & Victoria,

Those who have died:   Basil Jordan & Stanley Vernell

                                     May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 23rd February 2014

Genesis 1:1 – 2:3        Romans 8: 18-25        Matthew 6: 25-end

Readings for 2nd March 2014

Exodus 24: 12-end

St Mary’s Birthdays                   HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

 William McLucas  &  Linda Gillooly.

Baptism Next Week at St Bart's William Chukwuka Inyamah-Nelson
will be baptised next Sunday at the 10am All Age Service.

Everyone is welcome.

Please pray for him and his family as they prepare for this special day.

Laurine & Ancil would like to thank Quintin, Ann, Rob, Fr Fred, June

 & all the congregation for their help, support & prayers

 also the flowers & cards. We appreciate it very much. Thank you.

Me & My Music

Thanks to Flavia for being a special guest and to Sue and her volunteers in the cafe for the excellent Me & My Music evening on Wednesday. It really was an excellent occasion. Thanks to all those who came. We could have done with more. To those who didn't - you missed a superb evening!

Lent 2014 begins a week on Wednesday. There will be Ash Wednesday Services at St Bart's (12.30pm) and St Mary Magdalene (6.30pm). Then a sequence of Study groups will follow

 (see leaflet attached) with special Sunday addresses for Lent

in both our churches - watch this newsletter.

Bible Study Groups The Autumn/Winter Bible Study Groups have been studying Galatians and the final chance to look at the end of this Epistle is tomorrow at Bart's at 1.45pm. The Bible Study Groups will resume

in the Summer in May after Easter.

Barts Outreach Group/Bart's Survey

The planned meeting of the Bart's Outreach Group will not now take place

 on Monday because it is still unclear which direction the Centre will be going in. The DCC and the Doctors' Surgery have been looking at how our space

 will be shared in the future and, as yet, no final decision is available.

We wait patiently. As soon as we do know the survey will be undertaken

and the Outreach Group will begin a series of meetings aimed at charting

a way forward.

Parish Book Club Meets next on Monday 10th March (2pm)

and is for members of both St Mary's and St Bart's - ie the WHOLE parish. We have looked at some wonderful poetry, authors and watch movies of famous books. The meetings usually last just an hour. At the next meeting we will be looking at some of the poems from the Andrew Motion collection LOVE IN A LIFE

Hedgerow Court The Eucharist will be celebrated for the residents of Hedgerow Court on Wednesday at 10.30am.

Parish Finances We continue to struggle on without a Parish Treasurer. We thank God for the work of Matthew Gray and Terry

 the Diocesan Parish Giving Officer, without whom we would be in a perilous state. We are looking for someone who can work with the book keeper and who can interpret the figures for us and assist the PCC in reviewing expenditure and planning for the future.

This is a critical post. If you are hiding your light under a bushel

 please see Rob or Quintin urgently.

Electoral Roll forms are available at the back of both Churches

 for those who haven’t signed up.

 Please take one and fill in as the APCM is coming up soon.

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.


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

On The Way Taster Sessions 2014


On the Way is a course designed to help Newham Christians grow in faith and confidence, and move on with God.


(24 free sessions, one night a week for two terms, January to July)

The course will run again in 2015, but this year we are offering free taster sessions

for those who would like to find out more:

When, What & Who? Tuesday 25th March 7.30pm – 9pm

Theme: Creative Bible Study – The Last Supper

Led by Rev. Christopher Owens

Saturday 28th June 10am – 12.30pm (followed by soup lunch)

Theme: Telling our Story  Led by Rev. John Brown

Tuesday 23rd September 7.30pm – 9pm

Theme: Faith in Community

Led by Rev. Merrin Playle & Rev. Jeremy Fraser

Where?  Emmanuel Church, Romford Road, Forest Gate, E7 8BD

(Corner of Romford Road and Upton Lane)

Forms are available at the back of both Churches if you are interested in going along.



We once again have a variety of speakers from the congregation

 talking about their life & faith.


                                LENT1    9th March   Damian Sutton

                                LENT2  16th March   Louise Simmons

                                LENT3  23rd March   Mary Richards

                                LENT4  30th March   Derek James

              PASSION SUNDAY  6th April    Andrew Biro

 Morning Prayer  

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

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