2nd March 2014 Newsletter

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logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     


Sunday 2nd March 2014


A Sense of Frustration


A small group of us meet in Bart’s on Friday afternoons to play Scrabble, (care to join us?) and it quite often happens that someone comes in to the Centre, about 4.30, just after the Office and Coffee Bar have closed and our own thoughts are turning towards the weekend, with a sob story and requests/demands help.


So, last Friday, two Muslim men brought in a dishevelled-looking, somewhat incoherent, carrier-bag clutching, late middle-aged white man who, apparently, had been discharged from hospital with no-where to go. We needed to help. We did put the kettle back on and give him tea. Now, his story is not wholly believable: he could not have been discharged without having somewhere to go.  It seems the Muslim men met him, took pity on him, took him to an address he did have on him, but where they denied knowledge of him, and then they spent the afternoon trying to get help from local Churches.


Our frustration is that there was nothing we could do. There are no night-shelters, the Council may have emergency Social Services, but for families and the young – not for single adults who are, in an absolute sense, responsible for their actions. It was embarrassing for us, as Christians, to have to turn away someone in some need who was brought in by two “Good Samaritans” of a different faith and who, understandably, took a rather dim view of it all. Not a good witness.


All we could do was send them to the Franciscans at the Helping Hands Friary on Balaam St. and hope they could help him. What “Jesus would have done” I don’t know, but what we can do I don’t know either.



St Bart's: Rob is Celebrant & Preacher

St Mary Magdalene: Quintin is Celebrant & Preacher

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

East Ham; Children & Young People: St Bart’s Pre-School; Newham Pre-School Learning Alliance; Fellowship House Children’s Centre; Rainbows, Brownies, Guides,Rangers; Beavers, Cubs,Scouts; Centre4M; St Mary’s Pre-School; Community Links at St Mary’s; St Alban’s Pre-School; Sea cadets; Air Cadets; Army Cadets; XLP

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 2nd March 2014

St Mary’s:  Exodus 24: 12-end          St Bart’s:  Matthew 17: 1-9

Readings for 9th March 2014

Genesis 2: 15-17,3:1-7         Romans 5: 12-19          Matthew 4: 1-11

Today at St Bart’s we welcome for baptism

William Chukwuka Inyamah-Nelson, his family, Godparents & friends. Please keep them all in your prayers.

The funeral of Daphne Gibson’s partner Basil will take place at St Mary’s

on Thursday 13th March at 12.15pm.

Please keep Daphne in your prayers at this sad time.

PALM CROSSES if you have any palm crosses please put them through Quintin’s door or bring to the Parish office in preparation for Ash Wednesday.

Lent 2014 begins next 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 (leaflets handed out last week) with special Sunday addresses for Lent in both our churches – see back page.

Parish Book Club Meets on Monday 10th March  at 2pm and is for members of both St Mary's and St Bart's - ie the WHOLE parish. The meetings usually last an hour. At the next meeting we will be looking at some of the poems from the Andrew Motion collection LOVE IN A LIFE

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.

ST BART’S DCC meeting Monday 3rd March 7.30pm in the Chapel.

Pilgrimage to Bradwell

Pauline Ellis from St Paul's and myself are eager to experience the Bradwell Pilgrimage again this year.  Saturday 12th July. http://bradwellpilgrimage.webs.com/ In the distant past, a couple of coaches went from Newham every year and joined up with hundreds of others from various denominations across Essex and East London.  We thought we'd experiment this year by trying to fill a coach from the churches in East Ham.It seems the likely cost will be around £10.  Please let me know if you are interested or want more info. And watch out for more publicity at St Bart’s.     Shirley Biro


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 the 10th Annual Parish Concert for Christian Aid. Date: Saturday 10 May 2014 Time: 3.00  Venue: St Bartholomew’s Church. If you’d like to join

in please talk to Alison at St Mary’s or Geraldine at St Bart’s.

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

SCHOOL VISITS        There are various schools visiting

 our churches over the next few weeks.

Hartley Primary will be visiting St Bart’s on 11th & 12th March.

Vicarage Primary are visiting St Mary’s on 18th & 19th March

and North Beckton Primary are visiting St Mary’s on 20th March.

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 bushelplease see Rob or Quintin urgently.

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:  1st Session Tuesday 25th March 7.30 – 9pm  Theme: Creative Bible Study – The Last Supper Led by Rev. Christopher Owens

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 talking about their life & faith.


                                LENT1    9th March   St Mary’s Damian Sutton

                                                                  St Bart’s   Fr Quintin

                                LENT2  16th March   St Mary’s Louise Simmons

                                                                 St Bart’s   John King

                                LENT3  23rd March   St Mary’s  Mary Richards

                                                                  St Bart’s  Jimmy Dale 

                                LENT4  30th March   St Mary’s  Derek James

                                                                  St Bart’s   Fr Rob

              PASSION SUNDAY  6th April    St Mary’s Andrew Biro

                                                                 St Bart’s   Fr Fred

 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.

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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