13th April 2014 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     


Sunday 13th April 2014


Easter Message 2014


There aren’t many of us that get through life without some sort of disappointment. For the pessimists among us this is no surprise! They always knew life was too good to be true. For the realists it is business as usual. But even for the optimists there is a veiled disappointment. Rewards aren’t always as rewarding as we hoped; and in the end the grave waits patiently for everyone.


The disciples of Jesus also knew a great deal about disappointment. At times they’d let themselves down, and worse, at times they’d let Jesus down. Not enough faith to heal, not able to see Jesus clearly, not even able to stay awake when he asked them. They competitively jostle for position. Optimists like Peter and pessimists like Thomas, their failures are accentuated. They both end up doubting and denying. But on the day Jesus is executed, this disappointment takes on a new dimension. This motley crew of disciples, fragmented and broken, watch as life drains from Jesus’ pain wracked body. Would there ever be a day of such total despair again? All hope collapses into the abyss. Hoping itself is hopeless. Even the faithful women who had followed Jesus from Galilee, stand at a distance watching these things, and in abject horror reflect the anguished face of disappointment.

But this is not the end. From the gut-churning agony of watching a loved one die, overwhelming joy emerges. The unthinkable happens. In the midst of pain, darkness and death the miracle of resurrected life breaks forth. The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the sign of God’s power to break into all disappointment, all failure, all human sinfulness and all wrongdoing. It is the world’s greatest story of redemption. It is the remedy for disappointment and the source of hopefulness.


    We need this redemption today. We need it in our personal lives. We need it in our families. We need it in our management of the world’s resources.

We need it in our political priorities. There is so much sadness, regret, anguish and despair about. Many of us have stopped believing things could be better. We simply try to salvage some hope for ourselves, and disregard the needs of our neighbour. God can redeem this. God can speak into our disappointment. God can raise things up. The resurrection of Jesus is not just one incredible isolated event in history it’s the way of making sense of life today. It is a new way of looking at everything. Through the cross and resurrection there is an ever present, ever available new beginning; hope offered to every human life and to every entrenched hope-less situation. He is risen from the dead! That is the great cry of Easter joy. It is also the great hope for the world.

Happy Easter!                         +Stephen Cottrell Bishop of Chelmsford


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

East Ham; Health & Exercise: St Bart’s Surgery; Slimming World; Weightwatchers; Karate; Wing Chun Kung Fu; Smovey; Zumba

The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh,  John, William Owen, Lucy Owen & Patricia Wells,

Those who have died:   Lillian Martin, Beryl Crone & Eileen Chesney.                                        May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 13th April 2014   PALM SUNDAY  

Matthew 26: 14-27:66

Readings for 20th April 2014

Jeremiah 31: 1-6           Acts 10: 34-43    

 St Mary’s Birthday’s             HAPPY BIRTHDAY to

Quintin Peppiatt, Emelia Frimpong, Lesley Scawthorn & Michael Weeks

First Communion rehearsal will take place after the service

 at St Bart’s this morning.


We will be preparing St Mary’s for Easter on Saturday

 19th April from 10.00am. As a bribe Hot cross buns and tea/coffee will be served ….. Please come along and help.

SCHOOL VISITS to St Mary’s     It was great to see more children visiting St Mary’s last week. There is one more school due to visit:-

 Drew Primary on 22nd and 30th April.

Eucharist at Manor Farm on Maundy Thursday at 3pm



The Annual church meeting will be held after a Joint service at St Mary’s

 on Sunday 27th April. We will be electing churchwardens,and members

of the parish and district councils.  If you would like to be involved in the life of our churches in any of these ways, please make sure your name is added

(with a proposer and seconder) to the sheets at the back of our churches.

If you are interested, but not sure what is involved, do speak to one of the clergy or current wardens.


Deanery Synod Elections 2014

Are you interested in representing the Parish at Newham Deanery Synod Meetings? There are 4 evening meetings per year held at various Churches in the Deanery from 7.30 – 9.30pm.

Please sign up if you are interested in standing.

To all those who produce reports for the APCM – could you please

 get them to the office as soon as possible – thank you.

STUBBERS 2014  June 27th-29th For our 13th consecutive year we will be taking 30 children aged between 8 and 16yrs old to the Stubbers Adventure Centre in Upminster for a weekend of adventurous activities including Jet-Ski, High–ropes, Wobbly boarding (see www.stubbers.co.uk for information). The cost per child is £60 and places go very fast.  Please complete an application form ASAP for each child (available from the parish office St Bartholomew’s Church, 292b Barking Road E6 or by e-mail from Chrissie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Hazel Thomas at Bart’s or Claudette King at St Mary’s and return with a cheque for £60/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..

TWO GREAT CAFE EVENTS These two events are for the WHOLE parish. And they promise to be excellent. ST GEORGE'S DAY 23rd April Lunch at Bart's Café  1.00pm  Tickets available now price £7.00.  WEDNESDAY 30th April 7pm ME AND MY MUSIC With special guest: CANON ANN EASTER  Time 7.00pm.  tickets available soon

Admission to both events by ticket only.

The café will be closed Good Friday & Easter Monday re-opening on Wednesday 23rd April due to the kitchen deep clean taking place on Tuesday 22nd.


MONDAY               PLACES OF THE PASSION:  St Peter in Gallicantu

14th April   8.00pm  Eucharist with reflection  at St Bartholomew


TUESDAY              PLACES OF THE PASSION: Caiaphas House

15th April  8.00pm   Eucharist with reflection  at St Bartholomew                     



16th April   6.30pm  Eucharist with reflection  at St Mary Magdalene     



17th April   12.30pm  Eucharist   at St Bartholomew

                     8.00pm  Eucharist with washing of feet  and vigil  at St Mary Magdalene



18th April   11.15am   Procession of the cross  from St Bartholomew

                  11.30am   E6 open air service, Myrtle  Road (outside Sainsbury’s)             

                  12.30pm   Stations of the Cross  at St Bartholomew                                       

                    2.00pm   Adoration of the Cross and  communion from

                                     reserved sacrament at St Mary Magdalene                                    HOLY SATURDAY

19th April   8.00pm     First Fires and Lighting of the Paschal Candle

                                       at St Mary Magdalene                                 



20th April         8.00am  Mass  at  St Mary Magdalene                        

                       10.00am  Family Service with

                                            First communion at St Mary Magdalene                              

                       10.00am  Eucharist for Easter   at St Bartholomew


ALL HELD IN THE LUKE ROOM at ST BART’S 11.30am – 12.15pm

Mon 21 April 2014 (Easter Mon)                    Social Event for Candidates

Sun 27 April (Whitsunday)                              FIELDWORK 1        

Sun 4 May 2014 (3rd of Easter)                        FIELDWORD 2

Sun 11 May 2014 (4th of Easter)                      FIELDWORK REPORTS

Thurs 29th  May 2014                                       Start of Novena Prayers

Saturday 7th June 2014                                     Confirmation Retreat

Sun 8th  June 2014  (PENTECOST)               Confirmation Service        

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

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