20th April 2014 Newsletter

Written by Brenda. Posted in Parish

logo-eastham02.jpgSt Mary Magdalene        

St Bartholomew †      

St Alban                                                                                     


Sunday 20th April 2014


Meeting the Risen Christ


         Over the next few weeks we will hear again the Gospel evidence of Our Lord's resurrection. The stories are not necessarily linked and are quite random.

         For a period of several weeks Jesus appeared before his Ascension in a series of episodes which biblical scholars and theologians have reflected on and analysed ever since.

         But there are some common aspects to these stories which can help us to rediscover the risen Christ as we journey through Easter as his pilgrim people.


1. Often we see the risen Christ in the most unexpected places

It's not only in church that we see the work of our risen Lord in action!


2. Jesus speaks to us but it is not always clear that it is him

He speaks to us through others and only afterwards do we realise it was Him.


3. He reminds us of the great symbols of our faith

In a handshake, the eating of bread, in an embrace or sign of caring - Jesus is revealed


4. In the sacraments, our risen Lord is there

As at the lakeside when he meets up with his disciples who are fishing they recognise him in the breaking of the bread.


Be prepared!

He is risen!

We will see him all around us and experience his risen power in the most unexpected of ways.,





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

St Mary Magdalene: Fred is Celebrant & Quintin  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, Jean Skelton, Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Alice Singh ,Lucy Owen, Win Joseph & May Gentry.

Those who have died:  Eileen Chesney, George Taylor, William Owen, Diana Aresti,

Flora Furby & Shirley Preston.                  May they rest in peace & rise in glory.

Readings for 20th April 2014

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

Readings for 27th April 2014   JOINT SERVICE at ST MARY’S

Acts2: 22-32           1 Peter 1: 3-9

 St Mary’s Birthday’s             HAPPY BIRTHDAY to  Win Jones & Albert Davis

The flowers in St Mary’s this morning are from Louise Simmons

in loving memory of her dear mother Dorothy.

HAPPY EASTER We wish all our parishioners a very happy and blessed Easter! CHRIST IS RISEN! He is Risen Indeed. Alleluia!

From all the clergy in the East Ham Team

At St Mary’s this morning we welcome Alena Martin, Alexander Martin, Leah Namatovu, La-Shay Read & Tendo Luyimbaazi who will be receiving Communion for the first time today. Please keep them in your prayers.

Many thanks to all who helped clean and decorate St Mary’s yesterday.

The church looks wonderful.

Thank you to Earline for singing in the service at St Mary’s this morning.

There will be an Easter Egg hunt for the children after the service

 at St Mary’s this morning.

PLEASE NOTE: Next week is a JOINT SERVICE at St Mary’s

 followed by the APCM.

SCHOOL VISITS to St Mary’s   There is one more school due to visit:- 

Drew Primary on 22nd and 30th April.

St Barnabas Band and Men with Wood Concert at St Edmund's, 464 Katherine Rd, Forest Gate E7 8NP - Sat 26th April 7.30pm - Tickets £5.

We are saddened to learn of the death of Shirley Preston, details of her funeral will be announced soon, please keep her family in your prayers.

We also pray for Gordon and his family on the death of his father

William Owen. William’s funeral will be held at St Bart’s

 on Wednesday 23rd April at 3.30pm  




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 –

please  get them to the office by Wednesday 23rd April  – thank you.

ST GEORGE St George’s Day will be celebrated at Bart’s Café with the special lunch (see back page) followed in the evening with a Mass at St Mary’s at 6.30pm

PRAYING ST MARK'S GOSPEL  Tuesday 29 April is the Feast Day of

St Mark and we resume our summer hour meditations with some quiet reflection on St Mark's Gospel at St Bart's beginning at 2pm.

BARTS HOSTS NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BIBLICAL LITERACY Book Now On Wednesday 4th June (10am-4.15pm) St Bart's will host a national conference on the role and place of the bible in contemporary culture. We will welcome four internationally known speakers and enjoy three lectures and some group work.  We are looking forward to welcoming people from across the country and we would like you to be there too. Whilst other delegates are paying £47 for the day to cover the cost of speakers, food etc the cost of any parishioner is just £12. Booking forms are available from the back of church or the parish office.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2014  This will be observed next month beginning on 11 May. The theme this year is "Will your church heal the scars of war?" and we will be praying and thinking through this theme in our intercessions and reflections next month as we once again support Christian Aid.

CHRISTIAN AID CONCERT Saturday 10th May, 2014   3.00-5.00pm

St Bartholomew’s Church, Barking Road, East Ham

Tickets available from Geraldine Pote at St Bartholomew’s

Alison McLucas at St Mary Magdalene’s or pay at the door £6 (Concessions £4) Under 12’s free   Refreshments included

LAST CALL FOR THOSE THINKING OF JOINING THE HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE 2014 [16th-23rd June]. The Holy Land pilgrimage is going to be a highlight of the year for those who can afford to join it.  Brochures are at the back of our churches or phone  01992 576 065 for one. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BOOKED: we will meet for brunch on SUNDAY 25th May at 1130 at St Bart's to go through the programme, answer questions and be well prepared.

STUBBERS 2014  June 27th-29th For our 13th 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 -  for information www.stubbers.co.uk. 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 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.

 ST GEORGE'S DAY 23rd April Lunch at Bart's Café  1.00pm .

 WEDNESDAY 30th April 7.00pm  ME AND MY MUSIC With special guest: CANON ANN EASTER  Time 7.00pm.  Tickets for both events available now price £7.00 Admission by ticket only.

The café will be closed on Tuesday 22nd April due to the kitchen deep clean..


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

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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