Sunday 20th May

CHRISTIAN AID CAKE SALE
As Christian Aid Week 2018 draws to a close, we’ll be holding a cake sale in church after the Eucharist today. A big thank you to everyone who supported and helped out with all our other events and collections over the past week. Watch this space for details of funds raised.

SPECIAL SERVICE AT SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL
At the Annual Parochial Church Meeting last month, Dorian Woodward and Alberta Rosenior were appointed churchwardens. They’ll be admitted to office at a special service in Southwark Cathedral led by the Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich, the Venerable Alastair Cutting, at 8pm this Wednesday. The service is open to all – do please attend if you can to support our new churchwardens.

TEA AND COFFEE AFTER THE EUCHARIST
We need someone to prepare a rota for our great team who serve tea and coffee. The person taking on the role will also be given a small fund to ensure there are enough supplies. If you can help, please speak with Cindy Shipp or Fr Jim.

DATA PROTECTION
On Friday 25th May, the law around data protection is changing. The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, governs how companies and public bodies hold and use our personal details. At St John’s, we will never share any of your information without your explicit permission. If you no longer want the church to hold your details, let us know and we’ll securely remove them from our database.

GROWING IN FAITH AND LIFE
Applications are open for the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship 2018-19, a course with six modules that takes place from September to next June. Entitled ‘Growing in Faith and Life,’ the course is for anyone wishing to read the Bible with more understanding, reflect on their journey as a Christian, and deepen their response to God in prayer, worship and service. It concludes with a residential weekend at Wychcroft in Surrey. Application forms are available from Southwark Diocese at ministryandtraining@southwark.anglican.org. If you have any queries, please speak with Fr Jim or with Cindy Shipp, who did the course last year.

ST JOHN’S PATRONAL FESTIVAL AND SUMMER FAIR
The summer fair is a fantastic event when the church celebrates its patron saint and opens wide its doors to all who live or work in Eltham, as well as visitors to our parish. The fair this year will be on 23rd June at 10am-2pm. We give thanks to Gill Hayes, who has led the organisation of the fair for many years, and to Jene Kerr for taking on the role. Further details will follow in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please speak with Jene or Fr Jim if you have any questions.

ST PAUL’S ADULT LEARNING
As part of St Paul’s Cathedral’s adult learning programme, there’s a chance to see the new Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, in conversation with Cathedral Dean David Ison on Monday 4th June at 6.30pm. For information on this free event, and booking details, please see www.stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning

‘THY KINGDOM COME’
Many thanks to all those who helped keep the church open for daily prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost. St John’s was one of thousands of churches worldwide to observe 10 days of prayer following a call from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

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