Sunday 22nd September 2019

A NEW POST FOR FATHER JIM

As some of you may have heard, Fr Jim has been appointed to a new post, as rector of four churches in the Diocese of St Andrew’s, Dunkeld and Dunblane in the Scottish Episcopal Church. His last Sunday at St John’s will be 27th October, following which the church will be in interregnum until a new priest is appointed. Fr Jim will be greatly missed, and we’d like to bid him a fond farewell following his last Parish Eucharist with a glass of wine and light refreshments in church. All are invited!

HARVEST FESTIVAL

The Harvest Festival Eucharist will be at 10am on Sunday 6th October. If you can, please bring in donations of food, toiletries and clothing for the Manna Society, whose day centre in Bermondsey provides meals, showers, medical care and a place to rest for more than 100 people every day. Items most in need include sugar, powdered milk, tinned vegetables and rice, as well as soap, shampoo and underwear. There is a complete list posted on the church noticeboard. Many thanks.

COFFEE HELPERS

We need two people to join our rota of coffee makers who provide drinks after theSunday Eucharist. Each helper only has to pitch in roughly six times a year, making the tea and coffee then washing up. If you can help, please see Cindy Shipp.

FILES AND FOLDERS

Peter and Elaine Horton have lots of ring binders, lever-arch files and plastic wallets that they no longer use, and would rather pass them on than throw them out. If anyone in the congregation could use them, please speak to Peter at church, call 020 8850 3791 or email MrsElaineHorton@aol.com. Elaine is happy to deliver!

SOUTHWARK DIOCESE COURSE BROCHURE

The latest brochure of events and courses run by the Southwark Diocese is now published. The theme of the 2019-2020 programme – ‘Walking, Welcoming, Growing’ – runs through a range of courses aimed at nurturing us in our discipleship and ministry. Please pick up a copy of the brochure at the back of church.

THIS WEEK

We pray for

the Church in the Southwark Diocese: 

The Good Shepherd, Tadworth; The Children’s Trust, Tadworth; 

for the priests and people of those places

those with birthdays: Sheila Squire

those who are in any kind of distress of mind, body or soul: 
Angella Baptiste, Dinah Fergusson, Alan Gearing

those who are houseboundSusan Wulstan

those whose year’s mind we keep: Jessie Lee, Pam Stilp, Joan Cheesman

There is a Eucharist on Thursday at 10am and Friday at 12.15pm 

and a service of midday prayer at 12 noon on Friday

Parish Eucharist
29th September 2019 at 10am, St Michael & All Angels

Readings: Genesis 28:10-17; Revelation 12:7-12; John 1:47-end

If you would like to make a financial offering to the church and are a taxpayer, 

it would help the church if you use a gift-aid envelope. This will enable the church to claim 25p for every £1 you give. Envelopes are at the back of church. Thank you. 

NEXT WEEK

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.

Sunday 15th September

COFFEE HELPERS

We need two people to join our rota of coffee makers who provide drinks after theSunday Eucharist. People do value this time after the service as it provides a chance to socialise. Each helper only has to pitch in roughly six times a year, making the tea and coffee then washing up. If you can help, please see Cindy Shipp. Thank you.

A TREE FOR ST JOHN’S

As announced last month, St John’s will receive a tree to plant in the churchyard as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative. The tree, which will be either a hazel, birch or rowan, is being offered as a gift, and the church council will appoint an arboriculturist to plant it next month and advise on its protection and maintenance. 

ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL ADULT LEARNING

St Paul’s holds a variety of free events as part of its learning programme, the next of which is an evening discussion on ‘Where Love Is The Way: The Jesus Movement Now’ on Thursday 3rd October. The event will be led by the Most Revd Michael Curry, who preached last year at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. For more details and to book tickets, see stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning.

HARVEST FESTIVAL

The Harvest Festival Eucharist will be at 10am on Sunday 6th October. If you can, please bring in donations of food, toiletries and clothing for the Manna Society, whose day centre in Bermondsey provides meals, showers, medical care and a place to rest for more than 100 people every day. Items most in need include sugar, powdered milk, tinned vegetables and rice, as well as soap, shampoo and underwear. There is a complete list posted on the church noticeboard. Many thanks.

DEANERY AWAY DAY

The Eltham & Mottingham Anglican Forum (formerly the Eltham & Mottingham Deanery Synod) will host an away day on Saturday 5th October. The theme – ‘Exploring the Second Mark of Mission’ – will look at ideas and resources ‘to teach, baptise and nurture new disciples.’ The event is open to all members of the forum’s eight local churches and is free of charge. Please contact Fr Jim on 020 8859 0802or fergusonbryson@btinternet.com if you’d like to go, as numbers are needed for thelunch provided. The day starts 10am, at Bromley and Sheppard’s Colleges, BR1 1PE.

THIS WEEK

We pray for

the Church in the Southwark Diocese: 

for St Luke’s Reigate, for the priests and people of that place

those with birthdays: Samuel Callaghan, Rosamunde Thomson

those who are in any kind of distress of mind, body or soul: 
Angella Baptiste, Dinah Fergusson, Alan Gearing

those who are houseboundSusan Wulstan

those whose year’s mind we keep: Phoebe Allen, Lee Belcher, Betty Dean, 
Samuel Fergusson, Joan Cheesman

There is a Eucharist on Thursday at 10am and Friday at 12.15pm 

and a service of midday prayer at 12 noon on Friday

Parish Eucharist
22nd September 2019 at 10am, 14th Sunday after Trinity

Readings: Amos 8:4-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13

If you would like to make a financial offering to the church and are a taxpayer, 

it would help the church if you use a gift-aid envelope. This will enable the church to claim 25p for every £1 you give. Envelopes are at the back of church. Thank you. 

NEXT WEEK

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.

Sunday 8th September 2019

SPIRITUALITY DAY

A group of us are going together to the Diocesan Spirituality Day on Saturday 19th October at Southwark Cathedral. We will travel there by train. If you would like to join us, please see Cindy Shipp, who will buy tickets for the event at a cost of £8-10per person, depending on concessions. Entitled ‘To Be a Pilgrim,’ the Spirituality Day will ask what it means to be a pilgrim on the Christian journey. Speakers include Dr Meg Warner, an Old Testament scholar and author of books on Abraham, and Bishopof Southwark the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun. There are flyers at the back of church.

A TREE FOR ST JOHN’S

As announced last month, St John’s will receive a tree to plant in the churchyard as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, or QCC, initiative. The tree, which will be either a hazel, birch or rowan, is being offered as a gift, and the church council willappoint an arboriculturist to plant it next month and advise on its protection and maintenance. The QCC planting project has grown out of the work of Cool Earth, a charity that works with indigenous rainforest communities to prevent climate change through deforestation. The Queen has embraced this initiative, supporting the creation of a pan-Commonwealth network of forest conservation ventures.

HARVEST FESTIVAL

The Harvest Festival Eucharist will be at 10am on Sunday 6th October. If you can, please bring in donations of food, toiletries and clothing for the Manna Society, whose day centre in Bermondsey provides meals, showers, medical care and a place to rest for more than 100 people every day. Items most in need include sugar, powdered milk, tinned vegetables and rice, as well as soap, shampoo and underwear. There is a complete list posted on the church noticeboard. Many thanks.

ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL ADULT LEARNING

St Paul’s holds a variety of free events as part of its learning programme, the next of which is an evening discussion on ‘Where Love Is The Way: The Jesus Movement Now’ on Thursday 3rd October. The event will be led by the Most Revd Michael Curry, who preached last year at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.For more details and to book tickets, see stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning.

THIS WEEK

We pray for

the Church in the Southwark Diocese: 

for St Andrew, Kingswood, and Wisdom of God, Lower Kingswood;

for the priests and people of those places

those with birthdays: Crystal Greenwood, Robyn Price, Dorian Woodward

those who are in any kind of distress of mind, body or soul: 
Angella Baptiste, Dinah Fergusson, Alan Gearing

those who are houseboundSusan Wulstan

those whose year’s mind we keep: Brian Godfrey, Joan Cheesman

There is a Eucharist on Thursday at 10am and Friday at 12.15pm 

and a service of midday prayer at 12 noon on Friday

Parish Eucharist
15th September 2019 at 10am, 13th Sunday after Trinity

Readings: Exodus 32:7-14; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10

If you would like to make a financial offering to the church and are a taxpayer, 

it would help the church if you use a gift-aid envelope. This will enable the church to claim 25p for every £1 you give. Envelopes are at the back of church. Thank you. 

NEXT WEEK

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda

Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.

Sunday 25th August 2019

ADULT LEARNING AT ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL 

Booklets are available at the back of church with the programme of events at St Paul’s Cathedral for Autumn-Winter 2019/2020.  There are also posters of key events on the church notice-board in the south aisle.  Events include the Most Revd Michael Curry, who preached last year at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The Bishop will be speaking in October on ‘Where Love is the Way: the Jesus Movement Now’.  Also, the renowned New Testament scholar and Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, Paula Gooder will speak in November on ‘God With Us: Seeing the Christian Stories with Fresh Eyes’. Please take a copy of the programme for details of these and many other events.

SPIRITUALITY DAY

The Southwark Diocese will hold a spirituality day on Saturday 19th October at Southwark Cathedral. Entitled ‘To Be a Pilgrim,’ the day conference will ask what it means to be a pilgrim on the Christian journey. Speakers include Dr Meg Warner, an Old Testament scholar and author of books on Abraham, and Bishop of Southwark the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun. Flyers are available at the back of church. 

A TREE FOR ST JOHN’S

St John’s will receive a tree to plant in the churchyard as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, or QCC, initiative, which was launched in 2015. The tree, which will be either a hazel, birch or rowan, will be delivered and planted in October.

The project has grown out of the work of Cool Earth, a charity that works with indigenous rainforest communities to prevent climate change through deforestation. The Queen has embraced this initiative with enthusiasm, supporting the creation of a pan-Commonwealth network of forest conservation projects.

Climate change and environmental protection are key concerns for the Church of England, and at St John’s we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint

THIS WEEK

We pray for

the Church in the Southwark Diocese

for Holy Trinity, Wallington and Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School;

for the priests and people of those places

those who are in any kind of distress of mind, body or soul

Angella Baptiste, Dinah Fergusson, Sylvia Reeves, Alan Gearing, Brigid Zengeni

those who are housebound

Susan Wulstan

those whose years mind we keep

Olive Vaughan

There is a Eucharist on Thursday at 10am and Friday at 12.15pm 

and a service of midday prayer at 12 noon on Friday

Parish Eucharist

11th Sunday after Trinity

1st September 2019 at 10am

Readings: Ecclesiasticus 10:12-18; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16; Luke 14:1, 7-14

If you would like to make a financial offering to the church and you are a tax-payer, it would help the church if you use a gift aid envelope and write your name and address on the envelope. This will enable the church to claim 25p for every £1 you give. Gift Aid envelopes can be found at the back of church. Thank you. 

NEXT WEEK

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.

Sunday 18th August 2019

CHURCH STEPS

We are delighted to announce that St John’s has been granted a Faculty to erect handrails on the steps leading from the war memorial to the front door of the church underneath the bell tower. The church architect Roderick Maclennan will now engage the contractor to carry out the works and confirm final costs. Thank you to everyone who has supported this project.

A TREE FOR ST JOHN’S

St John’s will receive a tree to plant in the churchyard as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, or QCC, initiative, which was launched in 2015. The tree, which will be either a hazel, birch or rowan, will be delivered and planted in October.

The project has grown out of the work of Cool Earth, a charity that works with indigenous rainforest communities to prevent climate change through deforestation. The Queen has embraced this initiative with enthusiasm, supporting the creation of a pan-Commonwealth network of forest conservation projects.

Climate change and environmental protection are key concerns for the Church of England, and at St John’s we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint.

A THANK YOU

Diocesan Secretary Ruth Martin has written to St John’s to give thanks for the congregation’s contribution to the Bishop of Southwark’s Lent Call – a sum of £391.27. The money collected from all the churches in the diocese will support projects in our Link Diocese in Zimbabwe, which focus on food security. 

SPIRITUALITY DAY

The Southwark Diocese will hold a spirituality day on Saturday 19th October at Southwark Cathedral. Entitled ‘To Be a Pilgrim,’ the day conference will ask what it means to be a pilgrim on the Christian journey. Speakers include Dr Meg Warner, an Old Testament scholar and author of books on Abraham, and Bishop of Southwarkthe Rt Revd Christopher Chessun. Flyers are available at the back of church. 

THIS WEEK

We pray for

the Church in the Southwark Diocese: 

for St Peter, Saint Helier; Bishop Andrewes, Saint Helier; St Helier Hospital Chaplaincy Team: for the priests and people of those places

those with birthdays: Joan Jeal

those who are in any kind of distress of mind, body or soul: 
Angella Baptiste, Dinah Fergusson, Sylvia Reeves, Alan Gearing, Brigid Zengeni

those who are houseboundSusan Wulstan

those whose year’s mind we keep: Mary Gage, Oswald Batty, Winnie Crowhurst, Fred Gage, Molly Kerridge, Virtue Barber

There is a Eucharist on Thursday at 10am and Friday at 12.15pm 

and a service of midday prayer at 12 noon on Friday

Parish Eucharist
25th August 2019 at 10am, 10th Sunday after Trinity

Readings: Isaiah 58:9b-end; Hebrews 1218-end; Luke 13:10-17

If you would like to make a financial offering to the church and are a taxpayer, it would help the church if you use a gift-aid envelope. This will enable the church to claim 25p for every £1 you give. Envelopes are at the back of church. Thank you.

NEXT WEEK

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.

Sunday 11th August 2019

CHURCH STEPS

We are delighted to announce that St John’s has been granted a Faculty to erect handrails on the steps leading from the war memorial to the front door of the church underneath the bell tower. The church architect Roderick Maclennan will now engage the contractor to carry out the works and confirm final costs. Thank you to everyone who has supported this project.

A TREE FOR ST JOHN’S

St John’s will receive a tree to plant in the churchyard as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, or QCC, initiative, which was launched in 2015. The tree, which will be either a hazel, birch or rowan, will be delivered and planted in October.

The project has grown out of the work of Cool Earth, a charity that works with indigenous rainforest communities to prevent climate change through deforestation. The Queen has embraced this initiative with enthusiasm, supporting the creation of 
a pan-Commonwealth network of forest conservation projects.

Climate change and environmental protection are concerns for the Church of England, and at St John’s we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint.

A THANK YOU

Diocesan Secretary Ruth Martin has written to St John’s to give thanks for the congregation’s contribution to the Bishop of Southwark’s Lent Call – a sum of £391.27. The money collected from all the churches in the diocese will support projects in our Link Diocese in Zimbabwe, which focus on food security. 

SPIRITUALITY DAY

The Southwark Diocese will hold a spirituality day on Saturday 19th October at Southwark Cathedral. Entitled ‘To Be a Pilgrim,’ the day conference will ask what it means to be a pilgrim on the Christian journey. Speakers include Dr Meg Warner, an Old Testament scholar and author of books on Abraham, and Bishop of Southwarkthe Rt Revd Christopher Chessun. Flyers are available at the back of church. 

THIS WEEK

We pray for

the Church in the Southwark Diocese: 

for St Mary the Virgin, Beddington; for the priests and people of that place

those with birthdays:

John Horton, Eva Allen

those who are in any kind of distress of mind, body or soul: 
Angella Baptiste, Dinah Fergusson, Sylvia Reeves, Alan Gearing, Brigid Zengeni

those who are houseboundSusan Wulstan

those whose year’s mind we keep:

Dick Purkiss, Audrey Bullock, John Warrell

There is a Eucharist on Thursday at 10am and Friday at 12.15pm 

and a service of midday prayer at 12 noon on Friday

Parish Eucharist
18th August 2019 at 10am, Ninth Sunday after Trinity

Readings: : Jeremiah 23.23-29; Hebrews 11.29-12.2; Luke 12.49-56

If you would like to make a financial offering to the church and are a taxpayer, 

it would help the church if you use a gift-aid envelope. This will enable the church to claim 25p for every £1 you give. Envelopes are at the back of church. Thank you. 

NEXT WEEK

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda

Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.

Sunday 28th July 2019

CHURCH STEPS

We are delighted to announce that St John’s has been granted a Faculty to erect handrails on the steps leading from the war memorial to the front door of the church underneath the bell tower. The church architect Roderick Maclennan will now engage the contractor to carry out the works and confirm final costs. Thank you to everyone who has supported this project.

A TREE FOR ST JOHN’S

St John’s will receive a tree to plant in the churchyard as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, or QCC, initiative, which was launched in 2015. The tree, which will be either a Hazel, Birch or Rowan, will be delivered and planted in October.

The project has grown out of the work of Cool Earth, a charity that works with indigenous rainforest communities to prevent climate change through deforestation. The Queen has embraced this initiative with great enthusiasm, supporting the creation of a pan-Commonwealth network of forest conservation projects.

Climate change and environmental protection are concerns for the Church of England, and at St John’s we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint.

A THANK YOU

Diocesan Secretary Ruth Martin has written to St John’s to give thanks for the congregation’s contribution to the Bishop of Southwark’s Lent Call – a sum of £391.27. The money collected from all the churches in the diocese will support projects in our Link Diocese in Zimbabwe, which focus on food security. 

SPIRITUALITY DAY

The Southwark Diocese will hold a spirituality day on Saturday 19th October at Southwark Cathedral. Entitled ‘To Be a Pilgrim,’ the day conference will ask what it means to be a pilgrim on the Christian journey. Speakers include Dr Meg Warner, an Old Testament scholar and author of books on Abraham, and Bishop of Southwarkthe Rt Revd Christopher Chessun. Flyers are available at the back of church. 

THIS WEEK

We pray for

the Church in the Southwark Diocese: 
for St Cecilia’s Secondary School; for the priests and people of that place

the Scottish Episcopal Church:

for the priests and people of those places

those with birthdays:

Nathan Callaghan

those who are in any kind of distress of mind, body or soul: 
Angella Baptiste, Dinah Fergusson, Sylvia Reeves, Alan Gearing, Brigid Zengeni

those who are houseboundSusan Wulstan

those whose year’s mind we keep

Mary Horton, Michael Fergusson, Brian Lover, James Hayes, George Tubbs

There is a Eucharist on Thursday at 10am and Friday at 12.15pm 

and a service of midday prayer at 12 noon on Friday

Parish Eucharist
4th August 2019 at 10am, Seventh Sunday after Trinity

Readings: Ecclesiastes 1:2,12-14; 2:18-23; Colossians 3;1-11; Luke 12:13-21

If you would like to make a financial offering to the church and are a taxpayer, 

it would help the church if you use a gift-aid envelope. This will enable the church to claim 25p for every £1 you give. Envelopes are at the back of church. Thank you. 

NEXT WEEK

Next week Amanda Jordan is away. Items for the following week’s Church News can still be sent to amanda.jordan@virgin.net. Thank you.

Sunday 21st July 2019

SUMMER QUIET DAY

There will be a Diocesan Quiet Day at Wychcroft in Bletchingly on Saturday 27th July from 10am to 4pm. It’ll be a day of ‘quiet reflection and prayer’ in the Surrey countryside. The cost is £30, which includes Wychcroft’s ‘legendarily lovely’ lunch and other refreshments. To apply, please email spirituality@southwark.anglican.org.

WENSLEY CLOSE

The Friends of Wensley Close invite you to a coffee morning next Tuesday, 23rd July, at 10am-12.30pm at Charter House, King John’s Walk. The Eltham-based charity raises funds to provide specialist equipment, play and craft materials for children with profound learning and physical disabilities. More information is available on 
the church noticeboard.

GROWING IN FAITH AND LIFE

Applications are still open for the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship 2019-2020, a 10-month course entitled ‘Growing in Faith and Life.’ The course, which starts in September, has six modules, including the history of the Anglican Church, what Christians believe, and ethics. Do pick up a leaflet at the back of church for details. 

CREATIVE ART RETREAT: RESPLENDENT BEAUTY

The Wychcroft diocesan training centre will host an art retreat on 17th-19th September. Participants will consider how God transforms us from the inside out, is our shelter and our provider – exploring biblical themes through drawing and painting butterflies. Suitable for beginners and experienced artists, the retreat costs £165. For booking and more information, email wychcroft@southwark.anglican.org.

SPIRITUALITY DAY

The Southwark Diocese will hold a spirituality day on Saturday 19th October at Southwark Cathedral. Entitled ‘To Be a Pilgrim,’ the day conference will ask what it means to be a pilgrim on the Christian journey. Speakers include Dr Meg Warner, an Old Testament scholar and author of books on Abraham, and Bishop of Southwarkthe Rt Revd Christopher Chessun. Flyers are available at the back of church. 

THIS WEEK

We pray for

the Church in the Southwark Diocese: 
for Putney Team Ministry, St Mary’s Putney, St Mary’s School, All Saints Putney, 
All Saints School; for the priests and people of those places

those with birthdays:

Christopher Liddle

those who are in any kind of distress of mind, body or soul: 
Angella Baptiste, Dinah Fergusson, Sylvia Reeves, Alan Gearing, Brigid Zengeni

those who are houseboundSusan Wulstan

those whose years mind we keep

Michael Fergussion, Brian Lover, James Hayes, George Tubbs

There is a Eucharist on Thursday at 10am and Friday at 12.15pm and a service of midday prayer at 12 noon on Friday

Parish Eucharist
28th July 2019 at 10am, Sixth Sunday after Trinity

Readings: Genesis 18:20-32; Colossians 2:6-15; Luke 11:1-13

If you would like to make a financial offering to the church and are a taxpayer, it would help the church if you use a gift-aid envelope. This will enable the church to claim 25p for every £1 you give. Envelopes are at the back of church. Thank you. 

NEXT WEEK

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.

Sunday 14th July 2019

CONFIRMATION TODAY

We are delighted to welcome the Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Dr KaroweiDorgu, to preside at our service of confirmation and baptism today. Bishop Karoweiwill confirm Rachael, Esther, Samuel, Carly, Jennifer, Elizabeth, Iman and Sha.Rachael, Esther and Carly will also be baptised before their confirmation. 

SUMMER QUIET DAY

There will be a Diocesan Quiet Day at Wychcroft in Bletchingly on Saturday 27th July from 10am to 4pm. It’ll be a day of ‘quiet reflection and prayer’ in the Surrey countryside. The cost is £30, which includes Wychcroft’s ‘legendarily lovely’ lunch and other refreshments. To apply, please email spirituality@southwark.anglican.org.

GROWING IN FAITH AND LIFE

Applications are open for the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship 2019-2020, a 10-month course entitled ‘Growing in Faith and Life.’ The course, which starts in September, has six modules, including the history of the Anglican Church, what Christians believe, and ethics. Do pick up a leaflet at the back of church for details. 

Parish Priest: Revd James Bryson – Tel. 020 8859 0802

CREATIVE ART RETREAT: RESPLENDENT BEAUTY

The Wychcroft diocesan training centre will host an art retreat on 17th-19th September. Participants will consider how God transforms us from the inside out, is our shelter and our provider – exploring biblical themes through drawing and painting butterflies. Suitable for beginners and experienced artists, the retreat costs £165. For booking and more information, email wychcroft@southwark.anglican.org.

SPIRITUALITY DAY

The Southwark Diocese will hold a spirituality day on Saturday 19th October at Southwark Cathedral. Entitled ‘To Be a Pilgrim,’ the day conference will ask what it means to be a pilgrim on the Christian journey. Speakers include Dr Meg Warner, an Old Testament scholar and author of books on Abraham, and Bishop of Southwarkthe Rt Revd Christopher Chessun. The day runs 10am-4pm and costs £8. To book, see https://to_be_a_pilgrim.eventbrite.co.uk. Do take a flyer at the back of church. 

THIS WEEK

We pray for

the Church in the Southwark Diocese: 
for South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust and for St Christopher’s Hospice; for the priests and people of those places

those who are in any kind of distress of mind, body or soul: 
Angella Baptiste, Dinah Fergusson, Sylvia Reeves, Alan Gearing, Brigid Zengeni

those who are houseboundSusan Wulstan

There is a Eucharist on Thursday at 10am and Friday at 12.15pm 

and a service of midday prayer at 12 noon on Friday

Parish Eucharist
21st July 2019 at 10am, Fifth Sunday after Trinity

Readings: Genesis 18:1-10a; Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42

If you would like to make a financial offering to the church and are a taxpayer, 

it would help the church if you use a gift-aid envelope. This will enable the church to claim 25p for every £1 you give. Envelopes are at the back of church. Thank you. 

NEXT WEEK

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.

Sunday 7th July

CONFIRMATION SERVICE

Three members of the church will be baptised and eight confirmed at the Eucharist on Sunday 14th July. We will be delighted to welcome the Bishop of Woolwich, the RtRevd Dr Karowei Dorgu, who will preside, preach, baptise and confirm! We invite all to pray for those being baptised and confirmed.

SUMMER QUIET DAY

There will be a Diocesan Quiet Day at Wychcroft in Bletchingly on Saturday 27th July from 10am to 4pm. It’ll be a day of ‘quiet reflection and prayer’ in the Surrey countryside. The cost is £30, which includes Wychcroft’s ‘legendarily lovely’ lunch and other refreshments. To apply, please email spirituality@southwark.anglican.org.

CREATIVE ART RETREAT: RESPLENDENT BEAUTY

Wychcroft will also host an art retreat on 17th-19th September. Participants will consider how God transforms us from the inside out, is our shelter and our provider –exploring biblical themes through drawing and painting butterflies. Suitable forbeginners and experienced artists, the retreat costs £165. For booking and more information, email wychcroft@southwark.anglican.org.

GROWING IN FAITH AND LIFE

Applications are open for the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship 2019-2020, a 10-month course entitled ‘Growing in Faith and Life.’ The course, which starts in September, has six modules, including the history of the Anglican Church, what Christians believe, and ethics. Do pick up a leaflet at the back of church for details. 

SPIRITUALITY DAY

The Southwark Diocese will hold a spirituality day on Saturday 19th October at Southwark Cathedral. Entitled ‘To Be a Pilgrim,’ the day conference will ask what it means to be a pilgrim on the Christian journey. Speakers include Dr Meg Warner, an Old Testament scholar and author of books on Abraham, and Bishop of Southwarkthe Rt Revd Christopher Chessun. The day runs 10am-4pm and costs £8. To book, see https://to_be_a_pilgrim.eventbrite.co.uk. Do take a flyer at the back of church. 

THIS WEEK

We pray for

the Church in the Southwark Diocese: 
for all Saints Tooting, for the priests and people of that place

those with birthdays: John Taylor, Nina Allard-Gomes, Wandilson Teles-Gomes

those who are in any kind of distress of mind, body or soul: 
Angella Baptiste, Dinah Fergusson, Sylvia Reeves, Alan Gearing, Brigid Zengeni

those who are houseboundSusan Wulstan

those who died recentlyFather Robert Pyne

those whose year’s mind we keep: Will Allen, Sylvia Lacey, Charles Wheeler, Clifford Crate, Margaret Salter, David Cotton

There is a Eucharist on Thursday at 10am and Friday at 12.15pm and a service of midday prayer at 12 noon on Friday

Parish Eucharist with Holy Baptism & Confirmation:
14th July 2019 at 10am, Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Readings: Deuteronomy 30:9-14, Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37

If you would like to make a financial offering to the church and are a taxpayer, 

it would help the church if you use a gift-aid envelope. This will enable the church to claim 25p for every £1 you give. Envelopes are at the back of church. Thank you. 

NEXT WEEK

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.

Sunday 30th June 2019

SUMMER FAIR AND PATRONAL FESTIVAL

Thank you to everyone who helped with the summer fair last week. We raised more than £460! The fair was part of the church’s annual patronal festival, which drew to a close last Sunday.

SUMMER QUIET DAY

There will be a Diocesan Quiet Day at Wychcroft in Bletchingly on Saturday 27th July from 10am to 4pm. It’ll be a day of ‘quiet reflection and prayer’ in the Surrey countryside. The cost is £30, which includes Wychcroft’s ‘legendarily lovely’ lunch and other refreshments. To apply, please email spirituality@southwark.anglican.org.

CREATIVE ART RETREAT: RESPLENDENT BEAUTY

Wychcroft will also host an art retreat on 17th-19th September. Participants will consider how God transforms us from the inside out, is our shelter and our provider –exploring biblical themes through drawing and painting butterflies. Suitable forbeginners and experienced artists, the retreat costs £165. For booking and more information, email wychcroft@southwark.anglican.org.

CONFIRMATION

Eight members of the church are to be confirmed by the Rt Revd Dr KaroweiDorgu, Bishop of Woolwich, on Sunday 14th July. Please pray for the candidates. 

GROWING IN FAITH AND LIFE

Applications are open for the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship 2019-2020, a 10-month course entitled ‘Growing in Faith and Life.’ The course, which starts in September, has six modules, including the history of the Anglican Church, what Christians believe, and ethics. Do pick up a leaflet at the back of church for details. 

SPIRITUALITY DAY

The Southwark Diocese will hold a spirituality day on Saturday 19th October at Southwark Cathedral. Entitled ‘To Be a Pilgrim,’ the day conference will ask what it means to be a pilgrim on the Christian journey. Speakers include Dr Meg Warner, an Old Testament scholar and author of books on Abraham, and Bishop of Southwarkthe Rt Revd Christopher Chessun. The day runs 10am-4pm and costs £8. To book, see https://to_be_a_pilgrim.eventbrite.co.uk. Do take a flyer at the back of church. 

THIS WEEK

We pray for

the Church in the Southwark Diocesefor Riverhaven Trust, Welcare in Wandsworth and Shaftesbury Young People Project, for the priests and people of those places

those with birthdaysLiz Bryson, Thelma Palmer

those who are in any kind of distress of mind, body or soul
Angella Baptiste, Dinah Fergusson, Sylvia Reeves, Alan Gearing, Brigid Zengeni

those who are houseboundSusan Wulstan

those whose years mind we keep: Gloria Pywell, Julian Barrett, Peter Wheeler

There is a Eucharist on Thursday at 10am and Friday at 12.15pm 

and a service of midday prayer at 12 noon on Friday

Parish Eucharist next Sunday, 7 July 2019 at 10am, third Sunday after Trinity

Readings: Isaiah 66:10-14, Galatians 6: 1-16, Luke 10: 1-11, 16-20

If you would like to make a financial offering to the church and you are a taxpayer, 

it would help the church if you use a gift-aid envelope. This will enable the church to claim 25p for every £1 you give. Envelopes are at the back of church. Thank you.

NEXT WEEK

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.

Sunday 23rd June

SUMMER FAIR AND PATRONAL FESTIVAL

Thank you to everyone who helped with the summer fair yesterday! Watch this space for funds raised. The fair was part of the church’s annual patronal festival, which ends today with our Parish Eucharist celebrating the Birth of John the Baptist.

SUMMER QUIET DAY

There will be a Diocesan Quiet Day at Wychcroft in Bletchingly on Saturday 27th July from 10am to 4pm. It’ll be a day of ‘quiet reflection and prayer’ in the Surrey countryside. The cost is £30, which includes Wychcroft’s ‘legendarily lovely’ lunch and other refreshments. To apply, please email spirituality@southwark.anglican.org.

CREATIVE ART RETREAT: RESPLENDENT BEAUTY

Wychcroft will also host an art retreat on 17th-19th September. Participants will consider how God transforms us from the inside out, is our shelter and our provider –exploring biblical themes through drawing and painting butterflies. Suitable forbeginners and experienced artists, the retreat costs £165. For booking and more information, email wychcroft@southwark.anglican.org.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Christian Aid Week. Through activities in church and a bucket collection at Eltham station, we raised the amazing amount of £1,137.35. Margaret Taylor also completed the Circle the City Walk and sent £100 to Christian Aid, of which £42 came from members of St John’s who sponsored her.

GROWING IN FAITH AND LIFE

Applications are open for the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship 2019-2020, a 10-month course entitled ‘Growing in Faith and Life.’ The course, which runs from September to June, has six modules, including the history of the Anglican Church, what Christians believe, and ethics. 

The Bishop’s Certificate is taught on a termly cycle on a midweek evening or Saturday daytime, whichever is preferable. It ends with a residential weekend at Wychcroft, the Southwark Diocese training centre. Do pick up a leaflet at the back of church for further details. Please speak to Fr Jim if you have any questions. 

CONFIRMATION CLASSES

Eight members of the church are to be confirmed by the Rt Revd Dr KaroweiDorgu, Bishop of Woolwich, on Sunday 14th July at St. John’s. As part of the preparation for confirmation, candidates will attend two classes to be held in church at 10:30am on 29th June and 6th July. Please pray for the candidates. 

SPIRITUALITY DAY

The Southwark Diocese will hold a spirituality day on Saturday 19th October at Southwark Cathedral. Entitled ‘To Be a Pilgrim,’ the day conference will ask what it means to be a pilgrim on the Christian journey. Speakers include Dr Meg Warner, an Old Testament scholar and author of books on Abraham, and Bishop of Southwarkthe Rt Revd Christopher Chessun. The day runs 10am-4pm and costs £8. To book, see https://to_be_a_pilgrim.eventbrite.co.uk. Do take a flyer at the back of church. 

JUNIOR CHURCH
Our Junior Church and crèche, run by members of St John’s, are looking for more adults to get involved. We’re seeing growing numbers of families coming to church, for which we give thanks, and we want to make sure our Junior Church and crèche are well-staffed to welcome all children. If you would like to help, or have any questions, please speak with Laura CallaghanAlex MacKenzie or Fr Jim.

NEXT WEEK

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.

Sunday 16th June 2019

SUMMER FAIR

Helpers are still needed for the summer fair on Saturday 22nd June, in particular on the book stall and café. Any contributions, especially items for the children’s tombolasuch as small toys and treats, can be left in the parish office. Cakes and plants to be sold can be delivered to church on Friday morning or on Saturday before 10am, when the fair starts. Raffle tickets will be on sale after the Eucharist today.

Flyers for the fair are available at the back of church. Please do take some and distribute! There are also A4-size posters for pinning up in shops or elsewhere. If you’d like to help in any way, please speak with Jene Kerr or Fr Jim.

The fair is part of the church’s annual patronal festival, which begins with a 10amEucharist on Thursday 20th June – Corpus Christi. Holy Trinity Eltham will also have a Sung Eucharist for Corpus Christi at 7:30pm, and members of all deanery churches in Eltham and Mottingham are invited to come along. The patronal festival continues at St. John’s with a Eucharist on Friday 21st June, and ends with a Parish Eucharist celebrating the Birth of John the Baptist on Sunday 23rd June.

SUMMER CONCERT AT ST ALFEGE CHURCH TODAY

The Thomas Tallis Society Choir will sing Bach’s Magnificat at a concert this evening at St Alfege Church in Greenwich. The event, at 6:30pm, is being held to mark the retirement of Revd Canon Chris Moody, vicar of St Alfege Church for 14 years and a member of the Thomas Tallis choir. The choir will also sing works by Tallis and Purcell. Please see the poster on the St John’s noticeboard for more details.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Christian Aid Week. Through activities in church and a bucket collection at Eltham station, we raised the amazing amount of £1,137.35. Margaret Taylor also completed the Circle the City Walk and sent £100 to Christian Aid, of which £42 came from members of St John’s who sponsored her.

GROWING IN FAITH AND LIFE

Applications are open for the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship 2019-2020, a 10-month course entitled ‘Growing in Faith and Life.’ The course, which runs from September to June, has six modules, including the history of the Anglican Church, what Christians believe, and ethics. Do pick up a leaflet at the back of church for further details. Please speak to Fr Jim if you have any questions. 

CONFIRMATION CLASSES

Eight members of the church are to be confirmed by the Rt Revd Dr KaroweiDorgu, Bishop of Woolwich, on Sunday 14th July at St. John’s. As part of the preparation for confirmation, candidates will attend two classes to be held in 
church at 10:30am on 29th June and 6th July. Please pray for the candidates. 

SPIRITUALITY DAY

The Southwark Diocese will hold a spirituality day on Saturday 19th October.Entitled ‘To Be a Pilgrim,’ the day conference at Southwark Cathedral will ask what it means to be a pilgrim on the Christian journey. Speakers include Dr Meg Warner, an Old Testament scholar and author of books on Abraham, and Bishop of Southwarkthe Rt Revd Christopher Chessun. The day runs 10am-4pm and costs £8. To book, see https://to_be_a_pilgrim.eventbrite.co.uk. Flyers are available at the back of church. 

JUNIOR CHURCH
Our Junior Church and crèche, run by members of St John’s, are looking for more adults to get involved. If you’re interested in helping out, or have any questions,please speak with Laura CallaghanAlex MacKenzie or Fr Jim

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.

Sunday 9th June

PENTECOST SERVICE THIS EVENING
All are invited to celebrate Pentecost at the Woolwich Episcopal Area Service today at 6pm at All Saints Church in Peckham. There’ll be a chance for people from any church to share something about their experiences during the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’period of prayer that concludes today. There will also be an opportunity to be anointed with chrism oil during the service. All are welcome to stay for refreshments afterwards.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Christian Aid Week. Through activities in church and a bucket collection at Eltham station, we raised the amazing amount of £1,137.35. Margaret Taylor also completed the Circle the City Walk and sent £100 to Christian Aid, of which £42 came from members of St John’s who sponsored her.

SUMMER CONCERT AT ST ALFEGE CHURCH, GREENWICH

The Thomas Tallis Society Choir will sing Bach’s Magnificat at a concert on Sunday 16th June. The event is being held to mark the forthcoming retirement of Revd Canon Chris Moody, vicar of St Alfege Church for 14 years and a member of the Thomas Tallis choir. Please see the poster on the St John’s noticeboard for more details.

PATRONAL FESTIVAL AND SUMMER FAIR

The church’s patronal festival will begin with a Eucharist on Thursday 20th June – Corpus Christi – and continue with a second Eucharist the following day. Thesummer fair follows on Saturday 22nd June from 10am-2pm, and the festival ends with a Parish Eucharist celebrating the Birth of John the Baptist on Sunday 23rd.

Contributions for the stalls at the fair, especially items for the children’s tombolasuch as small toys and treats, can be left in the parish office. If you’d like to help with the fair, it would be much appreciated! Please speak with Jene Kerr or Fr Jim.  

CRECHE TOYS

Thank you to everyone who has brought in toys for the crèche. Storage is now full, so we cannot take any more, but we’re grateful to all those who’ve donated items! 

GROWING IN FAITH AND LIFE

Applications are open for the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship 2019-2020, a 10-month course entitled ‘Growing in Faith and Life.’ The course, which runs from September to June, has six modules, including the history of the Anglican Church, what Christians believe, and ethics. Do pick up a leaflet at the back of church for further details. Please speak to Fr Jim if you have any questions. 

WELCARE 125TH ANNIVERSARY SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING

Welcare, a charity long-supported by St John’s, will host a service of thanksgiving in Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 15th June at 11am. Its president, Bishop of Southwark the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, will officiate, while volunteers, staff and young people will also contribute to the service marking Welcare’s work over the past 125 years. All are welcome. For more information, please visit welcare.org.

JUNIOR CHURCH
Our Junior Church and crèche, run by members of St John’s, are looking for more adults to get involved. If you’re interested in helping out, or have any questions,please speak with Laura CallaghanAlex MacKenzie or Fr Jim

CONFIRMATION

On 14th July, the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich, will come to St John’s for a Service of Confirmation. If you’re interested in confirmation, or if you’re not baptised but wish to make a commitment of faith, please speak with Fr Jim.

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.

Sunday 2nd June 2019

THY KINGDOM COME: A GLOBAL PRAYER MOVEMENT
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited churches across the world to observe 10 days of prayer from Ascension Day to the Day of Pentecost. At St John’s, ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ began with the Ascension Day Eucharist on 30th May and will end with the 10am Parish Eucharist on 9th June. The church is open for prayer at 11am-1pm every day in between. If you can help us keep the church open during this time, please let Fr Jim know, or speak with Robyn Price or Patricia Allen.

SUMMER CONCERT AT ST ALFEGE CHURCH, GREENWICH

The Thomas Tallis Society Choir will sing Bach’s Magnificat at a summer concert on Sunday 16th June. The event is being held to celebrate the forthcoming retirement of Revd Canon Chris Moody, vicar of St Alfege Church for 14 years and a member of the Thomas Tallis choir. Please see the poster on the St John’s noticeboard and visit ticketsource.co.uk/tts for tickets, priced at £18 and £14. There will also be a Festal Evensong in St Alfege on 23rd June with the Bishops of Southwark and Woolwich.

PATRONAL FESTIVAL AND SUMMER FAIR

The church’s patronal festival will begin with a Eucharist on Thursday 20th June – Corpus Christi – and continue with a second Eucharist the following day. Thesummer fair follows on Saturday 22nd June from 10am-2pm, and the festival ends with a Parish Eucharist celebrating the Birth of John the Baptist on Sunday 23rd.

Contributions for the stalls at fair, especially items for the children’s tombola such as small toys and treats, can be left in the parish office. If you would like to help with the fair, it would be much appreciated! Please speak with Jene Kerr or Fr Jim.  

CRECHE TOYS

Thank you to everyone who has brought in toys for the crèche. Storage is now full, so we cannot take any more, but we’re grateful to all those who’ve donated items! 

GROWING IN FAITH AND LIFE

Applications are open for the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship 2019-2020, 
a 10-month course entitled ‘Growing in Faith and Life.’ The course, which runs from September to June, has six modules, including the history of the Anglican Church, what Christians believe, and ethics. It ends with a residential weekend at Wychcroft, the Southwark Diocese training centre in Surrey. Do pick up a leaflet at the back of church for further details. Please speak to Fr Jim if you have any questions. 

JUNIOR CHURCH
Our Junior Church and crèche, run by members of St John’s, are looking for more adults to get involved. We’re seeing growing numbers of families coming to church, for which we give thanks, and we want to make sure our Junior Church and crèche are well-staffed to welcome all children. Laura Callaghan has kindly offered to run through a session with any new volunteers to demonstrate how it’s done. If you would like to be involved, please speak with LauraAlex MacKenzie or Fr Jim

CONFIRMATION

On 14th July, the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich, will come to St John’s for a Service of Confirmation. If you were baptised as a child, your parents and godparents made promises on your behalf. As a young person or adult, you may wish to confirm these promises for yourself at a confirmation service. If you are interested in confirmation, or if you were not baptised as a child but want to make a commitment of faith as an adult, please speak with Fr Jim.  

NEXT WEEK’S CHURCH NEWS

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.

Sunday 26th May 2019

CHRISTIAN AID

Last Sunday, the children decorated cakes during Junior Church to raise money for Christian Aid. They made an excellent £5 from their efforts. Welldone to all of them. Robyn Price will give an update on the total amount raised from Christian Aid Week soon. Thank you to everyone who helped out and donated funds!

THY KINGDOM COME: A GLOBAL PRAYER MOVEMENT
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited churches across the world to observe 10 days of prayer from Ascension Day to the Day of Pentecost. At St John’s, ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ will begin with the Ascension Day Eucharist at 7pm on 30th May and end with the 10am Parish Eucharist on 9th June. The church will be open forprayer at 11am-1pm every day in between. If you can help us keep the church open during this time, please let Fr Jim know, or speak with Robyn Price or Patricia Allen.

CRECHE TOYS

Thank you to everyone who has brought in toys for the crèche. Storage is now full, so we cannot take any more, but we’re very grateful to all those who’ve donated items! 

PATRONAL FESTIVAL AND SUMMER FAIR

The church’s patronal festival will begin with a Eucharist on Thursday 20th June – Corpus Christi – and continue with a second Eucharist the following day. Thesummer fair follows on Saturday 22nd June from 10am-2pm, and the festival ends with a Parish Eucharist celebrating the Birth of John the Baptist on Sunday 23rd. Contributions for the stalls at fair, especially items for the children’s tombola such as small toys and treats, can be left in the parish office. If you would like to help with the fair, we’d be very grateful! Please speak with Jene Kerr or Fr Jim.

GROWING IN FAITH AND LIFE

Applications are open for the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship 2019-2020, a 10-month course entitled ‘Growing in Faith and Life.’ The course, which runs from September to June, has six modules, including the history of the Anglican Church, what Christians believe, and ethics. It ends with a residential weekend at Wychcroft, the Southwark Diocese training centre in Surrey. Do pick up a leaflet at the back of church for further details. Please speak to Fr Jim if you have any questions. 

SUMMER CONCERT AT ST ALFEGE CHURCH, GREENWICH

The Thomas Tallis Society Choir will sing Bach’s Magnificat at a summer concert on Sunday 16th June. The event is being held to celebrate the forthcoming retirement of Revd Canon Chris Moody, vicar of St Alfege Church for 14 years and a member of the Thomas Tallis choir. Please see the poster on the St John’s noticeboard and visit ticketsource.co.uk/tts for tickets, priced at £18 and £14. There will also be a Festal Evensong in St Alfege on 23rd June with the Bishops of Southwark and Woolwich. 

JUNIOR CHURCH

Our Junior Church and crèche, run by members of St John’s, are looking for more adults to get involved. We’re seeing growing numbers of families coming to church, for which we give thanks, and we want to make sure our Junior Church and crèche are well-staffed to welcome all children. If you would like to be involved, please speak with Laura CallaghanAlex MacKenzie or Fr Jim.

CONFIRMATION

On 14th July, the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich, will come to St John’s for a Service of Confirmation. If you are interested in confirmation, please speak with Fr Jim.

NEXT WEEK’S CHURCH NEWS

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.

Sunday 19th May 2019

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK

Christian Aid Week draws to a close with a cake sale today in church. Thank you to everyone who has helped over the past week with all our fund-raising events, and of course to all who have donated. There are donation envelopes in church today for anyone still wishing to give. Monies collected will help finance a campaign to makechildbirth safe for all mums and babies in some of the world’s poorest countries.

THY KINGDOM COME: A GLOBAL PRAYER MOVEMENT
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited churches across the world to observe 10 days of prayer from Ascension Day to the Day of Pentecost. At St John’s, ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ will begin with the Ascension Day Eucharist at 7pm on 30th May and end with the 10am Parish Eucharist on 9th June. The church will be open forprayer at 11am-1pm every day in between. If you can help us keep the church open during this time, please let Fr Jim know, or speak with Robyn Price or Patricia Allen.

JUNE FARRELL

June Farrell, a faithful and active member of St John’s who was known to many, has died. June’s funeral will be at Eltham Crematorium at 12.30pm on 23rd May.

PATRONAL FESTIVAL AND SUMMER FAIR

The church’s patronal festival will begin with a Eucharist on Thursday 20th June – Corpus Christi – and continue with a second Eucharist the following day. Thesummer fair follows on Saturday 22nd June from 10am-2pm, and the festival ends with a Parish Eucharist celebrating the Birth of John the Baptist on Sunday 23rd.

GROWING IN FAITH AND LIFE

Applications are open for the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship 2019-2020, 
a 10-month course entitled ‘Growing in Faith and Life.’ The course, which runs from September to June, has six modules, including the history of the Anglican Church, what Christians believe, and ethics. It ends with a residential weekend at Wychcroft, the Southwark Diocese training centre in Surrey. Do pick up a leaflet at the back of church for further details. Please speak to Fr Jim if you have any questions. 

SUMMER CONCERT AT ST ALFEGE CHURCH, GREENWICH

The Thomas Tallis Society Choir will sing Bach’s Magnificat at a summer concert on Sunday 16th June. The event is being held to celebrate the forthcoming retirement of Revd Canon Chris Moody, vicar of St Alfege Church for 14 years and a member of the Thomas Tallis choir. Please see the poster on the church noticeboard and visit ticketsource.co.uk/tts for tickets, priced at £18 and £14. There will also be a Festal Evensong in St Alfege on 23rd June with the Bishops of Southwark and Woolwich. 

JUNIOR CHURCH
Our Junior Church and crèche, run by members of St John’s, are looking for more adults to get involved. We’re seeing growing numbers of families coming to church, for which we give thanks, and we want to make sure our Junior Church and crèche are well-staffed to welcome all children. Laura Callaghan has kindly offered to run through a session with any new volunteers to demonstrate how it’s done. If you would like to be involved, please speak with LauraAlex MacKenzie or Fr Jim

CONFIRMATION

On 14th July, the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich, will come to St John’s for a Service of Confirmation. If you were baptised as a child, your parents and godparents made promises on your behalf. As a young person or adult, you may wish to confirm these promises for yourself at a confirmation service. If you are interested in confirmation, or if you were not baptised as a child but want to make a commitment of faith as an adult, please speak with Fr Jim.  

NEXT WEEK’S CHURCH NEWS

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.

Sunday 12th May 2019

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK: 12TH – 18TH MAY 2019

Today marks the beginning of Christian Aid Week, an annual campaign that brings Christians together with a common purpose to achieve something incredible. This year, Christian Aid Week focuses on making childbirth safe for all mums and babies in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Here at St John’s, we have a number of activities planned to raise money:

• Today: tickets on sale for the Foodie Raffle
• Today and Sunday 19th: Church collection via donation envelopes
• Thursday 16th: Super Soup Lunch 
(see church noticeboard for details and sign-up sheet)
• Friday 17th: Eltham Station bucket collection
• Sunday 19th: Circle the City Walk (details on noticeboard) and 
cake sale in church

If anyone is able to help at any of the events, particularly the soup lunch, cake sale or station collection, it would be very much appreciated. Please speak to Fr Jim or Robyn Price.

SPRING CLEANING

We are planning to hold our annual spring clean of the church on Saturday 18th May. Everyone is welcome! Please come along at 10am and help make the church look its best. It would be much appreciated if you could bring your own cleaning materials, but anyone empty-handed can be supplied! Children are also welcome. If you have any questions, please speak to Fr Jim or churchwarden Dorian Woodward.


PATRONAL FESTIVAL AND SUMMER FAIR

The church’s patronal festival will begin with a Eucharist on Thursday 20th June – Corpus Christi – and continue with a second Eucharist the following day. Thesummer fair follows on Saturday 22nd June from 10am-2pm, and the festival ends with a Parish Eucharist celebrating the Birth of John the Baptist on Sunday 23rd.

GROWING IN FAITH AND LIFE

Applications are open for the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship 2019-2020, 
a 10-month course entitled ‘Growing in Faith and Life.’ The course, which runsSeptember to June, has six modules, including the history of the Anglican Church, what Christians believe, and ethics. It ends with a residential weekend at Wychcroft, the Southwark Diocese training centre in Surrey. Do pick up a leaflet at the back of church for further details. Please speak to Fr Jim if you have any questions. 

SPECIAL SERVICE AT SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL 
At the Annual Parochial Church Meeting last month, Dorian Woodward and Alberta Rosenior were reappointed as churchwardens. They’ll be readmitted to office at a special service led by the Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich, the Venerable Alastair Cutting, in Southwark Cathedral at 8pm on Thursday 16th May. The service is open to all – do please attend if you can to support our churchwardens. 

CONFIRMATION

On Sunday 14th July, the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich, will come to St John’s for a Service of Confirmation. If you are interested in confirmation, or if you’re not baptised but wish to make a commitment of faith, please speak to Fr Jim.  

JUNIOR CHURCH
Our Junior Church and crèche are looking for more adult helpers. We’re seeing more and more families coming to church, for which we give thanks, and we want to make sure our Junior Church and crèche are well-staffed to welcome all children. If you’d like to be involved, please speak with Laura CallaghanAlex MacKenzie or Fr Jim.

NEXT WEEK’S CHURCH NEWS

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.

Sunday 5th May

GROWING IN FAITH AND LIFE

Applications are open for the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship 2019-2020, 
a 10-month course entitled ‘Growing in Faith and Life.’

The course, which runs from September to June, has six modules, including the history of the Anglican Church, what Christians believe, and ethics. The Bishop’s Certificate is taught on a termly cycle on a midweek evening or Saturday daytime, whichever is preferable. It ends with a residential weekend at Wychcroft, the Southwark Diocese training centre in Surrey. Do pick up a leaflet at the back of church for further details. If you have any questions, please speak with Fr Jim

CONFIRMATION

On Sunday 14th July, the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich, will come to St John’s for a Service of Confirmation. If you were baptised as a child, your parents and godparents made promises on your behalf. As a young person or adult, you may wish to confirm these promises for yourself at a confirmation service. If you are interested in confirmation, or if you were not baptised as a child but wish to make a commitment of faith as an adult, please speak with Fr Jim.  

SPRING CLEANING

We are planning to hold our annual spring clean of the church on Saturday 18th May. We’re asking for volunteers to come along at 10am with their own cleaning materials to help make the church look its best. If you’re able to assist, please speak to Fr Jim or churchwarden Dorian Woodward after the service today. Many thanks.

JUNIOR CHURCH
Our Junior Church and crèche, organized and run by members of St John’s, are looking for more adults to get involved. We’re seeing growing numbers of families coming to church, for which we give thanks, and we want to make sure our Junior Church and crèche are well-staffed to welcome all children. Laura Callaghan has kindly offered to run through a session with any new volunteers so that you can see how it’s done. If you would like to be involved, or have any questions, please speak with LauraAlex MacKenzie or Fr Jim.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK: 12TH – 18TH MAY 2019

Christian Aid Week brings Christians together with a common purpose to achieve something incredible. This Christian Aid Week, the campaign focuses on makingchildbirth safe for all mums and babies in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Here at St John’s, we have a number of activities planned to raise money:

• Sundays 5th and 12th: tickets on sale for the Foodie Raffle
• Sundays 12th and 19th: Church collection via donation envelopes
• Thursday 16th: Super Soup Lunch (see church noticeboard for details and sign-up sheet)
• Friday 17th: Eltham Station bucket collection
• Sunday 19th: Circle the City Walk (details on noticeboard) and 
cake sale in church
•  Sunday 19th: Circle the City Walk (details on noticeboard) and 
cake sale in church

If anyone is able to help at any of the events, particularly the soup lunch, cake sale orstation collection, it would be very much appreciated. Please speak to Fr Jim or Robyn Price.

NEXT WEEK’S CHURCH NEWS

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.

Sunday 28th April 2019

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held today at 11:30am in St John’s.Any member of the congregation who is on the Electoral Roll is welcome to attend.

HERMAN JORDAAN – ORGANIST AND CHOIRMASTER

We’re sad to announce that Herman Jordaan will be leaving St John’s today. Herman has greatly contributed to the life of the church for almost five years, but has had along distance to travel from his home. Herman’s superb playing and leadership of the choir has enriched the worship of the church. He will be greatly missed! 

ELTHAM & MOTTINGHAM ANGLICAN FORUM

The Eltham & Mottingham Anglican Forum – the renamed local deanery synod – will hold its next meeting on Wednesday 1st May at All Saints Church in New Eltham at 7:30pm for 8pm. All members of Eltham and Mottingham churches are invited.

CONFIRMATION 
The Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich, will come to St John’s for a Service of Confirmation on 14th July. If you are interested in confirmation, or if you are not baptised but wish to make a commitment of faith, please speak with Fr Jim.

JUNIOR CHURCH
Our Junior Church and crèche, organized and run by members of St John’s, are looking for more adults to get involved. We’re seeing growing numbers of families coming to church, for which we give thanks, and we want to make sure our Junior Church and crèche are well-staffed to welcome all children. Laura Callaghan has kindly offered to run through a session with any new volunteers so that you can see how it’s done. If you would like to be involved, or have any questions, please speak with LauraAlex MacKenzie or Fr Jim

BIBLE READING FELLOWSHIP

If you were inspired by the Church of England’s ‘Pilgrim Journeys’ reflections for Lent, and would like to continue or begin a daily Bible reading, please consider the Bible Reading Fellowship booklets. Each covers four months with a short text, comment and thought for the day. For details contact Jean Harker.

GROWING IN FAITH AND LIFE

Applications are open for the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship 2019-2020. The course, which begins in September, has six modules, including the history of the Anglican Church, what Christians believe, and ethics. Do pick up a leaflet at the back of church for further details. If you have any questions, please speak with Fr Jim

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK: 12TH – 18TH MAY 2019

Christian Aid Week brings Christians together with a common purpose to achieve something incredible. This Christian Aid Week, the campaign focuses on makingchildbirth safe for all mums and babies in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Here at St John’s, we have a number of activities planned to raise money:

• Sundays 5th and 12th: tickets on sale for the Foodie Raffle
• Sundays 12th and 19th: Church collection via donation envelopes
• Thursday 16th: Super Soup Lunch (see church noticeboard for details and sign-up sheet)
• Friday 17th: Eltham Station bucket collection
• Sunday 19th: Circle the City Walk (details on noticeboard) and cake sale in church             

If anyone is able to help at any of the events, particularly the soup lunch, cake sale and station collection, it would be very much appreciated. Please speak to Fr Jim or Robyn Price.

NEXT WEEK’S CHURCH NEWS

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.