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.

Sunday 13th May

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 led by the Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich, the Venerable Alastair Cutting, in Southwark Cathedral at 8pm on Wednesday 23rd May. The service is open to all – do please attend if you can to support our new churchwardens.

‘THY KINGDOM COME’
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited churches across the world to observe 10 days of prayer in May from Ascension Day to the Day of Pentecost. As such, St John’s is currently open for daily prayer at 10.30am to 12.30pm, until 20th May. If you’d like to help us keep the church open during this time, please let Fr Jim know.

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

JUNIOR CHURCH
We’re delighted to see significant growth in the number of children coming to our church. With our Junior Church classes now quite crowded, we encourage parents to leave children aged 3 and up in the care of class leaders. This allows parents to remain in church and participate in the service. If you have any concerns, or would like to assist in Junior Church classes, please speak with Alex MacKenzie or Fr Jim.

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, work and visit Eltham. 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 to follow. In the meantime, please speak with Jene or Fr Jim if you have any questions.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2018

Christian Aid Week runs from today to 19th May. For more than 70 years, the charity has helped to change the lives of people living in poverty around the world. Please speak with Robyn Price if you can help with any of these events:

  • Wednesday 16th May at 12.30pm: Super Soup Lunch. A sign-up sheet is on the noticeboard for anyone able to join us.
  • Friday 18th May: Bucket collection at Eltham station
  • Sunday 20th May: Cake sale in church after the Eucharist

Raffle tickets are on sale today, and the draw will be made at the Super Soup Lunch.

Donation envelopes are available in the pews for the duration of Christian Aid Week. They can be placed either in the collection bags during the offertory or in the Christian Aid collection bucket at the back of church. Thanks for your support!

Sunday 6th May

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 led by the Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich, the Venerable Alastair Cutting, in Southwark Cathedral at 8pm on Wednesday 23rd May. The service is open to all – do please attend if you can to support our new churchwardens.

‘THY KINGDOM COME’
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches across the world to observe 10 days of prayer in May from Ascension Day to the Day of Pentecost. As such, St John’s will be open for prayer at 10.30am to 12.30pm from 11th to 20th May. If you’d like to help us keep the church open during this time, please let Fr Jim know.

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

JUNIOR CHURCH
We’re delighted to see significant growth in the number of children coming to our church. With our Junior Church classes now quite crowded, we encourage parents to leave children aged 3 and up in the care of class leaders. This allows parents to remain in church and participate in the service. If you have any concerns, or would like to assist in Junior Church classes, please speak with Alex MacKenzie or Fr Jim.

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, work and visit Eltham. 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 to follow. In the meantime, please speak with Jene or Fr Jim if you have any questions.

ASCENSION DAY DEANERY EUCHARIST
For the last few years, St John’s has hosted a deanery Eucharist in the evening of Ascension Day. This year, St Edward’s Mottingham will host the service on 10th May at 8pm. All are welcome.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2018
Christian Aid Week will run from 13th to 19th May. For more than 70 years, the charity has helped to change the lives of people living in poverty around the world. Please speak with Robyn Price if you can help with any of these events:

  • Wednesday 16th May at 12.30pm: Super Soup Lunch. A sign-up sheet is on the noticeboard for anyone able to join us.
  • Friday 18th May: Bucket collection at Eltham station.
  • Sunday 20th May: Cake sale in church after the Eucharist

Raffle tickets are on sale this Sunday and next, and the draw will be made at the Super Soup Lunch.

Donation envelopes will be available in the pews for the duration of Christian Aid Week. They can be placed either in the collection bags during the offertory or in the Christian Aid collection bucket at the back of church. Thanks for your support!

Sunday 29th April

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
Thanks to everyone who attended the APCM last week. We’re delighted to announce that Dorian Woodward and Alberta Rosenior were appointed churchwardens, Jean Harker joins the Parochial Church Council and Robyn Price will represent St John’s on the Deanery Synod. A special thank you goes to Nola DeLury, the PCC secretary and parish administrator, whose arrangements enabled the meeting to run so well.

SPECIAL SERVICE AT SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL
The new churchwardens will be admitted to office during a special service led by the Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich, the Venerable Alastair Cutting, in Southwark Cathedral at 8pm on Wednesday 23rd May. The service is open to all and it would be great if as many people as possible could attend to support our new churchwardens.

ELTHAM CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
The Bishop of Woolwich, Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, will consecrate a new altar at a whole-school Eucharist on Ascension Day, 10th May. In preparation, Fr Jim is teaching pupils about the history of the Eucharist. Please pray for the school and for the bishop.

JUNIOR CHURCH
We’re delighted to see significant growth in the number of children coming to our church. With our Junior Church classes now quite crowded, we encourage parents to leave children aged 3 and up in the care of class leaders. This allows parents to remain in church and participate in the service. If you have any concerns, or would like to assist in Junior Church classes, please speak with Alex MacKenzie or Fr Jim.

ST JOHN’S PATRONAL FESTIVAL AND SUMMER FAIR
The summer fair is a great event when the church celebrates its patron saint and opens wide its doors to all who live, work and visit Eltham. 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 to follow. 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 this Spring, there are a number of free events, including a chance to see the new Bishop of London Sarah Mullally in conversation with Cathedral Dean David Ison on 4th June at 6.30pm. For information and booking details, see www.stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2018
Christian Aid Week will run from 13th to 19th May. For over 70 years, the charity has helped to change the lives of people living in poverty around the world. Last year, St John’s raised more than £1,500, the most raised by any single church in Eltham. Robyn Price will be in touch shortly with news of this year’s Super Soup Lunch on Wednesday 16th May at 12.30pm, as well as the raffle, collections and other events.

‘THY KINGDOM COME’
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches across the world to observe 10 days of prayer in May from Ascension Day to the Day of Pentecost. As such, St John’s will be open for prayer at 10.30am to 12.30pm from 11th to 20th May. If you’d like to help us keep the church open during this time, please let Fr Jim know.

TEA AND COFFEE AFTER THE EUCHARIST
Refreshments after the Eucharist are an important part of the life of the church. It is a time when people can pause after Holy Communion and catch up with friends or meet new ones. 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.

Sunday 22nd April

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING TODAY
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held in church immediately after the Eucharist today. It’s an opportunity to hear about what’s been happening in the church over the past year and is open to all on the electoral roll.

VOLUNTEER FOR WELCARE
Could you spare a few hours every couple of weeks? Welcare, a Christian charity long-supported by St John’s, is looking for volunteers. The organisation gives practical and emotional support to families in difficulty, providing one-to-one sessions for parents and children in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment. See welcare.org

ELTHAM CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
The Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, will consecrate a new altar at a whole-school Eucharist on Ascension Day, 10th May. In preparation, Fr Jim is teaching pupils about the history and theology of the Eucharist. Please pray for the school and for Bishop Karowei.

JUNIOR CHURCH
We’ve been delighted to see significant growth in the number of children coming to our church. With our Junior Church classes now quite crowded, we encourage parents to leave children aged 3 and up in the care of class leaders. This allows parents to remain in church and participate in the service. If you have any concerns or questions, or would like to be involved with leading or assisting in Junior Church classes, please speak with Alex MacKenzie or Fr Jim.

ST PAUL’S ADULT LEARNING
As part of St Paul’s Cathedral’s adult learning programme this Spring, there are a number of free events, including a chance to see the new Bishop of London Sarah Mullally in conversation with Cathedral Dean David Ison on 4th June at 6.30pm. Mullally will discuss her faith, her life and how she feels about being the city’s first female bishop. For information on this and other talks, including booking details, please visit www.stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning

BIRTHDAY COFFEE
There are still some spaces on the Birthday Coffee list. If you would like to mark a birthday or some other special occasion, a list of available dates is on the church noticeboard. For a donation of £5, everyone can enjoy free tea or coffee on your chosen Sunday after the Eucharist. Please see Sheila Squire for more details.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK
Christian Aid Week 2018 will run from 13th to 19th May. For more than 70 years, the charity has been helping to change the lives of people living in poverty around the world. Last year, St John’s raised more than £1,500, the most raised by any single church in Eltham. Robyn Price will be in touch in the coming weeks with news of this year’s Super Soup Lunch on Wednesday 16th May at 12.30pm, as well as the raffle, collections and other planned events.

‘THY KINGDOM COME’
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches across the world to observe 10 days of prayer in May from Ascension Day to the Day of Pentecost. As such, St John’s will be open for daily prayer at 10.30am to 12.30pm from 11th to 20th May. Some of those days will include the church’s regular worship. If you’d like to help us keep the church open during this time, please let Fr Jim know.

Sunday 15th April

JESU, THOU ART ALL COMPASSION: RETREAT AT ASCOT PRIORY, BERKSHIRE
There are still spaces for the Ascot retreat on 15th-17th June. Run by the ecumenical Spiritual Association of the Compassionate Hearts of Jesus & Mary (www.cchjm.org), the retreat is set in the context of silence, with those present invited to enter into the heart of God through different perspectives – the Heart of the Father; the Heart in Silence; the Heart of Compassion, the Heart’s Softener. The cost is £160; please contact Fr John-Francis to book, at cchjm@outlook.com

ST PAUL’S ADULT LEARNING
As part of St Paul’s Cathedral’s adult learning programme this Spring, there are a number of free events, including a chance to see the new Bishop of London Sarah Mullally in conversation with Cathedral Dean David Ison on 4th June at 6.30pm. Mullally will discuss her faith, her life, what matters to her most, and how she feels about being the city’s first female bishop. For information on this and other talks, including booking details, visit www.stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held in church immediately after the Eucharist next Sunday. It’s an opportunity to hear about what’s been happening in the church over the past year and is open to all on the electoral roll. For those planning to attend, the annual report is now available at the back of church.

WENSLEY CLOSE
The Friends of Wensley Close will hold a coffee morning and bring-and-buy on Tuesday 17th April at 10am to 12.30pm at Charter House in King John’s Walk (approach by Court Yard, turn right at Eltham Palace gates). Please come and support this local charity, which helps children with learning disabilities.

VOLUNTEER FOR WELCARE
Could you spare a few hours every couple of weeks? Welcare, a Christian charity long-supported by St John’s, is looking for volunteers. The organisation gives practical and emotional support to families in difficulty, providing one-to-one sessions for parents and children in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment. Volunteers have a range of backgrounds, ages and experience, and all receive training and ongoing support and guidance. To get involved or for further details, see welcare.org, call 020 7820 7910 or email volunteering@welcare.org

BIRTHDAY COFFEE
There are still some spaces on the Birthday Coffee list. If you would like to mark a birthday or some other special occasion, a list of available dates is on the church noticeboard. For a donation of £5, everyone can enjoy free tea or coffee on your chosen Sunday after the Eucharist. Please see Sheila Squire for more details.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK
Christian Aid Week 2018 will run from 13th to 19th May. For more than 70 years, the charity has been helping to change the lives of people living in poverty around the world. Last year, St John’s raised more than £1,500, the most raised by any single church in Eltham. Robyn Price will be in touch in the coming weeks with news of this year’s Super Soup Lunch on Wednesday 16th May at 12.30pm, as well as the raffle, collections and other planned events.

Sunday 8th April

JESU, THOU ART ALL COMPASSION: RETREAT AT ASCOT PRIORY, BERKSHIRE
There are still spaces for the Ascot retreat on 15th-17th June. Run by the ecumenical Spiritual Association of the Compassionate Hearts of Jesus & Mary (www.cchjm.org), the retreat will be set in the context of silence, with those present invited to enter into the heart of God through different perspectives – the Heart of the Father; the Heart in Silence; the Heart of Compassion, and the Heart’s Softener. The cost of the weekend is £160, and a booking form is available on request: please contact Fr John-Francis at cchjm@outlook.com

ST PAUL’S ADULT LEARNING
As part of St Paul’s Cathedral’s adult learning programme this Spring, there are a number of free events, including a discussion on ‘Who am I? Identity, Faith and Being Human.’ The event, led by former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, will take place in the cathedral on Monday 16th April at 6.30pm. For information on this and other events in the programme, including booking details, visit www.stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held in church immediately after the Eucharist on Sunday 22nd April. The meeting is an opportunity to hear about what has been happening in the church over the past year and is open to all on the electoral roll.

WENSLEY CLOSE
The Friends of Wensley Close will hold a coffee morning and bring-and-buy on Tuesday 17th April at 10am to 12.30pm at Charter House in King John’s Walk (approach by Court Yard, turn right at Eltham Palace gates). Please come and support this local charity, which helps children with learning disabilities.

VOLUNTEER FOR WELCARE
Could you spare a few hours every couple of weeks to make a positive difference to a child’s life? Welcare, a Christian charity long-supported by St John’s, is looking for volunteers. The organisation gives practical and emotional support to families in difficulty, providing one-to-one sessions for parents and children in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment. Volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds, ages and experience, and all receive training and ongoing support and guidance. To get involved or for further details, see welcare.org or contact 020 7820 7910 / volunteering@welcare.org

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK
Christian Aid Week 2018 will run from 13th to 19th May. For more than 70 years, the charity has been helping to change the lives of people living in poverty around the world. Last year, St John’s raised more than £1,500, the most raised by any single church in Eltham. Robyn Price will be in touch in the coming weeks with news of this year’s Super Soup Lunch on Wednesday 16th May at 12.30pm, as well as the raffle, collections and other planned events.

Sunday 1st April

Easter Sunday

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held in church immediately after the Eucharist on Sunday 22nd April. The meeting is an opportunity to hear about what has been happening in the church over the past year and is open to all on the electoral roll.

WENSLEY CLOSE
The Friends of Wensley Close will hold a coffee morning and bring-and-buy on Tuesday 17th April at 10am to 12.30pm at Charter House in King John’s Walk (approach by Court Yard, turn right at Eltham Palace gates). Please come and support this local charity, which helps children with learning disabilities.

JESU, THOU ART ALL COMPASSION: RETREAT AT ASCOT PRIORY, BERKSHIRE
There are still spaces for the Ascot retreat on 15th-17th June. Run by the ecumenical Spiritual Association of the Compassionate Hearts of Jesus & Mary (www.cchjm.org), the retreat will be set in the context of silence, with those present invited to enter into the heart of God through different perspectives – the Heart of the Father; the Heart in Silence; the Heart of Compassion, and the Heart’s Softener. The cost of the weekend is £160, and a booking form is available on request: please contact Fr John-Francis at cchjm@outlook.com.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK
Christian Aid Week 2018 will run from 13th to 19th May. For more than 70 years, the charity has been helping to change the lives of people living in poverty around the world. Last year, St John’s raised more than £1,500, the most raised by any single church in Eltham. Robyn Price will be in touch in the coming weeks with news of this year’s Super Soup Lunch on 17th May at 12.30pm, as well as the raffle, collections and other planned events.

Sunday 25th March

Holy Week and Easter 2018

Palm Sunday, 25th March
10am Parish Eucharist with Procession of the Palms

Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th March
7.30pm Eucharist

Maundy Thursday, 29th March
7.30pm Eucharist with Washing of the Feet and Stripping of the Sanctuary followed by the Watch

Good Friday, 30th March
1pm The Way of the Cross (non-Eucharistic)
2pm Good Friday Eucharist – The Final Hour

Easter Day, 1st April
6am Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter
10am Parish Eucharist

LENT ART INSTALLATION
Southwark Cathedral is displaying ‘Doubt,’ an artwork by Susie MacMurray, until 30th March. Each year, an artist is invited to provide a piece to act as a focus for contemplation and reflection during Lent. British sculptor MacMurray has created a ‘cloud,’ which dominates the chancel and high altar sanctuary. The work stems from a conversation she had with a soldier who had served in Afghanistan, who spoke about how he had felt a dark weight hovering behind him. It led MacMurray to think about the 40 days and 40 nights of Jesus’ fast in the Judaean Desert.

GOOD FRIDAY CONCERT
The St Cecilia Festival Chorus will perform their annual concert on Good Friday at 7.30pm at the United Reform Church on Court Road. Francis Eastwood will conduct Faure’s Requiem for the final time, having directed the concert for the past 50 years. Jack Day will conduct Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs. For more details, see the poster at the back of church or speak to Colin MacKenzie.

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held immediately after the Eucharist on Sunday 22nd April. The meeting is an opportunity to hear about what has been happening in the church over the past year and is open to all on the electoral roll.

CHURCH FLOWERS
On Holy Saturday, we’ll be decorating the church in preparation for Easter Sunday. We’ll start around 10am, and all are welcome to join us, including children. If you have any queries, please speak with Fr Jim or Robyn Price.

WENSLEY CLOSE
The Friends of Wensley Close will hold a coffee morning and bring-and-buy on Tuesday 17th April at 10am-12.30pm at Charter House in King John’s Walk (approach by Court Yard, turn right at Eltham Palace gates). Please come if you can to support this local charity, which helps children with learning disabilities.

Sunday 18th March

Holy Week and Easter 2018

Palm Sunday, 25th March
10am Parish Eucharist with Procession of the Palms

Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th March
7.30pm Eucharist

Maundy Thursday, 29th March
7.30pm Eucharist with Washing of the Feet and Stripping of the Sanctuary followed by the Watch

Good Friday, 30th March
1pm The Way of the Cross (non-Eucharistic)
2pm Good Friday Eucharist – The Final Hour

Easter Day, 1st April
6am Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter
10am Parish Eucharist

BISHOP’S LENT CALL
Last month, the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, sent out a ‘call’ to the churches of the diocese to take time for contemplation during Lent, to grow closer to God and to consider how one might help others in need. To that end, there are envelopes in St John’s marked ‘Bishop’s Lent Call’ for any donations. All funds gathered from the churches in response to the ‘call’ will go to support projects in the diocese, in the Holy Land and in Zimbabwe. Please see the posters on the noticeboard in the south aisle for more information.

VOLUNTEER NEEDED
We need another kind person to join the tea and coffee rota. This involves making hot drinks after the Sunday service and clearing up afterwards. At the moment, your turn would come around every other month, so it’s not too onerous. Please have a word with Cindy Shipp if you can help, or email cynthiashipp32@gmail.com if she’s not around in church.

WELCARE ANNUAL QUIZ
The Friends of Greenwich Welcare invite all at St John’s to their annual quiz on Saturday 24th March at 6.45pm for 7pm at St Thomas’s Church, Maryon Road, Charlton. Tickets cost £10 and include supper (bring your own drinks). Please pick up a flyer at the back of church or contact Jean and Peter Griffiths on
020 8319 8676 or at jean.peterg@hotmail.com.

Welcare is a charity long-supported by St John’s. It provides practical support to families in difficulty, helping parents and carers use their strengths and skills to nurture happy, confident children. See welcare.org for further information.

MUSIC IN WORSHIP
St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn, is holding a series of evening events with performances and ‘spoken reflections,’ exploring the importance of music in worship. The events start at 6.30pm on the first Monday of each month, from March to June. As the National Musicians’ Church, St Sepulchre’s has a long tradition of musical excellence which is seen at the weekly choral evensongs on Tuesdays, while on Sunday mornings the focus is on ‘contemporary worship.’ More information is available from Peter Horton or on the church’s website: stsepulchres.org

TRUTH TALKS
The final lecture in the Westminster Abbey Institute’s series on truth takes place on Tuesday 20th March. Claire Foster-Gilbert, director of the institute and an expert in medical ethics, regulation and public theology, will discuss the notion that truth should be the lodestar by which we choose our words and fashion our political and journalistic language, including the use of rhetoric. We all share responsibility for this and, if politicians and journalists lie, it is because we want them to.

The event takes place at 6.30pm in the Lady Chapel of Westminster Abbey and is chaired by Lord Judge, former Lord Chief Justice. Please book at www.westminster-abbey.org/institute/truth

LENT: CONTEMPLATION AND COMPLINE
St John’s will be open this Thursday for silent prayer at 7pm followed by Compline at 7.30pm. The ancient office of Compline derives its name from the Latin for ‘completion’ (completorium). It is above all a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day. It is most effective when the ending is indeed an ending, without conversation or noise. Those present depart in silence.

THE DARKNESS BEFORE THE DAWN: A HOLY WEEK RETREAT
Southwark Cathedral will be holding a Holy Week retreat on Monday 26th March to Wednesday 28th March, with John Bell of the Iona Community. The retreat offers a time to be reflective, prayerful and creative, consciously placing ourselves in the presence of God as we walk with Jesus through the final days of his life.

John Bell lectures, preaches and conducts seminars across the denominations. He is a hymn writer and author, but his primary passion is congregational song. Visit www.darknessbeforedawnretreat.eventbrite.co.uk to book a place at £35. If you have any questions, please speak with Fr Jim.

GREENWICH FOODBANK
Last year, Greenwich Foodbank provided food packs to 7,000 people. Contributions are still needed, particularly tinned carrots, long-life fruit juice, long-life milk, tinned fruit and sugar. Organisers say they have a very large stock of baked beans! The foodbank is also unable to take baby milk. Please place any items in the basket at the back of church. Thank you for your contributions – they are much appreciated.

JILL BAYLISS
Jill Bayliss, a member of St John’s, moved to Sudan in October for a three-year work placement. She has been in touch to say she’s happily settled and has joined a church, similar in content to St John’s, although the sermons last 30 minutes! Jill will be back in the U.K. over Easter and plans to come to church on Easter Sunday. She looks forward to seeing everyone again.

A REMINDER
The clocks go forward by one hour to British Summer Time on the morning of 25th March – that’s next Sunday!

Sunday 11th March

CAKES FOR BISHOP’S LENT CALL
The older children of our church made £10 selling cakes last Sunday for the Lent Call. Congratulations to them. A reminder that there are envelopes in St John’s marked ‘Bishop’s Lent Call’ for any donations in the coming weeks. All funds gathered from the diocese’s churches will support projects in Southwark, the Holy Land and Zimbabwe.

LENT: CONTEMPLATION AND COMPLINE
St John’s is open on Thursdays until 22nd March for silent prayer at 7pm followed by Compline at 7.30pm. The ancient office of Compline derives its name from the Latin for ‘completion’. It’s a service of reflection at the end of the day and is most effective when the ending is indeed an ending, without noise. Those present depart in silence.

SOUTHWARK DIOCESAN SPIRITUAL FORMATION GROUP
Copies of the Southwark Diocesan Spiritual Formation Group’s latest newsletter are now available at the back of church. The news sheet includes details of several events at the Sisters of St Andrew foundation in Lewisham, among them a Lenten Quiet Evening on 14th March. It also includes details of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s recommended book for Lent 2018: ‘Say it to God’ by Luigi Gioia.

THE DARKNESS BEFORE THE DAWN: A HOLY WEEK RETREAT
Southwark Cathedral will host a Holy Week retreat on 26th to 28th March, with John Bell of the Iona Community. The retreat offers a time to be reflective, prayerful and creative, consciously placing ourselves in the presence of God as we walk with Jesus through the final days of his life. Places – at £35 – are likely to go quickly, so do apply early. See www.darknessbeforedawnretreat.eventbrite.co.uk or speak with Fr Jim.

GREENWICH FOODBANK
Last year, Greenwich Foodbank gave food packs to 7,000 people. Contributions are still needed, particularly tinned carrots, long-life fruit juice, long-life milk, tinned fruit and sugar. They have a large stock of baked beans! The foodbank is also unable to take baby milk. Please pop any items in the basket at the back of church. Thank you!

JILL BAYLISS
Jill Bayliss, a member of St John’s, moved to Sudan in October for a three-year work placement. She has been in touch to say she’s happily settled and has joined a church, similar in content to St John’s, although the sermons last 30 minutes! Jill will be in the U.K. for Easter and at church on Easter Sunday. She looks forward to seeing everyone.

VOLUNTEER NEEDED
We need another kind person to join the tea and coffee rota. This involves making hot drinks after the Sunday service and clearing up. At the moment, your turn would come around every other month, so it’s not too onerous. Please see Cindy Shipp if you can help, or email cynthiashipp32@gmail.com if she’s not around in church.

WELCARE ANNUAL QUIZ
The Friends of Greenwich Welcare invite you to their annual quiz on Saturday 24th March at 6.45pm for 7pm at St Thomas’s Church, Charlton. A £10 ticket includes supper (bring your own drinks). Please pick up a flyer at the back of church or contact Jean and Peter Griffiths on 020 8319 8676 or at jean.peterg@hotmail.com.

MUSIC IN WORSHIP
St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn, is holding a series of evening events that include performances and ‘spoken reflections,’ exploring the importance of music in worship. The events start at 6.30pm on the first Monday of each month, March to June. As the National Musicians’ Church, St Sepulchre’s has a tradition of musical excellence. More information is available from Peter Horton or on the church website: stsepulchres.org

Sunday 4th March

BISHOP’S LENT CALL
The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, has sent out a ‘call’ to the churches in the diocese to take time for contemplation during Lent, to grow closer to God and to consider how one might help those in need. To that end, there are envelopes in St John’s marked ‘Bishop’s Lent Call’ for any donations. All funds gathered from the churches will support projects in the diocese, the Holy Land and Zimbabwe.

LENT: CONTEMPLATION AND COMPLINE
St John’s is open on Thursdays until 22nd March for silent prayer at 7pm followed by Compline at 7.30pm. The ancient office of Compline derives its name from the Latin for ‘completion’. It’s a service of reflection at the end of the day and is most effective when the ending is indeed an ending, without noise. Those present depart in silence.

SOUTHWARK DIOCESAN SPIRITUAL FORMATION GROUP
Copies of the Southwark Diocesan Spiritual Formation Group’s latest newsletter are now available at the back of church. The newssheet includes details of several events at the Sisters of St Andrew foundation in Lewisham, among them a Lenten Quiet Evening on 14th March and a Silent Retreat Weekend on 9th to 11th March.

THE DARKNESS BEFORE THE DAWN: A HOLY WEEK RETREAT
Southwark Cathedral will host a Holy Week retreat on 26th to 28th March, with John Bell of the Iona Community. The retreat offers a time to be reflective, prayerful and creative, consciously placing ourselves in the presence of God as we walk with Jesus through the final days of his life. Places – at £35 – are likely to go quickly, so do apply early. See www.darknessbeforedawnretreat.eventbrite.co.uk or speak with Fr Jim.

GREENWICH FOODBANK
Last year, Greenwich Foodbank gave food packs to 7,000 people. Contributions are still needed, particularly tinned carrots, long-life fruit juice, long-life milk, tinned fruit and sugar. They have a large stock of baked beans! The foodbank is also unable to take baby milk. Please pop any items in the basket at the back of church. Thank you!

JILL BAYLISS
Jill Bayliss, a member of St John’s, moved to Sudan in October for a three-year work placement. She has been in touch to say she’s happily settled and has joined a church, similar in content to St John’s, although the sermons last 30 minutes! Jill will be in the U.K. for Easter and at church on Easter Sunday. She looks forward to seeing everyone.

VOLUNTEER NEEDED
We need another kind person to join the tea and coffee rota. This involves making hot drinks after the Sunday service and clearing up. At the moment, your turn would come around every other month, so it’s not too onerous. Please see Cindy Shipp if you can help, or email cynthiashipp32@gmail.com if she’s not around in church.

WELCARE ANNUAL QUIZ
The Friends of Greenwich Welcare invite you to their annual quiz on Saturday 24th March at 6.45pm for 7pm at St Thomas’s Church, Charlton. A £10 ticket includes supper (bring your own drinks). Please pick up a flyer at the back of church or contact Jean and Peter Griffiths on 020 8319 8676 or at jean.peterg@hotmail.com.

MUSIC IN WORSHIP
St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn, is holding a series of evening events that include performances and ‘spoken reflections,’ exploring the importance of music in worship. The events start at 6.30pm on the first Monday of each month, March to June. As the National Musicians’ Church, St Sepulchre’s has a tradition of musical excellence. More information is available from Peter Horton or on the church website: stsepulchres.org

Sunday 25th February

BISHOP’S LENT CALL
The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, has sent out a ‘call’ to the churches of the diocese to take time for contemplation during Lent, to grow closer to God and to consider how one might help others in need. To that end, there are envelopes in St John’s during Lent, marked ‘Bishop’s Lent Call,’ for any donations. All funds gathered from the churches in response to the ‘call’ will go to support projects in the diocese, in the Holy Land and in Zimbabwe. Please see the posters on the noticeboard in the south aisle for information about each project.

LENT: CONTEMPLATION AND COMPLINE
St John’s is open on Thursdays until 22nd March for silent prayer at 7pm followed by Compline at 7.30pm. The ancient office of Compline derives its name from the Latin for ‘completion’ (completorium). It is above all a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day. It is most effective when the ending is indeed an ending, without conversation or noise. Those present depart in silence.

THE DARKNESS BEFORE THE DAWN: A HOLY WEEK RETREAT
Southwark Cathedral will host a Holy Week retreat on Monday 26th March to Wednesday 28th March, with John Bell of the Iona Community. The retreat offers a time to be reflective, prayerful and creative, consciously placing ourselves in the presence of God as we walk with Jesus through the final days of his life.

John Bell lectures, preaches and conducts seminars across the denominations. He is a hymn writer and author, but his primary passion is congregational song.
Spaces for the retreat – costing £35 – are limited and are likely to go quickly, so do apply early, at www.darknessbeforedawnretreat.eventbrite.co.uk. If you have any questions, please speak with Fr Jim.

GREENWICH FOODBANK
Last year, Greenwich Foodbank provided food packs to 7,000 people. There is still significant need for contributions, particularly tinned carrots, long-life fruit juice, long-life milk, tinned fruit and sugar. They have a very large stock of baked beans! The foodbank is also unable to take baby milk. Please place any contributions in the basket at the back of church. Thank you – they are very much appreciated!

TRUTH TALKS
This month and next, the Westminster Abbey Institute is holding a series of talks on truth. With so much talk today of ‘alternative truth’ and ‘fake news,’ the abbey asks: Is truth now in shorter supply? Where can it reliably be found? Is it justified for politicians to tell lies to do good, or does that lastingly undermine our faith in political leadership? Please book at www.westminster-abbey.org/institute/truth

PARISH SUPPORT FUND
In 2016, Southwark Diocese introduced a new way of funding its parishes, inviting them to support the district’s shared responsibilities by making a financial pledge to the Parish Support Fund (PSF). Last year, St John’s contributed more than £36,000! The diocese now invites church members to come and hear how the PSF is being used to support the ministry and mission of the church. A meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 6th March at All Saints, Peckham. It will last no more than 1.5 hours. Refreshments will be served 30 minutes before the start.

Sunday 18th Febrary

BISHOP’S LENT CALL
The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, has sent out a ‘call’ to the churches of the diocese to take time for contemplation during Lent, to grow closer to God and to consider how one might help others in need. To that end, there will be envelopes in St John’s during Lent, marked ‘Bishop’s Lent Call,’ for any donations. All funds gathered from the churches in response to the ‘call’ will go to support projects in the diocese, in the Holy Land and in Zimbabwe. Please see the posters on the noticeboard in the south aisle for information about each project.

‘VISIT MY MOSQUE’ DAY
Today, Woolwich Mosque will be open to the public from 1pm to 5pm as part of Visit My Mosque Day. During this national event, more than 200 mosques and Islamic centres will open their doors to the local community, inviting visitors to come in, take a tour and learn about Muslim practice and customs. Woolwich Mosque is at the Greenwich Islamic Centre on Plumstead Road.

LENT: CONTEMPLATION + COMPLINE
St John’s will open on Thursdays from 22nd February to 22nd March for silent prayer at 7pm followed by Compline at 7.30pm.

The ancient office of Compline derives its name from a Latin word meaning ‘completion’ (completorium). It is above all a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day. It is most effective when the ending is indeed an ending, without additions, conversation or noise. When the service is in church, those present depart in silence. The church will close after Compline.

TRUTH TALKS
This month and next, the Westminster Abbey Institute will hold a series of talks on truth. With so much talk today of ‘alternative truth’ and ‘fake news,’ the abbey asks: Is truth now in shorter supply? How can it be recognised and where can it reliably be found? Is it justified for politicians to tell lies in order to do good, or does that lastingly undermine the public’s faith in political leadership? Booking is free but essential. Please visit www.westminster-abbey.org/institute/truth

ELECTORAL ROLL
The Church Electoral Roll was completely revised in 2013 and is valid until 2019. However, if you have joined St John’s recently, reached the age of 16, or are not on the roll (there’s a copy on the noticeboard), please collect an electoral roll form from Mary Roberts. You have to be resident in the parish, or to have worshipped here regularly for at least six months.

PARISH SUPPORT FUND
In 2016, Southwark Diocese introduced a new way of funding its parishes, inviting them to support the district’s shared responsibilities by making a financial pledge to the Parish Support Fund (PSF). Last year, St John’s contributed more than £36,000! The diocese now invites church members to come and hear how the PSF is being used to support the ministry and mission of the church. Events are on:

• Tuesday 6th March at 7.30pm at All Saints, Peckham
• Monday 14th March at 7.30pm at St James, Kidbrooke

The meetings will last no more than 1.5 hours and refreshments will be served 30 minutes before the start.

Sunday 11th February

BISHOP’S LENT CALL
The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, has sent out a ‘call’ to the churches of the diocese to take time for contemplation during Lent, to grow closer to God and to consider how one might help others in need. To that end, there will be envelopes in St John’s during Lent, marked ‘Bishop’s Lent Call,’ for any donations. All funds gathered from the churches in response to the ‘call’ will go to support projects in the diocese, in the Holy Land and in Zimbabwe. Please see the posters on the noticeboard in the south aisle for information about each project.
Since 1986, the ‘call’ has raised almost £1 million, which has been shared with more than 150 projects. Bishop Christopher says:

lt is good that we share what we have in this way. lt is as important though that the Bishop’s Lent Call helps each of us to keep a holy and prayerful Lent as we consider our lives and how we can show our love for God to the world.

‘VISIT MY MOSQUE’ DAY
Woolwich Mosque will be open to the public from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday 18th February as part of Visit My Mosque Day. During this national event, more than 200 mosques and Islamic centres will open their doors to the local community, inviting visitors to come in, take a tour and learn about Muslim practice and customs. Woolwich Mosque is at the Greenwich Islamic Centre on Plumstead Road. For more details, please contact the centre at info@gicuk.org

PARISH SUPPORT FUND
In 2016, Southwark Diocese introduced a new way of funding its parishes, inviting them to support the district’s shared responsibilities by making a financial pledge to the Parish Support Fund (PSF). Last year, St John’s contributed more than £36,000! The diocese now invites church members to come and hear about how the PSF is being used to support the ministry and mission of the church.
Events will be held on:

• Tuesday 6th March at 7.30pm at All Saints, Peckham
• Monday 14th March at 7.30pm at St James, Kidbrooke

The meetings will last no more than 1.5 hours and refreshments will be served 30 minutes before the start.

ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL ADULT LEARNING PROGRAMME
The St Paul’s Cathedral Adult Learning Programme for the first half of 2018 is now available. It features speakers including Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, who will discuss ‘Identity, Faith and Being Human,’ and writer Paula Gooder, who speaks on ‘The Cross in the Bible and Poetry.’ The programme also includes a reflective day about Bach’s St Matthew Passion with St Paul’s Director of Music Andrew Carwood. Do take a booklet from the back of church to see further details.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Could you give a few hours every two weeks? Welcare, a Christian charity offering practical and emotional support to families in difficulty, is looking for volunteers. Welcare provides one-to-one sessions for parents and children in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment. For more information, please see the poster on the noticeboard and pick up a leaflet at the back of church.

BABY CLOTHES FOR SYRIA
We’ve received an appeal for baby clothes, in any size up to 18 months, to be sent to a hospital in Syria. Any outgrown or unwanted babywear would be most welcome, as well as any small hand-knitted garments. For more information, please see Joan Jeal.

GREENWICH WINTER NIGHT SHELTER
The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter for the homeless, which runs from January to the end of March, needs volunteers for Sunday and Tuesday nights and Monday and Wednesday mornings, as well as overnight staff. The shelter comprises a pool of seven churches, which provide hot meals and beds for up to 15 people every night. It’s run wholly by volunteers, but helpers don’t need to come every week. Any assistance is appreciated, and training is provided. If you would like to get involved, please contact Canon Kim Hitch at k.w.hitch@btinternet.com or on 020 8856 3438. For more details, see Fr Jim.

STAMPS FOR CHARITY
Used stamps gathered by members of St John’s – and until now sent to the Royal National Institute of Blind People – will in future be delivered to a different charity. The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust, which provides a helicopter service for medical emergencies, has been chosen to benefit from the stamps collected. See Anne Thomson for further details.

TRUTH TALKS
This month and next, the Westminster Abbey Institute will hold a series of talks on truth. With so much talk today of ‘alternative truth’ and ‘fake news,’ the abbey asks: Is truth now in shorter supply? How can it be recognised and where can it be found? Is it justified for politicians to tell lies in order to do good, or does that lastingly undermine faith in political leadership? Booking is free but essential. Please visit www.westminster-abbey.org/institute/truth

ELECTORAL ROLL
The Church Electoral Roll was completely revised in 2013 and is valid until 2019. However, if you have joined St John’s recently, reached the age of 16, or are not on the roll (there’s a copy on the noticeboard), please collect an electoral roll form from Mary Roberts. You have to be resident in the parish, or to have worshipped here regularly for at least six months.

Sunday 4th February

BISHOP’S LENT CALL
The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, has sent out a ‘call’ to the churches of the diocese to take time for contemplation during Lent, to grow closer to God and to consider how one might help others in need. To that end, there will be envelopes in St John’s during Lent, marked ‘Bishop’s Lent Call,’ for any donations. All funds gathered from the churches in response to the ‘call’ will go to support projects in the diocese, in the Holy Land and in Zimbabwe. Please see the posters on the noticeboard in the south aisle for information about each project.
Since 1986, the ‘call’ has raised almost £1 million, which has been shared with more than 150 projects. Bishop Christopher says:

lt is good that we share what we have in this way. lt is as important though that the Bishop’s Lent Call helps each of us to keep a holy and prayerful Lent as we consider our lives and how we can show our love for God to the world.

Lent 2018

Contemplation + Compline

Contemplation means encountering God and being changed by that encounter into holiness

St John’s church will open on Thursdays from 22nd February to 22nd March for silent prayer at 7pm followed by Compline at 7.30pm

The ancient office of Compline derives its name from a Latin word
meaning ‘completion’ (completorium). It is above all a service of
quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day. It is most
effective when the ending is indeed an ending, without additions,
conversation or noise. If the service is in church, those present depart
in silence.

The church will close after Compline

BIRTHDAY COFFEE
Would you like to commemorate a birthday or other special occasion? For a donation of £5, everyone can enjoy free tea or coffee on your chosen Sunday after the Parish Eucharist. A list of available dates is on the church noticeboard for you to sign up. For more information, please see Sheila Squire.

PARISH SUPPORT FUND
In 2016, Southwark Diocese introduced a new way of funding its parishes, inviting them to support the district’s shared responsibilities by making a financial pledge to the Parish Support Fund (PSF). Last year, St John’s contributed more than £36,000! The diocese now invites church members to come and hear about how the PSF is being used to support the ministry and mission of the church.

Events will be held on:

• Tuesday 6th March at 7.30pm at All Saints, Peckham
• Monday 14th March at 7.30pm at St James, Kidbrooke

The meetings will last no more than 1.5 hours and refreshments will be served 30 minutes before the start.

ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL ADULT LEARNING PROGRAMME
The St Paul’s Cathedral Adult Learning Programme for the first half of 2018 is now available. It features speakers including Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, who will discuss ‘Identity, Faith and Being Human,’ and writer Paula Gooder, who speaks on ‘The Cross in the Bible and Poetry.’ The programme also includes a reflective day about Bach’s St Matthew Passion with St Paul’s Director of Music Andrew Carwood. Do take a booklet from the back of church to see details.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Could you give a few hours every two weeks? Welcare, a Christian charity offering practical and emotional support to families in difficulty, is looking for volunteers. Welcare provides one-to-one sessions for parents and children in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment. For more information, please see the poster on the noticeboard and pick up a leaflet at the back of church.

BISHOP OF WOOLWICH VISIT
The Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, will visit St John’s parish this month. Bishop Karowei is making his way around all the parishes in the Woolwich Episcopal Area, from Southwark to Plumstead. Please keep the bishop in your prayers.

BABY CLOTHES FOR SYRIA
We’ve received an appeal for baby clothes, in any size up to 18 months, to be sent to a hospital in Syria. Any outgrown or unwanted babywear would be most welcome, as well as any small hand-knitted garments. For more information, please see Joan Jeal.

GREENWICH WINTER NIGHT SHELTER
The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter for the homeless, which runs from January to the end of March, needs volunteers for Sunday and Tuesday nights and Monday and Wednesday mornings, as well as overnight staff. The shelter comprises a pool of seven churches, which provide hot meals and beds for up to 15 people every night. Run wholly by volunteers, the initiative has been awarded the Housing Justice Quality Mark. Helpers don’t need to come every week – any assistance is appreciated, and training is provided. If you would like to get involved, please contact Canon Kim Hitch at k.w.hitch@btinternet.com or on 020 8856 3438. For more details, see Fr Jim.

STAMPS FOR CHARITY
Used stamps gathered by members of St John’s – and until now sent to the Royal National Institute of Blind People – will in future be delivered to a different charity. The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust has been chosen to benefit from the stamps collected. The trust provides a helicopter service for medical emergencies 24 hours a day. Anne Thomson has further information.

TRUTH TALKS
This month and next, the Westminster Abbey Institute will hold a series of talks on truth. With so much talk today of ‘alternative truth’ and ‘fake news,’ the abbey asks: Is truth now in shorter supply? How can it be recognised and where can it be reliably found? Is it justified for politicians to tell lies in order to do good, or does that lastingly undermine the public’s faith in political leadership? Booking is free but essential. Please visit www.westminster-abbey.org/institute/truth

ELECTORAL ROLL
The Church Electoral Roll was completely revised in 2013 and is valid until 2019. However, if you have joined St John’s recently, reached the age of 16, or are not on the roll (there’s a copy on the noticeboard), please collect an electoral roll form from Mary Roberts. You have to be resident in the parish, or to have worshipped here regularly for at least six months.

St John’s Eucharists

Eastertide to Ordinary Time 2018

At 10am unless noted otherwise.

May

6th – 6th of Easter
13th – Sunday after Ascension
20th – Pentecost
27th – Trinity Sunday

June

3rd – 1st after Trinity
10th – 2nd after Trinity
17th – 3rd after Trinity
24th – Patronal Festival & Holy Baptism

July

1st – 5th after Trinity
8th – 6th after Trinity
15th – 7th after Trinity
22nd – 8th after Trinity
29th – 9th after Trinity

August

5th – 10th after Trinity
12th – 11th after Trinity
19th – 12th after Trinity
26th – 13th after Trinity

September

2nd – 14th after Trinity
9th – 15th after Trinity
16th – 16th after Trinity
23rd – 17th after Trinity

Sunday 28th January

BISHOP OF WOOLWICH VISIT

The Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, will visit St John’s parish next month. Bishop Karowei is making his way around all the parishes in the Woolwich Episcopal Area, from Southwark to Plumstead. Please keep the bishop in your prayers.

ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL ADULT LEARNING PROGRAMME


The St Paul’s Cathedral Adult Learning Programme for the first half of 2018 is now available. It features speakers including Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, who will discuss ‘Identity, Faith and Being Human,’ and writer Paula Gooder, who speaks on ‘The Cross in the Bible and Poetry.’ The programme also includes a reflective day about Bach’s St Matthew Passion with St Paul’s Director of Music Andrew Carwood. Do take a booklet from the back of church to see details.

BABY CLOTHES FOR SYRIA


We’ve received an appeal for baby clothes, in any size up to 18 months, to be sent to a hospital in Syria. Any outgrown or unwanted babywear would be most welcome, as well as any small hand-knitted garments. For more information, please see Joan Jeal.

GREENWICH WINTER NIGHT SHELTER

The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter for the homeless, which runs from January to the end of March, needs volunteers for Sunday and Tuesday nights and Monday and Wednesday mornings, as well as overnight staff. The shelter comprises a pool of seven churches, which provide hot meals and beds for up to 15 people every night. Run wholly by volunteers, the initiative has been awarded the Housing Justice Quality Mark. Helpers don’t need to come every week – any assistance is appreciated, and training is provided. If you would like to get involved, please contact Canon Kim Hitch at k.w.hitch@btinternet.com or on 020 8856 3438.

PARISH SUPPORT FUND

In 2016, Southwark Diocese introduced a new way of funding its parishes, inviting them to support the district’s shared responsibilities by making a financial pledge to the Parish Support Fund (PSF). Last year, St John’s contributed more than £36,000! The diocese now invites church members to come and hear about how the PSF is being used to support the ministry and mission of the church. 
Events will be held on:

  • Thursday 1st February at 10.30am at St Lawrence, Catford
  • Tuesday 6th March at 7.30pm at All Saints, Peckham
  • Monday 14th March at 7.30pm at St James, Kidbrooke

All meetings will last no more than 1.5 hours and refreshments will be served 30 minutes before the start.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Could you give a few hours every two weeks? Welcare, a Christian charity offering practical and emotional support to families in difficulty, is looking for volunteers. Welcare provides one-to-one sessions for parents and children in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment. For more information, please see the poster on the noticeboard and pick up a leaflet at the back of church.

WE PRAY FOR

The Church in the Southwark Diocese
The Anglican Ecumenical Borough Deans: Alistair Cutting (Lewisham); Edward Collier (Southwark); James Bryson (Greenwich)

Those with birthdays: Ian Shipp, Tracy Pender

Those who are in any kind of distress of mind, body or soul: Angella Baptiste, Tony Luker, Ruth Wykes, Graham Cheslyn Curtis, Robert Young, Joyce Miller, Joy Hearn, Harry Johnstone

Those who are housebound: Susan Wulstan, John Moon, Joan Henry

Those who have died recently: John Escott

Those whose year’s mind we keep : Frederick Anderson, Ada Austin, Betty Shipp, Fred James

SERVICES

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

Parish Eucharist: 2nd before Lent
4th February 2018 at 10am
With Junior Church and Creche
Readings: Proverbs 8:1,22-31; Colossians 1:15-20; John 1:1-14

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.

NEWS ITEMS

Please send any items for inclusion in next week’s Church News to
Amanda Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning.

 

JESU, THOU ART ALL COMPASSION: A RETREAT AT ASCOT PRIORY

The ecumenical Spiritual Association of the Compassionate Hearts of Jesus & Mary (www.cchjm.org) will hold a retreat on 15th-17th June 2018 at Ascot Priory in Berkshire. Set in the context of silence, participants are invited to enter into the compassionate heart of God through different perspectives – the Heart of the Father; the Heart in Silence; the Heart of Compassion, and the Heart’s Softener. Fr Jim commends this gathering to all: it’s open to everyone regardless of whether or not they’re a companion or associate of the association.

The retreat will be conducted by Fr John-Francis, who occasionally leads our Eucharist here at St John’s. An Anglican Franciscan for 25 years until released from his vows in 2002, Fr John-Francis has been parish priest of St Andrews’, Romford, and is now a tutor at the London Centre for Spiritual Direction.

The cost of the weekend retreat is £160, and a booking form is available on request: please contact Fr John-Francis at cchjm@outlook.com.

STAMPS FOR CHARITY

Used stamps gathered by members of St John’s – and until now sent to the Royal National Institute of Blind People – will in future be delivered to a different charity. The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust has been chosen to benefit from the stamps collected. The trust provides a helicopter service for medical emergencies 24 hours a day. Anne Thomson has further information.

TRUTH TALKS

In February and March, the Westminster Abbey Institute will hold a series of talks on truth. With so much talk today of ‘alternative truth’ and ‘fake news,’ the abbey asks: Is truth now in shorter supply? How can it be recognised and where can it be reliably found? Is it justified for politicians to tell lies in order to do good, or does that lastingly undermine the public’s faith in political leadership? Booking is free but essential. Please visit www.westminster-abbey.org/institute/truth

BIRTHDAY COFFEE

Would you like to commemorate a birthday or other special occasion? For a donation of £5, everyone can enjoy free tea or coffee on your chosen Sunday after the Parish Eucharist. A list of available dates is on the church noticeboard for you to sign up. For more information, please see Sheila Squire.

Sunday 21st January

BISHOP OF WOOLWICH VISIT
The Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, will visit St John’s parish next month. Bishop Karowei is making his way around all the parishes in the Woolwich Episcopal Area, from Southwark to Plumstead. Please keep the bishop in your prayers.

ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL ADULT LEARNING PROGRAMME

The St Paul’s Cathedral Adult Learning Programme for the first half of 2018 is now available. It features speakers including Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, who will discuss ‘Identity, Faith and Being Human,’ and writer Paula Gooder, who speaks on ‘The Cross in the Bible and Poetry.’ The programme also includes a reflective day about Bach’s St Matthew Passion with St Paul’s Director of Music Andrew Carwood. Do take a booklet from the back of church to see full details.

CHRISTIAN AID
Thanks to everyone who supported the Christian Aid appeal this Christmas. We raised almost £220. The launch of Christian Aid Week 2018 will be on Thursday 25th January in Lower Marsh behind Waterloo Station. If you’d like to come, please see Robyn Price.

BABY CLOTHES FOR SYRIA

We’ve received an appeal for baby clothes, in any size up to 18 months, for a hospital in Syria. Any outgrown or unwanted babywear would be most welcome, as well as any small hand-knitted garments. For more information, please see Joan Jeal.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
Thursday 18th January marked the start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This is an annual global ecumenical event where all churches of all denominations pray for unity as Christ calls us to come together as one church. The week ends with the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul on 25th January.

TRUTH TALKS
In February and March, the Westminster Abbey Institute will hold a series of talks on truth. With so much talk today of ‘alternative truth’ and ‘fake news,’ the abbey asks: Is truth now in shorter supply? How can it be recognised and where can it be found? Booking is free but essential. Please visit www.westminster-abbey.org/institute/truth

PARISH SUPPORT FUND
In 2016, Southwark Diocese introduced a new way of funding its parishes, inviting them to support the district’s shared responsibilities by making a financial pledge to the Parish Support Fund (PSF). Last year, St John’s contributed more than £36,000! The diocese now invites church members to come and hear about how the PSF is being used to support the ministry and mission of the church. Events will be held on:

  • Thursday 1st February at 10.30am at St Lawrence, Catford
  • Tuesday 6th March at 7.30pm at All Saints, Peckham
  • Monday 14th March at 7.30pm at St James, Kidbrooke

All meetings will last no more than 1.5 hours and refreshments will be served 30 minutes before the start.

GREENWICH WINTER NIGHT SHELTER
The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter for the homeless, which runs from January to the end of March, needs volunteers for Sunday and Tuesday nights and Monday and Wednesday mornings, as well as overnight staff. The shelter comprises a pool of seven churches, which provide hot meals and beds for up to 15 people every night. Run wholly by volunteers, the initiative has been awarded the Housing Justice Quality Mark. Helpers don’t need to come every week – any assistance is appreciated, and training is provided. If you would like to get involved, please contact Canon Kim Hitch at k.w.hitch@btinternet.com or on 020 8856 3438. For more details, see Fr Jim.

NEWS ITEMS
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Sunday 14th January

BISHOP OF WOOLWICH VISIT

The Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, will visit St John’s parish next month. Bishop Karowei is making his way around all the parishes in the Woolwich Episcopal Area, from Southwark to Plumstead. Please keep the bishop in your prayers.

ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL ADULT LEARNING PROGRAMME

The St Paul’s Cathedral Adult Learning Programme for the first half of 2018 is now available. It features speakers including Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, who will discuss Identity, Faith and Being Human, and writer Paula Gooder, who speaks on The Cross in the Bible and Poetry. The programme also includes a reflective day about Bach’s St Matthew Passion with St Paul’s Director of Music Andrew Carwood. Do take a booklet from the back of church to see full details.

BIRTHDAY COFFEE

Would you like to commemorate a birthday or other special occasion? For a £5 donation, everyone can enjoy free tea or coffee on your chosen Sunday after the Eucharist. Dates are listed on the noticeboard. For more details, see Sheila Squire.

JESU, THOU ART ALL COMPASSION: A RETREAT AT ASCOT PRIORY

The ecumenical Spiritual Association of the Compassionate Hearts of Jesus & Mary (www.cchjm.org) will hold a weekend retreat on 15th-17th June 2018 at Ascot Priory in Berkshire. Set in the context of silence, the retreat invites you to enter into the compassionate heart of God through different perspectives – the Heart of the Father, the Heart in Silence, the Heart of Compassion, the Heart’s Gaze and the Heart’s Softener. Fr Jim commends the retreat to all – it is open to everyone regardless of whether or not they’re a companion or associate of the association.

Ascot Priory was home to the Society of the Most Holy Trinity, founded in 1861 and the first religious order for women in the Church of England since the Reformation.

The retreat will be conducted by Fr John-Francis, who occasionally leads our Parish Eucharist here at St John’s. An Anglican Franciscan for 25 years until released from his vows in 2002, Fr John-Francis has been parish priest of St Andrews’, Romford, and is now a tutor, spiritual director and pastoral supervisor at the London Centre for Spiritual Direction. He retains strong ties with the Franciscans.

The cost of the weekend retreat is £160, and a booking form is available on request: please contact Fr John-Francis at cchjm@outlook.com.

WELCARE NEWS

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Could you give a few hours every two weeks? Welcare, a Christian charity offering practical and emotional support to families in difficulty, is looking for volunteers. Welcare provides one-to-one sessions for parents and children in a welcoming,

non-judgmental environment. For more information, please see the poster on the noticeboard and pick up a leaflet at the back of church.

FUNDRAISING DRIVE

Welcare has launched its first crowdfunding campaign. The organization needs to raise £29,000 for a Family Support Worker to reach more vulnerable children and families across southeast London. Visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/supportwelcare to find out more, watch the video and contribute to this campaign. Thank you!