Sunday 23rd December

CHRISTMAS CARDS
Today is the last day to leave and collect cards from the trays at the back of church. We’re sorry that we cannot deliver any Christmas cards that remain uncollected.

USED STAMPS
There’s a box on the table in the south aisle to deposit your used postage stamps. Please do bring in all the stamps from your Christmas cards – and any others of course – as the proceeds go to the Air Ambulance. The stamps should be cut with a margin of envelope around. See Anne Thomson with any queries. Thank you!

GREENWICH FOODBANK
As you prepare for Christmas, please remember the Greenwich Foodbank. Donations of food can be brought into church and placed in the basket at the back. The charity, which gave out food to almost 7,000 people across the borough last year, is very grateful for the generosity of members of St John’s.

CHRISTIAN AID CHRISTMAS APPEAL – GIVE PEACE THIS CHRISTMAS
If anyone is able to donate to the Christian Aid appeal, there’ll be a collection bucket at the back of church today and over Christmas. Many thanks.

SUNDAY BIRTHDAY LIST
The new list for 2019 is now on the church noticeboard. If you would like to donate £5 to mark a birthday or some other special occasion, everyone can enjoy a free coffee or tea after the Eucharist on your chosen date. It would be helpful if the early months of the year could be entered, so that we can start 2019 with free drinks! For further information, please have a word with Sheila Squire. Thank you.

CHANGING LIVES THROUGH THE PARISH SUPPORT FUND
Every church in the Diocese of Southwark gives money to the Parish Support Fund, which helps to pay for church buildings, vicarages and vicars. St John’s gives 50% of its income to the PSF; that’s over £36,000 this year, or more than £3,000 a month. This money is raised mostly through donations from you, the congregation of St John’s. Diocesan Secretary Ruth Martin has written to give her thanks for our contribution, saying, ‘there are many exciting projects taking place across the diocese, in our parishes, schools and wider communities, enabling lives to be transformed.’

SIXTY YEARS OF BELL RINGING
Brenda and Eddie Coode rang their first peal in St John’s on 3rd January 1959 and still ring the bells today. To celebrate 60 years of bell ringing by Brenda and Eddie, the bells will ring a quarter peal on 3rd January 2019. We give thanks to Brenda and Eddie and all the bell ringers!

A PRAYER FROM THE ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
God of eternal love and power,
Save our parliamentary democracy;
Protect the high court of parliament and all its members
From partiality and prejudice;
That they may walk humbly the path of kindness, justice and mercy.
Give them wisdom, insight and a concern for the common good.
The weight of their calling is too much to bear in their own strength,
Therefore, we pray earnestly, Father,
Send them help from your Holy Place, and be their tower of strength.
Lord, graciously hear us. Amen.

Sunday 16th December

CHRISTMAS CARDS
At the back of church are alphabetical trays. If you would like to give cards to other members of the congregation, please put them in the appropriate trays and collect those addressed to you. Next Sunday, 23rd December, will be the last day to leave and collect cards. We’re sorry that we cannot deliver any that remain uncollected.

USED STAMPS
There’s a box on the table in the south aisle to deposit your used postage stamps. Please do bring in all the stamps from your Christmas cards – and any others of course – as the proceeds go to the Air Ambulance. The stamps should be cut with a margin of envelope around. See Anne Thomson with any queries. Thank you!

GREENWICH FOODBANK
As you prepare for Christmas, please remember the Greenwich Foodbank. Donations of food can be brought into church and placed in the basket at the back. The foodbank is very grateful for the generosity of our church members. Last year, almost 7,000 people across the borough received food provisions from the charity. Many thanks.

CHRISTIAN AID CHRISTMAS APPEAL – GIVE PEACE THIS CHRISTMAS
If anyone is able to donate to the Christian Aid appeal, there’ll be a collection bucket at the back of church today and next Sunday, and over Christmas. Many thanks.

SUNDAY BIRTHDAY LIST
The new list for 2019 is now on the church noticeboard. If you would like to donate £5 to mark a birthday or some other special occasion, everyone can enjoy a free coffee or tea after the Eucharist on your chosen date. It would be helpful if the early months of the year could be entered, so that we can start 2019 with free drinks! For further information, please have a word with Sheila Squire. Thank you.

WALKING | WELCOMING | GROWING: THE WOOLWICH AREA LAY CONFERENCE
Anyone wishing to attend the next Woolwich Area Lay Conference, on Saturday 2nd February, should register as soon as possible as the loose deadline of 14th December has now passed. The conference takes place at 10am-4pm at Ark All Saints Academy in Camberwell. Email emma.kimsey@southwark.anglican.org if you’d like to go.

The conference is aimed at encouraging and equipping lay people to grow in confidence in their faith as witnesses to Jesus Christ. Keynote speakers will be Rachel Jordan, Director of Evangelism at Church House, and the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich. The various workshops include ‘Being a Christian in a secular workplace,’ ‘Sharing our faith through social media’ and ‘Working with teenagers.’

The event is being held for the third time – people from St John’s attended the last two conferences. For further details, please speak with Fr Jim.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES
TODAY, Sunday 16th December, there will be a traditional candlelit service with nine lessons and carols at 6pm. The service is followed by mince pies and mulled wine.

On Monday 24th December at 4pm, St John’s will hold a nativity service, during which children are invited to take part in the story of Christmas around the stable.
At 11.30pm there’ll be a Midnight Mass, the first Eucharist of Christmas.

On Tuesday 25th December, Christmas Day, there will be a Family Eucharist at 10am.

Sunday 9th December

SUNDAY BIRTHDAY LIST
The new list for 2019 is now on the noticeboard. If you would like to donate £5 to mark a birthday or some other special occasion, everyone can enjoy a free coffee or tea after the Eucharist on your chosen date. It would be helpful if the early months of the year could be entered, so that we can start 2019 with free drinks! For further information, please have a word with Sheila Squire. Thank you.

WENSLEY CLOSE
Megan Roberts would like to thank everyone who came to her coffee morning last month, or donated to the Friends of Wensley Close. The magnificent sum of almost £650 was raised for this good cause, and is much appreciated.

DECORATIONS IN CHURCH
As part of their preparations for Christmas, the children of the church are making decorations based on Advent and Christmas carols, to be hung on one of two trees in church. The children of the church school will make decorations based on the Jesse Tree, which will adorn the other tree. The school will also hold a nativity service at St John’s on 12th December at 2pm and a carol service on 19th December at 6pm.

ADVENT QUIET EVENING
Finding peace and space in the busy world of today can be difficult. Yet we need time to reflect and take stock of where we are, and to discern the will of God in our lives.

The Sisters of St Andrew – an Ignatian community – invite everyone to participate in an Advent quiet evening at their ‘Urban Oasis’ in Lewisham on Wednesday 12th December at 7.30pm to 9pm. A biblical introduction will be followed by an hour of silence, concluding with prayer. All are welcome and there’s no booking required.
See sisters-of-st-andrew.com or email welcome@sisters-of-st-andrew.com.

WALKING | WELCOMING | GROWING: THE WOOLWICH AREA LAY CONFERENCE
Save the date for the next Woolwich Area Lay Conference, on Saturday 2nd February from 10am to 4pm at Ark All Saints Academy in Camberwell. Keynote speakers will be Rachel Jordan, Director of Evangelism at Church House, and the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich. The event is being held for the third time – people from St John’s attended the last two conferences. For further details, please see Fr Jim.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES
Sunday 16th December
Third Sunday of Advent
6pm: A traditional candlelit service with nine lessons
and carols, followed by mince pies and mulled wine

Monday 24th December
Christmas Eve
4pm: Nativity service, during which children are invited to
take part in the story of Christmas around the stable
11.30pm: Midnight Mass, the first Eucharist of Christmas

Tuesday 25th December
Christmas Day
10am: Family Eucharist

Christmas 2018

Advent and Christmas 2018 at Eltham Parish Church of St John the Baptist

Sunday 2 December
First Sunday of Advent
Eucharist at 10am

Sunday 9 December
Second Sunday of Advent
Eucharist at 10am

Wednesday 12 December
Eltham Church of England Primary School
Nativity Service at 2pm

Sunday 16 December
Third Sunday of Advent
Eucharist at 10am
Traditional Candlelit Carol Service at 6pm
A traditional candlelit service with nine lessons and carols followed by mince pies and mulled wine

Tuesday 18 December
Ealdham Primary School
Carol Service at 6pm

Wednesday 19 December
Eltham Church of England Primary School
Carol Service at 6pm

Sunday 23 December
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Eucharist at 10am

Monday 24 December
Christmas Eve
Nativity at 4pm
Bring the children to take part in the story of Christmas around the stable
Midnight Mass at 11.30pm
A traditional candlelit service – the first Eucharist of Christmas

Tuesday 25 December
Christmas Day Family Eucharist at 10am

Sunday 30 December
First Sunday of Christmas
Eucharist at 10am

Sunday 6 January 2019
Epiphany
Eucharist at 10am

Sunday 2nd December

MARANATHA – OUR LORD, COME
Today, the first Sunday of Advent, begins a season of expectation and preparation as the Church looks toward the coming (or adventus) of Christ in his incarnation, and looks ahead to his final advent as judge at the end of time.

Many Christians use the expression and prayer ‘Maranatha’ during Advent. It comes from 1 Corinthians 16.22, and is an Aramaic word meaning ‘Our Lord, come’. The Advent season falls at the darkest time of the year, and the natural symbols of darkness and light are powerfully at work throughout Advent and Christmas.

DECORATIONS IN CHURCH
As part of their preparations for Christmas, the children of the church will make decorations based on Advent and Christmas carols, to be hung on one of two trees in church. The children of the church school will make decorations based on the Jesse Tree, which will adorn the other tree. The school will also hold a nativity service at St John’s on 12th December at 2pm and a carol service on 19th December at 6pm.

WINTER FAIR
A massive thank you to everyone who helped out or dropped in to the church’s Winter Fair yesterday. Watch this space for funds raised!

PANTOMIME
There’ll be a parish outing to Aladdin at the Bob Hope Theatre on Saturday 19th January at 2pm at the group rate of £9/person. If you’d like to book tickets, please sign up on the noticeboard. For further details, please speak to Fr Jim or Jean Harker.

WALKING | WELCOMING | GROWING: THE WOOLWICH AREA LAY CONFERENCE
Save the date for the next Woolwich Area Lay Conference, on Saturday 2nd February from 10am to 4pm at Ark All Saints Academy in Camberwell. Keynote speakers will be Rachel Jordan, Director of Evangelism at Church House, and the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich. The event is being held for the third time – people from St John’s attended the last two conferences. For further details, please see Fr Jim.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Sunday 16th December, Third Sunday of Advent

  • 6pm: A traditional candlelit service with nine lessons and carols, followed by mince pies and mulled wine

Monday 24th December, Christmas Eve

  • 4pm: Nativity service, during which children are invited to take part in the story of Christmas around the stable
  • 11.30pm: Midnight Mass, the first Eucharist of Christmas

Tuesday 25th December, Christmas Day

  • 10am: Family Eucharist

Sunday 25th November

WINTER FAIR
There will be a Winter Fair in church next Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Raffle tickets will be sold after the Eucharist today, with prizes announced at the end of the fair.

Contributions for the stalls, including books, toys, DVDs and bric-a-brac, are welcome – please drop off any items at church in the parish office, which is next to the font. The church is open on Thursdays at 9.30am-11am and Fridays at 11am-1pm.

We’d also be grateful for any homemade cakes you can offer. Cakes can be brought into church on Friday between 11am and 1pm, or on Saturday morning from 9am.

If you’d like to help with the fair or have any questions, please see Jene Kerr.

PANTOMIME
There’ll be a parish outing to Aladdin at the Bob Hope Theatre on Saturday 19th January at 2pm at the group rate of £9/person. If you would like to book tickets, please sign up on the noticeboard. For further details, please speak to Fr Jim or Jean Harker.

MARANATHA – OUR LORD, COME
The 2nd of December, the first Sunday of Advent, begins a season of expectation and preparation as the Church looks toward the coming (or adventus) of Christ in his incarnation, and looks ahead to his final advent as judge at the end of time.

Many Christians use the expression and prayer ‘Maranatha’ during Advent. It comes from 1 Corinthians 16.22, and is an Aramaic word meaning ‘Our Lord, come’. The Advent season falls at the darkest time of the year, and the natural symbols of darkness and light are powerfully at work throughout Advent and Christmas.

As part of their preparations for Christmas, the children of the church will make decorations based on Advent and Christmas carols, which will be hung on one of two trees appearing in church during Advent. The children of the church school will make decorations based on the Jesse Tree, which will adorn the other tree in church.

A SAFE CHURCH
At St John’s, we are committed to keeping our church members safe. This means we take measures to protect the health, wellbeing and human rights of all. It is our collective responsibility to take care of, look out for and help each other in church – especially children, young people and vulnerable adults. If you have any questions or safeguarding concerns, you can speak to our safeguarding officers in confidence: Mick Hayes on 020 8859 3389 or Alberta Rosenior on 020 8863 9413. You can also contact the Southwark Diocesan Safeguarding Team – see elthamchurch.org.uk for contacts.

GREENWICH WINTER NIGHT SHELTER
The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter is looking for volunteers to help provide for the homeless in our local community. For the past three years, St John’s has taken an active role in supporting the shelter, which provides a bed, breakfast and an evening meal for people in need. Please speak with Fr Jim if you think you can help.

WALKING | WELCOMING | GROWING: THE WOOLWICH AREA LAY CONFERENCE
Save the date for the next Woolwich Area Lay Conference, on Saturday 2nd February from 10am to 4pm at Ark All Saints Academy in Camberwell. Keynote speakers will be Rachel Jordan, Director of Evangelism at Church House, and the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich. The event is being held for the third time – people from St John’s attended the last two conferences. For further details, please see Fr Jim.

Sunday 18th November

ADMISSION TO COMMUNION
Today, we admit to Holy Communion Jessica Alison MacKenzie, Lucy Margaret MacKenzie and Jericho Julian Ayodele Olufemi Baruwa. Please pray for Jessica, Lucy and Jericho.

WINTER FAIR
There will be a Winter Fair in church on Saturday 1st December from 10am to 2pm. Contributions for the stalls, including books, toys and bric-a-brac, are welcome – please drop off any items at church in the parish office, which is next to the font. The church is open Thursdays at 9.30am-11am, Fridays at 11am-1pm and Sundays at 9am-midday. If you’d like to help with the fair or have any questions, please see Jene Kerr.

PANTOMIME
There’ll be a parish outing to the pantomime Aladdin at the Bob Hope Theatre on Saturday 19th January at 2pm at the group rate of £9 per person. If you would like to book tickets, please sign up on the church noticeboard. Payment is requested by the end of November. For further details, please speak to Fr Jim or Jean Harker.

A SAFE CHURCH
At St John’s, we are committed to keeping our church members safe. This means we take measures to protect the health, wellbeing and human rights of all. It is our collective responsibility to take care of, look out for and help each other in church – especially children, young people and vulnerable adults. If you have any questions or safeguarding concerns, you can speak to our safeguarding officers in confidence: Mick Hayes on 020 8859 3389 or Alberta Rosenior on 020 8863 9413. You can also contact the Southwark Diocesan Safeguarding Team – see elthamchurch.org.uk for contacts.

WENSLEY CLOSE
The Friends of Wensley Close are holding a coffee morning on Tuesday 20th November from 10am to 12.30pm at Charter House in King John’s Walk. For more information, please see the church noticeboard.

GREENWICH WINTER NIGHT SHELTER
The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter is looking for volunteers to help provide for the homeless in our local community. For the past three years, St John’s has taken an active role in supporting the shelter, which provides a bed, breakfast and an evening meal for people in need. Please speak with Fr Jim if you think you can help.

WALKING | WELCOMING | GROWING: THE WOOLWICH AREA LAY CONFERENCE
Save the date for the next Woolwich Area Lay Conference, on Saturday 2nd February from 10am to 4pm at Ark All Saints Academy in Camberwell. Keynote speakers will be Rachel Jordan, Director of Evangelism at Church House, and the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich. The event is being held for the third time – people from St John’s attended the last two conferences. For further details, please see Fr Jim.

PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD: MUSIC FOR ADVENT
St Paul’s Cathedral is holding a four-week course in December exploring the music of Advent. The course – on consecutive Saturdays – will be led by the cathedral’s director of music, Andrew Carwood, and include music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. See stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning for further details.

St Paul’s is also hosting a series of free Sunday lunchtime forums, where some of the liveliest contemporary theologians speak about the challenges, contradictions and joys of being a Christian in the world today. The next forum is on 2nd December, when the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, will ask, ‘What is Prayer?’

Sunday 11th November

CIVIC SERVICE
Today we commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. The Parish Eucharist will be shorter than usual, as we’ll be gathering outside at the War Memorial for an Act of Remembrance at 11am. This will be followed by a Service of Remembrance in church, at which the Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich, the Venerable Alastair Cutting, will preside.

WINTER FAIR
There will be a Winter Fair in church on Saturday 1st December from 10am to 2pm. Contributions for the stalls, including books, toys and bric-a-brac, are welcome – please drop off any items at church in the parish office, which is next to the font. The church is open Thursdays at 9.30am-11am, Fridays at 11am-1pm and Sundays at 9am-midday. If you’d like to help with the fair or have any questions, please see Jene Kerr.

WENSLEY CLOSE
The Friends of Wensley Close are holding a coffee morning on Tuesday 20th November from 10am to 12.30pm at Charter House in King John’s Walk. For more information, see the church noticeboard.

A SAFE CHURCH
At St John’s, we are committed to keeping our church members safe. This means we take measures to protect the health, wellbeing and human rights of all. It is our collective responsibility to take care of, look out for and help each other in church – especially children, young people and vulnerable adults. If you have any questions or safeguarding concerns, you can speak to our safeguarding officers in confidence: Mick Hayes on 020 8859 3389 or Alberta Rosenior on 020 8863 9413. You can also contact the Southwark Diocesan Safeguarding Team – see elthamchurch.org.uk for contacts.

GREENWICH WINTER NIGHT SHELTER
The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter is looking for volunteers to help provide for the homeless in our local community. For the past three years, St John’s has taken an active role in supporting the shelter, which provides a bed, breakfast and an evening meal for people in need. Please speak with Fr Jim if you think you can help.

RESTORING THE SOPHIA TUCKER MEMORIAL
The Edith Nesbit Society has made an application to the diocese to restore the gravestone of Sophia Tucker (1847-1916) in St John’s churchyard. Sophia and her husband Tommy worked to promote better conditions for local workers and were active in the Co-operative movement, through which they met the writer Edith Nesbit. After Sophia died, Edith married Tommy.

The inscription on Sophia’s memorial reads: ‘In memory of Sophia, the beloved wife of Thomas Terry Tucker; died 14 January 1916 aged 66 years.’ Public notices summarising the application can be viewed inside and outside the church, and will be on display until 18th November. Details are also available in the parish office.

PANTOMIME
There’ll be a parish outing to the pantomime Aladdin at the Bob Hope Theatre on Saturday 19th January at 2pm at the group rate of £9 per person. If you would like to book tickets, please sign up on the noticeboard. Payment is requested by the end of November. For further details, please speak to Fr Jim or Jean Harker.

PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD: MUSIC FOR ADVENT
St Paul’s Cathedral is holding a four-week course in December exploring the music of Advent. The course – on consecutive Saturdays – will be led by the cathedral’s director of music, Andrew Carwood, and include music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. See stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning for further details.

Sunday 4th November

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
Remembrance Sunday on 11th November will commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. At 11am Paris time on 11th November 1918, the armistice came into force, bringing fighting to an end.

One hundred years on, next Sunday at 11am, there will be an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial in front of the church. A Service of Remembrance in church follows, at which the Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich, the Venerable Alastair Cutting, will preside. The service will be attended by the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Dr Pieter van der Merwe MBE, and the Mayor of Greenwich, Councillor Christine May. Representatives of the armed forces and the Royal British Legion will also join hundreds of people from the local community.

WINTER FAIR
There will be a Winter Fair in church on Saturday 1st December from 10am to 2pm. Contributions for the stalls, including books, toys and bric-a-brac, are welcome. If you would like to help in any way or have any questions, please speak with Jene Kerr.

GREENWICH WINTER NIGHT SHELTER
The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter is looking for volunteers to help provide for the homeless in our local community. For the past three years, St John’s has taken an active role in supporting the shelter, which provides a bed, breakfast and an evening meal for people in need. This winter, the shelter is open from November to the end of March, with a break over Christmas when Crisis will provide the support. Please see the poster on the noticeboard, and speak with Fr Jim if you think you can help.

RESTORING THE SOPHIA TUCKER MEMORIAL
The Edith Nesbit Society has made an application to the diocese to restore the gravestone of Sophia Tucker (1847-1916) in St John’s churchyard. Sophia and her husband Tommy worked to promote better conditions for local workers and were active in the Co-operative movement, through which they met the writer Edith Nesbit. After Sophia died, Edith married Tommy.

The inscription on Sophia’s memorial reads: ‘In memory of Sophia, the beloved wife of Thomas Terry Tucker; died 14 January 1916 aged 66 years.’ Public notices summarising the application can be viewed inside and outside the church, and will be on display until 18th November. Details are also available in the parish office.

PANTOMIME
There’ll be a parish outing to the pantomime Aladdin at the Bob Hope Theatre on Saturday 19th January at 2pm at the group rate of £9 per person. If you would like to book tickets, please sign up on the noticeboard. Payment is requested by the end of November. For further details, please speak to Fr Jim or Jean Harker.

PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD: MUSIC FOR ADVENT
St Paul’s Cathedral is holding a four-week course in December exploring the music of Advent. The course – on consecutive Saturdays – will be led by the cathedral’s director of music, Andrew Carwood, and include music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. See stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning for further details. There are also booklets detailing the adult learning programme at the back of church.

St Paul’s is also holding a series of free Sunday Forums – lunchtime events where some of the liveliest contemporary theologians discuss the challenges, contradictions and joys of being a Christian in the world today. On 2nd December at 1pm, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, will lead a forum on ‘What is Prayer?’

Sunday 28th October

FEED THE HUNGRY FOOD-PACKING EVENT
Feed the Hungry is holding a food-packing event on Friday 2nd November at Christ Church, Trafalgar Road, east Greenwich. The Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich, invites everyone to join him for refreshments at 6pm, followed by a briefing at 6.30pm from Feed the Hungry’s UK team. Then we’ll get packing! Our target is to pack 10,000 meals that evening, so 60-70 volunteers are needed to make it happen. Children are more than welcome. For further details, please email emma.kimsey@southwark.anglican.org.

SIXTY YEARS
Our very best wishes to Roy and Mary Creamer, who celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary on Thursday 1st November. Many congratulations!

PANTOMIME
There’ll be a parish outing to the pantomime Aladdin at the Bob Hope Theatre on Saturday 19th January at 2pm at the group rate of £9 per person. If you would like to book tickets, please sign up on the noticeboard. Payment is requested by the end of November. For further details, please speak to Fr Jim or Jean Harker.

ALL SOULS
There will be a Solemn Eucharist at 7pm on Friday 2nd November, All Souls Day, for the commemoration of the Faithful Departed. This is when the church remembers people known to us who have died.

RESTORING THE SOPHIA TUCKER MEMORIAL
The Edith Nesbit Society has made an application to the diocese to restore the gravestone of Sophia Tucker (1847-1916) in St John’s churchyard. Sophia and her husband Tommy worked to promote better conditions for local workers and were active in the Co-operative movement, through which they met the writer Edith Nesbit. After Sophia died, Edith married Tommy.

The inscription on Sophia’s memorial reads: ‘In memory of Sophia, the beloved wife of Thomas Terry Tucker; died 14 January 1916 aged 66 years.’ Public notices summarising the application can be viewed inside and outside the church, and will be on display until 18th November. Details are also available in the parish office.

WINTER FAIR
There will be a Winter Fair in church on Saturday 1st December from 10am to 2pm. Contributions for the stalls, including books, toys and bric-a-brac, are welcome. Thanks to Jene Kerr, who is arranging the fair this year. If you would like to help in any way or have any questions, please speak with Jene.

GREENWICH WINTER NIGHT SHELTER
The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter is looking for volunteers to help provide for the homeless in our local community. For the past three years, St John’s has taken an active role in supporting the shelter, which provides a bed, breakfast and an evening meal for people in need. This winter, the shelter will open from November to the end of March, with a break over Christmas when Crisis will provide the support. Please see the poster on the noticeboard, and speak with Fr Jim if you think you can help.

PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD: MUSIC FOR ADVENT
St Paul’s Cathedral is holding a four-week course in December exploring the music of Advent. The course – on consecutive Saturdays – will be led by the cathedral’s director of music, Andrew Carwood, and include music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. See stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning for further details. There are also booklets detailing the adult learning programme at the back of church.

Sunday 21st October

A THANK YOU
The Manna Society has sent its thanks to St John’s and to the church school for all the food gathered at the Harvest Festival. The society relies on such donations to feed those in need who visit its day centre, which serves around 800 meals every week.

FEED THE HUNGRY FOOD-PACKING EVENT
Feed the Hungry is holding a food-packing event on Friday 2nd November at Christ Church, Trafalgar Road, east Greenwich. The Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich, invites everyone to join him for refreshments at 6pm, followed by a briefing at 6.30pm from Feed the Hungry’s UK team. Then we’ll get packing! Our target is to pack 10,000 meals that evening, so 60-70 volunteers are needed to make it happen. Children are more than welcome. For further details, please email emma.kimsey@southwark.anglican.org.

PANTOMIME
There’ll be a parish outing to the pantomime Aladdin at the Bob Hope Theatre on Saturday 19th January at 2pm at the group rate of £9 per person. If you would like to book tickets, please sign up on the noticeboard. Payment is requested by the end of November. For further details, please speak to Fr Jim or Jean Harker.

ALL SOULS
There will be a Solemn Eucharist at 7pm on Friday 2nd November, ‘All Souls Day,’ for the commemoration of the Faithful Departed. This is when the church remembers people known to us who have died.

RESTORING THE SOPHIA TUCKER MEMORIAL
The Edith Nesbit Society has made an application to the diocese to restore the gravestone of Sophia Tucker (1847-1916) in St John’s churchyard. Sophia and her husband Tommy worked to promote better conditions for local workers and were active in the Co-operative movement, through which they met the writer Edith Nesbit. After Sophia died, Edith married Tommy.

The inscription on Sophia’s memorial reads: ‘In memory of Sophia, the beloved wife of Thomas Terry Tucker; died 14 January 1916 aged 66 years.’ Public notices summarising the application can be viewed inside and outside the church, and will be on display until 18th November. Details are also available in the parish office.

WINTER FAIR
There will be a Winter Fair in church on Saturday 1st December from 10am to 2pm. Contributions for the stalls, including books, toys and bric-a-brac, are welcomed. Thanks to Jene Kerr, who is arranging the fair this year. If you would like to help in any way or have any questions, please speak with Jene.

GREENWICH WINTER NIGHT SHELTER
The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter is looking for volunteers to help provide for the homeless in our local community. For the past three years, St John’s has taken an active role in supporting the shelter, which provides a bed, breakfast and an evening meal for people in need. This winter, the shelter will open from November to the end of March, with a break over Christmas when Crisis will provide the support. Please see the poster on the noticeboard, and speak with Fr Jim if you think you can help.

PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD: MUSIC FOR ADVENT
St Paul’s Cathedral is holding a four-week course in December exploring the music of Advent. The course – on consecutive Saturdays – will be led by the cathedral’s director of music, Andrew Carwood, and include music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. See stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning for further details. There are also booklets detailing the adult learning programme at the back of church.

Sunday 14th October

WELCARE CONCERT
Welcare, a charity long-supported by St John’s, will hold its annual concert on Friday 19th October at St Mary’s Church, Welling, at 7pm for 7.30pm. Entitled ‘Ticket to Ride,’ this evening of songs and choral arrangements, sung by the Ferrier Operatic Society, offers something for everyone. Tickets cost £10, and include drinks and nibbles. Please see the church noticeboard for more details or have a word with Sheila Squire.

PANTOMIME
There’ll be a parish outing to the pantomime Aladdin at the Bob Hope Theatre on Saturday 19th January at 2pm at the group rate of £9 per person. If you would like to book tickets, please sign up on the noticeboard. Payment is requested by the end of November. For further details, please speak to Fr Jim or Jean Harker.

JOB OPPORTUNITY
The Diocese of Southwark is looking for an IT support officer to work at Trinity House in London Bridge. The closing date is Wednesday 17th October. For further details, see the advertisement on the noticeboard. Visit cofepathways.org to apply.

ELTHAM & MOTTINGHAM ANGLICAN FORUM
A meeting of the Eltham & Mottingham Anglican Forum – the new name for the Deanery Synod – will be held on Wednesday 17th October at St Luke’s Church in Westmount Road. Refreshments will be available from 7.30pm, with the meeting starting at 8pm, led by Fr Ian Mobsby.

The deanery comprises eight parishes, and represents their churches. It meets every couple of months, and is currently conducting an experiment under its new name, whereby all people from the church congregations are invited to attend, in addition to the priests and elected representatives. Please see the poster on the noticeboard for more details.

FEED THE HUNGRY FOOD-PACKING EVENT
You may have heard Radio 4’s broadcast this morning on the work of Feed the Hungry and its food-packing events. The next event is on Friday 2nd November at Christ Church, Trafalgar Road, east Greenwich. The Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich, invites everyone to join him for refreshments at 6pm, followed by a briefing at 6.30pm from Feed the Hungry’s UK team. Then we’ll get packing! Our target is to pack 10,000 meals that evening, so 60-70 volunteers are needed to make it happen. Children are more than welcome. For further details, please email emma.kimsey@southwark.anglican.org.

GREENWICH WINTER NIGHT SHELTER
The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter is looking for volunteers to help provide for the homeless in our local community. For the past three years, St John’s has taken an active role in supporting the shelter, which provides a bed, breakfast and an evening meal for people in need. This winter, the shelter will open from November to the end of March, with a break over Christmas when Crisis will provide the support. Please see the poster on the noticeboard, and speak with Fr Jim if you think you can help.

PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD: MUSIC FOR ADVENT
St Paul’s Cathedral is holding a four-week course in December exploring the music of Advent. The course – on consecutive Saturdays – will be led by the cathedral’s director of music, Andrew Carwood, and include music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. See stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning for details. Booklets detailing the St Paul’s adult learning programme are available at the back of church.

Sunday 7th October

HARVEST BRUNCH TODAY
After today’s Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist, there’ll be a bring-and-share brunch in church. Do please stay, even if just for a short while to enjoy food with others. Don’t worry if you haven’t brought anything – there’s always more food than can be eaten!

WELCARE CONCERT
Welcare, a charity long-supported by St John’s, will hold its annual concert on Friday 19th October at St Mary’s Church, Welling, at 7pm for 7.30pm. Entitled ‘Ticket to Ride,’ this evening of songs and choral arrangements, sung by the Ferrier Operatic Society, offers something for everyone. Tickets cost £10, and include drinks and nibbles. Please see the church noticeboard for more details or have a word with Sheila Squire.

PANTOMIME
There’ll be a parish outing to the pantomime Aladdin at the Bob Hope Theatre on Saturday 19th January at 2pm at the group rate of £9 per person. If you would like to book tickets, please sign up on the noticeboard. Payment is requested by the end of November. For further details, please speak to Fr Jim or Jean Harker.

FEED THE HUNGRY FOOD-PACKING EVENT
The Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich, invites everyone to join him at Christ Church East Greenwich on Friday 2nd November to pack food parcels. The evening starts with refreshments at 6pm, followed by a briefing at 6.30pm from Feed the Hungry’s UK team. Then we’ll get packing! Our target is to pack 10,000 meals that evening, so 60-70 volunteers are needed to make it happen. Children are more than welcome. For further details, please email emma.kimsey@southwark.anglican.org.

GREENWICH WINTER NIGHT SHELTER
The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter is looking for volunteers to help provide for the homeless in our local community. For the past three years, St John’s has taken an active role in supporting the shelter, which provides a bed, breakfast and an evening meal for people in need. This winter, the shelter will open from November to the end of March, with a break over Christmas when Crisis will provide the support. Please see the poster on the noticeboard, and speak with Fr Jim if you think you can help.

YEAR’S MIND
We’re revising our Year’s Mind list of those who have died and whom we remember through the year. Please see the list on the table at the back of church. If someone you’d like to be remembered is already included, please tick their name. To add new people, enter the name you knew them by, as well as the date of their anniversary.

PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD: MUSIC FOR ADVENT
St Paul’s Cathedral is holding a four-week course in December exploring the music of Advent. The course – on consecutive Saturdays – will be led by the cathedral’s director of music, Andrew Carwood, and include music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. See stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning for details. Booklets detailing the St Paul’s adult learning programme are available at the back of church.

JOB OPPORTUNITY
The Diocese of Southwark is looking for an IT support officer to work at Trinity House in London Bridge. The closing date is Wednesday 17th October. For further details, see the advertisement on the church noticeboard. Visit cofepathways.org to apply.

WOOLWICH AREA LAY CONFERENCE
Save the date for the next Woolwich Area Lay Conference, on Saturday 2nd February from 10am-4pm at Ark All Saints Academy. Further details to follow.

Sunday 30th September

HARVEST FESTIVAL
St John’s will hold a Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist on Sunday 7th October. All are invited to bring along donations for the Manna Society, which works with the homeless and others in need in south London. The society is mostly seeking food – especially sugar, powdered milk, tinned tomatoes, tinned vegetables, pasta sauces, breakfast cereals and rice – but toiletries and clothes are also welcome. Please see the poster on the church noticeboard for more details.

The Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist will be followed by a bring-and-share brunch in church. Please bring along food from your kitchen – at the last count there were 27 nationalities represented at St John’s and it would be wonderful to have contributions from around the world, especially any items that children have prepared at home.
Do stay after the Eucharist, even if just for a short while to enjoy food with others in church. If you’re unable to bring anything, please stay anyway – there’s always more food than can be eaten. For further information, speak with Fr Jim.

WELCARE CONCERT
Welfare, a charity long-supported by St John’s, will hold its annual concert on Friday 19th October at St Mary’s Church, Welling, at 7pm for 7.30pm. Entitled ‘Ticket to Ride,’ this evening of songs and choral arrangements, sung by the Ferrier Operatic Society, offers something for everyone. Tickets cost £10, and include drinks and nibbles. See the noticeboard for more details or have a word with Sheila Squire.

GREENWICH WINTER NIGHT SHELTER
The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter is looking for volunteers to help provide for the homeless in our local community. For the past three years, St John’s has taken an active role in supporting the shelter, which provides a bed, breakfast and an evening meal for people in need. This winter, the shelter will open from November to the end of March, with a break over Christmas when Crisis will provide the support. Please see the poster on the noticeboard for more details. If you think that you or someone you know may be able to help, please speak with Fr Jim.

YEAR’S MIND
We’re revising our Year’s Mind list of those who have died and whom we remember through the year. Please see the list on the table at the back of church. If someone you’d like to be remembered is already included, please tick their name. To add new people, enter the name you knew them by, as well as the date of their anniversary.

FROM EARTH TO HEAVEN: A PILGRIMAGE IN ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL
Do you ever wonder why church buildings are the way they are? They’re designed to teach us through our feet, eyes, hearts and minds about our place on earth and in heaven. On Saturday 6th October at 3pm, the Revd James Milne, Sacrist at St Paul’s, will take visitors on a journey through the cathedral, exploring the sacred meanings of the building. The pilgrimage will be followed by choral evensong at 5pm. Please see stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning for details of this event and others in the St Paul’s adult learning programme. Booklets are also available at the back of church.

WOOLWICH AREA LAY CONFERENCE
Save the date for the next Woolwich Area Lay Conference, on Saturday 2nd February from 10am-4pm at Ark All Saints Academy. The event is being held for the third time – people from St John’s attended the last two conferences. Further details to follow.

Sunday 23rd September

HARVEST FESTIVAL
St John’s will hold a Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist on Sunday 7th October. All are invited to bring along donations for the Manna Society, which works with the homeless and others in need in south London. The society is mostly seeking food – especially sugar, powdered milk, tinned tomatoes, tinned vegetables, pasta sauces, breakfast cereals and rice – but toiletries and clothes are also welcome. Please see the poster on the church noticeboard for more details.

The Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist will be followed by a bring-and-share brunch in church. Please bring along food from your kitchen – at the last count there were 27 nationalities represented at St John’s and it would be wonderful to have contributions from around the world, especially any items that children have prepared at home.
Do stay after the Eucharist, even if just for a short while to enjoy food with others in church. If you’re unable to bring anything, please stay anyway – there’s always more food than can be eaten. For further information, speak with Fr Jim.

WELCARE NEWS
Welcare, a charity long-supported by St John’s, will hold its annual meeting on Friday 28th September from 11am-2pm at the Kia Oval, Kennington. There will be an awards ceremony to celebrate Welcare’s dedicated volunteers and supporters, plus a review of the year and a look to the future, including plans for its 125th anniversary in 2019. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to info@welcare.org.

Welfare will also hold its annual concert on Friday 19th October at St Mary’s Church, Welling, at 7pm for 7.30pm. Entitled ‘Ticket to Ride,’ this evening of songs and choral arrangements, sung by the Ferrier Operatic Society, offers something for everyone. Tickets £10, including refreshments. See the noticeboard or Sheila Squire for details.

GREENWICH WINTER NIGHT SHELTER
The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter is looking for volunteers to help provide for the homeless in our local community. For the past three years, St John’s has taken an active role in supporting the shelter, which provides a bed, breakfast and an evening meal for people in need. This winter, the shelter will open from November to the end of March, with a break over Christmas when Crisis will provide the support. Please see the poster on the noticeboard for more details. If you think that you or someone you know may be able to help, please speak with Fr Jim.

YEAR’S MIND
We’re revising our Year’s Mind list of those who have died and whom we remember through the year. Please see the list on the table at the back of church. If someone you’d like to be remembered is already included, please tick their name. To add new people, enter the name you knew them by, as well as the date of their anniversary.

ST PAUL’S ADULT LEARNING
St Paul’s Cathedral has published its adult learning programme for autumn and winter. These public events are for everyone to come and explore the challenges, contradictions and joys of being a Christian in the 21st century, and many are free. Please pick up a booklet at the back of church.

WOOLWICH AREA LAY CONFERENCE
Save the date for the next Woolwich Area Lay Conference, on Saturday 2nd February from 10am-4pm at Ark All Saints Academy. The event is being held for the third time – people from St John’s attended the last two conferences. Further details to follow.

Sunday 16th September

HARVEST FESTIVAL
St John’s will hold a Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist on Sunday 7th October. All are invited to bring along donations for the Manna Society, which works with the homeless and others in need in south London. The society is mostly seeking food – especially sugar, powdered milk, tinned tomatoes, tinned vegetables, pasta sauces, breakfast cereals and rice – but toiletries and clothes are also welcome.

The society’s day centre serves around 800 meals a week, and offers showers, clothing, access to medical care and advice on housing. Harvest Festival donations provide the centre with about 70% of its food for the year. Thank you for anything you can offer!

WELCARE ANNUAL MEETING
Welcare, a charity long-supported by St John’s, will hold its annual meeting on Friday 28th September from 11am-2pm at the Kia Oval, Kennington. There will be an awards ceremony to celebrate Welcare’s dedicated volunteers and supporters, plus a review of the year and a look to the future, including plans for its 125th anniversary next year. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by 19th September to info@welcare.org.

CALLED BY NAME
How do you begin to discern what God’s call means to you? The Royal Foundation of St Katharine in Limehouse will host a quiet day on Saturday 29th September at 10am to 3.30pm in which participants can explore the ways in which God calls to them, in work and in life. The foundation is at 2 Butcher Row, E14 8DS, and the cost of the day is £10. Email vocations@southwark.anglican.org to book or for further information.

ST PAUL’S ADULT LEARNING
St Paul’s Cathedral has published its adult learning programme of events for autumn and winter. These public events are for everyone to come and explore the challenges, contradictions and joys of being a Christian in the 21st century.

Highlights include ‘My Soul Glorifies the Lord’, a free talk on Tuesday 30th October with historians Helen Bond and Joan Taylor. This evening discussion will focus on Jesus’ female disciples, following the Channel 4 TV programme on the same theme.

The adult learning series also includes a range of Saturday workshops and study afternoons, exploring different aspects of Christianity in depth. There are copies of the St Paul’s booklet at the back of church, and full details on the cathedral’s website.

WOOLWICH AREA LAY CONFERENCE
Save the date for the next Woolwich Area Lay Conference, on Saturday 2nd February from 10am-4pm at Ark All Saints Academy. The event is being held for the third time – people from St John’s attended the last two conferences. Further details to follow.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
On Saturday 20th October at 10am-3pm, St Michael’s Church in Stockwell will hold an introduction to Christian meditation. To book a place at £10 or for more information, email spirituality@southwark.anglican.org.

THE BRIDGE
Copies of the September issue of The Bridge, the newspaper of the Anglican Diocese of Southwark, are now available at the back of church. Do take one.

BIRTHDAY COFFEE
Would you like to commemorate a birthday or some other special occasion? For a £5 donation, everyone can enjoy free coffee on your chosen Sunday after the Eucharist. Please see available dates on the noticeboard or have a word with Sheila Squire.

Sunday 9th September

HARVEST FESTIVAL
St John’s will hold a Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist on Sunday 7th October. All are invited to bring along donations for the Manna Society, which works with the homeless and others in need in south London. The society is mostly seeking food, but toiletries and clothes are also welcome.

If you’re able to donate food, the most important items are sugar, powdered milk, tinned tomatoes, tinned vegetables, pasta sauces, breakfast cereals, rice and tinned meat. Much-needed toiletries include soap, shampoo, deodorants and shaving foam.

The society runs a day centre, which provides compassionate and practical support to the homeless and those in poverty. For some, it’s a place where they can come for their only hot meal of the day. For others, it’s a listening ear and a welcome respite from another day on the streets. The centre serves around 800 meals a week. It also offers showers, clothing, access to medical care and advice on housing and welfare.

Harvest Festival donations are of critical importance, providing the day centre with approximately 70% of its food for the year. Thank you for anything you can offer!

CALLED BY NAME
How do you begin to discern what God’s call means to you? The Royal Foundation of St Katharine in Limehouse will host a quiet day on Saturday 29th September at 10am to 3.30pm in which participants can explore the ways in which God calls to them, in work and in life. The foundation is at 2 Butcher Row, E14 8DS, and the cost of the day is £10. Email vocations@southwark.anglican.org to book or for further information.

ST PAUL’S ADULT LEARNING
St Paul’s Cathedral has published its adult learning programme of events for autumn and winter. These public events are for everyone to come and explore the challenges, contradictions and joys of being a Christian in the 21st century.

Highlights this autumn include ‘My Soul Glorifies the Lord’, a free talk with historians Helen Bond and Joan Taylor on Jesus’ female disciples, following on from their Channel 4 TV programme on the same theme. This evening discussion, on Tuesday 30th October, will present research that shows that as many as half of Jesus’ disciples were women, and will take a look at what this means for us today.

The adult learning programme also includes a range of Saturday workshops and study afternoons, exploring different aspects of Christianity in depth. Events coming up include ‘Entertaining Angels Unawares: Angels in the Bible, Music and Art’ on Saturday 29th September. Singer Patrick Craig will look at the representation of angels in the Bible through some of the music, painting and poetry they’ve inspired.

Copies of the St Paul’s booklet are available at the back of church. There’s also plenty of information on the website at stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning.

AN INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
On Saturday 20th October at 10am-3pm, St Michael’s Church in Stockwell will hold an introduction to Christian meditation. The session is suitable for newcomers to meditation and to all those seeking calm amid the restlessness of life. For more information or to book a place at £10, email spirituality@southwark.anglican.org.

BIRTHDAY COFFEE
Would you like to commemorate a birthday or some 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 have a word with Sheila Squire.

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 August

ANN ROBERTS
Ann Roberts, a member of St John’s for many years, died peacefully on Friday 3rd August. We give thanks for her life and we pray for her family. Ann’s funeral will be held at St John’s on Tuesday 21st August at 12 noon, followed by a service at Hither Green Crematorium and a reception at Dartford Girls Grammar School. If anyone from St John’s is able to come to the reception, which starts at 2.45pm, please email Ann’s daughter Laura at lauraanncallaghan@hotmail.co.uk to give her an idea of numbers.

GROWING IN FAITH AND LIFE
Applications are still open for the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship 2018-19, a course that takes place from September to next June. Entitled ‘Growing in Faith and Life,’ the programme 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 and service.

There’s an introduction for everyone taking part on Saturday 8th September at Trinity House off Borough High Street at 10.30am-12.30pm. The cost of the whole course is £200. Email ministryandtraining@southwark.anglican.org for an application form.

CALLED BY NAME
How do you begin to discern what God’s call means to you? The Royal Foundation of St Katharine in Limehouse will host a quiet day on Saturday 29th September at 10am to 3.30pm in which participants can explore the ways in which God calls to them, in work and in life. The foundation is at 2 Butcher Row, E14 8DS, and the cost of the day is £10. Email vocations@southwark.anglican.org to book or for further information.

ST PAUL’S ADULT LEARNING
St Paul’s Cathedral has published its adult learning programme of events for autumn and winter. These public events are for everyone to come and explore the challenges, contradictions and joys of being a Christian in the 21st century.

Highlights this autumn include ‘My Soul Glorifies the Lord’, a free talk with historians Helen Bond and Joan Taylor on Jesus’ female disciples, following on from their Channel 4 TV programme on the same theme. This evening discussion, on Tuesday 30th October, will present research that shows that as many as half of Jesus’ disciples were women, and will take a look at what this means for us today.

The adult learning programme also includes a range of Saturday workshops and study afternoons, exploring different aspects of Christianity in depth. Events coming up include ‘Entertaining Angels Unawares: Angels in the Bible, Music and Art’ on Saturday 29th September. Singer Patrick Craig will look at the representation of angels in the Bible through some of the music, painting and poetry they’ve inspired.

Copies of the St Paul’s booklet are available at the back of church. There’s also plenty of information on the website at stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning.

AN INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
On Saturday 20th October at 10am-3pm, St Michael’s Church in Stockwell will hold an introduction to Christian meditation. The session is suitable for newcomers to meditation and to all those seeking calm amid the restlessness of life. For more information or to book a place at £10, email spirituality@southwark.anglican.org.

BIRTHDAY COFFEE
Would you like to commemorate a birthday or some 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 have a word with Sheila Squire.

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 August

GROWING IN FAITH AND LIFE
Applications are still open for the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship 2018-19, a course that takes place from September to next June. Entitled ‘Growing in Faith and Life,’ the programme 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 and service.

There’s an introduction for everyone taking part on Saturday 8th September at Trinity House off Borough High Street at 10.30am-12.30pm. The cost of the whole course is £200, which includes a concluding residential weekend at Wychcroft in Surrey. Email ministryandtraining@southwark.anglican.org for an application form. If you have any queries, please speak with Fr Jim or with Cindy Shipp, who did the course last year.

BIRTHDAY COFFEE
Would you like to commemorate a birthday or some 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 have a word with Sheila Squire.

ANN ROBERTS
Ann Roberts, a member of St John’s for many years, died peacefully on Friday 3rd August. We give thanks for Ann’s life and we pray for her family.

CALLED BY NAME
How do you begin to discern what God’s call means to you? The Royal Foundation of St Katharine in Limehouse will host a quiet day on Saturday 29th September from 10am to 3.30pm in which participants can explore the ways in which God calls to them, in work and in life. The foundation is at 2 Butcher Row, London E14 8DS, and the cost of the day is just £10. It’s highly recommended and places will fill up quickly – email vocations@southwark.anglican.org to book or for further information.

ST PAUL’S ADULT LEARNING
St Paul’s Cathedral has published its adult learning programme of events for autumn and winter. These public events are for everyone to explore the challenges, contradictions and joys of being a Christian in the 21st century.

Highlights this autumn include ‘My Soul Glorifies the Lord’, a free talk with historians Helen Bond and Joan Taylor on Jesus’ female disciples, which follows on from their Channel 4 TV programme on the same theme. This evening discussion, on Tuesday 30th October, will present research that shows that as many as half of Jesus’ disciples were women, and will take a look at what this means for us today.

The adult learning programme also includes a range of Saturday workshops and study afternoons, exploring different aspects of Christianity in depth. Events coming up include ‘Entertaining Angels Unawares: Angels in the Bible, Music and Art’ on Saturday 29th September at 2pm-4:30pm. Professional singer Patrick Craig will look at the representation of angels in the Bible through some of the extraordinary music, painting and poetry they have inspired.

Copies of the St Paul’s booklet are available at the back of church. There’s also plenty of information on the website at stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning.

AN INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
On Saturday 20th October at 10am-3pm, St Michael’s Church in Stockwell will hold an introduction to Christian meditation. The session is suitable for newcomers to meditation and to all those seeking calm amid the restlessness of life. For more information or to book a place at £10, email spirituality@southwark.anglican.org.

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.