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.

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

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!

Sunday 31st Decemer

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 is leading our Parish Eucharist here at St John the Baptist today. 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 see Fr John-Francis after the service or contact him at cchjm@outlook.com.

CHURCH FLOWERS NEXT YEAR

Thank you to everyone who has helped to arrange the flowers in church this year. We’re now putting together next year’s rota. If you would like to join our small team, you’d be most welcome. No prior experience necessary, just speak to Fr Jim or Robyn Price.

CHRISTIAN AID: SOUTH SUDAN CRISIS APPEAL

Could you give a gift of £10 to provide food for a desperate family for one week? Famine has spread across parts of South Sudan this year – a country in the grip of a humanitarian catastrophe, where 50 percent of people urgently need food. Envelopes are available in church for any donations to Christian Aid. These can be placed in the collection bags during the offertory or in the containers at the back of church. Thank you very much!

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.

NO MORE GLITTER!

The leaders of our Junior Church have been discussing our use of glitter in the crafts enjoyed by the children. As reported in the news, the environmental impact of glitter has led some scientists to call for a ban. Most is made from plastic, and its small size makes it an ecological hazard, particularly in the oceans. Given the Church’s respect for the natural world and for all of Creation, we will stop using glitter at Junior Church from the new year.

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!

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.

Sunday 24th December

CHRISTMAS CARDS

At the back of the church are alphabetical trays. Do take a look to see whether anyone has left cards for you. This is also your last chance to leave your own cards for members of the congregation! We’re sorry that we can’t forward or deliver any uncollected cards.

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.

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. Father Jim commends the retreat to all. The cost of the weekend is £160, and a booking form is available on request: please contact Fr John-Francis at cchjm@outlook.com, Parish Priest: Revd James Bryson – Tel. 020 8859 0802

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

This evening, there’ll be a Nativity service at 4pm, at which children can take part in the story of Christmas around the stable.

A Midnight Mass will be held at 11:30pm, and the Christmas Day Family Eucharist follows at 10am tomorrow. All are welcome!

DECORATING OUR CHURCH FOR CHRISTMAS

You’ll see there are two Christmas trees in church. One is decorated by the children of our church on the theme of the Jesse Tree, an Advent tree anticipating the coming of Christ. The other is decorated by the children of Eltham Church of England Primary School on the theme of Christmas carols.

Although we have trees, we have no flowers during Advent. The flowers and decorations that will adorn our church over Christmas were prepared on Friday and will be put on display after the 10am service today. Any help would be much appreciated!

CHURCH FLOWERS NEXT YEAR

Thank you to everyone who has helped to arrange the flowers in church this year. We’re now putting together next year’s rota. If you would like to join our small team, you’d be most welcome. No prior experience necessary, just speak to Fr Jim or Robyn Price.

CHRISTIAN AID: SOUTH SUDAN CRISIS APPEAL

Could you give a gift of £10 to provide food for a desperate family for one week? Famine has spread across parts of South Sudan this year – a country in the grip of a humanitarian catastrophe, where 50 percent of people urgently need food. Envelopes are available in church for any donations to Christian Aid. These can be placed in the collection bags during the offertory or in the containers at the back of church. Thank you very much!

NO MORE GLITTER!

The leaders of our Junior Church have been discussing our use of glitter in the crafts enjoyed by the children. As reported in the news, the environmental impact of glitter has led some scientists to call for a ban. Most is made from plastic, and its small size makes it an ecological hazard, particularly in the oceans. Given the Church’s respect for the natural world and for all of Creation, we will stop using glitter at Junior Church from the new year.

AMY GOSLING

Amy Gosling, the oldest member of St John’s, died on Monday 4th December at the grand age of 103. We give thanks for her long life and keep her family in our prayers. Amy’s funeral will be held at 2pm on Wednesday 27th December at Eltham Crematorium.

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.

Sunday 17th December

CHRISTMAS CARDS

At the back of the 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. We’re sorry that we can’t deliver any uncollected cards.

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.

NIGHT SHELTER SEEKS PROJECT MANAGER

The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter, a charity comprising seven churches of different denominations, is seeking a project manager for the 2018 season. The GWNS gives a bed and hot meals to homeless people every day from January through March. Applicants will ideally be knowledgeable about homelessness issues, have good IT and administration skills and be highly organised! The commitment is 15-25 hours a week. If you’re interested, or to find out more, please contact Tony Othen on 07956 456647 or tonyothen@gmail.com, or Kim Hitch on 07958 112423 or k.w.hitch@btinternet.com, Parish Priest: Revd James Bryson – Tel. 020 8859 0802

AMY GOSLING

Amy Gosling, the oldest member of St John’s, died on Monday 4th December at the grand age of 103. We give thanks for her long life and keep her family in our prayers.

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS

Tonight, a candlelit service of nine lessons and carols will take place at 6pm, followed by mince pies and mulled wine.
Next Sunday, 24th December, there’ll be a Nativity service at 4pm, at which children can take part in the story of Christmas around the stable.

A Midnight Mass will be held at 11:30pm that evening, and the Christmas Day Family Eucharist follows at 10am the next day. All are welcome!

DECORATING OUR CHURCH FOR CHRISTMAS

You’ll see there are two Christmas trees in church. One is decorated by the children of our church on the theme of the Jesse Tree, an Advent tree anticipating the coming of Christ. It is decorated with ornaments or objects that represent Old Testament events from Creation to the Birth of Jesus and with signs of the infant Jesus. The Jesse Tree is named from Isaiah 11:1: “A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots.” The other tree is decorated by the children of Eltham Church of England Primary School on the theme of Christmas carols.

Although we have trees, there are no flowers in church during Advent. The flowers and decorations that will adorn our church over the Christmas period will be prepared next Friday and put on display after the 10am service next Sunday. Any help would be much appreciated! Please speak to Fr Jim or Robyn Price for further details.

CHURCH FLOWERS NEXT YEAR

A huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in arranging the flowers in church this year. We’re about to put together next year’s rota. If you would like to join our small team, you’d be most welcome. No prior experience necessary, just speak to Fr Jim or Robyn Price if you’d like to be included or need further details.

A NOTE FROM MEGAN ROBERTS

Megan would like to convey her gratitude for the cards, letters and messages sent following the death of her husband Cecil. Megan has found it a great comfort to know how much Cecil was respected and held in affection at St John’s, and says his funeral was just as he would have wanted. Thank you from all the family.

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.

Sunday 10th December

CHRISTMAS CARDS

At the back of the church you will find alphabetical trays. If you would like to give Christmas cards to other members of the congregation, please put them in the appropriate trays and collect those that are addressed to you. We’re sorry that we’re not able to forward or deliver any uncollected cards.

FOODBANK  CHRISTMAS APPEAL

Over the past year, Greenwich Foodbank has provided food packs to 7,000 people. Can you help them out with contributions this Christmas? They’re hoping to include some seasonal items, such as mince pies and puddings, as well as small gifts. Among the basic provisions most needed are tinned meat and vegetables, long-life milk and fruit juice. Please place your contributions in the basket at the back of church. Thank you for your help!

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 dates is on the church noticeboard for you to sign up. For further information, please have a word with Sheila Squire.

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS

  • On 17th December, a candlelit service of nine lessons and carols will take place at 6pm, followed by mince pies and mulled wine.
  • The following Sunday, 24th December, there’ll be a Nativity service at 4pm, at which children can take part in the story of Christmas around the stable.
  • A Midnight Mass will be held at 11:30pm that evening, and the Christmas Day Family Eucharist follows at 10am the next day. All are welcome!

CHURCH FLOWERS

A huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in arranging the flowers in church this year. We’re about to put together next year’s rota. If you would like to join our small team, you’d be most welcome. No prior experience necessary, just speak to Fr Jim or Robyn Price if you’d like to be included or need further details.

DECORATING OUR CHURCH FOR CHRISTMAS

As you’ll be aware, there are no flowers in church during Advent.  The flowers and decorations that will adorn our church over the Christmas period will be prepared on Friday 22nd December and put on display after the 10am Eucharist on Sunday 24th December. Any help would be much appreciated, and children are most welcome. Please speak to Fr Jim or Robyn Price for further details.

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!

Sunday 3rd December

CHRISTMAS FAIR

Thank you to everyone who came to our Christmas Fair on Saturday, as well as to all those who helped make it a success! We’ll give an update on funds raised in the coming weeks.

FOODBANK  CHRISTMAS APPEAL

Over the past year, Greenwich Foodbank has provided food packs to 7,000 people. Can you help them out with contributions this Christmas? They’re hoping to include some seasonal items, such as mince pies and puddings, as well as small gifts. Among the basic provisions most needed are tinned meat and vegetables, long-life milk and fruit juice. Please place your contributions in the basket at the back of church. Thank you for your help!

ELTHAM CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOL SUCCESS

Eltham Church of England Primary School has been listed by the Sunday Times in the top 250 maintained primary schools in England. That’s a significant achievement, as there are around 16,800 such schools in the country. Congratulations to the staff, children, parents, carers and governors!

ADVENT

On 17th December, a candlelit service of nine lessons and carols will take place at 6pm, followed by mince pies and mulled wine. All are welcome!

ELTHAM WAR MEMORIAL

The Eltham War Memorial, which stands below the church tower, has been recognised by Historic England as a Building of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. It’s been listed as Grade II on the National Heritage List for England.

CECIL ROBERTS

Cecil Roberts, a member of St John’s for 40 years, died peacefully at home on 11th November. Cecil had been active in the life of the church, particularly during his time as treasurer. As a sidesman, he was very welcoming, making a point of talking to newcomers. He’ll be much missed. Cecil’s funeral will be held at St John’s on 8th December at 12 noon. Please keep Cecil, Megan and all the family in your prayers.

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, are 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 ever crowdfunding campaign. The organization needs to raise £29,000 for a Family Support Worker to reach out to more vulnerable children and families across southeast London. Please visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/supportwelcare to find out more, watch the video and contribute to this campaign. Thank you for your support!

Sunday 26th November

CHRISTMAS FAIR

Our Christmas Fair will take place in church on Saturday 2nd December from 10am to 2pm. Do come along and bring friends and family.

As always, we rely on your help and support to make the fair a success. We’d appreciate any donations of paperback books, CDs and DVDs; fancy goods, toiletries and bottles for the tombola; cakes and preserves; bric-a-brac and jewellery; toys and games; and anything of a Christmassy nature!

Goods can be left at the back of church, though please bring cakes in on Friday 1st December or the following morning. If you’re able to help out in advance or on the day, please speak with Gill Hayes or Fr Jim. Gill will also be selling raffle tickets in church after the Eucharist today. Tickets are £1 for a strip of five.

CECIL ROBERTS

Cecil Roberts, a member of St John’s for 40 years, died peacefully at home on 11th November. Cecil had been active in the life of the church, particularly during his time as treasurer. As a sidesman, he was very welcoming, making a point of talking to newcomers. He’ll be much missed. Cecil’s funeral will be at St John’s on 8th December at 12 noon. Please keep Cecil, Megan and all the family in your prayers.

ADVENT

A Parish Eucharist will be held at 10am as usual on 3rd December, Advent Sunday. On 17th December, a candlelit service of nine lessons and carols will take place at 6pm, followed by mince pies and mulled wine. All are welcome!

ELTHAM WAR MEMORIAL

The Eltham War Memorial, which stands below the church tower, has been recognised by Historic England as a Building of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. It has been listed as Grade II on the National Heritage List for England.

ELTHAM CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOL SUCCESS

Eltham Church of England Primary School has been listed by the Sunday Times in the top 250 maintained primary schools in England. That’s a significant achievement, as there are around 16,800 such schools in the country. Congratulations to the staff, children, parents, carers and governors!

MISSION ACTION PLAN

During Easter, 25 members of St John’s came together to share their views on the mission and ministry of the church. Out of that gathering came the Mission Action Plan, a step towards an increased awareness of St John’s God-given identity and purpose and the expression of its mission in the community. Copies are available at the back of church – please take just one per family where possible.

VOLUNTEER FOR WELCARE

Could you give a few hours every two weeks? Welcare, a Christian charity offering practical and emotional support to families in difficulty, are 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.

PANTOMIME

Last chance to sign up for our visit to Cinderella! We’ve reserved 64 seats for the 2pm matinee at the Bob Hope Theatre on Saturday 20th January. Tickets cost £10 (£8 concessions). Please put your name on the list in church. Payment is due by the end of November. For more details, speak to Patricia Allen or Gill Hayes.

Sunday 19th November

CHRISTMAS FAIR

Our Christmas Fair will take place in church on Saturday 2nd December from 10am to 2pm. Do come along and bring friends and family.

As always, we rely on your help and support to make the fair a success. We’d appreciate any donations of paperback books, CDs and DVDs; fancy goods, toiletries and bottles for the tombola; cakes and preserves; bric-a-brac and jewellery; toys and games; and anything of a Christmassy nature!

Goods can be left at the back of church, though please bring cakes in on Friday 1st December or the following morning. If you’re able to help out in advance or on the day, please speak with Gill Hayes or Fr Jim. Gill will also be selling raffle tickets in church after the Eucharist today and next week. Tickets are £1 for a strip of five.

CECIL ROBERTS

Cecil Roberts, a member of St John’s for 40 years, died peacefully at home on 11th November. Cecil had been active in the life of the church, particularly during his time as treasurer. As a sidesman, he was very welcoming, making a point of talking to newcomers. He’ll be much missed. Cecil’s funeral will be at St John’s on 8th December at 12 noon. Please keep Cecil, Megan and all the family in your prayers.

ST CECILIA FESTIVAL CHORUS

The St Cecilia Festival Chorus will put on their annual concert at Holy Trinity Church in Eltham on Saturday 25th November at 7:30pm. The music includes Gounod’s Messe Solennelle de Sainte-Cecile, as well as works by Bach, Parry, Franck, Bruckner and Stanford. Entrance is free and there’ll be a retiring collection in aid of the Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice. Please see the poster on the notice board for more details.

MISSION ACTION PLAN

During Easter, 25 members of St John’s came together to share their views on the mission and ministry of the church. Out of that gathering came the Mission Action Plan, a step towards an increased awareness of St John’s God-given identity and purpose and the expression of its mission in the community. Copies of the plan are available on the table at the back of church – there are only 50 so please take just one per family where possible.

PANTOMIME

The 2018 pantomime at the Bob Hope Theatre is the traditional tale of Cinderella. Tickets are £10 full price and £8 concessions (under 14 or 60+). We’ve reserved 64 seats for the 2pm matinee on Saturday 20th January and hope you’ll join us for an enjoyable afternoon for the young and not-so-young alike. Please put your name on the list in church, with the number of tickets you require. Payment is due by the end of November. For more information, speak to Patricia Allen or Gill Hayes.

SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL DIARIES

Diaries for 2018 are now in. They have a dark red cover, show weeks starting Sunday, and cost £1. If you’d like one, please speak to Margaret Taylor, who goes to the cathedral regularly and would be happy to pick up diaries at no extra cost.

GREENWICH FOODBANK
Greenwich Foodbank helps many people in need and our contributions are much appreciated. At present, the organisers are short of tinned fruit and veg, rice and long-life fruit juice. They have plenty of pasta and ask that we please don’t donate baby food. Any items can be left in the basket at the back of church. Thank you!

Sunday 12th November

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SERVICES

Today’s Parish Eucharist will end by 10:45am. The service will be followed by

an act of remembrance at the War Memorial with the Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, as well as the mayor of Greenwich, members of the armed forces, the Royal British Legion and other civic leaders. A Service of Remembrance in church will then close the commemoration. All are welcome.

MISSION ACTION PLAN

During Easter, 25 members of St John’s came together to share their views on the mission and ministry of the church. Out of that gathering came the Mission Action Plan, a step towards an increased awareness of St John’s God-given identity and purpose and the expression of its mission in the community. Copies of the plan are available on the table at the back of church – there are only 50 so please take just one per family where possible.

ST CECILIA FESTIVAL CHORUS

The St Cecilia Festival Chorus will put on their annual concert at Holy Trinity Church in Eltham on Saturday 25th November at 7:30pm. Music includes Gounod’s Messe Solennelle de Sainte-Cecile, as well as works by Bach, Parry, Franck, Bruckner and Stanford. Entrance is free and there’ll be a retiring collection in aid of the Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice. Please see the poster on the notice board for more details.

CHRISTMAS FAIR

Our Christmas Fair will take place in church on Saturday 2nd December from 10am to 2pm. Do come along and bring friends and family. As always, we rely on your help and support to make it a success. We’d appreciate any donations of paperback books, CDs and DVDs; fancy goods, toiletries and bottles for the tombola; cakes and preserves; bric-a-brac and jewellery; toys and games; and anything of a Christmassy nature! Goods can be left at the back of church, though please bring cakes in on Friday 1st December or the following morning. If you’re able to help out in advance or on the day, please speak with Gill Hayes or Fr Jim.

PANTOMIME

The 2018 pantomime at the Bob Hope Theatre is the traditional tale of Cinderella. Tickets are £10 full price and £8 concessions (under 14 or 60+). We’ve reserved 64 seats for the 2pm matinee on Saturday 20th January and hope you’ll join us for an enjoyable afternoon for the young and not-so-young alike. Please put your name on the list in church, with the number of tickets you require. Payment is due by the end of November. For more information, speak to Patricia Allen or Gill Hayes.

SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL DIARIES

Diaries for 2018 are now in. They have a dark red cover, show weeks starting Sunday, and cost £1. If you’d like one, please speak to Margaret Taylor, who goes to the cathedral regularly and would be happy to pick up diaries at no extra cost.

GREENWICH FOODBANK
Greenwich Foodbank helps many people in need and our contributions are much appreciated. At present, the organisers are short of tinned fruit and veg, rice and long-life fruit juice. They have plenty of pasta and ask that we please don’t donate baby food. Any items can be left in the basket at the back of church. Thank you!