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.
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!
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.