Sunday 17th September 2017

Today at 12:45pm we’ll baptise into the church Harriett Rose Young, born on 18th April. Harriett’s parents, Dean and Kirsty, would love people to stay for the baptism and join family and friends afterwards at the Badgers Sports Club on Middle Park Avenue for refreshments. Please pray for Harriett, her parents and godparents.

On 1st October, Helen Wiles will bring her puppy to Junior Church as part of the Creation Time theme and in celebration of the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi. If you have any problem with your child meeting a dog please let Helen or Cindy Shipp know.

Entitled ‘Going Deeper: Engaging Spirituality for Contemporary Life,’ the Diocese of Southwark’s Spirituality Day on Saturday 21st October at Southwark Cathedral will include worship and workshops, with Revd Dr Andrew Walker from St Marylebone Healing & Counselling Centre as guest speaker. For more details, see the poster on the noticeboard. Please speak to Patricia Allen or Mary Creamer if you plan to attend.

Joan Cheesman, a member of St John’s, died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Saturday 9th September. Please remember Joan in your prayers. We also continue to pray for the family and friends of Audrey Bullock, whose funeral was last Tuesday.

St John’s will hold a Harvest Festival Eucharist on Sunday 8th October. All are invited to bring along donations for the Manna Society, which works with homeless people and others in need in south London. The society is mostly seeking food, but toiletries, clothing and bedding are also welcome – please see the poster on the noticeboard for details. The Manna Centre welcomes around 150 people a day, seven days a week, and more than half are homeless. It provides breakfast and a cooked lunch for all.

Immediately after the Harvest Festival Eucharist, there will be a bring-and-share brunch for everyone. 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. Please add any dishes you can bring to the list on the noticeboard.

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 Gill Hayes or Fr Jim.

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve raised the £6,000 required to build the new handrail on the steps to the main door of the church, thanks to generous donations from the congregation and contributions from church funds. The church architect is liaising with the Diocese of Southwark and the Royal Borough of Greenwich to obtain the permissions required for such work on a listed building. Well done all!

After more than 40 years as parish representative to the Children’s Society, Mary Roberts is stepping back from the role. St John’s has raised more than £42,000 for the society since 1984, largely through collection boxes, and is keen to continue its support of vulnerable children. If you would like to take on this position – or find out more about it – please speak with Mary or Fr Jim. It’s an easy but important way to raise vital funds to give all children and young people a better chance in life.

Regan O’Callaghan, an Anglican priest and artist living in London, is holding icon painting classes at Emmanuel Church, West Hampstead, in October and November. Please see the flyer on the noticeboard for details.

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