Sunday 11th August 2019

CHURCH STEPS

We are delighted to announce that St John’s has been granted a Faculty to erect handrails on the steps leading from the war memorial to the front door of the church underneath the bell tower. The church architect Roderick Maclennan will now engage the contractor to carry out the works and confirm final costs. Thank you to everyone who has supported this project.

A TREE FOR ST JOHN’S

St John’s will receive a tree to plant in the churchyard as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, or QCC, initiative, which was launched in 2015. The tree, which will be either a hazel, birch or rowan, will be delivered and planted in October.

The project has grown out of the work of Cool Earth, a charity that works with indigenous rainforest communities to prevent climate change through deforestation. The Queen has embraced this initiative with enthusiasm, supporting the creation of 
a pan-Commonwealth network of forest conservation projects.

Climate change and environmental protection are concerns for the Church of England, and at St John’s we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint.

A THANK YOU

Diocesan Secretary Ruth Martin has written to St John’s to give thanks for the congregation’s contribution to the Bishop of Southwark’s Lent Call – a sum of £391.27. The money collected from all the churches in the diocese will support projects in our Link Diocese in Zimbabwe, which focus on food security. 

SPIRITUALITY DAY

The Southwark Diocese will hold a spirituality day on Saturday 19th October at Southwark Cathedral. Entitled ‘To Be a Pilgrim,’ the day conference will ask what it means to be a pilgrim on the Christian journey. Speakers include Dr Meg Warner, an Old Testament scholar and author of books on Abraham, and Bishop of Southwarkthe Rt Revd Christopher Chessun. Flyers are available at the back of church. 

THIS WEEK

We pray for

the Church in the Southwark Diocese: 

for St Mary the Virgin, Beddington; for the priests and people of that place

those with birthdays:

John Horton, Eva Allen

those who are in any kind of distress of mind, body or soul: 
Angella Baptiste, Dinah Fergusson, Sylvia Reeves, Alan Gearing, Brigid Zengeni

those who are houseboundSusan Wulstan

those whose year’s mind we keep:

Dick Purkiss, Audrey Bullock, John Warrell

There is a Eucharist on Thursday at 10am and Friday at 12.15pm 

and a service of midday prayer at 12 noon on Friday

Parish Eucharist
18th August 2019 at 10am, Ninth Sunday after Trinity

Readings: : Jeremiah 23.23-29; Hebrews 11.29-12.2; Luke 12.49-56

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. 

NEXT WEEK

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.

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