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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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.