Sunday 13th December 2020

We are happy to welcome parishioners back to St John’s and hope that everyone finds themselves and their families safe and well. Please be advised that the guidance on hand-sanitising, social distancing and the wearing of masks remains in place.

CHRISTIAN AID CHRISTMAS APPEAL: LOVE COMES DOWN – HOPE BUILDS UP

We were unable to run our usual Christian Aid fundraising events this year, but we’re holding a collection in the run-up to Christmas. Donation envelopes are at the back of church. And do please pop any loose change in the Christian Aid boxes. Many thanks!

GREENWICH WINTER NIGHT SHELTER

This year, the night shelter is unable to open, but the organisers are fundraising. One of the cooking teams at the GWNS has produced a book, ‘Favourite Recipes to Feed a Crowd or Friends,’ which is beautifully illustrated and contains 12 tried-and-trusted recipes. If anyone is interested in buying a copy for £10, please see Robyn Price.

CHRISTMAS CARDS Due to government guidelines, the church will not be able to distribute Christmas cards in the usual way. Please deliver your own cards this year. Thank you.

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SERVICES

The coming of Christmas brings us light at the end of a difficult year.
St John’s will hold the following services to celebrate the festive season:

  • Sunday 20th Dec. at 6pm – Nine Lessons and Carols
  • Thursday 24th Dec. at 4pm – Nativity; all children and parents are welcome
  • Thursday 24th Dec. at 11:30pm – Midnight Mass
  • Friday 25th Dec. at 10am – Christmas Day

Please note, these services are in addition to our normal Sunday services.
There will be no 10am service on Thursday 24th December and Thursday 31st December. Junior Church will resume on Sunday 20th December at 10am.

USED STAMPS
There’s a box on the table in the south aisle to deposit your used postage stamps. Do bring in all the stamps from your Christmas cards – and any others of course – as the proceeds go to the RNIB. Please leave a margin of envelope around. Thank you!

BETTY RUSSELL

Many of you will remember Betty, an active member of St John’s until she and husband Neil moved to Harpenden, Herts, 14 years ago. Neil has been in contact to say that sadly Betty passed away on 23rd November. She had been ill for many years with Parkinson’s disease and died peacefully at home. May she rest in peace.

THIS WEEK

We pray for:

Our local churches: for Croydon South Deanery, particularly St Mark’s Woodcote in Purley; St Swithun’s Purley; St James’ Riddlesdown; St Mary’s Sanderstead; also for Plumstead Deanery, particularly St Michael and All Angels, Abbey Wood

We also pray for all those working to enforce and restore human rights across the world, following this year’s UN Human Rights Day on 10th December.

Those with birthdays: Jericho Baruwa, Jacob Wright, Megan Skinner, Toby Wheatley
Those who are ill:
Sophie Frick, Thelma Laverley and Abiodun Sillah
Those whose year’s mind we keep: Unity Lister, Evelyn Taylor, Ken Sanders

Parish Eucharist

20th December 2020 at 10am, Fourth Sunday of Advent

Readings: 2nd Samuel 7:1-11,16; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26–38 The Thursday 10am service will take place this week. There’ll be no Friday services.

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