All servers are invited to attend the Diocesan Guild of Servers’ Festival on Saturday 26th January at Southwark Cathedral. The day will begin at 12.30pm with a ChoralEucharist, with the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun,presiding.
At 2.45pm, there’ll be session for adult servers entitled ‘Called to Serve,’ led by the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark, as well as an activity for under-16s. The festival will end with a Choral Evensong at 4pm. Please register at eventbrite.co.uk.
PARISH SUPPORT FUND
Bishop Christopher has written to convey his thanks for our contributions to the Parish Support Fund. Every church in the diocese gives money to the fund, which helps to pay for church buildings, vicarages and vicars. St John’s gives 50% of its income; that’s over £36,000 last year, or more than £3,000 a month. This money is raised mostly through donations from you, our congregation. Pledges to the PSF across the diocese for 2019 exceed £16 million. Bishop Christopher said he’s ‘very encouraged by the response’.
WALKING | WELCOMING | GROWING: THE WOOLWICH AREA LAY CONFERENCE
For all those planning to attend the Woolwich Area Lay Conference on 2nd February, there are now forms at the back of church listing all the available workshops.
If you’d like to come along but haven’t yet registered, please contact email@example.com or speak with Fr Jim. The conference, aimed at equipping lay people to grow in confidence in their faith as witnesses to Jesus Christ, will take place at Ark All Saints Academy in Camberwell, from 10am to 4pm.
‘ONLY JUSTICE’: THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2019
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019 runs from 18th-25th January. The theme this year – ‘Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue’ – is inspired by Deuteronomy 16:18-20. Material for the week has been produced by the churches of Indonesia, where there’s a strong focus on fostering unity amid ethnic and religious diversity. Resources can be found on the World Council of Churches website atoikoumene.org.
CHRISTIAN AID – GIVE PEACE A CHANCE
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Christian Aid collection over Christmas –we raised £134.26. We’re now looking ahead to Christian Aid Week 2019 in May, to be discussed at a launch event on Thursday 7th February at Christian Aid’s head office in Lower Marsh, Waterloo. There’ll be two sessions that day, at 2pm-4.30pm and 6pm-8pm, which will include an introduction to the new global strategy, exploring the charity’s key areas of focus: poverty, power and prophetic voice. If you are interested in attending and would like more information, please speak to Robyn Price or Fr Jim.
ST PAUL’S ADULT LEARNING
St Paul’s Cathedral has published its adult-learning programme for the first half of 2019. Events include two free evening discussions: Rowan Williams on ‘Jesus Christ The Unanswered Questions’ on Wednesday 27th March; and Barbara Brown Taylor on ‘Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others’ on Thursday 30th May.
There are also still places for the reflective day on Saturday 30th March entitled ‘Imagining Peace’. Pádraig Ó Tuama, a poet and theologian based in Belfast, will lead a discussion on peace and conflict within ourselves, in our communities and in politics. The day takes place at St Katharine’s Foundation in Limehouse, east London.
Please see the posters on the noticeboard and pick up a leaflet at the back of church.
NEXT WEEK’S CHURCH NEWS
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Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday morning. Thank you.