Sunday 14th January

BISHOP OF WOOLWICH VISIT

The Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, will visit St John’s parish next month. Bishop Karowei is making his way around all the parishes in the Woolwich Episcopal Area, from Southwark to Plumstead. Please keep the bishop in your prayers.

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 full details.

BIRTHDAY COFFEE

Would you like to commemorate a birthday or other special occasion? For a £5 donation, everyone can enjoy free tea or coffee on your chosen Sunday after the Eucharist. Dates are listed on the noticeboard. For more details, see Sheila Squire.

JESU, THOU ART ALL COMPASSION: A RETREAT AT ASCOT PRIORY

The ecumenical Spiritual Association of the Compassionate Hearts of Jesus & Mary (www.cchjm.org) will hold a weekend retreat on 15th-17th June 2018 at Ascot Priory in Berkshire. Set in the context of silence, the retreat invites you to enter into the compassionate heart of God through different perspectives – the Heart of the Father, the Heart in Silence, the Heart of Compassion, the Heart’s Gaze and the Heart’s Softener. Fr Jim commends the retreat to all – it is open to everyone regardless of whether or not they’re a companion or associate of the association.

Ascot Priory was home to the Society of the Most Holy Trinity, founded in 1861 and the first religious order for women in the Church of England since the Reformation.

The retreat will be conducted by Fr John-Francis, who occasionally leads our Parish Eucharist here at St John’s. An Anglican Franciscan for 25 years until released from his vows in 2002, Fr John-Francis has been parish priest of St Andrews’, Romford, and is now a tutor, spiritual director and pastoral supervisor at the London Centre for Spiritual Direction. He retains strong ties with the Franciscans.

The cost of the weekend retreat is £160, and a booking form is available on request: please contact Fr John-Francis at cchjm@outlook.com.

WELCARE NEWS

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.

FUNDRAISING DRIVE

Welcare has launched its first crowdfunding campaign. The organization needs to raise £29,000 for a Family Support Worker to reach more vulnerable children and families across southeast London. Visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/supportwelcare to find out more, watch the video and contribute to this campaign. Thank you!

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