Sunday 14th October

Welcare, a charity long-supported by St John’s, will hold its annual concert on Friday 19th October at St Mary’s Church, Welling, at 7pm for 7.30pm. Entitled ‘Ticket to Ride,’ this evening of songs and choral arrangements, sung by the Ferrier Operatic Society, offers something for everyone. Tickets cost £10, and include drinks and nibbles. Please see the church noticeboard for more details or have a word with Sheila Squire.

There’ll be a parish outing to the pantomime Aladdin at the Bob Hope Theatre on Saturday 19th January at 2pm at the group rate of £9 per person. If you would like to book tickets, please sign up on the noticeboard. Payment is requested by the end of November. For further details, please speak to Fr Jim or Jean Harker.

The Diocese of Southwark is looking for an IT support officer to work at Trinity House in London Bridge. The closing date is Wednesday 17th October. For further details, see the advertisement on the noticeboard. Visit to apply.

A meeting of the Eltham & Mottingham Anglican Forum – the new name for the Deanery Synod – will be held on Wednesday 17th October at St Luke’s Church in Westmount Road. Refreshments will be available from 7.30pm, with the meeting starting at 8pm, led by Fr Ian Mobsby.

The deanery comprises eight parishes, and represents their churches. It meets every couple of months, and is currently conducting an experiment under its new name, whereby all people from the church congregations are invited to attend, in addition to the priests and elected representatives. Please see the poster on the noticeboard for more details.

You may have heard Radio 4’s broadcast this morning on the work of Feed the Hungry and its food-packing events. The next event is on Friday 2nd November at Christ Church, Trafalgar Road, east Greenwich. The Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich, invites everyone to join him for refreshments at 6pm, followed by a briefing at 6.30pm from Feed the Hungry’s UK team. Then we’ll get packing! Our target is to pack 10,000 meals that evening, so 60-70 volunteers are needed to make it happen. Children are more than welcome. For further details, please email

The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter is looking for volunteers to help provide for the homeless in our local community. For the past three years, St John’s has taken an active role in supporting the shelter, which provides a bed, breakfast and an evening meal for people in need. This winter, the shelter will open from November to the end of March, with a break over Christmas when Crisis will provide the support. Please see the poster on the noticeboard, and speak with Fr Jim if you think you can help.

St Paul’s Cathedral is holding a four-week course in December exploring the music of Advent. The course – on consecutive Saturdays – will be led by the cathedral’s director of music, Andrew Carwood, and include music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. See for details. Booklets detailing the St Paul’s adult learning programme are available at the back of church.

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