Sunday 15th December 2019

CHRISTMAS CARDS

At the back of the church are alphabetical trays. If you wish to give cards to other members of the congregation, please put them in the appropriate trays before Christmas Day and collect any addressed to you. We’re sorry that we cannot deliver any cards that remain uncollected, but will keep them until 29th December.

A FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS

Next Sunday at 6pm, an expanded church choir – including a number of professional singers recruited for the occasion – will lead us in our Christmas carol service. They will perform a selection of six beautiful traditional carols, while the congregational carols will include classics such as ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, ‘Hark the Herald’ and more. Please come along for what promises to be a rousing and atmospheric festive celebration, and bring your friends and family!

POSTAGE STAMPS

The Air Ambulance is no longer taking used stamps, so in future all the stamps we collect will go to the Royal National Institute of Blind People. There’s a collection box on the table near the church noticeboard. See Anne Thomson with any queries.

SUNDAY COFFEE

We’re able to provide free tea and coffee after the Eucharist every Sunday because of the donations we receive from members of the congregation. People contribute £5 on a date of their choosing to mark an occasion that’s significant to them. The list of dates for 2020 is now up on the noticeboard, so do please sign up if you would like to celebrate a birthday or other special day. See Sheila Squire for more details.

CHRISTMAS TREES

As in past years, our local church school has kindly provided two Christmas trees. One will be decorated by the school children with the theme of Christmas carols, and the other by our Sunday School children, on the theme of the Jesse tree.

LAST SUNDAY’S SERMON

Fr John-Francis Friendship, who preached at St John’s last Sunday, has kindly provided a link to his sermon. Everyone can access it at francisjon.blogspot.com.

THIS WEEK

We pray for

All Saints, St James and St Paul, Christ Church – Shooters Hill and Thamesmead Ministry; for the priests and people of those places

those with birthdays: Mark Foster

those in any kind of distress of mind, body or soul: Angella Baptiste, 
Dinah Fergusson, Alan Gearing, Hilary Bracefield

those who are houseboundSusan Wulstan

those whose year’s mind we keepUnity Lister, Evelyn Taylor, Ken Saunders

There is a Eucharist on Thursday at 10am and Friday at 12.15pm 

and a service of midday prayer at 12 noon on Friday

Parish Eucharist
22nd December 2019 at 10am, Fourth of Advent

Readings: Isaiah 7: 10-16, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:1-18

If you would like to make a financial offering to the church and are a taxpayer, 

it would help the church if you use a gift-aid envelope. This will enable the church to claim 25p for every £1 you give. Envelopes are at the back of church. Thank you. 

NEXT WEEK

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda

Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.

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