Sunday 15th July

The Eltham & Mottingham Deanery Summer Tea Party will be held today from 3pm to 5pm at All Saints Church in New Eltham. People are invited to bring something to share, but are also welcome to just bring themselves.

Applications are still open for the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship 2018-19, a course that takes place from September to next June. Entitled ‘Growing in Faith and Life,’ the programme is for anyone wishing to read the Bible with more understanding, reflect on their journey as a Christian and deepen their response to God in prayer and service.

There’s an introduction for everyone taking part on Saturday 8th September at Trinity House off Borough High Street at 10.30am-12.30pm. The cost of the whole course is £200, which includes a concluding residential weekend at Wychcroft in Surrey. Email for an application form. If you have any queries, please speak with Fr Jim or with Cindy Shipp, who did the course last year.

How do you begin to discern what God’s call means to you? The Royal Foundation of St Katharine in Limehouse will host a quiet day on Saturday 29th September from 10am to 3.30pm in which participants can explore the ways in which God calls to them, in work and in life. The foundation is at 2 Butcher Row, London E14 8DS, and the cost of the day is just £10. It’s highly recommended and places will fill up quickly – email to book or for further information.

On Tuesday 24th July, the Southwark Diocese Resource and Retreat Centre in Wychcroft will host a retreat on the theme of ‘The Woman at the Well,’ an icon commissioned by the Retreat Association which can be seen at Wychcroft. The day will run from 10am to 4pm and costs £25, including lunch. For more details and to book a place, contact Wychcroft on 01883 743 041 or email Details of the icon are available at, and a flyer is on the church noticeboard in the south aisle.

On Wednesday 8th August, St Columba’s House in Woking will hold a quiet day, providing space and encouragement for us to hear and respond to the invitation of God’s Spirit. We live much of our lives on the surface, meeting the expectations of others. But God sees the heart, and it is there that the Spirit of God stirs. The day will be led by Christopher Chapman, author of ‘Seeing in the Dark’ and ‘Earthed in God: Four Movements of Spiritual Growth’. For details, see the flyer on the noticeboard or visit To book, contact St Columba’s House on 01483 766498.

Would you like to commemorate a birthday or some other special occasion? For a donation of £5, everyone can enjoy free tea or coffee on your chosen Sunday after the Parish Eucharist. A list of available dates is on the church noticeboard for you to sign up. For more information, please have a word with Sheila Squire.

St Paul’s Cathedral is running a series of free ‘Sunday Forums’ as part of its adult learning programme. On 2nd September at 1pm, writer and Church Estates Commissioner Eve Poole will explore the themes of her book, ‘Buying God: Consumerism and Theology’. See

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