Sunday 16th September

HARVEST FESTIVAL
St John’s will hold a Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist on Sunday 7th October. All are invited to bring along donations for the Manna Society, which works with the homeless and others in need in south London. The society is mostly seeking food – especially sugar, powdered milk, tinned tomatoes, tinned vegetables, pasta sauces, breakfast cereals and rice – but toiletries and clothes are also welcome.

The society’s day centre serves around 800 meals a week, and offers showers, clothing, access to medical care and advice on housing. Harvest Festival donations provide the centre with about 70% of its food for the year. Thank you for anything you can offer!

WELCARE ANNUAL MEETING
Welcare, a charity long-supported by St John’s, will hold its annual meeting on Friday 28th September from 11am-2pm at the Kia Oval, Kennington. There will be an awards ceremony to celebrate Welcare’s dedicated volunteers and supporters, plus a review of the year and a look to the future, including plans for its 125th anniversary next year. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by 19th September to info@welcare.org.

CALLED BY NAME
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 at 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, E14 8DS, and the cost of the day is £10. Email vocations@southwark.anglican.org to book or for further information.

ST PAUL’S ADULT LEARNING
St Paul’s Cathedral has published its adult learning programme of events for autumn and winter. These public events are for everyone to come and explore the challenges, contradictions and joys of being a Christian in the 21st century.

Highlights include ‘My Soul Glorifies the Lord’, a free talk on Tuesday 30th October with historians Helen Bond and Joan Taylor. This evening discussion will focus on Jesus’ female disciples, following the Channel 4 TV programme on the same theme.

The adult learning series also includes a range of Saturday workshops and study afternoons, exploring different aspects of Christianity in depth. There are copies of the St Paul’s booklet at the back of church, and full details on the cathedral’s website.

WOOLWICH AREA LAY CONFERENCE
Save the date for the next Woolwich Area Lay Conference, on Saturday 2nd February from 10am-4pm at Ark All Saints Academy. The event is being held for the third time – people from St John’s attended the last two conferences. Further details to follow.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
On Saturday 20th October at 10am-3pm, St Michael’s Church in Stockwell will hold an introduction to Christian meditation. To book a place at £10 or for more information, email spirituality@southwark.anglican.org.

THE BRIDGE
Copies of the September issue of The Bridge, the newspaper of the Anglican Diocese of Southwark, are now available at the back of church. Do take one.

BIRTHDAY COFFEE
Would you like to commemorate a birthday or some other special occasion? For a £5 donation, everyone can enjoy free coffee on your chosen Sunday after the Eucharist. Please see available dates on the noticeboard or have a word with Sheila Squire.

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