Sunday 17th December

CHRISTMAS CARDS

At the back of the church are alphabetical trays. If you would like to give cards to other members of the congregation, please put them in the appropriate trays and collect those addressed to you. We’re sorry that we can’t deliver any uncollected cards.

BIRTHDAY COFFEE

Would you like to commemorate a birthday or 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 see Sheila Squire.

NIGHT SHELTER SEEKS PROJECT MANAGER

The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter, a charity comprising seven churches of different denominations, is seeking a project manager for the 2018 season. The GWNS gives a bed and hot meals to homeless people every day from January through March. Applicants will ideally be knowledgeable about homelessness issues, have good IT and administration skills and be highly organised! The commitment is 15-25 hours a week. If you’re interested, or to find out more, please contact Tony Othen on 07956 456647 or tonyothen@gmail.com, or Kim Hitch on 07958 112423 or k.w.hitch@btinternet.com, Parish Priest: Revd James Bryson – Tel. 020 8859 0802

AMY GOSLING

Amy Gosling, the oldest member of St John’s, died on Monday 4th December at the grand age of 103. We give thanks for her long life and keep her family in our prayers.

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS

Tonight, a candlelit service of nine lessons and carols will take place at 6pm, followed by mince pies and mulled wine.
Next Sunday, 24th December, there’ll be a Nativity service at 4pm, at which children can take part in the story of Christmas around the stable.

A Midnight Mass will be held at 11:30pm that evening, and the Christmas Day Family Eucharist follows at 10am the next day. All are welcome!

DECORATING OUR CHURCH FOR CHRISTMAS

You’ll see there are two Christmas trees in church. One is decorated by the children of our church on the theme of the Jesse Tree, an Advent tree anticipating the coming of Christ. It is decorated with ornaments or objects that represent Old Testament events from Creation to the Birth of Jesus and with signs of the infant Jesus. The Jesse Tree is named from Isaiah 11:1: “A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots.” The other tree is decorated by the children of Eltham Church of England Primary School on the theme of Christmas carols.

Although we have trees, there are no flowers in church during Advent. The flowers and decorations that will adorn our church over the Christmas period will be prepared next Friday and put on display after the 10am service next Sunday. Any help would be much appreciated! Please speak to Fr Jim or Robyn Price for further details.

CHURCH FLOWERS NEXT YEAR

A huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in arranging the flowers in church this year. We’re about to put together next year’s rota. If you would like to join our small team, you’d be most welcome. No prior experience necessary, just speak to Fr Jim or Robyn Price if you’d like to be included or need further details.

A NOTE FROM MEGAN ROBERTS

Megan would like to convey her gratitude for the cards, letters and messages sent following the death of her husband Cecil. Megan has found it a great comfort to know how much Cecil was respected and held in affection at St John’s, and says his funeral was just as he would have wanted. Thank you from all the family.

NEWS ITEMS

Please send any items for inclusion in next week’s Church News to Amanda Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning.

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