Sunday 17th February 2019

PIANO CONCERT

Sha Lu will lead a concert of piano music – played by herself and young children – at St John’s on Friday 22nd February at 3pm. Tickets cost £2, with all proceeds going to church funds. Sha will sell tickets after the Eucharist today at the back of church.

ST PAUL’S ADULT LEARNING

St Paul’s Cathedral has published its latest adult-learning programme. Events include two free evening discussions: Rowan Williams on ‘Jesus Christ The Unanswered Questions’ on Wednesday 27th March; and Barbara Brown Taylor on ‘Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others’ on Thursday 30th May. 

There’s also a reflective day on Saturday 30th March entitled ‘Imagining Peace’, at St Katharine’s Foundation in Limehouse, east London. Pádraig Ó Tuama, a poet and theologian based in Belfast, will lead a discussion on peace and conflict within ourselves, in our communities and in politics.

Visit stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning for ticketing and further details, see the posters on the noticeboard, and pick up a leaflet at the back of church.

JUNIOR CHURCH

Our Junior Church and crèche, organized and run by members of St John’s, are looking for more adults to get involved. We’re seeing growing numbers of familiescoming to church, for which we give thanks, and want to make sure our Junior Church and crèche are well-staffed to welcome all children. If you would like to be involved, or have any questions, please speak with Alex MacKenzie or Fr Jim.

DEMOCRACY AND THE COMMON GOOD: WHO IS WELCOME HERE?

Tomorrow, Monday 18th February at 6:30pm, the Rt Revd Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London, will lead a panel discussion on ‘Democracy and the Common Good’ at St Paul’s Cathedral. The event will look at the prospect of Brexit and its implications for London in relation to freedom of movement and labour. Asking ‘what kind of city do we want to be?’ the speakers will consider: ‘who is welcome here?’ The event is free of charge but donations are welcome. Sign up at whoiswelcome.eventbrite.co.uk.

A SAFE CHURCH

At St John’s, we are committed to keeping our church members safe. This means we take measures to protect the health, wellbeing and human rights of all. It is our collective responsibility to take care of, look out for and help each other in church – especially children, young people and vulnerable adults. If you have any questions or safeguarding concerns, you can speak to our safeguarding officers in confidence: Mick Hayes on 020 8859 3389 or Alberta Rosenior on 020 8863 9413. You can also contact the Southwark Diocesan Safeguarding Team – see elthamchurch.org.uk.

CONFIRMATION: ADVANCE NOTICE!

On 14th July, the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich, will come to St John’s for a Service of Confirmation.

If you were baptised as a child, your parents and godparents made promises on your behalf. As a young person or adult, you may wish to confirm these promises for yourself at a confirmation service. If you were not baptised but still want to make a commitment of faith, you can be baptised and confirmed at the same service. You may then share in the bread and wine of Holy Communion for the first time. 

If you are interested in confirmation, confirmation with baptism, or being admitted to Holy Communion with Bishop Karowei in July, please speak with Fr Jim.

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