ST JOHN’S PATRONAL FESTIVAL AND SUMMER FAIR
The summer fair takes place next Saturday at 10am to 2pm, in and around the church. It’s a wonderful event when St John’s celebrates its patron saint and opens wide its doors to all who live and work in Eltham, as well as visitors to our parish.
Come and enjoy the café and barbeque, hear the bells ringing and visit the bell tower. Take part in the tombola and raffle, and even get your face painted!
Contributions for the stalls – books, toys and bric-a-brac – are welcomed. Items can be left in church (though please don’t bring cakes and plants until Friday). The church will be open at 9am-12pm on Thursday and 10am-1pm on Friday. If you can’t make those times, arrangements to leave items can be made with Fr Jim.
Volunteers are still needed for the day. If you’d like to help (even for an hour or so), please see Fr Jim. Do also snap up some raffle tickets, which are on sale today at the back of church. For more information, please speak with Jene Kerr or Fr Jim.
GROWING IN FAITH AND LIFE
Applications are open for the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship 2018-19, a course with six modules that takes place from September to next June. Entitled ‘Growing in Faith and Life,’ the course 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, worship and service. It concludes with a residential weekend at Wychcroft in Surrey. Application forms are available from Southwark Diocese at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any queries, please speak with Fr Jim or with Cindy Shipp, who did the course last year.
The June edition of The Bridge – the newspaper of the Anglican Diocese of Southwark – is available at the back of church. Please do take a copy.
ST PAUL’S SUNDAY FORUMS
St Paul’s Cathedral is running a series of free ‘Sunday Forums’ as part of its adult learning programme. The lunchtime events invite some of the liveliest contemporary theologians and spiritual teachers to speak about the challenges, contradictions and joys of being a Christian in the world today. On 1st July at 1pm, Selina Stone, a lecturer in political theology at St Mellitus College, will lead a discussion on ‘Was Jesus Political?’ For more information, please visit stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning/sunday-forum.
DEANERY SUMMER PARTY
The Eltham & Mottingham Deanery Summer Tea Party will be held on Sunday 15th July 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.
PARISH SUPPORT FUND
People sometimes ask how the church is financed. The Parish Support Fund, or PSF, is the method through which the churches in the diocese contribute to a central pot of money, which helps pay for their ministry. While each church aims to cover its costs, most can’t, and the wealthier churches support them through the PSF. St John’s contributes about 50% of its costs and aspires to become self-funding. Letters from the Parochial Church Council treasurer about stewardship are available for all – please look out for your letter at the back of church.