BISHOP’S LENT CALL
The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, has sent out a ‘call’ to the churches of the diocese to take time for contemplation during Lent, to grow closer to God and to consider how one might help others in need. To that end, there will be envelopes in St John’s during Lent, marked ‘Bishop’s Lent Call,’ for any donations. All funds gathered from the churches in response to the ‘call’ will go to support projects in the diocese, in the Holy Land and in Zimbabwe. Please see the posters on the noticeboard in the south aisle for information about each project.
‘VISIT MY MOSQUE’ DAY
Today, Woolwich Mosque will be open to the public from 1pm to 5pm as part of Visit My Mosque Day. During this national event, more than 200 mosques and Islamic centres will open their doors to the local community, inviting visitors to come in, take a tour and learn about Muslim practice and customs. Woolwich Mosque is at the Greenwich Islamic Centre on Plumstead Road.
LENT: CONTEMPLATION + COMPLINE
St John’s will open on Thursdays from 22nd February to 22nd March for silent prayer at 7pm followed by Compline at 7.30pm.
The ancient office of Compline derives its name from a Latin word meaning ‘completion’ (completorium). It is above all a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day. It is most effective when the ending is indeed an ending, without additions, conversation or noise. When the service is in church, those present depart in silence. The church will close after Compline.
This month and next, the Westminster Abbey Institute will hold a series of talks on truth. With so much talk today of ‘alternative truth’ and ‘fake news,’ the abbey asks: Is truth now in shorter supply? How can it be recognised and where can it reliably be found? Is it justified for politicians to tell lies in order to do good, or does that lastingly undermine the public’s faith in political leadership? Booking is free but essential. Please visit www.westminster-abbey.org/institute/truth
The Church Electoral Roll was completely revised in 2013 and is valid until 2019. However, if you have joined St John’s recently, reached the age of 16, or are not on the roll (there’s a copy on the noticeboard), please collect an electoral roll form from Mary Roberts. You have to be resident in the parish, or to have worshipped here regularly for at least six months.
PARISH SUPPORT FUND
In 2016, Southwark Diocese introduced a new way of funding its parishes, inviting them to support the district’s shared responsibilities by making a financial pledge to the Parish Support Fund (PSF). Last year, St John’s contributed more than £36,000! The diocese now invites church members to come and hear how the PSF is being used to support the ministry and mission of the church. Events are on:
• Tuesday 6th March at 7.30pm at All Saints, Peckham
• Monday 14th March at 7.30pm at St James, Kidbrooke
The meetings will last no more than 1.5 hours and refreshments will be served 30 minutes before the start.