Holy Week and Easter 2018
Palm Sunday, 25th March
10am Parish Eucharist with Procession of the Palms
Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th March
Maundy Thursday, 29th March
7.30pm Eucharist with Washing of the Feet and Stripping of the Sanctuary followed by the Watch
Good Friday, 30th March
1pm The Way of the Cross (non-Eucharistic)
2pm Good Friday Eucharist – The Final Hour
Easter Day, 1st April
6am Vigil and First Eucharist of Easter
10am Parish Eucharist
BISHOP’S LENT CALL
Last month, the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, 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 are envelopes in St John’s 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 more information.
We need another kind person to join the tea and coffee rota. This involves making hot drinks after the Sunday service and clearing up afterwards. At the moment, your turn would come around every other month, so it’s not too onerous. Please have a word with Cindy Shipp if you can help, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if she’s not around in church.
WELCARE ANNUAL QUIZ
The Friends of Greenwich Welcare invite all at St John’s to their annual quiz on Saturday 24th March at 6.45pm for 7pm at St Thomas’s Church, Maryon Road, Charlton. Tickets cost £10 and include supper (bring your own drinks). Please pick up a flyer at the back of church or contact Jean and Peter Griffiths on
020 8319 8676 or at email@example.com.
Welcare is a charity long-supported by St John’s. It provides practical support to families in difficulty, helping parents and carers use their strengths and skills to nurture happy, confident children. See welcare.org for further information.
MUSIC IN WORSHIP
St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn, is holding a series of evening events with performances and ‘spoken reflections,’ exploring the importance of music in worship. The events start at 6.30pm on the first Monday of each month, from March to June. As the National Musicians’ Church, St Sepulchre’s has a long tradition of musical excellence which is seen at the weekly choral evensongs on Tuesdays, while on Sunday mornings the focus is on ‘contemporary worship.’ More information is available from Peter Horton or on the church’s website: stsepulchres.org
The final lecture in the Westminster Abbey Institute’s series on truth takes place on Tuesday 20th March. Claire Foster-Gilbert, director of the institute and an expert in medical ethics, regulation and public theology, will discuss the notion that truth should be the lodestar by which we choose our words and fashion our political and journalistic language, including the use of rhetoric. We all share responsibility for this and, if politicians and journalists lie, it is because we want them to.
The event takes place at 6.30pm in the Lady Chapel of Westminster Abbey and is chaired by Lord Judge, former Lord Chief Justice. Please book at www.westminster-abbey.org/institute/truth
LENT: CONTEMPLATION AND COMPLINE
St John’s will be open this Thursday for silent prayer at 7pm followed by Compline at 7.30pm. The ancient office of Compline derives its name from the Latin for ‘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 conversation or noise. Those present depart in silence.
THE DARKNESS BEFORE THE DAWN: A HOLY WEEK RETREAT
Southwark Cathedral will be holding a Holy Week retreat on Monday 26th March to Wednesday 28th March, with John Bell of the Iona Community. The retreat offers a time to be reflective, prayerful and creative, consciously placing ourselves in the presence of God as we walk with Jesus through the final days of his life.
John Bell lectures, preaches and conducts seminars across the denominations. He is a hymn writer and author, but his primary passion is congregational song. Visit www.darknessbeforedawnretreat.eventbrite.co.uk to book a place at £35. If you have any questions, please speak with Fr Jim.
Last year, Greenwich Foodbank provided food packs to 7,000 people. Contributions are still needed, particularly tinned carrots, long-life fruit juice, long-life milk, tinned fruit and sugar. Organisers say they have a very large stock of baked beans! The foodbank is also unable to take baby milk. Please place any items in the basket at the back of church. Thank you for your contributions – they are much appreciated.
Jill Bayliss, a member of St John’s, moved to Sudan in October for a three-year work placement. She has been in touch to say she’s happily settled and has joined a church, similar in content to St John’s, although the sermons last 30 minutes! Jill will be back in the U.K. over Easter and plans to come to church on Easter Sunday. She looks forward to seeing everyone again.
The clocks go forward by one hour to British Summer Time on the morning of 25th March – that’s next Sunday!