CHRISTIAN AID WEEK
Christian Aid Week draws to a close with a cake sale today in church. Thank you to everyone who has helped over the past week with all our fund-raising events, and of course to all who have donated. There are donation envelopes in church today for anyone still wishing to give. Monies collected will help finance a campaign to makechildbirth safe for all mums and babies in some of the world’s poorest countries.
THY KINGDOM COME: A GLOBAL PRAYER MOVEMENT
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited churches across the world to observe 10 days of prayer from Ascension Day to the Day of Pentecost. At St John’s, ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ will begin with the Ascension Day Eucharist at 7pm on 30th May and end with the 10am Parish Eucharist on 9th June. The church will be open forprayer at 11am-1pm every day in between. If you can help us keep the church open during this time, please let Fr Jim know, or speak with Robyn Price or Patricia Allen.
June Farrell, a faithful and active member of St John’s who was known to many, has died. June’s funeral will be at Eltham Crematorium at 12.30pm on 23rd May.
PATRONAL FESTIVAL AND SUMMER FAIR
The church’s patronal festival will begin with a Eucharist on Thursday 20th June – Corpus Christi – and continue with a second Eucharist the following day. Thesummer fair follows on Saturday 22nd June from 10am-2pm, and the festival ends with a Parish Eucharist celebrating the Birth of John the Baptist on Sunday 23rd.
GROWING IN FAITH AND LIFE
Applications are open for the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship 2019-2020,
a 10-month course entitled ‘Growing in Faith and Life.’ The course, which runs from September to June, has six modules, including the history of the Anglican Church, what Christians believe, and ethics. It ends with a residential weekend at Wychcroft, the Southwark Diocese training centre in Surrey. Do pick up a leaflet at the back of church for further details. Please speak to Fr Jim if you have any questions.
SUMMER CONCERT AT ST ALFEGE CHURCH, GREENWICH
The Thomas Tallis Society Choir will sing Bach’s Magnificat at a summer concert on Sunday 16th June. The event is being held to celebrate the forthcoming retirement of Revd Canon Chris Moody, vicar of St Alfege Church for 14 years and a member of the Thomas Tallis choir. Please see the poster on the church noticeboard and visit ticketsource.co.uk/tts for tickets, priced at £18 and £14. There will also be a Festal Evensong in St Alfege on 23rd June with the Bishops of Southwark and Woolwich.
Our Junior Church and crèche, run by members of St John’s, are looking for more adults to get involved. We’re seeing growing numbers of families coming to church, for which we give thanks, and we want to make sure our Junior Church and crèche are well-staffed to welcome all children. Laura Callaghan has kindly offered to run through a session with any new volunteers to demonstrate how it’s done. If you would like to be involved, please speak with Laura, Alex MacKenzie or Fr Jim.
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 are interested in confirmation, or if you were not baptised as a child but want to make a commitment of faith as an adult, please speak with Fr Jim.
NEXT WEEK’S CHURCH NEWS
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