Sunday 19th November


Our Christmas Fair will take place in church on Saturday 2nd December from 10am to 2pm. Do come along and bring friends and family.

As always, we rely on your help and support to make the fair a success. We’d appreciate any donations of paperback books, CDs and DVDs; fancy goods, toiletries and bottles for the tombola; cakes and preserves; bric-a-brac and jewellery; toys and games; and anything of a Christmassy nature!

Goods can be left at the back of church, though please bring cakes in on Friday 1st December or the following morning. If you’re able to help out in advance or on the day, please speak with Gill Hayes or Fr Jim. Gill will also be selling raffle tickets in church after the Eucharist today and next week. Tickets are £1 for a strip of five.


Cecil Roberts, a member of St John’s for 40 years, died peacefully at home on 11th November. Cecil had been active in the life of the church, particularly during his time as treasurer. As a sidesman, he was very welcoming, making a point of talking to newcomers. He’ll be much missed. Cecil’s funeral will be at St John’s on 8th December at 12 noon. Please keep Cecil, Megan and all the family in your prayers.


The St Cecilia Festival Chorus will put on their annual concert at Holy Trinity Church in Eltham on Saturday 25th November at 7:30pm. The music includes Gounod’s Messe Solennelle de Sainte-Cecile, as well as works by Bach, Parry, Franck, Bruckner and Stanford. Entrance is free and there’ll be a retiring collection in aid of the Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice. Please see the poster on the notice board for more details.


During Easter, 25 members of St John’s came together to share their views on the mission and ministry of the church. Out of that gathering came the Mission Action Plan, a step towards an increased awareness of St John’s God-given identity and purpose and the expression of its mission in the community. Copies of the plan are available on the table at the back of church – there are only 50 so please take just one per family where possible.


The 2018 pantomime at the Bob Hope Theatre is the traditional tale of Cinderella. Tickets are £10 full price and £8 concessions (under 14 or 60+). We’ve reserved 64 seats for the 2pm matinee on Saturday 20th January and hope you’ll join us for an enjoyable afternoon for the young and not-so-young alike. Please put your name on the list in church, with the number of tickets you require. Payment is due by the end of November. For more information, speak to Patricia Allen or Gill Hayes.


Diaries for 2018 are now in. They have a dark red cover, show weeks starting Sunday, and cost £1. If you’d like one, please speak to Margaret Taylor, who goes to the cathedral regularly and would be happy to pick up diaries at no extra cost.

Greenwich Foodbank helps many people in need and our contributions are much appreciated. At present, the organisers are short of tinned fruit and veg, rice and long-life fruit juice. They have plenty of pasta and ask that we please don’t donate baby food. Any items can be left in the basket at the back of church. Thank you!

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