We are happy to welcome parishioners back to St John’s and hope that everyone finds themselves and their families safe and well. Please be advised that the guidance on hand-sanitising, social distancing and the wearing of masks remains in place.
CHRISTIAN AID CHRISTMAS APPEAL: LOVE COMES DOWN – HOPE BUILDS UP
We were unable to run our usual Christian Aid fundraising events this year, but we’re holding a collection in the run-up to Christmas. Donation envelopes are at the back of church. And do please pop any loose change in the Christian Aid boxes. Many thanks!
GREENWICH WINTER NIGHT SHELTER
This year, the night shelter is unable to open, but the organisers are fundraising. One of the cooking teams at the GWNS has produced a book, ‘Favourite Recipes to Feed a Crowd or Friends,’ which is beautifully illustrated and contains 12 tried-and-trusted recipes. If anyone is interested in buying a copy for £10, please see Robyn Price.
Due to government coronavirus guidelines, the church is not able to distribute Christmas cards in the usual way. Please deliver your own cards this year. Thank you
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SERVICES
The coming of Christmas brings us light at the end of a difficult year.
St John’s will hold the following services to celebrate the festive season:• TODAY at 6pm – Nine Lessons and Carols• Thursday 24th Dec. at 4pm – Nativity; all children and parents are welcome• Thursday 24th Dec. at 11:30pm – Midnight Mass• Friday 25th Dec. at 10am – Christmas Day
Please note, these services are in addition to our normal Sunday services. There will be no 10am service on Thursday 24th December and Thursday 31st December.
There’s a box on the table in the south aisle to deposit your used postage stamps. Do bring in all the stamps from your Christmas cards – and any others of course – as the proceeds go to the RNIB. Please leave a margin of envelope around. Thank you!
We pray for:
Our local churches and schools: for Thamesmead Team Ministry, including St Paul’s, Thamesmead Church of the Cross and West Thamesmead Community Church; also for
Abbey Wood: William Temple, for St Mary the Virgin, Welling, and for Bishop John Robinson CofE School in Thamesmead; for the bishops and priests of all these places
We also pray for Christian Leaders in other denominations and the work of the ecumenical movement worldwide
We pray for all those in hospitals and hospices over Christmas and for their chaplaincy teams. We give thanks for local foodbanks and pray for the families they serve. We pray for the work of Crisis at Christmas and for all those facing their first Christmas alone
Those with birthdays: Michael Sillah
Those who are ill: Sophie Frick, Thelma Laverley, Abiodun Sillah and Peter Horton
Those whose year’s mind we keep: Peyo Peykov, Mary Smith, Stanley Cox,
24th December at 11:30pm: Midnight Mass
25th December at 10am: Christmas Day
Readings: Isaiah 62: 6-12, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2: 1-7, 8-20