Sunday 20th January 2019

SERVERS FESTIVAL

All servers are invited to attend the Diocesan Guild of Servers’ Festival on Saturday 26th January at Southwark Cathedral. The day will begin at 12.30pm with a Choral Eucharist, with the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun,presiding. 

At 2.45pm, there’ll be session for adult servers entitled ‘Called to Serve,’ led by the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark, as well as an activity for under-16s. The festival will end with a Choral Evensong at 4pm. Please register at eventbrite.co.uk.

PARISH SUPPORT FUND

Bishop Christopher has written to convey his thanks for our contributions to the Parish Support Fund. Every church in the diocese gives money to the fund, which helps to pay for church buildings, vicarages and vicars. St John’s gives 50% of its income; that’s over £36,000 last year, or more than £3,000 a month. This money is raised mostly through donations from you, our congregation. Pledges to the PSF across the diocese for 2019 exceed £16 million. Bishop Christopher said he’s ‘very encouraged by the response’.

CHURCH HANDRAILS

The Parochial Church Council has received planning consent for handrails to be fitted to the steps between the war memorial and the main door to the church. The council will now seek diocesan approval. 

RAISING FUNDS FOR THE JUNIOR DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION

The JDRF is holding an ‘Evening of Light Verse’ on Saturday 2nd February at St Mary the Virgin Church Hall, Wickham Street, Welling, DA16 3QU. There is no charge but a retiring collection will be held. If you’re interested in going along, please contact alan.wiltcher@gmail.com as numbers are needed for refreshment purposes. The evening starts at 7pm and finishes at 9.30pm. See the noticeboard for more details.

WALKING | WELCOMING | GROWING: THE WOOLWICH AREA LAY CONFERENCE

For all those planning to attend the Woolwich Area Lay Conference on 2nd February, there are now forms at the back of church listing all the workshops. If you’d like to come along but haven’t yet registered, email emma.kimsey@southwark.anglican.orgor speak with Fr Jim. The conference will take place at Ark All Saints Academy in Camberwell, running from 10am to 4pm.

‘ONLY JUSTICE’: THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2019

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019 runs from 18th-25th January. The theme this year – ‘Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue’ – is inspired by Deuteronomy 16:18-20. Material for the week has been produced by the churches of Indonesia, where there’s a strong focus on fostering unity amid ethnic and religious diversity. Resources can be found on the World Council of Churches website atoikoumene.org.

CHRISTIAN AID – GIVE PEACE A CHANCE

Christian Aid Week 2019 takes place in May, and will be discussed at a launch event on Thursday 7th February at the charity’s head office in Lower Marsh, Waterloo.There’ll be two sessions that day, at 2pm-4.30pm and 6pm-8pm, which will includean introduction to the new global strategy, exploring Christian Aid’s key areas of focus: poverty, power and prophetic voice. If you are interested in attending and would like more information, please speak with Robyn Price or Fr Jim.

ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL ADULT LEARNING

St Paul’s has published its adult-learning programme for the first half of 2019. Please see the posters on the noticeboard and pick up a leaflet at the back of church.

NEXT WEEK’S CHURCH NEWS

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.

Parish Priest: Revd James Bryson – Tel. 020 8859 0802

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