Sunday 23rd December

CHRISTMAS CARDS
Today is the last day to leave and collect cards from the trays at the back of church. We’re sorry that we cannot deliver any Christmas cards that remain uncollected.

USED STAMPS
There’s a box on the table in the south aisle to deposit your used postage stamps. Please do bring in all the stamps from your Christmas cards – and any others of course – as the proceeds go to the Air Ambulance. The stamps should be cut with a margin of envelope around. See Anne Thomson with any queries. Thank you!

GREENWICH FOODBANK
As you prepare for Christmas, please remember the Greenwich Foodbank. Donations of food can be brought into church and placed in the basket at the back. The charity, which gave out food to almost 7,000 people across the borough last year, is very grateful for the generosity of members of St John’s.

CHRISTIAN AID CHRISTMAS APPEAL – GIVE PEACE THIS CHRISTMAS
If anyone is able to donate to the Christian Aid appeal, there’ll be a collection bucket at the back of church today and over Christmas. Many thanks.

SUNDAY BIRTHDAY LIST
The new list for 2019 is now on the church noticeboard. If you would like to donate £5 to mark a birthday or some other special occasion, everyone can enjoy a free coffee or tea after the Eucharist on your chosen date. It would be helpful if the early months of the year could be entered, so that we can start 2019 with free drinks! For further information, please have a word with Sheila Squire. Thank you.

CHANGING LIVES THROUGH THE PARISH SUPPORT FUND
Every church in the Diocese of Southwark gives money to the Parish Support Fund, which helps to pay for church buildings, vicarages and vicars. St John’s gives 50% of its income to the PSF; that’s over £36,000 this year, or more than £3,000 a month. This money is raised mostly through donations from you, the congregation of St John’s. Diocesan Secretary Ruth Martin has written to give her thanks for our contribution, saying, ‘there are many exciting projects taking place across the diocese, in our parishes, schools and wider communities, enabling lives to be transformed.’

SIXTY YEARS OF BELL RINGING
Brenda and Eddie Coode rang their first peal in St John’s on 3rd January 1959 and still ring the bells today. To celebrate 60 years of bell ringing by Brenda and Eddie, the bells will ring a quarter peal on 3rd January 2019. We give thanks to Brenda and Eddie and all the bell ringers!

A PRAYER FROM THE ARCHBISHOP OF YORK
God of eternal love and power,
Save our parliamentary democracy;
Protect the high court of parliament and all its members
From partiality and prejudice;
That they may walk humbly the path of kindness, justice and mercy.
Give them wisdom, insight and a concern for the common good.
The weight of their calling is too much to bear in their own strength,
Therefore, we pray earnestly, Father,
Send them help from your Holy Place, and be their tower of strength.
Lord, graciously hear us. Amen.

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