Sunday 23rd February

THE BISHOP OF SOUTHWARK’S LENT CALL 2020
The theme this year for the Bishop’s Lent Call is taken from Matthew 19.14: 

But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; 
for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs’

There will be envelopes in St John’s during Lent, marked ‘Bishop’s Lent Call,’ for any donations. This year, funds gathered will help support projects within the Southwark Diocese as well as in the Holy Land, Nigeria and in our link dioceses in Zimbabwe.

PRAYERS

We are a praying community at St John’s and welcome all requests for prayer. Should you wish the church to offer prayers for a particular friend or relative – whether to mark a birthday, to lend support at a time of distress, or to remember the passing of a loved one – please speak to Patricia Allen or Alberta Rosenior

ASH WEDNESDAY

Please note there will be a Solemn Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes at 7:30pm in church this Wednesday.

ALL FOR JESUS: A RETREAT AT PLESHEY 

Fr John-Francis Friendship, who has preached frequently at St John’s during the interregnum, will be leading a retreat at Pleshey in Essex on 24th-26th April.

The retreat will take the Eucharist as its theme, opening up different aspects of the subject, including prayer and preparation; confession and reconciliation; and life’s oblation. To book a place, email retreathouse@chelmsford.anglican.org.

GIFT SALE

On Sunday 1st March after the Eucharist, there’ll be a stall in church selling any unwanted Christmas gifts. Do please leave any items for sale in the church office.

STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN

As the St John’s stewardship campaign continues, please consider whether you’re able to give to the church, whether financially or in other ways. If you’d like to make a financial offering and are a taxpayer, it would help if you use a gift-aid envelope. This allows the church to claim 25p for every £1 you give. Thank you very much!

THIS WEEK

We pray for

Eltham Church of England Primary School; St Andrew With St Alban and St Edward the Confessor, Mottingham; for the priests and people of those places; for Catherine Shelley, new dean of Eltham and Mottingham Deanery; for the CofE’s Mission Agencies and their work around the world; for the Southwark Diocese Training Centre, led by Richard Ellis

those with birthdays: George Radulescu

those in any kind of distress of mind, body or soul: Angella Baptiste, Dinah Fergusson, Alan Gearing, Hilary Bracefield

those who are houseboundSusan Wulstan

those whose years mind we keep: Spencer Jeal, Ira Palmer

Services

Ash Wednesday service on 26th February at 7:30pm

There is a Eucharist on Thursday at 10am and Friday at 12.15pm 

and a service of midday prayer at 12 noon on Friday

Parish Eucharist on 1st March at 10am: First Sunday of Lent, St David’s Day

Readings: Genesis 2: 15 -17, Romans 5: 12-19, Matthew 4: 1-11 

NEXT WEEK

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.

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