St John’s will hold a Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist on Sunday 7th October. All are invited to bring along donations for the Manna Society, which works with the homeless and others in need in south London. The society is mostly seeking food – especially sugar, powdered milk, tinned tomatoes, tinned vegetables, pasta sauces, breakfast cereals and rice – but toiletries and clothes are also welcome. Please see the poster on the church noticeboard for more details.
The Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist will be followed by a bring-and-share brunch in church. Please bring along food from your kitchen – at the last count there were 27 nationalities represented at St John’s and it would be wonderful to have contributions from around the world, especially any items that children have prepared at home.
Do stay after the Eucharist, even if just for a short while to enjoy food with others in church. If you’re unable to bring anything, please stay anyway – there’s always more food than can be eaten. For further information, speak with Fr Jim.
Welcare, a charity long-supported by St John’s, will hold its annual meeting on Friday 28th September from 11am-2pm at the Kia Oval, Kennington. There will be an awards ceremony to celebrate Welcare’s dedicated volunteers and supporters, plus a review of the year and a look to the future, including plans for its 125th anniversary in 2019. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welfare will also hold its annual concert on Friday 19th October at St Mary’s Church, Welling, at 7pm for 7.30pm. Entitled ‘Ticket to Ride,’ this evening of songs and choral arrangements, sung by the Ferrier Operatic Society, offers something for everyone. Tickets £10, including refreshments. See the noticeboard or Sheila Squire for details.
GREENWICH WINTER NIGHT SHELTER
The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter is looking for volunteers to help provide for the homeless in our local community. For the past three years, St John’s has taken an active role in supporting the shelter, which provides a bed, breakfast and an evening meal for people in need. This winter, the shelter will open from November to the end of March, with a break over Christmas when Crisis will provide the support. Please see the poster on the noticeboard for more details. If you think that you or someone you know may be able to help, please speak with Fr Jim.
We’re revising our Year’s Mind list of those who have died and whom we remember through the year. Please see the list on the table at the back of church. If someone you’d like to be remembered is already included, please tick their name. To add new people, enter the name you knew them by, as well as the date of their anniversary.
ST PAUL’S ADULT LEARNING
St Paul’s Cathedral has published its adult learning programme for autumn and winter. These public events are for everyone to come and explore the challenges, contradictions and joys of being a Christian in the 21st century, and many are free. Please pick up a booklet at the back of church.
WOOLWICH AREA LAY CONFERENCE
Save the date for the next Woolwich Area Lay Conference, on Saturday 2nd February from 10am-4pm at Ark All Saints Academy. The event is being held for the third time – people from St John’s attended the last two conferences. Further details to follow.