Sunday 24th February 2019

THE BISHOP OF SOUTHWARK’S LENT CALL 2019

The theme this year for the Bishop’s Lent Call is:

‘I came that they may have life and have it abundantly’ (John 10:10b). 

There will be envelopes in St John’s during Lent, marked ‘Bishop’s Lent Call,’ for any donations. This year, funds gathered will go to supporting agribusiness andeducation projects in Zimbabwe; helping leprosy-affected communities in Sri Lanka; financing urban mission training in Nairobi; and developing projects in the SouthwarkDiocese –the Sutton Women’s Centre, Christian CARE Merton and the Salmon Youth Centre.

CONFIRMATION: ADVANCE NOTICE!

On 14th July, the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich, will come to St John’s for a Service of Confirmation. If you were baptised as a child, your parents and godparents made promises on your behalf. As a young person or adult, you may wish to confirm these promises for yourself at a confirmation service. If you are interested in confirmation, or If you were not baptised as a child but want to make a commitment of faith as an adult, please speak with Fr Jim.  

JUNIOR CHURCH

Our Junior Church and crèche, organized and run by members of St John’s, are looking for more adults to get involved. We’re seeing growing numbers of families coming to church, for which we give thanks, and want to make sure our Junior Church and crèche are well-staffed to welcome all children. If you would like to be involved, or have any questions, please speak with Alex MacKenzie or Fr Jim.

NEW ELECTORAL ROLL

A new electoral roll is required this year. To that end, we need everyone eligible to sign up: all those who are baptised, at least 16 years of age and resident in the parish – or if not resident, a regular worshipper at St John’s for at least six months.

Forms and pens are available on tables in the south aisle. If you’re not sure whether to tick box A or B (ie. if you’re unsure whether you’re in the parish), ask the Electoral Roll Officer – Mary Roberts – or consult the list of streets in the parish, copies of which are on the tables. Please place your completed form in the box provided.

All parishes must have an up-to-date electoral roll to present to the annual meeting, which is usually held close to Easter. Every six years, a new roll must be compiled. Its main purpose is to provide an electoral body in each parish, tasked with electing the Parochial Church Council and representatives on the Deanery Synod. It also provides the nearest thing the Church of England has to an official list of members of a particular parish church. Please see the poster on the noticeboard for more details.

A SAFE CHURCH

At St John’s, we are committed to keeping our church members safe. This means we take measures to protect the health, wellbeing and human rights of all. It is our collective responsibility to take care of, look out for and help each other in church – especially children, young people and vulnerable adults. If you have any questions or safeguarding concerns, you can speak to our safeguarding officers in confidence: Mick Hayes on 020 8859 3389 or Alberta Rosenior on 020 8863 9413. You can also contact the Southwark Diocesan Safeguarding Team – see elthamchurch.org.uk.

ASH WEDNESDAY

There will be a Solemn Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes at 7pm on Wednesday 6th March.

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