Sunday 25th November

WINTER FAIR
There will be a Winter Fair in church next Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Raffle tickets will be sold after the Eucharist today, with prizes announced at the end of the fair.

Contributions for the stalls, including books, toys, DVDs and bric-a-brac, are welcome – please drop off any items at church in the parish office, which is next to the font. The church is open on Thursdays at 9.30am-11am and Fridays at 11am-1pm.

We’d also be grateful for any homemade cakes you can offer. Cakes can be brought into church on Friday between 11am and 1pm, or on Saturday morning from 9am.

If you’d like to help with the fair or have any questions, please see Jene Kerr.

PANTOMIME
There’ll be a parish outing to Aladdin at the Bob Hope Theatre on Saturday 19th January at 2pm at the group rate of £9/person. If you would like to book tickets, please sign up on the noticeboard. For further details, please speak to Fr Jim or Jean Harker.

MARANATHA – OUR LORD, COME
The 2nd of December, the first Sunday of Advent, begins a season of expectation and preparation as the Church looks toward the coming (or adventus) of Christ in his incarnation, and looks ahead to his final advent as judge at the end of time.

Many Christians use the expression and prayer ‘Maranatha’ during Advent. It comes from 1 Corinthians 16.22, and is an Aramaic word meaning ‘Our Lord, come’. The Advent season falls at the darkest time of the year, and the natural symbols of darkness and light are powerfully at work throughout Advent and Christmas.

As part of their preparations for Christmas, the children of the church will make decorations based on Advent and Christmas carols, which will be hung on one of two trees appearing in church during Advent. The children of the church school will make decorations based on the Jesse Tree, which will adorn the other tree in church.

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 for contacts.

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. Please speak with Fr Jim if you think you can help.

WALKING | WELCOMING | GROWING: THE WOOLWICH AREA LAY CONFERENCE
Save the date for the next Woolwich Area Lay Conference, on Saturday 2nd February from 10am to 4pm at Ark All Saints Academy in Camberwell. Keynote speakers will be Rachel Jordan, Director of Evangelism at Church House, and the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich. The event is being held for the third time – people from St John’s attended the last two conferences. For further details, please see Fr Jim.

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