Sunday 27th January 2019

CHRISTIAN AID – GIVE PEACE A CHANCE

Christian Aid Week 2019 takes place in May, and will be discussed at a launch event on Thursday 7th February at the charity’s head office in Lower Marsh, Waterloo.There’ll be two sessions that day, at 2pm-4.30pm and 6pm-8pm, which will include an introduction to the new global strategy, exploring Christian Aid’s key areas of focus: poverty, power and prophetic voice. If you are interested in attending and would like more information, please speak with Robyn Price or Fr Jim.

ST PAUL’S ADULT LEARNING

St Paul’s Cathedral has published its adult-learning programme for the first half of 2019. Events include two free evening discussions: Rowan Williams on ‘Jesus Christ The Unanswered Questions’ on Wednesday 27th March; and Barbara Brown Taylor on ‘Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others’ on Thursday 30th May. 

There’s also a reflective day on Saturday 30th March entitled ‘Imagining Peace’, at St Katharine’s Foundation in Limehouse. Pádraig Ó Tuama, a poet and theologian based in Belfast, will lead a discussion on peace and conflict within ourselves, in our communities and in politics. See the posters on the noticeboard and pick up a leaflet.

CHURCH HANDRAILS

The Parochial Church Council has received planning consent for handrails to be fitted to the steps between the war memorial and the main door to the church. The council will now seek diocesan approval. 

RAISING FUNDS FOR THE JUNIOR DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION

The JDRF is holding an ‘Evening of Light Verse’ on Saturday 2nd February at St Mary the Virgin Church Hall, Wickham Street, Welling, DA16 3QU. There is no charge but a retiring collection will be held. If you’re interested in going along, please contact alan.wiltcher@gmail.com as numbers are needed for refreshment purposes. The evening starts at 7pm and finishes at 9.30pm. See the noticeboard for more details.

WALKING | WELCOMING | GROWING: THE WOOLWICH AREA LAY CONFERENCE

For all those planning to attend the Woolwich Area Lay Conference on Saturday 2nd February, there are forms at the back of church listing all the available workshops. If you would like to come along but haven’t yet registered, email emma.kimsey@southwark.anglican.org or speak with Fr Jim. The conference will take place at Ark All Saints Academy in Camberwell, running from 10am to 4pm.

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.

PARISH SUPPORT FUND

Bishop Christopher has written to convey his thanks for our contributions to the Parish Support Fund. Every church in the diocese gives money to the fund, which helps to pay for church buildings, vicarages and vicars. St John’s gives 50% of its income; that’s over £36,000 last year, or more than £3,000 a month. This money is raised mostly through donations from you, our congregation. Pledges to the PSF across the diocese for 2019 exceed £16 million. Bishop Christopher said he’s ‘very encouraged by the response’.

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