Sunday 28th January


The Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, will visit St John’s parish next month. Bishop Karowei is making his way around all the parishes in the Woolwich Episcopal Area, from Southwark to Plumstead. Please keep the bishop in your prayers.


The St Paul’s Cathedral Adult Learning Programme for the first half of 2018 is now available. It features speakers including Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, who will discuss ‘Identity, Faith and Being Human,’ and writer Paula Gooder, who speaks on ‘The Cross in the Bible and Poetry.’ The programme also includes a reflective day about Bach’s St Matthew Passion with St Paul’s Director of Music Andrew Carwood. Do take a booklet from the back of church to see details.


We’ve received an appeal for baby clothes, in any size up to 18 months, to be sent to a hospital in Syria. Any outgrown or unwanted babywear would be most welcome, as well as any small hand-knitted garments. For more information, please see Joan Jeal.


The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter for the homeless, which runs from January to the end of March, needs volunteers for Sunday and Tuesday nights and Monday and Wednesday mornings, as well as overnight staff. The shelter comprises a pool of seven churches, which provide hot meals and beds for up to 15 people every night. Run wholly by volunteers, the initiative has been awarded the Housing Justice Quality Mark. Helpers don’t need to come every week – any assistance is appreciated, and training is provided. If you would like to get involved, please contact Canon Kim Hitch at or on 020 8856 3438.


In 2016, Southwark Diocese introduced a new way of funding its parishes, inviting them to support the district’s shared responsibilities by making a financial pledge to the Parish Support Fund (PSF). Last year, St John’s contributed more than £36,000! The diocese now invites church members to come and hear about how the PSF is being used to support the ministry and mission of the church. 
Events will be held on:

  • Thursday 1st February at 10.30am at St Lawrence, Catford
  • Tuesday 6th March at 7.30pm at All Saints, Peckham
  • Monday 14th March at 7.30pm at St James, Kidbrooke

All meetings will last no more than 1.5 hours and refreshments will be served 30 minutes before the start.


Could you give a few hours every two weeks? Welcare, a Christian charity offering practical and emotional support to families in difficulty, is looking for volunteers. Welcare provides one-to-one sessions for parents and children in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment. For more information, please see the poster on the noticeboard and pick up a leaflet at the back of church.


The Church in the Southwark Diocese
The Anglican Ecumenical Borough Deans: Alistair Cutting (Lewisham); Edward Collier (Southwark); James Bryson (Greenwich)

Those with birthdays: Ian Shipp, Tracy Pender

Those who are in any kind of distress of mind, body or soul: Angella Baptiste, Tony Luker, Ruth Wykes, Graham Cheslyn Curtis, Robert Young, Joyce Miller, Joy Hearn, Harry Johnstone

Those who are housebound: Susan Wulstan, John Moon, Joan Henry

Those who have died recently: John Escott

Those whose year’s mind we keep : Frederick Anderson, Ada Austin, Betty Shipp, Fred James


There is a Eucharist on Thursday at 10am and Friday at 12.15pm,
and a service of midday prayer on Friday at 12 noon

Parish Eucharist: 2nd before Lent
4th February 2018 at 10am
With Junior Church and Creche
Readings: Proverbs 8:1,22-31; Colossians 1:15-20; John 1:1-14

If you would like to make a financial offering to the church and are a taxpayer, it would help the church if you use a gift-aid envelope. This will enable the church to claim 25p for every £1 you give. Envelopes are at the back of church. Thank you.


Please send any items for inclusion in next week’s Church News to
Amanda Jordan at by Wednesday morning.



The ecumenical Spiritual Association of the Compassionate Hearts of Jesus & Mary ( will hold a retreat on 15th-17th June 2018 at Ascot Priory in Berkshire. Set in the context of silence, participants are invited to enter into the compassionate heart of God through different perspectives – the Heart of the Father; the Heart in Silence; the Heart of Compassion, and the Heart’s Softener. Fr Jim commends this gathering to all: it’s open to everyone regardless of whether or not they’re a companion or associate of the association.

The retreat will be conducted by Fr John-Francis, who occasionally leads our Eucharist here at St John’s. An Anglican Franciscan for 25 years until released from his vows in 2002, Fr John-Francis has been parish priest of St Andrews’, Romford, and is now a tutor at the London Centre for Spiritual Direction.

The cost of the weekend retreat is £160, and a booking form is available on request: please contact Fr John-Francis at


Used stamps gathered by members of St John’s – and until now sent to the Royal National Institute of Blind People – will in future be delivered to a different charity. The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust has been chosen to benefit from the stamps collected. The trust provides a helicopter service for medical emergencies 24 hours a day. Anne Thomson has further information.


In February and March, the Westminster Abbey Institute will hold a series of talks on truth. With so much talk today of ‘alternative truth’ and ‘fake news,’ the abbey asks: Is truth now in shorter supply? How can it be recognised and where can it be reliably found? Is it justified for politicians to tell lies in order to do good, or does that lastingly undermine the public’s faith in political leadership? Booking is free but essential. Please visit


Would you like to commemorate a birthday or other special occasion? For a donation of £5, everyone can enjoy free tea or coffee on your chosen Sunday after the Parish Eucharist. A list of available dates is on the church noticeboard for you to sign up. For more information, please see Sheila Squire.

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