BOROUGH OF CULTURE BID
There’ll be a public workshop at the Eltham Centre on Wednesday 1st November to discuss Greenwich’s bid to become a ‘London Borough of Culture’. The meeting will run from 5pm to 8pm and is free for all to attend, but spaces are limited so please book ahead: visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search on Culture Borough. The first London Borough of Culture will be announced in 2018.
As most of you know, Margaret Gardner, a member of our congregation, died earlier this month. Her funeral will be at St John’s this Friday at 2pm. All members of the church are welcome to join the family afterwards at the Woodcroft Club on Eltham High Street. Please remember Margaret in your prayers.
SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL DIARIES
Small Southwark Cathedral diaries for 2018 are now in. They have a dark red cover, show weeks starting Sunday, and cost £1. Margaret Taylor, who goes to the cathedral regularly, would be happy to pick up diaries at no extra cost. Please speak to Margaret if you would like one.
ALL SOULS, ALL SAINTS AND REMEMBRANCE
There will be a ‘Commemoration of the Faithful Departed’, also known as All Souls, service this Thursday at 7pm, when we remember loved ones who have died. Next Sunday, there’ll be an ‘All Saints’ Parish Eucharist.
On Saturday 11th November, Armistice Day, there will be a short act of remembrance at the War Memorial at 10:55am. The next day, Remembrance Sunday, the Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, will preside at the 10am Eucharist, which will end by 10:45am. The service will be followed by an act of remembrance at the War Memorial with the bishop, the mayor of Greenwich, members of the armed forces, the Royal British Legion and other civic leaders. A Service of Remembrance in church then closes the commemoration.
Greenwich Foodbank helps many people in need and our contributions are much appreciated. At present, the organisers are short of tinned fruit and veg, rice and long-life fruit juice. They have plenty of pasta and ask that we please don’t donate baby food. Any items can be left in the basket at the back of church. Thank you!
The 2018 pantomime at the Bob Hope Theatre is the traditional tale of Cinderella. Tickets are £10 full price and £8 concessions (under 14 or 60+). We’ve reserved 64 seats for the 2pm matinee on Saturday 20th January and hope you’ll join us for an enjoyable afternoon for the young and not-so-young alike. Please put your name on the list in church, with the number of tickets you require. Payment is due by the end of November. For more information, speak to Patricia Allen or Gill Hayes.
VOLUNTEER FOR THE CHILDREN’S SOCIETY
Mary Roberts is stepping back from the role of parish representative to the Children’s Society, for which St John’s has raised £42,000 since 1984. If you would like to take on this position, or find out more, please speak with Mary or Fr Jim.
Many members of St John’s attended the recent funeral of Audrey Bullock. Audrey’s remains have now been laid to rest at St Katharine’s church at Knockholt in Kent, where her sister Betty is a parishioner.