Sunday 31st Decemer

JESU, THOU ART ALL COMPASSION: A RETREAT AT ASCOT PRIORY

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

Ascot Priory was home to the Society of the Most Holy Trinity, founded in 1861 and the first religious order for women in the Church of England since the Reformation.

The retreat will be conducted by Fr John-Francis, who is leading our Parish Eucharist here at St John the Baptist today. 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, spiritual director and pastoral supervisor at the London Centre for Spiritual Direction. He retains strong ties with the Franciscans.

The cost of the weekend retreat is £160, and a booking form is available on request: please see Fr John-Francis after the service or contact him at cchjm@outlook.com.

CHURCH FLOWERS NEXT YEAR

Thank you to everyone who has helped to arrange the flowers in church this year. We’re now putting together next year’s rota. If you would like to join our small team, you’d be most welcome. No prior experience necessary, just speak to Fr Jim or Robyn Price.

CHRISTIAN AID: SOUTH SUDAN CRISIS APPEAL

Could you give a gift of £10 to provide food for a desperate family for one week? Famine has spread across parts of South Sudan this year – a country in the grip of a humanitarian catastrophe, where 50 percent of people urgently need food. Envelopes are available in church for any donations to Christian Aid. These can be placed in the collection bags during the offertory or in the containers at the back of church. Thank you very much!

BIRTHDAY COFFEE

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.

NO MORE GLITTER!

The leaders of our Junior Church have been discussing our use of glitter in the crafts enjoyed by the children. As reported in the news, the environmental impact of glitter has led some scientists to call for a ban. Most is made from plastic, and its small size makes it an ecological hazard, particularly in the oceans. Given the Church’s respect for the natural world and for all of Creation, we will stop using glitter at Junior Church from the new year.

WELCARE NEWS

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

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.

FUNDRAISING DRIVE

Welcare has launched its first crowdfunding campaign. The organization needs to raise £29,000 for a Family Support Worker to reach more vulnerable children and families across southeast London. Visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/supportwelcare to find out more, watch the video and contribute to this campaign. Thank you!

NEWS ITEMS

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