Sunday 3rd December

CHRISTMAS FAIR

Thank you to everyone who came to our Christmas Fair on Saturday, as well as to all those who helped make it a success! We’ll give an update on funds raised in the coming weeks.

FOODBANK  CHRISTMAS APPEAL

Over the past year, Greenwich Foodbank has provided food packs to 7,000 people. Can you help them out with contributions this Christmas? They’re hoping to include some seasonal items, such as mince pies and puddings, as well as small gifts. Among the basic provisions most needed are tinned meat and vegetables, long-life milk and fruit juice. Please place your contributions in the basket at the back of church. Thank you for your help!

ELTHAM CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOL SUCCESS

Eltham Church of England Primary School has been listed by the Sunday Times in the top 250 maintained primary schools in England. That’s a significant achievement, as there are around 16,800 such schools in the country. Congratulations to the staff, children, parents, carers and governors!

ADVENT

On 17th December, a candlelit service of nine lessons and carols will take place at 6pm, followed by mince pies and mulled wine. All are welcome!

ELTHAM WAR MEMORIAL

The Eltham War Memorial, which stands below the church tower, has been recognised by Historic England as a Building of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. It’s been listed as Grade II on the National Heritage List for England.

CECIL ROBERTS

Cecil Roberts, a member of St John’s for 40 years, died peacefully at home on 11th November. Cecil had been active in the life of the church, particularly during his time as treasurer. As a sidesman, he was very welcoming, making a point of talking to newcomers. He’ll be much missed. Cecil’s funeral will be held at St John’s on 8th December at 12 noon. Please keep Cecil, Megan and all the family in your prayers.

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, are 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 ever crowdfunding campaign. The organization needs to raise £29,000 for a Family Support Worker to reach out to more vulnerable children and families across southeast London. Please visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/supportwelcare to find out more, watch the video and contribute to this campaign. Thank you for your support!

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