BISHOP’S LENT CALL
The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, has sent out a ‘call’ to the churches of the diocese to take time for contemplation during Lent, to grow closer to God and to consider how one might help others in need. To that end, there will be envelopes in St John’s during Lent, marked ‘Bishop’s Lent Call,’ for any donations. All funds gathered from the churches in response to the ‘call’ will go to support projects in the diocese, in the Holy Land and in Zimbabwe. Please see the posters on the noticeboard in the south aisle for information about each project.
Since 1986, the ‘call’ has raised almost £1 million, which has been shared with more than 150 projects. Bishop Christopher says:
lt is good that we share what we have in this way. lt is as important though that the Bishop’s Lent Call helps each of us to keep a holy and prayerful Lent as we consider our lives and how we can show our love for God to the world.
Contemplation + Compline
Contemplation means encountering God and being changed by that encounter into holiness
St John’s church will open on Thursdays from 22nd February to 22nd March for silent prayer at 7pm followed by Compline at 7.30pm
The ancient office of Compline derives its name from a Latin word meaning ‘completion’ (completorium). It is above all a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day. It is most effective when the ending is indeed an ending, without additions, conversation or noise. If the service is in church, those present depart in silence.
The church will close after Compline
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.
PARISH SUPPORT FUND
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:
• Tuesday 6th March at 7.30pm at All Saints, Peckham
• Monday 14th March at 7.30pm at St James, Kidbrooke
The meetings will last no more than 1.5 hours and refreshments will be served 30 minutes before the start.
ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL ADULT LEARNING PROGRAMME
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.
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.
BISHOP OF WOOLWICH VISIT
The Bishop of Woolwich, the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, will visit St John’s parish this 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.
BABY CLOTHES FOR SYRIA
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.
GREENWICH WINTER NIGHT SHELTER
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 8856 3438. For more details, see Fr Jim.
STAMPS FOR CHARITY
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.
This month and next, 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 www.westminster-abbey.org/institute/truth
The Church Electoral Roll was completely revised in 2013 and is valid until 2019. However, if you have joined St John’s recently, reached the age of 16, or are not on the roll (there’s a copy on the noticeboard), please collect an electoral roll form from Mary Roberts. You have to be resident in the parish, or to have worshipped here regularly for at least six months.