BISHOP’S LENT CALL
The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, has sent out a ‘call’ to the churches in the diocese to take time for contemplation during Lent, to grow closer to God and to consider how one might help those in need. To that end, there are envelopes in St John’s marked ‘Bishop’s Lent Call’ for any donations. All funds gathered from the churches will support projects in the diocese, the Holy Land and Zimbabwe.
LENT: CONTEMPLATION AND COMPLINE
St John’s is open on Thursdays until 22nd March for silent prayer at 7pm followed by Compline at 7.30pm. The ancient office of Compline derives its name from the Latin for ‘completion’. It’s a service of reflection at the end of the day and is most effective when the ending is indeed an ending, without noise. Those present depart in silence.
SOUTHWARK DIOCESAN SPIRITUAL FORMATION GROUP
Copies of the Southwark Diocesan Spiritual Formation Group’s latest newsletter are now available at the back of church. The newssheet includes details of several events at the Sisters of St Andrew foundation in Lewisham, among them a Lenten Quiet Evening on 14th March and a Silent Retreat Weekend on 9th to 11th March.
THE DARKNESS BEFORE THE DAWN: A HOLY WEEK RETREAT
Southwark Cathedral will host a Holy Week retreat on 26th to 28th March, with John Bell of the Iona Community. The retreat offers a time to be reflective, prayerful and creative, consciously placing ourselves in the presence of God as we walk with Jesus through the final days of his life. Places – at £35 – are likely to go quickly, so do apply early. See www.darknessbeforedawnretreat.eventbrite.co.uk or speak with Fr Jim.
Last year, Greenwich Foodbank gave food packs to 7,000 people. Contributions are still needed, particularly tinned carrots, long-life fruit juice, long-life milk, tinned fruit and sugar. They have a large stock of baked beans! The foodbank is also unable to take baby milk. Please pop any items in the basket at the back of church. Thank you!
Jill Bayliss, a member of St John’s, moved to Sudan in October for a three-year work placement. She has been in touch to say she’s happily settled and has joined a church, similar in content to St John’s, although the sermons last 30 minutes! Jill will be in the U.K. for Easter and at church on Easter Sunday. She looks forward to seeing everyone.
We need another kind person to join the tea and coffee rota. This involves making hot drinks after the Sunday service and clearing up. At the moment, your turn would come around every other month, so it’s not too onerous. Please see Cindy Shipp if you can help, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if she’s not around in church.
WELCARE ANNUAL QUIZ
The Friends of Greenwich Welcare invite you to their annual quiz on Saturday 24th March at 6.45pm for 7pm at St Thomas’s Church, Charlton. A £10 ticket includes supper (bring your own drinks). Please pick up a flyer at the back of church or contact Jean and Peter Griffiths on 020 8319 8676 or at email@example.com.
MUSIC IN WORSHIP
St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn, is holding a series of evening events that include performances and ‘spoken reflections,’ exploring the importance of music in worship. The events start at 6.30pm on the first Monday of each month, March to June. As the National Musicians’ Church, St Sepulchre’s has a tradition of musical excellence. More information is available from Peter Horton or on the church website: stsepulchres.org