Sunday 4th November

Remembrance Sunday on 11th November will commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. At 11am Paris time on 11th November 1918, the armistice came into force, bringing fighting to an end.

One hundred years on, next Sunday at 11am, there will be an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial in front of the church. A Service of Remembrance in church follows, at which the Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich, the Venerable Alastair Cutting, will preside. The service will be attended by the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Dr Pieter van der Merwe MBE, and the Mayor of Greenwich, Councillor Christine May. Representatives of the armed forces and the Royal British Legion will also join hundreds of people from the local community.

There will be a Winter Fair in church on Saturday 1st December from 10am to 2pm. Contributions for the stalls, including books, toys and bric-a-brac, are welcome. If you would like to help in any way or have any questions, please speak with Jene Kerr.

The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter is looking for volunteers to help provide for the homeless in our local community. For the past three years, St John’s has taken an active role in supporting the shelter, which provides a bed, breakfast and an evening meal for people in need. This winter, the shelter is open from November to the end of March, with a break over Christmas when Crisis will provide the support. Please see the poster on the noticeboard, and speak with Fr Jim if you think you can help.

The Edith Nesbit Society has made an application to the diocese to restore the gravestone of Sophia Tucker (1847-1916) in St John’s churchyard. Sophia and her husband Tommy worked to promote better conditions for local workers and were active in the Co-operative movement, through which they met the writer Edith Nesbit. After Sophia died, Edith married Tommy.

The inscription on Sophia’s memorial reads: ‘In memory of Sophia, the beloved wife of Thomas Terry Tucker; died 14 January 1916 aged 66 years.’ Public notices summarising the application can be viewed inside and outside the church, and will be on display until 18th November. Details are also available in the parish office.

There’ll be a parish outing to the pantomime Aladdin at the Bob Hope Theatre on Saturday 19th January at 2pm at the group rate of £9 per person. If you would like to book tickets, please sign up on the noticeboard. Payment is requested by the end of November. For further details, please speak to Fr Jim or Jean Harker.

St Paul’s Cathedral is holding a four-week course in December exploring the music of Advent. The course – on consecutive Saturdays – will be led by the cathedral’s director of music, Andrew Carwood, and include music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. See for further details. There are also booklets detailing the adult learning programme at the back of church.

St Paul’s is also holding a series of free Sunday Forums – lunchtime events where some of the liveliest contemporary theologians discuss the challenges, contradictions and joys of being a Christian in the world today. On 2nd December at 1pm, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, will lead a forum on ‘What is Prayer?’

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