Sunday 4th October 2020

HARVEST FESTIVAL 

We will be celebrating Harvest Festival next Sunday. As usual, we’re asking everyone to bring donations to the morning service, where they will be added to those from our local church school. Once again, we will be sending all donations to the Manna Society, a London-based charity that works with homeless people and others in need. Harvest Festival donations are of critical importance to the charity, providing about 70% of their food for the year. NB. In addition to tinned food, pasta and rice etc, other items such as toiletries, clothing and shoes are also needed. Thank you!

FOOD BANK

We also welcome donations for the local food bank. Please drop off any items in the basket at the back of the church, or see the churchwardens.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Given the persistence of the pandemic, it is extremely unlikely that this year’s Remembrance Sunday service, which typically involves a mass meeting outside the church, will go ahead in the usual way. We are awaiting guidance from the diocese and British Legion as to what alternative arrangements may be made. 

JUNIOR CHURCH

We’ve been happy to see many children returning and look forward to welcoming more in the coming weeks. Junior Church has been organised along these lines:• Parents, please register your children for track-and-trace purposes• Sanitiser is available near the door to Junior Church• Junior Church is now split into ‘bubbles,’ with children sitting at tables. Please locate your child’s name and sit with them• If your child hasn’t been allocated to a group, contact Alberta or Hannah• Children should bring in their own pens, pencils and reading books for now• Please ensure that Junior Church toys are wiped down after use• Exit via the double back-doors near the staircase. To regain entry into church, parents will have to come back via the main entrance

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place in church immediately after the service on 18th October. The meeting will elect churchwardens for the coming year and other members of the Parochial Church Council. It will also review the past year and give an opportunity for members of St John’s to raise any matters of concern.

THIS WEEK

We pray for:

Our local churches and schools: for churches in the Southwark & Newington Deanery, especially for St Mary Newington; also for the Ark All Saints Academy, for its principal and chaplain; and for the Lambeth Primary Pupil Referral Unit

Those with birthdays: Abigail Benjamin

Those who have recently died: Nadia Fergusson 

Those whose year’s mind we keep: Margaret Smith, John Thurland, Emily Bennett, Vera Harrison

Parish Eucharist

11th October 2020 at 10am, Harvest Thanksgiving

Readings: Deuteronomy 8:7-18, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Luke 12:16-30

The Thursday 10am service has now resumed, but please note there will be NO service on 15th October as the church’s lighting system is being repaired that day. 

For the time being, there will be no Friday services.

NEXT WEEK’S NEWSLETTER

Please send any items for inclusion in the news sheet to amanda.jordan@virgin.ne

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