Sunday 8th September 2019

SPIRITUALITY DAY

A group of us are going together to the Diocesan Spirituality Day on Saturday 19th October at Southwark Cathedral. We will travel there by train. If you would like to join us, please see Cindy Shipp, who will buy tickets for the event at a cost of £8-10per person, depending on concessions. Entitled ‘To Be a Pilgrim,’ the Spirituality Day will ask what it means to be a pilgrim on the Christian journey. Speakers include Dr Meg Warner, an Old Testament scholar and author of books on Abraham, and Bishopof Southwark the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun. There are flyers at the back of church.

A TREE FOR ST JOHN’S

As announced last month, St John’s will receive a tree to plant in the churchyard as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, or QCC, initiative. The tree, which will be either a hazel, birch or rowan, is being offered as a gift, and the church council willappoint an arboriculturist to plant it next month and advise on its protection and maintenance. The QCC planting project has grown out of the work of Cool Earth, a charity that works with indigenous rainforest communities to prevent climate change through deforestation. The Queen has embraced this initiative, supporting the creation of a pan-Commonwealth network of forest conservation ventures.

HARVEST FESTIVAL

The Harvest Festival Eucharist will be at 10am on Sunday 6th October. If you can, please bring in donations of food, toiletries and clothing for the Manna Society, whose day centre in Bermondsey provides meals, showers, medical care and a place to rest for more than 100 people every day. Items most in need include sugar, powdered milk, tinned vegetables and rice, as well as soap, shampoo and underwear. There is a complete list posted on the church noticeboard. Many thanks.

ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL ADULT LEARNING

St Paul’s holds a variety of free events as part of its learning programme, the next of which is an evening discussion on ‘Where Love Is The Way: The Jesus Movement Now’ on Thursday 3rd October. The event will be led by the Most Revd Michael Curry, who preached last year at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.For more details and to book tickets, see stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning.

THIS WEEK

We pray for

the Church in the Southwark Diocese: 

for St Andrew, Kingswood, and Wisdom of God, Lower Kingswood;

for the priests and people of those places

those with birthdays: Crystal Greenwood, Robyn Price, Dorian Woodward

those who are in any kind of distress of mind, body or soul: 
Angella Baptiste, Dinah Fergusson, Alan Gearing

those who are houseboundSusan Wulstan

those whose year’s mind we keep: Brian Godfrey, Joan Cheesman

There is a Eucharist on Thursday at 10am and Friday at 12.15pm 

and a service of midday prayer at 12 noon on Friday

Parish Eucharist
15th September 2019 at 10am, 13th Sunday after Trinity

Readings: Exodus 32:7-14; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10

If you would like to make a financial offering to the church and are a taxpayer, 

it would help the church if you use a gift-aid envelope. This will enable the church to claim 25p for every £1 you give. Envelopes are at the back of church. Thank you. 

NEXT WEEK

Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda

Jordan at amanda.jordan@virgin.net by Wednesday morning. Thank you.

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