Sunday 9th December

SUNDAY BIRTHDAY LIST
The new list for 2019 is now on the noticeboard. If you would like to donate £5 to mark a birthday or some other special occasion, everyone can enjoy a free coffee or tea after the Eucharist on your chosen date. It would be helpful if the early months of the year could be entered, so that we can start 2019 with free drinks! For further information, please have a word with Sheila Squire. Thank you.

WENSLEY CLOSE
Megan Roberts would like to thank everyone who came to her coffee morning last month, or donated to the Friends of Wensley Close. The magnificent sum of almost £650 was raised for this good cause, and is much appreciated.

DECORATIONS IN CHURCH
As part of their preparations for Christmas, the children of the church are making decorations based on Advent and Christmas carols, to be hung on one of two trees in church. The children of the church school will make decorations based on the Jesse Tree, which will adorn the other tree. The school will also hold a nativity service at St John’s on 12th December at 2pm and a carol service on 19th December at 6pm.

ADVENT QUIET EVENING
Finding peace and space in the busy world of today can be difficult. Yet we need time to reflect and take stock of where we are, and to discern the will of God in our lives.

The Sisters of St Andrew – an Ignatian community – invite everyone to participate in an Advent quiet evening at their ‘Urban Oasis’ in Lewisham on Wednesday 12th December at 7.30pm to 9pm. A biblical introduction will be followed by an hour of silence, concluding with prayer. All are welcome and there’s no booking required.
See sisters-of-st-andrew.com or email welcome@sisters-of-st-andrew.com.

WALKING | WELCOMING | GROWING: THE WOOLWICH AREA LAY CONFERENCE
Save the date for the next Woolwich Area Lay Conference, on Saturday 2nd February from 10am to 4pm at Ark All Saints Academy in Camberwell. Keynote speakers will be Rachel Jordan, Director of Evangelism at Church House, and the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich. The event is being held for the third time – people from St John’s attended the last two conferences. For further details, please see Fr Jim.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES
Sunday 16th December
Third Sunday of Advent
6pm: A traditional candlelit service with nine lessons
and carols, followed by mince pies and mulled wine

Monday 24th December
Christmas Eve
4pm: Nativity service, during which children are invited to
take part in the story of Christmas around the stable
11.30pm: Midnight Mass, the first Eucharist of Christmas

Tuesday 25th December
Christmas Day
10am: Family Eucharist

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