Sunday 13th June 2021

Second After Trinity

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

People pray in church before the Eucharist. Please respect the quiet before the service begins.

AFTER THE EUCHARIST

Please feel free to socialise in the churchyard, 
maintaining the necessary distance.

WELCOME TO REVD CAROLINE RISDON

Thank you to everyone who made our new vicar’s institution and induction service such a success. We at St John’s welcome Caroline Risdon and pledge our continued support and co-operation as the church journeys through a new phase. We are very grateful to all those who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes within the parish and the deanery to bring Caroline’s appointment to fruition after a long interregnum.

ST PAUL’S ADULT LEARNING PROGRAMME

St Paul’s Cathedral has a number of free online events coming up that explore different aspects of faith and are open to everyone. This coming Tuesday at 7pm, Archdeacon of Croydon Rosemarie Mallett, Rector of St James’s Piccadilly Lucy Winkett and Christian Aid Head of Community Fundraising Chine McDonald discuss ‘Power and Prophecy: Black and White Women in the Church.’ Visitstpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning for more details.

THIS WEEK

We pray for:

Our local churches: the Tolworth, Hook and Surbiton Team Ministry; St Matthew’s Surbiton; Christ Church Surbiton Hill; St George’s Tolworth; Emmanuel Tolworth;St Paul’s Church, Hook; also for the dioceses of Chelmsford and Chichester; for thebishops, priests and people of all these places

Our local schools and hospitals: St Matthew’s CofE Primary School, Surbiton; St Paul’s CofE Primary School, Hook; Christ Church CofE Primary School, Surbiton Hill; also for Kingston Hospital NHS Trust and Kingston Primary Care Trust

Religious communities within the diocese: the Oratory of St Alphege; the Community of Celebration Christian Trust, Redhill; the Community of St Anselm at Lambeth Palace; the Chemin Neuf Community, also at Lambeth Palace; all non-stipendiary clergy in the diocese, and chapters of ministers in secular employment

Ministries overseasThe Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion); the Church of North India, in particular the Diocese of Chhattisgarh; the U.S. Episcopal Church Province of the Midwest, in particular the Diocese of Chicago

As we approach the UN World Refugee Day on 20th June, we pray that God will look with mercy on those fleeing danger, homelessness and hunger. May He bless those who work to bring them relief; inspire generosity and compassion in our hearts; and guide the world towards a time when all will rejoice in His kingdom of justice and of peace

Those with birthdays: Kaylan Benjamin

Those who recently died: Sue Mustafa

Those whose year’s mind we keep: Moti Pisetsky, John Rudkin

Parish Eucharist
Sunday 20th June at 10am: Third Sunday After Trinity
Readings: 1st Samuel 17: 4-11, 19-23, 2nd Corinthians 6: 1-13, Mark 4: 35-41

The Thursday 10am Eucharist has now resumed. There’ll be no Friday services at present.

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.

Sunday 6th June 2021

NEW VICAR  

The licensing of our new Vicar-Designate, the Revd Caroline Risdon, will take place this Wednesday at 6.30 pm. Spaces are limited but the service is accessible via Zoom:

https://tinyurl.com/uymspx34
Meeting ID: 858 4657 2076

Passcode: 324567

Caroline was born and raised in South Africa. She trained as a clinical social worker in Cape Town, but subsequently worked in Co. Kerry in Ireland supporting adults with learning difficulties. In London, she worked with people suffering mental illness and offered social work advice to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Since ordination in 2014, Caroline has served at St Alfege Church in Greenwich. 

Caroline says: ‘The Covid pandemic and a lengthy interregnum is hard for a church community to live through. I am looking forward to getting to know you and helping us to reconnect as a community. I feel very optimistic about all that lies ahead.’

THIS WEEK

We pray for:


Our local churches: The Kingston Deanery, in particular St Andrew’s, Ham; StJohn the Evangelist, Kingston Upon Thames; All Saints, Kingston Upon Thames; St John the Baptist, Kingston Vale; St Luke’s, Kingston Upon Thames; for the bishops,priests and people of all these places

Our local schools: Tiffin Girls’ School, Kingston; St John’s CofE Primary School, Kingston Upon Thames; Kingston College; St Luke’s CofE Primary School, Kingston

Work in the community: The ‘Oxygen’ youth project in Kingston Deanery; Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness

Ministries overseasThe Anglican Church of Southern Africa, in particular the Diocese of Cape Town; also the Anglican Church in the Province of the West Indies, in particular the Diocese of North Eastern Caribbean and Aruba 

Following the UN’s International Day of Innocent Children on 4th June, we pray for all those working to protect the rights of youngsters living in conflict zones

Following the UN’s World Environment Day on 5th June, we pray for all thoseworking to green our cities, protect our countryside, and clean up our seas, rivers and air. May God grant grace that we may exercise wise stewardship of this Earth

Those with birthdays: Jamie Crowther, Enoch from Junior Church

Those who are ill: Richard Wheeler

Those who recently died: Christine Boston-Mammah

Those whose year’s mind we keep: Robert Hall

Parish Eucharist
Sunday 13th June at 10am: Second Sunday After Trinity
Readings: 1st Samuel 15: 34, 16: 1-3, 2nd Corinthians 5: 6-10 (11-13) 14-17

The Thursday 10am Eucharist has now resumed. There’ll be no Friday services at present.

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.

Sunday 30th May 2021

NEW VICAR  

The licensing of our new Vicar-Designate, the Revd Caroline Risdon, will take place on Wednesday 9th June at 6.30 pm. We are very happy to welcome our new vicar after a long interregnum!

Caroline was born and raised in South Africa. She trained as a clinical social worker in Cape Town, but subsequently worked in Co. Kerry in Ireland supporting adults with learning difficulties. Later in London, she worked with people suffering mental illness and offered social work advice to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Since her ordination in 2014, Caroline has served at St Alfege Church in Greenwich. 

Caroline says: ‘The Covid pandemic and a lengthy interregnum is hard for a church community to live through. I am looking forward to getting to know you and helping us to reconnect as a community. I feel very optimistic about all that lies ahead at St John’s.’

APCM TODAY

We’ll hold our Annual Parochial Church Meeting immediately after today’s service. This is an important meeting, which will not only review the past year at St John’s but also elect churchwardens for the coming year and try to fill any vacancies on the Parochial Church Council. We’ll announce the date of the next PCC meeting shortly.

FOODBANK 

Since the foodbank in Eltham closed down, we have been sending our donations to a foodbank run by St Edward’s Church in Mottingham. We continue to encourage donations, which can be placed in the wicker basket at the back of church. A range of products are welcome, not just food – these are set out in a list in the basket.

THIS WEEK

We pray for:

Our local churches and for ministries overseas: for the Croydon Addington Deanery, and particularly for St John’s Church, West Wickham; for the Anglican Church of Australia, in particular for the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn in New South Wales; for the bishops, priests and people of these places

Ahead of our Annual Parochial Church Meeting today, we pray for everyone on our Electoral Roll, for our churchwardens, district wardens, deanery synod members, Parochial Church Council treasurers and secretaries and all PCC members, especially those taking office for the first time

Those with birthdays: Juanita Rosenior, Elizabeth Jarrett

Those who are ill: Richard Wheeler

Those whose year’s mind we keep: Beryl Abbott

Parish Eucharist
Sunday 6th June at 10am: First Sunday After Trinity
Readings: 1 Samuel 8: 4-11(12-15), 16-20(11:14-15), 2nd Corinthians 4:13, Mark 3: 20-35

The Thursday 10am Eucharist has now resumed. There’ll be no Friday services at present.

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.

Sunday 23rd May 2021

A PRAYER FOR PENTECOST

‘Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created and you shall renew the face of the earth.’

NEW VICAR  

The licensing of our new Vicar-Designate, the Revd Caroline Risdon, will take place on Wednesday 9th June at 6.30 pm. Due to Covid restrictions, places are limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please sign up TODAY if you would like to attend – a sheet is available by the exit door next to the Lady Chapel.

FOODBANK 

Since the foodbank in Eltham closed down, we have been sending our donations to a foodbank run by St Edward’s Church in Mottingham. We continue to encourage donations, which can be placed in the wicker basket at the back of church. A range of products are welcome, not just food – these are set out in a list in the basket.

DATES FOR THE DIARY

We will hold our Annual Parochial Church Meeting immediately after the service on Sunday 30th May. This is an important meeting, which will not only review the past year at St John’s but also elect churchwardens for the coming year and try to fill any vacancies on the Parochial Church Council. We will announce the date of the next PCC meeting in due course.

THIS WEEK

We pray for:


Our local churches: Croydon Addington Deanery, including St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Addington; St Edward’s, New Addington; St John the Divine, Selsdon; St George the Martyr and St John the Evangelist, both Shirley; All Saints, Spring Park;St Francis and St Mary of Nazareth, both West Wickham; for the priests and peopleof all these places

Our local schools and hospitals: Royal Russell School, Addington; St John’s CofE Infants and Junior School, Selsdon; Bethlem Royal Hospital, Beckenham

Overseas ministries: Diocese of Calcutta in the Church of North India; the Anglican Church of Melanesia; the Dioceses of British Columbia and Yukon in the Anglican Church of Canada; the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Northern California; the Diocese of Cameroon in the Church of the Province of West Africa 

As the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers approaches on Saturday 29th May, we pray for all military and civilian peacekeepers around the world as they work to support and protect communities living in countries riven by conflict.

Those with birthdays: Scarlett from our Junior Church​

Those who are ill: Richard Wheeler, Jean Harker, Claire Mann

Those who recently died: Bankole Thompson, Faustina Wright, Alfred Sawyerr

Those whose year’s mind we keep: Clement Vaughan, Maria Consul, Audrey Shelley

Parish Eucharist
Sunday 30th May at 10am: Trinity Sunday
Readings: Isaiah 6: 1-8, Romans 8: 12-17, John 3: 1-17   

The Thursday 10am Eucharist has now resumed. No Friday services at present.

NEXT WEEK

Please send any items for next Sunday’s news sheet to amanda.jordan@virgin.net

Sunday 16th May 2021

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

People pray in church before the Eucharist. Please respect the quiet before the service begins.

AFTER THE EUCHARIST

Please feel free to socialise in the churchyard, 
maintaining the necessary distance.

FAMILY SERVICE 

Today’s Eucharist is a family service. As such, there’ll be no crèche or Junior Church,to allow children to be part of the church family. We welcome them all to the service!

NEW VICAR  

The licensing of our new Vicar-Designate, the Revd Caroline Risdon, will take place on Wednesday 9th June at 6.30 pm. Due to Covid restrictions, places are limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please sign up by 23rd May if you would like to attend – a sheet is available by the exit door next to the Lady Chapel.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2021

As this year’s Christian Aid Week concludes, we would like to say thank you to everyone who has made contributions. We will have a final envelope collection today, and hopefully in June we’ll be able to organise our popular Super Soup Lunch or an afternoon tea, or both!

FOODBANK 

Since the foodbank in Eltham closed down, we have been sending our donations to a foodbank run by St Edward’s Church in Mottingham. We continue to encourage donations, which can be placed in the wicker basket at the back of church. A range of products are welcome, not just food – these are set out in a list in the basket.

DATES FOR THE DIARY

We will hold our Annual Parochial Church Meeting immediately after the service on Sunday 30th May. This is an important meeting, which will not only review the past year at St John’s but also elect churchwardens for the coming year and try to fill any vacancies on the Parochial Church Council. 

Last week we reported that the next PCC meeting would be held on 22nd June. Unfortunately, we need to change this date and will let everyone know directly when have made a new arrangement.

THIS WEEK

We pray for:


Our local churches: the Wimbledon Team Ministry, including St Andrew’s South Wimbledon, Christ Church West Wimbledon, St Luke’s Wimbledon Park; Emmanuel Wimbledon; St Mary the Virgin, Merton; St Mark’s, St Matthew’s and St John the Baptist, all Wimbledon; for the bishops, priests and people of these places

Overseas ministries: The Anglican Church in Burundi, Rwanda, Nigeria, Kenya; also the United Church of North India

Those with birthdays: Evie, Blake and Matthias from our Junior Church​

Those who are ill: Richard Wheeler

Those who recently died: Alfred Sawyerr

Those whose year’s mind we keep: John Springett, Trevor Smith

Parish Eucharist
Sunday 23rd May at 10am: Pentecost Sunday
Readings: Acts 2: 1-21, Romans 8: 22-27, John 15: 26-27,16: 4b -15    

The Thursday 10am Eucharist has now resumed. No Friday services at present.

NEXT WEEK

Please send any items for next Sunday’s news sheet to amanda.jordan@virgin.net

Sunday 9th May 2021

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2021: 9th May – 16th May

As Christian Aid Week cannot run as normal again this year, we will have an envelope collection today and next Sunday, and hopefully in June we’ll be able to organise our popular Super Soup Lunch or an afternoon tea, or both!

To mark Christian Aid Week, Margaret Taylor will be walking the boundary of our parish – about 5.5 miles – on 15th May. Margaret will start from Mottingham station just before 11am – if anyone would like to join her for all or part of the route, do find her after the service or phone 020 8850 9450. Margaret isn’t walking for sponsorship, but asks that everyone be generous in filling the Christian Aid envelopes.

There is also a Christian Aid Week prayer sheet on the noticeboard. If you would like a personal copy, please ask Robyn Price

Finally, thank you to everyone who contributed to our Christian Aid collection just before Christmas. We raised £110.

FAMILY SERVICE NEXT WEEK

Next Sunday’s 10am Eucharist will be a family service. As such, there’ll be no crèche or Junior Church, to allow children to be part of the church family.

FOODBANK 

Since the foodbank in Eltham closed down, we have been sending our donations to a foodbank run by St Edward’s Church in Mottingham. We continue to encourage donations, which can be placed in the wicker basket at the back of church. A range of products are welcome, not just food – these are set out in a list in the basket.

DATES FOR THE DIARY

We will hold our Annual Parochial Church Meeting immediately after the service on Sunday 30th May. This is an important meeting, which will not only review the past year at St John’s but also elect churchwardens for the coming year and try to fill any vacancies on the Parochial Church Council. The next PCC meeting will be on Tuesday 22nd June at 6pm in church, and will be Caroline Risdon’s first as the new vicar.

THIS WEEK

We pray for:

Our local churches: Saint Peter and St Paul, and St Barnabas, both in Mitcham; Holy Cross, Motspur Park; St Saviour, Raynes Park; The Ascension, Pollards Hill; All Saints, South Wimbledon; for the bishops, priests and people of all these places

Our mission: As Christian Aid Week begins, we pray for all those working to support sustainable development, eradicate poverty and provide disaster relief around the world, particularly in countries facing the effects of the mounting climate crisis

Ascension Day: As we approach Ascension Day on 13th May, we pray that, just as our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into the heavens, so may we also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with Him continually dwell

Those who are ill: Cindy Shipp, Revd Wheeler, Jean Harker

Those who recently died: Grace Williams, Iyatunde Thomas

Those whose year’s mind we keep: Rita Bryan, Douglas Warner, Martin Smith

Parish Eucharist
Sunday 16th May at 10am: Seventh Sunday of Easter, Family Service
Readings: Acts: 17-17, 21-26, 1 John 5: 9-13, John 17: 6-19     

The Thursday 10am Eucharist has now resumed. No Friday services at present.

Sunday 2nd May 2021

WELCOME BACK

It’s wonderful to see more members of the congregation returning and we hope that everyone finds themselves and their families safe and well. Please be advised thatsafety guidance remains in place, including the wearing of masks throughout the service, the one-way system and two-metre social distancing, including when seated.

CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLL

In preparation for the church’s annual general meeting on 30th May, the Electoral Roll is being updated. If you attend St John’s regularly, are baptised and are over 16,you are eligible to be added to the roll. Please speak to Jean Harker or the churchwardens for more information and an application form.

FAMILY SERVICES

Every third Sunday, the 10am Eucharist will be a family service. There’ll be no crèche or Junior Church, to allow children to be part of the church family. Dates for these services in spring and summer are 16th May, 20th June, 18th July and 15th August.

MARGARET TAYLOR PARISH WALK

For a second year, Christian Aid has been unable to hold its traditional ‘Circle the City’ walk in London, which usually involves hundreds of people. Margaret Taylorwill instead be walking the boundary of our parish – about 5.5 miles – on 15th May.

Margaret will start from the ‘up’ platform of Mottingham station just before 11am. If anyone would like to join her for all or part of the route, please find her after theservice or call 020 8850 9450. Margaret isn’t walking for sponsorship, but asks that everyone be generous in filling the Christian Aid envelopes arranged by Robyn Price.

THIS WEEK

We pray for:

Our local churches: St James, Merton; Merton Priory Ministry, comprising St John the Divine, Christ Church Colliers Wood and Holy Trinity & St Peter, South Wimbledon; also St Mary the Virgin, Merton, and St Mark and St Olave, both Mitcham; for the bishops, priests and people of all these places

Our local schools: Holy Trinity CofE Primary School in Wimbledon, the Priory CofE Primary School in Merton and St Mark’s CofE Academy in Mitcham.

Ministries abroad: in North America, the Anglican Church of Canada and theDiocese of British Columbia; in the Middle East, the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem; in Africa, the Anglican Church communities of Uganda, Burundi and Congo

Those celebrating birthdays: Glynis Barber, Laura Sands 

Those who are ill: Revd Wheeler, Claire Mann

Those who recently died: Julian Cooke, Alafie Fraser

Those whose year’s mind we keep: George Mercer, Roger Hindson, 
Edward Deverell, Grace Waites, Ken Fletcher

Parish Eucharist
Sunday 9th May at 10am: Sixth Sunday of Easter
Readings: Acts 10: 44-48, 1 John 5: 1-6, John 15: 9-17

The Thursday 10am Eucharist has now resumed. No Friday services at present.

NEXT WEEKPlease send any items for Sunday’s news sheet toamanda.jordan@virgin.net.

Sunday 25th April 2021

WELCOME BACK

It’s wonderful to see more members of the congregation returning. We are very happy to welcome all parishioners back to St John’s and hope that everyone finds themselves and their families safe and well.

Please be advised that safety guidance remains in place:
• Maintain two-metre social distancing, including when seated
• Sanitise hands and follow the one-way system 
• Wear a mask throughout the service
• Exit via the door next to the Lady Chapel
• Feel free to socialise in the churchyard, maintaining the necessary distance

PRAYERS
Please contact our churchwardens if you would like to add any name to the prayer list. Every week we give thanks for those celebrating birthdays; we also pray for those who are ill, and those who have recently died.

FAMILY SERVICES

Every third Sunday, the 10am Eucharist will be a family service. As such, there’ll be no crèche or Junior Church, to allow children to be part of the church family. The dates for our family services in spring and summer are 16th May, 20th June, 18thJuly and 15th August.

CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLL

In preparation for the church’s annual general meeting on 30th May, the Electoral Roll is being updated. If you attend St John’s regularly, are baptised and are over 16,you are eligible to be added to the roll. Please speak to Jean Harker or the churchwardens for more information and an application form.

THIS WEEK

We pray for:


Our local churches: The Holy Redeemer in Streatham Vale, St Thomas with St Stephen in Streatham, Holy Trinity & St Matthias in Tulse Hill, All Saints West Dulwich, Emmanuel Church West Dulwich, St Luke in West Norwood; for thepriests and people of all these places

Our local schoolsSt Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls, Tulse Hill; Holy Trinity School, Tulse Hill​

Those whose year’s mind we keep: Irene Hooper, Ignat Ignatou, Euans Da Ramy, 
Vi Morton

Parish Eucharist
Sunday 2nd May at 10am: Fifth Sunday of Easter
Readings: Acts 8: 26-40,  1 John 4: 7- 21, 1 John 15: 1-8

The Thursday Eucharist at 10am has now resumed. 
There’ll be no Friday services at present.

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.

Sunday 18th April 2021

WELCOME BACK

It’s wonderful to see more members of the congregation returning. We are very happy to welcome all parishioners back to St John’s and hope that everyone finds themselves and their families safe and well.

Please be advised that safety guidance remains in place:

• Maintain two-metre social distancing, including when seated
• Sanitise hands and follow the one-way system 
• Wear a mask throughout the service
• Exit via the door next to the Lady Chapel
• Feel free to socialise in the churchyard, maintaining the necessary distance

PRAYERS
Please contact our churchwardens if you would like to add any name to the prayer list. Every week we give thanks for those celebrating birthdays; we also pray for those who are ill, and those who have recently died.

THIS WEEK

We pray for:

Our local churches: Christ Church, Immanuel & St Andrew, St Leonard’s, St Peter’s – all in Streatham; also for All Saints Clapham Park, Christ Church Gipsy Hill, and St Margaret the Queen, Streatham Hill; for the priests and people of allthese places

Our local schoolsImmanuel & St Andrew CofE School, St Leonard’s CofE School

Our local community: We pray for those who work or reside in HM Prison Brixton, that the Lord will support with His love the prisoners and their families, the prison staff and all who work to care for and rehabilitate those detained

We also pray for the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, and for all who work to support him in his ministry

As we approach St George’s Day on 23rd April, we pray that we, like St George, may have the courage to stand up for what is right, with God’s help. We pray that wemay be proud of our faith, and show the love of Jesus in all that we do

Those who recently died: HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh
Those who are ill:
 Revd Wheeler, Cindy Shipp 
We also give thanks for the recovery of Thelma Laverley, Joyce Sillah
Those whose year’s mind we keep: Charles Pescott, Stephan Tzarkov, 
William Hindson, Cyril Macaulay, Claris Macaulay, Jeanne Bowpitt

Parish Eucharist
Sunday 25th April at 10am: Fourth Sunday of Easter
Readings: Acts 4: 5-12, 1 John 3: 16-24, John 10: 11-18

The Thursday Eucharist at 10am has now resumed. 
There’ll be no Friday services at present.

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.

Sunday 4th April 2021

WELCOME BACK AND HAPPY EASTER!

It was wonderful to see members of the congregation returning last Sunday. We are very happy to welcome all parishioners back to St John’s and hope that everyone finds themselves and their families safe and well. The past few months – not to mention the past year – have been tough for many, and we want to extend our thanks to everyone for their support of the church and their cooperation over this time. Today’s Eucharist will be a family service, with no crèche or Junior Church.

Please be advised that safety guidance remains in place:

• Maintain two-metre social distancing, including when seated
• Sanitise hands and follow the one-way system
• Wear a mask throughout the service
• There’ll be no singing by the congregation
• Exit via the door next to the Lady Chapel
• Do feel free to socialise in the churchyard, maintaining the necessary distance

THIS WEEK

We pray for:

Our local churches and schools: for Lambeth North Deanery, particularly for St Peter’s in Clapham, St John the Evangelist in Angell Town, St Matthew with St Jude in Brixton; for St Jude’s CofE Primary School in Lambeth and St John’s CofE Primary School, Walworth; for the priests and people of all these places

Our local community: We pray for the Southwark Diocesan Spiritual Formation Group, which supports individuals and churches in the areas of prayer and spiritual development. We pray for all those providing resources and tools to aid spiritual growth for the benefit of individuals and the enrichment of congregational life

Our church family abroad: for Southwark’s link dioceses in Zimbabwe, particularly for the Anglican Diocese of Manicaland – a community supported by the Bishop of Southwark’s Lent Call; for all people in Zimbabwe suffering hardship and hunger

We also pray this Easter for peace in Jerusalem, for the security and prosperity of all its people, that God’s truth and light may shine where there is darkness. 

Those celebrating birthdays: Jean Harker
Those who are ill: Thelma Laverley, Joyce Sillah, Cindy Shipp 
Those whose year’s mind we keep: Molly Sisley

Parish Eucharist
Sunday 11th April at 10am: Second Sunday of Easter
Readings: Acts 4: 32-35, 1 John 1: 1-22, John 20: 19-31

The Thursday Eucharist at 10am has now resumed. There’ll be no Friday services at present.

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.

Sunday 28th March 2021

PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

People pray in church before the Eucharist. Please respect the quiet before the service begins.

AFTER THE EUCHARIST

Please feel free to socialise in the churchyard, 
maintaining the necessary distance.

WELCOME BACK

We are very happy to welcome parishioners back to St John’s and hope that everyone finds themselves and their families safe and well. 

Please be advised that last year’s safety guidance remains in place:• Maintain two-metre social distancing, including when seated• Sanitise hands and follow the one-way system • Wear a mask throughout the service• There’ll be no singing by the congregation• Exit via the door next to the Lady Chapel• Do feel free to socialise in the churchyard, maintaining the necessary distance 

Thank you all for your cooperation. We are delighted to be able to open our doors to our congregation again.

APRIL SERVICES

Now that St John’s has reopened, please take a note of our services coming up:• Thursday 1st April: Maunday Thursday service at 10am• Friday 2nd April: Good Friday service at 2pm• Sunday 4th April: Easter Day service at 10am

Normal services will resume from Thursday 8th April.

THIS WEEK

We pray for:


Our local churches: for All Saints, Hatcham Park; St John’s with Holy Trinity,Deptford; the Church of the Ascension, Blackheath; also for the Nigerian Chaplaincy, representing the Church of Nigerian Anglicans in the U.K.; for thepriests and people of these places

Our church family abroad: for Southwark’s link dioceses in Zimbabwe, particularly for the Anglican Diocese of Manicaland – a community supported by the Bishop of Southwark’s Lent Call; for all people in Zimbabwe who are suffering hardship and hunger

Our local community: We pray for the Quaggy Development Trust in Greenwich, a charity providing childcare, children’s services and counselling for local families

We pray for the LewCAS Foodbank, run by Lewisham churches and serving refugees and asylum seekers in the community

We pray for Lewisham College, for the wellbeing of students returning to face-to-face learning and for their tutors

Those who are ill:
 Thelma Laverley, Joyce Sillah 
Those whose year’s mind we keep: Helen Bell

Parish Eucharist
Sunday 4th April at 10am: Easter Day
Readings: Acts 10:43-43, 1st Corinthians 15:1-11, John 20:1-18

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.

Bishop Christopher’s Lent Call

The Diocese has provided some background to this year’s lent call, and with Ash Wednesday on 17 February, The Standing Committee wanted you all to be aware of what it is and how to engage if you wish to do so. 

In the last year so much has changed and we have all become much more aware of the fragility our lives and our communities. The footballer Marcus Rashford has helped to raise everyone’s awareness of the need to ensure that our children are adequately fed during school holidays. But it is not just schoolchildren who are at risk. Whole families are in need of help, as well as couples and individuals. That is why we are focusing the Bishop’s Lent Call this year on food insecurity, both here in the Diocese and in our Link Dioceses.

The materials contain information on the projects, Reflections and a Lent Call prayer, and some fundraising ideas with which we hope people will wish to engage. We are encouraging people to pray for the projects which we are featuring and, where possible, to give what they can to support the work of ensuring that people have enough to eat.
Full information can be found at:  

https://southwark.anglican.org/lentcall

Sunday 20th December 2020

We are happy to welcome parishioners back to St John’s and hope that everyone finds themselves and their families safe and well. Please be advised that the guidance on hand-sanitising, social distancing and the wearing of masks remains in place.

CHRISTIAN AID CHRISTMAS APPEAL: LOVE COMES DOWN – HOPE BUILDS UP

We were unable to run our usual Christian Aid fundraising events this year, but we’re holding a collection in the run-up to Christmas. Donation envelopes are at the back of church. And do please pop any loose change in the Christian Aid boxes. Many thanks!

GREENWICH WINTER NIGHT SHELTER

This year, the night shelter is unable to open, but the organisers are fundraising. One of the cooking teams at the GWNS has produced a book, ‘Favourite Recipes to Feed a Crowd or Friends,’ which is beautifully illustrated and contains 12 tried-and-trusted recipes. If anyone is interested in buying a copy for £10, please see Robyn Price.

CHRISTMAS CARDS

Due to government coronavirus guidelines, the church is not able to distribute Christmas cards in the usual way. Please deliver your own cards this year. Thank you

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SERVICES

The coming of Christmas brings us light at the end of a difficult year. 
St John’s will hold the following services to celebrate the festive season:• TODAY at 6pm – Nine Lessons and Carols• Thursday 24th Dec. at 4pm – Nativity; all children and parents are welcome• Thursday 24th Dec. at 11:30pm – Midnight Mass• Friday 25th Dec. at 10am – Christmas Day

Please note, these services are in addition to our normal Sunday services. There will be no 10am service on Thursday 24th December and Thursday 31st December.

USED STAMPS
There’s a box on the table in the south aisle to deposit your used postage stamps. Do bring in all the stamps from your Christmas cards – and any others of course – as the proceeds go to the RNIB. Please leave a margin of envelope around. Thank you!

THIS WEEK

We pray for:
Our local churches and schools: for Thamesmead Team Ministry, including St Paul’s, Thamesmead Church of the Cross and West Thamesmead Community Church; also for

Abbey Wood: William Temple, for St Mary the Virgin, Welling, and for Bishop John Robinson CofE School in Thamesmead; for the bishops and priests of all these places

We also pray for Christian Leaders in other denominations and the work of the ecumenical movement worldwide

We pray for all those in hospitals and hospices over Christmas and for their chaplaincy teams. We give thanks for local foodbanks and pray for the families they serve. We pray for the work of Crisis at Christmas and for all those facing their first Christmas alone

Those with birthdays: Michael Sillah
Those who are ill: Sophie Frick, Thelma Laverley, Abiodun Sillah and Peter Horton
Those whose years mind we keep: Peyo Peykov, Mary Smith, Stanley Cox, 
Hannah Jonah

Parish Eucharists
24th December at 11:30pm: Midnight Mass
25th December at 10am: Christmas Day
Readings: Isaiah 62: 6-12, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2: 1-7, 8-20

Sunday 13th December 2020

We are happy to welcome parishioners back to St John’s and hope that everyone finds themselves and their families safe and well. Please be advised that the guidance on hand-sanitising, social distancing and the wearing of masks remains in place.

CHRISTIAN AID CHRISTMAS APPEAL: LOVE COMES DOWN – HOPE BUILDS UP

We were unable to run our usual Christian Aid fundraising events this year, but we’re holding a collection in the run-up to Christmas. Donation envelopes are at the back of church. And do please pop any loose change in the Christian Aid boxes. Many thanks!

GREENWICH WINTER NIGHT SHELTER

This year, the night shelter is unable to open, but the organisers are fundraising. One of the cooking teams at the GWNS has produced a book, ‘Favourite Recipes to Feed a Crowd or Friends,’ which is beautifully illustrated and contains 12 tried-and-trusted recipes. If anyone is interested in buying a copy for £10, please see Robyn Price.

CHRISTMAS CARDS Due to government guidelines, the church will not be able to distribute Christmas cards in the usual way. Please deliver your own cards this year. Thank you.

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SERVICES

The coming of Christmas brings us light at the end of a difficult year.
St John’s will hold the following services to celebrate the festive season:

  • Sunday 20th Dec. at 6pm – Nine Lessons and Carols
  • Thursday 24th Dec. at 4pm – Nativity; all children and parents are welcome
  • Thursday 24th Dec. at 11:30pm – Midnight Mass
  • Friday 25th Dec. at 10am – Christmas Day

Please note, these services are in addition to our normal Sunday services.
There will be no 10am service on Thursday 24th December and Thursday 31st December. Junior Church will resume on Sunday 20th December at 10am.

USED STAMPS
There’s a box on the table in the south aisle to deposit your used postage stamps. Do bring in all the stamps from your Christmas cards – and any others of course – as the proceeds go to the RNIB. Please leave a margin of envelope around. Thank you!

BETTY RUSSELL

Many of you will remember Betty, an active member of St John’s until she and husband Neil moved to Harpenden, Herts, 14 years ago. Neil has been in contact to say that sadly Betty passed away on 23rd November. She had been ill for many years with Parkinson’s disease and died peacefully at home. May she rest in peace.

THIS WEEK

We pray for:

Our local churches: for Croydon South Deanery, particularly St Mark’s Woodcote in Purley; St Swithun’s Purley; St James’ Riddlesdown; St Mary’s Sanderstead; also for Plumstead Deanery, particularly St Michael and All Angels, Abbey Wood

We also pray for all those working to enforce and restore human rights across the world, following this year’s UN Human Rights Day on 10th December.

Those with birthdays: Jericho Baruwa, Jacob Wright, Megan Skinner, Toby Wheatley
Those who are ill:
Sophie Frick, Thelma Laverley and Abiodun Sillah
Those whose year’s mind we keep: Unity Lister, Evelyn Taylor, Ken Sanders

Parish Eucharist

20th December 2020 at 10am, Fourth Sunday of Advent

Readings: 2nd Samuel 7:1-11,16; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26–38 The Thursday 10am service will take place this week. There’ll be no Friday services.

Sunday 1st November 2020

GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE

Immediately after today’s service, the Garden of Remembrance outside the church will be blessed in preparation for Remembrance Sunday next week. Anyone who wishes to stay for this is more than welcome – please collect a service sheet from Alberta. Those attending are kindly asked to socially distance and wear a face mask.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Given the persistence of the pandemic, next week’s Remembrance Sunday service – which usually involves a mass meeting outside the church – will be different this year. 

We will hold the usual Eucharist at 10am, but it will be a shorter service than normal in order to prepare for the laying of wreaths at the war memorial outside the church, starting at 10:55am. Please remember to socially distance and wear a face covering.

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING

Thank you to everyone who came to the APCM last Sunday, particularly the Revd Dr Catherine Shelley, our area dean, who presided; and Ian Shipp, who made the meeting possible. We congratulate the churchwardens and new PCC members for their tenacity in soldering on with the mission at hand during these difficult times.

GIVING TO THE CHURCH

We are very grateful to all those who give so generously to the church. It would help us further if those who donate by cash or cheque could consider giving by standing order. To set one up, please see Stewardship Secretary Angela Davis for a form, andput your name in the reference box. Alternatively, set up online using the following details: Sort code: 20-98-57; Account number: 20350907; Beneficiary ELTHAM PCC.

PRAYER LISTS

Every Sunday morning during the service, we pray for loved ones who are ill or who have recently died. Anyone is welcome to add names to the sheet on the notice-board by the main entrance at the back of church. We also pray for those who previously passed on and whose year’s mind we keep – there is a separate sheet on the table by the Lady Chapel, where we currently exit from church. Finally, there’s a list on thattable for people to record birthdays – also included in the intercessions.

THIS WEEK

We pray for:

Our local churches and schools: for churches in Surrey, including St Mary the Virgin, Bletchingley; St Peter and St Paul, Nutfield; St Bartholomew, Burstow; St John the Baptist, Outwood; St Mary the Virgin, Horne; St John’s Felbridge; St Nicholas Church, Godstone; St Stephen, South Godstone; also for St Stephen’s C of E Primary School; for St John the Evangelist, Blindley Heath; for Limpsfield &Tatsfield Team Ministry.

Those with birthdays: Eileen Sealey, Remus Radulescu

Those who are ill: Joyce Sillah, Thelma Dakin-Davies, Tony Fitzpatrick, Sophie Frick

Those whose years mind we keep: Priscilla Roberts, Dayrell Oakley-Hill, Sylvia Garside, Ted Cakebread, Frederick Davis, Jane Cleworth, Muriel David

Parish Eucharist

8th November 2020 at 10am, Remembrance Sunday

Gospel: Matthew 25: 1-13

The Thursday service at 10am has now resumed. For the time being, there’ll be no Friday services.

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.

Sunday 25th October 2020

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING TODAY

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place in church immediately after today’s service. 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 to members of St John’s to raise any matters of concern. Do come along.

JUNIOR CHURCH ‘BUBBLES’

Junior Church is currently split into ‘bubbles,’ with children sitting at tables. If your child has not been assigned a bubble, see Alberta. Please note Bubbles 4 to 7 meet upstairs. Parents, we kindly ask that all tables and toys are wiped down after use.

PRAYER LISTS

Every Sunday morning during the service, we pray for loved ones who are ill or who have recently died. Anyone is welcome to add names to the sheet on the notice-board by the main entrance at the back of church. We also pray for those who previously passed on and whose year’s mind we keep – there is a separate sheet on the table by the Lady Chapel, where we currently exit from church. Finally, there’s a list on thattable for people to record birthdays – also included in the intercessions.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Given the persistence of the pandemic, it is extremely unlikely that next month’sRemembrance 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.

THIS WEEK

We pray for:

Our local churches: for St Philip, St Oswald and St Stephen’s churches, all Norbury; for Holy Innocents, St Mark and St Alban the Martyr churches, all in South Norwood; for All Saints with St Margaret and St John the Evangelist in Upper Norwood; for St Paul, and St Jude with St Aidan, both in Thornton Heath; for the bishops, priests and people of those places.

Following the United Nations Day 2020, celebrated yesterday, we pray for the office of the Anglican Observer at the UN, an advocate, facilitator and lobbyist for the Anglican Communion worldwide; and for the Anglican Communion Representative to the UN in Geneva.

We also pray for those suffering the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, whether through illness, bereavement, job loss or other financial or emotional stress.

Those recently baptised: Tabitha Iris Eliza Driscoll

Those with birthdays: Edmond Bascho-George and Mags King

Those who are ill: Joyce Sillah, Tony Fitzpatrick and Sophie Frick

Those whose years mind we keep: Florence Macaulay, David Smith, 
Joyce Berry, Herbert Coare, Frederick Gosling, Rena Ciechowska, Hope Esi

Parish Eucharist

1st November 2020 at 10am

Readings: Revelation 7: 9-17, 1st John 3: 1-3, Matthew 5: 1-12

The Thursday service at 10am has now resumed. 
For the time being, there will be no Friday services.

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.

Sunday 18th October 2020

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING: CHANGE OF DATE

We have had to change the date of the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. It will no longer take place today, but straight after the service on 25th October, in order to accommodate the archdeacon’s attendance. The APCM will elect churchwardens for the coming year and other members of the Parochial Church Council. It will also review the past year and allow members of St John’s to raise any matters of concern.

HARVEST DONATIONS 

Thank you all for the generous donations of food and clothing brought in last Sunday. 

All items have been sent to the Manna Society, a charity that works with homeless people and others in need. We particularly give thanks to the pupils of Eltham Church of England School and to the children in our Junior Church, who came in their uniforms and school colours. Thanks also to their parents for making that possible!

JUNIOR CHURCH ‘BUBBLES’

Junior Church is currently split into ‘bubbles,’ with children sitting at tables. If your child has not been assigned a bubble, see Alberta. Please note Bubbles 4 to 7 meet upstairs. Parents, we kindly ask that all tables and toys are wiped down after use.

PRAYER LISTS

Every Sunday morning during the service, we pray for loved ones who are ill or who have recently died. Anyone is welcome to add names to the sheet on the notice-board by the main entrance at the back of church. We also pray for those who previously passed on and whose year’s mind we keep – there is a separate sheet on the table by the Lady Chapel, where we currently exit from church. Finally, there’s a list on thattable for people to record birthdays – also included in the intercessions.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Given the persistence of the pandemic, it is extremely unlikely that next month’sRemembrance 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.

THIS WEEK

We pray for:

Our local churches and schools: for the Southwark and Newington Deanery, especially for St John’s Walworth and St Peter’s Walworth, for St John’s and St Peter’s primary schools; also for the Croydon North Deanery, especially for Holy Saviour Church and St Luke’s Church Woodside; and for St Luke’s for Clergy, a charity focusing on clergy health

For all those suffering in hunger and poverty; we pray for universal access to safe and nutritious food, after celebrating the United Nations World Food Day on 16th October

For those who have been recently baptised or confirmed

Those with birthdays: Tiago Plekta

Those who are ill: Tony Fitzpatrick

Those whose years mind we keep: Josephine Coare, Priscilla Wheeler

Parish Eucharist

25th October 2020 at 10am

Readings: Leviticus 19:1-2, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-8, Matthew 22:34-36

The Thursday service at 10am has now resumed. For the time being, there will be no Friday services.

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.

Sunday 11th October 2020

HARVEST DONATIONS 

Thank you so much for all the donations of food, clothing and toiletries, which will 
be sent to the Manna Society, a London-based charity that works with homeless people and others in need. Harvest donations are of critical importance to the society,providing about 70% of their food for the year.

YEAR’S MIND

Every Sunday during the service, we pray for loved ones who have passed on and whose year’s mind we keep. There is now a list on the table by the Lady Chapel to make any updates – please add any names to it as you make your way out of church.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Given the persistence of the pandemic, it is extremely unlikely that next month’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 next Sunday. 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 St Paul’s Newington and St Paul’s Primary School; Christchurch Southwark; Holy Trinity with St Matthew, Southwark; St George the Martyr with St Alphege and St Jude; Southwark Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Saviour and St Mary Overie; also for St Saviour’s and St Olave’s School; London South Bank University; and the London College of Communication

Those whose years mind we keep: Pauline Crowley, Phyllis Hindson

Parish Eucharist

18th October 2020 at 10am

Readings: Isaiah 45:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22

The Thursday 10am service has now resumed, but please note there will be NO service this Thursday, 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

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.

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

Sunday 27th September 2020

WELCOME BACK TO CHURCH

We are pleased to welcome back parishioners to St John’s and hope that everyone finds themselves and their families safe and well. Please observe the following guidelines to prevent any contagion while the threat of the coronavirus persists:

  • Sanitise your hands upon entering the church and register for track and trace; your data will be protected as per GDPR guidelines
  • Pick up a service booklet from the table at the back of church
  • Follow the one-way system, keep 2 metres apart, and sit where indicated by the signs (families may sit together)
  • Wear a mask throughout the service, except when receiving the Eucharist. Children under the age of 11 are not required to wear a mask
  • There will be organ music, but no singing except by the cantor
  • Exit via the door next to the Lady Chapel
  • Please don’t socialise in church, but feel free to chat outside in the churchyard, maintaining social distancing
  • Please do stay at home if you are feeling unwell

JUNIOR CHURCH

We were happy to see many children returning over the past few Sundays and look forward to welcoming more in the coming weeks. Junior Church has been organised along the following 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 to observe distancing guidelines. Please locate your child’s name and sit with them
  • Keep to the bubbles. If your child hasn’t been allocated to a group, contact Alberta or Hannah. New children will be allocated once a registration form has been filled in (see Alberta for a form)
  • It is important that children bring in their own pens, pencils and reading materials for now
  • Please ensure that Junior Church toys are wiped down after use. There will not be any cuddly toys
  • Exit via the double back-doors near the staircase. To regain entry into church, parents will have to come back via the main entrance
  • If in doubt about any of the guidelines, please see Hannah or Alberta

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place in church immediately after the service on Sunday 18th October. This meeting will elect the church wardens for the coming year and other members of the Parochial Church Council. It will also review the past year at St John’s and provide an opportunity for members of the congregation to raise matters of concern and ask questions. Any member of
St John’s who is on the Electoral Roll is welcome to attend. 

HARVEST FESTIVAL 

This year, we will be celebrating Harvest Festival on 11th October. As usual, we’re asking everyone to bring donations to the Sunday 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 and clothing are also needed.

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 church wardens.

SERVICES

Now that the church has reopened, we’ve resumed our services at 10am on Thursdays. As with the Sunday Eucharist, everyone attending is asked to adhere to the new rules as listed in this newsletter. For now, there will be no Friday services.

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.

SALE OF VICARAGE

We are sad to announce that the diocese has decided to sell one of the two vicarages in the parish – that at Sowerby Close. The diocese still has a second property at King’s Orchard, just over the road from St John’s, where the new incumbent will reside when he or she is appointed.

PRAYERS

During our prayers at the Sunday Eucharist, we pray for all those with a birthday just gone or coming up. Please let Alberta know of anyone to be included. We also pray for loved ones who have passed on, and whose year’s mind we keep. There’ll be a list available to make any updates in the coming weeks. Thank you.

THIS WEEK

We pray for: The Croydon Area Mission Team, and for the Croydon-Central Zimbabwe Diocesan Link representatives

For all those training for ministries on diocesan courses as the academic year gets under way, and for the many course tutors and facilitators helping them with their learning; for the Southwark Diocese Vocations Team – the director of vocations and director of ordinands, and the bishop’s examining chaplains

Our local churches: for all churches in the Southwark & Newington Deanery, especially for St Michael and All Angels and All Souls with Emmanuel in Camberwell, and St Agnes Kennington Park; for the bishops, priests and people of those places

Those with birthdays: Felicia King, Kyu Lee, Jinn Kim and Cameron Warburton

Those whose year’s mind we keep: Tony Springett, Monica McClean, Victor Thomas, Barbara Kingston, Margaret Gardner, Phyllis Fletcher, Alfred Cleworth

Parish Eucharist

4th October 2020 at 10am, 17th Sunday After Trinity

Readings: Isaiah 5:1-7, Philippians 3:4b-14, Matthew 21:33-end

The Thursday 10am service has now resumed. For the time being, there will be no Friday services.