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.

Sunday 20th September 2020

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 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

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’ll resume our services at 10am on Thursdays. As with the Sunday Eucharist, everyone attending will be asked to adhere to the new rules as listed in this newsletter. For the time being, 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.

100THBIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

We celebrated Joan Jeal’s 100th birthday on Friday 21st August with a service at St John’s, presided over by the Very Revd Dr John Hall. We all wish Joan a very happy birthday and hope she will see many more to come.

JUNIOR CHURCH

We were happy to see many children returning last Sunday 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

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.

WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH COMMUNITY

We welcome Lyu Lee and his son; also Mohan Krishna-Murty and Ellen Stone, with their daughter Connie Grace. St John’s is very happy to have you with us.

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

Our local churches: Emmanuel Church in Sidlow Bridge, the Church of the Good Shepherd in Tadworth, and St Peter’s in Woodmansterne; for the bishops, priests and people of those places

Churches abroad: St Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist in Tanzania

The International Day of Peace, which is celebrated on 21st September. It’s a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire around the world

Diocesan personnel:

Ruth Martin, diocesan secretary, and her deputy Jackie Pontin

Wendy Robins, director of press and communications

David Loft, director of human resources

Colin Bushell, diocesan surveyor

And all supporting staff at Trinity House and the diocese’s area offices

Those with birthdays: Dorian Woodward

Those who recently died: Jumoke Wright, Dr Ulric Jones and Leslie Nelson-Williams

Those whose year’s mind we keep: Eleanor Macauley and Jessie Lee

Parish Eucharist

27th September 2020 at 10am, 16th Sunday After Trinity

Readings: Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-end; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32

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 13th September 2020

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, clothing and shoes are also needed.

SERVICES

Now that the church has reopened, we’ll resume our services at 10am on Thursdays. As with the Sunday Eucharist, everyone attending will be asked to adhere to the new rules as listed in this newsletter. For the time being, 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.

100THBIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

We celebrated Joan Jeal’s 100th birthday on Friday 21st August with a service at St John’s, presided over by the Very Revd Dr John Hall. We all wish Joan a very happy birthday and hope she will see many more to come.

NEW MEMBERS

We welcome two new church members, who attended for the first time last Sunday. St John’s is very happy to have you with us.

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 last Sunday 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

THIS WEEK

We pray for

Our local churches and schools: St Margaret’s Chipstead; for the Horley Team Ministry, including St Bartholomew’s, St Francis’ and St Wilfrid’s; for St Andrew’s in Kingswood and the Wisdom of God, Lower Kingswood; for the bishops, priests and people of those places; for St Bede’s School in Redhill.

Those in need abroad: the people of Zimbabwe, for those suffering hardship and hunger, for the Zimbabwean clergy; for the UN International Day to Protect Education from Attack, to be celebrated for the first time in 2020; for all retired clergy around the world, for their years of faithful service.

Those with birthdays: Evelyn Crowther, Josephine Macauley, Timon Chan

Those who recently died: Sybil Bennett

Those whose year’s mind we keep: Phoebe Allen, Lee Belcher, Samuel Fergusson

Parish Eucharist

20th September 2020 at 10am, 15th Sunday After Trinity

Readings: Jonah 3:10-end, Philippians 1:21-30, Matthew 20:1-16

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 22nd March 2020

GUIDELINES ON CORONAVIRUS

In accordance with advice from the diocese, St John’s has now suspended all church services until further notice to reduce the risk of infection from the coronavirus. Could all members of the congregation please make sure the churchwardens have your contact details so that theycan keep everyone up to date on the latest guidance. 

CHRISTIAN AID
This Lent, Christian Aid is again running its ‘Count Your Blessings’ initiative. This involves putting your faith into action through daily reflections and challenges.

If you would like to take part, please see christianaid.org.uk/resources.

GIFT SALE

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the gift sale last Sunday. We raised £46 in total. Well done!

ELECTORAL ROLL 

The Electoral Roll was completely revised and republished in 2019. Nevertheless, if you have joined St John’s recently and wish to be included, please contact the churchwardens or Jean Harker for a form. You must be over 16, have been baptised, and either a resident in the parish or a regular worshipper here for six months. 

THIS WEEK WE PRAY FOR:

Those in any kind of distress of mind, body or soul: Angella Baptiste, Dinah Fergusson, Alan Gearing, Hilary Bracefield, the Cox family; all those suffering from or affected by the coronavirus, especially all those who are in hospital or housebound

We also pray for churches in the diocese:

St Nicholas and St Luke, St Paul with St Mark, both in Deptford; St Peter’s Brockley,

St Catherine’s Hatcham, All Saints Hatcham Park; Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College, St James Church of England School in Bermondsey, Goldsmiths University of London; for the priests and people of those places

those whose year’s mind we keep: Don Bennett

Sunday 15th March 2020

GIFT SALE

We’re holding a gift sale today after the Eucharist. Please do stay and have a browse.

GUIDELINES ON CORONAVIRUS

Following guidance given last week, we are now taking further steps to prevent any contagion of the coronavirus at St John’s. Firstly, please use the hand sanitiser provided in church. Secondly, it is now necessary to suspend the administration of the chalice, as well as physical contact during the sharing of the peace. Thank you for your understanding. For more details, please see notices at the entrance to church.

THE BISHOP OF SOUTHWARK’S LENT CALL 2020
The theme this year for the Bishop’s Lent Call is taken from Matthew 19.14: 

But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; 
for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs’

There are envelopes in St John’s during Lent, marked ‘Bishop’s Lent Call,’ for any donations. This year, funds gathered will help support projects within the Southwark Diocese as well as in the Holy Land, Nigeria and in our link dioceses in Zimbabwe.

CHRISTIAN AID
This Lent, Christian Aid is again running its ‘Count Your Blessings’ initiative. This involves putting your faith into action through daily reflections and challenges.

If you would like to take part, please see the church noticeboard or Robyn Price.

MOTHERING SUNDAY – 22ND MARCH

Thank you to all the people who have offered to help with making the posies for Mothering Sunday. It is much appreciated. We will be making them next Saturday in the church, beginning around 10am. The small front door should be open, and the side door will also be open for music classes. It is not too late to join us, even if only for a limited time. Please see Robyn Price with any queries. Thank you!

SUNDAY COFFEE

We’re able to provide free tea and coffee after the Eucharist every Sunday because of the donations we receive from you! People contribute £5 on a date of their choosing to mark a birthday or other occasion that’s significant to them. The list for 2020 is on the noticeboard, so do please sign up! See Sheila Squire for more details. 

ELECTORAL ROLL 

The Electoral Roll was completely revised in 2019, and a copy is on the noticeboard.However, if you have joined St John’s recently and wish to be included, please see a churchwarden or Jean Harker for a form. You must be over 16, have been baptised,and either a resident in the parish or a regular worshipper here for six months. 

THIS WEEK

We pray for

St Giles Church, St Matthew’s Church and St Luke’s Church in Camberwell, St Giles Trust, which helps the homeless, St John with St Andrew and St Mary Magdalene Church in Peckham, St Mary Magdalene Primary School, for the priests and people of those places; King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, South Maudsley NHS foundation Trust

those in any kind of distress of mind, body or soul: Angella Baptiste, Dinah Fergusson, Alan Gearing, Hilary Bracefield, the Cox family

those who are houseboundSusan Wulstan

those whose years mind we keep: Florence Jane Hayes, Bell Smallwood, 
Mary O’Connor, Beryl Springett, Ronald Cadell

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 on 22nd March at 10am: Mothering Sunday

Readings: Exodus 2: 1-10, 2 Corinthians 1: 3-7, Luke 2: 33-35

Sunday 8th March 2020

GUIDELINES ON CORONAVIRUS

Amid the spread of the coronavirus in the U.K., churches are taking steps to prevent further contagion. At St John’s, we are providing hand sanitiser and urge parishioners to use it. At communion, please do not dip wafers into the wine. For more detailed guidance, please see notices at the entrance to church.

GIFT SALE

The sale that was initially planned for last Sunday will now take place on Sunday 15th after the morning service. Please leave any items for sale in the church office.

THE BISHOP OF SOUTHWARK’S LENT CALL 2020
The theme this year for the Bishop’s Lent Call is taken from Matthew 19.14: 

But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; 
for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs’

There are envelopes in St John’s during Lent, marked ‘Bishop’s Lent Call,’ for any donations. This year, funds gathered will help support projects within the Southwark Diocese as well as in the Holy Land, Nigeria and in our link dioceses in Zimbabwe.

CHRISTIAN AID
This Lent, Christian Aid is again running its ‘Count Your Blessings’ initiative. This involves putting your faith into action through daily reflections and challenges.

If you would like to take part, please see the church noticeboard or Robyn Price.

MOTHERING SUNDAY
Mothering Sunday this year is on 22nd March. At St John’s, the children traditionallydistribute small posies of flowers during the service. If anyone is able to take responsibility for making the posies this year – or to help – please see Robyn Price.

SUNDAY COFFEE

We’re able to provide free tea and coffee after the Eucharist every Sunday because of the donations we receive from you! People contribute £5 on a date of their choosing to mark a birthday or other occasion that’s significant to them. The list for 2020 is on the noticeboard, so do please sign up! See Sheila Squire for more details. 

ELECTORAL ROLL 

The Electoral Roll was completely revised in 2019, and a copy is on the noticeboard.However, if you have joined St John’s recently and wish to be included, please see a churchwarden or Jean Harker for a form. You must be over 16, have been baptised,and either a resident in the parish or a regular worshipper here for six months. 

THIS WEEK

We pray for

St Augustine of Canterbury in Honor Oak Park, St Bartholomew in Sydenham, St Philip the Apostle in Sydenham, All Saints Peckham, Christ Church in Camberwell, St George in Camberwell; for the priests and people of those places

those in any kind of distress of mind, body or soul: Angella Baptiste, Dinah Fergusson, Alan Gearing, Hilary Bracefield, the Cox family

those who are houseboundSusan Wulstan

those whose years mind we keep: Ronald Mallone, Alan Sykes

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 on 15th March at 10am: Third Sunday of Lent

Readings: Exodus 17: 1-7, Romans 5: 1-11, John 4: 5-42

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.