THE BISHOP OF SOUTHWARK’S LENT CALL 2019
The theme this year for the Bishop’s Lent Call is:
‘I came that they may have life and have it abundantly’ (John 10:10b).
There are envelopes in St John’s during Lent, marked ‘Bishop’s Lent Call,’ for any donations. This year, funds gathered will go to supporting agribusiness and education projects in Zimbabwe; helping leprosy-affected communities in Sri Lanka; financing urban mission training in Nairobi; and developing projects in the Southwark Diocese – the Sutton Women’s Centre, Christian CARE Merton and the Salmon Youth Centre.
Our Junior Church and crèche, organized and run by members of St John’s, are looking for more adults to get involved. We’re seeing growing numbers of families coming to church, for which we give thanks, and we want to make sure our Junior Church and crèche are well-staffed to welcome all children. If you would like to be involved, or have any questions, please speak with Alex MacKenzie or Fr Jim.
‘However you take this Pilgrim Journey, make space. Allow God’s word to dwell
in you richly’ (The Archbishops of Canterbury and York).
The Church of England has produced a small booklet for Lent called ‘Pilgrim Journeys, the Beatitudes’. It offers 40 days of reflections, starting from Ash Wednesday and finishing on Palm Sunday. The guide is for anyone to use, exploringwhat each beatitude tells us about Jesus, a vision for human life and the life of the Church. Please pick up a copy of the booklet at the back of church.
MOTHERING SUNDAY POSIES
If anyone is interested in helping to prepare the posies that are traditionally distributed in church on Mothering Sunday, please speak to Fr Jim or Robyn Price.
A THANK YOU
Sha Lu would like to thank everyone who bought tickets to the piano concert she organised in half term. Sha raised almost £140 for church funds.
CHRISTIAN AID LENT APPEAL
Together we can rise up against climate change this Lent.
Life at the sharp edge of climate change has pushed communities to the edge of survival. This Lent, Christian Aid is asking us to put faith into action through thedaily reflections and challenges set out in its ‘Count Your Blessings’ calendar. There’s a copy of the calendar on the church noticeboard for anyone interested in taking part.
SAVE THE DATE – CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2019
Christian Aid week this year runs from 12th May to 18th May, and there’ll be a variety of events taking place at St John’s. For more than 70 years, the charity hashelped to change the lives of people living in poverty around the world. Last year, it raised £8 million. Robyn Price will be in touch with further details nearer the time.
NEXT WEEK’S CHURCH NEWS
Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda
Jordan at email@example.com by Wednesday morning. Thank you.