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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
20th September 2020 at 10am, 15th Sunday After Trinity
Readings: Jonah 3:10-end, Philippians 1:21-30, Matthew 20:1-16
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