A THANK YOU
The Manna Society has sent its thanks to St John’s and to the church school for all the food gathered at the Harvest Festival. The society relies on such donations to feed those in need who visit its day centre, which serves around 800 meals every week.
FEED THE HUNGRY FOOD-PACKING EVENT
Feed the Hungry is holding a food-packing event on Friday 2nd November at Christ Church, Trafalgar Road, east Greenwich. The Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich, invites everyone to join him for refreshments at 6pm, followed by a briefing at 6.30pm from Feed the Hungry’s UK team. Then we’ll get packing! Our target is to pack 10,000 meals that evening, so 60-70 volunteers are needed to make it happen. Children are more than welcome. For further details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’ll be a parish outing to the pantomime Aladdin at the Bob Hope Theatre on Saturday 19th January at 2pm at the group rate of £9 per person. If you would like to book tickets, please sign up on the noticeboard. Payment is requested by the end of November. For further details, please speak to Fr Jim or Jean Harker.
There will be a Solemn Eucharist at 7pm on Friday 2nd November, ‘All Souls Day,’ for the commemoration of the Faithful Departed. This is when the church remembers people known to us who have died.
RESTORING THE SOPHIA TUCKER MEMORIAL
The Edith Nesbit Society has made an application to the diocese to restore the gravestone of Sophia Tucker (1847-1916) in St John’s churchyard. Sophia and her husband Tommy worked to promote better conditions for local workers and were active in the Co-operative movement, through which they met the writer Edith Nesbit. After Sophia died, Edith married Tommy.
The inscription on Sophia’s memorial reads: ‘In memory of Sophia, the beloved wife of Thomas Terry Tucker; died 14 January 1916 aged 66 years.’ Public notices summarising the application can be viewed inside and outside the church, and will be on display until 18th November. Details are also available in the parish office.
There will be a Winter Fair in church on Saturday 1st December from 10am to 2pm. Contributions for the stalls, including books, toys and bric-a-brac, are welcomed. Thanks to Jene Kerr, who is arranging the fair this year. If you would like to help in any way or have any questions, please speak with Jene.
GREENWICH WINTER NIGHT SHELTER
The Greenwich Winter Night Shelter is looking for volunteers to help provide for the homeless in our local community. For the past three years, St John’s has taken an active role in supporting the shelter, which provides a bed, breakfast and an evening meal for people in need. This winter, the shelter will open from November to the end of March, with a break over Christmas when Crisis will provide the support. Please see the poster on the noticeboard, and speak with Fr Jim if you think you can help.
PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD: MUSIC FOR ADVENT
St Paul’s Cathedral is holding a four-week course in December exploring the music of Advent. The course – on consecutive Saturdays – will be led by the cathedral’s director of music, Andrew Carwood, and include music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. See stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning for further details. There are also booklets detailing the adult learning programme at the back of church.