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.’
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.
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.
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
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.
Please send any items for inclusion in next Sunday’s news sheet to Amanda
Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday morning. Thank you.