CHRISTIAN AID – GIVE PEACE A CHANCE
Christian Aid Week 2019 takes place in May, and will be discussed at a launch event on Thursday 7th February at the charity’s head office in Lower Marsh, Waterloo.There’ll be two sessions that day, at 2pm-4.30pm and 6pm-8pm, which will include an introduction to the new global strategy, exploring Christian Aid’s key areas of focus: poverty, power and prophetic voice. If you are interested in attending and would like more information, please speak with Robyn Price or Fr Jim.
ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL ADULT LEARNING
St Paul’s has published its latest adult-learning programme. Events include two free evening discussions: Rowan Williams on ‘Jesus Christ The Unanswered Questions’ on 27th March; and Barbara Brown Taylor on ‘Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others’ on 30th May. There’s also a reflective day on 30th March entitled ‘Imagining Peace’, at St Katharine’s Foundation in Limehouse. Pádraig Ó Tuama, a poet and theologian based in Belfast, will lead a discussion on peace and conflict within ourselves, in our communities and in politics. See the posters on the noticeboard.
NEW ELECTORAL ROLL
A new electoral roll is required this year. To that end, we need everyone eligible tosign up: all those who are baptised, at least 16 years of age and resident in the parish – or if not resident, a regular worshipper at St John’s for at least six months.
Forms and pens are available on tables in the south aisle. If you’re not sure whether to tick box A or B (ie. if you’re unsure whether you’re in the parish), ask the Electoral Roll Officer – Mary Roberts – or consult the list of streets in the parish, copies of which are on the tables. Please place your completed form in the box provided.
All parishes must have an up-to-date electoral roll to present to the annual meeting, which is usually held close to Easter. Every six years, a new roll must be compiled. Its main purpose is to provide an electoral body in each parish, tasked with electing the Parochial Church Council and representatives on the Deanery Synod. It also provides the nearest thing the Church of England has to an official list of members of a particular parish church. Please see the poster on the noticeboard for more details.
A SAFE CHURCH
At St John’s, we are committed to keeping our church members safe. This means we take measures to protect the health, wellbeing and human rights of all. It is our collective responsibility to take care of, look out for and help each other in church – especially children, young people and vulnerable adults. If you have any questions or safeguarding concerns, you can speak to our safeguarding officers in confidence: Mick Hayes on 020 8859 3389 or Alberta Rosenior on 020 8863 9413. You can also contact the Southwark Diocesan Safeguarding Team – see elthamchurch.org.uk.
CONFIRMATION: ADVANCE NOTICE!
On 14th July, the Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu, Bishop of Woolwich, will come to St John’s for a Service of Confirmation.
If you were baptised as a child, your parents and godparents made promises on your behalf. As a young person or adult, you may wish to confirm these promises for yourself at a confirmation service. If you were not baptised but still want to make a commitment of faith, you can be baptised and confirmed at the same service. You may then share in the bread and wine of Holy Communion for the first time.
If you are interested in confirmation, confirmation with baptism, or being admitted to Holy Communion with Bishop Karowei in July, please speak with Fr Jim.