This Weeks News

Date: February 3, 2019

Team Prayers at St Marks on Thursday at 1.00pm

Drop in Tuesday Coffee Mornings with Yunghee will be running weekly from Tuesday 12th February 10.30-12.30. Come along to ‘Pop-in Tuesdays’ for a chat and a cuppa! If you are able to help at all, please let Yunghee know.

Kelly’s Kitchen reopens for Valentine’s due to popular demand.  All profits to our charities.  UPDATE: Both menus will be available on Thursday 14th February and Friday 15th February.  Please see Kelly for a menu and further details.

Thurs 14th Feb – British Museum Trip  Rosie Boome (who is a British Museum guide) has kindly offered to give us a personal tour of the Sutton Hoo collection.  If you would like to come along, or find out more about the trip, please see Rosie, Dudley or Jane (Long) for more information.  We will travel from Wimbledon Station, departing 10am. The tour will be about 3/4hr, leaving time for a cafe stop after if people would like.  Please let one of us know in advance if you would like to come along so we know who to expect – everyone very welcome!

Lunchtime Recital Friday 22nd February 1pm. Please come along and hear The Caledonia Trio; Fiona Mitchell  Clarinet; Iona Garvie  Bassoon & Eleanor Meynell  Piano. Music by Hurlestone, James Rae & Mendelssohn. Refreshments available from 12.30. There will be a retiring collection.

International China Concern’s Judy Elliot the UK director of ICC is visiting St John’s on Sunday 17th March to speak at the service, update us on their work and give us news of the Woodpecker boys whom we support in particular.There is a new Family Support scheme now running too, which she will also explain.

Leprosy Mission with UK Match Aid This Spring’s focus is called Heal Nepal and is centred on the work of main Leprosy Mission hospital high in the hills at Anandaban which , although badly damaged itself, became a centre of relief efforts after the devastating earthquake three years ago. The hospital became a beacon of hope both then and now. Regularly treating 40,000 patients a year, it is now under immense pressure.  TLM aims to expand the work there, train more local doctors and medical staff in Nepal to recognise and treat leprosy, with an emphasis on reaching those in outlying villages, to find, cure and heal leprosy sufferers. 

As a result the UK government have decided to support the Mission’s Spring initiative. This means that ALL money donated, between 27th Jan and 27th April to the Mission’s Spring appeal for the work in Nepal ,will be matched by the UK government through its UK Match Aid Scheme. They are prepared to match up to 1 million pounds. This is great news. Sally will be speaking about this project in church soon.

Information leaflets and gift aid envelopes will be available at the back of church on Sundays as well as a “Gift Bucket” for donations and there will be cake sales and other initiatives this Spring in aid of this worthwhile project.

Sally will be going on the pilgrimage to India on 7th to 21st Feb with Bishop Christopher and some other Readers from across the diocese. They will be looking at interfaith projects and also the work of the Leprosy Mission(TLM) . All those on the pilgrimage will be meeting the leaders of TLM India, Dr Fam Darlong and his wife Dr Joydeepa . Please pray for them to have a safe journey.

The Leprosy Mission will also be one of the projects supported by the Bishop’s Lent Call this year.

Wimbledon Food Bank – Thank you for the food donations so far this year. If you do not yet contribute, please consider buying and extra tin or two of something,  when you go shopping. This is an important part of our Christian service to the less fortunate, and fulfils two of our “marks of Mission” “ To respond to human need by loving service” & “To transform unjust structures of society”. The food bank manager tells me today they are short of Tins of potato, Tinned Big Soup, Tinned Sponge puddings (available from Morrisons, Meat puddings and pies (Fray Bentos or similar), Jam (sadly, they cannot take homemade due to food regs) and Rice Pudding. Please Contact Sally Carter-Esdale if you need further info.

St John’s Electoral Roll. This year all churches have to prepare their electoral rolls from scratch. If you wish to be included on our new roll you must complete and return an application form even if you were included on the old roll otherwise we cannot include you. Forms are available with the service sheets and will also be sent by email to those on the old roll for whom the Church has email contact details. The closing date for applications will be 13 March. However it would be helpful if completed forms could be submitted by 21 February as, following that date, it will be necessary to post a form to anyone on the old roll who has not yet submitted an application and for whom the Church has no email contact details. Thank you!

Service times


8:15am Holy Communion (BCP)
9:00am Children's Service - Twice a month
10:15am Sung Eucharist