This Weeks News
Date: December 15, 2019
St John’s Events
Tonight 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight
Tuesday 24th Dec Christmas Eve Wednesday 25th Dec Christmas Day
4.30pm Family Crib Service 8.30am BCP with Homily
11.30pm Midnight Mass 10.15am Said Eucharist
Eucharist Thursday 19thDecember 5pm at St John’s. Stephen will be giving thanks for three years continued good health since major surgery on the afternoon of Thursday 19th December. Prayers will also be offered for all those who are presently struggling with their health.
Christmas continues!–A reminder that we shall be continuing the historical celebrations throughout the season, with a Holy Communion with Homily at 10amoffered on Friday 27th (St Stephen), Saturday 28th(St John the Apostle); Wednesday 1st Jan(The Naming/Circumcision of Jesus)
The Church of England Children’s Society. Hopefully we can beat last years figure of £1,033.53. Every pound, penny and other coins collected in your Box plus any cheques made payable to the Church of England Children’s Society are also most welcome and these vital funds go towards fighting childhood poverty, harm, abuse and neglect and your commitment is vital. Please leave your Box in the Church Vestry or drop it round to 3 St John’s Road by the latest Sun Dec 22nd. Mark Liversedge is happy to come and collect it, if it is more convenient for you. Please contact Mark on 07803397317. New Box Holders are also very welcome.The
Christmas Fair –Final Total. Thanks again to everyone who helped organise, run and who came to the fair. Our final total is an impressive £2389.53. We would like toput £2K towards the lighting project, and give £195 to the Foodbankand the remaining £194.53 to the Merton Winter Night Shelter
Wimbledon Foodbank Appeal https://wimbledon.foodbank.org.uk/
Sadly, in the period leading up to Christmas, the Wimbledon Foodbank has greater and greater demands upon it.
Apologies that this has gone in the notices slightly after 1st Dec, but if you would like to help them, they have made a suggestion of a ‘reverse’ Advent calendar: The idea is to start Advent with an empty box, and then fill it with one item per day with a foodbank donation. This is the list of things that they would like (they already have lots of pasta):Cans of: tuna, curry, stew, peas, carrots, green bean, tomatoes & any soups; then Cookies, pasta sauce, rice, oatmeal, dry cereal (Shreddies, Rice Krispies, Cornflakes etc), chocolate spread, jam, chocolate bars, shower gel, granola bars, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, laundry soap powder.
As another option, they have also suggested a supermarket gift card of £10/£20, as they can give these to families so they can choose their own food from the shops.
If you are able to bring any of the following to church that would be wonderful but if carrying is a problem, you can visit their website to make either a one-off, or a regular, financial donation. https://wimbledon.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/
TEAM PRAYERS at St Matthews on Thursday 19th December at 1.00pm.
‘INSPIRED TO FOLLOW: ART AND THE BIBLE STORY’ On four Tuesday mornings during Advent being hosted by St Mark’s. We will look at a series of paintings from the National Gallery with a Christmas theme. Starting on 26 November, continuing on the 10 and 17 December, meeting in St Mark’s Chapter Room from 10.30-11.30am. All invited! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
IN OTHER NEWS: The Archbishops of Canterbury and York issued a two page statement on the election (https://bit.ly/2Dpatz5). I have a natural delight in seeing Church Historians get ahead in life, and so I thoroughly commend the sermon of the new Dean of Westminster Cathedral at his installation (https://bit.ly/2OWwxGP). The Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England issued a major document on Christian Jewish relations (https://bit.ly/37MqA7X).