General Notices



Our Sunday readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary. This is a three-year lectionary cycle, with three readings and a psalm for each Sunday. From 30 November 2014 to 22 November 2015 we will be following Year B.
The readings for the week can be found on the following website:


WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP     8.00 pm     Tuesday 9th February

Our next meeting will be 28 Westwood Park. As this is Shrove Tuesday we are going to have pancakes together and talk about fasting and feasting in the Christian tradition. All women welcome. Further details contact Clare Brown 020 8291 5295.



     ‘Lord, you have made us for yourself alone, and our hearts will always

     be restless until they find their rest in you.’

Our deanery confirmation this year is in the evening on Sunday 8 May 2016 at St. Clement’s Church, Friern Road. If you would like prepare for confirmation please tell Mother Anne or Father Bill preferably before Ash Wednesday. There is a form available at the information desk for you to complete. We will fix the dates for the two preparation sessions when we know who is involved. You are warmly invited to attend the Lent course on Wednesday evenings.


LENT 2016

The pattern for Lent this year will be similar to last year. There will be five Wednesday evening sessions beginning on 17 February. We will be meeting in the Lady Chapel at 7.30pm (aiming to finish by 8.45pm). We shall begin with informal Evening Prayer with some singing and opportunities for quiet reflection. There will then be a short presentation which will continue to explore the themes of the previous Sunday’s gospel followed by questions for discussion in small groups. There is no need to sign up for the course and all are welcome to come to any or all of the sessions. The course looks like this:

A Way through the Wilderness

   Week 1:       17 February – Temptation (Luke 4.1-13)

   Week 2:       24 February – Sorrow      (Luke 13.31-end)

   Week 3:       2 March – Repentance        (Luke 13.1-9)

   Week 4:       9 March – Acceptance        (Luke 15.1-3, 11b-32)

   Week 5:       16 March – Love     (John 12.1-8)

We very much look forward to drawing closer to Our Lord Jesus and to one another as we make this journey through Lent together.                           Father Alistair


COMMUNION WAFERS  We are now able to offer gluten-free communion wafers. These have been approved by the Coeliac Society. If you would prefer to receive one instead of the usual wafer, please speak to me or one of the clergy.      Alan Croft


The latest copy of The Bridge is available from the back of church.

Members of the congregation who contribute through the weekly envelope scheme are asked to note that a new envelope year begins in a few weeks’ time. A new set of weekly envelopes bearing your name is being prepared now and these will be available at the Information point from next Sunday.
Anyone who would like to join the weekly envelope scheme for the first time will find details at the Information point or by contacting Stephen Phillips, Churchwarden on 07702 099779



The Church Choir welcomes new members. Adults are expected to have a basic reading of music and children (from the age of seven) need to be good readers. Our urgent need at the moment is for tenors. There is more information on the Parish website and you can contact me, the Director of Music, on 8650 9164               John Webber.



Free copies of the London Organ Concerts Guide are available from the back of the Church. They include times and dates for this year’s recitals at St. John’s (on page 23). Please note that the reference to the Bach Sonatas applies to the two September dates only.



Every person has a value and dignity, which comes directly from the creation of people in God’s image. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm. At St. John’s we commit ourselves to nurture, protect and safeguard all our members, particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults.



The PCC has agreed that St John’s should support Southwark Foodbank. If you are able to donate an item from the list below, Pecan will arrange to collect them from the church:

· Canned Rice Pudding                            · UHT milk

· Fruit (tinned)                                       · Fruit Juice (UHT, Carton)

· Shower gel/Toiletries                          · Tooth brush/tooth paste

Thank you for your support!

(Southwark Foodbank was launched in 2009 and is part of a national network of Foodbanks established by The Trussell Trust. It is a joint initiative between the Peckham charity Pecan and local churches across Southwark.)


VOCATIONS FAIR    Saturday, 27 February

An opportunity to explore, talk to others and find out more about your vocation.

St Mary’s Reigate, Church Centre, RH2 7RN from 2.30pm-5pm.

Seminars on:   Discerning Your Call           Lay Ministries         Ordained Ministry

Plus:     Talk by the Bishop of Croydon

Browse stalls and meet people engaged in a wide variety of different ministries

Quiet Space

For more information and to register, e-mail:


Other Notices


Details of the weekday worship at churches in the Dulwich Deanery can be seen on the Deanery website under Our Churches:

Our weekly flower displays contribute to our worship, and are funded solely by the generous donations of members of the congregation. Each donation may be in memory of a loved one, or in thanksgiving or celebration of an event. If you would like to donate in this way please pick up a ‘Gift of Flowers’ leaflet at the back of the church for more information. Thank you.

If you have moved house, or changed your phone number or e-mail address please ensure that you let us know by completing a Change of Contact Details form available at the back of the church. Please then hand to a Churchwarden or the Parish Administrator. Thank you.

“GOOD MORNING, WELCOME TO OUR WORSHIP” Wonderfully warm words to hear every time you come to St. John’s. You could be the one who says them! Why not join our Welcomers Team or belong to our Sidesperson’s Team? You could be the one who makes someone feel really welcomed and included. If you are interested please speak to one of our Churchwardens or Eurica Shaw our SPA (Southwark Pastoral Auxiliary). Details about both these roles can be found at the Information Point.

SIMPLE GIFTS Many of you have asked how else you can contribute to our worship by way of a one-off donation, in addition to your regular giving. In response, we have launched: Simple Gifts, a way in which you can make a donation towards different aspects of our worship. Your donation will be dedicated to the gift you have chosen and will be recorded with thanksgiving and to the Glory of God during the Notices and on the Pew Sheet. You will find the Simple Gifts leaflet at the back of the church. If you would like to give a donation towards any of the items, please place it (cheques should be made payable to ‘St. John’s PCC’) in one of our yellow envelopes hand it, together with your completed form, to a member of the Clergy, a Churchwarden or the Parish Administrator.

The group meets on the first Sunday evening of each month in the Lady Chapel and is open to all. The pattern of our meetings is: a brief welcome followed by a short opening prayer, leading into 30 minutes of silence, which is marked at the beginning and end by the sound of a gong, and we then close with another prayer. The silence is an opportunity to be aware of God’s presence in a space that is different to our Sunday morning worship. People can use the silence to meditate in whatever way they find appropriate. Some suggestions are; using a Christian mantra, reflection, breath or imagery. If you would like to find out more you are welcome to come along, or to contact Sue Lock 0207 639 4567 or Sarah Phillips 0208 690 7649.

PEW SHEET – All notices for the Pew Sheet should be passed to the Parish Office (020 8693 3897/e-mail:, preferably via e-mail, by 10.00 on TUESDAY mornings please, with a copy to