Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity
2011 is the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible – The Authorised Version. To celebrate these four centuries of use during this year we are using the Authorised Version for one of our readings each Sunday.
From the second letter of Paul to the Philippians (4:1-9)
From the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (22:1-14)
The flowers in the Sanctuary have been given by Rachel and Gareth Mills in celebration of their 20th wedding anniversary.
The flowers in the Lady Chapel have been given by the families of Arturo Perez Barber and of George and Otto Thompson who are all to be baptised today, with a special remembrance of George and Otto’s grandmother, Angela Drewe.
Tuesday, 11 October
20.15 Men’s Spirituality Group meets.
Thursday, 13 October
20.00 The Women’s Spirituality Group will meet at 19 Scutari Road to finalise our Justice and Peace Liturgy for the following Sunday evening. All women welcome to join the group. For more information please contact Clare Brown (020 8291 5295).
Saturday, 15 October Quiz Night
Tickets are now available for our Quiz Night to be held in the Goose Green Centre. Drinks from 19.00 and the Quiz begins at 19.30. Teams of 6. Tickets are £10 each available from Rachel Mills or Stephen Phillips. Light supper. There will be a raffle – if you would like to contribute a raffle prize please speak to either Stephen or Rachel or one of the clergy. We are also seeking volunteers to staff the bar and sell raffle tickets on the night. Please support this fund-raising event. All proceeds will go to St John’s. If you are unable to attend please make a contribution. Place you donation in a yellow envelope, mark it clearly "Quiz Night" and place it in the collection bag.
Sunday, 16 October – Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity
17.30 A Service for Peace and Justice
A short, informal service with space for reflection led by members of the congregation. Everyone is welcome and light refreshments will be available afterwards.
Tuesday, 18 October
19.30 Recital by Melanie Mahta (soprano) and David Dreebin (piano) at St. Peter’s Church, Leigham Court Road, Streatham SW16 2SD. Includes works by Andreww Gibbs, Schumann, Bach and Beethoven. Entrance free with retiring collection.
All Souls’ Day – Wednesday, 2 November – Fauré’s Requiem
Singers are welcome to join the regular choir for this service to remember the departed. Rehearsals on Thursdays 13 and 20 October at 20.45 and on Sunday, 30 October at 16.00. Service follows an 18.30 final rehearsal on Wednesday, 2 November at 20.15. Details are available from John Webber in church, on 020 8650 9164 or on firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult and junior servers wanted
Please see Fr Charles if you are interested.
The Junior Choir would welcome new members! They meet at 08.45 on the second and fourth Sundays of the month (plus occasional extra duties) and sing at the 10.00 Mass. There is also a rehearsal on the second Sunday until 11.45. It is necessary to be a good reader. There are opportunities for more experienced singers to have solos and the Junior Choir is regarded as an important part of the mission of St John’s Church. Please contact John Webber on 8650 9164 or after services if you son/daughter is interested or if you would like to know more.
St John’s Choir would be delighted to have two more tenors! Please consider this if it might apply to you. Details from John Webber (email@example.com or 020 8650 9164).
Church cleaning 2011
This will take place on the following days during the year from 09.00. If you are able to assist, or would like to join the cleaning team, please see Stephen Phillips or telephone him on 020 8693 8623: 29 October and 17 December.
Making a will and leaving a legacy
Each of us should have made a will which is kept up to date. Also we should consider leaving a gift to St John’s as some of our former parishioners have over the last year. As the Church is a registered charity no Inheritance Tax is payable on the amount of your gift. Please pick up our special leaflet from the Information Point. Any further enquiries may be referred to Elizabeth Stanton.
Planning your funeral
At different times of our lives it is important to make plans. At no point this is more true than the plans we can make for the end of our life. We have prepared a leaflet to help you make some of those plans so that your wishes can be honoured, and so that those closest to you will know what you desire. Please ask the Vicar or the Parish Administrator for details.
A Safe Church
A copy of A Safe Church, the manual of Diocesan policies, procedures and guidelines for safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults can be viewed at the Information Point. It guides parishes in keeping all activities and environments as safe as possible. It includes very clear procedures for what to do when something goes wrong, or there are concerns. The Procedures are non-negotiable and have been adopted by the PCC in order to comply with the law and Church of England policy. The Guidelines are the Diocese’s recommendation for best practice.
St John’s Safeguarding Officers are:
Laura Williams and The Revd Anne Clarke
In order to assist them in their responsibilities the Vicar and the Parish Administrator continue in their role as Safeguarding Officers particularly for the purpose of overseeing Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) procedures.
Don’t Throw Your Used Postage Stamps Away!
The Orangutan Foundation is the world’s foremost orangutan conservation organisation. They work to save Asia’s endangered great apes by protecting their tropical forest habitat, working with local communities and promoting research and education. They would be delighted to receive your used postage stamps to aid their fund-raising. All stamps should be cut or torn from envelopes leaving approximately 1/4" paper around them. Please separate British and foreign stamps and place them correctly in the box at the Information Point. Thank you for your help.