Men at Wapping – Rob Aley

Rob Aley has kindly written about the men’s group outing on the 7th November evening to Wapping and recalls the evening’s events.

After meeting at Laindon and travelling to Fenchurch Street, where we met with others, we had a very interesting walk through the old East End to Wapping. This part of London has changed immensely and been refurbished beyond recognition, however many of the old landmarks still remain intact.

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Has the Church Gone to the Dogs?

Well not quite but over 30 people came along for a fun night out at Romford Grey Hound Stadium organised by the men’s and women’s groups. It was a fantastic evening, the track conditions were excellent and we all had great seats in the Paddock restaurant overlooking the back straight. Looking around you could tell the ones who knew what they were doing and the rest of us making our winning choices on obscure rationale such as some distant memory related to a dog’s name or was its tail up or down when it came out!

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ALF Club / Yippee! Club 2008

Our ALF (‘About Life and Faith’, I think – Dave) Club for 7-11+ will run on Tuesdays for 3 weeks in a row each half term – 5 Feb; (3 week gap), then 4, 11 and 18 March. Any questions to Colin or Gaynor.

Meanwhile our Yippee! Club dates are:
28th February, 27th March, 24th April, 22nd May and 26th June.

Yippee! Club is from 4.30-6 pm.

St. John’s 0-3 Club

This is a new group at St. John’s which will replace the existing First Steps Group run on a Monday afternoon.

St. John’s 0-3 Club will be linked with St. John’s Pre-School, and will have a Christian emphasis. The Group will be aimed at children between the ages of 0-3 and their parents/carers. It will be suitable for children who attend pre-school as well as younger children.

The format each week will be:

1.15 Arrival

1.30 Children’s Christian Songs
Animal Friends (toys)
Bible Story with participation

Craft (carers/children together)

Tea/Coffee – Biscuit and chat

Free Play with Pre-School Toys

This will be an ideal time to meet new friends, in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

It will be a good time for children to familiarise themselves with St. John’s building and meet some of the Pre-School staff.

We will be starting on Monday, 14th January, 2008 at St. John’s, then every term time Monday. (Last Meeting in Spring term 17th March, 2008). There will be no charge but donations for tea/coffee will be welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there. Contact the Parish Office (01268 490400) if you have any questions.