News sheet items

Duck, no they’re seagulls!!

The thought of sitting in a bright yellow amphibian vehicle entering the Thames, especially after one of these sunk in the Mersey recently, did not fill me with the joy I would normally have when with the men and ladies of St Mary’s & John’s Church – but how I was so wrong thanks to Matthew our guide.

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Walls of Jericho – Church Mag May

Your call is important to us

Easter Monday bank holiday, Jezebel rang the telephone company on behalf of her aged parent. After going through all the options – if you wish to pay a bill press 1, if you are moving house and wish to provide a final reading press 2, otherwise press 3, if you would like to discuss the weather press 1, if you need to report a leak press 2, if you agree with the chairman’s bonus press 3, to speak to a human press 4 – a recorded message told her the offices were shut for the bank holiday.

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Resurrection isn’t just for Easter!

I am writing this article in the week before Holy Week but I am aware it is most likely to be read just after Easter Sunday. If we are not careful the great Easter theme of Resurrection is something we only think about for that one Sunday of the year. The resurrection of Jesus was a once off historical event but it revealed Resurrection as a theme that should underlay all of life for Christians.

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No Joy for Children’s Joy

Since becoming treasurer of Children’s Joy UK, despite the incredible generosity of all of you who give us money to support the work that Pat and Len Joy do in the Ukraine with vulnerable youngsters, we seem to lurch from one crisis to another behind the scenes. Usually it’s the Ukrainian government changing the law every 5 minutes so that Pat and Len have an ever increasing array of hoops to jump through. Read the rest of this entry »

APCM – Coming soon

ANNUAL MEETING OF PARISHIONERS

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ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING

Sunday 14th April 2013 at 7-9 pm following Worship at St John’s Church at 6.30pm

All members on the electoral roll or resident in the parish and on a Register of Local Government Electors are warmly invited to attend the above meetings at which we will be appointing our Churchwardens, their Deputies, a Deanery Synod Representative, PCC members and Sidespersons for 2013/2014.

Nominations forms will shortly be displayed on the notice boards of both churches.

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The NEW Electoral Roll

The Church electoral roll is the foundation of the whole structure of synodical government in the church. It contains the names and addresses of everyone who can vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting.

Please remember to sign up for the NEW electoral roll. Forms are at the back of each church. This year we have to produce a completely new Electoral Roll throughout the Church of England; there is no automatic inclusion!

This important document will give a snapshot of Christian presence in our area, as well as feed in to the national picture.

The Seniors’ Afternoon Tea & Film

The Seniors’ Afternoon Tea & Film on Sunday, 3rd March was another great success. 33 Seniors attended and 8 young people helped on the day.

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Good Intentions – Church Mag March

Another Lent has begun. Already we are in the middle of our preparations for the greatest feast in the Christian calendar, Easter. So did you decide to give anything up for Lent? Or start something new? I have never understand why some people try to give up things like chocolate. It more-or-less guarantees that they will become the most miserable people living on the planet during this penitential season!

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Our Thanksgiving Service

The vision for this service is summed up in its title. This service is a celebration. For everyone. We will be celebrating with our thanksgiving families for the gift of their children. We will be celebrating the amazing grace God has shown us in Jesus through the communion. We will be celebrating with the families whose children have recently joined the church through baptism. This service is a celebration.

Click this link to download the service explanation handbook

Wall of Jericho – Church Mag March

Quick! March!

No, that’s not a military order barked out by a parade ground drill sergeant  that my father was obliged to take notice of when he did his national service just prior to him sailing off to fight communists in 1950s Malaya along with several Royal Artillery chums. I have asked Gunner Jericho (retd.) how they managed to drag 25 pounder field guns around thick jungle, but he assures me the Lee Enfields they were issued with on jungle patrol would have far more effective had they been unlucky enough to meet up with any marauding revolutionaries.

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Yeehaw! – Grab your partner

Nightingales and Men’s Group - Saturday 9 February was Linedancing night!  70 of us had a really good night dancing to The Dixieliners! We would like to thank them for giving their services free. The chip and Fin provided the fish and chips and a big thank you to Bob and John for collecting it. I would also like to thank my other helpers Wendy, Sue, Barbara, Diane, and Pat.

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Messy Church – Baptist Church

Saturday, 9th March: Baptist Church, High Rd, Langdon Hills. 3-5.00 pm

Primary school children and their parents, carers or grandparents are warmly invited to join us for this event of activities, games and short time of worship. A meal will be provided but there is no need to book!  Please note that all children and young people must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Contact Details:  Christine Hopkinson 01268 542156