Outside of the parish

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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Events elsewhere

The Keene Lectures 2010
At Chelmsford Cathedral, with the theme ‘Reinventing the Weal’ – Wealth and well-being after the Crash. In the Cathedral at 8.00pm. Admission is free, with a retiring collection.

  • Wednesday 3rd November: ‘In the Rich Man’s World’, Maurice Glasman, Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, London Metropolitan University
  • Wednesday 10th November: ‘Capitalism – where next?’, Will Morris, Senior Tax Counsel – International General Electric, and Curate of St Martin in the Fields, London
  • Wednesday 17th November: ‘Prosperity without Growth’, Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development, University of Surrey
  • Wednesday 24th November: ‘Back to Basics, or Business as Usual?’, John Milbank, Professor in Religion, Politics and Ethics, University of Nottingham

From the notice sheet:

From Paula Sofowora, a member of our congregation at St John’s

This July I will be doing a trek of 35 miles in Landmannalaugar across the
Southern Highlands in Iceland which involves climbing through lava fields,
hills laden with snow and wading through ice cold streams for charity.

I Just Giving website if anyone would like to sponsor me: http://www.justgiving.com/paulasofowora

URGENT NEED for Pastoral Care Volunteers at Basildon Hospital

Volunteers spend perhaps two hours a week, visiting a couple of wards, to speak to those staying in the hospital. The qualities required are to listen and show compassion for possibly very frightened people, offering to pray for them if they wish. This contact must not be used to preach or in any way to promote the gospel. After the training and the usual Criminal Records Bureau check you would receive ongoing support from the Chaplains and other volunteers.

Call the Chaplain (William Ruddle) on 0845 155 3111 x4281 (or leave message) if interested in joining the ten week training course commencing on 20 April (7-9 pm).

Theological Society Talks

Wednesday 6th May, 8 pm IN THE CHAPTER HOUSE at Chelmsford Cathedral.
The Montgomery Lecture 2009

‘My thanks to Dietrich Bonhoeffer’ with Haddon Willmer, Emeritus Professor of Theology, University of Leeds.

The Crucifixion

The Crucifixion
A meditation on the sacred passion of the Holy Redeemer
by John Stainer
Sung by combined local choirs on Good Friday 10th April at 6.00 pm
St Giles & All Saints Church, High Road, Orsett
Guest Soloists: Martyn Harrison (Tenor) and John Read (Bas-Baritone)
Conductor: Richard Wade; Organist: Roy Wise
Proceeds to charity

The laughter of fools?

Wednesday 1st April, 8 pm: Chelmsford Cathedral, IN THE CHAPTER HOUSE ‘The Laughter of Fools?’ The relevance of Wisdom Literature for today, with Katharine Dell, Senior Lecturer, Old Testament Studies, University of Cambridge.