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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Steve shaves off his beard for Hope HIV

Many witnessed, during the services, Steve shave off his beard, explaining how he had been given a £10 note and then challenged to turn that into £100 for the charity Hope HIV. In fact it became over £600!

Here are some photos:

Above: Steve with half of his bear removed. He did half at St Mary’s, and the other half later the same morning at St John’s.

Above: Beard-shaving in progress.

Above: The finished result.

Note from Linda Spencer:
It’s always difficult when two people from the same parish need to find different ways in taking up a challenge like this without putting more financial pressure on the same individuals.
So, with that in mind I thought I would ask the congregation to give in a different way – through getting rid of things we don’t need. I intend to invest my £10.00 in a pitch at the Marillac Nursing Home car boot sale on Saturday 19th June to raise funds in order to support some of the millions of children who have been orphaned or affected by AIDS in Africa. So, if you would like to clear your attic or garage of any ‘car boot’ saleable items please pass them onto me as soon as you can.
I hope you feel able to support me in this challenge because by working together we can make a difference.
You can find out more about Hope HIV here.
Many thanks,
Linda Spencer

Dave Bilbrough at St John’s

The singer Dave Bilbrough came to St Johns on Sunday and played to a full house. If you’d like to hear more of his music you can do so via his website.

Dave Bilbrough

[Picture taken with a mobile phone – some better pictures are hopefully on their way!]

Flower Festival pictures

Some photos from the Flower Festival at St Mary’s in August – Thanks to Tony Dunhill. Click here to see them all.

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The cross on St John’s tower


You may have noticed a cross on the tower outside St John’s. Why is it there? Well, we are considering putting some form of cross on the tower and this is a temporary version so that we can see what it looks like. Any opinions? Let us know!

St John’s being built

Some photographs that Richard Dunhill has sent me.

St John's being built
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Quiz night

quiz night

Perry explains the rules at the church quiz night on the 23rd of February.