This Week’s Notices
Notices from Sunday 23 January 2022
Normal Service Pattern
- 9am – 10am: Traditional Service (In-person and Online)
- 10am: Coffee between the services (currently suspended)
- 10.30am – 11.45am: Contemporary Service with FootPrints and Charged (In-person and Online)
- 6pm: Charismatic Service (In-person and Online)
First Monday Prayer
On the first Monday of the month, everyone is encouraged to pray as follows:
All to pray – all day
First Priority in person in the Easter Centre 8-9pm
First Priority on Zoom – 8.15-9pm. For details contact the Church Office on firstname.lastname@example.org
Covid Update – Plan B
The main headline is that masks (face Coverings) have moved from recommended to mandatory.
The new legislation also makes clear that organised children’s activities in church are exempt from the requirement of wearing face coverings. This means that face coverings will not be required for toddler groups, Sunday school, youth groups or youth bible studies held inside church premises.
However, other adult meetings are not exempt. Face coverings will therefore need to be worn for prayer meetings, bible studies and other small groups held inside church premises.
The restrictions will continue as legal requirements until 26 January 2022.
Coffee between services
Due to the increase in cases of the new Covid 19 virus variant, it has been decided to suspend refreshments between services with immediate effect until further notice.
CAP Money course
Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th January 10am-12noon in the Easter Centre
Contact Sue Gray or Christine Symons for more details
Child Action Lanka – Mission Partner of St John’s
Debbie Edirisinghe, founder and director of CAL, is planning to visit St Johns on Sunday 6 February.
We are planning an afternoon tea at 3pm in the Easter Centre to give an opportunity for Debbie to update us on the work of CAL and how they have fared during the pandemic.
Debbie is known to many of you and looks forward to meeting both old and new friends. Please do come along.
We are planning to re-start the Hope Café from Wednesday 2 February.
Request from Johnny Sheppard
If you have a stjohnsegham.com email address please check it for information regarding changes that are coming.
The Bible Course
Our Bible Course began on Wednesday 19 January and it is not too late to join us!
For 8 weeks we will meet together in person 7-9pm in the Easter Centre as well as 7.30-9pm via Zoom. We will watch videos, discuss and answer questions as we work through the Bible Course material by the Bible Society.
Whether you are new to the Bible or you’d like to go deeper, this course is for you as during each session we will look at the key books, famous characters and epic events from Genesis to Revelation, and also learn skills that apply the Bible to everyday life. To register for the course please contact the Church Office at email@example.com.
The Play Team on Oak and Ash Wards at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have written to thank St John’s for the toys that they received following the Toy Service at the beginning of December. They also let us know that ‘the children on our paediatric wards loved receiving them during Christmas and any remaining donations will be used as resources for our patients throughout the year’.
Campus Development News December 2021
For more details see here.
Update on the Hardship Fund
We are pleased to advise that through the continued generous support of the Hardship Fund, a wide range of support has been provided on the run up to Christmas. This support included snacks and drinks for the staff in the A&E Dept. at St Peters Hospital, Besom and CAP Hampers, food vouchers and Christmas presents for children, gas and electric bills, rent, goodwill Christmas gifts and support to some members of the church family, the children’s gifts in the St John’s Grotto. Over the coming months and with the increase in cost of living and heating costs, we anticipate that these financial increases may affect some of our church family or local people that we know. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Church Office if you think the Hardship Fund can provide support, with all enquiries being treated in complete confidence.
RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 28 – 30th Jan
Calling all bird watchers, beginners to experts. The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch will be held on the last weekend of January to monitor common bird species in the UK. Anyone can take part in their garden, from your balcony or in your local green space.
We will be surveying the birds in our churchyard on Sunday 30th Jan at 2pm. If you would be interested in coming along please email: email@example.com
If there are any bird enthusiasts amongst us who would be willing to help with the session please do contact us.
St John’s EcoChurch Team
Home-Start Runnymede and Woking
Home-Start Runnymede and Woking is an independent charity supporting local families who have at least one child under five and who may be struggling for any number of reasons including post natal depression, disability of parent or child, poor mental health, social isolation, family breakdown, multiple births etc. Our trained volunteers are matched with families and visit them for a couple of hours each week to provide practical and emotional support to enable the parents to improve their ability to cope. See here for more details. Contact us to find out more on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn how to eat healthily and cook on a budget
Tuesdays from 25 January 2022, 10am – 12.30pm for 6 weeks with The Beacon, 95 Guildford Street, Chertsey, KT16 9AS. Contact Helen Bunclark Eatwellspendless@runnymede.foodbank.org.uk for more information.
Try singing in 2022! Free rehearsal with Egham Choral
Egham Choral is offering a free rehearsal on Monday 24th January at 7.30pm for anyone keen to join a choir or return to singing after a break. Led by talented young director Richard Robbins, the choir will be celebrating great British composers at its Spring concert in St John’s Egham. It would love more singers to swell the sound, and the Bass section is especially keen for company!
To register and for more information please visit the website www.eghamchoral.org or call 07764 823299.
For details of what the Foodbank needs this month see here.
For the PCC Update for September 2021 see here.
Wrap Up Warm
As our buildings need to be well ventilated and safe over the coming weeks, please do wear an extra layer or bring along a blanket with you to any services or events if you feel you may get cold.
Sale of stamps and coins
Please see what you can find as everything has a value. You can phone Peter and Audrey Lowther or contact the Church Office if you would like advice as well as to make arrangements for handing over items or simply leave them at the back of church.
Deanery Events Calendar
For details of events in Runnymede Deanery for December and January see here.
For the Prayer Diary for January 2022 please see here.
Traidcraft believes transparency helps to counter the imbalance in international trade so helping to achieve Trade Justice. Traidcraft helps to provide Social Justice by advocating equality across all areas including gender, race, heritage. Traidcraft is increasingly worried about the effects climate change is having on their partners across the world. Buying goods from Traidcraft ensures their work can continue. The Autumn/Winter catalogue is available online at https://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/.
Goods may be ordered via the EcoChurch page of the St John’s Website.
Recycling Used ink cartridges
Phil Darby is now collecting used / unused ink cartridges to recycle with all profits going to the Easter Centre. Please contact him on 01784 473750 for further information.