This Week’s Notices
Notices for week starting 29/11/2020
Advent Ladies’ Breakfast
Saturday 5th December on Zoom, 8.45 for 9am. The theme is ‘Hope in disappointment – Joseph’s Story and Ours’ – a time of reflections, prayers and songs. Please have pencil and paper to hand.
Blue Christmas Service
We are holding a Blue Christmas Service on Sunday 6th December at 2.30pm. You are invited this Advent to a gentle service of Remembrance and Hope. This is in person and online, livestreaming on our YouTube Channel, St John’s Egham. All welcome. To book your free ticket for services, including Blue Christmas, to sit downstairs or upstairs please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/in-person-holy-communion-service-tickets-117994810655
Community Christmas Lunch
For many in our community this Christmas will be even more challenging than previous years. Many people find the community Christmas meals are a special lifeline and this year we are planning to deliver a hot meal to those who are on their own.
Please get in touch via the Church Office by the end of November if you or someone you live near would welcome a hot Christmas meal on Christmas Day.
12noon weekly Holy Communion Service
This will be re-starting in church from Wednesday 2 December. All welcome – just come along.
At 8pm come out onto your doorsteps with your families & a candle and join us in a community sing-a-long! Carol Sheets will be available on our Website and Facebook Group:
Thursday 17 December – SILENT NIGHT
Thursday 24 December – O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL
Community Bible Study
CBS will be studying Hebrews from Wednesday 25 November at 7pm on Zoom. Contact the Church Office for more details.
At 11.30 on Sunday we get together on Zoom for coffee. The link is not published here but on our closed Facebook page, search for St Johns church Egham on Facebook. If you cannot find the link email firstname.lastname@example.org
You are welcome to bring along any donations to church on a Sunday or during Open Church during November. Please see here for details of items they are in need of for Christmas.
Eco Challenge for November 2020 – Traidcraft
There are many different factors to consider when we make a decision where to buy something from, or even if to buy something at all. There are different fair trade organisations and models for ethical purchases and we have tried to lay out on the EcoChurch website some of those considerations and demystify the jargon. https://stjohnsegham.com/eco-church-2/.
Some suggestions for you to consider:
Good: Think about what you are buying – look at our website to understand better what some of the labels mean.
Better: If you have the choice between buying an item which is labelled as being ‘fair trade’ and one without such a label but is cheaper, consider if you can afford to buy the fair trade product or instead donate that money you save by buying the cheaper item to an organisation supporting social justice and development.
Best: Join the St John’s Traidcraft program – by buying this way you are directly supporting the producers through the Traidcraft organisation. In addition, you will save postage, we get a discount and shipping is more efficient. Take a look at the catalogue and choose a gift or food you need. Or consider a ‘subscription’ where every month you get your supply of sugar, coffee, raisins etc. Details at https://stjohnsegham.com/eco-church-2/fair-trade-at-st-johns/ or email email@example.com for more information.
Archbishops call for 28 days of prayer
During lockdown our archbishops have called for 28 days of focussed prayer for our nation at this time. Everyone is encouraged to set an alarm for 6pm each day to remind us to pray together – across the diocese and nation – for just five minutes each day – or more, of course, as the Spirit leads you! If you’re able to pray and fast once a week over this month – fasting from food or maybe from TV or social media – that too would help us to focus our prayers for God’s mercy at this time, and to keep that living link with the living God.
Kings Chamber Orchestra
Kings Chamber Orchestra Christmas Special Streamed Concert – Silent Night
This will be launched on the evening of Saturday 5 December. The direct link to the details are here https://www.kco.cool/december-2020-shows/
New Guide leader(s) needed
Please contact Amanda/Gemma on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.