This Week’s Notices
Notices for the week beginning Sunday 17 October 2021
- 9am – 10am: Traditional Service (in-person – we need to build up the AV Team for this service to enable livestreaming. Volunteers needed – contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 10am: Coffee between the services
- 10.30am – 11.45am: Contemporary Service with FootPrints and Charged (In-person and Online)
- 6pm: Charismatic Service (In-person and Online)
Services from 5 September onwards
We are looking forward to welcoming many more people back to church services:
- You will no longer need to book a seat as most of the chairs will be back to normal, although some chairs will be left socially distanced and the screens will remain in the box pews;
- You will be able to choose how much physical contact you are comfortable with;
- Prayer ministry after the morning services will re-start;
- Refreshments will be served between the morning services.
Following on from the Stewardship series as part of reconsidering how to serve we would like you to complete a “Get Involved” questionnaire. This can be found on the web-site by clicking the circle labelled Get Involved. Paper copies for those who don’t have access to the internet are available at the back of church.
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 church 8-9pm
First Priority on Zoom – 8.15-9pm. For details contact the Church Office on email@example.com
Someone was asking me when we might go back to receiving Communion at the rail. My simple answer is ‘not this side of the winter’. I think we are doing really well with our ‘re-gathering project’. I think there is enough that feels ‘normal’ for those impatient to move forward. I also think there are enough safety measures to reassure those who are exercising a huge amount of courage to enable them to gather in person. I hope there is enough to gently encourage those who are still to come home. Covid cases remain high – we need to continue to be vigilant and to be mindful of one another – especially the vulnerable.
Esther Prior, Vicar
The Bereavement Journey
Run in small groups over six sessions for anyone who has been bereaved
7.30pm – 9.30pm
18th Oct – 22nd Nov 2021
Meeting in person at The Easter Centre
Contact the Church Office for more details
Christmas Day Lunch – help needed
For many years now we have put on a Christmas Day lunch for those that would otherwise be on their own on Christmas Day. This year we need someone to organise the lunch and helpers for all the activities involved. Contact the church office if you can help.
For details of what the Foodbank needs this month see here.
Alpha Course starting Thursday 30 September 2021
The last 18 months have been very challenging and during these uncertain times, questions may be raised for us about life, hope, faith and meaning. Alpha is a series of 10 sessions which may help in answering those questions. Exploring the basics of Christian faith, Alpha is for anyone who’s curious or would like to explore things in a friendly, open and informal environment. No questions is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or little as you wish!
Alpha started on Thursday 30 September. It is not too late to join in. If you would like any further information, please contact the Church Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the PCC Update for September 2021 see here.
The Weybridge Male Voice Choir in concert
Friday 15 October in church, 7.30pm for an 8pm start. The choir have a well-deserved reputation for the quality and high standard of performance. They offer an exciting and varied programme of songs performed in spine tingling four-part harmony with something for everyone and designed to be entertaining and uplifting. Admission is £10 with concessions £8. Please contact Phil 01784 473750 for tickets or just turn up. All profits to the Easter Centre Building costs fund.
Pedalling For A Bright Future
Rima Chai, St John’s Eco Church Member, and 2 friends (13 years and 75 years) are setting out on 8 October to cycle 600 miles from the Ankerwycke (2,500 year old Yew tree) to the Tree of Hope in Glasgow. This is for COP26 and will be to raise awareness about our Climate Crisis as well as to inspire our youth to take action. Pray for them and our lovely planet Earth. For details see https://pedalfabf.wordpress.com/
Service of Thanksgiving
The service of thanksgiving for the life of Helen Janes will be at 2pm on Friday 12 November in church followed by tea and cake in the Easter Centre. All welcome.
Church grounds working party
10am- 12noon on Saturday 23 October. Please bring along your gardening tools. Refreshments served. All welcome.
Deanery Events Calendar
For details of events in Runnymede Deanery for October see here.
Past Case Review
For more details see here.
For the Prayer Diary for October 2021 please see here.
Surrey Police Survey
Surrey Police are asking you to take part in this short survey about engagement. We want to make sure that you can get the right information from us when you want and need it, and that this information is put where you are most likely to see it. This is your chance to have a say on what you would like to see from the Force moving forwards in terms of Engagement – whether that be in person events or social media content? The survey is quick and easy to complete, taking no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Any information you provide is anonymous.
This is the link for the direct email https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/RM5CYN/
Alms house suitable for a couple available in Englefield Green from the end of October. Applicants need to be over 60 years of age and have lived in the area for at least 2 years. Contact the Church Office for more details.
Important request from the Hardship Fund Team
As the church family knows, we have been blessed with generous donations to the Fund which has enabled us to show God’s love to our community in providing appropriate financial support where needed. This has enabled us to provide genuine help to members of our church and the wider community as well as facilitate a number of initiatives providing broader, long term support. Whilst we would not wish to interfere when God may lead us to be generous to a brother or sister, our request is that if you are approached with a request for financial assistance by an individual, this request is passed to the Hardship Fund either by phoning the Church Office (01784 605400) or by emailing email@example.com. Should you then wish to make a personal donation to the Fund this can be done via the website https://stjohnsegham.com/give2/ which enables us to claim gift aid, if appropriate, which can increase the value and benefit of your donation. The HF Team are conscious of their stewardship responsibilities and wish to ensure that when providing financial support, it is in a co-ordinated manner, including consideration of holistic help by way of CAP or other local agencies, if appropriate. With continued thanks to our Church family for their support.
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.