New baby congratulations! Congratulations to Shihan & Eunice Sappideen on the birth of their little boy Isaac who arrived early on Sunday morning weighing in at a healthy 8.5lbs. Mother and baby are now home and doing well!
Women’s vision meeting – a chance to discuss our future (9:30-11:00am, Monday, 23rd April) This meeting, incl a creche, is for all women at St John’s who were unable to attend Wednesday’s meeting. This will be an opportunity to have your say on our future. Before you come, why not think about what you love about St John’s, what you think we could do better etc.
Church Training Day (9:30am to 12:30pm, Saturday, 28th April)
All are welcome to come along but this will be an event that is especially relevant to anyone in a position of leadership or authority within the church, including small group leaders, youth & children’s work leaders and helpers, and others.
Andy Palmer’s Commissioning Service (from 7:00pm, Tuesday 24th April) Andy’s Commissioning Service will take place at Chestnut Grove School, Balham SW12 8JZ (1 minute walk from Balham tube, on the Northern line). It will start with canapés and drinks from 7pm, and afterwards – it won’t be a long service and will end about 8:30pm. It would be great if as many people as possible could go along to support Andy & Hannah.
This year’s Convention will be looking at how to live for God and his gospel and finding out what it means to truly be ‘Men Who Make a Difference’. Please email the Office if you want to go along as part of a group from St John’s – we’re planning on going to the afternoon session followed by a meal out. Tickets will go fast so please let us know by April 22nd if you want to go! Please speak to John Fernihough if you want to know more about the Convention.
GC3 Conference at St James, Muswell Hill, N10 3DB (17th-19th May, 7:45pm to 9:30pm) GC3 is a new grassroots initiative to encourage and inspire individual Christians and churches to work together in reaching our part of London for Christ. The first events are on May 17-19 2018.
Each evening we’ll praise, pray, hear what God is doing, and look for inspiration from the book of Acts, and especially the church in Antioch. There’s a great line up of speakers, and a bookstall from 10ofthose.com. It’s designed to work around the demands of a busy working day, and to give us all new spiritual vision and energy.
Save the Date – South End Green Festival (Sunday, 24th June) We plan to have a stall at the South End Green Festival on 24th June. This was a great success last year and is a brilliant way to connect with our local community. We will need lots of help so please do consider whether this would be something you could do! We will also have a guest event and barbeque that afternoon at 5:00pm instead of the usual 6:00pm evening service.
Save the Date – Weekend Away 2018 (5-7th October 2018) Please put these dates in your diaries now to avoid clashes – we would love to see everyone there! This year we are returning to Denham Grove and Andrew Latimer will be speaking to us from Ecclesiastes. More information, including application forms, will be available after Easter.
Sign up for the St John’s podcast here So you can listen to all our previous talks and catch up on any that you’ve missed if you’ve been away or unable to come to church for any reason.
Chalk Farm Foodbank We have a box at the back of church for anyone who wants to contribute. Urgent needs this week are: tinned tomatoes, tinned fruit, tinned meat e.g. Fray Bentos pies, chicken in sauce, corned beef, ham, and long life (UHT) milk. Please ensure that everything is in date otherwise we can’t donate it.