Q & A session on Ephesians (7:30pm, Sunday 30th September) Tom will be holding a Q&A after the evening service this Sunday, 30th September, on issues arising so far from this term’s sermon series. All are welcome to attend and all questions – no matter how hard – will be taken!
Weekend Away 2018 (5-7th October 2018) The Weekend Away is less than one week away! If you haven’t yet signed up and want to come along – even for just the day on either Saturday or Sunday – then please email Kerryasap! (Joining instructions will be issued shortly.)
Mission Partner Update – Miller Family, Johannesburg, South Africa
John & Jenny’s latest prayer letter can be found here.
They write: “We arrived in South Africa soon after a busy season of camps, which were very encouraging times this year … Thank you to those who prayed for wisdom about choosing a church. We have decided to settle at Christ Church Hillbrow, a REACH-SA church (one of the South African Anglican denominations). Hillbrow is a particularly socially deprived inner-city area and the church has significant pastoral needs. An average Sunday congregation is about 90 adults and 70 children (mostly from non-churched families). There are almost no married couples in the church, with a mix of single parents, unbelieving spouses, unmarried couples etc. We have been asked to help out with ministry to families, offering marriage counselling and parenting advice, and helping with the children’s work. At the moment, the 70 children are divided into just two groups and there is plenty of opportunity to serve. There is an excellent pastor (Crosslinks mission partner Ben Williamson) and assistant pastor who are fully stretched with ministry opportunities and we’re delighted to be joining the church family.”
London Women’s Convention 2018 (9:30am to 2:30pm, Saturday 13th October) To a damaged and decaying world Christ offers the resurrection hope of new birth and an inheritance that will never fade, spoil or die. Clare Heath-Whyte will be speaking on the first chapter of 1 Peter and helping us discover more about this glorious hope and how we can and should live in the light of it.
A group of us from St John’s will be going to this year’s Convention – we have booked tickets for the ‘Daylight’ session at a cost of £25 per ticket and there are still a couple left if you would like to join us. Please email or speak to Kerry if you are interested in coming along.
Relaunch of small groups – please sign up We are about to relaunch the small groups at St John’s. If you are new to the church or have not previously been part of one, this is a great opportunity to join one. For more info, please visit www.sjdh.org/smallgroups. Note that existing small groups continue as normal until the end of October.
Christianity Explored (7:30-9:00pm, Wednesdays 17th & 31st October, 14th & 28th November, 12th & 19th December) We will be running the Christianity Explored course on Wednesdays later this term – we will meet at 7:30pm downstairs in the undercroft for a meal alongside Wednesday Central before starting at 8:00pm. A great opportunity to ask questions in a relaxed environment – the course is suitable for everyone, whether you’re a new Christian, don’t know what you believe, or have been coming to church for years and just want a ‘refresher’ on what Christian’s believe! Please email or speak to Tom if you’re interested in coming along.
Parenting in a digital age Parents who want to think about the issues around smartphones, social media and young people will find this recent podcast from the Gospel Coalition well worth listening to, whether your children are toddlers or teenagers. It’s just half an hour long and covers a lot of useful ground. If you want to discuss the issues further, why not find another parent who has listened to it or talk to Tom. http://subspla.sh/vzr46cb
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, long life (UHT) milk, deodorant, toothpaste, coffee, and rice. Please ensure that everything is in date otherwise we can’t donate it.