A copy of the most recent notice sheet can be downloaded here.
Missed something? Some previous notice sheets can be found here
Events Calendar can be found here
We are taking every precaution to protect against coronavirus. All surfaces, door handles and handrails are sanitised . Hand gel is available in church. If you are uncomfortable shaking hands, please feel free to give a friendly greeting but avoiding personal contact. If you have any concerns please do let us know. Thanks.
A hearing loop and large print notice sheets are available.
Toilets are just inside the entrance to the church hall.
Annual Electoral Roll Revision
Joining the Electoral Roll expresses your commitment to St John’s and belonging to the church family. You will also be eligible to vote on matters arising at the APCM. Applicants must be: Baptised, 16 or over, and either a resident of Felbridge Parish or have regularly attended St John’s for the last six months. To be included for 2020/21 and to vote at this year’s APCM, please return your form by Sunday 12 April (existing members need not reapply). More info and the forms from: David Legg Electoral Roll Officer
Good Friday Our usually pattern to remember Jesus’s sacrifice for us on this day is a Churches Together Walk of Witness and open-air service in the town, followed by a reflective Hour at the Cross service in the afternoon. Obviously we will be unable to do these things this year but we want the day to be as meaningful as always. The church leaders across the town are coming together (virtually) to produce a Good Friday service which different churches contributing different elements of the service. It should be very special and it will go live on Good Friday.
Hope things have been going okay for you and your families this week, and that you’re keeping well, and adjusting to this new way of life with increased restrictions in place.
When Paul wrote to Timothy he was “in chains” and no longer able to move about freely as he had done throughout his life, taking the gospel message to people in many different towns around the Mediterranean. But despite his physical situation, he declares confidently in 2 Timothy 2:9 that “the word of God is not chained.” Why not make this your prayer in this time of restrictions, that the word of God, the gospel, would continue to go out and that God would work in people’s hearts and lives in extraordinary ways as they encounter Jesus’s offer of life and hope in him.
Here are a few things to keep us all up-to-date:
Livestreaming and online messages
Thank you for the feedback and encouragements following our first live-streamed service last weekend with now over 400 views on youtube. We will be live streaming again at 10 am on Sunday morning (the link to be sent in a separate email). There are also short midweek messages going out on the website and Facebook page, this week with an additional link to a helpful video from Christianity Explored about how we respond to a world in chaos.
Open Church and Easter Delivery
Unfortunately, we are now not able to open up the church for people to come and pray but have been advised to keep the building closed. We also decided it would unwise to go ahead with our Easter delivery to Felbridge residents but do point people to our church website and Facebook page for details of the live stream services and “buddy” system.
PST and Connections Newsletter
Celia, Diane and the Pastoral Support Team are seeking to keep in touch with senior members of our church through phone calls and delivering a Connections newsletter. If you have not been receiving these and would like to please get in touch. Please also ask if you are feeling isolated and would benefit from having a church member as a “buddy” to provide any help as you need it.
Weekly prayer themes continue to be published on the notice sheet section of our website and downloaded to thePrayerMate app.
Good Friday Service
We are obviously unable to have the Walk of Witness, Open-air Service and Hour at the Cross this year but to make Good Friday meaningful for us all, church leaders across the town are coming together (virtually) to produce a service with different churches contributing different elements. It should be very special and will go live on Good Friday.
Following our PCC meeting via Skype on Tuesday, we are delighted to announce that Tim Dullaway has been appointed to join the staff team at St John’s as an Associate Pastor. Tim is currently completing his Theology degree at Union School of Theology in Wales before he and his fiancé Erin get married and join us in the summer. We are very thankful to God and looking forward to Tim joining the team. Please pray for them as they prepare to move to East Grinstead and look for suitable accommodation. As we restructure our team and focus on our vision for 2020 and beyond, Luke will be taking on new responsibilities also as an Associate Pastor, and we will communicate to you in due course the different areas of church life that Luke and Tim will be taking leadership of.
“We want to continue to deliver our services and to keep you and our volunteers safe whilst we continue to supply emergency food to those who need it most in these uncertain times. We will no longer be open for face-to-face sessions but moving to a delivery system, supplying pre-packed food parcels that can be delivered with minimal to zero contact. If you need assistance from the Foodbank at this time, please call 07856 864251 and leave your name and number and we will call you back.”
Stay safe and, as it puts it in Ephesians chapter 6, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
With love to you all,
This week's events
Due to the Coronavirus, we are having to respond on a daily basis. The front page of the website has the latest information
Save the date
Church Weekend Away: Fri 10th to Sun 12th July at Oak Hall Manor.
This week’s prayer 30th -
Pray for God to strengthen the global church and mobilise us to work together to meet the physical and spiritual needs of our world
Pray for countries with many COVID-19 cases and deaths, for grace to cope with suffering and loss and for endurance with restrictions in place
Pray for countries with only a few cases so far and for wisdom on the best course of action to prevent the spread of infection
Pray God’s protection for people in less developed countries with only basic healthcare and with communities often living together in close proximity
Pray that the impact on the global economy would not lead to increased suffering and poverty for people in years to come
A prayer for each day
Dear Lord: You have done so much for me through your love and the sacrifice of your Son. Help me to be prayerful, thankful, obedient and bold as I seek to live for you. May your love overflow from me to others today Amen.
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