St John’s Church  Newsletter

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14.
SERVICES AT ST JOHN'S

SUNDAY  
10am Morning Service 
Live-streamed on our website and YouTube channel.
The Rock children's group meets during the 10am service.

Title: The Lord Speaks (Job 38)
Speaker: Nick Smith


6pm Evening Service with communion
BOSS youth group meets in the hall at 5.30pm 
Title: The Lord Speaks (Job 38)
Speaker: Nick Smith
We are having communion at the 6pm this Sunday instead of next as next Sunday is the youth-led service.

MONDAY 
2pm Connections Praise Service
Theme: Advent
Speaker: Rob Hindmarch


8pm St John's Online
Title: Discipleship Explored: Transformation in Christ part 2
Click to join St John's Online on zoom
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St John's Online
Last week, we watched an excellent Discipleship Explored video, Transformed in Christ and this week we’ll delve deeper into Phil 3:10-21, discussing what drove Paul and why? What were his goal and prize? What might he say to those who just want to avoid hell and go to heaven, and more.  
 
Do join us!  All are very welcome to join this friendly, supportive, online fellowship, Monday evenings from 8-9pm 
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Volunteers needed THIS SUNDAY after the church service to put cards and flyers into envelopes for our parish Christmas delivery. This is a great opportunity to invite our local community to celebrate Christmas with us, but we can't do it without your help! Please also let This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know if you are happy to deliver a pack of cards around the parish, or come prepared this weekend to take a pack away with you. There are 23 routes to cover and most of them can be done in less than an hour.

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Join us for the monthly church walk this Sunday
An opportunity to experience the beauty of God's creation together. Meet at 2pm at the free car park near Standen (just on the right along the driveway leading to Standen). For further information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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NEW: The Glebe Cafe and Community Fridge opens on Friday 2nd December!
We are opening the church hall every Friday (9am-12pm) to serve tea, coffees and a selection of cakes. There will be a children's corner with toys and books. Please spread the word and share the flyer with anyone who would like to come. Come and enjoy the warm space and a quality cup of coffee!
 
For the community fridge, if you have any non-perishable items that you do not plan to use, please bring them to the church office. Thanks.
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St John's Christmas Choir is back and we'd love you to join so we can give a strong musical lead for our annual Carol service on Sunday 18th December at 7pm.
Please come along after the 10am service on 4th December (and possibly the 11th as well) when we will rehearse in church. If you cannot make the rehearsal but are keen to be involved please do speak to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All welcome!

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CHRISTIANITY EXPLORED
We had a brilliant time over the last two months meeting each week for Christianity Explored. We had over 20 people join us each week with a great mixture of church members helping out and people exploring Christianity who don’t come to church regularly. A massive thank you to the catering team who were stars of the evening tirelessly providing delicious meals each week. Thank you too to all those who gave their evenings to facilitate tables and lead conversations. Please do keep praying for those exploring that this wouldn’t be the end of their journey but the beginning.
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YOUTH SERVICE
We're very excited that the youth will be leading the 6pm service on Sunday 4th December. Our young people will be involved with every aspect of the service, and please do come and join for what will be a great time of worship together.
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Hospices of Hope Wreath Workshop in St John's Church hall on 8th December at 6:30pm. Tickets cost £40, price includes materials and a light dinner. To book a place or for further information clickThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Thank you to everyone who supported the Car Wash last Sunday. The team washed over 35 cars and raised £429 to take as a gift for the Asikus in Uganda, and to help pay Gift's travel expenses when the team visits.

There will also be a Quiz Night on Saturday 7th January with all proceeds going to the Asikus. Please save the date and get a team together ready to quiz.  
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Donate your used ink cartridges by putting them in the box in the church office with a donation of £2 per cartridge. Your donations will be sent to A Rocha UK. 
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Help people suffering from the war in Ukraine?
A local Ukrainian lady is collecting much needed items such as blankets, sleeping bags, warm clothing, soap, toothpaste, and sending the donations to the Whiteeagle Appeal. Please click here for further information on how to donate items.
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PRAYER FOR THIS WEEKEND 
Dear Lord: May the message of the Bible be faithfully proclaimed at St John’s this weekend. May your people be encouraged as they sing and pray to you. May the Holy Spirit be at work in all ages who connect to groups and services. And may Jesus your Son be glorified in all we do. Stir up people’s hearts to put their faith in you and may the truths of your Word bring real joy and peace and hope to people’s lives. Amen.
Church Office Opening Times: Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons & Friday mornings.