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You are great and do marvellous deeds; you alone are God. Psalm 86:10
Important COVID-19 updates
The latest Government regulations about social gatherings do not mean that we need to alter any of our current practices at St John's. Church services are permitted to continue and our safety procedures and social-distancing between households all adhere fully to the current guidelines.
Youth and children's activities are classed as essential services and the National Youth Association has advised, in accordance with Government guidance, that groups and activities at churches can continue provided that the COVID-secure guidance is being followed and standards fully upheld (which they are at St John's).
We look forward to welcoming all ages this weekend.
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THIS SUNDAY AT ST JOHN'S
10 am sundayten
Meeting in church and live-streamed on our website or YouTube
Bible reading: 1 Peter 1:1-12
Teaching theme: Panel 1 - Future
10 am The Rock
Children's groups (ages 3-10) meeting in the church hall
Arrival from 9:50 am
6 pm sundaysix
Meeting in church
Bible reading: 1 Peter 1:1-12
Teaching theme: So what?
6 pm BOSS
Youth group (school years 6-13) meeting in the church hall
Arrival from 5:40pm
Please book places in advance for our services and children's/youth groups with the church office (if you miss out one week, you will be given priority for future weeks).
Please use the Church office email address and not Jane Jones' personal email to book for services. Thanks.
The 6pm will be a bit different this weekend:
Luke Markham will be leading the first of our "application" evenings on 1 Peter, thinking all about the relevance of the message to different aspects of life today. You will need your mobile phone, so please bring it with you.
There are no children's groups next Sunday:
Please note that the Rock will not be meeting in the church hall on the first Sunday of the month this term, including next Sunday (4th October). We would normally have an All Age Service for everyone together but unfortunately, we are unable to have the children in church with the adults at present.
World Mission Gift Day: Sunday 11th October
WMGD is the Sunday once-a-year when we focus specifically on our mission partners, raising the financial support to enable them to continue their excellent work. This year's guest speaker is Tim Friend from CPAS. We support four mission partners locally and four overseas:
- Church Army (The Maylebone Project)
- St Catherine's Hospice
- Tearfund: United Mission to Nepal
- Gift & Kathryn Asiku (Wycliffe Bible Translators in Uganda)
- Andrew & Maria Leake (CMS in Argentina)
- Jony & Jenny Bertin (Anglican Church of Argentina)
The most recent issue of our magazine has lots more details. We encourage church members to include this day as part of your regular giving and to prayerfully consider your response as we support our mission partners for the coming year. We rejoice at the opportunity to give financially to the work of God both at home and overseas.
We are encouraging people where possible to give via bank transfer this year Please contact Phil Tadman or Chris Saunders
However, if you would prefer to give via cash, card or cheque (payable to St John's Felbridge PCC), please come prepared on a Sunday or visit the church office during the week. WMGD envelopes are available to enclose your gift.
CARE in East Grinstead and Lingfield
urgently need more volunteer drivers to maintain the service they provide in our communities. Is this something you could do?
Please contact Rosemary Tadman for more information.
1 Peter Study Books
This workbook is designed to help you meditate on the message of 1 Peter. Whether you are taking notes during a sermon series, using it as a small group resource, or simply reading with a friend, we pray it helps you enjoy digging into God's word.
- 15 full-page colour illustrations to help you engage with the message.
- The full text of 1 Peter with an explanatory introduction to each section.
- Includes suggested questions for personal reflection and real-life application.
- Ample journalling and note-taking space.
Written and produced by Luke and Miriam Markham, these are available in church this weekend to use in home groups and alongside our teaching series. Please get in touch with Luke and Miriam if you won't be in church and would like one for yourself or a set for your homegroup.
The building is set up to welcome people in a safe manner with social-distancing and all the current guidelines in place.
For full details of all the guidelines click on this safety guidelines link:
We never like telling people not to come to church but, in this instance, we have to say please don’t come if you or someone in your household is at high risk or is experiencing coronavirus symptoms.
This week and DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Harvest: Sunday 18th October
We are suggesting donations of Sainsbury's vouchers to minimise the amount of handling of goods that are distributed. Vouchers will be divided between Crawley Open House, East Grinstead Foodbank and local people in need. need.
Friday night youth group for school years 6-9.
Restarts in church on Friday 11th September at 7- 8.30 pm.
Book your place via Tim Dullaway
Thursday Bible Study meeting for older youth on zoom at 7:30 pm.
Contact Tim Dullaway for more details.
Small groups meeting for Bible discussion and prayer at different times during the week.
Please get in touch with Church office if you would like to join a group
Group for seniors.
Next newsletter to be sent out on Monday 28th September.
Connections Harvest Praise Service will be on Monday 5th October.
World Mission Gift Day
Sunday 11th October with guest speaker, Tim Friend, from CPAS.
Our rescheduled Annual Church Meeting will now be on Tuesday 27th October at 8 pm. Click for more information
Tearfund Big Quiz Night
This is going online this year and will be on Saturday 14th November.
COMMUNION ON ZOOM
Meeting ID: 746 5944 1934
Passcode: Available from Mark Francis
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR MEETINGS ON SUNDAY
Draw near to me as I draw near to you. Give me an attitude of expectation that you will speak, inspire, encourage, comfort and challenge me and all others at church or watching online this weekend. As the message of Jesus is proclaimed, bring salvation and hope to all. Amen.
Prayer for Each Day
Lord Jesus, we commit ourselves this day into your hands:
Give us grace to see you, to know your way, to feel you near,
Find us now in the quiet, and hold us fast in the haste of the day,
For your name’s sake, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. (Michael Perry)
Thursday, Sept 24th Pray for innocent people caught in the middle of conflict in troubled countries, who have lost homes and livelihoods, that God will give them hope and provide for them to rebuild their lives again.
Friday, Sept 25th As Harvest time is here, pray for farmers and fruit growers, that crops will be safely gathered and stored and give thanks for the good weather which has made this possible.
Saturday, Sept 26th Pray for the workers in God’s church, for the preparation and presentation of Sunday services in the church building and online, that many will be moved to take part or listen and grow nearer to God in faith.
Prayers 28th September to 3rd October:
Dear Lord: As I live my life as your servant today, help me to be open with others about my faith in you. Lead me to those people you are calling to come back to you and help me in some way to encourage them to do so. Amen.
Monday 28th: we give thanks for the continued efforts of our St John’s teams to bring worship services to our members and the wider community, both in church and via the internet.
Tuesday 29th: the PCC recently discussed our 2021 Parish Support Fund pledge to our diocese. We pray that the necessary funds will once again be raised, we give thanks for the generosity of individuals and for wisdom to those who are responsible for the stewardship of diocesan and St John’s finances.
Wednesday 30th: Lord, we pray for the youth and children of our parish in these difficult times. We pray for the education, their socialising and the facilities we offer them at St Johns and those involved in providing them
Thursday 1st October: we pray for all those at St John’s who are responsible for planning our future services, especially our Harvest celebration and Mission Gift Day event. Support them as they think of new ways to hold them in these changed times.
Friday 2nd: Heavenly Father, we pray for all those known to us who are feeling isolated due to lockdown and social distancing, especially for those who have no, or limited access, to electronic communication.
Saturday 3rd: we pray today for those who are preparing for tomorrow’s services at St John’s. Give them inspiration and encouragement as they plan to bring your word to us and encourage those whose role is to put the technical facilities in place
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