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November Cinema Weekend

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Cinema @ St John’s returns this Saturday, we have Toy Story 4 in the afternoon and Rocketman in the evening. Tickets are available online

using the buttons above will take you to the relevant ticket page, Tickets are also available on the door.

Remembrance day

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Great service of thanks for those that went before us and a further reminder of how lucky we are.

It was great to see so many young people getting involved. Here is young Faye helping to lay the wreaths at the end of the service.

Praying for our Young People

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Monday 2nd December, 8pm at West Wickham and Shirley Baptist Church, Wickham Road, Croydon, CR0 8EH. Then the first Monday of every month.

St John’s is pleased to be part of Churches Together in Shirley, sharing opportunities for prayer, and working to bring the Gospel of Peace to our varied communities in Shirley.

West Wickham and Shirley Baptist Church is offering an opportunity to join in prayer for our young adults – specifically our teenagers, those in their twenties, and those who may be older but in need of our prayers still. This initiative is part of an international prayer movement, a response to the Holy Spirit in our family and community lives, called Mothers’ Prayers.

Everyone is welcome to come. Although many will be mothers, others will be carers, foster parents, grandparents, people significant in a young person’s life and anyone with the ‘heart of a mother.’ God is our father and mother, and whatever our gender or role, we all reflect part of that divine desire to nurture and protect those in need of healing, guidance and grace.

Mothers’ Prayers follows a simple set format, aimed at leading those who gather to pray to entrust their young adults to the Lord. If you have a mother-heart for young people making their way in life, please do join in with this prayer group.

It meets on the first Monday of the month, in the Lounge at West Wickham and Shirley Baptist Church, arrive 8pm for a 8.15pm start. The next meeting will be on Monday 2nd December.

For more information, or if anyone is interested in setting up a Mothers’ Prayer Group for younger children, please contact Fay at [email protected]

November Events

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We have lots of fundraising activities going on the November, here is how to get involved. Tickets for ALL events are available at the door, or you can buy online.

November Cinema – 16th November

Tickets for films can be found below

Aspire – 23rd November

This is being organised by the Friday Knights and it will be the first of its kind event at St John’s. There will be a house band and some absolutely fantastic musical performances. Tickets available below.

Christmas Fair – 30th November

A great start to the Christmas Festivities, lots of stalls, refreshments and a Santa’s Grotto. Entrance just £1.50 for adults and FREE for children.

Informal Worship

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Informal returns to St John’s on the 17th November. Why not make a note in your diary now and try something new?

The service is held in the Church and starts at 5pm, its really relaxed and you can come and go as you please. Be great to see you there.

For All The Saints

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Yesterday was All Saints’ Day, and our sister Church, Shirley Methodists, marked the day with the first of the Revd. Dr Leslie Griffiths’ talks on faith, hope and love. This was a fascinating journey through reflections on the recently canonized John Henry Newman’s life, to the whole of the Christian community St Paul greets and commends at the end of Romans 16 for their friendship and service to others.

St John’s and Shirley Methodists have a long-standing friendship and commitment to work together in faith and mission in Shirley, and it was a pleasure and privilege to share in this exploration together. The series of talks runs throughout November (Fridays at 8pm), and everyone is welcome.

The Revd. Griffiths had that morning led the BBC Daily Service on the same theme, and you can listen to his thoughts and prayers here: 

Tomorrow, Sunday 3rd November, St John’s will celebrate All Saints’ Day with a Eucharist at 10am. We will give thanks for the women, children and men in whose lives we have seen the grace of God powerfully at work; and we will pray that we may all grow together in the love and maturity of Christ in both the ordinary and extraordinary ways of our human living.

At 5pm tomorrow, everyone is also welcome at St John’s for our Commemoration of the Faithful Departed for All Souls’ Day. Here we will remember before God those we have known and loved, who have been with us along our spiritual journey, and who have now departed this life to rest in our Father’s eternal arms.

One family, we dwell in him,
one Church, above, beneath;
though now divided by the stream,
the narrow stream of death.
(Charles Wesley)

2019 Flower Festival pictures

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Thank you to everyone who has shared with us their photos, in particular SPAN’s Peter Barry and Alex from Picture Partnership. 

St John’s School fair

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Meet the Team

Lu Gale

Vicar

Jackie Pontin

Reader

Gillian Goldsmith

Church Warden

Paul Campbell

Church Warden

Tim Holmes

Deputy Church Warden

Christine Healey

Deputy Church Warden

Mick Wall

Deputy Church Warden / Website

Bernard Maguire

Verger

Tim Hastie

Secretary

Chris Nelson

Treasurer