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St John’s book group

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The next book group meeting is 20th October, the book is Clock Dance. Here is a brief synopsis.

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life: when she was eleven and her mother disappeared, being proposed to at twenty-one, the accident that would make her a widow at forty-one. At each of these moments, Willa ended up on a path laid out for her by others. 

So when she receives a phone call telling her that her son’s ex-girlfriend has been shot and needs her help, she drops everything and flies across the country. The spur-of-the moment decision to look after this woman – and her nine-year-old daughter, and her dog – will lead Willa into uncharted territory. Surrounded by new and surprising neighbours, she is plunged into the rituals that make a community, and takes pleasure in the most unexpected things. 

A bittersweet novel of hope and regret, fulfilment and renewal, Clock Dance brings us the everyday life of a woman who decides it’s never too late to change direction, and choose your own path.

The book group meets in the Tamberlin room from 3:30pm.

Film vote closing

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Here are the current voting results.

Here are the choices for the November film - click the film title to see the trailer
25 votes · 25 answers

The vote above will automatically update as new votes are registered.

The vote closes this coming Monday at 9am so there is not much time left to register your vote.

Rocketman is just ahead of Green Book, if this is not the outcome you are looking for please vote now.

I have also made it easier to find the voting option, it right on the menu under Cinema, here is a picture. Underneath the film vote is our cinema feeback form. Please use this to tell us how we can enhance your experience.

Thanks for reading, we hope to see you soon.

Informal Worship

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Informal worship is back this Sunday @ 5pm.

Yes, we’re back already, we have switched dates this month to fit around other services so its good you are checking the website!.

As always here is a small selection of the worship music, the theme for discussion is “What is Church” so that could be a lively debate,

Hope to see you there. St Johns Church Shirley, CR0 5EE.

Film vote update

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Here are the current voting results.

Here are the choices for the November film - click the film title to see the trailer
25 votes · 25 answers

The vote above will automatically update as new votes are registered.

Rocketman is just ahead of Green Book, if this is not the outcome you are looking for please vote now.

The voting closes 14th October, film shows 16th November. So not much longer to get those votes in.

I have also made it easier to find the voting option, it right on the menu under Cinema, here is a picture. Underneath the film vote is our cinema feeback form. Please use this to tell us how we can enhance your experience.

Thanks for reading, we hope to see you soon.

Help needed with Floating Shelter

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Croydon Churches Floating Shelter offers guests (who are homeless people living on the streets) a hot meal, a bed for the night and valuable companionship in a warm, safe and caring environment.

The Shirley Floating Shelter will again operate this winter from Shirley Methodist Church on eight Sunday evenings, 10th November – 22nd December.  As part of our long-standing partnership, St John’s works with Shirley Methodists to help with these nights. Other Croydon churches will be covering other nights, and yet others will be open from January to March, thus covering the five coldest months of the year.

Once more volunteers are needed.  Can you help at Shirley?

Those volunteering before have found it a happy, interesting and rewarding experience.  We would love to welcome new volunteers – do think about it and contact Brian or Jonathan (details below) to find out more.

The help we need is:

Provisioners – to bring in a pre-cooked main meal

Cooks and servers – to come in and cook the prepared food and serve our guests

Overnighters – to stay with our guests.  Four overnighters are needed each night.  Two beds are set up in a separate room.  There are two shifts of four hours (allowing two to sleep while two while two are awake helping.)  Overnighters welcome the guests and spend time with them, eating, talking and listening; playing games, and helping to make it a pleasant evening.

Clearers and cleaners – arrive as the guests leave at 8am

Launderers – to collect a bag of laundry (sheets, towels and flannels) to take home to wash, iron and return by the next Sunday

Reception – sometimes overnighters cover this but it is good to have additional cover during the evening.

There are lists in at the back of Church at St John’s, and in the Welcome Area at Shirley Methodist Church, to sign with offers of help

Trustee: Jonathan Baxter 020 8777 3158

[email protected]

Co-ordinator: Brian Cantrell 07468 618553

The streets are especially cruel in the winter months. Please help if you can.

Thank you

We give thanks for God’s gracious provision in our own times of difficulty and distress, and we pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who will need support and shelter in the coming months:

You have been a refuge for the poor,
    a refuge for the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the storm
    and a shade from the heat
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Isaiah 25:4

Sponsor a shingle

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Following on the the flower festival where sponsor a shingle was launched we are now pleased to add this initiative to the website. This is so those from far and wide can join in.

Click the shingle to get more information.

To find this in the future from the home page click “events” then “sponsor a shingle”

Games Afternoon

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Lets get social

The fellowship committee are running a family games afternoon

12th October between 3 and 5 pm in the Tamberlin room.

There will be games provided or you can bring your own.

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