Services for w/c 23rd November 2020

Here are our services for this week.

On Sunday we Celebrate The Beginning of Advent and Support the Work of Christian Aid
If you would make a donation to Christian aid, please follow this link: Donate to Christian Aid

The Church is open for Private Prayer between 10 and 12 on

Wednesday and Saturday

Service Information – Please note services are all online.

Readings for Sunday can be accessed here: http://almanac.oremus.org/2020-11-29

Sunday 29th November at 9am – We live stream our Informal Service where young children and adults worship within a relaxed and mutually supportive environment. Here is the action song to practice: None this week.

Here is the link to join in the service: https://youtu.be/G72j165QQzA

Sunday 29th November at 10am We live stream a Sung Mass with hymns you can sing at home. The link is: https://youtu.be/JpZaJH6bae4

Sunday 29th November at 5pm Service of music, readings and prayer for Advent. The link is: https://youtu.be/4E5Uq64U7Z0

You can see upcoming and past live streams on either of these links

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Services for w/c 16th November 2020

Here are our services for this week.

On Sunday we Celebrate Christ the King

The Church is open for Private Prayer between 10 and 12 on

Wednesday and Saturday

Service Information – Please note services are all online.

Readings for Sunday can be accessed here: http://almanac.oremus.org/2020-11-22

Sunday 22nd November at 9am – We live stream our Informal Service where young children and adults worship within a relaxed and mutually supportive environment. Here is the action song to practice: https://www.stjohnsshirley.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Jesus-is-our-King.mp4

Here is the link to join in the service: https://youtu.be/wXfRjiARz10

Sunday 22nd November at 10am We live stream a Sung Mass with hymns you can sing at home. The link is: https://youtu.be/KLWfulYjiNA

You can see upcoming and past live streams on either of these links

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“From Principle to Practice”

A Churches Together in South London (CTSL) debate on how to encourage a more diverse and inclusive leadership in our churches

This online discussion on 4th November sought to tackle some key issues central not only to CTSL, but to our own Church of England. Namely: how can we all be proactive in putting diversity and inclusion at the forefront of our planning and leadership of church projects, not least those where we combine resources and co-operate with other Christian churches in our area?

As might be expected for such an ambitious topic, the event was successful in raising awareness and spurring us on – but left it to us to navigate ways forward within our own communities.  There is a pressing need for us to seek God’s mind at a local level and to make issues of social inclusion and justice relatable in our lives together, so this in itself marked a significant way forward.  As lockdowns force on us new ways of living as a Eucharistic community, we are looking for signs of our times, for those moments of ‘Kairos,’ that invite us into God-being-ness, which, with prayer and collaboration, start to be the living stones of the Kingdom.

First to speak from her lived-experience was Chine McDonald, Head of Community Fundraising and Public Engagement at Christian Aid, author, and Trustee of Greenbelt, Christians Against Poverty and Christians in Media.  The quote, “from principle to practice” comes from her – itself a quote from Dr Elizabeth Henry, an anti-racism activist who has advised the Archbishop of Canterbury.  Her full quote speaks of the need to move beyond willingness to tackle racial inequalities to consolidating that goodwill in action and outcomes. 

We have to start where we are. We cannot be in that moment of God-given change if we are stuck in the past, or busy projecting forward our own expectations.  St John’s is part of Inclusive Church, and we are called to follow Jesus’ example of servanthood if our ministry is to bring life and healing to those around us and beyond our church community.  We are called to empty ourselves of what has gone before, and to listen to the “idle tales” of the marginalised that speak of resurrection life.

The second speaker was Richard Reddie, Director of Justice and Inclusion for Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, author, commentator and researcher.  His word was one of unity, urging considered thought and positive action to promote inclusion, and building on Chine’s assertion that “diversity is a fact; inclusion is a choice.”

These are the two questions the speakers left with us to consider together: What are the barriers to creating diverse leadership in our churches? Is racial diversity in leadership an afterthought or a forethought?

Claire Barracliffe 11/11/20

Services for w/c 9th November 2020

Here are our services for this week.

The Church is open for Private Prayer between 10 and 12 on

Wednesday and Saturday

Service Information – Please note services are all online.

Readings for Sunday can be accessed here: http://almanac.oremus.org/2020-11-15

Sunday 15th November at 9am – We live stream our Informal Service where young children and adults worship within a relaxed and mutually supportive environment. Here is the action song to practice: https://www.stjohnsshirley.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/He-is-the-Light-of-the-world.mp4

Here is the link to join in the service: https://youtu.be/RkgjoDnQeR4

Sunday 15th November at 10am We live stream a Sung Mass with hymns you can sing at home. The link is: https://youtu.be/n3sUz8844UA

Sunday 15th November at 5pm We are live streaming our Informal Worship. You can join us by clicking on the link: https://youtu.be/-PuABbLLY7I

You can see upcoming and past live streams on either of these links

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We will remember them

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Bob, a server at St Johns and his wife Francis have for many years played at our Remembrance service at St John’s. Like many others they have found a different way of doing it this year!

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