Film vote results

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Rocketman is our November film and will be shown on November 16th.

Spire aerial photos

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Pictures courtesy of DBR, an unusual look at our spire while works are in progress.

Creativity Workshop Groups

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St John’s flower festival.

What a great event, we loved doing it, serving our peppermint tea in tiny glasses plus Turkish delight…. Thank you to every one who helped…

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.

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
.”

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.

Consider the Sunflowers

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Matthew 6:19-22 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

This is an interesting passage, designated for the fourth Sunday of Creationtide. This liturgical time invites us as a church community to look at our consumption of the earth’s resources; how we engage and co-operate with the bio-diversity of the planet; and where we intrude on others’ rights and exploit what is not ours to take.  All those aspects are in this short reading – symbolised in the all-consuming rust, the result of our neglect; the moths which are attracted, as we are, to bright consumables; and the thieves, who trespass on land and person, ignore others’ wellbeing, and take what they have no right to, for themselves.  It is clear from the imagery that this sense of trespass is social and economic, as well as physical, spiritual and to do with mental and emotional health.

If we look around us, as the next verse of this passage invites to, with a “sound eye,” “The eye is the lamp of the body, so, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light;” then we can see that if our heart is not God’s heart, and his Kingdom, then we are part of the problem; and that affects not just us, but all those with whom we are connected as God’s children in the world. 

And of course, as modern science shows us, we are connected through DNA, through our bodies, with creation itself.  A recent Guardian article quoted a ratio of around a three to one of microbial cells and human cells co-existing in the human body. Some key roles of microbes co-existing in our body include programming the immune system, providing nutrients for our cells and preventing colonisation by harmful bacteria and viruses.

A recent article in The Times (18th Sept) talked about the collaboration we can see in nature, in sunflowers.  The implication being, in the context of this passage, that if we “treasure” these aspects, and work with, instead of against them, we can be part of a glorious liberation in God’s creation that sets his people free.  Headed “rooting for each other,” the article sets out some research by Susan Dudley, a plant evolutionary ecologist from Canada, showing that sunflowers co-operate to share fertile patches of soil:

“The natural world is sometimes portrayed as a vicious gladiatorial arena in which only the fittest, most selfish specimens survive.

Not so for the sunflower: a study has shown that the plants co-operate below the surface, sharing nutrients and demonstrating the kind of collaborative behaviour once believed to be restricted to the animal kingdom.”

This is an extract from a letter from the Archbishop of the Congo and Bishop of Kindu, written for Creationtide and about the common good.  It is up on the Church of England website, where there are other resources and prayers about Creationtide:

‘A true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. Everything is connected. Concern for the environment thus needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society…Thanks to our bodies, God has joined us so closely to the world around us that we can feel the desertification of the soil almost as a physical ailment, and the extinction of a species as a painful disfigurement. Let us not leave in our wake a swath of destruction and death which will affect our own lives and those of future generations.’ 

Most Revd Zacharie Masimango Katanda, Archbishop of the Congo and Bishop of Kindu

We can bring our thoughts together in a prayer from Sri Lanka:

God, my Creator,
I open my heart to you.
may it turn to you as the sunflower turns to the sun.
God, my Redeemer,
take away from my heart everything that is not love
so that I may reach out to you in my own unworthiness.
God, my Sanctifier,
journey with me along life’s way
so that all that I am and all that I do
may bring greater glory to you the triune God.