Notices 21st October 2018

NOTICES – 21st October 2018

Bible Reading:  Exodus 2: 11-15a


Sun 21st October 8.45am Holy Communion (Ian Farley preaching)

10.45am Morning Praise (Ian Farley preaching)

7.00pm Word and Worship (Jason Barrington – guest speaker from St Helen’s, Bishopsgate)

Sun 28th October 8.45am Morning Prayer (Norman Willis preaching)

10.45am Morning Praise (Ian Farley preaching)

7.00pm Communion (Jason Barrington – guest speaker from St Helen’s, Bishopsgate)

 Sat 27th Oct – Churchyard Gardening

9.30am-12.30pm.  Leaves are coming down and we need volunteers to help with rakes and leaf blowers to pile them up.  Many other small tasks also waiting for you!

Refreshments provided.  Everyone welcome, for any length of time you can manage.

Sun 28th Oct – Poppies for Sale

The St John’s ladies have crafted a beautiful array of individual poppies.  These will be available in Church from Sunday 28th Oct.  All donations will be forwarded to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.  Your support would be very much appreciated.

 Traidcraft- appeal for help

Traidcraft was established as a Christian response to poverty. They are currently facing difficult times and it would be great to support them by placing some orders for their wonderful products.  If you would like to avoid paying a delivery charge, I am happy to do a joint order, just send me details if you would like to order something.  Please see their website .

Many thanks – Jo Coates (

 Mon 24th Dec – Christmas Eve Refreshments

Volunteers are needed to serve refreshments (mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies) after the 4.00pm Christmas Eve service.  Please speak to Julie Willis in the Parish Office if you are able to help.

Save the Dates

Sat 3rd Nov – Women’s Prayer Breakfast

A wonderful opportunity for a time of prayer, worship, fellowship and breakfast! For all ladies over the age of 16, to be held at St Stephen’s Church, 9.30am – 12pm. For more information, please speak to either Vivien Stevenson or Abigail Farley.

Mon 5th Nov – Men’s Meal

We will be meeting at Cafe Rouge, Loughton at 7.45 for 8pm.  Please let John Alligan know if you are able to attend.

Thurs 8th Nov – Ladies’ Night (Gentlemen welcome too!)

We will be filing shoe boxes with the usual range of goodies.  Please think about purchasing some of these items over the next few weeks when you are doing your weekly shopping:

Dolls or stuffed toys (with CE labels), toy trucks, yo-yos, small puzzles, pens, pencils + sharpeners, writing pads or notebooks, toothbrush and toothpaste, wrapped soap, hair accessories, hat, cap, gloves, scarf, sun glasses.  Please place all such items in the box at the back of church.  Many thanks.

Sat 17th Nov – A Wedding Invite from Britney & Steven

Steven and I would like to warmly invite all members of the St John’s Church family to celebrate in our marriage on 17th Nov at 1.30pm, followed by hot drinks & cakes until 4pm. This church has been a central part of my life in England for the past 6 years, you have all welcomed me and been my family and it would mean so much to me if you would be present on this very special day. ​Everyone is welcome! ​
It would be useful to know how many additional chairs to put out, so if you can make it​,​ please email: – Britney xxx

Sun 18th Nov – Confirmation Service at St John’s

Please speak to Ian Farley if you would be interested in being confirmed at this service.

Sat 24th Nov – Christmas Party

The usual mix of music, food, fun and dancing.

Mon 3rd Dec – Men’s Carol Service

Our usual men’s carol service at St John’s, 7.00 for 7.15pm.  This will be followed by a meal – venue to be confirmed.  We need a minimum of 60 for the meal (maximum 70).  Please let John Alligan know if you are able to attend and bring a friend.

Thurs 13th Dec – Ladies’ Christmas Meal

Our Christmas meal this year will be held at The Toby Carvery, Buckhurst Hill, 7.15 for 7.30pm.  The cost is £17 to cover a three course meal, tip and complimentary glass of prosecco (or soft drink).  Please let Chris Hawkins know by 30th Nov if you would like to attend.

19th + 20th Jan 2019 – Teaching Weekend

Another opportunity for us all to receive further spiritual nourishment.


Church Maintenance Team

The running of a church is reliant on people giving their time, skills and energies.  We are now looking for people to join the Church Maintenance Team.  Ideally we need 6-8 regulars.

Why?  The buildings include St John’s and St Stephen’s plus their halls and outbuildings all of which are exposed to wear, tear and the weather and therefore need care and attention to ensure they continue to benefit the Church and the broader community.  Without regular care, the buildings will incur significant costs that are easily avoided with regular TLC.

What?  The team will meet once each month to survey and address maintenance needs, from unblocking drains and gutters, identifying issues such as loose masonry, clearing leaves and securing loose guttering and wiring.  The work will involve some degree of physical work, but whatever your physical condition or abilities, you can be used effectively.

When?  Once each month for three to four hours.

How?  Please email or

If you are not currently involved in Church work, or you believe strongly that maintaining our environs is important we would value your committed contribution. Thanks

Spring Harvest at LPO, France

Next May half-term (commencing 26th May 2019), there will be a number of people from St John’s going to LPO (Le Pas Opton), the holiday destination owned by Spring Harvest in France.  LPO is a campsite with static caravans, ready-made tents and camp pitches if you want to BYO.  Over the week there are morning meetings with bible teaching, evening worship, morning groups and activities for children from of all ages and family activities run in the evening.

We would love you to join!  Over the years we have taken groups of various sizes and will be happy to help first timers plan the trip and give advice on the best accommodation and travel arrangements.  For those who would like to attend but for whom the cost is prohibitive, some bursaries are available.

If you would like to join us, please email or indicating your interest.