Notices 3rd December 2017

NOTICES –  Sunday 3rd December 2017

Bible Reading:  1 Kings 2: v 1-12


Sat 2nd December 9.30-12.30pm Churchyard Gardening
Sun 3rd December 8.45am Holy Communion (Norman Willis preaching)

10.45am Holy Communion (Ian Farley preaching)

7.00pm Prayer * (Sarah Guinness preaching)

Wed 6th December 1.00-2.00pm Communion at St Stephen’s

8.00pm Celtic Prayer (venue to be confirmed)

Sun 10th December 8.45am Morning Prayer (Ian Farley preaching)

10.45am Morning Praise (Ian Farley preaching) followed by cake sale and Church family Christmas lunch

7.00pm Communion (Sarah Guinness preaching)

Prayer Directory 2018

Due to the Government introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations, in order for your personal information to be included in the prayer directory (the new version of which will be circulated in May 2018), you will need to complete a Prayer Directory Form (see attached).  Please see Julie Willis on Sunday after the 10.45am service this week or pop into the Parish Office during the week.  Deadline for all information is 10th December.  Thank you.


Fri 1st December – Carol Singing

As part of the Queen’s Road Christmas Festival, we will be singing carols outside Buckhurst Hill Library from 6.00pm.  Please come and join in – all welcome.


Fri 1st December – When Faith Gets Shaken

Friday night gathering for all in school years 10-13.  Meeting at 7.30pm in St John’s Church for prayer, discussion, fellowship and fun.



Sat 2nd December – Churchyard Gardening

Gardening in the churchyard 9.30–12.30.  All volunteers welcome and much needed.  Refreshments supplied. If weather uncertain on the day, please check with David Lund 8504 1836 before coming along.


* 3rd December 7.00pm Service

This coming Sunday evening (3rd December), is usually our monthly time of worship and prayer, however this Sunday we are making space for private prayer and reflection as we begin Advent. We will begin and end with worship, and there will be prayer stations around the church where you can pause, think, reflect or pray and carve out some time to be with God as we approach the busiest season of the year.


Christmas Commuter Outreach

We shall be handing out free tea, coffee, cookies and Christmas literature to the very appreciative commuters at Buckhurst Hill Station from Mon 18th to Fri 22nd Dec from 6.30-8.30am. Please could you help serve for an hour or so on one or more mornings? If not, we need  LOADS of cookies baked (or purchased), to hand out each day.

Please contact Pauline Leadley by email, or phone 07880628052, if you are able to help in any way. Thank you.


Prayer Ministry –  planned for Thurs 7th December

but is now postponed until January

Due to high demand of the church and the need for choir practice in the run-up to Christmas, the Prayer Ministry training has had to be cancelled. A date will be emailed out shortly…


Sun 10th December – Church Family Lunch

Don’t forget to sign up on the sheet in the Church narthex if you would like to be part of this wonderful, festive meal.  (Donations of Christmas crackers would be most welcome).


Looking for ideas for Christmas gifts?

If you’re thinking about Christmas presents, copies of “Through Martha’s Eyes”, written by Corinne Brixton, are available from the Parish Office at £7.50 per copy.


Cake & Bake Sales

Thank you to everyone who has supported our last two cakes sales.  We raised £130 for the Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal in October and £135 for the British Legion Poppy Appeal in November.  The next cake sale will be on Sunday 10th December.  The money will be donated to the Loughton Food Bank to help them provide needy families with Christmas cheer.  Please help us to help them!


Donations for Loughton Food Bank

Loughton Food Bank always need donations to help them in their work.  It has been a while since we as a church have collected for them.  The most useful way for us to contribute is to buy supermarket cards/vouchers (easy when you are paying for your groceries at the checkout) so that their organisers can shop as things are needed.  So please remember them when you are shopping.  If many of us at St John’s could provide a card for just £5 in value (but please feel free to give more if you are able) we could give them a wonderful Christmas present.  Please put your supermarket cards into an envelope marked “Foodbank” (so they don’t get lost), bring them to church and hand to Julie Willis or Sue Dowler.  Last Sunday for collection will be 17th December, so that the cards can be delivered on the Wednesday before Christmas.  Thank you.


Mon 4th December – Men’s Meal and Carol Service

Meeting at 7.00pm at St John’s Church for a Carol Service, followed by dinner at Soiree, Queen’s Road.  Please let John Alligan (07802 480510) know if you are able to attend.


Space needed for counselling

We are exploring the options for providing free/low cost counselling, but need a suitable venue. With this in mind we are asking whether anyone has a spare room (downstairs) in their house which they could make available to a counsellor and a client, during the day or the evening. Ideally a spare downstairs room or study where they would be undisturbed. You would not need to vacate your house, just allow them to use the room for an hour’s session, at a time that would suit you, preferably once a week or more often if possible. If you are able to help, please email Adele: or me:     Many thanks!


Save the Dates

Sat 9th December – CDRC Coffee Morning

10.00am-1.00pm, fundraising Coffee Morning in aid of Christian Drama Resource Centre, at Loughton Methodist Church (Wesley Cafe).  Home made cakes, festive crafts, cookie decorating and storytelling for kids, table top sale etc.  CDRC supplies costumes of all types and eras to local churches, schools, theatre companies, charities and community groups.  It relies on donations and receives no funding, so support at fund-raising events is much appreciated.  If you have ever hired a costume or props from CDRC, you will know what a valuable service it provides.  Please help it to keep going.  Have a look at the website. 


Mon 11th December – Mothers’ Union Meeting

8.00pm in St John’s Church – we are continuing our theme of “Live Out Your Faith Through Action” with Rhoda Harborne talking about her nursing career.  All welcome.


Thurs 14th December – Ladies Christmas Meal

This year we will be going to The Toby Carvery, Buckhurst Hill, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. £16.50 per head to cover the meal, tip and a complimentary glass of Prosecco or soft drink alternative.  Drinks can be purchased direct from the bar. Feel free to invite your friends. Forms now available from Chris Hawkins – to be completed and returned with  cheque payable to Ms C Hawkins by 4th Dec at the latest.


Fri 15th December – Youth Group Social

Ice skating at the Tower of London!  Please let Britney know if your son or daughter will be attending (or encourage them to respond via the whats app group if possible).


Sat 16th December – Youth Group and Pathfinders Outing

Sorry for any confusion, but this event is not now taking place.