Notices 6th January 2019

NOTICES – 6th January 2019

Morning Bible Reading:  Genesis 18: 1-8, Hebrews 13: 2, 1

Sun 6th Jan 8.45am Holy Communion (Ian Farley preaching)

10.45am Holy Communion (Ian Farley preaching)

7.00pm Church Prayer Meeting

Wed 9th Jan 1.00pm Communion Service @ St Stephen’s Church
Thurs 10th Jan There will not be a worship evening on this date
Sun 13th Jan 8.45am Morning Prayer (Ian Farley preaching)

10.45am Morning Praise (Ian Farley preaching)

7.00pm Word and Worship (Matthew Farley preaching)




19th + 20th Jan 2019 – Teaching Weekend

Getting to grips with the Prophets

Where do the Prophets fit in God’s economy of salvation?

What is it like to be a Prophet?

How do the Prophets fit together?

How do we identify Prophets today?

10.30-12.30 Saturday – lunch together afterwards

10.45-1.0pm Sunday – lunch together afterwards

Sign up on the sheet on the notice board in Church.

Children’s activities will be available on both days, but need to be booked in advance (by 6th January latest).  Forms are available on the notice board inside the Church.



Reverse Advent Calendar

An amazing 400 items of food were contributed by the St John’s church family.  Both the Loughton Food Bank and Mill Grove Foster Home were extremely grateful.  Thank you all for your amazing generosity – from St John’s Mothers’ Union.





Rota Volunteers for collecting the lovely Bill

As you will know, Bill loves to join us at the 10.45am service each Sunday but needs a lift to get here.  We are in need of more volunteers to collect and return Bill to and from Forest Place care home, Roebuck Lane.  It is a pleasure to collect Bill, who will chat and sometimes sing to you on the journey!  Please contact the Parish Office on 020 8506 2150 or if you are able to support our brother Bill.

Thank you


2018 Cake Sales

Thank you to everyone who baked and bought cakes and cookies in our sales in 2018.  We raised almost £2,300 for different charities and good causes and I am putting a list together for the cake sales for this year.  We will continue to give to our regular charities such as the Loughton Food Bank and the Westbrook Holiday bookstall, but if there is a local organisation you know of that needs our help, or if you are fundraising for a particular cause this year, please get in touch.  You don’t need to bake for a sale, but it is helpful if you can help to sell the cakes and provide any posters etc to advertise where the funding will go.

The next sale will be on February 10th (no sale in January, everyone is on a diet!)

Many thanks – Jo Coates



Thurs 10th Jan – Ladies’ Night

7.45pm for 8.00pm in The Mary Cotton Hall

Shwapping – a chance to exchange unwanted Christmas gifts (or anything else) for something you do want.

Do invite your friends and neighbours to come along and enjoy a fun night with chat, fellowship and refreshments.


Sat 12th Jan – Maintenance Team

We will be meeting at 9.30am – all volunteers very welcome to help with this essential service to keep our Church premises in good order.



Sat 12th Jan – Churchyard Gardening 9.30 – 12.30

Happy New Year to our gardening volunteers! Thank you for all your help in 2018.  Now it’s time once again to wrap up warmly, get your wellies on and come to blow those cobwebs away, shift the extra pounds you may have gained over Christmas, get active after too much sitting around… we would love to see you in our Churchyard to help tidy and sweep.  Tasks to suit all ages, refreshments provided.  Please drop in for a while.  If weather uncertain on the day, please ring 07885 842342 on the day to check we are going ahead.

Thanks – Sue


Mon 14th Jan – MU Meeting

8.00pm in St John’s Church

Pauline Leadley will be sharing the highlights of her last trip to Malawi.

All welcome to join us.


Sat 19th Jan – Quiz Night

Time to put your thinking caps on and join us in a quiz night to raise funds for the Buckhurst Hill Money Advice Service.

7.00pm for 7.30pm start at Buckhurst Hill Baptist Church.

£8 per head with Ploughman’s supper included.  Please bring your own drinks and glasses.

Contact: Lucy Folkes mob: 07775830607

Pauline Leadley mob: 07880628052



Sat 26th Jan – Stay and Play

1.00-3.00pm in St John’s Church

Mothers’ Union are planning a stay and play for parents/carers to come along to with their children. The event is aimed at families with children aged 3+ to school year 6 (if you have children younger than 3, please feel free to bring them along with you).  There will be board games and other activities.  This event is free of charge. For further details, contact Angie Blanche 07863854013.




Home Cooking Skills

We have set the dates for this short course: Feb 9, March 2, 16 and 30 and will be held in St John’s Hall from 2.00-4.00pm.  This course is open to everyone in the Church family who is 16 or older who would be interested in such a course.  More details to follow, but if you would like to know more, please contact Corinne Conway-Long on



Wed 30th Jan – Cutting Edge Worship Evening

7pm for 7.30pm at St John’s.  Calling all men, please put this date in your diary, more details to follow.