On 30th April we are going to be celebrating godparents. Godparents Sunday is a new idea, and we will be having a special service at St John’s. We’ll be remembering and giving thanks for our godparents, and those who are godparents will be doing the same for their godchildren. Come and join us, and bring your godparents or godchildren with you. If you can’t bring them for any reason – perhaps they are not local, or it may be they are no longer with us but with the Lord, bring a photo if you can – we’ll be remembering those who cannot be there as well.
Wave of prayer for Evangelism 8th to 15th May
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have asked for a great wave of prayer in the lead up to Pentecost. We have been asked to pray that the life transforming love of Jesus Christ will overflow from our churches into our communities so that more people will be drawn to faith in him.
Prayer booklets are available in church to guide you for nine days of prayer (a Novena). These are free but you can give an offering towards their cost for yourself and someone else if you wish. They cost £1 each, part of which goes to the Archbishops’ Refugee fund.
On Saturday 14th May after Mass at 9.30, there will be silent prayer in our church before the blessed sacrament from 10-11 a.m. Come and go as you please. You do not have to stay for the whole hour.
Additionally if you want somewhere different to pray, St Peter and St Paul Chaldon will be open daily from 10-4 as usual or you could go and walk the prayer labyrinth in the grounds of St Lawrence Church.
And finally a lot more information and ideas for prayer can be found on the website http://www.thykingdom.co.uk, and do catch up with Archbishop Justin’s message about the wave of prayer on his FaceBook page or YouTube.
It’s the first Sunday of the month again – doesn’t time fly! And this month at our Together@10 service we’ll be thinking out what it means to be a part of the true vine. This month there’ll be a drama from some of our Junior Church children as well!
Join us at 10am on Sunday 11th for our Parish Mass. This week, as we remember how Jesus came to be baptised by John, we join in the blessing of the font and the renewal of our baptism vows.
This coming Sunday (June 1st) we have our monthly all-age mass Together@10 at – no prizes for guessing – 10am. This month our theme is The Glorified Son and we’ll be thinking about what ‘Glory’ is and how we share in it.
Yesterday we held the funeral service in Saint John’s for Breck Bednar. Breck and his family are a part of our church community, and yesterday would have been his 15th birthday. He tragically lost his life violently on 17th February. There were 600 people in church for the service and a number of people have asked for copies of the sermon, so I have decided to post it here in the hope that people will find it helpful. Continue reading
The funeral service for Breck Bednar will take place at Saint John’s Church on Monday 17th March at 1pm. All are welcome. Please continue to pray for Breck’s family and friends.
A reminder to our regular attenders at our monthly free concerts that this month’s is a week late and takes place on Wednesday 11th December at 12.30pm. Free drinks available from 12pm and feel free to bring your lunch.
This month we have Geneviève Usher( Soprano) and Chris Underhill (Piano) who will present Opera, Lieder and Piano solos with a seasonal twist.
Geneviève has sung principal roles in opera, operetta, G & S and oratorio. Chris performs in chamber ensembles and is a regular accompanist for singers. His solo work includes a number of concertos.
The next concert is on the first Wednesday of February.
This coming Sunday is Remembrance Sunday. A reminder to our congregation at St John’s that the service begins at 10.15am and not at the usual time.
Our monthly free lunchtime concerts continue this coming Wednesday.
This month we welcome David Hughes (baritone) and Chris Underhill (piano).
All welcome – tea, coffee and biscuits provided free from 12.15pm – performance from 12.45pm to 1.30pm. Bring you own lunch if you wish.