Weekly newsletter 18.09

//Weekly newsletter 18.09

Weekly newsletter 18.09

Dear Brothers and Sisters

‘As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.‘  Galatians 6.10

Paul writes these words in the context of the new life we have in the Spirit because of the work of Jesus Christ. In our morning series we are looking at the life and fruit of the Spirit, and one fruit of living by the Spirit is seeking to do good to others, ‘as we have opportunity’.  With Covid-19 cases on the rise, the likelihood of further restrictions, and the impact of reduction in the furlough scheme – sadly there will be greater opportunities around us where we can do good. In ‘doing good to all people, especially… believers‘ we will show the watching world how being a Christian impacts every aspect of our lives. With this in mind, I want to remind you of two things:

  1. Hardship Fund. I am aware that individuals and small groups often support one another both practically and financially. The Bible encourages us as a family, in the principle of generosity in the face of need (Acts 4.33-35). I want us to be aware that the church also has a responsibility in this, and resources are set aside to help those in most need. For further information, please contact pastoralhub@stjohnsblackheath.org.uk
  2. Foodbank. During the lockdown, the Foodbank collection point was shifted to Banchory Road – thanks to Emma and Matt for serving the community in this way. I am pleased to say that the collection point is now back at St John’s Church and items can be dropped off between 10am and 1pm or you can ring the office to arrange a time.

Sunday Services
9.15 in-person, 11.15 and 6pm in-person and live-streamed

This Sunday morning the 11.15 is an All Age service, and those with children may find this an ideal opportunity to come in person. Sunday evening at 6pm we will continue our series on James looking at ‘Favouritism’ (James 2:1-13).  During this service we will be having our first Communion service for some time, with bread only.

Like many of you I have grieved over the fact that we have not been able to break bread together. I appreciate that those watching the live stream will be unable to participate in the same way, but I am reminded of the words of distribution in the Book of Common Prayer: ‘Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your heart by faith with thanksgiving.’ My prayer is that we can together feed on him in our hearts as we remember all that Jesus has done for each one of us.

For all services, please remember that as you come out of the church building the ‘rule of six’ will apply.

Please make sure you’ve read the guidelines for attending our services.

Don’t forget to join us for our weekly virtual refreshments at 10.30.
Join us on Zoom (Meeting ID: 875 8169 6484, Password: 547453)

Electoral Roll

Just to clarify, this is NOT the year we need to completely update the electoral roll. You only need to complete the form if you are new to St John’s and have not previously come on the roll, or if your details have changed.  Application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can email office@stjohnsblackheath.org.uk  to request a digital copy.

I do pray that you all know the love of the Lord Jesus and His peace that passes all understanding.