Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Advent begins on Sunday 29th November and I would like to encourage you to get hold of ‘The Christmas we didn’t expect’ by David Mathis (order your copy here: https://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/the-christmas-we-didnt-expect ). The book wants us to see just how much of that first Christmas teemed with the unexpected. As we look forward to this Christmas, the one none of us expected, my prayer is that the Christmas story will surprise and renew us to live and witness to Jesus, ‘for he will save his people from their sins.‘ Matthew 1:21.
Saturday ‘Big Winter Sleepout’ – Youth
A number of young people from St John’s are taking part to raise money for the London City Mission Webber Street Project for the homeless. Please do pray for them as they sleep rough in their gardens, balconies or even front doors! LCM will be providing Zoom sessions to help them understand the complex issue of homelessness and how they seek to bring people, not only practical help, but the good news of Jesus. If you’d like to sponsor the young people, please visit the just giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stjohnsblackheathyouth
The lockdown restrictions mean Sunday services continue online:
Morning service at 10:00am
Livestreamed on St John’s YouTube channel. Continuing the theme of ‘The Holy Spirit – Life & Fruit’. We will be looking at Kindness & Goodness. Please join us for fellowship after the service on Zoom for Virtual Refreshments – it’s good to see others! Link below:
Evening Service at 6pm
Via Zoom. We come to the final part of the series on James, link below:
Meeting ID: 871 3762 3729
Pastoral Conversation on ‘Race & Racism’
Following on from Victoria’s email on Monday 16th, please can I encourage you to respond to this important conversation for the church family. I believe that this will be an important step as we listen to one another’s stories, learn, and grow in Christ.
Greenwich Foodbank can only accept financial donations at the moment and are unable to receive food contributions. If you wish to donate please visit: https://greenwich.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/
Connecting with Schools over Christmas
We are glad that despite the restrictions we are still able to connect with schools this Christmas. Please pray for the following opportunities and for all the children and staff as they hear the message of Christmas:
*Christmas Journey* This year we are offering schools a virtual Christmas Journey. Each of the 6 churches involved have filmed one of the scenes and the film will be sent to participating schools along with a resource pack with things to bring the story to life. Over fifty Year 2 classes in local primary schools, will be using this material in the first 2 weeks of December!
*Christingle* Each year the whole of Invicta primary visit us for a Christingle service. This year we are still hoping (Covid guidance permitting) to welcome Invicta pupils to our church in separate services for each year group bubble.
Finally, can I encourage us to ‘… pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.‘ Ephesians 6:18.
Yours in Christ, Eddie