St John's News - 16 November

Dear friends,

Normally around this time of the year we run a fabulous Christmas Fair at the Blackbourne. It is a shame we are unable to do so, this year. However, we will be running a Christmas Coffee and Cakes morning on Saturday 27 November at 10:00am at St John's. Please come and support this event.

We will have a book stall, so please bring any used books in good condition that can be sold. Also, if you would be happy to donate a cake, or cakes or mince pies (or any other goodies) to sell, either for consumption with the tea and coffee or for people to take home, it would be greatly appreciated.

We heard at the PCC last night that we are likely to face a shortfall of around £10,000 this year. I know one coffee morning won't make a massive difference, but every little helps. It will also be a lovely time to chat together.

I have received an email from Christians Against Poverty thanking St John's for the £282.50 raised at our CAP Sunday Service October. The email says:

"You're playing a huge part in transforming lives across the UK. Every year, hundreds of people come to know Jesus as their personal Saviour through our work. One CAP client said, 'I am no longer scared about the future; I am now debt free and I can breathe again. Since joining CAP I became a Christian and was baptised last May. I am now proud to say that I have the Lord in my life and in my heart.'

We rely on the generosity of churches and Christians like you who share our passion to bring justice and salvation to the lost and hurting. Thank you for joining us as together we strive to release thousands from grinding poverty."

It was so encouraging to see so many young people at our Remembrance Sunday Service. If you missed it, you can catch up here.

Our service this coming Sunday at 10:30am celebrates the end of the Christian year with the theme of Christ the King. As there is no longer a baptism taking place, there will be a short celebration of the Lord's Supper following a brief break at the end of the main service. Please feel free to leave after the main service or stay on for the short Communion.

Lord Jesus, you are the King of Glory, the Lord of Lords, and King of Kings.
We pray that your Kingdom will reign forever in our hearts and in this world.
We pray for your Kingdom of justice, righteousness and peace to come.
Amen. Come King Jesus.

With every blessing in Christ,

Wed 17 Nov 2021