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There is always plenty going on at St John's and this page is a great way to keep up to date with the latest news and notices from Clive and the Church Office.

                                                          

Thanksgiving Service for Pauline Bryant 

It is with great sadness to announce the passing away of Pauline Bryant.    Pauline was suffering with pneumonia and passed away on Tuesday 31st October with her family around her.   Pauline's family have said that it was very peaceful and she had told them "she was ready to go to Jesus".    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

There will be a private family burial followed by a Thanksgiving Service at St John's on Monday 27th November at 2:30 pm.    If you would like to send a card to Pauline's family,  please contact the church office for the address. 

Cafe Church - 19th November and 3rd December with Bishop Sandy Millar

We look forward to welcoming Rev Bishop Sandy Miller to Cafe Church,  He will be our guest speaker on Sunday 19th November (part 1) and Sunday 3rd December (part 2) at our Cafe Church congregation (7pm) to talk about 'Commitment to Christ'.   

Sandy Miller - Cafe Church
 

“Bring & Share Lunch” – 3rd December 2017. 

Please note that there will not be a 'Bring & Share Lunch' in Church on 3rd December as we are having our Church Nativity Service at the Riverside Theatre starting at 10am on that day.  However, everyone is most welcome to come back to Church afterwards where there will be tea and coffee available, with mince pies/biscuits for us all to share and a chance to chat and enjoy fellowship with one another.  The first Bring & Share Lunch in the New Year will be held in Church as usual starting at around 1pm on Sunday 7th January 2018.  Dates thereafter through to Easter 2018 to be confirmed.”

Asaph Christmas Concert - 16 December at 7pm

Tickets will be available to purchase at the back of church, after the 9am and 11am services on 19th November.

As part of St. John’s Christmas celebrations, we are pleased to host a concert by the Asaph Ensemble from London. This Christian group have performed internationally across the spectrum of denominations.  

 
The group consists of Louise Mott, mezzo soprano who has sung with both English & Welsh National Operas, soprano Nicola Hooke who has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, trumpeter Peter Desmond, Head of the Haringay Music Service, organist Robert Evans who has given organ recitals across Europe, and David Hooke, who conducts the Adoramus Orchestra and choir and is a mission partner for Christ Church Cockfosters.  
 
'A Holy Nightconcert will include such favourites as The Children’s Prayer from Hansel and Gretel, For unto us a child is born and Rejoice greatly from Messiah, Jesu, BambinoWinter from the Four Seasons  well as favourite Carols for all to sing.  For more information on Asaph Christian Trust please click here. 

 

Christmas Poster Asaph 

St John's Sermon Series - 'Joy in Knowing Christ', 19th November. 

Sermon Series
 

'Walking on Water' - 23rd November at 10am-2pm 


On 23rd November, we are looking forward to welcoming guest speaker, Paul Harcourt, National Leader of New Wine and Vicar of All Saints, Woodford Wells.  

If you are a leader within the church (ie. Ministry Team, Lifegroup, Worship, Youth/Childrens, etc), we would encourage you to come to this day.  If you are not currently leading but you are in a place where you sense God is calling you into something new, maybe into an area of serving, leading or ministry, this day will be very inspiring and encouraging for you. 

To watch a short 1 minute presentation by Paul Harcourt on the subject he will be discussing, please click here.  

Although there is no charge for this event you do need to book a place by contacting Tracey Fearn, PA to Clive Howard (tel the church office on 01394 383162 or email tracey@stjohnswoodbridge.org.uk.  Please bring a packed lunch - refreshments will be provided.  
New Wine Leaders Day

 

Exploring Issues 

EI 20-11-17 

All Age Nativity Service 

NativityPoster 

Opportunity to connect with our community - please can you help?

We are looking for volunteers to sort the Churches Together Christmas cards on Friday 24th November, from 1.30pm at the Methodist Church.   It is a blessing to our community to receive the cards with details of the Churches Together Christmas Services and is a great way for each of us to connect with our community in an evangelistic way. 

We need your  help to put cards and leaflets into envelopes, bundle them into streets and take them up to the church foyer.  We would hope they can be taken for delivery on Sunday 26th November.

We would be grateful for any help that you can give.  Thank you!

'Joy in Serving Christ' - Opportunities Available 

Our second sermon series talk on Sunday 29th October was the ‘Joy in Serving Christ’.  If you didn't get a chance to listen to this sermon and would like to, please click here. Clive Howard took us through the verses in Philippians 2 where Paul explains to the Philippian church that the evidence of true Christianity is found in humble service to each other.  God calls His people to serve and love one another with humility and when we do this we experience more joy!  God has given each of us gifts to use and when we join together in serving, we will not only bless others but it will bless us too, as we fellowship with one another and contribute in developing a healthy church (Ephesians 4: 1-16).

We have many serving roles within the church, and we would like to encourage every member of St John’s who are not currently serving in a team, to be part of one.  If everyone did a little something (once a month or less), we would certainly have a ‘healthy’ church.  Please do consider what team you could be part of. 

If you would like further information or would like to help with a particular serving opportunity, please contact the church office on 01394 383162 or email: info@stjohnswoodbridge.org.uk.   Training will be provided for some areas of service.  Please click here to view the various ways in which you can serve at St John’s. 

The areas that we are particularly needing help with are Cafe Church set up/tear down and The Light Factory but there are many others to consider too.

 

Sizewell Holiday 2018 

We are pleased to be launching the St John’s summer holiday 2018, at Sizewell Hall. Open to everybody within the church, a chance to get away in a beautiful old stately home by the sea for a week. Next year the dates will be 11th to 18th August 2018.

This is a great opportunity to be challenged spiritually, relax, eat great food, deepen friendships and make new connections. A chance to kayak, swim, build fires on the beach, bbq, walk, play table tennis, air hockey and pool.

Everyone is welcome. Travel cots and highchairs are available for families, and children & young people have their own groups to attend in the mornings, led by our children and families worker Clare Johnson. 
 
The booking team will be Jos Saunders, Clare Astbury, Marian Thomas, Alan Hawes and Noelle Gore. There is an information board about the holiday at the side of the church, where booking forms can be collected or speak to one of the team in the foyer after a church service in the coming weeks. 
 
For further details and a booking form, please click here.

Singers Wanted

Can you help us make a joyful noise in harmony at our Carol Services on 17th December?  Or could you be part of an angelic chorus at the Nativity service on 3rd December?  If so, we would love ot hear from you.  Please contact Rosie Evans or the church office on 01394 383162.

Socials for 18-30's

Autumn SocialsSt Johns Slide