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See a clip from a recent concert in St John's here

Fr James Heard.


Tickets for Annual Harvest Supper on sale after church, via the charity committee or through the Parish Office. Wednesday 3 October at 7pm, Cost is £20. You are supporting the City Harvest group, who in turn support Glass Door, one of the charities that we support as a church. If anyone can offer to help on the evening, setting up and clearing up and helping in the kitchen, please let Angela know, similarly if anyone can offer food.

Food Donation Box for the Upper Room. There is a list on the notice board which asks for preferred donations, the box will be in the community space. The Upper Room provides services for the homeless, vulnerable and socially disadvantaged in West London, please give as generously as you can.

Bishop of Kensington Teaching evening - 25 September - St Barnabas Kensington, 7pm
In the autumn Bishop Graham will be visiting each Deanery for a ‘Bishops Teaching Evening’ He will look at the age-old ‘Problem of Evil’ and how we might understand more of the mystery of why God permits evil and suffering to exist within his world. The idea is for a good thought-provoking, interactive teaching evening, that helps us see this not so much as a problem for Christian belief as one that can lead people towards faith, hope and love.

Farewell service for Fr Gillian Craig Sunday 30 September at 4pm at St Mary Abbots. All are very welcome, please RVSP to Sophie Gaselee sg@smaw8.org, for
indication of numbers.
Giving with Grace - Gentle Reminder. Throughout September, we continue to be encouraged to consider and commit seriously to regular planned giving in order to support and maintain the ministry and mission of St George’s. This however frequently we attend St George's. An explanatory letter and pamphlet were posted to all members of the congregation earlier this month. If you have not received or have mislaid the letter, please let us know. A copy of the explanatory pamphlet can be downloaded here. There is also a display of explanatory material at the back of the church. PCC members will be happy to answer queries or discuss any aspect of regular planned giving with you. Thank you to all those who are already generous regular planned givers as well as to those who have recently committed!

Bible study is after midday Holy Communion on Wednesday 26 September. We gather over a light lunch in the community space at St. Georges and will be studying the Rule of St. Benedict, which emphasises Prayer, Work, Community and Hospitality. The dates for the future study are 10 October, 31 October, 14 November, 28 November and 12 December. You are welcome to dip in and out of the course and if you cannot attend all the sessions, we would love to see you at some. Please let Fr Peter (ssmhollandpark@gmail.com) know if you would like to join us on 12 September or any of the future lunches.

United Tuesday's course; Exploring Faith through the Arts starts on 2 October after the 6.30 Eucharist. There is a talk and discussion from 7-8.30pm, the course is free, but you are invited to make a donation for the wine. There is a leaflet in the church detailing the structure which is:
Week 1: Tuesday 2 October – Faith through the Arts, Revd Sarah Lenton
Week 2: Monday 15 October – Exploring faith in modern British painting (c.1850-1950), with an emphasis on Edward Burne-Jones
Revd Dr Ayla Lepine,Held at Bickersteth House, 25 Sheffield Terrace, London W8 7NQ
Week 3: Tuesday 30 October – Faith and the Arts: You are never so much yourself as when you lose yourself Tom Stacey
Week 4: Tuesday 6 November – Exploring faith through poetry Gill Rowe
Week 5: Tuesday 20 November – Exploring faith through church iconography Fr Neil Traynor Held at St John the Baptist, Holland Road

Glass Door sleep out - 5 October 2018 on the Duke of York Square in aid of the winter night shelter. Churches in West London partner with Glass Door to host a night shelter in winter, allowing up to 35 individuals a safe place to sleep. More information and online registration can be found on the charity's web site: https://www.glassdoor.org.uk/Pages/Category/sleep-out-2018. Last year 10 of us from the United Benefice did this (along with 300 others!) and raised about £5000 with a total of over £150,000 raised. Do let Fr James know if you are signing up and we can arrange transportation.


8 October: Trinity College, Dublin are offering a free on-line course exploring the Book of Kells. Go to www.futurelearn.com and search for Book of Kells.

Dates for the Diary
30 September All Age Harvest at SG
30 September Michaelmas at SJB
3 October Harvest Supper SG
7 October 5pm Pet Blessing Service at SJB
4 November All Saints All Age service at St George’s
4 November All Souls’ Requiem Mass at St John’s
11 November Remembrance Sunday
13 November Poetry evening in aid of Glass Door. Janie Dee and friends will perform a selection of poems by Gill Rowe
2 December Advent Sunday
7 December Carolling for Christian Aid
9 December 6.30pm Carol service at St John’s
16 December, All Age Pageant service
24 December 4pm Crib Service (Monday)
24 December 11pm midnight mass at St George’s and St John the Baptist (Monday)
25 December 10am Christmas Day Eucharist at St George’s (Tuesday)

 

There is a United Benefice Pastoral Visiting Team -  if you would like a visit please contact the Parish Office.

We would welcome any comments that you might have about St John’s future as a community centre. Please email us with your ideas or if you would like to be kept informed of our progress.

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