Monthly Charity for November

Our monthly charity for November is the Leprosy Mission. We have been and will be collecting donations for them after the morning services on Sunday.

[A]n international Christian development organisation that diagnoses, treats and offers specialist care, including reconstructive surgery, to leprosy patients. Our aim is to transform and empower the lives of people affected by leprosy.

Armistice Centenary

Next Sunday we will be marking the Armistice Day Centenary.

Our rector, Chris Davies, will be leading a service of remembrance on King’s Green in Loughton, beginning at 12:30pm.

In the evening at 6pm we will be holding an Armistice Centenary Service at St John’s. Join us for anthems, songs and readings to celebrate the centenary of the signing of the armistice. The concert will end with our award-winning bell-ringers tolling for the centenary.

Please note that our 11:15am Family Communion will not be held. Instead we will have family activities in advance of the parade to King’s Green for the remembrance service there.

The 8am and 9:30am services will be held as normal.

Please support these acts of remembrance in this centenary year.

Mosaic of St George

The Great War in a Country Churchyard

Come and join us for a presentation by Debbie Coupland, in St John’s Church, Loughton at 8.00pm on Thursday 8th November in remembrance of the centenary of the signing of the Armistice, as a prelude to peace in 1918. Debbie’s presentation will include details of the actions of Private Sidney Godley VC who rests within Loughton Cemetery and our other local fallen heroes. Debbie will review the war, it’s final stages and the consequences for world peace. She has an abundance of forensic detail, born of a lifelong passion for the War to end all Wars. Do come for a fascinating insight into the world of our forefathers. The retiring collection will be in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund.

Debbie Coupland

Debbie has been a keen student of the First World War since childhood. She decided not to go to university, as expected, but instead, take an Officers Commission in the Army. In due course, as a lieutenant (in the Women’s Royal Army Corps) she was posted to Thiepval Barracks in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, linked inextricably with the most famous memorial to the missing (72,195) of the battle of the Somme.

Having left the Army to bring up a her family, she completed a University degree in Military History, as a mature student. She left her job within the Civil Service, recruiting men and women to serve as Officers in the Army, to create Great War Tours, providing personal escorted Great War Battlefield experiences.

Fireworks 2018

Fireworks will be taking place on Saturday 3rd November from 6pm to 9pm, and we are hoping to sell as many tickets as possible beforehand to help with queueing and congestion on the night.

Tickets can be ordered by calling 07383 489556 and bought from the church each Sunday after our family service 12.30pm to 1.30pm from Sunday 7th October

Tickets will also be on sale inside St John’s Church at the following times:

  • Tuesday, 30th October, 8pm-9pm
  • Wednesday, 31st October, 8p-9pm
  • Thursday, 1st November, 8pm-9pm
  • Friday, 2nd November, 8pm-9pm
  • Saturday, 3rd November, 10am–4pm

Pricing remains the same as the last few years, ie £15 family (2 adults and up to 3 children), £6 adult, £3 child, and we would ask that you bring the correct money with you as it really helps our volunteers!

Monthly Charity for September

Our monthly charity for September is the Spark!. We will be collecting donations for them after the morning services on Sunday.

[We seek] a society in which people are work ready, mobile and equipped to make a significant difference to the economy, their lives and community.

We will work with education and business to prepare people for working life and enhance their employability through practical, accredited and inspiring work-related experiences.

St John's window - St Alban

Morning and Evening Prayer

With Sam joining us we will be able to offer more services, so we are now offering morning and evening prayer.

  • Morning prayer will be available at 7.45am Monday to Friday mornings and should last around 20-25 minutes.
  • Evening Prayer will be available at 6.00pm Monday to Thursday evenings and is slightly shorter.

The Church of England tells us that:

As Christians we believe the full purpose of our lives is to praise God. As we do so we begin to recognize more and more that everything comes from God and to feel even more thankful and full of praise.

Come along and share in this wonderful tradition.

Monthly Charity for August

Our monthly charity for August is Us (formerly USPG Missionary Society). We will collecting donations for them after the morning services on Sunday.

From their website here:

For over 300 years we have been sharing God’s love through practical action, and seeing lives transformed.

Our goal is to help more and more people ‘take hold of the life that is truly life’ (1 Timothy 6:19).

How we work looks different according to the culture and context of our church partners.

  • In Zimbabwe, we initiated a national programme to tackle HIV stigma so more people will come forward to receive counselling and treatment.
  • In Myanmar, we are supporting a programme to take healthcare into isolated rural communities.
  • In South Africa, we have developed a programme to provide church leaders with practical development skills.

Our programmes have a deep impact because they are run by local churches that are embedded in the communities they serve – communities that have often been overlooked.

We don’t give handouts, which can create dependency. Instead, we support the development of local skills and the empowerment of communities, leading to change from within.