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.

Monthly Charity for June

Our monthly charity for June is the Church Urban Fund. We will be collecting donations for them after the morning services on Sunday.

As the Church of England’s response to poverty, our aim is to inform, inspire, resource and support churches as they work to tackle poverty and build community.

At the heart of our work is a network of partnerships with individual Dioceses called the Together Network. Through this network we aim to enhance, multiply and transform the Church’s engagement with poverty at a local and national level.

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Monthy Charity for May

The charity for May is Christian Aid, and Chris will again be doing a sleepover in the Church to raise funds, this time, hopefully, with some willing young volunteers from the 11.15am congregation.

Bear in mind that for every pound raised, 85p goes directly into charitable purposes – 45p supports long-term development projects, 29p is spent on humanitarian and emergencies and 11p on campaigning, advocacy and education – the remaining 15p goes back into fundraising. For every £1 invested they secure more that £7 in return.

Please give whatever you can, however you can.

St John's exterior

Bell Tower Tours

Why not drop in for a Bell Tower tour on Saturday 12 May between 1:30pm and 3:30pm, as part of the Loughton Festival? Visit the Tower, learn a little about the art of bell ringing and climb above the tower for very good views of Loughton. There may be the chance to try ringing a bell, depending on numbers. Adults and children aged 8 and over only please. Ability to climb the 38 stone spiral steps to the bell tower is required. Tours will take around 30 minutes.