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Monthly Charity for January

Our monthly charity for January is the Barnabas Fund. We will be collecting donations for them after the morning services on Sunday.

The main ministry of Barnabas Fund is to send financial support to projects which help Christians where they suffer discrimination, oppression and persecution as a consequence of their faith. The projects aim to strengthen Christian individuals, churches and their communities by providing material and spiritual support in response to needs identified by local Christian leaders.

Christmas Services

Here’s the schedule of Christmas services at St John’s, Loughton, and St Nicholas. Please do join us!

Tuesday 20th December

8pm, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was first celebrated in Truro on Christmas Eve, 1880. We will be celebrating this year at St John’s with an augmented choir.

Saturday, 24th December, Christmas Eve

4pm, Crib Service

Our family crib service and Nativity play.

10pm, Holy Communion (St Nicholas)

A Communion service for Christmas Eve at St Nicholas.

11:30pm, Midnight Mass and Blessing of the Crib

Our traditional Christmas Eve service with choir, carols and Holy Communion.

Sunday, 25th December, Christmas Day

10am, Christmas Day Holy Communion

Our family service on Christmas Day.

Sunday, 8th January, Epiphany

9:30am, Sung Eucharist

Our traditional feast day of obligation, sung Eucharist service.

11:15am, Christingle Parade and Family Service

Our annual Christingle Service to see the Christmas season off in style.

Autumn Fayre

We will be holding our annual Autumn Fayre at St John’s on Saturday 19th November from 11am to 3pm.

Stalls will include:

  • Bottle tombola
  • China and glass
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Children’s craft activities
  • Handmade cards
  • Jewelry
  • Homemade cakes
  • Jams and preserves
  • Prize raffle

Lunches will be served from 12 noon.

Items for donation can be brought to the hall from 7pm Friday 18th November or left with the Parish Office during office hours.

Operation Christmas Child 2016

Next Sunday (6th November) we will be kicking off another year of Operation Christmas Child here at St John’s. This year we’re attempting to fill 200 shoe boxes – helping to show Christ’s love this Christmas through this simple gift. Pick up a box at church on Sunday 6th November and as you start to think about your Christmas shopping please think of those who have nothing to call their own and buy something to pop in your box. If you don’t feel able to fill a box then you could also help by making a donation toward admin and delivery costs.

Monthly Charity for October

Our monthly charity for October will be Saint Clare Hospice. We are collecting donations for them after the morning services on Sunday.

From their website here:

St Clare Hospice is a local charity and each year we care for hundreds of people across West Essex and the East Hertfordshire border. We provide free, compassionate care and support to adults with life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers.

Fireworks 2016

Our annual bonfire and firework display will be on Saturday 5th November. As in previous years, gates will open at 6pm, bonfire will be lit at 6:45pm and the fireworks will start at a 7pm. Refreshments available throughout the evening.

Tickets are available on the door, in advance from the Parish Office or from the church hall from 10am to 1pm on the day. Please note that capacity is limited if you are intending to buy a ticket on the door.

Child ticket £3
Adult ticket £6
Family ticket £15 2 adults, 3 children

Monthly charity for September

Our monthly charity for September will be Oxfam. We are collecting donations for them after the morning services on Sunday.

From their website here:

We focus our work on vital issues to tackle the root causes of poverty, from life’s basics – food, water, health and education – to complex questions around aid, climate change and human rights.

Harvest Festival

On Sunday 25th September we will celebrating our Harvest Festival. The normal 9:30am and 11:15am services will be replaced a joint Parade Service starting at 10am.

This will be followed by a bring and share lunch. Lists to sign up for attendance and bringing things for the lunch are at the back of the church. This will be an opportunity to get to know the new rector and his family, as well as the people you see in church on Sunday.

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.