This year, this month and next, we are again supporting our diocesan partner, Anglican Development Services Mount Kenya through the diocese’s Lent Appeal.
From the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell:
The 2017 Lent Appeal will raise funds for two projects – a borehole in the Isiolo region of northern Kenya, and equipment for the maternity wing of the Mount Kenya Hospital which we supported two years ago. You are thus invited to build on the foundations of a previous project, and lay new foundations for future work.
Both projects are being run by Anglican Development Services, with whom we have confidently partnered in previous years.
At this time when we recall the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it brings to mind a call to act, a call of hope, and a call to mission by showing our care for God’s creation. Please give generously to enable our brothers and sisters in Kenya to continue to meet the very real needs of the people they serve in the
name of Christ.
More information is available on the web page for the diocesan appeal here.
Please join us and the whole of the Diocese of Chelmsford in supporting them.
Please join us next week for the beginning of Lent at our Ash Wednesday service. We will be marking the occasion with an augmented choir at St John’s on Wednesday 1st March at 8pm with an invitation to observe a holy Lent, the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion.
Our monthly charity for February is Haven House Children’s Hospice. We will be collecting donations for them after the morning services on Sunday.
Haven House Children’s Hospice supports families and cares for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions across North and East London, West Essex and East Hertfordshire.
Haven House is a local charity and they have many fund-raising challenges throughout the year. Please take a look at their website if you are interested in getting involved.
Before Christmas fades completely from memory, here’s a photo from our children’s Christingle service back a couple of weeks ago…
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.
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.
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
- Children’s craft activities
- Handmade cards
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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