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           St. JOHN’S MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

     Minister Rev Keith Beckingham. Tel:01922 475083



Pastoral News from Chris Fletcher

      

 Here we are, at the time of writing, almost at the close of another year, and what a year! The       

highs and lows have been very mixed.

       The joys of having new life born into the Church has been amazing.   Achievements by our Church children; moving into nursery places, primary, senior and also university - all new steps in their lives.   There has also been new membership this year.    It is always a bonus.

       The work of outreach has, once again, been fruitful. School visits, Make Lunch, fund raising, visits to Rwanda, it is all part of God’s plan for us.

       Planning for Christmas at St John’s, and Leamore story garden has been hard work but so rewarding. Thanks’ to all involved.H

         Please remember in our prayers all who have been bereaved during this year.

 Birthday boy in December is our young 70 year old Roger Woodward, and ‘Congratulations’ to Joyce and Fred Smith celebrating their Diamond Anniversary (60 years in old money).      Chris

May God be with you. Once again we thank Chris for her regular contribution charting the life at St John’s    

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For details of the CHURCH & PORCH FLOWER LIST, the SUNDAY MORNING WELCOMERS & COFFEE ROTAS -

see Notice Board in Church vestibule


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LADIES’ FELLOWSHIP DECEMBER Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm.

     

NO FURTHER MEETINGS TILL FEBRUARY 7TH     

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Help wanted! We are urgently looking for volunteers to go on an evening canteen rota for about one hour per month. So if you have time to spare on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday term time only contact Pauline 01922 646338.

And it’s also time to thank all the volunteers who are already on the canteen rota for the time they have given over many years.

More help is also needed for morning canteen on Wednesdays & Thursdays 9.30am - 11.30am.

Please contact Angela Newey 01922 495784 if you can assist.

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The Socks and Chocs appeal

In support of The Good Shepherd ministry when the well will be in the church entrance to receive such items for distribution at Christmas to the homeless  Men, Women and Children, who benefit from this life saving ministry which relies on donations of help of help of every kind.

Please support this outreach with any such items.   We do make a difference.

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St John’s Snooker Club.

Did you know that St John’s has a first Class Snooker Room which is organised efficiently and very well maintained.

The current membership is about 20 adults, so there is room for more - male and female members are welcome.

If would be you would like to view the club room or possibly have a game of snooker please ask Fred or Joyce Smith.

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Action for Children - Christmas Glitter Up!


Hosted by the Bloxwich Community Chorus Come along and sing all your favourite carols in a  lovely Christmas setting here at St John’s Free admission. Refreshments. Retiring Collection.

The Circuit Staff will be 'glittering up' this Christmas to raise money for Methodist charity Action for Children.    Rev Beckingham will (hopefully) be sporting a glitter beard for the Christingle service on 17th Dec at 4.30pm and we are asking if you could each sponsor him 50p?    Look out for the poster and sponsor form in Church.

Rose Doris and Sylvia, say a big Thank you for the many items given for the gift stall at the Christmas Fayre. It was a great display. Total raised not known at time of going to print but Thank You again.

The socks and Chocs etc will be taken to The Good Shepherd ministry in time for distribution among the homeless that use this wonderful Christian service. Thank you for many items already donated - you can still donate until the 13th Dec. Very simple items but with such a huge blessing to our brothers and sisters in Christ, of all ages.     Again Thankyou Doris, Rose and Freda.


Sunday 24th: Christmas Eve, 10.30am Service,

                                                   5.30pm Tea, Coffee, mince pies & fellowship,

                                                                                       6.30pm Holy Communion.

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Churches together in Bloxwich and Blakenall

Business meeting to take place on Jan 11th. Details from Peter Box.

Worship Commission next meet Jan 25th at 11.00am. This is a meeting that is open to all that attend services here at St. John’s.

Jan 18th through Jan 25th Octave of Prayers for Christian Unity. See notice board for details of the ecumenical meetings (12 noon each day)

Rev. P. Nesbit, the Anglican minister from Mossley will lead our worship on Jan 28th. Please encourage as many people as possible to come to worship on that day to show support for this valued visitor.