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           St. JOHN’S MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

     Minister Rev Keith Beckingham. Tel:01922 475083


Pastoral News from Chris Fletcher

We have to remember in our prayers our neighbours in far off lands who have suffered devastating storms.   Their lives have been, and will be, disrupted for many months or even years.   In the face of such devastation how do you start to recover from this?


Here closer to home our Rwandan team came back to us safe and sound.   We look forward to hearing their many stories.


At this time of year we are making preparations for Harvest and Christmas.   May your prayers be with the teams who plan and execute their ideas.


Once gain we will be welcoming our local schools to our Harvest and Christmas celebrations   If you would like to volunteer help on these occasions we would be grateful for your assistance.


Congratulations to Edna Wright and Norah Robotham who both celebrate 9Oth birthdays this month and to Paul our caretaker on the occasion of his 60th birthday.


We wish Horace Brisbourne a speedy recovery, he is in our prayers, as is anyone of our Church family who is unwell at this time.    On a sad note I report the recent death of Church stalwart Gertie Price age 97.   (See Doris’s tribute opposite).


During the school Summer holidays we made lunches for visitors which were very successful and really appreciated by those who benefitted from our hospitality.


God’s Blessings.Chris

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Tribute to Gertie Price who passed away in hospital surrounded by her family.

No words of mine are adequate to sum up the life of Gertie, aged 97yrs.

Bom in the roaring twenties, she married and had three daughters. They lived a full and active family life until Gertie was widowed at an early age and, in more recent years, has buried a daughter.

Gertie’s faith remained steadfast attending St John’s on the Sunday before her death. Gertie was a staunch supporter of Churches Together attending, by bus, every United service until recent years, when Christian friends from the URC have transported her.

Over the years she has been a member of many church groups and shared in Ladies' Fellowship meetings until the end,

Gertie was a very intelligent lady with a sharp wit. No one will forget her portrayal of Queen Victoria at a Murder Mystery evening, and, over the years her poetry and contributions to the then Journal, have been enjoyed.

Affectionately I always called her the leader of my senior youth group, (at 97 yrs she was the oldest of 4 members over 90. Sadly we are now down to one).

She lead by example in every way, always smartly dressed and a neat hairdo (and maintained that she’d found her clothes in the back of the wardrobe!).

Wonderfully the wider family have just shared in a big celebration with family members from far and wide with Gertie organizing a photo shoot to preserve the memory. Gertie will be sorely missed at St John’s, and at CTBB. She was a wonderful mother, grandma, great grandma, mother in law and our sister in Christ whom we all loved dearly; now free to fly, reunited with those gone before. Rest in peace Gertie.                           Good night and God Bless. Doris.

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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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MESSY CHURCH

Saturday 15th October     10.30am to 12 noon

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LADIES’ FELLOWSHIP October Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm.

 4th       Pauline Bailey     Life on a Narrow Boat

11th     Mr Peter Freeman

18th    Bob Monkhouse     ( DVD )

25th    NO MEETING

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Information from Walsall Council Welfare Rights Service:

Are you missing out on Welfare Benefits such as Disability, Benefits, Pension Credit, Housing & Council Tax Benefits and free School Meals for Children? The Welfare Rights Service offers a confidential service with home visits to help with all types of complicated benefit claims forms.

Tel: 01922 652250,

email: welfarerights@walsall.gov.u


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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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News items (please be brief) and Diary Dates to Media Team Leader: David Brown or e-mail John Hill: 5706hill@gmail.com

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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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Christmas Favre

This is early notification that the Christmas Fayre will be held on the 25 November this year from 11am to 1 pm. (It’s only 8 weeks away)!

If you are planning to have a stall or are thinking of providing anything for a stall please speak to Carol or Dave Brown, so that we can start making the necessary plans. Your participation in any way will be gratefully received. Thank you.

Once again we are appealing for new items, and boxed gifts to replenish the gift stall at our Christmas fayre, any such items can be given to Rose .Sylvia , or Doris, who will be delighted to receive them.

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How quickly the year has gone.Sf John’s Painting for Pleasure Art Group

Saturday 28th October 10.30am - 3.30pm The Group proudly present their Annual Exhibition.  

Refreshments throughout the day.

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IMPORTANT

There is to be a training session concerning social media issues, including sexting, and a presentation by Saltmines on the topic, on Saturday 21st October at Ambleside Methodist Church 10am to 1pm.

Could you please let all those in your circuit who are involved in youth work and any parents of teenagers who would be interested in attending know about it and invite them to attend.

This is a particularly important and concerning topic at present.

There will be tea and coffee from 9.30am.  The meeting will start at 10am