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Regular Services: (but see also below)
Sundays
11.30 am
Sung Eucharist,
Communion from Reserved Sacrament or Morning Prayer
Wednesdays (see Services)
10.30 am
Said Eucharist or
Communion from Reserved Sacrament

Additional services where possible on Holy Days, Church Feasts etc.

 
 

December Services:
Sun
2nd
11:30 pm

Advent Sunday

Wed
5th
10:30 am

Nicholas of Myra, Bishop

Sun
9th
11:00 am

Advent 2

Sun
16th
11:30 am

Advent 3

Wed
19th
10:30 am

St. John of the Cross

Wed
19th
4:00 pm

Christingle

Sat
22nd
3:30 pm

Nine Lessons and Carols

Sun
23rd
11:30 am

Advent 4

Mon
24th
11:30 pm

Christmas Eve : Midnight

Tue
25th
11:00 am

Christmas Day Communion

Sun
30th
11:30 am

St. John the Evangelist

 
 

 


 

Scottish Episcopal Church Advent Calendar 2018

Dates for your Diary:

See also church hall calendar for the year

 

Christmas poster (click to view)

 

STOP PRESS

Is this the most popular last minute "must have" Christmas gift this year?

Beautiful quality teatowels - only £6.50, individually wrapped. Proceeds to church funds.

Available in the church hall between 12 noon and 3pm on Saturday 22nd December before the Nine Lessons and Carols service or
contact Lyn on 07890 902816 or Brenda on stjohnswick@btinternet.com . Delivery or collection will be arranged.

click to view

Sunday 9th in the Church Hall
TRAIDCRAFT STALL
This stall sells Fairtrade tea, coffee, sweets, biscuits, sugar, pasta, cocoa and dates. All top quality items.
Annual General Meeting after morning service.

Tuesday 11th 2:0 - 4:0 pm in the Church Hall
Our Befriending tea room will be open again. The usual team will be on hand to meet and greet. There is always an open invitation to any member of St John's congregation to come along for the afternoon.

Friday 14th 10:0 am - 4:0 pm
Sit & Stitch Day in the Church Hall
All aspects of stitching welcome. Be inspired and encouraged by the company and friendly chat. An opportunity to finish cross stitch kits or learn a new skill like patchwork or even take up a hem or two. Tea and coffee on tap. Bring your own packed lunch. Please phone Lyn to book a table - 07890 902816. £5 a day.

 

Other events for 2018

Seeing Injustice, Imagining Change
1st December in St John's Episcopal Church, Princes Street, Perth

See also Love North

 

Recent Events

Fundraising Crochet/Knitting Fest.
Our two day event was productive and convivial. The church was transformed into two areas of creativity and decorated with beautifully created blankets & other items. Very quickly our volunteer experts, Elly, Patsy, Ann and our own Anne Wilson were passing on their skill. The crochet side was soon churning out red poppies and then moved on to different coloured projects. The knitters were in gear very quickly and clicked away contentedly caught up in their patterns and exchange of ideas.
There was a steady trickle of visitors, curious to see what was going on, several kindly bringing along lovely items they had made. There was much to be learnt about Crochet & Knitting with so many different yarns, stitches, needles and techniques.
Meantime, up in the church hall, Victoria and Brenda braced themselves for the lunch time rush. On the menu a choice of delights - homemade parsnip & pear soup or winter spiced lentil soup or sweet potato & Bramley apple soup, served with a choice of cheese & onion bread or mixed grains bread or sourdough bread. There was sticky toffee pudding on offer too. The meal deal of soup, bread and pud. at a bargain price proved very popular even tempting members of the congregation to come along both days! Coffee and home baking, made by Jeanette and Lyn, was on sale too. Great thanks have been expressed to our volunteer tutors and a special thanks must also goes to the dedication of members of the congregation who assisted and supported in any way, at this fundraising effort towards our church toilet fund. Your support in helping to make this event worthwhile is very much appreciated. A sum of £251.20 was added to the toilet fund account.
Lyn Ball

 

Bells ring out at St John's for Armistice
The congregation were joined by a team from the Poltney Bell Ringers on Sunday the 11th of November. The bell Ringers were responding to a wish of Her Majesty's Government that Bells would be rung throughout the UK at 12.30pm to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice which signalled the end of World War I. The Ringers accompanied two of the morning's hymns - Eternal Father, strong to save and Lord for the years. They also rang some iconic tunes of World War I such as - Keep the home fires burning and It's a long way to Tipperary.
Thanks must go to Peter Darmady who bravely helped out by ringing a couple of essential bells at the last minutes. Thank you Peter.
Lyn Ball


 
 

 

Priest's Letter

Ho Ho Ho…...

I was recently travelling back from a rather nice, if somewhat gravitationally-enhancing meal, when my nephew, from the backseat, piped up, "There's a Christmas tree up in that house already!". Naturally another passenger in the cabin added, "For heaven's sake it's not even the end of November yet…."

My embedded liturgical tyranny would go even further, left to its own devices: "Christmas Trees?!!!!? Decorations?!!!!? Before 24th December?!!!!!!!? HURRUMPH!!!!!! Completely destroys the meaning of Advent. Blah. Blah. Blah". Thus unleashed, the monster of my indignity would swallow whole any objections to this defence of the preservation of our well-fought liturgical seasonal battles. You can take away my incense but you'll never take away my advent candles!!!! CHAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGGGEEEE!!!!!!!!

It is at this moment I now have to say that living with my wife, enamoured as she is by all things festive, keeps the liturgical monster caged. Self-preservation does kick in at some point. However, what once might have served pure self-interest is now also a cause for reflection.

Perhaps mid-November is too soon for a Christmas tree. I think even most of us sigh when we see the decked halls of the consumerist temples in September - or is it August now?? However, I've stepped back from quietly ranting at the sight of decor going up in a household if any fully-fledged or nominally Christian house in early December (we must remember other faiths hold celebrations before Christmas). I think I've realised that my liturgical pedantry misses something vital that people need: joy, even just a glimpse of it.

And that is what those early decorations are a sign of for many: a bit of fun, hope, even joy.

This may be increasingly true in this current world. Laying aside the difficulties parents might have obtaining wished-for gifts for their peer-pressured kids, we are all too often surrounded by the dark forces that can lead us to despair and hopelessness. Ellie's letter last month exhorts us to contribute to the food bank throughout Advent. This is right and it is an act of Christian love. However, for many families using food banks in the first place there is a life of worry, frustration, perhaps despair, that is clouding what should be a time of celebration. Day by day we have stories that could have been authored by the Four Horsemen of Conquest, War, Famine and Death. We have our own personal tragedies perhaps, or at least worries and concerns. These are the realities of our daily lives and sometimes they can become overwhelming.

Anything, then, that might give a break from the day-on-day struggles and offer a sign of warmth and joy, perhaps even hope, I think now should be welcomed, liturgical purities notwithstanding. I wouldn't of course, think that all-year round Christmas decor is a good thing - that would just make the effort and hopefully some fun just become part of the background noise. Yet with nights drawing in and the realities of life impinging upon us, some degree of sparkle may be no bad thing.

Joy is important - and perhaps beyond the decor the greatest gift we Christians can offer is hope and joy. We are called 'The Easter People' but perhaps we should really focus on being 'The Christmas People'. The Eastern Orthodox tradition says that it isn't the cross that saves us but the very fact God sent forth his Word from the very beginning and we have met that Word of God in flesh and blood. That Word-in-flesh, Jesus of Nazareth, pointed people towards hope and eventual joy. Whether it was the individual and so-called small-level hope of healing that led to sins forgiven and jumping up from being curled up on a sick bed to the World-beater hope of challenging the powers that be over attitudes and behaviours that enslave a people materially and spiritually. His very presence was hope and his love was joy to the entrapped: the Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.

In baptism, we are Christ-ened, made part of the post-Resurrection Body of Christ. In who we are our task should be to be the means of joy and hope, the means by which Jesus walks and talks today. That doesn't start with Christmas, though we celebrate the reason for it. It comes before any department store starts its annual parade of commercialism. Each of us, Christ-ened as we are can offer than glimpse of hope and often joy by living out our commitment as Christians. For some it may be not simply giving but working in a food bank. For others it may be the listening ear to that cantankerous so-and-so whose bad mood is a mask for loss and grief. For others it may be helping find ways to tell and explain the story of Jesus. For some still it might be calling out the powers-that-be and standing alongside the most marginalised and vulnerable of society and holding governing forces to account. In whatever way the motivating and driving force is being part of the Body of Christ - and when our own lives are such that the darkness threatens to overwhelm us our brothers and sisters should be there to help shine that Light in our darkness too.

Christmas, in that way, can never come too early. Yes let's celebrate that purpose, meaning and action with trees and baubles and keep that sacred but let us be Joy to the World because we are indeed the Christmas people that makes Christmas come early for someone. Maybe even with just the only smile they see that day.

Peace and every blessing,
Chris

 
 

 

 

 

 
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