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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.


 
 


February Services:
Sun
2nd
11:30 am

Candlemas

Wed
5th
10:30 am
Gilbert of Sempringham
Sun
9th
11:30 am
Epiphany 5
Sun
16th
11:30 am
Epiphany 6
Sun
23rd
11:30 am
Epiphany 2
Wed
26th
6:30 pm
Ash Wednesday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 


Dates for your Diary:

See also hall calendar for the year

 

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

Monday 10th 5:15 in the Church Hall
Meeting of the Vestry

Tuesday 11th 2:15 - 3:30 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.

 

Tuesday 25th 11:00 am - 2:00 pm in the Church Hall

Shrove Tuesday - Pancake Day

The usual team will be in action flipping Scotch pancakes and French Crepes and serving up a warm welcome with tasty delights. Favourite toppings & fillings will adorn the freshly made pancakes and crepes.

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Other events for 2020

150th Anniversary of the Church: 17th May

Book Sales:
3rd and 4th April
26th and 27th June
4th and 5th September
6th and 7th November

Coffee Mornings:
21st March
23rd May
25th July (t.b.c.)
26th September
28th November

See also Love North - Worship & Connect

For sale in aid of church funds

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

Available in church (after a service) or contact Lyn on 07890 902816 or Brenda at stjohnswick@btinternet.com . Delivery or collection will be arranged.

 

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Curate's Letter

May I take this opportunity to wish you a happy new year. Although we are well into January, we are still in the process of catching up with folks that we last met with in 2019. The marked change from 2019 to 2020 seems to mark such a great transition yet so many other cycles seem to only nod to the imperceptible change of adding another year on. Our annual cycle of liturgy for example, began on the first Sunday of Advent.

January of a new year appears to herald such new and vibrant opportunities. New resolutions, and of course the myriad of adverts suddenly appearing on telly of different ways to lose weight. Spring is just around the corner and the pressure is on to get ourselves ready for summer madness. An identity that must be approved by the world, and to be acceptable in society. Of course, this approach ensures that paranoia accompanies the person seeking to have their new, slimmer identity conform to the world's standard. Who manages to achieve this? Usually, not a soul. Not really. The fake persona shown to the world on social media masks and hides what's underneath, but below the layers of carefully crafted worldly identity, there is a different story going on. And the story usually involves loneliness, and searching, and the desire for love.

Who are you really? That's the question being asked. Not what one does to earn a living. Not what one does in spare time or as a hobby. But we're normally too busy and distracted to address it. Paul Swann writes in his book on Sustaining Leadership, "It's as if we each carry a weighty rucksack that we fail to notice, because we have enough strength to carry it and enough busyness to be distracted from it. Then circumstances bring it to our attention and force us to deal with what we have been carrying." He states that it's taken him a long time to lessen the load and considerable professional help to begin emptying that rucksack, and he now carries a lighter load. He says that a key part of the healing process is to shed the outer layers of protection we have put in place and to accept who we are in our weakness.

That process, that path, stripping us of our worldly identity is part of our walk with God. We read on the second Sunday of Epiphany from Psalm 40. We identified with the psalmist, in reaching out to God. Key words and phrases from the psalm include, 'he heard my cry; he set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure; a new song; trust; an open ear; steadfast love and faithfulness.' Words that uphold and encourage us. Words that speak of love, because God is love. He is love to all of us, for all of us, if we allow him. That love will shape our identity. In order that we might allow that love to pervade every part of our lives, we need to trust him.

As trust in God deepens, so our identity changes. No longer are we dependent on the views, the labels, the categorisations of others to give us our identity. We accept the label given us from society because of our need, as humans, to conform to something. Butů that is not who we are. Our identity lies with who God is, and who and what he represents. As the Psalmist said, "The Lord called me before I was born, while I was in my mother's womb he named me."

We are to be conformed to the likeness of Jesus. Henri Nouwen writes, "For as long as you can remember, you have been dependent on others to give you an identity. But now you are being asked to let go of all these self-made props and trust that God is enough for you." It is often when we lose our carefully crafted identity we experience God upholding us, and then we come out of that experience more alive. Our reality has changed in that we are no longer beholden to the labels, categories or aspersions cast by church or society but to that reality, that identity which God has for us.

I wonder, in this new season, whether this is an opportunity to change one's focus from the identity provided by the world to that held by God. One of steadfast love and faithfulness. One where identity is not marked by success or failure, but by God's unwavering love.

Ellie Charman

 
 

 

 

 

 
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