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Spring Fair – 21 March

Saturday 21st March, 9am – 12 noon

Spring Fair on behalf of
St Luke’s Hospice

Combined with:

  • Coffee Bar with proceeds to Christian Aid
  • Home made Cakes and Preserves
  • Books, Gifts, Knitwear and lots more

Enquiries – Ruth Booth  01268  416561 – Offers of help appreciated!

Rendezvous – Feb Events

The events happening in February are:
Thursday 13 February – breakfast of bacon or sausage bap. Cost £2.00.
Thursday 27 February – Speaker : Council for Rural Essex. Cost £2.00.  (To be confirmed).
Saturday 29 February at 1.00pm – Ploughman’s Lunch. Cost £5.00.

Lent Course – From Now On

Every year during Lent (the weeks leading up to Easter) we meet at St. John’s for a short course about some aspect of our faith. The evenings include an introductory talk and led discussion in groups. This year’s course will be based on the hugely popular film The Greatest Showman (the 2018 Golden Globe-nominated movie starring Hugh Jackman, about the founder and stars of the Barnum & Bailey Circus). The studies focus on the Christian themes of hope, redemption and new life.

This is what the blurb says: The five-week course offers discussion points, biblical reflections and prayers based on  excerpts from the film. The themes are: (1) ‘A Million Dreams’, exploring what liberation and hope might look like for an ‘outsider’ in the world; (2) ‘Come Alive’, exploring how the family of faith can bring hope and purpose; (3) ‘Rewrite the stars’, asks what forms of resistance can be placed in the way of salvation; (4) ‘Never Enough’, questions the temptations of false fulfilment that can lead us to betrayal; (5) ‘The Greatest Show’, shows how redemption is found when we discover ‘the circus is our home’.

The course will run on Tuesday evenings, 7.45pm coffee for 8.00pm start, from 3rd to 31sth March. Before the course starts we will show the film itself at St Johns on Sunday 1st March at 6.30pm (we’ll vote at the event on whether to have the singalong version!). It will be a real help if we know in advance if you intend to come so please sign up on the lists which will be available at both churches.

Prior to the course we will start Lent with a service on Ash Wednesday (26th February) at St. Mary’s church at 8pm, which includes the traditional imposition of ashes.

A donation of £6 will be invited for the course book (list price £6.99).

Mind the Gap

Thursday 25th February 2020  7:15pm to 9:45pm  at St John’s Church, Forest Glade.

Contact:  Eddy Lee

Phone: 01268 412016 or

eMail: family.lee@btinternet.com

Text: 07803 716260‬

Cost free – donations welcomed

“Who are you?

Why are you here?”

  • A hot meal
  • Video talk by Steve Chalke
  • Discussion time

All are welcome, bring a friend

St John’s Walkers

Come and join us from St John’s Church on the 3rd Saturday every month weather permitting – great for all the family and dogs!

  • 15th Feb
  • 21st Mar
  • 18th Apr

@9.00am for a gentle 60 minute guided amble with refreshments at the end – Treat Yourself!!

Our Prayer List

If you wish a name to remain or you want to add a new name to the prayer list

Please email Joanne Burr

churchadmin@langdonhills.net

How can I become a Generous Giver?

I have recently taken up the position of Treasurer for our Parish of Langdon Hills and would like to share some of my thoughts with you on giving, but firstly I would like to say a BIG thankyou to those who already give so generously in so many ways. It makes a huge difference to our Parish.

I always find that I need to reflect and remind myself that everything I have belongs to God; I am just a steward of God’s gifts. The Bible encourages us all to be generous givers.
We can be called to do this in several ways from tithing, which means giving a percentage of our income, to giving our time and talents to serve the Church and Gods people.

In Giving, I believe the most important thing to God is our attitude of heart. Is it to Glorify God? Is it out of Love and Adoration for our Father? Is it to become more like Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives? Are we loving our neighbours as ourselves by showing generosity, kindness and love? Are we giving to grow Gods kingdom locally and around the world?

If I give my money and time, but my heart is heavy because I feel that I don’t really want to give, then I am not giving Freely, ”willingly and readily” to God.

I should give because I want to have faith and learn to trust that my wonderful Heavenly Father will provide for my EVERY need. I choose to serve because I love others and want to show this love through acts of generosity and service. None of us is perfect but God wants us to persevere with serving and giving of ourselves so that we can grow in our faith and receive many blessings along the way.

Jesus said, “When you give (Matthew 6)“, not “If you give“ which implies that we are called to give in whatever way we can. ”Lord what can I do to honour and serve you today?“ could be our daily prayer.

If we want to be more like Jesus and love others like he loved us, then in Freely giving our money, time, talents we are showing our Father how much we truly love him and our deep desire to honour him in every way we can. Giving of ourselves (all that I am, all that I have) is an act of love and devotion which God sees and truly rejoices in.

You do not have to be rich to give, just give what you can with a joyful spirit and a thankful heart. Please take some time to pray about generosity and ask God to fill you with his grace, allowing you to trust, serve and be moulded to become a generous giver in every aspect of your life.

If you would like to find out more about how you can give your time, money and talents to help our Church serve the local and wider community, please feel free to contact myself or Colin.

Kind regards

Jill Hurley -Treasurer - PCC of Langdon Hills

St John’s Childcare

Places available now!  Call or email for more details

We run:

  • Breakfast Club
  • Preschool
  • After school club
  • Holiday club with a range of activities

We offer funded places to 2,3 and 4 years old

We offer up to 30 hours funded childcare subject to meeting criteria

St John’s Church, Forest Glade, Langdon Hills, SS16 6RX

01268490400

admin@stjohnschildcare.co.uk

www.stjohnschildcare.co.uk

Opening times 7:30am to