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Harvest Festival Service

St John’s on Sunday 20th October at 11.00 am 

Donations of Harvest goods will be gratefully received at this service. We ask that they be non perishable as they will be given to the Community Resource Centre for food parcels for the homeless.  Donations may also be made at the service at 9am at St Mary’s on the same day. Many thanks

Community Coffee Morning

MacMillan Cancer Support

St John’s, Forest Glade, Langdon Hills

Wednesday, 2nd October


Everyone welcome to come along and support this worthy cause. There’ll be fun activities, a raffle and, of course, lots of cakes!

Every pound we raise will help make sure MacMillan nurses will be able to provide a constant source of support for people facing cancer in Essex and across the UK.

Donations of cakes and raffle prizes would be very much appreciated. Please bring them along to St John’s the day before or on the day itself. Thank you.

For more information please contact: Anne Rogers ( or Gaynor Carter (




21 Day Prayer Campaign

Everyone who comes to church over the next few weeks should receive a card inviting them to participate in this campaign. We are invited to commit to praying daily for 3 people we would like to explore faith and then be open and expectant to see how God might use us.

The 21 days take us up to the beginning of our Alpha course on 28th September which is a great way for people to explore faith if they wish to do so.

A Morning of Prayer

Saturday 21st September 9am to 12 noon at Dry Street Memorial Church.

Everything we are and do as church is undergirded with prayer but it can be difficult to make space for prayer. Do join us for this morning of prayer at Dry Street. We will start with breakfast together and a short act of worship and then there will be space for personal prayer. There will be various prayer stations available along with the opportunity to walk in the beautiful countryside around the church. At 11.30 we will meet together to share anything that God may have given us to share. This is simply space for prayer and we do not want to restrict God with our own agenda but it will be an opportunity to seek God’s guidance for our future as a church and also to prepare spiritually for the Alpha course starting the following Saturday. Do join us for all or part of the morning as you wish (but it will be helpful if you can let me know if you are coming for breakfast at

Welcome to the Lord’s Table

This church welcomes children of the age of seven and above to receive Holy Communion, the body and blood of Christ, providing

  • they express a desire to do so,
  • that their parents approve and
  • that they have been through a course of preparation.My wife Jean and I are considering providing such a course of preparation through October and November this year. If your child or children are expressing this desire and you do approve, please speak to either of us or Colin.

Ron Gough

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!

  • 21st Sep
  • 19th Oct
  • 16th Nov

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

Our Prayer List

The current prayer list will be cleared at the end of October.

Please email Joanne Burr

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

Alpha – 2019

Course Starts: Saturday 28th September

Ends: Saturday 9th November, time: 8.30 – 10.15am *

Place: St John's Church, Forest Glade, Langdon Hills, SS16 6RX, in the coffee bar.

We plan to offer a crèche, depending on demand. Please let us know if you would like this.
(*2nd November will be at a different local venue and longer for those who can stay)

Bring: yourself and maybe a friend, an open mind and a good appetite!
If you would like to join us or just find out more then please get in touch. Either call Colin on 01268 542156 or find an Alpha sign-up form on this page.

Looking forward to seeing you! Colin

Note: Because places will be limited previous Alpha attendees are asked to bring a friend or join the team if they would like to come.

More Defibrillator Training

We are now pleased to announce we have our Community Defib (AED) installed outside St John’s Church main reception door and at St Marys Church both registered with the South East Essex Ambulance Service.

We are arranging for some more training on how to use the devices which will be open to everybody at St John’s Church

Please contact Jean Guppy to advise you the date of the next session and to book your place.


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, Colin  or Anna.

Kind regards

Jill Hurley -Treasurer - PCC of Langdon Hills