St. John the Evangelist

Coulsdon Parish Church - Old Coulsdon, Surrey


NEWS
 

THIS WEEK

21st January     THE THIRD SUNDAY of EPIPHANY
8.00 a.m.    Holy Communion                           
9.30 a.m.    Worship Together       
11.15 a.m.      Family Service               

Mon. 22nd Jan.  
4.00 p.m.    Meditation Group, 9 Canon’s Hill   
   
Tues 23rd Jan.  
3.30 p.m.        Messy Church, in the Old Church

Wed. 24th Jan.  
2.00 p.m.    Pray, Knit & Chat, 12 Canon’s Hill
       
Thurs 25th Jan.  
11.00 a.m.    Holy Communion, in the Old Church

Sat. 27th Jan.  
10.00 a.m.    Marriage Preparation, in the Church

28th January            THE FOURTH SUNDAY of EPIPHANY
8.00 a.m.    Holy Communion                                         
9.30 a.m.    Parish Communion                                         
11.15 a.m.      Family Service                                          


Appointment of Secretary
to the Parochial Church Council of St John’s Church

The PCC is inviting applications for the post of Honorary Secretary.

The job involves
•    Working with the Rector to plan agendas
•    Distributing agendas and minutes
•    Taking minutes of meetings
•    Keeping records of PCC business
•    Overseeing data protection relating to the PCC
•    Receiving mail on behalf of the PCC, and being named in the Diocesan Directory.
•    Helping in the preparation and running of the Annual Church Meeting
•    Attending 4 evening meetings per year of the PCC, 4 standing committee meetings if possible, occasional daytime meetings with the Rector, and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting which is held on a Sunday morning.

Helpful qualities and skills
•    Reliability and punctuality
•    Ability to take minutes
•    Word-processing skills and use of internet for e-mails

The role of the PCC in the church is similar to that of the Governors of the school. In co-operation with the rector the responsibilities of the PCC include
•    promoting the mission of the church in the parish
•    sharing in the spiritual leadership of the church
•    overseeing the finances of the church and issuing audited accounts
•    entering into any contracts on behalf of the church
•    acting as an employer when necessary
•    appointing Foundation Governors to the school

The secretary is usually not a voting member of the PCC, but may be so if elected.

If you are interested and would like further information, please contact the Rector, Rev’d Paul Roberts (details below).

Applications should be addressed to the Rector: Rev.Paul.C.Roberts@gmail.com

COMING UP SOON

THE PIRATES ARE ON THEIR WAY! 
Utopians Unlimited will be presenting ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ at St. John’s at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday, 17th February.  Utopians Unlimited return with their fully staged production of Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera ‘The Pirates of Penzance‘.  It will be costumed and lit, with music and dialogue performed by a dedicated group of principals and chorus singers.  ‘Sail away with a lovable band of Pirates who sing as much as they ‘swash’. Add some maidens, a zany story, the wonderful words and music of Gilbert and Sullivan and you’ve found the treasure....’ 

Tickets on sale 15 (first three rows) & 10
From the Church Office: 01737 552461


A HOT SUPPER with WINE FOR JUST 3.00?   St. John’s MU invites you all to their ‘SUPPER & AGM’ at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 31st January in the Old Church.  All welcome to join us, members and non-members alike.  We have a short AGM with a glass of wine when we can hear what the branch has been busy with during 2017 and what is planned for 2018 – followed by a delicious meal.  We hope lots of you will come and join us for this supper and the chance to learn what an active MU branch we have at St. John’s.

HELP NEEDED

1.  MESSY CHURCH …   desperately needs more helpers in the church kitchen on Tuesday afternoons in school term-time, particularly with making tea, drinks and snacks … and if you were able to provide food for the tea e.g. sandwiches, pasta, etc. that would be a bonus.  If you could help in any way on some Tuesday afternoons between 3.30 – 5.00ish, or would like to find out more of what is involved, Christine McCutchion (01737 553681) would be delighted to hear from you.

2.  BAPTISM SERVICES …   We need a few people willing to go on a rota to help welcome people to our Baptism services usually at 12.15 p.m. on the first Sunday in the month (occasionally also the third Sunday).  Many guests coming for these services do not know the church and a warm welcome, including helping people to find seats with their group, ensuring everyone has a service sheet, etc. is one of the most important parts of their visit.  If you could help between 11.45 & 1.30ish on some of these Sunday mornings please contact the Parish Office on 01737 552461 or email stjohns@coulsdon.net

3.  HOSTS NEEDED!   Parents who want to have their children Baptised at St. John’s come to two preparation meetings – the first in a parishioner’s home followed by a meeting in church with Paul and/or Sue.  Over the years we have had some lovely people who have offered us their living rooms (including tea and coffee) for the first meetings but we are down to just two at present as others have moved away or are no longer able to help.  If you could offer to welcome a small group (about 6/8) into your home about three times a year, and have a DVD player, Lynn & Wendy (01737 551413 – or through the Parish Office), the group leaders, would be really pleased to hear from you and happy to tell you more.


SITUATIONS VACANT
CHRISTIAN BOOKSHOP MANAGER   ‘The current manager of The Oasis shop in Wallington is retiring after eighteen years and we are seeking his replacement to give new vision to this evangelical shop which has been in Wallington for 34 years serving the local community and churches.  The person would be responsible for all areas of the shop’s activities, working with a volunteer staff, and the post carries a salary and pension.  If you would like to discuss the position or have any questions  please contact the current manager, Paul, on 020 8773 1428 or email oasiswallington@outlook.com’
 

PART-TIME SAFEGUARDING TRAINING ADMINISTRATOR   If you are a strong administrator with excellent IT skills, the ability to effectively prioritise and manage your workload, and you are looking for a challenging and rewarding role, then this may be the opportunity for you.  The Diocesan Safeguarding Team supports parishes and senior clergy to safeguard children and adults who may be at risk of abuse and neglect, and those in abusive relationships.  As a vital part of the safeguarding team, the Training Administrator supports the department through a variety of tasks from the booking and administration of safeguarding training courses run by the Diocese and content management of training webpages through to the maintenance of a safeguarding training record database.  This is a part-time position working 17.5 hours per week and is based at the Diocese of Southwark, London Bridge SE1.  Salary: 26,000 per annum, pro rata.  The closing date for this vacancy is Sunday, 28th January 2018.  Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place on Wednesday, 7th February 2018.  To apply for this post visit www.cofepathways.org and enter cofe/TP/2997/311


TRAVEL
ALL ISRAEL - From Dan to Beersheba   “Visiting Israel has been one of the most enriching experiences of our lives. We will travel through the biblical nation: From Dan to Beersheba, from South to North.  Driving through the wilderness, swimming in the Dead Sea, Exploring Jerusalem, walking around Jericho, sailing across Galilee etc etc. Since 1990 we have taken dozens of trips, inviting Christians from many cultures and nationalities to share in an exhilarating and faith building journey that will open the Bible in its own setting and introduce you to people and places where the turning points of history occurred.  Come and join us on this unique and invigorating tour that you will never forget.”    People of all ages are welcome, but, whatever your age, we must insist on a reasonable level of fitness.  A number of sites involve rough walking.  John and Liz Clevely   You can book this tour online at:
www.christian-travel.com or contact Worldwide Christian Travel Tel: 0845 458 8308 / Email: info@christian-travel.com for further information.