Pews News

           13th December – Pop-in:

Held in the Church Hall every Thursday 10.30 am to 12.00 noon for anyone to pop in for a drink and a chat. Proceeds to charity. Everyone is welcome! 

THURSDAY 13th December 9.00 am Holy Communion.  

Praying for the diocese of Kitae, Kenya. 

Praying for Bury Road, Cork Lane, The Gulls and Shorefield.

Sunday 16th December 2018

Third Sunday of Advent

9.15 Holy Communion

Simon Hones

Zephaniah 3. 14 - 20 

Philippians 4. 4 - 7

Luke 3. 7 - 18

Praying for the diocese of Borg, Norway; Kivu, Rwanda; Southwell and Nottingham.

Praying for Trinity Court, Pebble Court, Shell Court and Tidesway.

As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight paths for him””                                                                                                                   Lk 3. 4

   Dates for your diary

Sunday 16th December 6.00 pm Joint Carol Service.

Sunday 23th December next Village Praise.

Changes to Services 

The midweek communion will be led by Simon on Thursdays at 9 am, replacing the Friday morning service.  This will start from Thursday 6th December  2018.                                 

From Sunday 6th January 2019 the Sunday service will be held at 10 am each week.  There will be a sung communion service on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of each month. On the 2nd and 4th Sunday we will have a Village Praise service for the whole congregation, ending with a short spoken communion for those who wish to stay on for that.


The choir would like to welcome new members. There is no requirement to be able to read music.  There must be a willingness to regularly attend choir practices. If you are interested please speak to Moira.  Choir practice is held on Mondays at 7.15 pm in the Church Hall.  

Waterside Food Bank

We have received a big thank you from the Food Bank stating that St John’s have donated 368.6kg food in 2017/18, equivalent to providing 1141 meals!  In total, in 2017/18, the Waterside Foodbank have provided food for 2320 people which is fantastic, but sad at the same time. The details are on the noticeboard and there are also copies of the Newsletter there. Thank  you so much for your continuing support. Every small item counts and it is so needed. Jan

Please Remember in Your Prayers:

Our Priest-in-Charge, Revd Simon Hones.

Our Church Wardens, Graham & Helen, and all members of our PCC.

Our friends and all Christians in Rwanda, especially Archdeacon Munyakazi Augustin in Nyarugenge.

For those who are sick or in need of prayer and all those worried about loved ones

For the children & young people in Naomi House and Jack's Place, and on Piam Brown Ward,  the Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Unit and the staff and patients of Priory Hospital, Oakhaven Hospice, and all local hospitals, nursing and care homes.

Also for the staff and patients of Southfield, Bluebird and Antelope Houses. 

Our prayers and condolences in their bereavement go to the families and friends of all those who have died.

Give thanks for answered prayer.

Pray for the Village Praise service.

For 16-25 year olds – praying for good ideas for occupying so many unemployed young people

For the Waterside Street Pastors.