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News - This Year

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31/07/2019 News from the Philippines July 2019 - PSHF (Philippines Self Help Fund) is a mission that St John's help to support through regular donations. Richard Foster heads this mission and provides us with newsletters of projects which our donations have helped towards, thanks to the contributions that you have all made to our weekly collections or the planned giving scheme
16/06/2019 GOLDEN WEDDINGS! - On Sunday 16 June two of our regular visiting couples celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversaries at St John's, being blessed by Tom, the Chaplain, then sharing our usual after-service celebration with the rest of the congregation - a glass of bubbly. We wish John and June Pagella and Penny and Dave Watson many more happy years together and thank them for their support of St John's over the years.
07/06/2019 Pentecost celebrations - Our celebrations began with "Songs of Praise" on Friday evening 7 June, sung by the choir and accompanied by Evabritt Gratte on violin and Shirley Rowson on organ and piano. This was an interesting programme of hymns old and new, some for congregation and some more elaborate arrangements for choir only. These were interspersed by Bible readings appropriate to the hymn, or by a history of how the hymn came to be written and details of the composer. There were 47 people attending, including visitors from Lorgues with Fayence church in the Var. The service was led by Revd Keith Bretel as our Chaplain Tom Wilson was on holiday. Then on Sunday we enjoyed a joyful and moving Pentecost service, again enhanced by playing from Evabritt Gratte accompanied by Joan Leroy, and a choir anthem. Thanks to Keith Bretel for a thought-provoking sermon. Many of our regular visitors were with us to swell the congregation and choir. We also had our first Gift Day to supplement our regular giving and allow for future maintenance of the building and Chaplain's appartment, which was generously supported. We then went to the beach at Le Dramont for our first Congregational Picnic, attended by 24 people, and which was decreed to be a great success. Probably the first of many!
30/05/2019 Ascension Day Picnic at Lorgues - The Riviera Churches' Annual Picnic was held on 30 May at the home of Peter and Shirley Massey in Lorgues, which is also one of the bases of the Anglican Church of Lorgues with Fayence. Many people from along the Riviera coast attended on a beautiful sunny day, and were graced with the presence of Bishop Robert who celebrated Holy Communion at the "church in the garden". We then enjoyed a bring and share lunch with chance to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
19/05/2019 Big Blaze Chorus concert - On Sunday evening, 19 May, we welcomed the Big Blaze Chorus from Cannes to St John's and they gave us a wonderfully happy concert of well-known pop songs sung in perfect harmony. The church was almost full and we welcomed old and new friends to this special event. Most stayed for refreshments and to socialise.
07/05/2019 News from the Philippines May 2019 - PSHF (Philippines Self Help Fund) is a mission that St John's help to support through regular donations. Richard Foster heads this mission and provides us with newsletters of projects which our donations have helped towards, thanks to the contributions that you have all made to our weekly collections or the planned giving scheme
21/04/2019 EASTER SERVICES 2019 - Easter at St John's started on Maundy Thursday with a reflective service of Holy Communion, including feet or hand washing. Then on Good Friday there was a service based on the Seven Last Words of Jesus, including music from the choir and part of the Bach St Matthew Passion played and sung beautifully by Sylvie, Karen and Joan. The bare cross covered in chicken wire was in the chancel, which had been stripped of other decoration. Although the weather was dull on Easter Sunday, everything was joyful in church with a congregation of 75 people, including 5 children and many visitors. Our Flower Guild had excelled themselves with the decorations and the congregation each brought up a flower to place in the wire on the cross, so that it came to life and looked beautiful again. The choir sang two anthems and the congregational singing was excellent. A very uplifting service, reflecting the good news "He is Risen".
05/03/2019 Quiz Lunch - Our annual quiz lunch was held on the 5th March. We had a lovely lunch of cottage pie and as it was Shrove Tuesday it was followed by pancakes. Going by the conversation around it was enjoyed by all. After the lunch we had a quiz prepared by our resident quiz mistress Shirley Rowson and supported by her assistant, Peter. The quiz of 6 rounds included questions from the 60's, sport, music, Bible etc. This year we had four teams of 4 and it ended with a tie for first place. After a tie break, once again our retired Chaplain was in the winning team - should he be banned next year? Everyone enjoyed an afternoon of fun and fellowship.
23/01/2019 Ecumenical service - During the week for Chirstian Unity, the church of Fréjus and St Raphaël join together to worship and this year it was our turn to host the service. There were representatives present from the Roman Catholic churches, the Protestant church and the Russian Orthodox church, together with the Ecumenical officer from the Diocese of Fréjus/Toulon. The service was led by our Anglican Archdeacon of France, the Venerable Meurig Williams, and several lay people took part from all the churches. St John's choir led the hymn singing and sang the Lord's Prayer - Notre Père by Duruflé. Our representative at the monthly ecumenical group meetings, Marion Siggemann, greeted the visitors and also took part in the service. Most people stayed to chat afterwards over refreshments.
20/01/2019 News From the Philippines December 2018 - PSHF (Philippines Self Help Fund) is a mission that St John's help to support through regular donations. Richard Foster heads this mission and provides us with newsletters of projects which our donations have helped towards, thanks to the contributions that you have all made to our weekly collections or the planned giving scheme