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News - This Year

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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