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News - Last Year

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25/12/2018 CHRISTMAS DAY - We had a joyful service on Christmas morning, with hearty singing from all. Our two junior members of the congregation helped to light the Advent Wreath for the last time and earned yet more candy canes - a North American speciality imported by our Chaplain's wife for the occasion. 11 of us then stayed for Christmas lunch - 4 courses plus mince pies and petit fours - skillfully prepared by Sherlie Bretel and Marylynne Hayward as always and we are thankful that they use their gifts in the service of the church. As we couldn't be with family or friends for various reasons, it was good to spend the time together. We said goodbye to long-time St John's attender Nils Kock-Petersen, who has had to move farther along the coast to live with his nephew due to failing health - we shall miss his dry sense of humour and his stories.
16/12/2018 CAROL SERVICE - Our traditional candlelit service of Nine Lessons and Carols is much appreciated by our French neighbours in the area, and once again they came to enjoy our Anglican carols. There was also a good number of British people who don't normally come to church. But, as a mainly retired congregation, our great joy this year was to see our two young families attend with their children, who are now old anough to come in the evening, so we were able to enjoy the wonder of Christmas through their eyes. Our small choir produced two lovely anthems, the congregation sang heartily, the Chaplain gave us food for thought in his homily, the readers did their job well and the caterers rounded off the whole evening with mulled wine and home-made mince pies. We must also mention the beautifully decorated church and Christmas tree - thanks to the flower team.
23/09/2018 PSHF - Richard Foster from the Philippines Self Help Foundation (PSHF) came to the service on 23 September to give a brief over-view of his mission among those needing financial and medical help in that country. St John's supports his work and has done so for many years. Details of his latest project are on the website and also on a presentation in the church.
23/09/2018 Donation of communion silverware - Margery Farr was a legend in St John's, who sadly died last year. She kept the church going through lean times, together with a small group of dedicated Christians, and we are grateful to them today. She also served in many ways, including Churchwarden. So it was with great delight that we welcomed her son Richard to the service on 23 September when he presented us with 2 beautiful new engraved "cruets" for use in communion, in Margery's memory. We thank her family for this kind donation.
14/09/2018 Harvest Weekend - Our Harvest Weekend began with a moving choral service, sung by our choir, which commmemorated the end of World War 1 with hymns, anthems, readings, poems and prayers. The choir of 14 achieved a high standard after limited rehearsal time and we are grateful to them all for the time and effort they give to the music at St John's. Then on Sunday morning we celebrated Harvest Festival with our usual joyful communion service, attended by 90 and again enhanced by an anthem from the choir and by a wonderful floral dispaly from our team, followed by lunch for 50 organised by our catering team.
08/09/2018 Chaplain's 60th birthday - Our Chaplain, Tom, clelbrated his 60th birthday on 3 September and after the service on the Sunday we acknowledged this in the usual St John's way with plenty of food and drink, including a wonderful chocolate cake made by our Catering Organiser Sherlie Bretel.
07/09/2018 News from the Philippines September 2018 - Thanks to God and your donations to St John's, PSHF have been able to fund a much needed operation. Hermilio, who lives in the Philippines, was in great need of cataract surgery which he had this week. The news is that it was successful and he can now see very clearly!
12/08/2018 News from the Philippines August 2018 - News from the Philippines August 2018 PSHF.
12/07/2018 News from the Philippines July 2018 - News from the Philippines July 2018 PSHF (Philippines Self Help Fund) is a mission that St Jonh'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.
22/04/2018 AGM 2018 - Our AGM took place on 22 April when we said goodbye to Caroline Johnson, who had served 9 years on the church council with 6 of them as Churchwarden. She has now taken a well-deserved retirement and we thank her for all her work for St John's over the years. The new officials are as follows: Chairman of the Council: Revd Dr Tom Wilson Churchwardens: Shirley Rowson and Peter Owen Lay Representative to Synod: Marylynne Hayward Secretary: Peter Owen Treasurer: Peter Rowson Safeguarding Officer: Jane El-Safty Electoral roll officer: Shirley Rowson Council members: Marian Siggemann, Jane-El-Safty To be co-opted: Adrian Tilly Reports were given from each branch of the church's work and these will form the basis of a newsletter to go out to all in the next few weeks. There will also be details about the drawing-up of the new electoral roll.
28/03/2018 Coffee Morning for Cambodia - On Wednesday of Holy Week we hosted a special coffee morning to raise funds for a young "stagiare" who has been attending St John's during her placement here, Danielle Greene. She is soon to go to Cambodia with Voluntary Service Overseas and has to raise part of the funding herself, so asked if we could help. Some of the congregation made and donated delicious cakes and scones and the rest ate them! However, they paid for the privilege and it was a happy time of fellowship. We wish Danielle well in her new venture.
03/03/2018 Visit to Frejus Cathedral - As planned by Marion Siggemann, 13 of us went to discover (or rediscover) our local heritage in and around Frejus Cathedral on Saturday 3 March. We started with a tour of the Cathedral by our Chaplain, Tom, who explained the huge historial signifiance of the 5th century baptistry (for immersion of adults) and introduced us to various points of interest in the ancient Cathedral, once two churches side by side. As there were weddings planned we had to curtail our visit. We then went to the archeological museum to see some important Roman remains which have been unearthed during building work around Frejus. The most valuable and stunning of these were the mosaic floor and the two-headed bust of Hermes. A professional guide then took over to take us round the cloister (in very good English) which has been well-preserved and includes many small 13th century paintings on wood in the roof of the cloister. It is a very tranquil place right in the centre of the town. She also took us back to the baptistry, where we were allowed to enter and see it more closely. Thanks to our guide, Tom, and Marion for an interesting visit.
13/02/2018 QUIZ LUNCH - Our annual quiz lunch was a great success, with quite a few people attending for the first time. As it was Shrove Tuesday, we lunched on cottage pie and pancakes, before 5 teams of 4 people tackled the 6 rounds of questions. The winning team included our former Chaplain, Keith Bretel, and 2 choristers - Rosemary Daniels and Andrew Pearson - who managed to give the most right answers to topics as wide-ranging as Sixties Music and the Bible. 210Ä was raised for the charity Restos du Coeur.
04/02/2018 News from the Philippines Dec 2017 - News from the Philippines December 2017 PSHF (Philippines Self Help Fund) is a mission that St Jonh'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.