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The Director the Philippines Self Help Foundation, Richard Foster, was able to visit us on Sunday 25 September after a break of 3 years due to the pandemic. It was good to see him again and to hear about the latest project St John’s has funded. Thanks to the generosity of our congregation, both resident and visiting, we were able…

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Water of Life

On 15 September the choir presented a themed musical service called Water of Life, with hymns, anthems, readings and prayers. We were pleased to welcome a large adience of St John’s attenders and visitors, many of whom gave positive feedback and stayed for the regreshments afterwards. Revd Tom Wilson led the service, Martin Paynne conducted the choir, Shirley Rowson accompanied…

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English Language Library

St John’s hosts a library with an extensive collection of English language books, including novels, thrillers, biographies, etc. There are new opening times for this: Tuesdays and Thursdays  10am to 12 noon. Access is via the vestry door at the east end of the church. Do come and take advantage of this facility.

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Harvest Service and Picnic

Our Harvest Festival service on 18 september was made all the more enjoyable as old friends were able to join us from the UK, some of whom we had not seen since beofre the pandemic. The singing was uplifting, led by a choir of 11, who also sang an anthem. Our flower arrangers created beautiful displays, and one of our…

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Diamond Wedding celebration

On 8 September members of our congregation, June and Michael Avery, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and this was continued at St John’s on Sunday 11th. There was a blessing from the Chaplain, then after the service sparkling wine and cake was served to all. Our monthly church lunch followed, where there were 38 diners – the most since before…

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News of our latest sponsorship in the Philippines

MICANDRO AND VAISHYA ECHEVAZ WITH MIKE ANDREW Micandro Q. Echavez (26), his wife Vaishya (21), and their one-year-old son Mike Andrew live with Vaishya’s parents and siblings in the hills of Barangay San Jose, about three kilometres off the main road leading to the town of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental. Once a week, Micandro visits his own parents and siblings…

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Ladies Who Lunch

Our monthly social group, “Ladies Who Lunch” continues to be a success and more people are added to the mailing list each month – friends of friends, people from the British Association, and of course those from St John’s who form the basis. We meet in different restaurants in St Raphaël and Fréjus and share our experiences of living in…

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Choir concert in June

After two postponements due to pandemic restrictions, the choir was finally able to present their concert of Anglican anthems throught the ages “From Purcell to Elgar” on 14 June 2022. It was a joyful occasion to be able to sing this wonderful muisc and we thank all our choristers, both resident and visiting, who worked very hard to achieve such…

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