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25 March 2018 - the week ahead

Walter Kelly and Val Harding are our elected Churchwardens for 2018-19. Thank you to both of them for being willing to take on this role. Please remember them in your prayers.

Thank you to Doug for the Lent Quiet Day yesterday and to all who came.

LENT DISCUSSION GROUP Wed 28th Mar. 12 noon: soup (in the Parish Room) followed by discussion. Topic: Engagement with Refugees and Migrants

If you would like to buy an Easter Lilly in memory of someone, please write your name on the list at the back of church. Lillies cost £5 each.

If you play an instrument, please tell Victoria (who's playing the organ) and is our new Director of Music. It doesn't matter at all how good you think you are - she'd like to hear from you.

Holy Week & Easter

Mon 26 - Wed 28: Eucharist at 8pm each day

Thurs 29: Maundy Thursday service at 8pm. Vigil until Midnight.

If you think you might stay for the Vigil, please sign up for as little as half an hour on the Vigil rota on the table at the back of church (to make sure that we always have two people in church).

Friday 30 : Good Friday Good Friday Service at 10am 'Stations of the Cross' at 2.30pm.

We will then be showing a film - 'Of Gods and Men'- in the Parish Room at 3.30pm. All very welcome!

Sat 31: Church decorating - 9.30-11.30am. Do come along - the more the merrier.

Sunday 1 April - Easter Day. Dawn Eucharist at 5.30am (followed by Parish Breakfast).
Easter Celebration at 10am.

The next church cleaning is Sat, 7 April, 9.30am - 11.30am. All welcome!

Calling all those with a particular care for the environment. You might like to sign up for the Stepney Eco Conference. Sat 28 April, 10am - 3pm. St Paul's, Old Ford, St Stephen's Road, E3 5JL. Attendance is free. To book, please go to and look up 'Stepney Eco Conference'. It's essential to register. It looks like a really worthwhile conference.

Some volunteering opportunities:

We'd like to hear from you if you would be willing to:

- join a rota of altar servers

- Do some ushering when we have baptisms and at major festivals such as Easter and Christmas. These people would be in addition to the Stewards on the rota

- be willing to come in to church to organise the altar linen kept in the Vestry

Dates for future PCC meetings in the Parish Room (8.05pm): 15 May, 3 July, 18 Sept, 9 Oct, 20 Nov.

Please sign up in the file on the table at the back of church if you have time to get involved in church opening on a Saturday, 9.30 - 3pm. As little as half an hour of your time is really useful. We have an obligation to one of our funders for the repair work on our Tower to be open 40 Saturdays a year. And anyhow - we'd like to be open as much as possible.

We need to ensure that there are always two adults in Junior Church. Would you be willing, not to lead, but to be a second adult, on occasion? You will need a DBS check, but we can organise that. Please speak with Andrew, Gill or Steve

St John of Jerusalem can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ sjojchurch. Please like, follow and add.

Hackney Winter Night Shelter - for anyone who has not so far been involved and would like to know more, please get in touch with John on, or 07801 029298. You can also look on the HWNS website: If you can't volunteer but would like to support the Night Shelter financially please donate using the glass jar at the back of church.