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What's on - Sunday 7 October 2018 onwards

This afternoon: We will be holding our PET SERVICE this afternoon at 4pm (the Sunday closest to the feast day of St Francis of Assisi). Pets & the people they look after - all very welcome!

The PCC meets on Tues 9 October at 8.05pm (after the 7.30pm Eucharist) - focused on arrangements for the 1 December Christmas Bazaar.

The 'Happy Singers' group meets this Wednesday at 7pm in church. There's an open invitation to everyone who enjoys singing and making music with other people.

On 14 October (1) we are looking forward to welcoming Caitlin Harland from London Citizens to preach for us. This is part of a discernment process to see whether we should join London Citizens (www.citizensuk.org). (2) Tonye is very kindly going to meet with anyone who would like to explore how we could use Social Media to be of service to the life of our church.

Bishop Adrian is retiring this year and there is an open invitation to a farewell event for him on Friday 19 October, 6-9pm at Christ Church, Spitalfields (Commercial Street, E1 6LY). If you would like to come please sign the sheet at the back of church.

All Souls-tide: on Suday 28th October at 4pm there's a service at which we read out the names of those whose funerals we've taken this year, and in past years in church. On Friday 2nd November at 12 noon we'll be holding our All Souls' Day Eucharist at 12 noon. Please write up the names of those you would like remembered at that service on the list at the back of church.

The next CHURCH CLEANING will be next Saturday, 3rd November, 9.30-11.30am. All welcome!

The Christmas Bazaar this year will take place on Saturday 1st December, 12-4pm. Please save the date. Offers of help gratefully received (please speak with Sue C, Liz T, or Andrew W). We're going to put out boxes for things to sell on 14 October. We'd be grateful if you could think about raffle prizes and things we might be able to auction.

Paul Higgins will kindly be holding his COFFEE MORNING at 4 Mongers Almhouses on Sat 8th December. Please save the date.

Night Shelter dates before Christmas: 3 and 17 November; 1 and 22 December. It won't be taking place this year at St Luke's, Homerton Terrace. Venue tbc. If you'd like to volunteer and there are any of the dates above that you know you can't do, please email John Alty asap on johnhm.alty@gmail.com

Gill is fundraising to buy a 'Prayer Bus' (an adapted, good quality second hand minibus) to provide spiritual and pastoral support for refugees in Calais. The fundraising target is £10,000. If you would like to contribute online please go to:

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/refugee-prayer-bus

or go the Justgiving homepage and search for 'Refugee Prayer Bus'. Donations can also be made by cheque or in cash, so please speak with Gill if you would like to do that.

Please pray for those to be confirmed on 3 November: Buabowon, Esther, Ashley, Chantelle, Cheryle, Devon, Sapphire, Jasmine, Jack & Alexander.

Some volunteering opportunities: we'd like to hear from you if you would be willing to:

(A) Join a rota of altar servers

(B) 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

(C) 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): 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.

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