Carols by Candlelight
Harvest Supper & Gifts September 2014
On the weekend of 27th-28th September St. John's celebrated harvest time.
Annual Over 60's Lunch and Craft/Games afternoon
Each August St John's get together with many of our local friends over 60 for a lunch and time together. Here are some pictures.
On the first Thursday of every month and starting on Thursday 4th September - 1.30 - 4 pm - Young at Heart is a new monthly meeting for the Over 60's, with tea, cake and activities.
And on the third Thursday of every month starting on Thursday 18th September - 1.30 - 3.30 pm - Young at Heart Exploring Faith is another new monthly meeting for the Over 60's, also with tea, cake and activities and conversation with a focus on faith.
On August 10th a group from St John's went to the Detling Summer Celebration in Kent.
Fun Day & Barbecue - Saturday 28th June
There was a football focus to the St John's Annual Fun Day And Barbecue despite England's stay in Brazil for the World Cup being over. Local people and St John's members tried their hand at some less serious football-related games & pastimes. Dodging the heavy showers they enjoyed the barbecue and outside games as well. Here are some pictures of the day.
Outing to Cambridge - Saturday 14th June
On 14th June a large contingent from St John's went up to Cambridge to share the day with Peter Greenfield as he completed his studies at the University. They were shown around his college and the city during the day by Peter.
Helen Webster completes her abseiling challenge
Congratulations to Helen Webster for abseiling from the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth to raise money for Cancer Research UK in memory of their enthusiastic, inspiring son who passed away in September.
Surrey Save Credit Union/Community Bank opens its Doors at St. John's
Saturday 10th May was a special day at St. John's. Our regular Street Café - twice a month in the summer months and monthly during the winter - was joined by our new venture Surrey Save. Surrey Save is a Community Bank lending small amounts of money. It is a savings bank too. We do the paperwork with clients and then the Surrey Save HQ do the rest.
Harvest Supper and Harvest Services - Weekend 28th-29th September 2013
Harvest time was enjoyed and celebrated over the weekend. A Harvest Supper on the Saturday evening with an African theme and with profits going to the needy in Burkina Faso; a Sunday morning service celebrating Harvest where the congregation provided Harvest gifts. These gifts are to be passed on to the local Food Bank based at the New Malden Baptist Church for distribution. In the evening we gathered for 'Harvest Praise'.
Here are some pictures from the weekend:
Harvest Gifts to go to the Food Bank
Confirmation of Pearl Winkworth & Davinya Higgins - St Paul's Kingston Hill - 22nd September 2013
A large contingent from St John's joined the congregation at St. Paul's Kingston Hill to witness the Confirmation of Pearl Winkworth & Davinya Higgins.
Cooking team at Venture Camp 2013
Dave Pamphilon, Christine Vasvalingam & Gina Wong from St. John's helped provide the cooking team at the Venture Camp at Blaithwaite in Cumbria during August. Our photograph shows them in the kitchen enjoying a rest.
Café Style Church - Time to Talk Sunday evening 14th July 2013
Paul Jacobs - Kingston Street Pastor Coordinator described how Street Pastors spend their weekend nights in Kingston. If you are a member of St John's you can hear Paul Jacobs' talk again via the Members' Pages.
Recently our St. John's Street Pastor Viv Irvine told us: "Street Pastors are a team of people from local churches who get together on Friday and Saturday nights to walk around Kingston Town Centre helping those in need - a very drunk person who doesn’t know how to get home or somebody who has been involved in a fight, or even somebody who is lonely and scared."
We start our round at 10.00 and walk around Kingston wherever we feel we are needed. This can be for a couple of hours and then we head back to our base at the URC church in the centre of town. This is where our Prayer Pastors stay while we are out and they support us with their prayers. A hot drink (and hopefully some cakes) awaits us and we talk about events of the evening and have a prayer time together before setting out on our 2nd shift. After another 2 hours or so we are back for another drink (or chips) and then onto our 3rd and final shift which finishes around 4.00/4.30 by which time I am ready for my bed!!"
Were you there in this picture in about 1968?
Thanks to Pauline Williams for this picture taken at a St. John's camp at Ashburnham around 45 years ago.
St. John's Passover Meal
Maundy Thursday 28th March 2013
St John's Lounge was full for the Passover Meal.
Enough Food for Everyone If ......
St John’s Pauline Williams & Dave Pamphilon went to London – not to see the Queen – but to take part in a stunt publicising the ‘Enough Food for Everyone If ....’ campaign. The campaign has been organised by 120 Aid Charities with the purpose of highlighting how world hunger can be stamped out to the G8 meeting in the UK in June this year. The event in Parliament Square put the focus on the budget and demanded that Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne maintained the 0.7% of national income designated for UK overseas aid. You can see ‘George’ and Pauline & Dave in the pictures. Well done – let’s hope that the next part of the campaign is as successful!