We aim to be a generous-hearted and inclusive Christian family in the centre of Beeston with a ministry that reaches out from our beautiful Parish Church into the wider community.

Sunday 19th January 2020

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Open Door Stewards: This is Week 3 on your rota.

Exploring Theology Today: The first session of our programme took place last week. Everyone is very welcome to come to future sessions. Come to as many sessions as you wish and are able to manage. It would be helpful if you could sign up on the sheet at the back of church: this does not in any way tie you to coming to the sessions it would just help in the organization of the sessions. Thank you. Michael Taylor

Augustine to Justin: We meet again on Tuesday, 21st January. Pat Atkins (0115) 925 6327.

Church Flowers: Rota at back of the Church. Please choose a date that you would like to remember someone special to you or a special date. Also would anyone like to give a donation so that I can keep the pedestal full of flowers until Candlemas? Thank you. Pauline

Biscuits! If you open a packet of biscuits in the kitchen, please place the unused ones in the container provided, not left open in the cupboard or the fridge. Too many are having to be thrown away. Thank you. Brenda

Prayers: please remember in your prayers: Tony Ford, Sheila Allton, Teresa Downing, Simon Bramley, Louise Cummings, Margaret Joynes, Paul Badham, Sharon Bramley and Baby Myles Bell who are sick and Trevor Slack and Joyce Shaw who died in recent days, and all those who mourn

Our next meeting is on Thursday 12th February at 2pm for a 2.15pm. start when we welcome the Vicar who will chair our AGM. The meeting will take place in church and reports will be  received on all aspects of our work during the past year. The new programme for 2020 and Count Your Blessings for Lent 2020 will also be available.  The new catalogues will hopefully also have arrived so that you can order Easter cards and any other MU items. See you there. Sheila Allton.

New Trustees wanted for Hope Nottingham Hope Nottingham is looking for two – three new trustees who can make a significant contribution to the Board by being able to share their knowledge, expertise and experience. Trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the charity, its financial health and the governance of its activities. We are particularly keen to hear from local people with a background in:

Human Resources/ Employment Law

  • Communications
  • Employment Programmes
  • Pastoral/ church leadershipTo apply please refer to the link at the bottom of the home page of www.hope-nottingham.org.uk and open the attached Application Process and Trustee Role Description. Closing date: 31 January 2020Mothers’ Union: I am sorry I was unable to join you for our New year Lunch at the Cornmill but I understand everyone one had an enjoyable meal. Thank you to Pat for organising everything and to Chris for organising the quiz.
  • New to St John’s? Brilliant! Come and say hello on Saturday 25 January from 10am – 12 noon in church.

We’re delighted that the past year has seen a steady flow of new worshippers on a Sunday morning and at our weekday services. But you know how it is – it’s not always easy to chat with everyone you’d like to after the service, or maybe you can’t make it every week, or you don’t really know who’s who, or who else is new. We get all that – so this is the first of what we hope will be a regular Saturday morning meet-up for new folks, just like you (and the new curate!) Coffee, cinnamon buns and a chance to meet other people, share what’s brought you to St John’s (if you’d like to), find out what we’re up to and how to get more involved (again – if you’d like to). The morning is open to you if you’ve recently joined us. What’s ‘recent’? Well, it’s all relative, but we reckon if you’ve started coming along in the last couple of years, that’s good enough for us. Look forward to seeing you there – please let Rev Tracey know if you’re planning to join us – email, text, or catch her after a service – so we have plenty of coffee to go round.

A Reflection on an Obituary

I know that all of you were saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our church’s most valuable members – Someone Else.

Someone’s passing created a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. Else has been with us for many years, and for every one of those years, Someone did far more than the normal person’s share of work. Whenever leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person was looked to for inspiration as well as results. Someone Else can work with that group. Whenever there was a job to do, a class to teach, or a meeting to attend, one name was on everyone’s lips, “Let Someone Else do it.” It was common knowledge that Someone Else was among the largest givers in the church. Whenever there was a financial need, everyone just assumed that Someone Else would make up the difference.

Someone Else was a wonderful person, sometimes appearing super-human, but a person can only do so much. Were the truth known, everyone expected too much of Someone Else. Now Someone Else is gone. We wonder what we are going to do. Someone Else left a wonderful example to follow, but who is going to follow it? Who is going to do the things Someone Else did? Remember, we can’t depend on Someone Else any more.