St John's Church, Stratford, E15
St John's Church, Stratford, London E15

 
THIS SUNDAY:

Sunday 5th April 2020

(Palm Sunday)


12:00 † Holy Communion Live-stream

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Coronavirus Lock-down : The Archbishops have directed that all Church Services should be suspended and Churches closed. There will be no Sunday or mid-week services at St John's until further notice.

Message from Dave :
Hi Everyone,

I hope the self-isolation, social distancing, and keeping-safe is going well. Most church members seem to be well. Three people who have had the virus have made a good recovery, and Robert is now feeling much better.

It's Palm Sunday this Sunday, when we celebrate Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem as King. It's a Sunday which reminds of many things:

The faithfulness of Jesus - riding into Jerusalem, when human wisdom would have sent him in the opposite direction.

The fallibility of humanity - shouting "Hosanna" on Sunday and "Crucify Him" on Friday.

Above all, it reminds us that God has plan, which has never changed - a plan to bring a lost world back to himself. This plan was fulfilled in Jesus, particularly in the events of Holy Week.

Do join in with our live streamed facebook services at noon on Sunday and Good Friday if you are able to do so. There are links to the livestream and to the service order from this page.

Chelmsford Diocese has prepared a series of Holy Week at Home worship resources for everyone to share. You can find them at: chelmsford.anglican.org/holyweekathome

Some people are asking "Where is God in Coronavirus?" I found this article from Tearfund very helpful: Decoding coronavirus.

I've been sending out regular emails to Church members who have given us permission (GDPR). If you are a member of St. John's and you'd like to be added to the email list please email office@stjohnse15.co.uk .

Thank you all for your prayers.

With every blessing

Dave

THIS WEEK :

Tuesday & Thursday at 9:15am : Dan is saying Morning Prayer on Facebook Live via the St Johns page. Join in from 9:10 am for 5 minutes of quiet, 15-20 mins Morning Prayer from 9:15 am

Good Friday - 10th April : 12noon - 1pm : Live streamed on St John's facebook. Music, prayers, readings and reflections around the Cross.

RESOURCES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE :

Newham Youth For Christ (newhamyfc):
At this time when all of our young people are at home we want to encourage them to read the Bible daily. So to do this, we are posting a daily video (Monday-Friday) on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages where one of the team shares their thoughts and reflections on the day's Bible passage.
We started looking at Mark's gospel on Monday and in this first week we have covered the first 2 chapters and we are going to carry on right through Mark but we will be breaking off for Easter Week (w/c April 6th) to cover the Easter Story and we are planning an Easter Sunday "Special" on the 12th.

There are other Resources on newhamyfc Instagram
EVERY TUESDAY we post our THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK where one of the Newham Youth for Christ team shares a Bible or faith based thought for young people to think about and look at how it might affect or impact on their life.
EVERY WEDNESDAY we post our WORSHIP WEDNESDAY song where one of the Newham Youth for Christ team shares a worship song that means something to them or has touched them in some way. They also briefly share the reasons why they chose it so young people can see how a worship song can help, encourage or challenge them.
EVERY THURSDAY we post our VERSE FOR THE WEEK where one of the Newham Youth for Christ team shares a Bible verse that has spoken to them or inspires/challenged them in some way to show our young people how important, inspiring, challenging and helpful it is to read the Bible and how relevant it can be to their lives.

Message from Dan about Christchurch, Three Mills :
Sunday 2:30pm - Storytime live on Christchurch Three Mills page. Join the Scotts for a fun interactive telling of the Palm Sunday story. Also look out for activities to do this week.

Dan and Ellie also run a family zoom On Sunday afternoon for families interested in worshipping together and connecting. Contact dan@christchurchthreemills.co.uk for details

Monday 8pm Christchurch Three Mills team meeting on Zoom. Join via bit.ly/CC3Mchurch

Thursday 8pm. Finding hope - a discussion course related to Jesus and the current crisis. Perfect for friends/family exploring faith. On Zoom, join via bit.ly/CC3Mthursday.

Rev. Dan Scott
Community VicarĀ 
Christchurch Three Mills

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A Prayer for those affected by Coronavirus :
God, our rock and shield, we pray for our land, and all nations and places in our world, as many endure the effects of the illness Covid-19 and the Coronavirus pandemic.

For those who are ill, grant healing;

for those who mourn the death of loved ones, bring comfort;

for those who care for the sick, grant strength and endurance;

for those who are isolated or whose livelihoods are threatened, give courage and hope;

for all who take difficult decisions, from governments to health practitioners, give wisdom and compassion to accompany the knowledge and experience that they bring.

Deliver us from this disease, we pray, and enable all nations and communities to grow in collaboration and unity as we face this challenge together.

Grant a legacy of enduring common purpose in facing all that threatens our global common good.

We pray in Jesus' name, in the unity of the Spirit,

Amen.

Prayer Focus ST JOHN'S PRAYER REQUESTS

Please pray during the week :

  • for people affected by the Coronavirus.
  • for people working in the NHS, that they will stay safe and strong, and also for others working in essential services.
  • for all who are lonely and scared at this time.
  • for all who are bereaved, especially members of St. John's who have lost loved ones.
  • for God's protection on our Church members and Church building.
  • for Dave and the team of Ministers at St. John's.
  • for Dan & Ellie and family, and for the new Church at Three Mills.
  • for the Stratford foodbank run by local churches.
  • for the Stratford Police Teams.
  • for our leaders here in Newham, and nationally.
  • for organisations we support, especially Caritas Anchor House, St Joseph Hospice, and also TEAR Fund working in many poor countries to try to improve hygiene and access to water for handwashing.

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