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Coming events

Encounter Group

7.30pm Monday 29 April

The Encounter Group will be meeting in the Fellowship Room at 7.30pm. The guest speaker will be our favourite local historian, Lyn Lynch, who will tell us about some famous Croydon residents.

You are warmly invited to join in.

Patronal Festival

Sunday 5 May

On Sunday 5 May we will observe our patronal festival – the Feast Day of St John – at both 8am and 10am services. This year we will NOT be having a single service with a parish lunch.

However, Bishop Paul Barker will be presiding and preaching at St John’s on 2 June, and we will share in a parish lunch.

Parish Meeting

2pm Saturday 11 May

The date and facilitator have now been finalised, and so all parishioners are invited to participate at St John’s on Sat 11 May at 2pm. With agreement by the Parish Council, I have authorised Wendy King to facilitate the meeting. Bishop Paul has accepted my invitation for him to attend.

Wendy King has experience in mediation and conflict resolution, and while the meeting is not focused on either of these, Wendy will be able to draw on these skills in her role as facilitator. The focus of the meeting will be on clarifying matters where there have been misunderstandings, and then help us move forwards in a good way as a faith community.

Norm Stephens has asked for clarification regarding:

  • unspecified aspects of my letter to the parish (23 Dec); and also
  • unspecified concerns around the topic of welcome in Bishop Paul’s letter to the parish (16 Feb).

We will also try to start resolving the distrust that the parish has with the Diocese.

If there are other matters that anyone would like to see addressed at the meeting, then kindly let me (stjohndivinecroydon@gmail.com) or Wendy King (StepInMediation@bigpond.com) know.

While we intend to send out invitations to all parishioners – both current and recent – please promote this yourselves. Note that while the meeting is open to all parishioners (current & recent), it is not open to anyone else, since it is a parish meeting for members of St John the Divine.

Please pray for the meeting, that in it we might be guided by the Holy Spirit, and follow Jesus’ commandment of enacting love for each other.

Bishop visit and parish lunch

10am Sunday 2 June

Bishop Paul Barker will be presiding and preaching at St John’s on 2 June, and on that Sunday we will have a single 10am service followed by a parish lunch.

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