Saint John's

Catford & Downham Team Ministry


 

Message from Fr Christopher

Dear friends

This comes with my love and prayers for you all.  

 
Holy Week and Easter

As most of you will know, all church buildings are currently closed. This is particularly difficult as we journey towards Easter, the holiest time of the year for us as Christians. The road to Easter is however the way of the Cross, and we believe that God is with us in our present suffering. I don’t know about you, but all of the readings which we are used to reading in Holy Week are speaking to me now more than ever, and it is at times such as these that our faith is all the more vital to us. Just as Jesus is with us in our suffering however, so we all live with the hope of the resurrection: our suffering will be transformed into joy. That is what it means when we Christians say that we are an Easter people.

 

While it is hard marking Holy Week and celebrating Easter without going into our beloved church building, our church wardens, Sonia and Sandy, have delivered lots of prayer booklets to help you (which you can also find on our ‘Worshipping from Home’ page); Sue is working hard to keep this website up to date; Shea, our online missioner, is creating lots of material for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook; Jack, our director of music, is recording beautiful music for us to listen to; Frankie has continued with our Lent bible study; the Reverend Margaret for printing and sending out cards to everyone, and Alice, our reader, and I are live-streaming our services via Facebook. Others too are putting together material for you, including Cynthia for our children. So there are lots of ways to journey with us to the empty tomb of Easter this year, and we are pulling together as a community just as strongly as we always do here at St John’s.

 

You can access our live-streamed services by clicking on the Facebook link to the left of this message or click HERE

The Church of England has also produced a special page on its website of prayers and readings for those who are staying at home.  You can access this page by clicking HERE.

 

Our principal Holy Week and Easter services, all of which will be streamed online, are as follows:

Maundy Thursday (9 April): 7 p.m. – Mass of the Last Supper

Good Friday (10 April): 3 p.m. – Liturgy of Good Friday

Easter Eve (11 April): 8 p.m. – Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter

Easter Day (12 April): 10.30 a.m. – Parish Mass

Our older and vulnerable members
My colleagues and I will be working hard to ensure that we remain in as close a contact as possible with you all - especially with our cherished older members and those whose health makes them vulnerable. In the meantime, if anyone is unable to leave their home, whether as a result of advice or for any other reason, and would like help with food supplies or anything else, please don’t wait, but call me on 020 8461 5632, or email me at frchristopherrogers@outlook.com, and we will endeavour to help you or put you in touch with someone who can as soon as possible.  Or you can register for help (or offer to volunteer) at 

www.lewishamlocal.com.

 

Whatever your age, if you are a member of our congregation and don’t think I have your contact details, please do e-mail me with your telephone number or email address, as I would love to stay in touch with you during this difficult period.


With my love, prayers and best wishes, and wishing you a blessed Holy Week and a very happy Easter when it comes.

Fr Christopher

Click below for information from Fr Christopher and our Online Missioner, Shea

WARNING!!
Do not open your door to strangers:
There are reports of people going round knocking on doors saying they are 
doing coronavirus tests on behalf of NHS/your surgery etc.
Please note, there are no such initiatives.
If anyone knocks on your door saying this, ignore them and call the police. 
These are thieves trying to take advantage of vulnerable people

Please be wary of scammers at the current time. 

While there are many well-meaning people trying to help, there are also people who are trying to take advantage of people’s vulnerability. Please therefore do not let anyone into your home whom you do not know. If you need help with food or other supplies, please either ask a neighbour, friend or family member whom you trust, or contact Fr Christopher directly who can arrange help.  See his contact details above.


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St John's (in the Catford & Downham Team Ministry) takes the safeguarding and care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously.  Further information about this can be found at Safeguarding: A Safe Church.
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