Lovely to see so many of you yesterday at our worship. It still feels odd, being in church with so many empty chairs. But the connectedness is very special - I'm glad of the breakout rooms for afterwards.
Georgie's sermon is now online and can be read here. I have already started following her suggestion - to reflect and pray on the question "what do you really, really want?" - and am coming up with some unexpected answers! It would be interesting to know if anyone else is reflecting in the same way, and if so what answers you receive.
For further reflection, do check out the resources for Thy Kingdom Come. And join the worldwide church in praying for transformation, at this time, as we prepare for Pentecost.
Foodbank and Look Ahead...St John's to be neighbourhood collection point for both
On Wednesdays 2-5pm, St John's will be open for drop-off only of non-perishable food for Waterloo Foodbank and non-food items for Look Ahead. Volunteers needed!
In just six weeks, Waterloo Foodbank https://www.facebook.com/waterloofoodbank made home deliveries of emergency food to 4,200 people, an indicator of the scale of current need. During lockdown, St John's is offering to be a non-perishable food-only collection point for the organisers until St John's Foodbank reopens, probably at the end of July. Details from Joao Simoes-Brown (email@example.com) and Giles (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Look Ahead https://www.lookahead.org.uk/ is now providing safe shelter in Waterloo for up to 130 people who have recently become homeless, particularly those who worked in hospitality and the "gig economy" but have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Lambeth North Deanery is supporting the initiative through Together Southwark. St John's has offered to be a non-food collection point (a partnership has been secured for meal provision). Required: personal hygiene items, underwear, clothes (male and female all sizes), books, magazines, jigsaws, colouring pens, pencils and paper.
So, you're welcome to bring your donations this and subsequent Wednesday afternoons.
Finally, a prayer, for Thy Kingdom Come.
your ascended Son
has sent us into the world
to preach the good news of your kingdom:
inspire us with your Spirit
and fill our hearts with the fire of your love,
that all who hear your Word
may be drawn to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
I hope you have a good, socially distanced Bank Holiday. Observing the rules.
with my love,