Slides from the first of the ‘bite-sized briefings’ on 24 November – details about the move back into the new building – can be downloaded by clicking here. You can check whether the seating arrangements will change or not! (They will.)
The inside is now a forest of scaffolding holding up a deck to enable the architects and specialist restoration subcontractors to get a close look at the ceilings. It seems it is not as bad as we feared, but there are still substantial areas of plastering to undertake. Once that’s complete, the painting of the ceiling will get underway. The contractors have allowed a ‘window’ of four weeks to do this, so we pray that they can manage it.
There is another short video here. You might notice that the Narthex wall has now gone..!
(Pictured: Carl working out how the chandelier is suspended from the ceiling rose, 8m above the nave.)
Do you keep forgetting to pray for important things going on at St John’s? Would you like to use the Collect for the day in your quiet time? Have you forgotten what it is that your friends wanted you to pray for? Would you like to pray for World Mission more easily? Got a smartphone?
Then why not try PrayerMate?
Prayermate is an app available for the iPhone and iPad which helps Christians to organise and remember matters for prayer and personal devotion. It costs just £1.99, and is available by clicking here.
But the great news is that St John’s now has its own subscription feed! Our prayer matters will be published weekly with the notice sheet, to pop up automatically during your quiet time, or whenever you choose to get your daily reminder from Prayermate. With St Helen Bishopsgate, the Barnabus Trust, Church Society Crosslinks and a growing list of other Christian organisations we are hoping that using technology will help us in our walk with Christ.
Why not give it a try? Click the logo below…
More details of Prayermate available here.
The move back into the new building will be upon us before we know it, and we would like everyone to be comfortable and aware of what that will be like. As you can imagine, there will be a number of things which will be different, perhaps strange, perhaps exciting – but certainly new. That’s the whole point, of course!
Unfortunately, it’s often difficult for the many people to be able to commit to a long session where we might discuss the fine detail of the reordering. We need to do it in bite-sized chunks!
So – we’ve had the idea of holding a series of short sessions after the 10.15 service*. They will take the form of a (strict!) 5-minute presentation or interview about a topic, answering two simple questions – what will change, and what will stay the same. This will be followed by answers to 3-4 follow-up questions which people may have. It will start at 12 noon precisely in the Hall.
‘Will it change or not…?’ Slot
- Seating arrangements
- Service formats
- Sound & music
- Sidesmen and welcome
- The Bible we use
- Coffee time
- Storage & bookstall
If you have any other topics you’d like to hear about, please let Helen in the Church Office know, and we can try to include it.
John & Julija
* We’ll do the same but in two sessions after the 8.45 service, one in December and one in January!
Although the contractors need to put down the wood floor, it’s now possible to get some idea of how the final space might look. The contractors are also still to demolish the clockwork wall between the Narthex and the main space.
Anyway, we took the opportunity to film the inside, and the results can be seen by clicking here!
The churches of St John’s Knutsford and St John’s Toft were represented by Rev Dan Young at this important conference held in Nairobi, Kenya, 21-26 October 2013. The Conference, the second of its kind, was organised to provide an occasion for discussing the future of the Anglican church worldwide, particularly in view of the pressures in every province to conform to a secular agenda, and consequently to abandon scriptural truth and Anglican tradition.
The Nairobi Communique is the official summary of the resolutions of the Conference – and it is regarded as a remarkable statement of Christian unity and doctrinal clarity given the wide backgrounds of the 1300+ delegates from dozens of countries around the world. It is a powerful demonstration of what biblically-faithful gospel partnership might look like for churches like St John’s that face an uncertain future in a rapidly changing Church of England.
There is an encouraging video with highlights of the week, and more videos, PDFs and audio resources can be found at www.gafcon.org. The talks by Michael Ovey and William Taylor (to follow) are recommended.
If you would like to know more, please do catch Nigel, Dan, John or Julija for a chat.
We’re encouraging everyone at St Johns to get involved with creating a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. It’s easy to do and so very worthwhile. This is not just a project that children and families can get involved in. Everyone – single, old and young alike – can fill a shoebox for this appeal.
To download the form with further details, click here.
Date: 30th September
Location: Pastiche restaurant, Knutsford
Talk: ‘Casualty: My Prayer Life’
Help and encouragement on this topic led by Caroline Atkinson and Debbie Woods. 7:30pm, £18 for 3 course meal including drinks. To sign up and make your meal selection, please contact Cathy Johnson 07984 620012 ASAP. Limited to 38 spaces.
This notice relates to the church’s general fund – the finances which pay for the day to day running of St Johns (and not the re-ordering of the church building). It was explained at each of the services on the 22nd September and is reprinted here for the benefit of those who were not able to be at the service.
1. At the start of this year, when we had to plan financially for the year ahead, we recognised that in order to continue with all the ministries and activities we are already involved in, we would have to spend more than we expected to receive in income through the course of the year – these predictions were based on income and spending in the previous year.
2. We planned to make up the difference in expected income and spending by having a Gift Day later in the year –and this was presented to the church at the APCM – annual church meeting in April – hence the Gift Day announced here!
3. The amount that we need to raise this year through the giving of the church is at least £30,000. As our minister, Nigel, made clear in his sermon last week, this is something we all need to be a part of, by giving as much as we are able.
4. In many ways £30,000 is a small amount for a congregation of our size (and wealth) – so we are confident that we will be able to raise this amount with the generous giving of God’s people in this place – but we will only be able to raise this amount if we all play our part and give according to our ability. Certainly we could look to share the burden between us evenly – so for example, if we looked to raise the £30,000 from 100 households represented in the regular congregations – that would mean £300 per household. Clearly that would not be realistic, as we are not all able to give the same amount, but that is ok as many of us can give more.
5. So, please consider prayerfully over the coming week(s) what you are able to give, remembering that all we have, we have because of God’s gracious provision. Let us give generously and sacrificially.
6. You can do so, during the week, or you could bring your contribution to church on Sunday. You can give by cash, cheque or direct transfer.
Cheques payable to St John’s Knutsford PCC
Bank details for BACS payments are: Sort Code 20-53-77 and Account Number 50278548
If you are a tax payer, and you pay sufficient tax to be able to gift aid your donation, please do so, as it means we can get an extra 25% of your donation back from the government. Gift aid forms are available to download below and at each of our services or from the church office.
Gift Aid declaration: download here
If perhaps you are not in a position to give immediately, but you may be able to do so over the next month or so, then please would you make that known to Barry Chidlow, our treasurer, Nigel or one of the wardens.
6. We looking forward to being able to report that we have raised the £30,000 we need and even exceeded it so that the financial start to next year is much better. And finally, it would be good if we would all re-assess our giving – if you are not giving regularly perhaps you would consider doing so; if you are already giving please re-consider what you are giving – is it a fairly arbitrary figure, or does it truly represent all that you can give? Ideally we could do with increasing our regular giving so that we do not need to rely on appeals like this to keep operating as a church.
We are really excited about the opportunity we all have to give to the service of God in this place and beyond – and to see how God will use each one of us to provide for our finances at this time!
A short note to say that the Evening Service is now in recess for the summer. It will return on Sunday September 8th, when we’ll be beginning a challenging new series on Proverbs. More news to follow…