We welcome this morning Father Bob Wallace as our Celebrant and Preacher.

ANNOUNCEMENT Father Mark’s Service of Institution and Induction will take place on 27 November at 7.30pm., We hope to see the church full to give him a fantastic welcome.

If you are attending the service could you please put your name down on the sign up sheet which is on the Information table. Following the service we will be providing refreshments in the church hall, rather than asking parishioners to donate a plate of food we thought it would be easier for the catering team to organise the menu. If you feel you would like to contribute towards the food a suggested donation of £2 pp would be greatly appreciated. Please pass your donations to Morwenna Pat or Doreen.

A HUGE THANK YOU IS SENT to everyone who helped out or came along to the Autumn Fayre yesterday. Further details will be in next weeks Pewsheet.

CAR PARK BARRIER If at anytime you are in the car park and the barrier comes down PLEASE DO NOT WORRY you are not trapped in, drive slowly towards the barrier and it will lift to let you out.

THE SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING OF OUR LOVED ONES will be held on Sunday 3rd November at 4pm, this will not be a Eucharist. Refreshments will be served after the service. If you wish your loved ones names to be read out during prayers, please print their names clearly on the list on the Information table

JUNIOR CHOIR Please note that due to local firework events taking place, the next Junior Choir rehearsal has been changed to Friday 1stNovember at 7.15 pm where we will be rehearsing for our Remembrance service on Sunday 10th November. We are also having an extra Junior Choir rehearsal on Saturday 7th December at 4pm where we will be preparing for the Christmas Eve crib service. All school age children welcome, even if you don't regularly attend Junior Choir. Please email HTLjuniorchoir@gmail.com for more details or to register your interest.

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER If you have any articles for this edition please send to Pat by Tuesday 22nd October.
OPEN CHURCH the church will be open from 12 noon-2pm on Thursdays. We hope this will enable and encourage people to pop into our beautiful church to enjoy quiet time, light a candle or just have a free cup of tea or coffee. We look forward to seeing you.
CHILDREN’S SOCIETY BOX OPENING will take place with Sarah Tame during refreshments in the hall this morning and on Sunday 27th October. If you are unable to make these dates please see Sarah.
SIDCUP LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC SOCIETY The next meetings will be as follows:

Tuesday 22ndOctober - Ir Thomas Lai will talk about the Hong Kong Mass Transport Railway

Tuesday 12th November - Trefor Ellis will tell us about his Father-in-Law, Dylan Thomas. Further details will be in the November Newsletter’

SIDCUP SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S first concert of the season will be at St John’s Church Sidcup, 7.30 pm on Saturday 26th October.

The programme will be:Sibelius: – En Saga, Shostakovich: – Cello Concerto ,

Franck: -Symphony in D minor.

Tickets 0208 830 3268 or at the door.Please come along and support"

GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING will take place in the Hall on Saturday 7th December from 2-4pm. If you would like to join Sue for this afternoon of fun, please put your name down on the sign up sheet on the Information table. Places are limited to a maximum of 20,there are 2 sizes of Gingerbread House to choose from Large are £9 and Small £7.50p, please make sure you indicate on the sheet which size you require, payment is in advance. Deadline for signing up is Sunday 1st December. Refreshments will be available.

 Churchwardens’ Blog --The Interregnum - Month Six

We have been busy making preparations for Father Mark’s Service of Institution and Induction. A small team consisting of Sarah Blew, Sue Knight, Pat and ourselves met with Revd. Mell Jemmett, the Area Dean, on 12 September. Revd. Mell has ultimate responsibility for the service and she went through each stage of the preparation process with us.
Morwenna has kindly agreed to join the team and she will be working with Sarah on the Order of Service and arrangements for the visiting clergy. Pat is dealing with the invitations and also assisting in other arrangements. We will be dealing with most other matters.

We are in the process of finalising details of the allocation of various duties on the night. It is our aim to involve as many of the congregation as we can who aren’t already performing a specific function, for example servers, choir, sidesmen etc., so no one has more than one job to do.

We are very honoured to have 2 Bishops at the service. Bishop James and Bishop Stephen Cottrell. Father Mark is currently Chaplain to Bishop Stephen. We will also be joined by our MP, James Brokenshire and an assortment of local dignitaries.

Refreshments after the service are being arranged by Doreen, Morwenna, Denise, Pat, Sue, Sandra Paddon and Barbara Giles.

Work at the vicarage is progressing well. The work in the kitchen and bathroom is now completed and both are looking great. A new front door is due to be fitted. There is also other work, mainly painting, which is currently underway.

A full assessment of the vicarage trees has been undertaken on behalf of the Diocese and the work will be undertaken shortly.
We are now fully booked with clergy up to the end of November after which we hope it will be some time before this task has to be undertake again!

Our thanks again to everyone who has supported us over this busy time. It really has been a great team effort.


Carol and Bob