Christ Church, Colliers Wood

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NOTICE BOARD

Parish database
Please take a blue form and fill it in if you wish to be on our new contact list. Under Data Protection Regulations we cannot hold information about you without your permission, so please fill in a form so that we can have your information, and put it in the box at the back of church. This form needs to be filled in even if you have already filled in an electoral roll or Network of Care form.


Citizens UK – working together in the local community
Citizens UK is an alliance of civil society groups, such as churches, mosques, unions and schools, who commit to working together for the benefit of their local communities. A number of faith groups, having worked with Citizens UK in other South London Boroughs, are proposing to form a Merton Citizens Group. Within Merton Priory Team we are considering joining. What do you think? If you have ideas and comments please talk to Alison.

For more information about Citizens UK please follow the link: http://www.citizensuk.org.


Wednesday evenings: Office Hour and Meditation Group
If you have questions about Baptism, Banns of Marriage, Weddings or anything else you would like to talk about to Alison, the Vicar, come along to the Church from 6.15 to 7.00 p.m.

After the Office Hour, at 7.00 p.m., a Meditation Group meets. This group is open to everyone whether you have experience of meditation or are wanting to try it and find out more. Meditation provides a powerful way to relax, lower your stress level and develop a spiritual prayer practice. Our group will follow John Main's sacred word meditation method, which can enable us to reach beyond our thinking and feeling, and be free to encounter God. John Main was a Benedictine Monk who set up the World Community of Christian Meditation. Whether you have a strong faith, a little faith or none, you are welcome.


Network of Care
This is part of our Mission Action Plan. You will recall that our Mission Statement is 'Faithful to God; Sharing with those in need; Caring for one another' – and this is one way in which we can follow the third precept. There is no obligation to join the network, but we hope that it will be a very positive contribution to the life of our church for as many as possible. Further information and forms, for those who wish to join a group, are available in church.


Merton Faith in Action Homelessness Project
The Faith in Action Homeless Drop-In Centre would be very grateful for your donations. There are many ways you can help the Faith in Action Homelessness Project and their drop-in centre on Kingston Road.


Joining in with music in church
Do you sing or enjoy making music? Do you love to sing hymns and would like to help choose what we sing in our worship? We would love to hear from all who have talents or are interested in the musical life of Christ Church and St John's. Please see the list at the back of the church.


Mission Action Plan – in full
The Team PCC, DCCs and congregation have been giving much thought to where we believe God is calling us to put our energy in the coming years. Please read the full version of the plan. If there is an area that inspires you to get involved please contact the relevant project leader. And please pray for God to bless these activities.


Vocation
We are all called to be the people of God. God has something special for each of us to do, not just within the church but in our everyday lives. Read the leaflet and reflect prayerfully on what purpose God may have for you to fulfil.


Membership—Electoral Roll
You can apply for membership of the Electoral Roll of Christ Church if you have been baptized, are aged 16 or over and are either a regular attender at Christ Church or live within the church district. Once on the Electoral Roll, you are a voting member of the Church of England and this gives you a say in the running of the church. It is recommended that you read the notes before filling in the application form (copies of which are also available in the church), which can be handed to one of the Churchwardens or to the Electoral Roll Officer (email).


The Living Wandle programme
This four-year community programme is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and covers the four boroughs of Wandsworth, Merton, Croydon and Sutton.

The over-arching aim of the scheme is to revitalise the Wandle as an identifiable, high-quality asset to the communities of south London, through engagement with the natural and built heritage of the river.

There are 17 different projects born from intensive consultation along the Wandle Valley, and the delivery phase has now commenced.

More information can be found on the Living Wandle webpage and on their 'Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme' Facebook page.


Wimbledon Food Bank
This is part of a national network of foodbanks, giving out nutritionally balanced emergency food to people in crisis who have nowhere else to turn.

Now, more than ever, we need tinned meats and fish, rice, instant mash, tea and coffee, powdered milk, rice pudding and custard. Donations can be left at the back of the church. Find out more about the Food Bank.


Morden Park Choral Society
As many of you will know, Morden Park Choral Society has been performing concerts at St John's for a number of years. Have you ever considered joining us? You do not have to be able to sight-read or even have a great voice. Singing as part of a choir is a rewarding experience. We are a very friendly society and are always keen to welcome new members. We have a number of social events throughout the year. We aim to put on concerts covering a wide variety of musical styles. We meet every Monday at St John's from 8.00 to 10.00 p.m. Why not give it a go? For further details visit our website (http://www.choralsocietymerton.org.uk) or contact our secretary, Simon Bruton, on 020 8542 1060.
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