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We are continuing to do all we can for our heating, both temporary and long term
and appreciate everyone’s commitment and endurance of the cold
St John’s Christingle Service, on December 10th at 4.00pm,
has now been changed to 4.30pm due to organist availability


Magazines - The December 2017 Magazine is out now and at the back of church.  

Magazines - 2017 previous issues -   January,  February  March April   May June  July/August September October November
Magazines - 2016 previous issues - January, February
March April May June July/August September October November December
Magazines - 2015 previous issues - January, February, March, April July/August September October November December
Magazines - 2014 previous issues - January, February, March, April, May June  July August September October November
Magazines - 2013 previous issues - February, March, April  May  June July September October November December

CHRISTMAS CAROLS AT BRANDON LODGE Monday, 11th December at 2pm
Everyone is welcome to come along and join in with the residents
Flowers add to the beauty of our church and are especially important when we celebrate our festivals.
With Christmas coming up, the flower fund is very low.
If anyone would like to make a donation to our flower fund please see either Mary, Paul or Margaret
Food Banks – always need supplies We have been asked for any
Christmas food, mince pies , tins of ham, boxes of biscuits,etc., to be given early December.
They then can be ready for distribution in the middle of the month.
Thank you

St. John’s hall is part of the co op member scheme from 12th November until 27th October 2018.
For every £1 spent on co op own brands 1% goes to the charity pot and 5% to yourself. Only £1 to join.
You can register on line or by telephone to choose one of three chosen charities.

We had a lovely service tonight with lots of people and some of the village children.
We managed to raise £111 for FarmArica and sent loads of stuff to the Food bank

                              PRODUCE                                                                THE CHILDREN WHO HELPED WITH THE SERVICE


The planned pilgrimage to Walsingham next summer
has been cancelled due to lack of numbers.
A thank you and sorry to those who had put their names down


Christmas Lunch will be at the Braun’s Den Brandon on Wednesday, 13th December 12.00 for 12.30 pm. There is a list and menu at the back of church,
please sign up ASAP - £10.00 deposit is required.
Deanery Advent Carol Service: 16th Dec. 2.00 pm, St. Aidan's Framwellgate Moor.
This year St. John's MU celebrated 125 years as a branch.
We also hosted the Lady Day service and held a
friendship afternoon inviting other branches to join us.
Proceeds from these events raised £314.45 for the MU overseas fund.
A very big thank you to everyone who contributed - well done



If anyone is interested in a trip to the theatre at Darlington when it
re-opens in October, please see the list so an idea of interest is had.
For information please see Margaret


Visit the Open Treasure Exhibition in the Cathedral
(fully open now including the Treasures of St Cuthbert)
You will find this includes displays from local art groups. Rose's art group, ‘the Little Green Hut’ display is based on a rose window and is dedicated to Rose's memory.
It also includes Rose's 'St Cuthbert and Lindisfarne' silk painting (this wasn't on display in Brandon).
It will be exhibited for the next four months.

St. John’s Spring Fayre
Saturday, 13th May, 12.00 -2.00 pm.


MOTHERS UNION STALL                                                  THE SHIRLEYS STALL


Photo's from St. John’s Open church Saturday, 4th March
as part of the 'Talking Jesus' event
There was a display of paintings on silk by the late Rose Reeve
as well as items of note which are part of the history of St. John's



For more updates, see the Hall page here

DH7 CHURCHES TOGETHER - see DH7 page - here

Durham clothing bank need donations of clothes (adult and children), toiletries , nappies , sanitary protection.
The Food bank would like donations of dried food, pasta, rice, soup, tinned meat, fish, fruit, fruit juice, coffee, tea, dried or UHT milk. Food bank is on every Tuesday. Items can be donated Sundays and Wednesdays.



Lesley Baxter, treasurer of St. John's church who was fund-raising to renovate the church hall is now, with the support of others, fund-raising for a complete rebuild of the hall. To keep up with Lesley's progress please see Lesley's Facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/Stjohnschurchhallmeadowfield



Some History - A Church Hall was proposed and 1508 square yards of land adjourning the Church grounds was rented for the sum of 5/-per year from the Church Commissioners and in 1911 the Parochial Hall was uilt. After the end of the Second World War the army moved out of the Church Hall, and with several grants awarded to the Church the Hall was renovated. It was painted and stage and window curtains were renewed. The Church Lads Brigade benefited from sports equipment and a Bugle and Drums band was formed. The band was reported to awaken the whole of Meadowfield from their beds on a Sunday morning!