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Wednesday Magazine from 
St John's East Dulwich
Sunrise over St John's with the vicarage in the background
View of St John's this morning taken by @claireengland1981 and posted on Instagram.
Dear friends,

I hope you have been able to enjoy the sun and the warm days recently. The picture at the top of the email was taken early this morning by someone who posted it on Instagram. It's a beautiful view of St John's tower. Although it does look like the Vicarage is on fire, it is a beautiful sunrise!

If you are out an about and photograph anything that you would like to share with others then please do send it to us by email and we will try to include it in a future email.

As it is the holiday period, this issue is a little shorter than usual, however in this issue you will find some information concerning the new regulations about wearing masks in church, how you can access support from the Southwark Foodbank, our fundraising efforts at St John's and more.

With love and blessings,
Raymond

Eat Out to Help OutEat Out to Help Out Logo
A number of restaurants in East Dulwich and Peckham are taking part in the government’s Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. This provides a 50% discount (up to £10 per diner) on food or non-alcoholic drinks and runs from 3 to 31 August on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

You can find participating restaurants in your area using the postcode search or look out for the Eat Out to Help Out logo in windows/advertising.

This scheme is designed to help those who work in the hospitality industry. We remain conscious of those who face food poverty and so please do consider supporting Southwark Foodbank (details below).

Southwark Foodbank
Southwark Foodbank logo
The vision of the Foodbank is that no-one in our local community should go hungry and Southwark Foodbank has never been busier. You can support the Foodbank by volunteering your time, donating money and donating food. Here is a link to find out more about how you can help.

If you need help from the Foodbank, the clergy at St John's would ordinarily be able to refer you. However, at the moment we would advise you to get in touch with the Foodbank directly and their information is here.

Masks in Church
silhouette image of people wearing a mask
From Saturday, members of the public must wear a mask in churches and other indoor spaces. There are some exemptions on the basis of age, health and disability and you can find out more about the exemptions here. If you fall into one of the exempt categories, you might want to download a badge that you can put on your phone or a card that you can show to people. 

Because of these new regulations, if you come into St John's either when we are open for private prayer or to one of the services on Sunday you will be required to wear a mask (unless you fall into one of the exempt categories). Most people already do wear a mask in church but please don't forget to bring your own from Sunday!

Private Prayer
The church continues to be open for private prayer every Thursday from 12 noon to 2pm. If you would like to pop in during that time for prayer, reflection or meditation or just to enjoy the peace and quiet you will be very welcome!

Help us to raise 5K
St John’s needs to raise £5,000 to help us cover the costs of reopening church. Do get your thinking caps on to consider how you may be able to raise funds in your own way for this appeal, whether by doing a sponsored walk, run etc., having a covid-safe bake sale or your own inspired idea. We have produced a sponsorship form which you can use here.

Wednesday and Sunday Emails
As services have restarted in church, these weekly emails will become a bit shorter. But we will continue to send round important news and of course links to the online services and other events.
 
We are considering turning the Wednesday emails into a monthly magazine, and planning for this is underway. We expect to announce more details in September. If you would like to be involved with this project, please reply to this email and let us know.
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