Notices

The latest edition of EAGLE is available in Church and online via our Eagle Page or via the following link – Eagle October 2017 . The next edition will be available at the end of August- please send articles etc. to the editor (contact details on the Eagle page) by 14th December.  Thank you

USE of the CHURCH HALL or PARISH ROOM – if you would like to use the Parish Room please contact Tina on 01309 676936 or email secretarystjohnsforres@gmail.com

ST JOHN’S MOTHERS’ UNION – there is a box at the back of the church for non-perishable food donations to support the Moray Food Bank – please support this worthwhile outreach by the members of the Mothers’ Union.

CHURCH CLEANING – more volunteers are needed – please contact Barbara Westie (email Barbara@outlawell.plus.com). Even better if you can come as a pair.

YOUTH FELLOWSHIP GROUP – please see details of our new Youth Fellowship Group and their facebook page via this link.

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FORRES BOYS BRIGADE – Please see the Boys Brigade webpage via out links webpage. There will be a special service for the Boys Brigade at 10am on Sunday 29th October in St John’s.

BEETLE DRIVE – has been postponed until January 2018

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MOTHERS’ UNION – are marking the 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence from the 25th November through to the 10th December. This year, Mothers’ Union is focussing on the issue of stigma, where society responds negatively to, or by blaming those who are, victims of gender-based violence. Mothers’ Union is calling on members and others around the world to talk about gender-based violence, and challenge myths and harmful attitudes around it. We are calling on people everywhere to: break the silence surrounding gender-based violence, lift the shame which is often placed unfairly on survivors, and shift the blame from victim to perpetrator.

For more information please visit the Mothers’ Union 16 days website

ADVENT—watch out for prayer stations in church during Advent and there will be an Advent evening service of meditation starting at 5pm on Friday 15th December. Thanks to the Bible Study Group. Like 2016 we hope to have our Advent Prayer Stations on our webpage, so those unable to come to church can also join in with us.

FUND RAISING MEETING – Monday 11th December in the Parish Room at 2.00pm

MOTHERS’ UNION – Tuesday 12th December at 2pm

BOOK CLUB – Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, meeting at 73 Drumduan Park, Forres at 7pm on Tuesday 12th December.

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MUSICK FYNE CONCERT –  8pm on Wednesday 13th December at St John’s – the music will be the Vespers from Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil in a context of Russian orthodox chants, with music for voices and brass by Bruckner. Tickets £10 with mince pies and mulled wine or apple juice included.

BLUE – a service of remembrance for Advent – 5pm in Church on Friday 15th December – This will be a service for reflection and remembering – for those who find the Christmas season difficult, either through bereavement or loneliness or a sense of exclusion – and for all of us to remember those with whom for whatever reason we can no longer celebrate. All are welcome.

CAROL SERVICE – our annual carol service will be held on Sunday 17th December at 6pm. Mince pies and mulled wine or apple juice will be served after the service and there will be a collection for a worthy charity.

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CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES—The 10am Eucharist on Christmas Eve will be from the reserved sacrament led by Deacon Anthony and the Lay Eucharistic Minister Team, to celebrate the Lay Eucharistc Ministers who have given so much of their time to cover all of the Thursday 10am and many of the Sunday 8am Eucharists.

There will also be a Midnight Eucharist, starting at 1130pm on Christmas Eve (Sunday 24th December) led by the Rev Canon Robin Forrest.

CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES – there will be a Family Service with a Eucharist at 11am on Christmas Day (Monday 25th December). This service will be led by the Rev Patrick Thompson.

VESTRY MEETING – Monday 8th January 2018 at 7.30pm in the Parish Room.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY – Thursday 18th January to the 25th January 2018 – full details to follow, but please make a note of this week in your 2018 diaries or calendars. Materials for 2018 have been produced in the Caribbean and use Exodus 15, a song of triumph over oppression, as the motif of the Week of Prayer. These dates mark the octave of St. Paul and are the traditional dates for the week—local events may take place on days outside of these dates.

BURNS CEILIDH – Saturday 27th January 2018 in the Church Hall – details tba.

AUCTION AND PANCAKE PARTY – Shrove Tuesday, the 13th February 2018 in the Church Hall – details tba.

QUIZ—Saturday 7th April 2018 in the Church Hall – details tba.

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