Hearing the Service
St John’s has an Induction Loop System so if you have a hearing aid, please switch it to the ’T’ setting.
This morning we celebrate Epiphany - the arrival of the Magi, after their long journey following a star seeking Jesus. This is one of the oldest festivals of the Christian Church and, in the Eastern and Russian Orthodox Churches, is the equivalent of Christmas as it was in the Celtic Church until the mission of Augustine of Canterbury. There will be a procession of the Magi and Presentation of Gifts before the crib as part of the service. Afterwards, there will be a reception of fizz and finger food. Please stay for a glass and share in the celebrations with us.
15th January 2017, 6 pm
After our fantastic Advent and Christmas carol services, what next? Epiphany carols! Robert, Nicky and the choir have prepared another treat to conclude our seasonal celebrations marking the events of the Epiphany season. The service features music by Debussy, Respighi, Cornelius, Bach, Mendelssohn, Jenkins & John Williams. Fizz and Epiphany cake follow. A great way to beat the post-Christmas blues!
St John’s Late
Our Sunday evening services resume on 15th January. Please note the times of services as they do fluctuate until the Lent series begins on 5th March.
15th January, 6pm Epiphany Carols
22nd January No service
29th January, 8pm Compline (preceded by supper at 7pm)
5th February, 6.30pm BCP Eucharist
12th February, 6.30pm Silent Film
19th February, 6.30pm Evensong
26th February, 6.30pm Jazz Mass
Martyn Noble Organ Recital
The next organ recital in the series sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund takes place on Saturday, 28th January, at 5pm. We are pleased that Martyn Noble, sub-organist at HM Chapels Royal, St James’ Palace, will be playing. The recital is free.
Bible Book Club
Bible book club meets once a month to read and to discuss the gospel reading for the coming Sunday and concludes with Compline. Meetings take place on the last Tuesday of the month – the next meeting is on 31st January. For further information, speak to one of the clergy.
St James and St John School
This is our school; a school with a proud history and an aspirational future. St. James & St. John School provides both academic and personal development for every child, underpinned by Christian values. To quote Ofsted: "This is a good school. It is strongly supported by parents and carers. The strong provision for development of pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural qualities ensures that pupils are kind to new arrivals and respect one another's values. Progress in English and mathematics is good and this reflects the good teaching and curriculum."
Applications for admittance in September 2017 are now available. The deadline for submission of completed applications is 13th January 2017.
Under Five’s Playgroups
An international playgroup aimed at Russian speakers meets in St John’s on Wednesdays at 10am. Other playgroups meet on Wednesdays at 3.45pm and Thursdays at 10am. Suggested donation for all groups: £2. Information about the playgroups can be found at www.HPPplaygroup.weebly.com and www.HPPrussian.weebly.com for the Russian speaking playgroup.