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.
Based on Psalm 100, the Jubilate was part of the ancient Jewish Temple Liturgy and is part of the Book of Common Prayer’s Morning Service.
Jubilate – Gabrieli
This morning the choir will be performing G. Gabrieli’s Jubilate Deo which probably dates from after 1605, when the new Doge made fairly extensive economies to the musical activities at St Mark’s. It is not typical of Gabrieli’s usual polychoral compositions, being written for just one choir in eight parts, but is one of his most appealing works. His choral works are often doubled with instruments.
Silent Film - The Passion of Joan of Arc
with live organ accompaniment
12th February, 8pm
This Sunday evening we have a real treat - Carl Theodor Dreyer’s acclaimed silent film with live organ accompaniment improvised by our amazing Nick Miller! Part of the celebration of Betty’s (the organ’s) restoration, the evening will be sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The film lasts 80 minutes and there will be a cash bar.
St John’s Late
Our Sunday evening series resumes next Sunday evening with a choral evensong, followed by a Jazz Mass on 26th February. The Lent series then begins on 5th March which this year is inspired by the nailing of Martin Luther’s 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg in 1517.
19th February, 6.30pm Evensong
26th February, 6.30pm Jazz Mass
Ash Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 12.00 noon & 8.00pm
We begin our Lenten observations on Ash Wednesday, which this year falls on 1st March. As usual there will be a said lunchtime service at 12.00 noon. In the evening there will be a sung Eucharist at 8.00pm, the setting Lotti’s Missa Brevis, and featuring Allegri’s well known Miserere. If you still have your palm crosses from last year, bring them in and we will burn them to make this year’s ash.
Sunday Evenings in Lent
Reformation 500, 6.30pm
This year on the Sunday evenings in Lent we mark the 500th anniversary of Luther nailing his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg and how the reformation crystallised the spirituality of a new era within the church.
St John’s Book Club
St John’s Book Club met this past week and had a lively discussion over Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant. For their next book, they have selected Swing Time by Zadie Smith, which they will meet to discuss on 8th May.
Culture Vulture Ventures
Fuller’s Griffin Brewery, Chiswick
Saturday, 25th February 2017
Meet at the Mawson’s Arms next to the Brewery on the Chiswick High Road, W4 2QD, at 11 o’clock for the tour of the Fuller’s Griffin Brewery, opened in 1845 on the site where beer has been brewed since the 1600s. The one and a half hour tour will give us an insight into British beer-making history and culminates in a visit to the best pub in the world - there is no till - for a tutored tasting of some of Fuller’s finest ales (https://www.fullers.co.uk/brewery). We will then decamp to the High Road Brasserie (http://www.highroadbrasserie.co.uk), 162-166 Chiswick High Road, W4 1PR, for a two course meal with coffee. Tour and lunch comes to a total of £35 per person. Please note, there are several flights of stairs and few places to sit down during the tour and no children under 18 years old are allowed on the tour. Places are going fast but there is a waiting list so get your name to Margaret today!
St James and St John School
St. James & St. John School had an OFSTED inspection in November 2016 and that report is now available on the school website: www.stjamesandstjohnschool.co.uk. All staff and governors are very pleased that St James and St John continues to be a good school. Our inspector comments in the report that at St James and St John we provide “…a safe place for the pupils to learn, thrive and develop into responsible and respectful individuals”. The report celebrates our successes since the last inspection in 2012 and is a clear starting point for our ambitions moving forward. Our school governors and Head Teacher are really ambitious for the future of the school as we continue to develop our distinctiveness as a small Church of England primary school. If you would like to find out more about us, please phone the school office to book a place on a school tour. We are always keen to hear from members of the congregation who can volunteer their time to support our school, particularly those people who can give an hour a week to read with some of our children.
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.