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 – W Walton

The Jubliate Deo being sung this morning was written between 1971 and 1972 for the English Bach Festival and was premiered on April 22, 1972 in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford as part of a series of events to celebrate Walton’s 70th birthday. It is written for double choir and organ.

St John’s Late

Our Sunday evening series resumes this Sunday evening with a choral evensong.  The responses are by Smith and the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis are by Murrill.  Our final Late service is a jazz mass next Sunday evening.  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


Prom concert 26th February 11.30

Claire Barnett-Jones & Somi Kim

In preparation for the Oxford Young Artist Platform Final on the 4th March, choral scholar Claire Barnett-Jones and pianist Somi Kim will be performing a short recital including music by Britten, Schubert and Sibelius.  The concert will take place right after the morning service and will last approximately 30 minutes.  All ages are welcome.

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

2017 marks 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany, sparking the Protestant Reformation all around Europe.  Our five-week evening services are designed to introduce people to the most significant figures in the Reformation era: their experience, their ideas, their faith and how they expressed it in different ways in a key historical time that will define the future of each of the European countries forever.

Sunday, 5th March

Erasmus and Charles V: a Holy Faithless Empire?

We explore the state of the late Middle Ages Church and the socio political context that triggered the Reformation around Europe.

Sunday, 12th March

Luther and Melanchthon: He Nailed It

The beginnings of the Reformation (Germany):  What do the 95 Theses really mean?  How could a small movement result in such a big revolution?  What did Luther really believe?

Sunday, 19th March

Zwingli and Bullinger: The Sausage Affaire

Taking it one step further (Switzerland):  Why did Zwingli have such an animosity against Luther and how did that affect the Reformation?

Sunday, 26th March

Calvin and Bucer: Saved By Beheading

A more radical approach (France):  Why did the city leaders need a Reformed Church?  Did the reformers really establish a Reformation Inquisition that condemned people to death?

Sunday, 2nd April

Cranmer and Henry VIII: A Match Made In Heaven

The Reformation in England: Why was the Reformation in England so peculiar?  Would there have been a Reformation in England had King Henry not needed a divorce?

Lent Course – Hope after the Death of Liberalism?

Thinking the Future of a Post-Liberal Society

On Wednesday evenings (except for Thursday, 23rd March) in Lent we will again be joining with St George’s, Hanover Square and the Grosvenor Chapel for an exciting series of talks and discussions.  This year we explore how, with the rise of nationalism, the future may look in a post-liberal society.  Join us on Wednesdays at the Grosvenor Chapel, starting with a simple supper at 7:00, followed by a presentation and discussion.  Each evening concludes with Compline.

Wednesday, 8th March 2017



Speaker: The Rt. Hon. Hywel Williams PC


Wednesday, 15th March 2017



Speaker: Sir Roger Scruton


Thursday, 23rd March 2017



Speaker: The Rt. Hon. Lord Paul Boateng PC


Wednesday, 29th March 2017


Speaker: The Rt. Rev’d. Jonathan Clark, Bishop of Croydon


Annual Vestry and Parochial Church Meeting

This year’s annual meetings take place on 2nd April immediately after the 10am service.  The first step in preparation for these meetings is to revise the Electoral Roll.  Accordingly, the Roll will be open until 16th March.  Having your name entered on the Electoral Roll is an indication of your involvement in the life of the parish and entitles you to attend and take part in the annual meeting.  It is also something that Church of England schools ask about when applying for a place.  Forms are available from the table in the porch or from Bryan Sollenberger.

St John’s Book Club

St John’s Book Club met this recently 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

If you are one of the fortunate few to have a booked a place, 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.  Afterwards we decamp to the High Road Brasserie (, 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.  Places have all gone but there is a waiting list and it’s worth getting your name to Margaret!


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:  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.

Calling All Teachers

The London Diocese is home to 20 of the best secondary schools in the capital, providing education for more than 20,000 young people across the city.  Each school serves its own community in a distinct way but all share values deeply rooted in their Christian foundations and a belief that education is about rich human flourishing rather than simply academic achievement.  

The London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS) is looking for teachers.  If you are a teacher not presently working in a school or are a potential teacher – a recent graduate or looking for a career change – this could be the opportunity for you.

To find out more go to or contact the LDBS at: Secondary Adviser, LDBS Development Officer, LDBS Recruitment and Marketing Assistant, LDBS

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 and for the Russian speaking playgroup.