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 – G F Handel

The Jubilate Deo being sung this morning was written by Handel to celebrate the Treaty of Utrecht, which established the Peace of Utrecht in 1713, ending the War of the Spanish Succession.  The official premiere of the work was on 13 July 1713 in a service in St Paul’s Cathedral in London.  It was his first commission from the British royal family and established his career in London.  It was also his first major sacred work to English texts.  Handel followed the models of Purcell's 1694 Jubilate with strings and trumpets.

St John’s Late

Our final service in the current series takes place this Sunday evening with a Jazz Mass.  The setting is our favourite Chilcott’s Little Jazz Mass and the anthem is His Name Is God by Prszytiniak. The Lent Sunday evening series begins next Sunday evening, 5th March, and this year is inspired by the nailing of Martin Luther’s 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg in 1517.

26th February, 6.30pm Jazz Mass

Prom concert 26th February 11.30

Claire Barnett-Jones & Somi Kim

In preparation for the Oxford Leider 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 takes place right after the morning service and will last approximately 30 minutes.  All ages are welcome.

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 28th February.  For further information, speak to one of the clergy.

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.

St John’s is serving supper on 8th and 29th March.  If you are willing to help, please speak to Andre.

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


Morning Prayer Thursdays in Lent - 9.30am

After the school drop-off, come to St John’s for a moment of quiet, reflection and prayer.  During Lent we will be having a simple said morning prayer on Thursdays mornings.  Speak to Robin or Antonio if you would like to know more.

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 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."

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.