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 our choir will be accompanied by winds, strings, trumpet and tympani. After the service, children are invited to take part in our Easter Egg Hunt for eggs that are hidden around the gardens. Those who are too big for an Easter Egg Hunt are invited to enjoy a glass of fizz! Our Easter reception will be held at the back of church and we invite you to celebrate the festival with us. Donations of £1 for a glass of fizz will be gratefully received in the pot on the refreshments table.
St John’s Choir
Our thanks to Robert Greenhill, Nick Miller, our choral scholars, volunteer choir members and visiting musicians for providing us with such excellent music this morning. Robert, Nick and the choir deserve a well earned rest and will be away next Sunday. During the choir’s break, we shall use our folk tunes mass setting. The choir will return on Sunday, 30th April.
Big Thank You’s
A big thank you to Chris Searle and Ian Smith, who organised and prepared our breakfast after celebrating the dawn of Easter morning at the early service. Thank you also to all who have helped with catering for this morning’s reception and with the children’s activities this morning and on Good Friday.
A final but equally big thank you to all who contributed to our Easter flowers so that we can have the church suitable decorated for our celebrations this morning and to all who turned up yesterday morning to prepare the church for today’s services.
Annual Church Meetings Elections
Congratulations to Neville David and Louise Rowland, who were elected churchwardens for the coming year at last Sunday’s annual meeting. Congratulations also to Sven Haase, Ian Nelson and Ian Smith, who were elected onto the PCC, and to David Fletcher, Kate Kendall and Chris Skarratt, who were elected to represent us at Deanery Synod.
Bible Book Club
Bible Book Club meets once a month to read and discuss the gospel reading for the coming Sunday and concludes with Compline. For more information, speak to one of the clergy. Meetings take place on the last Tuesday of the month – the next meeting is on 25th April.
St John’s Book Club
St John’s Book Club next meets on Monday, 8th May, when they will be discussing Swing Time by Zadie Smith. See Michael King for further information.
Culture Vultures Venture to the Company of Watermen and Lightermen
Monday 8th May 10.15am
Thanks to Claudia Finlay, who has arranged a tour of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen, including coffee/tea and biscuits, www.watermenscompany.com, 16-18 St Mary at Hill, EC3R 8EF, on Monday 8th May. Please note that during the tour there are quite steep spiral stairs to negotiate (with hand rails) both down to the loos and up to some of the State Rooms. Afterwards we lunch at the nearby hostelry www.jamies.london/bars/st-mary. Please let Margaret know your menu choices - copies of the menu are available in the Parish Office.
Family and friends are welcome to join this Venture. Meet outside the Company’s building at 10.15am. Nearest tubes: Monument and Bank, 23 bus from Paddington. £10 to Margaret to secure your place
Whitsun Carols, 18th June 2017
A unique musical service at 6pm commemorating the events from Easter to Pentecost, with readings and musical selections from the choir and guest musicians. The service features music by Grieg, Bach, Hadley, Elgar and Puccini. A reception with the first of the summer Pimms will follow.
Marking a special birthday? Celebrating an anniversary? Wanting to remember that special person? St John’s can help! To honour a loved one or to commemorate a special event, you can sponsor some music or flowers, have fizz & refreshments after the service - there are lots of possibilities. If you would like to observe a special occasion or honour someone special, speak to 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."
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