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.
On Tuesday, 6th November, we mark this special festival with a service at 8pm at which we remember those who are part of the church community but who have died. This year the choir are singing Mozart’s Requiem. During this service we remember those dear to us who have died - a list is available in the porch for you to add the names of those you would like to be remembered. As part of the liturgy, there will be opportunity for you to light a candle and place it on the altar in remembrance of your loved ones.
Bible Book Club
Bible Book Club now meets on the first Wednesday of the month. Each month they meet to read and to discuss the gospel reading for the coming Sunday. Meetings conclude with Compline. The next meeting is on 7th November. For further information, speak to Dan Warnke.
11th November 2018
This year marks the centenary of the armistice ending the fighting of World War I. We will mark this at 10am with an Act of Remembrance during the service.
Ceremony of Remembrance
At 6pm we will have a community act of remembrance both to mark the armistice centenary and to honour those from our parish and beyond who gave their lives for the sake of our freedom. The service features music by Britten, Fauré, Goodall, Holst, Howells and Rutter, readings and a screening of a specially commissioned film.
At 8pm on Friday, 16th November, our series of silent film screenings continues with Robert Wiene's horror classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Directed by Robert Wiene and starring Werner Krauss and Conrad Veidt, it has been called "the first true horror film" and "cinema's first cult film".
The story tells of an insane hypnotist who uses a somnambulist (sleep-walker) to commit murders and sets a script written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer - two pacifists left distrustful of authority after their military experiences during World War One - which deals with themes of brutal and irrational authority, the contrast between insanity and sanity, and the duality of human nature.
Featuring live, improvised organ accompaniment by Nicholas Miller. Tickets £8 in advance online or from the Parish Office, or £10 on the door.
St John’s Late
St John’s Late returns for the autumn.
18th November, 8pm
Compline by Candlelight
Night prayer with choir and flute, preceded by a soup & cheese supper at 7pm. A sung service stunning in its simplicity. The anthem is O Salutaris Hostia by Caplet.
25th November, 6,30pm
A celebration of the Feast of Christ the King with choir and double bass in the setting of a jazz club. The setting is Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis and the anthem is Hogan’s arrangement of Ride on, King Jesus.
The Wednesday Club
21st November, 7.30pm
This is a new group meeting on the third Wednesday of the month in a local pub to discuss everyday ethics and how the things we think and do relate to our understanding of God and faith. This promises to be a lively and generous discussion, so do come and join us! To sign up or for further information, speak to Dan.
Advent Carols 2018
2nd December, 6pm
Advent Carols, the first of our four great carol services that tell the story of the Christian year, is at 6pm on Sunday, 2nd December. This candlelit service always has some fantastic music and this year will be no different. The theme for this year’s service is Freedom and features music from Copland, Parry, Flaherty, Lloyd-Webber, Schwartz, Handel & Rossini. There will be mulled wine and homemade mince pies after. It’s the perfect way to start your Christmas preparations!
Sponsor a Buttress
Raised so far: £24,134
Last year we undertook some very essential repairs to the roof, gutters and parapets. If you look up on the north or south sides of the church, you’ll notice the beautiful new stonework. To fund the works, however, we had to borrow £200,000 from the Diocese of London and we are looking to raise £50,000 to pay this year’s commitment plus interest.
The ‘Sponsor a Buttress’ campaign is to raise funds to cover this year’s commitment. There are 40 buttresses consisting of three stones each. A stone costs £416, a buttress £1,250 (£333 and £1,000 respectively if Gift Aided). To sponsor a stone or buttress or for more information about Gift Aid, speak to Bryan Sollenberger.
More Bru’s News
Not only does Brutus have a new baby, he has a new parish: St Margaret’s, Putney. He will be installed as priest-in-charge on Tuesday, 20th November, at 7.30pm by The Right Reverend Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston. St Margaret’s is in Putney Park Lane, SW15 5HU.
St John’s Big Gay Night Out
Friday 7th December - Mother Goose Cracks One Out!
This year’s pantomime follows years of sell out performances at Above the Stag theatre. You’ve not really been to a panto until you’ve been to Above the Stag. Tickets are £25. Meal before the show at Pico bar and grill (next door to the theatre) – pay as you go. For tickets, please contact Ian Smith (email@example.com) or leave your payment, together with your name, email address and phone number at the church office.
St John’s isn’t just a church for Sunday! There are services at 5.30pm Monday to Thursday. Monday’s service is a eucharist and there is a said evensong Tuesday and Wednesday (no service on Thursday this week only). Services take place in the sanctuary and are open to all.
Happy Birthday, Victoria!
The grandest (after Betty), oldest dame in the parish has a milestone birthday - The Victoria is 180 this year and is having an appropriately grand party to mark the occasion on Saturday, 17th November. The evening kicks off at 4pm with Nick (yes, the Nick) Miller live in the piano bar. There will be some new ‘grown-up’ non-alcoholic drinks and at 6.30pm the launch of their one-off, pale ale created and brewed at Fuller’s pilot brewery. There is a ticketed event at 5pm in the Theatre Bar featuring Jane Peyton, award-winning drinks educator, writer, broadcaster and founder of the School of Booze who will regale on how the Victoria and what her clientele have been drinking have evolved over the years. Tickets are £10 and include beer samples and a half pint of their special pale ale. For £15, you also get a signed copy of Jane Peyton’s Drink: A Tippler’s Miscellany. Tickets are available from www.victoriapaddington.co.uk, What’s On or The Victoria. The evening concludes with a special performance by the Mighty Wubb, who will play a brilliant set full of David Bowie tracks to celebrate and honour his 1966 gig at The Victoria.
Children’s Community Choir
Thursdays, 4.10pm, St John’s Church
The Children’s Community Choir meets this Thursday afternoon. The choir is open to children 6 years old and above. Sessions are 30 minutes long and children will sing different genres of music. If you are interested in bringing your children along, please let Robert know.
School Gate Gossip
Having just returned from a week of holidays, some clever kids in year 6 have pointed out that it's only 50 days until Christmas! That puts things well into perspective and across the school our children will soon be starting to practice and rehearse for various Christmas plays, carols and other events. The PFA will also start planning the traditional Christmas Market. Our children from year 3 had a wonderful trip to Sea Life and we also had this term's Parent-Teacher meeting, which hopefully brought plenty of praise for our wonderful children.
Stay and Play
A community playgroup meets weekly in St John’s on Thursday mornings from10-11.30am. Come and stay for a play, a sing-song and to share stories over a cup of coffee. All children and babies are welcome (newborn to 5 years). Suggested donation: £2.