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.

Anthems from Harvest to Advent

In our musical programme between Harvest and Advent, we mark the centenary of the 1914 Armistice with a series of anthems which explore various composers’ Requiems and specifically movements which use text from outside the traditional Requiem Mass.

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) wrote Ein Deustches Requiem in German, in opposition to the long tradition of other composers writing Requiems in Latin.  Written in the late 1860s, it is his longest composition and may have been partly a response to his mother’s death in 1865.  We hear a translation of text from the opening of Psalm 84; How lovely are thy dwellings fair, O Lord of Hosts.  My soul cries out for the courts of the Lord; my body and soul rejoice in the Living God.  Blessed are they that dwell in thy house; they praise thy name evermore.

St John’s Late

25th November, 6,30pm

Jazz Mass

What more appropriate way to celebrate the Feast of Christ the King than with a jazz mass!  The choir, accompanied by piano and double bass, sing Todd’s Jazz Missa Brevis and the anthem is Hogan’s arrangement of Ride on, King Jesus.

Advent 2018

The first Sunday of Advent is 2nd December this year.  At the 10am service we welcome Joseph and Mary and bless them as they start their schlep around the parish.  We also light the first candle of the Advent wreath.

Advent Carols, 2nd December, 6pm

This service always features some fantastic music and this year will be no different.  The theme for this year’s service is Freedom and features Copeland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Parry’s I Know My Soul, All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera, Defying Gravity from Wicked, Ye Sons of Freedom and To Him Your Grateful Notes from Handel’s Hercules and Rossini’s William Tell Overture.  There will be mulled wine and homemade mince pies after.

Festival of St Nicholas, 9th December, 4pm

St John’s is celebrating the Festival of St Nicholas (aka Father Christmas) again this year.  This seasonal all age service begins with the entrance of a boy bishop and ends with the arrival of Father Christmas and in between there will be storytelling and lots of children’s activities interspersed with all kinds of St Nicholas/Father Christmas music from the choir.  After the service there will be a seasonal tea.

Nativity Play, 16th December, 10am

This year’s play is a closely guarded secret at the moment, but we are assured it will be interactive!  Casting the roles will take place after church on Sunday 9th December.  Speak to Dan or Becky for more information.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, 16th December 6pm

Our traditional candle-lit carol service kicks off the countdown to Christmas.  The choir will be accompanied by a multitude of musicians.  The service will be followed by a fizz and panettone reception.  This is one of the biggest musical treats of the year for all the family.  Invite your friends and neighbours to join us for this festive community celebration.

Sponsor a Buttress

Goal: £50,000

Raised so far: £25,116

Last year we undertook 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, we had to borrow £200,000 from the Diocese of London and we are looking to raise £50,000 through the ‘Sponsor a Buttress’ campaign to pay this year’s commitment (plus interest).  There are 40 buttresses consisting of three stones each.  One 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.

And Even More Bru’s News

Brutus and Rhiannon invite you to celebrate the baptism of their son, Oberon Clement Nicholas Llewellyn, at St Margaret’s Church, Putney Park Lane, SW15 5HU at 2pm on Saturday the 8th of December, followed by a ‘bring and share’ afternoon tea in the church hall.

Culture Vulture Ventures

Venture to Westminster Abbey: Friday 30th November

Our visit to the Galleries is at 1.30pm and we can stay on in the Abbey if we wish until closing time.  Sung Evensong is at 5.00pm.  Accessed via the staircase (108 steps) or lift, there are magnificent views down to the Abbey floor 16 metres below and out to Parliament Square and the Palace of Westminster.  Over 300 objects from the Abbey’s collection are on display including the Litlyngton Missal, a magnificent Latin manuscript and one of the largest surviving English medieval manuscripts. Also an effigy of Henry VII’s head, modelled on his death mask, and the royal marriage licence for HRH Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton.

Meet outside The Abbey Bookshop at the west end of the Abbey at 12 noon.  We then walk round to the Abbey Restaurant, The Cellarium, for lunch (self funded).  Admission to Abbey and Galleries £15, payable to Margaret in advance (cheques preferred) to secure your place.

Venture to the Panto! Festive fun for all the family, Saturday 5th January 2pm

‘Oh yes he did!’ ‘Oh no he didn’t!’ Save the date as the young and the young at heart are sure to enjoy Dick Whittington at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith (that’s the Lyric, main entrance on Lyric Square, not the Apollo by the big church) on Saturday January 5th at 2.00pm. Ticket details to follow. If family commitments allow, meet for a delicious lunch at 12.30pm at Byron’s,, opposite the Lyric and to the right as you exit Hammersmith & City line tube station.  Kid’s Menu £6.50, with both healthy and less healthy options, £6.50.  Please speak to Margaret or Sam Tear to register your interest.

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 ( or leave your payment, together with your name, email address and phone number at the church office.

Mid-week Services

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, Wednesday and Thursday.  Services take place in the sanctuary and are open to all.


Unwanted Winter Coats Wanted

Chestertons is running its annual Calling London winter coat collection to help keep vulnerable Londoners warm.  They are running the campaign until the end of November.  We need coats of all sizes and for all age groups.  Unwanted/unused coats can be dropped off at their office in Connaught Street.  Please see the attached link and images for more information:

Sankta Lucia Concert

Thursday 13 December 7pm

Carina Einarsson, familiar to many for participating in the community concerts each year with the Swedish Church Choir, is bringing her London Nordic Choir to St Johns for a special concert celebrating the traditional Sankta Lucia festival.  Singers will be dressed in white gowns and carrying candles in the darkened church.  This unique event was performed by them last year to enthusiastic audiences in York Minster and Liverpool Cathedral. Tickets can be obtained from £32 to include seasonal refreshments.

Children’s Community Choir

Thursdays, 4.10pm, St John’s Church

The Children’s Community Choir meets this Thursday afternoon.  The choir is open for 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

This week, at St James & St John, we recognised Anti-Bullying Week by ‘Choosing Respect, Showing Reverence’. Each of the classes took the time to talk about what bullying looks like and how we, as a school, can make sure that we always help to prevent bullying. Everyone looked at our Anti-Bullying Charter after the Student Council reviewed and re-presented it to the classes. We all signed it and have displayed it as a permanent part of each classroom to remind us all of the importance of treating others the best ways we can. As a part of the newer initiatives at St James & St John, we have introduced whole class novels to Key Stage 2 after a successful trial in Years 5 and 6 last year. This half term sees the following whole class novels being read in Years 3-6 (they also make great Christmas presents for any child not at our school): “Sky Song” (Year 6), “Nevermoor: The Trials Of Morrigan Crow” (Year 5), “Sam Wu is NOT Afraid Of Sharks” (Year 4), “BEE BOY: Clash Of The Killer Queens” (Year 3). Dates for your diary: PFA Christmas Market (7th Dec); Christmas Dinner & Christmas Jumper Day (18th Dec); Whole School Nativity Service at St John’s Hyde Park  (21st Dec)

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.