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.

The Choir

begins their new year today.  We are pleased to welcome our scholars for this year – sopranos Catriona Hewitson and Helen Francis May, altos Holly-Marie Bingham and Laura Hocking, tenors Robert Forrest and Laurence Kilsby, and basses Tim Edlin and Harry Thatcher.  Please take time to say hello and introduce yourself to the choir over choir.  All our singers, along with Robert and Nicky, our organist again this year, are such an important part of our life and worship here at St John’s.

School Starter Sunday

2nd September, 10am

Starting school is the first big step as our children grow up and on this morning we give a blessing to all children starting reception classes this autumn.  There will also be a presentation of a St John’s pencil case to all children going into reception.  All school age children will receive a commemorative St John’s wristband.

Dog Collar Dinner, 14th September 2018

The launch of the social season this autumn will undoubtedly be the Dog Collar Dinner on 14th September!  This safari-supper style meal will involve moving from home to home for each course.  Tickets have been priced at £25 per head and are available after this morning’s service at the back of church.  People are asked to bring a bottle in order to raise as much money as possible for the appeal.  There will no doubt be a raffle as an appeal event would somehow be incomplete without one!  All proceeds from the evening will go towards paying off the loan for the roof works from last year.

It’s getting closer!!  Make sure you get your tickets today!

The Bishop Is Coming

We are pleased to welcome the new Bishop of London, the Right Reverend and Right Honourable Sarah Mullally, to St John’s on Sunday morning, 30th September, when she will preach and preside at the 10am service.  We will have a fizz and finger food reception so you have opportunity to meet Bishop Sarah after the service.  A letter will be going out about this – keep a look out for it and mark this date in your diaries.

Harvest Sunday Family Eucharist

7th October 2018, 10am

Our annual giving of thanks for the fruit of the earth will take place on 7th October.  As usual, we will be collecting dried foodstuffs for the West London Day Centre.  More information will be available nearer the day.

Remembrance Sunday

11th November 2018

Many of you will probably remember the impact of the ceramic poppy display at the Tower of London in November 2014.  This year to mark the 100 year anniversary of the end of the Great War The Remembered Charity are launching 'There but not there'.  The idea is that those who gave their lives are remembered by silhouettes or name plates on Remembrance Sunday. Our intention is that as many of St John's roll of remembrance (30) will be represented as possible and we invite congregation members to take part.  A name block costs £10 or a torso sized perspex silhouette designed to sit on a chair costs £42.  Each of these could be placed on a seat to be amongst us all for our service of remembrance and help ensure that each of them will not be forgotten.

Andrew Moxon will be co-ordinating a list of names from our roll of remembrance so please email him on if you would like any more details and to check what names are available. More information also available on

Culture Vulture Ventures

A Misèrable Venture 18th September 2018

Thanks to Jonathan Hill, lead violinist in the show and one of our wonderful Sunday morning players, we have 12 halfprice tickets for Les Miserables on Tuesday 18th September at 7.30pm - £35 instead of £70! Another thank you to congregation member Jamie Poulton, for facilitating our pre-theatre supper booking at his renowned Soho restaurant Randall and Aubin, 14-16 Brewer Street, W1F 0SG   Full details to follow, but to secure your seat for Les Mis. please pay Margaret £35, cheques preferred.

Culture Vultures visit Colchester Friday 12th October

A late Autumn day trip to the historic Roman City of Colchester on Friday 12th October.  Full itinerary nearer the time but may well include visits to the Roman Circus and Claudius Gateway, the city walls, the castle and Firstsite, the spectacular golden building which houses Colchester's new contemporary art space.  Bring a packed lunch and then enjoy tea, perhaps at Tiptree Tea Rooms or Brutus’s top tea shop, Tymperleys.  Travel by train from Liverpool St. Station. Please let Margaret know if you would like to join this Venture.

St John’s Big Gay Night Out

A new social activity for gay guys & girls and their friends.

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 for either show £25. Meal before the show at Pico bar and grill (next door to the theatre) – pay as you go.  For either event, please contact Ian Smith ( or leave your payment, stating which event, together with your name, email address and phone number at the church office.


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 & 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."  Please feel free to visit.

Under Five’s Playgroups

The community playgroups who use St John’s resume this week.  An international playgroup aimed at Russian speakers meets in St John’s on Wednesdays at 10am.  Another playgroup meets on Thursdays at 10am.  Suggested donation for all groups: £2.  Information about the playgroups can be found at and for the Russian speaking playgroup.