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 Wednesday Club
15th May 2019, 7.30pm
This is a new group typically 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.
Sung Eucharist for Ascension, 30th May, 8pm
The Ascension, coming 40 days after Christ’s resurrection, is the culmination of Easter, the season in which we celebrate the stories of the risen Christ. This year Ascension falls on the 30th May and we will celebrate it with a choral eucharist at 8pm. The choir will sing Carter’s Missa Sancti Pauli and the anthem will be Ascending into Heaven by J Weir.
Whitsun Carols, 9th June 2019
A unique musical service at 6pm concluding our annual cycle of carol services which tell the events of the Christian year. At Whitsun Carols we commemorate the events from Easter to Pentecost, with readings and musical selections from the choir and guest musicians. A seasonal reception of Pimms and cucumber sandwiches will follow.
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.
Weekly Offering Envelopes
New sets of the coloured weekly offering envelopes are now available. These are a good way to give if you prefer to use cash and donations made in this way qualify for Gift Aid. See Bryan Sollenberger if you would like a set.
Tuesday 21st May 7.00-7.30pm, at the Vicarage.
Meet the Author Evening in aid of St John’s high roof works appeal: St John's is very fortunate that parishioner William Shawcross, recently retired chair of the Charities Commission, broadcaster (for BBC television he wrote and presented in 1995 the series Monarchy and in 2002, to tie-in with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, the series Queen and Country), author and historian has agreed to be the guest of honour at a Meet the Author Evening. All profits from this occasion will go towards the St John’s High Roof Works Appeal. The evening begins with a fizz and canapés reception from 7pm, followed at 7.30pm by the author’s talk on his 2009 book ‘The Queen Mother: The Official Biography’ and a question and answer session. Bring your copy if you would like the author to sign it! A two course buffet supper with wine will then be served, with an opportunity to speak to William (and ask all those questions which you were too shy to ask earlier!). All this for £48, numbers are limited, with payment to Margaret please, cheques preferred.
School Gate Gossip
One big news which was out before Easter but which you may have missed: We are delighted that Liam Peters, our deputy head, has been selected as a winner in the London Teacher of the Year Awards 2019. Huge congratulations to him and thanks for all the hard work and excellent teaching he has provided in our school over his time with us. Coming back from the Easter break our children have been particularly sporty: Wimbledon will only kick off in July but our children already took part in a mini-red tournament last week. Our footballers represented the school at a QPR-organised 3BM competition, and finally our cricket stars were starting to practice in Hyde Park before resuming their sessions at Lords soon. Our school choir headed off to a workshop at London Bridge prior to their performance there later in the year. A big thank-you to all who contributed to the Easter raffle, which helped raise money to purchase some new plants and flowers for the school garden. Dates for your diary: The annual PFA Quiz Night will take place on Thursday 23rd of May and the school May Day Dance will take place on the last afternoon of the last day of this half term – May 24th.
Stay and Play
A community playgroup meets weekly in St John’s on Thursday mornings from 10-11.30am. 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.