Summertime Special Services
For our summer services, the musical setting will be familiar folk tunes for the Gloria and other sung parts of the service. This will be combined with a slightly shorter service in that there will be only one reading and no Psalm. We hope that this will be more accommodating of families that are in church while Kids’ Club is on holiday. Normal services resume on Sunday, 2nd September.
Bible Book Club
Bible book club meets once a month to read and to discuss the gospel reading for the coming Sunday and concludes with Compline. Meetings take place on the last Tuesday of the month – the next meeting is on 31st July. For further information, speak to one of the clergy.
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.
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 www.randallandaubin.com. Full details to follow, but to secure your seat for Les Mis. please pay Margaret £35, cheques preferred.
St John’s Big Gay Night Out
A new social activity for gay guys & girls and their friends.
Friday 3rd August, 7pm - Grindr: The Opera!
Note the new date
Grindr: The Opera! puts the most notorious gay hook-up app into the exaggerated world of opera. With musical styles ranging from baroque to contemporary pop, Grindr: The Opera! is a daring, humorous look at the changing landscape of gay relationships and the greatest catalyst for the shift: Grindr. Meet at 6pm at Pico, next door, for dinner.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave your payment, stating which event, together with your name, email address and phone number at the church office.
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.
St John’s Book Club
St John’s Book Club met earlier this month and selected their next book – Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth. They will discuss this book on 26th September. For further information, please speak to Michael King.
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 email@example.com if you would like any more details and to check what names are available. More information also available on www.therebutnotthere.org.uk.
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.
Keeping It down to a Dull Roar!
We are delighted to have so many families with young children as members of our congregation, but you will have noticed that the noise levels of children during the service and afterwards have increased due to the wide open spaces and acoustic of the building. Please help us to overcome this challenge.
St John’s is a whole family church. Children play such a significant role in our community life and we ask parents to remember that it is important to teach children that church time is a special time when we say our prayers. We want you to enjoy being part of our service as a whole family. If you have a small child who becomes restless or upset during the service, please do not feel embarrassed to take them either into the hall or outside to calm down. A member of staff or churchwarden is always at hand to help if you are unsure what to do.
Being in church, especially during communion, is a sacred time for many people. We ask parents to remember this and to keep an eye on their children at all times. Children should not run up and down the aisles and scooters are to be left in the porch in order that the people of all ages might enjoy the ambience of our beautiful building. Please encourage children to be quiet during the service and to see St John’s as a special place. Children should not enter the sanctuary area during coffee.
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 playgroups are taking a break for the summer holidays. They will relaunch again in September.