Notices

NOTICES 21 JULY 2019

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The Wednesday Club

24th July 2019, 7.30pm

This group meets on the fourth Wednesday this month (normally the third Wednesday) in The Duke of Kendal 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. There is no Wednesday Club in August.

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 normally take place on the first Wednesday of the month but there will be no meeting in August – the next meeting is on 4th September. For further information, speak to one of the clergy.

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.

Volunteer with a Cheer!

One of the great strengths of St John’s is the involvement of so many volunteers. Nowhere is this truer than at our Sunday services. We are profoundly grateful to everyone who takes part on the various rotas and in other ways as needed but we are always on the lookout for others who would like to be involved. If you would be willing to read a lesson, lead our prayers, carry the cross & candles, prepare and serve tea & coffee or help out in other ways, Dan and Andre would love to speak with you.

Celebrate!

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.

Culture Vulture Ventures

Walk and Dine: Tuesday 23rd July 5.30pm

Blue Badge Guide Alison will take us on a private walk of 1 and 3/4 hours around the St James SW1 quarter, revealing the area’s hidden history, tucked away passages and royal connections, as well as showing us the requisite facilities needed for this to became a fashionable residential location in 17th and18th century London. Friends and family are welcome to come on the walk. £10 per person.

Afterwards we’ll repair to the dining room at the Army and Navy Club, 36-39 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5JN. 2 courses (mains and dessert) inc. VAT and service, drinks extra. Supper places are limited, so first come first served! Walk only: £10, walk and supper £33. Meet outside Green Park tube station by the Diana Fountain (located within Green Park, at the tube station entrance/exit) at 5.15pm for a 5.30pm start. Payment to Margaret please - as always cheques preferred.

An Evening with William Shawcross

CHANGE OF DATE

Tuesday 17th September 7.00pm 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, 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 canapé 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.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

School Gate Gossip

As is always the case at this time of the year, the last few weeks before the summer holidays are hyper-busy for our children and teachers at St. James and St. John. We had a wonderful Sport's Day at Paddington Recreation Ground in glorious sunshine and, despite smeltering heat, our children fought very hard to win a medal-rank. Tuesday saw a wonderful performance of year 6 in "Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies" (a humorous take of the old classic) for which the children had worked so hard and delivered very well. Many in the audience were spotted with tears of laughter in their eyes - a wonderful evening. On Friday we had the end of year and leavers’ service which was as expected a very emotional affair for year 6 children, year 6 parents and teachers and staff. We wish all our year 6 children a wonderful holiday and best of luck in their new schools in September. Tomorrow, we'll be having our end of year celebration here at St. John's. There will be performances by the children, we will present annual awards and most importantly the school community will be thanking Jean Burton for her years of service as a governor including many years as chair.

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.

NOTICES for 20 JANUARY 2019

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Silent Film

20th January 2019, 6pm

This evening we show the silent film King of Kings, the second in Cecil B DeMille’s biblical trilogy starring H B Warner. This 1927 film depicts the last weeks of Jesus’ life on earth, culminating in the resurrection. We will be showing the mass release version, which runs for 112 minutes. Featuring live, improvised organ accompaniment by our organist, Nicholas Miller. Tickets £8 in advance or from the Parish Office, or £10 on the door.

St John’s Late

Our Sunday evening services resume on 27th January. Please note the times and dates of services there is not a service on every Sunday evening.

27th January, 6pm Evensong

3rd February No service

10th February, 8pm Compline

17th February, 6pm Evensong

24th February, 6pm Jazz Mass

The Wednesday Club

23rd January, 7.30pm

This is a new group normally meeting 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.

Sponsor a Buttress

Goal: £50,000

Raised so far: £33,758

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.

Culture Vultures Venture to The Cockpit Theatre

Friday, 1st February 2019

Come and hear soprano Helen May, current choral scholar, and tenor Kieran White, ex choral scholar, sing with the Ensemble Orquesta. A performance in Italian with English surtitles of Monteverdi’s ‘Coronation of Poppea’. onFebruary 1st at The Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth St, Marylebone, NW8 8EH the cockpit.org.uk. Meet for supper (self-paying) at 5.30pm at The Seashell, 49-51 Lisson Grove, NW1 6UH seashellrestaurant.co.uk. This is one of London’s finest fish restaurants and just a short walk from the theatre. Tickets are £18.70. Please give Margaret payment (cheques preferred).

St John’s Book Club

St John’s Book Club met last week and agreed their next two evenings. On 27th March, they will have a poetry evening. The book club will next be reading Michael Ondaajte’s Warlight and will be discussing it on 8th May. If interested in either of these evenings, do speak to Michael King.

Lent Retreat: Mirfield 29th - 31st March 2019

The Benedictine Community of the Resurrection www.mirfield.org.uk regularly hold Retreats and Pilgrimage Weekends at their Monastery in Mirfield, West Yorkshire. These are guided by some of the brothers, who give three addresses, and there is plenty of time for quiet contemplation, walks in the beautiful grounds and the opportunity to attend the daily offices with the community and college in the lovely cathedral-like chapel.

The cost is £135, which includes all meals and accommodation in single rooms (£150 for an ensuite) + travel. The Centre is only minutes away from Junction 25 of the M62 and there are direct trains from Kings Cross. Mirfield is also a Theological College and it is Ordinand Benji Tyler, a member of our congregation, who knows just how learned, holy and friendly are the Mirfield community. The Guestmaster has made a provisional reservation for us. Please have a word with Margaret or Benji for more details, a copy of the timetable and to register your interest.

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.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

School Gate Gossip

The term has got off to a flying start with many of the classes engaging in the final stages of their last topics and the initial memorable experience for their next. This term will see the third of the Year 6 Cornerstones topics being introduced as we investigate the discoveries made by Charles Darwin in his identification of the processes of adaptation, natural selection, variation and inheritance. Following a visit to the Natural History Museum where we will get to look at some of Darwin’s own collected specimens, we will begin to identify, track and record changes through the evolutionary process of adaptation. Year 4 is all about Music this term with activities around appreciating and understanding a wide range of high quality live and recorded music, improvising and composing music, playing and performing, writing a biography of a well-known composer and even creating an album cover. In this half of the term we are going to learn about poetry and celebrate as part of the whole school poetry festival.

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.