St John's relies on the generosity of its congregation for its survival and development, both in time and money. We receive no external funding, such as grants from government or the local council. That is why it is important that we ask everyone to think regularly about how they can support our work. Contact one of the clergy or the office if you would like to help in any way.
Give & Enjoy
Here's a short, practical FAQ about how to help St John's and feel good about it.
How much does it cost to run St John’s?
St John’s needs about £300,000 of income each year—that’s £6,000 each week. This pays for items like clergy, music and staff salaries, heating, lighting, telephone, printing, postage, repairs and insurance. It doesn't sound exciting, but it all has to be paid for! Remember, bills aren't just for Sundays.
How much should I give?
We would like you to make a regular monthly payment, as this helps us to plan ahead for the year. The majority of people give between £50 and £200 per month, with some giving less and some giving more.
How can I make my donation more valuable?
If you are a UK income tax payer, then the taxman will add a valuable 25p in the pound to any donation you make, provided you sign a simple Gift Aid form. For a £50 per month donation, gift aid makes your donation worth £62.50!
If you are a higher rate taxpayer you can reclaim the difference between the standard tax rate (20%) and the higher tax rate (40%). This means that your actual cost of giving £50 is only £37.50, while the Church gets £62.50!
Why should I feel good about giving?
Look around the church at the fantastic floor and reordering that was done in 2011, listen to the Organ restored in 2015. These projects were made possible by donations from members of the congregation, plus a large portion reclaimed from the taxman by Gift Aid. Everyone who gave feels good about their contribution. Some people feel really good about us getting useful money back from the taxman!
The church will continue to thrive if you give to us regularly. We can all feel good about the excellent clergy team, the music and administration staff and the splendid period building. We are fortunate to have these fine people and premises, but only because we have all done our bit to pay for them. Together they build and facilitate our thriving community life.
How do I make a donation?
Donate online via Charities Aid Foundation
Search for St John's Charity number (1132885) and tick the 'Extend search to charity description' box.
There is lots happening at St John's and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.
One way to get more involved at St John’s is to become a Server. We always need someone to carry the cross - a Crucifer - and two people to carry candles - Acolytes.
During the service, Servers sit near the front and give important practical help the smooth running of the service. This continues a very ancient tradition within the Church - documents from as far back as the second century discuss the role of servers.
At St John’s we believe that our services are shared by everyone, not just something the priests do to or for the congregation. Servers put this belief into practice, making a visible statement of our shared worship.
If you’d like to get more involved in St John’s life by becoming a Server, please talk to one of the clergy or contact the Parish Office.
Joining the choir
Music is at the heart of our worship and our choir is the heart of our music. The core of the choir are our eight choral scholars. They are all singing students at one of the London music colleges, but they are aided and abetted by volunteers who enjoy coming along on Sunday Mornings to sing.
The choir rehearses from 9am on Sunday morning for the 10am service. Joining the choir is a great way to get to know people at St John’s. We’re always on the look out for new people to join, and there’s plenty of fun to be had if you do.
If you would like to get involved with the choir then come along on a Sunday morning. Get hold of the Director of Music or one of the choir over drinks after the service and ask them to tell you more!
Parents are asked to take turns leading Kids’ Club each week. Each person brings their own personality to the sessions. Kids’ Club use the same bible reading that the rest of the congregation will hear in the main building so it is actually an opportunity to take a moment to think more deeply about the topics for our sermons, the kids also help us to gain a completely different and often enlightening perspective on the story.
Sessions require some planning and clergy are happy to help think through the sessions in the week before. There are resources to help available in the office and in the leaders section of the website. If you'd like to help out, speak to a member of the clergy to learn more.