This Weeks News

Date: March 31, 2019

Team Prayers at St Matthew’s on Thursday at 1.00pm.

Drop in Tuesday Coffee Afternoons – these have been postponed until after Lent.

Lent packs for Leprosy Mission are on the charity table. Please take one as they contain all the information about the project and a 5 min DVD about it.

A Lent box, plus other information on the Nepal hospital (which is the centre of the appeal) is also on the table.

Wimbledon Food Bank This week the foodbank needs: pasta sauce, tinned tomatoes, tinned meat, tea bags, coffee, squash, juice and pull up nappies sizes 5 & 6. Please contact Sally Carter-Esdale if you need further info.

Pray for the Climate Monday 1st April 12:30pm for half an hour in St Mark’s Church (Chapter room). All welcome. Excellent topical prayer notes provided for this urgent situation. Enquiries:

St John’s Annual Congregational Meeting, Sunday April 7th 11.30am. Review of 2018-19 and election of Officeholders and Committee members & PCC reps for 2019-20

Church Spring Clean, Saturday April 13th. We are planning to hold a Spring Cleaning Session of the Church between 9.00 and 12.00 noon. Everybody is very welcome.  Please bring your own cleaning equipment. Refreshments will be provided. If you have any queries please speak to Julia Popham

Choir of the 21st Century here on 20th April, 7.30pm The acclaimed London chamber choir, Choir of the 21st Century, under the direction of Wimbledon conductor Max Barley, perform one of J.S. Bach’s choral masterpieces, St John Passion, alongside distinguished soloists and players, as part of Wimbledon’s marking of Passiontide.

Tickets £24/16 (plus small booking fee): Also available at the door if not sold out.

St John’s Lunchtime recital is on Friday 26th April at 1.00pm and given by our soprano choral scholar Ros Dobson and accompanied by Rob our Director of Music. Ros will be singing music by Walton, Copland and Poulenc. Please come along from 12.30 for pre recital refreshments.

Mindfulness at St Mary’s An offer for parishioners in the Wimbledon Team Ministry, fellow parishioners and qualified mindfulness teachers. Benedicte Long and
Clare Morgan will be facilitating the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course at St Mary’s on Tuesdays 7.30-9.30 pm from 30th April until 25th June with the exclusion of 28th May. Pick up a leaflet on your way out for more details or email Benedicte at

Workshop Day with St John’s Singers – Members of the congregation and friends are invited to a morning of singing on Saturday 11th May at 10am with St John’s Singers. So whether you want to find the voice you never knew you had or would like some technical guidance, all are welcome to join in.
This will be followed by an open rehearsal with the St John’s Singers from 11.30am-2.00pm. Again, all are welcome to watch or join in. The day will be led by vocal specialists Robert Mingay-Smith and Dr Charles MacDougall.

Choral Scholarship Fund The St John’s Singers were joined by our new choral scholars Rosalind Dobson and Charlie Broad in September 2018 and they were welcomed with open arms. We will be continuing the scholarship scheme this year in order to help students with their ever increasing education fees and to support the St John’s Singers in their important role here at St John’s. Huge thanks must go to those who contributed and continue to support this important scheme, but we now need to raise an extra £4,000 on top of funds already received for this to go ahead.

Please get in contact with Rachel or Rob if you feel you would like to contribute.

Diary Date – Sat 11th May, St John’s Annual Charity Quiz Night. More details to follow.

News from Bruce The Hall School have announced that, from September, their new Head will be The Rev’d Bruce Rickards We have passed on best wishes from St John’s to the family.

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Service times


8:15am Holy Communion (BCP)
9:00am Children's Service - Twice a month
10:15am Sung Eucharist