This Weeks News

Date: April 7, 2019

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

Today, St John’s ACM at 11.30am after the Service. Review of 2018-19 and election of Officeholders & Committee members & PCC reps for 2019-20

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, pull up nappies sizes 5 & 6. Please contact Sally Carter-Esdale if you need further info.

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

Good Friday, Three hours before the cross: Six half hour sections connected with traditional Good Friday hymns and silent reflection at St Mark’s Church Wimbledon (behind the library).  Come to all or any sections. 12 noon–12.30 pm: The Gospel Passion Narrative; 12.30 pm–1.00 pm: The Stations of the Cross; 1.00 pm–1.30 pm: A guided meditation; 1.30 pm–2.00 pm: The Passion on Screen; 2.00 pm–2.30 pm: Our response to the cross (Taizé); 2.30 pm–3.00 pm: The Eucharist using the Reserved Sacrament.  Revd Clive Gardner.

Choir of the 21st Century At St John’s Church, 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.

Evening recital with Johanna Chambers. Please come along and support Johanna from St John’s Singers for her first recital of songs celebrating women throughout the ages on Thursday 25th April at 7.30pm

St John’s Lunchtime 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 & 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.

Christian Aid Street Collection Sat 18th May. We have been given the opportunity to hold a street collection during Christan Aid week. If you are able to give up an hour or so to help Sally Carter-Esdale with this, please could you see her after church, thanks.


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Service times


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