This Weeks News

Date: April 28, 2019

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

Wimbledon Food Bank This week the foodbank needs: jams, marmalade and honey, longlife juice, pasta sauce, tinned chopped tomatoes and potatoes, tinned meat, coffee and soups. Please contact Sally Carter-Esdale if you need further info.

Annual Parochial Church Council Meeting – The annual meeting of the Parish will take place on Tuesday 30 April at 8.15pm in St Mary’s church. All are welcome.

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

Caring for the Environment, Ecumenical Service at Trinity United Reformed Church, Mansel Road on Sunday 5th May at 6.30pm. Guest Speaker; Andy Atkins CEO of a Rocha and CEO of Friends of the Earth. All welcome to come along, for further information please contact Juliet Boyd

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.

Diary Date – Sat 11th May 7pm, St John’s Annual Charity Quiz Night. Mad questions, great food and a raffle. Last year we raised over £1400 for our charities. Have a great night out and help us do it again. Tables of 6. Tickets £15. Get a table together and join us!

Parish Pentecostal Pilgrimage to Southwark Sunday June 9th. Share a picnic at St Mark’s from 12pm and then walk up through parks to the Thames at Wandsworth and then along the Thames Path to Southwark cathedral (17.5kms, roughly 4-5hrs) in time for refreshments before Evensong at 6.30pm.  If interested, please see Jane Long/sign up at St John’s so we know numbers.  Several shorter routes (12km, 5km, 2km with public transport part of the way) are options if this is too far but you would still like to be part of the day.

Insurance Officer for the Wimbledon PCC – We are looking for a new Insurance Officer for the Wimbledon PCC. The IO has oversight of insurance matters relating to the four Churches and associated properties and acts as liaison between “us” and our insurance company and broker. Responsibilities include (a) handling/coordinating insurance claims made against us and that we are making, (b) advising wardens and the PCC generally on insurance-related matters and coverage and (c) handling annual policy renewals and obtaining approvals from the PCC. In addition, the IO serves as a Trustee of the Wimbledon PCC and in that capacity attends quarterly meetings of the PCC. The role ideally requires some insurance-related background but formal sector experience is not a pre-requisite. The PCC retains the services of a broker who has the specialist knowledge of and advises the IO on the ‘nuts and bolts’ of policy matters.

Any inquiries should be sent to the parish office at

He’s going up!Yes, it is nearly time to celebrate the feast of Christi Himmelfahrt, also known as Ascension Day.  Team Service at St Matthew’s Church, 8pm on Friday 30 May.  Followed by Fizz. Not to be missed.

Diversity within the Abrahamic Faiths on the 9th May Following the very successful and enlightening February talk on Islam with Dr Chris Hewer, the local branch of CCJ (the Council of Christians and Jews) has organised the second of three fascinating talks- on Diversity within the Abrahamic faiths. The speaker will be Clive Lawton covering the long road from Moses to Modernity. The event is at The Wimbledon Synagogue, 1 Queensmere Road, off Wimbledon Parkside, London SW19 5QD and will start at 7.30pm. It would be very helpful both for refreshments and security to know if you are coming, and please do bring friends who may be interested in this and other CCJ events –so please let Anita Wilson know

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Service times


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