This Weeks News

Date: July 14, 2019

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

Lunchtime recital is on Friday 26th July. Please come along and listen to Kanae Furomoto playing piano. . Refreshments from 12.30, recital commences at 1pm.

Next ‘Crafts & Draughts’ Thurs 18th July – We are going to meet on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month in the Peter Dixon Room to make things for the craft stall – some examples at the back of church. We thought we would extend this to invite anyone living locally who might want to come along and help us. Or just to chat or to play board games. The future dates are:

Aug 1st                        Sept 19th                        Nov 7th

Aug 15th                        Oct 3rd                        Nov 20th (NB Wed)

Sept 5th                        Oct 17th

In addition, Jane Austin will be running the next wrapping paper making session at her house on 27th July 2-4pm. Numbers are limited, so please do see her if you would like to join in.

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.

Christian Aid 2019. We are pleased to report that St Johns raised £2261 for this year’s appeal, 5.8% greater than in 2018. We would like to thank our street collectors and everyone who donated to this excellent cause.

New Beginners Kung Fu class – Monday 7:30pm in the St John’s hall. Come and learn a classical Chinese martial art at a club which has been teaching in the UK for over 40 years. Everyone welcome – ideal for complete beginners, regardless of ability or fitness! Ages 13 and up. Just turn up – or call Richard on 07983 464 470.

Part-Time Verger for St Mary’s is seeking a part time verger 10 hours a week plus Occasional Offices, Holy Days and Festivals. £120 per week plus £50 for each Wedding or Funeral. Applicants should be sympathetic with St Mary’s main purpose of Christian worship. The appointment is subject to an Enhanced DBS check. Full Job description and application form are available on the church website or from the Parish Office. Closing Date for Applications Midnight 26th July. Interviews on the morning of 3rd August.

Experiences of Choral Evensong Survey: The University of Oxford’s Faculty of Music is undertaking a three-year, Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project to investigate the ways in which people experience Choral Evensong in 21st-century Britain. Inspired by the growing numbers of people reportedly attending Choral Evensong in many -though not all -of the churches where it is regularly held, the survey is asking: Who is going? Why? What do they experience when they are there? And what light might social, cultural and psychological perspectives shed on what this tells us about sacred music and 21st century society? The deadline for taking part is 31 August 2019.

St John’s Diary Dates

Sat 27th July am. We have booked a skip so we can remove rubbish from the crypt, if you are able to help move stuff from one to the other, please let Jane or Graham know. We will probably have a further session to finish off on Sunday 28th after the 10.15am service.

Thurs 12th Sept 7.30pm. Stephen Edmonds Licensing Service, all welcome. We will be serving drinks and nibbles after, so if you are able to help by providing some buffet type finger food, please let Jane know.

Sat 21st Sept, 6.30pm St John’s Singers Concert

Sat 28th Sept, 6.30pm ‘Whist with a Twist’, £15 adults/£10 children, Evening of whist with supper included to raise money for our night of the Merton Night Shelter.






Service times


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