This Weeks News

Date: September 8, 2019

A message from Yunghee …

“Time has gone by so quickly since I joined you at St John’s last December as Curate with Special Responsibilities, and I cannot believe that it is now time to say goodbye to you all. I, of course, will be still in the team parish as the team curate and will be seeing you around from time to time. But, I would like to take this opportunity to give ‘my huge thanks’ to you all for your encouragement, support and guidance throughout the time. It was very kind of you to welcome and embrace me entirely which made me feel really at home. And it has been such a privilege to get to know each one of you and to work with you.

With blessings to you all, as St John’s transitions into its next phase with your new vicar.


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

Next ‘Crafts & Draughts’ Please join us if you would like to help with the craft stall contents, or have a cup of tea and a chat. The future dates are:, Sep 19th, Oct 3rd, Oct 17th, Nov 7th & Nov 20th (NB Wed)

Mindfulness public course in September this year is run by Clare Morgan. This is the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course and please join it if you are able. More details can be found
If you have any questions regarding this course please contact Clare Morgan on 0779 626 3121 or on email:

Dioceasan Spirituality Day – ‘To be a Pilgrim’ This is being held in Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 19 October from 10.00am until 4.00pm. The keynote speaker is Dr Meg Warner. There will be workshops, prayer stations, stalls and uplifting worship throughout the day. Tickets online £8 or £10 at the door.

All the birds of the Air – Saturday 14 September 6.00 – 8.00pm a concert by choral group Feverpitch in a lovely garden in SW19.  Tickets to include wine and canapes £25 in support of Prisoners’ Education Trust.  For further details go to or telephone 020 3752 5681.

Abundance Wimbledon Fruit Day will be on Saturday 14 September between 11.00am and 2.30pm at St Mark’s Church Hall and garden. Entry free. Jams, chutneys, honey, pies, cakes, plants and freshly-pressed apple juice will be on sale. Live music and children’s activities. Enquiries to:

St John’s – Future Diary Dates

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 Kelly know.

Sun 15th Sep 10.15 Sung Eucharist – Revd Dr Stephen Edmonds will be taking his first of many services here at St Johns. Please come along to welcome him.

Sat 21st Sept, 6.30-7.30pm St John’s Singers’ Concert. Please come and support our choir singing some of their favourite pieces.  The concert won’t be ticketed, but there will be a retiring collection for the church lighting project. 

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. If you are interested in coming along, please speak to Jane Long.

Sat 12th Oct 6.30pm. St John’s Harvest Supper in the hall. We welcome everyone to join together in a harvest meal. We will have some table entertainment in the form of a quiz, with prizes for sheets with the most correct answers at the end of the meal, and a ‘Beetle Drive’. We won’t charge for this event, but all donations received (after costs are covered) will go to the Church charities.

Lunchtime Recitals are back!
Friday 27th September 1pm Charles MacDougall tenor and our own Robert Mingay-Smith piano. The Bird’s Lament – Rodney Bennett & Vaughan Williams.

Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning will be held prior to the recital at 12.00pm.

Friday 25th October 1pm Diana Matthews viola. Khachaturian – Sonata-song for solo viola & Paul Osterfield – Ablaze for solo viola (2013)

Refreshments will be served from 12.30pm, there will be a retiring collection.


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Service times


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