This Weeks News

Date: September 22, 2019

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

Stephen and Rosie will be having an Open House so they can try and get to know you all a little better! Please join them between 7-9pm – St Saviour’s Vicarage, Church Walk, Raynes Park, SW20 9DL – on Friday 27th September OR Friday 25th October. Another date to be confirmed in the due course! There’s a sign up sheet at the back of church where you can tell us about any dietary requirements.

Blessings at Michelmas, Sunday 29th Sept. ‘People go forth to their work and to their labour until the evening’ says Psalm 104. The Feast of Michaelmas marks the changing of the season, and so on this day we shall ask God’s blessing on all of our endeavours, all our work, all our studies. We invite everyone, young and not so young, to begin a new ‘term’. We do this remembering that we are not just concerned for our faith on Sundays only, but on Monday to Saturday also. You may have your hands blessed, or instead bring forward a token of your trade. (Pencil cases, cameras, iphones, ipads, stethoscopes and hospital scrubs have been blessed in previous years!)

Andrew Nunn, the Dean of Southwark Cathedral, will be offering an after hours, ‘spiritual’ tour of the Cathedral on Wednesday 25th September. Stephen and Rosie highly recommend it!

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:, Oct 3rd, Oct 17th, Nov 7th & Nov 20th (NB Wed)

Diocesan 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.

William Morris, The Arts & Crafts Movement & the Architecture Thereof. A presentation by Margaret & Chris Smart. Either Fri 18th Oct or Sat 26th Oct. 10.15am at 29 Murray Road SW19 4PD for tea, homemade biscuits & display with talk at 11am. Donations £10 (depending on what you can afford) to be divided between Linden Lodge School for disabled children and the Wimbledon Society Museum. Please let Margaret know beforehand if you can come.

Saturday 19th October 6.30pm – Seraphim which is directed by Rob Mingay-Smith St Johns Director of Music will be performing the luscious, tempestuous and passionate Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer alongside music from their EP ‘Three Messages’. Music on the EP includes Rob’s own set of 4 pieces dedicated to his nephews and nieces who will all be at the concert to hear it live for the first time. At the time of writing ‘Of Such is the Kingdom’, Georgina-Leigh was not born… so when she appeared I wrote her a lullaby which will be premiered at this concert. I’m hoping her ears might prick up as I sing it to her a lot and first sang it to her to help her sleep when she was only a week old!

You can buy tickets on Eventbrite here: by typing ‘Seraphim’ into ‘search events’ or on the door for £10.

Wimbledon International Music Festival the capital’s major autumn events”  Evening Standard Details and Tickets: During November St Johns will be hosting again this year, please check the website for dates and ticket info. Box Office is now open!

Future Diary Dates for St John’s Events

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.

 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.

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

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Service times


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