This weeks news

Date: October 6, 2019

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

Today, the VOCES8 Scholars are joining forces with the St John’s Singers. Our own alto scholar is a V8 Scholar and their leader Sam Dressell was Rob’s replacement in the group VOCES8 in 2013. First set-up in 2015, the VOCES8 Scholars programme exists as a training opportunity for eight talented young singers, who have a particular interest in choral and small ensemble singing. The aim is to develop versatile and rounded young artists equipped with the skills they need to succeed at the beginning of their professional careers. The programme offers training in several areas, including performing, recording and workshop leading. The singers work closely with current and former members of VOCES8, led by Sam Dressel, VOCES8 Foundation Associate Artist and former tenor with the ensemble.

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 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.

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 17th, Nov 7th & Nov 20th (NB Wed) 2-4pm.

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.

CCJ Talk on Christian Diversity, Thursday 7th November 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Garden Hall at 7.30PM Join us for an interesting and informative talk by The Revd. Dr Nathan Eddy. He is the Deputy Director of the Council of Christians and Jews and has worked as a university chaplain, as a minister in the United Reformed Church and as a teacher of Hebrew and the Bible. The talk will examine the principal strands within Christianity. Admission is free.

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

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.

Sat 9th Nov – We are opening the church up for the afternoon as part of an exhibition, “Hidden Treasures Art & Artists” by the Wimbledon Museum to show off our stained glass window by Arnold.  Christ Church is also opening as part of the trail.  We’d like to serve tea and cakes to raise money for the lighting project; if anyone would be able to spare an hour or so to help, and/or bake a cake, please could you let Jane know.

Service times


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