This Weeks News

Date: November 10, 2019

St John’s Events

Evensong – my thanks to all who came, sung, read and provided refreshments at the first of our new Evensong services. It was a great success. A recording is available online We now hope to hold Evensong on a (roughly) a monthly basis, usually on a feast day – the next two are planned for Candlemas (2nd Feb) and Passion Sunday (29th March). However, if you have strong opinions on this, and would like to hear Evensong here more regularly, then do make your views known to the Vicar, the Wardens or the Director of Music!

Holy Communion during the week – something I hoping to institute is a regular service of Holy Communion starting in Advent, and the clock is now ticking! However, I am also keen to find a time where people might best attend. After consulting with the Rector, some options – Monday or Tuesday afternoon or early evening or Wednesday early evening? Another option would be not to have a set date each week but instead to hold a service as and when on each relevant saint/feast day. Please let me know your thoughts..

Tonight – 7.30pm Fauré Requiem – St John’s Singers St John’s special annual Remembrance Sunday performance of Fauré’s much-loved setting of the Requiem, accompanied by organ and string quintet.

20th Nov 2-4pm: ‘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.

Sat 23rd Nov 12-4pm, St John’s Christmas Fair,. If you have anything that can be used at the fair, children’s toys, 2nd hand books, bric-a-brac, presents in mint condition that you will never use, interesting plant pots, please could you start to bring them to church and leave them at the back behind the charity banner/table – There are collection boxes waiting. A great chance to de-clutter before Christmas!

Wed 27th Nov: Trip to the Wallace Collection. Meet 9.30am at Wimbledon Station. Jillian Hardie has offered to give us a personal tour of the collection. We need to give her an idea of numbers so if you would like to come, please can you let Jane Long know.

Sun 8th Dec 6.30pm – Save the Date – Blue Advent – for those who struggle with the changing season, and the Christmas celebrations, a quiet service of prayers and readings, reflecting on our struggles during this time of the year. Sunday 8th Dec, 6:30pm.

Parishwide Events

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

Sat Nov 16th 11.30am-4.30pm, Centering Prayer: A way of praying from the stillness of the heart without words. Come to an Introductory Workshop at St. Mark’s Church, SW19 7ND. Tea/coffee and biscuits provided; bring a packed lunch and a cushion if liked; suggested donation £10. For more information, email If participants request it, there will be 6 optional one-hour follow-up sessions.

November: Wimbledon International Music Festival: Details and Tickets: St Johns will be hosting again this year, please check the website for dates and ticket info. Box Office is now open!

Sat 7th December Christmas with the Messiah – Explore, sing and pray the music of Handel’s Messiah. This workshop on the Christmas message will explore the music and the spirituality of the Messiah. There will be an opportunity to sing and perform excerpts and to discover the significance of the music under expert tuition. All are welcome. You do not have to be a musician or even able to read music to participate. Each workshop will conclude with a short performance (at 4.00pm) of the music studied during the day to which family members are welcome. You will be invited to contribute to the cost of the day on the day itself according to what you can afford. A contribution of £30 is suggested. Free to students and under-18s. Mount Street Jesuit Centre, Mayfair, W1K 3AY. More details

Robes SleepOut – Experience what it feels like to sleep outside for one night of the year and raise money for the Robes Project’s winter night shelter – sponsored by Southwark Diocese – for the homeless in South London. Friday 29th November,

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Service times


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