This Weeks News

Date: November 17, 2019

St John’s Events

A Big Thankyou to everybody of all ages who helped in the sweeping up of the leaves around the Hall and church last Saturday morning.  All your help is greatly appreciated and it was very kind of you to give up your time.

Sat 23rd Nov 12-4pm, St John’s Christmas Fair Please do come! If you have things for stalls, please drop them at the hall on Friday from 6.30pm or Saturday morning 9-12.

St John’s Fair – Raffle Tickets If anybody is unable to come to the Christmas Fair on November 23rd but would like to buy Raffle Tickets in aid of the Lighting Fund and our two overseas Charities, Julia will be selling these after the 10.15 Service today.   We have some excellent prizes!

The Church of England Children’s Society. Hopefully we can beat last years figure of £1,033.53. Every pound, penny and other coins collected in your Box plus any cheques made payable to the Church of England Children’s Society are also most welcome and these vital funds go towards fighting childhood poverty, harm, abuse and neglect and your commitment is vital. Please leave your Box in the Church Vestry or drop it round to 3 St John’s Road by the latest Sun Dec 22nd. Mark Liversedge is happy to come and collect it, if it is more convenient for you. Please contact Mark on 07803397317. New Box Holders are also very welcome.

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.

Congratulations to the Rev’d Anne Cocking, a resident of this parish, who is to be licensed as an Associate Priest of Holy Cross, Motspur Park on Sunday 15th December. (Stephen and Anne were ordained together at Southwark Cathedral in 2015, and were members of the same small ‘peer reflection group’ throughout their curacy training.)

Parishwide Events

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

‘INSPIRED TO FOLLOW: ART AND THE BIBLE STORY’ on four Tuesday mornings during Advent being hosted by St Marks. We will look at a series of paintings from the National Gallery with a Christmas theme. Starting on 26th November, continuing on the 3rd, 10th and 17th December, meeting in St Mark’s Chapter Room from 10.30-11.30am. All invited! Contact:

BOOKINGS ADMINISTRATOR VACANCY: St Mark’s has a busy programme of one-off bookings and we need a part-time administrator to help out. This is a paid position, for around 6 hours per week, ideally Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. If you, or someone you know, might be interested, please speak to St Mark’s Church Warden, Alex Youel ( or alternatively, contact Hayley in St Mark’s Church Office (

God With Us: Seeing the Christmas Stories with Fresh Eyes What does it mean that the God who shaped the universe into existence was prepared to be born as a tiny, vulnerable baby in a dangerous time? Why did God chose this ludicrously risky way to redeem the world? And what does it mean that he trusted the whole plan to a young girl? Paula Gooder (Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral) will also explore what Jesus’ birth means for the powerful and the poor, then and now, and how we might come to these stories afresh, letting them reach our hearts and change our lives. St Paul’s Cathedral, Wednesday 27 November 2019 6.30 – 8pm, Free tickets

Sat 7th December Christmas with the Messiah – This workshop on the Christmas message will explore the music and the spirituality of the Messiah. 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

Afternoon Recital – Saturday 30th November, 4:00-5:00pm at St Johns, Wimbledon. Rebecca Lea, soprano (I Fagiolini & BBC Singers) and Michael Higgins, piano perform Poulenc’s ‘Fiançailles pour rire’ and Ravel’s ‘Shéhérazade’ plus songs by Frank Bridge and John Ireland at St John’s, Spencer Hill. Free entry, donations welcome.

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,



Service times


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