This Weeks News

Date: December 1, 2019

St John’s Events

Tonight Team Advent Carol Service 6.30PM ‘Looking for the Light’ our Advent Carol Service will be at St Marys on the first Sunday of Advent. The service will be sung by a combined choir from all our churches. We are also looking for someone from St Johns to read Isaiah 45.2-8 during the service, please let Stephen know if you are able.

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 – All Welcome service at 10.15am ‘Decorate the Christmas Tree.’Please do come along and encourage the children to come and decorate the tree during this wonderful family service.

Sun 8th Dec 6.30pm – 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.

Sun 15th Dec 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight

Tuesday 24th Dec Christmas Eve                        Wednesday 25th Dec Christmas Day

4.30pm Family Crib Service                     8.30am BCP with Homily

11.30pm Midnight Mass                           10.15am Said Eucharist

Parishwide Events

TEAM PRAYERS at St Matthews on Thursday 5th December at 1.00pm.

Shelter Walk Selina Master is taking part in the 10k walk for Shelter on 3 December. If you would like to donate to her Just Giving page, the link is: Even a tiny gift would be very much appreciated as Shelter takes steps to support people without a home this winter.

Soulscape Returns Thursday 5TH December at St Matthew’s. There will be music chants from 7.30pm for those who would like to come early to pray. The service will begin at 8.00pm and last for around 45 minutes. Everyone is welcome. Please contact either Nils Bersweden or Helen Orchard or email 

School Governor, St Matthews School:  We are looking for a new PCC Governor for St Matthew’s School.  If you might be interested, please contact Liz Broad at St Mary’s,   ( or Revd Helen Orchard at St Matthew’s (

In other news: The Archbishops of Canterbury and York issued a two page statement on the election ( I have a natural delight in seeing Church Historians get ahead in life, and so I thoroughly commend the sermon of the new Dean of Westminster Cathedral at his installation ( The Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England issued a major document on Christian Jewish relations (

General Election Hustings: 8pm, Tuesday 10th December 2019. Holy Trinity Church, 234 The Broadway, SW19 1SB.

Service times


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