This Weeks News

Date: January 12, 2020

St John’s Events

Sun 19th Jan 10:15am – Sung Eucharist with Holy Baptism Do join us as we hear St John’s account of the calling of Andrew and Simon, and baptise not one, but two children!

Friday 24th Jan 10am – The Conversion of St Paul As an experiment during Christmas, we had a shortened Book of Common Prayer service, with a homily, for the oft forgotten feast days that follow the Nativity – St Stephen, St John, and the Circumcision of Christ. This year we shall try and continue to mark these spiritual waypoints (red letter days!) throughout the year.

Friday 24th Jan 1pm – Lunchtime Recital Antonio Oyarzabal (piano) & Nadine Nigl (violin) W. A. Mozart E Minor sonata, n. 21 – J. Brahms Piano and Violin sonata in G op. 78 Please come along, refreshments will be available from 12.30. There will be a retiring collection.

Sunday 2nd Feb Candlemas (Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple) Whilst many people went back to work on the 2nd of January, the Christmas season doesn’t truly end until early February, where we shall celebrate St Luke’s account of Mary and Joseph taking Jesus to the Temple, and Simeon’s response, ‘Lord now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace.’ We shall be marking this at our Sunday morning service, and also at our monthly Choral Evensong at 6pm.

Thank you to all those Box Holders who contributed to the Church of England Children’s Society. We raised a total of £931.18 (an average of £30.04 per box holder) before the additional benefit of those Box Holders who have signed up to Gift Aid. Unfortunately there was a decrease of £102.35 (9.9%) raised on the previous year. Sadly we have lost 4 box holders having moved from Wimbledon. If you can help at all please contact Mark ark Liversedge to get and sign up as a new Box Holder  (07803397317) at 3 St John’s Rd or email him : –

Parishwide Events

TEAM PRAYERS here at St John’s each Thursday in January at 1.00pm.

Requiem for Bishop Ronald (Ronnie) Bowlby +Ronnie was the 7th Bishop of Southwark from 1980 until 1991. Under his episcopacy the Area Scheme in the diocese was introduced and there was a strong emphasis on social responsibility. As a supporter of the ordination of women it was Bishop Ronnie who ordained the first women in the diocese to the deaconate in 1987. Bishop Ronnie died just before Christmas. Bishop Christopher Chessun, the 10th Bishop of Southwark, will preside at a Requiem Eucharist in the Cathedral on Friday 10 January 2020 at 12.45pm. All are welcome at this service at which the preacher will be Bishop Peter Selby who was the Bishop of Kingston whilst Bishop Ronnie was the diocesan bishop.

Calling All Quizzers!  All are invited to our Quiz Night at St Matthew’s Church Hall on Saturday 8 February at 7.30pm. £8 quiz entry, cheese and biscuits & hot sausages.  Bar provided. It is always a fun event, so get your tickets now from Rachel, email

Evensong at St Mary’s – Stephen will be preaching at Evensong on the 9th Feb.


Read the Bible in One Year!

On Bible Sunday I encouraged you to consider reading the Bible in One Year in 2020, and now the time is truly upon us. Stephen and Rosie shall be using the Bible in One Year with commentary by Nicky Gumbel throughout the year. This can be purchased in hardback, or downloaded onto your smartphone or tablet via an app.

Service times


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