This Weeks News

Date: February 9, 2020

St John’s Events

WED 26TH FEB, Holy Communion with Distribution of Ashes, 8pm Come to this meditative and sombre evening service which marks the beginning of Lent.

SUN 9th & 16th FEB ST JOHN’S LIGHTING PROJECT – update. We will have a scheme board up by the vestry with details, and Ursula & Jane will be there to answer any queries on 16th.

KELLY’S KITCHEN on Valentine’s night: “Kelly’s Kitchen” will be open 14th FEB to collect your pre-ordered evening meal.  All profits to our charities.  Please see Kelly for a takeaway menu/further details and to place your order.

THURS 27TH FEB 2pmMapping Merton at the Wimbledon Museum – Jackie has very kindly arranged a guided tour of their current Map exhibition. This will include tea & cake, so we need to let them know numbers. Please let Jane know asap if you are able to make it, thanks!

LUNCHTIME RECITALS take place on the 4th Friday of every month at 1.00pm, featuring local and international professional musicians. The next one is FRI 28th FEB at 1pm; Rebecca Bell soprano Anthea Fry piano Music by B. Britten. Refreshments including coffee and homemade cakes are available before each recital from 12.30pm. There is a retiring collection.

SAT 28TH MAR 5pm – SAVE THE DATE We are delighted to have The Rev’d Joseph Morris – a former actor, turned priest – all the way from Georgia, USA. He has performed his one-man show — Mark’s Gospel Live — in hundreds of venues in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, including Southwark Cathedral in 2016. This is a superb way for anyone of all ages to prepare for Holy Week on April 5th. (Joseph is coming a long way to perform for us – please do put it in your diary and invite a friend!)

RIP Michael Potter (long serving organist, choir-master and Director of Music at St John’s) sadly passed away on New Years Day. His funeral was on 22nd Jan and his daughter, Carol, has asked that we remember Michael in our prayers and pray for the repose of his soul.

Parishwide Events

TONIGHT – St Mary’s, Evensong, 6:30pm Stephen will be preaching at Evensong tonight at St Mary’s on Amos 2.

TEAM PRAYERS at St Mary’s each Thursday in February at 1.00 pm.

WONDERFUL CONCERT IN WIMBLEDON – 14TH MAR – ST JOHN’S, SPENCER HILLThe Academy Choir Wimbledon (which features many members of our choir here at St Mary’s) will be giving a very special performance of Handel’s dramatic and engaging oratorio Saul alongside the Academy Baroque Players and a quintet of top operatic soloists (including Christopher Purves who sang the role at Glyndebourne in 2015 and Sarah Tynan who is frequently cast as a leading lady at the ENO and also performed in Glyndebourne’s production of Saul).  Tickets are priced from £15-30 (£5 for students and under 18s) and are available from the choir’s website,

PRE-LENT QUIET DAY: This will take place on 22 February from 10.00am – 3.00pm at St Peter and St Paul (Mitcham Parish Church), Church Road, CR4 3BU. The desert was a place where Jesus came close to God. Come and explore what the desert might mean for you through worship, readings, prayer and silence. No need to book just come along!  

The day is being organised by the Merton Spiritual Formation Group and donations will go to Mitcham Parish Church towards costs.

ST MARY’S QUIZ EVENING – 29TH FEB The quiz is being organised by the Bellringers this year. You can now book tickets for your table (tables of six) or individually by emailing: The ticket price is £15 per person, to include a hot supper and one bottle of wine per table – please bring cash on the night. There will be an opportunity to purchase more drinks on the evening.

SOULSCAPE, Thursday 5th March 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.

READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR! I suggested this to the congregation last October, and a good few have taken it up – but it’s not too late to start. Download the app (or buy the book) for the readings and commentary. Alternatively, just read it for yourself! Readings for February: Matthew 21-end; Mark 1-10; Psalms 18-27; Proverbs 4-7; Job 22-end; Exodus; Leviticus 1-5


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Service times


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