This Weeks News

Date: February 23, 2020

St John’s Events

Wed 26th Feb, Ash Wednesday: Morning Prayer (BCP), 9:30am; Holy Communion with Distribution of Ashes, 8pm. Come to this meditative and sombre evening service which marks the beginning of Lent.

Thurs 27th Feb 2pmMAPPING MERTON at the Wimbledon Museum Final numbers needed – Please let Jane know asap if you are able to make it, thanks!

Fri 28th Mar 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.

Sunday 1st MarchThe First Sunday of Lent. In addition to our 8:30 and 10:15 services, we shall be having an experimental Toddler Service in front of the high altar at 9:30am.

Sunday 8th March – If you are a child, young person or a parent and would like to read or offer intercessions at this service, please drop Stephen an email.

FEASTS & FESTIVALS – Shortened BCP Holy Communion with homily for the Eve of St Joseph, Wed 18th March, 5:30pm, and for The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Wed 25th March, 2pm, with The Rev’d Anne Cocking (Holy Trinity, Motspur Park) as our celebrant and preacher.

Sat 28TH Mar 5pm, “MARK’S GOSPEL LIVE” The Rev’d Joseph Morris – a former actor – has performed his one-man show 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!) Admission: suggested donation of £10. 2hrs with interval.

RIP NIGEL RICHARDS: 11am, Mon 23rd Mar 2020,Thanksgiving Service in Winchester Cathedral with a short reception afterwards with drinks and nibbles. All welcome. Please let Christine Richards know if you would like to come, to give an idea of numbers.

THE WINTER NIGHT SHELTER: Max Austin & Annalisa Zisman urgently are looking for volunteers to help on Saturday evening/night/Sunday morning at St Mark’s Hall from 14th Mar to Apr 25th. If you are able to get involved please contact Annalisa on or Training available for those who haven’t helped before.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY BOXES If you would like to have a Children’s Society Box, please contact Mark Liversedge (07803397317) at 3 St John’s Rd, or speak to one of the church wardens. Mark’s email;

VISIT TO THE CLINK, Wed Mar 11th – Join Catherine & Ursula & other supporters of the Prisoners’ Education Trust at lunch in the Clink Restaurant in High Down Prison near Sutton. This is run by prisoners and serves excellent food. There are a few extra places available; Please speak to Ursula or Catherine or email

READ THE BIBLE IN 1 YEAR! Download the app (or buy the book) for the readings & 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

Parishwide Events

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

28th Feb 7.30pm. St David’s Day concert for “The Passage”, a Christian charity working with homeless people. To book, visit website, tel 020 7592 1856, email

ST MARY’S QUIZ EVENING – Sat 29th Feb To book tickets (either tables of six or individually) email: £15 per person, includes hot supper and a bottle of wine per table – please bring cash on the night. Bar available.

PRAY FOR THE CLIMATE – Sun 1st Mar 12.30pm for 1/2hr at St Marks church. All welcome.

SOULSCAPE, Thurs 5th Mar 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.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER, Fri 6th Mar prepared by the women of Zimbabwe. Services at 10.30am St John Fisher Church, SW20 9DB, and 8pm Christ Church, West Wimbledon SW20 0RZ. Refreshments served after each service, all are welcome.

Flies! Lice! Blotches! Blains! Sat 7th Mar at 7.30pm St Matthews Church – The Ariel Consort of London, directed by Douglas Lee, will perform Handel’s dramatic oratorio Israel in Egypt. Tickets £15 can be bought from Louise Hebbourn at St Matthews. or online at

14th Mar, 7pm at St John’s. THE ACADEMY CHOIR Wimbledon performing Handel’s ‘Saul’ with Academy Baroque Players & top operatic soloists. Tickets from £15-30 (£5 for students or U18s) available from

INSPIRED TO FOLLOW: Art & the Bible Story. At St Mark’s, 10.15-11.30am on the 5 Tuesdays in March. Each week will look at a different painting and see how it relates to the Bible passage and to us. Contact

Service times


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