Lionel Bourne

We welcome Lionel Bourne as Organist and Master of Music

Lionel Bourne On Easter Day we welcome Lionel Bourne as Organist and Master of Music.  Lionel comes to St John’s after fourteen fruitful years as Organist and Director of Music at St John the Divine, Kennington.  With his wife Jill, he has lived locally since the early 1990s and is very familiar with our church […]

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Re-opening St John’s to public worship

Last week, the Prime Minister laid out the government’s timetable for the resumption of something approximating to “normal” life.  In view of the continued fall in infections, both locally and nationally, the Churchwardens and I have decided that this is an appropriate time to begin a cautious re-opening of St John’s to public worship.  Last […]

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Organ pipes from gallery (photo by Andrew Prior)

St John’s Organ Fundraising Campaign

Photo by Andrew Prior The pipe organ at St John’s is a remarkable instrument which is reported to be one of the finest organs in any Parish Church in London. Now I suspect every parish priest says that about their pipe organ – but of the TC Lewis Organ at St John’s Upper Norwood it is […]

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St John’s – closing to public worship

Dear friends When I wrote to you on Wednesday, detailing the steps we were taking to keep St John’s safe while we remained open, I said “We will continue to monitor the situation and will respond appropriately and quickly if and when any changes to the above become necessary or desirable.” Yesterday afternoon, the Mayor […]

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Christmas Eve – Midnight Mass Services

9pm and 11.30pm Christmas Eve – MIDNIGHT MASS SERVICES The tradition of keeping a Mass in the evening before Christmas Day began in the East, and was observed in the late fourth century in Jerusalem by a Christian woman named Egeria on the night of January 5. The tradition reached the Western world in the […]

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Welcome Children, Families and Carers to our Christmas Eve Crib Service

Welcome Children, Families and Carers to our Christmas Eve Crib Service

On Christmas Eve it will be wonderful to welcome children and their families or carers to St John’s Church and to our Crib Services at 2pm and 4pm. You all know that it’s going to look different this year… but the story is the same: that God loves us so much he comes to us […]

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Christmas Carol Services at St John’s

Christmas Carol Services at St John’s

Many things have been different this year and St John’s Christmas Carol Services are no exception. This year we will have three Christmas Carol Services to ensure that we have enough space to invite everyone who wants to join us for these special services. We are extremely blessed to have found three amazing choirs who […]

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Advent Course – Race and Hope

Advent is a time of hope and anticipation, but also a time of reflection and this year we take the theme Race and Hope.  Some of us may find it difficult to talk about race because of the historical dominance of western, European culture.  But we have chosen this theme because of events during the course of this […]

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LMP back for their Christmas Concert ‘Christmas Comfort and Joy’

The London Mozart Players are back at St John’s for their annual Christmas concert ‘Christmas Comfort and Joy’ on 12 December at 4:30pm and 7:00pm. The festive programme brings together the music we all love at Christmas, from traditional carols, to yuletide songs and classical favourites: Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’ from The Four Seasons will have your […]

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Dispell the darkness and let us worship together on Advent Sunday

For the first time in the church’s history we will celebrate the beginning of the church year apart from each other.  Advent is a season like no other.  Filled with words of hope and encouragement, but also of warning.  It is the season for us to not only prepare for the coming of the Christ […]

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