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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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The Bell, the bell!!

For several years the tolling bell of St John’s has been silenced, as the weather of nearly seven decades at last took its toll on the exposed frame, and as you can see from the attached photograph, caused the mechanism which holds the bell and allows it to swing and in turn be struck to […]

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Zoom in to Junior Disciples on Sunday

Last Sunday we started our Junior Disciples session on Zoom for the first time.  For those of you with children or grandchildren who aren’t aware, Junior Disciples is our Sunday school for children over 7. Claudia Young and Fr Tom led the Zoom Junior Disciples and it all went very well: they talked about the […]

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Let us pray for the liberation of all

As parliament votes today on our second lockdown, it looks as though many expected things planned for this time of year will either go ‘online’ or be deferred until next year or simply not happen. When it comes to worship of course this will continue, but its public participation will be translated to online engagement.  […]

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I hope you can support us with a little which I promise you will mean a lot

Over the past couple of months we have been running a fundraising campaign to support St John’s as our income has slumped, like many other organizations and churches. Admittedly the campaign could have gone a little better, but that’s not the end of the world.  But within this campaign, we have experienced a dramatic decline […]

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This Sunday (25th October) Bible Sunday

This Sunday (25th October) Bible Sunday it is a joy to welcome The Archdeacon of Croydon to Preach for us at St John’s High Mass. (10am). The Venerable Rosemarie Mallett trained for the ministry at South Eastern Institute for Theological Education (SEITE), (now known as St Augustine’s College) and was ordained in 2004. She served […]

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Debt Awareness Campaign – Interview with Mrs Making Do

We are launching our Debt Awareness Campaign at St John’s this week to help those in need during these difficult times we all find ourselves in. Debt is a very serious subject which can feel very lonely and frightening, so we want to try to gently tackle the taboo around not talking about it and […]

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Remembering Augusta Savage

Augusta Savage Presentation 20092020 It’s wonderful that our young people are engaging in our celebration of Black History.  At Mass on Sunday we remembered Harriet Tubman and this week with the help of Eden, we are remembering Augusta Savage.  I hope you can follow the link to Eden’s presentation above and marvel not only at […]

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Autumn 2020 Fundraiser

As we enter autumn the impact on the building through the change in weather doesn’t go unnoticed.  Gone are the sunny days of just a couple of weeks ago.  We’ve seen some change in a window by the tower which needs urgent and costly attention, the lights in the nave need some replacing as the gloom […]

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