Passion Sunday Choral Mass

We will be celebrating Passion Sunday (Sunday, 18th March) with a Choral Eucharist at the 9.30am service.

Pieces will include the Byrd Mass for Four Voices and Goss O Saviour of the World and we will be joined by the St John’s Singers – so it should be most enjoyable and beautifully sung.

Bishop’s Lent Appeal

Our link Diocese of Marsabit have asked us to join with them in raising money for a water bowser, as a drought warning has been issued. Bishop Daniel Qampicha oversees this diocese the size of England, with a population half that of Essex, and among the poorest in Kenya. Over the last five years, communities have faced water deficiencies, attributed mainly to below normal rainfall. This has forced households to walk 30km to 40km in search of water for domestic use and for livestock. Emergency water trucking to drought affected populations, in Northern Kenya, has become an important intervention as rainfall patterns in these areas have become increasingly unpredictable. It is expensive and is the only coping mechanism in times of water scarcity, and inflation in the price of water.

We will be collecting in support of the Bishop’s appeal after our services throughout Lent.

Help us to help them. Thank you.

Organ Recital

As part of the Loughton Festival the City of London and Eastern Society of Organists will be giving an organ recital at St John’s.

The recital will be at 8pm on Friday 11th May.

Tickets will be £8 (£7 for concessions) and available on the door. There is no need to book.

Ash Wednesday

Please join us next week for the beginning of Lent at our Ash Wednesday service. We will be marking the beginning of Lent on Wednesday 14th February at 8pm with an invitation to observe a holy Lent, the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion.

Christmas Services

We will be celebrating the following services during the Christmas season.

Friday 22nd December

8pm Nine Lessons and Carols

Sunday 24th December

8am Holy Communion (BCP)
9:30am Sung Eucharist with family Nativity service
2pm Children’s Crib Service
4pm Children’s Crib Service
10pm First Communion of Christmas (at St Nicholas)
11:30pm Midnight Mass

Monday 25th December

10am Family Christmas Eucharist

We look forward to welcoming you to our Christmas celebrations.

Monthly Charity for November

Our monthly charity for November is the Leprosy Mission. We have been and will be collecting donations for them after the morning services on Sunday.

[A]n international Christian development organisation that diagnoses, treats and offers specialist care, including reconstructive surgery, to leprosy patients. Our aim is to transform and empower the lives of people affected by leprosy.

Autumn Fayre 2017

We will be holding our annual Autumn Fayre at St John’s on Saturday 18th November from 11am to 3pm.

Stalls will include:

  • Bottle tombola
  • China and glass
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Children’s craft activities
  • Handmade cards
  • Jewelry
  • Homemade cakes
  • Jams and preserves
  • Prize raffle

Lunches will be served from 12 noon (licensed).

Items for donation can be brought to the hall from 7pm Friday 17th November or left with the Parish Office during office hours.

Offers of general help will be greatly appreciated!

Family Service on Remembrance Sunday

This Sunday (12th November) there will be no Family Eucharist service at St John’s. Instead we will meet in the hall for coffee and tea while the children make poppies. We will then process down the hill to the Service of Remembrance on King’s Green where Chris is giving the address this year.

Please come along and show your support.