Ecce Homo by Antoni Ciseri

Easter Services

This is the schedule of Holy Week services at St John’s, Loughton, and St Nicholas. Please do join us!

Sunday 9th April – Palm Sunday

8am Holy Communion (BCP)
9:30am Procession and Sung Eucharist of the Passion
11:15am All age Family Eucharist – The Journey to Jerusalem
6pm A Service of music and readings for Holy Week

Monday 10th April

8pm Eucharist

Tuesday 11th April

9:30am Eucharist

Wednesday 12th April

9:30am Eucharist
8pm Stations of the Cross

Thursday 13th April – Maundy Thursday

10:30am Chelmsford Cathedral Chrism Mass
6pm Family all age Passover meal
8pm Sung Eucharist of the Last Supper1

Friday 14th April – Good Friday

10:00am Good Friday Liturgy with Holy Communion
11:30am Good Friday family workshop
2pm An hour by the Cross

Saturday 15th April – Holy Saturday

8pm Solemn Vigil and first Eucharist of the Resurrection

Sunday 16th April – Easter Day

8am Holy Communion (BCP)
9:30am Sung Eucharist of Easter Day
11:15am All age Family Eucharist (and Easter egg hunt)
No evening service
  1. After the Maundy Thursday service we will be keeping a silent vigil of prayer through the night. If you would like to participate, please sign the chart at the back of the church.

Lenten Study Course

In a break from tradition, this year we will be hosting a five week Essentials in Pastoral Care course on Tuesday evenings, starting on 7th March. This course will be facilitated by Mrs Gwen Hall, the Deanery Secretary. We will be combining with St John’s, Epping, for this venture and inviting Churches Together in Loughton and the other churches from our Mission and Ministry unit to come and join us.

If you are interested in learning how to speak with and help people in need then this is an ideal opportunity to learn.

Sessions will start with refreshments at 7:30pm for an 8pm start. Sign up on the list at the back of church.

Lent Appeal 2017

This year, this month and next, we are again supporting our diocesan partner, Anglican Development Services Mount Kenya through the diocese’s Lent Appeal.

From the Bishop of Chelmsford, the Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell:

The 2017 Lent Appeal will raise funds for two projects – a borehole in the Isiolo region of northern Kenya, and equipment for the maternity wing of the Mount Kenya Hospital which we supported two years ago. You are thus invited to build on the foundations of a previous project, and lay new foundations for future work.

Both projects are being run by Anglican Development Services, with whom we have confidently partnered in previous years.

At this time when we recall the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it brings to mind a call to act, a call of hope, and a call to mission by showing our care for God’s creation. Please give generously to enable our brothers and sisters in Kenya to continue to meet the very real needs of the people they serve in the
name of Christ.

More information is available on the web page for the diocesan appeal here.

Please join us and the whole of the Diocese of Chelmsford in supporting them.

Ash Wednesday 2017

Please join us next week for the beginning of Lent at our Ash Wednesday service. We will be marking the occasion with an augmented choir at St John’s on Wednesday 1st March at 8pm with an invitation to observe a holy Lent, the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion.

Haven House Children's Hospice Logo

Monthly Charity for February

Our monthly charity for February is Haven House Children’s Hospice. We will be collecting donations for them after the morning services on Sunday.

Haven House Children’s Hospice supports families and cares for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions across North and East London, West Essex and East Hertfordshire.

Haven House is a local charity and they have many fund-raising challenges throughout the year. Please take a look at their website if you are interested in getting involved.

The Barnabas Fund logo

Monthly Charity for January

Our monthly charity for January is the Barnabas Fund. We will be collecting donations for them after the morning services on Sunday.

The main ministry of Barnabas Fund is to send financial support to projects which help Christians where they suffer discrimination, oppression and persecution as a consequence of their faith. The projects aim to strengthen Christian individuals, churches and their communities by providing material and spiritual support in response to needs identified by local Christian leaders.

Christmas Services

Here’s the schedule of Christmas services at St John’s, Loughton, and St Nicholas. Please do join us!

Tuesday 20th December

8pm, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was first celebrated in Truro on Christmas Eve, 1880. We will be celebrating this year at St John’s with an augmented choir.

Saturday, 24th December, Christmas Eve

4pm, Crib Service

Our family crib service and Nativity play.

10pm, Holy Communion (St Nicholas)

A Communion service for Christmas Eve at St Nicholas.

11:30pm, Midnight Mass and Blessing of the Crib

Our traditional Christmas Eve service with choir, carols and Holy Communion.

Sunday, 25th December, Christmas Day

10am, Christmas Day Holy Communion

Our family service on Christmas Day.

Sunday, 8th January, Epiphany

9:30am, Sung Eucharist

Our traditional feast day of obligation, sung Eucharist service.

11:15am, Christingle Parade and Family Service

Our annual Christingle Service to see the Christmas season off in style.

Autumn Fayre

We will be holding our annual Autumn Fayre at St John’s on Saturday 19th 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.

Items for donation can be brought to the hall from 7pm Friday 18th November or left with the Parish Office during office hours.

Operation Christmas Child 2016

Next Sunday (6th November) we will be kicking off another year of Operation Christmas Child here at St John’s. This year we’re attempting to fill 200 shoe boxes – helping to show Christ’s love this Christmas through this simple gift. Pick up a box at church on Sunday 6th November and as you start to think about your Christmas shopping please think of those who have nothing to call their own and buy something to pop in your box. If you don’t feel able to fill a box then you could also help by making a donation toward admin and delivery costs.