Easter 2019

The Bishop of Barking, The Right Reverend Peter Hill visited St John’s on Easter morning and presided at both the choral Eucharist and the Family service. Part of the service for the children was held on the church field, in exceptional weather. Fortunately, none of the chocolate eggs melted in the Easter Egg Hunt. The whole day was a joyous occasion for all.

Easter Services 2019

We are running a number of services over Eastertide. Please find all the details here.

Maundy Thursday, April 18th

8pm, Sung Eucharist of the Last Supper

In partnership with Saint Michael and All Angels, Loughton.

After the service a silent vigil of prayer will be kept throughout the night as we commemorate Jesus’s vigil in the Garden of Gethsemane before his arrest.

Good Friday, April 19th

10am, Good Friday Liturgy

A service centring on the Passion according to Saint John with a sermon, prayers for the world and then Holy Communion will be distributed from the sacrament reserved from the previous evening.

11:30am, Children’s Activities Morning

Held in the Church Hall.

2pm, An Hour at the Foot of the Cross

A space for reflection and devotion.

Holy Saturday, April 20th

8pm, Solemn Vigil & First Eucharist of the Resurrection

A short vigil of Bible readings and prayers in the Church Hall is followed by the blessing of the Easter fire and lighting of the Easter candle. A slow procession into the darkened church follows, symbolizing the rising to new life of the Jesus.

This is followed by a sung Easter Proclamation and the first Eucharist of Easter.

Easter Sunday, April 21st

8am, Holy Communion (BCP)

9:30am, Sung Eucharist of Easter Day

We will be joined by the Right Reverend Peter Hill, Bishop of Barking.

11:15am, Family Eucharist

With Easter fire and an Easter egg hunt. We will be joined by Bishop Peter.

Bishop’s Lent Appeal

Thank you for your generosity in supporting the 2018 Lent Appeal. We raised a record amount – in excess of £60 000 – which enabled us to purchase a Water Bowser for our brothers and sisters in Marsabit Diocese. This vehicle has already been purchased, and is now being used to bless the people of the north with the gift of water.

The 2019 Lent Appeal will support the work of our long-term friends at St Andrew’s College of Theology and Development in Kabare, located in the foothills of Mount Kenya. We want to partner them as they develop vocational courses for the people of their region, enabling them to fulfil their potential and flourish in the way God desires for them. There are a number of barriers in their way that prevent them from doing this at the moment. With your help, these will be broken down.

We will be collecting for the Bishop’s Lent appeal after our Sunday services.

Felicitas presents…

Herbert Howells and the Tudors

The influence of Tallis and Byrd

Saturday 23rd March 2019 at 7.30pm

Music includes Howells’ early setting of the Mass in the Dorian mode; together with Take him, earth, for cherishing and Requiem I and II from Requiem.   

This will be contrasted with music by William Byrd (Ave verum Corpus & Quomodo cantabimus) and Thomas Tallis’ (If ye love me & Sanctus from Missa Puer natus est).

Tickets: £12 (£10 if purchased in advance – free for children & full-time students under 25)

For ticket sales, please visit: felicitas.org.uk

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.

Pancake Party

On Shrove Tuesday (5th March) we will be having a pancake party in the hall from 4pm to 6.15pm.

This will involve savoury and sweet pancakes (so no need to cook a meal at home), activities and games for all ages, followed by a very short service to lead us into Lent.

All are welcome, but please sign up on the list at the back of church just to give us an idea of numbers… and if you’d like to bring a contribution we would be grateful for spreads and syrups for the sweet course!

Choral Evensong

Do come along and join Virgil and the St John’s Singers for our first Choral Evensong of the year – for Candlemas on Sunday 3rd February at 6pm.

Pieces will include…

  • Antiphon for the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary 
  • Dyson—Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in F
  • Byrd—Hodie Beata Virgo

Bereavement Support Group

St John the Baptist Church
Epping Forest CRUSE Bereavement Care

…are working together to offer this group support. We look forward to meeting you soon on the last Wednesday in each month from January 2019 between 2:30pm and 4:30pm at St John the Baptist church.

Do you feel the need of the company of others who have also been bereaved?

Don’t feel alone in your grief but come and join us and have a cup of tea or coffee and chat with others in a similar position.

CRUSE volunteers and the church bereavement team will be there to listen on a one-to-one basis if you wish to talk.

No need to book a place: just turn up at the Church Hall on the day.

Although this group is for adults only, children and young people up to the age of 18 can find support by calling the CRUSE helpline on 0845 266 9710.