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St John's exterior

St John’s Virtual Church

As you no doubt are all aware there will be no public worship on Sunday at St Johns so we will be forced to pray and worship together in a different way.

To support this new form of mission we have set up the St Johns Virtual Church Facebook Group:

We will be live-streaming services from the church on Facebook Live. Tomorrow (Sunday 22nd March) we will be streaming:

  • Eucharist at 9:30am
  • Family Service at 11:30am

We will be stream Morning and Evening Prayer through the week, Monday to Friday at 9am and 6pm respectively.

St John's Chancel

Suspension of public worship at St John’s

In light of the present situation with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and following the call from the Archbishops of the Church of England, all public worship at St John’s is suspended until further notice.

The church will remain open for private prayer and lighting of candles there will also be other prayer resources to be collected for use at home.

We shall keep posting reflections, prayers and sermons over the next few weeks. We are looking at how we can make our (non-public) daily worship accessible through live stream and video to our congregants.

Please continue to contact our clergy. They remain ready to help with prayer and practical support.

Details of the letter from the Archbishops can be found here.

Bishop’s Lent Appeal 2020

During Lent our Sunday collections will be for the Bishop of Chelmsford’s Lent Appeal.

This year we are partnering with the Anglican Communion’s microfinance charity Five Talents to raise funds for their work in our link diocese of Marsabit in Kenya. Five Talents provide training in literacy, numeracy and basic business skills to free people from dependency and help them live more abundant lives. 

For more information about the Bishop’s Lent Appeal – including other ways that you can support it – please see the Diocese website.

Music at St John’s

E15 Concert / Seasonal Favourites

Tuesday 3rd December. Doors open at 7pm for 7:30pm start.

Handel Players

Wednesday 4th December, 7:30pm. St John’s are thrilled to be welcoming the London Handel Players playing works by Vivaldi, Corelli and Handel. Tickets on the door which opens at 7pm.

Epping Forest Singers

Saturday 14th December 7pm. Please come and join the Epping Forest Singers and the Loughton Youth Choir for an evening of festive music. Tickets £12 advance or £14 on the door.

Mosaic of St George

Remembrance Day

We will be marking Remembrance Day this Sunday, 10th November.

Please gather in the church hall from 11am for a drink and children’s crafts before we all walk together to the War Memorial on King’s Green where we will participate in the civic service of remembrance at 12:15pm.

There will be no 11:15 Family Eucharist.

Fireworks 2019

The annual St John’s Firework Display will be taking place on Saturday 9th November from 6pm.

It will be a ticket only event and tickets will be sold at the following times

  • Sundays: 20th, 27th October and 3rd November, 12:30pm to 13:00pm in the Church
  • Monday to Friday: 10:00am to 12:00 noon in weeks commencing 14th, 21st, 28th October and 4th November in the office
  • Evenings: 5th to 8th November, 19:30 to 20:30pm in the Church

Pricing remains the same as the last few years, i.e. £15 family (2 adults and up to 3 children), £6 adult, £3 child, and we would ask that you bring the correct money with you as it really helps our volunteers!

Monthly Charity for August

Our monthly charity for August is USPG. We will collecting donations for them after the morning services on Sunday.

From their website here:

Founded in 1701, we are the Anglican mission agency that partners churches and communities worldwide in God’s mission to enliven faith, strengthen relationships, unlock potential and champion justice.

Environmental degradation. Turbulent global politics. Gender injustice. The desperate flight of migrants. Forced displacement of people at record levels. USPG believes today’s major challenges cry out for words and actions that express a love and solidarity that goes beyond narrow self-interest and national boundaries.

We believe the churches of the Anglican Communion are called urgently in mission to be communities of resistance and hope, witness to the healing power of Christ’s love. So we invite you to journey together with us in rethinking mission, energising church and community and championing justice.