Notices – 15th March 2020

NOTICES – 15th March 2020

Morning Bible Reading:  Numbers 23: 27 – 24: 9


As a result of a letter from the Archbishop of Canterbury, there will be no further Communion services at St John’s or St Stephen’s until we are advised otherwise. 


15th Mar

8.45am Morning Prayer (Ian Farley preaching)

10.45am Morning Praise (Ian Farley preaching)

7.00pm Prayer

Wed 18th Mar

1.00pm Non-Communion Service @ St Stephen’s Church please speak to Joyce Darby for any update

Thurs 19th Mar

No service to be held on this evening


22nd Mar

8.45am Mothering Sunday (Norman Willis preaching)

10.45am All Age Mothering Sunday (Tania Payne preaching)

7.00pm Word and Worship (Matthew Farley preaching)

Coronavirus Advice

Current UK strategy is to delay the spread of Coronavirus to protect those who are more vulnerable health-wise. Here is a summary of the current advice for us to put into practice:

  • DO Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds – (Top tip: reciting the Lord’s Prayer is about 20 seconds)
  • Use hand sanitiser gel (which is available on the entrance table in church) if soap and water not available
  • Always wash your hands when you arrive at Church and when you get home
  • When you cough or sneeze – don’t forget to “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it”
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Contact NHS 111:
    • if you think you might have coronavirus
    • in the last 14 days you’ve been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus
    • you’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus
  • DON’T Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • If you are suffering with coughs and sneezes, please refrain from handshaking

Let the church office know if you are self-isolating as we would like to care for you as best we can 

We are following advice from the Church of England, Public Health England and NHS with regards to this so please understand that our instructions may change over the coming weeks. 

Thurs 19th March – Ladies’ Night

7.45 for 8.00pm in The Mary Cotton Hall.

 An evening with Corinne Brixton.  A chance to catch up with our sister Corinne, to hear about her new work in Hampstead, her writing (see book launch details below) and so much more.Please come along and invite friends – usual refreshments and fellowship.

Sat 21st March – Quiz Night

6.30pm for 7.00 start.  £12 a ticket to include light food.  Raising funds for RFU Injured Players Foundation.

Tickets available from James Fleming 07938 687363

27th/28th June – Childcare During Parish weekend

Julia Ellingham has sent out an email to parents of children who attend the Sunday Groups, with a link to a survey relating to their childcare requirements for the Parish Weekend in June. If you haven’t already, please can you take a moment to complete the short survey, it should only take a couple of minutes. We are keen to understand your childcare needs as soon as possible so we can make suitable arrangements.

Electoral Roll

If you would like to be included in the Electoral Roll, please complete a form (available at the back of church).  You do not need to complete a form if you are already on the current roll.


Sat 4th April – The Film Club

“Wonder” (a heartfelt and thoughtful movie, a fantastic parable for anyone who has struggled with what it means to be different), is being shown at St James’ Church, Palmerston Road, 6.30pm for 7.00pm.  Admission free, refreshments available.  This is a PG film – all welcome. For more info call 020 8505 0300

 Sun 19th April – APCM

@ St John’s Church


Sun 26th April – Cake Sale

We will be holding a cake sale to raise funds for the Mothers’ Union.  MU is an international Christian membership movement supporting families and communities in need of support in the UK and worldwide since 1876. 

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Fri 8th May – VE Day Celebration

To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day we will be holding an afternoon Tea Dance in St John’s.  3.30pm start with the fabulous Dave Hawkins and the Hawkettes, 1940s fancy dress with children’s fancy dress competition.  Tickets £3 adults, children free – to book please contact Parish Office on 020 8506 2150.


26th-28th June

Parish Weekend at Home, guest speaker Revd Sarah Guinness.  See earlier notice about childcare arrangements for this weekend.

Fri 17th July – St John’s Golf Day “Fairway to Heaven”

@ Chigwell Golf Course, a chance for fellowship and exercise!

10.30am start with breakfast (bacon roll or Full English), 18 holes of golf (first tee @ 12 noon) – £45 per person for breakfast and golf.  This will be followed by a bite to eat and presentation, finishing with drinks and merriment.  Alternatively, you could join us from 6pm or earlier to welcome the golfers off the course and stay for the evening.

Please contact Jamie Togwell  to reserve your golf place or to let him know if you wish to attend just for the evening.

Sat 7th Nov – Stage Production in St John’s Church

“To War With God” based on the true story of a young chaplain in WWI.

Bulletin Bloopers  

(We will be publishing some items that have appeared in OTHER church bulletins):


At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What is Hell?”

Come early and listen to our choir practice.