St John's Church, Stratford, E15
St John's Church, Stratford, London E15


Sunday 15th April 2018

(Third Sunday of Easter)

09:55 Music Practice
10:45 Prayer Meeting (Prayer Zone)
11:00 † Morning Communion
Theme: EASTER TO PENTECOST - New Life and New Faith
( 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, John 20:19-31 )

After the Service please join us for tea/coffee in the Cafe.

If you're staying for the Fellowship Lunch, please have some tea or coffee while the Women's Group members set out the room and get the meal ready.

As soon as the Service ends, Young Leaders meet with Dami Babarinsa in the Prayer Zone, to plan the Service at 18:30 next Sunday. This is a brief meeting so people can go to the Fellowship Lunch if they wish.

13:00 Fellowship Lunch in the Christ Church Room organised by the Women's Group.

17:45 Music Practice
† Sunday 18:30 at St. John's
Prayer & Praise
Theme: REAL PEOPLE - Daniel: A Man of Principle
( Daniel 1:1-21, 6:1-23 )

After the Service please join us for hot chocolate & cake.

After The Service:
Young Leaders meet with Dami in the Prayer Zone to plan the 18:30 Service next Sunday.

Building Work in Church : The Church Architect and builder carried out a full inspection of the ceiling last Tuesday. The conclusion is that the whole nave ceiling is either unsafe or will soon become unsafe and needs complete replacement (please note that the scaffolding and the security platform mean there is no danger to anyone now). We have discovered that 8 bombs fell close to the church from 7th - 14th October 1940, and it's probable that parts of the ceiling came down then and were replaced with cement instead of plaster because nothing else was available. The cost of all the work is likely to be £100,000. We have some money in the bank, but we will still need to raise a lot of money. Dave has gathered a fundraising group, which will meet on Monday 23rd April. After this meeting we'll launch an appeal. We will apply to the diocese for an interim faculty, which will mean that the work can start as soon as possible. Until the work starts, Grimebusters can work as normal - once the work starts, lots more volunteers will be needed every Saturday to get the Church ready for Sunday.


Event Day : West Ham play Stoke City at 20:00. There are extra parking restrictions on streets in Stratford, some roads around Westfield are closed and there may be congestion at the station. See the Council website for details, including the area covered and a list of other dates.


Tuesday Morning Bible Study : 11:00 in the St Stephen Room upstairs - the group will look at the Bible in a Year: 1 & 2 Chronicles.

Healing Cafe : 11:00-14:30. Everyone welcome for FREE tea, coffee, chat, prayer and mentoring.

Lunchtime Service : 13:10-13:30 - a 20 minute Service with a hymn, a short talk and prayer. The Service will be in Church this week.


Bible in a Year in 2018 : Every Wednesday at St. John's at 19:45 - 21:45 there is prayer, fellowship and the Bible Study is on the main points of each book of the Bible. This week's session is on Women in the Old Testament. If you want to find out more you're very welcome to come along just for this session. There is no charge.

18th - 21st April : Play at Stratford Circus : Helen Tse is a Christian living in Manchester and she's written a book (Sweet Mandarin) and a play called "Mountains" which tells the true story of 3 generations of Chinese women, how her grandmother found God in Hong Kong and the struggles as the family move to the UK. 19:00 at Stratford Circus E15 1BY. Tickets £15.


Lunchtime Communion Service : 12:40 - 13:10. The Service will be in the Chancel as normal this week.


Access Youth Event (organised by Newham Youth For Christ) for 11 - 18s. Worship, a speaker, games & lots of free food. 19:00 - 21:30 at Manor Park Christian Centre, 454 High Street North E12 6RH.


The Big Clean : Volunteers are needed between 14:00 and 16:00, please, to get the Church ready for the Services on Sunday.

> Future Dates & Other Information

Change of Date of the Friends' Service & Lunch : Cross out 1st July in your diaries. The Friends' Service & Lunch will now be on Sunday 15th July and our speakers will be Rev Peter & Christine Knight, who are Friends of St. John's working at St. George's Church in Tunis.

Note to people on the Rota: We check the Church Office answering machine 10 minutes before Services so please leave a message on 020 8503 1913 if you are on duty and you know you will be late or if you can't make it at all. Thanks


Please pray during the week :

  • for the building work in Church and for the finance
  • for all who are sick
  • for all who are bereaved, especially the friends of Sandra Wilson of Kendon House (funeral on Monday) and also pray for Sarah Tumoe in Sierra-Leone for the funeral of her mother on Monday
  • for St John's Women's Group
  • for God's protection on our Church members and Church building
  • for organisations we support: St Joseph's Hospice
  • for peace in our world, especially in Syria

Church & Office Opening Times:
Monday to Friday; 10am-4pm
Saturday; 10am-5pm

Tel: 020 8503 1913
email: office @

Daily Prayer in Church:
  • Morning Prayer at 9:15am; Tuesday to Thursday
  • Evening Prayer at 5:00pm; Monday to Thursday
  • Saturday Morning Prayer at 9:30am

Please see above for any changes to the below items.

Lunchtime Services:
  • Tuesdays at 1:10pm, Lunchtime Service. A 20 minute service with a hymn, a short talk and some prayer.
  • Thursdays at 12:40pm, Communion Service.
† Wednesday Fellowship: is an informal, laid-back service at 8pm on Wednesdays in the Café. The format varies, but usually includes some prayer, some praise and some Bible study, usually with the opportunity to ask questions, and answer back - together with all the coffee you can drink!

. Healing Café:
Tuesdays 11am to 2:30pm in the Café.
Everyone welcome for FREE tea, coffee, prayer, chat and mentoring.

Midweek Groups:
Various groups for adults and children meet at St John's during the week. See the notices above and contact the Church Office for more details. You don't need to register, just turn up.

St John's On The Web
You can also find St John's on Twitter, on our Facebook Page, in our Facebook Group and on YouTube. Please follow, like, join & subscribe.

Sunday Morning Groups for Children & Teenagers:
(new members should enrol in the relevant group at the start of the session)

  • The Ark (for children aged 1 to 3) Babies are welcome in this group if an adult stays with them for the whole time.

  • There are 4 Sunday Club groups:
    • Sparklers (School years - Nursery and Reception)
    • Kingdom Kids (School years 1, 2 and 3)
    • The 'J' Team (School years 4, 5 and 6)
    • Teen LIVE! (School years 7, 8 and 9)
  • YPF (School years 10, 11, 12, 13 and up to 19 years)

Welcome Desk (Information Point):

  • Visitors please sign our Visitors' Book after the Service at the Welcome Desk.
  • New members please collect a Welcome Pack for newcomers after the Service.
  • Rota/Mail for Church Members Please look on the table.

St John's Library of Christian Books:
The library is a resource for people who are studying, people leading Bible Studies, Sunday Club leaders wanting background information etc. To look at the books you need to phone the Church Office and arrange a time when the room is available.

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