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


Sunday 9th December 2018

(Second Sunday of Advent)

Christmas Jumper Day Church members are invited to wear a jumper/other garment with a Christmas theme

09:55 Music Practice
10:45 Prayer Meeting (Prayer Zone)
11:00 † Morning Prayer & Praise
Theme: DARKNESS TO LIGHT - Receiving the Light
( Isaiah 52:7-10, John 9:1-7 and 35-41 )

After the Service please join us for refreshments.

After The Service:
St John's Church Women's Group invites Church members to a three course Christmas Lunch. Seating for the meal is at 13:00. The Women's Group are asking kindly for members to stay in Church after the service, and have a cup of tea or coffee, and wait until the Christchurch Room is ready.
Senior Citizens are free, Families, Singles, Couples are welcome with Tickets available at the door charged at £3 for Adults and £1.25 for children.

17:30 † Stratford Churches Service at inSpiration at Westfield.

17:45 Music Practice
† Sunday 18:30 at St. John's
Prayer, Praise & Holy Communion
Theme: GOD'S PLAN - Promises, Promises...
( Isaiah 11:1-5, Zechariah 2:10-13 )

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

Rota for 17th - 31st December (including all Christmas & New Year Services) and 6th January 2019 : The Rota will be prepared this week. Please tell Carol by 5pm on Wednesday if you can't do duties at a particular Service. The Rota will be ready to collect next Sunday, 16th December.

Giving Envelopes for 2019 : If you have been using Giving Envelopes in 2018, you will find your 2019 replacement Giving Envelopes at the Welcome Desk. If you want to request Giving Envelopes please ask at the Welcome Desk. If you want to change to a Bank Standing Order we have all the details you need. Please ask at the Welcome Desk

Large Christmas Card : Please sign our large card to wish everyone at St. John's "Happy Christmas". The large card is near the door to the Cafe. Thanks to Kingdom Kids' group members for making it.

Christmas Cards to our Parish : Thank you to the people who have already taken packs. There are a few spare packs that need volunteers to deliver them. If you can help, please take a pack without a name on it from the Welcome Desk. You don't need to live in the street, there's a post-code so you can find it. We don't knock on doors. Cards need to be folded and delivered through letter-boxes by 18th December.

Thanks (and see St. John's twitter for pic) : To Richard, Jacqui and St. John's Choir for the amazing performance of Christmas Carols in the Shopping Centre yesterday. Thanks also to the Outreach Team and other Stewards for giving out words sheets and St. John's Christmas Cards.

Work with Local Schools : School 21 Year 1 and Chobham Year 1 will visit St. John's this week.

Volunteers with Faith in Schools : please note that Christmas Journey is at Highway on Monday & Tuesday this week.


Tuesday Morning Bible Study : 11:00 in the Trinity Chapel downstairs.

Healing Cafe Christmas Party : 11:00-14:30. Everyone welcome for FREE tea, coffee, chat, prayer and mentoring, with a Christmas theme this week.

Lunchtime Service : 13:10 a 20 minute Service with a hymn, a short talk on the theme of Advent and prayer. The Lunchtime Carol Service is on 18th December.


Bible in a Year : 19:45-21:45 in the Cafe. The group is looking at the Book of Revelation.


Lunchtime Communion Service : 12:40-13:10 in the Church. The Service is followed by light refreshments and fellowship for people who can stay.

Carols at Westfield : The inSpiration Choir will be singing Christmas Carols by the grand piano outside John Lewis from 18:30 - 19:30. It will be good if people from Stratford Churches can come to form a crowd and sing along, as this will encourage shoppers to stop.

Civic Carol Service : 19:30 here at St. John's. This will be attended by MPs and the Newham Mayor. Everyone welcome. Please tell Carol if you can help with stewarding or refreshments.
See the Stratford Churches website for more details


Outreach in the Churchyard : 11:30 on Saturday - with mince pies, Carols & Christmas cards

The Men's Group : will be hosting their Christmas dinner here on Saturday. The occasion will be celebrated with members of their families. A fee of £30 will be charged for members who will be attending.

- Future Dates & Other Information

Sunday 23rd December :
All-age Morning Communion Service at 11:00 with St. John's popular Nativity Procession. All the children are invited to dress up in the nativity costumes.
St. John's amazing Candle-lit Carol Service is on Sunday 23rd December at 18:30, followed by mince-pies & tea/coffee. Everyone welcome.


Please pray during the week :

  • for School visits to St. John's this week
  • for Faith in Schools and for the Christmas Journey
  • for the Carols at Westfield on Thursday
  • for the Civic Carol Service on Friday evening
  • for the Saturday Outreach in the Churchyard
  • for God's blessing on people who receive a St. John's Christmas Card
  • for all who are sick, especially people in hospital
  • for all who are bereaved, especially Chizoma and family on the death of Chizoma's grand-mother. Also remembering people whose anniversary falls during the Christmas season.
  • for St John's Men's and Women's Groups
  • for God's protection on our Church members and Church building

Church & Office Opening Times:
Monday to Saturday; 10:00-17:00
Tel: 020 8503 1913
email: office @

Daily Prayer in Church:
  • Morning Prayer at 09:15; Monday to Thursday
  • Evening Prayer at 17:00; Monday to Thursday
  • Saturday Morning Prayer at 09:30

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Please see above for any changes to the below items.

Lunchtime Services:
  • Tuesdays at 13:10, Lunchtime Service. A 20 minute service with a hymn, a short talk and some prayer.
  • Thursdays at 12:40, Communion Service.

coffee Healing Café:
Tuesdays 11:00 to 14:30 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.

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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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