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


Sunday 16th September 2018

(16th Sunday of Trinity)

09:55 Music Practice
10:45 Prayer Meeting (Prayer Zone)
11:00 † Morning Communion
Theme: EXODUS - Passover
( Exodus 12:1-14 & 29-32, Luke 22:17-20 )

After the Service please join us for refreshments.

After The Service:

Baptism & Confirmation Course for people 16+ (Session 3) in the St Stephen Room.

17:45 Music Practice
† Sunday 18:30 at St. John's
Evening Prayer & Praise
Theme: THE HOLY SPIRIT - Gifts for Ministry
( Exodus 31:2-5, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, 28-31, Romans 12:6-8 )

After the Service please join us for refreshments.

After The Service:
Repeat of Baptism & Confirmation Course (3).

PLEASE NOTE : We think we'll be using the entrance at the top of the former bus lane (opposite the Library) next Sunday, but we're really not sure. Dave will tweet updates @stjohnse15

Instagram : An account has been set up for St. John's. It's still work in progress and needs updating with fresh images but you can follow it at

Ceiling Replacement :
  • Last week we received a grant of £12,500 from the Friends of Essex Churches. This should cover all the costs, so we've now closed the Appeal. Thank you to everyone who has contributed.
  • What happened? A large chunk of the church ceiling fell down in March (no-one was hurt). We discovered the ceiling was damaged by bombs that fell close to the church in WW2 and repairs were done with cement instead of plaster. Cement is much heavier than plaster and the whole ceiling and most of the woodwork had to be replaced. Unfortunately, the church insurance does not cover this type of repair. The work is almost finished.
  • We are planning a Thanksgiving Service & Party for St.John's Church members and for all our funders, to celebrate the completion of the work on the Ceiling. Please put Saturday 13th October at 16:00 in your calendar.
inSpiration Prayer Room at Westfield is closed this week : The Prayer Room is closed from 17th-24th September for maintenance (it's having a deep clean). This means there will be NO St. John's Service there next Sunday 23rd September.

Let's be careful out there! The Broadway from Romford Road to the Magistrates Court goes 2-way on Monday 17th September - this means traffic will go in both directions on the same road. Other parts of Stratford Gyratory will go 2-way on 22nd October. Drivers need to take extra care, but it's not just drivers, as pedestrians need to look both ways and also look out for cyclists on the new cycle lanes in the middle of the pavements.


Tuesday Morning Bible Study : 11:00 in the St Stephen Room upstairs.

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

Lunchtime Service : 13:10-13:30 in the Cafe.

Course in Christian Studies (CCS) : On Tuesday for the next few weeks, at 19:30 in the St. Stephen Room. This is a 2-year (6 term) Chelmsford Diocesan Course, which can be a foundation for further ministry training. The cost is £50 per term (if cost is a problem please talk to Dave).


Bible in a Year : 19:45-21:45 in the Cafe.


Lunchtime Communion Service : 12:40-13:10 in the St. Stephen Room this week.

Funeral of Jason Willis : 13:30 at St. John's.


Grimebusters : Return to normal. Thanks to all the extra people who have turned up for the BIG Clean while the ceiling work was being done. If people want to join the monthly Rota please see Lydia.


St. Matthew's Community & Family Day : 11:00-16:00 at St. Matthew's, Dyson Road E15 4JX. Free entry and lots of fun activities. See St. Matthew's website for details.

Memorial Service & Thanksgiving for Ordination : 14:00-19:00 at St. John's. Robert and Florence invite everyone at St. John's to the memorial service of their late mother, Joyce Florence Otule (Robert's Mum), who died in January this year (2018). This is also a Thanksgiving Service for Robert's Ordination. The Church service will be followed by a light meal and speeches in the Christchurch room.


Event Day : West Ham FC play Chelsea at 15:00. 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.

- Future Dates & Other Information

Harvest Festival - 30th September : There will be a collection of non-perishable food items, like rice, pasta and tins of beans, that will be given to the Refugee and Migrant Project (RAMP). The Morning Service will include a Nigeria Day Celebration.

Security: The church is a public building. We remind people to take care of their possessions, especially bags, purses and mobiles, at all times.


Please pray during the week :

  • for Robert as he starts work as a Learner Vicar, and for Florence and Elyannah
  • for students starting at Uni, especially for people moving away from home
  • for all who are bereaved, especially the family of Jason Willis (funeral on Thursday)
  • give thanks that the money has been raised for the work on the ceiling, and pray for the last few things to be done on the project - especially for everyone's safety as the scaffold poles come down
  • for Stratford Church Leaders meeting this week
  • for all who are sick
  • for God's protection on our Church members and Church building
  • for peace in our community
  • for organisations we support - this month we pray for Open-air Campaigners

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

Daily Prayer in the Trinity Chapel downstairs:
  • Morning Prayer at 09:15; Monday to Thursday
  • Evening Prayer at 17:00; Monday to Thursday
  • Saturday Morning Prayer at 09:30

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.
† Wednesday Fellowship: is an informal, laid-back service at 20:00 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 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.

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 Instagram. 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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