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


Sunday 19th January 2020

(2nd Sunday after Epiphany)

9:55 Music Practice
10:45 Prayer Meeting (Prayer Chapel)
11:00 † Morning Communion
Theme: 20/20 VISION - A New Invitation to God's Generous Feast
(Romans 10:9-15, Luke 14:15-24)

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

17:45 Music Practice
Sunday 18:30 at St. John's
† Prayer & Praise
Theme: Dan speaks again on "A New Invitation to God's Generous Feast"
(Romans 10:9-15, Luke 14:15-24)

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

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St John's Church seeks an Organist/Keyboard player. : Please see here for details

Rota for February : Please let Carol or Kay know today if there are any dates you can't do in February. The Rota will be prepared this week and distributed next Sunday.


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 Church.

On The Way : Christians enjoying learning together in Newham Deanery - a free course from January - July 2020 on Tuesday evenings 19:30-21:00 here at St. John's. The course started last week but it's not too late to join in. This is a basic course with sessions on the Bible, God the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit.
If you want to sign up phone Rev. Merrin Playle on 020 8552 9955 or email and give your name, address, phone number and church.


Funeral of Mary Finch : Mary was a long-standing resident of the Carpenters Estate and she used to work at Carpenters School. Dave will be taking Mary's funeral at the City of London Cemetery on Wednesday at 14:30.

Wednesday Bible Studies : 19:45 - 21:45 in the Church Cafe. There is a choice of topics - an in-depth look at the Book of Romans or the Incarnation.


Lunchtime Communion Service : 12:40-13:10, followed by light refreshments and a time of fellowship.


Access Youth Event : Access is a borough-wide Christian youth worship event that takes place several times a year. The event is aimed at young people in school years 7 to 13 (11-18 year olds) and includes times of sung worship, games, social time and inspirational guest speakers. The next Access event is on Friday 19:00 - 21:30 at Ascension Church, Baxter Road, Custom House E16 3HJ. For more information email


Event Day : West Ham play West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup at 15:00. This means extra parking restrictions on streets, 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.

inSpire Volunteers' Epiphany Celebration : 12:00 - 16:00 here at St. John's. This is for all inSpire Volunteers and Chaplains who are registered with Rev. Christy Asinugo (Westfield Co-ordinating Chaplain).

- Future Dates & Other Information

Ashdown Forest Christian Holiday for 13 - 18 Years (on 31st August 2020) : The 2020 dates are 25th July - 1st August. The cost is discounted to St. John's members and St. John's pays for travel. Extra bursaries are available if needed, and people are able to pay by instalments up to July. Please see Carol to book, or if you'd like further details.

- Future Dates & Other Information

CHRISTCHURCH, THREE MILLS : This Sunday at both services Dan and Ellie will be sharing on the call to go and plant a new church at Three Mills as part of our vision 2020 series. They will be offering and challenging each of us to respond personally by reflecting on how God might be calling us to support this venture.
Christchurch, Three Mills, is part of the ministry of St. John's and is covered by St. John's GDPR policy. The contact details you give Dan & Ellie will only be used to contact you about activities at Christchurch, Three Mills. It will be stored according to the GDPR policy and will not be shared with others.

Easter Experience : Faith in Schools is recruiting volunteers for this year's Easter Experience for Year 4 pupils in local schools. The date at St. John's is Monday 24th March (08:30 - 15:30), but there are also other dates at other venues. People are needed to do lots of different things, including stewarding, setting-up and clearing away, helping to lead workshops, etc. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Robert for further details.

Bible Collection: Do you have any old Bibles of any kind that you would be willing to donate to St John's, to give away to people who do not have one? Please hand them in at the Information Point.

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Please pray during the week :

  • for Dan & Ellie and their family, and for the new Church at Three Mills.
  • for Rev Christy and the Westfield Chaplaincy.
  • for all who are sick.
  • for all who are bereaved, especially Geoff's family & friends, and family & friends of Mary Finch (funeral on Wednesday afternoon).
  • for the Bishop of Chelmsford as he prepares to leave this diocese and become Archbishop of York.
  • for Faith in Schools and for the planning for the Easter Experience in March, especially for enough volunteers.
  • for Stratford Original Business Improvement District.
  • for safety in public places in Stratford and for the Stratford Police Teams.
  • for the troubled places of the world.
  • for organisations we support: the Leprosy Mission.

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 Friday
  • Evening Prayer at 17:00; Monday to Friday
  • Saturday Morning Prayer at 09:30

Please see above for any changes to items below.

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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