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


Sunday 18th March 2018

(5th Sunday of Lent)

09:55 Music Practice
10:45 Prayer Meeting (St Stephen's Room)
11:00 † Morning Communion and Immersion Baptism
Theme: HARD TEACHING - Jesus sets the standards
( Matthew 5:13-16, Matthew 7:1-14 )

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

After The Service:
  • Young Leaders meet with Robert in the St. Stephen Room to plan the 18:30 Service on 25th March.

17:50 Music Practice
† Sunday 18:30 at St. John's
Theme: BEFORE I GO - Anything you ask......
( 1 John 5:1-12, John 16:16-33 )

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

After The Service:
Young Leaders meet with Robert in St. Stephen Room to plan the 18:30 Service on 25th March.

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Building Work in Church : On Wednesday part of the ceiling in the main Church fell down into the central aisle. Builders put up scaffolding to find out why this happened and it looks as if part of the ceiling was damaged during the 1939-45 war, and repairs were done with cement instead of plaster - probably because there wasn't enough money to do a proper repair and the correct materials might not have been available. We now need to have the whole ceiling scaffolded and all the cement removed. Once this is done, the church will be safe to use while new plaster is put up (the full repair may take several months).
This week, and next week, the Service will be in the Christchurch Room and groups for children and young people will meet throughout the Service. We hope to meet back in Church on Easter Sunday. The work will be expensive and we will apply for grants to help towards the cost. For up-to-date information: follow Dave on twitter @stjohnse15 or the Church Facebook Page.


Church Council : The next meeting of the Church Council is on Monday at 19:30. The Church will be open from 19:00 if people are coming straight from work and need to microwave a meal in the kitchen.
The main item on the Agenda is to approve the Annual Report and Accounts for 2017, but the Church Council will have to spend time discussing the building work in the Church. There is also some training on the new Data Protection regulations that will take effect in May.


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

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.


Next Prayer Walk : Meet at St. John's at 10:30. This month we pray for the residents of the Grove, Grove Crescent Road and Central Stratford.

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 the 2nd on Samuel - Chronicles.


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


The Women's World Day of Prayer : This will now take place on Friday at 15:00 at the St. Francis Church, Grove Crescent Road, Stratford. All welcome

Newham YFC "Big Questions" : For 11-18 year olds. 7:30 - 9:30pm at Ascension Church Centre, Baxter Road, Custom House, London, E16 3HJ. For more information email dan.jeffery @


Event Day : There is a Rugby match at the London Stadium so there are extra parking restrictions. See the Council website for details, including the area covered and a list of other dates.

> Future Dates & Other Information

Electoral Roll Revision has Started : Please check the list on the Receptionists' desk in the Cafe to see if you are on the Electoral Roll. If not, please complete a form if you're baptised and aged 15 or over and, in most cases, attend St. John's regularly. John Burman will be there after the Service to help you. The closing date is 7th April.

Thanks : To Sharon, Pat and the Women's Group for all their hard work leading an excellent Mothering Sunday Service last week.

Thanks from Faith in Schools : Cindy would like to thank St. John's for all the support during the recent Easter Experience for local schools, from the use of the building and facilities to the help of staff and members of the congregation.

Rota for April : Please tell Carol or Kay if there are any dates you can't do in April. The Rota will be prepared this week and will be available next Sunday.

Future Dates :
  • Maundy Thursday is on 29th March and there are Services at 12:40 and 20:00
  • Good Friday is 30th March. Drop-in to the Special Service "Around the Cross" from 12:00 - 15:00
  • Saturday 31st March - Easter Egg Trail around the town organised by Stratford Original BID
  • Easter Sunday - 1st April. Services with Holy Communion at 11:00 and 18:30.
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.


Please pray during the week :

  • for the people baptised this Sunday
  • for the building work in Church
  • for all who are sick
  • for all who are bereaved
  • for the Church Council on Monday night
  • for the residents of the Grove, Grove Crescent Road and new blocks in Central Stratford
  • for God's protection on our Church members and Church building
  • for peace on the streets of East London
  • for the foodbank run by Stratford Churches
  • for organisations we support: this week we pray for the Good Life Club.

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

Tel: 020 8503 1913
email: office @

Please see above for any changes to the below items.

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