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


Sunday 17th February 2019

(3rd Sunday before Lent)

09:55 Music Practice
10:45 Prayer Meeting (Prayer Chapel)
11:00 † Morning Communion
Theme: CHRISTIANS IN ACTION - Persecution and Mission
( Acts 6:8-15, Acts 8:1b-8, John 15:18-21 )

After the Service please join us for refreshments.

After The Service:
Baptism Preparation Course for Parents (session 3 of 3) in the St. Stephen Room.
Ibo Group meets in the Christchurch Room.

17:50 Music Practice
† Sunday 18:30 at St. John's
Evening Prayer & Praise
Theme: ESTHER - The Start of the Story
( Esther 2:1-11, 2:15-18, 1 Corinthians 1:26-31)

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

Rota for March : Please tell Carol or Kay about any difficult dates in March. The Rota will be prepared this week and will be available next Sunday.

Ashdown Forest Christian Holiday for 13-18 Years : Carol has information and booking forms for the Ashdown Forest Christian Holiday for young people aged 13 - 18 (on 31st August 2019). The 2019 dates are 27th July - 3rd 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 for further details. To make a booking, young people need to collect the details from Carol, complete the booking form, and return it to Carol with a £30 deposit.


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.
Theme: Old Testament People


Bible in a Year : The free course continues this week at St. John's at 19:45 - 21:30.

Further Studies in the Bible : This group meets at the same time as Bible in a Year, in the Trinity Room.


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


Service of Songs for Chizoma's Grand-mother : The Service of Songs for Emelda Mbataku is at St. Joseph's RC Church, 68 Grange Park Road E10 5ES at 15:00 - 16:00 on Friday. Refreshments follow at St. John's. RSVP to Chizoma.

Event Day : West Ham play Fulham at 19:45. 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.


Outreach in the Churchyard : 11:00 - 14:00. New members are very welcome. Please talk to Dave or Eon for more information.

- Future Dates & Other Information

Loveth Ugwu : The family of Mr Gideon Ugwu who lost his wife, Loveth Ada Ugwu, to Cancer on 4th February 2019, wish to invite you to a Wake Keep / Songs of Praise to honour her life. She is survived by 4 lovely little children. The venue is St. Mary's Parish Hall, 72 Lindley Road, Leyton E10 6QT on 2nd March 2019, 18:00 - 23:00. RSVP to Gideon.

- Future Dates & Other Information

Message from Connie Saunders' Family : We want to thank all of mum's friends at St Johns for their love and support at this difficult time. £300 was collected in lieu of flowers and this is being donated 50:50 to Diabetes UK and to Centrepoint for young homeless people, both in mum's memory.

New Prayer Ministers : Congratulations to Eunice Daniel & Blessing and Webi who have passed the training course, and to Evelyn who rejoins the Prayer Ministry Team after time out with young children. Thanks to Sheva and Iris for leading the Course.

World Day of Prayer : This event, organised by women, is on Friday 1st March at 15:00 for 15:30 at Bryant Street Methodist Church E15 4RU.

St. John's Accounts : The Auditor scrutinised the Church accounts yesterday and is happy that everything is in order. There will be a full report at the Annual Meeting at the end of April.

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 all who are bereaved, especially family and friends of Loveth who died recently. Also for Chizoma and family on the death of Chizoma's Grandmother (Service of Songs on Friday)
  • for all who are sick, especially people in hospital
  • for the newly trained Prayer Ministers at St. John's
  • for God's protection on our Church members and Church building
  • for people on the baptism preparation course
  • for Stratford Church Leaders meeting this week
  • for the NewWay winter nightshelter
  • for the plans for a new church for the people in the new housing developments along the High Street
  • for safety in public places in East London
  • for organisations we support: Archbishop Janani Luwum Trust

Church & Office Opening Times:
Monday - Thursday and Saturday 10:00-17:00
Friday 10:00-13:00

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 Thursday
  • Saturday Morning Prayer at 09:30

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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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