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


Sunday 12th August 2018

(11th Sunday of Trinity)


from 09:30 Set up, then Music Practice & Prayer
11:00 † Open-air Morning Service
Theme: LIVING WITH JESUS - Sometimes we get it wrong
( Mark 14:27-34, 66-72 )

After the Service please join us for refreshments.

After The Service:
Women's Group meets in the Christchurch Room

17:30 † Monthly Service at inSpiration at Westfield for representatives of Stratford Churches to pray for Rev. Christy and Westfield staff & visitors.

17:45 Music Practice
† Sunday 18:30 at St. John's
Prayer, Praise & Holy Communion
Theme: JESUS SAID: "You are my witnesses"
( Acts 1:1-11, Luke 24:36-53 )

After the Service please join us for refreshments.


Love Stratford Youth Mission : Sunday 12th - Tuesday 14th August 2018. Activities will take place at St. John's and other local churches.

Sunday Morning Groups for Children & Young People (including Confirmation Classes) are taking a Summer holiday. Groups restart on 2nd September : The Service will be outside on all Sundays until the end of August (weather permitting) and we aim to make the Service suitable for people of all ages.

Ceiling Replacement :
  • The Church Architect has done a careful check of the ceiling in both side aisles and the good news is that there's no more cement. He has recommended that some parts of the plaster ceiling in the side aisles are pinned back to the wood underneath as a precaution against any future problems.
  • The painter has started work and expects to take another week or so. After this the scaffolding will be taken down (which will take a few weeks). It's possible that everything could be completed by early September.
  • Small donations keep coming in and they all help to raise the last £10,000 we need. Please continue to pray for the last few applications to funders.
  • There are some special envelopes for the Ceiling Fund at the Welcome Desk.
  • Thanks to the people who cleaned the Church.
  • 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 going well and the scaffolding should be removed in mid-September.
Course in Christian Studies (CCS) : This is a 2-year (6 term) Chelmsford Diocesan Course, which can be a foundation for further ministry training. If enough people want to do it, there will be a group starting at St. John's on Wednesday evenings in September. The Course will be taught by Robert and Rev Cornelius Henry. The cost is £50 per term (if the cost is a problem please talk to Dave).


Church Council Prayer Walk : Meet at St. John's at 19:30. We will pray for the residents of Chant Street, Chant Square, Bryant Street, Chopwell Close, Widdin Street, Pitchford Street, West Ham Lane and the schools - School 21 and JFK Special School.


NO Tuesday Morning Bible Study : The group is taking a summer break until 11th September - the Tuesday after the restart of the Wednesday Bible in a Year on 5th September.

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

Lunchtime Service : 13:10-13:30. in the St. Stephen Room this week.


Lunchtime Communion Service : 12:40-13:10. The Service is in the Christchurch Room.


Coach Trip : Southend-on-Sea. Adults £12 / Children age 16 and under £9.
There are still some seats available. See Shirley or Carol to book your seat - money must be paid in full. 1st come, first served. On Saturday, people who are booked on the coach need to meet at 08:30 prompt at the Theatre Royal, Stratford E15 1BN.
The Church CAR-PARK will be open at 07:45 on Saturday so people going on the Coach Trip can park for the day free if they want to (at the driver's own risk).

Event Day : West Ham FC play Bournemouth 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.

Superhero Summer at Stratford Shopping Centre : 10:00-16:00; FREE. This week Iron Man will be visiting.

Grimebusters : 10:30. There are people on the Rota but if extra people are able to come along it will be much appreciated by everyone.

Outreach at St. Matthew's : Members of the Outreach Team who are able to turn up please meet at St. Matthew's at 10:45. Contact Eon for further details.

- Future Dates & Other Information

Picnic Lunch : Sunday 26th August after the Morning Service in the Churchyard. It is led by Lydia and friends. If the weather is nice it will be a lovely way to have a final celebration at the end of our series of Open Air Services. Please come and make new friends and bring something to share.

Bric-a-Brac Stall in the Church Yard : Saturday 1st September. Setting up at 10:00. Donations are welcome, but we're not taking clothes and we can't take anything electrical. This is to raise money for the Ceiling Fund as we still need to raise a few thousand pounds. We have some Bric-a-Brac saved from last time, but more donations can be brought to Church any time we're open. Thanks

Advance Notice : From Monday 17th September traffic on Broadway between Stratford High Street and Romford Road will go in both directions.

Stop Smoking: People can drop in to St. John's to see someone from the Newham Stop Smoking Service on Wednesdays from 11:30-13:30 or Saturdays from 10:00-12:00.

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

Parking: Please note that during the week the Car Park is in use by people coming to meetings or other events in the church building.
PLEASE DO NOT PARK in the Churchyard without asking at the Church Office first. This applies especially to key holders.

Note to people on the Rota: We check the Church Office answering machine 10 minutes before Services so please leave a message on 020 8503 1913 if you are on duty and you know you will be late or if you can't make it at all. Thanks

Saturday School: Geoff Hobbs runs a Saturday School (12:30-14:30) for primary (KS1/2) children. Church members receive a discount. If interested, please see Geoff the organist!

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.

St John's Choir: Have you been thinking about joining the Choir? Men, women and children (aged 8 and over who read English well) are welcome. The main Choir Practice time is on Sunday mornings from 10:00 to 10:45 and Choir members are expected to attend regularly. There is also a small Choir on Sunday evenings, and singers are welcome to turn up at 18:00.


Please pray during the week :

  • for the summer open-air services
  • for the Chaplaincy at Westfield and for Rev Christy
  • for Love Stratford Youth Mission on 12th-14th August
  • for the residents of Chant Street, Chant Square, Bryant Street, Chopwell Close, Widdin Street, Pitchford Street, West Ham Lane and the schools - School 21 and JFK Special School.
  • for all who are sick / for all who are bereaved
  • for St. John's Women's Group
  • for the building work in Church and for the last few grant applications that have been sent to funders
  • for God's protection on our Church members and Church building
  • for peace in our community
  • for charities we support: Medicines for Muheza

Church & Office Opening Times:
Monday to Friday; 10:00-16:00
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 Friday
  • Evening Prayer at 17:00; Monday to Friday
  • 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 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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