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


Sunday 13th August 2017

(9th Sunday of Trinity)


from 09:30 Setting up for the Open-air Service followed by Music Practice and Prayer
11:00 † Open-air Prayer & Praise (weather permitting)
Theme: ENCOUNTER JESUS - The Expert Fisherman
( Luke 15:5:1-11 )

After the Service there will be refreshing cold drinks during the Summer - please stay and make new friends

After The Service:
Women's Group meets in the Christchurch Room. Agendas in the red box at the back of Church

17:30 † Service at inSpiration at Westfield for reps from all the Stratford Churches, to pray for Westfield Centre staff and visitors.

17:50 Music Practice
Sunday 18:30 at St. John's
† Prayer, Praise & Holy Communion
Theme: MATTHEW'S WITNESS TO JESUS - Jesus the Storyteller
( Matthew 21:33-45 )

After the Service please join us for refreshments.


Newham Event Day : This is the last day of the World Athletics Championships at the stadium in the Olympic Park. There are extra parking restrictions on streets in Stratford, some roads around Westfield are closed and there may be congestion at the station. There are no problems for Church members parking at St. John's for the Services.
See the Council website for details, including the area covered and a list of other dates.

Love Stratford Youth Event at Highway Vineyard Church; 19:00-21:00.

Watch World Athletics Championships on a large screen in Theatre Square E15 1BX. FREE. For the full programme go to

Sunday Morning Groups for Children & Young People (including Confirmation Classes) are taking a Summer holiday. Groups restart on 3rd 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.
After the Open-air Service on 27th August there will be a Bring-and-Share Picnic.


Building Work in the Church Office : On Wednesday the wall between the Church Office and the St Stephen Room will be taken down and rebuilt to make the Church Office larger. We've moved the Library from the St Stephen Room to a room downstairs and the partition in the middle of the room will be dismantled, so the St Stephen Room will not appear to be much smaller. There will be a lot of disruption for the next few weeks as, after the builders finish, we'll have to wait for the walls to dry out before we can paint them and put the shelves back up.
From Wednesday, entry to the Church Office and the Christchurch Room will be via the door opposite Wilkos, as the builders will be going in and out through the Cafe doors. There will be a temporary Church Office in the Brand Room - please ring the door-bell for entry.
Entry directly into the Church for Services and the Lunchtime Concert is through the main church door and this is not affected by the building work.


Love Stratford Youth Mission : Activities will take place at St. John's and other local churches.


Love Stratford Youth Mission : Activities will take place at St. John's and other local churches.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study : 11:00 in the St Stephen Room upstairs - prayer (including prayer about the day's news), fellowship and Bible Study.

Healing Café : 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.


Free Wednesday Lunchtime Concert : 13:10-13:50. This week the concert is by Gail Ford playing the oboe. There is a Retiring Collection.
There are details of all our Summer Concerts on our Concerts page.

Wednesday Fellowship : in the Christchurch Room. Entry is via the door opposite Wilkos. Round-table Bible Study, Prayer and Fellowship at 20:00. Everyone welcome. More details here.


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


Saturday Outreach in the Churchyard : 11:30.

> Future Dates & Other Information

BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION FOR ADULTS : If you are aged 16+, have not been baptised or confirmed and would like to think about it, there is a Course starting on 3rd September. Contact Dave in the Church Office to put your name down. The Course is also suitable for people who would like "a refresher" about what is means to be a Christian. The Course will take place after the Morning Service over 10 weeks, with a repeat after the Evening Service. If there's enough interest we'll also do an ESOL Confirmation Class.

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.

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

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.


Please pray during the week :

  • for all who are sick, especially people we know who are in hospital
  • for the Love Stratford Youth Event August 13th-15th
  • for the building work in the Church Office this week
  • for students receiving exam results this week especially for guidance about future plans
  • for all who are bereaved
  • for the Summer Open-air Services at St. John's
  • for Christian Services at inSpiration at Westfield
  • for St. John's Men's and Women's Groups
  • for peace on the streets and in the open places of East London this Summer
  • for God's protection on our Church members and Church building
  • for organisations we support: This month we pray for Medicines for Muheza

Church & Office Opening Times:
See above for access during current building works.
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 Friday
  • Evening Prayer at 4:45pm; Monday to Friday
  • 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 Information Point near the door.
  • New members please collect a Welcome Pack for newcomers after the Service from the Information Point near the Church door.
  • Letters/Rota please check if you have mail.

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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