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


Sunday 17th January 2021

(2nd Sunday of Epiphany)

Theme: NEW BEGINNINGS - Close Encounters with Jesus - Zacchaeus
(Isaiah 42:6-8, Luke 19:1-10)

12:00 † Holy Communion in Church & Livestream on St. John's facebook
After this Service you can go to St. John's Facebook, YouTube or Videos page and watch it.

18:30 † Holy Communion in Church

YPF Zoom: is taking a break and will restart towards the end of January 2021.

Service Order and Sunday Club sheet for this service.
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The Church is Open for Personal Prayer : Monday - Saturday; 10am - 2pm

Thursday 21st January - Holy Communion in Church at 12:40 : Theme: NEW BEGINNINGS - Close Encounters with Jesus - Zacchaeus
(Isaiah 42:6-8, Luke 19:1-10)

"Here with a Purpose" Event : 21st January. This event is for people to explore God's purpose. People need to sign up via Eventbrite. There is also a video which explains the purpose of the evening. Originally, this event was going to be here at St John's, but it will now be a Zoom webinar. Information will be communicated to all participants. For further details please contact Robert.

2020 Confirmation Cancelled Again : The November 2020 Confirmation Service was cancelled and rearranged for the end of January 2021. Bishop Peter has now cancelled this date and rearranged the Confirmation Service for Sunday 18th April at 6:30pm.

Everyone MUST stay 2 metres away from other people at all times - as well as wearing a mask (unless exempt). This is because the new variant of the virus spreads more easily than the previous version.
The Church Council and Service Leadership Team have thought long and hard about how to manage the difficult situation that we face, as we are allowed to offer public worship whilst not encouraging people to leave their homes and take unnecessary risks with their health. A number of people have specifically requested that we stay open, either because they can't access Services online, or because Services contribute to their overall mental health. Consequently, we will stay open as long as this is permitted, and we will take further steps to keep people safe - from next week, we will reduce the number of Services we are offering (there will only be Services at 12 noon and 6:30pm) and further restrict the number of people who can attend in-person. The 2 metre social distance rule will also be observed by everyone, or they will be asked to leave.
The latest revised Sunday Services Risk Assessment is available HERE.
Any changes to the pattern of services will be announced on St John's Twitter and Facebook. If you're not sure what's happening, please phone the Church Office on 020 8503 1913 on Saturday between 10am and 2pm.
The 12 noon service will continue to be livestreamed on facebook. If people are able to access this service, we ask them to stay at home and do so.
We are not able to pass round a collection plate, so we ask people, please, to put an offering in the bucket (next to hand sanitisers) when they arrive at Church, or do a Bank Standing Order.
People who have downloaded the Track & Trace App should click on the QR Code, which is near the door. If you haven't downloaded the App you must complete the pink card at each Service you attend. Cards should be put in the box at the back of Church. Cards will be shredded after 21 days if no-one tests positive.
The congregation should stay seated. Congregational singing is not permitted.
Parents need to supervise their children in the Service.
People stand for Communion and there is bread but not wine (sorry).
The 2 metre social distance rule must be observed by everyone, or people will be asked to leave.
People who have any symptoms of Covid-19 should not attend Church e.g. if you have a new persistent cough, a high temperature or have a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell.

Giving to St John's : At this time of year we normally hand out small envelopes to people who want to use them for Church collection. However, in 2020 lots of people switched to a Bank Standing Order because it was much easier in the lockdown periods - thank you, it was because people were able to do this that we have been able to pay the bills. There may be further lockdown periods, so we'd like to encourage people to give through the bank if possible - there are details on the small table at the back of Church. However, we're still very happy to hand out giving envelopes to people who want to use them - please see Dave or Carol to make your request, and the envelopes will be ready for you to collect next week.

Christchurch, Three Mills :
Dan has a programme of online activities. Contact him for further details.

Rev. Dan Scott
Community Vicar 
Christchurch Three Mills

WOULD YOU LIKE A MID-WEEK FACEBOOK BIBLE STUDY? Dave doesn't feel confident on zoom, but he could do a Tuesday night facebook livestream with prayer and Bible study if people would like it. People could send comments, questions and prayers/prayer requests, as people do during the livestream Sunday Service. If you would like to try this, please email Dave at as he won't do a midweek facebook Bible Study unless people want it.


Please pray during the week :

  • for people affected by the Covid-19 virus:
    • Pray for all who are sick with the Covid-19 virus.
    • Pray for all working in the NHS and the Care sector
    • Pray for people with mental health issues made worse by the stress of the current situation.
    • Pray for the rollout of the vaccine

  • for all who are bereaved.
    • We give thanks for the life of Jack Ferguson (Milly Ferguson's husband) who has died. We pray for Milly and the family.
    • We give thanks for the life of Jewel (Sandra's mother) who has passed away and pray for Sandra and her family as they make arrangements for the funeral on 29th January.
    • We give thanks for the life of Albert (Constance's brother), who has passed away, and pray for Constance and for Albert's family.
    • We give thanks for the life of Abigail Ibiayo (Mike, David & Manny's mother) who has died in Nigeria. We pray for all the family at this sad time.

  • for all who are sick, lonely, homeless or in any other need. This week please pray especially for people who have been waiting a long time to hear about asylum claims, that their case will be processed soon.
  • for ourselves and our families, for God's peace and God's blessing in 2021
  • for the businesses in Stratford and for the Stratford Original Business Improvement District
  • for Bishop Guli as she prepares to become Bishop of Chelmsford
  • for the new Church we have planted at Three Mills, and for Dan & Ellie and family as they prepare to move to their new home in Riverside Road
  • for safety in public places in East London
  • for God's protection on our Church members and Church building
  • for the troubled places of the world
  • for organisations we support - Leprosy Mission
  • for Christians who are persecuted around the world

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