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


Sunday 23rd February 2020

(Sunday before Lent)

09:55 Music Practice
11:00 † 4th Sunday Together and Baptism of Peace Onwuka.
Theme: Peter - An Example of Discipleship
(John 1:40-42, Mark 8:27-30, Mark 14:27-31, 66-72, John 21:15-19)

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

After The Service:
Both St. John's Men's Group and Women's Group members are having a discussion around "Being a father in a modern world" in the Christchurch Room - everyone welcome.

17:50 Music Practice
Sunday 18:30 at St. John's
† Evening Prayer & Praise with Holy Communion
Theme: EXPLORING EPIPHANY - Jesus the Healer
(Psalm 51:1-12, Luke 5:12-26)

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

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YPF : School years 10, 11, 12, 13 and YPF Young Leaders meet in the Genesis Room during the Morning Service today to learn about Church Planting with Dan and Dami.

Coronavirus Guidelines : The Church of England has issued guidance for us to follow: Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for parishes.

Rota for March : Please look at the table to see if you've got a Rota for March. If there are any problems with dates please tell to Carol while there's time to make changes.


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.


Ash Wednesday Special Services : There will be a special Ash Wednesday Service with Ashing today at 12:40 and again at 20:00 in Church.
"Word on Wednesday" will not take place this Week and people are invited to attend the Ash Wednesday Service at 20:00.


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

Together on Thursdays at the Printhouse : (Christchurch, Three Mills, Event) 19:30-21:30.
Drinks, community and faith-based discussion, especially for local residents. Speak to Dan or Ellie if you would like to join this group.


Lent Prayer Vigil : As a celebration of the Lent season of fasting and prayer, a prayer vigil will be held every Friday evening from Friday 28th February to Friday 3rd April from 20:30 to 12 midnight. All are welcome to join in. Please use the side door opposite Wilko and go to the Christchurch Room. For more information please contact Pat Laroque or Robert.


Event Day : West Ham play Southampton at 15:00. Extra parking restrictions on streets, roads at Westfield are closed and possible congestion at the station. See the Council website for details, including the area covered and a list of other dates.

5 Week Lent Course on the Book of Revelation : Starts this Saturday, 09:30 - 12:30 at St. Saviour Church, MacDonald Road, Forest Gate E7 0HE. Take your Bible, a notebook and a packed lunch.
For public transport take a 308 bus from outside Stratford Library (towards Wanstead) and go 8 stops to St James' School, walk up Field Road and take the 4th turning on the right (MacDonald Road). St Saviour's is a short distance on the left. Please allow plenty of time as the 308 does not run very often on a Saturday (every 20 minutes).

- Future Dates & Other Information

Faith in Schools : There are 2 meetings this week for you to come along to help prepare for Easter Experience. Wednesday 26th February, 10:00 at Manor Park Christian Centre 454 High St North E12. Wednesday 26th February, 13:00-14:30 at St John's, Stratford E15. If you'd like to volunteer, and haven't previously signed a volunteer form, please collect one from Carol.

Time to Share : Sharing the good news in our multilingual multicultural community - the next course starts on 5th March here at St. John's.

R.I.P. Comfort Neequaye : Comfort's funeral is on 13th March at 13:30 at St. John's, followed by burial at West Ham Cemetery.

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.

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 Peace Onwuka, baptised today, and the family.
  • for all who are bereaved, especially family & friends of Comfort Neequaye who has died. Pray also for Church members who are travelling to funerals.
  • for the Diocese of Chelmsford.
  • for Dan & Ellie and family, and for the new Church at Three Mills.
  • for Faith in Schools and for planning for the Easter Experience in March, especially for volunteers.
  • for safety in public places in East London.
  • for people affected by the Coronavirus, for those who care for the sick, also pray that the spread of the virus will be halted, and pray for those who are worried about friends and loved ones.

Church & Office Opening Times:
Monday to Saturday; 10:00-17:00

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

Please see above for any changes to items below.

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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