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


Sunday 15th July 2018

(7th Sunday of Trinity)

09:55 Music Practice
10:45 Prayer Meeting (Prayer Zone)
11:00 † Friends of St. John's Annual Service with Holy Communion, followed by a buffet lunch
We welcome Rev Peter & Mrs Christine Knight, who were members of St. John's many years ago
( Philippians 1:27-30, Luke 12:22-31 )

After the Service everyone is invited to a free lunch in the Christchurch Room.

After Lunch:
The large screen is on in the Churchyard with Tennis and the Football World Cup Final at 16:00. This is organised and funded by Stratford Original BID.

17:45 Music Practice
† Sunday 18:30 at St. John's
Evening Prayer & Praise
Theme: JESUS SAID: "Blessed are you..."
( Proverbs 14:11-19, Luke 6:17-26 )

After the Service please join us for refreshments.

Friends Service & Lunch : Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the special Service / people who helped in any way with all the tasks that need to be done / people who brought food to share. Thanks also to Patricia and the Women's Group for their hard work making lunch happen.

Ceiling Replacement :
- More good news - we have received £2,500 from Allchurches Trust. We haven't had time to go through all the bank statements yet, but with £20,000 from Garfield Weston Foundation, London Over the Border and Westfield, plus the amazing generosity of Church members and friends we must have raised about £80,000 towards our target of £110,000. Thank you.
- There are some special envelopes at the back of church for donations to the Ceiling Fund.
- The builders have now started replastering.
- Thanks to the people who cleaned the Church last week.
- What happened? For people who missed all the drama in March - a large chunk of the church ceiling fell down, and we discovered parts of the ceiling had been repaired with cement instead of plaster. Cement is much heavier than plaster and the whole ceiling and most of the woodwork has been damaged and must be replaced. We discovered that 8 bombs fell close to St. John's in October 1940, including a bomb which demolished the Empire Theatre opposite the church. The problems with the ceiling are almost certainly the result of blast damage and then hasty repairs during war-time. Unfortunately, the church insurance does not cover this type of repair. We are grateful to everyone who has given generously to enable the work to get underway. We hope everything will be finished by the end of September.

Groups for Children & Young People on Sunday Morning : Today is the last day of term. Next Term starts on 2nd September 2018.
THANKS to all the leaders and assistants who have taken the groups over the past year.

Robert Otule : Robert has now been licensed as a full-time worker at St. John's. This is in advance of Robert's Ordination on 15th September 2018.


Church Council : The next meeting is on Monday at 19:30. The Church kitchen will be open from 19:00 if people want to bring in food to microwave. The main items on the Agenda are financial as we look in detail at our expenditure and also revise Bank signatories.


Tuesday Morning Bible Study : 11:00. This week the group meets in the Trinity Room downstairs.

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

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

Mission Giving Committee : 18:30 in the Cafe.


24 hours of Prayer for Leah : Pray when you can, where you can, for Leah Sharibu, a Nigerian Student captured by terrorist group (Boko Haram). Pray for her release as she has refused to renounce her faith in exchange for freedom.

Prayer Walk : Meet at Church at 10:30 to walk and pray for part of our Parish: Aldworth Road and the Victoria Street area.

Bible in a Year in 2018 : Every Wednesday at St. John's at 19:45-21:45. This week is on the last 3 Minor Prophets - Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.


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

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.

- Future Dates & Other Information

Coach Trip : Shirley is organising a Coach Trip on Saturday 18th August to Southend-on-Sea. Adults £12 / Children age 16 and under £9. 1 coach only. 1st come, first served. When you put your name down the money must be paid in full. See Shirley to book your seat.

Prudential Ride London Cycle Race : 28th & 29th July. For details, including road closures, check

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 10am to 10:45am 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 6pm.

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.

Get Safe Online: To find out how to stay safe online go to


Please pray during the week :

  • for all the Friends of St. John's around the world
  • for all who are sick
  • for all who are bereaved
  • for the residents of Aldworth Road and the Victoria Street area in our parish
  • for the building work in Church and for the 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 a possible new initiative of Stratford Churches working with homeless people in Stratford
  • for Peter & Christine Knight and St George's Church, Tunis

Church & Office Opening Times:
Monday to Friday; 10am-4pm
Saturday; 10am-5pm
Tel: 020 8503 1913
email: office @

Daily Prayer in the Trinity Chapel downstairs:
  • Morning Prayer at 9:15am; Monday to Friday
  • Evening Prayer at 5:00pm; Monday to Friday
  • Saturday Morning Prayer at 9:30am

Please see above for any changes to the below items.

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 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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