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


Sunday 10th December 2017

(Second Sunday in Advent)

Christmas Jumper Day: We invite people to wear a jumper or other garment with a Christmas theme.

09:55 Music Practice
10:45 Prayer Meeting (Prayer Chapel)
11:00 † Morning Prayer & Praise and Baptism of Chisom Unegbu
( 1 John 4:7-19, John 3:16-21 )

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

After The Service:
  • YPF Christmas Party until 14:15. in the Christchurch Room
  • Women's Group meets in St Stephen Room.

17:15 † Service at inSpiration at Westfield.

17:50 Music Practice
Sunday 18:30 at St. John's
† Prayer, Praise & Holy Communion
Theme: ADVENT PROMISES - Redemption is Near
( Isaiah 35:1-10, Matthew 11:1-15 )

After the Service please join us light refreshments.

Thanks : to people who helped with the Faith in Schools' Christmas Journey, decorated the Christmas tree, helped with the indoor and outdoor crib, folded cards, delivered cards to streets in the Parish and wrapped presents for the children in Church.
Also, thanks to Richard Aubrey and the Choir who sang Christmas Carols in Stratford Shopping Centre yesterday, and to Eon, Nick and the Outreach Team who gave out Christmas Cards and Carol Sheets to passers-by - it was an excellent event. Well done!

Rota for Christmas, New Year & 7th Jan : The Rota will be prepared this week. Please let Carol know by noon on Wednesday if you can't do duties at a particular Service.

Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Plan : The deadline to make a response is midnight on Monday 18th December. There are some survey forms on the Welcome Desk. You don't need to be in the map area to complete a survey and send it in - all the details are on the survey.

Stratford Illumination Show : Watch the Theatre Royal E15 1BX transform with a 3D Light Projection Show from 17:00 every day until 23rd December.


Tuesday Morning Bible Study : 11:00 in the St Stephen Room upstairs.

Healing Cafe Christmas Celebration : 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 on the theme of Advent and prayer. The Christmas Carol Service is on 19th December.


Event Day : West Ham FC play Arsenal at 20:00. 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.

Carols at Westfield : The inSpiration Choir will be singing Christmas Carols by the grand piano outside John Lewis from 18:30 - 19:30. It will be great if lots of people from Stratford Churches can come to form a crowd and sing along, as this will encourage shoppers to stop and join in.
People who normally attend "Wednesday Fellowship" are invited along to the Westfield Carols - there will be no group at St. John's


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


Sign Church Carol Service : 18:30 at St. John's


Outreach in the Churchyard : 11:30. With Christmas Cards, Carols and mince pies.

> Future Dates & Other Information

Large Christmas Card : Please sign our large card to wish everyone at St. John's "Happy Christmas". The large card is near the door to the Cafe. Thanks to Lademi for the design and Teen LIVE! members for making it.

Christmas Dinner & Dance : The Women's Group cordially invite all church members to a┬áChristmas Dinner & Dance on the 22nd December at 19:00 - Midnight in the Christchurch Room. It's a 3 Course dinner, priced at Children £10, Adults £20. Evening or Traditional dress only. Singles, Couples & Families welcome. Tickets are available at the Church Office, or from Pat Larocque or Sharon.
Please note: the church car-park will be available, but people are reminded that all parking on every occasion is at the risk of the owner.
Also, the Women's Group apologises that they will not be organising a trip to the Panto (Rapunzel) this year.
If anyone is interested, it is at the Theatre Royal in Stratford E15 1BX and the box office is open daily.

Warning - Church Heaters are now on: IMPORTANT:
Do not place anything on or near the heaters.
Please make sure your children do not go close to the heaters (parents/carers are responsible for supervising their own children).


Please pray during the week :

  • for Chisom Unegbu baptised this Sunday and for the family
  • for people who are bereaved, especially remembering people whose anniversary falls during the Christmas season. We remember long-standing Church member, Mary Browne, who died 2 years ago this week.
  • for the Saturday Outreach in the Churchyard
  • for God's blessing on everyone who receives a Christmas Card from St. John's
  • for Westfield Carols on Wednesday, for the Westfield Chaplaincy and Rev. Christy Asinugo
  • for safety on the streets of East London
  • for people who are sick
  • for St. John's Christmas Services & special events
  • for God's protection on St. John's Church members and the Church building
  • for organisations we support : St. Paul's Church in Middleport, Stoke on Trent (Darren's Church)

Church & Office Opening Times:
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 Thursday
  • Evening Prayer at 5:00pm; Monday to Thursday
  • 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 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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