St John’s Annual Meeting – Sunday 23 April

St John’s Annual Meeting will take place after this Sunday’s service at 11am.

This is an important meeting in the church year to elect new churchwardens and members of the church council and receive reports from church officers and the annual accounts.  Hannah Hines will give a short presentation on our Heritage Lottery Fund application and the project.  All are welcome so please stay after the service if you can.

Holy Week and Easter at St John’s 2017

Holy Week and Easter at St John’s
Whether you are a regular at St John’s or an occasional visitor, you are very welcome at any of these services.

Palm  Sunday
A reminder that our service tomorrow starts at 9.45. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of the week culminating in his crucifixion. We’ll begin our service at the car park of St John’s school before processing with palms along Springfield Road into the church.

Our Maundy Thursday service at 7.30pm on 13th is a simple commemoration of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples and based around a shared meal. Food is provided but you are invited to bring a bottle. A relaxed informal service, leading poignantly into the events of Good Friday.

Good Friday Children’s Workshop 14th April from 1pm-3pm in the church. Our very popular workshop for children of all ages accompanied by a parent or career. Lots of crafts and activities with an Easter theme. To book a place, or to offer help email Julie Morris Julie.hallahan@yahoo.co.uk .

A Good Friday all -age service at 3pm follows the workshop.

Easter Day our 10am service is full of fire, light and Easter ceremonies with an Easter Egg hunt and activities for the children.

St John’s Annual Meeting (APCM) will be held on Sunday April 23rd at 11.30am following the service. It’s an important meeting in the church year to elect new churchwardens and members of the church council and to receive reports from church officers and the Annual accounts.  Following the business, Hannah Hines will give a short presentation on our Heritage Lottery Fund application and the project. All re welcome to the meeting.  Do come and find out what will be happening at St John’s.

We need your help with our Heritage Lottery Fund Application!

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We are applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant to encourage interest in the heritage of our area, and to fund necessary repairs and improvements to our church that will make it a well-equipped, vibrant community hub.  Our application is focused on the Victorian history of the Spring Grove and Mill Street estates and later developments throughout the parish.

We’d be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete this questionnaire (below or available here as a word document to download).  Your comments are really important to us and will help us develop ideas for our application.

Thank you for your help.

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St John’s Book Fair – Saturday 17 September from 10am-2.30pm

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THE NEXT BOOK FAIR IS ON SATURDAY, 17 September 2016 

in the Church from 10.00-2.30pm – Entrance Free 

OUR SPECIAL CHILDREN’S CORNER has books for all ages 

There is a good selection of fiction and non-fiction for adults, and a special children’s corner. 

Most books 80p and others keenly priced.

St JOHN’S CAFÉ WILL BE OPEN 

Come and spend a happy hour with your family browsing for a good read and enjoy some delicious refreshments. Take home some cake for your tea. The Café will be supporting OXYGEN.

 

 

Book Fair and Church Cafe – Saturday 25 June

THE BOOK FAIR AND CHURCH CAFÉ will be here again on Saturday 25th June 10-2.30pm.   There is always a fresh selection of books for adults and children to choose from. Come and spend a happy hour with your family  browsing for a good read and enjoy some delicious refreshments.  Take home some cake for your tea.

 

St John the Evangelist is looking for a new organist – find out more here

St John’s Organist – Job Description

Address: St John the Evangelist, Grove Lane, Kingston, KT1 2TT

Responsible to: Vicar

Appointed by: Vicar and PCC

Hours: 10am Sunday service and other occasional services, occasional choir practices

Description of the Church and Role:

St John’s is part of the Kingston Team.   We are a church in the liberal, Eucharistic tradition (we share Holy bread and wine at most services) and our services have a relaxed, inclusive and family friendly atmosphere.   The congregation are a range of ages including lots of families with younger children.  The average congregation is around 55 adults and 20 children.  We use a range of music in our services from traditional hymns to modern worship songs and music from Taize and Iona.

Some of our congregation is transient and we attract new members who may not have much knowledge of church music so we are keen for our new organist to encourage singing amongst the congregation.

There have been good musicians in the congregation and we have enjoyed the cello and flute accompanied by the piano during communion from time to time.

Three times a year we gather a choir of people from the church and wider community who enjoy singing.  There are varying levels of ability from those who don’t read music to those who regularly sing with a choir.  This community choir sings at our Christmas carol service, our Easter service and our Dedication Festival in July.  Ideally we would like an organist who would be interested in choosing the music and leading the three choir practices for each service.

Pattern of Services:

1st Sunday of the month – Family Communion service.  An all-age service which lasts around 45 minutes with a short talk and lots of children present.

2nd, 4th, 5th Sundays – Parish Communion.  Common Worship Order One with hymns and a simple mass setting sung by the congregation.

3th Sunday – 9am Holy Communion – said service no organist required.  10am sacred space – non-Eucharistic service for adults with hymns.

Occasional Offices:

We have very few weddings and funerals.  Only one or two a year.  We regularly have separate baptism services at 12 noon on Sundays and sometimes the organist is asked to play for this.

Regeneration:

We are currently working on a building project to refurbish the interior of the church.  As part of this we hope to upgrade our current organ to a more substantial two or three manual organ and re-site it in the nave nearer the worship space.  We would be very pleased to have our new organist involved in these decisions.

Person Specification:

  • Capable organist and pianist, with good sight reading skills
  • Team player
  • Prepared to get to know the congregation by staying for coffee from time to time and to boost the singing by a monthly singing practice with the congregation five minutes before the service starts.
  • The energy and passion to enthuse the congregation about singing and music
  • Ideally with experience as a church organist.  But if not with the enthusiasm to develop the skills by attending suitable courses, learning a wide selection of voluntaries etc
  • Ideally familiar with church music and able to choose appropriate hymns for services in cooperation with the vicar
  • Ideally a practising Christian or at least sympathy with the Christian faith and an understanding of Church of England services.

Terms and Conditions and Fees

The organist will be asked to sign an agreement setting out the terms and conditions of the role.

Fees (for Sundays services and occasional offices) will be based on RSCM rates and negotiated according to the applicant’s abilities and experience.

We welcome all applicants.  Those with experience as a church organist and those with none.  As long as you have the musical ability and the enthusiasm and willingness to engage with our vibrant, welcoming community we’d love to hear from you.

For an informal chat or to apply please contact the vicar, Rev’d Vicky Maunder, by email on vicar@stjohnskingston.co.uk or on 020 8546 9882.

Administrator: Frances Hazelgrove on admin@stjohnskingston.co.uk or 07952085661

 

Book Fair – Saturday 21 May from 10am-2.30pm

THE NEXT BOOK FAIR IS ON

SATURDAY, 21 MAY 2016

in the Church from 10.00-2.30pm – Entrance Free

OUR SPECIAL CHILDREN’S CORNER has books for all ages

 

COME and BROWSE THROUGH OUR GOOD SELECTION OF FICTION

AND INTERESTING NON-FICTION, DVDs and CDs.

 

Most fiction – 80p and special books very reasonably priced

Read, Return, Choose again

 

 

St JOHN’S CAFÉ WILL BE OPEN

 

Come and relax with family and friends

over a cup of coffee/tea/hot chocolate and home–made cake.

Take some home for tea!

 

Proceeds for the Church Regeneration Fund and CHRISTIAN AID

Book Fairs – 19 March and 16 April

BOOK FAIRS with Church Cafe 10.00-2.30pm – entrance free
Large variety of books/CDs for adults and children.

Future dates:

Saturday 19 March 2016   Come and find some good books, have a delicious soup lunch and take some cake home for your tea.  All proceeds from the refreshments will be for HAND IN HAND FOR SYRIA.

As our Lent Charity for 2016 is Hand in Hand for Syria, as well as monetary donations, we are collecting the following essential items:nappies for babies, premature babies and adults, sanitary towels, jumpers, hats, socks, gloves, boots and wellies.   All these items must be new or they won’t make it through border controls.  There is now also a desperate need for crutches, these can be new or used.   Please bring items to church on any Sunday through Lent or to this Book Fair.

 

Saturday  16 April 2016  Return books read – choose again and enjoy a Big Book Fair Brunch.

 

One Community One Week 20-27 September

Join us for the Big Book Fair Brunch

The fundraising team will be running the kitchen at the church book fair and adding a twist, by serving all your brunch favourites along with all the usual delicious cakes.  Books, brunch and kids’ corner.  What’s not to love!

Saturday 26 September
10am-2pm
St John’s Church, Grove Lane

Can’t make it?  Make a quick £5 donation by texting STJK15 £5 to 70070.