Christmas Services 2017



St John the Evangelist, Grove Lane 

Christmas Services 


Sunday 17th December 

6pm Candlelight Carol Service 

followed by mulled wine and mince pies.   

Download the carol service pew sheet here.


Sunday 24th December 


4pm Crib Service 

A service celebrating the nativity story for all ages. 

Children are invited to come dressed up as angels, shepherds or kings. 


11.30pm Midnight Communion 


Monday 25th December 


10am Christmas Family Communion  


Everyone is very welcome  


Next Book Fair & Church Cafe – Saturday 14 October


Book Fair and Church Café on Saturday 14 October from 10.00-2.30pm.

Entrance free.

This will be the last time this year so don’t miss the chance to come and find some good books and enjoy homemade cakes and real coffee and tea served all day. If you have not been before you will be amazed at the large variety of good second-hand fiction and non-fiction and lovely books for children of all ages we have to offer, at very reasonable prices. And if you are a regular customer bring back the books you have read and choose again. So do come and have a browse or just sit with friends and chat. The proceeds from the sale of refreshments will be for OXYGEN which conducts focused, long term youth work in Kingston.



Kids activities – Summer 2017

Kids Activity Days 

These fun days will run on Wednesday 2nd August, Thursday 3rd August and Friday 4th August from 10am until 3pm in the church.  There are 20 spaces available each day and places must be booked ahead.

We will be exploring the Lord’s Prayer through crafts, drama, baking, games and reflection time.  Children aged 5 to 11 welcome.  £8 for the day per child, £5 for siblings.  Children will need to bring a packed lunch.

For more information contact me or Julie  Parents are not expected to stay.  Registration form attached.


Summer Stay & Play Activity mornings for under 5’s at the church 

Wednesdays 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th Aug from 10am – 12pm in the church.

All children aged under 5 years and there carers welcome. £3 per family.

Come and join in the fun, activities will include Arts, Crafts, Messy Play, Cooking, Sports and More.

The last session will include Hawaiian themed beach party in the garden. (Weather permitting)

Coffee & Cake available. For more information please contact Emma Lloyd-Williams. or 07985521551

St John’s Church Birthday – this Sunday 9 July

ST JOHN’S CHURCH BIRTHDAY THIS SUNDAY -   St John’s Dedication Stone was laid on 14th July 1871 – 146 years ago! 10am Communion Service when we will celebrate and give thanks for our church. We are hosting our Team Service so the congregations of All Saints and St John’s the Baptist will be joining us. Five of the Sisters, formally of Ham Convent, who generously gifted us their chapel furniture and organ, are also coming to the service.  This will be a wonderful opportunity toexpress our thanks and appreciation to them. The service will be followed by a brief organ recital and a shared lunch.

Yoga Classes at St John’s

NomadYoga teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in Kingston Upon Thames and offers a 4- class block St John’s Parish Hall.  The dates for the classes will be the 13th, 21st and 28th July and the last class will be on the 4th August. All levels welcome.  Contact Ines Moosmann <> for more information.

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 .

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!


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.



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

Books photo


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.


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.


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 or on 020 8546 9882.

Administrator: Frances Hazelgrove on or 07952085661


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



in the Church from 10.00-2.30pm – Entrance Free

OUR SPECIAL CHILDREN’S CORNER has books for all ages





Most fiction – 80p and special books very reasonably priced

Read, Return, Choose again





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