Whats On at St. Johns

St. John’s Church will be open 10 – 2, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 10 – 4 on Wednesday and Saturday. On Sundays we are open for services only.

For information please ring Loraine Chesters 07811239756

Opening times are subject to staff availability.

Forthcoming Events

Coronation Week 2023

Sunday 30 April (The Fourth Sunday of Easter)
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Holy Eucharist (CW)
3.00pm Prayers for the King

Monday 1 May (SS Philip and James) –Bank Holiday
Eucharist transferred to Wednesday

Wednesday 3 May (A Feria Day –  a weekday on which no feast is celebrated.
10.00 am Holy Eucharist.

Thursday 4 May (English Saints and Martyrs of the Reformation)
10.00am Coronation Exhibition

Friday 5 May (A Feria Day –  a weekday on which no feast is celebrated.
12.00 noon Holy Eucharist
2.00pm – 3.30pm. A King is Crowned (a play by the pupils of Grosvenor Park Church of England Academy)

Saturday 6 May
9.00am Prayers for the King, Queen and the Royal Family. The Bells ring – The King is Crowned, God Save the King

Sunday 7 May (The fifth Sunday of Easter)
10.00am Coronation Eucharist, followed by a Special Coronation Lunch

St. John’s Week 2023

Sunday 18 June – Sunday 25 June inclusive

Monday 19 June (Sundar Singh Evangelist 1929)
2.00pm. Geraint Wyn Owen Memorial Lecture 1:
The History of St John’s and tour. The Rector
Tuesday 20 June (A Feria Day –  a weekday on which no feast is celebrated.
11.00am. Some amazing facts and legends about this once great
Cathedral The Rector/The Reader

Wednesday 21 June (A Feria Day –  a weekday on which no feast is celebrated
10.00am. Holy Eucharist (according to the Methodist Rite) In Memory of Revd George Evans RIP)
1.00pm. Wednesday at One Recital
2.00pm. Geraint Wyn Owen Memorial Lecture 2
The Painting on the Pillar. The Reader

Thursday 22 June (St Alban, First Martyr of Britain c 250.)
10.00am The Mass of St Alban
11.00am. The Fabric of St John’s and some amazing finds. Simon Oliver, Churchwarden

St. John’s Week 2023 (cont)

Friday 23 June (St Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely c.678)
11.00am A Valedictory. 17 years at St John’s – The Rector
12.00 noon. Holy Eucharist
2.00pm. Special School Service for the Rector (Grosvenor Park CofE Academy)

Saturday 24 June (St John’s Day)
9.30am. The Mass according to the Sarum Rite
10.00am. Mini Living History Fayre
10.30am. The Minstrels Court begins onwards The Minstrels receive their Licences
1.30pm. Music for the day

Sunday 25 June (St John’s Sunday)
The Rector’s last Service
Concelebrated Eucharist 10.00am
Followed by Cheese and Wine
7.30pm Orchestral Concert by the St John’s Festival Orchestra
Conductor: Adam Davies. Soloist: Nina Savicevic.
Piano Concerto No 1 Mendelssohn. Symphony No 5 Tchaikovsky

8.00am - Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am - Principal Eucharist
Noon - Baptisms
6.30pm - Evensong (Compline last Sunday of the month)

10.00am - Holy Eucharist

12.00 noon - Holy Eucharist

Open For Prayer

You are welcome to come in to pray in the Lady Chapel when the Church is open.

Everyone is Welcome

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, straight, filthy rich, or dirt poor. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, broken hearted, or in need of a safe place.

We welcome you if you can sing like Andrea Bocelli or like the Rector who can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’ve never been to church before – you might get a pleasant surprise.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, balmy Rugby League or even Polo playing dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like organized religion, we’ve been there too. If you blew all your offering money partying or on the gee gees, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, can’t add-up, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts … and you! (With thanks to Our Lady of Lourdes Community USA for the idea)

The Church’s Year

What happens when and why?

There are different seasons and observances which make up the church’s year. They have grown up over time to help Christians remember the foundations and key points of their faith. Within the year there are also fixed dates when saints are remembered.

The Church year begins in Advent (meaning ‘coming’), four Sundays before Christmas Day.

Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ. It is a fixed date which is 25th December, which means Advent varies in length.

(meaning ‘revelation’) follows on the 6th January. It commemorates the visit of the Magi (often called the Wise Men) to the infant Jesus. The season of Epiphany continues to reflect on the way God is   revealed to the world.

This celebrates the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, forty days after his birth. It is therefore celebrated on February 2nd.

Ash Wednesday
This is the beginning of Lent. It is derived by counting back 47 days from Easter day (40 days not including Sundays).


Lent is a season of penitence, discipline and preparation, used originally by candidates preparing for baptism at Easter.

Easter is a ‘moveable feast’, which is now calculated by finding the first Sunday after the spring full moon. The Easter season lasts until Pentecost, and celebrates the resurrection of Christ from the dead.

Ascension Day
40 days after Easter Day Ascension Day commemorates the ascension of Christ into heaven.

Pentecost means in Greek ‘50 days’ and comes from a Jewish harvest festival. It occurs 50 days after Easter, and commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit onto the disciples.

Trinity Sunday
This is the Sunday after Pentecost. Here the church reflects on God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three persons yet one God.

Ordinary Time
The rest of the year is called ordinary time

Throughout the years Saints days are also marked, often on the date of their death.

The significance of colour in the Church Year

Church colours determine the colours worn by the clergy and the altar frontals.

White or Gold
Christmas and Easter, and many saints

Pentecost, Passiontide, Apostles and martyrs

Purple (or Blue)
Times of penitence such as Advent or Lent

Ordinary time