Saint John's

Catford & Downham Team Ministry

News

St John's Festival week :
Began on Saturday, 16 June :
with our Summer Fair.  The weather was kind to us and we had a wonderful day, attended by members of our congregation and the local community.  Music, Raffles, Tombola, Face Painting, Book stall; Bric-a-Brac, Cakes, Toys, BBQ, Plants, Refreshments and much more.   And entertainment from the talented South London Samba drummers.

Sunday, 17 June: Following on from [email protected], there was a Romanian Evening of Culture with great food, music and dancing with our friends from Holy Trinity Church.

On Monday, 18 June we enjoyed :
A Lunchtime Organ Recital given by Marcus Wibberley - the programme contained works by Johann Sebastian Bach; Naki Hakim; Josef Rheinberger and Jean Sibelius.
The day concluded with an Illustrated Talk given by Fr Charles Pickstone on the subject of St John the Baptist in Art:  including paintings by Bellini; Leonardo da Vinci; Caravaggio; Giovanni di Paolo; Raphael.  A very interesting and enlightening talk !

Tuesday, 19 June:  Feature Festival Concert 7.30pm - Superb performances from the Hammig String Quartet and Clare Wibberley, piano.  Featuring Beethoven (String Quartet op 18 no 4 in C minor) and Brahms (Piano Quartet op 26 in A).

Wednesday, 20 June: Lunchtime :  Cherry Potts (poet, novelist and publisher) gave a fascinating introduction to the background of the Solstice Shorts Festival and previewed her new book Dusk (an anthology of short stories and poetry).     Evening Talk:  Dr Roger Wibberley gave a tour through music dedicated to St John the Baptist with excerpts from the 12th century to the present day.  

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Enjoying Afternoon Tea at the Mother's Union June meeting  -  in support of the Summer of Hope appeal.








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Another wonderful Lunchtime Recital :  Wednesday, 13 June:


Our thanks to Andrew Gallacher (piano) and Simon Purdy (violin) for giving us a superb recital which included works of Schubert (Sonata no. 14 in A minor); Debussy (Estampes) and Mozart (Sonta for Violin and Piano in E minor.



The talent of all our guest musicians never fails to impress and move us !



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Our April Lunchtime Recital:

Tenor and Piano


What a truly exquisite performance from these two talented young musicians.


Some of us (mentioning no names) were actually moved to tears!






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Welcome to our visitors .........


(photo by Sonia, Sunday, March 18, 2018)











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Saturday, 3 March :  A superb Organ Concert given by Marcus Wibberley including works by Bach (Toccata and Fugue in D minor); Franck (Andantino in G minor); Widor (Toccata - Symphonie V); and Vahi (Chant of Lunar Rainbow).  

Our thanks to Marcus for a wonderful evening's entertainment.  And also our thanks to everyone who braved the still inclement weather to attend the concert.

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We would like to thank all the wonderful musicians who have performed for us at St Johns at our monthly Wednesday Lunchtime Recitals and our special evening Concerts.

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Sunday, 17 December : Community Carol Service.  Thank you to our wonderful choir, guest readers and to everyone who came along to join in the carol service.  Followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Also thanks to everyone who supported the collection for CRISIS.

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Thank you to Tamara Ravenhill (soprano) and Martin Sharpe (piano) for a great Lunchtime Recital at St Johns on Wednesday, 13 December.

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Superb Piano Duet concert from Yuko Yagishita and Asami Hirayama at St John's church on Saturday evening, 9 December.  A magical performance by these two talented young artists, the programme included works by Chopin; Debussy; Dvrak; Kapustin; Saint-Saens; Schubert and Tchaikovsky.

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Great Christmas Fayre on Saturday, 2 December. Thank you to everyone who helped on the stalls and to all the people who popped in to the Church Hall and supported us. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves.

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Sunday, 26 November:  We are pleased to announce that we now have Free WiFi both in church and in the church hall.  

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Beautiful Choral Evensong service in church on Saturday, 25 November, followed by prosecco and nibbles.  It might have been cold and dark outside, but the church looked lovely and was warm and welcoming.  Congratulation to Nick - the choir sang magnificently.  Thank you to everyone who came along. It was also lovely to welcome one or two new people to St Johns. We hope you will join us again in the future ......
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On Friday, 17 November three yew trees were planted in the church grounds as part of Trees for Sacred Spaces ( see below)

Wednesday, 8 November:  Lunchtime Recital

We enjoyed a wonderful piano recital in St John's Church, listening to an incredible performance by Maulen Alimbayev.  The programme included Sonata in D major and Sonata in g minor by Domenico Scarlatti; Reverie 1890 by Claude Debussy and Sonata in C major by Sergei Prokofiev.

Thank you Maulen for coming to St John's - the experience was magnificent !

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Saturday, 7 October:    The first Pet Blessing service to be held at St Johns!  Dogs (large, small and mini) and a rabbit. Thank you to Revd Nick for presiding and to everyone who brought along their pets. 

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St Johns Church was very pleased to welcome the new Bishop of Woolwich Rt Revd Dr Karowei Dorgu at Pentecost with a series of special events including lunch, greeting and service.