March Lunchtime Recital
Our grateful thanks to Alexander Ling for coming at short notice to play for us today.
Three incredible solo piano pieces:
In a Landscape John Cage (1912 - 1992)
Piano Sonata no 2 'Concord, Massachusetts' Mov.III "The Alcotts" Charles Ives (1874 - 1954)
Like Something Almost Being Said (Movement I.) Alexander Ling
A most enjoyable 45 minutes.
St John's Senior Social Club :
At our February meeting, we welcomed back
members of the Orpington U3A Recorder Group
who played a selection of music for us to join in
and have a good sing-a-long to.
Thank you to the group for coming and entertaining us. ......................
And we enjoyed our usual delicious refreshments (see photo below)
Well done St John's congregation ...........
Your generous donations have enabled us to 'twin' the remaining three church toilets.
These photos show the twinned toilets in Central African Republic; Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Sunday, 2 February 2020
Toilet Twinning scheme:
Great news - thanks to donations from the First Friday and Wednesday Morning Coffee Clubs and the Christmas card donations, we have been able to purchase two toilets - one in Zambia and the other in Malawi - to 'twin' with two of our church toilets.
Further donations were received last Sunday (19 January) and we hope to raise sufficient funds soon to be able to 'twin' our remaining toilets.
Thank you to everyone who has taken an interest and given their support to this initiative.
Further information about this scheme can be found on the notice boards at the back of church or go to
Sunday, 5 January: Epiphany
Our thanks to the Archdeacon of Lewisham & Greenwich, The Venerable Alastair Cutting for coming to St John's today and for the great sermon he gave. It was involving, informative, interesting .... and humorous.
First Friday Coffee Club
The first club meeting of 2020 took place in church this Friday, 3 January with 25 people coming along !
It was nice to catch up with everyone and hear about their Christmas.
Happy New Year to everyone.
Christmas at St John's
Thank you to our clergy (Fr Martin, Fr Christopher and Revd Margaret and our Reader, Alice) and our Choir for all the wonderful services over Christmas. Midnight Mass was well attended and welcomed many people from the local community. And there were around 80 in church at the Christmas morning Mass - the final service with Fr Martin.
Fr Christopher thanked everyone who had given of their time and services to help with all the tasks at St John's throughout Christmas.
And after the service there were mince pies and fizz and a chance to say farewell to Fr Martin, Rachel, Eddie and Adam and wish them well for the future.
Senior Social Club Christmas Party
Last Thursday (19th December) St John's Senior Social Club held its Christmas Party.
Thank you to Nicholas for coming along and playing the musical accompaniment for our Christmas carols. We had a great time!
And thanks to Gillian for the delicious refreshments.
Great fun was had by all of us.
Sunday, 15 December: What a fantastic day at church today ! Great morning Mass with
Alice preaching. Followed by a farewell lunch in the Church Hall for Fr Martin, Rachel
and family. And then it was back over to church for a Christmas Organ Recital by
our Organist & Director of Music, Jack Stone, followed at 4pm by our Community Carol
Service with lots of lovely Christmas Carols and wonderful singing from St John's Choir.
Finally, thank you to everyone who gave donations or took part in the raffle in aid of
Crisis this Christmas. We will let you know the total sum raised...........
Update: The total sum raised for CRISIS was a magnificent £667.84 - enough to cover
the cost of 23 places.
Christingle service was held at 4pm today (1 Dec) on this,
the First Sunday of Advent.
Lots of oranges, sweets, candles ...............
Remembrance Sunday :
A very moving service today led by Fr Christopher and Revd Margaret, which included
the Act of Remembrance and a 2 minute silence. Thank you to Barry for reciting the
Exhortation and the Kohima Epitaph and Jack for playing the Last Post, Reveille and
Nimrod. Members of the congregation laid their poppies on a cross in front of the altar.
St John's Senior Social Club : 11th Birthday
At the end of October, St John's Senior Social Club celebrated
its 11th Birthday.
There was fabulous entertainment from John & Roslyn with
Mick joining in for a special number.
Thank you to all our fantastic members who have
supported the club so loyally over the years and to all our
helpers for their hard work ....... and delicious refreshments.
And that's around 10,700 cups of tea and counting !!!!!!!
A Pet Blessing Service
took place on Sunday afternoon, 20 October.
Dogs, cats and a tortoise came to be blessed
accompanied by their human companions.
October Lunchtime Recital
"Go Out and Tell our Story"
African American Music in recognition of Black History Month
Rámond Mitchell (Tenor) and Alex Ling (Piano)
Our thanks to Rámond & Alex. The audience at St John's were today treated to superb performances of a stirring program of music & song.
9 October 2019
Catford Arts Trail
Over the past two Saturdays (28 Sept & 5 Oct), St John's church took part in the Catford Arts Trail; displaying our large
collection of church kneelers and with demonstrations of tapestry and cross-stitch. There were also activities for
children and, of course, refreshments.
It was wonderful to welcome visitors on the arts trail, some of whom had connections with St John's going back many
First Lunchtime Recital given by
St John's Church Director of Music
On Wednesday, 11 September at 12 noon our newly appointed Director of Music, Jack Stone gave an Organ Recital, performing Grand Sonata on the 94th Psalm composed by Julius Reubke (1834-1858).
The church was filled with sound from a stirring performance by Jack of a piece of music variously described as 'one of the greatest organ works in the Romantic classical repertoire'; a 'masterwork' for the organ.
Thank you Jack. Looking forward to future performances.
Sunday 1st September: Today we welcomed our new Director of Music, Jack Stone as well as three new members of our choir.
The church resounded to wonderful music, hymns and singing.
The July Lunchtime Recital was given by Avis Stark (Cello) and Angela Carey (Piano)
Cello Sonata in G minor Op. 19 by Rachmaninov: Lento-Allegro Moderato; Allegro scherzando; Andante; Allegro mosso.
On Wednesday, 15 May St John's welcomed back the very talented classical guitarist,
Harold Gordon-Smith. Our grateful thanks to Harold for a truly superb performance!
Saturday. 13 April:
A packed church for the 4pm Evensong - with our Choir
and Rector in fine singing voice.
This was followed by a party to celebrate David Smith's
upcoming birthday and to recognise his significant
achievements at St John's over a period of 60+ years.
During the service, David was presented with a special
medal from the RSCM.
Also, Bishop Christopher, Bishop of Southwark conferred
on David the Lancelot Andrewes Medal in recognition
of his 'Zeal for the Gospel and Godly Service'.
It was wonderful to see so many people at St John's to celebrate with David, including his
family & friends; past & present members of the choir; a former church organist; a
previous curate of St John's and many more ............
Thank you to everyone who helped to make the
daffodil posies for Mothering Sunday.
A very enjoyable couple of hours
13 February: Lunchtime Recital
Today we were treated to a superb recital by the very
talented Cellist, Tessa Seymour.
Saturday, 19 January 2019:
The year got off to a flying start with our Parish Dinner and Carradine's Cockney Sing-a-
Long. The food was delicious and the entertainment first-class. What a great time we
all had. Many of us virtually sang ourselves hoarse !
Along with a quiz, a raffle and some dancing - what more could we want.
Saturday, 22 December: Members of St John's choir and
congregation took to local streets to sing Christmas
carols - making stops at a number of houses.
Thank you to all for bringing joy and Christmas cheer.
Saturday, 24 November: Evensong for Christ the King: Thank you to St John's Choir for
their beautiful singing at Evensong. And for the refreshments after !