Saint John's

Catford & Downham Team Ministry


Saturday, 1 December:  Christmas Bazaar:  A super festive Community event held today in St John's.  Thank you to the Bellingham Community Gospel Choir for joining us and entertaining with a selection of Christmas songs.  The children then put on a Nativity play.
Thanks also to everyone who helped at the event and to everyone who came along on the day.

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 !

Sunday, 18 November : StJohn's@4:   What an amazing time in church this afternoon at the Pet Blessing service.  Lots of people came along with their pets -  great and small. Thanks Revd Nick for taking the service.

Sunday, 11 November to Sunday, 18 November:  Our thanks to all who came to visit our commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War.

Saturday, 17 November:  Thanks to everyone who came along to the Trash and Treasure table sale.

Saturday, 11 August 4pm at Southwark Cathedral  ......  St John's Choir joined in centuries of tradition by singing Choral Evensong in our Diocesan Cathedral at Southwark.  Members of St John's church were in the congregation to hear our choir give a wonderful performance.  Fr Martin sang a solo and Fr Christopher read one of the Lessons.  They were also joined by The Reverend Canon Jonathan Boardman, former Team Rector at St John's from 1996 to 1999, who read the Second Lesson and led the Prayers.
Well done to our Musical Director, Nick and to everyone in the choir.


Another fabulous lunchtime recital ...............

this time thanks to Jeanine Johnson & Nicola Billington :   Soprano & Piano

with a selection of music from the musicals  Chattanooga Choo-Choo; How does a moment last forever; Summertime; As if we never said goodbye; About a quarter to nine; She used to be mine; Second-hand Rose and Show Me

Fantastic !

Pilgrimage to Walsingham:   Members of our Youth Group, youth leaders and clergy have just returned from Walsingham and reported on their experiences at StJohn's@4 on 5 August.  It is clear they found their time at this sacred place both inspirational and uplifting....... as well as being good fun and an opportunity to meet with other young people on pilgrimage.  Thoughts are already turning to next year !


A magnificent Lunchtime Recital ............

Nine of Robert Louis Stevenson's (44) Songs of Travel were set to music by Ralph Vaughan-Williams.

On Wednesday, 11 July a stirring performance was given by the very talented Nicholas* Wibberley (tenor) and Roger Wibberley (piano); father & son appearing together in a duet concert for the first time.

Congratulations and thanks for a wonderful performance.

* Nicholas is Director of Music at St John's church


Welcome to Fr Christopher:  

On Sunday, 1 July we had a great day welcoming Fr Christopher, our new Curate, to his first service with us at St Johns.  This was followed by a Bring and Share lunch with members of all four churches in our Parish joining in.  


St John's Patronal Festival - Sunday. 24 June

We were so pleased to welcome both Bishop Christopher, Bishop of Southwark and also The Venerable Alastair Cutting, Archdeacon of Lewisham & Greenwich to preside, preach and help us celebrate our Patronal Day on Sunday, 24 June.  

We were also thrilled to welcome Philip Moore (organist and composer) for the world premier of his The Record of John -  a new work specially commissioned for our Festival.  And how wonderful it was sung by St John's choir for the first time.

The service was followed by a BBQ in the grounds of the church.  The weather was sunny and hot, hot, hot.  Thank you to Stephen and family for the delicious food.  


Many thanks to Frankie and to everyone who took part in or helped to make the inaugural St John's Festival such an interesting, inspiring, innovative and educational week.  And fun too !  

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 StJohns@4, 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.  

Thursday, 21 June:  Lunchtime recital of Music and Poetry : Music Miserere Mei sung by St John's Consort ( a professional chamber choir) interspersed with selected poetry readings.  In the Evening there was a concert given by Tradewinds (an all-female a capella choir).  Super entertainment from this great choir.

Friday, 22 June:  A evening of Jazz 'n' Gin with live music from The Mark Chapman Quartet and cocktails provided by Little Nan's Cocktail Bar.

Saturday, 23 June: Evening performance of Art Sung: Alma Mahler devised and directed by Elizabeth Mucha. A fascinating and innovative performance recounting in words and music the relationship of Alma and her husband (the famous composer) Gustav Mahler.  Wonderful performances from talented artists.  


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

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 !


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!


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

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


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.


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.


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.

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


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.


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.


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


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 ......

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 !


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. 


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.