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See a clip from a recent concert in St John's here

Welcome to Fr Neil Traynor

Fr Neil will start in July and work on a half time basis, but not every Sunday. For the first two months he will continue to help cover the interregnum at St Thomas', Kensal Town.

Neil’s wife, Jill, is the new warden at Bickersteth House, Sheffield Terrace. Their daughter, Harriet, is going to St Mary Abbots school.

Neil has previously worked with the Bishop of Wakefield, who was the Chair of the Liturgical Commission, so Neil brings a huge amount of experience with him.

Congratulations to Fr Peter Wolton

From 1st July, Fr Peter Wolton will cease to be the curate of the United Benefice and will become Hon. Associate Priest. When we announced at the APCM in April that Fr Peter will continue to serve here on the same basis after his curacy ends in July, everyone cheered. And quite rightly!  Peter has brought so much to our life here as a curate over the last three years and we are thrilled that he will continue to minister.

Summer Time information
From the 23rd July to 3rd September there will be no Sunday School during the 10am Eucharist at St George's. 

During August Sunday services 10am at SG and 6.30pm SJB, Wednesday noon services, and when Fr James is here then morning prayer at 9.15am. During August there is no evening prayer and no 6.30pm Eucharist on Tuesdays at St George's

The Parish Office will be closed for the week, starting 31st July.

Advance notice: there is no Sunday service at St John the Baptist on Sunday 27 August because of the Notting Hill Carnival.

Dates for the Diary
Sunday 24 September, 5pm Pet Blessing Service at St John the Baptist
Sunday 1 October, Harvest service, All age service at St George's
Sunday 29 October, Bible Sunday, 500 year anniversary of Luther
Sunday 5 November, All Saints All Age service at St George's and All Souls Requiem Mass at St John’s with Bishop Michael Marshall
Sunday 12 November, Remembrance Sunday
Sunday 10 December, Community Carol Service at St John’s
Sunday 17 December, Children’s Pageant at St George’s
Sunday 24 December, 10am Sung Eucharist and Christmas Eve service at 11pm at St George’s
Sunday 24 December, no 6.30pm Sung Mass but a Christmas Eve service at 11pm.
Monday 25 December, 10am Christmas Day service at St George’s and no service at St John’s.
Sunday 31 December, 10am Sung Eucharist at St George’s and 6.30pm Sung Mass at St John’s

The new sound system has been installed at St John the Baptist, many thanks to all those who generously contributed.

Work at St John's

The refurbishment work has started, and is expected to take several months, expecting to finish by October.  We thank our supporters and sponsors for enabling this project to take place

STAGE 2: WHAT IT WILL ACHIEVE
✦ A new roof for the west end of the church - the only part of the original we
haven’t replaced.
✦ Repair stonework and the stained glass windows designed by Clayton & Bell
✦ Re-site and repair the font (currently at the entrance to the church). This will improve access into St John’s and place the font where it was in
the original 19th century plans.
✦ Much bigger, better community spaces at the west end of the church: new
kitchen, new loos, heating and disabled access.

What does this mean for the future?
1. A completely new engagement with our
neighbours becomes possible. Locals will
use the upgraded spaces for their activities,
which will help us raise further funds.
2. We will roll out heritage programmes to
educate children as well as adults about St
John’s and why it was built at the end of the
19th century.
3. A welcoming space means persuading
more to see what St John’s can offer
spiritually. This is a very special sanctuary
and everyone who comes here is uplifted by
it. A year into our 5 year Mission Action Plan
(copies on our website), St John’s and its
congregation has much more to give.

Choral Evensong 2017 at 5pm at St John the Baptist
Sunday 17 September - Petros Singers, Hammersmith
Sunday 15 October - Samen op Weg Youth Choir, Netherlands

St John’s Singers at 6.30pm Sung Eucharist at St John the Baptist
Sunday 10 September
Sunday 8 October
Sunday 5 November (All Souls)
Sunday 10 December (Community Carol Service)

 

We would welcome any comments that you might have about St John’s future as a community centre. Please email us with your ideas or if you would like to be kept informed of our progress.

We would also welcome financial contributions - click below to donate via Paypal or contact the office.