News

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

Fire at St John's

An electrical fault caused a fire behind the high altar at St John's.

The damage is limited. The red curtains behind the high altar burned down and there is some damage to the reredos.

The wooden parts of the high altar are untouched and so is the large crucifix behind it. The fire affected the reredos near where the curtains burned, but the damage seems relatively light: some soot stains and, on one image, paint has bubbled in the heat.

The wooden steps behind the altar show some charring, but this is limited. Had they gone up in flames the fire would probably have destroyed much more. The fire brigade says the fire that engulfed the curtains will have gone out quickly because it was so intense. So it seems the limited damage is partly thanks to the curtains being many decades old and tinder dry.

The Fire Brigade and the loss adjusters are compiling their reports.

Choral Evensong 2017 at 5pm

Sunday 21 May - All Souls Langham Place

Sunday 18 June - St Cyprian's Clarence Gate

Sunday 16 July - Wyndcliffe Voices

Sunday 17 September - Petros Singers Hammersmith

Sunday 15 October - Samen op Weg Youth Choir, Netherlands

Dates for diary for United Benefice of St George's and St John's

all servies at St George unless SJB is stated then at St John's

The St George’s annual quiz in aid of Christian Aid will take place on Wednesday 3 May in the community space at 7pm. Tickets are £15 each or a table for 4 for £50. Please see Minh-Tam for tickets, or from the Parish Office.

Saturday 13 May 7.30pm St George’s Festival Concert; ‘A world of music for choir and strings’, with the St George’s Festival Chorus and the Choir of Holland Park School; entrance £15, under 16 £5.


Friday 19 May from 5.30pm – 9.00pm.At St John the Baptist the annual Sangerstevne fringe concert.

Lent: The Why Me? Lenten Talks have been very popular and are posted on our sermon blog page; http://hollandparkbenefice.blogspot.co.uk, if you wish to read them.

 

Fundraising Campaign

We have secured some funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, please click the link to see our press release Press Release

 

A major fundraising campaign is now under way to secure the future of St John’s as a place of worship and a centre for the local community. The first step of our campaign to replace the church’s large and leaking roof has now been completed.  The next stage is to complete the Baptistry roof and develop community space. 

St John the Baptist Stage 2 works  A letter and brochure has been sent out to all parishioners next week to update on the next phase of the project and associated works. A number of grant applications have been made to narrow the gap between building costs and funds raised   We ask you to prayerfully consider the support you can give to this important work.  We are planning an event to coincide with St John's Patronal Festival on 26 June at 6.30pm to which all are invited and encouraged to attend.  The total project cost is £455,000 and we are hoping to raise £40,000 from the United Benefice.  Many thanks to those whom have already contributed.

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.