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St. John’s Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

Please think and pray about how St. John’s will move forward into God’s Future and what that future will look like. If you can spend some time considering the questions below, your answers will help shape our church going forward. Thank you.

In Loving Memory of Geoff Holgate

Geoff Holgate came to live in Shirley with his young family of three daughters in 1969 and apart from a brief sojourn in Moiraira/Portet Bay, Spain, he lived there until his death 30th January this year 2021. Horses came to take him home to St John’s church where both mum Maureen and his lives were celebrated. Gwen Richardson dads partner lives on. Geoff restarted local tennis club with his enthusiasm and passion. He became a management committee of one, and then a few others followed, when following living in our family home in south way and bungalow mead way he moved into a flat in Forestdale. He saved people money on the estate, Gwen and him drew maps and he put in safety bumps so the kids could play safely. He loved children and loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren much. Thoran 5 years old had him for 5 years and both had great joy in each other. As a gardener in his spare time he grew a rose garden to delight the residents and planted many beds of abundant herbs. When he needed them his neighbours cared for him and looked out for him. He was an intrepid traveller adventurer had a great sense of humour, he was the best dad anyone could have, supportive and loving Dad Grandad and Great Grandad.

He coped with his disabilities the last few years with stoicism. A passionate tennis player swimmer he swam the huge bay 4 years ago in Spain where his ashes will be rowed out and released so he can swim the bay again. He was cremated in north surrey after beautiful ceremony at St John’s, his granddaughter Ror sang for him and grandson Chris read poem. He grew fruit and loved roses. A Getrude Jekyll pink rose his favourite is planted at coombe oak gardens near first bench. He has his own bench near his flat. West Wickham was his favourite place the Barbers loved him. He liked to shop there. He and mum had 40 years together and him and Gwen 20 years it was his great sadness they did not marry.

He is sadly and deeply missed and loved by us all family and close friends and neighbours.

Frances Ocean Glyn Maja Sharon Holgate-Smith

The Most Revd Hosam Naoum will be installed as the Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem on Ascension Day.

Please join us by watching the livestreamed ceremony on Thursday 13 May at 2pm UK time (4pm in Jerusalem). You can watch the ceremony on YouTube here or on Facebook here and will be able to post messages of congratulations live. Bishop Christopher will be representing the Archbishop of Canterbury at the installation.

Friends of the Holy Land has joined with Embrace the Middle East and religious leaders in the UK (including Bishop Christopher) to bid farewell to Archbishop Suheil Dawani on his retirement and to welcome Bishop Hosam Naoum to his new ministry. You can watch their video messages here.

In his message, Bishop Christopher thanked Archbishop Suheil for his friendship, guidance and wisdom. “It was a wonderful privilege in January to sign the Covenant which brings our two dioceses together in fellowship and in missional common purpose,” he said.

In an ecumenical message led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Lord Rowan Williams, two patrons of Friends of the Holy Land, all involved pray that the Holy Spirit be a companion to help Bishop Hosam in his ministry, particularly as it starts during the current difficult times in Jerusalem.

Thy Kingdom Come 2021

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Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. Christians from more than 170 countries and 65 denominations have taken part.

Thy Kingdom Come runs between Ascension and Pentecost, and in 2021 will take place from 13-23 May

During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:

  • Deepen their own relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus
  • Pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our witness


What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

You can download the apps using these buttons:

The link to the website is: Thy Kingdom Come | Thy Kingdom Come

BRING-N-BUY PLANT SALE

Can you help?

  • We are looking for any unwanted planters – terracotta, earthenware or ceramic. Please leave at the Vicarage.
  • If you are thinning out plants or have grown seeds and have an excess of plants etc, we would be happy to receive these. We would be grateful if you could hang onto any plants until Friday 28th May but if you have something you can offer please let us know so we have an idea of what’s coming in.
  • We would welcome any help on the day – setting up and running the stall.

Please contact either Helen on 07770 885545 or Viv on 07799 571939 with details of plants, offers of help or if you have any questions.

Many thanks for all your support

Every envelope. Every gift. Every challenge can change lives.

To visit the Christian Aid website click: UK charity fighting global poverty – Christian Aid

To give direct online click: https://envelope.christianaid.org.uk/envelope/margaret-elizabeth-bebington?channel=status By using this link it tell us how much we have raised in Shirley.

To make an offering at St John’s Church: We are open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am-12pm. You are welcome to join us for our Christian Aid service on Sunday 16th May at 10am. Please book using this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/118742813953

Services Sunday 9th May 2021

Here are our services for this week.

Readings can be found here: http://almanac.oremus.org/2021-05-09

8am – Said Mass – No Booking Required

9am – Informal All Age Mass – Please book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/117384053865 or use the booking buttons on the website

10am – Live Stream Link: https://youtu.be/7jjrL0_nVQQ

To come in person please book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/118742813953 or use the booking buttons on the website.

5pm -Sung Evensong. No booking required to come in person, or join us on our Live Stream Link: https://youtu.be/lgoEUd-x8dg

You can see upcoming and past live streams on either of these links

YouTube link to videoa

Services Sunday 2nd May 2021

Here are our services for this week.

Readings can be found here: http://almanac.oremus.org/2021-04-25

8am – Said Mass – No Booking Required

9am – Informal All Age Mass – Please book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/117384053865 or use the booking buttons on the website

10am – Live Stream Link: https://youtu.be/sslt56a09Bo

To come in person please book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/118742813953 or use the booking buttons on the website.

5pm -On line Informal Worship. Live Stream Link: https://youtu.be/Syjnq89Yrhc

You can see upcoming and past live streams on either of these links

YouTube link to videoa

Live music returns to St John’s this weekend!

Our ‘Lockdown choir‘ is being unlocked!! Whilst they will be reduced in number due to social distancing rules, it will be great to hear live music again in our Church supporting our worship. Why not book to come to our 10am Mass. The anthem is “The Lord Bless you and Keep you” by John Rutter which is one of the 30 anthems and 30 hymns they recorded during the lockdown.

Equally exciting is that we will be hearing our Frobenius organ played for the 1st time in a year. It has been cleaned and had some ‘broken’ notes fixed and in May when we hope the weather will be warmer, it will be tuned. We are very grateful to have been awarded a grant towards the cost of this from the Reginald Baker Charitable Trust. If you would like to make a contribution towards this and support the music at St John’s, please visit our giving page or use the donate button on our website. Thank you the Reginald Baker Charitable Trust and everyone who has so generously supported us over the past year.  

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