Bazza’s Great Seed Swap Catalogue 2021-22

Thank you to everyone who has donated seeds to our first St John’s Seed Swap. The catalogue lists seeds that have been collected by members of the congregation and also seeds from free packets that have come with gardening magazines. These packets have been split to give several people a chance to try growing them. For more information click on this link to Bazza’s Seed Catalogue 2021-22

All the packets are free, and if you have grown too many plants, they can be kept for the St John’s Plant Sale. Please also tell your friends and family about what’s on offer.

Barry Goodwin (aka Bazza)

Christmas Offering

During this season of giving, we invite you to make a special Christmas Offering to St John’s. Your gift will help our church end 2021 on a positive financial note and help support our mission in to the new year.

To make a one off donation please click here or to set up a direct debit as part of the parish giving scheme please click here.

Giving Campaign 2021 – Information – St John the Evangelist, Shirley (

Rev. Lu writes: These last 18 months have been so difficult for many of us and we are tired, bruised and bereaved. Yet in the middle of the chaos God has been our strength and we have continued to gather for worship whether it has been online or in person. We believe that Jesus Christ is our past, present and future. Please help us to continue to be a light of hope in a world that needs Christ’s message of love, peace and joy. Thank you for all that you already do and I pray that you will support us into God’s future. May God bless each of us.

MHA Yuletide Yodel at the Wilderness

MHA The Wilderness are hosting a Christmas Concert on Saturday 4th December from 2pm to 4.30pm to welcome the local community to join singing Christmas Carols at the Wilderness garden! Entry is free and you can book your ticket here

They are also looking for donations of homemade mince pies, cakes, biscuits. Please bring to the Wilderness entrance at about 1.30pm on the 4th and include dietary/allergy information. Any questions call Fran 020 8405 3222.

Christmas Tree Festival 2021

With only two weeks until the start of our three day Christmas Tree Festival 2021 “Colours of the Rainbow”, have you got your TreeFest Concert tickets yet?

On Saturday 27th November at 7pm, our talented performers include;

  • The 1st Shirley Rainbows
  • Dotty Crochets (close harmony ladies choir)
  • Richard Mander (Piano)
  • Kate Gorman & Kat Welch (vocal duet)
  • The Sandilands Shanty group (the local equivalent of Fishermen’s Friends!)
  • Eric Brunjes (Classical guitarist)
  • Heidi Acraman (Opera Singer)

Concert tickets available via this link or call 07810 793609. Only £7.50 if bought in advance (or £10 on the door)

Also don’t forget we’ve Fisherman’s Friends showing at our [email protected] on Saturday 20th November at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 via this link…/cinema-november-2021/

Shrublands Foodbank

These are the items required for the food bank this month. Donations can be left in the porch at church, taken direct to the food bank (Mondays 9am-12 noon or Thursdays 12 noon-3pm), or left in the donation box at the Shirley Co-Op. Many thanks for your continued support.

More information on the food bank can he found here

The Shirley Scarecrow Festival is now on!

The 2nd year of the Shirley Scarecrow Festival is now on and the 30 scarecrows look amazing including the ones at our church.

Here’s a trail map of all the locations and the Just Giving page if you’d like to donate to the wonderful Charity Demelza Hospice Care for Children. You can also donate at 60, Bennetts Way if you’d prefer. Please show your appreciation to the wonderful Scarecrow builders and the generous community and businesses by giving whatever you can. We hope you enjoy the festival and have fun and huge thanks to Stef England for organising it.

#PrayForCOP26 – Set Sail for Climate Justice

As part of Climate Prayer Chain – Christian Aid, St John the Evangelist, Shirley is praying that World Leaders will seize the day and take action on the climate that changes the course of our future!  Here’s our display of our 65 prayer boats setting sail on our baptismal font that have been sent on to #COP26 to join the fleet of thousands of others in Glasgow in our call for action. #RiseToTheMoment

Organ Recital – Sunday 24 October @ 11:30am

The first in what we hope will be a series of organ recitals played on our world class Frobenius organ given by local talented and up and coming organists. Jerry has been supporting our weekly services and we are very grateful to him for offering to be our first recitalist.

Whether you come to our 10am Mass and stay or come just for the free recital, you’ll receive a warm welcome and cuppa here at St John’s!

Virtual Collection / Offertory

Thank you for joining one of our services today whether online or in person.

We are grateful for any donation you can make towards our continued mission, ministry and maintenance of our parish church. To make a one off donation please click here.

To make a regular financial commitment to St John’s as part of the Parish Giving Scheme please click here or visit our giving page for more information.

Whether you are able to give a little, or a lot, or not at all, we are pleased to share our services with you.

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