Come Sing for Stephen!

Happy times with Stephen (at the end of the front row right)

Thank you to everyone who has responded and also to those who have offered help on the day. Copies of the choral music will be sent in the post to you early next week so if you’d like to sing with us under the excellent musical direction of Messrs Richard Mander and Stephen Johns, please register your interest by Sunday 1st May.

Stephen Harrow sadly died in April two years ago at the start of the pandemic and this is an opportunity to acknowledge the huge contribution he made to St John’s both spiritually and musically.

All the hymns, anthems, readings and prayers chosen by Jenny his wife had special meaning to Stephen. The choir only items include: Rejoice in the Lord Alway (Henry Purcell); Eternal Light , shine in our hearts (Malcolm Archer); Ave Maria (Edward Elgar); I was Glad when they said unto me (C. Hubert H. Parry).

Refreshments will available during the day and lunch will also be provided for the singers.

The service will commence at 4pm after which there will be the opportunity to place final bids for the Denis Perry painting and linocut printing block which he created of our church [click here for more details] and to chat and circulate over a complimentary glass of wine with those who have attended the service and taken part in what we hope will be a musical and spiritual feast in tribute and thanksgiving to Stephen.

Silent Auction

Click here to make your bids for the items online and select ‘Donation Enquiry‘. Please indicate whether you are bidding on the ‘picture‘ or ‘linocut‘ and the amount you wish to bid. You may also want to include a maximum bid amount you are prepared to go up to (e.g. My Picture bid is £40, with a max bid of up to £60).

The suggested minimum starting bid for

  • the picture is £40 and
  • the linocut £10

Alternatively you can place your bids on the sheets at the back of church where these items Denis created are on display.

All funds raised will go towards the maintenance and mission of St Johns in this wonderful Grade II listed building.

Many thanks to Denis’ family for donating these items.

Lent Lunches 2021

St John’s will be hosting a series of lunches on the Saturdays in Lent from 12-2pm in the Tamberlin Room.  The lunches are hosted by volunteers to raise money for a charity of their choice and so donations are asked for (but are optional!). 

Funds raised (including any Gift Aid) are split between the charity being supported (75%) and St John’s (25%). Lunches start on Sat 12th March so come along to enjoy excellent food and company while raising money for good causes – many of us find an excuse to go every week!

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.

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