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Music at St John's

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Music plays an important role in worship at St John's. The weekly Solemn Eucharist includes congregational settings (The Addington Service by Richard Shephard, and The New People's Mass by Dom Gregory Murray) and a selection of hymns - typically from the 2013 edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern. This traditional feel is balanced by more contemporary worship songs where appropriate, resulting in a rich tapestry of sound which enhances worship week in week out.

Most of the music making at St John's is led with the organ, but we are currently establishing a choir to lead our worship and further enhance our Sunday service.

The pipe organ was built in 1911 by the renowned firm of J.W.Walker and Sons, Ltd, and essentially unchanged since then, it remains a glorious testimony of yesteryear, supporting congregational singing in a warm, profound way. Full details and specification can be found here.

We welcome requests from bona fide organists and associations wishing to view and play the organ.

Watch our video!

You can watch a short video about how important our wonderful 1911 pipe organ is to the life of everybody at St John's.

Parish Lunch

Our next Parish Lunch will be held at 12:30 on Sunday 17th March. Please let us know if you plan on coming, or sign up online. Everyone is welcome to this relaxed meal. No fixed cost just a donation towards the cost of the food.

Table Top Sale

On Saturday 30th March from 10:30 to 15:00 we will be holding a Table Top sale in the Community Hall on Estcourt Road. It’s a bit like a car boot sale but without the car. So, if you have things you want to sell, why not rent a table from us for only £10.

Fundraising Concert

Our next concert in the St John's Music series will be held at 16:00 on Sunday 31st March. Coming straight from sell-out performances in Edinburgh and London, Hidden Pearl Productions presents "Turn Back the Clock", a selection of songs and monologues by Joyce Grenfell, adapted and performed by Cheryl Knight. Tickets (£10; under-18s £2) are available online.