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Prayer and Worship 

During this difficult time we urge and encourage you to focus first on Jesus.  In Colossians we read:  "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things".  

There are several ways you can do this:

  • Individual Prayer in the Church - we will be opening St John’s each day for two hours from 15th June across a repeating two-week cycle as follows:
    Week A (15th – 21st June) = 10am until midday
    Week B (22nd – 28th June) = 4pm until 6pm
    Week A (29th June – 5th July) = 10am until midday
    Week B (6th – 12th July) = 4pm until 6pm
    Several members of our church have volunteered to be on duty whilst the church is open to act as stewards.  This is necessary to ensure the Government guidelines are followed, especially with regarding to maintaining social distancing.  The measures in place are: separate entrance/exit, using hand-sanitiser upon entry/exit, having a one-way system to reduce possible contact with others, use of only three designated pews (which will be cleaned in between each visitor).  To further reduce possible transmission risk, we have removed the pew cushions from the designated pews as well as the Bibles.  Please bring your own Bible and a cushion to sit on if you need to.  The toilet and votive candle stand are unavailable.
  • Join the London College of Bishops as they say together The Lord's Prayer
  • Our senior clergy warmly invite you to join them in morning prayer every day on Facebook at 9am during the 10 days of Thy Kingdom Come (21st-31st May).
  • Thy Kingdom Come - a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension Day (21 May) and Pentecost (31 May) for more people to come to know Jesus.
  • Pray for London - As part of Thy Kingdom Come, the new diocesan vision is 'for every Londoner to encounter the love of God in Christ.  We would love Christians across the diocese to sign up for an hour slot in our virtual prayer room, so we can continuously pray, 24 hours a day, for 10 days.  Thy Kingdom Come in London!  Sign up for your prayer slot here.  We have also put together a prayer guide to help you.
  • Daily Hope Phone Line - offering music, prayers, services and reflections from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
  • Online bible
  • The Lectionary - This is a table of psalms and readings from Holy Scriptures and can be used for reading the Bible throughout the year.  
  • Prayer - Prayer is the greatest way by which we reach out to God and invite Him to enter our lives.   Each day our Matthew (Rector) or Jonny (Assistant Curate) will be saying morning prayer (8.30am) and evening prayer (5.30pm) from their home.  If you would like to join in Click here.  
  • Praise & Worship - praise helps to acknowledge who God is, what He has done and therefore what He will do again.  It lifts our spirits and causes faith to rise.  There are lots of worship CDs or playlists on Youtube or Spotify.
  • Adult Learning from St Paul's Cathedral.  Click here
  • Self-Isolation Prayer Booklet - Click here

Spiritual Communion and Coronavirus
The term 'Spiritual Communion' has been used historically to describe the means of grace by which a person, prevented for some serious reason from sharing in a celebration of the Eucharist, nonetheless shares in the communion of Jesus Christ.  Click here