St John the Divine, Merton
The Church of England

The Diocese of Southwark
The Bridge, from Southwark Diocese

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Service on 1 December:
9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist

Collect for the Second Sunday of Advent
(8 December)
   O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power
   and come among us,
   and with great might succour us;
   that whereas, through our sins and wickedness
   we are grievously hindered
   in running the race that is set before us,
   your bountiful grace and mercy
   may speedily help and deliver us;
   through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
   to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,
   be honour and glory, now and for ever.

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(Website last updated on 5 December 2019:
church notice sheet)

St John the Divine, Merton


Welcome to St John the Divine, Merton

We welcome and encourage all people to join us. St John's is part of the Merton Priory Team Ministry. Whether or not you are new to the area, you are especially welcome to join us in our acts of worship and other activities and share in our Anglican tradition.

Safeguarding: The parish of St John the Divine, High Path, takes the safeguarding and care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. Further information about this can be found on the Safeguarding page.

Contacts: For contact details, please go to our contacts page.

Hall hire: Contact 020 8544 0018 and leave a message.
Big hall: £25 per hour; small hall: £15 per hour.
Images of the hall interiors can be found here.

Church notice sheet: The latest church notice sheet can be read here. Week by week the notice sheet has more news items on pages 3 and 4 than we can give in full here. See the Notice sheet pointers panel at the right for more about things we couldn't include below.

We are now in Advent, which is a penitential season, just as Lent is. We are called to fast, to pray, and to perform good works to prepare ourselves for the great feast of Christmas. The liturgical colour of purple symbolizes humility and penitence. This is why the candles of the Advent wreath are purple, with the exception of the fourth candle, which is sometimes pink: on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, the 'mood' lifts as the Church begins to look forward to the coming of the Christ Child, and this joyful waiting is represented by the lighter colour of the candle.

Finding Sanctuary
Finding Sanctuary takes place at St John's every week on Mondays at 7.15 p.m. apart from bank holidays.

Messy Church every month
Join us at St John's on the second Saturday of every month for crafts, songs, food, stories and celebration for children and their parents or carers – all ages welcome! From 11.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. The next gathering will be on 14 December.

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Merton Citizens
Merton Citizens (part of South London Citizens) is an alliance of organisations – churches, mosques, schools, and hospitals – working together to make a difference in our borough. Merton Citizens builds the capacity of people to participate in public life, to act together for the common good, to win change, and to strengthen civic institutions in the process. Our parish is one of 15 institutions involved in work around various areas – housing, mental health, litter, and welcoming refugees. We are excited to be involved in this inspiring project, which is part of a nationwide Citizens movement that has been organising communities for several years.

For latest updates see the Merton Citizens Twitter feed.

For baptisms, weddings and funerals, contact the Vicar, Revd Alison Judge – see the contacts page.

The ministry rota for services in the Merton Priory Team from 6 October to 29 December 2019 can be found here.

Merton Priory Team Ministry
Merton Priory PCC charity number is 1134253

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Notice sheet pointers
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•  Candlelit Christmas Market at Christ Church, 7 December, 3.30–6.00 p.m.
•  General Election Hustings at Holy Trinity, 10 December, 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.
•  School Admissions Arrangements – consultation until 12 January 2020