Introducing St John's
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Service on 1 December:
9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist
Collect for the Second Sunday of Advent
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)
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
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 takes place at St John's every week on Mondays at 7.15 p.m. apart from
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 (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
The ministry rota for services in the Merton Priory Team
from 6 October to 29 December 2019 can be found
Merton Priory PCC charity number is 1134253
Notice sheet pointers
(Click to open the notice sheet)
• 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