St John
the Divine,
Merton
FAITHFUL to God
SHARING with those in need
CARING for one another
The Church of England

The Diocese of Southwark
The Bridge, from Southwark Diocese

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(Website last updated on 16 May 2021)


LATEST SERVICE ONLINE
Ascension Day, 13 May: video; sermon


CHURCH SERVICES
Midweek
Tuesday 8.00 a.m. Morning Prayer, St John's
Wednesday 8.00 a.m. Morning Prayer, St John's
Thursday 8.00 a.m. Morning Prayer, St John's
Thursday 12.15 p.m. Eucharist, Holy Trinity
Sunday
9.30 a.m. Parish Eucharist, St John's
10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist, Holy Trinity
11.15 a.m. Parish Eucharist, Christ Church



PRIVATE PRAYER IN CHURCH
Monday 3.00–6.00 p.m. Holy Trinity
Wednesday 5.00–6.00 p.m. Christ Church
Thursday 11.00 a.m.–2.00 p.m. Holy Trinity
Saturday 9.00 –10.00 a.m. Christ Church

Collect for the Seventh Sunday of Easter
(Sunday after Ascension Day)

(16 May)
O God the King of glory,
you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
we beseech you, leave us not comfortless,
but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us
and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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St John the Divine, Merton
Welcome to St John the Divine, Merton
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
We welcome and encourage all people to worship God with us. St John's is part of the Merton Priory Team Ministry. Whether or not you are new to the area, you are most welcome to join us in our acts of worship and share in our Anglican tradition.

Church notice sheet
Click on this link to read the latest church notice sheet. If you would like to receive the notice sheet regularly as a newsletter, you can sign up using the subscription form below.
(12 May 2021)

Annual Parish Meeting, 23 May
The Annual Parish Church Meeting for 2020 (deferred) and 2021 will be held via Zoom at 3.00 p.m. on 23 May. Here are the formal notice, the agenda, the minutes of the 2019 meeting and the annual report and financial statements for 2020.
(11 May 2021)

Church hall
If you wish to hire St John's hall please email sjccparishoffice@yahoo.co.uk with details. The charge is £25 per hour.
(18 April 2021)

Church buildings are open for public worship. Do please only come if you are comfortable to do so. Those who do come will find the same space and regulations as before: social distancing, hand hygiene and face masks with no mixing between households. One of the services will be recorded each week for the Team's YouTube channel.

The Parish Eucharist for 13 May (Ascension Day) at Christ Church to celebrate its Patronal Festival, led by Belemo, can be viewed as a YouTube video. You are invited to take part by following along with Sister Christine's sermon.

Service for 23 May (Pentecost)
The Parish Eucharist at Christ Church will be led by Mark and uploaded to YouTube later in the day.

Services from previous weeks are on the Merton Priory Parish YouTube channel and listed on the 'Looking back' page on the Team website.
(14 May 2021)
The Archbishops have written to the nation to invite people to join in reflection and prayer each day from 1 February at 6 p.m. The Church of England website also has resources (such as this Prayer for the Nation booklet; there are others for those who wish to persevere, for example weekly prayer for notices/e-notices). Southwark Cathedral has a range of daily online worship (listed on this information sheet, which includes links to their website). For those who prefer the telephone, there is the Daily Hope phoneline (0800 804 8044), which offers hymns, reflections and prayers.

You may remember from the first lockdown the Inspiration and Comfort section on the Team website; do look at it again and perhaps you will feel moved to contribute something.

If you would like to make a prayer request or have a conversation, please do contact the clergy.
(7 February 2021)
The churches remain open for private prayer, so if any church member or someone from the wider community wishes to make use of that, these are the times of opening:
Holy Trinity: Monday 3.00–6.00 p.m., and Thursday 11.00 a.m.–2.00 p.m.
Christ Church: Wednesday 5.00–6.00 p.m., and Saturday 9.00–10.00 a.m.
Please refer to the guidance for those attending church and the risk assessment. Please wear a face covering in church (unless exempt), for the safety of all.

We pray for our NHS, for all afflicted with COVID, for those who have died, for all who grieve, for the roll-out of the vaccine and for one another: O God, make speed to save us; O Lord, make haste to help us.
(11 March 2021)
On Stephen Lawrence Day, 22 April, the Church of England released the report on racism with a statement from the archbishops. The clergy commend them to you and urge all concerned to read them.
(23 April 2021)
Worship at Home
When it isn't possible to join with the local church, this outline is designed to help you have a short time of worship as a household.

You are also invited to follow the Royal School of Church Music's Hymn of the Day, and Sunday Self-Service, a simple act of worship with music, readings and prayers which will change weekly.
(29 March 2020)
Spiritual Communion
The term 'Spiritual Communion' describes 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. You are invited to join in these prayers as an opportunity to give thanks for your communion with him while unable to be present at the Eucharist.
(3 May 2020)
Visit our archival resource on the Team website to examine and use items from the weeks since Mothering Sunday (22 March) 2020.
(13 May 2021)


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Merton Priory Team Ministry
Merton Priory PCC charity number is 1134253

Prayer for all times
Loving God,
source of healing and comfort,
fill us with your grace,
that the sick may be made whole,
that those who care for us may be strengthened,
that the anxious may be calmed,
and those most vulnerable be protected
in the power of the Spirit
in the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord.



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MISSION STATEMENT
The Merton Priory Team Ministry is committed to promoting the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to the doctrines and practices of the Church of England. We are guided by our mission statement, agreed in 2011:

In Merton Priory Team Ministry we aim to be a community
    Faithful to God
        Sharing with those in need
            Caring for one another