Welcome to St John the Divine, Merton
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
every week as a newsletter, you can sign up using the subscription form below.
(26 February 2021)
Anne Cox RIP
We are sorry to announce that Anne, a faithful member of St John's, died on Sunday, 31 January.
Anne's funeral will be held on Wednesday, 10 March at 1.15 p.m. at Lambeth
Crematorium. Numbers are limited to 30; please contact Alison
if you would like to attend.
(19 February 2021)
Electoral Roll renewal
In preparation for the Annual Meeting on 11 April the Electoral Roll will be renewed during the two-week period
13–27 March. The formal notice is posted at the church entrance, but in view of the current lockdown conditions
a copy is available here as a PDF.
(26 February 2021)
This year we are focusing on Black Lives Matter using the book "We need to talk about race", by Ben Lindsay.
There will be Lent Groups running on
at 7.30 p.m. (contact Mark to register) and
at 3.30 pm (contact Alison to register).
The first sessions are on 24 and 25 February.
The Zoom link is accessible by clicking on the relevant day above or using this Zoom info:
Wednesday - Meeting ID: 925 2707 0833 and Passcode: 599638
Thursday - Meeting ID: 988 4261 7576 and Passcode: 611300
Bishop of Southwark's Lent Call
This year Bishop Christopher has chosen the theme of compassion with the practical action of supporting food banks
in the Diocese and those affected by food insecurity in Zimbabwe and the Holy Land. Further information can be
found on the Diocese of Southwark website.
The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book
If you want a personal reading recommendation, this year's book is entitled "Living His Story", by Hannah Steele.
This regular national resource is available as an app via the Church of England website, although you can order hard
copies from Church House Bookshop. Mark and Alison have a few copies, so do ask them if you would like one.
(20 February 2021)
Church buildings will reopen for public worship on 14 March: the
DCCs voted over e-mail in favour of returning to our churches for Mothering
Sunday, following the Government's announcement of a roadmap. 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 for the Team's YouTube
Service for 28 February (Second Sunday of Lent): Mark has filmed a Service of the Word and this can be viewed
as a YouTube video. You are invited to take part by following along with
the order of service and
Join us for coffee after church! Do join us from 11.00 a.m. for a virtual
coffee after church via Zoom where we can catch up and support one another. Join our session by clicking on
this Coffee & Chat link
or using this information in the Zoom app: Meeting ID: 925 7902 3930 / Passcode: CoffeeTime.
Dial in on 020 8080 6591.
Virtual Early Service at Holy Trinity: An online service aimed at children aged 6 and under and their families is available
Service for 7 March (Third Sunday of Lent)
A Service of the Word led by Alison will be uploaded to YouTube.
Services from previous weeks are on the
Merton Priory Parish YouTube channel
and listed on the 'Looking back' page.
(28 February 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 (rather like in the November lockdown), 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 4.00–6.00 p.m., and Thursday 11.00 a.m.–1.00 p.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.
St John's: Tuesday 9.00–10.00 a.m.
Christ Church: Wednesday 5.00–6.00 p.m., and Saturday 9.00–10.00 a.m.
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.
(15 February 2021)
(29 March 2020)
When it isn't possible to join with the local church,
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.
(3 May 2020)
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.
Visit our archival resource on the Team website
to examine and use items from the weeks since Mothering Sunday (22 March) 2020.
(28 February 2021)
Merton Priory PCC charity number is 1134253
Prayer for all times
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.
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